21TT01A.qxd 9/20/2012 10:03 PM Page 1 The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Vol. 132 No. 262 Himachal Pradesh Edition INSIDE NATION No bail to Kanda Former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda’s bail plea in the Geetika Sharma suicide case was dismissed by a Delhi court on Thursday. P2 BACK PAGE AIEEE, IIT-JEE scrapped The HRD Ministry on Thursday announced the replacement of AIEEE with JEE Main to be held on April 7 next year. TODAY AT T20 WORLD CUP AFGHANISTAN V ENGLAND 7.30PM BANGLADESH V NEW ZEALAND 5.30 PM) LIVE ON STAR CRICKET A free four-page pull-out of Haryana Plus only in Haryana. Chandigarh New Delhi Jalandhar Bathinda Friday, September 21, 2012 www.tribuneindia.com Anti-UPA bandh unites BJP Left & SP , Mulayam courts arrest with Yechury, Karat; Left leaders rub shoulders with Gadkari KV PRASAD/TNS MIXED RESPONSE TO BANDH A shutdown called against the government's economic measures on Thursday evoked a mixed response nationwide, with life badly hit in UP, West Bengal, Bihar, Gujarat and Karnataka. A majority of traders across the country downed shutters in protest. The protest affected services of more than 200 trains across the country. NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 20 Parties opposed to the latest reforms unleashed by the UPA government today observed a nation-wide strike and described it as a success with their top leaders courting arrest demanding rollback of FDI in multi-brand retailing, hike in prices of diesel and cap on supply of cooking gas cylinders. Reports from across the country stated that the bandh evoked a mixed response. Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance, the four Left parties along with the Samajwadi Party, the Telugu Desam Party and the Janata Dal (Secular) staged a sit-in at Jantar Mantar. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav along with CPM general secretary Prakash Karat (L), CPM leader Sitaram Yechury (2R) and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu (R) addresses a rally during Bharat Bandh. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal Rail and road traffic was disrupted in parts of Andhra Pradesh Bihar, Haryana, Punjab Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi. In the Capital, Delhi Transport Corporation buses and Metro plied normally while markets were closed in most places. In Mumbai, with the Shiv Sena staying away from the protest, on account of the Ganesh festival, the bandh impact was not felt. However, the political significance of the protest, with SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav courting arrest along with Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury (CPM), AB Bardhan and S Sudhakar Reddy (CPI), HD Deve Gowda (JD-S) and N. Chandrababu Naidu (TDP) was clearly visible, lending fresh impetus to the talk of the muchflogged ‘Third Front’. In fact, CPM leader Prakash Karat made efforts through SPleader Ram Gopal Yadav to convince Mulayam to change his plan to protest in Delhi instead of Lucknow. The subscript was that these parties came together and shared a common antiCongress plank and preferred to be alongside each other on issues concerning people. NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 20 Team Kejriwal is firm on offering a political alternative even if it meant going without their mentor, Anna Hazare. Members of the team met at Laxmi Nagar here today to chalk out their future course of action following Hazare’s move of yesterday. All of them admitted that after Anna’s withdrawal from the political plans, things were Arvind Kejriwal going to get tough over the coming days. Now that the veteran social activist has dissociated himself from his erstwhile team members after a long-felt rift over entering the electoral area, sources said Anna would embark on a nationwide tour as part of his anticorruption movement. Last night, Anna Hazare reportedly met yoga guru Ramdev at Golf Links. The meeting is believed to have been also been attended by former Army Chief General VK Singh. No details of what transpired at the meeting are known so far. Continued on page 11 Gurjit Singh Sanghera, son of Avtar Henry, a former Punjab minister, whose Indian citizenship has been ceased for possessing two passports, has accused the latter of ill-treating his first wife Surinder Kaur. Sanghera said he was just 3 years old when his father Henry, a tranporter-turned-politician, brought him back to their native village Bilga in Jalandhar from England after dumping his mother Surinder Kaur. “Acancer patient, my mother c m y b ❚ Henry dumped his first wife in England and married another woman in India again without giving divorce to her. ❚ Separated me from my mother, who could not bear Avtar Henry it and went into depression. She later died of cancer. “ I am fighting this battle to get justice for my mother. I want her soul to rest in peace. “ JALANDHAR, SEPTEMBER 20 ANANYA PANDA/TNS SANGHERA’S CHARGES — Gurjit Singh Sanghera, son of Avtar Henry died a painful death in July this year. Her ashes were immersed in the Thames,” said Sanghera. "He (Avtar) threw my mother out of the house and after returning to India in 1969, he married Harinder Kaur without giving divorce to his first wife. He has violated the Hindu Marriage Act,” claimed Sanghera. "I was separated from my mother and was forced to live HP Assembly poll: Cong set to okay candidates The election panel headed by Virbhadra will meet on Sept 24 RAKESH LOHUMI/TNS SHIMLA, SEPTEMBER 20 with my grandmother Bakhshish Kaur in Shankar village near Nurmahal in Jalandhar. My mother could not bear the setback and went into depression," Sanghera claimed. “I am fighting this battle to get justice for my mother. I want her soul to rest in peace,” he said. Sanghera said Henry paid no heed to the request of his inlaws to bring his wife back from England. “My mother had to put up at her relatives’ place. It was only on the directions of the British Council, The Congress will start the process of deciding candidates for the 68 Assembly seats, for which as many as 760 applications have been received. The Pradesh Election Committee will hold its first meeting for the purpose under the chairmanship of Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee chief Virbhadra Singh in New Delhi on September 24. According to party sources, there will be no problem in respect of 40 seats and it will be possible to decide candidates by consensus. Most sitting legislators, except those whose seats have been reserved or scrapped in delimitation, will be nominated again. For instance, there is only one application each for six seats. The applicants are Kaul Singh from Darang, Harsh Wardhan from Shilai, Mukesh Agnihotri from Haroli, Sukhwinder Singh from Nadaun, Surinder Bharadwaj from Churah and Neeraj Bharati from Jawali. Continued on page 11 Continued on page 11 Continued on page 11 Third Front dream alive? P2 With or without Anna, Team Kejriwal Son’s fresh salvo: Henry ill-treated my mother firm on offering political alternative BIPIN BHARDWAJ/TNS 18 pages ` 2.50
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