24LT01A.qxd 9/24/2012 12:08 AM Page 1 LUDHIANA TRIBUNE monday | SEPTEMBER | 24 | 2012 | ludhiana ACCIDENTS: ADMINISTRATION DOING LITTLE TO PREVENT MISHAPS Þ PAGE 2 REPORTERS’ DIARY: PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN SWORD Þ PAGE 3 Voters spend sleepless nights Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 23 Touted as the elections of the intellectual, the Senate elections were marred by controversies ovaer bogus voting and unfair means to influence voters. While 95 per cent voting was recorded in the teachers’ constituency, over 30 per cent voters turned up at the polling stations for in the graduates’ constituency. High drama was witnessed at Guru Nanak College in Model Town here in the morning when a contestant, Kuldeep Singh, alleged that the college authorities had installed CCTV cameras to monitor polling. Following the complaint, the CCTV camera was covered with a cloth and the constituency was shifted from the graduates’ constituency to teachers’ constituency. Tension escalated when the election observer, Nahar Singh Gill, raised an objection, stating that ballot boxes were not sealed till 9.13 am. He claimed that no votes were polled. Owing to such controversies, the casting of vote was delayed by 45 minutes and polling started at 9.45 am. Kuldeep Singh further alleged that the Principal of the college, Dr Charanjit Kaur Mahal, was favouring a particular candidate and kept sitting in a room where polling was taking place. Dr Mahal termed the allegations as baseless and flayed Kuldeep for indulging in cheap political gimmicks. There were reports of bogus polling at Government Model Senior Secondary School (PAU). Sources said supporters of a particular candidate had procured fake identity cards in order to cast votes. However, no formal complaint was lodged and vot- Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 23 Amid a lot of hue and cry about the norm of giving only six susbsidised LPG cylinders to a customer in a year, the Centre has finally Woman dies in accident Mohit Khanna Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 23 A pal of gloom descended on Sanjiv Kumar’s (34) house in Bharat Nagar Chowk area. His parents, who lost their daughter-in-law Manisha Gupta (32) in a road accident this morning, were in for another shock when they learnt that the condition of Sanjiv and his twoyear-old son Ridham was critical. While Sanjiv suffered multiple injuries, Ridham sustained a serious head injury. The anxious family members were seen shuttling between Khanna, Chandigarh and Ludhiana for the whole day. The family was returning home from Jagdhari after attending the wedding ceremony of Manisha's niece. Ashish Thamman, Sanjiv Kumar’s neighbour, said the accident took place around 7 am today. Continued on page 2 22.7° MINIMUM Teachers block highway again Lovleen Bains Doraha,September 23 A stall at a polling booth during the Panjab University Senate elections in Ludhiana on Sunday; and (right) voters wait for their turn to cast vote. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN ing went on peacefully. According to experts, the Senate election results can spring a surprise this time around as many new faces from non-academic background, including businessmen, have tried their luck. Prof Tarsem Bahia said the voters’ turnout could upset the poll calculations and it could usher the entry of the corporate sector. “This election has witnessed both money and muscle powers. It appeared that the Senate elections were overtaken by some small and big political parties,” said Bahia. A section of academicians expressed disappointment over the entry of candidates from non-academic background. “I am not stating that people from non-teaching DECEASED VOTERS ON POLL ROLLS Mandi Ahmedgarh: Families of registered graduate voters, who died long ago, received appeals for vote and support from candidates. Communication from even the university authorities were also received by these families. While the appeals through pamphlets were less upsetting, telephonic calls and personal visits made by candidates were more disturbing for the families of the deceased voters. "It was really upsetting for me when one of the candidates rang me up to seek vote of my wife who died five years ago," said a local resident, adding that he had received a large number of communications in the name of his wife from a number of candidates. A perusal of the list of voters of the town and its adjoining areas, which fall in Sangrur and Ludhiana districts, revealed that the names of dozens of persons who have died continue to figure on the lists of registered graduate voters. The deceased voters included late Uggar Sain (BA) who died in 1984. — OC department should not be allowed to fight the elections. My only concern is that the entry of non-teach- ing candidates should not affect development of education system,” said former Professor KBS Sodhi. The style of campaigning was just the same as it was witnessed during the time of the Municipal Corporation (MC) and Assembly elections. Candidates did not leave any stone unturned to drawing voters to the polling booths. Providing chauffeur-driven cars and exerting pressure on voters through their near and dears ones were some of tactics that were use by the candidates. Sodhi expressed satisfaction on the scrutiny of voters’ identity cards. Prof Bahia, who had fought the Senate elections from 1976 to 2008, also expressed satisfaction over the polling process. “I visited the polling stations in Khanna and Samrala. The polling was conducted in a transparent manner.” Customers to get only 3 subsidised LPG cylinders till March Anupam Bhagria 33.2° MAXIMUM MALADY: TREATED BY QUACK, MAN DIES IN JAGRAON Þ PAGE 4 SENATE POLLS MARRED BY CONTROVERSIES Mohit Khanna WEATHER MAINLY CLOUDY SKY issued a notification to LPG dealers in this regard. Harsimarjit Kaur, president of the All-India LPG Distribution Federation of Punjab State, said: "We received this notification of the Government of India through our respective oil companies on our e-mails only two days ago. We have been instructed to issue only three subsidised LPG cylinders to each consumer till March 31. It is because the current financial year (which will end on March 31, 2013) has only six months to go”. So we will now check as to how many cylinders a consumer has been delivered till date. But, we will give only three subsidised LPG cylinders till March 31. This notification comes into effect from September 4." When asked as how much a consumer will have to shell out for getting the fourth cylinder, she said: Continued on page 2 It is but natural for candidates to pass sleepless night a day before elections, but it sounds strange if voters have to have the same experience. It was very true a night before the senate elections. The calls and SMSes sent by candidates to voters throughout the night, not once, twice and thrice but for a number of times, forced them to either put their cellphones on the silent mode or switch them off for the night. “Convincing a person once or twice is acceptable but thinking that a voter should be ever ready to spare time and read the messages sent again and again by the same candidate, is in no way wise,” said a teacher. “Only I know what my position was last evening. I was busy preparing food, helping my child in studies and putting my mobile phone on the charger at the same time. The message tone was disturbing me time and again. It is really ridiculous on the part of the candidates. After all, how many times do they have to remind voters to cast vote in their favour?” said an irritated voter. “Although I have seen that this hardly makes a difference as a voter already makes up his mind to cast vote for a particular candidate. So asking the voters to vote in their favour time and again makes the former stiffer enough not to vote for such candidates at least,” said another voter. “Not only candidates, their relatives, friends, neighbours, street mates, etc, all will give you a ring and send Continued on page 2 Agitating teachers argue with police officials in Ludhiana on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 23 The day was again hectic for the city police as Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) pass teachers protested at the Grain Market and blocked the national highway to pres for their demands. The commuters faced inconvenience due to the blockade on the highway. The police diverted the traffic to the Jagraon bridge but commuter who took the Ludhiana bypass or approach the Samrala Chowk faced sheer inconvenience. The police tried to dissuade the unemployed teachers from holding the protest, but to no avail. The unemployed teachers started gathering at the Grain Market at 11 am and left for the highway at 1.30. They raised anti-government slogans while marching towards the Jalandhar bypass chowk. The police had installed barricades on the way where administrative officials tried to arrange their talks with the higher authorities. Nilambri Jagdale, ADCP-1, asked the teachers to exercise restrain till 3.15 pm. But when they did not get any favourable response till the given time they tried to cross the barricades. There was a scuffle between policemen and the teachers where the president of the teachers’ union suffered minor injuries. After some time, the ADCP-1 told the teachers that their meeting had fixed with the Deputy Chief Minister but the teachers refused to meet him. The teachers rushed towards the Karabara Chowk and block all the ways at 4.30 pm. Police officials tried to convince them to meet the Deputy Chief Minister but the teachers were adamant on meeting the Chief Minister instead.
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