04012018-CT-01.qxd 1/4/2018 1:19 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 4 JANUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Fog delays 17 flights ~2-lakh relief to kin GNDU claim top spot Inclement weather and fog continue to disrupt flights at the International Airport. P3 ~2-lakh interim compensation ordered to kin of a youth who was killed due to simian menace. P4 GNDU-Amritsar win all their league matches to claim the top spot in hockey championship. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 15°C MIN 5°C | YESTERDAY MAX 14.5°C MIN 7°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.36 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.19 AM MAYORAL POLL — BJP A HOUSE DIVIDED Outgoing mayor Jaswal, her supporters file nominations against official party nominees SPEAKING OUT Sandeep Rana The written stand of 14 councillors against Moudgil was not heard. The BJP city president’s view was also not considered by those involved in the selection process. We wanted a mayor who thinks of the party’s interests, not one who is in favour of Selvel (company involved in scam). Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 3 Municipal Corporation (MC) mayoral poll divided the ruling BJP as outgoing Mayor Asha Kumari Jaswal walked out of the UT Guest House with 13 fellow councillors and the city party president Sanjay Tandon to contest the polls as a rebel against official party nominee today. Only six councillors stayed back after party in-charge Prabhat Jha told them that Davesh Moudgil would be the party’s choice. Against the party’s official stand, Asha Kumari Jaswal, Ravi Kant Sharma and Vinod Aggarwal filed nominations for the posts of mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor, respectively. Later, Tandon, who claimed he earlier went to see his unwell wife and did not boycott the meeting, rejoined the meeting with Jha and party secretary Dinesh Kumar. Thereafter, the party declared the names of Moudgil, Gurpreet Singh Dhillon and Vinod Aggarwal as candidates for the posts of mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor, respectively. But, the party in-charge had egg on his face when Aggarwal did not turn up for the nominations at the MC Continued on page 2 ASHA KUMARI JASWAL, outgoing Mayor Official BJP nominees Davesh Moudgil (second from left), Gurpreet Singh Dhillon (extreme right) and Vinod Aggarwal (third from left) file nominations for the posts of mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor, respectively, on Wednesday. Asha Kumari Jaswal, Ravi Kant Sharma (to her right) and Vinod Aggarwal (left) file nominations for the posts of mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor, respectively, against the BJP nominees. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MANOJ MAHAJAN POSSIBLE PRESENT SCENARIO Who stands where Davesh Moudgil is in the Kirron Kher camp and is also a close aide of former MP Satya Pal Jain. While another contender, councillor Arun Sood, is in the Sanjay Tandon group. Jaswal, too, is in the Tandon faction. What all happened Source said 14 councillors proposed different names for the post of mayor. However, when party in-charge Prabhat Jha announced Moudgil’s name, they said leave aside both Sood and Moudgil and make Rajesh Kumar Gupta the nominee for the post. However, the party was in Moudgil’s favour, which forced 14 councillors to leave the meeting. Other six councillors were in the party nominee’s favour. However, by evening, some councillors started falling in line due to party pressure. Multiple sets of papers filed BJP: 20 BJP: 6, Rebels: 14 (numbers may vary) 27 TOTAL VOTES Congress: 4 Likely to go with rebels Independent: 1 Likely to vote BJP nominee Ex-officio member MP: 1 Expected to vote BJP nominee SAD: 1 Likely to vote BJP nominee Issue of voting rights to nominated councillors The issue of annulment of voting rights of nominated councillors is listed for January 5 in the Supreme Court. It would also be a major factor in the mayoral poll even if the court’s decision is announced in either side’s favour. These nominated members are divided too. Earlier, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had annulled their voting rights after which the UT Administration as well as nominated councillors moved the apex court. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 3 Ex-servicemen of the other states are returning disappointed from the CSD canteen situated at Sector 21 after the management has asked them to procure liquor from other canteens. The management, in a public notice pasted outside the liquor section of the canteen, has advised all card holders of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh to take their quota of liquor from the canteen situated at Sector 29 till the stock position improves. The canteen in Sector 21 has the highest footfall of exservicemen in the tricity. While no reasons was cited for the shortage of stock, sources said one of the reasons for taking the decision was huge difference in the prices of liquor in states. With the prices of liquor being higher in the other states in comparison to Chandigarh, a large number of ex-servicemen visit the city to get their quota of liquor, which resulted in the shortage at the canteen. One of the officer at the canteen said though the restriction had been imposed on the outsiders, there was no shortage for the card holders of Chandigarh. Lt Col (retd) SS Sohi, chairman of ex-servicemen grievance cell, said putting Continued on page 2 Mohali, January 3 A 31-year-old unmarried person, staying as a paying guest at Mataur village, here, shot himself in a bid to commit suicide at his residence last night. In his statement to the police, the victim, identified as Karamjit Singh, who is working with a call centre, here, said he got emotional while remembering his late mother and shot himself with a revolver of his friend. The victim’s condition is said to be critical as his lower body parts have stopped functioning. “He could speak and listen,” said inspector Jarnail Singh, Station House Officer (SHO), Mataur police Karamjit undergoes treatment at a hospital. TRIBUNE PHOTO station, here. The SHO said Karamjit, along with his certain friends, was partying at his residence late last night when the inci- dent occurred. “His mother had died a couple of years ago. He told us that he got emotional while remembering his mother and shot himself,” the SHO said. After hearing the gunshot, the watchman of the area reached the spot. Victim’s friends shifted Karamjit to a nearby private hospital. “The revolver belonged to the victim’s friend, Ginder, who has gone to Amritsar. We have summoned him for further investigation,” said inspector Jarnail Singh. The police are yet to know whether or not the weapon in question was licensed. “We have initiated legal action in the incident. A case is yet to be registered in this regard,” the SHO said. UT orders eviction of ex-serviceman’s daughters-in-law Refers 99-year-old ex-Army officer to court for removing tenants from his house in Sec 27-B Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 3 The UT Administration has ordered the eviction of 99year-old retired Army officer Lt-Col Piara Singh’s both daughters-in-law from his house in Sector 27-B here. However, the administration refused to remove the tenants from the ex-serviceman’s property and referred him to approach the competent court of law for this purpose. The development assumes significance as the Punjab and Haryana High Court had on December 6 issued a notice on the contempt-ofcourt petition filed by the exserviceman in this regard. THE CASE The 99-year-old ex-serviceman had accused his both daughters-inlaw of fraudulently and illegally transferring his house in their name, regarding which a police case was also registered on June 7, 2008, at the Sector 26 police station. “My both daughters-in-law and their family members have so much harassed me and they have made my life a hell,” the retd Lt Col alleged, while further accusing his daughters-in-law of throwing him out of his own house, which forced him to live on rent. The order was passed by Additional Deputy Commissioner Rajiv Gupta while disposing of an application filed by the ex-serviceman under Sections 21 and 22 of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, seeking protection of life and property with directions to vacate his house. In a 16-page order, a copy of which is with The Tribune, Gupta observed: “The applicant is a super senior citizen of 99 years of age and owner of the house in question. As per law provisions, it is duty of the State to ensure protection of life and property of the senior citizens”. Allowing his application, the ADC ordered: “The appli- Heera Negi, Anil Kumar Dube, Kanwarjeet Singh Rana, Farmila and Chanderwati Shukla cation is allowed to the extent to evict his both daughtersin-law, whom he had made respondents in the application and their family members from his house”. Gupta directed ex-serviceman’s both daughters-in-law Savitri and Promila Rani and their family members to vacate the applicant’s house within 30 days from the date of receipt of this order. “In case respondents fail to vacate the applicant’s house within the said period, the Station House Officer, Police Station, East, Chandigarh, will evict the respondents from the said house and send compliance report to this authority,” he further ordered. The order further men- c m y b tioned, “As far as other occupants/ tenants in the ex-serviceman’s house are concerned, this authority cannot entertain the aspect of tenancy. Therefore, the applicant is at liberty to approach the appropriate court in respect of the tenants in his house”. The ADC also asked the SHO concerned to depute a Sub-Inspector with a woman constable to visit the applicant fortnightly in order to keep in touch with the applicant constantly to ensure safety of life and property of the ex-serviceman, for which he is fully entitled as per relevant law provisions and rules under which the application had been filed. This is the party’s decision. I do not comment on individuals or on what the party decides. KIRRON KHER, MP I feel unfortunate for whatever happened on Wednesday. Asha Kumari Jaswal and others are cultured and disciplined party workers. It was their off-the-cuff decision and I hope good sense will prevail. Secondly, I had gone out of the meeting around lunch time to see my wife who was unwell. SCRUTINY OF NOMINATIONS JANUARY 4 WITHDRAWAL OF CANDIDATURE TILL JANUARY 9 MAYORAL POLL JANUARY 9 FROM 11 AM ONWARDS Youth shoots himself with No to ex-servicemen friend’s pistol at Mataur PG from other states Tribune News Service Those who stayed back at BJP meet DAVESH MOUDGIL, BJP nominee POLL SCHEDULE LIQUOR QUOTA AT SEC 21 CSD CANTEEN Ramkrishan Upadhyay The Jaswal group filed five sets of papers with 10 councillors as proposers and seconders. Three sets were filed by the Moudgil faction. I have always been in party discipline. The party is supreme and it is the party’s decision. POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH: 11 am to 3 pm: Part of Kajheri village 11 am to 4 pm: Part of Sec 25 MOHALI: 9 am to 5 pm : Residential and commercial areas of Phase V will be partially affected SANJAY TANDON, Chandigarh BJP president I held meetings and they will withdraw their names before January 9. The allegations are made out of anger. I do not consider them. The party is supreme and it is not my personal decision. PRABHAT JHA, party in-charge VENDOR MURDERED NEAR BALONGI Page 4
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