13042019-btd-01.qxd 4/12/2019 11:22 PM Page 1 c m y b Bathinda TRIBUNE PAGE 2 BKU STAGES PROTEST FOR EARLY PADDY CULTIVATION Members of the BKU Sidhupur say the government must allow farmers to start paddy cultivation from June 5. FORECAST MOSTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF ~1.5L SNATCHED FROM WOMAN Bathinda: A snatching incident was reported in the city in which a woman lost her bag containing Rs 1,50,000 on the Bibiwala road on Thursday. The complainant, Dr Ritu Goyal of Bibiwala Road, said she was going to her house from the railway station on a rickshaw. On the way, two miscreants came on a motorcycle and snatched away her bag which contained the money. A case has been registered against two unidentified persons under Sections 379-B and 34 of the IPC at the Civil Lines police station. The police have started investigation. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.65 DIESEL ~65.50 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA POLITICAL RALLY: Union Cabinet Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal to address a political rally at Bhucho; 1 pm PAGE 3 MADHURI READY WITH HER MUSIC ALBUM REVIEW OF PUNJABI FILM MANJE BISTRE 2 She is all set to explore her vocal skills by launching her pop album and will release her first single by the end of 2019. MAX 38°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:56 PM PAGE 4 The second instalment in the Manje Bistre series is also set up in the backdrop of a traditional wedding. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:05 AM SATURDAY | 13 APRIL 2019 | BATHINDA 2 factions of teachers’ union slug it out Woman among 2 After clash between leaders, their supporters accuse each other of misconduct Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 12 Members of two factions of Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) indulged in a war of words on Friday. While one group staged a protest at Ambedkar Park and sought action against a teacher who had allegedly attacked the president of the union on Thursday evening, the other group’s members conducted a press conference to defy the former’s claims. Two teachers from both the factions allegedly manhandled each other and got injured and had to be admitted to different hospitals in the district. Resham Singh, president of the DTF, said “When I shared information regarding February’s pending salaries of teachers, Arjan Singh started using foul language against me. I have always ignored such behaviour in the past and when I replied that this offensive Members of the Democratic Teachers’ Front protest in support of Resham Singh at Ambedkar Park in Bathinda on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO behaviour will not be tolerated, he threatened to attack me. Later in the evening, he came outside the Teachers’ Home and attacked me, causing serious injuries to my head.” Baljinder Singh, secretary of the DTF, said “Resham Singh has always been an Festivities beckon active participant in the teachers’ struggle for pending demands, including delayed salaries. There is another faction of teachers, who see him as a competition and want to sideline him. The attack on Resham Singh is deplorable and we demand that the accused must be booked and arrested by the police.” The police have registered a case against Arjan Singh at Kotwali police station. Meanwhile, another faction of the DTF, during the press conference, said Arjan Singh was assaulted by Resham Singh and other teachers and had to be hospitalised in Nathana. They said Resham Singh was asked to clarify his stand on funds used in the union but he did not cooperate. Jaswinder Sidhu, president of ETT teacher union, said “Arjan Singh was attacked by Resham Singh and his accomplices. He is admitted to a hospital in Nathana now. The case registered against him is false and we have met the SSP and demanded an enquiry into the matter.” killed in mishaps Tribune News Service HOW IT HAPPENED Bathinda, April 12 Two persons were killed in two road accidents in the city. In the first incident, a woman, a resident of Amarpura Basti, was killed. In a complaint lodged with the police, the victim’s husband, Sumit Kumar, stated that he, along with his wife Ruksana, was going to Jassi Paowali village on a motorcycle on Thursday. When they reached near the railway under-bridge on the Mansa road, a car rammed their motorcycle from the rear, killing his wife. A case under Sections 304A, 279 and 338 of the IPC has been registered against the unidentified driver of the vehicle (UP-67-6681). In the second incident, a resident of Phoos Mandi was killed in a road mishap. In a complaint lodged by the victim’s brother, ■ Sumit Kumar stated that he, along with his wife Ruksana, was going to Jassi Paowali village on a motorcycle on Thursday. When they reached near the railway under-bridge on the Mansa road, a car rammed their motorcycle from the rear, killing his wife ■ Kuldeep Singh stated that his brother Baljit Singh, a resident of Phoos Mandi, was returning home when some unidentified vehicle hit him, killing him on the spot . Kuldeep Singh, it has been stated that his brother Baljit Singh was returning home when some unidentified vehicle hit him, killing him on the spot. A case under Sections 304-A and 279 of the IPC has been registered against an unidentified person at the Bathinda Sadar police station. The police have initiated investigations in both the cases but no one has been arrested so far. Manpreet questions SAD’s delay in announcing Harsimrat’s candidature Independent councillor from Ward No. 23 Kamlesh Rani joins Congress Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Gurdwara Takht Damdama Sahib illuminated on the eve of Baisakhi in Talwandi Sabo on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Bathinda, April 12 Independent councillor from Ward Number 23 Kamlesh Rani, who was supporting SAD, joined Congress in the presence of Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal at his office in the city on Friday. A major violation of the code of conduct was also witnessed in this function as the councillor’s husband Raj Mehra, who is an employee of the NFL, Bathinda unit, shared the stage with Manpreet and also took a siropa from him. While talking to mediapersons, Manpreet said “It is great that councillors and other workers associated with SAD, impressed by the work of the state government in the past two years, are joining the Congress party”. Councillor Kamlesh Rani joins the Congress in the presence of Manpreet Badal in Bathinda on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Replying to a query on the announcement of party candidate from Bathinda, Manpreet Badal said Congress has announced 11 candidates while announcement of two seats, Bathinda and Ferozepur, has been kept on the back burner. He further said that Congress decisions on party candidates were taken by the high command from Delhi so the delay was understood but why the delay in announcing Harsimrat’s candidature. When asked about his candidature from Bathinda, Manpreet claimed that he had told the party high command that he was working on brining Punjab’s economy back on its track. While much had been done, more was still needed to be done, he had told them. But now it was up to the party to decide and if commanded, he would contest. He also claimed that Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Sunil Jakhar were the ones who could tell when the party candidate would be announced. Pertinently, a large number of SAD-BJP and Independent councillors have joined the Congress in the recent past. Two days ago, SAD councillor Shinder Kaur, along with her husband former councillor Bant Singh Sidhu, had joined Congress. SAD, Cong undecided Infighting may spell trouble for Akalis on Bathinda candidate BJP leader booked for ‘forcing’ man to attempt suicide PEP to field Sukhpal Khaira, AAP Prof Baljinder Kaur Malout, April 12 Malout (city) police have booked a local BJP leader for allegedly forcing a 68-year-old daily wager to attempt suicide over a property dispute. The complainant, Balwinder Singh, alleged that he had bought a house for Rs 3.5 lakh from the accused, Om Parkash Midha, in 2000. “However, later my son’s health deteriorated and he took an advance of Rs 50,000 from Midha. Midha, in turn, took signatures on some property documents and kept half of the building in his possession. My son has now passed away and I want to transfer the ownership of the land but cannot. Thus, I consumed a poisonous substance on April 10,” he stated. The police have registered a case under Sections 306 and 116 of the IPC in this regard. Midha is, however, yet to be arrested. TNS Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Archit Watts Tribune News Service Lambi (Muktsar), April 12 Even though the Punjab Ekta Party (PEP) and AAP have announced their candidates for the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat, the SAD and Congress are so far undecided about whom to field from this constituency. Union Minister and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal has been regularly holding meetings with SAD workers from Bathinda constituency yet her candidature has not been announced formally. Even the Badals are not confirming her candidature. For instance, SAD patriarch and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said he was not concerned about the candidates now. “I was earlier concerned about the can- ❝ The Akalis may benefit from this ‘deadlock’ as they are already holding meetings and motivating their workers while Congress is yet to decide its candidate from this politically hot seat ❞ A political expert didates but not now. Only the party’s core committee or the president can inform you about the candidates,” Parkash Singh Badal said while replying to a query on the issue. He toured some villages in his home turf Lambi on Friday to express grief over the recent deaths of some area residents. Similarly, AICC president Rahul Gandhi, who had held a meeting in Delhi on Thursday, announced two candidates from Punjab but did not name party candidate from Bathinda. About the prevailing political situation, some experts said Badals were playing a tricky move as they were campaigning without declaring the candidate, but the Congress leadership was just awaiting the SAD’s announcement before starting the campaign. “The Akalis may benefit from this ‘deadlock’ as they are already holding meetings and motivating their workers while Congress is yet to decide its candidate from this politically hot seat,” they said. Notably, PEP chief Sukhpal Singh Khaira and AAP MLA Prof Baljinder Kaur are in fray from their respective parties. Bathinda, April 12 All is not well in the SAD Bathinda unit and that is set to spell more trouble for the party in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Two groups have emerged in the local SAD unit, which is set to hit the party hard. It was learnt that senior SAD leader and former MLA Sarup Chand Singla was irked over Congress leader Iqbal Singh Dhillon joining the party. The Singla group was not happy over Dhillon being given more importance by the party high command. Experts say this might be the reason behind the party not doing much on the ground level, except holding of a few public meetings by SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Pertinently, the problem in SAD started when the party high command started ignoring Singla’s close aides and made Iqbal Singh Dhillon join the party in January. On c m y b Iqbal Singh Dhillon being inducted into the SAD. FILE PHOTO CHANGING LOYALTIES ■ The problem in SAD started when the party high command started ignoring former MLA Sarup Chand Singla’s close aides and made Iqbal Singh Dhillon join the party in January. On the same day, four leaders of the Singla group tendered their resignations and opened a front against the party ■ Later, former CM Parkash Singh Badal succeeded in pacifying one leader, Nirmal Singh Sandhu, to stay in the party, while three close aides of Singla, Harmander Singh Sidhu, Rajinder Singh Sidhu and Baljit Singh Raju Sran, joined Congress ■ Now, ahead of elections, Singla, without his key men on his side, is finding it hard to keep the ball rolling the same day, four leaders of the Singla group tendered their resignations and opened a front against the party. Later, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal succeeded in pacifying one SAD leader, Nirmal Singh Sandhu, to stay in the party, while three close aides of Singla, Harman- der Singh Sidhu, Rajinder Singh Sidhu and Baljit Singh Raju Sran, joined Congress. Now, ahead of elections, Singla, without his key men on his side, is finding it hard to keep the ball rolling. There are many SAD councillors who use to single-handedly manage the booths in their wards, but now they have switched sides to the Congress. Moreover, Bathinda (urban) segment is very critical for the SAD as it is stated that Badal family had drastically changed the city by bringing in new development projects during their tenure of 10 years, but despite this, Badal bahu had not been able to get a lead from Bathinda city in both of her elections, contested from here in 2009 and 2014. In 2009, she trailed by around 15,000 votes and in 2014, her trail went up to around 30,000 votes from Bathinda city. With more than a month left for the polls, the SAD has time to put its house in order before the campaign picks up pace in the coming days.
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