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SUNRISE MONDAY 6:04 AM SUNDAY | 14 APRIL 2019 | BATHINDA SAD goes all out to campaign in region Party’s star campaigners Sukhbir Badal, Harsimrat, Bikram Majithia hold public meetings Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 13 Bigwigs of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have come out to intensify the campaigning in Bathinda, from where Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal would most likely be trying her luck for the third time. Harsimrat, the sitting MP , held public meetings at Tungwali and Bucho Kalan villages in the district on Saturday, while her brother and SAD leader Bikramjit Singh Majithia addressed a meeting at Rama Mandi, whereas party president Sukhbir Badal is scheduled to address four public meetings in Bathinda city on Sunday. Apart from public meetings, Sukhbir would also hold meetings with industrialists at Ganpati Club in the city on Sunday night. It is learnt that the delay in the announcement of candidate has sent a wrong message to the voters, but to recover the lost ground, SAD has organised backto-back public meetings of its star campaigners. Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA) candidate Sukhpal Khaira is already campaigning in the villages from the past few weeks. Khaira on Saturday paid obeisance at BLESSINGS TAKEN Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA) candidate Sukhpal Khaira and AAP candidate Prof Baljinder Kaur paid obeisance at Takht Damdama Sahib on Saturday. Both are holding public meetings in villages of the constituency. Sukhpal Singh Khaira pays obeisance at Takht Damdama Sahib on the occasion of Baisakhi on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PAWAN SHARMA Takth Damdama Sahib. While campaigning, he said he was offering voters an alternative to Badal and Capt family, which had ruled and ruined the state turn by turn. AAP candidate and Talwandi Sabo MLA Prof Baljinder Kaur, after the announcement of her candidature on Friday, also paid obeisance at Takth Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo and started holding public meetings. This time the going seems to be tough for AAP which had , won five out of the nine Assembly segments in the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat. The split in the party has totally broken the grip it had during the 2017 Assembly elections. AAP’s two rebel MLAs— Jagdev Kamalu and Nazar Singh Mansahia —who are yet to resign from the party, are supporting Khaira. Besides, AAP’s candidate from Bathinda (urban) seat during the 2017 elections, Deepak Bansal, has also joined Khaira. The Congress has done nothing till now except hold worker meetings and is yet to start an active campaign as it is waiting for the announcement of its candidate from the Bathinda constituency. INBRIEF 31-YEAR-OLD MAN ENDS LIFE Malout: Perturbed over some domestic dispute, 31year-old Gurpreet Singh of Aulakh village here allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a fan at his residence. Sources said the victim’s wife had been staying at her parents’ house for the past three months. The victim had two daughters and a son. The Malout (Sadar) police have started inquest proceedings in this regard. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.65 DIESEL ~65.03 WHAT’S ON BATHINDA PUBLIC MEETING: SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal to hold three public meeting in the city Why Rahul doesn’t apologise for Bluestar:Harsimrat New Faridkot Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 13 Union Food Processing Industry Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Saturday asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi why he had not apologised for his party and his family’s crime of sending tanks to demolish Sri Akal Takth Sahib while paying obeisance at the highest religious-temporal seat of the Sikh Panth on Friday. Talking to mediapersons at Tungwali village after addressing a public meeting, Harsimrat also held Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh responsible for failing to secure the apology from the Congress president. She said the CM should have mustered the courage to demand an apology as like the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the Gandhi family’s grievous sin to use tanks and artillery to attack the holiest shrine of the Sikhs in 1984 was unparalleled in the history of the country. “By failing to do this, Capt Amarinder has hurt Sikh sentiments. In light of this, his earlier resignation from the council of ministers after Operation Bluestar will now be treated as a mere political stunt, which it was since Capt not only rejoined the Congress but has consistently failed to call out the Gandhi family for its barbarity against the Sikh community”. The Bathinda MP said the Congress party was demanding an apology for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre from the British Government but was refusing to pay any heed to the demand of the Sikh community for an unequivocal apology from both the Congress party ❝The CM should have mustered the courage to Harsimrat Kaur Badal takes a selfie with a girl during a public rally at Bhucho Mandi in Bathinda on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO and the Gandhi family for the attack on Sri Harmandar Sahib as well as the genocide committed against the Sikh community in 1984. Meanwhile, commenting on the British envoy’s statement which termed the Jallianwala Bagh massacre a shameful act, Harsimrat said more was needed to be done. She said both the High Commissioner and the British Government had failed to gauge the sentiments of Punjabis as well as Indians by failing to apologise for the gruesome act. “Like the Congress party and the Gandhi family apol- At rally, Majithia asks workers whom to field from Bathinda Sukhmeet Bhasin Tribune News Service The dilapidated condition of Rani Mahal, situated at Qila Mubarak, in Bathinda. PHOTO: VIJAY KUMAR Labour pangs hold up facelift for Rani Mahal Sameer Singh Tribune News Service Bathinda, April 13 The Rani Mahal, situated in city’s Qila Mubarak, is in a dilapidated condition. Reason: the delay in tendering process to hire labourers for the renovation and repair work. Notably, the work of renovating the Rani Mahal was started by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) a few years ago but in 2015, it was stalled due to financial constraints. The repair work has not been resumed since and the structure of the Mahal appears to be on the verge of collapse. Sources said while the material for renovation and repair work has arrived at the Qila, tendering process could not be started without the approval from officials of the ASI head office in Delhi. With the Mahal lying in neglect, the walls have developed cracks and if the repair work is not started soon, it may come apart. It could be risky for tourists visiting the Qila Mubarak. The ASI, which is working on restoring the entire fort, is waiting for the release of funds from the Central Government. It even prepared a proposal of funds and sent the same to the Central Government for allocation last year, but no funds have been given to the ASI for the restoration work so far. Tarak Singh, conservation assistant, ASI, said “We have given an estimate to the regional office of the ASI to seek approval to initiate the tendering process. But we have not received any response so far. The material for the renovation work has arrived in the Qila already, but we cannot start the work till we get an approval. As soon as we get the nod, the renovation work of the Mahal would be started.” Another official of the ASI claimed that the restoration work on the Rani Mahal is urgently needed as it is located exactly above the only entry and exit point of the fort and a gurdwara is also located inside the fort, where a large number of devotees come to pay obeisance. Besides the fund crunch, the department is still planning the restoration of Rani Mahal as the work requires closure of the lone entry and exit point, so the department will first have to plan for another opening gate. Bathinda, April 13 Youth Akali Dal (YAD) president Bikramjit Singh Majithia on Saturday tried to test the pulse of party workers by asking them who should contest the elections from Bathinda seat. The workers, raising their hands, tossed the name of Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Majithia was attending a rally organised by YAD at Rama Mandi in Talwandi Sabo Assembly segment. While addressing the workers, he lashed out at Capt Amarinder Singh and claimed that he had taken a vow to eliminate drugs from the state within four weekss of coming to power by holding a ‘gutka sahib’ but by not fulfilling this promise, he had committed a sin. He said Finance Minister Manpreet Badal had prepared a manifesto of the Congress party in which voters were lured with promises such as special benefits to SC/BC, Ghar Ghar Naukri, free smart phone, ghee-tea along with atta-dal to poor and many others, but they had been unable to do any of these works. Majithia claimed that the Congress-led state government had failed on all fronts. Congress had ruled the country for 60 years and had given many slogans, which had later turned into excuses because they were never delivered. Majithia was accompanied by MLA Rozy Barkandi, Parambans Singh Bunty Romana, Robin Singh and others at the rally. Bikaramjit Singh Majithia during a public rally at Rama Mandi in Bathinda on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO c m y b demand an apology as like the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the Gandhi family’s grievous sin to use tanks and artillery to attack the holiest shrine of the Sikhs in 1984 was unparalleled in the history of the country ❞ Harsimrat Kaur Badal, BATHINDA MP ogy for the genocide conducted against the Sikh community is awaited since 35 years, the people of India have waited for 100 years for the British Government to atone for massacring hundreds of innocents indiscriminately at Jallianwala Bagh,” she added. DC takes charge Tribune News Service Faridkot, April 13 Kumar Saurabh Raj, IAS, on Saturday assumed charge as the Deputy Commissioner of Faridkot. After shifting out Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu, IAS, on the directions of the Election Commission this week, Saurabh Raj has been appointed as the new Deputy Commissioner of Faridkot. Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, Dr S Karuna Raju said in compliance with the orders of the Election Commission of India, Kumar Saurabh Raj has been posted as the Faridkot Deputy Commissioner. Kumar Saurabh Raj was performing duty as General Observer for the General Election to the Lok Sabha till now. As per the Election Commission of India’s instructions, Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu has been appointed as General Observer in place of Kumar Saurabh Raj. The ADC, Faridkot, looked after the work of the Deputy Commissioner, Faridkot, this week till Kumar Saurabh Raj assumed the duty. Gurlovleen Singh has been shifted on the complainant of the Akali Dal. It was alleged that Gurlovleen was posted in his home district and he was influencing voters in favour of the ruling party (Congress) in the state.
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