18LT01A.qxd 1/17/2014 11:45 PM Page 1 c m y b saturday | january 18 | 2014 | ludhiana LUDHIANA TRIBUNE SLAPGATE: RESIDENTS, POLITICIANS CONDEMN INCIDENT Þ PAGE 2 ASSURANCE: MC EMPLOYEES MAY CALL OFF STRIKE Þ PAGE 3 PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INCLEMENT WEATHER SPOILS TRAVEL PLANS: RAIL TRAFFIC GOES HAYWIRE Þ PAGE4 13.4°MAXIMUM 7.8°MINIMUM Civic body meet a noisy affair ■ Independent councillor Grewal accuses Mayor of siding with Dhillon Puneet Pal Singh Gill Tribune News Service HAZY VIEW: A thick blanket of fog engulfs Ludhiana on Friday morning. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Police chief seeks time from lawyers ■ Says will relocate ‘malkhana’; lawyers to carry on with agitation Tribune Reporters Ludhiana, January 17 Advocates staged a dharna outside the Police Commissioner’s office at the MiniSecretariat here today. Yesterday, the District Bar Association (DBA) had decided to gherao the office of the Commissioner of Police. The lawyers were demanding the shifting of “malkhana” as there was paucity of parking place.The advocate staged a protest in the morning and said the protest would continue till the shifting of the “malkhana”. "We have been asking them to shift the “malkhana” and they have been giving us false assurances. Today, we have decided that we will not end the agitation till our demand is met," said the group of advocates. Lawyers protest outside the Police Commissioner's office in Ludhiana on Friday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Later in the evening, agitating lawyers gheraoed Commissioner of Police Nirmal Singh Dhillon. The Commissioner of Police has sought some time from the lawyers for relocating the “malkhana”. Dhillon tried to convince the agitating lawyers and said, "I was also a lawyer before I joined the police department. I was practicing in the Ludhiana courts. Give me some time to make adequate arrangements," The advocate decided that the protest would continue till their demand was met. Sources said the advocates were planning to protest on a larger scale tomorrow. The DBA president Parupkar Singh Ghumman, vice-president Gurdeep Singh Salh and other office-bearers expressed their resentment. Volleyball players on edge Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 17 The state-level volleyball championship began at Punjab Agricultural University Model Senior Secondary School today. As the multi-purpose hall of Guru Nanak Stadium is in need of repairs, organisers chose to hold the event on the school ground. Office-bearers of the Punjab Volleyball Association said only a few districts had volleyball courts. They said such events could not be organised without government aid. Naresh Pathak, joint secretary of the association, said: “Inclement weather will affect the performance of players. The government should upgrade infrastructure before organising such events." “Earlier, the Punjab Government used to give associations Rs 10,000 each, but now things have changed. The state team has won several championships," said Pathak. “The focus of the Punjab Government is only on kabaddi. The game cannot be played on a ground." He government shouldprovide finds for the game. c m y b Ludhiana, January 17 The General House meeting of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation turned into a battleground as councillors entered into heated arguments with one another today. Independent councillor Daljit Singh ‘Bhola’ Grewal and Akali councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal entered into heated arguments. Grewal once again accused Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria of siding with Akali MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon and “ignoring” the Independent councillors. However, the Mayor called the allegation baseless and said that he saw all the councillors in the same light. During the ‘zero hour’, Grewal questioned the Mayor as to why he (Grewal) was not invited at functions organised to launch development projects in Ward Number 8, which was represented by Grewal. “A development work funded under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project, in which 50 per cent of the fund is provided by the Centre, 30 per cent by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and 20 per cent by the state government, was inaugurated in Ward Number 8 on December 23. The Mayor attended the function organised by Akali MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon but I was not invited there,” questioned Grewal. Reacting, the Mayor said he attended the function as he was invited by Dhillon there. “I am not biased against any councillor and even attend functions Independent councillor Daljit Singh Grewal (pink turban) enters into a heated argument with Akali councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal (yellow turban); and (below) none of the local MLAs attended the MC General House meeting in Ludhiana on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN ❝Councillor Daljit Singhme Grewal has never invited to any of his functions and when I attend other functions in his ward, he takes it otherwise, which is wrong. Moreover, I am not answerable to him and I want to make it clear that I hold all councillors in the same light.❞ — HARCHARAN SINGH GOHALWARIA, MAYOR DHILLON WON THE POLL ALWAYS AT LOGGERHEADS Dhillon had successfully contested the elections on SAD ticket from the Ludhiana East Constituency while Grewal contested as an Independent from the same constituency. At that time, Grewal had managed to secure close to 22,000 votes and Dhillon won with a margin of 4,000 votes. Independent Councillor Daljit Singh Grewal and Akali MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon have been at loggerheads since the last Vidhan Sabha elections and their supporters have clashed in the past too. On many occasions both are in news trying to stake claim over development projects. Before the Vidhan Sabha elections, both were SAD councillors from Ward Number 2 and 8, respectively. organised by councillors from other political parties. Had you invited me to any function, I would have attended it as well,” replied the Mayor. Meanwhile, Dhaliwal got up from his seat and asked Grewal as to why he kept raising the same issue time and again? “Councillor Daljit Singh Grewal should not waste our time by raising the same issue always. If he has any problem with MLA Ranjit Singh Dhillon, he should sort it out with him instead. The Mayor can attend any function and a councillor cannot stop him from doing so,” stated Tanvir.
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