18022021-ATR-01.qxd 2/17/2021 11:44 PM Page 1 c m y b Amritsar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 TARN TARAN DC OFFICE STAFF POSTPONE STRIKE TILL MARCH 5 The agitating employees of Tarn Taran Deputy Commissioner’s office have postponed the strike till March 5. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY SALMA HAYEK ON HER DESPERADO CO-STAR ANTONIO BANDERAS PAGE 3 TANVI THAKKER GETS HITCHED TO LONG-TIME BEAU ADITYA Hollywood diva recalls how Banderas helped her when she started tearing up on the sets of the 1995 film. MAX 22°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:19 PM PAGE 4 Tanvi, known for her roles in Yeh Ishq Haaye and Miley Jab Hum Tum, tied the knot with Aditya Kapadia on Feb 16. SUNRISE FRIDAY 7:08 AM THURSDAY | 18 FEBRUARY 2021 | AMRITSAR in Majitha Cong’s Gagandeep clinches Akalis hold their fortecivic bodies in district CIVIC POLL Cong bags three out of five the deal in Ward No.37 bypoll Tribune News Service Defeats SAD’s Inderjit Pandoriby margin of just 135 votes Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 17 Congress candidate Gagandeep Singh Sehjra won the bypoll of the Municipal Corporation of Amritsar Ward No.37 by defeating its rival Shiromani Akali Dal candidate Inderjit Singh Pandori by a margin of only 135 votes here on Wednesday. Gagandeep, who contested for the first time, got 3,223 votes while SAD candidate Inderjit Singh Pandori, who was contesting for a second time from the same ward, got 3,088 votes. After winning the by-election, Gagandeep Singh said, “It’s like a wrestling match in which one has to win and the other has to suffer defeat. I am thankful to all those who supported me. Even those who didn’t support me, I would also serve them being a councillor. I would be available in the service of residents 24x7.” During the counting of votes, SAD candidate Inderjit Singh Pandori was leading in the first two rounds but in the last round Sehjra got the lead which erupted controversy. SAD candidate Inderjit Singh Pandori alleged that on the day of the by-election, the role of a senior police officer was biased. “A DSP-level Gagandeep Singh of the Congress gestures to his supporters after he was declared winner in the Ward No. 37 bypoll, outside a counting centre in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Name Gagandeep Singh Inderjit Singh Jaspal Singh Manohar Singh Ranbir Singh Party Cong SAD AAP BJP BSP NOTA Votes 3,223 3,088 1,213 52 44 60 officer did not allow me to visit the polling station at Holly Mother School. We suspect that they cast fake votes there,” said Pandori. Bikram Singh Majithia, Senior Akali leader and MLA from Majitha, also alleged misappropriation in the results of Ward No.37. On the other hand, Gagandeep Singh of the Congress refuted the allegations and claimed that the elections were held in an unbiased and fair manner. The candidates of three other parties were far behind in the competition. Despite an aggressive campaign, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Jaspal Singh Bhullar got only 1,213 votes. More voters of Ward No. 37 chose “None of the Above” (NOTA) than candidates of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and Bahujan Samaj Party. BJP candidate Manohar Singh bagged only 52 votes while BSP candidate Ranvir Singh Rana got 40 votes. As many as 60 voters rejected all the candidates by choosing the option of NOTA. Amritsar, February 17 The Congress won three out of the five municipal councils and nagar panchayats in the district today, including Jandiala, Ramdas and Rayya. In Majitha, the SAD proved its dominance by grabbing 10 wards out of 13. Congress suffered an unexpected setback in Ajnala where Akalis won eight wards out of 15. With influence of SAD senior leader Bikram Singh Majithia in his constituency, Akalis managed victory in 10 wards. Congress got only two wards, while an Independent also won from Majitha. Majithia gave the entire credit to officials concerned for conducting fair elections and voters in Majitha. In Ajnala, SAD won eight wards out of 15 and Congress managed to win remaning seven wards. The Congress won 10 wards out of 15 in Jandiala. SAD bagged three wards and Independents won from two wards. The Congress swept 12 wards out of 13 in Rayya. Akalis could manage to win only one ward. Congress and SAD nominees bagged equal number of votes in Ward No 2. A draw of lots was held to pick the winner. The seat finally went to SAD candidate Harpreet Singh Happy. In Ramdas, Congress won eight wards while three went in the kitty of SAD. The BJP and the AAP failed to win a single ward in five Shiromani Akali Dal leaders Bikram Singh Majithia and Amarpal Singh Bony pose with winning candidates of the party in Majitha and Ajnala, in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR RAYYA Cong SAD (13) 12 1 JANDIALA (15) Cong 10 SAD 3 Ind 2 AJNALA (15) SAD 8 CONG 7 MAJITHA SAD Cong Ind (13) 10 2 1 RAMDAS Cong SAD Ind (11) 8 3 0 AFTER TIE, LOTTERY DECIDES FATE IN RAYYA The administration held a draw of lots to announce a winner in Ward No. 2 in Rayya. Baba Bakala SDM Dr Sumit said lottery can be held in case candidates poll equal number of votes. Congress candidate KK Sharma and SAD nominee Harpreet Singh bagged 295 votes each. Names of both the candidates were written on two slips. Luck favoured SAD candidate Harpreet Singh Happy. civic bodies of the district. Amarpal Singh Bony, exSAD MLA, Ajnala, said it’s the victory against suppression of the Congress government. “People of Ajnala never supported lawlessness. Mood of voters can be adjudged ahead of the 2022 Assembly poll from these results,” said Bony. Congress candidate celebratesat Rayya after victory. TRIBUNE PHOTO Congress scores 29/29 in Gurdaspur SAD wrests Qadian; BJP wins in just four wards of 146 in the district Cong wins big in Patti, Bhikhiwind Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service RAISING THEIR VOICE: Students of Guru Nanak Dev University demonstrate against the arrests of students during the farm protest, in Amritsar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR GNDU students demand release of jailed activists Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 17 Students of different departments of GNDU on Wednesday raised their voice of dissent against the arrest of farmers and political activists during a march took out on the campus. Showing solidarity with the farmers and calling for justice and terming the arrests of activist Nodeep Kaur and Disha Ravi as an attempt to violate the fundamental right of the students gathered outside the gurdwara on the campus. Carrying placards reading “Political prisoners aren’t criminals”, they raised slogans and demanded the release of Disha Ravi, Navdeep Kaur and 122 farmers detained in Tihar jail. While addressing the protesters, former student of the university and Sikh Youth of Punjab president Paramjit Singh Mand said, “For the past few months, millions of peasants have been sleeping on different points of borders in Delhi in chilling cold and waging a battle against the policies that would put them in the bondage of contractors and big corporate houses. They are demanding a repeal of the agricultural laws, the scrapping of the Electricity Amendment Bill, 2020, etc. Hence, it is necessary that students should stand shoulder to shoulder with the farmers.” Jatinder Singh, a PhD scholar of the university, who is part of the students’ protests, said, “The Central Government has an obligation to protect and uphold the protesters’ human rights, not to demonise them. It is painful that the government has arbitrarily arrested a number of protesters and activists like Nodeep Kaur and many others, which is not justified.” Jujhar Singh of Sath, who collaborated with the Sikh Youth of Punjab, said the government should stop witch-hunting of the supporters of the farmers’ agitation, including climate activist Disha Ravi. While commenting on the arrest of 22year-old Ravi, Mand said under the present dispensation it seemed to be a heinous crime to post a tweet for the farmers. Gurdaspur, February 17 The Congress annihilated all opposition as it virtually steamrolled its way past the mainline political outfits — the SAD, BJP and AAP — to win all 29 seats at stake in the polls to the Gurdaspur municipal council. All 29 candidates were handpicked by MLA Barindermeet Singh Pahra. He had sought votes on the basis of developmental projects carried out in the past four years by his party. Two-time SAD MLA and president of the Gurdaspur district SAD unit Gurbachan Singh Babbehali finds himself in the doldrums as his party failed to win even a single seat. He had been carrying out extensive campaigns for his candidates in all wards. Cong MLA’s brother, Baljit Singh Pahra, who had contested from Ward No. 2, won unopposed. Sources say the decks have been cleared for him to become the MC president. The dice rolled favourably for the Congress and no opposition party candidate even came close to the Congress candidates as its nominees won ward after ward with ease. The Akalis were reduced to nonentities. In Ward No. 17, where the SAD (urban unit) has its party head office, the outfit could not even find a candidate to contest. If these results are any barometer, the writing is on the wall for the opposition parties. “They will have to pull up their socks if they have to put up a fight in the 2022 Assembly polls,” said a minister. The BJP was confident of winning at least half a dozen c m y b Bags 26 wards out of 32, BJP’s 3 nominees manage mere 81 votes Our Correspondent Sukhdeep Singh Teja celebrates with his supporters in Batala. BATALA (50) Cong 36 SAD 6 BJP 4 AAP 3 Ind 1 SRI HARGOBINDPUR (11) Cong 3 SAD 2 Ind 6 GURDASPUR Cong DHARIWAL Cong SAD Ind wards but as things stand this confidence turned out to be misplaced. The AAP which , ran largely its campaign on social media sites, too failed to open its account. In Dinanagar, the home borough of Cabinet minister Aruna Chaudhury, the Congress won 14 of the 15 seats. The Qadian municipal council saw a fight. Here, the Akalis won seven seats while the Congress bagged six. In Fatehgarh Churian, where Cabinet minister and sitting MLA Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa’s writ runs large, the Congress bagged 12 of the 13 seats. For long, the minister was focusing on both Batala (municipal cor- (29) 29 (13) 9 2 2 DINANAGAR Cong Ind QADIAN SAD Cong Ind FATEHGARH CHURIAN Cong SAD (15) 14 1 (15) 7 6 2 (13) 12 1 poration) and Fatehgarh Churian civic bodies. He has triumphed in both and is now all set to make his loyalist Sukhdeep Singh Teja as the first ever Mayor of Batala. Incidentally, Teja won by the largest margin of votes recorded by any candidate in the Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency. He garnered 65 per cent of the total votes cast in Ward No. 30 and won by a whopping margin of 2,470 votes. In Dhariwal, buoyed by local MLA Fateh Jung Bajwa’s support, the Congress won nine of the 13 seats. The legislator had campaigned for nearly a fortnight here. continued on page 2 Tarn Taran, February 17 Congress has won the Patti municipal council and Bhikhiwind nagar panchayat election with an absolute majority. Votes for the civic body poll were counted today and results were declared by the Returning Officers concerned. Congress's 26 candidates were declared winner from Patti and Bhikhiwind. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) managed to win four wards and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won two wards. A total of 54 candidates were in the fray from Patti and five nominees of the Congress were elected unopposed. Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) three candidates got mere 81 votes polled in Patti, which was way less than NOTA (164 votes). Out of 19 wards in Patti, Congress won 15 wards, SAD and AAP two wards each. Winners in the Patti municipal council include, Karamjit Kaur (Congress), Ward No.1; Dhawinderjit Singh (SAD) Ward No.2; Amandeep Kaur (Congress) Ward No.3; Kulwinder Singh (Congress), Ward No. 4; Jasjit Kaur (Congress), Ward No. 5; Kulwant Singh Kalsi (AAP) Ward No. 6; Lakhbir Kaur, (AAP) Ward No. 7; Dalbir Singh (Congress), Ward No. 8; Rajwant Kaur (Congress), Ward No. 9; Komal Jain, (Congress), Ward No.10; Kavita Arora (Congress), Ward No. 11; Surjit Singh (Congress), Ward No. 12; Baljit Kaur (SAD), Ward No.13; Tirath Singh (Congress), Ward No.14; Raman (Congress) continued on page 2 A winner from Aam Aadmi Party celebrates with his supporters in Patti.
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