19022021-JTR-01.qxd 2/18/2021 11:27 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE PAGE 2 OF MYTHICAL CONNECTIONS AND HISTORICAL ASPECTS Tribune visits some of city’s old religious places to lay bare their essence likely to be found on another planes of existence. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 3 SINGER-ACTOR DILJIT TURNS PRODUCER WITH HONSLA RAKH JASMIN BHASIN HAS A SPECIAL WISH FOR ALY GONI’S BIRTHDAY Diljit Dosanjh has now turned film producer as he launches his production company Story Time Productions. MAX 24°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C | MIN 10°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:17 PM PAGE 4 Bigg Boss 14 finale is just around the corner and the countdown has started Aly Goni is leading the race for title. SUNRISE SATURDAY 7:04 AM FRIDAY | 19 FEBRUARY 2021 | JALANDHAR Darshan Karwal set to be Adampur MC chief Degrees of SC students stuck His choice for ‘tractor’ as symbol went well within the masses ‘Outsider’ effect? AAP bags just 11 seats across Doaba since 2017 distributed Tribune News Service financially weak candidates the Nawanshar Municipal Corporation, too, the party Jalandhar: Failing to bag a single seat in the Jalandhar, Jalandhar, February 18 Set to be the president of new Adampur Municipal Council, Darshan Singh Karwal (55) is a prominent name in the area. He did not just win his own Ward No. 6, but also helped 12 others from his group sail through in the 13member council. A councillor for the third term, his younger brother Harjinder Singh Karwal, too, got re-elected from Ward No.8. He and his three brothers have remained councillors in the last House too, but they were in the Opposition. This time, the third brother did not contest the poll. Though Karwal, formerly an Akali, had switched to change façade of the ❝We willMC is notthe entirefunds and we town. Our short of already have ~11 cr in our kitty. Our halqa in charge MS Kaypee is very supportive and continuously strives to provide us grants. We are in the process of installing high mast lights for ~30 lakh at nine points to keep the town well-illuminated. We have also promised the residents to install CCTV cameras to keep an eye on miscreants. Darshan S Karwal, WINNER, WARD NO. 6 ❞ Congress owing to his rift with sitting Akali MLA Pawan Tinu, he did not contest on the ‘hand’ symbol. Instead, he formed his own Independent group handpicking the most dedicated lot from the town. The buzz is that owing to his personal and consistent efforts, the Congress leadership did not have to make much effort here to overturn the previous Akaliled House. Planning it all very professionally and for the past over a year now, Karwal had launched his group’s own 15-point manifesto ahead of the poll. His choice for ‘tractor’ as symbol also went well within the masses. He reportedly even helped some to run their campaign well. About his further plans, he said: “My most ambitious project is to provide flats to 300 shelter-less families in the town. We already have earmarked land for the same and will get it implemented through PM Awas Yojana. We will also develop a Council’s own shopping complex in the town and do a few other fundgenerating projects, so that we do not have to look up to the governments for funds.” Some SAD leaders in the area are wary over Karwal’s elevation reason being he has been a close to ex-Akali MLA Sarabjit Makkar and that the latter’s interference in the area could rise post this political turn. Kapurthala, Sultanpur Lodhi and Nawanshahr civic bodies, the Aam Aadmi Party lost big in the elections, the results of which were declared on Wednesday. The party could manage just five seats in Banga, four in Dasuya and two in Hoshiarpur. Across Doaba, it won mere 11 seats. In Nawanshahr and Rahon, too, it failed to open its account, while in Hoshiarpur district, the party won no seat across Garhdiwala, Garhshankar, Hariana, Mahilpur, Mukerian, Shamchaurasi, Tanda Urmar and Talwara. In Nawanshahr, the party was relegated to single digit votes only in many seats. Notably, the AAP has also been under criticism in Punjab for sending Delhi leaders or ‘outsiders’ to handle the election campaign. Raghav Chadha, Punjab co-in-charge had also been posed this question in Jalandhar during one of his press conferences addressed in the state ahead of the elections. Ahead of the 2017 Assembly elections, the party had faced similar questions regarding then state co-in-charge Durgesh Pathak. Across various wards in Rahon, the party polled votes as few as seven in Ward No. 2, 11 in Ward No. 1, 16 in Ward No. 3, 32 in Ward No. 6, 15 in Ward No. 10, nine in Ward No. 11 and six in Ward No 12. Despite fiercely backing farmers against farm laws, it saw very few votes being polled in its favour. In Kapurthala’s first Mayoral candidate: Rana Gurjit to take call Kapurthala: After winning 45 wards out of 50 in the civic body earlier. Both Mansu and Savita Chaudhary’s name tops among women. Kapurthala Municipal Corporation poll, it will be Aggarwal were learnt to have been making Jyoti Dhir, who switched from Akali Dal and MLA Rana Gurjit Singh, who will decide on the name claims. Mansu’s son Rahul said, “Though it contested from Congress, and Manjit Kaur, are also of first Mayor from the city. Though Rana is yet to will be Rana’s call, but my father is among doing rounds,” said a party insider. Asked about the open his cards, the buzz is that it could either be topmost claimants as he is the seniormost same, Rana maintained, “The party is to first clarify second-time councillor Narinder Singh Mansu (62), among the elected councillors.” Of the 45 the strategy for electing Mayoral candidates and Narinder Manish or Manish Aggarwal, who won the election from winners, as many as 40 candidates were issue us directions. There can be reservation for Ward No. 8 unopposed. Mansu has an edge as he Singh Mansu first-timers. It was for the first time that 50 Aggarwal women candidates or even caste-based strategic not only won again from Ward No. 34, but his son, per cent seats were reserved for women decisions for the Mayoral post. So, till the time a decision Rahul Kumar (25), got elected from Ward No.32 in candidates. As a result, it’s still not clear whether comes from the top, we cannot decide anything at our Shiekhupura. Aggarwal’s strength lies in the fact that his Congress would want a woman on the Mayoral post. end. In any case, the final call will be taken after calling a father and grandfather had been chiefs of Kapurthala “If that will be the case, a few names are doing rounds. meeting of all the winning candidates.” TNS c m y b fielded few candidates and received 25, 24 and 27 votes, across Ward Numbers 16, 17 and 18, respectively. Banga, with five seats and a relatively decent amount of votes, was the only saving grace. In Jalandhar and Kapurthala, AAP registered no win. Party’s Garhshankar MLA Jaishankar Rori said: “The AAP has gained ground rather than losing in the elections. Many of our independently backed candidates have won seats in Garhshankar and we think the results bode well for the party. Also, the dynamics of the general and Assembly elections are quite different as compared to the MC elections. We had fielded all fresh faces and despite that, just on the name of the party many have won.” In Jalandhar, at one of the wards in Nurmahal, the party received just one vote and in Kartarpur, it received votes below 25 in several wards. Dr Shiv Dyal Mali, district president, AAP, said: “Honestly, we are a bit surprised as well. AAP has been a steadfast supporter of farmers throughout the farmers’ protests. However, the party hasn’t been supported. It is clearly a time to sit together and analyse mistakes. Damage assessment has to be done and corrective measures have to be made.” He said of the many factors impacting the party’s performance, the ‘outsider’ tag could be one of the factors responsible for this. TNS ❝The party is to first clarify the strategy for electing Mayoral candidate and issue us directions. There can be reservation for women candidates or even caste-based strategic decisions for the Mayoral post. So, till the time a decision comes from the top, we cannot decide anything at our end. In any case, the final call will be taken after calling a meeting of all winning candidates. Rana Gurjit Singh, KAPURTHALA MLA ❞ Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 18 Congress Jalandhar West MLA Sushil Kumar Rinku on Thursday started the disbursal of degrees of students that were withheld at the CT Institute since the past three years. Chairing the event, the MLA said in a major relief to SC students, the UPA Government led by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had started the SC Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme. However, he said after coming to power, the Modi Government discontinued with the scheme, due to which SC students were on crossroads. Rinku said SC students faced several hardships due to the discontinuation of the scheme, as their degrees were withheld by educational institutions since 2017. However, the MLA said in a major succour to SC students, the Punjab Government had embarked a special campaign to provide these withheld degrees to students. He said due to the intervention of the state government, students whose degrees were withheld since 2017 were being provided the degrees.
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