29092021-TT-01.qxd 9/28/2021 11:05 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 269 | 16 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH INDIA HANDLED COVID BETTER THAN MANY COUNTRIES: HM NATION /thetribunechd GADKARI SETS 2023 AS DEADLINE FOR ZOJILA TUNNEL PROJECT J&K SEBI CLEARS DECKS FOR GOLD, SOCIAL STOCK EXCHANGE BUSINESS KANHAIYA JOINS CONG, QUESTIONS LEFT’S ‘RIGIDITY’ BACK PAGE wednesday | 29 september 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com PUNJAB CONG PLUNGES INTO DEEPER CRISIS AS MINISTERS ASSUME CHARGE He’s preparing ground to leave Cong: Amarinder Sidhu resigns as PCC chief, Razia quits too in solidarity BJP doesn’t rule out ‘Capt- Shah engagement’ Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service FIVE REASONS Chandigarh, September 28 Barely two months after he was appointed Punjab Pradesh Congress chief, Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned from the position on Tuesday, throwing the faction-ridden party unit and newly formed Charanjit Singh Channi government into crises. The abrupt resignation took place on a day former CM Amarinder Singh headed to Delhi and a day prior to AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s scheduled visit to Punjab to make some “big announcements”. In his resignation letter to AICC chief Sonia Gandhi, Sidhu wrote: “I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and welfare agenda. Therefore, I hereby resign as president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Will continue to serve the Congress”. Within hours, Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Razia Sultana quit in solidarity with Sidhu. Her husband Mohammad Mustafa, a former DGP , Continued on page 12 FOR RESIGNATION ‘MEETING’ WITH MANN CREATES A BUZZ 1 Induction of Rana others Gurjeet Singh and The political circles are abuzz with the talk of a purported meeting between AAP state unit chief Bhagwant Mann and Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday. Though no one from AAP confirmed it, sources say that just as Sidhu was upset with his party, Mann too was unhappy over AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal’s reluctance to name him as the party’s Punjab CM candidate. facing graft allegations 2 Only one Sidhu loyalist, Pargat Singh, taken in the Cabinet APS Deol, 3 Appointment ofSaini in who defended Behbal Kalan case, as A-G 4 Home portfolio for name Randhawa, whose for CM’s post Sidhu had opposed 5 Sidhu told to focus on party affairs, leave government functioning to Channi 4 MINISTERS IN PATIALA Four Cabinet ministers, Razia Sultana, Raj Kumar Verka, Pargat The abrupt resignation comes Singh and Raja Warring, and four MLAs, including Kuljit Singh a day prior to AAP chief Nagra, Inderbir Singh Bolaria, Arvind Kejriwal’s scheduled visit to Punjab to make some Sukhwinder Singh Danny and Kulbir Singh Zira, were at Sidhu’s ‘big announcements’ residence till late Tuesday evening. NOT UPSET WITH ME, I TRUST HIM We will sit together and settle everything. I trust Sidhu. I have full faith in him. He is not upset with me. ❝ Charanjit Singh Channi, PUNJAB CHIEF MINISTER ‘MAN OF PRINCIPLES’ Minister Razia Sultana quit in solidarity with Sidhu, calling him a ‘man of principles’. Her husband Mohammad Mustafa, a fomer DGP, was one of Sidhu’s key advisers. ‘REACTION EMOTIONAL’ AICC gen secy KC Venugopal said, “All will be well. This is an emotional reaction by Sidhu.” Sources say Sonia is in talks with senior leaders on way forward. Pak home to12 terror outfits: US Cong report New Delhi, September 28 At least 12 groups designated as “foreign terrorist organisations” by the US are based in Pakistan. They include five that are India-centric, according to the latest Congressional report on terrorism. The report, ‘Terrorist and Other Militant Groups in Pakistan’, released by the research wing of the US Congress, said the Pakistan-based groups could be broadly categorised into five types – globally oriented, Afghanistan-oriented, India and Kashmir-oriented, domestically oriented India-centric groups are LeT, JeM, HUJI, Hizbul URI SEARCH OPS END, PAK ULTRA SURRENDERS New Delhi: Ending almost 10 days of intensive search operations along the Line of Control in the Uri sector of J&K, the Army on Tuesday said a Pakistani terrorist has surrendered and one terrorist has been shot dead. The surrendered terrorist, Ali Babar Patra, was a resident Punjab (Pakistan). INSIDE and sectarian (anti-Shia). The prominent India-centric groups include Lashkare-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Harakat-ul Jihad Islami and Hizb-ul Mujahideen. Though IN BRIEF 9 stranded on Spiti glacier rescued, 5 still stuck MANDI: Nine persons, stranded at the Khemenger glacier in the Spiti region, were evacuated by the district administration on Tuesday even as five more are still stuck there. INSIDE Vij in AIIMS due to post-Covid complications NEW DELHI: Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij has been admitted to AIIMS here where he is being treated for post-Covid complications. He was taken to AIIMS after he complained of low oxygen level. TNS Delhi riots a pre-planned conspiracy, says HC NEW DELHI: The Delhi riots that shook the nation last year were a “pre-planned conspiracy” to disturb law and order and violence didn’t take place on a spur of the moment, the HC said. INSIDE ED questions Maha minister Parab in PMLA case NEW DELHI: The ED on Tuesday questioned Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab in connection with a PMLA case registered against former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and others. INSIDE the report has no political or executive backing, the US State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2019, has said Pakistan “continued to serve as a safe haven for PLA troops ‘intruded’ into disputed Barahoti area New Delhi, September 28 Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had entered into a disputed section of the territory along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Barahoti in Uttarakhand. Sources said the area was a mutually agreed disputed territory and both Indian and China conducted patrol up to their respective boundaries. No infrastructure had been destroyed by the PLA, an official said in New Delhi, adding that the area, Barahoti bowl (named after its shape) was The buzz: India for ‘Honey Revolution’ New Delhi, September 28 After White Revolution and Blue Revolution, India is now eyeing ‘Honey Revolution’. Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar today launched “single flower Amul honey” that has passed “strict laboratory quality testing” while 100 FPO (farmer producer organization) clusters are being set up to identify and aggregate beekeepers. Speaking on the occasion, Tomar said the Centre had implemented several policy changes for strengthening BOOST TO BEE-KEEPING 100 FPO clusters are being set up across country, including Punjab (Patiala, Ludhiana and Bathinda) | Haryana (Hisar, Y’nagar)| HP (Solan, Chamba) | J&K (Pulwama, Kupwara, Ramban and Baramulla) certain regionally focused terrorist groups and has allowed groups targeting Afghanistan as well as groups targeting India to operate from its territory”. Pakistan’s neighbours, including Afghanistan and India, and the US have long accused Islamabad of providing safe haven and support to militants. The State Department also noted “modest steps” taken by Pakistan to counter terror financing and to “restrain” some Indiafocused militant groups following an early 2019 terrorist attack in J&K. — TNS the economic condition of the agriculture sector, especially that of small farmers. “With the arrival of ‘Amul honey’ in the market, the cooperative sector will be further strengthened. Better marketing of honey will result in better honey prices to honey-producing farmers. Improvement in the quality and branding of honey will result in an increase in exports, and add to the contribution of the agriculture sector to the foreign Continued on page 12 ‘NO DAMAGE DONE’ ■ Around 80-100 PLA troops patrolled at least 5 km inside the LAC alignment ■ They were on horses and before Indian patrol party could reach, they retreated ■ No infrastructure has been destroyed by PLA, an official says just grassland. “It lies ahead of the Nanda Devi peak and is a demilitarised area. Troops of the PLA and the Indian side patrol without weapons and Continued on page 12 Haryana conductor assaults passenger, fined ~20,000 CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Human Rights Commission on Tuesday awarded a compensation of Rs 20,000 to a person who was beaten up by roadways staff for recording the conductor’s misbehaviour with passengers during a bus travel, and directed the DGP to , register an FIR in the matter. “It is a case where an arrogant government official has exceeded his jurisdiction and did not act with humanity,” said the commission. INSIDE DELHI VISIT: Former CM Capt Amarinder Singh arrives at Delhi airport on Tuesday. MUKESH AGGARWAL New Delhi, September 28 Former Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh arrived in New Delhi this evening, setting off speculation on the nature of his engagements in the Capital. This is his first visit since he resigned as CM. Singh’s travel plan had triggered speculation that he might meet some BJP leaders. Though Captain claimed he was here to vacate Kapurthala House for new Punjab CM, political circles were abuzz with what lay ahead for Punjab. Asked if Captain would meet the BJP top brass, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, sources said: “There are likely to be a host of engagements in Delhi.” Captain is likely to meet some Congress leaders, including G-23 members. Sources in the BJP did not completely rule out the possibility of an engagement between Captain and Shah. Talking to the media, Captain called Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation a sheer drama and a signal that he was preparing to leave the Congress for another party in the run-up to the Assembly polls. He advised Congress chief Continued on page 12 Randhawa gets Home, Warring Transport Chandigarh, September 28 Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday allocated portfolios to the new ministers, keeping 14 departments, including Vigilance, with himself and allotting Home Affairs to Deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Health to his other deputy OP Soni. Transport goes to Amarinder Singh Raja Warring and Agriculture to Randeep Singh Nabha, both new Sukhjinder Singh Amrinder Singh Randhawa Raja Warring faces. Raja Warring has been critical of private buses run by the Badals. By allotting Home to Randhawa, the par- ty has indicated its intention to take on the Badals in the sacrilege and police firing cases. Channi has asserted his position by keeping Power, Mining and Vigilance with himself. The party has announced to bring down the power tariff and renegotiate power purchase agreements with thermal plants. Despite Navjot Sidhu’s opposition, PWD has been allocated to Continued on page 12 Mandi, Ellenabad bypolls on Oct 30 New Delhi, September 28 The Election Commission (EC) today announced bypolls to three parliamentary constituencies, including Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, and 30 Assembly segments in 14 states on October 30. The counting will be held on November 2. In all, byelections to 3 LS, 30 Assembly seats “The commission has reviewed the situation related to pandemic, flood, festivals, cold conditions in certain regions and taken feedback from the states and UTs concerned,” the EC said in a statement. The Assembly segments, which will go to the polls include Badvel (SC) in Andhra Pradesh; Gossaigaon, Bhabanipur, Continued on page 12
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