30092021-TTC-01.qxd 9/30/2021 12:23 AM Page 1 13 INJURED HARMANPREET TO MISS D/N TEST SPORT /thetribunechd CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 5 NO. 270 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 thursday | 30 september 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Captain meets Shah, sets stage fornew political equations in Pb Seeks repeal of farm laws | Guaranteed MSP | Diversification support Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 29 In a move signalling shifting power equations in pollbound Punjab, Congress veteran and former state chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh met Home Minister Amit Shah for nearly an hour on Wednesday and discussed the ongoing farmers’ agitation, urging early resolution through repeal of farm laws. The meeting, which bears huge political implications for Punjab’s electoral arithmetic, comes in the wake of the ongoing Punjab Congress crisis and Captain’s resignation as Chief Minister. This is the first meeting that Amarinder Singh had with Amit Shah after quitting as CM. The personal touch of today’s engagement — at Shah’s Krishna Menon residence — makes it significant and holds possibilities for the emergence of Continued on page 10 Edit: Punjab Congress tangle File photo of Amit Shah and Capt Amarinder Singh. Captain-BJP axis is a possibility, say BJP sources. EX-CM EXPOSED: SAD WHO’S THE BOSS, ASK SIBAL, AZAD; DEMAND CWC MEET Chandigarh: The SAD said the meeting only proved the two were always together. “Captain had been supporting the BJP’s game plan all these months. Now the cat is out of the bag,” spokesperson Dr Daljit S Cheema said. New Delhi: In the wake of several Congress leaders quitting the party and its Punjab unit getting into deeper crisis, Kapil Sibal demanded a meeting of the Congress Working Committee. “We are not ‘Jee Huzur-23’. We will continue to put forth our views and demands,” said Sibal, speaking formally on behalf of the G-23 leaders who had in 2020 written to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for election to the post of party president, Continued on page 10 Why take ‘tainted’ leaders, asks Sidhu PUNJAB CRISIS Chandigarh, September 29 A day after he resigned as Punjab Pradesh Congress chief, Navjot Singh Sidhu today questioned the appointment of the police chief, AdvocateGeneral and “tainted” leaders, saying he was ready to make “any sacrifice” to uphold his principles and that his aim was to improve people’s lives and “to make a difference”. Several party leaders, including ministers Pargat Singh, Amrinder Singh Raja Warring and Punjab Congress working president Pawan Goel, visited him at his residence in Patiala. In a video clip, Sidhu said: “I have no grudge against anyone. My fight has been on issues and a pro-Punjab agenda.” Apparently referring to IPS Sahota, who has been given the additional charge of DGP he said: , “Today, I see a compromise on those issues.” Sahota was the head of an SIT formed in 2015 by then SAD government to probe sacrilege incidents. On APS Deol, he said: “My soul jitters when I see those who secured blanket bails, are advocate general (sic).”—TNS Cabinet waives power dues of defaulters Working prez Goel meets sulking leader Kejriwal in sync with him AAP’S CM FACE SOON, WILL BE ‘PRIDE’ OF PB Punjab ❝made aCongress has spectacle of itself. People are confused as to whom to approach with their problems. Only AAP can provide a stable and honest govt. Arvind Kejriwal, AAP CONVENER IN BRIEF Taliban request DGCA to resume Af flights NEW DELHI: The Taliban-controlled Civil Aviation Authority has written to DGCA asking it to resume flights between India and Afghanistan. The latter said no immediate action was mooted. TNS In HP, 2,057 govt schools run by single teacher SHIMLA: At least 2,057 govt schools in Himachal are being run by a single teacher. Besides, 722 schools have only one classroom, reported Unified District Information System for Education. INSIDE Take me home: Captured Pak ultra to handlers SRINAGAR: In a video message released by the Army, Ali Babar Patra, the teenage terrorist captured from Uri, has asked his Pakistan-based handlers to take him back to his mother. INSIDE Govt okays defence acquisitions worth ~13,165 cr NEW DELHI: The Defence Acquisition Council on Wednesday okayed proposals worth Rs 13,165 crore. Of this, defence procurement worth Rs 11,486 crore will be from domestic sources. BACK PAGE Chandigarh/Ludhiana, Sept29 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said he would declare his party’s CM candidate soon. “The candidate will be a person all Punjab will be proud of,” he claimed even as AAP Punjab unit president and aspirant for the post Bhagwant Mann looked on. Mann had camped in Delhi for days earlier this month to get the high command to name his candidature. He has reportedly been sulking over the party’s reluctance to do so. Kejriwal threw a “5-point Continued on page 10 Chandigarh, September 29 The Punjab Government today decided to waive pending power bills of all defaulters having load up to 2 KW putting , a burden of approximately Rs 1,200 crore on the exchequer. About 80 per cent of the power consumers in the state would be covered by the decision. LET’S TALK IT OUT: CM I’ve invited him (Sidhu) to sit and talk. ❝ PUNJAB CHIEF MINISTER The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by CM Charanjit Singh Channi, who said consumers whose connections had been disconnected would benefit. The announcement comes days after AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal promised 300 units of free power per month to each household in the state. Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has been Continued on page 10 SC: Even legislature can’t curtail power of contempt ❝ The power to punish for contempt is Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 29 Observing that its power of contempt can’t be taken away even by a law enacted by the legislature, the Supreme Court today held the chairperson of an NGO guilty of contempt of court for not depositing a fine of Rs 25 lakh imposed on him for “browbeating” the court. “The power to punish for contempt is a constitutional power which cannot be abridged or taken away even by legislative enactment,” a Bench led a constitutional power which cannot be abridged or taken away even by legislative enactment. SC Bench by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said, holding Suraz India Trust chairman Rajiv Continued on page 10 In Jhajjar, waterlogging damages crops on 60K acres Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Jhajjar, September 29 Bajra, cotton and paddy crops spread over 60,000 acres in the district have been damaged due to waterlogging after the rains this month, says a survey conducted by SURVEY FINDINGS 60% 45% damage reported to standing bajra crop spread over 35,000 acres cotton and paddy spread over 12,000 and 13,000 acres, respectively, spoiled GOVT OKAYS LISTING OF ECGC BACK PAGE the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department. A majority of the villages under the Salhawas block are the worst-affected while over 5,100 distressed farmers have moved applications to get compensation for the Continued on page 10
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