03112021-TTC-01.qxd 11/3/2021 12:20 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 304 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 T20 WC: BELEAGUERED INDIA UP AGAINST GRITTY AFGHANS SPORT /thetribunechd 25 KILLED, 50 HURT IN KABUL HOSPITAL BLASTS WORLD NITI PEGS 10% GDP GROWTH IN CURRENT FISCAL BUSINESS ~1K CR ASSETS LINKED TO PAWAR ATTACHEDBY I-T DEPT BACK PAGE wednesday | 3 november 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Shock defeat for BJP in HP, Cong wins CM: Sympathy card worked for Congress all four seats; INLD retains Ellenabad Tribune News Service WILL INTROSPECT Pratibha Chauhan VICTORY OF WORKERS Tribune News Service Shimla, November 2 In a major setback to the ruling BJP in Himachal Pradesh, the Opposition Congress today won the Mandi Lok Sabha and all three Assembly seats of Jubbal-Kotkhai, Arki and Fatehpur where bypolls were conducted on October 30. The Congress retained Fatehpur and Arki seats while it wrested Jubbal-Kotkhai and Mandi from the BJP In . Mandi, former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s wife Pratibha Singh, who had also represented the seat in 2004 and 2013, defeated BJP’s Brigadier Khushal Thakur (retd), a Kargil war hero, in a keenly contested election. Pratibha polled 3,69,565 votes (49.14 per cent) while Khushal got 3,62,075 (48.14 per cent). The victory margin of 7,490 was lesser than continued on page 10 EDIT: bypoll verdict ❝ Everyisvictory for the Congress a victory of our party workers. Keep fighting hate. No fear. Rahul Gandhi, CONG BYPOLL RESULTS: 3 LS, 29 ASSEMBLY SEATS BJP+ 14; Cong 8; Trinamool 4; YSR Cong 1, INLD 1; others 4 LOK SABHA: Mandi Cong | Dadra and Nagar Haveli Shiv Sena | Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh) BJP Pratibha Singh with supporters in Shimla. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIT KANWAR SEAT: Jubbal-K’khai SEAT: Fatehpur WINNER: Rohit Thakur WINNER: BS Pathania MARGIN: 6,293 MARGIN: 5,789 SEAT: Arki SEAT: Ellenabad, Hry WINNER: Sanjay Awasthy WINNER:Abhay Chautala MARGIN: 3,219 MARGIN: 6,739 Manpreet, Neeraj among 12 to get Khel Ratna Tribune News Service NEW DELHI: Hockey captain Manpreet Singh and Neeraj Chopra are among the 12 sportspersons who will get the Khel Ratna. Manpreet’s name was originally recommended for the Arjuna award. INSIDE Judge frowns on delay in communicating bail orders NEW DELHI: Supreme Court judge DY Chandrachud on Tuesday expressed concern over failure to communicate bail orders to jail authorities that often leads to delay in release of accused. BACK PAGE Defence Ministry orders 12 new light copters NEW DELHI: Ending months of wait, the Ministry of Defence has approved the procurement of 12 new type of light utility helicopters from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). BACK PAGE Pak NSA to skip talks in India on Afghanistan NEW DELHI: Pakistan is attempting to play the spoiler in resolving Afghanistan situation with its NSA Moeed Yusuf stating that he won’t travel to India for a meet being hosted by NSA Ajit Doval. BACK PAGE Ex-minister Deshmukh arrested in extortion case Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 2 The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh under criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) late Monday night. The arrest was made after over 12-hour questioning in a case linked to an alleged extortion racket in the Mumbai police establishment, officials in the agency said. Deshmukh was evasive during questioning, hence the need for custodial interrogation, they said. The NCP continued on page 10 On lines of NIA, J&K forms SIA to probe terror cases Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 2 The Jammu & Kashmir administration has formed the State Investigation Agency (SIA) within the police establishment on the lines of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for speedy investigation and prosecution in terror-related cases, officials said. The J&K Home Department in an order issued on Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Sirsa, November 2 The INLD leader, Abhay Singh Chautala, survived a scare, retaining the Ellenabad Assembly seat. He defeated BJP candidate Gobind Kanda by a margin of 6,739 votes. This was his fourth straight victory. Ellenabad being a bastion of the Chautala family, Abhay had expected a victory margin bigger than in 2019 (11,922 votes). That did not happen. The BJP candidate polled 59,253 votes, pushing Congress’ Pawan Beniwal to the third spot. Beniwal lost his security deposit. Beniwal has lost to Abhay twice before in Ellenabad. Likewise, Kanda has been defeated twice by the INLD leader in neighbouring Rania as Haryana continued on page 10 Capt quits Cong, launches party IN BRIEF Maharashtra ex-Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in Mumbai. PTI ASSEMBLY: Assam (5) BJP 3, ally UPPL 2 | WB (4) TMC 4 | HP (3) Cong 3 | MP (3) BJP 2, Cong 1 | Meghalaya (3) NPP 2, UDP 1 | Bihar (2) JD(U) 2 | Karnataka (2) BJP 1, Cong 1 | Rajasthan (2) Cong 2 | Maharashtra (1) Cong 1 | Telangana (1) BJP 1 | Andhra (1) YSRCP 1 | Mizoram (1) Mizo National Front 1 | Haryana (1) INLD 1 Abhay wins, but margin shrinks JAIL OFFICIAL, SCHOOL PRINCIPAL SACKED The J&K administration sacked a deputy superintendent of jails and a government school principal in south Kashmir for alleged terror links, officials said on Tuesday. INSIDE Monday said the SIA, headed by a director, would be mandated to probe terror offences and cases registered continued on page 10 Chandigarh, November 2 Former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh finally resigned from the Congress today, ending his over 40 years of association with the grand old party, and launched the “Punjab Lok Congress”. Its registration is pending with the Election Commission. He has already hinted at seat-sharing with the BJP WILL REVEAL MAFIA LIST: AMARINDER ❝ The offenders (indulging in illegal sand mining) are mostly Cong MLAs and ministers… I intend to make public the list provided by state intelligence. and breakaway Akali factions, subject to an amicable solution to the farmers’ stir. In his letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Capt said, “I hereby tender my resignation from the Indian National Congress in the interest of my state and my country.” In the sevenpage letter, he said, “Despite my profound reservations… continued on page 10 edit: Discord in Punjab Cong Shimla, November 2 Acknowledging that the poll verdict was contrary to the party’s expectations, Himachal CM Jai Ram Thakur said sympathy factor for Virbhadra Singh’s family seemed to have worked for the Congress. At the same time, he pointed out that Congress’ victory in the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency was slender and “not worth a celebration”. Speaking to the media, he said the BJP would analyse the reasons for the 0-4 defeat so that it was better geared for the Assembly polls next year. “Congress’ entire campaign ❝ Will ponder over the results. Some leaders stabbed the party in the back and worked against it. The issue will be looked into. Jai Ram Thakur, CM, HIMACHAL was based on price rise, but we can’t overlook the fact that inflation is a global phenomenon,” he observed, admitting that anti-incumbency might have been a factor too. continued on page 10 CBI chargesheets two naval officers New Delhi: The CBI on Tuesday filed its first chargesheet in the alleged leak of sensitive information on submarine retrofitting projects against six persons, including two serving naval officers, officials said. BACK PAGE Modi, Johnson agree to rein in anti-India fringe groups Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 2 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his UK counterpart Boris Johnson on Monday evening agreed to ask their National Security Advisers (NSAs) to meet in London to sort out irritants related to Khalistani activists and the long-pending extradition of Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi. “PM Johnson, I think agrees fully that some of these groups need to be reined in and that steps have to be taken to see how such activity, which under no means is democratic or constitutional, should be addressed,” said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla while briefing the media about the first day of NSAs to discuss security issues & extradition of Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi today: Shringla Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and PM Narendra Modi. AP/PTI COP26 in Glasgow. He was asked to elaborate on the discussion between the two PMs on counter-terrorism after a spurt in activity from Khalistani groups that included a recent so-called referendum. The police was deployed outside the Indian High Commission in London late last year after near-violent demonstrations took place in its vicinity and then UK High continued on page 10
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