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SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:27 AM WEDNESDAY | 12 JANUARY 2022 | JALANDHAR A month ahead of elections, Tribune reporter Deepkamal Kaur presents a seat-wise political scenario from 9 Jalandhar constituencies Poll 2022: Multi-cornered, close contest on the cards Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 11 With just a month left for the Assembly poll, the political activity has stepped up. Jalandhar, which gave a mixed result last time with five of the nine seats going to Congress and four to SAD, does not present a clear picture so far. All four urban seats (Jalandhar Central, Cantt, North and West) had last time gone with the Congress. From among the rural seats, the Congress got Kartarpur only and the remaining Adampur, Phillaur, Nakodar and Shahkot went to the Akali Dal. Since Shahkot MLA Ajit S Kohar passed away soon after, a bypoll added another seat in the Congress’ favour and its tally touched six. Since the contest this time will be multi-cornered with SAD partying INBRIEF NOTICE ISSUED TO SAD DISTRICT PREZ Nawanshahr: Banga Returning Officer-cum- SDM Navneet Kaur Bal issued a notice to SAD district president regarding violation of poll code by party’s MLA Dr Sukhwinder Kumar Sukhi. In the notice issued, the Returning Officer said Sukhi had violated the poll code by holding a public indoor meeting at Ghumman village on January 9. She said a complaint was received regarding the meeting through WhatsApp following which a team of administration and flying squad conducted the probe and found the complaint to be genuine. TNS BALACHAUR MLA ‘VIOLATES’ CODE Jalandhar: Balachaur Returning Officer Deepak Rohella on Tuesday issued notice to local MLA Darshan Lal Mangupur for violation of poll code. In the notice issued, Returning Officer said the MLA had violated the EC orders by holding meeting with sarpanches of 25 villages in Rattowal village of district on Tuesday and planned party’s activities with them. The pictures of meeting were also shared by the complainant and uploaded on social media groups in which 46 persons were found taking part in the meeting and no one was wearing masks. TNS MASKED ROBBERS LOOT NRI FAMILY Phagwara: Three armed robbers wearing masks looted jewellery, cash and a mobile phone at gunpoint from an NRI family in Maheru village on Monday. Phagwara SP Harinderpal Singh said the USbased NRI Harwinder Singh Sandhu, his wife Surinder Kaur and aunt Kamaljit Kaur, were robbed of gold ornaments worth ~28.5 lakh, ~1 lakh cash and a mobile phone. The police have registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC. OC ways with BJP and Sanyukt Samaj Morcha also set to enter the poll fray, the political scenario is set to go for a complete toss. With BSP forming an alliance with the SAD and the Congress choosing to go for Dalit CM in the last leg of its tenure, the huge SC vote bank will be the major deciding factor. Jalandhar has four of nine reserved seats – Adampur, Phillaur, Kartarpur and Jalandhar West, two each going with SAD and Congress last time. The Aam Aadmi Party, which till the last two months was not in the reckoning, seems to have gained ground. An ugly fight for tickets outside the Punjab Press Club office here in a way showed the desperation in the candidates to get the party ticket. The BJP has so far not projected any good face from the rural seats and intends to make arrangements by roping in candidates from other parties, especially the Congress. Since the Congress intends to make good, solid changes, all those in fray who would not get seat at the last minute have kept their position reserved in the BJP or its ally Punjab Lok Congress. 1. JALANDHAR CANTT: Currently represented by Congress leader Pargat Singh, this seat has traditionally been with the Congress as the SAD has won it only twice in 2007 and 2012. A hockey Olympian and a bureaucrat Pargat, who remained quite sidelined till the 4.5 years of tenure of Capt Amarinder Singh, became all powerful as he got the Cabinet berth with four portfolios — education, higher education, NRIs and sports. The seat has seen everyone becoming a turncoat for better prospects. If Pargat had switched from the SAD to Congress, Akalis chose to rope in Jagbir Brar back into the fold after his stint with the PPP and Congress. SAD ex-MLA Sarabjit Makkar also recently moved to the BJP and is seeking ticket from the party. Besides Makkar, other BJP leaders who are in fray include Amit Taneja, Amarjit Amri, Monty Sehgal and Dewan Amit Arora. Like Congress, the AAP too has fielded Olympian Surinder S Sodhi. 2. JALANDHAR WEST: Congress councillor-turned-MLA Sushil Rinku has been managing a good hold from this reserved seat. So much so that when ex-party minister MS Kaypee chose to start activity from here to reclaim his old seat, he forced him to not look back again. From BJP side, Mahinder Bhagat is seeking ticket again claiming to have a strong backing of the Bhagat community here. The family of Chairman of SC Commission Vijay Sampla too has been keeping an eye on this seat, keeping their options of Phagwara and Sham Churasi also open. Not hopeful of getting ticket from the seat, BJP leader Sheetal Angural moved to the AAP and got the ticket despite a lot of opposition. Darshan Bhagat, an ex-councillor who contested previously for AAP today , moved back to the BJP further strengthening the Bhagat community in favour of the party. The SADBSP alliance chose to pick a relatively weak candidate Anil Minia, who recently left the job of LIC development officer and is a resident of Basti Danishmandan here. 3. JALANDHAR NORTH: Transporter and sitting Congress MLA Bawa Henry is quite likely to get ticket this year again for he had won from the seat with a huge margin of nearly 70K votes. Henry, however faced a major dent as his opponent from within the party Dinesh Dhall moved to the AAP last week and was announced the candidate. The BJP is likely to go with ex-CPS KD Bhandari even as district president Sushil Sharma, too, is a claimant from here. Falling in the BSP kitty, the alliance chose to go with Kuldeep Singh Lubana, who has been previously with Akali Dal. His wife is still an SAD councillor with the Municipal Corporation. 4. JALANDHAR CENTRAL: The Congress seems a divided house in the Jalandhar Central seat with some favouring the sitting Jalandhar Central MLA Rajinder Beri and others favouring Mayor Jagdish Raja from the seat. Beri is facing a stiffer contest as there are two more claimants including District Mahila Congress chief and councillor Jasleen Sethi and Chairman PUNSUP Tajinder Bittu. As for the BJP the seat is like, ly to go to ex-minister Manoranjan Kalia even as ex-Mayor Rakesh Rathour is also learnt to be a claimant from here. The SAD has chosen to given the ticket from this general seat to Valmiki leader Chandan Grewal, who is also president of the Safai Mazdoor Union. continued on page 2 Poll code violation: Hoardings, Capt’s photograph, Cong posters, flags continue to dot city logo on Fateh kits covered Tribune News Service Political parties fail to comply with orders of dist electoral officer Avneet Kaur REPORT VIOLATIONS ON CVIGIL APP: DC Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 11 Paying deaf ears to the district electoral officer’s instructions to remove advertisements and hoardings from public and private properties, the political parties have failed to comply with the orders, as hoardings, posters and flags continue to dot the city. A tour to different locations of the city revealed that big banners of CM Charanjit Singh Channi and Pargat Singh boasting of “development works” still remain displayed near Bus Stand, Urban Estate Phase II, 66ft road, Udam Singh Nagar, Model Town, on national highways and among other places. Besides, flags of political parties and posters could be easily seen pasted on government and private buses, auto-rickshaws and at roadside kiosks. Similarly, the posters of PM Narendra Modi encouraging people to get the vaccine jab were visible inside the Civil Hospital near Mother and Child ward. The Aam Aadmi Party, too, did not lag behind in littering every nook and corner of the city with their hoardings, which can be easily spotted on 120ft road, PPR, Rama Mandi etc. Big hoardings could be seen at Kapurthala Chowk, Pathankot bypass, Jyoti Chowk and various other parts of the city, bragging about various projects. Meanwhile, the district administration claims to have removed nearly 12,490 items of different publicity material of political parties from public & private properties. The teams of Local Government Department and Panchayati Raj institutions conducted round-the-clock campaign against defacement of public and private proper- ■ The Deputy Commissioner urged the people to report any kind of violation on cVIGIL app launched by the EC as it is the best tool to receive and redress complaints within 100 minutes. He said that a total 70 complaints were received of which 65 had already been cleared including 30 from Jalandhar Central and 25 from Jalandhar North constituencies. CANDIDATES HOLDING INDOOR MEETINGS ■ Even though the Election Commission has banned all physical rallies, roadshows, and padyatras till January 15, the candidates violating the guidelines are openly conducting meetings at the residences and visiting different wards to woo voters ■ Jalandhar North MLA Bawa Henry, in a post uploaded on his official Facebook page on Tuesday, could be seen visiting residents of Sham Nagar in Ward No. 71. In what is evident from pictures, no social distancing could be seen and the people gathered were more than 50 ■ Similarly, in another social media post, posted by former BJP Minister, KD Bhandari, he could be seen holding an indoor meeting at Brij Nagar ties to comply with the Model Code of Conduct guidelines. Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said instructions had already been issued to all stakeholder departments to execute the Model Code of Conduct guidelines in letter and spirit. The administration is also getting action taken reports from the different departments including PWD, NHAI, Municipal Corporation, Mandi Board, Forests, Transport, PSPCL etc, he added. The Deputy Commissioner said certificates regarding no defacement had also been received from the concerned departments. The focus area of executing teams is to remove political posters, banners, hoardings, wall paintings, advertisements from unipoles, electricity poles of Municipal Corporation and PSPCL. He further pointed out that during the exercise in public places, as many as 40 wall writings, over 5,500 posters, nearly c m y b 5,000 banners and 650 other publicity materials were removed by the executing teams. Similarly, acting against the defacement on private property, the teams had cleared 35 spaces by removing wall writings, 1,200 posters, nearly 550 banners and 20 publicity items. The DC also said that no one would be allowed to deface public or private properties and action, as per the ECI guidelines, will be taken if anyone found violating the orders. Jalandhar, January 11 Complying with the Model Code of Conduct norms, the Health Department started covering the photo of former CM Captain Amarinder Singh on the ‘Corona Fateh Kits’ with a white paper. The health staff engaged in the duty said as the picture has been printed on the box itself, it cannot be removed, therefore they have been asked to cover the Congress logo, Capt Amarinder picture and other publicity material with a white paper. Dr Ranjit Ghotra, Civil Surgeon, said as soon as the ECI guidelines were announced, he passed the orders to the health to remove banners, hoardings and other publicity material from the civil hospital premises. Health Department employees cover former CM’s photograph with white paper in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH He said the district has a good stock of Fateh kits and now when cases are on the rise, they have started distributing these to Covid patients being isolated at their homes. When asked if any kits prior to announcement of code were distributed, he said there were not many patients then and the process of distribution has just begun. It was during the first wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the Health Department under then CM Capt Amarinder Singh launched the “Corona Fateh Kits” that contains medicines and other medical items for the home isolated patients. District reports 310 Covid cases, highest since May Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 11 Jalandhar district on Tuesday reported a whopping 310 cases, the sharpest single-day spike since May 2021, when the Delta variant led to a steady rise in both cases and deaths. Now with this, the Covid tally in Jalandhar has reached 65,743 cases. As many as 62,459 persons have recovered from Covid in the district while the number of active cases in Jalandhar have reached 1,781. With no death reported in the district today, the deceased tally in Jalandhar stands at 1,503. The dose is being administered at all centres. Meanwhile, the booster dose was administered to people who had received both their Covid-19 vaccine doses at least nine months ago. 651 teens vaccinated on Tuesday As many as 651 youngsters in the age group 15-18 received their first dose of vaccination on Tuesday. The health staff at ESI Hospital said that response among youngsters is low at present but it’s slowly picking up pace as schools have made it mandatory for the students to get vaccinated. In the next few days, schools will also start holding vaccination camps for their students. 1,339 get booster dose on Day 2 Norms violation continues at vax centres As many as 1,339 persons received their booster doses on the second day i.e. Tuesday as part of the Covid-19 vaccination booster drive. With this, the total number of persons vaccinated with booster dose in two days stands at 1,717. Even though Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Ghotra said the health staff is ensuring that all Covid19 protocols were followed at vaccination centres, the residents could be seen violating norms of masking and social distancing.
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