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AAP-CONG ALLIANCE
ARREY BHAI, YEH KYA LIKH DALA? Amarinder Singh clarifies, but instead reiterates
25.07.18 - S Pal
ARREY BHAI, YEH KYA LIKH DALA? Amarinder Singh clarifies, but instead reiterates



The CM also confirms in writing that no consensus exists in Punjab Congress on AAP-Cong alliance
 
WILL PUNJAB CONGRESS ally with the Aam Aadmi Party? Captain Amarinder Singh has responded to this question twice in the course of two days, but much like a 10+2 student in the board exams who writes an answer to a tricky question, then thinks he can draft it better, and writes the same answer once more.

The evaluator who goes through two confused answers clearly knows the actual situation: the student is confused, and wasn’t prepared to handle the question.

The fact is that Amarinder Singh gave a combo answer to the simple query, fired by reporters as he walked out of the crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) in Delhi: Will Congress align with AAP in Punjab? 

Amarinder Singh's answer number 1: Alliances are the prerogative of the central leadership. We will go by the decision of the central leadership.

Twenty-four hours later, Amarinder Singh and his super-efficient army of advisors understood the implications because some journalists decoded what Amarinder Singh had said. The entire brain-bank hired by the CM worked overtime to put a spin on it and issued a written statement. Their idea was to now fudge the issue, deflect attention, confuse people and bolster the Maharaja's image as Zille-Ilahi. 
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"The Chief Minister, however, reiterated that the final decision on pre-poll alliances rested with the Congress high command, and its decision would be accepted and followed by all the state units, be it in Punjab or elsewhere."
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But a student at 10+2 board exams finally only succeeds to the extent his intellect allows, no more. That's the idea of the entire exercise.

So, this time, all that all the King's Men were able to accomplish was that they ended up confirming in writing what they were trying to deny in the first place.

This time, said the official press release, Captain Amarinder Singh did not mere say it; he, in fact, "made it clear" in his answer number two that the Congress did not need any alliances to fight the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. 

Lest you think this was in stark contradiction of what he had said earlier, here is the brilliant scoop delivered a few paras deeper in that same press release: "The Chief Minister, however, reiterated that the final decision on pre-poll alliances rested with the Congress high command, and its decision would be accepted and followed by all the state units, be it in Punjab or elsewhere."

Who does not sympathize with the confused 10+2 student re-writing an answer to a question, hoping that it will confuse the evaluator and perhaps result in a couple of extra marks?

But the spin-masters were adamant at thrusting bravado. After all, what's an army of advisors for, if it does not decimate a lowly Sukhpal Singh Khaira in diction and pointed delivery?

"Congress will win Punjab hands down on its own...the party did not require any alliance for the parliamentary elections next year... AAP has lost the support of the people in Punjab completely...(the CM) had not at any stage mentioned that he was open to an alliance between the Congress and AAP in Punjab."

Brave. Brave by any standard. "(T)he party did not really need any political coalition for next year’s parliamentary polls," Amarinder Singh said.

Taaliyan! Bravo!! How much clarity do you need, Mr Evaluator? 

Indeed, unless you also decide to read the next paragraph. Some evaluators do, unfortunately. 

"Alliances are the prerogative of the national leadership...several factors, including winnability, are usually taken into account...Punjab Congress will share its views with the party high command (but only when the latter seeks the same)...PPCC would also be internally discussing the issue as and when required to build a consensus on the matter," said the press release issued on Tuesday, July 24.

And that is how the confused student gives his game away. That is how the evaluator finds out how much preparation and hard work was actually involved. 

Now, with this latest statement in writing, Captain Amarinder Singh has confirmed that what he had said earlier in Delhi was exactly the situation, that the Congress party is open to an alliance with AAP, that the decision about this will only be taken by the national leadership, and yes, that the Punjab Congress will meekly submit to the decision of the Congress high command and has no intention of resisting any directive by the office of Rahul Gandhi.
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Amarinder Singh has now confirmed in writing that no consensus exists as of now within the Punjab Congress on having an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party.
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In fact, the press release of July 24 has confirmed even minute details of the utter helplessness of the Punjab Congress. It said that the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) will apprise the Congress high command of its views "as and when the latter seeks the same." The PPCC cannot even dare to seek permission to share its views; it has been reduced to wait and stay mum, and speak up only when asked to do so.

Bravado has many forms; utter cowardice isn't one of them.
 
But then when an army of spin masters writes a press release, it usually does it in a ham-handed fashion. Now, while trying to "clarify" his earlier remarks, CM Amarinder Singh has actually confirmed that the state unit of the party was not on the same page when it comes to having an alliance with AAP.


Sample this: "The PPCC would also be internally discussing the issue as and when required to build a consensus on the matter."

Inference: As of now, there is no consensus in the state unit on whether to have an alliance with AAP, hence the need for discussions to build a consensus.

And yet, the official statement has the gall to claim that "the Chief Minister clarified that he had not at any stage mentioned that he was open to an alliance between the Congress and AAP in Punjab."
 

Official press releases are usually examples of boilerplate paragraphs and boring staple froth from the mouth, so any form of humour is always welcome. Even mirth. But ridiculousness does not qualify, not when it defeats the very purpose.

The CM wants to clarify. So he reiterated! 

Someone in the CMO is not doing his job properly, and the evaluator knows. Read the press release for proof. It’s official this time. When you want to clarify, reiterate. Taaliyan?
 

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PUNJAB CM CLARIFIES
Congress needs no alliance in Punjab for 2019 LS polls: Amarinder
24.07.18 - TEAM PT
Congress needs no alliance in Punjab for 2019 LS polls: Amarinder



CHANDIGARH, JULY 24: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday made it clear that the Congress did not need any alliances to fight the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which it would win hands down on its own.

Given the public sentiment in Punjab, where the Congress had won all the recent elections (including Gurdaspur and Shahkot) with record margins, the party did not require any alliance for the parliamentary elections next year, he said.

Pointing out that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had lost the support of the people in Punjab completely, the Chief Minister clarified that he had not at any stage mentioned that he was open to an alliance between the Congress and AAP in Punjab. The fact was that given the Congress sweep in the state in all recent elections, beginning with last year’s Assembly polls, the party did not really need any political coalition for next year’s parliamentary polls, he said.

Amarinder, however, reiterated that the final decision on pre-poll alliances rested with the Congress high command, and its decision would be accepted and followed by all the state units, be it in Punjab or elsewhere. Alliances are the prerogative of the national party, and they will take a decision at a suitable time, he said, adding that several factors, including winnability, are usually taken into account by the party before going in for an alliance.

As far as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) is concerned, it will share its views with the party high command as and when the latter seeks the same, said Captain Amarinder Singh.

As in the past, the national leadership of the party will take into account the ground situation in every state and the opinion of the state unit before taking a final decision on any alliance, he said, adding that the PPCC would also be internally discussing the issue as and when required to build a consensus on the matter.
 

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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TO CHECK NEXUS WITH DRUG SMUGGLERS
Punjab suggests shortening of border tenures of BSF personnel
24.07.18 - TEAM PT
Punjab suggests shortening of border tenures of BSF personnel



Chandigarh, July 24: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday suggested shortening of the border tenures for the Border Security Force (BSF) to break the alleged nexus between their personnel and drug smugglers in order to check smuggling of narcotics from across the border.
         
The Chief Minister also ordered setting up of Wi-Fi CCTVs at all `nakas’ (check-posts) at the borders to prevent smuggling of drugs into the state. He underlined the need for effective exchange of information with neighbouring states, as well as the central agencies, to coordinate the fight against drugs.
         
Reviewing the government’s anti-drug campaign, Amarinder called for coordinated action against drugs, and said the decision to bring STF under the purview of the Punjab Police was also necessitated by the same. The Special Task Force (STF) would now work directly under the control of DGP, Punjab Police, as in the case of the Intelligence and Vigilance departments, the Chief Minister clarified. The STF had done excellent work under his office but, like the armed forces, the need was now felt to bring the agency under the leadership of the DGP for more cohesive functioning, he added.
         
Underlining the need for a more coordinated approach by all the state and central agencies, he said that apart from drugs,which was of course a major problem, there was need for greater synchronisation to deal with other major crimes, such as trafficking of women, terrorism, arms smuggling, and unauthorised travel agents duping innocent people.

Chief Minister also called for a concerted battle by the various agencies against the efforts of fringe elements, like the Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), which was seeking to divide the state with its motivated campaign of Referendum 2020. We have to counter this move aggressively, he added.
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Amarinder said he would be requesting the Punjab and Haryana HC to set up fast-track courts to resolve cases under the NDPS Act in areas where more than 600 drug-related cases have been reported.
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Addressing a high-level meeting of all the DCs and SSPs/CPs of the state, Captain asked the police to formulate a robust system of reward and punishment to check drug abuse, with the suggestion to consider informers for government jobs as an incentive.
         
Captain Amarinder Singh directed the police to set up crack teams under SSPs and DSPs at the headquarters level to strengthen the anti-drug fight. He also called for strengthening of the forensic labs to ensure proper and speedy testing of samples.

The SDMs, DSPs and SHOs concerned shall be held responsible and accountable for ensuring that their respective areas are drug-free, and that the de-addiction and prevention programmes are running effectively, he asserted. Drug-related achievements of medical, police and revenue officers should be reflected in their departmental ACRs, the Chief Minister suggested, as a step towards motivating officials to give their best in the fight against drugs. He warned that connivance of any kind with the drug mafia will not be tolerated and any officer/official found guilty of the same would face strict punishment.

Local officials should visit the houses from where drug abuse cases are reported and submit a comprehensive report for necessary follow-up action, the Chief Minister said. He also accepted a proposal of the police for geo-tagging of drug-affected villages to ensure their regular and proper monitoring. Drug-free villages would be given additional grants for development works, as an incentive, Captain Amarinder Singh announced.

The Chief Minister said he would be requesting the Punjab and Haryana High Court to set up fast-track courts to resolve cases under the NDPS Act in areas where more than 600 drug-related cases have been reported. This, he stressed, would ensure speedy punishment for the culprits, thus sending an exemplary message to others. He also directed the concerned officials to ensure timely and systematic completion of investigation of NDPS cases and proper follow-up (pairvi) of these cases in courts.

DGP Suresh Arora said the DCs, the SPs and the people of Punjab had successfully fought terrorism and it was time now for them to come together once again to build sustained pressure against drugs to fight the menace. He appreciated the fact that no Congress government had ever interfered or put pressure on the police in any drug related case.

The meeting was attended, amongst others, by Health Minister Brahm Mohindra, PPCC president Sunil Jakhar, along with Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Home N S Kalsi, Additional Chief Secretary Health Satish Chandra and Nodal Officer DAPO Rahul Tewari.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

_______________________________________________________________

Most shared Punjab Today articles: 

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

DEATH EMBRACING LOGIC: Drugs in Punjab

PANJAB'S EMERGENCY: FORMAL AND INFORMAL

THE KASHMIR GOVERNOR, THE TRIBUNE TRUST & ETHICS - How Journalism Fails Readers?

"Congress Sikhan Di Dushman Jamaat Hai?” —Akalis need to dump broken record, shift gears

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

SARKAR IN MANALI: From Shahkot to Mohali Court, Sara Alam Bigrra Jaye

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

SIKHS & FEMINISTS – We hailed Harjit Sajjan; they didn’t hail Gina Haspel

AFTER BEING RAPED, I WAS WOUNDED; MY HONOUR WAS NOT

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

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THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE

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RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS – Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

_______________________________________________________________


Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

— Team PT




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Punjab Police Rules: A case of Caste and Prejudice
16.07.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*
Punjab Police Rules: A case of Caste and Prejudice



IT HAS TAKEN more than 70 years since the country achieved freedom to cast away a cloak designed by the British rulers in 1934 to identify people by caste and create a divide in society. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered the governments of the two states i.e. Punjab, Haryana as well as the Union Territory of Chandigarh to ask the police forces to do away with the practice of naming castes of complainants or the accused, apart from those filed under the SC/ST Act.

The Punjab Police Rules were drawn up in 1934 and stipulated that the caste of the complainant as well as the accused must be mentioned in the First Information Reports (FIRs). The practice has been followed by the police despite the changes in outlook and circumstance.

The provision was challenged in a PIL by advocate HC Arora before the High Court which directed the police authorities in the two states to file an affidavit giving an undertaking that FIRs would not mention the caste of either the complainant or the accused. The petitioner asserted that the requirement to disclose the "caste” was in conflict with the letter and spirit of the provisions of the Constitution. He stated that the 1934 rules were framed before the Constitution came into force and should be scrapped.

He argued that other alternative forms of identification, like the Aadhaar card, house number or ward number of the accused, witness or victim should be used.
 
The petitioner objected to the document, "Prison Statistics-2000”, published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for classifying prisoners according to their caste and religion. The latest report showed that 68.9 percent of convicts in the country were Hindus while 17.7 percent were Muslims.
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The petitioner asserted that the requirement to disclose the "caste” was in conflict with the letter and spirit of the provisions of the Constitution.
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The rest belonged to other religions. It specified that 30 percent convicts were OBCs while 35 percent belonged to the General Category and 21.9 percent were from the Scheduled Tribes.

Arora further brought to the notice of the concerned bench that the Himachal Pradesh High Court, in its order dated September 16, 2016, had directed the state government to delete caste from various forms prescribed under the Police Rules.

After hearing the petitioner earlier in April 2017, the then division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court headed by Justice SS Saron had issued notices to the Punjab and Haryana governments as well as Chandigarh, which follows Punjab rules. However, affidavits were not filed for more than a year prompting Justice PB Bajanthri of the High Court, before whom the case was recently listed, to direct the home secretaries of Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab to file affidavits.
 
Asserting that the disclosure of caste was likely to hamper investigation and prejudice the officials handling the case, Justice Bajanthri asked them to specify in the affidavit whether there was any provision, except in the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, to disclose the caste of the complainant or the accused. He said: "If there is no provision, why necessary official memorandum or circular be (not) issued to the Police Department asking the jurisdiction police not to highlight the caste of the complainant or the accused while lodging the complaint/FIR etc.”

Earlier this month, both the states and the Chandigarh administration informed the High Court that they were averse to the Punjab Police Rules framed in 1934, whereby an accused, complainant, et al is required to record their caste.
 
 

 

*(The author, a freelance journalist, is a former Resident Editor of Indian Express, Chandigarh, and reported on the political developments in Jammu and Kashmir, North-Eastern India, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab in his long, illustrious career. This article was also published by IndiaLegallive.com and is being reproduced here with the due permission of the author. - Ed)

 

 

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Punjab to provide free treatment for poor drug addicts
10.07.18 - TEAM PT
Punjab to provide free treatment for poor drug addicts



CHANDIGARH, JULY 10: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today announced free treatment for poor drug addicts at all state-run de-addiction centres, and also ordered the police not to harass addicts or their families in any way.

Chairing a high-level meeting of Civil Surgeons, Medical Superintendents and Principals of the Government Medical Colleges here at Punjab Bhawan this afternoon, the Chief Minister directed his Chief Principal Secretary to ensure that the necessary funds for free treatment are immediately placed at the disposal of the concerned deputy commissioners.

If more funds were needed, he would sanction the same from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, said Amarinder Singh, while directing the Health Department to explore the possibility of seeking financial aid from reputed national and international health organizations, besides engaging with NGOs already working to fight drug abuse.

Noting that drug trafficking was an inter-state problem, of which Punjab was the biggest victim, CM said that he would personally take up the issue with the Prime Minister and urge him to intensify Centre's efforts to prevent the entry of drugs and narcotics into Punjab from the adjoining states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
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Amarinder also asked the Health Department to work out the modalities, in consultation with the Transport Department, for extending the facility of free travel to the poor drug addicts along with one attendant each in government buses for travel to the nearby de-addiction centres.
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IG (STF) informed the meeting that there was a provision under the NDPS Act for seeking funds from the Centre to supplement the State's efforts to fight the drug menace. In response, the Chief Minister asked the Health Minister to take up the issue with the Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. 

The Chief Minister also underlined the need to keep a strict vigil over the nefarious activities of some foreign students, especially of African origin, who were studying in private institutions, colleges and universities, and were reportedly into drug smuggling and peddling. He asked the management of these institutions to crack down on such students.

Responding to another demand raised in the meeting, Amarinder asked the Health Department to work out the modalities, in consultation with the Transport Department, for extending the facility of free travel to the poor drug addicts along with one attendant each in government buses for travel to the nearby de-addiction centres, on the lines of cancer patients.

The Chief Minister took serious note of reports of police probing the antecedents of drug addicts taking admission in drug-addiction centres. He directed ACS Home to issue strict orders against entry of any police official into the centres.

Amarinder Singh underscored the need to crack down on unscrupulous chemists who were openly supplying countermand drugs and medicines by flouting all the prescribed norms and asked the Health Minister to convene a meeting of chemist associations to discuss ways to put an end to such unlawful practices. However, he made it clear that genuine buyers should not be harassed in the guise of strict enforcement.
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The Chief Minister also underlined the need to keep a strict vigil over the nefarious activities of some foreign students, especially of African origin, who were studying in private institutions, colleges and universities, and were reportedly into drug smuggling and peddling.
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The Chief Minister directed the Health Department to put in place a mechanism for utilising the services of private hospitals, medical and educational institutions in the treatment of addicts by empaneling them on prescribed government rates. He also asked the department to devise a minimum protocol for medical, health and diagnostic services to be provided to the patients.

Taking part in the deliberations, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal called for humane treatment of drug addicts and urged doctors to motivate parents to get their addicted children treated without fear of social stigma. The Finance Department, he said, would extend full support to the Health Department in meeting the shortage of super speciality doctors in psychiatry.

Health Minister Brahm Mohindra had earlier informed the meeting that his department would soon recruit more psychiatrists to overcome the shortage to ensure effective and timely treatment of the addicts. He also suggested engaging the services of private players for opening OOAT-based OPD clinics.

Psychiatrist Civil Hospital Tarn Taran Dr. Rana Ranbir Singh suggested launching OEND (Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution) programme, which was extensively being implemented in US, to save the lives of hardened drug addicts.

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Dr. Sandeep Bhola, Incharge de-addiction centre Kapurthala, sought Rs.5 Lacs in aid for setting up a special gallery in the Pushpa Gujral Science City at Kapurthala for creating awareness amongst students about drug abuse and its prevention. The amount was immediately sanctioned by the Health Minister.

The meeting was attended, amongst others, by Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Home NS Kalsi, Additional Chief Secretary Health Satish Chandra, IG/STF R K Jaiswal, ADGP Law & Order Ishwar Singh, Managing Director Punjab State Health Systems Corporation Varun Roojam, Additional Secretary Health B Srinivasan, Director Health Services Jaspal Kaur.
 

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