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Preneet Kaur in Milan; Asks NRI youth to participate in Punjab political process
29.08.16 - team pt
Preneet Kaur in Milan; Asks NRI youth to participate in Punjab political process



Senior Congress leader and former union Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur has asked Europe based non-resident Indians to participate in the political process in Punjab. She was addressing a congregation of the Punjabi community in Milan that mostly consisted of youth.
 
"Punjab is passing through a crucial stage as elections are less than six months away and these elections are going to decide the destiny of Punjab and the Punjabis”, she said, while adding, it was only the Congress that can provide a strong, stable and effective government under the leadership of Capt Amarinder Singh.
 
Kaur is currently on a tour of European countries to interact with the Punjabi diaspora there for the forthcoming elections in Punjab.She was accorded a tumultuous welcome by the NRI community, many of whom thanked her for helping them during her tenure as the External Affairs Minister. 
 
The former union minister maintained that the Akali-BJP regime during last about ten years had destroyed and devastated Punjab beyond redemption. At the same time, she warned, Punjab cannot afford any experiment lest the situation drifted and deteriorated further.
 
"You and your relatives and elders back home have seen both the regimes, one led by Capt Amarinder and the other led by the Badals and you make a choice yourself”, she said, while adding, that the NRIs had an important role as they can influence public opinion back home.
 
"Punjab's youth is dogged by drugs and unemployment; its trade and industry have touched the lowest ebb, farmers are debt ridden and are committing suicides, small traders have almost shut shop and major business houses have migrated”, she told the NRI community in Milan, while adding, "Punjab is also ruled by various mafia groups: Drug Mafia, Sand Mafia, Transport Mafia, Cable Mafia and all controlled by the Badals”.
 
She recalled that Capt Amarinder motivated investors and major IT industries, Quark and Dell, were the first to come to Punjab. "Many major industrial houses evinced interest in agro industries. Unfortunately, all investors fled the State after having been intimidated by the Badals”, she said.
 
Cautioning people against the new outfit AAP, she said, it was totally inexperienced. "In Delhi, people gave them unprecedented mandate but they failed to live up to the expectations of the Aam Aadmi (common masses). "They could neither govern nor could deliver anything. They have betrayed the trust of the people”, she said, while pointing out how Ms Sheila Dixit served Delhi for 15 years, without any complaint against anybody including the then Vajpai government. 




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Chhotepur sacked as AAP’s Punjab convener
26.08.16 - TEAM PT
Chhotepur sacked as AAP’s Punjab convener



Aam Admi Party removed its Punjab Chief Sucha Singh Chhotepur, on Friday, after a video clip showed him accepting bribe for assigning constituencies to party candidates for the assembly elections. 

21 AAP leaders from Punjab, including members of Parliament Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh, had written a letter to party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking him to immediately sack Mr Chhotepur based on "our party's principles of zero tolerance towards corruption."

They cited as proof against the Punjab leader a sting operation in which the 65-year-old Chhotepur is allegedly seen accepting cash from a candidate. AAP sources said the party leaders have enclosed a video clip with their letter to Mr Kejriwal; the alleged sting has not been made public.

The political affairs committee of the Aam Aadmi Party took the action against the Punjab AAP convener Chhotepur.
Chhotepur will now face a disciplinary committee of the party, comprising Delhi lawmaker Jarnail Singh and former Punjab bureaucrat and AAP leader Jasbir Singh Bir, regarding allegations of corruption.

Chhotepur said, he is ready for any probe by any agency be it CBI. 

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had called a meeting of top party leaders in Delhi on Friday to discuss Mr Chhotepur's fate. 

The AAP leader, who was the party's most visible face in Punjab till now, alleged that he had been framed by a "conspiracy of my own friends” in the AAP.

Mr Chotepur has denied the allegations, demanding to be shown the sting. "This is a conspiracy hatched against me by some of my own partymen," said the former Punjab minister. Addressing a press conference today, he called Mr Kejriwal 'anti-Sikh'.

On being asked by reporters about his plans for leaving the party, Chotepur said "I will not leave the party. I have built it brick by brick in the last two-and-a-half years. Let the party take action against me. I have done nothing wrong,"

Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann told reporters that Chhotepur will be given a chance to explain his stand to the party leadership and that his case has been referred to a two-member committee.

Making a scathing attack, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh asked the Aam Aadmi Party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as why he does not get his own Ford Foundation funding probed along with the funding of Sucha Singh Chhotepur. 

"While the AAP leaders from Delhi and UP were maligning Chhotepur for accepting party fund, why was Kejriwal silent on the massive money Sukhpal Khaira and other leaders collected from the NRIs in United States and Canada when they visited these countries in last few months," Captain said. 

Congress has sought a probe into the funding of Arvind Kejriwal's NGO which was funded by the Ford Foundation which in turn gets money from the CIA. 

"It needs to be probed whether Kejriwal was used for destablising the government in India with foreign funding." 

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said, , if any AAP leader or their supporter submits in writing to the state government for alleged bribery in ticket distribution then the state government could probe such allegations after investigating its veracity. S. Badal took a dig at AAP and said that all the rowdy elements out to make money have been given prominence in the party which resembles like a bunch of rag-tag leaders. 

Party leader Dr. Dharam Vira Gandhi on Friday alleged that this is a party of a dictator, a single person called Kejriwal, and it is clear that the sting operation was done "intentionally", as part of a design, to defame Chotepur before his expulsion.

Alleging that the Punjab convener was intentionally framed into it, Gandhi said, "I don't say he would have not accepted the money, but he also receives money for the party's expenses. People give money (to the party) and he accepts that as per the party's culture. There are no receipts, balance sheets or a treasurer in the party, thus, everybody is responsible for it. If Sucha Singh is guilty, then Durgesh, Sanjay and Delhi leaderships are more at fault.
 None of the AAP leaders, especially Delhi's (central) leaders, never clarified on how much fund they have received from where."

"How much fund they received from abroad and how much they have received from Punjabis in the last one year. They have never issued receipts for the received funds, or maintained a balance sheet, or opened an account, and there is no treasurer as well. The charges against Chottepur are small as compared to huge transactions that take place in Punjab, which even children know," he castigated.

"Besides, the AAP's policy of the central leadership, especially of the league comprising Arvind Kejriwal, Durgesh and Sanjay Singh, their policy is 'use and throw' and 'destroy'. They just don't use a person, but they also throw and destroy him, whether he is Prashantji, Gandhi or Dr Daljit Singh. They have behaved in the same manner with all of them, which is a very wrong tradition for any political party," said Gandhi, who recently launched a new front for "alternative politics".

Mr Chhotepur has been part of both the Akali Dal and the Congress in Punjab, before he teamed up Mr Kejriwal, who asked him to build the party in the state. He had fought the 2014 Lok Sabha election as an AAP candidate from Gurdaspur losing to the BJP's Vinod Khanna.  

Mr Kejriwal has since fallen out with Mr Chhotepur, mainly over selection of candidates for the Punjab elections, sources said. The party has announced two lists of candidates and Mr Chhotepur was missing on both occasions.




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Kejriwal wants to befool people of two States on a single issue
22.08.16 - TEAM PT
Kejriwal wants to befool people  of two States on a single issue



The Shiromani Akali Dal today lashed out at Aam Admi Party Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal on issue of drugs in Goa and said that it seems that the AAP leader wants to befool the people of two states on a single issue with the motive of achieving power.
 
In a statement released from the party head office here today, the SAD Secretary and Spokesman and Punjab Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said that it is disgusting to see that Mr. Kejriwal has tried to incite the people on the issue of narcotics in Goa as he had tried in Punjab. He said that the Delhi CM has leveled same allegations on the ruling party of Goa which he had leveled on the SAD leadership in the state. Similar is his claim of nexus between political class, police and narcotics traders in Goa which was in Punjab.  He said that it is very surprising that he is using  same tactic of creating a fear among the masses and exploiting their sentiments on the issue whose gravity is perhaps is he is unaware off.
 
Dr. Cheema further reminded the AAP leader that in this era of social media and high tech media, his gestures  of trying to befool the people of two states won’t work as he stood exposed nationally for his lies.

Dr. Cheema expressed surprise over the statement of Kejriwal in which he has said that Aam Admi Party does not have funds to contest the elections. Dr. Cheema said that this is an old ploy of Kejriwal to win sympathy of the people wherever he goes and to earn money in the form of donations  as well as sale of tickets. He asked him that if the party did not have money then was it the reason behind that he wasted crores of rupees of people of Delhi on his campaign in media in Punjab ? He said that his statement of empty coffers of AAP is nothing but a sheer attempt to gain sympathy of the NRIs so that he could get more funds for the elections. He said that everybody knows that the AAP is the major receiver of the funds from abroad and his statement is only an attempt to get more funding from abroad as the local Indians are already aware of his mischiefs and don’t contribute towards the party.

Lambasting Kejriwal for his claim that Goans will prepare party manifest and will rule Goa, Dr. Cheema reminded the AAP leader that he had claimed same in the case of Punjab but what happened was totally otherwise.  Leaders of his party were not consulted on  Youth Mainfest for  Punjab and his own team had put the pic of Sri Darbar Sahib with broom on this manifesto and not a single discussion was held on the issues of the state with the people of state. He said that  Kejriwal was repeating same folly in Goa but will not succeed because his has already been exposed in the state.

Dr. Cheema also said that people of the Goa as well as of Punjab are now well aware of his lies and game plans and would teach him a lifetime lesson in the ensuing elections.




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Punjab Governor retains the post of Chandigarh administrator
18.08.16 - TEAM PT
Punjab Governor retains the post of Chandigarh administrator



The Centre’s move to appoint Chandigarh’s first independent Administrator — with a rank equivalent to that of Lieutenant Governor — was put on hold tonight following objection from Punjab’s  ruling party Shiromani Akali Dal and opposition parties.

The Centre dropped on Thursday its move to appoint retired IAS officer K J Alphons as the administrator of Chandigarh and appointed governor-designate of Punjab V P Singh Badnore to the post.

The appointment of Alphons would have reversed the 32- year-old system of Punjab governor being the Chandigarh administrator.

In 1984, as Punjab was dealing with a massive insurgency, control of Chandigarh, which is a union territory, was transferred to the charge of the Governor of Punjab, a tradition which has lasted three decades.

For the past over a year, Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki had been holding the additional charge of UT Administrator in his capacity of officiating Governor of Punjab, ever since Shivraj Patil demitted office in January 2015.

"The President has been pleased to appoint Shri V.P. Singh Badnore, to be the Administrator of Union Territory of Chandigarh, in addition to his duties as Governor of Punjab,” a Rashtrapati Bhawan communiqué said.

The Centre’s u-turn came after all the political parties, including key BJP ally Akali Dal with which it is in power in Punjab, approached Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking him to review the decision to appoint Alphons as it would effectively take away the powers of the Governor of Punjab over Chandigarh and may not be in the larger interest of the state.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who is an ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, warned "Punjab will never allow its legitimate right over the capital and other Punjabi speaking areas to be compromised or diluted".

He is believed to have argued that taking Chandigarh away from the control of Punjab Governor will send a wrong signal to the people in the state where elections are due next year.

Congress and AAP also resented the move.

Alphons says he received two phone calls from BJP President Amit Shah in the last four days. On the 13th, Mr Shah informed him that he'd been selected to run Chandigarh as its top administrator; last night, a follow up call scratched that appointment. "On August 13 BJP president Amit Shah called me to inform that I have been cleared for appointment; but following concerns raised by political parties in Punjab, he called me last (Wednesday) night again to say that it is not going to happen," as reported by ndtv.

A 1979 batch IAS officer, Alphons was known as "demolition man”, a sobriquet he earned after he cracked down on illegal encroachments in the national capital during his stint as head of DDA in the 1990s.

He quit the IAS in 2006 and was elected as an Independent MLA, backed by CPM-led Left Front. After joining the BJP in 2011, he was inducted into the national executive. 




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V.P. Singh Badnore is the new Punjab Governor
17.08.16 - team pt
V.P. Singh Badnore is the new Punjab Governor



President Pranab Mukherjee appointed four new governors on Wednesday and the list includes former Union minister Najma Heptulla for Manipur. The President also appointed new governors for the poll-bound state of Punjab, V. P. Singh Badnore, and Banwarilal Purohit for Assam.
 
Out of the three governors and one lieutenant-governor appointed by the President, assembly elections are due in two states, Punjab and Manipur.

Badnore, who is from Rajasthan and was a member of both the state assembly and Parliament, has been associated with the BJP since the days of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS). After being a member of Legislative Assembly for four terms, Badnore became a Member of Parliament (MP) in 1999.

Heptulla had resigned as Union minister for ministry of minority affairs on 12 July, a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced expansion and reshuffle of the council of ministers.

Heptulla will replace V. Shamuganathan, governor of Meghalaya, who was holding additional charge as Manipur governor since last September.

"The President has been pleased to make the following appointments, Banwarilal Purohit as the governor of Assam, Najma A. Heptulla as the governor of Manipur, V.P. Singh Badnore as the governor of Punjab, Jagdish Mukhi as the lieutenant- governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The appointments will take effect from the dates the incumbents assume charge of their respective offices,” a statement issued by Union government said.

Modi has initiated a new rule in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in which leaders above 75 years will not hold any position in the party or will not be part of any government. Heptulla who turned 76 earlier this year also became a victim of the rule initiated by Modi.

Out of the three governors and one lieutenant-governor appointed by the President, assembly elections are due in two states, Punjab and Manipur.

Badnore, who is from Rajasthan and was a member of both the state assembly and Parliament, has been associated with the BJP since the days of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS). After being a member of Legislative Assembly for four terms, Badnore became a Member of Parliament (MP) in 1999.




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