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Punjab Elections 2022: AAP, BJP Slam Congress Over Sunil Jakhar's Statement

In a video clip that surfaced online, Jakhar is heard saying 42 Congress MLAs wanted him to be the chief minister after Amarinder Singh's exit.

PTI | February 03, 2022, 22:35 IST
Sunil Jakhar

The AAP and the BJP hit out at the ruling Congress in Punjab on Thursday over its leader Sunil Jakhar’s statement that 42 party MLAs wanted him as the chief minister of the state after the unceremonious exit of Amarinder Singh last year. While Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chadha accused the Congress of doing politics on the basis of caste and religion, Union minister and the BJP’s in-charge for Punjab Gajendra Singh Read More

Feb 03, 2022 18:52 IST

Owaisi Demands Probe by Govt After Bullets Fired on His Vehicle

After an attack on his convoy in Uttar Pradesh, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said, “I think we are being followed by the attackers. Police has recovered the arms and arrested one shooter. I request the EC to investigate the matter. It’s the responsibility of the state and central government to investigate the matter. We want independent probe by the government. We will raise the issue in Parliament also.”

Feb 03, 2022 18:48 IST

What's Famous 'Noida Jinx' that Keeps CMs, Top Politicians Away from Delhi's Neighborhood?

Noida, a city now known for residential societies and corporate offices also has an interesting “political superstition” associated with it. The “Noida jinx” is a superstitious belief among political parties and chief ministers in Uttar Pradesh that a person who goes to Noida during their chief ministership loses the next elections. Read More

Feb 03, 2022 18:11 IST

Shots Fired at Asaduddin Owaisi's Vehicle While Returning from UP

Lok Sabha MP and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s vehicle was today fired at by unknown assailants when the parliamentarian was returning from Uttar Pradesh. The incident occurred when Owaisi was on his way to Delhi from Kithaur, Meerut. Speaking to ANI, Owaisi said that three to four rounds of bullets were fired targeting his vehicle, leading to the puncture of the tyres. The Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad had to then continue his journey in another vehicle. Read More

Feb 03, 2022 17:51 IST

Punjab CM Face of Congress to be Announced on Feb 6: Channi

“CM candidate will be announced on February 6. I will be with Rahul Gandhi on that day,” said Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi in Sri Chamkaur Sahib.

Feb 03, 2022 15:36 IST

'Will Show BJP The True 'Hindustan'': Rahul Gandhi

“Hindustan is a bouquet having different ideologies, cultures, languages but they want a single ideology to rule over it but I have said yesterday in Parliament that we will not let it happen. We will show BJP the true ‘Hindustan’,” said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Chhattisgarh.

Feb 03, 2022 15:26 IST

Sunil Jakhar Speaks on Congress's CM Face for Punjab Polls

“No rocket science when it’s said that any fight has to be fought under a unified command. Obvious that only one would lead and others would have their own roles,” ANI quoted Sunil Jakhar as saying when asked that names of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu and him being discussed as party’s CM face for Punjab assembly elections.

Feb 03, 2022 15:06 IST

UP Elections: Amit Shah Addresses Rally

Feb 03, 2022 15:04 IST

Cong Appoints Party's Farmers' Cell Leader as Poll Coordinator for Srinagar, Dharampur Seats

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Feb 03, 2022 13:49 IST

'I Will Win from Noida': Akhilesh Yadav Hopes to Break Jinx

“It’s a superstition that whosoever goes to Noida loses the elections. In 2012 I started my cycle rally from Noida and won the elections. I am going to Noida so that I can form the government in Uttar Pradesh,” said SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.

Feb 03, 2022 13:15 IST

Kejriwal Says Current Goa Govt Embroiled in Scams

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Feb 03, 2022 13:00 IST

Punjab Polls: Channi Leading Survey on Cong CM Face

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi might be declared Congress’ chief ministerial candidate as sources told ANI that he is leading in the survey the party is conducting to choose the CM candidate.

Feb 03, 2022 12:42 IST

UP Deputy CM Maurya Files Nomination from Sirathu

Feb 03, 2022 12:27 IST

Punjab Polls: People of Punjab Want AAP to Form Next Govt in State, Says Mann

People of Punjab are tired of giving chances to the Congress and the SAD for the last 44 years and now want the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to be in the saddle, says the party’s chief ministerial face Bhagwant Mann. The 48-year-old Mann, who is contesting from the Dhuri Assembly segment, also says that mafia raj, unemployment, inflation, drug menace and farm distress are some of the major issues facing the state and his party will work to solve them. Mann has been declared as the chief ministerial candidate of the AAP after the party in Punjab held a first of its kind ‘Janta Chunegi Apna CM’ drive last month.

Feb 03, 2022 12:13 IST

'UP First State to See No Terror Activities, Riots in 5 Years': CM Adityanth

Feb 03, 2022 11:48 IST

We Brought UP from 14th Position to 2nd in Ease of Doing Business: Yogi Adityanath

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Feb 03, 2022 10:27 IST

Congress Forms Alliance with TDP to Fight Panchayat and Municipal Polls in Andaman & Nicobar Islands

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands Congress unit has formed an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party for the municipal and panchayat polls in the union territory. The Andaman and Nicobar Territorial Congress Committee (ANTCC) president Rangalal Halder and Telugu Desam Party local unit president Manikya Rao Yadav held a meeting at Gandhi Bhawan here on Wednesday and decided to form an alliance. It has been agreed that TDP will contest from Ward number 2, 5 and 16 of Port Blair Municipal Council (PBMC) election.

Feb 03, 2022 09:32 IST

UP Polls: 156 Candidates in Phase 1 Declare Criminal Cases, Most in SP; 38 Illiterates, 280 Crorepatis in Fray, Says Report

As many as 156 candidates contesting in the first phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2022 have declared criminal cases against themselves, of whom 121 are facing serious charges, a report by Uttar Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms has said. The report has analysed self-sworn affidavits of 615 candidates out of 623 who are contesting in Phase 1 of Uttar Pradesh elections to be held in 58 constituencies spanning 11 districts on February 10. Read the full story here.

Feb 03, 2022 09:15 IST

EXCLUSIVE | Channi Will Lose from Both Seats, I'm Ready With Rangla Punjab Model, Says AAP’s CM Face Mann

Punjab chief minister (CM) Charanjit Singh Channi is fighting the elections from two seats as he is scared, and he will lose from both Chamkaur Sahib and Bhadaur, Aam Aadmi Party’s CM face Bhagwant Mann told CNN-News18 in an exclusive interview in Dhuri on Wednesday. “Meanwhile, I have a ‘Rangla Punjab’, a model full of joy and glory, ready, glimpses of which will be seen within three-four months of me becoming the CM,” he said. Read the full story here.

Feb 03, 2022 08:46 IST

AAP National Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address an important press conference in Goa at 11 am today.

Feb 03, 2022 07:49 IST

Manipur Leaders Made to Take off Shoes at Shah's House Who Kept His Footwear On, Alleges Rahul

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s claim on Wednesday that a delegation of leaders from Manipur was asked to take off their shoes at Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence while he himself was wearing footwear evoked a sharp response from the treasury benches. Union Minister Piyush Goyal alleged that Gandhi has “attacked” religious traditions by his “very ridiculous” charge against the home minister.

Speaking first from the Opposition side in the Lok Sabha during the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address, Gandhi demanded an apology from Shah while narrating how a political leader from Manipur told him that he felt insulted over allegedly being asked to take off shoes when he went to meet the home minister. It represents the idea of a Union of states versus the “idea of a king”, the former Congress chief alleged.

Shekhawat questioned the “selective secularism” of the grand old party by “refusing” to make Jakhar the chief minister “because of his religion”.

In a video clip that surfaced online, Jakhar is heard saying 42 Congress MLAs wanted him to be the chief minister after Amarinder Singh’s exit. He was addressing a gathering in Abohar on Tuesday. Jakhar was among the frontrunners for the top post, but the party preferred Charanjit Singh Channi, who became the first Scheduled Caste (SC) chief minister of Punjab.

“Forty-two votes went to Sunil (Jakhar), 16 to Sukhjinder Randhawa, 12 to (Amarinder Singh’s wife and Patiala MP) Preneet Kaur, six to (Punjab Congress chief) Navjot Singh Sidhu and two to Channi,” Jakhar is heard saying in the clip. Addressing reporters here, Chadha alleged that the former Punjab Congress president was not appointed to the top post because he is a Hindu.

“The Congress is conspiring to divide people on the basis of caste and religion by giving a religious colour to the politics of Punjab. The biggest example of this is senior Congress leader Sunil Jakhar. Even after the support of 42 MLAs, he was not appointed as the chief minister just because he is a Hindu,” he said. The AAP leader said it was shameful that the Congress “expelled” Jakhar from the race to the chief minister’s chair just because he belongs to a particular community.

He asked the Congress that when Jakhar was not in the race for the top post, why his photos are on the hoardings of the party along with those of Sidhu and Channi. “The Congress is giving only two options to people to choose its chief ministerial face — Sidhu and Channi. Why is Jakhar not an option?” Chadha asked, referring to the ruling party seeking public opinion on who should be its nominee for the top post in the February 20 polls.

Shekhawat questioned the “selective secularism” of the Congress by refusing to make Jakhar the chief minister “because of his religion”. “admission, Jakhar was not made the chief minister even though he enjoyed the support of 42 of the 79 MLAs as he is a Hindu and some leaders in the party believed that only a Sikh should be the chief minister,” Shekhawat said in a statement here while asking the Congress to explain its position.

“I want to ask the Congress that whether for becoming the chief minister in Punjab, is it a condition that one should not be a Hindu? “Why shut the doors of chief ministership on someone only for his religion?” he asked. “The revelation about him not being made the chief minister for his religion was not made by anyone else but Jakhar himself, who is a respected leader cutting across party lines,” Shekhawat said.

The 117-member Punjab Assembly is scheduled to go to polls on February 20 and the counting of votes will be taken up on March 10.

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