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Punjab Elections 2022 Updates: Amarinder Removed as CM as He Didn't Agree to Provide Free Electricity, Says Rahul Gandhi

Assembly elections in the state are due on February 20. The Congress is fighting to retain power in the state with CM Charanjit Channi, while BJP and AAP make for a three-way fight.

News18.com | February 17, 2022, 23:39 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, commenting on CM Charanjit Singh Channi’s earlier remarks on not allowing ‘UP bhaiyas’ into Punjab, said Sant Ravi Das was born in UP, Guru Gobind Singh ji in Bihar, and asked whether the leader would also ‘not allow them to enter Punjab’.

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday promised free coaching for JEE, NEET exams for Punjab government school students if elected to power. Read More

Feb 17, 2022 22:38 IST

Ex-Punjab MLA Kewal Singh Dhillon Expelled from Congress for 'Anti-party Activities'

The Congress expelled former Punjab MLA Kewal Singh Dhillon from the party on Thursday for alleged anti-party activities. Dhillon, a two-time former MLA from the Barnala constituency, was denied ticket by the Congress for the February 20 state Assembly polls. The party has fielded former Union minister Pawan Bansal’s son Manish Bansal from the Barnala seat. “The Disciplinary Action Committee has expelled Kewal Singh Dhillon from the party with immediate effect in view of anti-party activities,” according to a statement issued by All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Punjab and Chandigarh Harish Chaudhary.

Feb 17, 2022 22:23 IST

EC Restrains Political Parties from Circulating Kumar Vishwas's Video on Kejriwal

Aday after former AAP leader Kumar Vishwas alleged that party’s national convenor Arvind Kejriwal has been a supporter of Khalistani separatists in Punjab on a video, the Election Commission of India on Thursday called it a violation of the Model Code of Conduct and directed political parties against broadcasting it. “The video clipping has been disapproved by the State MCMC committee in its meeting held on dated 17.02.2022. The concerned political parties have been separately asked to stop playing this video content at various social media platforms as it violates Manual of Model Code of Conduct of ECI,” a statement of the EC stated. The EC added that the video being played is a violation of MCC and directed to immediately stop the broadcasting or telecasting of this video on social media and TV Channels.

Feb 17, 2022 19:34 IST

Why Was Capt Amarinder Singh Removed as Punjab CM? Rahul Gandhi Answers

Amid the high-octane campaign for Punjab assembly elections, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said Captain Amarinder Singh was removed from the post of Chief Minister because he denied providing free electricity to the poor people of the state, citing his contract with the power supply companies. Addressing a public rally in poll-bound Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib, Gandhi said, “I will tell you why was Captain Amarinder Singh removed as the Chief Minister of Punjab. It is because he did not agree to provide free electricity to the poor people. He said I have a contract with the Power supply companies.”

Feb 17, 2022 19:05 IST

Channi Poorer by Rs 5 Cr since 2017; SAD’s Sukhbir Richer by Rs 100 Cr, Captain by Rs 20 Cr

Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s wealth has decreased by over Rs 5 crore while that of his predecessor Amarinder Singh has gone up by Rs 20 crore since 2017, a new report from Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) says. Further, Sukhbir Singh Badal of the Shiromani Akali Dal has declared an increase of Rs 100 crore in his wealth between 2017 and 2022. ADR and Punjab Election Watch have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 101 re-contesting MLAs in the upcoming Punjab assembly elections. The report says that assets of 78 legislators have increased ranging from two per cent to 2,954 per cent while that of 21 MLAs has decreased by two to 74 per cent.

Feb 17, 2022 18:28 IST

Setback Ahead of Punjab Polls for Congress as Amritsar Mayor Crosses over to AAP

With few days to go for the Punjab assembly elections, the Congress received a jolt in Amritsar when sitting Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu quit and joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to uphold what he claimed his ‘self-dignity’. After joining the party Rintu said he had taken the decision as he felt ignored by the party. “When you are ignored in spite of working for the party with dedication, taking another course is the best option,” he told the media. Rintu holds clout in the Amritsar North Assembly segment, from where the AAP has fielded former Inspector General of Police Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh. READ MORE

Feb 17, 2022 17:59 IST

Amarinder Removed as CM as He Didn't Agree to Provide Free Electricity, Says Rahul Gandhi

“I will tell you why was Captain Amarinder Singh removed as the CM of Punjab. It is because he did not agree to provide free electricity to the poor people. He said I have a contract with the Power supplying companies,” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab

Feb 17, 2022 17:40 IST

Days ahead of Punjab Polls Congress Still Fighting with Itself, Leaders Undermining Each Other

Chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi was on February 6 announced as the CM face of the Congress for the Punjab elections. He and the party’s state unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu were vying for the position and both had said they would follow the command of the central leadership. However, as the February 20 elections approach, the factionalism in the Congress is not subsiding. Sidhu recently said, “No one can defeat the Congress; only the Congress can defeat itself.” The factionalism, at this point, is not limited to Channi and Sidhu. Many relatives of Congress candidates are fighting the elections either independently or on another party’s ticket. READ MORE

Feb 17, 2022 17:00 IST

'My Words Twisted', Punjab CM Channi Clarifies His 'UP, Bihar Bhaiyas' Remark

Aday after his remark stoked controversy, Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday issued a fresh clarification and said that his comments were twisted and it was meant for outsiders in Punjab like Arvind Kejriwal and Sanjay Singh. “My statements were distorted. I want to say it again, that Durgesh Pathak, Sanjay Singh and Kejriwal come from outside and create obstructions. I have talked about them,” Channi said.

Feb 17, 2022 16:44 IST

Complaint Lodged in Bihar Court Against Punjab CM Channi Over His 'Bhaiya' Remark

A complaint was lodged in a court here on Thursday against Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi for his alleged “insulting” remark about “bhaiyas” from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The petition was filed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Muzaffarpur, by social activist Tamanna Hashmi, who has claimed that the comment has “put in danger lives of Biharis living in Punjab. The Congress leader had, at a recent public meeting in poll-bound Punjab, said “bhaiyas” (migrants) from UP and Bihar will not be allowed to “rule” his state. The utterance has evoked strong reactions from across the political spectrum.

Feb 17, 2022 16:05 IST

Remark Meant for 'Outsiders' Like Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh, CM Channi Says His Comments Distorted

CM Charanjit Singh Channi issued a fresh clarification on Thursday and said his comments on ‘UP and Bihar Bhaiyas’ were distorted. “People from UP and Bihar work for us and add to our economy. My comment was for outsiders like Arvind Kejriwal and Sanjay Singh,” the Punjab CM said.

Feb 17, 2022 16:01 IST

BJP Govt Still Blaming Nehru for People's Problems, Says Manmohan Singh

The BJP had been in power for more than seven years and was still blaming first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the problems of the people, former prime minister and Congress leader Manmohan Singh said on Thursday in a scathing attack against the Modi-led government. Targeting the Central government on a host of issues, including the farmers’ agitation, foreign policy, price rise and unemployment, Singh said ahead of the Punjab elections on February 20 that the BJP’s nationalism was based on the British policy of divide and rule. The Congress played the message delivered in Punjabi at a press conference here. According to Singh, the government had proved to be a complete failure on the issue of foreign policy. The Chinese army, he alleged, was occupying our pious land for the last one year but efforts are being made to bury this issue.

Feb 17, 2022 15:37 IST

PM Couldn't Travel 5-6 km to Meet Farmers, Made Them Agitate for 1 Year: Priyanka Gandhi

“PM Modi came to Pathankot yesterday for polls, he couldn’t travel 5-6 km from his residence to meet farmers. He made the farmers agitate for 1 year. He visited the US, Canada, travelled all over the world, and bought two Rs 16,000 crores-worth choppers for himself,” Priyanka Gandhi said in Pathankot.

Feb 17, 2022 15:34 IST

'Where Were Guru Gobind Singh & Sant Ravidas Born?' Modi Tears Into Channi's 'Bhaiyye' Remark

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday tore into Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi for his remark on ‘bhaiyas’ from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, reminding him that Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Ravidas too were born outside Punjab. Addressing a rally in Punjab’s Abohar ahead of elections on February 20, PM Modi also hit out at Congress leader and UP incharge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was seen cheering Channi as he made the controversial statement. “What the Congress Chief Minister said here the entire country has seen. The family from Delhi is his maalik (boss), that maalik was standing next to him, clapping,” the prime minister said.

Feb 17, 2022 15:07 IST

'Where Were Guru Gobind Singh & Sant Ravidas Born?' Modi Tears Into Channi's 'Bhaiyye' Remark

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday tore into Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi for his remark on ‘bhaiyas’ from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, reminding him that Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Ravidas too were born outside Punjab. READ MORE

Feb 17, 2022 14:47 IST

Channi on Kumar Vishwas's Comments on Arvind Kejriwal: 'Real Intentions of AAP Exposed'

Feb 17, 2022 14:37 IST

Congress Has Always Betrayed Farmers: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hit out at the Congress, accusing it of betraying farmers and said it was the BJP government which made record purchase of grains. Addressing a rally here ahead of the February 20 Punjab assembly polls, Modi urged voters to bring the BJP-led alliance to power in the state for its all-round development.

The prime minister also slammed Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi for his remark on ‘bhaiyas’ from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, saying Guru Gobind Singh and Guru Ravidas too were born outside Punjab. Referring to the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission report, he said that it was his government which implemented them. “History is witness that Congress has always betrayed farmers,” Modi said.

“There was a demand for implementing the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission report for several years but they continued to sit on the file. Congress governments only spoke lies,” he said. Modi said when his government was formed at the Centre, it implemented the recommendations of the commission.

He said it was in his government’s time that there was a record purchase of food grains. Attacking the Congress government in Punjab, Modi said each trade is captured by the mafia in the state.

Feb 17, 2022 14:13 IST

Why Deras in Punjab Still Hold Key to Influencing Voters and How Politicians are Wooing Them

The Dera Sacha Sauda branch in Ahmedgarh in Malerkotla district of Punjab stands silent. Only a caretaker comes in occasionally to tend to the massive farm inside, from where nearly villages get their vegetables and fruits, and is a source of income for several vendors. Baldev Singh, known as ‘premi’ or a ‘sevadar’ of the Dera, is “happy” that Baba Ram Rahim has been released on a 21-day parole (February 7 to February 27) ahead of the Punjab election. The timing does not matter to Baldev but only whom he and his fellow villagers should vote for. READ MORE

Feb 17, 2022 14:00 IST

BJP Accuses Cops of Halting JP Nadda's Convoy in Bhatinda

Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Thursday accused Punjab police of halting JP Nadda’s cavalcade in Bhatinda. “Punjab police repeats its past behaviour of negligence halting National President Shri @JPNadda ji’s cavalcade in Bhatinda. This disregard for order should be seriously called out,” he said in a tweet.

Feb 17, 2022 13:53 IST

Two Batters in Punjab Congress Right Now: Rajnath Singh in Amritsar

There are two batters in Congress right now. Both of them want to bat at the same time, neither of them wants to be in the non-striker end. Both batters are fighting on one crease. So, it is certain that they will get out: Defence Min Rajnath Singh in Amritsar

Feb 17, 2022 13:38 IST

Punjab Elections: Rajnath Singh Signs Visitors' Book at Golden Temple

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh signed visitors’ book at Harmandir Sahib Gurdwara (Golden Temple) in Amritsar, Punjab.

Tagging a post on a similar move initiated in Delhi, Kejriwal said ‘ye Punjab main bhi karenge (will do this in Punjab too)’.

Punjab CM and Congress’s chief ministerial candidate for the assembly elections, Charanjit Channi hit out at Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday, calling him a drunkard and questioning his ability to lead the state after taking ‘three years to pass 12th standard’. Mann is Aam Aadmi Party’s CM face in Punjab, and has been embroiled in controversies related to alcoholism in the past. “Bhagwant Mann is a drunkard and illiterate person. He passed 12th class in three years. How can we give command of Punjab to such a person?” Channi was quoted as saying by ANI.

Meanwhile, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday urged people to not trust the AAP and its chief Arvind Kejriwal, who only wants to deceive them with big promises in the same manner former chief minister Amarinder Singh earlier did. The SAD president made the comments while addressing public gatherings at Dharamkot for Tota Singh and at Nihalsinghwala for Baldev Singh Manuke.

The truth is that Punjabis gave a chance to the Aam Aadmi Party in 2017 by electing 20 of its legislators and even made it the principal opposition party in the state. However instead of working for the welfare of Punjabis, 11 out of its 20 legislators joined hands with the Congress party. Now you cannot trust AAP with your vote again, he said. On promises being made by the AAP, Badal said its election will mean withdrawing of free electricity to farmers. Punjabis should be clear that the Delhi model meant that the free power facility being availed by farmers in the state would be withdrawn. The AAP will also not extend social welfare benefits started by the SAD including the old age pension, ‘Aata-daal’ and ‘Shagun’ schemes, he said. He said in Delhi, the AAP government was not giving even one rupee to women as a welfare measure even as it has promised Rs 1,000 per month to women in Punjab. Badal said thousands of contractual employees in Delhi have been protesting for eight years demanding regularisation. I do not understand how Kejriwal can promise regularisation of contractual employees in Punjab when he is on record to have said that employees do not work if they are regularised, the leader said.

Asserting that the SAD alone represented their aspirations, Badal said the SAD governments were responsible for all the development done in the state, be it establishment of thermal plants, or construction of 4-6 lane roads, airports, and irrigation facilities. The Congress party does not have one achievement to its credit, he claimed, adding Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi also admitted as much. He alleged that the Amarinder Singh government of 2002-07 had only done patch work on state roads.

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