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Last Updated: February 16, 2022, 22:51 IST
Ahead of the Punjab Assembly polls, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday met the chief of Radha Soami Satsang Beas Baba Gurinder Singh Dhillon at Beas, around 45 km from Amritsar. Shah, who was in Punjab on Wednesday for a poll rally, took to Twitter to share the information about the meeting. “Today met Radha Soami Satsang chief Baba Baba Gurinder Singh Dhillon. “The work being done by Radha Soami Satsang Beas for humanity and social service by continuously awakening spiritual consciousness in the society for decades, is wonderful and inspiring in itself,” Shah tweeted in Punjabi. Read More
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Punjab’s chief electoral officer S Karuna Raju on Wednesday held a review meeting with returning officers for the February 20 Assembly elections and directed them to ensure proper arrangements at polling stations following the poll panel’s instructions. The chief electoral officer directed officials to ensure the availability of masks, gloves, PPE kits, soaps, thermometers, and sanitisers at every polling station, according to an official release.
Former chief minister and Punjab Lok Congress president Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said he was not against the people of Pakistan but their rulers and the Army who were fomenting trouble here and killing Indian soldiers on the borders. Addressing public meetings in support of party candidates Farzana Alam from Malerkotla and Sardar Ali from Amargarh here, Singh said, these elections were going to decide the future of Punjab as the state was confronted by multiple challenges which could be faced by a “double engine” government only.
Ahead of the Punjab Assembly polls, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday met the chief of Radha Soami Satsang Beas Baba Gurinder Singh Dhillon at Beas, around 45 km from Amritsar. Shah, who was in Punjab on Wednesday for a poll rally, took to Twitter to share the information about the meeting. “Today met Radha Soami Satsang chief Baba Baba Gurinder Singh Dhillon. “The work being done by Radha Soami Satsang Beas for humanity and social service by continuously awakening spiritual consciousness in the society for decades, is wonderful and inspiring in itself,” Shah tweeted in Punjabi.
ਅੱਜ ਰਾਧਾ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਸਤਿਸੰਗ ਬਿਆਸ ਵਿਖੇ ਡੇਰਾ ਮੁਖੀ ਬਾਬਾ ਗੁਰਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਢਿੱਲੋਂ ਜੀ ਨਾਲ ਭੇਂਟ ਕੀਤੀ।
ਰਾਧਾ ਸੁਆਮੀ ਸਤਿਸੰਗ ਬਿਆਸ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਲਗਾਤਾਰ ਦਹਾਕਿਆਂ ਤੋਂ ਸਮਾਜ ਵਿੱਚ ਅਧਿਆਤਮਿਕ ਚੇਤਨਾ ਜਗਾ ਕੇ ਮਨੁੱਖਤਾ ਅਤੇ ਸਮਾਜ ਸੇਵਾ ਦਾ ਜੋ ਕਾਰਜ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਹੈ, ਉਹ ਆਪਣੇ ਆਪ ਵਿੱਚ ਅਦਭੁਤ ਅਤੇ ਪ੍ਰੇਰਨਾਦਾਇਕ ਹੈ। pic.twitter.com/ajHxUwx64D
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) February 16, 2022
Invoking Guru Ravidas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told voters in Punjab that the welfare of the poor is above everything else for his government which is following the saint’s ideals. He also said the Centre and the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh were making all-out efforts to ensure that the pilgrims from Punjab and around the country, who are currently visiting Varanasi on the occasion of Guru Ravidas Jayanti, are facilitated in every manner. “Today is Sant Ravidas Jayanti. Before coming here, I went to Guru Ravidas Vishram Mandir (in Delhi) and sought blessings,” Modi said addressing a poll rally in Pathankot, Punjab. Notably, the mystic poet-reformer who preached against social prejudices enjoys a nationwide following, especially among Dalits, and the community members are present in large numbers in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh where assembly elections are being held.
“It’s a shameful statement. I condemn this. Wherever the people of Bihar and UP went, they made a place for themselves with hard work and contributed to the growth of their state,” Bihar Minister Sanjay Jha said in response to Punjab CM Channi’s reported remark ‘don’t let UP, Bihar ke bhaiya enter Punjab’.
Exuding confidence, Harish Rawat, former Punjab Congress in charge, in an exclusive interview with News18, said people will “strongly” vote for his party in the Punjab election, scheduled to be held on February 20, and “Punjabis will not go for an experiment”. With just two days after the Uttarakhand polling for the 70-seat Assembly, Rawat said the Congress is “winning Uttarakhand with at least 48 seats”, and the party will also claim the majority in Punjab. The past few months have been tumultuous for the Congress in Punjab with an alleged rift between Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and Amarinder Singh, who eventually quit the post of the chief minister and the party, and Charanjit Singh Channi got the top post. During all this, Harish Rawat was the party’s state in charge. As claimed by him at the time, Rawat still said, “All is well within the Congress in Punjab”.
The ruling Congress faces a daunting task as it looks to retain its electoral tally in the Dalit-dominated Doaba region of Punjab where it confronts the twin challenges of the SAD’s well-oiled machinery and the AAP’s growing popularity particularly among the youth. Though many in the region express their liking for Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, the first Dalit to hold the post in the state, calling him “apna banda” (our man), not much groundswell for his party was visible. The BJP, which traditionally enjoys support in a few urban pockets, and the SAD are making all-out efforts to reap dividends in the fertile Doaba region in the February 20 polls. The AAP, which broke the monotonicity of the Punjab politics oscillating between the Congress and the SAD, is being seen as a harbinger of change by the youth in the region.
We are with you. We will speak with the Central Government regarding the obstacles. After speaking with everyone, we want a grand temple of Guruji Maharaj (Guru Ravidas) to come up there (in Delhi): AAP national convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
The BJP on Wednesday launched an indirect attack on Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal after the party shared a video of Kumar Vishwas alleging that the Delhi CM “wanted to be either the Punjab CM or the PM of Khalistan”. BJP leader Amit Malviya shared a video of former AAP leader Kumar Vishwas who recalled his conversation with Kejriwal. “One day, he told me he would either become CM (of Punjab) or first PM of an independent nation (Khalistan),” Former AAP leader Kumar Vishwas recounts his conversation with Arvind Kejriwal. This could be extremely dangerous, if AAP were to form Govt in Punjab,” Amit Malviya said in the tweet.
BSP president Mayawati on Wednesday paid tributes to Guru Ravidas on his birth anniversary, and cautioned against leaders paying obeisance at his birthplace in “Seer Govardhan” for selfish motives. In a statement issued by the BSP office here, the party supremo extended tributes to crores of followers of Ravidas living in the country and the world, and referred to the work done by her government in honour of the saint.
AAP national convenor and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and party’s CM face for the state, Bhagwant Mann visit Sat Guru Ravidass Dham in Bootan Mandi, Jalandhar on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti.
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday stoked a controversy when he said he won’t let “UP, Bihar ke bhaiyya” enter the state as a laughing, clapping Priyanka Gandhi Vadra — Congress incharge for UP — stood by him. READ MORE
Congress leader Manish Tiwari called the resignation of former Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar “unfortunate” and said the ambition of Rajya Sabha seat makes people do such things.
“Wherever BJP established itself, the remote control family (Congress) from Delhi was wiped out. Wherever there is peace, appeasement has been given a farewell, the same farewell has to be given in Punjab also,” Modi said.
If Congress is original, AAP is its xerox…One looted Punjab while the other one is involved in scam after scam in Delhi. Despite being ‘Ek hi thali ke chatte batte’ they (AAP & Cong) are playing ‘noora kushti’ (fixed fight) in Punjab, pretending to be against each other:PM Modi pic.twitter.com/xhKcqwWyhK
— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2022
“We see Punjab through the eyes of Punjabiyat, our opponents see Punjab through the lens of politics. Therefore, we got the privilege of developing the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor,” Modi said in Pathankot rally.
#WATCH | Poet & former AAP leader Kumar Vishwas alleges AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal was supportive of separatists in Punjab
“One day, he told me he would either become CM (of Punjab) or first PM of an independent nation (Khalistan),” Vishwas says. pic.twitter.com/5ccGs9jNn3
— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2022
“Today developed countries of the world are facing all kinds of problems. Because of Covid, there is are problem of shortage in food. But during this crisis, India has been providing free ration to crores of countrymen. Free ration is being provided to lakhs of poor in Punjab for two years. I ask Punjab, give us five years,” Modi said in a rally in Pathankot.
Punjab: Amritsar Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu joins Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in presence of party convener Arvind Kejriwal pic.twitter.com/CFzAFzwqVA
— ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2022
“It is very shameful. We strongly condemn comments aimed at any individual or any particular community. Priyanka Gandhi also belongs to UP so she is also a ‘bhaiya’,” said AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Punjab CM Channi’s remark, “don’t let UP, Bihar ke bhaiya enter Punjab”.
A few days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met Gurinder Singh Dhillon in Delhi and had praised the Radha Soami Satsang chief for its social service. Radha Soami Satsang Beas enjoys a considerable following in Punjab.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday targeted the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) here, and termed it a photocopy of the Congress. Addressing a poll rally in Punjab’s Pathankot, he said farming, trade and industry will be made profitable in five years if the BJP-led alliance is voted to power in the state. Punjab goes to polls on February 20. “Give me five years to serve you. I assure you farming, trade, industry will be made profitable,” Modi said at a poll rally in Pathankot.
Modi on Wednesday offered prayers at the ‘Shri Guru Ravidas Vishram Dham Mandir’ in Karol Bagh here on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti. The mystic poet enjoys a nationwide following, especially among a section of the Dalits. Guru Ravidas Jayanti is a festival which is popular among Dalits in Punjab, who constitute more than 30 per cent of the state’s population. PM Modi tweeted about his visit to the revered philosopher’s temple.
Sant Ravidas belonged to the bhakti movement during the 15th and 16th century and his hymns are included in the Guru Granth Sahib. He is considered the founder of the 21st century Ravidassia religion. Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated on Magh Purnima, which is the full moon day of the Magh month as per the Hindu calendar.
The Election Commission (EC) deferred Punjab elections, originally scheduled for February 14, by a week to February 20 in view of Guru Ravidas Jayanti.
The state government and several political parties had urged the EC to do so as lakhs of followers of Guru Ravidas travel to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to celebrate the day. The parties had said that several followers of Guru Ravidas would not be able to exercise their franchise on February 14 as they would be travelling.
The Union government has accorded the central VIP security cover of armed paramilitary commandos to close to two dozen BJP leaders in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, including the “Z” category security cover to Union minister S P S Baghel, the party candidate against SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Wednesday. Some candidates in these two states have been provided security till the poll process ends, they added.
Some of the protectees will have the central cover over and above their state police security. The Union home ministry has tasked the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to render the task. Both the paramilitary forces have their exclusive VIP security wings of commandos, who possess sophisticated close-protection weapons.
The Punjab Assembly has a total of 117 seats, with 59 being the majority mark. The 117 constituencies in Punjab are spread over three regions – Majha (25 constituencies), Doaba (23) and Malwa (69). In the 2017 Punjab elections, the Congress came to power with 77 seats, while the AAP delivered a surprising 20 seats. Ousted from power, the Shiromani Akali Dal won 15 seats and its then alliance partner, the BJP, won three.
The Punjab election results 2022 will be declared on March 10 (Thursday) when counting of votes in the state takes place along with four other poll-bound states – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.
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