Off the cuff
CM’s voice goes crispier
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is about to touch 90 but it is interesting to observe that the shrill and crisp in his voice is increasing with each passing year. After making all notice it during the recent events held in Amritsar and Rupnagar, the CM on Sunday made the gathering of Doaba, during the event at Jang-E-Azadi memorial in Kartarpur, also observe the fact. With his loud, passionate and crisp speech the Chief Minister not only subdued the speech of others including Sukhbir Singh Badal but also made the gathering surprised. Interestingly, the crisp in his voice proved Sukhbir right in saying that his father was much more energetic than anyone else in the Akali Dal to be projected as the next CM candidate.
More of a music concert
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday dedicated the first phase of Jang-E-Azadi memorial, located at Kartarpur, to nation in the presence of various dignitaries including a number of ministers and parliamentarians. It was apparently the rare occasion where the senior politicians like Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Bibi Jagir Kaur and Bikram Singh Majithia were not allowed to address the gathering, with a plain excuse of time shortage. However, the stage convener allowed playing four songs, though all patriotic, written and sung by a senior journalist who has key role in the construction of the memorial, which consumed most of the time and made people have a feel of music concert.
Will condemn but won’t return the ‘honour’
After the opening of Jang-E-Azadi memorial, located at Kartarpur, Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister honoured dozens of freedom fighters’ kin with sweets, shawls and other things but immediate after the event was over, a majority of them started raising slogans and condemned the gesture. They had a grudge that the state government dashed their hopes of coming up with an announcement related to some special entitlements for them including free travel bus pass. They also claimed to be deceived with the bags handed over to them as a mark of honour but it was ironic to observe that none of them returned the articles to the administration, despite some of ex-servicemen and kin of freedom fighters (sounding pro-government) asked them to do so.
Cong, AAP leaders to consume drugs
Union Minister of State and Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla left the audiences amused with his speech, when he said that political rivals Congress and AAP will bring an end to drugs in the state by consuming it themselves.
Addressing the gathering during Jang-E-Azadi function in Jalandhar, Sampla said that quite often people ask him that how would Congress bring an end to drugs in one month and AAP in two months time, as claimed by their leaders. He said in Punjabi, “Pi Pi ke mukange (They will drink drugs).” Entire top SAD-BJP leadership and the audience was left amused at the statement of Sampla.
A flower for Deputy Chief Minister
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal chairing the Jang-E-Azadi function in Jalandhar was all smiles, when a baby girl on stage offered a flower to him. The flower was sent by none other than Bibi Jagir Kaur, who was sitting a little away from Deputy CM. The child was excited to gift the flower while Deputy CM was left smiling and softly nudged on the face of the girl, as a mark of appreciation and gratitude.
Security tightened after breach at Punjab Bhawan
Two TET pass candidates went atop mobile t ower demanding government jobs by easily breaching the security system at Punjab Bhawan, which is in the close vicinity of Secretariat. The duo had bags full of ration which could last easily for five days and this when security personnel deputed at Punjab Bhawan woke up from deep slumber. In the melee security personnels also stopped SHO of the area from entering into Punjab Bhawan premises stating her that nobody is allowed inside without permission. However SHO reprimanded the said cops deputed on security and directed them to open the gate as she had to verify the matter.
Amarinder not pleased with Punjabi Suba celebration
Former Punjab Chief Minister and President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Capt Amarinder Singh has once again expressed his displeasure of carving Haryana and Himachal Pradesh out of Punjab in 1966. Senior Congress leader made the statement while addressing a press conference in Sector 10, on Friday. Capt Amarinder also took a dig at Shiromani Akalai Dal (SAD) for ‘Punjabi Suba’ celebrations organised at Amritsar on November 1, on the completion of 50 years. He said, “Rather than celebration, it should be a moment of penance and self-atonement for Akalis, who had shrunk the state. With the separation, Punjab was deprived of the rich resources and growth prospects which fell in Haryana and Himachal.” Captain said that Punjab lost precious resources including water, hydroelectric power, forests and tourism to Himachal, while industrial belt -Panipat, Gurgaon and Faridabad- went to Haryana.
Cong face emerges in Dera Bassi
Kept abandoned for over five years by Punjab Congress, a new and young face has emerged in Dera Bassi Assembly constituency by creating space with his over 10 years of hard work. Manpreet Singh Sandhu alias Bunny Sandhu has been staking claim on the Congress ticket from Dera Bassi for the ensuing Vidhan Sabha and holding continuous meetings and rallies with the Congress leaders and works. For the last five years when Congress leader Deepinder Singh Dhillon, a close associate of Preneet Kaur, wife of PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh, was denied ticket by the Congress and Jasjit Singh Randhawa was fielded from the constituency. Bunny has been raising serious public issues and his voice against the ruling SAD-BJP government by organising public rallies.
Navjot Sidhu holds talks with Donald Trump
When the cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu had resigned from the Rajya Sabha Seat as MP of BJP, both the AAP and the Congress Party had tried its best to lure Navjot Singh Sidhu to bring him in their party fold. But as Sidhu had been dreaming of becoming next CM of Punjab, both the parties left him off balance and Sidhu was termed just a crowd puller or ‘Star Parcharak’. Sidhu formed fourth font with Bains brothers of Ludhiana and expelled SAD MLA Pargat Singh ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’. However as the time lapsed Bains brothers floated their own party. Now a message has gone viral on social media where Sidhu has been shown holding talks with Donald Trump and are in final stages.
Mobiles, wallets lost in SAD’s rally
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders gheraoed residence of Punjab Congress Chief, Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday. The leaders brought large number of workers from four district’s to show their strength. However, it were the snatchers who had a field day amidst protesters. Many Akali leaders and their supporters lost their wallets and mobiles. NK Sharma, MLA from Dera Bassi also lost his mobile phone, who later approached local police and got the case registered.
The Sidhu couple is not deciding anything about their political preferences. A reporter wanted to talk to Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu as, in his perception, women did not lie. From morning till evening her cell phone did not respond. It remained switched off. The reporter imagined how true the cell phone was replying? The political fate of the Sidhu couple too can be seen as switched, as of now.
CONTRIBUTED BY: Rajay Deep, Rajinder taggar, Kusum arora, Bipin Bhardwaj, Jagpreet Sandhu, Jagdeep Chopra,Subhash kakkar
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