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  • EC to monitor Punjab parties 48 hours before polling 7 hours 40 minutes ago

    Chandigarh: Organising parties and private functions as a cover-up for entertaining voters will be under the Election Commission's scanner in Punjab 48 hours before the April 30 Lok Sabha polling, officials said on Wednesday. "There is no ban (on holding private parties and functions) but there will be intensive checking...
  • I am not a reluctant contestant for Congress: Amarinder Singh 2 days ago

    Congress leader Amarinder Singh ridiculed claims that he was not willing to contest the Lok Sabha elections. "I was not reluctant to fight general elections. Initially I thought that I will traverse across Punjab and campaign for Congress party's candidates in all the 13 constituencies, but when Sonia Gandhi asked...
  • Congress writes to EC against importing of convicts to Amritsar 6 days ago

    Congress on Thursday filed a complaint to Election Commission alleging that criminals, convicted for heinous crimes such as murder, were being imported to Amritsar with the "motive of intimidating and hoodwinking" its supporters and workers. Karanpal Sekhon, the election agent of Congress candidate from Amritsar Amarinder Singh, in his complaint...
  • BJP candidate Vinod Khanna's wife seeks vote for her husband for Gurdaspur seat 6 days ago

    It's not only BJP Lok Sabha candidate for Gurdaspur seat Vinod Khanna is on a canvassing spree, his wife too is leaving no stone unturned for the victory of the actor-turned politician. Kavita Khanna, who hits the road every morning, meet and greet voters and listen to their concerns and...
  • BJP hits back at Rahul Gandhi over 'fool' remark on Modi 6 days ago

    In a counter attack on Rahul Gandhi for asking Narendra Modi to "stop fooling" the people, BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Thursday said voters are not "ullus" (fools) if they exercise their vote against the Congress. Jaitley, who is facing a tough contest in Amritsar, said Rahul must accept that...
  • As row simmers, Jaitley shifts to new house April 15, 2014

    Amritsar: Amid ongoing row over purchase of a new house by Arun Jaitley in Amritsar, the veteran BJP leader and a contestant for Lok Sabha election from the holy city, on Tuesday shifted to his new residence. Prayers were held to seek blessings of the Almighty as Jaitley moved into...
  • Row over Jaitley's house purchase, Amarinder writes to EC April 14, 2014

    A house bought by BJP leader Arun Jaitley, contesting Lok Sabha polls from Amritsar, today became a centre of a row, with his Congress rival Amarinder Singh filing a complaint with the Election Commission, calling the purchase as "part of his election campaign". Amarinder reasoned that the move of purchasing...
  • Congress appears to be getting more and more desperate, says Arun Jaitley April 14, 2014

    BJP candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency, Arun Jaitley on Monday took a swipe at the Congress party saying it is merely a crowd around a (Gandhi) family and it should be made a more structured party. "The family charisma has faded away. But a party which is merely a...
  • Jaitley backs Swamy's claim, Amarinder to take legal action April 10, 2014

    BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Thursday backed the claim by Subramanian Swamy that Amarinder Singh has not disclosed offshore accounts held by his two family members in his nomination papers, a charge on which the Congress leader threatened legal action. Jaitley said that his (Swamy's) charge is based on documents....
  • Lok Sabha polls: Kejriwal heads to Punjab for election campaign April 10, 2014

    Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal will tour Punjab for the next three days to campaign for his party's candidates ahead of the state going to the polls April 30. Kejriwal will travel to Amritsar on Thursday by train, an AAP member told IANS, adding that the leader would...
  • LS polls: Heavyweights prefer relatives as proxy candidates in Punjab April 10, 2014

    It's family first in Punjab when it comes to fielding covering candidates for the April 30 Lok Sabha polls as major political players like SAD, BJP and Congress are trusting none other than their closest relatives. Withdrawal of nominations for the 13 seats in the state is on April 12....
  • SAD moves EC over Bhattal's remark against Chandumajra April 8, 2014

    Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against former Punjab Cheif Minister and senior Congress leader Bhattal for allegedly using foul and derogatory language for its candidate Prem Singh Chandumajra. Secretary and SAD Spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema, in his complaint to the EC, said...
  • Amarinder Singh poses questions on SAD-BJP alliance April 8, 2014

    Terming the SAD-BJP alliance 'unholy and opportunistic', Congress candidate from Amritsar, Amarinder Singh on Tuesday asked his BJP rival Arun Jaitley to explain what he meant by 'social alliance' between the two. On Jaitley's reported remark that the Akali-BJP alliance went beyond politics, Amarinder pointed out that the BJP leader...
  • Congress on weak ground in Punjab, says Parkash Singh Badal April 8, 2014

    Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday said Congress knew it was going to lose all 13 seats in Punjab which is why the party has pushed its senior leaders to fight the parliamentary polls. "That by itself is an admission that the people of the state did not...
  • BJP may get 272 seats, says Arun Jaitley April 8, 2014

    Amritsar: BJP candidate from Amritsar seat Arun Jaitely on Monday claimed that his party may get 272 seats in the Lok Sabha polls. On being asked whether the BJP have any contingency plan to change its prime ministerial candidate if the party failed to get a comfortable majority, he said,"I...
  • Luxury cars, bungalows in Jaitley's over Rs 110 crore assets April 7, 2014

    Amritsar: A fleet of luxury cars, residential houses in Delhi, NCR and Gujarat, besides cash and jewellery, are part of the Rs 113.02 crore worth assets of senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley declared in an affidavit filed in Amritsar on Monday. Making an electoral foray from Amritsar seat, Jaitley is...
  • Arun Jaitley files his nomination papers from Amritsar April 7, 2014

    Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Monday filed his nomination papers from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency. Jaitley accompanied by his wife and daughter besides local leadership of BJP and SAD, filed his nomination in Amritsar before Deputy Commissioner cum Returning officer Ravi Bhagat. Before filing his nomination, he paid obeisance...
  • Debt-ridden SAD-BJP government in Punjab confident of a second term April 6, 2014

    The Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP-led government in Punjab has been making big poll promises in the run up to the elections. Deputy Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has vowed to turn the state into a beacon of prosperity. However, the ground reality is that coffers in the state...
  • Amarinder lacks vision for Amritsar, says Arun Jaitley April 5, 2014

    Senior BJP leader and candidate for Amritsar Lok Sabha seat Arun Jaitley on Saturday took a dig at his rival Congress' Amarinder Singh, saying he lacked vision for Amritsar development and has not spoken a word about what he did for Punjab when he was the Chief Minister. "Capt Amarinder...
  • Shiv Sena to contest all 13 LS seats in Punjab April 2, 2014

    The Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) on Wednesday said it would contest all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and announced names of 10 contestants for the ensuing polls. Subhash Goriya will contest from Jalandhar seat, Darshan Singh from Ludhiana and Om Karan from Bathinda, Punjab Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray)...
  • Amarinder rejuvenating Congress workers becomes BJP headache March 29, 2014

    The "re-energised" Congress cadres after Captain Amarinder Singh's candidature from Amritsar for Lok Sabha polls are giving sleepless nights to BJP in this Sikh-dominated constituency. Admitting that it would have been a "cakewalk" for its candidate Arun Jaitley but for Singh, who has rejuvenated the faction-ridden district unit of Congress,...
  • Manish Tewari cites health reasons for not contesting polls March 27, 2014

    Congress leader and Union Minister Manish Tewari has expressed his regret over not contesting Lok Sabha polls. He has cited health reasons for not being able to contest. "Wanted to contest from Ludhiana, have been working there for 5 years, because of personal reasons and health issues I told the...
  • Amarinder Singh accuses BJP of double standards on Blue Star issue March 25, 2014

    Congress candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha seat Amarinder Singh on Tuesday accused BJP nominee Arun Jaitley of having "double standards" on the issues of Operation Blue Star and setting up a Blue Star Memorial for those who died within the precincts of the Golden Temple here. "You can't run with...
  • Amarinder targets Jaitley, says strong leaders don't beg for constituencies March 24, 2014

    Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar Amarinder Singh on Monday took a dig at BJP nominee Arun Jaitley for his 'majboor'(helpless)-and-'mazboot'(strong)- leader remarks, saying strong leaders "do not go begging for constituencies to secure their secret prime ministerial ambitions". Amarinder claimed in a statement that it was already established as...
  • Will not contest LS polls from 2 parliamentary constituencies: Jaitley March 22, 2014

    Amritsar: After the Congress fielded Capt Amarinder Singh from Amritsar seat, BJP candidate Arun Jaitley on Saturday said he would not contest from two parliamentary constituencies as he was dedicated to the holy city only. "The question doesn't arise to contest election from one more constituency along with Amritsar," said...
  • Lok Sabha polls: Cong headed for worst ever performance, says Jaitley March 18, 2014

    Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday slammed the UPA government saying that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections would see the worst ever performance by the Congress-led alliance. ...
  • Manish Tewari trying find escape routes: SAD's Manpreet Ayali March 18, 2014

    SAD candidate from Ludhiana Manpreet Singh Ayali on Tuesday targeted Union Minister Manish Tewari, saying his attempt to find "escape routes" proved that Congress had already lost half the battle. Taking a dig at sitting MP Tewari, he said his attempt to find "escape routes" on one pretext or the...
  • Arun Jaitley will win Amritsar seat by heavy margin: SAD March 16, 2014

    SAD on Sunday welcomed its alliance partner BJP's decision to field Arun Jaitley from Amritsar, and said he would win the elections by a heavy margin. Addressing a press conference in Amritsar, SAD leader and Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia said his party activists would accord warm welcome to Jaitley,...
  • Watch: SAD, BJP workers fight over a parking spot in Jalandhar March 15, 2014

    Clash broke out between Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP workers over a parking spot in Jalandhar, Punjab. According to sources, fight erupted between two counselors over a parking spot. Three people were injured in the clashes and the police is probing the incident. ...
  • Digging ends in Punjab, bodies of 282 Indian soldiers excavated March 3, 2014

    Nearly 157 years after they were killed and pushed into a well to die, the remains of 282 Indian soldiers from the 1857 revolt against the British were taken out in Punjab's Ajnala town. "The excavation work ended on Sunday evening. We have taken out the remains of 282 martyrs...