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Ravinder Vasudeva is a principal correspondent who writes for the Punjab bureau of Hindustan Times.

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Punjab IAS officer Parampal Kaur’s BJP entry runs into row, Mann says govt has not accepted her resignation

Sidhu, the daughter-in-law of senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sikandar Singh Maluka, joined the BJP in the presence of Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and its national general secretary Vinod Tawde in the national capital. She is likely to be fielded by the BJP from Bathinda Lok Sabha seat against three-term sitting lawmaker and former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal of the SAD

Punjab IAS officer Parampal Kaur Sidhu joins BJP in the presence of Vinod Tawde (R) and Hardeep Singh Puri in New Delhi on Thursday. (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 08:58 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Ex-IAS officer Parampal Kaur joins BJP, may be fielded from Bathinda

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann redflagged Parampal Kaur’s political plunge, saying the formalities relating to her resignation from IAS were not complete

Parampal Kaur, a former IAS officer, joined the BJP on Thursday. She is widely expected to be fielded from Bathinda constituency (HT Photo/Vipin Kumar)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 04:05 PM IST

Former Punjab DGP Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota likely to take the political plunge

A 1988-batch IPS officer, Sahota had retired in September 2022 and hails from a village near Dasuya of Hoshiarpur district. He belongs to the Majhabi Sikh Valmiki community, which has a sizeable presence across Doaba. He is known to have kept a low profile throughout his police career.

Former Punjab DGP Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota’s name is doing the rounds for the Hoshiarpur reserved seat. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 07:58 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

What is the 30-year case against former Punjab DGP Sumedh Saini?

The Delhi HC will rehear the case in which a group of policemen, including Saini (then an SSP), are accused of abducting and murdering three men in Ludhiana

Former Punjab police chief Sumedh Singh Saini(HT_PRINT)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 07:49 PM IST

‘BJP has not allowed us to enter Delhi. We will not let them enter our villages'

Farmers in Punjab and Haryana are angry because the sector is in distress. Some BJP candidates have faced protests from farmers during their campaigns.

Farmers sit on a makeshift barricade of sand bags, at a protest site during the march towards New Delhi to push for better crop prices promised to them in 2021, at Shambhu Barrier, the border between Punjab and Haryana states, India February 23, 2024. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 09:41 PM IST

BJP delays second Punjab Lok Sabha candidate list, eyes more high-profile joinings

The saffron party on March 30, had declared six candidates fielding Congress turncoats Ravneet Singh Bittu from Ludhiana and Preneet Kaur from Patiala. The BJP also fielded AAP’s lone Lok Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Rinku, who joined the party on March 28, from Jalandhar.

The BJP has decided to go solo and fight all 13 LS seats in Punjab on its own, ending speculations about the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)’s return to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 08:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

IAS officer Parampal resigns, likely to join BJP

Punjab IAS officer Parampal Kaur, daughter-in-law of former minister Sikander Maluka, applies for premature retirement amid speculations of BJP candidature.

The 2011-batch IAS officer Parampal Kaur is daughter-in-law of veteran Akali leader Sikander Maluka
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 08:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Poll talk @HT: Focus on winning hearts than seats in Punjab, Sukhbir tells BJP

In an interview to Hindustan Times, Akali leader cautions one-time ally against “aggression to capture the numbers” in the border state

Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal during an interaction at the Hindustan Times office in Mohali on Tuesday. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Published on Apr 03, 2024 12:29 PM IST

BJP releases 1st Punjab list, Bittu, Rinku, Preneet among six fielded

The BJP announced earlier this week that it will contest all 13 LS seats in Punjab on its own, ending weeks-long speculation about the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)’s return to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and setting the stage for a four-cornered fight in the state

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced its eighth list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday, declaring six contestants from Punjab, including three leaders who recently switched to the party and announcing the electoral debut of a former top diplomat.
Updated on Mar 31, 2024 08:04 AM IST

BJP chalks out LS poll campaign strategy, first list to be out soon

According to leaders present at the meeting, the saffron party will launch a statewide yatra on ‘hot political issues’, including drugs and unemployment

Punjab affairs in-charge Vijay Rupani, state party chief Sunil Jakhar and all district heads were present at the key meeting. (HT photo)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 07:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

BJP banks on mathematics, not chemistry in Punjab

Even when the alliance talks with SAD were on, there was already churning in the BJP, especially among the old guards, who were of the opinion that the party stood to gain not much from an alliance with the Akalis, whom they think has lost the support of its traditional voters — Jat-Sikhs and peasantry.

Even when the alliance talks with SAD were on, there was already churning in the BJP, especially among the old guards, who were of the opinion that the party stood to gain not much from an alliance.
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 09:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Jolt to Cong as Ludhiana MP Bittu switches to BJP

In a setback to the Congress in Punjab, three-time member of Parliament (MP) and grandson of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh joined the BJP

Newly joined BJP leader Ravneet Singh Bittu calls on party chief JP Nadda after joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of Lok Sabha elections 2024, at JP Nadda's residence in New Delhi on Tuesday. (OfficeofJPNadda-X)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 08:50 AM IST

Lok Sabha polls: After Odisha, BJP decides to contest alone in Punjab

This is the second high-profile potential tie-up to fall through in two weeks after the BJP announced last week that it will go it alone in Odisha.

State BJP chief Sunil Jakhar said the BJP’s work under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not hidden from anyone. (ANI file)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 01:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Talks on with SAD for alliance, says Amit Shah

Amit Shah’s statement comes at a time when there appeared to be a thaw in talks between the two parties.

Speaking at a conclave hosted by a private news channel, Union home minister Amit Shah admitted that negotiations are underway with its erstwhile partner of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and things will be clear in two to three days. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 08:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab reinvokes NSA against Amritpal, 9 aides

According to a senior government functionary, Punjab Police kept fresh grounds of keeping Amritpal and his aides in detention before the board that looks after cases of NSA. The board, presided over by a retired high court judge, gave a go-ahead to the request, the functionary said, on anonymity.

Radical preacher Amritpal Singh (PTI)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 07:52 AM IST

Acting tough: 55 encounters in 6 months, 15 criminals eliminated in Punjab

More than 55 encounters have taken place in Punjab in the past six months starting November 2023 to March this year out of around 93 shootouts witnessed in two years of this Aam Aadmi Party government in Punjab. During this police have neutralised 15 criminals.

Mohali police inspecting the encounter spot in Chappar Chiri in Mohali.  (HT)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 07:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Two years of AAP govt in Punjab: Ensuring last-mile delivery of healthcare

AACs have come up on the lines of Mohalla Clinics, opened by AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government, and as per Punjab government claims “have improved the last mile delivery of health services for the common man.”

AACs have come up on the lines of Mohalla Clinics, opened by AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government, and as per Punjab government claims “have improved the last mile delivery of health services for the common man.”
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 09:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Amid tie-up buzz with SAD, Punjab BJP puts candidate selection for Lok Sabha polls on hold

Punjab BJP's state election committee delays candidate selection for Lok Sabha polls due to possible alliance talks with SAD, decision to be made by party high command.

The party’s Punjab election committee has forwarded the names of 40 candidates for all 13 seats.
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 09:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

2 years of AAP govt: An iron fist against criminals, but Mann govt need to improve citizens’ safety perception

While the Punjab Police’s anti-gangster task force (AGTF) claims to have busted 338 criminal modules, arrested 1,013 gangsters, neutralised 11, crimes such as snatchings and robberies continue to remain an everyday affair

While the Punjab Police’s anti-gangster task force (AGTF) claims to have busted 338 criminal modules, arrested 1,013 gangsters, neutralised 11, crimes such as snatchings and robberies continue to remain an everyday affair. (HT File)
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 08:02 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Preneet joins saffron party, bats for SAD-BJP alliance

Lok Sabha MP from Patiala and suspended Congress leader Preneet Kaur joined the BJP in the national capital on Thursday, praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and the work done by his government in the last 10 years

Preneet Kaur meeting BJP national president JP Nadda in New Delhi on Thursday. (JP Nadda X)
Updated on Mar 15, 2024 07:36 AM IST

LS polls: Punjab BJP panel to shortlist nominees for all 13 seats today

Amid confusion over a possible tie-up with its former alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the BJP’s state election committee will shortlist candidates for all 13 Lok Sabha seats on Thursday

Amid confusion over a possible tie-up with its former alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the BJP’s state election committee will shortlist candidates for all 13 Lok Sabha seats on Thursday.
Updated on Mar 14, 2024 06:48 AM IST

House panel for time-bound probe into fund bunglings in Punjab co-op dept

A vidhan sabha committee set up to study the functioning of the co-operative department for 2023-24 has recommended a time-bound probe into embezzlements and bunglings in the department

A vidhan sabha committee set up to study the functioning of the co-operative department for 2023-24 has recommended a time-bound probe into embezzlements and bunglings in the department.
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 06:14 AM IST

Punjab assembly session: Cong seeks resolution to condemn Centre, Haryana over farmers’ issue

Raising the issue, Congress state chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring demanded a dedicated discussion concerning the farmers, who are currently protesting at Haryana borders.

Leader of Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa speaking during the session on Monday. (Source: X)
Updated on Mar 12, 2024 06:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

9 Congress MLAs suspended, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring carried out by marshals amid din

The protest broke out after the speaker told Gidderbaha MLA Warring that his allotted time to speak was over and that the Congress used its allotted 28 minutes for a discussion on the budget.

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring coming out of assembly after being suspended in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Mar 07, 2024 07:28 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Focus on education, Punjab government rolls out new initiatives

Announces 100 ‘schools of brilliance’ and ‘schools of happiness’ to transform higher secondary and primary education

Punjab CM Bhagwant Singh Mann and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal inaugurating Schools of Eminence in Ludhiana.
Updated on Mar 06, 2024 08:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Mann slams Oppn for disrupting guv’s address: Running away from core issues in Cong’s DNA, says CM Mann

Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan, on the request of AAP MLAs, allowed the discussion on the disruption of the governor’s address, in a departure from the practice of taking up the ‘question hour’ and ‘zero hour’ at the beginning of a session. Winding up the discussion on the governor’s address, Mann said, “Running away from the core issues is in the DNA of the Congress and the state party unit is following the trend.”

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann speaks during the budget session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Monday. (HT photo)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 07:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

SAD-BJP tie-up talks likely to resume next week

According to senior functionaries of both BJP and SAD, the top leadership of both parties will start a fresh round of talks in Delhi early next week and explore the possibility of stitching up an alliance before the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal (PTI)
Updated on Mar 03, 2024 07:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Homeopath’s appointment to Punjab Medical Council stirs row

Gautam, who had unsuccessfully contested the 2017 assembly elections on an AAP ticket from Anandpur Sahib constituency, is a registered homeopath. The Chief Minister’s Office had cleared his appointment on February 26 at the same time as it appointed several other party leaders to different boards and corporations.

Gautam, who had unsuccessfully contested the 2017 assembly elections on an AAP ticket from Anandpur Sahib constituency, is a registered homeopath. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2024 07:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab government sets up probe panel against ex-DGP Siddharth Chattopadhyaya for providing security to PO in rape case

The former state police chief is already facing disciplinary proceedings in the 2022 PM security breach case

Former director general of police (DGP) Siddharth Chattopadhyaya.
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 07:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

250 farmers injured in police action: Punjab health minister

45 have suffered eye injuries, complete vision loss in 5 cases; most of the trauma to the eye caused by indiscriminate use of tear gas, says Punjab health minister Dr Balbir Singh

A paramedic puts drops in eyes of a farmer after tear gas at Shambhu border. (REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 09:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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