Sukhdeep Kaur is an assistant editor with the Punjab bureau. She covers politics, social issues and special projects, including on-the-ground reporting during critical situations.
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Bargari heat: Pressure mounts on Captain Amarinder Singh to name former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini in FIR
The Bargari protesters have give the government a 15-day ultimatum to take action against those indicted.
He refused to comment on Trudeau’s India visit saying everyone can make their own assessment and as a matter of official policy, they do not criticise each other on foreign soil.
The move may set off political tremors in Punjab as AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal will be forced to expel Khaira and seven other MLAs supporting him.
State finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal has dubbed the Centre’s move as ‘too clever by half’.
The prices of petrol and diesel have hit record highs in recent weeks and the Centre has been asking states to cut down their value added tax (VAT) on fuel to provide relief to the common man.
Haryana finance minister Capt Abhimamyu will be hosting his counterparts from neighbouring states of Punjab, Himachal, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi and union territory of Chandigarh on Tuesday.
This time, it is the Akalis who have failed to bag even a single seat at the ground zero of anti-sacrilege and police firing protests, helping the Congress walk away with 10 of 10.
The party got an overwhelming mandate in all panchayat samitis polls too.
The polls will be held amid competitive religious populism between the traditional rivals in state politics — the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal.
The Punjab Police security wing had sent a proposal to the finance department to replace ageing Toyota Land Cruisers in Badal and Sukhbir’s fleets
The move was seen as Amarinder clipping the wings of detractors of Punjab Police chief Suresh Arora.
In an interview to Sukhdeep Kaur on Monday, Jakhar said exposing Akalis does not dent secular credentials of the Congress nor is state’s communal harmony under threat.
Punjab DGP vs DGP: Enforcement Directorate examines money laundering angle in Raj Jit, Inderjit cases
Raj Jit is being probed for his alleged complicity with Inderjit in drug trafficking.
The Zora panel too had indicted police for not probing desecration cases and “unwarranted” firing at Behbal Kalan where two Sikhs were killed and seven injured.
Captain Amarinder Singh’s “no vendetta” line had not gone down well with Congress rank and file and the party high command was told if things continue this way, the party may have to face its consequences in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
It will go down in history as a session when politics and religion were again mixed, dangerously, to toe the radical line. It is not the first time that the Congress is doing it.
Capt Amarinder said a special investigation team will be set up to probe sacrilege and firing incidents taken back from the CBI.
The Punjab assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday to take back investigations into incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and subsequent police firing at protesters from CBI
Though one person was injured at Kotkapura unlike Behbal Kalan where two Sikhs were killed, the indictment of Badal for police action has added more fire to the Congress arsenal as it debates the report on Tuesday.
The Congress is all set to launch a frontal attack on the Akalis based on report’s indictment of former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and SAD chief, Sukhbir Badal, for the Akal Takht’s pardon for dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim in September 2015.
As the three-day monsoon session of 117-member Punjab Vidhan Sabha (assembly) got underway on Friday, HT explains the meaning of frequently used terms/phrases during the proceedings.
HT lists some of the key observations that have counter arguments too in the report itself, leaving it open to questions.
The Congress strategy is to make political capital out of report’s indictment of the previous Badal regime for securing Akal Takht’s pardon for dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim in September 2015.
Randhawa said the Congress won the state elections promising to bring culprits of the Bargari sacrilege to justice.
As he wages a relentless war against his party after being sacked as leader of opposition, Sukhpal Khaira is now also trying to claim the panthic constituency of AAP and the Shiromani Akali Dal.
Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) panel still to submit supplementary to Bargari report besides three reports on other incidents in state; tenure ends on August 30.
Fresh crop of dynasts may see soft launch in 2019 LS polls, emerging from behind the curtains to play active role in politics
A divided AAP is to the advantage of the Congress, whether or not it opts for an alliance. If it does, the Congress gets better bargaining power over the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and may concede fewer seats to the former.
Justice Singh was tasked by the Captain Amarinder Singh government last year to probe the Bargari sacrilege and subsequent firing incidents in Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan in Faridkot district.
The report, accessed by HT, also reveals that then director general of police Sumedh Singh Saini spoke to Badal hours before the police opened fire at Sikh protesters at Kotkapura chowk between 5 to 6 am on October 14, 2015.