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Punjab Election 2017: AAP violates Supreme Court ruling again, promises deputy CM to a Dalit

The Aam Aadmi Party, which is making its debut in the Punjab state Assembly election is all set to take to the streets literally with Arvind Kejriwal taking part in a roadshow in Patiala on Friday.

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Punjab Election 2017: AAP violates Supreme Court ruling again, promises deputy CM to a Dalit

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16:30 (ist)

Won by whisker: Punjab witnessed heavyweights scrapping through in their seats in 2012 polls

In the 2012 polls, 12 out of the 34 SC reserved constituencies saw narrow margins of victories. In fact, the narrowest of the victories was witnessed in the reserved constituency of Phillaur, where Avinash Chander of the SAD won by a mere 31 votes!

Apart from these reserved constituencies, 21 other constituencies witnessed a close electoral battle. They were won by less than 4,000 votes which makes for less than three percent of the total votes polled.

Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, a member of the Khairon political family and a minister in the SAD-BJP government, won his Patti seat by a whisker of a margin of 59 votes.

And Kairon was not the only minister who had to face a narrow victory. Janmeja Singh, the PWD minister in the outgoing cabinet won the Maur seat by 1,387 votes, while BJP's Surjit Kumar Jyani, who is the present health minister, defeated Independent candidate Jaswinder Singh aka "Rocky" by a margin of 1,692 votes.Janmeja Singh, the PWD minister in the outgoing cabinet won the Maur seat by 1,387 votes, while BJP's Surjit Kumar Jyani, who is the present health minister, defeated Independent candidate Jaswinder Singh aka "Rocky" by a margin of 1,692 votes.

"Rocky", a local don from Fazlika, was later killed by unidentified gunmen in May 2016.

Manoranjan Kalia, the industry minister between 2007 and 2012, who had also served as the Punjab BJP chief, too met with a similar fate. Kalia won his Jalandhar Central constituency by just 1,065 votes.

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11:56 (ist)

Bhagwant Mann AAP's Punjab CM candidate?

Mann, who made headlines for live-streaming his arrival at Parliament and earned the ire of his colleagues in 2016, fits the bill, NDTV reports. Mann is also taking on Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal of the Akali Dal for the Jalalabad assembly seat, in what is pegged as the biggest battle in Punjab.  

Delhi deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia recently had said that someone from Punjab will be the state chief minister if AAP wins the elections, a disclaimer prompted by speculation that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal could shift to that state. 

11:19 (ist)

Arvind Kejriwal set to hit the streets in Patiala

With polls in Punjab right around the corner, the Aam Aadmi Party, which is making its debut in the state Assembly election is all set to take to the streets literally with Arvind Kejriwal taking part in a roadshow in Patiala on Friday. The AAP convener is in Patiala to campaign for Dr Balbir Singh, an eye doctor, who is contesting the election for the party from Patiala Urban constituency.

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Feb 09, 2017 - 19:07 (IST)

High voter turnout in 48 polling stations as re-polling ends

Feb 09, 2017 - 14:20 (IST)

Repolling sees 65% turnout in 48 stations till 2 pm | ANI

Feb 09, 2017 - 12:29 (IST)

Voting at 30 % till 11.15 am | Hindustan Times

Repolling in 48 stations in Punjab is going smoothly with nearly 30 per cent electorate turnout. Kaurewala village in Sardulgarh constituency saw 33 per cent voting, Majitha saw 43 percent polling and Muktsar reported 47.29 voting, a report published in the Hindustan Times said.

Feb 09, 2017 - 10:57 (IST)

Punjab govt announced holiday in five districts going repolling

The Punjab government has announced a holiday in the five districts which are undergoing repolling on Thursday. A 'paid holiday' in factories, shops and commercial establishments situated in the area of Amritsar parliamentary constituency and the assembly constituencies has also been declared.

— IANS

Feb 09, 2017 - 10:51 (IST)

Bikram Singh Majithia casts his vote | ANI

Feb 09, 2017 - 10:46 (IST)

Three held for 'distributing liquor, bribing voters' ahead of Majitha repoll

In case you missed, on Wednesday, three people were arrested for allegedly trying to lure voters through liquor and bribing in Majitha assembly constituency. The police named Balwinder Singh with cartons of liquor by an Election Commission observer while Mohan Singh alias Mohni and Om Prakash Gabbar were caught by the people while allegedly bribing voters. Balwinder was Senior Vice President of the Majitha Congress. Mohni was Vice President of while Gabbar was a district level senior party leader (also remained deputy mayor).

Majitha is among the five assembly constituencies where repoll at few polling stations was announced on 7 February. Meanwhile, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) demanded immediate disqualification of Congress Majitha candidate Sukhjinder Singh Lalli Majithia over the issue.

— PTI

Feb 09, 2017 - 10:15 (IST)

Repolling taking place in Sangrur | ANI

Feb 09, 2017 - 10:14 (IST)

Repolling begins in 48 stations on 9 February

Repolling in at 48 polling stations of Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency and the five assembly segments, including a seat from which SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia is contesting began on Thursday, while the Aam Aadmi Party called for tighter security to prevent any untoward accidents in the constituencies.

It was ordered on 7 February in the wake of the malfunctioning of Voter-Verified Audit Paper Trail (VVPAT) and Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in these stations during the polling.

The repolling was ordered at 12 polling stations of Majitha Assembly seat, nine each of Muktsar and Sangrur, one each of Moga and Sardulgarh and 16 polling stations of Amritsar Parliamentary constituency.

— PTI

Feb 04, 2017 - 17:30 (IST)

Feb 04, 2017 - 17:18 (IST)

Amarinder Singh confident of Congress' clean sweep

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Saturday termed the Assembly polls as a "vote for stability versus communalism and radicalism" and exuded confidence of a clean sweep in the state, including the Malwa region, which poll pundits had been terming as an AAP stronghold.

The chief ministerial candidate of Congress who exercised his franchise at Government College for Women in Patiala, promised to usher in the "much-needed new dawn (navan savera)" in the state.

Terming the elections as a vote for peace, communal harmony and stability, he claimed, "The people have voted for stability versus communal and radical politics." The people of Punjab want the experience and expertise of Congress to get the state back on the rails of progress and development, Amarinder claimed.

He dismissed any threat from either SAD, which had "ripped apart the state's social, religious and economic fabric" in the last 10 years, or AAP, whose "popularity graph has declined drastically" in the last two to three years with the "exposure of their misdeeds and failures".

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With polls in Punjab right around the corner, the Aam Aadmi Party, which is making its debut in the state Assembly election is all set to take to the streets literally with Arvind Kejriwal taking part in a roadshow in Patiala on Friday.

The AAP convener is in Patiala to campaign for Dr Balbir Singh, an eye doctor, who is contesting the election for the party from Patiala Urban constituency.

Singh has been fielded by AAP against Punjab Pradesh Congress chief and chief ministerial candidate Captain Amarinder Singh and General JJ Singh, former army chief and candidate of the Shiromani Akali Dal.

With Dr Singh in the fray and Captain Amarinder Singh busy campaigning in Lambi — against Parkash Singh Badal — and other important areas for the Congress, AAP seems very hopeful of its chances here. In fact, the party will release its manifesto in Patiala and several senior leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party have been making a beeline to this royal bastion of Punjab.

However, with Captain's wife Preneet Kaur and daughter Jai Inder Kaur setting the stage for Congress and Captain being the head of the royal family of the erstwhile State of Patiala, it won't be an easy battle for Kejriwal's party.

But considering Dr Singh, who also crafted the election strategy for Dr Dharamvir Gandhi of AAP in the 2014 General Election, wherein he beat Preneet Kaur aka "Rani", it is likely that he may beat the "Raja" as well.

Meanwhile, BJP's star campaigner Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also in Punjab campaigning for the party and alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal in Jalandhar, while Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will be in Amritsar addressing a rally with the aforementioned Captain.

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