Cold war among Congress leaders in Punjab turns Lok Sabha constituencies into hot seats; nine candidates named, four to go
Congress may have navigated through a political landmine in naming nine candidates from Punjab for the Lok Sabha elections, but the remaining four pose problems.
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.
Ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Congress won one seat each in the by-polls to Patiala (urban) and Talwandi Sabo Assembly seats today but the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) finished a poor third.
On both seats, the AAP even failed to put up a fight to the main contenders. The party and its candidates not only meekly surrendered but lost their security deposits too
Congress leader and former union minister Preneet Kaur on Monday won the Patiala Assembly seat, defeating her nearest SAD rival Bhagwan Dass Juneja.
What’s even more problematic for Preneet Kaur is the fact that Capt Amarinder Singh is no more around this time to help his wife, busy as he is in Amritsar.
Amarinder, a former army officer, after his initial reluctance to contest the Lok Sabha elections this time, has come out all guns blazing against Jaitley and the Bharatiya Janata Party
Preneet indicated that she did not want to take any risk by having tiffs with senior Congress leaders in her constituency.
The Minister said the Indian consulates in the US were monitoring the situation after the shooting in Wisconsin to see what aid they could provide to the victims.
Amid a diplomatic standoff over the killing of two Indian fishermen, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna today said any decision on how to pursue the case against two Italian naval personnel should be left to the Centre and Kerala government.
India and Italy today stuck to their stand as they tried to defuse the escalating diplomatic row over the killing of two Indian fishermen while Kerala government said it will press for prosecution of the two Italian naval marines involved.
Italy and India continue to stick to their own interpretations of the incident that killed two fishermen off the coast of Kerala.