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Punjab polls: Kejriwal asks people who should be AAP’s CM face; liquor, unaccounted cash worth Rs 23.8 cr seized

With the Punjab Meeting polls simply over a month away, Aam Aadmi Get together (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday introduced a cellphone quantity on which individuals can name and title their alternative of chief ministerial candidate. Kejriwal additionally instructed he was open to a 3rd celebration mediating a pre-poll alliance between the AAP and farmers outfits.

In the meantime, the BJP leaders continued to boost the problem of PM Narendra Modi’s safety breach, with Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath alleging that it was a “pre-planned conspiracy”. The Supreme Courtroom on Wednesday appointed a five-member committee to probe the safety breach.

Listed here are the highest developments of the day from poll-bound Punjab:

EC altering guidelines to register new celebration at BJP’s behest, claims AAP

The AAP on Thursday claimed that the Election Fee goes to register a brand new political celebration by bringing adjustments in its guidelines on the behest of the BJP.

Addressing a press convention right here, celebration spokesperson Raghav Chadha alleged that the transfer has been set in movement by the BJP to cease the AAP from successful meeting elections in Punjab and forming its authorities within the state.

There was no speedy response both from the EC or the BJP on the AAP’s accusation. Chadha, nevertheless, didn’t share the title of the celebration which he claimed goes to be registered by the fee, saying it’s going to quickly be recognized to all people.

“We have now acquired very strong data that the Election Fee of India goes to register a (new) political celebration giving it a particular remedy,” Chadha instructed reporters.

Liquor, psychotropic substances, unaccounted money value Rs 23.8 cr seized in Punjab

Enforcement groups have seized liquor, psychotropic substances and unaccounted money after mannequin code of conduct got here into power in Punjab following the announcement of the Meeting elections, a ballot official mentioned on Thursday.

The estimated worth of the confiscated objects is value Rs 23.8 crore, he mentioned.

The seizure was made until January 12, he added.

The Election Fee had on January 8 introduced the ballot schedule for the elections in Punjab and 4 different states. Punjab goes to the polls in single part of voting on February 14.

Kejriwal asks individuals who ought to be AAP’s CM face

Kejriwal requested folks on Thursday who ought to be the celebration’s chief ministerial face within the February 14 Punjab Meeting polls, whilst he acknowledged that his personal choice for the put up is Bhagwant Mann.

Kejriwal, nevertheless, dominated himself out of the race because the AAP launched its “Janta Chunegi Apna CM” drive and mentioned the title of the candidate for the highest put up will likely be introduced after getting the suggestions of individuals.

Within the presence of Mann, who’s the AAP’s Punjab unit chief and the MP from Sangrur, and senior celebration chief Raghav Chadha, the Delhi chief minister launched a cell quantity — 7074870748 — on which individuals may give their opinion until 5 pm on January 17 by recording their voice and sending textual content or WhatsApp messages as to who ought to be the celebration’s chief ministerial candidate.

“No, Arvind Kejriwal isn’t on this. Let me make clear, I’m not in it,” Kejriwal mentioned, ruling himself out because the celebration’s chief ministerial face in Punjab.

On Wedneday, Kejriwal had launched the celebration’s ten-point ‘Punjab Mannequin’ for the forthcoming Meeting elections.

He promised justice in sacrilege instances, jobs to youth, corruption-free governance, and asserted that folks wish to convey his celebration to energy to interrupt the “partnership” between the Badals and the Congress.

BJP chief Rana Sodhi seeks opening of Hussainiwala border

Former aide of Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh and a four-time MLA Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, who had joined BJP lately, has demanded opening of Hussainiwala border insisting “it’s essential to open this bridge as a commerce path to Pakistan and Afghanistan”.

A sitting MLA from Guru Har Sahai, Sodhi was dropped from the Cupboard after Amarinder’s ouster. BJP is prone to area him from Ferozepur constituency this time.

In a press release, Sodhi mentioned: “For the brand new Punjab that the Prime Minister has dreamt of, Hussainiwala border must be opened. Hussainiwala border is the place of martyrs on which each countryman pays his respects. The border can convey prosperity to the realm, whether it is opened for commerce.”

Congress to launch first checklist quickly, screening committee to submit names to CEC, Sonia Gandhi right this moment

With screening committee of Punjab Congress zeroing on a single title of most fitted candidate from round 60 Meeting constituencies and sending an inventory to AICC interim president Sonia Gandhi, the Congress has scheduled the Central Election Committee (CEC) for Punjab right this moment.

Sources mentioned, if all goes nicely, the CEC could launch the primary checklist of Congress right this moment. “Because the assembly could go on until late within the night, the primary checklist could also be launched after that. If not Thursday, then it could be out of Friday,” a frontrunner privy of developments mentioned.

“Nevertheless, we have now not received the digital hyperlink for the assembly but. Allow us to see,” mentioned a frontrunner.

A gathering of screening committee was held just about on Wednesday which was attended by screening committee chief Ajay Maken, Chief Minister Charanjit Channi, PPCC chief Navjot Sidhu, former PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar and others.

AAP making an attempt to insult Punjabis by making an attempt to get outsiders to rule Punjab: SAD

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) mentioned that “the Aam Aadmi Get together (AAP) was insulting Punjabis by asserting that they weren’t match to control themselves and needed to foster outsiders on them, which might by no means be tolerated”.

Addressing a press convention in Chandigarh on Wednesday after the the celebration’s core committee assembly, the senior Akali management acknowledged that “AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal was releasing anthems and even paid news to insult Punjabis, in addition to challenge himself because the saviour of Punjab.

Even celebration ticket of AAP was being bought, with a breakaway faction of the celebration giving proof of sale of 35 such nominations up to now.” The leaders mentioned, “Punjabis are a proud neighborhood they may by no means tolerate the imposition of outsiders, like Raghav Chadha, in the identical method by which they rejected the duo of Durgesh Pathak and Sanjay Singh in 2017.”

Kejriwal throughout a press convention in Chandigarh on Wednesday, nevertheless, denied prices of tickets being bought and he termed the AAP “most upright celebration” for the reason that nation received its independence in 1947. He additionally promised motion if it was confirmed that celebration tickets had been bought.

(With inputs from PTI)

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