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Down but not out, Puri retains Cabinet berth

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Chandigarh, May 30 (IANS) Hardeep Singh Puri unsuccessfully contested the parliamentary election from Punjab’s Amritsar, the seat known for the holiest of Sikh shrines — Harmandir Sahib — popularly known as the Golden Temple, but he developed a bond with the city and its people in his maiden electoral battle.

Hardeep Singh Puri, 66, a former student leader who fought college elections in Delhi University with ABVP support, has got a place in the new Council of Ministers under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After witnessing the embarrassing defeat of its high-profile candidate Arun Jaitley in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Puri, a Sikh but non-Jat, was the second Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader to have lost the seat at the height of a Modi wave.

The diplomat-turned-politician faced a tough straight fight in the constituency dominated by the Jat community, and lost by 99,626 votes to the Congress’ Gurjit Aujla.

A 1974-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, Puri was among the two Sikh ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led outgoing NDA government at the Centre.

Often accompanied by Punjab BJP President Shwait Malik and by his wife Laxmi Puri, also a career diplomat, Puri, an urban Sikh having roots in the national capital, carried out a vigorous campaign in Amritsar from where Jaitley was defeated in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections by the Congress’ Amarinder Singh.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had won this seat by a margin of more than a lakh votes by defeating Jaitley. At that time, the SAD-BJP combine was in power in the state.

The Amritsar seat was represented by cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu from 2004 to 2014 when he was with the BJP. Sidhu is now a cabinet minister in the Congress government in Punjab.

Following his win in Amritsar, Singh led the Congress to a thumping victory in the Punjab elections in February 2017.

He quit as the Amritsar MP before the Assembly polls and Aujla was fielded by the Congress for the by-election, which the latter won by over 1.97 lakh votes, defeating the BJP and Aam Aadmi Party candidates in a triangular fight.

(Vishal Gulati can be reached at [email protected])

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CBI court issues arrest warrant against TMC youth leader

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): A special CBI court at Asansol has issued an arrest warrant against “absconding” TMC youth leader Vinay Kumar Mishra in a cross-border cow smuggling racket in West Bengal, sources said on Wednesday.

One of the Trinamool Youth Congress’ General Secretaries, Mishra was summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) several times in the last one month but he skipped all summonses.

The last summons was served on January 19, the sources said. The agency had also issued a Lookout Notice against him.

The CBI had recently raided Mishra’s residence in Kolkata’s Rashbihari Avenue area but failed to arrest him since he is “absconding”, the sources added.

The crackdown came ahead of state Assembly polls in April-May this year. The central agency is now probing the larger conspiracy angle to the cattle-smuggling racket.

The CBI had filed an FIR in September last year against six persons, including some Border Security Force and Customs officers, who were allegedly bribed by international cattle smugglers.

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4 soldiers injured in Kashmir terror attack

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Four soldiers were injured after terrorists lobbed a grenade on a road opening party (ROP) of the army in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Wednesday morning, officials said.

Army said the attack took place when troops were doing a sanitisation drill in the general area of Shamsipura at Khanabal in Kulgam.

Four soldiers received splinter injuries in the terrorist attack. They have been evacuated to army’s 92 base hospital in Srinagar after they were provided first aid.

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Delhi Police registers four FIRs in connection with farmers’ tractor parade

In a statement, the city police said protesting farmers violated the pre-decided conditions agreed upon for their tractor parade.

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New Delhi, Jan 26 : The Delhi Police on Tuesday registered four FIRs in connection with the protesting farmers‘ tractor parade in the national capital, officials said here.

“Three FIRs were registered in east district and one in Shahdara district on Tuesday,” a police official said.

Earlier in the day, the tractor parade meant to highlight the demands of the farmer unions dissolved into anarchy on the streets of the city as tens of thousands of protesters broke through barriers, fought with police, overturned vehicles and hoisted a religious flag from the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort.

A protester died after his tractor overturned near ITO, one of the major flashpoints of the trouble.

In a statement, the city police said protesting farmers violated the pre-decided conditions agreed upon for their tractor parade.

“The farmers began tractor rally before scheduled time. They also resorted to violence and vandalism,” Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal said.

“We followed all conditions as promised and did our due diligence but the protest led to extensive damage to public property,” he said.

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