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Questions raised over ‘chinks’ in Chandigarh AAP


AAP lost Chandigarh Mayoral contest even though it emerged as single largest party in civic polls

  • Sandeep Rana
  • Tribune News Service
  • Chandigarh, January 9

Questions are being raised over bickering in the city AAP, which is the single largest party in the MC House, after its defeat in the mayoral poll.

According to sources, Anju Katyal, the mayoral candidate of AAP, was a choice of city president Prem Garg who enjoys the support of senior leader Harmohan Dhawan, while Prem Lata, a former Congress leader, was the choice of ex-Congress president and current city AAP co-incharge Pardeep Chhabra, for the post of Senior Deputy Mayor .

Ram Chander Yadav, the party’s choice for the post of Deputy Mayor, was a neutral candidate. He tied with Anup Gupta of the BJP 14:14, but lost in a draw of lots.

While Garg and Dhawan belong to the same group, Chhabra is from another faction. Earlier, due to alleged infighting, the party’s election committee chairman Chadermukhi Sharma had gone silent during the MC poll, but later came on board.

“Owing to one-upmanship and polarisation in AAP, cross-voting happened. After our mayoral candidate lost the poll due to a ballot paper ‘deliberately’ marked with a tick, the other group also ensured the defeat of the party candidate for the post of Senior Deputy Mayor by cross-voting. Since the candidate for the post of Deputy Mayor was a neutral candidate, there was a tie,” alleged a party leader preferring anonymity. “In the coming days, infighting will grow among the councillors and it may come out in the open,” he added.

However, some AAP leaders feel otherwise. They feel the one who cross-voted may have been offered something or he or she may have some personal grudge.

Denying any infighting as the reason for the party’s defeat, Garg said, “It may be someone’s personal thing, but not due to groupism at all.” Chhabra also denied infighting in the party and said, “We will hold a meeting tomorrow to find out who and why cross-voted.”

International fellowship for two Chandigarh lawyers

Chandigarh, January 9

The National Institute of Military Justice (NIMJ) based at Washington DC in the United States has invited two law professionals from the city as international fellows.

While Major Navdeep Singh, a lawyer practising in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, has been constituted an international fellow for his contribution to constitutional and military law, the fellowship has been conferred upon Shruti Bedi of the University Institute of Legal Studies, Panjab University, for similar contribution to constitutional and criminal law.

The NIMJ is an American non-profit organisation founded in 1991 dedicated to the fair administration of justice in the armed forces and improving public understanding of military justice.

Both have remained active in the legal field and research and have authored several books. “March to Justice: Global Military Law Landmarks” and “Arrest and Detention in India: Law, Procedure and Practice” were recent books edited by Navdeep and Shruti, respectively, which were released last month.

8 more owners of immigration firm in the dock

Chandigarh: The owners of eight more immigration consultancy companies have been booked for not providing information to the police. A total of 67 company owners have been booked for the offence in the past few days. Cops carried out a check of consultancy companies operating in the area of the Sector 39 police station and found eight companies in Sector 37, 38 and 40 operating without providing information to the police. As per the District Magistrate’s orders, the companies operating in the city are supposed to give certain set of information to the police. Cases under Section 188 of the IPC has been registered against the owners of the eight firms at the Sector 39 police station.

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