Tewari files papers with
LUDHIANA, April 20
The Congress candidate from Ludhiana parliamentary constituency
Manish Tewari today filed his nomination papers with a big bang.
Accompanied by the chairman of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Campaign
Committee, Capt Amarinder Singh, the working president of the
PCC, Lal Singh, the leader of the opposition in Punjab assembly,
Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and thousands of party workers and supporters,
Tewari was taken out in an open vehicle from his election office
at Malhar Road to the office of the Returning Officer in Mini
The convoy included thousands of vehicles drawn from different
parts of the constituency. All the sitting and former MLAs of
the area made their presence felt with everybody trying to bring
in maximum number of supporters. For a while the entire city came
to a standstill as the long queue of vehicles could be seen on
the roads, lanes and bylanes with Congress flags and the stickers
carrying pictures of Tewari, Amarinder and others.
As the convoy moved towards the Mini Secretariat people standing
on the two sides of the road greeted the leaders, particularly
Tewari and Amarinder. The leaders were waving to the cheering
crowds. The distance of about a kilometer took the convoy about
one hour to reach the Mini Secretariat from the Malhar Road.
Talking to the reporters at the Mini Secretariat, Capt Amarinder
remarked, “the overwhelming response the Congress candidates
are getting all over the state is indicative of the fact that
people were fed up with the Akali-BJP government”. He pointed
out, “today’s show in Ludhiana should make the Akalis
realize as where they stand”. He maintained that the Congress
was set to sweep the elections in the state which would be a clear
referendum against the government.
Capt Amarinder said, the SAD-BJP government was on the last leg
and it was only matter of time when it would crumble down under
its own weight. He said, he had never seen the disenchantment
of the people with the government in his four decade long political
career. “The Akalis will have to run for shelter after the
elections”, the former Chief Minister remarked.
Lal Singh and Ms Bhattal while congratulating Tewari for the phenomenal
show remarked, the result of Ludhiana was already out today. “There
should be no longer be any doubt in anybody’s mind now as
which way the wind is blowing”, Bhattal remarked, while
observing, Tewari is set to win with the record margin.
An upbeat Tewari expressed his gratitude to the people of Ludhiana
and all the sitting and former legislators, councilors and office
bearers without whose contribution today’s show would not
have been possible. He remarked, “it has further strengthened
my belief that we are going to win with a record margin this time”.
LUDHIANA, April 20
The national spokesperson of the All India Congress Committee,
and the party candidate from Ludhiana parliamentary constituency,
Manish Tewari, who filed his nomination papers today, has fixed
cash deposits worth Rs 1, 35,09,768 and the saving deposits to
the tune of Rs 30,58,341. Besides, he has Rs 38,4,10 cash in hand.
According to the details furnished in the affidavit submitted
to the Returning Officer while filing his nomination papers today
he said, he also owned a Maruti Esteem and had 25 shares in Reliance
Power. Besides, he holds one third share in the ancestral house
situated in Sector 15, Chandigarh and one sixth in another house
in Sector 4, Chandigarh. He also owns one sixth of the 60 bigha
land in district Sirmor, Himachal Pradesh.
Besides, his wife owns 550 gms of gold jewelry, a flat in Safdarjang
Enclave in New Delhi, 25 shares of Reliance Power, one LIC policy
of Rs five lakhs and one flat jointly with her daughter in Mumbai.
BSP general secretary Gurmail
Pahalwan joins Congress
LUDHIANA, April 20
In a major development that is bound to boost the prospects of
the Congress in Ludhiana the general secretary of the Punjab unit
of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Gurmail Singh Pahalwan today joined
the Congress alongwith hundreds of his supporters. Besides, Jaimal
Singh Couhan, the president of the Punjab Rajput Sabha also joined
the Congress alongwith Pahalwan.
They were welcomed into the party by the Chairman of the Punjab
Pradesh Congress Campaign Committee, Capt Amarinder Singh, the
working president Lal Singh, the leader of the opposition, Rajinder
Kaur Bhattal and the national spokesman of the Congress and Ludhiana
candidate Manish Tewari. Pahalwan was taken along in the open
vehicle by the Congress leaders to the Mini Secretariat where
Tewari filed his papers.
Pahalwan, who holds considerable influence among the Rajput community,
had contested last assembly election from Ludhiana Rural and polled
about twenty five thousand votes. He said, he had joined the Congress
without any precondition. “It is my home coming”,
he remarked, while pointing out, he had left Congress in 2002
for some differences with party leadership.
He said, he was impressed with the qualities of the Prime Minister
Dr Manmohan Singh and the leadership of Capt Amarinder Singh.
He said, he would work for the Congress with all the dedication
and sincerity and contribute his bit in ensuring that Dr Manmohan
Singh is returned as the Prime Minister. He pointed out, “Dr
Singh has done us Punjabis the proud, particularly the Sikhs,
who were recognized now worldover as a respectable, responsible
and intelligent community”.
Pahalwan refused to be drawn into any controversies about the
Bahujan Samaj Party. He said, “I simply felt that I should
join the Congress as it was better placed to lead the state and
the country as compared to the BSP”. He said, he did not
have any differences with any of the BSP leaders but he only wanted
to be with a national party with great vision. “Moreover,
I have spent most of my time in the Congress and I wanted to return
home”, he remarked.
Choice between development
LUDHIANA, 6 APRIL, 2009
Manish Tewari, the national spokesman of the All India Congress
Committee and the party candidate from Ludhiana parliamentary
constituency today said that it was the choice between development
Addressing a series of meetings in Dakha assembly segment alongwith
former minister Milkiat Singh Dakha, Tewari pointed out, Congress
had always pursued a development agenda while the Akalis and the
BJP had always been pursuing a divisive and disastrous agenda.
The Congress candidate urged people to ensure that Dr Manmohan
Singh was returned as the Prime Minister of the country for another
term. Moreso it was important for Punjab because he had special
love for this land.
Referring to the Akali-BJP alliance government in the state, Tewari
said, their agenda was always divisive, destructive and vindictive.
The investors who were motivated to invest in Punjab during the
last regime were all made to flee from here as they were subjected
to undue harassment.
Thousands join Congress scooter
LUDHIANA, April 3, 2009
The Congress campaigning in the city got off with a massive showdown
with thousands of two wheelers and a few hundred cars joining the
‘scooter rally’ of the party candidate and national
spokesman Manish Tewari. The rally started from the Daana Mandi,
the backside of the Arora Palace and after passing through various
areas of the city concluded at Bhagwan Chowk, Janata Nagar near
Flagging off the rally, Tewari said, “today we are marking
the beginning of the end of the Akali-BJP alliance government in
the state”. He said, given the overwhelming response of the
people, particularly the youth, he was confident that the Congress
was going to register a spectacular win from Ludhiana with the Akali
candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib certain loose his security deposit.
The national spokesman of the Congress said, there was a reason
for this growing disillusionment among the people, particularly
the youth, with the ruling alliance. Because everybody was feeling
insecure. “So much so the newborn children were being abducted
from the government hospitals”, Tewari pointed out, while
adding, this is the worst that had happened in Punjab. “Law
and order is at its worst and people are feeling to threatened and
scared”, he said.
The scooter rally received an overwhelming response all along the
route with flowers petals being showered on the rallyists. At several
places the Congress candidate Tewari was weighed against the ladoos
and garlanded with flowers and currency notes. The entire route
had been flooded with the Congress banners, flags and posters.
Expressing his gratitude towards the people who came out of their
houses, shops and offices to receive him, Tewari said, he felt more
than confident that his victory margin would be one of the largest
in the country. “With every passing moment my faith in your
support gets strengthened further and further as I see the see of
people around me”, a confident Tewari told the crowds amidst
Tewari was accompanied by senior party leaders and legislators from
the city. They included the District Congress Committee president
Jagmohan Sharma, District Youth Congress president Dimple Rana,
legislator Harmohinder Pradhan, former legislators Surinder Dawer,
Milkiat Singh Dakha, Milkiat Singh Birmi, Prithipal Gayal, KK Bawa,
Nahar Singh Gill, Dr Manjit Kaur, the daughter of former President
Giani Zail Singh and others. (eom)
It’s campaign with a difference
LUDHIANA, April 2
It is a campaign with a difference. Dr Amrit Kaur
Tewari, the mother of the Congress candidate from Ludhiana parliamentary
constituency Manish Tewari went around the Rishi Nagar area last
night seeking votes for her son. She was accompanied by the local
leaders and councilors including Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Sneh Lata
and former councilor Balkar Singh Sandhu.
Tewari appealed to the people to come out to vote
for Manish. She went from one place to another place and was accorded
warm welcome everywhere she went. She said, Manish has remained
constantly in touch with the people of the area for last five years
despite having lost the election. However, she pointed out, “Manish
never thought he lost as he always thought about the three lakh
people who reposed their faith in him, although he lost by a few
thousand votes only”.
Dr Amrit Kaur Tewari herself belongs to an influential political
family. Her father Tirath Singh Guram was a minister in the PEPSU
government and had earlier been jailed also in the freedom movement.
Her husband Professor Vishwanath Tewari belonged to a leading progressive
family of Kartarpur near Jallandhar. He has written about 40 books
in Punjabi and quite a number of these about the Sikh Gurus and
She said, politics was in Manish’s blood as
he had inherited it from his parents and grandparents. She promised
that like in the past, Manish will continue to serve the people
of Ludhiana in future as well. “It is an unending bond between
the two (Manish and his people), which is going to last forever”,
she said, while adding, he would emerge as a powerful voice for
the Punjabis in the parliament at the national level.
Addressing the meetings Bharat Bhushan Ashu said,
it was a privilege for the people of Ludhiana that a leader of Manish
Tewari’s stature was going to represent them in the august
house of the parliament. He assured that Manish would win this election
by a massive margin.
Prominent among others who were present included Sunil Dat, Manju
Yamin and others. (eom)
Congress takes poll battle to Galib’s village
GALIB (JAGRAON), March 31
The Congress today took its political battle to Galib village in
Jagraon, the native village of the Shiromani Akali Dal candidate
Gurcharan Singh Galib organizing a well attended rally to score
a political point. And if the presence of people at the rally is
an indication, the Galib village seems to have retained its love
for the party irrespective of the fact whether Gurcharan Singh Galib
remains there or not.
An upbeat Congress candidate Manish Tewari thanked the residents
for reposing their faith and trust in the policies of the Congress
and the leadership of Dr Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister. An
emotional Tewari told the residents, “it is not my personal
battle, it is the battle for the prestige of Punjab, for reaffirming
our belief and faith in the undisputed and distinguished leadership
of Dr Manmohan Singh”. He said, this was going to be the vote
for Dr Manmohan Singh, the first and only Sikh Prime Minister of
the country so far.
The Congress leader urged people, “you have a deep and emotional
relationship with the Congress and you have always stood by the
party and today seeing you all here in such great numbers I have
no doubt that the Congress will lead in this village with much bigger
margins than in the past”. Tewari got frequents applause from
the crowd who included men, women, youth and old alike.
He maintained, while at the centre it was going to be the vote for
Dr Manmohan Singh, in the state it was a referendum against the
corrupt and vindictive policies of the SAD-BJP government. Tewari
observed, “this government has only done two things, intimidate
people in false cases just because they supported Congress and indulge
in rampant and wanton corruption”.
He said, the ruling family had monopolized everything, be it the
sand mining, the transport or the cable operation. They have hardly
left any space for the common man to survive. “After all there
is an end to the greed of people, but the Akalis seem to have an
undying hunger for money so they are putting there hand in every
pie”, Tewari told a cheering crowd of few thousand people.
He was accompanied among others by locals leaders MLAs, including,
Gurdeep Singh Bhaini & Darshan Singh Brar, Manjit Inder Singh
Dhillon, Anand Saroop Singh, Inderjit Singh Dhillon, Jagrjit Singh
Kaunke, Sadhu Singh Galib.