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Referendum issue: Khaira finds NRI support but Delhi leadership remains miffed

Punjabi Politics
Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service  Chandigarh, June 20 As Aam Aadmi Party’s NRI supporters rally behind Punjab Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira, the remainder of his party remains upset with him over his remarks on ‘Referendum 2020’, with the party’s national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal refusing to meet him on Wednesday. Beleagured Khaira, currently in Delhi to meet senior AAP leaders, later approached Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the person in-charge of the Punjab unit's affairs. Party leaders who wanted to remain unnamed said Sisodia wanted him to come clean. "Sisodia lashed out at Khaira while telling him that AAP has nothing to do with his referendum thoughts. He was also asked by Sisodia, to explain his stand th...

Referendum hardly an issue: AAP MLAs

Chandigarh, June 18 AAP leader Sukhpal Khaira’s statement on the Sikh Referendum 2020 saw a renewed confrontation between state co-convener Dr Balbir Singh and Khaira on Monday even as a number of party MLAs termed it a non-issue. Balbir Singh took on the Leader of Opposition Khaira on Twitter for the latter’s remarks on Sunday that the party leaders issued statements against him on the referendum without first clarifying what he had actually said. Dr Balbir tweeted that he called up Khaira five times, but the latter “didn’t respond”. Today, Khaira insisted on Twitter he was not in favour of the referendum. Kotkapura AAP MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan said it was a sorry state of affairs that referendum was being talked about more than pressing issues of unemployme...

CM takes up scholarship scheme issue with Centre

Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 15 The state government has taken strong exception to the Centre’s move to revise the guidelines of the post-matric scholarship scheme, stating it has come as a major setback for the students from poor economic background. The educational institutions have been allowed to charge fee from the SC students at the time of admission and the fee will be later reimbursed into the accounts of the students. Many of the students from poor economic background are not in a position to pay the fee at the time of admission, the state has pointed out. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has taken up the issue with the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment. As per the revised guidelines, the state government will have to bear the financial liability for pa

Take up corridor issue with Pak, Akalis to PM

Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 8 A delegation of the SAD led by party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to thank him for exempting langar from GST. The delegation requested the PM to take up with his counterpart in Pakistan the issue of a corridor from Dera Baba Nanak to Kartarpur Sahib, the birth place of Guru Nanak Dev. The PM said the SAD was the oldest and the most dependable ally of the BJP in the country. The delegation also thanked Modi for releasing Rs 800 crore for cane growers of Punjab which was a huge relief to the beleaguered peasantry.  Other issues raised by them included implementation of the Swaminathan report and release of Sikh detainees. They said a national committee should be formed to ensure that the 550th Gurpurb o...