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Cricketer-turned-Politician Navjot Singh Sidhu to formally launch Today new political front “Awaaz-e-Punjab” in Chandigarh

Sidhu had resigned from the Rajya Sabha on July 18, fuelling speculation that he may join the AAP

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CHANDIGARH: Sept 08, 2016: Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu will formally announce a new political front ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’ today, in Chandigarh today.

The former Rajya Sabha member had on September 2 floated the new political front online. It will contest the Punjab assembly elections, slated for early next year.

Other members of the new front include former Indian hockey team captain Pargat Singh, a legislator of Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, and two independent legislators, Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjeet Singh Bains.

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“A press conference will be addressed by Sidhu on Thursday along with Pargat Singh and Bains brothers,” Simarjeet Bains said here on Wednesday.

With the formal launch of the new political outfit, Sidhu is likely to put an end to all speculation of his joining the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Pargat Singh was last month suspended from the Akali Dal for “anti-party” activities.

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Sidhu had resigned from the Rajya Sabha on July 18, fuelling speculation that he may join the AAP.

The Bains brothers, who had fallen out with the Akali Dal top leadership three years ago, have significant influence in Ludhiana district.

Elections to 117 assembly seats are likely to be held in January or early February next year. (IANS)

  • Jagpreet Kaur Sandhu

    A political affair indeed! All controversy things.

  • Ayushi Gaur

    It will be great to see if at all an alliance has to be formed which side will Sidhu incline to considering the equation with all the parties.

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

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Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)