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Manish Tewari, candidate from Ludhiana parliamentary constituency


Tewari files papers with a bang

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 Secretariat.

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”.
Tewari’s assets

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 and disaster


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 and disaster.

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 rally

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 Sangeet Cineman.

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 thumping applause.

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


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 their sacrifices.

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

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.



Manish Tewari, candidate from Ludhiana parliamentary constituency