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Polls ahead, leaders on stone-laying spree 

Ludhiana: With an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, ruling party leaders are on a foundation stone-laying spree. One can find such events lined up every other day. Even the inauguration of works as small as road repair is done with great enthusiasm. Amid all this, Ludhiana BJP vice-president Parminder Mehta has alleged that the Congress leaders have been inaugurating development projects multiple times to take undue credit. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu had laid stones of a number of projects, but some of these never saw the light of day, he alleged. 

Mind your language, neta ji!

Chandigarh: Amid the political turmoil in Punjab, it seems that the leaders have forgotten the word “decorum” in public dialogue and debate. The state has been witnessing intense mudslinging between Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and senior Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia for the past over a year. Last week, expelled Akali leader Ranjit Singh Brahmpura was found crossing all limits while replying to a question by a TV journalist as to what would be his future course of action post expulsion. The veteran Taksali leader, who is in his 80s, didn’t shy away from flaunting his male chauvinism. TNS

Festivities over, let’s get back to work

Chandigarh: It was almost a week-long holiday for most of the state government employees. With Diwali on Wednesday and Vishwakarma Day on Thursday, two days preceding and one day after these public holidays, the Punjab Civil secretariat as well as Mini Secretariat wore a deserted look. While a large number of employees had taken leave, many were on a furlough. Hardly anyone could be seen in the offices, although canteens and Verka outlets did see a good number of chit-chat sessions. For most of the “bade babus” in the secretariat, the excuse for not being present in offices was that they were in a meeting at another venue. Hopefully, with the Diwali festivities receding, it will be back to work Monday onwards.

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