KEEP­ING TABS ON POWER POL­I­TICS IN PUN­JAB , HARYANA, HI­MACHAL PRADESH AND JAMMU AND KASH­MIR

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Htpunjab&haryana -

for­mer chief min­is­ter vis­ited a lo­cal hospi­tal in Lud­hi­ana, the other day, to ask about the health of a party worker un­der­go­ing treat­ment there. He was of­fered grapes and pa­paya. The five-time for­mer CM rel­ished pa­paya, but he did not eat grapes. On be­ing asked by a sup­porter as to why he was not hav­ing grapes, Badal said the fruit did not suit him. “Grapes are sweet and I am di­a­betic,” he said. No won­der he re­mains SAD’S best bet at the ripe age of 91. take a stroll back home,” he says. All for a healthy lifestyle! Modi and later the party lead­ers or­ga­nized a cel­e­bra­tion for the win at Chandi­garh. The newly found con­fi­dence of the state BJP, how­ever, has given rise to spec­u­la­tions of the rul­ing party go­ing in for early as­sem­bly polls in the state. While se­nior party lead­ers, in­clud­ing Khat­tar, have de­nied early as­sem­bly polls, the op­po­si­tion par­ties are ex­pect­ing the dis­so­lu­tion of the Vid­han Sabha soon af­ter the bud­get ses­sion this month. The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion is ex­pected to an­nounce the sched­ule for the Lok Sabha polls in March.

Parkash Singh Badal

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