Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) : 2019-02-11

Punjab : 5 : 5

Punjab

punjab hindustantimes 03 HINDUSTAN TIMES, CHANDIGARH MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019 n BISHOP IN THE DOCK Press Trust of India [email protected] n Rape-accused former bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was relieved of his pastoral responsibilities by Pope Francis, still interferes with the administrative matters of the Jalandhar diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, nuns protesting against him alleged here on Sunday. Mulakkal, a senior member of the Roman Catholic clergy, was arrested last year following allegations by a nun that he repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted her at the Kuravilangad convent between 2014 and 2016, a charge denied by him. “We believe that bishop Angelo is the apostolic administrator of Jalandhar diocese. But when we see the kind of letters (being issued by the diocese PRO and Missionaries of Jesus congregation head), we doubt whether bishop Mulakkal still wields power in the diocese,” Sister Anupama, a representative of the protesting nuns, told reporters at Kuravilangad near here. Their statement comes a day after Jalandhar diocese PRO Father Peter Kavumpuram, who is allegedly close to bishop Mulakkal, issued a clarification statement countering an e-mail issued to nuns by its apostolic administrator bishop Angelo Ruffino Gracias. In his e-mail, bishop Angelo had assured the five nuns, who are staying with the rape survivor nun, that “there will be no move from the diocese of Jalandhar to oust” them from the Kuravilangad convent in Kottayam district as long as they are needed for the court case. The bishop wrote to the nuns KOTTAYAM: GURDASPUR LOK SABHA SEAT Surjit Singh [email protected] n n Amardeep Singh Cheema (Congress) Partap Singh Bajwa (Congress) Swaran Salaria (BJP) Kavita Khanna (BJP) Sunil Jakhar (Congress) A Mumbai-based businessman, Salaria’s (65) native village is in Pathankot’s Bhoa assembly segment which is part of the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat. Salaria owns Trig Group, a security guards company. He belongs to the Rajput community which is dominant in Pathankot district. He was fielded by BJP in the 2017 bypoll, but lost. Wife of late Bollywood actor-turned-politician and four-time MP Vinod Khanna, Kavita Khanna (59) has no political track record. But she is known among the people of the constituency as his wife. Her claim for ticket got a boost during PM Modi’s Gurdapsur rally in January when he heaped praises on her late husband. State party president and sitting Gurdaspur MP, Jakhar (64) was elected as MLA thrice from Abohar (2002-2017). He was a leader of opposition in the assembly from 2012 to 2017 when SAD-BJP alliance was in power. He was elected Gurdaspur MP in the 2017 bypoll as the seat fell vacant after then MP Vinod Khanna’s death. Chairman of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation and general secretary of the state Congress, Cheema (48) has held key positions in various government panels and institutions. Known as a well-qualified face in the Congress, he staked claim for party ticket from Batala in last assembly polls. Fromer president of the Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee, Partap Singh Bajwa (62) is a Congress’ Rajya Sabha member since 2016. He defeated actor and sitting MP Vinod Khanna in 2009 from the Gurdaspur segment besides having held various ministries in the Punjab government. Also, he was (PPCC). LAST FIVE WINNERS YEAR NAME PARTY Vinod Khanna 1999 BJP Vinod Khanna 2004 BJP Partap Singh Bajwa 2009 Congress Vinod Khanna 2014 BJP Sunil Jakhar 2017 (bypoll) Congress

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