CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 22: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday hailed the Congress victory in the Zila Parishads and Block Samitis poll results as yet another endorsement of his government’s policies and programmes, and a total rejection of the Opposition’s malicious campaign against the ruling dispensation.

In a statement issued here, Captain Amarinder Singh congratulated the people of Punjab for standing firm against the Opposition’s attempts to sway them, and to thwart the free and fair democratic poll process, with its cheap pressure tactics and false propaganda.

The Chief Minister also lauded the State Election Commission, Civil and Police administration, and all the poll officials for ensuring smooth conduct of Zila Parishads/Block Samitis elections in a free, fair and transparent manner.

Pointing out that this was the fourth consecutive humiliating defeat of the SAD-BJP combine, after back to back victories for the Congress in the State Assembly, Urban Local Bodies, Gurdaspur Parliamentary and Shahkot Assembly by-polls, the Chief Minister termed it a vindication of his party’s efforts to bring the state out of the quagmire of devastation into which it had been plunged by the previous SAD-BJP government.

Captain Amarinder Singh trashed the Akali allegations of booth capturing by the Congress, saying that it was the SAD, on the contrary, which had stooped to all kind of hooliganism to try and derail the poll process, particularly in Sri Muktsar Sahib. He cited the video of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, which had gone viral and which showed him ordering his party men to intimidate voters.

These last ditch efforts by the Akalis to stall the Government’s efforts to ensure free and fair polls was a clear sign of their growing frustration and dejection over their repeated electoral defeats, Captain Amarinder Singh added.

The sweeping victory of the Congress Party in these polls had once again demonstrated that sectarian politics had no place in a democratic polity, said the Chief Minister, adding that the people’s poll verdict in favour of the ruling party was a befitting lesson to the Akalis for their decade-long misrule in the state.


Food Safety Teams Bust Top Brands Replica Racket in Mansa

Chandigarh, September 22:The Food Safety teams after keeping an eye on the suspects for a few days, finally nabbed a top brands replica manufacturing racket in Mansa, informed Mr. KS Pannu, Commissioner Food Safety and Drug Administration Punjab.

The Commissioner informed that a raid was conducted around midnight by food safety team along with the police officials at a house in Mansa.

The domestic premise was being used to prepare the ‘fake branded products’. The accused were caught preparing fake brands of Verka, Amul and Milkfood ghee. Besides, fake Tata Salt, Good Day Salt , Tide Detergent and other fake products under the label of famous brands were found on the spot.

The accused made desi ghee from vegetable fat mixture and stamped and labeled the packets at their house. Five brands of vanaspati were being used alongwith three brands of desi ghee of low cost to concoct a mixture to fill in the packaging similar to top brands in the market. A crude "chulha cylinder" was installed to mix vanaspati, cooking medium and mixture of oils to make ghee . A large number of labels of various products were recovered, indicating the involvement of other people stationed at different places for preparing and selling the fake products under the garb of famous brands. About 700 printed packets of Tata Tea Gold filled with low quality tea were also found. Entire stock including wrappers and packets was seized and FIR has been registered under relevant sections against the accused.

Similarly, a case of fake labeling case pertaining to mustard oil was detected in Sangrur where in a mustard oil packer by the name of Ganesh Trading Company was found labeling the rice bran oil as pure mustard oil. The owner confessed the crime. Sampling was done and the unit was sealed.