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 Certain forces don’t want me to contest from Amritsar: Sidhu
Perneet Singh
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, September 7

Member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu today said “certain forces” did not want him to contest the next Lok Sabha elections from the Amritsar constituency. He, however, refused to name anybody.

Talking to The Tribune on phone from Delhi, Sidhu said, “I have gauged their intentions, which are very clear. They don’t want me to fight from the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat. I am ready to step aside and also willing to campaign for the person fielded by them. However, I will request them not to create hurdles in the holy city’s development.”

The cricketer-turned-politician claimed there were some people who felt insecure and were blocking Amritsar’s development. “They are blocking development merely to stop a person. Why this insecurity?” he asked, reiterating that he was ready to make the sacrifice for the alliance.

“I have not joined politics for making any personal gains. On the contrary, I left my flourishing career to take up politics as a mission.” He said he had no fear as he knew he did nothing wrong and was fighting for the truth.

Sidhu said he had already brought the issue of scuttling of his pet projects to the notice of some of the top BJP leaders in New Delhi. He said he had never resorted to anti-party activities and never breached the coalition dharma. “I spoke out now as Amritsar’s development was at stake and my commitment to this constituency was being questioned. The people must remember that I contested from Amritsar when nobody was ready to face senior Congress leader RL Bhatia. I won the election for the party in 13 days,” he said.

Sidhu termed the diversion of funds meant for Amritsar to other towns as “totally illegal” and “autocratic”. He questioned the rationale of keeping the Amritsar Improvement Trust funds amounting to over Rs 100 crore unused while various city projects were hanging fire.
ਕ੍ਰਿਕਟ ਤੋਂ ਰਾਜਨੀਤੀ ਵਿਚ ਆਇਆ ਨਵਜੋਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਿੱਧੁ ਜੋ ਅੱਜ ਕਲ ਟੀਵੀ ਤੇ ਭੰਡ ਬਣਿਆ ਹੋਇਆ ਹੈ, ਵੱਖਵਾਦੀ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਮੂਰਖ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਰਦਾ ਸੀ, ਤੇ ਲਓ ਪੜੋ ਹੁਣ ਆਪ ਹੀ ਕਹਿਦੈ ਕਿ ਕੁਝ ਤਾਕਤਾਂ ਨਹੀ ਚਾਹੁੰਦੀਆਂ ਕਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ ਸ਼ਹਿਰ ਦਾ ਵਿਕਾਸ ਹੋਵੇ।ਕਿਉਕਿ ਸਿੱਧੂ ਕੰਧ ਤੇ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਪੜ੍ਹਨ ਵਿਚ ਅਸਮਰਥ ਰਿਹਾ ਸੀ ਤੇ ਅਖੀਰ ਤੇ ਆਰ ਐਸ ਐਸ ਨੇ ਇਸ ਗਲ ਦੀ ਲਗ ਪਗ ਨੰਗੀ ਵਿਰੋਧਤਾ ਹੀ ਕਰ ਦਿਤੀ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ ਹਲਕੇ ਤੋਂ ਕੋਈ ਸਿੱਖ ਉਮੀਦਵਾਰ ਹੋਵੇ। ਪਾਠਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਯਾਦ ਹੋਵੇਗਾ ਕਿ ਹਿੰਦੂਤਵ ਨੇ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ ਵਿਖੇ ਐਸ ਈ ਜ਼ੈਡ ਦੀ ਵਿਰੋਧਤਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਰੱਦ ਕਰਵਾ ਦਿਤਾ ਸੀ ਤੇ ਜੋ ਖੁੱਦ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਮਨਮੋਹਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੇ ਐਲਾਨਿਆ ਸੀ। ਜੀ. ਟੀ ਰੋਡ ਨੂੰ 6 ਮਾਰਗੀ ਕਰਨ ਤੇ ਵਿਰੋਧਤਾ ਕੀਤੀ ਸੀ,  ਐਲੀਵੇਟਿਡ ਰੋਡ ਦੀ ਵਿਰੋਧਤਾ ਕੀਤੀ ਤੇ ਹੁਣੇ ਹੁਣੇ ਜੁਲਾਈ ਦੇ ਮਹੀਨੇ ਇਕ ਨਗੂਣੀ 200 ਗਜ ਲੰਮੀ ਗਲੀ ਖੁੱਲੀ ਕਰਨ ਤੇ ਵਿਰੋਧ ਤੇ ਆ ਗਈ ਸੀ, ਹਾਲਾਕਿ ਗਲੀ ਨਾਲ ਸਬੰਧਤ ਮਾਲਕ ਮਕਾਨ ਮੁਆਵਜ਼ਾ ਵੀ ਲੈ ਚੁੱਕੇ ਸਨ। ਮਜੇ ਦੀ ਗਲ ਇਹ ਕਿ ਵੱਡੇ ਮੁਜਾਹਰੇ ਵਿਚ ਸਬੰਧਤ ਮਾਲਕਾਂ ਵਿਚੋ ਸਿਰਫ ਇਕ ਦੋ ਹੀ ਸਨ।  ਸੋ ਆਰ ਐਸ ਐਸ ਹੁਣ ਨੰਗੀ ਹੋ ਕੇ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ ਦੀ ਵਿਰੋਧਤਾ ਕਰ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ। ਭੰਡ ਹੁਣ ਆਪ ਹੀ ਦੱਸੇ ਕਿ ਮੂਰਖ ਕੌਣ ਹੈ?



Subject: [Kartarpur] Amritsar Airport - Aviation Minister not keeping
promises, says M.S.Gill

Aviation Minister not keeping promises, says M.S.Gill
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20
The Union Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Praful Patel,
has not kept the promises he made for upgrading
Amritsar international airport as well as introducing
more passenger flights from there for the convenience
of Punjabis, rues Mr Manohar Singh Gill, MP.

While new international flights have been introduced
from Nagpur and Pune, the Civil Aviation Ministry
failed to start an Air-India flight from Amritsar to
the Middle East in April. Likewise, Mr Gill alleged,
Jet Airways had not been able to start its proposed
Amritsar-London flight so far. Little had been done to
implement other demands conceded by the Ministry,
including direct flights from Amritsar to Toronto and
Vancouver, some months ago.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr Gill, a former Chief
Election Commissioner and now a member of the Rajya
Sabha from Punjab, said that while other cities were
being given special treatment, Punjab's only
international airport in Amritsar was being denied its

"I have had several meetings both with the Union Civil
Aviation Minister and senior officials in the
ministry. They made many promises. But now at the end
of April, when most of the agreed demands were to be
implemented, I find nothing on the ground," alleged Mr

"I have nothing against expansion and the introduction
of new flights from other states, but at the same time
Punjab should be given its due," he added.

"In December, I had written a letter to the Union
Defence Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, suggesting the
removal of some old Army barracks from the precincts
of Amritsar airport. The Airport Authority of India
had offered not only to relocate these barracks but
also undertake their construction and hand these over
to the Army.

"The Ministry of Defence has done nothing so far. I am
going to raise the issue when Parliament starts its
session again next month. I am going to argue why the
liberal treatment given to other states should not be
extended to Punjab in the aviation sector. Amritsar
continues to be badly connected. New flights cannot be
introduced because of the lack of adequate
infrastructure and facilities," added Mr Gill.

Many international air carriers were eyeing Amritsar
as a potential destination, but because of the lack of
the required response from both the Ministry of Civil
Aviation and the Airport Authority, progress had been

Amritsar airport recorded the highest growth (82.5 per
cent) in passenger traffic in the country last year.
Among various air carriers waiting for permission to
introduce international flights from Amritsar is Jet
Airways. From May 1, Air-India is going to double the
frequency of its Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto
flight to six days a week.

(From Amritsar)
19 Aug, 2006
Prime minister of India had announced setting up of
Special Economic Zone for Amritsar. Interestingly it
were mostly the Hindu population who was to gain from
this but the Hindutava agencies including Tribune
Newspaper group opposed the setting up of SEZ, in
Amritsar where they said the law and order situation
prevailed. Fortunately the BJP MP and cricketer Navjot
Sidhu took up the matter and the Govt had to yield and
they have now issued the necessary notification. It
may be an election gimmick. Because the Punjab Govt
fully understands that the Centre does not want any
industry or business in Amritsar. Even the Punjab Govt
had only a fortnight ago stretigically protested at
the Centres attitude towards Punjab in General and
Amritsar in Particular. I dont think the SEZ will
succeed in Amritsar. The industry is shifting at a
fast pace to neighbouring states where the Govt has
declared tax holiday for 10-15 years to attract Punjab

Notification on SEZ welcomed
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, August 18
The much-awaited SEZ dream project announced by the
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, two years ago for
the holy city has finally been notified by the
Department of Industry and Commerce.

The government issued a mandatory land acquisition
notice in leading newspapers today for setting up a
special economic zone. Around 1,217 acres in the
vicinity of villages Manawala, Rakhjheeta, Mehma,
Pandori, Jheeta Kalan, Jheeta Khurd and Bhagtupura on
the Amritsar-Jalandhar road have to be aquired for DLF
Universal Limited, the promoter of this prestigious

Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, local BJP MP, said that though
it was a belated move on the part of the government,
his sustained and consistent efforts had finally bore

Welcoming the notification to acquire 1,217 acres, he
said that it would have been in the interest of the
local industry if the government had notified 5,000
acres for a multi-product SEZ, which would have been
highly beneficial for the region.

Mr Sidhu hoped that this would trigger economic
revival of the beleaguered border district and would
generate employment opportunities for the youth.

Mr Gunbir Singh, Chairman, CII Amritsar Zone, termed
this development as a step in the right direction.

He said that this was the way forward in implementing
a long standing promise of the Prime Minister to the citizens.

(From Amritsar)

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