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02 May, 2009

30 market welfare bodies back Jain

Thirty market welfare associations assured their support to BJP candidate Satya Pal Jain, who promised constituting of advisory boards in government departments to ensure businessmen’s participation in decision-making.
The association led by its president Anil Vohra and Kailash Jain, head of the Chandigarh State BJP Traders cell, alleged that the anti-encroachment campaign had become a method of extracting money from people. They expressed the need for changing building bye-laws to permit business activity on all floors of SCOs and SCFs, permission for one additional floor in bay shops and booths; enforcement of balanced rent act; rationalising power and water rates among others. Rueing that the tax burden had crippled their business, the traders said property tax and lease money on commercial property had made the situation even worse.
More join Cong
Congress claimed that hundreds of BJP and RJD workers had pledged support to the party. BJP workers cell president Sanjiv Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal’s secretary Dr Jawed, along with its state unit vice-president Sriram Verma, Baitullah, Mohammed Layak and Mohammed Aamir were among those who crossed over to Congress. Ctcc president BB Bahl said this reflects the faith of masses in their party.
Dhawan’s catchline
Taking credit for setting up of Government Medical College and Hospital in city, BSP candidate Harmohan Dhawan assured the High Court Bar Association on Friday that he would take up the cause of legal fraternity if he is elected. Pointing out that four categories - politicians, advocates, policemen and journalists – don’t get houses on rent ? he said he would get land allotted to advocates and other co-operative societies. He addressed a gathering of Pepsu Roadways Workers and workers at Industrial Area, Phase II.