The Aam Aadmi Party and the Jannayak Janta Party on Friday formed an alliance for the Lok Sabha election in Haryana and announced that the latter would contest seven of the 10 seats in the State. The distribution of constituencies and the names of the candidates would be declared later. The JJP was launched in December 2018 by Dushyant Chautala, grandson of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. Making the announcement at a joint press conference on Friday, Mr. Dushyant Chautala said it would be a long-term alliance and the two parties will fight together in the Haryana Assembly elections as well. The decision came two days after AAP called off discussions for an alliance with the Congress as the latter was not ready to give AAP seats in Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana. “People of Haryana wanted this. Congratulations to the people of Haryana. Together, we will defeat BJP and work for development of Haryana,” AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet. Coordination panel Mr. Dushyant Chautala said a coordination committee has been formed with members of both the parties and it will decide within the next two-three days on the seats on which the parties will contest. “Jhadoo and chappal will come together to overthrow them from the area,” Mr. Chautala said in a veiled attack at the Congress and the BJP. He termed it an alliance of “aam” (common) and “jan” (people).
NEW YORK — Antti Raanta was just looking to get a win in his New York Rangers debut. He did much more than that.Raanta stopped all 22 shots he faced to become the fourth goalie in franchise history to get a shutout in his first start with the team, leading the Rangers to a 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 19.Getting his fourth career shutout, Raanta joined Hal Winkler (1926), John Ross Roach (1928) and Marcel Paille (1957) as the only goaltenders to blank an opponent in his first start with the Rangers.“The only thing I was thinking was to win,” said Raanta, who was playing for the first time since being acquired from Chicago in a draft-day trade in June. “Our guys defended so well.”Marc Staal, Mats Zuccarello, Jesper Fast and Viktor Stalberg scored for New York, which snapped a three game winless streak (0-2-1) after opening the season with three wins.“Everyone in the room knows that the level we were playing at isn’t acceptable,” Staal said. “It’s something we wanted to take care of.”Martin Jones finished with 24 saves in his first loss of the season as the Sharks lost their second straight after opening the season with four wins. Jones had allowed just two goals in the Sharks season-opening winning streak and came in leading the NHL in goals-against average (0.49), save percentage (.982) and shutouts (2).“We lost pretty much every facet of the game,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. “Lost races to pucks, lost battles, lost special teams (battles). There’s a price to pay to win and the other team was more willing to pay that price than us so we got what we deserved.”Rangers coach Alain Vigneault opted to keep the same forward lines and defense pairings that could only score once in the 2-1 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 18.Vigneault’s gambit paid immediate dividends as Staal scored his first of the season 10:36 into the game. Staal’s point shot appeared to ricochet off of San Jose’s Joel Ward.“I just tried to get to the net as fast as I can and I think it hit someone — one of their guys — and goes in,” said Staal, who later recorded his 100th career assist on Stalberg’s goal. “We talked about getting a lot more pucks to the net, create some traffic, and then (Fast) was in front taking (Jones’ sightlines) away and that’s how it gets in the back of the net.”New York continued to attack in what was the Rangers’ most complete performance of the season.While Raanta did not have to work especially hard, his toughest stop occurred early in the second period as New York was killing a 5-on-3 Sharks power play.San Jose center Joe Thornton attempted a quick shot from along the goal line as Patrick Marleau drove the net, but Raanta kicked the puck away.The save was significant when Zuccarello scored his fourth of the season later in the period. With Rick Nash screening Jones, Zuccarello whipped a shot from the right side into the net.Fast had a breakaway goal 3:47 into the third period.“We gave up too many odd-man rushes,” Jones lamented. “They did a good job getting to the net.”Raanta made a left pad save on Thomas Hertl as the Sharks came in on a 2-on-1.Stalberg’s goal with 3:16 left ended the scoring.“We were able to connect the dots,” the Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh said. “It allowed us to create some rush chances, spend some time in their end and try and negate their speed through the neutral zone.”(DENIS P. GORMAN) TweetPinShare0 Shares read more