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AAP govt making Delhi Assembly arena of political games: Vijender Gupta

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The session has nothing to do with public interest issues and it will only discuss CBI enquiry against a senior official of Delhi government and setting up of an enquiry committee to probe DDCA working, Vijender said.
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Accusing Arvind Kejriwal government of turning the Delhi Assembly into an arena of “political games”, leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta on Monday charged that special session is called to “defame” the Centre and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.”Kejriwal government has turned the Assembly into an arena of political games. The sole purpose of calling the special session tomorrow is to malign the Central Government and the Finance Minister as much as possible,” he said.The session has nothing to do with public interest issues and it will only discuss CBI enquiry against a senior official of Delhi government and setting up of an enquiry committee to probe DDCA working, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP had tried to raise the “corrupt practices” of the officer many times in Delhi Assembly but its efforts were thwarted. The Delhi Government persistently refused to discuss it, he added.

Delhi assembly clears Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill, 2015

The house cleared the bill with two amendments passed by the Delhi Cabinet on Thursday evening after some changes were suggested by activist Anna Hazare.

The Delhi Assembly on Friday passed the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill, 2015, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government strongest poll plank that stormed the party to power in Delhi this year.The house cleared the bill with two amendments passed by the Delhi Cabinet on Thursday evening after some changes were suggested by activist Anna Hazare.”A strong law is being brought. We will go to the Centre and the prime minster and urge him that the Jan Lokpal be passed,” Delhi Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal said in the assembly.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first amendment said a seven-member panel would select two members and chairperson in the institution of Jan Lokpal.The original bill said the panel consisting chief minister, leader of opposition, assembly speaker and Delhi High Court chief justice will select the members and chair of Jan Lokpal.Now, the proposed new members will include another judge from the high court, any eminent personality selected the rest of the committee members and the Lokpal chairman from the next term.The second amendment said the Jan Lokpal would be removed only after a high court probe against it.The legislation will become a law only after the LG and the Centre approves it.

PM Modi should get a ‘salary hike’ as well: Arvind Kejriwal

Seeking to deflect criticism over the proposed hike in the salaries of Delhi MLAs, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said Pime Minister Narendra Modi should get a “salary hike” as well.In a strident defence of the decision of his government, Kejriwal said even after the hike is effected, MLAs won’t earn even “120th fraction” of what editors of media organisations and top TV anchors earn. “How is Rs 1 lakh per month unreasonable? If the Prime Minister’s salary is less than this, even his salary should be raised. We all demand that his salary should be hiked,” he said while speaking in Delhi Assembly over Janlokpal.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, in a tongue-in-cheek remark, Kejriwal envisaged an embarrassing situation for Modi when he encounters US President Barack Obama. “Kal ko Obama miley toh kya bolenege…(if he meets Obama tomorrow, what will he say. It (PM’s salary) should be at least 8-10 lakh.” Kejriwal said it was important to give legislators proper salaries and other facilities but “if they still indulge in corruption don’t spare them.”Delhi Assembly had on Wednesday cleared a bill providing for hefty hike in salaries of MLAs and ministers. As per its provision, the basic salary of legislators will rise from current Rs 12,000 to Rs 50,000 and their overall monthly package will be around Rs 2.1 lakh as against Rs 88,000 at present.

Will step in if Centre obstructs Delhi Janlokpal Bill, says Anna Hazare

The anti-corruption crusader was talking to reporters after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Kumar Vishwas and Sanjay Singh met him at his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district to brief him on the salient features of the Janlokpal Bill, tabled in Delhi Assembly by the Arvind Kejriwal government on Monday.

Social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday said he will step in if the NDA government at the Centre puts obstructions in the way of Janlokpal Bill, introduced in Delhi Assembly by the AAP government.The anti-corruption crusader was talking to reporters after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Kumar Vishwas and Sanjay Singh met him at his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district to brief him on the salient features of the Janlokpal Bill, tabled in Delhi Assembly by the Arvind Kejriwal government on Monday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hazare said that during his discussions with the AAP leaders, he expressed apprehension that the Centre may pose obstructions as the legislation provides for probing corruption in Delhi, where the central government offices are located.”If that is the case then I assured them of my full support. I told them I am with them,” Hazare said when asked if he would launch an agitation on the issue.He said the central government lacks the will to fight corruption and there should be no “parochial attitude” on the issue of dealing with graft.Hazare and some top activists of his team had in 2012 parted ways with the Kejriwal-led group, opposing their plans to form a political party, after a roller-coaster ride of 18 months in which they came together to run a high-steam anti-graft movement.One of its prominent poll promises, the AAP emphasised that the Bill is similar to its original 2011 version.It will empower the proposed ombudsman to act against any public servant in the national capital, including those of the Centre.While the draft bill of 2015 states that no prosecution or legal proceedings can be initiated against the Janlokpal or any staff member of the Janlokpal office, AAP leaders said the process of impeachment will be applied for removal of any member of the Lokpal.The Bill has to be cleared by the Lieutenant Governor before it becomes a law.

Watch: BJP MLA Vijender Gupta carried out of Delhi Assembly by marshals

The BJP MLA resisted attempts by the marshals to remove him and tried to hold on the bench but the staff jostled with him and evicted him from the House.

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Amid high drama, BJP MLA Vijender Gupta, who is leader of opposition in Delhi Assembly, was on Monday marshalled out of the House which saw continued uproar over his party legislator O P Sharma’s alleged derogatory remarks against ruling AAP MLA Alka Lamba.Speaker Ram Niwas Goel initially asked Gupta to leave the House till 4 PM after he entered into a war of words with AAP’s women MLAs over the week-old issue. When he refused to budge, marshals were called in who took Gupta out forcibly. The BJP MLA resisted attempts by the marshals to remove him and tried to hold on the bench but the staff jostled with him and evicted him from the House.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The incident occurred on a day Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was scheduled to introduce the Delhi Janlokpal Bill 2015 in the House. Before his eviction, Gupta accused the Speaker of being partial towards AAP alleging that the three BJP legislators were abused and assaulted by AAP members. “But no action has been taken against them,” he claimed.He said Goel’s action was unwarranted as the House had important business lined up for the day, including the tabling of the Janlokpal Bill. BJP member Jagdish Pradhan also walked out of the House following Gupta’s eviction.BJP MLA O P Sharma has already been suspended by the Speaker for the rest of the session over his remarks against Lamba. Rebel AAP MLA Pankaj Pushkar will also be unable to take part in the proceedings of the day as he was suspended till November 30.Earlier, the woman MLAs of AAP charged that Sharma had used derogatory remarks against Lamba again during a protest at the Nihal Vihar area on Monday. They demanded his permanent expulsion from the house and police action against him. Watch it here:

AAP protests against BJP legislator OP Sharma’s sexist remarks, demands his resignation

“I want to ask this question directly to Modi ji. Stay in India for sometime at least and witness as to how low your MLAs have stooped to. He is insulting a woman sitting in the Vidhan Sabha, the women of India will never tolerate this,” she added.

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The AAP workers staged a protest against BJP MLA OP Sharma outside his residence in Delhi on Wednesday and demanded his resignation over the sexist remarks against Chandni Chowk MLA Alka Lamba.Several women volunteers of the AAP gathered outside Sharma’s residence holding placards in their hands and raised slogans against him demanded his resignation.”Will insult to women continue in India like this? If a woman is outside her residence at night, will you highlight this? Do women have this existence in India” It’s been a long time that we have got independence, but when will women get independence to express their views? asked one of the protestors.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She also took the opportunity to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”I want to ask this question directly to Modi ji. Stay in India for sometime at least and witness as to how low your MLAs have stooped to. He is insulting a woman sitting in the Vidhan Sabha, the women of India will never tolerate this,” she added.Another protestor said Sharma should be made to resign for his remark on Lamba. “He should learn to respect women,” she added.Sharma has been suspended from Delhi Assembly for two days for making derogatory remarks against AAP legislator Alka Lamba.He had said, “Yeh raat bhar ghoomne wali hai (she roams around all night).”Sharma was suspended till tomorrow by the Speaker, as AAP’s women legislators demanded his permanent suspension and an apology from BJP MLA and Opposition leader Vijendra Gupta.He made the remarks during a discussion on homeless people and night shelters in the city, initiated through a calling attention motion by Vijender Gupta.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had expressed shock over the comments and hoped the BJP would take action against him.

Somnath Bharti ‘suppressed’ information in affidavits he filed for Assembly elections, claims wife Lipika Mitra

Lipika in her complaint stated that Bharti had bought the property in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar out of his own income but is in the name of his mother Manorama Rani Bharti, details of which were completely suppressed by him in his affidavit.
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Lipika Mitra, the estranged wife of former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti, on Tuesday wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner seeking action against the AAP leader for “suppressing” information in the affidavit he filed for Delhi Assembly elections early this year.Lipika in her complaint stated that Bharti had bought the property in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar out of his own income but is in the name of his mother Manorama Rani Bharti, details of which were completely suppressed by him in his affidavit.Bharti, she claimed, has suppressed material facts from the Commission regarding his financial status as well as her’s in his nomination form 26 on affidavit which is illegal. She further alleged that her bank balance and insurance details cited by Bharti in the affidavit were manipulated by him without her concurrence.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is a settled law that it is the solemn obligation of the candidates who are contesting election to furnish information regarding him or her and the spouse information and if the same are not given correct, the same would amount to suppression/non disclosure which will be treated as a substantial lapse on the part of the candidate. I would request your office to take immediate action against Bharti as he has made false representations in his election nomination form under oath,” she said in her complaint to CEC Nasim Zaidi.Lipika had filed a complaint of domestic violence with Delhi Commission for Women on June 10 alleging that her husband had been abusing her since their marriage in 2010. She had also given a complaint to the police in this regard, leading to the former minister’s dramatic arrest on September 28. Bharti was later released.

BJP veterans’ revolt: Advani and co lash out against Modi-Shah after Bihar debacle

“To say that everyone is responsible for the defeat in Bihar is to ensure that no one is held responsible.”

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In a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) top brass for the Bihar debacle, party veterans L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha said that the party leadership had clearly learnt nothing from their loss in the Delhi Assembly elections. “The results of the Bihar elections show that no lesson has been learnt, from the fiasco in Delhi. To say that everyone is responsible for the defeat in Bihar is to ensure that no one is held responsible” the veterans said in statement. “It shows that those who would have appropriated credit if the Party had won are bent on shrugging off responsibility for the disastrous showing in Bihar,”it added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“The BJP bigwigs asserted that the principal reason for the latest defeat was the way the party has been ‘emasculated’ in the Delhi polls last year.” “A thorough review must be done of the reasons for the defeat as well as of the way the party is being forced to kow-tow to a handful, and how its consensual character has been destroyed,” the statement added. In a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, the statement said that the review of the loss must not be done by those who managed as were responsible for the Bihar campaign.

Jan Lokpal Bill: Congress accuses Arvind Kejriwal of fooling people

“It was the hard sold promise of AAP in 2013 and 2015 Delhi Assembly elections. The previous Kejriwal government stepped down on the issue accusing Congress of not allowing to bring in a strong Jan Lokpal, yet the anti-graft body is nowhere to be seen,” Maken said.

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Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken attacked the AAP government for “delaying” the Jan Lokpal Bill and skipping its tabling in the Assembly in the coming session. “Your government has already lost six sessions of the Assembly to enact the much needed Jan Lokpal,” Maken said urging AAP Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to “revisit” his decision to delay it further. Attacking the delay in appointment of a Jan Lokpal, Maken questioned Kejriwal as to “Whether the delay was prompted by recent cases of corruption in your cabinet and allegations of irregularities in procurement of onion, sugar, etc.” Jan Lokpal was the prime goal of India Against Corruption and Aam Admi Party which took birth out of that anti- corruption movement, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
“It was the hard sold promise of AAP in 2013 and 2015 Delhi Assembly elections. The previous Kejriwal government stepped down on the issue accusing Congress of not allowing to bring in a strong Jan Lokpal, yet the anti-graft body is nowhere to be seen,” Maken said.Citing news paper report about possibility of Jan Lokpal Bill being not tabled by AAP government in the Assembly session starting from November 18, he claimed, it “appeared” Kejriwal is “fooling” people on Jan Lokpal promise.Delhi Congress will stage a demonstration in front of the Vidhan Sabha on the first day of its session, putting pressure on the government to table the Bill and appoint Jan Lokpal, he added.

Delhi MLA salary hike: What CM Arvind Kejriwal had said about pay raise

In March 2012, he tweeted saying that while political parties fail to come to agreement Lokpal, they would unanimously accept a pay hike.

Kejriwal govt is now called “khaas aadmi ki sarkar”

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The recommendations of a committee constituted by the Delhi Assembly Speaker to allow a whopping two-and-half fold increase in the salaries of Delhi MLAs, were panned by the BJP and Congress who accused the AAP government of being “khaas aadmi ki sarkar”. Not only that the Twitterati was up in arms against Kejriwal who had taunted politicians during the Jan Lokpal bill movement that they readily accept a pay hike but have difficulty in agreeing to the Lokpal bill.In March 2012, he tweeted saying that while political parties fail to come to agreement Lokpal, they would unanimously accept a pay hike.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He founded the Aam Aadmi Party in the end of 2012. While Kejriwal has not reacted to the recommendations, AAP senior party member reacted on Twitter.The three-member committee chaired by former Secretary General of Lok Sabha PDT Achary, in its report submitted to Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, has favored a 400 per cent hike in basic salary of MLAs from Rs 12,000 to Rs 50,000 per month. Overall, the hike recommended has been 138 per cent. In July, a group of AAP legislators had demanded a significant hike in salary, arguing their earnings were not enough to run their family and offices.

BJP seeks review into proposed 400% hike in basic salary of Delhi MLAs

“With its unlimited generosity in the matter of pay and allowances for Delhi MLAs, the Aam Aadmi Party Government has become ‘Khas’ Aadmi Party (KAP),” he said while hitting at the Delhi Government.

Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta has criticised the report of the expert committee on the revision of salary and allowances of MLAs, demanding its review to make it more “rational”.The three-member committee chaired by former Secretary General of Lok Sabha PDT Achary, in its report submitted to Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, has favoured a 400 per cent hike in basic salary of MLAs from Rs 12,000 to Rs 50,000 per month.The BJP leader, while reacting to the committee report presented to the Speaker of Delhi Assembly, said, “It is our considered view that the recommendations of the Expert Committee should be reviewed and made more rational keeping in view the ground realities of Delhi and its residents.” “MLAs should not fly too high by the AAP Government, they should remain grounded in reality,” Gupta said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”With its unlimited generosity in the matter of pay and allowances for Delhi MLAs, the Aam Aadmi Party Government has become ‘Khas’ Aadmi Party (KAP),” he said while hitting at the Delhi Government.Criticising the “manifold” increase in the pay and allowances of MLAs recommended by the committee, he accused the AAP Government of putting a heavy tax burden on the Delhi people.”There is already an additional burden of 7,000 crores on Delhi’s citizens as number of taxes has been increased. It is feared that the expenditure on revised pay and allowances will further put burden on common man,” he added.The committee has also suggested a communication allowance of Rs 10,000 per month as well as Rs 30,000 as monthly conveyance allowance for each MLA.The ‘Daily’ allowance of each MLA during every sitting of the House or its committees has been recommended to be hiked from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000.The one-time allowances of MLAs have also been recommended to be increased significantly with one time ‘office furnishing’ allowance of Rs 1 lakh, Rs 60,000 for purchasing office equipment and a vehicle loan of Rs 12 lakh, which is Rs 4 lakh at present.The lawmakers’ salary was last increased by 100 per cent in September 2011 by the then Sheila Dikshit government, citing inflation and the rise in the cost of living cost.

Arvind Kejriwal writes to Congress and BJP; seeks help in tackling dengue outbreak

Kejriwal’s appeal through letters to the Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta of BJP, and Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken came even as the parties have raised heat on the AAP government for its alleged “inefficient” handling of the dengue outbreak.
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Under opposition fire over the rapid spread of dengue across Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday sought help of both Congress and BJP in chalking out a strategy to tackle the outbreak rising above politics.Kejriwal’s appeal through letters to the Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta of BJP, and Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken came even as the parties have raised heat on the AAP government for its alleged “inefficient” handling of the dengue outbreak.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Dengue has spread across Delhi. At this point, it’s incumbent upon us to rise above politics and serve the people of Delhi. Through this letter I want to invite you and your party members to assist us in our anti-dengue efforts,” Kejriwal said.Adding a personal touch, the Chief Minister further wrote, “Whenever you have time, come to my office so that we can sit together and chalk out a strategy to fight against dengue.” He also invited suggestions from his rivals promising Delhi Government’s full assistance to any of their endeavours in this regard.

Furious after Delhi loss, Narendra Modi wants Bihar by all means: Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday claimed that the Prime Minister has become ‘furious’ after losing the Delhi Assembly polls and wants to win in Bihar “by hook or by crook”, but he will not succeed.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday claimed that the Prime Minister has become ‘furious’ after losing the Delhi Assembly polls and wants to win in Bihar “by hook or by crook”, but he will not succeed.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi is furious after the loss in Delhi, so he wishes to win in Bihar by hook or by crook, but he will not succeed in his expansionist plan,” Kumar told a TV channel.Kumar said he has no “personal fight” against the PM, “but, we are taken aback by the language used by him which does not behove a person sitting on the high constitutional seat of PM.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bihar elections are seen as a fight between Modi and Kumar, both captaining their respective groupings. The five-phase polls will begin on October 12.”Just see the approach, listen to the speech. He has not been able to digest severe drubbing BJP got in Delhi polls,” Kumar said referring to Modi.”What else you can expect from a person whose background does not have any links with freedom struggle,” Kumar said, adding this was the first time a party has come to power at the Centre whose parental organisation RSS had nothing to do with freedom movement of the country.After getting power at the Centre, BJP was guided by the “greed” to capture power in states too, the senior JD(U) leader said. Congress had the same approach earlier but was jolted by the JP movement, he said.Kumar, who has been chosen as CM nominee of grand secular alliance, said they would go to voters on the basis of work done in the past.In the TV programme, the chief minister dwelt in detail the work done by his government in the field of education, power, roads and agriculture, among others. Kumar also repeated his vision for future which would focus on skill development among others at an investment of Rs 2.7 lakh crore.

Somnath Bharti defends ‘beautiful women’ remark; says used proverb to set benchmark for secure environment

Former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti on Tuesday defended his beautiful women remark saying that I have used proverb to set a benchmark for a secure environment where every woman should feel safe.

Former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti on Tuesday defended his beautiful women remark saying that I have used proverb to set a benchmark for a secure environment where every woman should feel safe.A day ago, Somnath created a flutter by saying that “beautiful women” would be able to go out at midnight provided AAP government takes over policing system in the national capital.”I am fully confident that if Delhi government is given full freedom (over security), beautiful women will be able to go out even after midnight without any fear.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We will provide a fully-secure Delhi…” Somnath Bharti said during a discussion on setting up of ‘Commission of Inquiry’ in the Delhi Assembly here.Bharti’s comment evoked sharp reaction from both BJP and Congress.”It is absolutely disgusting and derogatory towards women, but it is not surprising coming from someone who defied law even when he was law minister. It really shows his attitude,” DPCC chief spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee said.Senior BJP leader Vijendra Gupta, who is Opposition leader in the Delhi Assembly, said that it is “highly objectionable remark” of the AAP leader.”The remark shows what he thinks about women. It is highly objectionable remark of Bharti. He made a comment in presence of Chief Minister who did not stop him from using such words for women,” Gupta said.Later, defending his statement, Bharti in a Facebook post said, “I request media friends not to twist my statement: I have said “beautiful women laden with jewelries can travel at midnight fearlessly is the kind of benchmark one can measure security level at Delhi against, if AAP has police control”.”And ppl like Ms. Sharmistha Mukherji can’t even understand the meaning of this statement whose brother (Abhijeet Mukherjee) had gone to insult the protesting women by calling them dented-painted. Have some shame n don’t politicise just for the sake of politics!!! (sic).”(With PTI inputs)

Modi, Jung and Delhi Police ‘speed breakers’ for AAP: Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal was speaking during the one-day session of the Delhi Assembly on women’s security. “I make a humble request to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that either you make Delhi safe for women in next six months or else give Delhi police to us and we will make Delhi country’s safest city in six months,” he said.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday clubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Police in the same category and termed them as “speed breakers” for AAP’s “car” of governance in the national capital. Kejriwal said BJP’s sole agenda was not letting the AAP government work even as he urged Modi to hand over the control of the city’s police force. “The ruling party would make Delhi the safest city,” he said.”Life runs on positivity. Car of over governance is moving at a rapid pace. We opened neighbourhood clinics, acted against corruption but Modi, LG, ACB Chief MK Meena and Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi are acting as speed breakers but our car will move towards development. They (BJP) are working on one philosophy neither they will work nor let others work. Earlier they used to say naa khaunga naa khaane dunga (neither I will eat (take bribe) nor will allow others) but now it has changed to Naa kaam karunga naa kaam karne dunga (neither I will work nor will let other work,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kejriwal was speaking during the one-day session of the Delhi Assembly on women’s security. “I make a humble request to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that either you make Delhi safe for women in next six months or else give Delhi police to us and we will make Delhi country’s safest city in six months,” he said.Hitting out at BJP for “interfering” in the city’s governance, Kejriwal claimed that so far “25 orders” of the Delhi government have been declared null and void by the LG. “Every day when I issue an order I am confident that a day later Modi government will declare it null and void. So far more than 25 orders of Delhi’s elected government has been declared null and void. I also spoke to other Chief Ministers. It has never happened in the history of the country that a governor has termed any order of elected government null and void. They have become null and void LG and PM,” he said.Kejriwal quoted National Crime Record Bureau statistics to paint an unsafe picture of the city. “NCRB data show that 1.4 per cent of country’s population lives in Delhi but 5 per cent of country’s total rape cases is alone registered in Delhi. Similarly, 7 per cent of kidnapping takes place in Delhi. Cases of crime in Delhi are 2.5, 4.5 and 5 times more than Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata respectively,” Kejriwal said.The Chief Minister said the death of Meenakshi, the Anand Parbat murder victim, could have been “averted” if police had acted swiftly on the complaint of her mother. “It is unfortunate that police said it was incident of minor brawl.” During the proceedings, some female AAP MLAs raised incidents that allegedly happened to them in the past to which Kejriwal said, “If women sitting inside Delhi Assembly are not feeling safe then how other residents of Delhi will feel safe?”.

We don’t make poll promises that can’t be fulfilled, says Arvind Kejriwal

“We got 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi Assembly which was possible because of people’s support. This is not our but your (people’s) victory… Now we are working round-the-clock for you,” Kejriwal said while speaking at a programme at the Constitution Club in New Delhi.

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Taking a dig at the BJP-led Centre, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the Aam Aadmi Party does not make poll promises that could not be fulfilled.”We got 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi Assembly which was possible because of people’s support. This is not our but your (people’s) victory… Now we are working round-the-clock for you,” Kejriwal said while speaking at a programme at the Constitution Club in New Delhi. In a reference to the mass Yoga programmes of the central government, the Delhi CM said we do not say like others (BJP) that we would bring back the black money before elections…<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>but when time comes to fulfil poll promises… they (BJP) get busy with doing yoga after winning poll. “We did what we said,” Kejriwal also said.

AAP Govt ‘misguiding’ people with unrealistic VAT figure: Congress

Before the Assembly elections, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had promised that if elected, his government would ensure that VAT rates in Delhi were the lowest in the country.

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Delhi Congress on Wednesday accused the AAP Government of “misguiding” the people on the issue of Value Added Tax (VAT) and said its budget estimates of raising Rs 24,000 crore through it were “unrealistic”. “VAT collection was Rs 17,925 crore in 2013-14 and Rs 18,289 in 2014-15 showing a growth of around 2%. Now the government has given collection projection of Rs 24,000 crore, which is around 31% growth. This increase from 2% to 31% is an unrealistic one,” said Congress spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee. Before the Assembly elections, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had promised that if elected, his government would ensure that VAT rates in Delhi were the lowest in the country, but now he is talking about raising VAT collection without raising rates which is nothing but an attempt to grab “media headlines”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Delhi Assembly had on Tuesday passed the first budget of AAP Government which did not announce any hike in VAT. She also questioned the timing of the Delhi Value Added Tax (Second Amendment) Bill which allows the government to regulate VAT on petroleum products passed by the Assembly, saying “any increase in VAT on petrol and diesel will lead to inflation and problems for the people who were already hit by price rise of essential commodities, especially food items”. “They say that the amendments in VAT were aimed at bringing parity at the level of prices with the four Northern states but if it was so why they were opposed to the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Bill of the Centre?” she asked. Further, the Congress spokesperson said the first budget of the government was “inflationary” and “authoritative” which would increase taxes in the manner “slow poisoning” works in human body.Also Read: AAP budget sticks to the spirit of its manifesto

Free wi-fi in Delhi colleges, villages by year end

All government websites can be accessed anytime through this service.

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In some good news for the Internet-savvy, the city’s colleges, including ones under Delhi University, and villages will avail free wi-fi facility by the end of this year.In its maiden budget, the AAP government has set aside Rs 50 crore for the free wi-fi project to be executed in colleges and around 300 villages of the national capital in the first phase.”As per plan, we will complete the first phase of free public wi-fi by the end of this year but I expect to complete it much before the schedule. Government websites will be free and limited access of other contents will be provided,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told PTI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All government websites can be accessed anytime through this service.”We are trying to set a limit for browsing for personal and entertainment content,” Sisodia also said.The Information Technology department of the AAP government is in the process of setting up hotspots in the first phase of implementation.Officials said they have also studied the existing system in cities like Stockholm, Barcelona, Shanghai and Singapore, adding that the AAP government intends to set up 50,000 to 80,000 hotspots across the capital to complete the project.”There are various revenue models in the project and the government is contemplating on these. Government is committed to provide best wi-fi service to the people of Delhi,” Sisodia, who is also the Finance Minister, said.In the run-up to the Delhi Assembly polls, the Aam Aadmi Party had promised to make wi-fi freely available in public spaces across Delhi.

All 3 BJP MLAs marshalled out of Delhi Assembly

The BJP MLAs — Vijender Gupta, O P Sharma and Jagdish Pradhan — were evicted from the House after they trooped to the Well and raised slogans. Speaker Ram Niwas Goel instructed marshals to take them out of the Assembly and continued the budget proceeding.

All three BJP MLAs were on Wednesday marshalled out of Delhi Assembly after they rushed into the Well of the House and shouted slogans demanding implementation of the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission recommendations.The BJP MLAs — Vijender Gupta, O P Sharma and Jagdish Pradhan — were evicted from the House after they trooped to the Well and raised slogans. Speaker Ram Niwas Goel instructed marshals to take them out of the Assembly and continued the budget proceeding.The Economic Survey of Delhi 2014-15 was today tabled in the Assembly. Yesterday, BJP MLA O P Sharma was marshalled out of assembly when he tried to disrupt the proceedings. He first came to the Well of the House and then walked up to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and interrupted him when he was giving a statement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Delhi Police set to file chargesheet against 21 AAP MLAs, including Kejriwal

There seems to be no relief in sight for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as the Delhi Police on Wednesday began filing a chargesheet against 21 AAP MLAs, including the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has been named in the chargesheet being filed by the Delhi police.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has been named in the chargesheet being filed by the Delhi police.

Kejriwal has been named in 6 cases out of 25 cases in which the police is filing the chargesheet. The police is also probing two other cases against Kejriwal, according to The Times of India. The report added that the cases against the Delhi CM involve holding protests despite prohibitory orders and preventing public servants from performing their duty.

These charges against Kejriwal come at a time when the Delhi CM and Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung were in the middle of a power tussle over the appointment of bureaucrats in the state.

AAP also faced a lot of criticism after the former Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar was arrested for allegedly producing a fake law degree, immediately after which grave allegations of domestic abuse were made against another AAP leader and former Law Minister Somnath Bharti.

The allegations in the chargesheet being prepared by the Delhi police also include serious offences like molestation and storing liquor bottles in premises, according to IBNLive.

The charges over storage of liquor bottles have been made against Naresh Baliyan. Another AAP leader Manoj Kumar has been named in the chargesheet in a molestation case. The Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel has been charged with beating up people, according to the report.

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, however, has denied having any knowledge of the chargesheets against the AAP MLAs.

“What you have come to know is not known to me,” he said in reply to question on the chargesheets. But he added that “in pending cases our objective is to complete the investigations at the earliest and bring the facts before the court.”

Reacting to the media reports, senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said this was nothing, but an act of “cowardice” and the Delhi Police and the Centre shouldn’t treat AAP as a “soft target”.

“The Delhi Police and the commissioner should understand that whoever violates law in the Modi government goes to jail. He should look at what happened to IAS and IPS officers in the state.

“If there are charges against any of us, then they are free to register cases. But don’t look at AAP as a soft target,” Singh said.

Another AAP leader Ashutosh reacted strongly to this development, alleging that the Modi government had planted this story to divert the attention of ‘gullible’ TV news channels from the controversy surrounding Lalit Modi and Sushma Swaraj.

Ashutosh also sarcastically said that he was feeling ‘left out’ because his name was missing from the chargesheet.

(With inputs from PTI)

CM Arvind Kejriwal has lost moral right to govern, should quit: AAP splinter group Swaraj Abhiyan

“In view of the unsavoury development involving Tomar, Kejriwal has lost moral right to govern the state as chief minister and should resign forthwith,” Bhapkar said.

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As AAP grapples with controversy over allegations against its MLAs, its splinter group Swaraj Abhiyan has called for the resignation of party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying he has lost the “moral right” to govern. Maruti Bhapkar, a founder member of the Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan-led Swaraj Abhiyan in Maharashtra, charged that the controversies involving AAP MLAs and former Delhi Law Ministers Jitender Singh Tomar and Somnath Bharti have shown the “moral bankruptcy of the Kejriwal-led AAP”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In view of the unsavoury development involving Tomar, Kejriwal has lost moral right to govern the state as chief minister and should resign forthwith,” Bhapkar said.”The Tomar episode as well as the complaint against former law minister Bharti made by his wife show the moral bankruptcy of the Kejriwal-led AAP,” he added. He further alleged that the AAP leadership had chosen to ignore the objections cited by the Yadav and Bhushan — the duo who have since been ousted from the party — at their first National Council meeting held after the Delhi Assembly elections.Tomar, an MLA from Delhi’s Trinagar constituency, was arrested by Delhi Police on Tuesday and remanded in four-day police custody following allegations that he not only submitted fake science graduation degree and law mark sheets to register with the Bar Council of Delhi, but also forged a migration certificate.Bharti’s wife has complained to the Delhi Women’s Commission against her husband, charging him with unleashing dogs on her when she was pregnant and subjecting her to severe mental and physical torture. The AAP MLA has termed the allegations “baseless”.

AAP names new Law Minister after Tomar’s arrest: Who is Kapil Mishra?

After the arrest of former Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar over the fake law degree controversy, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in New Delhi on Wednesday named the Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Kapil Mishra as the new Law Minister.

Kapil Mishra was named the new Delhi Law Minister. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Kapil Mishra was named the new Delhi Law Minister. Image Courtesy: Twitter

The 34-year-old Mishra is an AAP MLA from Delhi’s Karawal Nagar constituency. In the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections, Mishra won from his constituency as he got 1,01,865 votes, defeating BJP’s Mohan Singh Bisht by 44,431 votes. He is a first-time MLA.

Known as a Kejriwal loyalist, Mishra has been associated with him since the India Against Corruption (IAC) days, reported PTI.

When Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan upped their ante against the party leadership, he took a lead in starting a signature campaign urging all MLAs to back Kejriwal.

He has worked for non-governmental organisations like Greenpeace and Amnesty International, according to IBNLive.

He is also the co-founder and coordinator of a New Delhi-based youth action group called Youth for Justice. He has been involved in campaigning on various social issues.

Mishra also led a protest over the Jessical Lal murder case, demanding justice in the same.

In 2007, he had also raised his voice against the exploitation of the Yamuna river in the Delhi Assembly, after which he had been detained for a day, according to a report in The Hindu.

He was also one of the first people to protest against the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam. In fact, he also wrote a book called ‘It’s Common v/s Wealth – Exposing Commonwealth Games 2010’ on the issue which was released in 2010, according to IANS.

He took charge as the vice-chairman of the Delhi Jal Board in March this year.

(With agency inputs)

Allegations of domestic violence ‘baseless’: Somnath Bharti reacts as wife files complaint with DCW

In more controversy for ruling Aam Aadmi Party, its MLA and former Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti was on Wednesday slapped with notices by Delhi Commission for Women after his wife filed a complaint levelling charges of domestic violence, mental torture, dowry and forgery which the lawmaker has rejected as “baseless”.

Additionally, she also reached the police headquarters to meet police officials regarding her domestic violence case.

AAP leader Somnath Bharti in trouble again. PTIAAP leader Somnath Bharti in trouble again. PTI

AAP leader Somnath Bharti in trouble again. PTI

“Summons have been issued to Bharti and he has been asked to appear on 26 June,” said Barkha Singh, chairperson of DCW.

Singh added that Lipika has been living in Dwarka separately for the last three years and Bharti used to visit her.

“She approached us this afternoon and lodged a complaint alleging assault and domestic violence by her husband Somnath Bharti since 2010. We have issued notices to Bharti asking him to appear before us by June 26. She now wants an end to the torture,” said Barkha Singh.

As per her complaint, Lipika works in a multinational company and married Bharti in 2010. Bharti had also demanded dowry and a car, said Singh.

“She said Bharti had lied to her. Before marriage, Bharti had said that he owned an international law firm but later she realised that he did not. She has also complained of physical and mental torture. After making the complaint, she is scared,” the DCW chairperson added.

On her part, Lipika said she has been going through difficult time since 2010. “It would be difficult for me to summarise all these. It’s going on for a long time. It has been going on since 2010. I want separation, I want to be out from this marriage. I want to live with dignity with my children. It has been a continuous process through which I was going through.”

In her complaint, Lipika said, “Me and my children are subject to harassment and torture– mental, physical and oral — by my husband Somnath Bharti… There is a persistent threat from my husband and his supporters,”

Somnath Bhartti finally broke his silence on the issue and tweeted the following-

Talking to the media, Bharti appealed to his wife to not lie. “All these started after I missed my son’s birthday. I missed my son’s birthday as there were two days of the Delhi Assembly sessions. I missed it and I forgot it and that led to all these,” Bharti said.

“She had threatened me that she will spoil my political life and probably, this is the way she chose fulfil that. With folded hands, I request her that she should not lie and she should not spread lies in public domain,” he added.

He also revealed that his wife had made two demands, which he was unable to fulfill.

“For 5 years she is making a demand that I have to choose between my mother and her. I cannot fulfill this demand, where should I send my mother?” he asked, adding that he doesn’t have enough money to run two houses.

“Her second demand is that I should leave politics, because I don’t have a private life being in politics,” he said.

He also requested that the party should not be dragged in this matter as it is a personal matter between him and his wife.

Commenting on the issue, BJP’s RP Singh said, “Kejriwal is answerable for such AAP leaders involved in unlawful activities.”

Satish Upadhyay, President of Delhi’s BJP unit asked if a woman at home is not safe, then how can women of Delhi feel safe?

AAP on the other ahnd, has distanced itself from the issue.

This is not the first time Somnath Bharti has courted trouble. In the past, he was accused of molesting African women during his midnight-raid of a sex and drug ring operating out of the Malviya Nagar neighbourhood.

Bharti along with others were chargesheeted by the Delhi Police sections 354 (molestation), 147/149(rioting), 341 (wrongful restraint), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (outraging modesty of a woman), 153A (promoting enmity between two groups), 323 (assault) and 427 (criminal trespass) of the IPC.

Around five foreign women had recorded their statements before a magistrate in which they alleged that Bharti, the MLA from Malviya Nagar in south Delhi, had barged into their house along with his supporters on the intervening night of 15-16 January.

Somnath Bharti was the Aam Aadmi Party candidate for the Malviya Nagar constituency in the 2013 Delhi Assembly Elections. He won the seat and held the post of Law Minister for a brief time.

However, he was not part of the Arvind Kejriwal-led Cabinet this time around, to which he alleged that he had willingly decided not to take any responsibility because he wants to focus on building his constituency as a model one.

Kejriwal’s AAP is already facing the heat for the fake degree case involving former Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar.

With agency inputs

More trouble for AAP: Somnath Bharti accused of domestic violence, summoned by DCW

In fresh trouble for the Aam Aadmi Party, former Law Minister Somnath Bharti’s wife has filed a domestic violence complaint against the AAP MLA. She lodged the complaint with the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Wednesday.

Additionally, she alsoo reached the police headquarters to meet police officials regarding her domestic violence case.

AAP leader Somnath Bharti in trouble again. PTIAAP leader Somnath Bharti in trouble again. PTI

AAP leader Somnath Bharti in trouble again. PTI

“Summons have been issued to Bharti and he has been asked to appear on 26 June,” said Barkha Singh, chairperson of DCW.

Singh added that Lipika has been living in Dwarka separately for the last three years and Bharti used to visit her.

“She approached us this afternoon and lodged a complaint alleging assault and domestic violence by her husband Somnath Bharti since 2010. We have issued notices to Bharti asking him to appear before us by June 26. She now wants an end to the torture,” said Barkha Singh.

On her part, Lipika said she has been going through difficult time since 2010. “It would be difficult for me to summarise all these. It’s going on for a long time. It has been going on since 2010. I want separation, I want to be out from this marriage. I want to live with dignity with my children. It has been a continuous process through which I was going through.”

In her complaint, Lipika said, “Me and my children are subject to harassment and torture– mental, physical and oral — by my husband Somnath Bharti… There is a persistent threat from my husband and his supporters,”

Asked to comment, an AAP spokesperson called it a personal issue.

Commenting on the issue, BJP’s RP Singh said, “Kejriwal is answerabnle for such AAP leaders involved in unlawful activities.”

Satish Upadhyay, President of Delhi’s BJP unit asked if a woman at home is not safe, then how can women of Delhi feel safe?

This is not the first time Somnath Bharti has courted trouble. In the past, he was accused of molesting African women during his midnight-raid of a sex and drug ring operating out of the Malviya Nagar neighbourhood.

Bharti along with others were chargesheeted by the Delhi Police sections 354 (molestation), 147/149(rioting), 341 (wrongful restraint), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (outraging modesty of a woman), 153A (promoting enmity between two groups), 323 (assault) and 427 (criminal trespass) of the IPC.

Around five foreign women had recorded their statements before a magistrate in which they alleged that Bharti, the MLA from Malviya Nagar in south Delhi, had barged into their house along with his supporters on the intervening night of 15-16 January.

Somnath Bharti was the Aam Aadmi Party candidate for the Malviya Nagar constituency in the 2013 Delhi Assembly Elections. He won the seat and held the post of Law Minister for a brief time.

However, he was not part of the Arvind Kejriwal-led Cabinet this time around, to which he alleged that he had willingly decided not to take any responsibility because he wants to focus on building his constituency as a model one.

Kejriwal’s AAP is already facing the heat for the fake degree case involving former Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar.

With agency inputs

After Tomar’s arrest, AAP names new Delhi Law Minister: Who is Kapil Mishra?

After the arrest of former Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar over the fake law degree controversy, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in New Delhi on Wednesday named the Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Kapil Mishra as the new Law Minister.

Kapil Mishra was named the new Delhi Law Minister. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Kapil Mishra was named the new Delhi Law Minister. Image Courtesy: Twitter

The 34-year-old Mishra is an AAP MLA from Delhi’s Karawal Nagar constituency. In the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections, Mishra won from his constituency as he got 1,01,865 votes, defeating BJP’s Mohan Singh Bisht by 44,431 votes. He is a first-time MLA.

Known as a Kejriwal loyalist, Mishra has been associated with him since the India Against Corruption (IAC) days, reported PTI.

When Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan upped their ante against the party leadership, he took a lead in starting a signature campaign urging all MLAs to back Kejriwal.

He has worked for non-governmental organisations like Greenpeace and Amnesty International, according to IBNLive.

He is also the co-founder and coordinator of a New Delhi-based youth action group called Youth for Justice. He has been involved in campaigning on various social issues.

Mishra also led a protest over the Jessical Lal murder case, demanding justice in the same.

In 2007, he had also raised his voice against the exploitation of the Yamuna river in the Delhi Assembly, after which he had been detained for a day, according to a report in The Hindu.

He was also one of the first people to protest against the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam. In fact, he also wrote a book called ‘It’s Common v/s Wealth – Exposing Commonwealth Games 2010’ on the issue which was released in 2010, according to IANS.

He took charge as the vice-chairman of the Delhi Jal Board in March this year.

(With agency inputs)

Omar Abdullah backs Arvind Kejriwal in fight with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung

dullah, who had earlier backed Kejriwal through a series of tweets, said numerous governments were “dismissed” in Jammu and Kashmir over similar tussle between the Chief Minister’s office and the governors.

Omar Abdullah

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Omar Abdullah on Sunday came out in strong support of Arvind Kejriwal on the issue of his ongoing tussle with the Delhi Lt Governor, saying Jammu and Kashmir had to pay a “heavy price” for similar issues involving the office of the chief minister and the Raj Bhavan. The former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said that Kejriwal, with an overwhelming mandate to run the government, should have the “freedom and flexibility” to choose his team instead of an “unelected LG”. “I have been the Chief Minister of a state and particularly where this perception often comes in of New Delhi running the state from the backseat. Either don’t have a government in Delhi. Run it through the L-G’s office, which is fine. “But why have an election where you elect the chief minister and then tie his/her hands behind the back and then take decisions. Nobody has elected the LG of Delhi,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Abdullah, who had earlier backed Kejriwal through a series of tweets, said numerous governments were “dismissed” in Jammu and Kashmir over similar tussle between the Chief Minister’s office and the governors. “People of Delhi have elected Kejriwal whether you like it or not. You have to give that person freedom and flexibility to choose his/her team and then to succeed or fail but not like this where you end up in a sort of power tussle.”J&K has paid a very heavy price for this sort of tussle between the Raj Bhavan and the CM’s office. We had numerous governments that have been dismissed and sort of machinations that we have seen Raj Bhavan indulge in,” he said. The former J&K CM said although he had no personal rapport with Kejriwal and was yet to meet him, his support was based purely “on principle”. “I have a whole lot of sympathy for Kejriwal on this issue. It (support) was purely on principle. I mean I believe that (opinion expressed through tweets), not because I have any personal rapport with him,” he said. Referring to AAP’s massive electoral victory and stunning majority in the Delhi Assembly, Abdullah said it would not be repeated as the verdict was based “purely on expectations”.”But it doesn’t go beyond that. The verdict that the guy has got, I hope he enjoys it because he is never going to have it again. It’s inconceivable (67 out of 70 MLAs) because he will have a track record that he will have to explain and there is no way he is going to to be able to realise those expectations to the point that he gets 67 out of 70 next time,” he said.The appointment of senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin as acting Chief Secretary by the LG last week had triggered a full-blown war between the ruling AAP and the Lt Governor with Kejriwal questioning the LG’s authority and accusing him of trying to take over the administration. The Centre yesterday issued a notification giving absolute powers to the LG in appointment of bureaucrats and clarifying that he need not “consult” the chief minister on subjects like police and public order.

Delhi court to hear defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal on July 30

The case is presently listed for pronouncement of order on the issue of framing of charges against the accused. On April 17, the apex court had stayed prosecution of Kejriwal in the case on his plea challenging constitutional validity of the penal provisions of defamation law. The trial court had earlier released on bail Kejriwal, Sisodia and Yadav after they had appeared before it on June 4 last year in pursuance to summons against them.

A Delhi court on Saturday fixed July 30 for hearing a criminal defamation case filed against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and dissident AAP leader Yogendra Yadav by an advocate.Metropolitan Magistrate Muneesh Garg, who has already received a copy of the order of the Supreme Court staying the proceedings of the case, posted the matter for the next date.The case is presently listed for pronouncement of order on the issue of framing of charges against the accused. On April 17, the apex court had stayed prosecution of Kejriwal in the case on his plea challenging constitutional validity of the penal provisions of defamation law. The trial court had earlier released on bail Kejriwal, Sisodia and Yadav after they had appeared before it on June 4 last year in pursuance to summons against them.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The summons were issued on the complaint of advocate Surender Kumar Sharma under sections 499, 500 (defamation) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC, with the court saying there was prima facie material to summon the accused. On March 17, the three leaders were forced to appear in the court after their failure to do so had irked the magistrate who had remarked they have “no respect for law”.Sharma, in his complaint, had alleged that in 2013 he was approached by volunteers of AAP who had asked him to contest the Delhi Assembly elections on a party ticket, saying Kejriwal was pleased with his social services.He filled up the application form to contest the polls after being told by Sisodia and Yadav that AAP’s Political Affairs Committee of the party had decided to give him the ticket. However, it was later denied to him. On October 14, 2013, the complainant claimed that articles in leading newspapers carried “defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words used by the accused persons” which have lowered his reputation in the Bar and the society.While issuing summons against AAP leaders, the court had said, “The press release published in newspapers as well as testimonies of witnesses reflect that defamatory remarks were published in the newspaper which affected the reputation of the complainant in the society and lowered his reputation in the eyes of other members of the society.”

Arvind Kejriwal to announce relief for rain-hit farmers in Delhi

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is likely to announce relief for rain-hit farmers at a public meeting in west Delhi’s Mundka area on Saturday, a senior government official said on Thursday.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will announce relief for rain-hit farmers. PTI

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will announce relief for rain-hit farmers. PTI

According to the official, Kejriwal will also discuss the government’s policy for farmers during the meeting.

“There are many farmers in the rural areas of Delhi and near the banks of Yamuna who are affected due to unseasonal rain. Chief Minister is planning to make big announcement for their relief,” a senior official said.

Relief may not be only monetary as Chief Minister may announce relief scheme for them, a source also said. A large number of farmers are expected to gather in the agricultural belt of Mundka area.

“The Chief Minister will also listen to the problems faced by farmers,” the official said.

The issue of compensation for farmers was raised during the budget session in Delhi Assembly by AAP MLAs Devendra Sehrawat and Naresh Balyan.

Following the meeting in Mudka, Kejriwal will hold another public hearing to discuss the issue of unauthorised colonies in Delhi in Karawal Nagar area on Sunday.

“He is likely to discuss government’s initiative and roadmap for the people living in unauthorised colonies. Recently government announced registration of house in unauthorised colonies,” the official said.

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If you can’t pay staff salary, resign and give charge to AAP: Kejriwal to BJP corporations

Blaming BJP for the financial crisis in municipal corporations run by it, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday asked the party to resign and hand over charge to AAP to turnover the situation in a year.

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Blaming BJP for the financial crisis in municipal corporations run by it, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday asked the party to resign and hand over charge to AAP to turnover the situation in a year. “If BJP-led corporations cannot pay salary to their staff then they should resign and let AAP run it. We will change the financial condition within a year and bring it into profit,” Kejriwal said in Delhi Assembly.Last week, the mayors of the three civic agencies had met Kejriwal seeking Rs 302 crore. “When we left the government last year it was in profit but in last one year it was under central government and now revenue is short of Rs 4,500 crore. Similarly, the BJP-led civic agencies are in loss. BJP jaha haath laga deti hai, waha ghaata ho jaata hai (wherever BJP involves itself, they incur losses),” he said. The Chief Minister alleged the corporations are sealing shops in Delhi in the name of collecting conversion charges. “Everybody talks about giving environment for ‘ease of doing business’. But the civic agencies are sealing shops on the pretext of collecting conversion tax. If you will close their shop then how will they do their business and pay taxes. The civic agencies needs to end corruption to make it successfully run,” he said. The AAP government claimed it has stopped routine raids on traders. “During our last tenure we stopped raid on traders so they voted for us. Similarly this year we have ordered to carry out raids only on specific information otherwise no routine raids will be carried out,” Kejriwal said. The government also proposed to make an information network of businessmen. “Soon there will be no need for traders and businessmen to visit government offices. We are planning to make a pool of data about their businesses and licenses. They will be called to government offices only if they have evaded payment of taxes,” Kejriwal said. He appealed to traders to pay their taxes and assured them that all the money will be utilised for development of the city. “Traders were reluctant to pay taxes but they used to do charity fearing that corrupt officers will misuse the money. But I promise that your money will be used for development of the city. I appeal to traders to pay their taxes as they contribute for patriotic and religious purposes,” Kejriwal said. Also Read: Centre responsible for Rs 4,500 crore financial deficit of Delhi: AAP

Defamation case: Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia to appear in court tomorrow

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and two other AAP leaders including Deputy CM Manish Sisodia are likely to appear in a court on Tuesday which is scheduled to pronounce its order on the issue of framing of charges against them in a criminal defamation complaint.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and two other AAP leaders including Deputy CM Manish Sisodia are likely to appear in a court on Tuesday which is scheduled to pronounce its order on the issue of framing of charges against them in a criminal defamation complaint.Metropolitan Magistrate Muneesh Garg had earlier directed Kejriwal, Sisodia and Yogendra Yadav, who were released on bail after they had appeared in the court on June 4 last year in pursuance to summons against them, to be present in person tomorrow.The court, which had earlier reserved order for February 11, had granted exemption to the three AAP leaders from personal exemption for that day and had given them a last opportunity to positively appear before it on March 17.Kejriwal had earlier sought exemption from personal appearance for that day on the ground that he had to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in view of Delhi Assembly elections results which were announced on February 10.The summons were issued on the complaint of advocate Surender Kumar Sharma under sections 499, 500 (defamation) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC, with the court, saying there was prima facie material to summon the accused.While issuing summons against AAP leaders, the court had said, “The press release published in newspapers as well as testimonies of witnesses reflect that defamatory remarks were published in the newspaper which affected the reputation of the complainant in the society and lowered his reputation in the eyes of other members of the society.” The court, however, had rejected the complainant’s plea that AAP leaders had conspired and cheated him, saying in the absence of the very element of deception, there was no prima facie material against any of the accused for the offence of cheating and criminal conspiracy.Sharma had alleged that in 2013 he was approached by volunteers of AAP who had asked him to contest Delhi Assembly election on a party ticket saying Kejriwal was pleased with his social services.He filled up the application form to contest the polls after being told by Sisodia and Yadav that AAP’s Political Affairs Committee had decided to give him the ticket. However, it was later denied to him.On October 14, 2013, the complainant claimed that articles in leading newspapers carried “defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words used by the accused persons” which have lowered his reputation in the Bar and the society.

Delhi Polls: ‘Kejriwal wants to be in news, my duty is to work’, says Kiran Bedi

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) chief ministerial candidate for Delhi Kiran Bedi on Wednesday accused Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal saying he always has to do something to be in the news.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) chief ministerial candidate for Delhi Kiran Bedi on Wednesday accused Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal saying he always has to do something to be in the news.”He (Kejriwal) always has to say something to be in the news. Arvind Kejriwal is a person who wants to be in the media at any cost. Negativity suits him (Kejriwal) and he believes in negativity, otherwise how will he be in media?” Bedi told ANI.”People should not get manipulated by him, he always want to stay in the media. My work is to work for the people. I want to be there for those who need me,” she added.Meanwhile, Kejriwal has said the party would meet the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and urge him to allow the party to put banners outside each booth to educate voters, as they suspected tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) ahead of Delhi Assembly elections.Earlier on Tuesday, AAP had alleged that the EVMs are being tampered with ahead of the assembly elections in the national capital.The elections for the 70-member Delhi Assembly will be held in a single phase on February 7. The counting of votes will take place on February 10. The last day of campaigning is February 5.

Faulty EVMs excuse by AAP for losing in Delhi polls: BJP

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson GVL Narasimna Rao on Wednesday said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are aware that they would be losing in the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections and are therefore making excuses in advance such as faulty Electronic Voting Machines.

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson GVL Narasimna Rao on Wednesday said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are aware that they would be losing in the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections and are therefore making excuses in advance such as faulty Electronic Voting Machines.”AAP know that they are going to lose in the Delhi assembly elections and therefore are looking for excuses in advance such as faulty EVMs. This is not right. They are trying to divert attention from the core point,” said Rao.Earlier in the day, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said that the party would meet the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and urge him to allow the party to put banners outside each booth to educate voters, as they suspected tampering of Electronic Voting Machines ahead of Delhi Assembly elections.
AAP has alleged that the EVMs are being tampered with ahead of the assembly elections in the national capital.The elections for the 70-member Delhi Assembly will be held in a single phase on February 7. The counting of votes will take place on February 10. The last day of campaigning is February 5.Also read: EVMs being tampered with to help BJP, charges Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal takes dig at Kiran Bedi for dodging his debate challenge

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday took a dig at BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi for dodging his invite for an open debate on issues facing the city, saying she was running away from the challenge.

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday took a dig at BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi for dodging his invite for an open debate on issues facing the city, saying she was running away from the challenge.”Why kiran ji running away from debate? She is busy but surely she can take out 2 hrs from busy schedule. Ppl want 2 know her stand on issues (sic),” the Aam Aadmi Party leader said in a series of tweets.Bedi had retorted to the AAP chief’s invite terming it as “drama” and saying that she puts delivery over debate that prompted further response from him.”Does it mean delivery before elections, debate after elections? We want debate before and delivery later,” Kejriwal tweeted.In another tweet, he wrote, “Kiran ji saying she wud debate after elections in Assembly. She refuses to debate before elections saying she believes in delivery.” Congress’ Campaign Committee Chief Ajay Maken yesterday said that he was ready for a “structured debate” with leaders of rival political parties ahead of the Delhi Assembly polls.

Delhi assembly polls: Arvind Kejriwal accuses Kiran Bedi of blocking him on Twitter

Delhi assembly polls: Arvind Kejriwal accused Kiran Bedi of blocking him on Twitter

With the announcement of Kiran Bedi as Bharatiya Janata Party’s Chief Ministerial candidate for Delhi, it seems that the rivalry between the Bedi and Kejriwal has taken a new turn.Taking it to micro blogging site, AAP convener Kejriwal on Monday night accused Bedi of blocking him on Twitter.In a series of tweets, tagging Bedi, Kejriwal wrote, “Kiranji, I used to follow you on Twitter. Now, u have blocked me on twitter. Kindly unblock me.”In another tweet, Kejriwal congratulated Bedi and invited her for a public debate. Kejriwal added, “Congrats 4 being nominated as BJP’s CM candidate. I invite u 4 a public debate moderated by neutral person n telecast by all.”Also read: Kiran Bedi talks to Zee Media about her future plans to develop DelhiStating that he will be filing his nomination on Tuesday, Kejriwal added, “Need your blessings. I wilI feel good if you could take a leave and join me”.Also read: Amit Shah’s masterstroke to rope in Kiran Bedi – Can Kejriwal survive the onslaught?Brushing aside dissent within, BJP on Monday late night named new-entrant Kiran Bedi, a former IPS officer, as its Chief Ministerial candidate for the February 7, Delhi Assembly elections and declared 62 of the 70 candidates.Bedi will contest from Krishna Nagar seat in East Delhi. Former IPS officer and originally part of India Against Corruption movement, Kiran Bedi had joined BJP on January 15. In 2013 assembly elections BJP had won 31 seats, AAP 28 and Congress 8.Delhi has been under President’s Rule since February after the AAP government quit after ruling for 49 days last year.

Delhi assembly polls: Former top cop Kiran Bedi named BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate

Making the announcement after a meetings of the BJP Parliamentary Board and the Central election Comimittee, party president Amit Shah said the decision to field 65-year-old Bedi was “unanimous”.

Brushing aside dissent within, BJP on Monday late night named new-entrant Kiran Bedi, a former IPS officer, as its Chief Ministerial candidate for the February seven Delhi Assembly elections and declared 62 of the 70 candidates.Making the announcement after a meetings of the BJP Parliamentary Board and the Central election Comimittee, party president Amit Shah said the decision to field 65-year-old Bedi was “unanimous”.He said BJP will contest the polls for the 70-member Assembly under Bedi’s leadership.She will contest from Krishna Nagar seat in East Delhi, considered a BJP stronghold and a traditional party seat from where Harshvardhan had contested last time.The Parliamentary Board and CEC meetings were attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj among others.”The BJP Parliamentary board has decided that Kiran Bedi will be BJP’s Chief Ministeerial face in Delhi Assembly polls.
As a police officer, she has won the confidence of people of Delhi and has been a known name against corruption and crime,” Shah said.”I am sure BJP under Kiran Bedi will fulfil the aspirations of people of Delhi. I am confident that Kiran Bedi’s leadership will ensure victory for BJP in the upcoming Delhi elections,” Shah said at a press conference after the meeting of the Parliamentary Board.
BJP General Secretary and Union Minister J P Nadda announced the names of 62 candidates finalised by the CEC.Prominent among those whose names have been declared include former Union Minister and Congress leader Krishna Tirath, who joined BJP earlier in the day. She will contest from Patel Nagar (SC) seat.Former Delhi minister Jagdish Mukhi will be in fray from Janakpuri and former Delhi BJP chief Vijendra Gupta from Rohini seat.Former DUSU president and party’s BJYM leader Nupur Sharma has been fielded from New Delhi constituency against AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal.Former Delhi Assembly Speaker M S Dheer, who switched to BJP from AAP, will contest from Jangpura and former AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny will contest from Patpargaj seat where he faces AAP leader Manish Sisodia.
Delhi’s former mayor Rajni Abby will contest from Timarpur seat.Nadda said party’s Delhi unit president Satish Upadhyay will not contest the polls as the elections will be contested under his stewardship and he has a lot of responsibility on him.”The party has taken care that all sections of society are given due representation.The party has renominated all its sitting MLAs and fielded over 20 youth and five women candidates.Against 12 SC seats, the party has fielded 13 dalit faces, Nadda said.

Delhi elections: BJP likely to bag 37 seats, AAP 29, says Zee News-Taleem survey

When asked whether one felt if women were safe in Delhi, a staggering 83.9% voters replied in the negative making it one of the rallying issues in the upcoming Assembly elections. Price rise, however, remains the most important issue for 84.3% voters in Delhi. It is followed by two other issues that relate to road, electricity and water (70.8%) and corruption (69.9%). Security of women (60.9%) was the next important issue that voters felt needed to be addressed.

The BJP is likely to bag 37 seats while the Aam Aadmi Party will emerge second with 29 and the Congress may finish third with four seats in the February 7 elections for Delhi Assembly, predicts a survey commissioned by Zee News through TALEEM Research Foundation. The survey was telecast on ‘Delhi Ka Mood’ show on Zee News.The survey shows that 45% of the voters think the BJP has a good chance of forming a government after the election. 34.2% respondents think that the AAP has a good chance, whereas, only 13.7% voters are of the view that the Congress might bounce back and form the government.When asked which party the voters thought could give good governance in Delhi, BJP was ranked the highest being the preferred choice of 45.1% respondents. The BJP was followed by AAP (34.6%) and the Congress was preferred by 14.7%.The capital’s voters look resolute to end the period of political uncertainty as 82.2% of the respondents felt that the Delhi polls will usher an era of stable government in Delhi.When asked whether one felt if women were safe in Delhi, a staggering 83.9% voters replied in the negative making it one of the rallying issues in the upcoming Assembly elections. Price rise, however, remains the most important issue for 84.3% voters in Delhi. It is followed by two other issues that relate to road, electricity and water (70.8%) and corruption (69.9%). Security of women (60.9%) was the next important issue that voters felt needed to be addressed.Of all the respondents, 54.1% believed that it was essential for the BJP to form government in Delhi so as to get full support from BJP-ruled Central government for the capital’s development. However, 32.3% voters think otherwise and 13.6% respondents ‘do not know’ or ‘cannot express’ any view. The political leaders of BJP are harping on this issue and emphasising this point for development of Delhi while campaigning in the polls.When asked whether the image of prime minister Narendra Modi would weigh in their minds while voting in Delhi Assembly elections 2015, the opinion was more or less divided. However, 47.5% voters said PM Modi would weigh in their mind while voting, whereas, 43.3% voters thought otherwise.Good work done by contesting candidates would be the most important factor while voting for 39.4% respondents, while 33.2% said they will elect a candidate keeping in the mind the quality of candidate. Only 25.6% said they will vote on party lines. Similarly, 65.1% of voters believe that 1984 Sikh riots will not affect the results. However, about one 21.7% respondents believe that it may influence the outcome of the election results. Similarly, the opinions among the voters are almost equally divided whether Assembly election results of Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Harayana and Jammu and Kashmir will effect Delhi Assembly elections 2015. 45.2% voters believe it will, whereas, 46.8% believe it will not have any affect.In 2013, 39.1% voters claim to have voted for BJP, 31.8% voters answered AAP, followed by 20.3% for INC. Typically, men had voted for BJP (40.9%) while women had voted for AAP (35%). An interesting observation was that while 43.3% graduates had voted for BJP only 30.2% had voted for AAP. There seems to be an inverse relationship between education and voting between BJP and AAP. INC also had followed a similar suit of voting by education (lowest 17.2% voter were graduates).In Delhi Assembly Election 2015 once again 43.1% voters planned to cast their vote in favour of BJP highest being graduate and above voters (48.7% voters) followed by AAP 34.2%. In third place is INC 13.0%. It indicates that BJP may gain 4% votes whereas AAP may gain 2.4% votes. On the whole, both gains are at the cost of INC which may loose as much as 7.3% votes in these polls. It may be noted that 8.6% voters are still undecided who may swing the results of the elections.During the Opinion Poll Survey a major political event that took place relates to joining of former cop and social activist Kiran Bedi and Shazia Ilmi, with few others in the BJP. This has added a new twist and colour to ongoing process of Delhi polls. Some of the BJP leaders have even hinted that Bedi could be future CM and the same has been highlighted by media to provide a strong and stable government which will be fully supported by Central government (read Prime Minister, Narendra Modi). While no direct impact of these political events could be discern in this phase of opinion survey, its effects could be seen in the second phase of opinion survey and in final election results.

Arvind Kejriwal advises candidates to ‘mind their conduct’

For the first time after declaring all the candidates for 70 seat-Delhi Assembly, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday met its nominees, and advised them to “mind their conduct” and “not fall in any trap” laid by rival parties besides verifying voters’ list.According to a candidate who attended the meet, Kejriwal gave the aspirants tips on how to go about with the campaign. The party has given tickets to 35 new faces this time. Although many of them have either contested corporation election or managed last Assembly or Lok Sabha election, a sizeable are contesting their maiden elections.”He told us to be cautious and alert. Rival parties may indulge in giving freebies and we should keep an eye on that. Many candidates shared their both positive and negative experiences,” said a former AAP MLA, requesting anonymity. The party has also instructed to verify the voters’ list to avert bogus voting.”The party is of the opinion that there are still a lot of fake voters and we should do our bit to verify the list as this will hamper our prospects in the election,” said a candidate. Another candidate said that the party has asked them to emphasise on door to door and projector campaigns run by AAP.”We were asked to take care of our acharan (conduct). The rival parties will lay a trap for us and we should not fall into it. This will not only bring bad name to the candidate, but also for other candidates and the party,” said a candidate from West Delhi.

Private companies to build toilets in New Delhi as part of CSR

Far-flung and less-developed areas in New Delhi Parliamentary constituency could soon have public toilet facilities built by private companies as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.The initiative taken by New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi in her constituency under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan seeks to bring in public-private-partnership for building toilets in public places. Besides urban areas, it will benefit residents of rural and slum areas, JJ colonies and undeveloped bastis, among others.”This is part of the Clean India campaign and we wanted to bring in this PPP (public-private-partnership) model of operation, whereby private companies could partner with the government in building toilets in the area,” Lekhi told PTI.She said that initially she had started with PSUs for building public conveniences in city area, but now the focus is more on the rural and far-off places. “We are now focusing on getting such facilities in semi-urban and far-flung areas, slums and bastis where sanitation is an issue. Also in Delhi Cantonment areas, among others,” she said.Lekhi said her office had approached civic and urban bodies for getting NOC (no-objection certificate) for starting the project and the DDA had recently also issued a notification, allowing such projects to be carried out in areas under its administration. “Yes, we have been approached by MLAs and MPs for issuing NOC for projects like building toilets in the city by public representatives in partnership with private companies as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR),” DDA Vice-Chairman Balvinder Kumar said.Lekhi said the project is “likely to be implemented after the Delhi Assembly elections only, as I am busy with other pressing engagements for the time being”.Adopting the Old Pillanji Village in her constituency as part of Centre’s ‘Adarsh gram Yojana’ in September last year, she had promised to work on the sanitation, drainage and roads in order to develop it fully as a model village.Lekhi, also a member of the New Delhi Municipal Council, the civic body under her constituency said, the council was working to make NDMC area a “solar city” with solar roof-tops panels on government buildings.

Congress terms AAP B-team of BJP

Delhi Congress on Saturday attacked the Aam Admi Party saying it was a B-team of BJP whose only purpose of fighing the election was to cut into the votes of the party to help BJP.”The people of Delhi have fully understood the real face of AAP party convener Arvind Kejriwal. The sole purpose of the AAP in fighing the election was to cut into the votes of the Congress to help BJP,” Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president Arvinder Singh said addressing workers’ convention at Mustafabad Assembly constituency in east Delhi. Referring to the recent clashes in Trilokpuri, Singh said that they had inflicted terrible losses on the people living there, and the BJP leaders and Kejriwal had no time to spare to console the affected people in Trilokpuri.He said only the Congress leaders, under his leadership, had reached there to share the grief of the affected. Singh also referred to the demolitions in Rangpuri Pahari, and said that it was at the direction of BJP government that they were done forcing women and children to sleep under an open sky during the coldest winter. “Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, along with several Congress leaders, rushed to the venue, and shared the grief of the affected people following which Delhi Lt Governor had issued an order not to displace the poor people living there,” he said.Mateen Ahmed and Minority Cell chairman Khurshid Ahmed said the RSS was spreading venom in the country, and the BJP leaders were trying to divide the country on communal and casteist lines. “The policies of the BJP and the AAP party are against the interest of poor people,” said a statement by the party which also appealed to people to vote for Congress in the coming Delhi Assembly elections. The party also held a meeting of people from Uttarakhand at the DPCC office, Rajiv Bhawan, here today wherein they pledged their full support to Congress.

Delhi Polls: AAP drops Wazirpur candidate for ‘hiding facts’

A day after declaring its last list of candidates for the Delhi Assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday dropped its Wazirpur candidate for “hiding certain facts”.The party dropped Suresh Bhardwaj as a large section of the supporters expressed their “displeasure” over the decision, AAP leader Ashutosh said in a press conference here. Rajesh Gupta will now be contesting from Wazirpur constituency on AAP ticket, he added. According to sources, the decision came following an internal investigation conducted by the party over a complaint received against Bhardwaj.”This candidate was given preference over others because of the positive feedback received by the party but despite this there were reports that Bhardwaj had hid certain facts,” the party sources said. “When confronted he could not give a satisfactory answer after which a decision was taken to change the candidate,” the sources added.The party also tweeted, “AAP has dropped Mr Suresh Bhardwaj from its list following some prima facie negative report received against him from the area”. The party said that this is not the first time it has withdrawn a candidate as during the last Lok Sabha elections it had withdrawn a “series of candidates”. During the last Assembly polls, the party had dropped its Rajouri Garden candidate Pritpal Singh Saluja but couldn’t withdraw his name as the last date of withdrawal of names was already over.

Make Delhi safe for women this year: Arvind Kejriwal

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday appealed to make Delhi a safer place for women this year, as in 2014 Delhi’s trial courts witnessed an “alarming rise” in cases of sexual offences against women and children.”May 2015 be a year where we make Delhi safe for women,” Kejriwal tweeted.The party has made women security a major issue in the upcoming Delhi Assembly election and has announced a slew of measures for their safety.