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Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s office burgled: Documents, computers allegedly stolen

New Delhi: Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia’s office was burgled late night on Thursday, the city police said.

File photo. PTI

File photo of Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. PTI

“There was a robbery at the Patparganj office of Deputy CM late night on Thursday. The exact time is not yet known,” deputy commissioner of police (East) Omvir Singh said.

“The district forensic team has lifted finger-prints from the crime scene,” Singh said.

“The office was being shifted and most of the articles were already moved. However, some documents and two computers were stolen,” he added.

Aam Aadmi Party worker Pankaj Singh told IANS that the lock of the office was broken and some documents, including letterheads as well as CPUs of two computers, were missing.

“The burglers also turned away the CCTV cameras and took away the DVRs that had the recordings,” Upendra Kumar, who is in-charge of the party office, said. The police, along with a dog squad, came to Sisodia’s office on Friday morning to investigate the theft, he added.

First Published On : Dec 30, 2016 12:21 IST

Motion adopted in LS to suspend AAP MP Bhagwant Mann for rest of winter session

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A motion to suspend AAP MP Bhagwant Mann for remaining days of winter session has been adopted in Lok Sabha. Holding him guilty of putting the security of Parliament House and its occupants at risk, a parliamentary committee probing the videography issue has recommended suspension of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Lok Sabha MP Bhagwant Mann for the rest of the winter session. The committee in its report has held that the conduct of 43-year-old Mann, who had landed in a controversy in July after live-streaming from Parliament House on social media, was “highly objectionable” which shows him “bereft of basic knowledge, etiquettes and responsibilities of the office he holds”.BJP member Kirit Somaiya, who heads the 9-member panel constituted in July, tabled the report in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. It rejected Mann’s apology saying his statements to the panel were contradictory with the MP from Sangrur denying the charge that he had breached the Parliament’s security arrangements.Among these issues, it said, are “poor quality” images captured by the CCTV. “The committee, therefore, after due deliberations, recommends that Bhagwant Mann, MP, may be suspended for the remaining period of the current session i.e. the tenth session of the 16th Lok Sabha,” it said. The session is scheduled to end on December 16.The parliamentary panel said Mann did not take a coherent and consistent stand and it was only after being granted repeated opportunities to explain the “inherent contradictions” in his replies that he chose to correct himself. However, despite tendering unconditional apology he reiterated his earlier claims in which he denied that he breached security arrangements of Parliament House.”The committee feels that the same contradictions are repeatedly surfacing again and again in Mann’s communications and therefore the tendering his apology to it cannot be treated as unconditional apology,” it said.Asking him to refrain from such misdemeanour, the committee in its recommendations impressed upon him the “utmost need for strict adherence to norms and standards of etiquette, due compliance of the rules of procedure and well settled rich traditions of Parliament….” Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had constituted the committee on July 25.In a nearly 12-minute video, apparently shot on July 21, Mann gives a running commentary as his vehicle crosses security barricades and enters Parliament. Mann then enters a room where questions to be taken up inside Parliament were being sorted and describes the process.

AAP rally held in Benaulim seat for Goa Assembly Elections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the run up to Goa legislative assembly elections, politically important Benaulim constituency witnessed a rally taken out by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Royla Fernandes.”AAP is the only party to begin its campaigning here, even as other political outfits are yet to decide their candidates. The first round of door-to-door campaigning in the constituency is completed,” Fernandes, an architect-turned-politician said on Wednesday. The rally was held on Sunday.The Catholic voter dominated constituency in south Goa, next to Margao town, was traditionally a Congress bastion until it was won by Goa Vikas Party candidate Caetan Silva during the 2012 Assembly election. “The door-to-door campaign of AAP in Benaulim began prior to Arvind Kejriwal’s rally held on May 22 in Goa. All volunteers have knocked every door in the village,” Fernandes said.She said the AAP volunteers have heard the problems faced by people in this constituency and would be suggesting practical solution for them. “We are touched by desire of the people to fight corruption and people are joining in this revolution for clean and honest politics,” Fernandes added.AAP has announced its 30 candidates who will be contesting the upcoming assembly election in Goa. The party has decided to field candidates in all the 40 constituencies.

Opposition’s dilemma: How to cash in on public resentment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as Opposition parties see a perfect opportunity to cash in on the public inconveniences caused due to demonetization, to take on the government, there is visible disquiet within their ranks as, on how to raise the issue without being seen siding with black money hoarders.After both Houses of Parliament finally adjourned for the day on Friday, several Congress, Left, and JD(U) leaders were seen hurdled in the corridor away from the prying eyes of media discussing the fall out of their attack on the government. The leaders were at pains to make out that unlike the Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party, they were only against the mismanagement and the ill preparedness of the government to keep up with the demand of exchanged banned notes. The TMC and the AAP are demanding the complete roll back of the process.A Congress leader said while it is a godsend opportunity to highlight bad execution of the demonetization, but there is a scare also that a message was also going around that they were also opposed to the objective of the scheme. A break to the Opposition unity had come early, when on the first day of Parliament, TMC, AAP, and the Shiv Sena were left alone to march to the Rashtarpati Bhawan. The Opposition MPs also say they were aware that the government was biding its time. The ministers are closely watching and waiting for things to improve. Therefore, over past two days, the Opposition parties deliberately didn’t question the demonetization policy, but focused the attack on PM’s silence and his absence from Parliament.They are fearing that Modi will have something up his sleeve to handle public anger, with speculations already rife that there could be a cut in income tax rates .

Demonetisation | AAP siding with black money hoarders: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP hit back at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday over his allegations that demonetisation of high currency notes was a “huge scam”, saying the AAP was siding with the “black money hoarders”.”Allegations of Arvind Kejriwal are not taken seriously by anybody today because he does not owe any responsibility to people to offer any proof for probe of these allegations,” BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said.”Every allegation made (by Kejriwal) today is completely baseless,” he said, adding Kejriwal, who claims that he is against corruption and black money hoarders, has shifted to the “other side”.”Kejriwal is standing today with the black money hoarders,” he charged. The Delhi Chief Minister is criticising a move which has largely been hailed as a “reform and a frontal attack on corruption and black money,” he added.”Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party also seem to have become a victim of the surgical strike (on corruption and black money,” Rao said. Kejriwal had charged that the demonetisation move was a “huge scam”, alleging BJP had told all its “friends” about it much before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement and demanded immediate roll back of the demonetisation.To substantiate his claim, he alleged that a BJP leader was seen with new notes of Rs 2,000 on social media days before the Prime Minister announced withdrawing high value currency.Responding to this allegation, the BJP spokesperson said, “Kejriwal does not have anything to substantiate…he is not only crying about loss of his public image because of his own undoing but also crying a lot about political and financial bankruptcy as a result of the reform measures.” Rao also alleged that Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party had “stopped” giving information about the people who are donating money for their party, adding that, “it has gone completely off their website. AAP finances are completely hazy.”

BJP’s Delhi spokesperson Poonam Azad to join AAP on November 13

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aam Aadmi Party senior leader Sanjay Singh on Tuesday said the wife of suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirti Azad and three-time BJP national executive member Poonam Azad will be joining the party on November 13. Briefing the media, Singh said, “We were in touch with Poonam Azad ji. Since long she has wanted to become a member of the Aam Aadmi Party family. And today, after officially talking to her, she has agreed to join the party on November 13.””She has had a long career in the Bharatiya Janata Party. She has also contested for elections in the past. It was her great initiative to gather the people of Purvanchal with Delhi, being a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party.And I feel, when she will join the AAP, our party will gain strength. And after her joining the party, the people of Purvanchal and women will join the party,” he added.Azad is currently the BJP’s Delhi unit spokesperson and has served as its vice-president in the past. She has been facing growing marginalisation in the party for some years after having earlier been a member of the BJP National Executive thrice. Kirti Azad, who currently represents Darbhanga in the Lok Sabha was suspended by the BJP in 2015 for publicly targeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

OROP death: HC reserves order on pleas against AAP govt’s decision to give Rs 1 cr to kin of Grewal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved order on pleas against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government decision to give Rs 1 crore to kin of ex-armyman Ram Kishan Grewal who committed suicide last week in the national capital.​ A PIL was moved in Delhi High Court challenging Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to award Rs one crore compensation and a job to the family Grewal.The public interest litigation (PIL) has also opposed Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s decision to declare Grewal as a martyr.Retired Army Subedar Grewal had allegedly committed suicide over the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ (OROP) issue.The plea has been filed by adovcate Avadh Kaushik who has on two earlier occasions challenged Delhi government’s similar decisions granting compensation and government job to kin of individuals who had committed suicide.One matter related to Delhi government’s April 28, 2015 decision to accord “martyr” status to Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh Kalyanwat who had allegedly hung himself at an AAP rally at Jantar Mantar here on April 22, 2015.The second was regarding AAP government’s February 24 decision to award a job on compassionate grounds to the brother of Rohith Vemula, a Hyderabad University Dalit scholar who had committed suicide in January.In all these matters, Kaushik has taken the ground that these individuals have committed suicide attempting which is a crime under the Indian Penal Code.

Delhi: AAP MLA Rituraj Govind arrested for assault during Chhat puja

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police on Sunday arrested Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Kirari Rituraj Govind, who has been accused of assault during Chhath Puja celebrations along the Yamuna river bank in his constituency.Rituraj has been arrested on charges of apprehension of breach of peace during Chhath pooja.A day ago, Rituraj had claimed that he was detained for trying to conduct puja at a heritage site along the Yamuna river bank, even as the police said the legislator was only called for a “discussion”.According to him, he was trying to build a ghat at Nithari talaab near the expressway on the occasion of Chhat puja. Local villagers objected to by his move even as he said that the construction of the ghat was funded by the Delhi government.However, the police said CrPC section 144 (prohibiting assembly of more than four people) was imposed in the ghat area, which is a heritage property, since Sunday morning in view of the Chhat puja and the MLA had allegedly violated the order. The prohibitory order will remain in place till November 7, they said.The MLA alleged that there was minor stone-pelting by a group of villagers, which was led by a local BJP activist.

AAP MLA claims detention, police say called for ‘discussion’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Aam Aadmi Party MLA,on Saturday, claimed that he was detained for trying to conduct puja at a heritage site along the Yamuna river bank, even as the police said the legislator was only called for a “discussion”.According to Kirari MLA Rituraj Govind, he was trying to build a ghat at Nithari talaab near the expressway on the occasion of Chhat puja along the river bank in his constituency. His move was objected to by the local villagers even as he said that the construction of the ghat was funded by the Delhi government. However, the police said CrPC section 144 (prohibiting assembly of more than four people) was imposed in the ghat area, which is a heritage property, since this morning in view of the Chhat puja and the MLA had allegedly violated the order. The prohibitory order will remain in place till November 7, they said.The MLA alleged that there was minor stone-pelting by a group of villagers, which was led by a local BJP activist. “I have been detained for over three hours now,” the MLA said from Aman Vihar police station. The police insisted it was a discussion and neither was the MLA detained nor arrested. “He was trying to build a ghat at a heritage property which is not permitted by law. The locals are also against using the heritage property for Chhath Puja. “He arrived there today and there was tension in the area. We were present at the site and eased the situation.The MLA is there in the Aman Vihar police station because we are trying to explain to him that it is against the provision of law to use the heritage property for Chhath puja,” said a senior police officer.

BJP seeks explanation from Kejriwal over AAP’s ‘illegal’ funding

Fri, 14 Oct 2016-10:04am , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday sought an answer from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on the recent reports of using government funding on ad campaign. “Arvind Kejriwal must come up and answer on this funding issue, as why so much of fiasco is taking place? Why so many complaints are coming?” BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said. Hussain further said that AAP members are habitualized on slapping allegations against others but don’t feel the need to provide an answer to the controversies surrounding their own party. As per reports, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has reportedly used Rs 1.5 crore from the annual budget of Delhi for the campaigns in Punjab and Goa. Kejriwal hit the headlines again recently when a national news channel revealed documents showing use of Rs 1.58 crore by AAP on advertising in its election campaigns.

LG Najeeb Jung in tussle with Delhiites, not the CM: Kejriwal

Sun, 9 Oct 2016-07:40pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid escalating confrontation between the Delhi government and Lieutenant General Najeeb Jung, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged that Jung is not in a tussle with him but with the entire city, farmers and women. His comments came a day after he appealed to Jung not to cancel the public welfare decisions taken by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government since it came to power in February 2015.The Chief Minister had on Saturday accused the Centre of starting a process to declare “null and void” all Delhi government’s decisions taken in the last one-and-a-half-year through the Lt Governor.

Another turf war: Lt Gov Najeeb Jung slaps notice against illegal Mohalla Clinics in Delhi

New Delhi: Even though the joint battle against the chikungunya epidemic, declared by the Delhi government and the Lt Governor is yet to be won, the turf war between the two resurfaced again on Friday after the latter slapped notices on the government for building Mohalla Clinics illegally.

Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind KejriwalLt. Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

The reemergence of the battle for domain adds much to the woes of the Delhites, struck by chikungunya outbreak, queuing in the Mohalla Clinics to avail free medicines, advice and diagnostic tests. The new stand-off came to public glare after the Delhi Chief Minister posted a news item on his Facebook page, about the slapping of notices by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung for allegedly building Mohalla Clinics without permission of the MCD. The news item also says that some of the Mohalla Clinics are being built blocking footpaths.

The tug of war that has put the common man at the receiving end is seen with much bitterness.

“When the question is of public service, I think that minor deviations from rule should be over looked. Mohalla Clinics are doing great public service by providing us free medicine, free medical advice and free tests. If the Lt Governor must evict such a facility, then an alternative to it has to be given to us for meeting our medical needs,” saïd Deepak Katyal, a resident of Patparganj.

Jung issued notices to the Chief Secretary and PWD Secretary of the Delhi government after the MCD complaint to him about the deviations, said a report.

North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Sanjeev Nayyar told Firstpost that the Delhi government is setting up structures wherever it wants, just to show that it is doing something.

“Structures are built blocking footpaths in the name of Mohalla Clinics. What do they want to prove?”he asked.

He also said that the Delhi government has made one Mohalla Clinic in Paschim Vihar where already three dispensaries — one run by Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the other two by the Central government and the Delhi government itself — already exist within half a kilometre of each other.

“Do they want to close the dispensary run by the Delhi government and run the Mohalla Clinic there?” he questioned.

“Law will take its own course,” he said when asked what the MCD plans to do after serving of notice, hinting that these structures may be evicted.

Nayyar said that the Aam Aadmi Party hardly listens to anyone. Hence, he said the MCD is left with not many options.

“They even ask for proof of surgical strikes. What can one expect from them,” he said.

Hinting that the move against Mohalla Clinic is a mere turf war, Abhishek Kumar, an Aam Aadmi Party functionary, said that there is hardly any such clinic made on the footpaths.

“When a Mohalla Clinic is built, due suggestions from the local residents and local MLA is taken. I do not think that the local residents will allow it to be built on the footpaths. It is utterly wrong to say that Mohalla Clinics exist on footpaths,” he said.

Kumar said that Mohalla Clinics are generally built in areas where people want a government health facility near to their dwelling places.

“In most cases, Mohalla Clinics are built where there is no health facility,” he said.

But he could not tell for sure whether all the Mohalla Clinics had permission from MCD.

He also said that patients flow to the Mohalla Clinics continue as the battle against chikungunya is still not won.

On the other hand, a local resident of Peeragarhi who did not wish to be named said that evicting Mohalla Clinics will make no sense. For in Delhi, a number of illegal colonies were regularised in the past, so there is no point in evicting Mohalla Clinics.

“After all Mohalla Clinics are providing great service to the poor for whom healthcare expense is unbearable,” he said.

Mumbai Police suspects AAP’s involvement in case alleging harassment by gau rakshaks

Two days after sending Mumbai ad professional Barun Kashyap Bhuyan to police custody, for allegedly faking harassment at the hands of gau rakshaks in Mumbai, the police is reportedly planning to question Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Preeti Sharma Menon and former VJ Raghu Ram for aiding and abetting the accused, under the Indian Penal Code, suggesting a possible conspiracy from the political party.


Barun Kashyap Bhuyan. Facebook

Menon has been a vocal supporter of Bhuyan and has been helping him seek legal counsel in the matter. Ram, on the other hand, had helped Bhuyan reach out to Menon.

In a report published in The Indian Express, Menon had harboured Bhuyan at her residence, while the police was out looking for him. “We would want to know why Preeti Sharma Menon gave refuge to a wanted accused. It amounts to aiding and abetting under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and she would soon be summoned,” the report said, quoting a senior police official from Amboli police station in Andheri, where the case is currently registered.

The 24-year-old ad professional was arrested on 4 October by a policeman named Daya Nayak from Menon’s car in Chembur along with her driver. He was then sent to police custody till 8 October by Andheri court.

According to the report, the police are also probing if Bhuyan is associated with the Aam Aadmi Party, since he lived in Delhi till 2014, and if he concocted the entire incident. He had previously used social media to share his angst on cow vigilantes, the report quoted the official.

Meanwhile, Menon has lashed out on reports alleging AAP’s hand in Bhuyan faking the alleged harassment by gau rakshaks with a statement on Twitter, where she clarified that Bhuyan is not an AAP member.

She also alleged Nayak of spreading misinformation in the media, citing contradictions in the news reports including him staying overnight at her house while the police was searching for him. “They made an absurd claim that my driver told them he picked up BKB (Barun Kashyap Bhuyan) on Sunday with me from Masjid Bunder and then BKB stayed with me. Firstly my driver had the day off on Sunday. Secondly, I had my whole team over for a meeting at my place for almost the entire day. BKB came early evening and left later. My driver told them he first saw BKB in my house on Monday morning. Yet they lie to the media,” she says.

However, according to news reports, the police has found discrepancies in Bhuyan’s statement about the time he left for work, and the time he reached office. News reports claim that this is proven by feeds from CCTV cameras placed outside his house and office.

Menon, however, alleged that the police noted a wrong time in the report. “The police claim they have footage of start and end but all cameras en route were conveniently not working. They further claim, very conveniently, that Amboli cameras also stopped working 10 days ago,” she said in the statement.

Firstpost had reported on 21 August and 5 September that Bhuyan had filed a complaint at Amboli police station of an alleged harassment for carrying a leather bag by an autorickshaw driver and two unidentified men believed to be gau rakshaks.

Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav form ‘Swaraj India’ party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav on Sunday announced the formation of a new political party called Swaraj India.In April last year, the AAP expelled senior leaders Bhushan and Yadav for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities. The decision to sack them from the party was taken by the AAP?s National Disciplinary Committee (NDC).The duo co-founded then Swaraj Abhiyan, a socio-political body, to ‘take forward the anti-corruption movement.’Earlier, on Jul 31, addressing the concluding session of a two-day Abhiyan national convention here, Yadav had announced the launching of the new political party by October 2 to provide an “alternative political vehicle”. Later, a committee was formed to look into the details of the new political party.Yadav had said, “We were never secretive about going political. A decision to launch a political party was taken with nearly 93 per cent of the delegates at the convention overwhelmingly supporting it. Yadav, however, had clarified that Swaraj Abhiyan will continue to exist even after the new political party is launched and the two will function independently.It had parried questions on whether the new party will contest the Assembly elections in five states, including Punjab, which are going to polls next year. Yadav and Bhushan were sacked from Aam Aadmi Party in April last year for “anti-party” activities. They had hit out at AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal questioning his “supremo style of working” and “lack of transparency” in the party.

Visitors banned from taking photo, video of Parliament House Complex

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Visitors to Parliament House complex would henceforth not not be able to take photographs or shoot a video. An order to this effect has been brought in force through a recent circular.In the circular, Yogesh Deshmukh, Joint Secretary (Security), Parliament House, has said the complex is “one of the most threatened places” in the country. The order prohibits photography and shooting of videos in the complex by visitors, officers and staff of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Secretariat, and allied agencies.Prohibiting photography and video recording is part of the “strategic security arrangements”, he said. He said officers and visitors permitted with mobile phones are also “strictly prohibited” from taking any type of photo or recording video inside the complex.In July, Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann had triggered a controversy by posting a video on social media of Parliament’s security pickets and internal security positions.

AAP MLA held on sexual harassment charges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA, Amanatullah Khan on charges of sexually harassing his sister-in-law. This is the second time Khan has been arrested by the Delhi Police in the last three months. He was later produced at the Saket Court and sent to one day judicial custody.”Khan was asked to join the investigation at the office of DCP (Southeast). He was then arrested on charges of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation in the afternoon,” said joint commissioner of Police, RP Upadhyay.Khan had gone to the Jamia Nagar police station a few days back and asked the police to arrest him but they refused. He was currently out on bail in connection with another case of molestation and criminal intimidation.Khan claimed that he was called for a “general discussion” at the DCP office but was arrested. “Came here at @DCP OFFICE Sarita Vihar for general discussion.but they arrested me #Delhi Police (sic),” he tweeted.On a complaint by Khan’s sister-in-law, a case under IPC sections 354A (sexual harassment), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) was registered at the Jamia Nagar police station against him and the woman’s husband.Khan was arrested on July 24 on a complaint by a Jasola resident who alleged that he tried to mow her down after she visited his residence to raise the issue of power cuts. He was released on bail on July 28.Fifteen AAP MLAs have been booked by the Delhi Police till now on various charges and 12 have been arrested.

AAP doesn’t have money to fight election: Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aam Aadmi Party does not have money to fight election despite running Delhi government, AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal has said.”It would look odd but it is true that despite a one-and-half year of governance in Delhi, AAP does not have money to fight election. I can show you my bank account, even party does not have money,” Kejriwal told a group of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes members in South Goa last evening.However, AAP has already begun campaigning for the forthcoming Punjab and Goa polls.”When we contested in Delhi, it is the people who fought the election. AAP is a platform for everyone to fight for their better future,” the Delhi Chief Minister said.He said similar should be situation in Goa where local people will fight the polls.Kejriwal said if AAP gets elected in the state, there will not be a “high command” culture.”Goans will govern in Goa. That is why even the (poll) manifesto is being drafted by Goans. I will not dictate manifesto, people of Goa will decide,” he said.The Delhi CM said his visits to Goa are “only to understand the issues”.On the alleged rampant sale of narcotics in Goa, he said “if the state government wants, the drugs can stop in Goa in next one hour”.He alleged that the nexus between drug peddlers, policemen and politicians has kept the trade alive.”Money is being paid to politicians through policemen,” he claimed.

Arvind Kejriwal says AAP will win 35 of Goa’s 40 seats

Taking a break from his gruelling schedule, Dominic Pereira soaks in the moist sea breeze as he rests on a bench opposite the Colva beach. Pereira, a local auto-driver was one of the many Goans, who whole-heartedly voted for a change in the last 2012 assembly elections –the BJP won xx of the 40 seats there.However, as five years draw to a close, Pereira seems clearly disappointed with the way things have panned out.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There was no development in Goa for so many years of Congress rule. Fed up of them, we Goans decided to give BJP a chance. But they have not done anything for us,” Pereira says, as he waits for a commuter.”Nothing has improved after they came into power. What they have done is to put up tens of traffic police at our village, who keep fining us on petty excuses,” Sailesh Mazgaonkar, a fellow auto driver.As Goa gears up for assembly elections next year, it is this gap left by the BJP that gives an edge to other political parties – both the new entrant Aam Aadmi Party as well as the traditional Congress.While the AAP, with its national ambitions, will contest elections in Goa, Punjab and Gujarat next year, the Congress, struggling to retain its presence across the states, is planning to use the void to make a comeback to the state.However, most locals dna spoke to in the Margao, Betalbatim, Benaulim and Majorda areas of south Goa, said while Congress still has a loyal base in Goa, it is the AAP which is emerging as a strong contender in the state, its pro-poor image striking a chord with the locals.”Looks like they (AAP) are lot doing of good things for the poor people of Delhi. We read about them in the newspapers. Goans can give them a chance in the elections,” said Derrel Faleiro, a local fisherman.”However, the final decision on which political party to vote will depend on what our village head, depending on their campaigns as the dates approach,” Faleiro asserted.Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal during his two-day visit to Goa on Tuesday said, “We are sure of winning 35 out of 40 seats in Goa. Our first priority is to curb corruption.”The Aam Aadmi Party chief met members of the fishermen community and will interact with youths during the trip.Pankaj Gupta, general secretary of AAP, who is spearheading the party’s campign in Goa, said the main problem with Goa is that it has somehow lost its identity because of the misrule in the last few years.”Issues like corruption, garbage problem, drug abuse are rampant in Goa. It is where we want to chip in to make a change,” Gupta told dna.Gupta said the AAP’s Goa campaign will primarily focus on its anti-corruption plank, something that had paid the party richly during Delhi assembly elections.”CM Laxmikant Parsekar had reinstated his tainted brother-in-law. He had also given away an entire village land in his constituency for commercial purposes. People of Goa are very upset with the BJP’s corrupt practices,” Gupta said.

Who else curbs corruption with a Snapchat filter? Twitter goes berserk over Kejriwal’s flowery head gear in Goa

In a bid to pitch the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as a firm alternative to ‘corrupt’ Congress and the BJP in the upcoming 2017 Goa Assembly polls, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday met the members of fishermen community in Vasco and assured his support to them.Kejriwal visited the house of Custodio D’souza , President, old cross fishing canoe owners society at Khadewada, and said BJP and Congress were two sides of the same coin, adding, ‘both parties are totally corrupt. However, Twitter went berserk when they saw Arvind Kejriwal’s head gear which appeared to look like a crown of flowers. Here’s what they said: <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’‘What happened in Delhi will happen in Goa. People have seen that BJP and Congress are two faces of the same coin.. Earlier, people did not have an alternative, but now they have. And we have seen it in Delhi’Even in Delhi we had said that we will not let peoples’ livelihood affected,’ he said.Kejriwal, who was seen donning a crown of flowers while interacting with the fishermen, told them that they would be real decision makers if AAP is voted to power in Goa. ‘Just like it is in Delhi,’ he added.When asked about his expectations from AAP’s first electoral battle in Goa, Kejriwal said, ‘We will win 35 out of 40 seats.’‘I have come here to meet the fishermen and listen to their problems. The Aam Aadmi party is not a party but a movement against corruption. It is a movement for the rights of common people. These people are raising issues related to their livelihood. They are saying that illegal dredging and other issues are affecting their lives,’ Kejriwal told media.The current term of the Goa Legislative Assembly ends on March 18, 2017. It is expected that the Election Commission schedule might announce the schedule of polls by January 2017.The last election had resulted in a 21 seat majority to the Bharatiya Janata Party led by Manohar Parrikar. Parrikar was elected as the Chief Minister, however, in 2014, he had to resign due to being nominated as Minister of Defence. Laxmikant Parsekar then took oath as Chief Minister as Parrikar’s successor. With inputs from agencies

Wifi in east Delhi by year end: AAP government

The Aam Aadmi Party government on Friday said over 500 locations across East Delhi will be made high-speed wifi zones by December 2016, allowing access to free internet till a specific limit daily, one of their a key poll promises.Vice-chairman of Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) of Delhi Ashish Khetan said the Wifi limit would suffice the average daily usage requirement under the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) rules. The project would be implemented by the Delhi IT department, for which tenders would be floated soon.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to Khetan 120 people can access Wifi at a time through each of the 1000 hot spots of the country.Khetan said that 3,000 more access points will be added if needed.”The tender will have details of free data usage limit. The benchmark would be average data usage by an individual per day as defined by TRAI,” Mr Khetan said.He said the Public Works Department is the nodal agency for the optic-fibre project, which he said was an essential pre-requisite for a smart city. Work has started in this regard, he added.

AAP to contest 2018 Madhya Pradesh elections: Ashutosh

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday announced it will contest the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections in 2018, alleging that the BJP government in the state has “failed on all fronts”.”We are going to contest 2018 MP Assembly elections. For this, our organisational structure with 10 youth for one booth will be in place by December 2016,” AAP leader Ashutosh told reporters.”The party has already decided to fight (the) Assembly elections in Gujarat and Goa,” he said, adding the party stands to gain abundantly in different parts of the state as Congress has now become a spent force.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ashutosh alleged that “rampant corruption is prevailing in MP and the ‘Vyapam scam’ stands witness to it”.”Lawlessness was prevailing in the state and the crime against women was highest in the state,” the AAP leader claimed.”The price of electricity was highest in MP, which was producing surplus energy. Delhi doesn’t generate power, but its price was too low in that state,” he said.”Health services are so bad that ants are eating dead bodies in Madhya Pradesh,” he said referring to three-day-old baby girl who died after allegedly being administered a vaccine in Indore District Hospital, and her body, kept in a morgue, was eaten by ants on June 6.

AAP to contest 2016 Madhya Pradesh elections

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced it will contest the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections in 2018, alleging that the BJP government in the state has “failed on all fronts”. “We are going to contest 2018 MP Assembly elections. For this, our organisational structure with 10 youth for one booth will be in place by December 2016,” AAP leader Ashutosh told reporters. “The party has already decided to fight (the) Assembly elections in Gujarat and Goa,” he said, adding the party stands to gain abundantly in different parts of the state as Congress has now become a spent force. Ashutosh alleged that “rampant corruption is prevailing in MP and the ‘Vyapam scam’ stands witness to it”. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Lawlessness was prevailing in the state and the crime against women was highest in the state,” the AAP leader claimed. “The price of electricity was highest in MP, which was producing surplus energy. Delhi doesn’t generate power, but its price was too low in that state,” he said. “Health services are so bad that ants are eating dead bodies in Madhya Pradesh,” he said referring to three-day-old baby girl who died after allegedly being administered a vaccine in Indore District Hospital, and her body, kept in a morgue, was eaten by ants on June 6.

Kamal Nath resigned fearing action in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case: AAP

Coming down heavily on Congress leader Kamal Nath after he resigned as the party’s in-charge of Punjab affairs, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader HS Phoolka on Thursday said the former resigned fearing action in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.”When he got to know that if case reopens he will be punished, he resigned from his post. But his resignation won’t end the murder charges. He should be given punishment for his deeds. We will pursue this matter so that he gets punishment,” Phoolka told ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Further escalating his attack, Phoolka said Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh are shielding Kamal Nath.”I challenge Badal that if you are not shielding Badal, then if the SIT has opened 75 cases, why is the case of Kamal Nath not opened. It should be opened immediately because the attack on Gurudwara Rakabganj Sahib is not a minor issue. This case should be reopened and within two months investigation should be completed and chargesheet should be issued against Kamal Nath,” he added.Echoing similar sentiments, another AAP leader Ashutosh told ANI that Kamal Nath’s resignation proved that the grand old party had accepted its involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.”This was continuously being said by the Aam Aadmi Party that by making him the in-charge of Punjab affairs, you don’t care about the people of the state. The Aam Aadmi Party has strongly opposed to it. There should be a probe in regard to his involvement in the massacre and the truth should get revealed and he should be punished,” he added.Kamal Nath resigned as the party’s general secretary in-charge of Punjab yesterday, a post he was given just two days ago, after the AAP, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused him of involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.In a letter addressed to Congress president Sonia Gandhi yesterday, Kamal Nath requested her to relieve him from his duties so that the attention of the party is not diverted from the real issues such as the ‘rampant drug trade’ in Punjab.Hoping that the party focuses on the upcoming elections rather than the furore over his appointment, he added that the Congress must highlight the issues of misgovernance, misery of farmers and youth, break down of law and order and rampant drug trade that caused misery to the people of Punjab.Several state Congress leaders and Nath himself had claimed that he had been absolved by the Nanavati Commission that probed the killings, which had followed the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, by her Sikh bodyguards. But the emotive issue could have rocked the boat of the Congress in the assembly elections that are barely six months away.Immediately since the appointment, the SAD, its partner BJP and the AAP were unsparing in their attack on Nath, who had admitted before the commission that he was present outside Gurdwara Rakabganj when a mob had set it on fire after killing a father-son duo on November 1, 1984.

Kejriwal hits out at Modi, Congress over secretary issue

The Aam Aadmi Party government on Wednesday hit back at the BJP and Congress over their demand to disqualify the 21 AAP legislators appointed as parliamentary secretaries. Addressing the media, chief minister Arvind Kerjriwal appointment of MLAs to the post of parliamentary secretaries is ‘legal’ when they do it but ‘illegal’ when AAP does it.“When BJP used to have parliamentary secretaries, then its ‘legal’ but when we do it, its illegal said Kejriwal.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kejriwal said that even during the Congress rule, the then chief minister Sheila Dixit appointed present Congress state unit chief Ajay Maken as a parliamentary secretary.However, the chief minister did not speak about his government’s decision to put forward the bill on the amendment to Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997 as an ordinary bill, while in all likelihood, it is a money bill. According to constitutional experts, a money bill requires prior approval of the lieutenant governor before being presented at the Delhi assembly.“The difference between the AAP and the Congress in this respect was the erstwhile Sheila Dixit government had passed the bill for appointment of parliamentary secretaries as a money bill with the approval of the LG, since there were monetary expenses on emoluments. But the AAP government, in order to surpass the LG, had not presented this bill as a money bill, because of which the President refused his assent,” an expert said.However, Kejriwal in the case of former BJP leader Sahib Singh Verma, rightly pointed out that he appointed a legislator as his parliamentary secretary in 1997, without taking the money bill route, taking the opposition on his side. “It is okay when the BJP does it. But when AAP does it, it becomes unconstitutional,” Kejriwal said, adding his predecessor Sheila Dixit had also appointed Ajay Maken as her parliamentary secretary when she was the chief minister. He went on to request Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi with ‘folded hands’ to target him instead of making the people of Delhi suffer.“Want to request Modiji with folded hands that do whatever you want to me but don’t let the people of Delhi suffer,” said Kejriwal.Kejriwal praised his team of parliamentary secretaries for their work towards the completion of 8,000 new classrooms and mohalla clinics. The Aam Aadmi Party is currently embroiled in a controversy over the appointment of 21 AAP MLAs as parliamentary secretaries after president Pranab Mukherjee rejected a draft bill proposing to exempt parliamentary secretary from “office of profit”.

Delhi Assembly sets up special panels for probe in DDCA, CNG scam

Delhi Assembly on Monday set up two special committees with nine members each to probe the alleged financial irregularities in Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) and the CNG-fitness scam. The committees, with all their members being Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, have been asked to submit their reports before the commencement of the sixth session of the sixth Legislative Assembly.The House adopted a resolution moved by AAP MLA Som Dutt to probe alleged financial irregularities and corruption in bodies including DDCA that are administering the games of cricket and hockey in the national capital.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Addressing the Assembly, AAP MLA Alka Lamba said that the Delhi government should inform the House whether the one-member committee earlier formed by it to probe irregularities including financial bunglings in the capital’s cricket body DDCA, are operational or not. She said several directors were appointed using the name of one person which indicates alleged irregularities.Another AAP MLA Sarita Singh said that instead of conducting raid at chief minister’s principal secretary office, probe agency should have raided the DDCA office.”The committee will look into working, management and administration (including alleged financial irregularities) of the bodies that are entrusted with administering and managing the affairs of cricket and hockey in Delhi,” the resolution said.In December, the Arvind Kejriwal government had appointed a one-member committee headed by former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium to probe the alleged irregularities in DDCA. The Delhi Cabinet had also called a one-day special session of the Assembly to discuss the issue.The decision to form the commission of inquiry had come amid the Aam Aadmi Party’s fierce attack on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over alleged irregularities in the DDCA during his 13-year tenure its chief. Jaitley had then strongly rubbished the allegations.The Delhi Assembly adopted another resolution which favours setting up of a nine-member special committee to probe alleged CNG fitness scam in which a number of officials of previous Sheila Dikshit government were under scanner.

AAP ready to face polls any time in Goa

The Aam Aadmi Party has said it is ready to face elections in Goa any time.The elections to the 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly are due in March next year.”People are so sick and tired of this BJP government. People can demand an early election as well,” AAP leader Ashish Khetan told PTI.”We are ready to face election anytime from now in all the constituencies,” he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AAP has already announced it will contest all the 40 constituencies of the state. Party’s national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also recently addressed a public rally in Panaji.Meanwhile, senior party leader Ashutosh expressed confidence that the party will form the government on its own in Goa after the polls.However, he also said that AAP would prefer to sit in opposition if it has to take help of any other political outfit to gain power.He said Kejriwal is likely to visit Goa at least once a month and later more frequently when the polls approach.Notably, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar had ruled out early polls in the state, saying he was not in favour of elections before completion of five years of the government.

Kejriwal in Goa: Will not spare my own children if they are involved in illegalities, says Delhi CM

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said he would not even spare his own children if they were found to be involved in illegalities.”Tomorrow even if my child is involved in illegality, I will not spare him (and) I will take stringent action against him,” Kejriwal said addressing a public meeting.Kicking off the The Aam Aadmi Party’s campaign for the Goa Assembly polls scheduled to be held in 2017. Kejriwal recalled how the AAP government (in Delhi) had dismissed its own Food minister from the Cabinet after he was caught demanding bribe.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kejriwal attacks Congress In his 40-minute speech, Kejriwal touched on the issue of liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s debt to the banks. The Delhi Chief Minister alleged that Congress had given Rs 9,000 crore subsidy to Mallya.”We gave (electricity) subsidy of Rs 1,400 crore which benefited 36 lakh families (in Delhi). But the Congress kept on criticising AAP government for the subsidy. We gave subsidy to help the common men, while Congress gave Rs 9,000 crore subsidy and that too for one person, Vijay Mallya,” he alleged.Taking a dig at BJP, Kejriwal said, “when the party came to power (at the Centre) they allowed him (Mallya) to run away so that he is not caught.”The Delhi Chief Minister further said his government has slashed down the power tariffs in Delhi to the second lowest as against highest in the country a year and half ago during Congress rule.”Then government was not heeding to the demand of the people that private firms providing electricity to Delhi were running scams. But when we came to power, we did the audit of their accounts through CAG which revealed Rs 8,000 crore scam,” Kejriwal claimed.”We want to take action against these power firms and recover the money but the case is pending in the Supreme Court. Once we win the case, we promise that Delhi’s power tariff would be reduced further,” he added.Anna never forced anyone to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’: Kejriwal”I remember the Anna andolan. I used to be on the stage with Annaji at Ramleela Maidan (in Delhi). He used to give one call for’Bharat Mata Ki’ and the entire country used to respond with Jai’,” Kejriwal said during a public meeting here where AAP began its campaign for the Goa Assembly elections scheduled in 2017.”He never had to threaten people to say it (Bharat Mata ki Jai). People used to say it from the heart,” the Delhi Chief Minister said.”Annaji used to say it once and the entire nation used to join him wholeheartedly irrespective of any religion. This is true patriotism,” he added.”Now some people have taken a contract of patriotism. They threaten people to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’,” he said.Kejriwal accuses BJP govt of ruining educational institutionsKejriwal also alleged that the BJP-led central government was trying to ruin various educational institutions across the country.”JNU is in bad shape. Hyderabad university (Hyderabad Central University) has become a war zone. The Centre is also hell bent in taking away minority status from Aligarh University and Jamia Milia varsity,” he alleged.Referring to the February 9 incident at JNU, Kejriwal accused BJP of “planting youths in the university campus to start riots”.”In JNU, five youths came, raised anti-national slogans and ran away. (Narendra) Modi-led government used it as an excuse and cracked down on JNU,” he alleged.”Why are you (the Centre) not arresting five youths who had raised slogans against the country. Modi government has Army, para-military force, Intelligence Bureau, RAW, CBI, ACB and Delhi Police but despite this they can’t arrest five youths. Their videos are there, their pictures are there,” he said.”They can be identified but till date they have not been arrested. Everyone suspects that they were planted by BJP to start riots in JNU,” Kejriwal alleged.

Unfazed by criticism over its focus on publicity, AAP government to appoint ‘communications consultant’

Unfazed by the severe criticism it drew on its alleged publicity overdrive and the expenses incurred in the process, the Aam Aadmi Party government has now decided to appoint a communication services firm.dna has learnt that the job of the ‘communication consultant’ –as advertised by the Delhi government– will be similar to that of a public relations agency.The selected firm will be responsible for creating content and disseminating government information– packaged well– to the people and the media, and will be paid anywhere between Rs3 crore and Rs5crore annually.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to sources, the government has received four applications.Communication has always been the priority of the AAP government, who has decided to allocate over Rs200 crore this budget for publicity as against Rs526 crore last financial year.Currently, the publicity activities for the Delhi government are carried out by a core team of Delhi government, which were also responsible for the two round of advertorials recently published in prominent dailies across the country. One of its departments, the directorate of information and publicity (DIP) is in charge of coordinating with the media.Last year, the Arvind Kejriwal government had formed its own ad agency ‘Shabdarth’ to manage government advertisements and release them to the media. The AAP also has a strong network of volunteers, who regularly publicise different schemes and achievements of the AAP government on social media.According to sources, the firm should have a communication adviser, a strategy & public affairs expert, a digital and social media expert, an editorial and content expert and a media management expert.”The job of the consultancy would be to set up a robust news desk to disseminate news and information regarding the various public welfare programmes, analyse the reports in print, electronic and other media about the government and its various functionaries,” a source said.”It will also provide information and updates on a regular basis to the national and international media, organise regular briefings to inform the media about the various initiatives of the government, invite the media for government events, and analyse the impact of various advertisement/awareness campaigns of the government,” the source said.The AAP government had constantly received criticism for its publicity overdrive, the latest instances being the phase II of the odd even scheme and its publicity campaigns in its first year in power, which went on for several days.An RTI reply on Sunday had revealed that he Delhi government disbursed a total amount of Rs14.56 crore for advertising in the print media from February 10 to May 11, included dailies from Kerala , Karnataka , Odisha and Tamil Nadu among others.

Punjab: Sec 144 imposed amid AAP protest against Badal govt

Ahead of the massive protest by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday against the state government at Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s residence here, section 144 has been imposed in Chandigarh as a precautionary measure. AAP has claimed that more than 50, 000 supporters will gherao the Chief Minister’s residence protesting against the 12,000cr food grain scam. The leaves of all personnel of the state police have been cancelled in the wake of the protest and Badal has cancelled all his engagements scheduled for today. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Badal’s adviser on national affairs Harcharan Bains said that the Chief Minister will remain available at his residence to receive any political leader or representatives for discussion on any issue concerning people of state.Describing the AAP as “a band of fugitives” and “anti-Punjab” elements, Badal has called upon the people of Punjab to beware of their “nefarious designs” and narrow political vested interest. Badal said the AAP has no definite agenda for the overall development and welfare of the state or its people. “Rather, their sole agenda is to rule Punjab by hook or crook just to satiate their lust for power,” he said.Exhorting people to give another opportunity to the SAD-BJP combine to serve them and to ensure all-round development and prosperity of all sections of society, Badal said, “It is evident from its Delhi model of governance that the inexperienced and novice AAP leadership will certainly land you in the soup, rather extending a helping hand. On the contrary, the SAD-BJP alliance is trusted and time-tested in which people can repose their faith, and have confidence in its policies and programmes.””How can you expect a new political party, which has not even known the hardships faced by the people at the grass-roots level to do justice with you? The SAD-BJP alliance was an all-weather friendship, which could feel the pulse of people besides resolving their grievances to their satisfaction,” said Badal.Accusing the AAP of fiddling with the sentiments of the innocent people of Punjab, Badal said this was not only deplorable, but also highly unethical. He said political outfits indulging in such gimmickry should refrain from it.

Arvind Kejriwal to announce draft bill of Statehood to Delhi today

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday will announce the draft bill of statehood to New Delhi and it will be made public to seek opinion and suggestions from people.The final draft will be tabled in the coming session of Delhi assembly and will be then sent to centre as the Statehood is subject to parliamentary approval.The Parliament needs to amend the NCT act for Statehood to Delhi.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, the then Home Minister LK Adwani had also tabled the Statehood Bill of Delhi in parliament as Statehood was a poll promise by all parties contesting in Delhi.It will also open another gateway of confrontation between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and the Centre as there are already many crucial bills pending before the MHA that awaits clearance to inaction as law in the capital.

Modi degree row: Why Arvind Kejriwal and AAP’s claims fall flat

Over the last few days, the Aam Aadmi Party claimed among other things that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s degrees – a BA from Delhi University and an MA from Gujarat University – were fake. This led BJP president Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to release his degrees to the public. However, this didn’t seem to deter the AAP who countered that the degree was fake.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Docs in DU have been sealed. BJP presents Farzi docs in a PC n gets real records sealed? Why? Implement CIC order. Allow inspection,” Kejriwal tweeted. Earlier, addressing a press conference, AAP leader Ashutosh said Modi’s name does not match with what has been mentioned in the BA marksheet and the MA degree and claimed there were discrepancies in the year of passing as well. “Nakal ke liye bhi akal ki zarurat hai (One needs brains even to copy). The BA marksheet is dated 1978 while the degree is of the year 1979. His name in the BA marksheet is Narendra Kumar Damodardas Modi while in Masters degree, it is Narendra Damoderdas Modi,” said the AAP leader. He further said, “1975 marksheet has the PM’s name as Narendra Kumar Damodardas Modi, the 1976 one spells it as Narendra Damoderdas Modi and the 1977 one spells it as Narendra Damodardas Mody. “His MA degree says he had done his post-graduation in ‘Entire Political Science’. Is that even possible ? There are a lot of glaring discrepancies in his degrees and masters’ degree,” said Ashutosh. “If degree is of the same student, why did the name and the roll no. change from 1977 to 1978? Was there a change of name executed? Why was there a change of roll no.?” it asked.It also alleged that the roll number was missing from the MA certificate. “The degree in 1983 appears to have been prepared by someone who doesn’t usually do the task; missing roll no. and use of extraneous ‘Entire’ is glaring,” it said. The AAP said its leaders will visit Delhi university’s Chief Public Information Officer’s office tomorrow to get details of Modi’s BA degree and even asked Shah and Jaitley to join them.The AAP raised these questions on their social media handle as well. AAP Question 1. Are the marksheets from 1977 and 1978 of the same student or different students? (note: MODY vs MODI and extra KUMAR in the first marksheet)Explanation: The main argument seems to be that the spelling of Narendra Modi’s name has changed. However, as anyone who has ever had a brush with the authorities knows that these clerical errors are inevitable. Even the extra Kumar is often added to the names of many individuals, as is in some other cases one’s father’s name becomes a middle name. In fact, we’ve had admit cards handed out to cows in the past! The Delhi University also said that the two different roll numbers which were allotted to Modi in 1977 and 1978, and his name ‘Narendra Kumar Damodar Das Mody’, which was seen on the marksheet in AAP leader Ashutosh on TV was a spelling mistake, reported India Today, a phenomenon not totally alien to the AAP leader. AAP Question 2. If the same student, why did the name and the roll no. change from 1977 to 1978. Was there a change of name executed? Why was there a change of roll no.?Explanation: The DU clarified that the two roll numbers was a mistake, along with the spelling of his name. AAP Question 3. The degree in 1983 appears to have been prepared by someone who doesn’t usually do the task; missing roll no. and use of extraneous “Entire” is glaring.While we’ve no comment on the insinuation that the degree in 1983 was prepared by ‘someone who doesn’t usually do the task’, the use of the term ‘entire’ can be explained by the fact that in the distance education mode, one is not bound by the inflexible system of a regular course. A professor who wished to remain anonymous explained that in distance education courses you can pass a ‘part’ of the exam and appear for the rest at your leisure. So, for example, a student doing a two-year course has five years to complete the course.AAP also had some queries about the total marks: Passed with those marks? How?Twitter User Raju Das explained the issue about the calculation:Meanwhile, the Gujarat University said Modi changed his name from “Narendrakumar Damodardas Modi,” which he used in admission form for MA Part I, to “Narendra Damodardas Modi” in MA Part II but everything is “genuine”. Acting Vice Chancellor of Gujarat University, Mahesh Patel told PTI, “Since he (Modi) had taken admission in MA Part I in 1981 on the basis of his DU degree, he used the name Narendrakumar Damodardas Modi. But when filling MA Part II form, he dropped ‘kumar’ and wrote Narendra Damodardas Modi in the form.””So his degree was issued on the basis of his name in MA Part II. Everything is genuine. Since there was no computerised system and everything was to be done manually, a candidate could charge his name slightly. Now that we have computerised system in place, so whatever the name of the candidate filled in admission form carries on in the second part as well,” he added.Patel said Modi obtained 237 marks out of 400 in MA Part I and 262 marks out of 400 in MA Part II.Hopefully, this answers all the questions raised by the Aam Aadmi Party about Modi’s degree. With agency inputs

AAP wants ‘Delhi model’ of governance in BJP-ruled MP

Aam Aadmi Party on Monday demanded cheap power, free medicines and water for the people of BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh on the lines of facilities provided by the party government in Delhi. “We demand cheap power, free medicines and water for the people of Madhya Pradesh the way it is being done for residents of Delhi,” AAP’s MP Unit Joint In-charge Ratnesh Gupta told reporters.Besides providing cheap power, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP Government is supplying 20,000 litres of free water per month and making available free treatment, medicines and diagnostic facilities at mohalla clinics (colony health centres) to the people in the national capital.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said the AAP will launch a programme to make people aware of their rights and take up issues related to farmers. “On the lines of Delhi, we are creating our organisation in Madhya Pradesh also. We already have a network up to the Vidhan Sabha level and whatever shortcomings are there will be addressed soon.”The AAP leader termed the ‘odd-even scheme’ in Delhi a success and said it is being praised by the people. If needed, the car rationing plan should be implemented in Bhopal and Indore too, he said.

Total prohibition not possible in Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday ruled out as impracticable the demand raised by opposition parties and social groups for imposition of a blanket ban on the sale of liquor in the state along the lines of Gujarat and Bihar, drawing the ire of Aam Aadmi Party.”It is not possible to clamp a ban on liquor all of a sudden. Even if it (the ban) is imposed then those habitual to drinking will not be able to quit it and they will arrange it (liquor) from here and there. It will also lead to problems,” Chouhan said, addressing a gathering at Bundelkhand’s Ranipura village under the ‘Gramodaya Se Bharat Uday’ programme.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The demand for banning sale on liquor in the state was raised by Congress and Aam Aadmi Party.”Those who consume liquor remain in a state of confusion that they are consuming liquor, but in fact it’s liquor which is consuming the drunkards… drunkenness is a cause for disaster,” he said.The Chief Minister said spreading awareness about ill-effects of drinking liquor is a better option than total prohibition.”The better option is to run an awareness campaign on the issue and let people take a vow that they will not drink. This will gradually reduce the number of liquor shops in the state and time will come when people would say that there is no one in the state who is a habitual drinker,” Chouhan said.However, AAP has criticised the CM’s statement.”The state government’s intention on the issue is not honest. If it (prohibition) is possible in Gujarat and Bihar then why not in Madhya Pradesh?” asked state AAP convener, Akshay Hunka.

Man who hurled shoe at Kejriwal was in touch with BJP leader, claims AAP

The AAP on Saturday claimed that Ved Prakash, the man who hurled shoe at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, was in touch with a senior Delhi BJP leader and the police should probe his call records.”AAP states with full responsibility that this attacker was in touch with the BJP, particularly with a leader of Delhi unit. The call records of this attacker should immediately be looked into by the Delhi Police and it will be crystal clear in a minute with whom this hoodlum was in touch. It will be better for the BJP to voluntarily disclose its link with the attacker and its paid front the so called Aam Aadmi Sena,” the party said in a statement.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reacting to the incident, BJP’s Delhi unit President Satish Upadhyay said that Kejriwal must realise the anguish of people against the traffic rationing scheme. “Whether it was stage managed or a real protest, hurling shoe on CM is wrong. But Kejriwal must realise anguish of Delhites against Odd-Even scam,” Upadhyay tweeted.Delhi Culture Minister Kapil Mishra demanded that Ved Prakash’s call records should be probed. “Call details of Ved Prakash should be probed. He called a BJP Delhi leader right before attacking,” Mishra tweeted.Sources said, after the attack Ved Prakash’s phone was checked by party volunteers and Delhi government officials. When contacted Mishra, he declined to divulge the details of the BJP leader with whom Sharma was in touch. The party too did not name the leader.The AAP accused the BJP of conspiring to divert attention from the real “pro-people agenda” of the government. “The irrelevant opposition in Delhi, particularly the BJP, is jealous of the popularity of the AAP government. “BJP needs to understand that its frustrated attempts will not succeed in Delhi and it should fight the AAP government politically rather than stooping to such shameful levels,” he said. AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said this shows frustration of rival parties ahead of Punjab polls. “Dear conspirators, this Odd-Even is going to grace your Aaka’s (boss) a big sero in Punjab keep on throwing your frustrations wrapped in ink-shoes,” he said. A shoe was hurled at Kejriwal at a press conference here by a man who claimed to be from a breakaway group of AAP. The shoe did not hit Kejriwal as an official quickly shielded him and caught it.The attacker, identified as Ved Prakash, said he is the general secretary of Aam Aadmi Sena and was angry with the Chief Minister for not taking action against those involved in alleged irregularities in distribution of CNG stickers.

Throwing shoe at CM Kejriwal an act of ‘frustration’, says AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday dubbed the throwing of a shoe on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ‘as an act of frustration’ because of the success of the road rationing scheme initiated by the Kejriwal government.”Few people who had displeasure when the Odd Even Scheme became successful, so it is the act of frustrated people who are trying to derail the work,” Transport Minister Gopal Rai told the media here. “As far as the CD is concerned, we have acted on it, the concerned person has been removed,” he added. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rai further pointed out that it is an attempt by unsuccessful people to derail the Odd Even plan. “But this initiative would continue and we would overcome all the trouble, this is a frustrated activity,” he added.
ALSO READ Watch: Shoe hurled at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal during odd-even press conferenceDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal came to inform the public about the second phase of the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme from April 15 to 30, and instead, almost took a shoe hit. The shoe thrower, identified as Ved Prakash, has been detained for questioning and is reportedly a member of the Aam Aadmi Sena.

Assam Polls: LDP chief opts ‘Kejriwal style’ for election campaign

Nearing the date of assembly election in Assam, different political parties have launched aggressive campaigns to reach out to maximum voters. Newspaper, TV, Radio and poster banners are flooded with campaign advertisements as they are conventional method of election campaign.However, a unique idea of campaign has been opted by former BJP national executive member Pradyut Bora who has now formed his own party in Assam namely Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Inspired by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party unique campaign during the Assembly election in 2015, Pradyut Bora has formed a dance troop doing flash dance on streets of Jorhat.The LDP chief said, “I was very surprised when I saw Kejriwal’s AAM Aadmi party workers branded a dance troop called ‘dance for democracy’ during the Delhi Assembly Elections last year. I liked it and hence in this election we are also using the same.”When asked as to what had forced him to opt this idea, Bora said that his party is a new party and can’t afford the conventional method of campaign and hence he wants to use the guerrilla tactics.”We are a new party. We don’t have money like the Congress and the BJP. So this is guerrilla warfare. What BJP, Congress is doing is conventional warfare. They are bombarding everywhere with advertisement. We are ambushing their bombarding by the Guerilla warfare,” he added.

AAP government starts prosecution for 15 tax evaders

With barely a fortnight left for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi to meet its revenue targets for this financial year, the department of trade and taxes have started coming down heavily on tax evaders.In a unique move, the Delhi government has decided to go ahead and prosecute 15 companies, who were found evading taxes.According to sources, the evaders will be prosecuted under section 200 of the Cr PC after investigating officers of the trade and taxes department found discrepancies in their accounts, which eventually unearthed cases of tax evasion.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While police officials have the power to investigate criminal offences and file charge sheets against them in the respective court, section 92 of the Delhi Value Added Tax Act 2004 enables the VAT commissioner to appoint investigative officers, who will have similar powers as that of cops to investigate and prosecute offenders.The investigative officers were recently appointed by the Delhi government in the wake of alleged complaints on cops not registering FIRs against offenders, despite repeated reminders from Delhi government.”The investigative officers have found 15 tax offenders and is in the process of filing chargesheets against them. Some of them have been found committing serious criminal offences like submitting fake invoices and not registering themselves. The offences can attract imprisonment too,” a senior official told dna. GS Overseas and ULF technology are two of the companies in the list.VAT comprises nearly 70 per of the revenue collected by Delhi government. So far, the Delhi government has collected nearly 18,500 crore of the projected Rs21,000 crore target.Section 89 of the DVAT act says cases of an unregistered dealer falsely presenting himself as a registered dealer while buying and selling goods, knowingly keeping a false account, issuing false invoice, bill, cash-memorandum, voucher or any other document, can be considering as criminal offences.Even the VAT Amendment Bill 2015, which was cleared by the Delhi assembly in December last year has also asked for strengthening investigative powers of the department and setting up special courts to hear cases of tax.The bill, however, will have to be cleared by the Centre before it is implemented.

After historic mandate in Delhi, AAP to contest Goa Assembly polls in 2017

After their historic mandate in New Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is set to contest the Assembly elections in Goa in February next year.Sources from the party have confirmed that that AAP leadership has given a go ahead to contest the Goa assembly polls next year.The AAP national organization building in charge Durgesh Pathak, who has also worked for organisation building in Punjab had recently paid a 5-day visit to Goa.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While speaking to ANI, Pathak confirmed about his visit and the party’s plans in Goa.AAP leader Ashutosh also visited Goa on 10th March and while speaking to media he said that, “Aam Aadmi party is in serious view to contest assembly election in the state”.Sources from AAP also claim that the party may project a face for the Assembly polls.Goa has 40 Assembly constituencies and the average population of each assembly is in thousands. AAP is also eyeing the 25% Catholic population of Goa.Once the organization building process is completed party may make the formal announcement in next 2 months.AAP has already announced to contest Punjab assembly election in Feb 2017. Goa will also go to polls along with the four other states in February 2017.

Here’s why LG Najeeb Jung praised Kejriwal government

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, who has been at loggerheads with the AAP government, has praised its Delhi Jal Board for tackling water crisis in the national capital triggered by the Jat quota stir in neighbouring Haryana.In his letter to Keshav Chandra, CEO of DJB, which comes under Delhi government, Jung said the work to tackle the water crisis was “admirable”. “I wish to place on record my appreciation for your admirable performance in course of the management of recent water crisis in Delhi… “The professionalism and calibre displayed by you in the management of this acute crisis situation was of a very high order,” Jung said in his letter to the CEO.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Since the Aam Aadmi Party has come to power, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Jung have been at loggerheads on several issues like transfer and postings of bureaucrats in the government and formation of Commission of Inquiry. Recently, water supply was severely hit in many parts of Delhi after Jat agitators damaged Munak Canal in Haryana.The AAP government has decided to prepare a backup plan for alternative sources of water so that residents don’t face such a problem in future. The DJB has been directed by the government to prepare a plan so that the city has 7-10 days water backup to cope with any crisis.

Kejriwal promises ‘Delhi experience’ if he wins 2017 Punjab assembly elections

Sangrur: Claiming that ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance in Punjab was confronted with a “tsunami of anti-incumbency”, Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the party will replicate the Delhi anti-corruption model if AAP is voted to power in the state.

Kick-starting his five-day visit to Punjab, where Assembly elections is due early 2017, Kejriwal claimed that the party would form its government in Punjab as the present dispensation is “confronted with a tsunami of anti-incumbency.”

New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal talking to media at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav   (PTI8_23_2011_000101B)

New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal talking to media at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi on Tuesday. 

“Corruption would be eradicated in Punjab after we come to power. The Delhi experience would be replicated in Punjab where 52 officials have been nabbed,” he said.

Terming as “cruel joke” the “meagre compensation” paid by the state government to farmers for the damaged crop, Kejriwal promised adequate compensation to them if AAP comes to power.

“We have done it in Delhi where compensation of Rs 50,000 per hectare was given for farmers in 307 villages for their damaged crops, which was never done by any previous government,” Kejriwal said while addressing different gatherings.

Kejriwal met wives of farmers, who recently committed suicide due to heavy debt. “I think the compensation of Rs. 3,00,000 announced by the state government for families of farmers, who committed suicide, was also embezzled by corrupt officials and politicians as on the ground, no such compensation was given to any family,” he said in Sunam district.

Kejriwal promised that if voted to power in the state, the AAP government would provide necessary health and education facilities.


Chhattisgarh: Acid attack made on activist Soni Sori in Bastar

Adivasi school teacher turned politician, Soni Sori was attacked with acid near Kodenar in Bastar.Sori was attacked when she was returning from Banjarin Ghati on Saturday night, reports ANI. Sori has been admitted to Gidam hospital in Jagdalpur. Soni was reportedly receiving several threats for her efforst for the upliftment of adivasis. However, more details on the incident are awaited. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Soni Sori contested in the 2014 general elections from Bastar for the Aam Aadmi Party, however, she lost to Dinesh Kashyap of BJP. In 2011, Chhattisgarh Police arrested Sori on charges of acting as a conduit for Maoists. In April 2013, she was acquitted in six of the eight cases filed against her.

One of the three BJP members of Delhi assembly, OP Sharma may lose membership to house

Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Delhi OP Sharma may soon lose the Delhi assembly’s membership. Days after the Vishwas Nagar MLA assaulted a CPI member at the Patiala House Court for allegedly shouting ‘anti-national’ slogans, the ethics committee of the Delhi Assembly has decided to recommend Sharma’s expulsion from the house for his derogatory comments on a woman MLA from the Aam Aadmi Party.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The committee, in a recent report, has accused Sharma of unparliamentary remarks, especially against the women MLAs in the Delhi assembly and said he is a habitual offender and is not repentant of his behavior.One of the three BJP MLAs in the 70-member Delhi assembly, Sharma was suspended from the Delhi assembly for the entire winter session in November last year after he called Aam Aadmi Party legislator Alka Lamba ‘Bazaaru aurat’.This was opposed by women legislators of AAP, who demanded that he should be permanently suspended and also be jailed for his remarks. The matter was then referred to the 10-member ethics committee of the Delhi assembly by speaker Ram Niwas Goel.The recommendations are likely to be tabled in the House during the next assembly session and a final decision on Sharma will be taken after that.Sharma had also attacked Lamba in August last year, calling her a drug addict, after she was assaulted while she was carrying out an anti-drugs drive. Following the incident, Lamba had lodged a complaint against him at the Delhi Commission of Women.On the last day of the budget session of Delhi assembly, he had broken the mike at his table out of anger. In December, he was asked to pay Rs 18,560 as fine for his behaviour.His twitter account also showed derogatory comments against the media, which were promptly deleted. Later, he tweeted his account was hacked and that he shares a good relation with the media. Sharma boasts of a strong association with union finance minister Arun Jaitley.Sharma was arrested on Thursday, but released on bail soon after. While he told reporters that he was interrogated for eight hours, his quick bail drew flak from the Delhi government.Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Centre’s new IPC- it’s not a crime to murder, rape or beat anyone if u r from BJP. Being opposed to BJP n RSS is biggest crime now.”Deputy chief minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia tweeted, “Free veg meal from a CP restaurant, several cups of coffee before arrest and letting him off within 15 minutes. VVIP.”

Meagre hike in old-age pension a cruel joke with elders: AAP

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday termed as a “cruel joke” with senior citizens the doubling of old-age pension from Rs 250 to Rs 500 per month in Punjab.Punjab AAP Convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur said “cash rich Badals” owe an explanation to elders how they can survive with a pension of just Rs 500 per month?”Is it possible for them to have a ride in their (Badal’s) air-conditioned bus service even once with this amount? Is it possible for elders to have a cup of tea with their pension money in Badal’s five star hotels?” Chhotepur said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He alleged that Badals must be knowing that hike in old-age pension, for which they are patting their own back, was promised at least seven years ago by them.Even now the hiked pension amount of Rs 500 per month was very less as compared to Haryana and Delhi where it is Rs 1400 and Rs 1,000 per month respectively, he added.”Even the way such a petty amount was distributed in the splendid function by keeping elders standing in queue for hours is highly deplorable,” Chhotepur said.Terming the hike in old-age pension as “is nothing else but a political gimmick” to woo the elders, Chhotepur said, they are annoyed with the Badal-led state government for their “insult”.

Gajendra Singh suicide: Delhi Police questions AAP leader Kumar Vishwas

Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas was on Friday questioned by Delhi Police in connection with the death of farmer Gajendra Singh at a party rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi last year.”He was questioned this afternoon at the R K Puram Sector 8 office of Delhi Police’s Crime Branch,” a senior official said adding that the police today issued a notice to AAP leader Dilip Pandey asking him to join interrogation in connection with the case.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pandey was the sixth person to be sent a notice under Section 160 CrPC after senior leaders Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Ashish Khetan, Punjab MP Bhagwant Mann and party volunteer Neeraj Chauhan were sent similar notices.While Singh and Chauhan were questioned at the same office yesterday, the others are yet to join the investigation, the official said.Also read: Delhi Police questions AAP leader Sanjay Singh”During the questioning today, the queries revolved around whether the farmer was known to any of the party leaders, why did they organise the rally without permission from the police and what measures did they take when the crowd exceeded 5,000, which is considered as the permissible limit for rallies at Jantar Mantar,” said an official privy to the investigation.He further said, “The questions which topped the priority list were: what precautions did senior AAP leaders take when they saw Gajendra Singh climbing a tree and why did they continue with the rally even after his death.”The same questions were asked to Singh and Chauhan on Thursday.While volunteer Neeraj Chauhan represents the organiser of the concerned rally in which the farmer died, the tent house owner who set up the stage and provided for other arrangements in the venue will also be issued a similar notice in a day or two, the official added.On April 22, Gajendra Singh, a farmer from Rajasthan, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in full public view in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at an Aam Aadmi Party rally.The police registered a case under Sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 306 (abetment of suicide) against several unnamed persons at the Parliament Street police station. Later, the case was transferred to Delhi Police’s Crime Branch.

Punjab: Actor-comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi joins AAP in Chandigarh

Punjabi comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) here on Wednesday.He joined the AAP in the presence of senior leader Sanjay Singh, who is the in-charge of the party’s Punjab affairs, and popular Punjabi comedian and Sangrur Member of Parliament (MP) Bhagwant Mann. The induction of Ghuggi, who hails from Gurdaspur, will boost the AAP’s confidence in Punjab prior to the 2017 assembly polls. Ghuggi is the second Punjabi actor to join the party after Mann.

Garbage crisis: This is not a photo opportunity; MCD must answer, says Manish Sisodia

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday said that his government’s attempt to clean the roads of Delhi, after the Municipal Corporation went on strike, was not a photo opportunity and asserted that garbage was actually being picked.”We are cleaning the garbage, this is not a photo op. We are actually working,” he said.Sisodia reiterated the Aam Aadmi Party’s allegations on the MCD of misappropriating the money given to them.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’The Delhi government has given all the money we had to give. Where will we get more money from’ MCD is not telling us where all the money went. They had been provided money for salaries and developmental work. They could not give salaries for 12 months. They must answer where all the money went. When we asked them for the answers, they said they would only answer the CAG,? he said.Sisodia, however, requested the teachers of MCD schools to think about the future of the students and continue with their duties.The showdown between the AAP Government and the BJP-led municipal corporations over funding of salaries escalated further as city-wide protests marked the fifth day of a civic workers? strike, leaving roads strewn with garbage and several hospitals locked.

1984 anti-Sikh riots: Supreme Court asks Centre to file status report on SIT probe

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to file a status report within two weeks on the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi.A bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur passed the order on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) for the apex court monitoring of the probe by the SIT. Senior Supreme Court lawyer Harvinder Singh Phoolka had earlier said that the missing files of the SIT related to the riots had no bearing with the current SIT formed by the Centre.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The files had been ordered by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.According to reports, a file on constitution of the SIT to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh carnage has reportedly been missing from Delhi home department since March 16 last year. The file was reportedly marked to the then city home minister Jitender Singh Tomar, now on bail in a case over his fake degrees. The ‘missing file’ issue has surfaced at a critical juncture for the Aam Aadmi Party, as it plans to contest the 2017 Punjab assembly elections. The AAP government has time and again raised the 1984 anti-Sikh riots issue. It had recently given an additional Rs. 5 lakhs in compensation to families of the riot victims.

Jan sabhas to seek public opinion on ‘odd-even’ scheme: Kejriwal

Kejriwal said, starting on Monday, every Aam Aadmi Party MLA will organise meetings at the constituency level to decide the future course of the road rationing measure, that was enforced from January 1 to 15 in its pilot phase Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said ‘jan sabhas’ will be held across the city to seek public opinion on the odd-even scheme, which will be rolled out as and when “people decide”.Kejriwal said, starting on Monday, every Aam Aadmi Party MLA will organise meetings at the constituency level to decide the future course of the road rationing measure, that was enforced from January 1 to 15 in its pilot phase. “We have decided to organise meetings in every constituency to seek suggestion on when odd-even should be brought again and for how long. I have asked the MLAs to make arrangements in this regard.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We will take people along and will implement the scheme next when they tell us to do so,” Kejriwal said while addressing the state level Republic Day celebration at the Chhatrasal Stadium here. The Chief Minister unfurled the tri-colour and took Guard of Honour from contingents of Delhi Police, Delhi Fire Service, Civil Defense, NCC, school students which was followed by a cultural programme. Kejriwal had earlier declared that the scheme, aimed at curbing air pollution, will be brought back in an “improved form”. Cars with odd and even number licence plates plied on alternate days during its fortnight-long implementation.

AAP defends expenses on ads, says it’s for informing people

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government which is facing flaks from the opposition for spending nearly Rs.60 crores in 11 months, on Saturday defended the move saying it has been done for informing the people. “The people of Delhi know that money that has been spent on advertisement by the government is for informing the people,” AAP leader Ashutosh said. “This issue has been deliberately turned into propaganda by the people of BJP,” he added.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ashutosh further said that the government needs to inform people about its policies and that why there is a publicity budget for communicating people. The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP have spent Rs. 60 crore in 11 months on advertisements which includes campaigns across print, television, radio and outdoor publicity by all the departments of the state. The AAP Government’s decision to spend a whopping Rs 526 crore for information and publicity in the current financial year drew sharp rebuke from the Opposition parties.The Delhi Government, however, strongly defended the allocation arguing that a separate head has been created for publicity and advertisement for the first time and that the figure may be less than the amount spent in previous years by various departments.

Battle of the bards: When AAP’s Dr Kumar Vishwas clashed with Chetan Bhagat on Twitter

You either die a hero, or live long enough to see your tweets make you the butt of all jokes. Intellectual India’s favourite punching bag, Chetan Bhagat recently clashed with Aam Aadmi Party’s poet extraordinaire Dr Kumar Vishswas on Twitter. CB, who has been a vocal critic of the UPA when it was in power but always maintained that he was neutral, clashed with Vishwas when the latter extracted old tweets by Chetan Bhagat to mock his wisdom about the economy. Bhagat, and AAP have often clashed on various issues. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Here are the tweets that had Twitter ROFLing: Old TweetsVishwas ReplyBhagat RepliesWhen the Odd-Even scheme was rolled out Chetan Bhagat had tweeted: “Draconian, undemocratic, not implementable, not a real solution, bizarre. Odd even cars kind of posturing politics should be avoided. Please. Real solution to Delhi pollution is to improve smaller cities. Lower pressure on supermetros. Good emission norms, great public transport.I know AAP supporters like the romantic idea of shoving change through. Sadly guys, with all respect, it doesn’t work. Practicality matters.” AAP leader Kumar Vishwas took strong objection to Bhagat’s comments and said:

Ink attack on Kejriwal: Court sends Bhavna Arora to 14-day judicial custody

A Delhi court on Tuesday sent a woman, accused of throwing ink at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here, to 14-day judicial custody.Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Kumar remanded Bhavna Arora to judicial custody after the investigating agency said she was not required for further custodial interrogation. Arora, was produced before the court on completion of one-day police custody, had thrown ink at Kejriwal at a rally after the completion of government’s odd-even car rationing experiment. The probe agency said the attack on the Chief Minister was “attack on the democracy” and the woman should be sent to jail so that in future people who indulge in such activities get a “lesson” and do not get publicity.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It was a government function and the attack was made during a rally. Ink was thrown at the Chief Minister. It could have been anything, acid also. “Such acts have been a routine process. There are people who indulge in activities like throwing ink and shoes. It’s time to teach them lesson to those who opt such path to garner publicity,” the police said. The advocate appearing for Arora opposed the police’s submissions and sought bail for the accused.”There is no previous record of crime. She has been falsely implicated in the case. Nothing has been recovered during the investigation and the probe is complete…She is entitled to bail being a woman,” Arora’a lawyer said.The court, however, dismissed the bail plea moved by Arora and sent her to judicial custody. Arora had thrown ink on Kejriwal when he was addressing the ‘thanksgiving’ rally at Chhatrasal Stadium here, prompting angry reaction from AAP government which termed the incident as a “BJP conspiracy”.The woman, who claimed to be a member of the Punjab unit of Aam Aadmi Sena, a splinter group of Delhi’s ruling AAP, was later whisked away by police and questioned at the Model Town police station.Arora has claimed she had “proof in the form of a CD” on the CNG scam. A resident of Rama Vihar in outer Delhi’s Rohini sub-city, she was booked for alleged offences under sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the IPC.

Woman’s bid to blacken Kejriwal’s face starts AAP-BJP blame game

A war of words ensued between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after a woman, in a bid to heckle Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, attempted to throw ink at him during the thanks-giving ceremony in Chhatrashal stadium.The event was organised following the ‘successful’ completion of the first round of Delhi government’s odd-even scheme.Bhavna Arora claimed herself to be a member of the Punjab unit of the Aam Aadmi Sena and accused Kejriwal to be involved in what she termed as a ‘CNG scam’.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Sena is a splinter group formed by former AAP members who left party due to the ‘dictatorial ways’ of Kejriwal.The woman approached the stage from where Kejriwal was delivering his speech. She then flung some papers, a CD and then threw ink at Kejriwal. It fell short of him.“I have proof of him (Kejriwal) being involved in CNG scam,” she said while trying to talk to the media, as police whisked her away. Kejriwal appealed to “let the woman go”.He also asked volunteers to accept the papers brought by the woman. He then continued his speech and thanked the people of Delhi for making the odd-even scheme a success.The woman was later taken to the Model Town police station, where she claimed she took the action after her numerous attempts to meet Kejriwal failed.She claimed that the Delhi government was responsible for issuing CNG stickers illegally to persons who floated the odd-even scheme. This showed corruption on part of the Delhi government, she said.The incident sparked a new round of blame game between Delhi police, Delhi government and the BJP, with the AAP calling it a security breach and accusing the Delhi police of not providing adequate security to Kejriwal and claiming the incident as a ‘BJP conspiracy.’“This incident is dangerous in many ways. The whole cabinet was sitting there and a women throws ink. It could have been acid or bomb. How did she manage to reach there? Delhi police claims to be on high alert. Where is that alert? There were no security arrangements at the rally,” said deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.In a statement, the BJP hit back at AAP, claiming that it could have been conspired by the AAP itself, in order to gain political mileage and public sympathy. Later in the evening, the Delhi police also issued a statement reading, “Certain allegations have been levelled against the Delhi police by some functionaries of AAP and even by Hon’ble Deputy CM of Delhi. These are misconceived and unfounded. Appropriate law and order arrangements were made for Chhatrasal stadium function by the Delhi police.“In fact enhanced police deployment was made for law and order maintenance in view of the the large crowd expected to attend the function,”it said.