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Apologise for ‘blunder of demonetization’: Kejriwal attacks PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tender an apology to the people during his address to the nation on New Year’s Eve on what he said was a “blunder of demonetization”.Kejriwal, also the national convener of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which governs Delhi, said Modi has committed a blunder by demonetizing high-value notes and pushed India into a deep economic crisis.”Modi had demanded 50 days to implement the exercise, but there’s no sign of people recovering from its after shocks,” he said and demanded a roll back, suggesting that Modi should make an announcement in this regard in his address on Saturday.”There’s no solution other than rolling back demonetization,” the former Income Tax department official told reporters. Alleging that the RBI was “tight-lipped” on the amount of money demonetized or black money recovered, he asked the prime minister to explain how much of illegal wealth has returned and what amount of money was being pumped into the system.Initial estimates by RBI suggest Rs 14 lakh crore (in high-value notes) was in circulation, which has returned to RBI, but only Rs 4 lakh crore of new currency of Rs 2,000 notes was available for circulation, said Kejriwal, who had criticised the drive soon after it was launched on November 8.Financial experts all across the world have spoken against demonetization, he said, but only BJP president Amit Shah and “his team of sycophants” were hailing the decision. He also challenged the prime minister to order “any probe” against him. “I am not scared of Modi threats and open to any probe of my accounts by any central agency,” he said.Kejriwal maintained that Modi accepted bribes from big corporates such as Sahara and Birla.Modi had taken Rs 40 crore from Sahara on October 30, 2013 and Rs 25 crore from Birla group on November 12, 2013, he claimed, adding that the IT department has seized relevant documents from Sahara and Birla offices but no notice was issued to Modi.He said under the IT Act section 132(4A), any document recovered during raid is deemed to be true unless proved wrong by the party accused. “Not even a notice was issued to Modi and all Income Tax Commissioners dealing with the case were transferred,” he said.

AAP may field Delhi legislator Jarnail Singh against Punjab CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is likely to field its Delhi legislator Jarnail Singh, an anti-Sikh riot activist, against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in the upcoming state Assembly polls.The announcement is likely to be made by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a couple of days at a rally at Lambi, a seat represented by Badal. “The rally should take place in a couple of days. Currently, the Akalis (Akali Dal) are creating hurdles to ensure that the rally does not take place,” a senior party leader said. The 43-year-old former scribe was sacked from the organisation for allegedly hurling a shoe at the then Home Minister P Chidambaram over the anti-Sikh riot issue.Singh, who is AAP legislator from Rajouri Garden, had also unsuccessfully contested 2014 Lok Sabha polls from West Delhi on the party ticket. Early this year, the party has elevated Singh as co-in-charge of Punjab and its spokesperson in the state. When contacted Singh said he was ready to take “any challenge” that the party asks him to take up.The party has already fielded prominent candidates like its Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann from Jalalabad, a seat represented by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. The party has also fielded Himmat Singh Shergill against Finance Minister Bikram Singh Majithia.

AAP alleges its Goa face Elvis Gomes being victimised, BJP refutes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AAP’s chief ministerial face for Goa, Elvis Gomes, on Monday appeared before ACB in connection with an inquiry into an alleged land conversion ‘scam’,amid allegations by his party said he was being victimised, a charge which the ruling BJP rubbished.Gomes, who appeared before the anti-graft agency in connection with the case, has refuted the allegations against him, saying the timing of summoning him for the probe is “suspicious.” A former IG (Prisons), 53-year-old Gomes had taken voluntary retirement from police service some time back and joined AAP, which is making a serious bid in the assembly polls in the coastal state due in early 2017. Gomes, who was then managing director of Goa Housing Board, and Nilkant Halarnkar, its chairman at that time, allegedly acquired about 30,000 sq m of land near Margao town, changed its ‘zoning’ (reservation) to residential, which would have increase its market value, and later gave it back to the owner in 2011, as per the ACB’s FIR.The board had acquired the land for building residential units and allegedly got its zoning changed from ‘orchard’ to ‘settlement’. Reacting to the development,AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that Gomes was being victimised by Goa’s BJP-led government. “Elvis Gomes is known all over Goa for his honesty. Being victimised by BJP government,” Kejriwal tweeted, minutes after Gomes appeared before the ACB at its office in Altinho locality of Panaji.AAP also posted a video on twitter which showed Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza praising Gomes in the past. “Watch this. BJP’s dirty tactics. Elvis was an honest/efficient officer till he intended to join AAP. Goa CM/DyCM used to praise him,” AAP leader Ashutosh alleged in a tweet. AAP Goa leader Dr Oscar Rebello, addressing party volunteers outside the ACB office, alleged, “They have been asking him to join BJP. They sent him a strong message that if you want your cases to be withdrawn then join us.” BJP rubbished the charge of victimising Gomes.”It is an inquiry by ACB. What role do we have to play in it?” BJP’s Goa unit chief Vinay Tendulkar said. He said the case was filed against Gomes when he was in the government service. “How can AAP relate the case to elections and politics?” he questioned. Tendulkar said the AC is doing its job impartially.

AAP’s victory in Delhi was an accident: MP BJP chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s rally in Bhopal on Tuesday, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh has said it doesn’t see any threat in increased activities of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the state.”AAP’s victory in Delhi was an accident. Entire country has witnessed the poor show of Kejriwal government in Delhi. The people of Delhi have been suffering,” MP BJP chief Nandkumar Singh Chouhan told reporters here last evening.Firing a salvo at Kejriwal’s ‘Parivartan Rally’ in Bhopal, Chouhan ruled out any possibility of the rise of ‘third force’ in the state, recalling that he had defeated Alok Agrawal, the convener of MP’s AAP unit, from Khandwa during last parliamentary elections.The MP BJP chief is a Lok Sabha member from Khandwa. “The next assembly election of the state would be contested under the leadership of Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister),” he said and ruled out any possibility of the MP CM shifting out of state politics.The MP BJP President also reiterated that the party would not field again the MLAs who performed poorly. “Only those with good performance would be given tickets in the next assembly polls,” he added.Polls in Madhya Pradesh are scheduled to be held in 2018.

Demonetisation: ‘48.63 lakh in unorganised sector could lose jobs,’ claims Ajay Maken

New Delhi: As many as 48.63 lakh workers in the unorganised sector in the national capital may become unemployed due to “faulty implementation of demonetisation” and they have already started going back to their home states, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken claimed.

A march will be held on 24 December from Jantar Mantar to Parliament House by Delhi Poorvanchal Congress, in association with Delhi Parvatiya Congress and Delhi South Indian Congress, to highlight the plight of migrant labourers due faulty implementation of demonetisation, he said.

“48.63 lakh unorganized/informal workforce in Delhi consist of first-generation migrant labour. After faulty implementation of demonetisation, reverse migration has begun in Delhi,” Maken alleged.

File photo of Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken. Reuter

File photo of Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken. Reuter

“Lakhs of labourers have already returned to their homes, and around 15,000 labourers are returning to their homes from Delhi every day, which is stalling development works in the national capital,” he claimed.

The Delhi Congress chief said he had written a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on 9 December to draw his attention towards this issue and had asked him to take steps to stop reverse migration of this informal workforce.

Claiming that he has not received any reply from the Chief Minister, Maken said the Delhi Government has not taken any steps to implement his suggestion that Rs 5,000 be given to these labourers as monthly unemployment allowance, which is nearly 50 percent of minimum wages.

“Major projects in Delhi have come to a standstill as labourers are not getting their daily wages due to the cash crunch. The daily earning of rickshaw pullers have also come down sharply. “If steps are not taken immediately to stop reverse migration of the informal workforce, it will take a long time for Delhi to come back to its normal routine,” he claimed.

Quoting a survey on employment by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Maken said as per the 68th Round, between 2011 and 2012, the working population of Delhi was 57.06 lakh. “The data of Directorate of Employment, Delhi Government reveals that the total                                                                                                              number of workers in the organised sector was 8.43 lakh in 2009. This figure has remained almost consistent in the last one decade,” he                                                                                                              said.

First Published On : Dec 18, 2016 19:13 IST

Demonetisation is good, for many reasons: Surat CA’s video explaining velocity of money goes viral

A chartered accountant from Surat, who penned an open letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal explaining Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s demonetisation move using two imaginary, but interesting scenarios, is back with another video on note ban.

Mehul Shah in the video, produced by Tax Origin, explains how the decision to demonetise will increase ‘velocity of money’. Velocity of money denotes the number of times a unit of money in an economy changes hands during a certain period. Shah says that cash is not supposed to be hoarded because it is not a commodity, instead, cash is meant to be used as a “medium of exchange” for goods and services to be received. “A single note of Rs 1,000 is worth Rs 10,00,000 if it passes through 1,000 citizens across the country in a year and is worth only Rs 1,000 if it is kept idle in a locker. This is called the velocity of money.”

Asserting that demonetisation will increase veloctiy of money, Shah adds a rider.

“It is true that the economy may surely be benefited if the velocity of money increases and theoretically the move of demonetization and move towards cashless economy should help to increase the Velocity of Money but it cannot be proved with certainty because we never knew the velocity of money in parallel economy because those transactions were never captured in accounts or public records.”

The video strictly advises people not to sell notes at discounted prices or deposit cash into benaami accounts in fear of penalty. Shah further tells not to claim any bogus expenses or bogus loss to gain more trouble. “Do not manipulate accounts by creating bogus cash on hand. Be sporty and pay tax honestly to buy peace of building capital.”

Even though Shah’s blog is ridden with jargons, the video will help you understand the concept and benefits of a cashless economy better. If we had to cut through the jargon and explain the concept in a gist, it would be this:

Since cash leaves no trails and it is hard to pinpoint black money hoarders in a parallel economy, a cashless economy is probably the best way to cut through all the corruption.

“…the task of the Government as well as citizens is not going to be easy because as I said earlier, Cash leaves no trails. Hence it is in the interest of the Government as well as we common man to adopt to cashless means of doing business and encourage everyone to use banking route as much as possible.”

First Published On : Dec 17, 2016 16:28 IST

Rajasthan HC rejects plea by Robert Vadra-linked film, directs to ED to continue probe into land deal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan High Court directed the Enforcement Directorate to continue its probe into a land deal in Bikaner and rejected the plea of a Robert Vadra linked firm against the summons issued to them, reported TimesNow.The High Court ordered officials of Skylight Hospital, a firm linked to Vadra, to appear for interrogation by the ED. The officials must record their statement in the presence of counsel between Janyary 4 and 6, 2017, the court said. The firm had filed a plea against summons issued by the ED to appear before it.The notice had been sent after the ED had conducted extensive searches in this case in Bikaner district and other places and had claimed to have seized a number of documents. The probe is related to the purchase of 275 bigha land allegedly by the company in the Kolayat area of the border town of Bikaner.The central probe agency had registered a criminal case of money laundering in this case last year on the basis of FIRs filed by the state police after the local tehsildar had made a complaint. ED had conducted similar searches in the case in Delhi last year. Rajasthan government had in January last year cancelled the mutation (transfer of land) of 374.44 hectares of land, after the land department claimed to have found that the allotments were made in the names of “illegal private persons”.On Friday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Rahul Gandhi did not have the “guts” to expose Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Congress vice president feared action would be taken against his brother-in-law Robert Vadra. “Rahul does not have guts to expose anything against Modi ji. The day he does it, Modi ji will arrest Robert Vadra,” he said.The chief minister was reacting to Rahul’s remarks that he wants to present detailed information about “personal corruption” by Modi in the Lok Sabha but is not being allowed to do so by the PM.

Arvind Kejriwal rakes up issue of PM Modi’s degrees again

Thu, 15 Dec 2016-02:25pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal raked up the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s degrees on Thursday yet again saying he was not able to grasp the “devastating consequences” of demonetization due to “less education”.Addressing a press conference, he said it was essential that the “truth” about Prime Minister’s degrees is disclosed as it is the “fundamental right” of people.”People believe since Modiji is less educated he has taken the decision to demonetize currency without discussing it with anyone. Now that it has jeopardised the lives of people he is not being able to tackle the situation,” Kejriwal told reporters at his residence here. The AAP chief, who had earlier sought rollback of the note ban measure, also demanded that the money deposited by people be used to waive the loans of farmers and small traders.

Why Rahul Gandhi not exposing PM Modi outside Parliament? asks Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday dared Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to “expose” Prime Minister Narendra Modi if he has documents at his disposal, saying Congress and BJP indulge in such “friendly match” but do not make any disclosure.”If Rahul Gandhi actually has papers on Modiji’s personal involvement in corruption, then why doesn’t he expose it outside Parliament?”Friendly match – BJP says they have AgustaWestland against Congress. Cong says they have Sahara/Birla against BJP. Both don’t disclose,” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.The chief minister was reacting to Rahul’s remarks that he wants to present in the Lok Sabha detailed information about “personal corruption” by Modi but is not being allowed to do so by the PM.On demonetization, Kejriwal claimed the traders were miffed with BJP.”The traders of the country are saying BJP will take money from us, vote from us and call us thieves? The real thief dines with the PM,” he tweeted.AAP leader Ashish Khetan tweeted, “If Rahul Gandhi is not allowed to speak inside the House, then he should speak outside and disclose the information he has about Modiji.” Kejriwal’s prodding assumes importance as he has been targeting the Prime Minister over certain allegations pertaining to the latter’s tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister.Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has rejected Rahul’s allegation terming it “false and baseless” and “very unfortunate”.”The allegation was made out of desperation and he (Gandhi) should apologise to the nation,” Kumar told reporters.

Punjab election: Akali Dal’s poll plank embarrasses ally BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Moga, Punjab: Battling anti-incumbency, the ruling Shiromoni Akali Dal (SAD) government led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal showcased its power, by kick-starting election campaign from Killi Chillan village in Moga district on Thursday. With hundreds of saffron flags fluttering with slogans like ‘Pani Bachao, Punjab Bachao’ , it became clear that the SAD will seek votes on the emotive issue of water sharing, much to the embarrassment of the ally the BJP, which is ruling the neighbouring state of Haryana.“Punjab di khushali paani te nirphar ae (Development of the state is dependent on water). We will not let river water of Punjab to be used by any other state,” said Badal, emphasising that by giving the ownership rights of the land acquired for the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal to its original owners after its de-notification, the government has put the contentious issue to rest. Badal who also celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday, said the large gathering at the rally symbolised the significance of the issue for people of the state. “Punjab has no spare water to share with anyone,” he asserted from the stage, flanked by his party MLAs and MPs. Terming Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as anti-poor, the CM said that he was cautioning people that if voted to power both these parties would discontinue the several pro-people schemes and subsidies being currently given to people. “I request you to save Punjab,” he said.Hundreds of school buses had ferried villagers from far-flung districts to attend the rally. “Our Sarpanch brought us to the rally,” said one of the residents of Ludhiana, who had come to attend the rally. When asked what the rally was about, he said, “It was about saving Punjab waters.” Addressing the rally, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal lambasted the AAP, referring to them as ‘topiwallahs’ and Congress for allegedly defaming Punjab youth as drug addicts. “Our youth do not get jobs when they go to different states, because Gandhi family had run a propaganda stating 70 per cent youth are drug addicts,” he said, raising the slogan, ‘Congress tey Topiwale bhajao, Punjab bachao’.He challenged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to showcase his accomplishments in Delhi before eyeing Punjab. “We will build 5 lakh houses for poor and 1,000 colleges in the state. Also, 1.50 lakh more jobs would be created more than 12,000 villages of the state would get solar lights, sewerage and clean water supply facilities at a cost of more than Rs30,000 crore,” he said.

Arvind Kejriwal, Najeeb Jung in dust-up over vaccum cleaning plan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government’s much-hyped project of vaccum cleaning the roads has hit yet another hurdle. Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has sought a detailed report regarding the project before it can be implemented.Lashing out at Jung, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “The LG has put forth unnecessary objections against the vaccum cleaning project, thereby halting a project that the entire city has been waiting for. He has sought a detailed report from us. We will respond to all the objections, but until then, there will then be no vaccum cleaning in Delhi.” Among other queries, the LG has asked the Delhi government: “Who is the competent authority to authorise the takeover of these functions (sweeping and parking activities) by the Public Works Department (PWD) from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD)?” The LG has also sought a detailed examination from the legal, administrative and financial points of view, detailing implications for all the stake holders.The proposal to sweep the dusty Delhi roads mechanically was announced last December, among several other decisions, including installation of air purifiers and mist fountains, taken by the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to check the alarming levels of air pollution in the city. Terming the objections an attempt to ‘stall the initiative’, the Delhi CM said, “Written submission has been filed in the Supreme Court that vaccum cleaning will be done on the city roads. I think this is a contempt of the Supreme Court order.” He added, “The Delhi government is neither asking for money from the MCD nor trying to take over their functions. Instead, we are providing a facility to the municipal corporations.” Kejriwal said he has now directed Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to meet the LG next week and request him to let the government go ahead with the project. The LG office, meanwhile, refused to comment on the issue.The PWD is responsible for nearly 1,260km of road network. The rest fall under the jurisdiction of the civic bodies. The Delhi government’s vaccum cleaning project has been hitting one hurdle after the other. Earlier, the project was stalled due to the lack of interested bidders, and then those who approached the government quoted exorbitant rates.

CM inaugurates two mohalla clinics at night shelters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the state government will meet its target of setting up 1,000 mohalla clinics within three-four months.Inaugurating two mohalla clinics at night shelters for the homeless on Friday, Kejriwal said: “It is the first time that a government is trying to give a respectful life to the poor. Earlier, the governments thought of poor only when they needed votes.”The Delhi government has decided to establish four night shelters—Yamuna Pushta, Jama Masjid, Sarai Kale Khan and Shakur Basti. The CM added that the government wanted to complete 1,000 mohalla clinics by the end of the year, but the file has not been cleared by the Lieutenant Governor (LG). “As soon as the file is cleared, we will set up 1,000 mohalla clinics across Delhi in three to four months,” Kejriwal added.The CM further said the mohalla clinics were a huge hit, and even people from rich families were going there for treatment. A government official said the dedicated mohalla clinics will provide free medicines and medical check-ups in five shelters, with a total capacity of 750 people. “In addition, a 50-bed recovery shelter was also inaugurated,” he added.

Biggest scams happened under his watch: BJP slams P Chidambaram’s remarks on demonetization

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> BJP alleged that Congress leader P Chidambaram as Finance Minister presided over some of the biggest scams in the country as it mocked his claim that he would have resigned from his post had his Prime Minister insisted on demonetization . “It is absurd that he is making such remarks. He did not constitute a SIT on black money despite the Supreme Court’s order. Some of the biggest scams like 2G and coal gate happened under his watch. “He supported the zero loss theory in the coal scam. He lacks any moral right to make such assertion,” its National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said. In many ways, Chidambaram did not act as the Finance Minister but “scam minister” during the UPA, he alleged. It would be good if he supported the Modi government on its action against black money and corruption, he said. Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram had yesterday said that had he been the Finance Minister, he would have resigned from the post if the Prime Minister insisted on demonetization . The BJP leader also took a dig at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying that he undertook a U-turn after rising to power as the face of an anti-corruption movement. The person under whom he started the anti-corruption agitation is supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on demonetization while he is opposing it, Sharma said. “Now Kejriwal protects bureaucrats accused of corruption and his minister accused of having fake degrees,” he said.

Get your facts right: When Kejriwal got schooled by Mahesh Sharma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took a dig at Union Minister Mahesh Sharma over the expenditure incurred on his son’s marriage asking if he made all the payments by cheques. However, Sharma hit back at Kejriwal asking him to get his facts right as it was his son’s marriage and not daughter’s as mentioned by the AAP leader in his tweet. Linking the marriage to demonetization, Kejriwal questioned the mode of payment and expenditure incurred on Sharma’s “daughter’s” wedding. Kejriwal tweeted, “Are all the payments for BJP MP Mahesh Sharma’s daughter’s wedding being done through cheque’ Is Rs 2.5 lakh being spent for the wedding’ How were notes exchanged'” Sharma responded: “Please get your facts right. My son is getting married. Yes, all the payments are being done through banks.” Kejriwal had earlier demanded a probe into the lavish arrangements for former Karnataka Minister G Janardhan Reddy’s daughter’s marriageCalling demonetizationa “flop”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “arrogance and obstinacy” has pushed the country 10 years back and that the measure has “failed” to curb black money, corruption, circulation of counterfeit currency and terror financing.Kejriwal claimed that black money and corruption have “increased” by 10 times ever since the ban of high-value currency and demanded that cases of cheating and fraud be lodged against those responsible in the Centre for the mess.The Delhi Chief Minister also alleged that BJP has settled its “black money” before demonetizationmove by buying land in Bihar and other states.”Today, it has been 20 days of introducing demonetizationof high currency notes. It has completely failed to curb black money, funding to terrorism, fake notes and corruption.demonetizationhas flopped,” he said while addressing a press conference.The Delhi Chief Minister alleged that counterfeit notes are being churned out even faster than what RBI is doing which gives rise to suspicion as to whether it is a way to convert black money into white.”Since demonetizationwas announced, Rs 8 lakh crore has been deposited by the people in their bank accounts and according to our information, out of them, no black money has been deposited so far…The PM’s arrogance and obstinacy has pushed the country 10 years back. “In comparison to October, corruption level and generation of black money have increased by 10 times. US Dollar is legally available for Rs 70, but in black market, it is being bought at Rs 116 per USD. “Gold is also being bought for Rs 30,000 per 10 gm, but through wrong channel, it is being bought for Rs 56,000,” he alleged.The Chief Minister said that Centre has also brought drastic cuts in fixed deposit interest rate which will pile misery on the elderly.”The Prime Minister is probably avoiding Parliament as he is scared of facing certain allegations against him,” Kejriwal said.

Manish Sisodia meets Jung to discuss plan of mohalla clinics in schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia met Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung on Wednesday to discuss the plan of establishing mohalla clinics in schools and appointment of discom directors. LG Jung had recently turned down the proposal for Delhi government’s flagship project of mohalla clinics, and sent it back for reassessment.After the meeting, Sisodia said the LG had some confusion regarding the proposal. “Mohalla clinics will be very important for the 15 lakh students studying in government schools. Every student can be provided with world-class healthcare through the move. There can’t be a better model for them. Now we are awaiting the LG’s approval,” Sisodia said.He further said: “The confusion was regarding the private school clause and whether clinics could be opened in these schools. That is, however, not the case.”An official, however, said: “The Delhi School Education Act doesn’t allow establishing anything else in the school premises. It would also pose a safety concern for the students.”The LG office and the Delhi government have also locked horns over the appointment of directors to discoms. “As far as that issue is concerned, we have apprised the LG that it is not morally correct to appoint Secretaries or Principal Secretaries as directors in discoms because they have to take important decisions. We have asked the LG to appoint junior officials and experts in the board of directors. He has assured us that the matter will be discussed further,” the Deputy CM said.Earlier, the Aam Aadmi Party-led government had nominated directors to the boards of three power distribution companies — BRPL, BYPL and TPDDL. The government has, in all, a 49 per cent stake in these firms. The LG, however, disapproved of the appointments.In a letter to the LG, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said: “It becomes a conflict when the top-most officers of the government formally become a part of the decision-making in discoms and then those decisions come before the government for consideration. It becomes difficult to question decisions of government officers, leading to orders that are not in the interest of consumers.”The LG office, however, sought fresh nomination of professionals, and also asked the government to follow all orders. “The usual practice, so far, has been that the LG approves any such decision according to the Electricity Act,” an official from the LG office had stated.

Punjab election: Bains brothers ally with AAP to revive state ‘out of drugs & bankruptcy’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bains brothers, who were earlier part of the Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Awaaz-e-Punjab front, said on Monday that they are entering into an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to save the state.Simarjit Bains told ANI that they are joining the AAP to revive Punjab, which has been destroyed by the Badals and the Congress. “All details pertaining to alliance will be told in a press conference which will be held at the Press Club Chandigarh. The Congress and SAD have caused a lot of harm to Punjab. Our main issue is to revive Punjab out of drugs and bankruptcy. This time a government of leader will not be formed, but a government of people will be formed,” said Simarjit.Echoing similar sentiments, Balwinder Singh Bains said that he was joining Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led party to pull Punjab out of miseries like drug menace. ‘The biggest issue is to save Punjab. This alliance has happened to save Punjab. This alliance has come into existence to pull Punjab out of drug menace. The country’s biggest issue at this time is to save Punjab,” he said.Simarjit and Balwinder, who have announced their resignation as MLAs during the special session of the assembly on November 16 in Chandigarh over the river water-sharing issue, are expected to announce their move in a press conference in Chandigarh later this afternoon.

Punjab election: Arvind Kejriwal to release AAP’s ‘Dalit manifesto’ soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will release the Aam Aadmi Party’s ‘Dalit manifesto’ in poll-bound Punjab this week, where the scheduled caste community makes up around 32% of the population. Kejriwal will release the first-of-its-kind document, targeting a specific community and detailing its “systemic oppression”, during his 10-day-long visit to the state, which began today. The manifesto is a product of the ‘Dalit Dialogue’ series held by the party across Punjab that began in August. “Around 10-12 dialogues have been organised in Dalit-majority areas of the state. Essentially members of the community came and freely exchanged views and gave suggestions to be included in the document,” AAP’s national organisation- building head Durgesh Pathak said.Its launch will be the highlight of Kejriwal’s tour, where he will address 21 rallies, Pathak said. During the open sessions, members of the Dalit community were also given a form where they could put in their feedback and recommendations which have been factored in while drafting it, Pathak said. The issue of demonetization is also expected to prominently feature in the rallies that the AAP chief is scheduled to address. AAP is locked in a triangular contest with the Congress and incumbent BJP-SAD alliance in the state which goes to polls early next year. The party had targeted the BJP and dubbed it “anti-Dalit”, using the assault against few youth by alleged cow vigilantes in Gujarat’s Una as a pivot. Kejriwal has visited Gujarat multiple times in the recent months.As per 2011 Census, Punjab’s over 88 lakh SC population accounts for nearly 32% of the total population of the state, the highest percentage among all the states.

Demonetisation: Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal to rally in Delhi’s Azadpur market

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee on Thursday will address a rally against demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes oraganised by the Aam Aadmi Party.

The rally will be held at Azadpur Mandi, the biggest vegetable and fruits wholesale hub in the national capital. “Public meeting against demonetisation at 11 AM at Azadpur Mandi tomorrow. People who are facing problems due to demonetisation reach there,” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

Kejriwal said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is also protesting against the Centre’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, will also join him and address farmers, traders and labourers.

“Against demonetisation, Mamata Banerjee will also address Azadpur Mandi’s public meeting with me. All reach there,” the Delhi CM said in another tweeted.

Kejriwal’s decision to hold a rally of farmers, traders and labourers comes a day after he urged President Pranab Mukherjee to direct the Centre to withdraw demonetisation move while demanding a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the scrapping of high currency notes.

Earlier in the day, AAP MP Bhagwant Mann joined the march from Parliament to President House led by Banerjee against demonetisation

Kejriwal and the AAP have been maintaining that the scheme is only causing hardship to the poor and has hit farmers and traders, who are forced to deal in cash due to the nature of the market and the economy involved.

The chief minister, who on Tuesday moved a resolution against the Centre’s decision, had termed the demonetisation as “fraud” on the nation aimed at benefiting a “particular political party”, a veiled reference to BJP.

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 21:36 IST

Demonetization will stop terror funding: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stating that the decision taken by the Union government to demonetise the currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 was in the interest of the security of the nation, Union Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said the step would deter the funding of terrorism in the country. “It (demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000) is going to be a major deterrence as far as the funding of terrorism is concerned. This was one of the main considerations to have arrived on this decision,” Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function here today. He said what was remarkable about the decision was that it was in the larger interest of the nation, in the interest of the security of the nation as well, “as the interest of the reinforcing economic capability of the nation.” “I think what is more gratifying is that the common man of the country has welcomed it,” he said. On the allegations leveled by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Singh said that the statements which lack any evidence don’t deserve a response.”I don’t think it deserves any response, we live in an evidence based era and I don’t think I need to respond to any unsubstantiated statements,” he said.”The 130 crore people of this country have wholeheartedly welcomed it. I was traveling in Uttar Pradesh yesterday, day before in Delhi and today in Jammu and have seen long queues outside the banks of an average common man and inspite of going through all the inconvenience … there was not a single one who did not say that they did not welcome it,” he said.He said the decision was being hailed as it has come out with sincerity, honesty and courage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi for standing in a queue at an ATM in Delhi, the Union Minister sought to know who used to go to the ATM on behalf of the Congress Vice President before the decision was taken. “I usually avoid making personal comments but what amused me was that I wish somebody had asked him had he ever been to an ATM before or was it just after this, decision happened. Who was going to ATM on his behalf on earlier occasions?,” he questioned. On the question of opening of schools in the Kashmir Valley, the Union Minister said the Centre was in touch with the state government.The Jammu and Kashmir government has said that it will soon set a timeline to take steps to open the schools. Congress hits out at BJPCongress party leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal on Saturday questioned the centre on demonetisation issue and asked why common persons like him had to stand in line when the bank account and the money was his.Stating that the decision was not well thought out one and made in haste, Sibal said,”my question is…account is mine, money is mine, then why should I stand in a line.”Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party had informed its friends about the demonetisation of currency notes before hand and claimed that he had evidence to prove his charge.He also demanded a complete rollback of the move as it is creating panic among the common people and giving rise to rumours of shortage of essential commodities.The allegations also come at a time when the people are thronging banks and ATMs to withdraw and deposit cash. The government had kept the banks shut for one day and ATMs for two days after the announcement in order to prepare for the rush for cash.

Demonetisation: BJP responds to scam allegations, says Congress, Kejriwal are good at spreading rumours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rejecting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s allegations against the Centre over demonetisation as laughable, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “I can see that Congress and Kejriwal are all about political hypocrisy and lies are their passwords. They have become a laboratory of putting the progress of nation into dire straits. The only thing that they are good at is, how to defame the progress and reforms of our nation, how to spread rumours, how to create rumours,” said Naqvi.”And, I think, that their rumours are nothing but humour for our country. Black money was an obstacle in the growth of the poor and the weaker sections of society. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started a revolution against black money and both the Congress and AAP are doing nothing but igniting fire in the minds of the public through which they can harm the ruling BJP government,” he added.Naqvi further said that both the Congress and the AAP are disappointed and are doing all this out of desperation.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asserted that a few corporate houses were informed before hand about the radical decision to demonetise. “In the name of demonetisation, a huge scam is being played out. Before the Prime Minister Modi announced the move on Tuesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its friends had been alerted before and they had stashed their cash,” Kejriwal said.He said that in the last three months, thousands of crores of rupees have been deposited in bank accounts of some people and corporate houses, adding that deposition of such large sums creates suspicions.

Demonetization: PM Modi salutes undaunting spirit of Indians; says hoarders won’t be spared

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday saluted 125 crore Indians for their undaunting spirit, saying government will do everything to protect the interests of honest citizens, even as long serpentine queues were witnessed at bank branches for the third straight day across the country.Addressing Indian community in Japan’s Kobe before departing for India, PM Modi said, “I salute each and every Indian. Many families had weddings, health problems, they faced inconvenience but they accepted the decision.”Stating that we need to free India from the menace of poverty, Modi said, “This government will do everything to protect the interests of honest citizens. Money that has been looted has to be recovered. And the rules have to be same for everyone.””Will check records since Independence. If I come across unaccounted cash, no body will be spared,” Modi added.The Prime Minister also said that there is no guarantee that no new measure will be introduced after December 30 to crackdown on black money holders.Meanwhile, dubbing the demonetization of high currency notes as a “huge scam”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged BJP had told all its “friends” about the move much before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement and demanded its immediate roll back.People including elderly and women in large numbers were queueing up to get the valid currency notes needed to meet their daily expenses. To add to the misery still half of the ATMs are non-functional, making people agitated about the lack of infrastructure preparedness for the note exchange programme.

War on black money | Biggest beneficiary is our country: Paytm founder hits back at Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A lot has been said after PM Modi’s announcement that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes would be demonetized. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal however alleged that Paytm – a mobile wallet service – would be the biggest beneficiary. He wrote on Twitter: “Paytm biggest beneficiary of PM’s announcement. Next day PM appears in its ads. What’s the deal, Mr PM?” He went on to add, “Utterly shameful. Do people want their PM to model for pvt cos? Tomo, if these cos do wrongdoings, who will act against them?”While there was a lot of hue and cry on Twitter, over what some felt was Kejriwal attacking PM Modi without a cause, Paytm’s owner founder Vijay Shekahar wrote back to the CM: “Dear Sir, The biggest beneficiary is our country. We are just a tech startup, trying to solve financial inclusion and make India proud.”BJP and its “friends” were informed about the demonetisation of high value currency “a week before” the move was effected, especially keeping the upcoming UP polls in mind, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today alleged.Kejriwal questioned the logic behind the introduction of Rs 2000 notes saying it will fan corruption and the black money economy instead of containing it and that demonetisation has hit the common men hard.Interestingly, Kejriwal’s Cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain supported the “historic” move to introduce Rs 2000 currency notes saying it will remove corruption and black money. “To remove corruption & Black money, decision to introduce Rs 2000 notes historic,” Jain tweeted.The AAP chief, in a video message, said a racket of commissions was thriving across the country. The fault lies in their (government’s) intentions, Kejriwal said. In a series of tweets, Kejriwal also took pot shots at an advertisement of Mobile payments firm ‘Paytm’ that featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image, saying the company was the biggest beneficiary of the move.”There is evidence that their (BJP) friends and own people were informed a week before the decision was announced. They have made all arrangements like buying property or gold.BJP is going to fight polls in Uttar Pradesh and other states. It has made arrangements. “Common men are the only ones suffering. I spoke to many people, they told me that black money holders have done settings already. Money will be delivered to their homes in lieu of 15 to 20 per cent commission,” Kejriwal said. Kejriwal said he was finding it difficult to understand as to why Rs 2000 notes have been introduced, which he said will only make hoarding of black money easier. “Utterly shameful. Do people want their PM to model for pvt cos? Tomo, if these cos do wrongdoings, who will act against them? Paytm biggest beneficiary of PM’s announcement. Next day PM appears in its ads. Whats the deal, Mr PM?” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets. With agency inputs

Delhi Pollution: SC to hear EPCA’s plea on crisis today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court will hear a plea on Tuesday on the rising level of pollution in Delhi. The plea was filed by the Environment Pollution Control Authority which has sought a proper monitoring of worsening pollution levels in the national capital and adjoining areas.Describing the situation as a public emergency, the EPCA urged the apex court to consider taking stringent action. The Centre for Science and Environment and its director Sunita Narain has called on the apex court to monitor the Delhi government’s emergency action plan to bring pollution levels down.A bench led by Chief Justice TS Thakur has said it has already passed orders and they need to be implemented.A thick blanket of smog continues to hover over the national capital. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced several measures to tackle the problem, including the closing of schools and halting of all construction and demolition activity till Friday.The Centre convened a meeting of Environment Ministers of Delhi and neighbouring states yesterday to find a solution to the problem.

Air masks selling like hot cakes courtesy Delhi smog

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Delhi witnessing its worst spell of smog in 17 years, the sale of air masks has seen an upsurge since the past week with stores across the national capital and neighbouring regions running out of stock.Popular websites and chemists have either run out of masks or are loaded with orders for masks and air purifiers even as air quality in the national capital has plunged to hazardous levels since the start of Diwali celebrations.The owner of a shop selling masks said that the rise in sell of masks has gone up post Diwali. “The people are very careful about their health and they want to protect themselves from the pollution. The children and the old especially have to take care of themselves. It is very much essential as well,” he added. One of the buyers said it is extremely difficult to walk in the national capital wearing masks but added that there is no alternative. “I don’t wear masks regularly but the pollution has increased to such an extent that it is essential. It’s difficult to roam around with mask but if we have to protect ourselves we have to wear it,” she said. “I have worn mask because of air pollution. I go out and play, so mask is required,” added another buyer.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a list of measures to be enforced by the state government to curb the soaring pollution in the national capital including putting all construction projects across the city on hold for the next five days and ordering the shutdown of all schools for the next three days.He also stated that the return of the Odd-Even scheme was possible to keep traffic emissions in check, adding the possibility of artificial rain was also discussed in the meeting but it would require Centre’s assistance.Remaining resolute on his stand that crop burning in the neighbouring states was responsible for the ever-increasing pollution level in Delhi, the Chief Minister added that no immediate relief could be expected as stubble burning continued.

Arvind Kejriwal targets Modi; says farmers, soldiers committing suicide in his rule

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the suicide of an ex-serviceman here, saying both farmers and soldiers were ending their lives in his regime.Kejriwal, a bitter critic of Modi, also alleged that the Prime Minister was “lying” that the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme was being implemented by the Centre, contending that ex-serviceman, Ram Kishan Grewal, would not have committed suicide if the scheme was being executed by the Centre.”Both farmers and soldiers are committing suicide in Modi Raj. That means the Prime Minister is lying that OROP has been implemented. Why would Ram Kishan ji have committed suicide if OROP was being implemented?” Kejriwal said on Twitter.The AAP leader also rued that it was “very sad” to see that soldiers have to fight against external enemy along border and “within” for their rights.The whole nation should stand up for their rights, he urged.Meanwhile, it is learnt that Kejriwal will the attend the cremation of Grewal later in the day.70-year-old Grewal allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison over the issue of OROP on Tuesday, police said.

@GabbbarSingh suspended: Tweet against Arvind Kejriwal probable cause behind act

Twitter India recently suspended the handle of a popular anonymous user’s account @GabbbarSingh. Known for his satirical take on a range of topics and funny one-liners, the handle was widely popular among Twitterati and was followed by over 4 lakh users. Whether it is about new film or country’s political situation, @GabbbarSingh always had something or the other to add. The quips are popular and are often laced with political undertones. Twitter, however, has temporarily put a stop to this.

Gabbbar Singh spoke to Firstpost and requested anonymity on his real identity adding that the company has not yet offered an official reason behind the sudden suspension of his account. “Random suspension was uncalled for and only shows Twitter’s algorithm is sloppy,” Gabbbar told Firstpost.

His best guess for the suspension though is his tweet to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, where Gabbbar pokes fun at Kejriwal.

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The tweet was a “harmless pun at the most and certainly couldn’t be considered malicious or abusive,” said Gabbbar.

One only needs to run through Twitter to find out a battery of rancid  abuses that people hurl at each other on the social media platform. Trolling, witty puns, and sarcasm is practically what keeps the show running on the micro blogging site. Besides this, people of all political dispensations have been poked fun at, tweeples barely spare anyone their barbs. This tweet, if it were indeed the reason behind suspension, was in no way any different from the Twitter traditions. However, Gabbbar blames it on the sheer number of AAP supporters on the site, who were miffed at his jibe and might have chosen to report his account.

A twitter user reproduced a snapshot of the tweet, that is supposedly behind the suspension.

On a second guess, Gabbbar thinks it could have been his tweet that showed a brief clip from the newly released film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, where fans of the Shah Rukh Khan are celebrating Diwali and bursting crackers at the Malegaon theatre. Before its release the makers were knee-deep into controversy over featuring Pakistani artist Fawad Khan. “The tweet could have been considered as infringement of copyright,” added Gabbbar.

Nonetheless, he says pulling down the whole account was uncalled for; a mere intimation to take down the single tweet would have been enough.

All this comes at a time when public criticism of Twitter’s take down process is as high as it has ever been. As argued in this article on Forbes, that internet is increasingly shifting away from a space that was considered the “flag-bearer of free speech.” The article points out how the ten-year-old “poster child of the freewheeling social media era” has consistently shifted away from its free speech policy as it comes to terms with the realities of commercialisation over the risks of brandishing free speech.

Another article in Motherboard maps the pragmatic shifts in Twitter’s policy over time. “Changes in the rules over time reflect the pragmatic reality of running a business. Twitter talked some big talk, but it has buckled under both lawsuits and media outrage, tweaking and changing the Rules around speech whenever something threatened its bottom line. For a business, free speech can only be a meaningful value if it doesn’t really cost anything,” the article reads.

Similarly another write-up in Forbes,  points out how Tweeples have no ground to even meaningfully argue what must come under the company’s globally-enforced free speech policy. If as per the policy, any content is deemed unfit, there is very little scope for an appeal.

While the real reason why @GabbbarSingh was pulled down remains unknown, Twitterati voiced their support for the satirist.

@GabbbarSingh on his part has sent an appeal to @TwitterIndia to reconsider their decision to pull down the account, and the company he says has reverted with the official response that the matter is being looked into.

He also added that he was not been given any official reason behind the suspension. “I’m assuming it will be restored soon as I had no malicious intent; my tweets were not offensive,” he said.

Judicial ethics should not be compromised at all: CJI Thakur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Judicial ethics should never be compromised as aberrations could bring disrepute to the entire justice system, Chief Justice of India T S Thakur said today, asking the judges to introspect about the public perception regarding their rectitude.”We need to introspect about public perception about our rectitude. It is painful to see sometimes aberrations occuring at some level or the other which bring a disrepute to entire justice system,” the CJI said at an event to celebrate 50th anniversary of the establishment of Delhi High Court. “I think Delhi High Court has achieved much, but in terms of ensuring that such incidents (aberrations) do not happen, there is much more to be done. I only hope that brother judges at all level take extra care not to give any room for any doubt or anything that is not in tune with judicial ethics and professional rectitude,” Justice Thakur said.The function was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi High Court Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice B D Ahmed and other judges of the apex court and high court. The CJI said financial constraints cannot stand in the way of making access to justice a reality which cannot be achieved if people have to wait for years for their cases to be decided.”Financial constraints cannot stand in the way of making access to justice a reality. That is absolutely in tune with our Constitutional philosophy that access to justice should be a reality and it cannot be a reality if people have to wait for years and years for their cases to be decided,” he said. Thakur said this after Kejriwal, who also addressed the gathering at Vigyan Bhawan here, assured support of his government in improving infrastructure and recruitment of more judges in judiciary.

Govt denies tapping phones of judges after Kejriwal expresses concern

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government denied tapping phones of judges after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed concern at an event in the national capital on Monday.Kejriwal said, “I have seen two judges say that ‘don’t talk on phone, it is being tapped’. I said phones of the judges can’t be tapped.” Kejriwal said he couldn’t attest to whether the statements were true. “I don’t know if it is true or not, but if this is true, then it’s dangerous. Where is the independence of the judiciary then?” he asked.”If any judge has done something wrong, even then phone tapping shouldn’t happen. There are many other ways to gather evidence,” he added.At the same event, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad categorically denied the allegations and said, “I deny with all authority at command the allegations that phones of judges have been tapped.”Kejriwal also brought up vacancies in the judiciary. The Delhi CM said, “I read that SC collegium had many months back given recommendations for judicial appointments, but its still lying with Centre.”Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had on Sunday said that the government has the highest regard for the judiciary and was committed to addressing the shortage of judges in High Courts.In a statement, he said the process of appointment of judges would continue even while the new Memorandum of Protocol for such appointments is under consideration. According to the statistics furnished by him, there were 280 vacancies out of 877 posts in 2008, 276 of 886 posts in 2009, 265 of 895 posts in 2010, 286 of 895 posts in 2011, 273 of 895 posts in 2012, 282 of 895 posts in 2013 and 267 of 906 posts in 2014. In 2015, 78 new posts were created and in 2016, 138 posts were created, Naidu said. Hence, the vacancies were 268 out of 984 posts in 2015 and 286 out of 1044 posts in 2016, he said, adding the total strength increased “substantially” in last two years.

Kejriwal attacks Modi govt over repeated extensions to SIT on 1984 riots; calls it ‘anti-army’

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday attacked Narendra Modi-led central government, calling it “anti-army”.

File photo of Arvind Kejriwal. Getty images

File photo of Arvind Kejriwal. Getty images

He also attacked the central government for giving “another” extension to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe 1984 riots.

In a tweet, Kejriwal alleged that the central government is “just using” the army’s sacrifices for political gains.

“Weak OROP, reduction in disability pension and now this. Isn’t Modi government anti-army? They just milch army’s sacrifices for political gains,” he wrote.

Kejriwal’s tweet came in response to a media report, which he quoted in his tweet, saying that the armed forces are upset with a letter issued by the Defence Ministry regarding their rank disparity vis-a-vis their civilian counterparts.

According to the quoted report, the Defence Ministry circular brings the rank of armed forces officers a notch down compared to their earlier status.

One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme aims to grant retired armed forces personnel pension parity with those retiring now.

Indian soldiers receive disability pension equal to their last drawn salary for 100 per cent disability. The government recently turned it into a slab system, which, according to critics, significantly reduced their pension.

The Defence Ministry later asked the Anomaly Committee of the 7th Pay Commission to continue with the old system.

In another tweet, Kejriwal also attacked the central government over the SIT investigating 1984 riots.

“Extension after extension. Zero result till now. Obviously, there is no intention (to bring justice). Intention is to save culprits of 1984 riots,” Kejriwal tweeted, quoting another media report.

The media report said that the SIT set up by the Home Ministry has been given another extension till February 2017.

The panel set up in February 2015 was initially granted six months to file report, but was later given two extensions.

Yamuna revival plan looks to make a splash

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Government is drawing up a major Yamuna redevelopment plan. As part of the ambitious project, the government is planning monthly Yamuna aartisAccording to Delhi’s Water Minister Kapil Mishra, the government plans to develop the Yamuna in three-phases in the next one year.According to the plan, the government will construct a spiritual garden on the Geeta Ghat along the Yamuna River. This was the place where the maha aarti was held last year on the occasion of Bhai Dooj.also developing a Nakshatra Garden, based on Hindu mythology, along the river. Delhi Jal Board’s horticulture department is planting trees and shrubs in line with the 27 constellations and nine planets. We also plan to develop a Tulsi vrindavan here,” said Mishra.Senior officials said the government is expected to spend Rs 25 lakh on the revival plan.Mishra said this year’s aarti would be shifted to Sonia Vihar Ghat, and is expected to take place on November 1. “We are expecting about 10,000 people to attend the aarti. We will also host artists from Gujarat and organize a cultural function on the day,” said Mishra.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will also unveil a Yamuna riverfront development plan for a 5-km long stretch on November 1.The development will cover 5-km of the Yamuna’s 22-km stretch through Delhi. The government plans to introduce water taxis and boating on the 5-km stretch towards Wazirabad.”The redevelopment plan includes the creation of wetlands, natural trails, an international standard rowing and canoeing facility, aarti ghat. The departments have been asked to only make use of bamboo and other natural material for construction. Nothing will be made of concrete,” said Mishra.He added that work on the revival plan will be done in three phases and will be completed in about a year-and-a-half. “The first phase will be completed by June next year. An estimated budget of Rs 200 crore has been set aside for the project,” said Mishra.

Punjab Congress terms Arvind Kejriwal a ‘bhagoda’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Congress on Wednesday called Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a ”bhagoda” (escapist), a day after war of words erupted between AAP”s national convener and Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh on Twitter.”After being forced to cow down before Captain Amarinder Singh”s factually substantiated and sharply aimed salvos during their 24-hour Twitter war, the ”bhagoda” (escapist) AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal seems to have decided to sulk,” alleged Punjab Congress in a statement here. PPCC leaders Kewal Singh Dhillon, OP Sonia and Rana Gurjit Singh in a statement here pointed out that even his remaining scheduled programmes, as part of his three-day visit to Punjab, appeared to have completely “fizzled out”, with hardly any takers for “Brand Kejriwal”.”Kejriwal has already disappeared from the Punjab election scene, even before the announcement of the poll dates,” said the PPCC leaders, asking the AAP leader, “Have you lost your tongue, or are you simply sulking – a trait you have evidently mastered as Delhi chief minister?” Just last month, in September 2016, the Congress in Delhi had observed ”Bhagoda Divas” to protest against the chief minister”s continued “absence” from the national capital while the people were battling a “virtual epidemic” of diseases, the Punjab Congress said.Noting that Kejriwal has been “baselessly alleging a nexus between Captain Amarinder and the ruling Badals of Shiromani Akali Dal” they said, he “backed off the moment” he was asked to “prove his charges publicly”.Yesterday, war of words between Arvind Kejriwal and Amarinder Singh turned ugly on Twitter after the Delhi Chief Minister accused the Punjab Congress chief of using an Akali leader”s “drug money” to fund his election campaign and the latter shot back, saying the AAP leader was “hallucinating” and challenged him to a debate.

Case against Kejriwal, Kumar Vishwas: Delhi HC dismisses petition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court on Monday dismissed a petition by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas challenging summons issued by a lower court in connection with a criminal case.Passing the order, Justice Aditya Nath Mittal of the Lucknow bench said, “For the facts and circumstances mentioned above, I do not find any sufficient ground to interfere in the present matter. I also do not find any sufficient ground to quash the entire criminal proceedings of case No.216 of 2016. The petition lacks merit, deserves to be dismissed. The petition is, therefore, dismissed.” On October 21, the court had reserved its order.Petitioner’s counsel Onkar Pandey said during the Lok Sabha elections, an FIR was lodged by the assistant election officer on April 20, 2014, against Kejriwal and Vishwas for allegedly making provocative speeches in Gauriganj area of Amethi district.The charge sheet was filed on April 13, 2016 and on October 7, the court of additional chief judicial magistrate, Sultanpur, issued summons against them. Both the petitioners challenged the proceedings of this case.On behalf of the state government, additional government advocate Shivanath Tilahari opposed the petition.

Delhi CM Avind Kejriwal seeks argument on charge in Arun Jaitley’s defamation case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders on Monday moved a city court seeking chance to be heard before it decided whether they would be put on trial in a criminal defamation complaint filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against them.Appearing before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass, Jaitley’s counsel informed the court that the Delhi High Court has dismissed the accused’s plea seeking stay on the trial court proceedings in the case. Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for the complainant, urged the court that notice/charge be framed against the accused persons — Kejriwal, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai. Advocate Rahul Mehra, however, moved an application on behalf of all the accused seeking chance to address the argument on point of whether to frame the charges.The court has now put up the matter for further hearing on November 11. The court granted exemption from personal appearance for the day to Kejriwal, Ashutosh and Sanjay. The court had on May 19 dismissed the accused’s plea seeking stay of the proceedings in the criminal defamation case, after which they approached the high court.Jaitley had filed the criminal defamation complaint alleging that the accused had allegedly defamed him in Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) controversy. A civil defamation suit has also been filed by Jaitley before the Delhi High Court in relation to the matter seeking Rs 10 crore in damages.

Punjab polls: Arvind Kejriwal, Amarinder Singh engage in war of words on Twitter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Amarinder Singh on Monday locked horns on social media after the AAP chief accused the Congress’ Punjab CM hopeful of using “drug money” in his campaign. Singh put out a stinging response to Kejriwal, saying he was “hallucinating” and seeing things that “don’t exist”.The two leaders have been increasingly trading barbs on Twitter as the Assembly election nears. “Sir, people talking in Punjab that u using (Bikram Singh) Majithia’s drug money in your campaign. Is it true? U had saved him from CBI enquiry three yrs back (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted. Majithia is Punjab’s Revenue Minister. The Punjab Congress chief was quick to respond, saying Kejriwal was “seeing stars during the day”.”When your hopes crash from 100 to 30 & still sliding, you’re bound to hallucinate & see things that don’t exist,” Singh tweeted. Kejriwal has been alleging a “nexus” between Congress and the ruling Akalis in poll-bound Punjab. He has dubbed Singh their “joint chief ministerial candidate”.”Sir, Badals closed corruption cases against u just a few months before elections. Why? Punjab asking what’s the deal?” Kejriwal had tweeted yesterday, responding to which Singh asked the AAP chief to “set his own house in order, before he sets his sights on Punjab”. Kejriwal was referring to Punjab Vigilance Bureau’s clean chit to Singh in his alleged role in the Amritsar Improvement Trust land scam case.

Delhi CM Kejriwal put on trial in defamation case filed by BJP MP Bidhuri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was on Saturday put on trial by a city court for alleged offence of defamation in a criminal complaint filed against him by BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri. Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh passed the order after which the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader, who was present before the court, pleaded not guilty and stated that he will contest the case. The court framed the notice under section 499 and 500 of Indian Penal Code, which deal with the offence of defamation.In his complaint, Bidhuri had alleged that Kejriwal had defamed him in an interview to a news channel. During the proceedings, the court also granted Kejriwal permanent exemption from personal appearance in the case. The court, however, said the AAP politician may be asked to appear personally in the case, if the need arose. The court has now fixed December 23 as the next date of hearing in the case.During the hearing, the Chief Minister said he had no intention to defame the BJP lawmaker, a claim contested by Bidhuri. Kejriwal, who was summoned as an accused in the complaint filed by Bidhuri, was granted bail by the court on July 8 after he appeared before it and furnished a personal bond of Rs 10,000. He was summoned as accused by the court in February this year on a criminal defamation complaint filed by Bidhuri, an MP from South Delhi parliamentary constituency, under section 500 (defamation) of the IPC.Bidhuri had claimed that during the interview, Kejriwal had falsely said that criminal cases were pending against Bidhuri and a Congress leader but Delhi Police was not taking action against them. Bidhuri has claimed that no case was pending against him and Kejriwal had defamed him by giving such a statement.

Case against Arvind Kejriwal, Kumar Vishwas: Allahabad HC reserves order

The charge sheet was filed on April 13, 2016 and on October 7, the court of additional chief judicial magistrate, Sultanpur, issued summons against them. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court on Friday reserved its order on a petition by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas challenging summons issues by a lower court in connection with a criminal case.Petitioner’s counsel Onkar Pandey said during the Lok Sabha elections, an FIR was lodged by the assistant election officer on April 20, 2014, against Kejriwal and Vishwas for allegedly making provocative speeches in Gauriganj area of Amethi district.The charge sheet was filed on April 13, 2016 and on October 7, the court of additional chief judicial magistrate, Sultanpur, issued summons against them. Both the petitioners challenged the proceedings of this case.On behalf of the state government, additional government advocate Shivanath Tilahari opposed the petition.

BJP not a party of Hindus, but greedy for money: Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after launching AAP’s poll campaign in Gujarat, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attacked the BJP government on Monday for use of force during the Patel agitation, terming it as a party full of “greedy people” for which it will not spare even its own.In a scathing Facebook post, Kejriwal said, contrary to its claim, BJP was not a champion of Hindus, referring to the death of Patidar youth during last year’s agitation and the recent assault on Dalits in Una. “BJP says it is a party of the Hindus. But it fired on Patel boys last year. Those boys were Hindus. If BJP is a party of the Hindus so why did it kill Hindu boys? Few months ago, in Una district, BJP got Dalit youth beaten up.”The truth is that BJP is not a party of the Hindus. BJP is a party full of people greedy of money and power for which it will not spare even its own,” Kejriwal said. Addressing the AAP’s first rally in Gujarat on Sunday, the AAP chief attacked BJP president Amit Shah, equating him with “General Dyer” and tried wooing the Patidar community by calling Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel a “patriot”.”I want to ask, what is the fault of Hardik Patel? Why sedition charge was slapped against him? I would like to say that there is no bigger patriot than Hardik Patel and there is no bigger traitor than General Dyer,” Kejriwal had said, referring to Shah. Gujarat goes to polls next year.

Arvind Kejriwal meets family of youth killed by cow vigilantes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Family members of a Muslim youth, who was allegedly killed by cow vigilantes on the suspicion of carrying a calf for slaughter, on Sunday met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in Vadodara.Mhammad Ayyub was beaten on SG Highway on the night of September 13 after his car met with an accident and a calf he was carrying died. Some people allegedly beat him up suspecting he was carrying the calf for slaughter, according to the police. He died at civil hospital in Ahmedabad three days later.Mohammad Arif, his brother, travelled to Vadodara from Ahmedabad on Sunday with his two sisters to meet Kejriwal.”We met Kejriwal at the circuit house and sought his help to get justice for our brother. He assured us that he will help us in getting justice and also took our mobile number and said he will meet us when he is in Ahmedabad next time,” Arif said.”We asked for his help in getting the three main culprits, all cow vigilantes, arrested. Police have arrested (other) eight persons. We also sought his help in getting compensation. Government never cared to contact us to find out about our plight,” he said.After the incident, police had formed a special investigation team which has arrested eight persons so far. But Arif alleged that main culprits, “Janak Mistry, Ajay Rabari and Bharat Rabari, were still at large”.

Protest at venue of Arvind Kejriwal’s rally in Surat, 35 detained

Protest at venue of Arvind Kejriwal’s rally in Surat, 35 detained

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Surat: The city police detained several protesters ahead of a rally of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal this evening. Those detained were protesting against the AAP supremo for his comments “seeking proof” of the army’s surgical strikes on terror launchpads in PoK.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

Protesters, waving black flags and breaking black earthen pots, dubbed Kejriwal as “pro-Pakistan” and asked him to leave Surat.

Members of an organisation, ‘Brahm Padkar Samiti’, were detained by the police from outside the Yogi Chowk venue of the rally.

Members of a Patidar group too staged a protest near the venue and were detained. “Around 35 protesters were detained and later released,” a police officer said.

Ahead of Kejriwal’s visit and rally here, banners came up at various parts of the city, depicting him as one of the “Heroes of Pakistan” by putting his photo alongside Osama bin Laden, Burhan Wani and Hafiz Saeed.

Banners about the “dubious” track record of several ministers of the AAP government in Delhi were also put up.

In some societies in the Patel-dominated Varachha area, posters warning the AAP leader against entering the area had also surfaced a few days back.

Guj polls 2017: Arvind Kejriwal meets Patidar agitator families, labels BJP oppressive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the ongoing Patidar agitation in Gujarat, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the families of deceased Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) pro-reservationists Girish and Siddharth and asked the Gujarat government to severely punish the politician who gave shooting orders to the police. The two died in police firing during a massive rally in Ahmedabad in August last year. “It is a tendency of the Bharatiya Janata Party to oppress the people and whoever opposes them. We have met with the families of Girish and Siddharth, and as you can see, we have met numerous agitator families who have been murdered, and the one thing coming out, is that the agitators were armless when the police fired. I honestly believe it is a murder, because they were innocent,” Kejriwal said. “Whichever leader has given the order to fire, he should be punished, so that the agitator families get justice,” he added. He said, “There are numerous agitator families where no one is earning money, the agitator family survivors have a daughter and a wife who get only four lakh rupees as concession from the government which is useless. So, it is our request to the Government of India to release the right compensation to the agitator families. I have talking to an agitator daughter whose school annual fees is Rupees three lakhs. From where are they supposed to get it, give them the right amount of money so that they can survive and stand on their feet? It is the government’s duty to take care of these families,” he said.”Protests are taking place under the watch of BJP president Amit Shah and they will continue. Our Gujarat leader Gulab Singh has been arrested on charges of conspiracy which is non-bailable. Basically, it has proved that the BJP is scared, and now is oppressing the agitators like they did in Gujarat and Delhi. The nation will rise up and oppose this oppression.

Guj elections: Arvind Kejriwal begins poll campaign, woos Hardik Patel supporters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid speculations of AAP planning to make a determined bid in poll-bound Gujarat, party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday sought the support of the agitating Patel community to “clean” the politics of Gujarat. Addressing a public gathering at Patel-dominated Piludra village here, the AAP chief said the village holds special significance as the quota agitation by the community started here a year ago, even as a little known outfit staged a protest over his remarks on cross-LoC surgical strikes. Recalling that AAP could make a clean sweep in Delhi in 2015 Assembly polls with the support of the common man, Kejriwal sought to draw a parallel with Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign and the Patidar agitation.”I salute your courage, as I came to know that Patidar agitation originated from this village. Few years back, we did Anna Andolan against rampant corruption in the country. We asked the government to enact a strict law to curb corruption, as we did not have such powers,” said Kejriwal. “Instead of fulfilling our demand, we were asked to form a government to bring such law. We were not taken seriously. As we did not have any other option, we formed a party and acquired 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi. This is the power of the common man,” said Kejriwal to a cheering crowd, mostly from the Patel community. “Patel agitation started from this village. Now, I request you to start another movement to clean the politics of Gujarat from this village. We all have to come together to fight against corruption and clean Gujarat’s politics,” said Kejriwal. He also raised the slogan of “Jay Sardar – Jay Patidar” several times. Kejriwal also paid floral tributes to Sardar Patel’s statue in Mehasna. He visited Kaamli village of Unjha taluka of this district, where he met the kin of Nagjibhai, a constable who committed suicide allegedly due to harassment from bootleggers and politicians last month. At the village, he also met parents of Kanubhai Patel, a Patidar youth died during quota violence last year.He then visited Unjha-based Umiya Mata temple, revered by the Patel community. Outside the temple, members of a little-known outfit Rashtriya Patidar Sansthan, staged protests against Kejriwal over his remarks on the surgical strikes. Patel quota stir leader Hardik Patel had yesterday issued a statement in support of Kejriwal. “We should not oppose Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal when he is coming to meet the family members of those who died during Patidar community’s reservation agitation. He will tell the rest of the country about our plight,” Patel said in a message from Udaipur. Later, Hardik through his organisation in Mehasna gave a memorandum to Kejriwal seeking his support to the stir.

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

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<!– /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.

Gujarat: On his four day visit, Kejriwal to meet kin of youths killed in Patel quota stir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet family members of Patidar youths, who were killed in the quota stir violence last year, during his Gujarat tour beginning Friday, a move dubbed as “casteist politics” and “stunt” by ruling BJP.As per the schedule of Kejriwal’s visit released by AAP’s Gujarat unit on Wednesday, Kejriwal would spend four days in the state, starting October 14. Kejriwal’s visit comes as part of AAP’s preparations for the Assembly polls in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, due next year.On October 14 and 15, Kejriwal would meet some families of the deceased Patel youths in Mehsana and Ahmedabad. At least 12 youths of the community were killed last year during the violence that erupted across Gujarat following detention by police of quota leader Hardik Patel on August 25 after their mega rally at GMDC ground here.Kejriwal will address a rally in Surat on October 16, before leaving for Delhi on October 17 afternoon. However, BJP has termed Kejriwal’s “goodwill gesture” for Patels, a decisive vote-bank in Gujarat, as a “political stunt and a drama.””Kejriwal and his AAP is known for spreading lies and enacting drama. His only intention is to gain publicity. That is why he is doing such stunts. But people of Gujarat will not be carried away with such tactics and he will never be accepted here,” state unit BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said in a statement.Slamming Kejriwal, state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani alleged that the AAP leader is creating tension in Gujarat by raking up past incidents. “This is purely casteist politics. By visiting Patel families, Kejriwal wants to rake up issues of the past for his political gains and wants to create tension in Gujarat. But, he will never succeed in his intentions,” said Vaghani.

DNA Poll: Has the Modi government betrayed the defence services by slashing disability pensions by almost half?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has notified a new set of rules for disability pensions for the armed forces, a move that came in for criticism from the opposition parties and the security establishment. The new rules replace the decade-old system governed by the Sixth Central Pay Commission (6th CPC) instituted in 2006 under which disability pensions arising from battle injuries, or disabilities attributable to/aggravated by military service, were calculated on a “percentage basis”, related to the last pay drawn. However, under the new scheme, disability pensions will be calculated according to a “slab system” that existed earlier. What the military personnel are upset about is that civilians will continue to be paid pensions according to the earlier “percentage system”, which means that a civilian employee will have higher disability pension than his military counterpart. What do you thinHas the Modi government betrayed the defence services by slashing disability pensions by almost half? Has the Modi government betrayed the defence services by slashing disability pensions by almost half?”This is very wrong. Our soldiers deserve better. I urge centre to increase disability pension n not decrease it,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also attacked the Modi government for what it termed as “downgrading” the armed forces. “On one hand, the government carries out a surgical strike and on the other it reduces the disability pension, thereby downgrading their morale. Why have you thrown into dustbin the recommendations of the three service chiefs,” Surjewala said. Sources said that until the September 30 notification, officers and soldiers who had suffered 100 per cent disability in battle were entitled disability pension that matched their last pay drawn. In addition, they would draw a “service component” of pension, which amounted to 50 per cent of their last pay drawn. Under the new rules, which come into effect retrospectively from January 1, 2016, the “service component” remains unchanged, but a “slab system” has been introduced for disability pension, which is lower than the percentage system Rs 27,000 a month for officers, 17,000 for junior commissioned officers (JCOs), and Rs 12,000 for all other ranks (ORs). Senior officers from the services also expressed their disappointment with the new pension rules.With inputs from agencies

AAP’s Kapil Mishra brands reporter as ‘BJP man’, media boycotts his presser

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Media persons on boycotted Aam Aadmi Party’s press conference after party leader Kapil Mishra branded a reporter as a member of ruling BJP when the latter sought his comments on a controversy surrounding Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s comments on surgical strikes.”The kind of questions you are asking, it seems that you are a member of BJP,” said Mishra, a minister in Delhi government, when the reporter of a local news channel asked him to explain AAP’s stand against the backdrop of Kejriwal’s comments on surgical strikes by Army across LoC.The question was put to Mishra when he was briefing media about recent visit of AAP leaders to home of a deceased ITBP jawan hailing from Gujarat’s Amreli district. Taking a strong objection to Mishra casting aspersions about the reporter, the media persons present at the presser boycotted the event. The press conference was called by Mishra to give information about Kejriwal’s upcoming rally on October 16.At beginning of the presser, Mishra, along with Gujarat AAP in-charge Gulab Singh, paid tributes to ITBP jawan Bhavesh Rakasiya who was injured in an avalanche and died on October 4.”It is shameful that the BJP and it’s government in Gujarat have not announced any compensation for the family of that martyr. It uncovers the real face of BJP and its leaders who always talks about patriotism. We demand that state government should pay Rs 1 crore as compensation (to the jawan,” said Mishra.Amid political slugfest over the surgical strikes, BJP had alleged that Kejriwal had sought proof of the Army action, though AAP has denied the charge.”BJP leaders are taking credit of surgical strikes by putting up their posters. On other side, these leaders are maligning Kejriwal’s image by accusing him of insulting Army. We have also learned that BJP workers have tore apart or blackened our CM’s posters in city. This is not Gujarat’s culture,” said Mishra.When some reporters asked him why he is seeing BJP’s hand in such acts, Mishra retorted, “it’s obvious because they are in power here and afraid of AAP’s rising popularity among the masses.”Mishra, however, tried to put media in dock when some reporters asked him whether he had any evidence to support his claim that such vandalism has been carried out by BJP workers and not by AAP cadres to gain publicity ahead of the rally.

Complaint filed against Rahul Gandhi over ‘Khoon ki dalali’ remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A complaint has been filled against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his comment of ‘Khoon ki dalali’ against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On Thursday, Gandhi, while concluding his ‘Kisan Yatra’ in Delhi at Jantar mantar accused Prime Minister Modi of playing politics over the “blood of jawans” who sacrificed their lives in Kashmir.Targeting the Prime Minister over the surgical strikes, Gandhi said “Jo hamare jawan hain jinhone apna khoon diya hai, Jammu and Kashmir mein khoon diya hai, jinhone Hindustan ke liye surgical strikes kiye hain, unke khoon ke peeche aap chhupe hain. Unki aap dalali kar rahe ho. Yeh bilkul galat hai . (You Modi are hiding behind the blood of soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir and those who carried out the surgical strikes for India. You are exploiting their sacrifices, which is very wrong).” Gandhi statement sparked controversy across the nation as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hit back at Gandhi in equal measure. BJP chief Amit Shah lashed out at the Congress vice-president, asking whether “dalali” was an appropriate word used in reference for the Indian Army and their valiant efforts in serving the nation. Addressing a press conference yesterday, Shah hit out at Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and others for politicising the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) on September 29. By saying ‘dalali’ over soldiers’ blood, Rahul Gandhi has crossed all limits. The remarks reflect the Congress’ mentality,” Shah said during a news conference at the BJP headquarters. “I strongly condemn his remarks. They are an insult not only to the brave armed forces and martyrs but the entire country.” “We want to ask him, who was the dalal in the Bofors scandal? Who was the dalal in the 2G scam? Dalali is a word used for deals. I want to ask Rahul Gandhi how is it possible to refer to this word while talking about the sacrifices of the Indian Army? Is the blood of our soldiers a tradable commodity?” Shah posed these questions at Friday’s press conference.

Arvind Kejriwal to meet families of Patel youths killed in Patidar agitation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet families of the youths who were killed during the Patidar (Patel) quota agitation in Ahmedabad and Mehsana when he visits Gujarat next week. The state would having Assembly elections next year. Kejriwal, whose party is making efforts to make inroads in Gujarat, will also hold a rally in Surat on October 16.”Arvind Kejriwal will come to Gujarat on October 15 and will head for Mehsana where he will meet family members of youths who were martyred during Patidar quota agitation. He will also visit family members of deceased youths in Ahmedabad,” Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi MLA and Gujarat in-charge Gulab Singh Yadav said.”Kejriwal will meet Patidar leaders at Mehsana circuit house,” Yadav said, adding that the AAP’s national convener will also visit Umiya Mata temple at Unjha in Mehsana. Umiya Mata is a revered deity of the Patidar community.On October 16, Kejriwal will hold a public rally at Yogi Chowk in Surat’s Varachha area, Yadav said. Before the rally, Kejriwal will meet business leaders and people from various communities. Yadav alleged that BJP workers and Surat Municipal Corporation were tearing down the hoardings put up by AAP ahead of the rally.”In the last two days our hoardings were torn by BJP supporters and the municipal corporation,” he said.”BJP supporters are trying to spread a rumour that Kejriwal supports Pakistan. But people are not affected by this, they are looking forward to his visit. The kind of fear visible in BJP camp due to the planned rally shows that the party is somewhere apprehensive about defeat in the 2017 Assembly elections,” he said.

India Post lashes out at Arvind Kejriwal in a tweet, later apologises and alleges hacking

New Delhi: The official Twitter handle of India Post on Wednesday tagged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a tweet, berating him for “becoming headlines” in the Pakistani media for “political gains”, but later deleted it and issued an apology.

“@ArvindKejriwal you have failed us big time Mr. Kejriwal, for you petty political gains you can become headlines for Pakistani press (sic),” the tweet, which was put out around 12 pm read.
When contacted, an official of the India Post said it may have been the result of “hacking or technical loophole”.

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“Corrective action was taken as soon as we learnt about it. We have apologised for the tweet. It may be an act of hacking or any technical loophole. We are looking into the matter. India Post does not intend to hurt anyone, which is clearly known to everyone,” the official said.

“Account hacked & some negative message @ArvindKejriwal has been posted. We sincerely apologies for inconvenience @manojsinhabjp @rsprasad (sic),” India Post later tweeted.

Aam Aadmi Party’s IT head Ankit Lal dismissed the clarification as the “same old and lame excuse”.

He mocked Union IT & Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, urging him to give a new phone to the “bhakt” who is being paid for running the departments Twitter handle.

This is not the first time that a government Twitter handle has run into troubled waters. The official handle of Indian Railways had retweeted a critical comment made by a user against Kejriwal on 8 September.

The official handle of Digital India had last month shared a poem hailing the security action and killings of civilians in Kashmir. It was later deleted and the person who had tweeted it suspended.

AIR had, through a tweet, taken on Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi the same month, while in July, Startup Indias Twitter account had shared two tweets targeting journalists and Pakistan.

Surgical Strikes: As chorus for proof grows, MoS Home Hansraj Ahir says Army handed over clips to govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As chorus for showing proof of the surgical strikes on terror launch pads grew, Union Minister Hansraj Ahir on Wednesday said the Army has handed over to the government video clips of the cross-LoC operation as per the laid down procedure.Ahir said there is a process for putting such issues in perspective which was duly followed by the Army as well as the government.”The laid down procedure has been followed. The DGMO briefed (about the surgical strikes). It was not the Defence Minister nor the Prime Minister and not the Home Minister. It was the DGMO who briefed (the media). That was the right thing to do and they (Army) did it.”There was a time when written documents were submitted. Now the times have changed. Now clips are given and the clips have been given,” he told reporters here.The Minister of State for Home’s statement came amidst the growing chorus for showing proof of Army’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads in PoK.A political slugfest broke out yesterday over surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC with Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam calling it “fake”, provoking stinging criticism from BJP even as his own party said it “totally dissociates” from his remarks.The Congress leader went on to demand “some evidence” to prove the surgical strikes did take place and accused the Centre’s ruling BJP of indulging in politics over the issue.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too had asked the government to release the proof of the cross-LoC surgical strikes to counter the Pakistani propaganda against the operation.With patriotic sentiments running high amid soaring tensions with Pakistan, Union Minister Uma Bharti said leaders who cast “doubt over the Army’s surgical strike should take Pakistani citizenship”.

Hitting out at those seeking proof, Naidu says discussions on surgical strikes will be insult to Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hitting out at those “seeking proof” of the surgical strikes in PoK, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said further discussions on the operations will be an “insult” to the “commendable” task carried out by the Army.”There is no need to respond to such irresponsible comments and demands. Fortunately, Congress has also realised its mistake and distanced itself from the comments of its leaders…AAP has also made it very clear,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event.He said nobody has any doubt about the “credentials and commitment” of the Indian Army which has done a “commendable” job and further discussions on the operations will be an “insult” to the force.”I don’t think any Indian citizen has got any doubt. Nobody is doubting the credentials and commitment of the Indian Army. It did a commendable job…It would be an insult to the Army if we further discuss,” he said.Naidu said the Director General Military Operations (DGMO) himself had given the statement about the operations in full details and also shared the information at an all-party meeting.He wondered if giving further details will be in the interest of the nation.Observing that entire country is happy about the surgical strikes, he said the world has also acknowledge the step taken by India.”Only Pakistan is saying something because they have to say something. They are not in a position to conduct funeral or last rites of their own citizens…This is their culture,” he said.Earlier, addressing the event, the minister said India does not want war with anybody, but will give a befitting reply if continuously provoked.”…We never want a war with anybody. If somebody continuously provokes us, we will give them a befitting reply like our jawans gave the reply recently,” he said.Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam had accused the BJP of indulging in politics over national interest and called the surgical strikes on terror camps as fake, the comments which were slammed by his own party.Congress leader P Chidmabaram had also reportedly said it was up to the government to give proof of the surgical strikes in which seven terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir were destroyed by the Army.Also, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Monday released a video message “saluting” Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the surgical strikes across the LoC and urging him to “unmask” Pakistan’s propaganda.Pakistan has denied that the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes against terrorist units on its side of the border on the intervening night of September 28 and 29.

India won’t forgive Kejriwal, Nirupam for disrespecting army: Dharmendra Pradhan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Calling Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam ‘bankrupt’ for demanding proof for the Indian army’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) last month, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday said both leaders were unable to digest army?s achievements, and thus were making illogical statements.Pradhan claimed both leaders were bent upon making headlines in the Pakistani media instead of celebrating the achievements of the Indian Army,.”Questioning the authenticity of the surgical strike be, it Kejriwal or Sanjay Nirupam, they are mentally bankrupt, unable to digest our achievements and thus, making such illogical statements. The nation will never forgive such people, words don’t even begin to describe how shameful these comments are,” Pradhan told ANI.”They don’t respect the Indian Army. All they care about is how many papers in Pakistan have published them in their headlines,” he added.Congress leader, Sanjay Nirupam on Thursday courted controversy by asking the Centre to give proof of the surgical strike that took place in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), while asserting that India was being insulted by Pakistan in the international arena for not doing so.However, minutes after his comments, the Congress distanced itself from it.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress leader P.Chindambaram also drew flak from Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for demanding proof of the surgical strikes.

Wrong to ask proof of surgical strike: Hazare slams Kejriwal’s demand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday expressed disagreement with his one-time protege and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying it is not right to ask for proof of surgical strikes by the army on terror camps in PoK.”It is unfair to ask for proof of surgical strikes. I condemn this. The matter is related to the army, country and the border. At this time, it is wrong to mistrust (the army). There was a lot planning done for the operation. In a such a case, how can we mistrust people,” Hazare said. He was speaking at the launch of the trailer of his biopic ‘Anna’.Hazare is a veteran of 1965 Indo-Pak war and was posted in the northeast at a time when insurgency was flaring in the region. In a televised speech yesterday, Kejriwal had “saluted” Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ordering the surgical strike but also referred to some international media reports and an UN group observations, both of which appear to question its authenticity, as he asked the Prime Minister to “unmask the Pakistani propaganda”.Claiming that Kejriwal “sought proof” on the anti-terror operation, the BJP asked him not to belittle the armed forces by getting influenced by Pakistani “propaganda”. At a press conference today, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the AAP leader should answer whether he believed in the Indian Army or not. Kejriwal rejected BJP’s criticism and accused it of playing politics over the anti-terror surgical strike and said why was the party “scared” when he had only asked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to counter the propaganda by Pakistan.Hazare also warned the Union government that if it does not implement the Lokpal Bill then he will again resort to protests in Ram Lila Maidan.

Surgical Strike | We may have differences, but I salute PM Modi for showing will power: Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a turn from his usual attacking stance on the Centre, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘decisiveness’ to act against Islamabad with a surgical strike and called on a latter to now wage a war against the ‘dirty propaganda’ being spread by Pakistan against India.Speaking in a message posted on YouTube, Kejriwal admitted that he may not see eye-to-eye with the Prime Minister on several counts, but saluted the move by the latter to carry out a surgical strike against active terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).”19 jawans lost their lives in Uri and the Indian Army took revenge for that last week and carried out surgical strikes in terror launch pads. I may have 100 disagreements with the Prime Minister on several issues, but I salute the will power shown by him in this matter,” he said.Asserting that Pakistan is losing its mind since the operation was carried out, Kejriwal said that the hostile neighbour has now resorted to dirty propaganda against India in an attempt to save its image.”We have seen in the past two weeks that Pakistan is taking international journalists to the border and trying to show them that no surgical strike happened in the first place. Two days ago, the United Nations gave a statement that no untoward activity has been spotted on the border. CNN ran a report that Pakistan government took a bus filled with international journalists to prove that no such strike took place, and that people are living regularly and that enraged me to no end,” the Chief Minister said.Emphasising that several international news organisations like BBC and the New York Times were running reports questioning the existence of such an operation by India, Kejriwal added that Pakistan is working hard to insult India on an international level.He then appealed to the Prime Minister to expose Pakistan’s propaganda and attempts to malign India, in the same way the Indian Army took revenge for the deadly Uri attack.”I appeal to the nation not to fall for Pakistan’s false propaganda,” he added.

Delhi CM Kejriwal says it is time to stand with Centre, differences can be sorted out later

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of escalating tension between India and Pakistan, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said it is time to stand with the Centre and the differences can be sorted out later.”As there is tension along the LoC it is the responsibility of the entire country to stand with the Centre. We can sort out differences between the Delhi government and the Centre later,” he said at a special session of Delhi Assembly. The one-day special session was convened to expose the “conspiracy” behind the FIRs against him, ministers and AAP MLAs.On the request of the Chief Minister, Speaker Ram Niwas Goel postponed the discussion on the issue for a date yet to be decided. He alleged that 16 AAP MLAs have been booked in “false” cases and even he was named in an FIR, but the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) later clarified it was typographical error.Kejriwal was named in an FIR by the ACB in alleged irregularities in Delhi Commission for Women even as the anti-graft body said that he would not be questioned. He had alleged that the FIR had been registered against him at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Claiming that ACB chief M K Meena had said he did not know about the Chief Minister being named in the FIR, Kejriwal alleged, “Has the FIR against me been made in the PMO? It was done as part of a very big conspiracy which we wanted to expose in the Assembly.” The Delhi government is doing a good work which is being appreciated not only in India but across the world, he said.”However, hurdles are being created in our work,” the Chief Minister said.Slamming BJP for appointing B S Yeddyurappa as its national vice-president, Kejriwal alleged, “When they got to know that Yeddyurappa took money, they (BJP) appointed him as vice-president of his party.” “But in our party, when we came to know that our minister was involved in irregularities, we threw him out of the government,” he said, and claimed that after Independence, AAP is perhaps the only party which has taken strict action against wrongdoings.On Tuesday, Kejriwal had tweeted, “False cases against AAP MLAs n ministers, FIR against me, CBI raid on me – why? A v big conspiracy. Will expose in Del Assembly on Fri (sic)”.

Arvind Kejriwal targets PM Modi over ‘failure’ of Income Declaration Scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday alleged that the Centre was targeting the country’s small traders following the “failure” of its Income Declaration Scheme (IDS).In his two-page letter to the Prime Minister, Kejriwal claimed that Centre has “failed” to take action against black money holders and it is now targeting country’s small traders to complete the target under the scheme.”All the small shopkeepers and businessmen of country are afraid of new campaign launched by your Income Tax (IT) department. “There is news that small stalls of roadside like jalebi and vada pav sellers are being raided by IT officials and you have given orders to raid country’s one lakh small traders from October,” the CM said in the letter.The Union Budget for 2016-17 had announced a 4-month compliance window, allowing domestic black money holders to declare their unaccounted wealth, pay a tax and penalty of 45 per cent and escape prosecution and harsher punishment. The window under the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) 2016 opened on June 1 and will close on September 30.

AAP minister Satyendra Jain under IT scanner; says ‘it’s a reassessment’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain, who has come under the scanner of the Income Tax department for allegedly indulging in hawala transfers worth nearly Rs. 17 crores, on Tuesday said it was a reassessment and he was only called as a witness.The IT department has asked Jain to appear before it on October 4.”I have been called here as a witness. This is nothing sensational like the way you have been showing it on the television. You will show anything?.Some assessment of companies is taking place. I had some investment in those companies four or five years back. They want to enquire about that,” Jain told the media.Jain said he had invested in those companies, but now he doesn’t have any connection with them.”When I had contested elections for the first time, I dissociated myself from these companies. I don’t have knowledge of any transactions. Will you prove the charges? Let them prove. The Income Tax Department is saying this is an assessment, not an investigation. This is a notice of reassessment,” he added.The health minister also added that within the next two days, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal would ‘expose’ something big in the assembly and dared the media to broadcast it.”After two days, the chief minister will expose the matter and that’s why you are being nervous. He will expose the matter in the Vidhan Sabha those channels which have guts show it live. If Times Now has guts, show it. Your Times Now will be blacked out,” he added.According to the IT Department, four companies of Jain have illegally transferred Rs. 17 crores while he received cheques issued to these companies.He is alleged to have used that money to buy properties near unauthorised colonies.Four companies belonging to Jain are under I-T scanner are ? Indo metal impax, Akinchan developers Pvt Ltd, Paryas Info solution and Manglyatan projects.

Punjab women Congress workers protest Kejriwal’s arrival, show black flags

Amritsar: Heckled by BJP and Congress workers during his last visit to Punjab by train, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday chose to come by a plane, but was again shown black flags by Congress women workers as his convey came out of the airport here.

A large group of Punjab Mahila Congress members led by its president Mamta Dutta protested against the alleged misgovernence by Kejriwal government in the capital as the Aam Aadmi Party chief reached here to campaign for the Assembly polls.

Amritsar: Punjab Mahila Congress president Mamta Dutta along with supporters waves black flags and raise slogans during a protest against Delhi CM and AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal near the Airport in Amritsar on Sunday. PTI Photo (PTI9_25_2016_000120B)Amritsar: Punjab Mahila Congress president Mamta Dutta along with supporters waves black flags and raise slogans during a protest against Delhi CM and AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal near the Airport in Amritsar on Sunday. PTI Photo (PTI9_25_2016_000120B)

Punjab Mahila Congress president Mamta Dutta along with supporters wave black flags and raise slogans protesting against Arvind Kejriwal PTI

After landing at the Sri Guru Ramdas International Airport, Kejriwal straightway headed to Jalandhar where he was scheduled to attend a gathering of the Aggarwal community.

With placards saying ‘Kejriwal Go back’, Congress activists alleged his MLAs were involved in outraging the modesty of women and the leader of such persons will not be tolerated in Punjab.

Dutta also alleged that she was badly “pushed and manhandled” by a male constable during the protest and she sustained injuries on her face.

Other women Congress activists also alleged that they were pushed and shoved by policemen when they attempted to intercept Kejriwal’s cavalcade.

After the incident, Congress activists staged a protest on the middle of road for one hour.

On 8 September, Kejriwal was heckled by BJP, Congress and Akali Dal protesters at railway stations both in New Delhi and Ludhiana when he took a Shatabdi express from Delhi to reach Punjab for a four-day tour to boost the party’s campaign in the state where polls are due early next year.

Uri attack: Grave failure of diplomacy, says AAP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hitting out at the Centre over the Uri attack that left on Sunday 17 soldiers dead, the AAP said the assault was the result of “grave failure” of diplomacy and someone has to take responsibility for it. Condemning the attack, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said India cannot be “cowed down” by such incidents.”This is a difficult time. The army still has the best means (to deal with such situation), but this is a grave failure of diplomacy. Someone should take responsibility for it,” Deputy Chief Minister and senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said.Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra demanded a “national mourning” be declared at the loss of 17 soldiers. Taking a swipe at the Narendra Modi government, Mishra questioned whether it is the “NDA government or NiNDA (condemnation) government.”He was referring to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement in which he had condemned the attack.Attacking the Defence Minister, AAP leader Ashutosh said when the attack took place, Manohar Parrikar was in Goa. “Same was the case when the Pathankot terror attack took place and Ordnance factory got gutted,” he said.

All Goa women have ration cards, no need for AAP to come: CM Parsekar mocks Sandeep Kumar’s sex scandal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Sunday took a jibe at Aam Admi Party (AAP), saying the party has nothing to gain in Goa where all women have ration cards, an oblique reference to sacked Delhi Minister Sandeep Kumar who allegedly raped a woman who had sought his help to obtain the document.”In Goa, all women have ration cards. Hence, I feel AAP has nothing to gain here,” Parsekar told a gathering of Mahila Morcha, BJP’s women wing, in Panaji. “It is shameful that one woman was exploited for ration card,” he said, attacking the Arvind Kejriwal-led party which has announced plans to contest next year’s Assembly elections in the coastal State, where BJP is in power.Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, a former Goa CM, had also made a veiled reference about the CD scandal involving Kumar and the ration card issue while addressing BJP workers in Panaji on Saturday.Taunting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who recently underwent a tongue surgery, Parsekar said “Kejriwal is taking some treatment because he spoke so much in Delhi and Goa that his tongue size grew and hence had to be treated.

‘Modi govt in Ambani’s pockets’: Kejriwal targets Amit Shah, Reliance and Mohan Bhagwat on Twitter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mohan Bhagwat should himself father ten children and raise them well before “inciting” Hindus, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday, wading into the row over the RSS chief’s comments on Hindu population. “Before inciting the Hindus, Bhagwat should himself father 10 children and show that he can raise them well,” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.Bhagwat had on Saturday courted controversy when he said, “Which law says that the population of Hindus should not rise? There is nothing like that. What is stopping them when population of others is rising? The issue is not related to the system. It is because the social environment is like this.”The RSS chief’s remarks had come during an interaction at an event in Agra when somebody asked him a question on the issue of declining Hindu population. The AAP chief also took on BJP chief Amit Shah over his comments on nationalism.”We have to unite against those who want to crush freedom of speech and democracy in the garb of nationalism,” said another post by Kejriwal on the microblogging site.Kejriwal was referring to Shah’s tweets that people will have to unite against those “dividing” the nation in the name of nationalism and that no nation can stand together in the absence of nationalism and patriotism.In another tweet, Kejriwal alleged that “Congress was in Ambani’s pockets, similarly the Modi government is in Ambani’s pockets too.”His comments came on a day the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) sought quashing of an FIR against it for alleged irregularities in raising the price of gas from KG 6 basin, telling Delhi High Court that the AAP government was “never entitled” to lodge an FIR against it.