Continuing the attack on Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday that he was “extremely saddened” after reading the noting of the L-G on doorstep delivery of services scheme.On Tuesday, Sisodia had alleged that the L-G rejected the proposal for 40 doorstep services in the national Capital. “I am unable to understand why the L-G has a problem with residents of Delhi getting delivery of services at their doorstep? The basic question that arises is that should a selected L-G have the power to reject a major decision of the elected government?” Sisodia asked on Wednesday.Among the 40 public services that were to be covered under the scheme in the first phase were caste certificates, income certificates, driving licences, duplicate driving licences, new water and sewer connections, handicap pension schemes, domicile certificates, delayed birth order, Lal Dora certificates, etc. Clarifying the doubts raised by the L-G, Sisodia said these services will put an end to the long queues in government offices. “There will be a 100 per cent feedback system to check corruption and quality of services. There is no fear of documents going missing as the executive will visit your place, scan the documents, and upload them then and there. This system will be super quick. The executive will visit your place on a phone call and provide the services,” he explained.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had planned to hire a private agency to implement the decision. According to the plan, mobile sahayaks (facilitators) will be hired through the agency, which would set up call centres.
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The race has started within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to get Rajya Sabha seats a day after the Election Commission (EC) announced polls on January 16 to fill up vacancies. Three top leaders — Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Kumar Vishwas — who are waiting for four years for a Rajya Sabha seat have started lobbying.But CM Kejriwal wants to give the seats to a Muslim, a woman and a representative of the trading community. Sources in the party has hinted that two of them are Imran Pratapgadi, who campaigned for the party in Punjab and hails from Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi-based businessman Sushil Gupta. Sources, however, rejected speculations on Swati Maliwal being rewarded with a Rajya Sabha seat.Even though chances are less, all the three leaders are doing their best to garner support fore themselves.In case of Vishwas, his relationship with Kejriwal deteriorated after he called him an autocrat. “I am a human being. I also have ambitions. My supporters also feel that I should go the the Rajya Sabha where I will be an articulate voice against the BJP and the Congress. I founded the Aam Aadmi Party with Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia. Yet I have never even had the tea of Delhi Secretariat,” he had said.For Sanjay Singh, Kejriwal has stood by him through eups and downs. He maintains a healthy relationship with both Congress and BJP leaders. During the President’s Rule in Delhi in 2014, Sanjay Singh played a crucial role in bringing back the party from the verge of collapse. In Punjab Assembly polls this year, Sanjay Singh was made the state-in-charge but with the loss of Punjab, chances of him getting the seat is almost impossible.When it comes to journalist-turned-politician Ashutosh, who was behind making Kejriwal a national leader from an RTI activist , chances are low too. Ashutosh joined when AAP went to fight the Parliamentary polls in 2014 against two veterans — Congress Kapil Sibal and BJP Harsh Vardhan.Earlier, the party approached former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan to be its candidate, but he is believed to have declined the offer.The AAP has 66 members in the 70-member Delhi Assembly and its victory on all three seats looks certain.
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The Gujarat debacle notwithstanding, the Aam Aadmi Party is gearing up to contest assembly elections in Karnataka.AAP’s observer for Karnataka and party’s political action committee member Sanjay Singh today visited Bengaluru and discussed with the state team about the possibility to contest the elections.”Today Sanjay Singh had a discussion with the team and saw the ground realities”, AAP’s state convener and central core committee member Prithvi Reddy told PTI here.AAP may not have a popular face in the state but it has decided to invite all like-minded people to join the party.”Leadership will automatically evolve. Just because you don’t have a face that doesn’t mean you should not fight election. It is not necessary to have a face to fight an election,” Reddy said.Reddy said the AAP was open to welcome dissident Ravi Krishna Reddy, who quit the party about two years ago.If he chooses to come back, the party would definitely consider it. It was time for good people to come together, Reddy said.Social activist Santosh Nargund has joined the party and will contest against BJP heavyweight and former chief minister Jagadish Shettar in Hubballi.In the just concluded assembly polls in Gujarat, AAP had failed to make any impact with all the 27 candidates fielded by it losing their deposits.
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NOTA was more popular than the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidates in the 2017 Assembly elections. In fact, in all of the 29 seats (except two) that the party contested, NOTA polled the third highest votes after Congress and BJP.The AAP candidates also continued the party’s trend of losing their deposits. It should be noted that all the candidates of AAP had lost their deposit in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. That was the first time the AAP had contested in the polls in Gujarat.In fact in the 2017 elections, except for eight seats, the party got votes in three digits in the rest of the seats it contested.It can take solace from the fact that in Katargam and Bapunagar its candidates came third.In places like Chhota Udepur, the AAP unwittingly cut into the leading parties votes. Congress won Chhota Udepur with a slim margin of 1093 votes. It should be noted that the party had been called the BJP’s B-team after it put up candidates in seats where the winning margin was slim. At that time it was believed that AAP candidates would cut into the anti-BJP’s votes. In Chhota Udepur, it seems the AAP and another independent ended up helping the Congress.On the party’s poor performance, Harshil Nayak, spokesperson for the AAP said that the votes polled by the candidates have come as a shocker. “We were not expecting to poll such low number of votes. In fact, in places like Kamrej we had set up a helpline asking people to give us missed calls to let us know if they supported us and we had got 11,000 calls,” said Nayak. The party won 1454 votes in Kamrej.It should be noted that before going to polls, the party had claimed that it would concentrate its energy on 10 seats where it was likely to get good response. It fared poorly in most of the 10 seats.
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After the Congress, the AAP and Patidar leader Hardik Patel expressed apprehension that the EVMs may have been tampered, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar didn’t let go of the opportunity to mock at the opposition. He tweeted on Sunday night that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) have helped making elections “transparent and impartial” and those criticising them were doing so out of the fear of defeat. Kumar’s observation came a day before the counting of votes for the Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, and in the backdrop of allegations of EVM tampering in Gujarat to favour the BJP. “Some may criticize the EVMs out of fear of defeat, but the EVMs have made elections transparent and impartial. Now, nobody can deprive anybody of the right to cast votes,” Kumar, who has predicted a comfortable majority for the BJP in Gujarat, tweeted in Hindi. The Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party and Patidar leader Hardik Patel have expressed apprehension that the EVMs may have been tampered with in Gujarat where the BJP has been in power for 22 years and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had served as the Chief Minister for over a decade.(With PTI inputs)
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The Delhi High Court (HC) has issued a notice to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, seeking its reply on a plea of INLD chief OP Chautala, who is serving a 10-year jail term for his role in a teachers’ recruitment scam case. Chautala has sought a two-month parole to look after his ailing wife.Justice Mukta Gupta directed the authorities concerned to place, within two days, their status report on Chautala’s plea for parole, listing the matter for December 14. Appearing for former Haryana chief minister Chautala, advocate Amit Sahni submitted that the convict’s wife Sneh Lata was critically ill and hospitalised in Sirsa, Haryana. He said the 78-year-old woman was in the intensive care unit (ICU).The plea filed by the 82-year-old politician also urged the court to release him on parole on medical grounds. He said he wanted to spend some time with his wife in her last days. The plea further stated that the leader was last granted parole earlier this year, and he was entitled to another parole, as per the parole and furlough guidelines, which stipulate that a minimum of six months should lapse after the date of termination of the previous parole.On March 1, the HC had cancelled the parole granted to the former CM and asked him to “surrender forthwith”, saying he cocked a snook at the court and “misled” it by feigning illness. It had then said that Chautala was misusing his parole to attend public meetings.On March 5, 2015, the HC upheld the 10-year jail terms awarded to the two Chautalas and three others, saying “the overwhelming evidence showed spine-chilling state of affairs in the country”.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Aam Aadmi Party was today served a notice of Rs 30 crore by the Income Tax department over the donations received by it, a move Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal dubbed as the “height of political vendetta”.”In the history of India, all donations to a political party have been declared illegal. All these were accounted for and shown in books of accounts. This is a height of political vendetta,” Kejriwal tweeted. Income Tax Department sources said the notice was issued by the assessing officer under section 156 (notice of demand).They said it was issued in the “normal course”, where ITRs are picked up for scrutiny by the assessing officer. “As the case was getting time barred, the notice was issued to the concerned assessee. “Similar notices have been issued to other entities too. The notice of demand (to AAP) is for income arising from various sources including donations,” a senior official said.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1,215 nominations have been filed for the 89 seats going to polls in the first phase on December 9, official sources said. Tuesday was the last day for filing of nominations.According to officials, as many as 377 nominations were filed on Monday to go with the 111 filed earlier, taking the total number to 488. As is always the case, most of the nominations were filed on the last day.Majority of the candidates of the BJP, Congress and other parties such as Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and Shiv Sena, filed their nominations on Tuesday, and so did many independent candidates.However, the number will come down as nomination forms of dummy candidates will be rejected during scrutiny on Wednesday. A clear picture about the candidates left in fray will emerge only on Friday, which is the last day for withdrawing nominations.The filing of nominations for the second phase of polling on December 14 also commenced on Monday. 93 seats in north and central Gujarat will go to polls in phase two.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is still exploring whether to nominate its leaders or eminent people from various walks of life in the Rajya Sabha election from Delhi early next year, senior leader Gopal Rai has said.Rai said the party was “yet to take a final call” on its nominees.The party approached former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan to be its candidate, but he is believed to have declined the offer.An AAP leader, requesting anonymity, said last week that the party was looking for an economist, an eminent jurist and a known name in the field of social service to represent the party in the Rajya Sabha.This was also being done to put to end to the rancour within the party over the Rajya Sabha nominations.The AAP has 66 members in the 70-member Delhi Assembly and its victory on all three seats looks certain.The tenure of the three incumbent Rajya Sabha members from Delhi ends on January 28, 2018.Talking to reporters at an informal briefing on Friday, Rai said the party was exploring all possibilities.Many AAP leaders are reportedly vying for the Rajya Sabha nomination.Kumar Vishwas is considered to be a strong contender for a Rajya Sabha berth, but looking at his rocky relationship with the leadership at the moment, his nomination looks unlikely.Asked whether anyone has made their ambition clear for the Rajya Sabha seats, Rai, in a dig at Vishwas, said, “There aren’t many insecure people in the party.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sparking a furore, Maharashtra water resources minister Girish Mahajan said liquor manufacturers should rechristen their products with names of women to increase sales. Mahajan, speaking at a function at the Satpuda co-operative sugar factory at Nandurbar in north Maharashtra on Saturday, referred to the unit’s chairman Deepak Patil’s statement that their ‘Maharaja’ brand of liquor suffered from poor demand.”You said your liquor is not sold much,” said Mahajan, who also holds medical education portfolio in the Maharashtra government, adding that Bobby, Bhingari and Julie brands of alcohol had high sales.”So, I asked you, what is the name of your liquor brand? You said Maharaja. Then how can things fit in? Change it to Maharani and see how sales boom. Nowadays, it is like this, liquor also has the names of women. Same goes for tobacco, with names like Kamal, Vimal, Suman,” he added.”If you try this… I feel your sales will certainly show a difference,” said Mahajan.The statement was condemned by political parties. While the NCP’s women’s wing protested at places like Nashik, the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Preeti Sharma Menon said this was “stooping to a low level”.”What is the purpose of saying this? I am shocked a minister from the state is so eager to increase liquor sales. Is this his social responsibility?… how did he make this anti-women statement?” said Menon, demanding that he apologize to women immediately.This is not the first time that Mahajan, who represents Jamner in Jalgaon in the state assembly, has found himself in the middle of a controversy. Earlier this year, the ex-ABVP worker considered close to CM Fadnavis, had been criticized after he attended the wedding of Dawood Ibrahim’s relative.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five months after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) suspended its Okhla MLA, Amanatullah Khan, for calling senior party leader Kumar Vishwas a BJP agent, the party has revoked the decision, leaving Vishwas incensed.According to Khan, he was informed about the decision by party leader Ashutosh on Sunday. “I received a call from Ashutosh, who informed me that my suspension has been revoked. It’s a welcoming decision. Now, I’ll be able to give undivided attention to my duties,” Khan said.On being asked whether he still stood by his statement against Vishwas, who is now heading the party’s Rajasthan unit, Khan said: “We should forget what happened in the past and work together for the prosperity of the party. All of us are working for the same goal and Kumar Vishwas is working hard for the party in Rajasthan.” He added that he didn’t wish to get into any other political controversy.Meanwhile, in a statement to the media, Vishwas said he was not worried about the Rajya Sabha ticket or Amanatullah, adding that he has found himself alone within the party in connection to many national issues.AAP has been witnessing huge internal crises, following its humiliating defeat in the Delhi civic polls held in April.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government has seized nearly 30,000 kg of plastic bags, issued 1,650 challans, and levied fines worth Rs 3,180,000 as Environmental Compensation this year, so far.The campaign against the use of plastic bags has been in motion since the National Green Tribunal (NGT), in a notice dated August 10, 2017, directed that any person found in possession of or using plastic carry bags shall be liable to pay Environment Compensation of Rs 5,000 per default, and the bags shall be seized on the spot.The figures have been compiled by the Environment Department after obtaining them from the New Delhi Municipal Council, three MCDs, Delhi Cantonment Board, and Delhi government departments concerned. Teams of officials from the Revenue Department, NDMC, three MCDs, DPCC, and Delhi Cantonment Board have ensured implementation of the said directions.Environment Minister Imran Hussain has further directed the officials to intensify the drive against defaulters to make a visible difference. While providing the data, Hussain stressed on the effective implementation of the ban by carrying out widespread checks and running mass awareness programmes. On Thursday, the NGT had directed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to strictly impose a fine of Rs 5,000 on violators and carry out raids on shops and vendors possessing plastic bags in the city.It also directed the AAP government to submit a status report on the steps taken to implement the ban on plastic in the Capital.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The odd-even scheme, which is all set to make a comeback in the Capital, was first implemented by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government in 2016 – from January 1-15 and again between April 15-30. The scheme was intended to combat pollution if the air quality enters the ’emergency’ category.The road rationing scheme is intended to take almost 50 per cent vehicles off the city roads by restricting vehicles with number plates bearing odd and even numbers to ply on alternate days. The scheme was only applicable to cars while people were free to use two-wheelers.The fortnight-long exercise, besides having fewer vehicles on road, focuses on measures such as encouraging commuters to take public transport, car-pooling and using environment-friendly modes of transport such as cycling to work.The traffic police have a major role to play during the exercise for monitoring of vehicles.During the first stint, the scheme was enforced with much enthusiasm in the Capital with the deployment of traffic personnel and civil defence volunteers in large numbers. During the trial, a total of 9,140 challans were issued to violators collecting over Rs 1.82 crore as the compounding amount by the traffic police and the transport department.The AAP government claiming the experiment proved to be successful had got the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW) – an independent think tank – to conduct a study on its effects.The CEEW, in its report, stated that there was no conclusive evidence to support if odd-even helped to improve the air quality of Delhi.However, the report revealed a definite increase in the use of public transport and two-wheelers. There was a 138 per cent rise in the number of people using buses, 22 per cent in taxis, 12 per cent in auto-rickshaws and 17 per cent in two-wheelers.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Its tyres replaced, a brand new battery and an engine control module finally in place, the Aam Aadmi Party’s Wagon R, which was stolen earlier this month, is ready to hit the road after beating a severe fund crunch.Vandana Singh, a mid-rung AAP leader who was using the car before it was stolen, calls it “jugaad”, that particularly north Indian term to denote innovative, quick-fix solutions.The battery and two tyres (the other two are workable) have been sponsored by AAP volunteers, while the engine control module has been purchased by Singh.Dents, scratches and all, the humble blue hatchback is more than just a set of wheels for Delhi’s ruling party and has enormous sentimental value, say party workers.The car was stolen from right outside the Delhi Secretariat on October 12 and found in Ghaziabad two days later. The robbers had removed its battery, replaced the tyres with old worn out ones and even changed the spare.”The IP Estate police station handed over the car to us on October 16. But we realised that its battery was stolen and tyres replaced. We had to tow the car using another vehicle from the party office,” said Singh.Then began the task of starting the car. Shortage of funds proved to be major hurdle, she said. Till the “jugaad” happened, it rested inside the premises of the party office at Rouse Avenue.”Kuch jugaad kar diya hain (we have made some arrangement),” Singh said with a sense of satisfaction.She described the two days after losing the car as amongst the most miserable in her life. Reproachful eyes of party workers conveyed that losing the car was an “unforgivable mistake”, she said.”I must have got at least 100 calls the day I lost the car,” she said.However, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tried to cheer her up, Singh added.Gifted by a party volunteer in January 2013, the blue Wagon R helped in crystallising Kejriwal’s status as an “aam aadmi” with a people connect.He used it till the 2015 assembly election.The car has seen it all — Kejriwal’s ascension to power in 2013, his downfall in 2014 and again his rise in 2015.Quick to realise that the car itself had become a talking point and was synced with his ‘aam aadmi’ image, Kejriwal chose to use the Wagon R even after becoming chief minister the first time in 2013.Photographs of Kejriwal sitting next to the driver did the rounds of newspaper and social media pages, as much a part of his persona as the muffler or the wide collared shirt and sweater. He also slept in it during a protest outside Rail Bhavan after he became chief minister in the winter of 2013.Associated with its “andolan” days, the car also carries a lot of emotional value for its volunteers.AAP’s Haryana unit convenor Naveen Jaihind borrowed the “lucky” car from Kejriwal when he was contesting the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Rohtak.He lost the election but his affection for the car remained — he announced a prize to anyone who helped get back the car.”The blue Wagon-R is more than a car to us. That is why it was important for us to have it running,” Singh said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Responding to the suggestion of Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri to give Rs 3,000 crore per annum to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to prevent the proposed fare hike, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has agreed to give Rs 1,500 crore. The decision was announced in a series of tweets by AAP spokesperson Nagendar Sharma.Sharma said on Sunday that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had responded to “every point” in the letter written by Puri, in which he had given the Rs 3,000 crore suggestion. Emphasising that the Delhi government was willing to take over the Metro and provide an efficient transport system, if the Centre agreed, Sharma also offered a matching grant of Rs 1,500 crore.The AAP government had last week sought the Centre’s intervention in preventing the new fares from seeing the light of the day. It had written a letter to Puri, urging him to exercise the power vested in him as urban development minister and direct the DMRC to hold back the new tariffs.Refusing to back the AAP government, Puri had written a letter to Kejriwal, asking if his government was willing to provide a grant of Rs 3,000 crore, following which it could constitute a new fare fixation committee and the fare hike could be rolled back. He even gave a detailed break up of the total amount required by DMRC to keep the Metro chugging as efficiently.Puri stated that the total grants-in-aid required in the next five years starting from 2017-18 till 2021-22 would be Rs 3,040 crore, 3,616 crore, 3,318 crore, 3,150 crore and 2,980 crore, respectively, that would go towards clearing off its loan, depreciation for replacements, and operational expenses, etc.LETTER STATESPuri stated that the total grants-in-aid required in the next five years starting from 2017-18 till 2021-22 would be Rs 3,040 crore, 3,616 crore, 3,318 crore, 3,150 crore and 2,980 crore, respectively
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lashing out at the ongoing controversy over the regularisation of guest teachers in the Capital, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said “I am an elected chief minister, not a terrorist”.Furious over the L-G Anil Baijal’s decision to oppose the Bill, Kejriwal launched a broadside against the L-G, BJP and the bureaucracy, alleging a nexus between them, which prompted a walk-out by the Opposition.He was taking part in a discussion on a Bill introduced in the Assembly to regularise the employment of around 15,000 guest teachers (working on contractual basis) in Delhi government-run schools. The Bill was later passed by the House through voice vote.”Hum Delhi ke maalik hai (we are Delhi’s masters), not the bureaucracy,” he asserted at one point, which was greeted with loud cheers and table thumping by the Aam Aadmi Party MLAs.Registering his objection, Baijal said that matters relating to ‘services’ fall beyond the legislative competence of the Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi and that the proposed legislation was not in accordance with the Constitutional scheme.Kejriwal alleged that the files relating to the regularisation of the teachers were never shown to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, by the officials on the direction of the L-G.”What state secrets do these files contain that they cannot be shown to us? I want to tell the LG that I am an elected CM of Delhi and not a terrorist. He (Sisodia) is an elected education minister, not a terrorist,” Kejriwal said, drawing references from a dialogue of the 2010 Shah Rukh Khan starrer My Name is Khan.Kejriwal also took exception to Baijal’s objection that the government did not consult the Law Department before introducing the Bill. “People did not elect the law secretary, they elected us. The country is run on democracy, not bureaucracy. We are Delhi’s masters. They (bureaucrats) will follow our orders,” he said.Since storming to power in 2015, the AAP and the bureaucracy have shared an uneasy relationship with frequent run ins over matters of jurisdiction, mainly due to the capital’s administrative structure where the LG enjoys primacy over the elected CM.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, along with Health Minister Satyendar Jain, made a surprise visit to the GB Pant and the Lok Nayak hospitals on Tuesday, to check the supply of medicines.Kejriwal interacted with patients, making inquiries about the kind of problems they were facing in getting treatment. Making surprise visits to government hospitals has become a part of the CM’s routine. He has earlier also visited many government hospitals and even suspended officials for not implementing the decisions taken by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government.On Tuesday, the CM summoned the Director of GB Pant Hospital as some of the medicines were unavailable. “After he spoke to a few of the patients, the CM found out that some medicines were not available in the hospital. The patients were worried about the shortage. The CM immediately summoned the director to his office,” a senior Delhi government official said.At the Lok Nayal hospital, the situation was quite different, where medicines were freely available.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday carried out a roadshow that began from the outskirts of the city before winding its way into the heart of Ahmedabad. This is the first such poll campaign carried out by the party in the city this year in view of the upcoming Assembly elections.Earlier in the day, Gujarat in-charge and minister in the AAP’s Delhi government Gopal Rai, said that the arrogance of the BJP government in the state was taller than Mt Everest and it was reflected in the high-handed way it handles any protest by the people.”During the five years of the government, all that it has done is fire bullets at the people as they protested against falling agriculture production, crumbling infrastructure and poor state of health and education in the state. The people will respond to the bullets with ballots in the next two months,” said Rai addressing the party workers.The party has promised to replicate many of the schemes it has implemented in Delhi including a compensation of Rs50,000 per hectare of land for farmers and Rs1crore grant for martyrs, he said.The roadshow which began from Nana Chiloda travelled through Naroda Patiya, Sarangpur among others before ending at Sabarmati Riverfront. Rai and other party leaders addressed the workers at Riverfront before visiting the Gandhi Ashram in the city.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Acclaimed actor Kamal Haasan, who is creating waves with he much-anticipated entry in politics, met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in Chennai on Thursday.With strong political overtones, the meeting was seen as an attempt by the Aam Aadmi Party to bring the National Award winning actor on its side.It’s yet to be seen whether it becomes a reality, but the post-meeting statements showed the mutual admiration by both leaders.“We had an excellent meeting. We will continue to discuss and meet each other in future also,” the Delhi Chief Minister said.“I am very happy that he (Arvind Kejriwal) is here, have discussed issues including corruption. We are united by our fight against corruption,” Kamal Haasan said.The AAP chief was received at the airport by Haasan’s younger daughter Akshara.Kejriwal met the actor at his office in Alwarpet in Chennai.Haasan has been critical of the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu over various issues, including corruption, triggering sharp condemnation from some state ministers.He recently called on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram. After the Onam lunch with his ‘old friend’, when asked about his political affiliation, the actor had said that he had been in the film industry for 40 years, but “I can tell you one thing, my colour is definitely not saffron”.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Those going for their driving licence test, remember, that your performance — brilliant or dismal — will now have a permanent record. The Delhi government is soon going to start video-recording the practical tests for issuing licence to unskilled drivers, both for commercial and private vehicle use.The decision was taken recently after a Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Harishankar asked the government why cannot they consider videographing the tests. The Bench had asked the Delhi government to check the feasibility of the proposal, directing them to file a status report by November 20Appearing for the Delhi government, its counsel Satyakam informed the Delhi High Court (HC) on Friday that the department of Transport of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has taken a decision in this regard.”The suggestion had come from the court in April this year, when Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Harishankar advised the department to videograph the tests. Following this, the decision was taken just two-three days ago,” Satyakam said.He further said CCTV cameras have already been installed for indoor tests and now videographers will be placed.The court was hearing a petition filed by a social activist, who had alleged that corrupt officials in the Transport Department issued licences without proper testing, endangering the lives of citizens.According to the data released by the Delhi Traffic police, the national Capital witnessed as many as 284 fatal accidents between January 1 and March 28, this year. In 2016, 1,548 fatal accidents took place, in which 1,591 persons were killed. In 2015, 1,582 fatal accidents took place, in which 1,622 persons were killed.”The training centres in the Capital are being informed about the decision,” Satyakam said. The plea also claimed that more than 60 licencees did not submit proper documents and did not receive any training to drive commercial vehicles, violating a mandatory clause to obtain the licence.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Clean track record and willingness to serve people without availing “VVIP benefits” are the main pre-conditions being prescribed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for aspirants seeking tickets for upcoming Assembly polls in Gujarat.The party also made it clear that it will not give tickets to those having criminal antecedents or facing “charges related to character”.The Arvind Kejriwal-led party has prepared a 13-page form to be filled by all the ticket aspirants, AAP Gujarat Election Committee president Kishor Desai said today.”Anybody wishing to get an AAP ticket for Gujarat polls needs to fill up the form and submit it to the party office here for scrutiny. The final list of candidates will be announced by the Central leadership.”In the form, aspirants need to declare their entire history, criminal records, if any, contribution to the society, political experience and various other details,” Desai told reporters.He said AAP will not give ticket to those having a criminal background or facing charges of corruption or “charges related to character”.”Further, all the probable candidates must sign an affidavit declaring that he will not take any VVIP benefits if elected as an MLA,” the AAP leader said.Desai said the party would formally kick off its poll campaign here on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, with a 22-km-long road show between Naroda and the Sabarmati Ashram.Elections are due later this year.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Overconfidence after scoring a major win in the Delhi municipal corporation, coupled with in-party fighting and factionalism, have been touted as the major reasons behind the embarrassing drubbing faced by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Bawana by-elections.According to party sources, the two committees formed to identify the causes behind the loss, have also pointed a finger at the candidate that was fielded by the party.The BJP lost to its current arch rival, the Aam Aadmi Party, after the latter won the reserved seat with a massive margin of around 24,000 votes. AAP contestant Ram Chandra defeated defector Ved Prakash, who joined the BJP before the MCD polls in April, necessitating the need for the by-poll.”The committees have made observations that the party failed to tap the pulse of the voter in Bawana because of impudence that it would once again script victory. The reports also say that the presumption was so strong that while canvassing, it led to a fragmented approach, as those working during the elections attempted to outdo each other so they could take credit once the party rode home to power,” said a senior party leader.In-party fighting ensured that the BJP was unable to put a united show in front of people of Bawana, highlighted the report.The party had brought in more than 3,000 workers to campaign for Prakash. Tongues had started wagging when names of key leaders like state BJP president Manoj Tiwari were found missing from posters and banners.Sources further claim that the committees have also put under scanner Prakash’s candidature, saying that he did not curry favour with the residents of Bawana. The fact that he had crossed over to BJP after earlier winning as a legislator from AAP, sullied the image of the party as also affecting the vote count.The report will soon be presented to the state chief, according to sources, who will take further call.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is attending a 10-day Vipassana meditation camp at Igatpuri in Maharashtra, days after the hectic campaigning for the Assembly bypolls in Delhi.The Aam Aadmi Party leader started his course at Igatpuri in Nashik district on Monday evening.”Arvindji’s course began at 5 pm yesterday,” AAP spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon told PTI.”The management of the Vipassana centre greeted him with warmth and respect. He has done 22 Vipassana courses already,” she said.”They (the centre management) requested him to surrender his phone which he did,” the AAP leader said.Kejriwal’s course will end on September 19, she said.During the meditation course, the chief minister of Delhi will not have access to newspapers, televisions or any other media.In August last year too, Kejriwal had gone to Dharamkot in Himachal Pradesh to attend a 10-day Vipassana session at a meditation centre.The AAP is known to be an ardent practitioner of the meditation technique. After a hectic campaign post the Lok Sabha polls in 2014 and the Delhi Assembly polls in 2013, the AAP chief had taken a break topractise Vipassana.This time, his meditation break comes after the hectic campaign for the Bawana bypolls, where his Aam Aadmi Party registered a win.Kejriwal had gone to Bengaluru earlier this year to undergo naturopathy treatment for high blood sugar, after months of campaigning for elections in Punjab and Goa.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal on Monday gave a green signal to the establishment of Mohalla Clinics, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s pet project, but with a few riders.Baijal has approved the proposal with certain safeguards, to promote transparency and ensure delivery of quality healthcare services to Delhi residents. The decision has come after 45 AAP MLAs occupied the Raj Niwas conference hall, demanding to speed up the process of clearing files related to the Mohalla Clinics.”These safeguards are aimed at developing a robust healthcare delivery system, besides addressing complaints received regarding the functioning of clinics, so far. The L-G observed that selection of premises to set up these clinics should be through a transparent and objective mechanism in such a way that the existing healthcare facilities are utilised in an optimum manner and the facilities are accessible to all, especially the weaker sections, without any duplication of scarce public resources. In case of private premises, it has been noted that the selection of premises and fixation of rent should be through a transparent open process, as per prevalent PWD/CPWD norms,” the L-G said in a statement issued on Monday.Recently, the Delhi government’s vigilance department, in a probe, had found irregularities in the functioning of these clinics. A complaint sent to the L-G stated that doctors were treating 533 patients in just four hours a day. It also questioned the data of patients recorded by NGO Wish Foundation.To check incidents of data rigging, the L-G has advised that the administrative department must develop a sound mechanism to verify the number of patients claimed by a clinic. According to the officials, the Delhi government has been advised to develop an online system based on Aadhaar cards within six months.”The conditions laid down by the land-owning agencies concerned, for land use and construction of any temporary structure, must be strictly followed. The Health Department shall not transfer, assign, or otherwise part with the ownership or possession of the whole or any part of the said land in any manner. Further, wherever required, statutory permissions and no objection certificates must be obtained from the local bodies/department concerned,” the statement further stated.IRREGULARITIESThe Delhi government’s vigilance department, in a probe, had found irregularities in the functioning of these clinics.
A complaint sent to the L-G stated that doctors were treating 533 patients in just four hours a day. It also questioned the data of patients recorded by NGO Wish Foundation
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Bawana candidate Ram Chander, who defeated Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Ved Prakash with a big margin of 24,152 votes on Monday, dedicated his win to the people.The 46-year-old MLA reached his makeshift office in the area on Monday soon after the result for Bawana by-election, held on August 23, was declared. “I want to work for the people who voted for me and my party. The major issues in this constituency include availability of potable water, besides proper roads and sewage system,” he said.Chander had earlier fought from the seat in the 2008 Assembly elections on a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket but lost.While both BJP and Congress candidates belong to the old Bawana village, Chander belongs to the Shahbad Dairy area, a resettlement colony.Talking about his poll strategy, Chander said: “During campaigning, my colleagues worked day and night in the village while I spent about a month in the unauthorised and other colonies of the area. We went door-to-door, asking people about their problems and assuring them that if voted to power, we will work to solve these problems. I will not let break people’s faith.”Of the 2.94 lakh people eligible to exercise their franchise in the area, a large chunk belongs to 26 villages, and another to the resettlement and unauthourised colonies. Besides, a small section of votes are from upscale colonies of Rohini’s Sectors 21 to 24.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today set aside an order of the Lieutenant Governor (LG) cancelling the allotment of a bungalow to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the heart of the capital, saying no reason was given for the action. Justice Vibhu Bakhru remanded the matter back to LG Anil Baijal to pass a reasoned order within eight weeks after hearing the political party. The court said the April 12 order cancelling the allotment did not say which law or rule has been violated. It told the central government that if there is a policy for alloting accommodation to political parties, it has to be applied uniformly. The court also kept in abeyance two consequential orders passed by the Public Works Department of the Delhi government on June 13 rejecting the party’s request for alternative accommodation and directing it to pay dues of over Rs 27 lakh towards the market rent of the property up till May 31. According to AAP, represented by senior advocate Arun Kathpalia, the party was allotted bungalow number 206 at the Rouse Avenue here on December 31, 2015. Thereafter, on April 12 this year, AAP received a communication informing it that the LG has cancelled the allotment of the bungalow on the ground that it was contrary to law and the rules, the petition filed through advocate Aaditya Vijaykumar, said. AAP, in its plea, also claimed it was being singled out for such action as other parties are enjoying accommodation allotted to them in the heart of the national capital. The party had contended that as per the central government’s policy, all registered political parties are entitled for an accommodation. During the arguments, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain and the central government standing counsel said an accommodation was offered to the party in Saket in South Delhi, but AAP had refused to accept it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday attacked BJP-led North MCD over delay in the construction of the Rani Jhansi Grade Separator, alleging cost overruns in the ambitious flyover project in north Delhi.The 1.6-km-long flyover from near St Stephen’s Hospital to Filmistaan Cinema was originally scheduled to be completed by 2010, but has missed several deadlines. “North MCD has been asking the Delhi government for money, but has not given the reason for increasing cost escalations that led to the delay of the 1.6-km-long project,” said senior AAP leader Dilip Pandey.”The cost of the project was initially pegged at around Rs 70 crore, has been pending for the last ten years, and the deadline for its completion extended several times. The project now costs Rs 700 crore,” he claimed.He further said that the project has failed to see the light of the day despite the Union Urban Development ministry allocating Rs 50 crore in the budget.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Chaudhary Birender Singh today claimed that the people of Delhi were “disappointed” with the AAP government for its “misconduct”. He said this while campaigning for BJP candidate Ved Prakash in the August 23 by-poll in the Bawana Assembly constituency in north Delhi. “The (Arvind) Kejriwal government has not only shamed the people of Delhi with its misconduct, but people across the country are disappointed with it, as was evident from his party losing the polls in Goa, Delhi and Punjab,” Singh said. He claimed that the scheduled caste communities were “disenchanted” with the Delhi government for “not doing anything” for them and “misusing” the SC funds. “The SC communities are disenchanted. The Jats and other agricultural communities are tired of the corruption in releasing payments from the crop damage relief fund for 2015 and 2016 and also for being denied of good health and education facilities,” said the Union Minister of Steel. The by-poll in Bawana was necessitated after Prakash, then with the Aam Aadmi Party, quit as the local MLA and subsequently, from the party to join the BJP. Singh said, “The long delay in approving the much-needed Land Pooling Policy, misuse of the SC funds, corruption in payment of crop damage compensation and absence of development are going to cost the Kejriwal government and his party heavily in the Bawana by-poll.” Accompanied by Prakash, the Union minister took part in a door-to-door campaigning, followed by a workers meeting at Manjra village.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken on Tuesday questioned the maintainability of a plea filed by the Aam Aadmi Party against a Centre-appointed panel’s report recommending that the ruling party be made to pay an amount of Rs 97 crore that the government had spent on advertisements.Maken said that the apex court had said that anyone aggrieved with the actions of the committee, formed in compliance with its direction, may approach the Supreme Court directly.The Congress leader made the submission through an affidavit filed before Justice Vibhu Bakhru after a response was sought to the plea against the report of the three-member committee, set up to regulate government advertising.The affidavit also said that the party has approached the court with “unclean hands and the petition is liable to be dismissed with exemplary costs.”The matter has been listed for March 20 next year. The AAP had challenged the report based on which the LG had ordered the recovery, from the party, of Rs 42 crore which the Delhi government had paid for the advertisements. The LG had alsodirected that the outstanding amount of about Rs 55 crore, owed to advertising agencies, be paid by the party and not the government.The LG had ordered the Chief Secretary of the Delhi government to recover the amount from the AAP within a month.The committee, headed by former Chief Election Commissioner B B Tandon, in its report of September 16 last year, had held that the Delhi government had spent the exchequer’s money on advertisements projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party in violation of the apex court guidelines of May 13, 2015.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Saturday granted bail to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Surender ‘Commando’ Singh, hours after he was taken into judicial custody for repeated non-appearance for a case of defacement of public property in 2014.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ashu Garg released the AAP politician upon furnishing a personal bond of Rs 20,000 and a surety of like amount, advocate VK Shahi said. Earlier in the day, the court had ordered Commando’s custody when he appeared before the court. He had not done so on the last few occasions, despite directions by the court.The case relates to defacement of public property in the Naraina area in west Delhi allegedly by putting up posters and hoardings. A few days ago, ex-BJP MLA Karan Singh Tanwar, in his election petition, had challenged Surender Singh’s election on the grounds of non-declaration of government dues, non-furnishing of financial status and income tax returns, as well as incorrect disclosure of his educational qualification in his nomination papers.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case of alleged assault was registered against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amarjit Singh Sanoda on Saturday.Sanoda, an AAP MLA from Rupnagar seat, was booked yesterday on the charges of assault under relevant section of Indian Penal Code (IPC).The woman, who is Sanoda’s landlady, has alleged in her complaint that he had not paid the rent and the electricity bill yet.She further said that when she asked him to pay the rent he thrashed her and used foul language.”He thrashed and pushed me when I asked him to pay his due rent,” the woman said.The AAP MLA, however, refuted the allegations saying that it was a political conspiracy against him.Meanwhile, SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema has demanded the immediate arrest of Sandoa.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission (EC) is confident of full coverage of the upcoming elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.”We already have 85,000 VVPATs and 30,000 more will be added by September-end, which will be enough to cover each polling station in both the states. This includes the reasonable replacement value that needs to be factored in for possible malfunctioning of machines,” said sources in the EC.Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh that will go to polls simultaneously in November–December this year will have about 47,000 and 7,500 polling stations, respectively.The EC is also expected to submit an affidavit in the Supreme Court regarding the same. While the apex court had in October 2013 directed the EC to introduce VVPATs, in a recent hearing earlier this month, there was confusion on whether the poll regulator will have adequate VVPAT machines for the Assembly elections.The SC had also asked the Commission to file an affidavit on the plea demanding the use of EVMs with the VVPATs in the forthcoming Gujarat elections.EC sources said that before announcing the election schedule for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, they will declare how much percentage of VVPATs slips will be matched with the votes cast on the EVMs and at how many polling stations.”We have almost decided the whole process after series of meetings and will announce it in a week or so. The whole process of counting and matching VVPATs with EVMs will then become part of the election instructions manual that will be sent to all the respective CEOs and from there to all the polling centres,” said the official.”We have estimated that counting and matching of voters’ slips with EVMs will take about one-and-a-half hours to two hours,” the official added.The Commission is hopeful that the complete coverage of polling stations with VVPATs will put an end to the “smear campaign” against it and put the faith back in the EVMs.During the recently held Assembly elections in five states, the role of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) had come under severe criticism with several political parties, especially Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), casting doubts on their efficacy and even accusing that the machines were tampered with to deliver favourable results for a particular party.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Goa has demanded that the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) should immediately register a First Information Report (FIR) in the CDM Smith bribery case. “Aam Aadmi Party demands that all chief ministers, PWD ministers, PWD secretaries and PWD engineers holding relevant offices in the 2011 to 2015 period are suspects in the bribery scandal and must be named in the FIR,” says a release issued by the party here. “It is shocking that different yardsticks are being applied to the CDM Smith bribery scam as against the Louis Berger scam. “PWD Minister Sudin Dhavlikar’s claim that an inquiry is ordered is an eyewash and a shabby attempt to give himself a clean chit,” the party said. Dhavalikar had told reporters that he has initiated an inquiry to find out whether any Goa official was involved in the bribery scam. He has ordered the department to furnish the report within 10 days. “How can PWD investigate its own functioning. The bribery has already happened. It’s in black and white. PWD minister and PWD have no locus-standi to ‘inquire,” AAP said. “They have to be investigated. Dhavlikar himself, along with all CMs, PWD Secretaries, NHAI officials and local PWD officials who held office between 2011 and 2015 are prime suspects. All have to be investigated,” it added. The party said it will soon take the CDM Smith bribery case to the Goa Lokayukta. The road transport and highways ministry governs the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) whose unidentified officials are said to have been paid bribe by the US firm between 2011 and 2015 to secure highway construction supervision and design contracts and the water project contract in Goa. The Criminal Division of the US Justice Department had recently said that the US company, through its employees and agents, and those of its wholly-owned subsidiary in India (CDM India), paid approximately USD 1.18 million (about Rs 6.70 crore) in bribes to government officials in India, resulting in approximately USD four million in net profit. Between 2011 and 2015, employees of CDM Smiths division responsible for India operations and CDM India paid bribes to NHAI officials in order to receive contracts from them, the Justice Department said in the letter to CDM Smith. In addition, the CDM Smiths division responsible for India and CDM India paid USD 25,000 to local officials in Goa in relation to a water project contract, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Agitating farmers and unemployed youth across the country are the single-largest challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, academician-turned-politician Yogendra Yadav told media persons in the city on the sidelines of ‘Kisaan Mukti Yatra’.He further added that the challenge for the Modi government will not come from conventional political parties or communal events like mob lynching.On lack of credible Opposition in Gujarat, Yadav said that Congress party is the biggest obstacle in creating genuine Opposition in Gujarat and the country as a whole. “Rahul Gandhi, in his current form, is the biggest guarantee to Modi that there is no credible opposition,” he said. Earlier during the day, he had said that it was expected from largest political Opposition to lead the cause of farmers, but it is now up to over 162 farmers’ organisations to carry out the fight.He added that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was a great experiment in democracy, but the rise was very fast and its fall was even faster. “If we had to wait for a few years, it would have been better,” he said and blamed the entry of mainstream politics in AAP, as well as the rising of personality cult within the party for its downfall.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amitabh Bachchan has sent a legal notice to AAP leader Kumar Vishwas for using a poem by the megastar’s late father, the poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, in a video, and asked him to give an account of the revenue generated from it. Bachchan said the video, in which Vishwas is seen singing the poem, was a “copyright infringement” and should be removed from the popular video-sharing site, YouTube, within 24 hours. “Sending earned Rs 32 as demanded. Pranam??,” Vishwas tweeted in reply to Bachchan’s tweets on this. In a statement, the Aam Aadmi Party member said he had received the notice, which called for the removal of the video and asked him to account for the revenue generated through it. “The video will be removed,” Vishwas said. The video — with Bachchan’s poem Need ka Nirmaan Phir Phir – is part of his programme ‘Tarpan’, in which the AAP- leader-cum-poet pays tribute to noted Hindi poets. “This is a copyright infringement..! legal will take care of this,” Bachchan tweeted yesterday, posting the tribute video. To this Vishwas replied, “Rcvd appreciation frm all poet’s family but Notice frm you Sir. Deleting the tribute video to Babuji. Sending earned Rs 32 as demanded. Pranam??” An associate of Vishwas said Rs 32 was the revenue generated from advertisements on YouTube. Vishwas added that he had received appreciation from the families of other poets whose works had figured in the tribute series.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking away the burden from government hospitals in the Capital, the Delhi government on Saturday made surgeries free in 48 private hospitals. So, next time if any government hospital asks you to wait for a month to get a surgery done, you can immediately move to a nearby private hospital and avail the treatment without waiting for it.The health scheme launched by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday will focus on improving health facilities across the Capital. Kejriwal announced on Saturday that Delhi residents won’t have to wait for life-saving surgeries in government hospitals as they can get them done for free in private ones.He added that if any patient doesn’t get a date for surgery at a government hospital within a month, the hospital would refer them to private hospitals and the government would pay all the expenses.”We want to ensure that people, irrespective of their economic status, get the best health and education facilities and this is a step in that direction,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader said.He added that this was the third in a series of initiatives taken by the Delhi government, after ensuring free medicines in all government hospitals and allowing free medical tests at private diagnostic centres.Responding to criticism that the money paid to private hospitals for treatment could be used to augment government ones, Kejriwal said the government hospitals would receive as much money as needed to boost their infrastructure. “It would take years to create that infrastructure while patients need immediate attention. So this step is aimed to provide immediate relief on a temporary basis,” he said.”We want to create such healthcare system that all patients get all medical tests within the hospitals and get dates for surgeries within a month,” he added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The holier than thou image as projected by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, has once again taken a beating with a woman activist levelling molestation allegations against senior party MLAs. Some of the names are familiar like Somnath Bharti, who has courted controversy on similar charges by his wife earlier.This not the first time that a woman party worker has spoken against the ill treatment by Aam Aadmi Party, casting a long shadow and bringing under scanner the party that has always fancied itself as champion of women’s rights and all things associated with women’s empowerment. AAP’s image has been sullied earlier too on these grounds, but so far the Chief Minister has always cried hoarse about a “political conspiracy.”Predictably, this time too Kejriwal is shielding his men, saying they have been more sinned against than sinning. In another move that is ludicrous, ridiculous, and somewhat shameful, he has put women leaders of his party as shield against the current charges. While it remains to be seen whether the latest charges are true or not, going by the frequency with which such skeletons are tumbling out of AAP’s closet, one cannot help but wonder as to what is the truth.Instead of blaming his rivals of “planting” stories, Kejriwal should rid the party of proven offenders, as they are doing a lot of harm to AAP’s political future.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Opposition?s Presidential candidate Meira Kumar on Saturday said that it is a shame that the election has been turned into fight between ?Dalit vs Dalit?, adding that her nomination was supported by 17 major opposition parties unanimously. ?When Ram Nath Kovind and I were nominated, it became caste issue. Shameful that Presidential election has been turned into Dalit vs Dalit. 17 major Opposition parties unanimously selected me as presidential candidate. The unity is based on firm ideological position,? Kumar said while addressing a press conference here. She added that people of this country want development, good roads and infrastructure and it?s time that their thoughts should also be clean. ?We have people living in this country who are suppressed and marginalised for years. With the freedom movement, we have pledged that we will bring them up at par with others and will ensure them dignity, development, security and would mainstream them. This is our ideology and we have worked for this for years,? Kumar asserted. On July 17, the electors will cast their votes to elect the next President of India. Counting of votes for the Presidential election will take place on July 20 and on July 25, a day after incumbent Pranab Mukherjee demits office, India will get its 14th President. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday extended its support to Opposition candidate Meira Kumar in the Presidential polls. According to sources, Kumar had called up AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal herself two days to garner support from his party. This comes after the former Lok Sabha speaker also appealed to all elected representatives to support her in this election. “It’s not just a contest for the supreme position of land. It’s a very strong articulation of what we stand for and our ideology. I will put all my efforts to become the kind of leader this diverse and culturally rich country needs,” Kumar said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party will launch a nationwide movement is support of farmers grappling with an “agrarian crisis” and the killing of cultivators in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district. The AAP will organise ‘Kisan Nyay Sammelan’ and signature campaigns in all states, AAP Punjab co-president Aman Arora said here. Citing reports and surveys, he said farmer suicides in the country are on the rise and their income has reduced. The BJP government at the Centre reneged on its promise to implement the Swaminathan Commission report, he alleged and demanded that farmers’ loans should be waived in all states.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today demanded a survey by experts of the areas of Punjab “affected by illegal mining”. AAP leader Dinesh Chadha, in a statement issued here, claimed that the geographical conditions of these areas were “changing due to the illegal mining”. He referred to Rupnagar district where the groundwater was depleting and said the farmers were suffering due to this as their irrigation tube wells had failed. Chadha alleged that instead of finding a solution in the Assembly to the danger posed by these changes, the Congress government in the state was busy “suppressing the voices of the people”. Instead of taking preventing measures, the government was “patronising the illegal mining” in these areas, he alleged. The AAP leader warned that if the issue was not taken care of, these areas might be headed towards a “terrible ecological disaster”. It had become imperative for the state Geology department and the Union Environment and Forest Ministry to conduct a survey in these areas and come up with a plan to prevent the destruction of natural resources, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party today slammed the BJP for “not fulfilling promises” they made before municipal corporation elections including cleaning Delhi and paying off due salaries of civic bodies’ employees. The issue of sanitation has been the matter of a slanging match between the civic bodies and the AAP. The MCD has in turn been accusing the party of “politicising” civic issues instead of solving them. AAP spokesperson Dilip Pandey said even the Delhi High Court had expressed displeasure over the corporations’ failing to ensure proper garbage disposal in the national capital. “In the lead-up to the MCD polls, the BJP had promised to clean up the city in 120 days if it is elected. It has been 60 days since they were elected. Has even half of the national capital been cleaned?” he questioned. Pandey also asked Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari whether he had sought funds from the Central government to pay the salaries of municipal workers. Before the polls, the BJP had promised that they would go all out to get funds from the Central government to clear dues of the municipal workers, he said. “When are they going to do this since the workers are still waiting their dues to be cleared,” Pandey added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Not satisfied” with the report of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on the alleged supply shortage and cases of inflated bills before the municipal polls, Delhi Water Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam suspects officials have tried to “suppress” facts. Gautam had sought a report on the issue, which the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claims cost it the civic polls, from Delhi Jal Board officials right after taking over charge of the water department from Kapil Mishra, who was sacked over “non- performance”. Alleging “political motivation” behind the shortage and cases of consumers receiving inflated bills, he said the findings of the report are not in tune with the reality and he will write to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the matter and “recommend suitable action”. “The water supply shortage have been blamed on the rise in demand with the onset of summer while consumers receiving accumulated dues have been identified as the factor behind the inflated bills. “But I am not satisfied with these findings. If there is no shortage of water then there should not have been any crunch and in the second case, why were bills not given to consumers regularly? I suspect attempts have been made to cover up the real facts,” Gautam told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Supporting Meghalaya Assembly’s decision to revoke the Centre’s regulation of Animal’s Act notification, which prohibits slaughtering of cow in animal markets, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday said that every state and every political party should oppose this ban. ?I think it is very tragic that the Government of India is trying to dictate who will eat what. Meghalaya has taken the right step in that direction. Every state and every political party should oppose the Centre?s move,? AAP leader Ashutosh told ANI. He added that even the Bharatiya Janata Party?s (BJP) own leaders are protesting against it in Meghalaya. ?I am told that in Goa as well, certain political parties have taken a stand on this particular issue. The Centre?s decision is sad and this should be opposed,? he asserted. Yesterday, the Meghalaya Assembly passed a resolution opposing the Centre’s notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter. The resolution, tabled by Chief Minister and Congress leader Mukul Sangma, received immense support from all members of the assembly. They have demanded the notification’s withdrawal stating that it would “impact the economy of the state and the food habits of its people.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three-time MLA Surendra Kumar will be the Congress candidate for the bypoll to Bawana Assembly constituency, the dates of which is yet to be announced. Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken announced Kumar’s candidature for the bypoll in Bawana Assembly constituency that fell vacant in March after resignation of sitting AAP legislator Ved Prakash. Kumar is a three-time MLA from Bawana and presently holds the post of Congress district president. He was elected three times in a row, between 1998 and 2008, from the seat, said senior Congress leader Chatar Singh. The seat fell vacant after the sitting MLA Ved Prakash resigned from Assembly membership in March. He also resigned from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and joined the BJP. The AAP has named Ramchandra as its candidate from Bawana while the BJP is yet to announce their nominee. As per the norms, bypoll in an Assembly constituency should be held within six months of it falling vacant and the main political outfits–Congress, AAP and BJP–will wish to win the seat for different reasons. The Congress will like to open its account in Delhi with this win while the BJP will try to increase its tally from four. The AAP, having a mammoth majority of 66 MLAs in the 70- member Assembly, would like to reassert its dominance in Delhi, dented in the face of back-to-back defeats in Rajouri Garden Assembly bypoll and the MCD elections.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Facing flak over allegations of impropriety in the recent auction of mining contracts, Punjab minister Rana Gurjit Singh today said he would “come clean” in any probe. He also attacked AAP leader Sukhpal Khaira, describing him as “paper tiger”, for seeking a probe by the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax into the allegations. He said that Khaira and “others like him” are visiting the offices of the Lokpal, the ED and the IT to grab the headlines. “They are hell bent on tarnishing my image for their petty political interests. But, I welcome these moves as any probe initiated on their request will prove my innocence,” Gurjit said here today. He said “some frustrated” and overambitious people are running malicious campaign against him but they will soon “bite the dust”. “One can defame but cannot prove an innocent a guilty. I am confident that I will come clean in any probe against me,” Gurjit asserted. He said Khaira’s “frustration” was quite understandable since he had been pushed into “political oblivion”. “Khaira is trying to defame me to get the oxygen of publicity for his own political survival,” he said. Opposition parties– Aam Aadmi Party, Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP– have been demanding Singh’s dismissal over allegations of “impropriety” against him in the multi-crore sand mining auctions conducted recently by the state government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party today demanded resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the deaths of five persons in the farmers’ agitation in the state. AAP Madhya Pradesh in-charge Gopal Rai said the incident reflected anti-farmer mentality of the BJP who remembered farmers only during elections. “They have not been able to fulfil a single poll promise made during the elections,” he said. Five persons were killed today as the farmers’ agitation turned violent in Mandsaur district, prompting the authorities to clamp curfew in the trouble-hit area. Some eyewitnesses alleged that the victims suffered bullet wounds, but Mandsaur district authorities denied police fired on the protesters who went on a rampage.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court has sought the responses of the Centre and the AAP government on a teacher’s petition alleging that her school has denied her the benefit of the recently-amended maternity law under which leaves have been extended to 26 weeks from 12. Justice V K Rao issued notice to the Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s Directorate of Education (DoE), the private south-Delhi school and its vice principal seeking their stand on the woman’s plea by October 9, the next date of hearing. The teacher in her plea contended that the amendment in the Maternity Benefits Act by which the leaves for mothers have been extended to 26 weeks from the earlier 12 has come into effect from April 1. She claimed that the school has denied her the benefit on the grounds that the DoE has not yet issued a notification implementing the amendment on it. She also said that the school was of the view that the amended law would come into effect from July 1 and the teacher has to avail the leaves as per the existing rules of the institution. In her plea, filed through advocate Avneesh Garg, the teacher contended that the ministry had issued a clarification that women who are already undergoing leave under the un- amended act, are also entitled to avail the extended leaves under the amended act. The petitioner, who got pregnant in May last year and gave birth on February 1 after some complications, has claimed that as per a gazette notification issued by the ministry on March 31, the amended act has already been notified. She also said that despite writing to the DoE several times to issue a notification to the school to implement the amended act, the department has not taken any steps regarding that. The woman has sought directions to the DoE to issue all such necessary notifications as may be required for ensuring due compliance of the amendments brought in the Maternity Benefits Act.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Delhi BJP hit out at the Aam Aadmi Party for not joining the EVM-hacking challenge of the Election Commission, saying it’s an “acceptance” of the party’s “moral defeat”. First they said EVMs can be hacked into but they did not accept the EC’s challenge which shows their claim of being “anarchist” is true as they are “hurting” democratic institutions through their allegations, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said.AAP leaders have been on the forefront in alleging that EVMs are prone to tampering and also raising doubts over recent electoral successes of the BJP.
ALSO READ EVM challenge ends in a whimper after parties refuse to participate, EC says issue closedThe party had decided not to participate in the EC’s challenge after its request for an open hackathon was turned down by the Election Commission.However, the open hackathon planned to show temperability of an EVM was not held by the party today.
ALSO READ EVM hackathon: NCP, CPM didn’t want to participate, but understand the process, says EC”They claimed to hack EVMs by changing its mother board but it seems rather their mental mother board is faulty,” Tiwari said. Among the 13 political parties that had raised doubts over EVMs, only two — NCP and CPI-M — participated in the EC’s challenge.However, no attempt was made by representatives of the two parties to hack into the machines. Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said after the challenge that EVMs are “non-tamperable” and the issue of hacking into the machines “stands closed”. PTI VIT TIR
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to improve sanitation and other civic amenities, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat met councillors of the Aam Aadmi Party on Friday. The councillors were led by the Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Matiala.The SDMC has 104 municipal wards under its jurisdiction.During the meeting BJP-led corporation leaders and AAP councillors said that they would not let party politics hamper their work.”One of the basic responsibilities of the corporation is to facilitate sanitation and cleanliness. If we all work together we will be able to improve the ranking of the corporation in the next Swachh Bharat Survekshan,” said Sehrawat.The municipal corporation had got a dismal ranking in the 2017 Swacchta Survekshan, conducted every year by the Ministry of Urban Development. The mayor stressed upon going beyond politics and urged all councillors for the betterment of the wards.Opposition leader Ramesh Matiala handed over a memorandum on behalf of his party councillors. It expressed their concern about diseases like dengue, malaria, etc.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today urged Justice (Retd) J S Narang to recuse himself from the judicial probe into allegations of impropriety against Punjab Irrigation and Power Minister Rana Gurjit Singh in the multi- crore sand mining auctions. AAP MLA Sukhpal Khaira in a statement said Justice (retd) Narang should withdraw from the judicial inquiry in view of his being counsel of Gurjit Singh’s family. “Amitjeet Singh Narang, son of Justice (retd) J S Narang is the counsel of Rana Prabhdeep Singh, nephew of Rana Gurjit Singh in CRM-M 12355 of 2017,” Khaira said. This clearly exposes the close relations and counsel- client arrangement between the families of Narang and the accused minister, Khaira alleged. Punjab government had yesterday ordered setting up of a judicial commission to probe the allegations of impropriety against the minister in the multi-crore sand mining auctions held recently by the state government. The one-man commission would include Justice (retd) Narang and submit the report within one month.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders from Gujarat will meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on June 6 to take a final decision on whether or not the party will contest the upcoming state assembly polls.In the meeting of the party’s political affairs committee in Delhi, to be attended by 15 leaders from the state, future strategy will be chalked out in view of the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections, AAP’s Gujarat leader and Saurashtra zone convener Kanu Kalsaria told reporters here today.Party’s state unit has been told to make a report on each constituency on preparedness to fight polls, which are scheduled to be held in December 2017.”Party’s seven zonal in-charge and district-level members will visit 182 assembly seats assigned to them and will prepare a report based on feedback from booth-level workers.Party’s fifteen core members from Gujarat will then go to New Delhi where on June 6 they will meet party’s political affairs committee,” Kalsaria told reporters.In the meeting, the report will be presented and discussed, Kalsaria said, adding, the discussions will take into account current political situation in the state and party’s strategy for the elections.Kalsaria said that while the party had earlier decided to contest elections on all 182 seats in the state, a final decision regarding this will be taken during the June 6 meeting.”In the meeting, we will review party’s performance in Punjab and Goa elections while highlighting that the situation in Gujarat is very different from these two states,” he said.The AAP had earlier announced that it will contest on all 182 assembly seats in the state and appointed Delhi minister Gopal Rai as state election in-charge, who visited the state on many occasions to mobilise membership and support base.The party also appointed zonal in-charge for seven zones covering all 182 seats and also activated its booth-level preparedness.Kalsaria agreed to the fact that party’s Delhi leadership were giving less attention to the state in the last one-two months.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took a U-turn on the electronic voting machine (EVM) issue on Friday and decided not to take part in the Election Commission’s (EC) tampering challenge.Last Saturday, the commission had announced that the challenge to hack and tamper with EVMs will take place on June 3, and seven national and 49 regional parties can apply for participation till 5 pm on May 26. The commission took the decision after the AAP and the BSP attacked the poll body, stating that the EVMs were faulty.The AAP decided to keep away from the challenge a day after the poll panel rejected its demand to allow it to change the motherboard of these machines.Instead, the party accused the commission of running away from an ‘open’ EVM hackathon. “Why is the EC running away from organising a no-holds-barred hackathon?” AAP asked in its letter.It added that if the EC was so confident that EVMs are tamper-proof, it should allow the machines to be hacked without imposing any rules. “You have said that replacing the motherboard of an EVM would mean that it is no longer the same device. (But) how would you know that the motherboards of the existing EC machines have not been replaced or tampered with?” the letter, written by Pankaj Gupta, AAP National Secretary, read.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP national secretary and Member of Parliament Maheish Girri knocked at the doors of the Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal on Friday, requesting him to intervene to ensure salaries for East Delhi Municipal Corporation sanitation workers are paid. Girri alleged that the Delhi government is deliberately not giving salary to them.The BJP national secretary also requested the LG to interfere in the matter and to ensure the salaries of the sanitation workers are released. “Delhi government must immediately release salaries of sanitation workers of east Delhi civic body,” Girri said. In January 2017, sanitation workers went on a strike demanding that their salaries be released. Various sanitation workers’ associations have threatened that if their salary for three months and arrears are not fully paid, they will continue with their strike. But the corporation managed to convince them and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had then released Rs 119 crore funds for the salary.But the workers have said that the Rs 119 crore package released by the AAP government was not enough, and at least Rs 500 crore more was needed to pay all the dues back to them. Girri also raised other issues like the water crisis in Delhi and requested for a speedy remedy.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday asked the Election Commission to reconsider the terms set for the EVM challenge scheduled in the coming week and allow it to be an open ‘hackathon’ where tampering of any kind can be demonstrated.”We would like to strongly urge you to reconsider the terms of the EVM challenge. Please do not set any such rules and regulations and allow it to be an open hackathon where tampering of any kind can be demonstrated on the machine,” AAP’s national secretary Pankaj Gupta said in a memorandum submitted to Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi.A party delegation visited the Election Commission and told the poll panel that AAP, along with other parties, have pointed at tampering of EVMs as a major reason behind their defeat in the recent state assembly and civic body polls.The party has also alleged that the tampering with the motherboards in the EVMs was the reason behind BJP’s wins in the recent assembly and civic body polls following which it had also demonstrated in the Delhi Legislative Assembly how EVMs can be tampered with.Responding to the allegations of AAP, the Commission organised an EVM challenge on June 3 in which political parties can test machines deployed in recently held assembly polls.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nupur Sharma on Tuesday filed a police complaint against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Alka Lamba for obstructing public servants from discharging their duties.Sharma, in her complaint, said that Lamba obstructed the firefighting efforts of the fire department officials when they were trying to douse fire in Moti Bazaar area of Chandni Chowk late Monday night. Sharma’s complaint is based on a video and newspaper reports which accused Lamba of creating a photo opportunity for her.Lamba reportedly climbed atop the firefighter crane and truck for the photo opportunity that hindered the firefighting. “This stunt and act of Ms Lamba hindered the operations of the firefighters and delayed the process thereby increasing the risk of spreading the raging fire which could have resulted in greater loss to property as well as life,”said Sharma in her complaint. (Image courtesy Zee News)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nupur Sharma on Tuesday filed a police complaint against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Alka Lamba for obstructing public servants from discharging their duties. Sharma, in her complaint, said that Lamba obstructed the firefighting efforts of the fire department officials when they were trying to douse fire in Moti Bazaar area of Chandni Chowk late Monday night. Sharma?s complaint is based on a video and newspaper reports which accused Lamba of creating a photo opportunity for her. Lamba reportedly climbed atop the firefighter crane and truck for the photo opportunity that hindered the firefighting. ?This stunt and act of Ms Lamba hindered the operations of the firefighters and delayed the process thereby increasing the risk of spreading the raging fire which could have resulted in greater loss to property as well as life,? said Sharma in her complaint.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Delhi High Court will on Tuesday begin hearing in the fresh defamation case filed by Union Minister Arun Jaitley against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, after the latter’s counsel Ram Jethmalani confirmed that Jaitley was called a ‘crook’ after being instructed by his client to do so. Jaitley yesterday sued Kejriwal under an additional defamation suit worth Rs. 10 crore. The fresh suit was filed in the Delhi High Court after Jethmalani accused Jaitley of being ‘guilty of crimes and crookery’. Earlier on Thursday, amidst an ongoing tense round of cross-questioning between Jailtey and Jethmalani, the former was perturbed after being referred to as a ‘crook’ by the 93-year-old veteran lawyer, in his defamation case against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener, resulting in a verbal spat between the two parties. Baffled by the ‘abuse’ hurled at him, Jaitley further demanded a clarification from the senior counsel whether this was the result of a personal tiff, to which Jethmalani clarified that the term was used under the instructions of Kejriwal. Developing on this premise, senior advocates Rajiv Nayar and Sandeep Sethi, who were representing Jaitley, alleged that the matter was transcribed as a duel between Jaitley and Jethmalani, rather than Jaitley and Kejriwal. Jaitley had filed a criminal defamation complaint against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders for allegedly defaming him in the Patiala House Court, while a civil defamation case was filed in the Delhi High Court. Jaitley had also filed the suit seeking Rs. 10 crore in damages after Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders accused him of alleged irregularities and financial bungling in the DDCA, of which Jaitley was the president for about 13 years until 2013.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Firing yet another salvo at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra today alleged that a businessman being probed for a Rs 400- crore scam funded the foreign tours of two top Aam Aadmi Party leaders. Delhi government spokesperson Nagender Sharma dismissed the allegations and said that Mishra had been given a “horribly wrong script”. Mishra posed nine questions to his friend-turned-foe Kejriwal including whether he was aware that a Russia trip of AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh “was sponsored by a man who is being probed for a Rs 400-crore high-security number plates scam”. Mishra also apologised to ex-AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who were expelled from AAP in April 2015 for “anti-party activities” after they questioned Kejriwal’s leadership. They floated a new political party Swaraj India last year. He said that he was working on the directions of Kejriwal and was responsible for their ouster. While reiterating that he will stay in the AAP to cleanse it, the rebel leader, who has been suspended from the party’s primary membership, invited former India Against Corruption volunteers to help him make Delhi “corruption-free” and “Kejriwal-free”. The former minister alleged that there was a scam of high-security number plates that came to the fore during the AAP government’s first stint and is currently being probed by the Anti-Corruption Branch. “Some of the companies that are being probed have a direct link with the person who funded their (Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh) trip,” Mishra alleged. The AAP government had awarded the contract to a firm for high-security number plates but it was later terminated on the basis of a fact-finding committee’s report, that was constituted by the then Transport Minister Sourabh Bhardwaj. Delhi government spokesperson Nagender Sharma rubbished Mishra’s allegations in a series of tweets and said that Mishra had no clue of what he was talking about. “Probe into High Security Number Plates scam was ordered by @Saurabh_MLAgk in 49 days govt in Feb 2014. Then LG Jung reversed the decision. “In Jan 2016 Delhi government again sent the HSNP file to Delhi ACB despite LG having sent the case for arbitration on compnay’s request,” he posted on Twitter. Sharma also said that that the BJP had tried to rake up this issue in June last year but went silent when it came to know that file was lying with the Anti-Corruption Branch for months. “Poor fellow has no clue of what he’s speaking ! Who is misguiding him,” he said. The posts were retweeted by Ashutosh. Mishra, who had trained his guns at Kejriwal soon after he was sacked from the ministry, had accused the Aam Aadmi Party chief of taking bribe. He had said that Kejriwal had opposed demonetisation as he allegedly had links with hawala operators. “I have realised the wrongdoings in the party now. Many people realised these things before and left. But we have to ensure that the party is not left to some corrupt people,” he said. He had been on a six-day fast to protest the AAP’s “refusal” to disclose the details of the foreign trips of five party leaders.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government in March procured 125 new ventilators against the demand of 80 for various hospitals. But the situation on the ground is completely different . Many patients in Delhi are dying every day as they fail to get the life-saving ventilators in the hospitals. While the government is trying its best to meet the needs of the people, the implementation of their orders is still questionable.One of its biggest hospitals- Lok Nayak which was also allotted the highest number of ventilators has failed to install the new ventilators in its campus till now. Patients are still using ambu-bags, a technique for manual ventilation that lacks the basic technique of ventilation.It not just the ventilators but several other aspects that need immediate attention in Delhi’s government hospitals.Many are reeling under acute shortage of doctors. There are 38 government hospitals in the city catering to the needs to the people from Delhi and outside.But, with the population of over 19 million, Delhi’s hospital still lack many basic healthcare facilities. From shortage of medicine to shortage of equipment, these hospitals still have a long way to go. Many hospitals in the capital still don’t have the facility of Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is a must for every emergency case.In Delhi budget 2017-18, the Aam Aadmi Party government has allocated Rs 5,736 crores for the health care, a marginal increase of Rs 517 crore from last year’s Rs 5,259 crore. The work is on to increase the number of beds in the hospital to 20,000. Currently, there are over 10,000 beds in the government hospitals.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Member of Parliament Sahib Singh Verma and Delhi MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa met Delhi University (DU) Vice-Chancellor (V-C) Yogesh Tyagi on Wednesday, to urge him to fix 70 per cent quota for city students in the varsity.They brought the V-C’s attention to the poor condition of students with Delhi domicile, compared to students who are from other states.”We urged the V-C to either fix 70 per cent quota for Delhi students or make a provision to give at least 3-5 per cent grace marks to Delhi students in DU colleges, as it is their Constitutional right to get higher education at an affordable cost within their home town,” Verma said.”The V-C has assured us that he will provide us with an opportunity to have a one-on-one meeting with the admission committee of the university before the beginning of the admission process,” he added.Last year, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government had also raised the issue of fixing quota for students with the Delhi domicile in DU, but the varsity had rejected the proposal.