AAP MLAs refused interim relief by Delhi HC

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AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj talks to the press about the HC ruling which can be considered as one among many setbacks suffered by his party.

New Delhi, January 19: After Election Commission of India’s (ECI) recommendations of disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs, The Delhi High Court refused to grant relief to the aforementioned party.

Justice Rekha Palli, criticized the conduct of the MLAs towards the ECI, questioning their decision to not appear before the poll panel in spite of their pleas remaining unresolved in the High Court.

The AAP lawyer told the court, “Complaints and allegations leveled against the party are full of malice”. However, the AAP council was cut short by Justice Palli who strongly pointed out that in spite of High Court not granting a stay order on the summons by the ECI, AAP legislators failed to turn up. “You cannot dictate to the election commission that you will not appear before it” she expressed on a day which provided with another major setback to Arvind Kejriwal’s Party.

Usually, The President sends a reference to the poll panel of the ECI in petitions seeking disqualification of lawmakers, which in turn decides the case by sending back its opinion

In this case, EC said that the 21 AAP MLAs abused their posts of parliamentary secretaries and should be disqualified as MLAs of the Delhi Assembly. Thus, under the current circumstances, the President is bound to go by the recommendation of the EC.

 

Source: Hindustan Times, ANI

Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung steps down- to return to academia

More than 18 months before his term was scheduled to end, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung resigned. He offered no cause for his sudden stepping down from the post however, citing that he would be returning to his primary field of academia.

In a statement released by his office he thanked the Prime Minister for the help and cooperation he received during his tenure – and also to the people of Delhi, especially during the President’s rule imposed in 2014.

He also thanked Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal for his association over the last two years inspite of the bitter relationship between Jung and the AAP Government.

Any speculations that the resignation was because of the differences between the two was immediately shot down. The tenure was marked by the AAP alleging that the L-G was responsible for roadblocks in governance which included effecting new legislation and overruling decisions among many others.

Even the central government denied any possibility of Jung’s quitting having anything to do with the BJP Government citing that the move could be because of exhaustion and constant squabble over governance in the union capital.

Najeeb Jung is an IAS officer from the 1973 batch, and had been elected as Delhi’s 20th Lt Governor in July 2013. During his tenure he has worked with the Sheila Dikshit and AAP governments apart from administrating the union during the President’s rule.

He has a Masters degree in History from Delhi University, and has studied Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries at the London School of Economics. In the past, he has served as the vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia.

Jung is currently in talks with various academic institutions to pinpoint on his future in academia.

Sources Indian Express  Scroll 

Documentary on Arvind Kejriwal Grabs International Attention

Toronto International Film Festival saw a whopping total of 296 features unspooled this year, with hundreds of film buffs and famous Hollywood moguls sweeping through the already bustling Canadian city.

Some of these films are already being seen as Oscar contenders by prominent film critics. Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy in Pablo Larraín’s Jackie has won critical acclaim for the Chilean director’s depiction of the days

This year’s edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which ended on Sunday, screened three Indian documentaries. One of them, ‘An Insignificant Man’ is on anything but insignificant, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. The other two were ‘The Cinema Travellers’ by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madhesiya and ‘India in a Day’ by Richie Mehta.

 

The filmmakers of ‘An Insignificant Man,’ Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla have been documenting the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi since the time of its inception. “We were curious about Kejriwal and the anti-corruption movement. When we heard the rumours about a political party, we wanted to know more. So we went to Delhi in 2012,” said Shukla, as reported by the Hindustan Times. From then on, they have been shooting AAP at close quarters, even getting access to their top-level meetings.

 

Ranka also revealed that they had an understanding with AAP about sharing the footage with the party but what the duo did with the footage was at their own discretion. They claim to have tried to study the rise of AAP as a perspective into participatory democracy in the world’s largest democracy. With over 400 hours of footage, the editing process took over two years. There are no voiceovers or narration in the documentary and it just observes this phenomenon as it unfolds.

 

Anand Gandhi, producer of the documentary also famous for directing ‘Ship Of Theseus’ was all praises for what Ranka and Shukla have managed to achieve in their 95-minute long documentary. He said, in a report by Huffington Post India, “This film is a fantastic document of what has been the singular biggest problem for democracy anywhere in the world: making it more participatory.”Without trying to portray the party or Kejriwal in any particular way, the film captures public rallies and meetings along with exploring the most important stakeholder in the democratic process, the voter.

 

Being a crowd-funded project, it received 600 per cent of his estimated budget from about 800 donors collecting a whooping Rs. 71,00,000 and became the largest Indian crowd-funded project of 2014. As reported by the Hindustan Times, Vinay Shukla said, “Media channels couldn’t address everything that needed attention. I think people realised the importance of having filmmakers and citizens come forth and shoulder that challenge.”

 

‘An Insignificant Man’ is definitely going to be a much-awaited release in India. After winning accolades across the globe, the subject has managed to steer public attention to itself.

AAP releases first list, 19 candidates declared

With the declaration of its candidates, Aam Aadmi Party starts its preparations for the 2017 Assembly elections in Punjab. On Thursday, AAP released the first list of 19 candidates who are going to contest for the elections. The list consists of some significant names from the field of Indian politics.

Senior advocate Harvinder Singh Phoolka, who is known to lead the movement for the 1984 Sikh riots and many other famous cases has been listed as the candidate from Dhaka. Earlier Phoolka had contested for the Lok Sabha elections on AAP’s ticket but failed to win. Another influential lawyer and AAP’s legal cell convener Himmat Singh Shergill was also announced as a candidate for the elections from SAS Nagar Mohali.

Mohan Singh Phalianwala, a former Bahujan Samaj Party member and a face of Dalit will be standing for the election from Ferozepur rural. Rupinder Kaur Rubi is the only woman candidate in the list who will be contesting from Bathinda rural.

However the list was announced in the absence of party Chief Arvind Kejriwal, who is on a Vipassana sojourn. Sanjay Singh, the General Secretary in charge has said that the second list will be announced soon.

Source: Economic Times

1984 Riot Files Missing

The files linked to the constitution of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that was supposed to probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots has reportedly gone missing. The controversy that has left the Aam Aadmi Party red-faced has sparked a furore amongt politicians.

The files have been missing from the Delhi government’s home department since the past ten months. They were last marked to the then home minister Jitender Singh Tomar on March 16, 2015, however have been untraceable since then. The Deputy Secretary (Home), Ashish Kumar, has issued a circular to all departments requesting the concerned officers to look for the files and kindly return them to the home department. The row has not only caused much embarrassment to the AAP, but also has caused further delay to the long pending probe into the riots that ravaged the capital in 1984.

The Union Home Ministry had constituted the SIT in February last year to re-investigate the case. The SIT were given powers to examine fresh evidence, re-open cases interrogate witnesses and file new charge sheets to light. The move promised justice to the victims who have been waiting for it since the last 32 years.

Although the AAP has repeatedly raised the issue of the anti-Sikh riots, and had recently distributed an additional compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to the families of the riot victims, the controversy has landed them in a soup.

The issue has come to surface when AAP is all set for contesting the 2017 Punjab assembly elections. The party had won 4 seats out of the total 13, which amounts to a vote share of approximately 25 per cent

Sources: zeenews.india.com

 

 

LG Jung rejects appointment of DCW Chief; calls himself govt.

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Image source: PTI

New Delhi: Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday cancelled the appointment of Swati Maliwal as the Chief of Delhi Women’s Commission by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, calling himself the sole decision making authority of the national capital.

Thirty-year old Maliwal took over as the Chief of Delhi Women’s Commission on July 20. The office of Lieutenant Governor cancelled the appointment of Maliwal through a letter, addressed to the Chief Minister’s Office. “The constitutional definition of ‘government’ is the Lieutenant Governor,” a letter sent by Jung’s office to Kejriwal read, reported the New Indian Express.

Maliwal said that she had not received any official communication from either the government or the LG office. She maintains that she will continue to serve in her capacity, irrespective of the finality of the decision. Maliwal is the wife of senior AAP leader Navin Jaihind. While the party stresses that she was appointed on the basis of merit, the letter declared her appointment as “ultra virus” of the prevailing norms.

To read more, go on: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/delhi-lg-also-its-government-says-najeeb-jungs-office/1/453177.html

AAP launches student wing in Maharashtra

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Image source: facebook.com/AAPMaharashtra

Mumbai: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday launched its student wing “Chhatra Yuva Sangarsh Samiti” (CYSS) along with Graduate’s Forum in Mumbai with an aim to reach out to the country’s growing young generation and build better leaders for tomorrow.

AAP’s state convener Subash Ware termed the ventures as the party’s “true attempt at trying to create leaders and to allocate responsible positions for the youth.” He asserted that the wing will soon be a force to be reckoned with, going by the tremendous support they received from the student community.

The CYSS is to function in six regions across Maharashtra: Mumbai, Vidarbha, Marathwada, North Maharashtra, West Maharashtra and Konkan. “Dr. Sushant Bolkar has been appointed the head of the Mumbai, while heads of the rest of reigons are to be appointed soon”, Farooque Ahmed, AAP State executive member and in-charge of CYSS told DNA.

He further added that these wings will deflect the youth’s participation as being “mere pawns in the game of petty politics”. The forums plan to extend their reach throughout the state within the span of a month.

To read more, go on: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-aam-aadmi-party-launches-students-wing-in-maharashtra-2103367