AAP denies Rajya Sabha ticket to Kumar Vishwas

One of the most visible faces of Aam Aadmi Party, Kumar Vishwas was ignored by his party for upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. The AAP, which enjoys an absolute majority in Delhi Assembly, by having 67 members in 70 member’s assembly, is all set to win three seats comfortably. Sanjay Singh, Sushil Gupta and ND Gupta were nominated by the party for the elections.

Soon after the announcement, Vishwas took a dig at the party chief Arvind Kejriwal by stating that he has been denied the ticket only because he had openly stated his views honestly on contentious issues like ticket distribution, insult of some AAP members, and other matters like the protest in JNU or about the surgical strike by Indian soldiers. He accused the party convenor of dominating heterogeneous views, and stated that everything happens in the party only if Kejriwal agrees to it.He also opined that it is not possible for oneself to be in the AAP if he disagrees with Arvind Kejriwal on any issue.

In a sarcastic tone, he congratulated Kejriwal on his martyrdom and stated that he was told that he will killed politically and yet won’t be allowed to become a martyr by Kejriwal a while back.

Vishwas also did not attend the meeting of PAC (Political Affairs Committee) of which he is a member.

Sources: Rediff, The Indian Express

 

Delhi HC seeks AAP chief’s reply on Arun Jaitley defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal

Bad situation for Delhi Chief Minister, Delhi HC on Wednesday looked for AAP convener’s reaction on a crisp request documented by the Union Finance Minister.

The interest required activity against Kejriwal for professedly documenting a false oath that he had not trained his guidance to utilise hostile words against Jaitley. . It has been learnt that Justice Manmohan issued a notice to Kejriwal and searched for his response inside a month.

Prominently, Jaitley had recorded a Rs 10 cr criticism suit against Kejriwal and five other AAP pioneers matter for December 11. Notably, Jaitley had filed a Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders. In a fresh application, Jaitley said that Kejriwal had filed a reply denying that he had instructed his senior lawyer to make derogatory comments.

However, this was opposed by his former counsel Ram Jethmalani two days later. Senior advocates appearing for the Union finance minister, urged the court to allow them to file a criminal complaint against Kejriwal.
The high court had on July 26 requested that Kejriwal not put “shameful” inquiries to Jaitley amid the round of questioning in the criticism suit recorded by the Union priest against the central clergyman and five others – Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai. The court had conceded the round of questioning of Jaitley from July 28 to August 28 after Kejriwal’s direction looked for time.

The principal Rs 10 crore maligning suit was recorded by Jaitley against Kejriwal and five other AAP pioneers in 2015. Jaitley, who precluded every one of the charges from securing defilement leveled by the AAP pioneers in December 2015, had guaranteed that they had made “false and defamatory” explanations for the situation including the DDCA.

Sources: DNA, Outlook

AAP MLA booked on charges of molestation

Prakash Jarwal, MLA of the Aam Aadmi Party has been booked for allegedly molesting a 53 year old woman in southeast Delhi’s Sangam Vihar. This is the second case against him for the same issue. However, Jarwal has denied the charges and termed it as “Politically motivated.”

The FIR has been lodged under IPC sections 354, 509, 506.According to the NDTV, the accused MLA said that the police had not informed him about a case being registered against him and they will not call him for any interrogation but will arrest him directly.

He further claimed that the woman is a “BJP volunteer”  who wanted to make “political gains.”

Jarwal added saying that he was present in the area at the time of the incident, but it was the woman and her family who hurled abuses at him.

“If I had barged into her house and roughed her up, some injuries would have been found in medical examination,” he said.

In June 2016, Jarwal was accused of touching a woman inappropriately and pushing her when she had gone to lodge a complaint regarding water problems at Delhi Jal Board office in southeast Delhi’s Greater Kailash area.

15 MLAs from the AAP have been booked under different charges after the party came to power. The party claims it to “political vendetta.”

News Source- Indian Express, NDTV

Image Source- DNA 

LeT terrorist convicted for 2005 Delhi blasts

Tariq Ahmed, one of the accused in the 2005 serial blasts case in October 29, 2005 at in Sarojini Nagar, Kalkaji, and Paharganj, has been convicted but only for belonging to the banned terror organisation. The custody carries a sentence of 10-year of jail term. Tariq has already served 12-years in jail.

The other two men have been acquitted. This is seen as a major setback for the Delhi police.

 

The Delhi court, after hearing the case for last eight years, said that the prosecution had not been able to establish any connection between Tariq Ahmed Dar, Mohd Rafiq Shah and Mohammad Fazil, the three accused in the case. Hence, it cannot be concluded that Tariq Dar had hatch a plot and none of the charges of plotting a terror activity can be made out.

 

The police’s key evidence against Tariq Dar, a phone conversation between him and an alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba handler, also failed to persuade the court.

 

There were allegations on Tariq to have received Rs. 14 lakh through the hawala route, but there were no evidence of what it was meant for. Adding to it, there were no evidence that Dar had come to Delhi.

 

The three LeT terrorists were arrested for the serial blasts which had claimed the lives of 67 people and injured 200 people. The court framed charges against Dar in 2008 and alleged of him being the mastermind. They were accused of instigating war against the nation, collecting arms, conspiring, attempt to murder and murder.

Sources: NDTV, Edit Platter

Boost for AAP in Punjab as Barnala junior joins party

When Shiromoni Akali Dal (Longowal) is grappling every straw to stay afloat, Jasjeet Singh Barnala, the eldest son of former chief minister Surjit Singh Barnala joined the Delhi-based Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday at Khanna in the presence of senior AAP leaders such as Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak.

However, Jasjeet said that “when it comes to legacy of his father and his party SAD (Longowal), he will support them before AAP.”  He does not wish to contest elections but has joined AAP as he is “fond of Arvind Kejriwal” and believes that he will be the right man to take Punjab forward.

SAD (Longowal) merged with the Congress in April, 2016 in the twilight of their political prowess. But even that is on the verge of a fall out as Congress has completely bypassed SAD while nominating candidates in the upcoming Punjab assembly elections. Now Gaganjeet, Jasjeet’s younger brother plans to fight as an independent candidate.

Interestingly Jasjeet is a newbie in the field of politics and his inclusion in the party at the 11th hour of Vidhan Sabha election is a surprising yet bold move.

News Source- The Indian Express, Hindustan Times

Image source- The Indian Express

 

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 

Chikungunya, dengue epidemic in the capital ; death toll rises to 30

The capital is under the cloud of diseases such as chikungunya and dengue over the past few weeks. With over 12,000 cases across the country, New Delhi has been the worst hit with death toll rising to 30 and 2,800 suffering.

The two vector borne diseases are fatally affecting the people over the age of 60 as they are more vulnerable to multiple organ failure during the affected period. Dengue, unlike chikungunya can itself cause death rather than organs failing to function. The endemic which started at the during August as a result of heavy rainfall has already affected wide range of population in different parts of New Delhi.

It is vital to know about the causes, symptoms and preventive measures that can be adopted to secure oneself.

Causes

Dengue

Transmitted through the bite of female Aedes mosquito, the dengue can be also be spread through blood transfusion from one human body to another. They prey during the night.

Chikungunya

The disease primarily affects the muscle cells of the body and is caused by the same female mosquito as the Aedes.

 

Treatment

Being viral diseases, there is no prescribed or immediate treatment for dengue and chikungunya.

“The treatment for dengue and chikungunya is symptomatic and therefore, doctors wait for the symptoms to become evident in the body,” says Dr Dalal, a gastroenterologist at Primus Super Speciality Hospital, Delhi.

Paracetamol is provided to the affected patients after three days for the fever to subside and subsequently the patients are asked to consume more fluids.

 

Prevention

To put it in simple terms, Dr. Dalal says, “Avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes,” justifying it as there no vaccination or medication that can prevent a certain disease. Cover yourself and apply mosquito repellent creams. As the mosquitos thrive of fresh water, make sure there is no stagnant or affected water lying around.

 

Measures adopted by the Delhi Government

Although receiving a lot of criticism for being unable to tackle the chikungunya, dengue outbreak in the capital, the Aam Aadmi Party is putting in their best efforts to meet the demands of patients and doctors. With 1,000 extra beds in all government hospitals for the affected patients, the Delhi government has asked all the hospitals in the capital to reserve 10 percent of the beds for chikungunya and dengue cases.

“In the meeting, I demanded reservation of 10 per cent beds at all Centre-run hospitals including AIIMS, RML and Safdurjung for treatment of dengue and chikungunya patients.” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said after his meeting Union Health Minister J P Nadda.

Arvind Kejriwal has also requested to set up fever clinics across Delhi so that people can be clarified about their disease before they get themselves admitted to the hospitals. He has also asked other state governments to set up the same as lack of good medical facilities is extending the pressure on Delhi Hospitals. Apart from this, Kejriwal has ordered to buy as many fogging machines required and also asked for cooperation from centre and different political parties in these testing times when the capital is ailing under the intense threat of dengue and chikungunya.

 

Sources: Indian Express, NDTV, PTI