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AAP losing core values, should bring back Bhushan, Yogendra: Kumar Vishwas

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Disgruntled AAP leader Kumar Vishwas says there is a need for AAP Version 2.0, prepared to apologise to Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav

Making a slew of comments on the internal machinations of the Aam Aadmi Party which are set to irk Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, disgruntled party leader Kumar Vishwas claimed, on Sunday, that there was a need to bring ousted AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav back into the party’s fold.

The comments come as a stark volte-face for Vishwas, who along with AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal and his confidante Manish Sisodia, was part of the brigade that purportedly engineered senior advocate Prashant Bhushan and activist Yogendra Yadav’s ouster from the Aam Aadmi Party two years ago.

On Sunday, Vishwas – who is known to be upset with Kejriwal for the latter’s apparent unwillingness of granting the poet-politician a Rajya Sabha berth – convened a meeting of party workers at the AAP headquarters in New Delhi. While the party’s senior leadership – Kejriwal, Sisodia, Ashish Khetan, Sanjay Singh, Gopal Rai and Deepak Bajpai – skipped the meeting, Vishwas addressed the media and made a slew of recommendations for “strengthening the party”.

“There is a long list of people who have quit the party over the past few years, including Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. Why can’t we reconcile? We will say sorry if need be,” Vishwas said.

Vishwas also red-flagged the issue of dwindling crowds at AAP’s public functions and claimed that a party which could, till just three years ago, attract over five lakh people to its rallies at Ramlila Maidan was now “finding it difficult to even attract 5000 people for its fifth foundation day function”.

Reiterating his earlier criticism of the party that has often been termed as a ‘one-man show’ under Arvind Kejriwal, Vishwas said: “there is a lack of dialogue within the party… we have strayed from our path and core values.” He claimed that he had proposed Sunday’s meeting with party workers “in the midst of the entire party leadership” but added that “people who weakened the party became active after my announcement”

Though refraining from naming any specific party leader, Vishwas blamed a section of the AAP of “running a smear campaign” against him but added that he did not want to form a new party but simply wished to “take AAP back to its original values”.

That the party wasn’t too happy with Vishwas unilaterally extending an olive branch to Bhushan and Yadav – who since their unceremonious exit from AAP have often hit out at Kejriwal and have formed an alternative, non-political outfit called Swaraj Abhiyan – was evident from statements issued by party spokesperson Sanjay Singh.

“No one has reached out to them (Bhushan and Yadav), neither have they reached out to us. This could be Vishwas’ personal opinion,” Sanjay Singh said.

Prashant Bhushan too denied any possibility of reconciliation with AAP and instead hit out at Kejriwal’s party saying it had “betrayed all the ideals of the anti-corruption movement”.

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Vishwas has been voicing his ire against the functioning of AAP under Arvind Kejriwal for several months now. Sources say that Kejriwal’s decision to reach out to “eminent personalities” from outside the AAP fold as probable party candidates for the three Rajya Sabha berths from Delhi has irked Vishwas.

The three Rajya Sabha berths, currently occupied by Congress leaders Dr Karan Singh, Janardhan Dwivedi and Pervez Hashmi, will fall vacant. While Vishwas has openly admitted that he wants to be nominated as the party’s Rajya Sabha candidate, sources said Kejriwal and Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia are not too keen on the idea. Kejriwal had earlier approached former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan with the offer of nominating him from one of the Rajya Sabha berths but the eminent economist turned down the offer claiming that he wanted to focus on his role as an academician at the University of Chicago in America.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reveals plan for ambitious 2047 Viksit Bharat project, says work for the project has been ongoing for last 2 years

The Prime Minister said that he does not mean to scare or suppress anyone, but rather has plans to make India a developed nation by 2047.

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A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its election manifesto, which aims at building a Viksit Bharat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview with the media, outlined his vision for India’s development by 2047. He also addressed concerns raised by the opposition parties, who suggest that the BJP might seek to amend the Constitution if re-elected in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his assurance to the people that they do not need to fear when he said that he has big plans for the country in his election speeches. Explaining statement, the Prime Minister said that he does not mean to scare or suppress anyone, but rather has plans to make India a developed nation by 2047.

Speaking to the media, PM Modi said, when he says that he has big plans, no one should be scared. He said he does not take decisions to scare or run-over anyone, he takes decisions for the wholesome development of the country. He added the government always says they have done everything.  He said he did not believe that he had done everything. He added he had tried to do everything in the right direction, yet there is so much he needed to do, because he saw that his country has so many needs.

The Prime minister asked how did he fulfill the dreams of every family? He said this is the reason why he said this has been a trailer. PM Modi said he had been working on the ambitious 2047 Viksit Bharat project for the past two years. And for that, he asked for opinions and suggestions from people across India.  He said he had taken suggestions from more than 15 lakh people on how they want to see India in the coming 25 years.

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Kangana Ranaut meets Dalai Lama in Dharamshala shares pictures on social media ahead of Lok Sabha elections, post goes viral

The Bollywood actor met Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala and said it as one of the most memorable moments of her life.

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The Bollywood actor and BJP candidate for the Mandi Lok Sabha seat met Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala on Monday. She said it as one of the most memorable moments of her life. Kangana Ranaut also shared pictures on social media.

The Lok Sabha elections in Himachal Pradesh are scheduled for June 1, marking the seventh phase of elections to elect four members of the 18th Lok Sabha. As the voting day is still over a month away, candidates contesting in the 4 constituencies are actively participating in various campaign activities. Among them, the BJP’s star candidate Kangana Ranaut, who is contesting from Mandi against Congress’s Vikramaditya Singh, is leaving no stone unturned to win the votes of the people.

Kangana Ranaut also shared what Dalai Lama told her during the meeting. She said, his Holiness ji said that he enjoys being in Himachal Pradesh and absolutely loves Bharat. She said this is such a privilege and such an honour. After her meeting with the spiritual leader, the actor told the media that it was divine. She said it was an experience which she will cherish all her life. She thought it is exceptional to be in the presence of such a being who has sheer divinity around him. She said it was very emotional for her and ex-CM Jairam Thakur. She added she will cherish this experience all her life.

Earlier, Kangana Ranaut slammed Himachal Pradesh minister Vikramaditya Singh for calling her the queen of controversies while she was addressing a poll rally in Mandi. She said, Yeh tumhare baap-dada ki riyasat nahin hai, ke tum mujhe dara, dhamka ke vapis bhej doge. She further added this is the new Bharat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where a small, poor boy who used to sell tea is the biggest hero and pradhan sevak of the people.

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Election Commission records highest inducement seizure of Rs 4,650 crore ahead of Lok Sabha election

The Election Commission of India records highest inducement seizure of Rs 4,650 in 75-years of history.

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Monday that the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are expected to witness the highest ever seizures of inducements.

According to a notification from the poll board, enforcement agencies had already seized a record Rs 4,650 crore before the first round of polling, which is yet to start. This was a significant increase over the Rs 3,475 crores seized during the entire Lok Sabha election in 2019.

As part of a level playing field, the Election Commission said that the enhanced seizures reflect ECI’s unwavering commitment to monitor inducements and curb electoral malpractices, particularly in favour of smaller and less resourceful parties.

Significantly, narcotics and drugs, which are the Commission’s main focus, account for 45% of the seizures. The poll body continued, the seizures have been made possible by thorough planning, increased cooperation and coordinated deterrent action by agencies, proactive public participation, and optimal use of technology.

The commission also made statistics on the distribution of inducements that were seized available for public consumption by state. With a seizure of over Rs 778 crore, Rajasthan topped the list. Gujarat came in second with Rs 605 crore, and Maharashtra came in third with roughly Rs 431 crore.

When announcing the polls last month, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar highlighted money power as one of the 4M challenges, along with money, muscle, misinformation, and Model Code of Conduct violations.

Use of black money, over and above political financing and accurate disclosure thereof, may disturb the level playing field in favor of a more resourceful party or candidate in specific geographies, the panel stated in its statement released on Monday.

The poll authority claims that the seizures are an essential part of the ECI’s resolve to hold fair elections for the Lok Sabha that are free from electoral malpractices and inducements.

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