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EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for Office Of Profit



EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for Office Of Profit


Disqualification of 20 MLAs will leave AAP with a reduced strength of 42 in the 70-member Delhi Assembly, still in majority, while by-polls would have to be held for the vacant seats.

In a major jolt to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s government, the Election Commission has reportedly recommended to President Ram Nath Kovind to disqualify 20 of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) 63 legislators for allegedly holding offices of profit.

The EC’s opinion has been communicated to the President just three days before Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti retires.

The President is bound to go by the recommendation of the Commission, reported PTI. In cases where petitions are made seeking disqualification of lawmakers, the President sends a reference to the EC which decides on the case by sending back its opinion.

Initially, the case was against 21 MLAs but it now stands at 20 after Rajouri Garden MLA Jarnail Singh resigned to contest against Parkash Singh Badal in the Punjab Assembly elections last year.

The MLAs whose fate hangs in balance are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar).

The EC has refused to comment on the development, saying that the matter is still sub judice. Sources confirmed that AAP MLAs including Madanlal, Nitin Tyagi, Rajesh Gupta have moved the Delhi High Court against the disqualification order by the Election Commission.

Advocate Samir Vashist urgently mentioned the matter in the court of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal who sent the matter to the court of Justice Rekha Palli.

“It was only AK Joti, Election commissioner, who heard that matter. We were asked to give written submissions which we had done saying that whenever the order is passed, we should be informed about it. But the order came without any prior intimation to us,” AAP MLA Madanlal said.

Delhi chief minister Kejriwal and his party colleagues too have refrained from officially commenting on the issue, maintaining that they would first study the EC’s recommendation and the order of the President. Kejriwal has convened a meeting of his ministers and associates from the party to discuss the situation and prepare for the aftermath of the disqualification.

However, AAP spokesperson Nagendar Sharma tweeted:

This must be the first ever recommendation in EC history where a recommendation has been sent without even hearing the main matter on merits. NO HEARING TOOK PLACE IN EC ON THE POINT OF OFFICE OF PROFIT[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]If the MLAs are indeed disqualified and AAP fails to get relief from the Delhi High Court against the order, Delhi will witness a by-poll for these 20 seats. The by-election would be a major challenge for AAP since it would come at a time when the party’s credibility will have taken a hit in wake of the disqualifications. The party is already facing an implosion of sorts ever since it declared its candidates for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha polls and decided to deny a ticket to founding-member Kumar Vishwas.

The legislators who have reportedly been disqualified were embroiled in a controversy over holding offices of profit allegations that had been made against many of them soon after they were elected to the Delhi Assembly in 2015 when AAP registered a historic win, bagging 67 of the state’s 70 seats. Lawyer and political activist Prashant Patel had claimed that since these legislators were also serving as parliamentary secretaries – an office for which the government pays a fixed salary – they ought to be disqualified on the grounds of holding an office of profit. The legislators had pleaded for the case against them to be dropped by the EC in June 2017, but their pleas were rejected.

In August 2017, the Delhi High Court had refused the MLAs’ plea for staying the poll panel’s order upholding maintainability of Patel’s petition despite quashing their appointment as parliamentary secretaries in 2016.

In October 2017, AAP had got a minor relief when President Ram Nath Kovind rejected a petition seeking disqualification of AAP MLA Surendra Singh for allegedly holding an office of profit after an opinion was given in the matter by the Election Commission. The petition against Surendra Singh had alleged that the AAP MLA had been earning a salary from the Public Works Department of the Delhi government as well as from New Delhi Municipal Council. President Kovind had, however, rejected the demand forSingh’s disqualification stating that the in the poll panel’s opinion Singh was not holding an ‘office’ under the government within the meaning of section 15(1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, as he was a member of the NDMC by virtue of the NDMC Act and the government had no role in the appointment or dismissal of such members.

While neither the EC nor the AAP have officially confirmed the media reports over these disqualifications, Delhi Congress unit chief Ajay Maken has been quick to assert that Kejriwal has “no right to continue” as the chief minister. In a series of tweets, Maken attacked the Delhi chief minister and said: “half of his cabinet ministers (have been) removed on corruption charges. 20 MLAs who were enjoying ministerial perks would be disqualified.” Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tewari also echoed Maken’s views and demanded Kejriwal’s resignation.

Meanwhile, AAP leader Saurav Bhardwaj hit out at Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti for indulging in a conspiracy to help the BJP in Delhi.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Ambulance Dada Karimul Haque, who’s saved more than 7000 lives, signs contract with producer for a Hindi film about him

In Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, Karimul Haque is working hard in his own unique way. He provides emergency medical care for people.



Karimul Haque

In Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, Karimul Haque is working hard in his own unique way. He provides emergency medical care for people. Karimul Haque is a former tea garden worker. His mother and father were agricultural labourers. Karimul Haque did not complete his schooling and dropped out early to work.

His journey begins with a tragic experience in 1995 that forever changed his life when he could not find an ambulance to transport his ailing mother to the hospital. As a result, his mother died of cardiac arrest. He then made a decision to help others in the event of a medical emergency.

In 1998, when a coworker suddenly fainted, Haque carried him to his motorcycle and took him to a neighbouring hospital. This was when he got the idea of a motorcycle ambulance and decided to start his own motorcycle ambulance business. He borrowed money to purchase his own motorcycle, and since 1998, he has helped more than 7,000 people in need of medical assistance in more than 20 adjacent areas.

The first motor ambulance was merely a motorcycle carrying a sick patient. Now the motorcycle features a more modern sidecar equipped with an oxygen tank. The service transports three to four patients each day using two motorbikes and an equal number of four-wheeler vans. A cell phone number is also displayed on the bikes and ambulances. Haque has been driving his “motorcycle ambulance” for 16 years, ever since he took his first patient to the Jalpaiguri district hospital. 

A former journalist, Biswajit Jha, authored a biography of Haque named ‘Bike Ambulance Dada: The Inspiring Story of Karimul Haque.”

In 2017, the Government of India awarded Karimul Haq the Padma Shri. In 2018, at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the eve of Republic Day, he learned to take selfies from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In 2021, he was invited to “Kaun Banega Crorepati 12”. Haque recently signed a contract with a Mumbai-based producer for a Hindi film about him.

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Married woman found dead, throat slit, in Barabanki, police believe extramarital affair involved

According to the police, one alleged accused has been arrested.



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In Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, a shocking incident came to light, a woman had been murdered and had her throat slit. The woman was sleeping on the terrace of her home when the incident was reported. According to the police, one alleged accused has been arrested.

At the time of investigation, it was found that the deceased woman’s husband, Rampal, and her three children were out to attend the wedding when the incident happened.

During the investigation, Rampal revealed, they returned home from the wedding by one o’clock. He knocked on the front door of the house but didn’t receive any response. Soon after, his kids Vikas (17) and Akash (15) also arrived. All three of them collectively called their mother and tried to enter the house.

After a while, when there was no response again, they lay down on the cot that was kept in front of the home. Everyone once more attempted to open the door at around five in the morning, but it remained closed. Rampal then began shouting as he climbed the wall from the house’s backyard to the terrace. After reaching the terrace he found his wife’s body lying on the terrace and her throat was slitted with a sharp weapon.

According to SP of Barabanki, the youngest son of the deceased woman told about some persons who used to visit his mother when his father wasn’t there at home. The SP added, one individual has been detained in connection with the incident, after the statement given by the child.

As soon as local authorities and police were notified of the incident, they rushed to the scene, after which the woman’s body was sent for a postmortem.

The woman was killed, according to the authorities, because of her extramarital affairs. They claimed that robbery was not a factor in the case. The police stated that additional inquiries concerning the case were being conducted.

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18-year-old college girl found dead in hostel room: Mumbai police probe rape, suspect dies by suicide

Police entered the room and found her dead with a stole around her neck. Police has registered an FIR against the accused under Indian Penal Code Sections 302 (murder) and 376 (rape), and an investigation is underway.



18 year old girl murder in mumbai

The dolorous case of an 18 year old girl, found dead at a girl’s hostel in the Churchgate area in South Mumbai. The incident has shocked many. As per the official, it is suspected that the woman was sexually assaulted, but it can be ascertained only after the autopsy report is available. She was locked from the outside; Police entered the room and found her dead with a stole around her neck. Police has registered an FIR against the accused under Indian Penal Code Sections 302 (murder) and 376 (rape), and an investigation is underway.

The suspected guard in this case found dead on railway track near Charni road station on Tuesday. The 30 year old suspect, identified as Om Prakash Kanaujia. His body was later sent to GT Hospital for postmortem. The suspect was working for 15 years at Savitri Phule Women’s Hostel near the Police Gyankhana in South Mumbai.

Police also found that a female staff member working at the hostel missing, attempts made to trace her but later it was found that the staff member too has committed suicide by jumping in front of Suburn Local at Marine drive station located near the hostel. The other suicide body of female staff member was identified by her father. The Police sent the body too for the post mortem and they are investigating other hostel members to get to the root of this case. The case is becoming more complicated after the suicide of the one more suspect in the case.

The 18 year old girl hailed from Vidarbha in Maharashtra, she was studying in government polytechnic college in suburban Bandra.  She was untraceable since Tuesday afternoon with her hostel room on the fourth floor, locked from the outside.

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