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Delhi Liquor Scam: Busy making budget, says Manish Sisodia, seeks time to appear before CBI

Experts believes that CBI can give time to Sisodia.

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Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has been called to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) office in the national capital today for questioning in the Delhi Liquor Policy matter. Manish Sisodia said on Sunday morning that Delhi’s budget is to be presented in February. Every moment is precious in such an important time.

That’s why he has written a letter to the CBI requesting them to keep the time after February for questioning. He further wrote that he hopes CBI officials will understand his point. He said that after February whenever he would be called, he would appear for the questioning, as he has always cooperated in the investigation.

Earlier on Saturday, Manish Sisodia himself had informed about the inquiry by tweeting. He said, “CBI has called me again on Sunday. They have unleashed the full might of CBI, ED (Enforcement Directorate) against me, raided my house, searched my bank lockers and still nothing against me. Not found.”

BJP and AAP are accusing each other

Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and others are accused of corruption in the new liquor sale policy (now cancelled) in the national capital. Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena had ordered a CBI inquiry last year. Subsequently, the Delhi government scrapped the new liquor policy and reverted to the old liquor policy, blaming the lieutenant governor for the loss of crores of rupees in revenue.

BJP said that the Delhi government went back to the old liquor sale policy to hide corruption. The Aam Aadmi Party alleged that the BJP at the Center was behind the Lt Governor’s decision to send the CBI after Sisodia. The issue of liquor policy tops the long list of conflicts between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Lieutenant Governor.

For years, Arvind Kejriwal’s government and Delhi’s lieutenant governor’s office have fought over who has the real power to run the national capital. Kejriwal has had serious disagreements with the office of the Lieutenant Governor over the functioning of the Delhi administration.

The latest instance of tussle between the Lieutenant Governor and the Aam Aadmi Party happened just two days ago, when the Supreme Court agreed to the Aam Aadmi Party’s request that members of Delhi’s civic body nominated by the Lieutenant Governor cannot vote in the mayoral election.

A day after the Aam Aadmi Party’s Supreme Court victory, the CBI asked Sisodia to come to its office today for questioning in the Delhi Liquor Sale Policy case. Recently, the CBI arrested Buchibabu Gorantla, a former chartered accountant of Bharat Rashtra Samithi leader and Kavitha, daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, whose bastion the BJP wants to break.

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IMD issues red alert for heavy rainfall in Kerala

The IMD issued a red alert for the districts of Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, and Alappuzha, warning residents and authorities about the potential for further heavy rains.

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for four districts in Kerala till May 21, after heavy pre-monsoon rainfall swept across the southern state on Sunday. The intense downpours affected numerous regions, including the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. 

Considering the severe weather conditions, the IMD issued a red alert for the districts of Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, and Alappuzha, warning residents and authorities about the potential for further heavy rains.

The weather department has also issued an orange alert in the districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, and Malappuram until May 22, forecasting isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall .

A bulletin issued by the IMD on Sunday stated that strong westerly and south-westerly winds are expected to dominate the lower levels of the state from May 19 to 23. This weather pattern is likely to result in widespread rainfall across isolated areas of Kerala from May 19 to 22. Additionally, heavy to very heavy rainfall is anticipated in isolated regions on May 23.

Given the potential hazards posed by heavy rains, the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has urged residents to remain vigilant. The forecasted heavy rainfall over a short period raises concerns about flash floods and urban waterlogging, especially in low-lying areas. It is reported that prolonged rainfall may also lead to landslides. Consequently, authorities advised residents, particularly those in hilly and coastal regions, to exercise caution and stay alert.

Reportedly, stringent directives have been issued to the District Superintendent of Police, Sub Divisional Magistrates, Regional Transport Officers, and Tehsildars to enforce a ban on tourist movements.

Meanwhile, after the Sunday rains visuals across social media showed houses and shops in some areas were inundated. Additionally, canals traversing the capital city and its suburbs have overflowed. Affected residents claimed that the waterlogging in the capital and surrounding areas resulted from the failure to conduct pre-monsoon cleaning of canals and drainage systems.

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PM Modi visits Jagannath Temple, leads roadshow in Odisha

Ahead of the ongoing Lok Sabha election, PM Modi today visited Odisha and offered prayer at Jagannath temple

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Jagannath temple in Puri, Odissa, on Monday morning, and offered prayers before leading a significant roadshow to rally support for BJP candidates ahead of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

The roadshow commenced at Marichkote Square and concluded at Medical Square on Grand Road. State BJP president Manmohan Samal, BJP MP candidate Sambit Patra, and MLA nominee Jayanta Sarangi accompanied the Prime Minister.

Thousands of BJP supporters lined the barricaded Grand Road, waving BJP’s banners and posters. The event saw elaborate security arrangements to ensure the safety of the Prime Minister and the public, as confirmed by the local police.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Puri comes at a crucial time as the second phase of polling for five Lok Sabha constituencies and 35 assembly seats in Odisha is underway, with strict security measures in place.

PM Modi’s engagement in Puri included not just the temple visit and the roadshow but also a series of strategic campaign stops. After the roadshow, he was scheduled to depart by helicopter for Angul, where he would address a large public meeting. The Prime Minister’s day was set to continue with another poll rally in Cuttack, reflecting the BJP’s intensive campaign efforts in the state.

The roadshow in Puri had high energy and drew a big crowd. The BJP aims to strengthen its position in Odisha, where regional parties have been strong contenders. Modi’s active campaigning is meant to gather voter support and improve the party’s chances in both the Lok Sabha and assembly elections.

The roadshow route, from Marichkote Square to Medical Square, is an important road in Puri and has been packed with supporters since early morning. This event showed how strong the BJP’s campaign is and how Modi personally connects with voters.

With voting already happening, the Prime Minister’s visit is likely to influence how people feel about the election. It could help undecided voters make up their minds and boost the morale of BJP supporters in the state.

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Lok Sabha elections 2024: Akshay Kumar votes for the first time after getting Indian citizenship

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During the Lok Sabha 2024 elections, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar cast his vote for the first time after becoming an Indian citizen last year. The actor, who previously held Canadian citizenship, was seen voting in Mumbai on Monday during the fifth phase of the elections. 

The Bhool Bhulaiyaa actor proudly showcased his ink-stained finger, symbolizing his participation in the election process. In a video shared by sources, he expressed his excitement and urged the citizens to vote. He stated that he wanted India to be developed and strong, and he voted with that in mind. He also mentioned that India should vote for what it deems right.

Reflecting on his experience, Akshay remarked that it was great and he was feeling very good. He highlighted the importance of the moment, noting that the actor marked his first vote as an Indian citizen.

The Entertainment actor obtained Indian citizenship in August 2023, which he celebrated by sharing a picture of his government documents on social media. He tweeted that both his heart and citizenship were Indian, and wished everyone a happy Independence Day, concluding with Jai Hind.

Discussing his decision, Akshay revealed that he hadn’t visited Canada for nearly a decade, despite holding Canadian citizenship. He mentioned that for 9 to 10 years he hadn’t gone there, although it was a very nice place and one of his best friends lived there. He decided that he should take Indian citizenship and noted that it was just a coincidence that he received a letter on August 15 confirming his citizenship.

Akshay initially applied for Canadian citizenship in the 1990s after facing a series of box office failures. He contemplated starting a cargo business in Canada with a friend. However, his fortunes changed with successful films, leading him to return to India. Despite the lomg process, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Akshay renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2019. He explained that it was just a travel document and that he pays his taxes in India, where he is the highest taxpayer.

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