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5th day of AAP dharna: Left parties, some personalities extend support; BJP counters

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5th day of AAP dharna: Left parties, some personalities extend support; BJP counters

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Outside support started pouring in for the sit-in protest at Raj Niwas by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and three of his cabinet colleagues that entered its fifth day today, Friday, June 15.

The Delhi CM and his ministers are staging the sit-in to persuade the Lt Governor Anil Baijal to ask the IAS officers to resume regular work[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1529059571741{border-top-width: 10px !important;border-right-width: 10px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;border-left-width: 10px !important;padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;background-color: #c6c6c6 !important;border-radius: 10px !important;}”]The demands are:

* Issue a direction to IAS officers to end their “strike”

* Action against those who have struck work for “four months”

* Approve the proposal for doorstep delivery of rations.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]From Thursday, support for Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government poured in from other quarters. Several personalities and regional parties, including the Trinamool Congress, backed the Kejriwal-led protest.

Appealing the Centre to resolve the crisis immediately, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “Elected Chief Minister must get due respect. May I appeal to the government of India and the LG to resolve the problem immediately so that people do not suffer.”

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also requested PM Modi’s intervention in the ongoing tussle between the Delhi government and the LG. In a letter addressed to the PM, Vijayan said, “I write to you in hope that the spirit of the Constitution will be upheld. I request your personal intervention to ensure that the work of the Delhi Government should proceed without hindrance,” he said.

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Chaudhary also called the situation in Delhi a “governance failure”.

Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who is also a former IAS officer, too, joined the AAP workers during their protest on Tuesday. “Had Atal Bihari Vajpayee been the PM, he would have ordered the Home Minister to open a dialogue with the elected CM,” Sinha said.

Taking to Twitter, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury accused the BJP, at the Centre, of “using the office of the LG” to ensure the Delhi government is unable to “discharge its constitutional duties”. He tweeted, “BJP central government is using the office of the LG to obstruct the elected state government in Delhi to discharge its constitutional duties. This is despicable. The Centre must abandon this course of confrontation right away.”

CPI wrote to LG saying, “No constitutional authority of Delhi can bypass or neglect the Govt of Delhi in any matter of Governance of Delhi”. The party says the L-G is duty-bound to meet Kejriwal and his ministers.

Noted actor Kamal Haasan said in a tweet: “Interference in the functioning of an elected government is unacceptable in a democracy. In fact what is happening in Delhi and in TN/Pondicherry are not too different. It is frustrating for people who want a change for the better.”

The Delhi High Court, on the other hand, agreed to hear on June 18 a plea seeking to declare the sit-in by the CM and his cabinet colleagues as unconstitutional and illegal. The petition was mentioned before Justice C Hari Shankar who said that it be listed for hearing on Monday. The plea filed by petitioner Hari Nath Ram sought direction for discharging the chief ministerial obligations and responsibilities as the entire functioning of the Chief Minister office of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi has been brought to a “stand still” since the sit-in started.

The IAS offcers in Delhi government claim they are not on strike – something they cannot admit to without risking their jobs – but are only staying away from meetings with Kejriwal government ministers since their feel unsafe. The reason they cite is the alleged assault on chief secretary Anshu Prakash when he went for a late night meeting at Kejriwal’s residence. They demand that the CM apologise to them for the incident.

A case was lodged with Delhi Police soon after the alleged assault and the case is under investigation. The CM and ministers have been questioned at length and their premises searched thoroughly. There are no reports of any questioning that any bureaucrat was subjected to in the case.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleges that the LG, under instructions from the Modi government at the Centre, has been “coordinating” the IAS officers “strike” to hobble the Delhi government’s functioning and prevent it from carrying out any work. CM Kejriwal and his three ministers have been sitting in Raj Niwas seeking a meeting with LG Anil Baijal, asking him to get the officers back to normal work.

Kejriwal has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi raising the issue of problems being faced by Delhi and the need to attend to them.

So far, there is no resolution in sight.

The BJP and the Congress are both attacking the AAP government, alleging that it is trying to find excuses for its incompetence and failure to deliver by blaming officers. They also contend that officers were attending to work and that the CM and his ministers were running away from their responsibilities, accusing them of being on a strike.

The BJP has also been pointing to several problems that Delhi citizens are facing because of Delhi government’s inability to deliver – a point that AAP government says establishes its contention that work was being hampered because officers are not working.

On Thursday, several Aam Aadmi Party leaders marched to LG Anil Baijal’s residence and chanted slogans such as “LG sahab, Delhi Chhodo (LG, quit Delhi)”. The party has planned to hold a candlelight march at Raj Ghat to keep the momentum going. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kejriwal alleged that Baijal is doing “nothing” to break the impasse despite repeated requests from the party and sought the PM’s intervention in the case.

Meanwhile, the stand of the bureaucrats, the LG , the Centre and the BJP has come in for some scathing criticism. The officers’ continuing protest and their demand for apology, on the very face of it, lacks merit when a criminal case has already been filed with Delhi Police. The demand would mean they want the CM to apologise and also prosecute him.

Some former bureaucrats also questioned the IAS officers’ stand, pointing out instances where they have been subjected to worse under governments of other parties but there was not a squeak from any of them. Instances mentioned include the treatment meted out to bureaucrats by different chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, the assault on Puri district collector, the remarks on IAS officers by union minister Dharmendra Pradhan. They have also not dared to protest the move to allot cadres only after Foundation Course rather than civil service examination results, or the decision to bypass the UPSC in going for lateral recruitment into IAS at joint secretary level.

A former bureaucrat who resigned from IAS to follow his own interests, TR Raghunandan has this to say: “So what makes IAS officers unusually bold when it comes to Kejriwal? Why are they capable of defying him to the extent that they have done? The answer is simple: he does not, in his current position as Chief Minister of Delhi, control the progression of their careers. If he were a CM of a full state, or if Delhi were a full state, they would toe his line.

“So all this hype about the behaviour of the Delhi government being unprecedented is nonsense. In fact, on the other hand, the differential outrage of the IAS to the alleged misconduct of the Delhi government, while being silent to other slurs and body blows to the IAS delivered by the Modis and Adityanaths of this world, is entirely predictable, given their careerist obsessions.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge hits out at PM Modi over his 8 crore jobs claim in 4 years

The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha has accused PM Modi of spinning a web of lies about job creation in Mumbai on July 13.

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Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he claimed eight crore jobs in three to four years has silenced those spreading fake news about unemployment.

The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha has accused PM Modi of spinning a web of lies about job creation in Mumbai on July 13.

Hitting out at PM Modi, the Congress chief reminded the Prime Minister what he said while announcing NRA – National Recruitment Agency. In August 2020, Kharge said, PM Modi stated that NRA would prove to be a boon for crores of youth.

Kharge further reminded what PM Modi also said through the Common Eligibility Test, it will eliminate multiple examinations and save precious time as well as resources. It will also give a big boost to transparency.

Questioning the Modi government, Kharge asked why has NRA not conducted a single exam in the last 4 years. He wondered despite allocating Rs 1,517.57 crore to NRA, only Rs 58 crore has been spent in 4 years.

Was NRA deliberately kept inactive to deprive SC, ST, OBC, and EWS youth of their reservation rights? the Congress chief charged. NTA committed fraud, paper leaks, and scams, and NRA didn’t even conduct the exam. BJP-RSS has taken up the task of ruining the education system and destroying the future of the youth, he slammed Centre.

The Congress chief response comes a day after PM Modi cited a recent Reserve Bank of India report on employment, saying that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s commitment to stability and growth.

The Prime Minister took a jibe at the Opposition and said that the creation of eight crore new jobs in the past three to four years has silenced those who are spreading false narratives about unemployment.

PM Modi added that those spreading false narratives are enemies of investment, infrastructure development, and the country’s growth. He also said that Opposition policies betray the youth and hinder employment, adding that he said now Opposition is being exposed as people reject their lies.

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Mamata Banerjee to meet Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar, Akhilesh Yadav in Mumbai

She will be meeting Uddhav Thackeray tomorrow for political talks since they haven’t met after the Lok Sabha elections.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that she will meet Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, NCP leader Sharad Pawar and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Mumbai on Friday to discuss the current political situation in the country.

Speaking to reporters today before leaving for Mumbai to attend the wedding of Mukesh Ambani’s son, as requested by Ambani, Banerjee said she will meet all the leaders in Mumbai tomorrow including Akhilesh Yadav.

The TMC supremo said that she is going to Mumbai as people know that Mukesh Ambani ji’s son is getting married. They have extended the invitation multiple times, and Mukesh Ambani ji has attended the Biswa Bangla convention multiple times upon Bengal’s invitation, she added. She said that she might not have gone, but since Ambanis have repeatedly asked her to come including Mukesh ji, his son, and Neeta ji, she decided to go, Banerjee further said.

On being asked about her political engagements in Mumbai, the West Bengal Chief Minister said she will be meeting Uddhav Thackeray tomorrow for political talks since they haven’t met after the Lok Sabha elections.

Banerjee said she would also go to Sharad Ji’s place and made an appointment to meet him as well. Akhilesh is also coming tomorrow and she could meet him as well. She will return the day after tomorrow, the TMC chief said.

The Shiv Sena, TMC, NCP, and SP are part of the Opposition bloc INDIA at the national level along with the Congress.

The Trinamool Congress chief also pointed out a fake video being circulated by the BJP IT Cell chief Amit Malviya and a section of the media for highlighting the video, ahead of Assembly bypools on Wednesday, that TMC men beating up a person inside a club.

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Amit Shah accuses Congress of preserving Article 370 for 70 years

Shah was addressing a Lok Sabha election rally in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh where he said the Congress and the Samajwadi Party preserved Article 370 for 70 years, due to which terrorism in the country increased.

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Amit Shah accuses Congress of preserving Article 370 for 70 years

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday attacked Congress on Sunday for preserving Article 370 of the Constitution, due to which terrorism increased in the country. He further added that BJP will never let another division of the country happen. Shah was addressing a Lok Sabha election rally in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh where he said the Congress and the Samajwadi Party preserved Article 370 for 70 years, due to which terrorism in the country increased.

Addressing the people Shah said they had made Modiji the prime minister for the 2nd time and he abrogated Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019.  He compared the situation to earlier times in the valley, when the Army had to be taken along for hoisting the tricolour, at that same Lal Chowk (Jammu and Kashmir) to the situation now when the shobhayatra of Lord Krishna is being taken out. The rally was organised to garner support for B P Saroj, the BJP candidate from the Machhlishahr Lok Sabha constituency in Jaunpur.

Shah further added that the divisive policies of the Congress want to divide the country again but BJP will never let that happen again. The Union Home Minister accused the grand old party of spreading lies that if PM Modi comes to power for a 3rd time at the centre then he will abolish reservation.

Shah Pointed out that the prime minister has been in majority for the last 10 years and he did not use it to abolish reservation. Shah said, he wanted to ask (SP chief) Akhilesh Yadav and (Congress leader) Rahul Gandhi that when their government was in power for 10 years, what did Uttar Pradesh get in that period? The UPA government gave Rs 4.9 lakh crore to Uttar Pradesh in 10 years as compared to the NDA government which gave Rs 19.11 lakh crore.

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