In a major action, ahead of Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections, the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) has arrested three people, including brother-in-law of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Akhileshpati Tripathi, in the cash-for-ticket case.
The ACB official said that AAP worker Shobha Khari had demanded a ticket, in return for which MLA Tripathi allegedly demanded Rs 90 lakh.
Om Singh, a close aide of Aam Aadmi Party leader Akhilesh Tripathi, was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau on Wednesday. Apart from this, Om Singh’s accomplices Shankar Pandey and Prince Raghuvanshi were also arrested.
Three arrested, including relative of MLA Akhileshpati Tripathi
At the residence of complainant Gopal Khari, accused Om Singh and his associates Shiv Shankar Pandey alias Vishal Pandey and Prince Raghuvanshi, were arrested after being caught red-handed. According to the ACB official, complainant Gopal Khari (Shobha Khari’s husband) said that he paid Rs 35 lakh to Akhileshpati Tripathi and Rs 20 lakh to Wazirpur MLA Rajesh Gupta as bribe.
Tickets are not sold in AAP: Sisodia
While clarifying in this matter, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia said that tickets are not sold in AAP. Someone offered money for the ticket which was taken but no ticket was sold, ergo no ticket was sold in AAP. I want a fair probe into the matter, he added.
The BJP has also targeted AAP for taking money for the seat. BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said that it would not be wrong to say that Arvind Kejriwal indulges in corruption wherever he goes.
Shobha’a name was not included in the list
It is alleged that these three had taken bribe by promising to give ward number 69 ticket to Gopal Khari’s wife Shobha Khari in MCD elections. According to Shobha, remaining Rs 35 lakh was to be given after the name comes in the list. After the release of the list, when Shobha did not find her name in it, she complained about it to MLA Akhileshpati Tripathi’s brother-in-law Om Singh. After which he asked to return the money. She complained about this to the ACB and also provided the video recorded while giving the bribe as evidence to the agency.
Women’s Reservation Bill a good thing, but two footnotes of census, delimitation were attached, says Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi further slammed the government for delaying women’s reservation, adding that it is a distraction from demand for conducting caste census.
Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the landmark Women Reservation Bill with no members of Parliament voting against it. Speaking on the same, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed that the historic bill is a good thing, but they have found two footnotes: census will have to be done before implementation of the bill and delimitation attached to it.
The senior Congress leader stated that the truth is that 33 per cent reservation can be given to women in Parliament and state Assemblies today itself. Elaborating on the matter, Rahul Gandhi stated that the problem is implementation of the bill. He enquired what does it mean to place a bill on the floor of the house and implement it 10 years later.
The Congress leader added that BJP should remove two points of census and delimitation and give women their due participation. He mentioned that BJP should also make public the data on caste census which his party did.
He further slammed the government for delaying women’s reservation, adding that it is a distraction from demand for conducting caste census. He also questioned why only three out of 90 bureaucrats are from the OBC community, underlining that the Prime Minister says that he is working a lot for the OBCs.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that having reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies was talked about for nearly three decades but earlier efforts lacked commitment and women were even insulted. He added that it is BJP’s good fortune that its government got the opportunity to pass the bill.
Narendra Modi hailed that this is a proof of fulfilling Modi guarantee which will usher a new era of women-led development. He also pointed out a number of government schemes and decisions for women’s welfare, mentioning that his government has made every attempt to unshackle them with programmes for their security, respect and prosperity.
Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal moves Women’s Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha, says census, delimitation necessary
Congress MP Rajneeth Ranjan stated that they want rights, adding that women don’t want to be pitied.
Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal moved the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Addressing the house, the Union Law Minister noted that census and delimitation are necessary for the quota bill. He further expressed that the historic bill would bring equality to women.
The Union Law Minister underlined that through the Constitutional Amendment Bill, a section will be inserted in Article 330, Article 332 and Article 334. Through these, 1/3rd of the seats will be reserved in Lok Sabha and all State Assemblies of the country, he continued. Arjun Ram Meghwal further hailed that this bill is a major step ahead.
Initiating a debate on the Women’s Reservation Bill, BJP President J P Nadda praised Prime MInister Narendra Modi for the quota bill. He mentioned that the bill will strengthen women’s empowerment. The BJP President further expressed confidence that the Women’s Reservation Bill will be passed in Rajya Sabha unanimously without any obstacles.
On the other hand, debating on the historic bill, Congress MP Rajneeth Ranjan stated that they want rights, adding that women don’t want to be pitied. Referring to the name of bill, Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, the Congress MP remarked that the government should not bow down to them, but provide them equal rights and equal opportunities.
As far as reports are concerned, the Rajya Sabha will allocate seven and a half hours for the bill’s discussion and it is widely expected to receive approval in the Upper House. After the bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha, it will require the approval of the majority of state assemblies. Notably, the implementation of the historic bill will occur following a delimitation exercise based on census data completion. Reportedly, this is the seventh attempt to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha.
Women Reservation Bill: Here’s a look at 20 states with 50% quota for women in panchayats, municipalities
At present, there are 15 lakh elected women representatives in panchayats and municipalities across the country.
Taking a significant step ahead, the Women’s Reservation Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha during the special session of the Parliament on Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the Opposition to unanimously pass the bill, Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam. The Women’s Reservation bill was stuck for almost three decades.
While the Women’s Reservation Bill that seeks to provide a 33 per cent quota for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies remained stuck, around 20 states witnessed 50% reservations for women in local government bodies. As far as reports are concerned, at present, there are 15 lakh elected women representatives in panchayats and municipalities across the country.
States like Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand and West Bengal have made provisions for 50% reservation of women in Panchayati Raj Institutions in their respective State Panchayati Raj Acts.
Evidently, the move for reservation for women in local bodies dates back to 1992 and 1993, when the then prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao reintroduced the Constitution Amendment Bills 72 and 73, which reserved one third (33%) of all seats and chairperson posts for women in rural and urban local bodies. The Bills were passed by both the houses. Earlier, in May 1989, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi introduced the Constitution Amendment Bill to provide one-third reservation for women in rural and urban local bodies. The Bill was passed in Lok Sabha but failed to get passed in Rajya Sabha in September 1989.
Echoing the contribution of the aforesaid leaders in Women’s Reservation, several Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi, KC Venugopal took the credit of the bill. However, though the Women’s Reservation Bill is introduced in the Lok Sabha, the legislation will come into effect after the next delimitation exercise, which might be carried out after 2026. At present, only 14% of the members in the Indian Parliament are women.
Furthermore, it is to be noted that in 1988, the National Perspective Plan for Women recommended the provision of reservation for women at various political levels, from Panchayati Raj institutions to Parliament.