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Manish Sisodia sent to Tihar jail by CBI court in liquor policy case, to be in custody till March 20

The CBI court on Saturday heard the bail application of Manish Sisodia where the former AAP Minister alleged that the probe agency was asking him the same questions over and over which is causing him mental harassment.

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Manish Sisodia sent to Tihar jail

Delhi’s former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was produced before Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court on Monday where the court sent the Aam Aadmi Party leader to 14-day judicial custody. As per the reports, Sisodia will be placed in Tihar Jail till March 20.

AAP leader Manish Sisodia was taken into custody by the CBI after he was questioned by the probe agency in the now-reverted liquor policy last Sunday.

The CBI court on Saturday heard the bail application filled by Manish Sisodia where the former AAP Minister alleged that the probe agency was asking him the same questions over and over which is causing him mental harassment. The Rouse Avenue court had extended Sisodia’s custody till today.

Sisodia had also approached the Supreme Court for respite in the case, however, the Apex Court dismissed his plea noted that the AAP leader already have ample legal remedies available before approaching the Supreme Court.

As per the reports, the Central Bureau of Investigation had also alleged AAP leader of not cooperating with the investigation and giving evasive replies during the investigation. Sisodia’s legal aid had also cited that the custody of AAP leader will serve no purpose as recoveries have already been made in the case.

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Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena had called on the CBI to probe into the now-scrapped liquor policy last year after which Manish Sisodia was alleged to be the key accused for corruption in liquor policy scam by the probe agency in the case.

After being arrested by the CBI in the now-reverted liquor policy, Sisodia resigned from his ministerial post from Delhi cabinet.

Following his arrest, Opposition parties joined hands to write to the Prime Minister of India and slamming the center for using central agencies for the benefit of the dispensation.

The Opposition parties who wrote to PM Modi about the misuse of central agencies include signatories of BRS chief and Telangana CM Chandrasekhar Rao, JKNC chief Farooq Abdullah, AITC chief Mamata Banerjee, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, Bihar Deputy CM and RJD chairperson Tejashwi Yadav and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.

The letter had also added that the crackdown on the Opposition by the Centre shows that country has transitioned from a democracy to an autocracy. However, Congress failed to emerge and partake in the letter written to the PM.

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Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge hits back at PM Modi’s corruption remark, says stop image makeover

The Congress chief also accentuated the use of ED sleuth on the Opposition and further asked how the BJP leaders are cleared off their charges after being inducted into the party.

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After Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a jibe at the Opposition unity on Tuesday calling their Opposition unity a coming together of the corrupt, Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday hit back at PM Modi. Kharge asked PM Modi to stop BJP’s image make over by portraying as Anti-Corruption crusader.

Kharge, in his Tweet, wrote and questioned who owns 20,000 Crore Rs in Adani’s Shell companies. Kharge further raked up the names of defaulters Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Vijay Mallya, Jatin Mehta who fled the country and asked if they are a part of PM Modi’s ‘Bhrashtachari Bhagao Abhiyan’.

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Kharge, in his second Tweet, also questioned on why the ruling BJP is accused of 40% commission in Karnataka. Kharge further upped the ante and accused the Meghalaya Government to be the most corrupt.

Congress Chief Malikarjun Kharge, in his scathing attack, raked up the issue of BJP leader being involved in Sanjivani Cooperative scam in Rajasthan, Poshan scam in MP and Naan scam in Chhattisgarh.

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The Congress chief also accentuated the use of ED sleuth on the Opposition and further asked how the BJP leaders are cleared off their charges after being inducted into the party.

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Kharge, in his tweet, challenged PM Modi to order a Joint Parliamentary Committee to sit on the allegations on levelled against Adani. He further wrote and urged the PM to hold a press conference in his 9 years of PM office where the the media won’t ask trivial questions.

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Mallikarjun Kharge’s unsparing attack on Prime Minister Modi comes a day after the PM targeted the Opposition unity amid the disqualification of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from Lok Sabha. PM Modi, in his attack on the Opposition, said that some parties have initiated Bhrashtachari Bachao Abhiyan and also dubbed the unity of Opposition as the uniting of corrupt.

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Election Commission says decision on Lok Sabha bypoll in Wayanad after court granted appeal time is over

Rahul Gandhi was sentenced to two years of imprisonment by the Surat court in the 2019 criminal defamation case.

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The Election Commission on India (ECI) on Wednesday said that the bypolls will not be conducted for the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency after the disqualification of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s membership from Lok Sabha last week.

Chief Election Commissioner of India Rajiv Kumar said they are not in a hurry to conduct bypolls at Kerala’s Wayanad. Kumar indicated that the Election Commission would wait as Gandhi has been given a 30-day window to challenge the conviction in the court.

Kumar said there is no need to hurry to conduct bypolls at the Wayanad constituency because as per Section 151 of the Representation of People’s Act, the Commission has six months to hold polls in this constituency. The Act says that anyone convicted of an offense and sentenced to imprisonment for two years or more stands disqualified.

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Congress said Rahul Gandhi will get his membership back if the sentence is put on hold.

Gandhi has also been asked to vacate his Tughlaq Lane bungalow by April 22 which was offered to him by the government after he won the election from Amethi seat in Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, the Congress workers and other opposition parties have criticized the Centre, including Prime Minister Modi for playing petty politics and accused the government of trampling democracy.

In the middle of a huge political row over Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, the Lok Sabha membership of Lakshadweep MP Mohammed Faizal was restored today after his conviction in a criminal case was put on hold.

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Karnataka Assembly Elections: ECI announces single-phase polling, result on May 13

The polling will be done 224 Assembly constituencies and over 5.21 crore people will be eligible to vote in the election due on May 10. As per the reports, out of 5.21 crore voters, 9.17 Lakh will be the first-time voters. The polling across the 224 seats will be done in a single phased manner.

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Karnataka Assemble Elections

The Election Commission of India (ECI), on Wednesday, announced the schedule for assembly elections in Karnataka. According to the schedule of the assembly elections, the polling will be done on May 10, whereas the vote counting will be done on May 13.

Karnataka Assembly elections is anticipated to be a big showdown between the two national parties in the country: BJP and Congress. BJP are hopeful to retain incumbency, whereas the Congress have shown confidence to unseat the BJP.

The polling will be done 224 Assembly constituencies and over 5.21 crore people will be eligible to vote in the election due on May 10. As per the reports, out of 5.21 crore voters, 9.17 Lakh will be the first-time voters. The polling across the 224 seats will be done in a single phased manner.

BJP emerged as the leading party Karnataka in 2018 by being the single-largest party. The BJP claimed majority by sweeping 104 seats out of the 224, whereas, its counterpart Congress trailed behind by winning 80. Janata Dal (Secular) bagged 37. However, Congress and JD(S) alliance led to the Congress-JD(S) alliance to form a government.

Subsequently, in 2019, rebellion leaders jumped ships to the BJP which led to BJP coming in power. BS Yediyurappa was entrusted with the Chief Ministorial role who was later in 2021 replaced by Basavaraj Bommai.

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Congress’s state chief DK Shivakumar spoke to the media and asserted confidence in unseating the BJP. Shivakumar, in his statement to the media, said that this election will be development-oriented and for a corruption-free state.

The Congress recently also released the first list of 124 candidates ahead of the polls which also had former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Pradesh Congress Committee chief DK Shivakumar.

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Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai also spoke to the media on the Karnataka Assembly elections and said that the BJP are prepared for the elections. He also claimed that the BJP will return to power with a huge majority.

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