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After HC jolt to Kejriwal, ED team reaches Delhi CM's residence for questioning (Lead)

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New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) An ED team reached Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on Thursday evening, hours after the Delhi High Court denied him protection against “coercive action” by the agency, which has issued multiple summons to him.

“The ED is likely to question him in the alleged excise policy scam,” said agency sources.

There was heavy police deployment around the Chief Minister’s residence.

On Thursday, Kejriwal skipped the ED’s ninth summons in the Delhi liquor policy case.

Earlier during the day, a division bench of Justices Suresh Kumar Kait and Manoj Jain, after hearing the arguments from both sides, declined to pass any order granting interim relief on Kejriwal’s plea.

The bench on Wednesday asked CM Kejriwal as to why he doesn’t appear before the probe agency in response to the summons.

On Thursday, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Arvind Kejriwal, contended that the ED’s summons lacked clarity regarding the capacity in which Kejriwal was called to appear, accusing the agency of attempting to create an uneven playing field ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

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In response, ASG S.V. Raju, along with special counsel Zoheb Hossain, appearing for the Enforcement Directorate (ED), opposed granting interim relief (to Arvind Kejriwal), saying that the law must be applied uniformly to all individuals, regardless of their position.

He clarified that Kejriwal was summoned in his personal capacity, and not as the Chief Minister or the Aam Aadmi Party chief, as he stressed the necessity for the Delhi CM’s interrogation based on the available evidence.

The ED had issued its first summons to Kejriwal in October last year, the second in December, and the third summon to appear before it for questioning on January 3.

It had summoned him for the fourth time on January 13, asking him to appear before it on January 18, before issuing its fifth summons to Kejriwal, telling him to appear before the agency on February 2.

On February 19, Kejriwal skipped the ED’s sixth summons in connection with the excise policy case. The agency issued the eighth summons to Kejriwal asking him to appear before it on March 4, after he skipped the seventh summons issued on February 22. The ninth summons was scheduled for March 21.

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The ED has also issued summons to CM Kejriwal in the Delhi Jal Board case.

–IANS

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Minor held in UP for threatening to blow up Ram temple in Ayodhya

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Kushinagar (Uttar Pradesh), May 30 (IANS) A 14-year-old boy from Kushinagar district was detained on Wednesday for reportedly threatening to blow up the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the police said.

The boy has an intellectual disability and was undergoing treatment, Kushinagar Superintendent of Police Dhawal Jaiswal said.

His grandmother, with whom he lived, had also been detained.

Police officials said the boy called the police emergency number ‘112’ on Tuesday night and threatened that he would blow up the temple with a bomb.

He also shared posts with similar messages on his Instagram and other social media accounts.

With the help of its Cyber Cell, the police traced the caller’s location to Balua Takiya, a village under Patherwa police station limits in Kushinagar, and detained him.

–IANS

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PM Modi writes letter to first-time voters in Kashi, asks them to vote

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Varanasi, May 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a letter to the first-time voters of Varanasi, has appealed to them to cast their votes in the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha election scheduled on June 1.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers are delivering Prime Minister Modi’s letter, along with a felicitation note, to the first-time voters in each locality of Varanasi.

Varanasi has 31,538 first-time voters.

“Greetings to you, as Pradhan Sevak of Bharat and your Parliamentarian, today, I am writing to you with full pride and confidence. You are going to exercise your right to vote for the first time in the 2024 Lok Sabha election. I congratulate you. This opportunity to participate in the democratic process is a privilege which will witness your participation in nation-building because democracy is not only a form of governance but also the ‘adharshila’ (cornerstone) of our Independence,” said the letter by Prime Minister Modi to first-time voters.

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He further writes, “You are a witness as to how Varanasi has touched new heights of development in the last 10 years.”

Kashi region BJP’s OBC Morcha Vice-President Somnath Vishwakarma, along with his team, is distributing the letters.

The Prime Minister also sent a felicitation note to the first-time voters which is also being distributed, said Vishwakarma.

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Gurugram civic body ramps up monsoon preparedness

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Gurugram, May 29 (IANS) In a bit to deal with waterlogging, the Additional Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), Balpreet Singh, on Wednesday directed the technical engineering wing to monitor the situation in the city.

Singh also directed the officials to ensure that proper arrangements for drainage are in place by the end of June so that there is no problem of waterlogging during the monsoon season.

He said that work related to cleaning and repairing drainage and sewerage should be completed by June 30.

Chairing a meeting to assess the city’s preparedness for the ensuing monsoon, Singh highlighted the need to take adequate measures to ensure commuters and citizens in the city face no hardships due to the rains.

The meeting was also joined by the engineering wing of the MCG and the Chief Engineer.

“Necessary arrangements are being made to keep Gurugram roads free of waterlogging and water accumulation during the monsoon by all the concerned bodies,” Singh said.

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He also instructed the officials to ensure adequate cleaning of drains, sewerage, roads, and streets besides installing water pumps along with manpower in view of the monsoon.

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Varanasi youth wearing 'Main hoon Modi ka Parivar' T-shirts seek support for PM Modi

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New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated for polling in the seventh and final phase on June 1. The VVIP constituency is buzzing with last-minute election campaigns by political parties while the poll frenzy has also gripped the local residents.

A group of youth hit the Kashi streets on Wednesday to seek support for PM Modi’s third straight term from the constituency. They sought to win over the support of fellow residents by impressing upon them with city’s transformation under his stewardship.

All dressed in ‘Main hoon Modi Ka Parivar’ T-shirts marched through the streets and raised slogans like ‘Abki baar Modi sarkar, abki baar 400 paar’.

They also sought to educate the ‘deprived’ class about the importance of votes and encouraged everyone to exercise their franchise.

The youth, flaunting saffron T-shirts and caps, undertook a march from BHU campus gate to Godowlia, a crowded lane near Kashi Vishwanath temple.

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Interestingly, this group started out its Support Modi initiative with about 30 members, some days ago and today many more members have joined in.

Apoorva Singh, one of the members said that Modi government’s welfare schemes have brought generational change in people’s lives including farmers, pensioners, street vendors and more.

“When people vote on June 1, they should keep these factors in mind,” he said.

BHU student Vishnu Pratap Singh said: “Earlier, the autowallahs had no work especially during summer vacations today they have no time because of huge influx of pilgrims. Same is the case for vendors around Kashi Vishwanath dham.”

Devraj Singh, another BHU student, said that he and his team were informing the public about Modi government’s progressive schemes and also his vision of Viksit Bharat.

He said that people must know about the policy paralysis of UPA era and the fast-moving economy under the NDA to understand the difference and accordingly cast their vote on June 1.

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Varanasi goes to vote in the last phase on June 1. Results for seven-phased elections will be declared on June 4.

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Telangana BJP MLA complains to Amit Shah about receiving threat calls

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Hyderabad, May 29 (IANS) Telangana BJP MLA T. Raja Singh on Wednesday complained to Union Home Minister Amit Shah of receiving threatening phone calls.

Raja Singh claimed that unknown persons called and threatened to kill him and his family.

The MLA from Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad has written to the Union Home Minister and the Director General of Police (DGP) in this matter.

The MLA said that on Wednesday morning, he received multiple threatening phone calls and one WhatsApp call.

He wrote to Amit Shah claiming this was not an isolated incident and that he faced similar threats in the past.

“Despite lodging complaints regarding these threats previously, it appears that no action has been taken to address the matter,” read the letter.

Stating that he was deeply troubled by the lack of action to ensure his safety and the safety of those around him, Raja Singh demanded immediate steps to investigate the threats and apprehend those responsible for making them.

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The BJP MLA claimed that he has shared the numbers from which the calls came with Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy and hoped that he would take action.

Raja Singh also said that this is not the first time he received threat calls, alleging that in the past, the police did not take any action on his complaints.

He said he had also shared the mobile numbers of the anonymous callers with then Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, but not a single person was arrested.

–IANS

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