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Water cannon used on BJP workers seeking Delhi CM Kejriwal's resignation

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New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Delhi Police used water cannons to disperse the BJP workers while they were marching towards the Secretariat demanding the resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is in Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody in the excise policy scam case.

The police also detained scores of workers and leaders, including Delhi BJP President Virender Sachdeva.

The BJP workers were staging a protest since morning at ITO. After breaking the police installed barricades, they tried to march towards the Secretariat, prompting police to use water cannons.

“No permission has been given to protest and we have detained people, who have been sent to a nearby police station. Police teams have been deployed in the area to maintain law and order,” said a senior police official.

Meanwhile, police have also heightened the security measures at Delhi Secretariat. “Adequate police force has been deployed and barricades have been installed to stop the protesters,” said another police official.

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CM Kejriwal, who was arrested on March 21 and subsequently remanded to ED custody until March 28 by a Delhi court, faces allegations of direct involvement in a conspiracy related to the formulation of the excise policy favouring specific individuals. He is also accused of soliciting kickbacks from liquor businessmen in exchange of favours, as claimed by the probe agency.

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Calcutta HC stays police proceedings against Raj Bhavan staff in molestation complaint against Governor

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Kolkata, May 24 (IANS) The Calcutta High Court on Friday put a temporary stay on police proceedings against three staff members of the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata in connection with the molestation complaint filed against Governor C.V. Ananda Bose by a temporary female staffer of the Governor’s House.

The proceedings in the matter have been stayed till June 17.

During the hearing on Friday, a single-judge bench of Justice Amrita Sinha noted that a prayer has been made to quash the proceedings and FIR in the matter, which is at an interim stage.

Stating that the petitioners — three staff members of the Raj Bhavan — have been granted bail by a lower court, Justice Sinha pointed out that the main charge against them by the complainant woman was that she was made to sit inside a room and her way was blocked.

“But somehow she left the room and at this stage, it does not appear that the probe will suffer if an interim stay is put on the proceedings till June 17. In the meantime, let the report be placed before the regular bench on re-opening of the court,” Justice Sinha noted.

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The counsel for the petitioners questioned why the allegation of blocking her way was raised 13 days after the alleged incident.

The counsel argued that Section 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) of the IPC has been invoked in the case despite the complainant claiming that she left the room somehow.

Justice Sinha said that since the use of certain words in the FIR sounded ‘absurd’, she decided to put an interim stay on the proceedings.

–IANS

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Dombivli factory blast toll rises to 13, fugitive owners held from Thane, Nashik (Lead)

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Thane (Maharashtra), May 24 (IANS) The death toll in the blast-cum-blaze in Amudan Chemical Pvt Ltd in Dombivli city of Maharashtra’s Thane climbed to 13 on Friday even as the police tracked down the two absconding owner-directors from Thane and Nashik, an official said.

Though they are residents of Mumbai, Malati P. Mehta was caught from Nashik, while her son Malay P. Mehta, 38, was picked up from his hideout in Thane, Deputy Commissioner of Police Parag Manere said.

He said that both were detained by the Crime Branch teams, are currently being interrogated and after their exact role is established, will be arrested and handed over to the Manpada police station which is probing the case.

The mother-son duo has been booked under various charges, including the IPC’s Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and other laws like the Explosives Act, 1884, the Explosive Substances Act, and the Damage to Public Property Act.

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With two more bodies recovered from the rubble, the toll in the Amudan Chemical Pvt Ltd factory in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) complex has shot up to 13.

More than 60 other persons were injured, many critically in the explosions followed by a massive fire in the chemical reactor at the factory, and rescue work is still underway to trace any more victims.

The people in Dombivli and the surrounding area of around 4 km woke up to a strong stench of burnt chemicals, metal and dust with a thin layer of smoky ash on the roads, shops and homes, from Thursday’s tragedy with many people seen moving around wearing face masks to avoid the stink.

After the blast-cum-blaze at around 1.40 p.m. on Thursday, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Leader of Opposition in the Council Ambadas Danve, Nationalist Congress Party-SP leader Dr Jitendra Awhad and others visited the spot and the hospitals where the injured are being treated.

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IANS Interview: Ex-AAP MLA slams Kejriwal's deafening silence, party’s stand on Swati Maliwal assault case

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New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) Adarsh Shastri, a former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator, on Friday hit out at the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government over the brazen assault of the party’s serving Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal inside the Chief Minister’s residence and rued that a party which once boasted about women empowerment has stooped to a level, where women are harassed and tormented at the highest level.

In an exclusive interview with IANS, Adarsh Shastri, grandson of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri came down heavily on the Delhi Chief Minister over his deafening silence on the Maliwal episode and also his personal Secretary Bibhav Kumar for first staying mum on the controversy and then deploying party’s ‘troll army’ to back the CM’s aide, rather than ensuring justice for former DCW chief.

“It’s beyond comprehension how Swati Maliwal was punched and thrashed inside the Chief Minister’s residence. And, more baffling is Arvind Kejriwal’s silence on the issue and AAP brass rallying behind CM’s aide rather than seeking justice for the woman MP,” he said.

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He said that Kejriwal’s PA Bibhav Kumar was not a commoner and rather wielded immense influence in the CM’s office.

“Bibhav served as the gatekeeper of CM house, he decided who would meet Kejriwal, what would be the agenda of discussion and more,” he said while claiming that he did not know him personally.

Sharing his experience on his brief stint with the AAP, Adarsh Shastri said Arvind Kejriwal is like a megalomaniac, with a habit of self-eulogy and a penchant for looking down upon others.

“Kejriwal exhibits megalomaniac symptoms, more than often. He thinks meeting party legislators or public representatives below is dignity,” he told IANS.

On queries of whether Sunita Kejriwal’s ‘uncomforting equations’ with Maliwal led to the Rajya Sabha MP’s assault inside the CM’s house, he said that he did not know about any resentment between the two but Kejriwal must be aware of the incident what happened inside his residence.

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He further blamed Kejriwal dispensation for not doing enough for security of women in capital and also pointed out that the party failed to utilise Nirbhaya Fund.

He also blamed party convenor Arvind Kejriwal for ‘exodus of top leaders and founding members’ from the party.

“The one reason why founding members parted ways with the AAP is because of Kejriwal’s double standards and doublespeak on multiple issues,” he said on a closing note.

Notably, Adarsh Shastri is currently a leader of the Congress.

–IANS

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INDIA bloc headed for clear mandate, says Jairam Ramesh

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Chandigarh, May 24 (IANS) Congress in charge of communications, Jairam Ramesh, on Friday asserted the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc was headed for a clear and decisive mandate in the Lok Sabha polls.

Ramesh told the media here that trends from the first two phases had established that the INDIA bloc was set to form the government at the Centre, and cited how Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s language has changed since April 19 and he started communalising his election strategy turning everything into a Hindu-Muslim issue.

The Congress General Secretary said the feedback from different states, where the party had fared badly in 2019, was quite encouraging and it was doing very well this time. He said history was repeating itself after 20 years. He said just like the Congress-led alliance stormed to power in 2004, it would storm to power this time also.

As regards the appointment of the Prime Minister, he said once the INDIA bloc gets a majority, the Prime Minister will be appointed within days. He said in 2004 it took three days to appoint Manmohan Singh and this time, it may take even less than that.

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Besides, he pointed out that in India, it is the party or the alliance which wins the elections, not an individual. He said in a parliamentary democracy like India, elections are not individual-centric.

Ramesh reaffirmed ‘Paanch Nyay’ — justice for farmers, youth, labourers, women and proportionate representation, with five guarantees each for every ‘Nyay’. He said the Congress has guaranteed in its manifesto that the MSP (minimum support price) will have a legal status, besides, farmers’ loans will be waived off.

–IANS

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Penultimate phase of Lok Sabha polls arrives amid rising heat

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New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) As India’s mammoth electoral exercise reaches its sixth and penultimate phase, over 11 crore voters in eight states/UTs from the teeming environs of Delhi and its neighbourhood to the coalfields of Jharkhand to coastal Odisha will head to polling booths on Saturday to choose their preferred nominees from 889 candidates in the fray.

Polling in this phase covers 58 seats (including 2 reserved for STs and 7 for SCs) in Bihar (8), Jharkhand (4), Haryana (10), Delhi (7), Odisha (6), Uttar Pradesh (14), West Bengal (8), and the Anantnag-Rajouri constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, where polling was deferred from the third phase on May 7.

Voting for 42 seats of the Odisha Assembly will also be held in the state’s third phase of simultaneous polling.

The prominent candidates in this phase include Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan from Odisha’s Sambalpur, former Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar from Karnal, Manoj Tiwari from North East Delhi, former Union Minister Maneka Gandhi from UP’s Sultanpur, former Calcutta High Court judge Abhijit Gangophadhyay from West Bengal’s Tamluk, industrialist Naveen Jindal from Haryana’s Kurukshetra, and former Maharashtra minister Kripashankar Singh from UP’s Jaunpur (all BJP).

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Other top candidates include Kumari Selja from Haryana’s Sirsa, Deepender Singh Hooda from Haryana’s Rohtak, J.P. Agarwal from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, and former JNUSU chief Kanhaiya Kumar from North East Delhi (all Congress), PDP President and former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti (Anantnag-Rajouri), actor-politician Deepak ‘Dev’ Adhikari from West Bengal’s Ghatal, and Lalitesh Pati Tripathi from UP’s Bhadohi (both Trinamool Congress)

The key contests also include late Union Minister Sushma Swaraj’s daughter Bansuri Swaraj making her electoral debut from New Delhi against Aam Aadmi Party’s Somnath Bharti, Congress’ Raj Babbar taking on Union Minister and sitting MP Rao Inderjit Singh in Gurgaon, Congress candidate Ujjwal Raman Singh against BJP’s Neeraj Tripathi in Allahabad, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s cousin Dharmendra Yadav against sitting BJP MP Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirhua’ in Azamgarh, and BJP spokesman Sambit Patra vs BJD candidate and former Mumbai Police Chief Arup Patnaik in Odisha’s Puri.

The Election Commission said that 11.4 lakh polling officials have been deployed to facilitate voting by 11.13 crore voters – 5.84 crore male, 5.29 crore female, and 5,120 third-gender – across 1.14 lakh polling stations.

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Of the voters, there are over 8.93 lakh aged 85 and above, 23,659 voters above 100 years, and 9.58 lakh PwD voters, who were provided the option to vote from the comfort of their homes, it said.

Voting will begin at 7 a.m. and will formally end at various times in the evening depending upon the constituencies concerned, as per the EC.

In view of the soaring temperatures, the poll panel said that CEOs and the state machinery concerned have been directed to take adequate measures to manage the adverse impact of hot weather or rainfall wherever predicted.

The polling stations are ready to welcome the voters with ample shade, drinking water, ramps, toilets, and other basic facilities to ensure that polling takes place in a comfortable and secure environment.

Special care has been taken to ensure assured minimum facilities like volunteers, and wheelchairs to enable the elderly and persons with disabilities to cast their votes with ease.

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The Election Commission has called upon the voters to turn out in greater numbers at the polling stations and vote with responsibility and pride, with the electorate of urban centres like Delhi, Gurugram, and Faridabad especially reminded about their right and duty to vote and break the trend of urban apathy.

With this phase, Delhi, Haryana, and J&K will join the 25 states/UTs where polling has already been concluded in the earlier phase, taking the number of parliamentary seats where the fate of the candidates has been sealed in the EVMs to 486.

Polling for the last phase (57 seats) in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and West Bengal, as well as Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and the UT of Chandigarh, will be held on June 1.

The results will be declared on June 4.

–IANS

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