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Kejriwal discusses Delhi's statehood with Rajnath
A day after registering a landslide victory in the Delhi assembly election, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday discussed the issue of full statehood for Delhi with Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Kejriwal, accompanied by party leader Manish Sisodia, had about an half-hour meeting with the home minister at the latter's official residence. "We have discussed various issues with the home minister, including the issue of full statehood for Delhi," Sisodia told reporters. He also said that the union minister assured them of the central government's full support, saying that "the party line would not come in between working of the two governments".
Source: IANS2015-02-11 06:01:06 PM
Involve youth in PM's initiatives, says president
Describing youth as the potential "engine of growth", President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday called for improving their employability to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India campaign a success. "India is projected to have the largest workforce in the world by 2025, with a surplus of 47 million workers against a shortage of 56.5 million skilled workers in the world," the president said at the 46th Conference of Governors at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. "This demographic dividend is a double-edged sword. If their huge potential is tapped, they could become a powerful engine for growth. On the other hand, if we fail to do so, it could create social tension," he said.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 03:21:37 PM
We are here to make Delhi better: Manish Sisodia
The AAP government would like to work in tandem with the centre as it believes in positive politics and its aim is to make Delhi a better place to live, AAP leader Manish Sisodia said after his party's landslide victory in the Delhi assembly polls. "We believe in positive and competitive politics. We are here to make Delhi better and would like to work with the centre in tandem," Sisodia, who is likely to be a senior minister in Arvind Kejriwal's cabinet like before, said. Sisodia, who was education and public works department minister in the AAP's 49-day government after the 2013 polls, said that the unfinished work which had come to an end Feb 14 last year would begin once again. The AAP government had resigned Feb 14 last year after 49 days in power. Besides, health and education would be new government's priority, he said. The party has promised 20 new colleges and 30,000 more beds in hospitals.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 03:17:56 PM
AAP's Kerala unit upbeat after Delhi poll verdict
After lying dormant since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the stunning victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi polls has given the party's Kerala unit a much needed boost. Jubilant local AAP supporters sported white caps and brooms - the party's election election - and broke into celebrations late on Tuesday after the party's stunning victory in the Delhi polls. State convenor of AAP, award winning novelist and short story writer Sarah Joseph who contested the Thrissur Lok Sabha seat, said that their slogan is 'Now Delhi, Next Kerala' as they have a good support base there. "In five months time, all our functionaries will be elected in a democratic manner and will pave the way for us to become a full-fledged political party," Joseph told media. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, AAP had contested 15 out of the 20 seats and secured 2.56 lakh votes or 1.43 percent of the total votes polled, with Joseph getting close to 45,000 votes.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 03:11:31 PM
Aam Aadmi Party, Congress served IT notice over funding
The Income Tax Department has served a notice on Aam Aadmi Party seeking an explanation on charges of receiving funds from dubious sources as alleged by a splinter group -- a charge that had already been denied by the party. A similar notice has also been served on the Congress, a party spokesperson said. The department, that functions under the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) of the ministry of finance, has asked the party to furnish its reply by Feb 16 -- two days after Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to take oath as Delhi chief minister following a stunning win in the assembly polls. In the run-up to the elections, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had alleged that the AAP was caught red-handed in receiving dubious funds from companies that did not have any business, and accused its leadership of adopting diversionary tactics to deflect attention.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 03:05:53 PM
Court exempts Kejriwal in defamation complaint
A court in New Delhi on Wednesday granted AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal exemption from personal appearance in a defamation complaint filed by an advocate. Metropolitan Magistrate Muneesh Garg allowed Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Manish Sisodia and Yogendra Yadav's application seeking personal exemption from personal appearance due to some political commitments and fixed the matter for March 17. The court had earlier reserved the order for Feb 11 on framing of charges against Kejriwal, Sisodia and Yadav while hearing a defamation complaint filed by Surender Kumar Sharma. "The press release published in newspapers as well as testimonies of witnesses reflect that defamatory remarks were published in the newspaper which affected the reputation of the complainant in the society and lowered his reputation in the eyes of other members of the society," the court had said.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 03:01:24 PM
Shiv Sena wants repeat of Delhi in Maharashtra
Attacking ally BJP, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday asked the people of Maharashtra "to take lessons" from the outcome of Delhi assembly polls. "Delhi has embraced 'Paanch Saal, (Arvind) Kejriwal. The people of Maharashtra must learn from this. They should ponder and move ahead in that direction, that is the outcome of Delhi," the Shiv Sena said in a sharp edit in the party mouthpiece 'Saamana' on Wednesday, virtually asking the people of the state to reject BJP. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Arvind Kejriwal bagged 67 of the 70 assembly segments in Delhi, while the BJP got just three seats in the results that were announced on Tuesday. The Congress failed to get even a single seat. The edit pointed out that the trend started three months ago when the (Narendra Modi) 'wave' was halted by Maharashtra, but now the 'tsunami' has reached Delhi. The Delhi assembly results proved that a 'tsunami' is more powerful than a 'wave' and emphatically reiterated Gandhian Anna Hazare's view that it was "a debacle for Modi", it said.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 12:38:16 PM
Kejriwal meets Naidu
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday met Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi. Accompanied by party leader Manish Sisodia, the Delhi chief minister-designate met Naidu at Nirman Bhawan - which houses the ministry - around 9.30 a.m. According to party sources, Kejriwal is scheduled to meet union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence around 3.30 p.m. and also President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 6.30 p.m. Asked if Kejriwal would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sisodia told the media: "We have sought his time, and I think we have been given a time for tomorrow (on Thursday)." The former chief minister and his party reclaimed Delhi with a sweep of 67 seats in a 70-member assembly on Tuesday. The Bharatiya Janata Party got just three seats while the Congress secured zero.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 12:34:27 PM
Rajnath to visit Manipur, Tripura Saturday
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Manipur and Tripura on Saturday to review the law and order situation and assess the repatriation of tribal refugees, sheltered in Tripura for more than 17 years, an official said in Agartala on Wednesday. "The union home minister will visit Manipur on Saturday and hold a series of meetings with Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh and senior security officials in Imphal to review the situation in the militancy ravaged state," an official of Tripura government said. From Imphal, the home minister will then arrive in Tripura and visit some Border Security Force posts. "He will then meet (Tripura Chief Minister) Manik Sarkar in Agartala and (Mizoram Chief Minister) Lal Thanhawla to chalk out a plan to repatriate the tribal refugees to Mizoram," the official said.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 12:30:40 PM
Modi remembers Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya on death anniversary
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday remembered Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya on his death anniversary. "Remembering Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya on his Punya Tithi. His ideals of Antyodaya and Integral Humanism remain a guiding force for us," Modi said in a tweet. Upadhyaya, who was the leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh from 1953 to 1968, died on Feb 11, 1968.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 12:24:45 PM
Striking UP lawyers to meet union law minister
Striking lawyers of Lucknow, Kanpur, Bareilly and Moradabad divisions in Uttar Pradesh will call on union Law Minister D. V. Sadananda Gowda on Wednesday, demanding the jurisdiction of the Lucknow bench of the HC be expanded. Lawyers in the region have been on strike since Jan 7 and most legal work in these courts has come to a grounding halt. They had met union Home Minister and city MP Rajnath Singh during his last visit wherein he promised to take up the matter with Gowda, the Awadh Bar Association (ABA) said. The meeting is a follow up to our efforts to find a solution to the impasse, president of the ABA, Amitabh Mishra, said, adding they have petitioned Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav too. "We are hopeful that a solution to the problem, keeping in mind the interests of the lawyers and the people, will evolve soon," he said.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 12:22:10 PM
'AAP government has tough tasks ahead'
Fulfilling its poll promises might be an uphill task for the new AAP government following the party's sweeping victory in the Delhi assembly polls on Tuesday. It would be interesting to see how the party would bring the key legislation like Jan Lokpal and Swaraj. The previous 49-day Aam Aadmi Party government had resigned over the failure to introduce the anti-graft Jan Lokpal bill. The party has won 67 of the 70 seats in the Delhi assembly. "Lokpal and Swaraj (self-rule) are as important as electricity and water," a senior AAP leader said. He, however, did not give an outline of the bills. Besides, fulfilling their other promises like building 20 new colleges, two lakh public toilets and 47 fast-track courts and providing WiFi across Delhi will not be easy since the land owning agency comes under the central government.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 12:18:27 PM
AAP won as it offered what people want: Pai
The Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) landslide win in the Delhi assembly election was an outcome of its offer to the people who want their basic needs met and corruption eliminated, Manipal Global Education chairman T.V. Mohandas Pai said on Tuesday. "AAP offered people what they wanted, their basic needs and elimination of corruption. Disenchantment of the poor and lower middle class with the quality of life in Delhi, lack of basic needs and insecurity, corruption and oppression by officials led to its landslide victory," Pai said in Bengaluru. Of the 70 constituencies in the Delhi legislative assembly, the AAP won in 67, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in three while the Congress drew a blank. "The main lesson from the Delhi assembly results is that the BJP campaign did not sell and the Congress was lost with no focus. Mainstream and regional parties have to focus on meeting the basic needs of citizens like water, power, sewage, housing, transport, a non-corrupt government and good police," said Pai, a former Infosys director.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 11:05:47 AM
Union cabinet meets after BJP's debacle in Delhi polls
The union cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on Tuesday, hours after the BJP's defeat in the Delhi assembly polls. The meeting was attended by senior ministers including Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj and the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are learnt to have discussed the Delhi poll outcome. The Aam Aadmi Party registered a landslide victory in the polls winning 67 seats and squeezing the BJP to just three. The results came as a shock to the party which won Lok Sabha election under Modi's leadership last year and has done well in the subsequent assembly polls.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 10:55:46 AM
Telangana CM hails AAP's victory
Hailing AAP's landslide victory in Delhi, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday said that the results showed that people expect a corruption-free and transparent governance everywhere. The chief minister said that the verdict was a proof that people were thinking differently from conventional politics. The president of he Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) said that the people of Delhi took a right decision by giving a huge mandate to the Aam Aadmi Party. KCR, as the chief minister is known, sent a letter to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, congratulating him on the massive victory. "It is a clear indication that voter by and large and particularly the urban voter wants a change and they rightly voted to you and your party," he wrote. The TRS chief recalled that AAP had supported the democratic aspiration of the people of Telangana for a separate state.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 10:43:40 AM
Kejriwal proved stronger than Bedi: Dhir
Former Delhi assembly speaker M.S. Dhir, who defected from the AAP to the BJP just before the elections and lost to his former party on Tuesday, credited Arvind Kejriwal for the AAP sweep. "Arvind Kejriwal was a stronger face than (BJP's) Kiran Bedi for the post of chief minister," Dhir said after losing to Aam Aadmi Party's Pravin Kumar by 20,450 votes in Jangpura. "Winning and losing are the two faces of the same coin. I think it's an anti-BJP wave that led us down," he said. "Also, I think AAP got more time to prepare for the elections as they were preparing for the last six months." Dhir said that the AAP's showing -- it won 67 of the 70 seats in Delhi -- was "a 100 percent win (for) Arvind Kejriwal. (My opponent) Pravin won because of the wave in AAP's favour and Kejriwal's popularity".
Source: IANS2015-02-11 10:38:35 AM
Nitish, legislators leave for New Delhi; Manjhi announces quotas
Aiming to put pressure on Bihar Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi for inviting him to form the next government in the state, former chief minister Nitish Kumar left for New Delhi to parade the legislators supporting him in the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday. Meanwhile, embattled Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi sought to play the "reservation card" on Tuesday as his cabinet approved reservation for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes in all government contracts of road construction up to Rs.50 lakh and reservation for poor upper castes in government jobs. Nitish, along with the 130 legislators supporting him left for New Delhi in two batches, Janata Dal-U chief whip Sharwan Kumar said Patna. "In the first batch, 60 legislators and in second batch, 70 legislators along with Nitish Kumar have left for Delhi," he said. According to JD-U leaders, President Pranab Mukherjee has allotted time to Nitish Kumar on Wednesday.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 10:32:45 AM
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