100 days of AAP govt: Kejriwal to hold meeting amid row with L-G
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers will hold a public meeting here on Monday to mark 100 days of the AAP government amid a row with the central government over a notification giving Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung all powers over transfers and posting of officials.
At a meeting of its legislators on Sunday, the Aam Aadmi Party described the home ministry notification of Thursday as "unconstitutional", and the government has decided to call a special assembly session May 26-27 to discuss the central order.
AAP leader and former minister Saurabh Bhardwaj told mediapersons after the meeting that the central government was "shadow-boxing".
"The notification that the central government has brought is not only unconstitutional, but it is against the basic principles of democracy," he said.
The meeting was attended by Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia.
Added another AAP legislator Alka Lamba: "If the chief minister doesn't have a right to appoint and suspend officials, then how is an elected government of Delhi supposed to fight corrupt officials?"
"After discussion (in the assembly), if needed, we will go to the court," she said.
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An official said the public meeting at central park in Connaught Place on Monday will highlight achievements of the AAP government.
AAP media coordinator Deepak Bajpai said the AAP government has delivered on its promises.
"The anti-corruption helpline is in place to check corruption. Party MLAs are reaching out to the people and solving their problems. We will tell the people about the work the government is doing," he said.
AAP on Sunday also listed its achievements in a series of tweets -- about the continuous supply of power despite acute summer, steps taken to fight pollution, opening of a water treatment plant at Dwarka and a move to issue stamp vendor licences online.
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It said that in a bid to control price rise, the Delhi government plans to procure 10,000 tonnes of potatoes and onions through government agency NAFED.
It said it had provided relief to traders by allowing carry forward of refund of VAT and extending the date of filing R9 Form -- a long-standing demand of the city's trading community.
The government also said frequent checks were made on government hospitals, transport buses and bus stations in a bid to ensure that users got the services they deserved.
AAP leaders, who have accused Narendra Modi government of trying to run the Delhi government through proxy, continued to attack the central government over the notification and said the issue could come up in the public meeting on Monday.
Deputy chief minister Sisodia told NDTV in an interview on Sunday that the central government was trying to bulldoze the agenda of the Delhi government and was "allergic to Kejriwal".
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He said the issues concerning the notification will "be resolved now" in the assembly.
Sisodia also took on the media saying the AAP government had been wrongly targeted on many counts.
"Criticism is fine but agenda-driven journalism is wrong," he said. "Question us, criticise us, hang us if we are corrupt or wrong but don't spread false rumours," he said.
The "clarificatory" home ministry notification on Thursday came after days of intense wrangling between the Kejriwal government and L-G Jung over transfer and posting of senior officials.
It also took away powers of the anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to prosecute "officers, employees and functionaries" of the central government.
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The Ladakh UT administration has thrown open helicopter service for tourists visiting the region known for its natural beauty. “The first batch of tourists availed heli-service in Ladakh as the administration opens the service for tourists and visitors, in general,” said an official spokesperson. The administration has opened the services with two choppers, a five-seater B-3 chopper and a larger Mi-172.
The state government is committed towards modernising and strengthening the police force to ensure professional and effective policing, chief minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Wednesday. He was virtually inaugurating and laying stones for 43 projects of the police department worth ₹160 crore from Shimla on Wednesday. He also announced upgradation of Police Post, Sanjauli, to police station. He said last year the state government had provided 394 vehicles to the police department.
Two bike-borne men were arrested with 151g heroin in Sector 17 on Wednesday. The accused Tarun of Yamunanagar and Lakhwinder of Ambala were in possession of 101.5g and 50g of the contraband, respectively. Cell in-charge Rakesh said, “The accused had recently returned from abroad and had rented an accommodation in Sector 17. They were on their way to deliver drugs to Mustafabad, when they were arrested, following a tip off.”
Two farmers were killed after they inhaled toxic gas inside a manhole in Gangwa village in Hisar on Tuesday night. The victims, Satpal and Madan Singh, were among the five farmers who had entered a manhole to clear a pipeline after the water supply to the farmers' field stopped.
A day after getting arrested red-handed while accepting a bribe of ₹4 lakh to drop rape charges from an FIR, the services of a woman assistant sub-inspector have been terminated. Karnal superintendent of police Ganga Ram Punia confirmed that the services of the ASI, Sarita Rani, have been terminated with immediate effect. A resident of Sonkra village, Navjot Singh alleged that Rani had already taken ₹10,000 as bribe.