Arjun Singh in 'Catch-22 situation'
Arjun Singh has virtually locked himself away in his heavily-guarded residence on Akbar Road ever since the Bhopal gas verdict.
Singh, who is now hogging the headlines for his alleged role in letting then Union Carbide boss Warren Anderson out of the country over two decades ago, decided to give a skip to a recent conference on Palestine, his pet cause. Panthers Party chief Bhim Singh, who had just returned from Palestine, had hosted the conference where Arjun Singh, who was chief minister of Madhya Pradesh at the time of the Dec 2-3, 1984, Bhopal gas tragedy, was expected as chief guest.
Singh, however, chose to stay away as the seasoned politician knew that sound byte-hungry journalists must be waiting to pounce on him. "He is in a Catch-22 situation," said Bhim Singh lamely, in a bid to placate waiting television reporters.
Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Thursday ruled out any "political relationship" between his party and the JD(S) either during the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls or the 2023 Assembly elections in Karnataka. His statement gains significance, as none of the three parties has an adequate number of votes to win the fourth Rajya Sabha seat from the State Assembly. The last date of filing nominations is May 31.
Rajasthan minister Ashok Chandna has sought to be relieved of his duties while calling chief minister Ashok Gehlot's principal secretary Kuldeep Ranka as the “minister of all departments”. In a tweet in Hindi on Thursday, Chandna said, “Honourable chief minister, I have a personal request for you…relieve me of this dishonourable ministerial post. The charge of all my departments should be given to Kuldeep Ranka because he is the minister of all departments. Thank you.”
Deputy commissioner of police (central) Shweta Chauhan said the investigators checked over 500 videos of CCTV footage from the area, and examined more than 100 people. Of these, some were identified as suspects and technical surveillance was launched against them, based on which the three were arrested on Thursday, she added.
An official from the LG’s office said Vinai Kumar Saxena stopped at around 20 spots during the visit and asked the officials concerned to clean the area wherever he spotted garbage. “The LG directed the officials concerned to take action towards ensuring symmetry in city infrastructure including roads, footpaths, streetlights and signage,” Saxena’s office said in a statement on Thursday.
Haryana home minister Anil Vij on Thursday checked the challaning activity at a police nakka near Mohra village on NH-44 in Ambala Cantonment. BJP seeks property tax waiver for UT colonies, villages Chandigarh BJP president Arun Sood on Thursday met UT administrator Banwarilal Purohit and sought exemption from property tax at Chandigarh's EWS colonies and villages. A cheating case has been registered against Harish Mittu. The complaint said they were cheated of ₹1.04 crore.