Cong in poll mode
The Congress in Delhi is getting in election mode. AICC general secretary Mukul Wasnik took over charge of Delhi on Friday ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
Wasnik, in a pep talk to party workers, made clear that those who perform will be rewarded, but those who work against the party’s interest would not be overlooked either. “You will have to ensure that all party workers are given some responsibility and they live up to it. Those who do well should be rewarded, others should be admonished behind closed doors,” he said.
Adding that the party was going to polls on the plank of the UPA government’s development work, Wasnik told workers to ensure the message was brought home to the voters. Most senior party leaders, including DPCC president Jai Prakash Aggarwal, MPs Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar and Krishna Tirath, attended.
Delhi’s election office will soon launch a drive to identify people who have names on voters’ lists at two different places.
Chief electoral officer Satbir Silas Bedi said police case would be registered against people with duplicate names. Voters’ lists of bordering towns will also be matched to identify duplicate entries.
Continuing its war of words with senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, the party's dissident faction on Monday alleged he was trying to destroy the Uddhav Thackeray-led political outfit on the orders of Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar.
A day after Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala's posthumously released song SYL was blocked on YouTube in India, the Twitter handle of Kisan Ekta Morcha has been withheld in response to a complaint filed by the Centre. Also read: Centre raises red flag, Moose Wala's 'SYL' removed from YouTube “Another attack by the Government of India on the rights of farmers and workers,” the Kisan Ekta Morcha posted on its Instagram account shortly after.
Seven Maharashtra citizens have filed a public interest litigation in the Bombay high court seeking directions to Eknath Shinde and 38 rebel legislators to return to the state and resume their duties as elected representatives, claiming that citizens were suffering because they were neglecting their work. The PIL was mentioned on Monday morning before the division bench of chief justice Dipankar Datta and justice Makarand Karnik by advocates Ajinkya Udane and Asim Sarode.
A special Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday refused to extend the judicial custody of Delhi minister Satyendar Jain in the case related to alleged money laundering through Kolkata-based shell companies, news agency ANI reported. The CBI court has now asked the Enforcement Directorate to produce him through video conferencing, ANI further reported. The money laundering case is based on a 2017 CBI first information report (FIR) lodged against Satyendar Jain.
The son of rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, Shrikant Shinde, on Monday hit out at senior party leader Sanjay Raut, who has, in recent days, used threatening language when talking about the dissenting faction of the Uddhav Thackeray-led outfit. The 35-year-old Sena MP from Maharashtra's Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency was reacting to Raut's statement on Sunday, in which he described the rebel legislators as 'living corpses'.