Kejriwal vs Jung: Sisodia hits out at Centre on statehood issue
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday hit out at the Centre amid the confrontation between Arvind Kejriwal and lt governor Najeeb Jung, slamming it for its alleged "biggest U-turn" on the issue of full statehood to Delhi.
He also wondered as to why BJP was "scared" of a "contest" between Delhi chief minister Kejriwal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"The Centre's biggest U-turn in the last one year is on the issue of giving full statehood status to Delhi...why is the BJP scared of a contest between Kejriwal and Modi?"
Sisodia was quoted having said by the AAP's official twitter handle.
The appointment of senior bureaucrat Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary by the L-G had triggered a full-blown war between the ruling AAP and the lt governor with Kejriwal questioning the L-G's authority and accusing him of trying to take over the administration.
Suggesting that plans were afoot to save the "betrayers" of the national capital, Sisodia said that the AAP government was working as well as fighting, and "Delhiites are happy with the work of the government".
"Officers behind the 'transfer-posting' industry in Delhi are playing politics after their retirement. We are working as well as fighting. People have not elected us to play chess or put our arms around these betrayers," Kejriwal's trusted lieutenant said, without elaborating further.
Sisodia also took on the media for "spreading lies" and maligning the image of Kejriwal, however, qualified his remark saying, "We are not against the media but lies." "We hope to table the Jan Lokpal Bill in the next Assembly session. We have not stopped probe against any senior person or official. The case against Ambani (Mukesh) is being pursued at a fast pace," he added, on a day the government completes 100 days in office.
The Centre had issued a notification giving absolute powers to the LG in appointment of bureaucrats and clarifying that he need not "consult" the Delhi chief minister on subjects like police and public order.
Jammu & Kashmir lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha held a meeting with several political leaders of the union territory at Raj Bhawan in Srinagar on Wednesday evening. The meeting was held to discuss the current situation in J&K and the Amarnath Yatra that will begin on Thursday. The Lt Governor said the meeting was held to discuss the management of Amarnath Yatra. PDP chief spokesman Suhail Bukhari, however, didn't say whether pDP president Mehbooba Mufti will attend the meeting.
Amid tight security first batch of yatris reached Baltal on Wednesday, one of the base camps for the Amarnath Yatra, as the pilgrims will have a night halt at the camp. On Thursday morning they will be leaving for the holy cave. At several places, documents were checked thoroughly. Every year the annual Amarnath yatra is taken from two routes via Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Anantnag district. Some pilgrims were busy chanting hymns.
A 15-year-old pedestrian succumbed to injuries sustained after being hit by an SUV near Botanical garden, Chandigarh. Lavanya was identified as Lavanya, 15, a resident of Nayagaon. The incident took place on Tuesday when Lavanya was crossing the road near gate number 1 of Botanical Garden. She where she succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday. Lavanya is survived by The victim's mother, Nancy Sharma, who works in a hotel and 10-year-old brother, and her father.
According to the proposal, which has been reviewed by HT the salary and allowances of chief minister and ministers, speaker, deputy speaker, chief whip and the leader of opposition will increase from the existing ₹72,000 to ₹170,000, and that lawmakers, from ₹54,000 to ₹90,000.
Amid chants of “Har Har Mahadev” and “Bam Bam Bhole”, lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday morning flagged off the first batch of pilgrims for the annual Amarnath Yatra from the Yatri Niwas base camp at Bhagwati Nagar here in the Jammu city for their onward journey to the Pahalgam and Baltal base camps in Kashmir.