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AAP’s sit-in protest enters day 3, Manish Sisodia begins indefinite fast

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New Delhi, June 13: In a high voltage political drama, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues continue to stage a sit-in protest at Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s office for the third straight day on Wednesday.

To press demands, After Satyendra Jain, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia began an indefinite hunger strike.

Kejriwal, Sisodia, Jain and Gopal Rai has been camping in the Raj Niwas since Monday evening.

The Delhi Chief Minister stated he and his ministers would not leave Baijal’s office until their demands were met.

The demands include a direction to IAS officers working in the Delhi administration to end their “strike”, action against officers who have struck work for “four months” and a nod to his government’s proposal for doorstep delivery of ration.

However, All the four ministers were active on social media.

On Wednesday morning, Kejriwal tweeted that his “struggle” was on.

“Good Morning to all Delhites. The struggle is on to remove all the hurdles before the developmental works of Delhi. Our willpower is our strength,” he said.

Sisodia in a tweet said it was their third day in the LG’s office and “he did not have time to order the IAS officers to end their strike… This shows that the strike is being held on LG’s order”.

“To ensure the rights of the Delhites and to re-start their work, I am going on an indefinite hunger strike. Our willpower and the trust of people is our strength,” Sisodia tweeted.

Aam Aadmi Party MLAs and workers on Wednesday will march to Raj Niwas to protest against the bureaucratic crisis in Delhi. The AAP leaders also exhorted the common people through video messages to join the protest march.

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MeToo being blown out of proportion: Shatrughan Sinha

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Mumbai, Oct 18: Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha says while the MeToo movement is noble, it is becoming “free-for-all” and being blown out of proportion.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q. Your dear friend Subhash Ghai stands accused of multiple sexual offences. Your comments?

A. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? I am all for the MeToo movement, never in my 40-year career have I misbehaved with any woman. I treat every lady with utmost respect. Having said that, I think this MeToo campaign is being blown out of all proportion.

Q. In what way?

A. While the cause was definitely noble and praiseworthy, it has now become a free-for-all. Anyone can name and shame anyone. Reputations and jobs are being lost through a trial by media. To all the women who are aggrieved I say, please go to court and make sure the wrongdoers are punished.

Q. You’ve done some terrific films with Subhash Ghai. Would you work with him in future?

A. Why not? If he is proven innocent, why not? Even if he is proven guilty, and he serves the punishment given to him, I’d work with him. Sanjay Dutt served his jail sentence and is back working in our large-hearted film industry. In fact, we had no problem working with him even when he was an accused in a serious case.

Q. Many of the top stars and directors have vowed not to work with sexual offenders?

A. This hypocrisy I can’t understand. They have no problem working with Sanjay Dutt who has been convicted. But they want to blacklist people whose guilt is yet to be proven. Just to look like heroes of the MeToo movement.

Q. A-list actors have dissociated themselves from tainted directors?

A. I don’t want to name anyone. But I will say this. Sau choohe khaa kar billi haj ko chali’. Those seeking to perch themselves on a high moral ground, should look into their conscience. The problem of sexual exploitation, doesn’t end with some names being put out in the social media. This is just the beginning. The problem runs much deeper.

Q. Your tainted party colleague M.J. Akbar refuses to step down. What is your take on his brazen attitude?

A. I don’t even know which political party I belong to anymore! Having said that, M.J. Akbar is a friend. And a wise one. I know him from the time he revolutionised journalism in this country. He knows what he is doing, and why. I believe he has employed 97 lawyers to defend him against charges (of sexual harassment). He should have employed three more lawyers… It would have been a century… Seriously, how can he afford such a massive legal fleet? I can’t afford it if I ever need it.

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Shankersinh Vaghela’s son Mahendrasinh resigns from BJP

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New Delhi, Oct 18: Son of Shankersinh Vaghela, Mahendrasinh Vaghela resigned from the Bhartiya Janata Party on Thursday. 

In 2017, Mahendrasinh Vaghela left the Congress as part of a protest led by his father. On July 21, 2017, Shankarsinh Vaghela had quit all party posts within the Congress and stepped down as the leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly. In August 2017, Shankarsinh Vaghela even resigned from his position as a Member of Gujarat’s Legislative Assembly.

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Modi’s cronyism putting IAF pilots at risk, says Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, Oct 18: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the Narendra Modi government’s focus on renegotiating Congress-led UPA era defence deals to benefit crony capitalists instead of finalising them, was causing life risks for the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots, who are compelled to fly “ancient” aircraft.

“Since 2014, instead of closing the deals that had been negotiated by the Congress-led UPA government, the present government has focussed on renegotiating them just to benefit crony capitalists.

“And so, our pilots are forced to put their lives at risk each day — flying ancient Jaguars, that are kept in the air using parts scrounged from junk yards in France and other parts of the world,” said Gandhi on Facebook.

“Not only is this shameful, it reduces India’s prestige globally and puts the lives of our pilots at risk,” he said over the IAF’s drive to acquire airframes and spares from overseas grounded-fighters to upgrade the ageing Jaguar fleet.

Continuing his attack on Rafale deal, Gandhi said: “The UPA’s Rafale deal for 126 aircraft would have transformed the Indian Air Force allowing us to scrap and replace ancient aircraft like the Jaguar.

“It involved the transfer of technology to HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) which would have helped make us become more self-reliant in the future.

“Instead, the deal was re-worked to Anil Ambani’s benefit and reduced to just 36 aircraft — all made in France! These aircraft will take years to arrive in India,” he added.

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