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BJP issues whip, willing to press ahead with Budget-related processes

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New Delhi, March 13: Issuing a whip to party MPs to be present in Parliament for the next two days, the BJP on Tuesday hit out at the opposition for “not allowing Parliament to function” and indicated that it will press ahead with the Union Budget-related processes even amid protests.

The Bharatiya Janata Party MPs were informed about the three-line whip — to remain present in both houses of Parliament for the next two days — and its strategy for ensuring the passage of the bills by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar at a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party here.

It was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, party chief Amit Shah and veteran leader L.K. Advani.

The meeting was addressed by Kumar and Ministers of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel and Arjun Ram Meghwal. Modi and Shah didn’t air their views.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Kumar urged the Congress and other parties to let the house function.

“It seems (Congress leaders) Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi don’t believe in democracy. They speak outside (the house) on democracy but don’t practice it in Parliament. The Congress(men) doesn’t have democracy in their genes,” Kumar said.

He asked other parties to discuss the pending bills constructively.

“We have included all important issues in the list of business. We have also issued a three-line whip to all our MPs. We request all the parties to let the house function and hold constructive discussions,” the Minister said.

The whip is a clear indication that the Narendra Modi government is determined to get on with the completion of the necessary legislative procedures vis-a-vis the Union Budget despite opposition protests.

A BJP leader present in the meeting told IANS on condition of anonymity that the Finance Bill and Demands for Grants have to be cleared in this session and the party had thus asked all its MPs to remain present when that happens.

Both the houses were adjourned early on Tuesday after the Telugu Desam Party and some opposition parties protested on various issues, ranging from grant of special category status to Andhra Pradesh to the Punjab National Bank scam.

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Muzaffarnagar-Saharanpur highway toll plaza painted saffron

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Muzaffarnagar , June 17 : A  toll plaza on the Muzaffarnagar-Saharanpur highway in Uttar Pradesh has been painted saffron on Sunday.

 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power in Uttar Pradesh and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has given a makeover to secretariat building, dividers, statues, and even toll plazas with a saffron colour.

 From the Chief Minister’s office to various other spots, the colour has become a defining feature of the state.

Earlier this year, Gomti Nagar police station, Qaiser Bagh police station, Haj committee office’s boundary walls in Lucknow were coated saffron.
The saffronisation, however, did not go down well with the Opposition, who termed it a political ploy of the party.

Earlier, in December, around 100 government primary schools were painted saffron. Later the DM got them white washed again.

The towels in the office of the chief minister on the fifth floor of the building are of a saffron hue and the curtains, though not saffron in colour are close to it, the sources said.

Even the fleet of 50 buses were saffron coloured .

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AAP to hold protest march to PM’s house on Sunday

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AAP leader Sanjay Singh with party leaders and workers during a protest as they marched towards the Lt Governor’s residence, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi, June 16: AAP leaders and workers will march to the Prime Minister’s residence on Sunday to protest against the lack of response by the Lt Governor and the Centre to the sit-in by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers at the Lt Governor’s house, a party leader said.

“Delhi is all set to launch a mass protest like the one we did which changed its political picture,” Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Pankaj Gupta told the media here on Saturday.

“We have tried all we can, but they are not ready to listen,” he added.

Gupta said not only the party workers, but the common people will also take part in the march that will begin from the Mandi House metro station at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Kejriwal, along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Cabinet ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, has been camping in the Raj Niwas — the official accommodation-cum-office of the Lt Governor — since Monday evening.

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

Sisodia and Jain are on an indefinite hunger strike.

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IAS officers’ ‘strike’ being instigated by BJP: Kejriwal

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ARVIND KEJRIWAL

New Delhi, June 16: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that IAS officers were under pressure and their “strike” was being instigated by the BJP.

Kejriwal, who has garnered support from opposition parties including the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Telugu Desam Party, CPI and CPI-M, also attacked the Congress and said: “Rahul Gandhi should clear his stand if he is with the BJP or the people of Delhi.”

In an interview to CNN News, he also claimed that his government does not enjoy as much power as former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit did.

“I do not even have the power to transfer a peon, but Dikshit had the power to transfer the officers and even to arrest them on corruption charges,” he said.

Accusing the BJP of “instigating” the IAS strike, he said: “BJP is forcing the officers to continue the strike. The party is under pressure as the AAP government in Delhi is working hard. I am here for the people of Delhi and will ensure that things will change.”

Kejriwal, along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and cabinet ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, has been camping in the Raj Niwas — the official accommodation-cum-office of Lt Governor — since Monday evening.

“We are here for past six days. We are sitting here in helplessness. The IAS officers in Delhi are on a strike for past three months. They are coming to the office to clear files. There are not taking part in any official meetings. They don’t pick up phones, reply to our texts even in emergency situations. They don’t come for field inspections with the ministers. A government cannot function like this. We are sitting here to end that strike,” he added.

On the accusation that his strike has paralyzed the governance, he said: “The government is not functioning due to the IAS strike and not due to our sit-in. We are compelled to take this step.”

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