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BJP wants simultaneous polls, Amit Shah tells law panel

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New Delhi, Aug 13 : The BJP on Monday upped its demand for simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha polls with its President Amit Shah writing to the Law Commission asserting that this would cut the huge expenses running into thousands of crore of rupees spent on elections.

In his letter, handed over by a party delegation headed by Minister M.A. Naqvi, Shah said a perpetual election process strained national resources and that in a progressive democracy like India development works and policy decisions get halted when the Model Code of Conduct for elections was enforced.

“There is no relation between Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. Voters vote on different issues in both polls. Therefore, we must have faith and trust the voters,” he said.

Shah said criticism of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s “One Nation, One Election” idea was being done for political reasons.

He said due to elections in one state or another throughout the year, works of both the state and central governments get affected.

Simultaneous elections, he said, would lead to cutting down on electoral expenditure.

The BJP delegation that met the Law Commission Chairman Justice B.S. Chauhan said necessary amendments to the Constitution should take place to realize the “One Nation, One Election” idea.

“There are over 9.30 lakh poll booths and over one crore workers are posted during polls. Rs 1,6-1,700 crore were spent in 2011 and Rs 4,000 crore in 2014 polls. ‘One Nation, One Election’ would reduce the cost. This exercise has been successful in several countries,” BJP MP Bhupendra Yadav said.

He was speaking to reporters after the BJP delegation, which included Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and Yadav and party spokesperson Anil Baluni, met the law panel.

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Delhi High Court may resume physical courts from Sept 1, if Covid situation improves

The Delhi High Court has decided to continue with restricted functioning till August 31, in the backdrop of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic. However, if the situation improves, a plan would be evolved for gradual opening of physical courts beginning September 1.

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New Delhi: The High Court’s administrative and general supervision committee said that in view of the spread of the coronavirus in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, it has been decided to extend the suspended functioning of the court till August 31. “All the Benches of this Court would continue to take up and hear all the urgent matters through video conferencing. The Courts of Registrars and Joint Registrars of this Court shall take up the matters through video conferencing, where the files are already scanned. The evidence be recorded in ex-parte and uncontested matters where the same is required to be tendered by way of affidavit”, said an office order.

However, the High Court has said that subject to complete availability of public transport and subject to the situation in Delhi remaining stable, a plan would be evolved for gradual opening of physical courts from September 1 onwards.

“To begin with, on experimental basis, around one-fourth of the courts can resume physical functioning on a rotational basis while the rest can continue taking up matters through video conferencing. A comprehensive plan on the above lines will be prepared by the undersigned and placed before the “Committee for Preparation of Graded Action Plan” and thereafter before the Full Court for consideration”, said the office order.

The order said “it has also been ordered that the Courts of Registrars and Joint Registrars of this Court shall not pass any adverse order in non-urgent/routine matters where the concerned advocate/litigant is unable to join the proceedings through video conferencing, till the time the physical functioning of the courts is resumed.”

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Indian Government Afraid To Face Chinese Intentions In Ladakh: Rahul

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has once again criticised the government on the Ladakh situation today, and claimed that the country will have to pay a “huge price”.

In a tweet, he said, “The government of India (GOI) is scared to face up to Chinese intentions in Ladakh. Evidence on the ground indicates that China is preparing and positioning itself,” but did not elaborate.

He also said lack of courage and the media’s silence will result in India paying a “huge price”.

Rahul Gandhi has been criticising the government and the prime minister on the border situation in Ladakh.

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Priyanka Gandhi lauds soldiers, healthcare workers, farmers on Independence Day

The Congress leader, taking to Twitter, remembered the struggle for independence and said that people have to continue fighting for their freedom.

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New Delhi: Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday lauded the soldiers, healthcare workers, farmers and labourers across the country on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day.

The Congress leader, taking to Twitter, remembered the struggle for independence and said that people have to continue fighting for their freedom.

“India got independence after a long struggle in which people laid down their lives. Crores of Indians fought together for the truth and won. We have to protect our freedom by putting our lives at stake. On this occasion of Independence Day, salute to the soldiers, healthcare workers, sanitation workers, farmers and labourers,” her tweet read.

Her remarks applauding the healthcare and sanitation workers comes in the light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic wherein they are risking their lives while battling with the deadly virus each day. Over 25 lakh COVID-19 cases have been recorded across the country so far.

This year, the Independence Day celebrations have been toned down due to the COVID-19 pandemic as arrangements are made keeping social distancing norms in mind.

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