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Disqualify 20 AAP MLAs in office-of-profit case, Ajay Maken urges CEC

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Ajay Maken,  Delhi Congress President (File Photo)

New Delhi, Jan 11: Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken on Thursday met Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti and demanded the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs at the earliest for allegedly holding offices of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

Maken also submitted a representation on the matter to Joti.

After the meeting, a Delhi Congress leader said that Maken apprised the CEC of the delay in the matter since it dates back to May 2015.

“The CEC assured to look into the issue,” he said. The meeting between Maken and the CEC lasted around 20 minutes.

The Congress had on June 9, 2016, moved the poll panel to seek disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs and has been pursuing the matter ever since.

Subsequently, the proceedings were dropped against Jarnail Singh after he resigned as the Rajouri Garden MLA to contest the Punjab Assembly polls in February 2017.

In October last year, the EC had issued a notice to the Aam Aadmi Party lawmakers for an explanation.

In June 2017, the EC rejected the MLAs pleas to drop the “office of profit” case against them and ruled that the disqualification proceedings against them will continue.

In March 2015, the AAP government passed an amendment to the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997, to exempt the posts of Parliamentary Secretary from the definition of office of profit with retrospective effect.

However, then President Pranab Mukherjee refused to give assent, following which the appointments were set aside by the Delhi High Court in September 2016, which declared them illegal since the order had been passed “without concurrence/approval of the Lt Governor”.

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BJP ally JD-U favours simultaneous Lok Sabha, assembly polls

Our party has been a supporter of holding simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha and we are ready for it.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Wednesday said the party is in favour of holding simultaneous elections to parliament and state assemblies in 2019.

JD-U state President Bashistha Narain Singh said his party was ready for mid-term assembly polls along with the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.

“Our party has been a supporter of holding simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha and we are ready for it,” Singh told the media here.

The JD-U’s remarks come at a time when speculations are rife that Prime Minister Narendra Modi may go for early Lok Sabha polls along with assembly elections in 20 states.

After the JD-U joined hands with the BJP and formed the government in Bihar last year, Singh had said the party was ready for mid-term assembly polls along with parliamentary elections.

Later, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also supported Modi’s stand on simultaneous polls.

“I favour and support in principle a synchronised two-phase Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the country,” Nitish Kumar had said.

Going a step further, he said that elections to Panchayats and urban local bodies should also be conducted along with the two-phase polls. “It will save unnecessary expenditure.”

Singh, considered close to Nitish Kumar, who is also the JD-U president, said his party had no problems if the Election Commission also held Bihar Assembly polls in 2019.

“We are in favour of simultaneous elections to Bihar Assembly and Lok Sabha,” Singh said.

Next assembly polls in Bihar are due in 2020.

Last assembly elections in the state were held in 2015 when the Grand Alliance of the JD-U, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress defeated the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

A Grand Alliance government led by Nitish Kumar was formed then.

However, in July 2017, Nitish Kumar dumped the Grand Alliance to form a government with the BJP.

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Hooda blames ‘lawlessness’, ‘lack of leadership’ for increased crime in Haryana

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Chandigarh , Jan 17 : Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on Khattar government saying ‘lawlessness’ and lack of ‘leadership’ are the foremost reason behind increased crime in Haryana.

Hooda described that increased incidents of crime, especially the recent rapes and murders in the state as ‘worrisome’.

“There is lawlessness in the state. Haryana Government has no leader, some ministers are angry, some are sulking and there is no direction,” Hooda told ANI.

Earlier in a day, the Congress leader met Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki to discuss the recent incidents of rape and murder in the state.

After meeting, he said “we met Guv over failure of law and order in the state. Multiple rape incidents make us hang our head low in shame. State govt must resign on moral grounds.

“We’ve asked the Guv to dismiss govt, if they don’t resign, & implement President’s rule here”, he added.

Meanwhile, multiple rape cases are being witnessed in the state.

Recently this week, three cases of brutal gang rape — including two of minor girls — were reported.

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Kamal Haasan to annnounce political party’s name on Feb 21

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Chennai, Jan 17: Veteran actor Kamal Haasan has announced he will commence his political journey from his hometown Ramanathapuram on February 21, when he will also reveal the name of his party.

He made the announcement in a statement issued late on Tuesday night, saying his purpose in life is to “challenge the status quo that has been plaguing the politics of Tamil Nadu for some time now”.

“I intend to embark on a journey across the state from February 21, 2018 to truly understand as to what the needs of my people are?, what is afflicting them?, what their aspirations are?

“Further, this momentous journey of meeting people across Tamil Nadu is neither an act of rebellion nor is it a gathering for glamour. Simply put, this is a journey of discovery and learning and an opportunity for me to truly understand my people,” said Haasan, 63.

This, he said, is being planned and executed in phases and over a period of time.

“I believe it will be truly appropriate if my political journey commences from the place of my birth and hometown Ramanathapuram. Following this, I intend on meeting and spending time with the people from the districts of Madurai, Dindigul and Sivagangai.

“In addition, at the commencement of the journey, I intend to announce the name of my political party along with the guiding principles we intend to live by,” Haasan added.

With his political foray, Haasan intends to “question mediocrity and raise the bar on governance and welfare for the people of Tamil Nadu”.

“The journey is intended towards that goal. I begin this journey with your support. Join hands with me to empower our country and state,” said the acclaimed actor, who feels the love he has for people of the state needs to be “manifested in action and deed”.

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