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Five-time Matia Mahal MLA Shoaib Iqbal joins AAP

Deputy Speaker of the Delhi Assembly (2003 and 2008), Iqbal had been an MLA in the 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 assemblies.

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New Delhi, Jan 9 : With less than a month left for the Delhi Assembly elections, five-time MLA from Matia Mahal Shoaib Iqbal on Thursday joined the Aam Aadmi Party in the presence of its national convenor Arvind Kejriwal.

Iqbal joined the AAP along with Congress’s MCD Councillors Aley Mohammed Iqbal and Sultana Abad.

Deputy Speaker of the Delhi Assembly (2003 and 2008), Iqbal had been an MLA in the 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 assemblies.

In 2015 Assembly elections, he was defeated by Aasim Ahmed Khan of the AAP.

He had been with various political parties including Janata Dal and the Congress.

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Anti-CAA slogans raised at Shah rally

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New Delhi, Jan 26 : A youth, among a small group who raised slogans against the Citizenship Amendment Act at Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s poll rally here on Sunday, was beaten up by people at the rally.

Shah, who was present at that time, directed his security to take the youth to safety.

As the Home Minister was addressing the rally in Babarpur Assembly constituency for the February 8 Delhi Assembly elections, four-five youths began shouting slogans demanding the rollback of the act. People seized hold of one of the youth and beat him up before Shah’s intervention.

In his speech, Shah targeted both the city’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress, saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought in the CAA but “Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and company were opposing it”.

“They (the opposition) incited and misled the people, buses were burnt, cars were burnt and if these people come back, then Delhi will not be secure,” he alleged.

Appealing to the people to vote for the BJP, he said his party’s victory would ensure Delhi remains secure and incidents like the Shaheen Bagh protests are curbed.

He said that the BJP and Modi would transform the city, and urged people not to go by the “false promises” of others.

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All five ABVP candidates lose in Gujarat Central varsity polls

All the five candidates fielded by Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad lost. Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association, Students’ Federation of India and Left Democratic Students Federation bagged one seat each.

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New Delhi, Jan 26: All the five candidates fielded by the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Praishad, the student wing of the ruling BJP in Gujarat, have lost the elections to the Gujarat Central University.

Out of the five student council seats in Gujarat Central University, three were grabbed by Left-leaning student outfits and NSUI. One seat went to independent candidate. Elections were held on all five seats on Friday.

All the five candidates fielded by Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad lost. Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association, Students’ Federation of India and Left Democratic Students Federation bagged one seat each.

Election were held at five schools at the varsity out of the eleven, which included School of Languages, International Relations, Library Science, Environmental and Social Science

“What is interesting is that while BAPSA has been winning for three years, SFI and LDSF fielded candidates for the first time and won seats,” said Sumedh, a leader.

ABVP has issued a note stating the university has violated its own norms to help Left-leaning students win in the election. They alleged that the varsity was supposed to keep classes closed on the voting day on January 22; however, the laboratory and others were functioning, preventing students from voting.

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EC notice to Bagga over his campaign song expenditure

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New Delhi, Jan 25 : BJP candidate from Delhi’s Hari Nagar Assembly, Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, is in trouble again. The Election Commission has issued a notice to him regarding the expenditure for a video song used in his campaign.

The notice from the poll panel to the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes after he uploaded his campaign song “Bagga Bagga Har Jagah” was uploaded on Twitter minutes after his candidature was announced.

The one minute 53 second song describes the BJP candidate as a “Sardar who wages war on traitors”.

In its notice to Bagga, the EC sought a reply within 48 hours as to why the expenditure for the song shouldn’t be computed and added to his election expenses.

The notice also states that the decision of the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) will be final on the subject if Bagga fails to reply within the prescribed time.

Speaking to IANS over the EC notice, Bagga said: “They have asked for the expense on the song. But the reality is that the song was made before my candidature was announced, which is a set of collage of pictures taken on different occasions.”

He further said that the song was re-posted on his Twitter post after he filed his nomination.

“I respect the Election Commission and our lawyers are preparing the reply for the EC,” Bagga said.

Lambasting AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal, Bagga said: “They are fearing their defeat in the assembly elections this year and that is the reason why they are complaining to the Election Commission against the BJP candidates.”

According to the BJP leaders, Bagga’s song has been written by a third-year engineering student named Shashank Dixit, who hails from Lucknow and is studying computer science engineering at a Noida-based college.

From slapping former AAP leader and noted advocate Prashant Bhushan and disrupting Arundhati Roy’s book event to selling tea outside Congress headquarters as a protest against Mani Shankar Aiyar’s remarks, Bagga has never failed to hog limelight, including for his numerous Twitter spats. Political rivals accuse Bagga of being a “Twitter troll”.

The elections for the 70-member Delhi Assembly is scheduled on February 8 and counting of votes will take place on February 11.

The BJP is looking for a comeback in the 2020 polls. In 2015, the party was reduced to 3 seats.

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