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I am target of vendetta politics: Shivakumar

“I would like to reiterate that I have done nothing wrong and am a target of vendetta politics,”

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New Delhi, Sep 10 : Former Karnataka Minister and senior Congres leader D.K. Shivakumar, currently in the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) custody, here on Tuesday reiterated that he had done nothing wrong and was a target of vendetta politics.

“I would like to reiterate that I have done nothing wrong and am a target of vendetta politics,” Shivakumar, who was arrested by the ED in a money laundering case on September 3 after four-day questioning, said in a tweet.

In the same tweet, the Congress leader said, “With the support and blessings that I am receiving from all of you, and my belief in god and our judiciary, I have full faith that I will emerge victorious both legally and politically.”

Earlier in the day, the financial probe agency summoned his daughter Aishwarya for questioning on September 12 in connection with the probe.

The officials said while scrutinising the financial dealings of Shivakumar, the ED found documents pertaining to a trust handled by his daughter. “To get the details of the functioning of the trust and its financial transactions, we have summoned Aishwarya for questioning,” he said.

Shivakumar has been on the radar of the Income-Tax Department and the ED since demonetisation in 2016.

An Income-Tax search at his New Delhi flat on August 2, 2017 led to the seizure of Rs 8.59 crore unaccounted cash. Thereafter, the I-T Department lodged cases against the Congress leader and his four associates under sections 277 and 278 of the Income Tax Act, 1961, and sections 120(B), 193 and 199 of the Indian Penal Code.

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Now, Tharoor accuses PM of announcing lockdown in haste

On one picture he wrote Notebandi (Demonetisation) and on the other it was written,’Lockdown’.

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New Delhi, March 29 : Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not giving enough time to the people to prepare before a nationwide lockdown was imposed.

Taking to Twitter, Tharoor said in Hindi “na hee tab taiyari thee na hee ab taiyari hai, tab bhi janata haari thi, ab bhi janata haari hai” which roughly translates as “Neither there was a preparation then (referring to demonetization), nor now. That time also the common man was at the receiving end, so is today.”

The Congress MP compared the ongoing situation with the demonetisation days by sharing two pictures jointly on the micro-blogging site.

He compared the huge crowd of migrants standing in long queues to catch a bus to return to their native place at Delhi’s Anand Vihar and Ghaziabad’s Kaushambi bus terminals with the one seen outside banks during demonetisation.

On one picture he wrote Notebandi (Demonetisation) and on the other it was written,’Lockdown’.

Hours earlier, Congress leader Kapil Sibal also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly making no preparations before announcing the 21-day nationwide lockdown due to novel coronavirus spread.

A 21-day lockdown in the country was announced by the Prime Minister as a containment measure taken by the government to break the chain of transmission of the highly contagious COVID-19, after which thousands of migrant labourers started leaving Delhi by walking in the absence of any mode of transport.

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Delhi distributes food at over 800 locations to 4 lakh people: Kejriwal

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New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday urged the migrants to stay back in the city during the lockdown and said his government is serving lunch and dinner to over four lakh people at more than 800 locations.

Speaking to the media through a digital press conference, he said the government has operationalised 568 Hunger Relief Centres in schools, apart from 238 night shelters.

“We have the capacity to feed lunch and dinner to approximately 4 lakh persons daily,” Kejriwal said. He also said that apart from this, mobile vans are also deployed to arrange food for those who cannot reach the locations.

“Although there is some issue, I am expecting that these will be streamlined in a day or so.”

Kejriwal said the Aam Aadmi Party MLAs and party workers are reaching out to the migrants, and have been successful to stop a number of migrants.

“Lockdown should be implemented seriously. If we keep moving, the purpose of lockdown will be wasted. I urged the migrants at the border to come back to Delhi. We even opened night shelters in some of the schools around the border areas,” Kejriwal said.

He also said that the ration from April in around 1,000 ration shops has reached and will soon be distributed.

“Coronavirus is spreading very fast. In the countries which we thought were highly developed are facing a serious crisis. We should learn from different nations.”

The nationwide lockdown has started from Tuesday midnight, following which migrant labourers have started moving to their homes in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha.

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Arrange for students’ food and transport, NSUI tells DU

DUSU Secretary Ashish Lamba, who is from the NSUI, has already written a letter to Dean, Students’ Welfare in this regard.

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New Delhi, March 28 : The National Students Union of India on Friday wrote to the Delhi University demanding proper arrangement of meals and sanitation for varsity students living in hostels or in rented accommodation.

The Congress’ student wing has also demanded that the varsity administration must also arrange for transportation facility for the students stuck in national capital away from their hometowns.

“Delhi University students living in PGs are also responsibility of Delhi University. These are tough times and the authorities cannot ignore the students living from the outside Delhi in the delhi university hostels, they still are college’s responsibilities,” NSUI wrote.

DUSU Secretary Ashish Lamba, who is from the NSUI, has already written a letter to Dean, Students’ Welfare in this regard.

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