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‘I saw Satyendar Jain giving Rs 2 crore in cash to Kejriwal’

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New Delhi, May 7 : A day after being dropped as a minister, AAP MLA Kapil Mishra today levelled stunning allegations of corruption against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

Mishra told reporters at Raj Ghat that he “saw” Jain handing over “Rs 2 crore” to Kejriwal at his official residence.

On being asked, the CM evaded answering where the money came from and said few things in politics cannot be explained, the sacked MLA alleged.

“I kept quiet all this while due to complete faith in Arvind Kejriwal. Day before yesterday, I saw Jain giving Rs 2 crore in cash to Kejriwal. Kejriwal said few things happen in politics. After having seen Jain hand over such a big amount to him, I had to come out. I have handed over the details to Lt Governor Anil Baijal,” Mishra said.

“I am also ready to make a statement before the CBI or Anti Corruption Bureau if required,” he added.

There was no immediate reaction from the Aam Aadmi Party or the government on the allegations. The BJP demanded the resignation of Kejriwal saying Mishra has “punctured the balloon of his probity”.

Mishra further alleged that Jain told him that he “settled land deals worth Rs 50 crore for Kejriwal’s relative”. The AAP MLA said he was sacked after he confronted Kejriwal over the issue.

Mishra’s surprise sacking came days after he sided with senior party leader Kumar Vishwas who has been at loggerheads with the party leadership.

Earlier, as Mishra went to meet the LG at Raj Niwas, the top leadership of AAP remained huddled at Kejriwal’s residence. Vishwas, who was also present, left a Little before Mishra made the allegations to reporters at Raj Ghat.

Soon after the move, Mishra had claimed he would “expose” the involvement of certain AAP leaders in an alleged scam on Sunday.

He said he had met the chief minister earlier in the day and handed over documents related to the alleged scam.

“I was not informed of the decision and as per my knowledge, it was taken unilaterally by Kejriwal. The Cabinet or the Political Affairs Committee (the AAP’s top decision- making body) was not involved,” Mishra told PTI.

A senior government official said the decision to remove Mishra was taken after it was found that consumers were receiving “inflated” water bills.

Sources in the party said Mishra was sacked because of his poor performance. However, the party had considered him as one of the most vocal and active voices in the government until he sided with Vishwas.

“This is being repeatedly said that I have been moved out because water problems have not been solved in Delhi. But both Sisodia and Kejriwal have never raised the issue of water problems earlier,” Mishra said.

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Congress asks Centre to provide CISF security to Navjot Singh Sidhu

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New Delhi, Nov 17: The Congress on Saturday asked the central government to provide CISF security and protection to Punjab MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu citing ‘growing threat perception to his life’.

In this regard, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala wrote to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The Congress said that Sidhu has always been a high-risk target as he has held campaigns against drug mafia and criminals in the state.

“Navjot Singh Sidhu has taken on Akali Dal (Badal) and also their anti-people policies, besides exposing the unholy nexus between the Akal Dal (Badal) and certain criminal elements on numerous occasions,” the letter said.

The letter further stated that the threats against Sidhu had increased after he resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party and joined the Congress last year.

“As a result of his highly visible profile and political campaign, he has always been a high-risk target. However, there has been a marked escalation in these threats since S. Sidhu left the BJP and joined the Indian National Congress”.

In his letter to Home Ministery, Surjewala also said that through the Punjab Sidhu has been given adequate security, they cannot do so across the country.

“S. Sidhu is travelling extensively throughout the country during elections as also on other Party programmes on a regular basis. While the State of Punjab has provided him with adequate security, Punjab Police personnel cannot be assigned the responsibility of security in rest of India”.

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RLSP gives ultimatum to BJP over seat-sharing in Bihar

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Patna, Nov 17: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha on Saturday gave an ultimatum to the BJP to ensure by November 30 “respectful” seat-sharing in Bihar for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Kushwaha said the RLSP has decided to reject the offer made to it in the seat-sharing formula finalised by the Bharatiya Janata Party for the ruling National Democratic Alliance.

“The BJP should decide a respectful seat-sharing for the RLSP in the NDA for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Bihar by November 30,” Kushwaha told reporters here after the party’s executive meeting.

Kushwaha said that the party’s State Executive has rejected the offer of seats to the party by the BJP. However, he refused to reveal the number of seats offered by the BJP.

Kushwaha also expressed unhappiness over the failure of BJP president Amit Shah to meet him in Delhi.

“I have twice tried to meet Amit Shah to discuss a respectful seat-sharing in the NDA in Bihar. Even on Friday I waited to meet him, but could not. I was not given time to meet Amit Shah.”

Kushwaha said that now he would not meet any BJP leader except Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the isue of seat-sharing.

“I will not make any move on my part to discuss seat sharing. Now, the BJP will have to make a move for seat sharing with the RLSP.”

He said that a delay in seat sharing will prove disastrous and costly for the NDA.

“It will be harmful for the BJP.”

Kushwaha alleged that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United (JD-U) has been trying to split the RLSP and destroy him politically.

The grand alliance of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) are hopeful that the RLSP will join them soon.

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Parliament Winter Session: Congress to take up Parrikar’s health, constitutional crisis in Goa

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Panaji, Nov 17: The Congress will raise the issue of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s continuance in power and the impending “constitutional crisis” in BJP-ruled Goa in Parliament, party’s national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said on Saturday.

The Congress leader demanded the convening of a special session of the Goa Legislative Assembly while daring the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government here to prove its majority in a floor test.

“We are going to nationally put pressure on the BJP and the Centre. If necessary, we will move the President of India. We will also raise the issue inside the Parliament in the forthcoming winter session and we will say that Goa is the most classic case of a fraud being played on the Constitution of India by the Governor and the BJP government,” Surjewala said at a press conference here.

“This will clear all doubts about who is in-charge in Goa and the floor test will determine as to which party has the rightful claim to head a democratic government in people’s interest,” he added.

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) communications cell in-charge said the coastal state was suffering from a “complete breakdown of constitutional machinery”.

Parrikar is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi for nearly nine months. He returned from New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on October 14 and has not moved out of his private residence for any official event since.

The Opposition, as well ruling coalition allies have been demanding Parrikar’s resignation, claiming that the administration has come to a standstill due to his absence.

On Saturday, Deepak Dhavalikar, president of ruling coalition outfit, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, demanded that Parrikar step down from the chief ministerial post and appoint a replacement.

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