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Kejriwal has no right to continue: Ajay Maken on Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

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Ajay Maken,  Delhi Congress President (File Photo)

Congress on Friday demanded the resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over allegations of  ‘Office of Profit’ on his 20 MLAs. 

Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken addressing media on reports of disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs in Office of Profit case said,”Kejriwal Ji doesn’t have the moral right to stay on his post, he must resign. Congress will carry out a ‘jan aandolan’ regarding the same.

Meanwhile, BJP also called for a press conference on the issue, BJP’s national spokesperson, Sambit Patra while demanding Kejriwal’s resignation said,”From “India against Corruption” to “I am Corruption”, Aam Aadmi Party has covered the journey in a short time. Do they still have the morality to stay in government in Delhi?”

Earlier in a tweet, Ajay Maken said, “that Half of his cabinet ministers removed on corruption charges! 20 MLAs who were enjoying ministerial perks would be disqualified!”

“Where is Lokpal? The MLAs and Ministers enjoying perks of power and foreign travel-Where is political probity?” he added.

Earlier  Election Commission sent its recommendation to the President for his assent to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi party MLAs for holding ‘office of profit’.

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I take back my comment, says Ram Madhav after Omar Abdullah’s dare

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New Delhi, Nov 22: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday challenged BJP leader Ram Madhav to prove his allegations of Pakistani links of his party or apologize, forcing the latter to retract his statement. 

“Now that u deny any external pressure I take back my comment, but, now that u proved it was genuine love between NC n PDP that prompted a failed govt formation attempt,u shud fight next elections Together. Mind u it’s a political comment, not personal”, Madhav Tweeted.

Abdullah has challenged Madhav saying you have RAW, NIA and IB at your command (CBI too is your parrot) so have the guts to place evidence in the public domain. Either prove this or be man enough to apologise.

“Don’t practice shoot scoot politics, he added.

Earlier in a day, Ram Madhav, the BJP’s pointsman for Jammu and Kashmir, alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference boycotted local body polls last month “because they had instructions from across the border (Pakistan).

“Probably they had fresh instructions from across the border to come together & form govt. What they did prompted the governor to look into the whole issue”, the saffron party leader stated.

Ram Madhav’s remarks came a day after Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolved the Assembly even as the PDP wrote to him saying that the Congress and the National Conference had decided to back her party to form a government and their collective strength was 56.

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Jammu and Kashmir Assembly dissolved: Congress attacks PM

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Jaipur, Nov 22: The Congress on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for using Governor Satya Pal Malik to dissolve the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly “illegally and unconstitutionally”.

“We strongly condemn the way the Governor illegally and unconstitutionally dissolved the Assembly.

“The Governor has toyed with the Constitution and it was done at the behest of the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO),” Congress leader Manish Tewari told the media here.

The former Union Minister questioned as to why Malik did not dissolve the House in the last six months after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in June withdrew support to the Mehbooba Mufti-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) coalition government.

“For the last five-six months, the BJP tried its best to garner support by indulging in horse trading. But when its conspiracy failed to yield any result, it got the Governor to dissolve the Assembly just after the PDP, National Conference and the Congress staked claim to form the government,” Tewari said.

Earlier in the day former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram also targeted Malik saying parliamentary democracy was “outdated” for the BJP-appointed Governor.

“As long as no one staked a claim to form government, Jammu and Kashmir Governor was happy to keep the Assembly under suspension. The moment someone staked a claim, he dissolved the Assembly. Parliamentary democracy standing on its head.

“The Westminster model of democracy is outdated. Like in all other matters, it is the Gujarat model that has appealed to the J&K Governor,” Chidambaram tweeted.

The party also ridiculed the Governor’s defence on Wednesday, when he maintained that “the grand alliance” of PDP, National Conference and Congress was an “opportunistic” one.

“It is unfortunate that the Governor is talking more like a BJP spokesperson than a governor. We strongly condemn his action and demand that elections are held at the earliest for the sake of democracy,” said party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

In a dramatic development, Malik late on Wednesday dissolved the Assembly after the three parties staked claim to form the government which was followed by People’s Conference leader Sajad Lone making a rival claim to power with the backing of BJP and rebel PDP MLAs.

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Sovan Chatterjee resigns as Kolkata Mayor

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Kolkata, Nov 22: TMC leader Sovan Chatterjee on Thursday resigned from the post of Kolkata Mayor.

This comes two days after, Chatterjee has stepped down as West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services and Housing minister.

“He has sent his resignation through a representative,” Kolkata Municipal Corporation Chairperson Mala Roy told reporters here.

On being asked about the reasons cited by Chatterjee for his resignation, she refused to make any comment.

“The (Trinamool Congress) party will decide the next course of actions. A detailed information on the future course of action will be announced after the councillors’ meeting to be held in the evening,” she said.

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