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Kejriwal stages sit-in protest at Lt Governor’s office

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New Delhi, June 12: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with his three cabinet colleagues spent a night at the office of  Lt Governor Anil Baijal as they continued their sit-in protest on Tuesday.

Kejriwal along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and cabinet colleagues Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai were supplied food from outside, news agency IANS reported citing informed sources.

In a bid to press their three demands, including a direction to IAS officers to end their “strike” and to take action against officers who have struck work for “four months”, the four went to the LG’s office on Monday evening and began their protest.

Kejriwal also sought approval to his government’s proposal to deliver ration to the poor at their houses.

AAP scion decided to stay in Baijal’s office until their demands were accepted. The Raj Niwas had dubbed it as “protest without reason”.

The Chief Minister on Tuesday said in a tweet that his “struggle” was on.

“My dear Delhites, Good Morning. The struggle is on,” Kejriwal tweeted.

In another tweet, he accused the Lt Governor of defending the “IAS strike” by saying that the officers were working and were not on strike.

As of now, Kejriwal and the ministers don’t have any plans of coming out of Baijal’s office and will continue the strike.

They four were constantly updating details through tweets. They spent the Monday night on the sofas in Baijal’s waiting room.

Security outside Baijal’s office has been tightened since Monday evening.

A statement from the office of Baijal, who met the delegation in the evening, accused the Chief Minister of “threatening” him.

On Monday, Kejriwal tweeted: “LG refuses to take action. LG is under constitutional duty to act. Left with no option, we have politely told the LG that we will not leave till he acts on all points. We have come out of his chamber and (are) sitting in his waiting room.”

Kejriwal on Monday alleged that the IAS association in Delhi was on a strike for the past four months. He dubbed the protest “illegal”.

IAS Association Secretary Manisha Saxena on Monday described the allegations by Kejriwal as “unwarranted and baseless” and “unfortunate”, saying no officer in the national capital was or has been on strike.

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AAP will Support Congress if Next PM is From Grand Old Party: Amanatullah Khan

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New Delhi, Jan 23: Openly announcing support for Rahul Gandhi in 2019, Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan on Wednesday said that the party would extend support to the grand old party as there is much likelihood that the next Prime Minister would be from the Congress .

“Abhi bahar mujhse koi keh raha tha ki log keh rahe hain ki Congress ko vote isliye denge kyunki Pradhanmantri unka banega, hum ye keh rahe hain ki agar Pradhanmantri unka hi bana toh hum bhi usey support kar denge,” Khan said indicating that 2019 is Modi vs Rahul Gandhi.

The major statement by AAP’s Amanatullah Khan was made in the presence of Chief Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi Waqf Board meeting.

The chairman of the board, urged the Imams of the city mosques to support the AAP and said, “People are saying they will vote for the Congress because the next prime minister will be from that party.

Muslim voters should elect AAP in Delhi and if Congress wins at the Centre, “it will draw our support”, he said.

Kejriwal also said that his party will support anyone except Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

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INA veterans to march in Republic day parade

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New Delhi: The Indian Air Force Marching Contingent on Rajpath during Republic Day Parade 2018

New Delhi, Jan 23 : For the first time, four veterans from the Indian National Army (INA) of Netaji Subhash Chadra Bose will take part in the Republic Day parade on Rajpath.

The move is considered as an unprecedented honor for freedom fighters and the acknowlegmentof the contribution of INA in the Indian independence

According to the report, the veterans- Parmanand, Lalit Ram, Hira Singh and Bhagmal. The four are aged 95 plus.
The four veterans, who fought World War II, will be seated in jeeps that will march past Rajpath during the Republic Day parade.

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Piyush Goyal given temporary charge of Finance

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New Delhi, Jan 23 : Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was on Wednesday given charge of Finance Ministry in the absence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who is in the US for medical treatment, apparently ruling out his recuperation in time for the interim budget to be presented on February 1.

Goyal will hold the portfolios of Finance and Corporate Affairs on a temporary basis till the resumption of duties by Jaitley, who has now been made a Minister without portfolio, a Rashtrapati Bhawan communique said.

Jaitley (66) had a kidney transplant in May last year and then too Goyal was put in charge of Finance and Corporate Affairs.

“The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, hereby directed that during the period of indisposition of Arun Jaitley, the portfolios of Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs held by him, be temporarily assigned to Piyush Goyal, in addition to his existing portfolios.

“Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, Arun Jaitley be designated as Minister without portfolio during the period of his indisposition or till such time he is able to resume his work as Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs,” the communique said.

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