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Kejriwal’s nephew arrested in PWD scam; AAP rejects charges

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New Delhi, May 10: The Anti-Corruption Branch on Thursday arrested Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s nephew Vinay Bansal in an alleged PWD scam, sparking an angry reaction from the AAP which said it was part of the BJP’s vendetta politics.

Vinay Bansal, the son of Kejriwal’s late brother-in-law Surender Bansal, was a partner in a firm which was involved in the alleged scam worth over Rs 6 crore.

“We have arrested Vinay Bansal from his residence in Pitampura after he failed to give satisfactory replies to our queries about a firm – ‘Mahadeo Impacts’,” Special Commissioner of Police Arvind Deep told IANS.

The firm showed purchase of raw materials for the construction of a Public Works Department (PWD) drain.

“The ACB registered an FIR on May 8, 2017. We received a complaint that Surender Bansal got a tender below 46 per cent on behalf of a company, Renu Construction, on the estimated cost of Rs 4.9 lakh,” Deep, who heads the ACB, said.

“The complaint also mentioned that the quality of products was not up to the mark. During the probe, it was found that iron and cement were bought from Mahadeo Impacts which was later found to be non-existent,” he said.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia told the media here that for the last three years, the Delhi Police and the ACB are being used by the Lt Governor and the Central government for arresting AAP leaders.

The Delhi Police is “planning just one thing: How to make AAP people unhappy”, he said.

Bansal was doing projects with the Delhi government even before the Kejriwal government. The current case is on a contract he won before the AAP government came to power, he added.

“This is part of the chain of arrests against AAP MLAs,” Sisodia said, adding this will be exposed in the court.

“The good thing is that there’s justice in this country and when cases go to court it goes against police and police is being asked why did you do it?”

Sisodia said IIT Roorkee had done a third party audit as per the terms of the project and submitted a report and the PWD had also said that the work was done well.

“After the complaint, the ACB got a separate inquiry conducted by Sri Ram Labs which also said that work was satisfactory,” Sisodia said.

AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj rejected any corruption in the matter.

“There can be only two ways of corruption in PWD drain construction: the tender was rigged to favour of Chief Minister’s relative or the payment was made for sub-standard work or incomplete work. In this case, nothing of this sort happened,” he tweeted.

In May 2017, AAP rebel leader Kapil Mishra raised the issue following a whistleblower’s revelations.

Surender Bansal, who ran a company that worked with the PWD for many years, died the same day Mishra raised the issue and filed the complaint.

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BJP government in Tripura has failed in Covid control, say CPI-M, Congress

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Opposition CPI-M and Congress on Saturday strongly criticised the BJP government in Tripura for its “total failure in Covid-19 management putting the state in a worst situation in the northeastern region”.

The Congress has called for a 12-hour strike in Tripura on Monday to protest the governmenta?s negligence to check the deaths due to the coronavirus and spread of the infectious disease.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, however, rejected the opposition’s accusation and blamed them for not following the government’s Covid norms.

Communist Party of India-Marxist Tripura state secretary Gautam Das said that Tripura is the only state in India where there is no full-fledged health minister and the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has been holding as many as 28 departments, including Health and Family Welfare Department.

“Frustrated over the government’s mismanagement, Additional Chief Secretary in-charge of Health and Family Welfare Department Sanjay Kumar Rakesh, Health Director Radha Debbarma and many other senior officials have either applied for voluntary retirement or have already left their jobs. Despite huge shortages of doctors and health staff, the BJP government did not recruit any health workers including nurses during the past two-and-a-half years,” Das told the media.

Das, who is also the member of the CPI-M central committee, said that the state government did not even share the correct and updated Covid information with the High Court, which has recently, took a suo-moto case and raised 13 points to the government.

“After thousands of people returned to Tripura from different parts of the country in May and June, Tripura government tested their sample 5 : 1 ratio – one sample tested out of five returnees — causing huge spread of the dreaded virus. With 1.12 per cent fatality, Tripura is in the worst position among the 8 northeastern states in Covid-19 death ratio while its recovery rate of 67.50 per cent also very low,” the Left leader said.

Former Tripura state Congress chief and ex-minister Birajit Sinha alleged that the BJP government had not only totally failed in Covid management but the Chief Minister and the ruling party leaders were arrogant.

Congress leader Tapas Dey said that Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb himself attended religious, personal, governmental and party programmes violating the social distancing norms and other government guidelines.

BJP spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharjee said that the people rejected Left parties in Tripura in 2018 assembly polls and both the CPI-M and the Congress made false charges.

“After the BJP government came to power, many new departments were set up in Tripura hospitals and many specialists were recruited on numerous diseases. When lakhs of people are dying due to Covid-19 in China and other developed countries, these two parties remain silent,” he told the media.

Bhattacharjee said putting their lives at risk, BJP’s Lok Sabha member Pratima Bhowmik and many of the party functionaries were providing services to needy people and many BJP workers had died after owing to coronavirus.

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Punjab allows opening of higher education institutes

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The Punjab government on Saturday allowed the opening of higher education institutions for Ph.D scholars and postgraduate students of technical and professional programmes requiring laboratories and experimental works from September 21.

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Priyanka accuses Yogi govt of dithering on giving jobs to 4,000 Urdu teachers

“Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her party had given a slogan before the 2017 UP Assembly polls — 25 saal, UP behaal” (25 years, UP in poor condition).

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Lucknow, Sep 19 : Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday accused the Yogi Adityanath government of obstructing the appointment of over 4,000 Urdu teachers who have already cleared the test for the job.

“Had a conversation with 4,000 Urdu teacher aspirants. All the aspirants came in the merit list, and are eligible to get jobs. But, the government is putting up obstructions in their way of getting jobs.

he BJP Government in UP should be in the role of providing jobs, but it is working to obstruct appointments,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. Reacting to her tweet, UP BJP media co-convenor Navin Srivastava, said, “Some of the recruitment processes have been held up because of technical reasons. But the government is trying to remove all obstructions and resolve them at the earliest.”

He also said the recruitments made during the BJP regime under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath may have been at a slow pace, but transparent and free from corruption. Srivastava also asked Gandhi if she supports the way appointments were made by the Congress-backed Akhilesh Yadav government and which later came under the scanner.

“Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her party had given a slogan before the 2017 UP Assembly polls — 25 saal, UP behaal” (25 years, UP in poor condition).

And, later they contested the polls with the so-called ”vikaas purush” (Akhilesh Yadav).

“Many of the recruitments made during that government came under the scanner. Priyanka should tell whether she supports the way the recruitments took place during the Samajwadi Party rule in UP,” she said.

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