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People get the government they deserve: Sachin Pilot

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Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot.

Jaipur: The Deputy Chief Minister of Rajastahan, Sachin Pilot feels that the ongoing protests against CAA are a culmination of several developments which have not found favour with the people.

“Such a prolonged protest is not healthy. The government must talk to those who are agitating. But then, as they say, people get the government they deserve. After all, citizens voted them to power. Of course, they won’t win the state elections in Delhi this time.”

While claiming that there is a complete lack of engagement in the contemporary political and social scenario, he added, “Never before have we seen such a lack of dialogue. I don’t understand why the government is not prepared to address the concerns of its own citizens. They have been elected by the people and owe it to them,” he said.

Sharing the stage with journalist Rajdeep Sardesai at the Jaipur Literature Festival, Pilot stressed that the need of the hour was to groom young leaders across party lines as there was no dearth of bright youngsters in the country.

Refuting the claim that youngsters who come from a political background have it easy when it comes to entering politics, the Deputy Chief Minister said that someone like him has to prove himself at every step. “It’s all about performance. If you don’t deliver, you just can’t last.”

Sardasai said that the BJP was more 21st century ready than the Congress. “The young are more inclined towards Modi because he is ready to speak to them in their language. Across the world, there is a hunger for superheroes. Let’s admit it, he is a remarkable story and he managed to capture the template of the new India. In these times, you cannot be part of the privileged and talk down to people. Of course, now the BJP too is committing the same mistakes like Indira Gandhi. One can see the arrogance…”

Stating that Rahul Gandhi seldom misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity, the journalist said that under the present regime, political has become personal. “It has become us vs them everywhere. This is a vindictive government, look what they did with the writer Aatish Taseer for writing against Modi. Also, what we are seeing today in general are autocratic leaders. You say anything against them, and chances are you’ll land up in jail — Mamta Banerjee and Naveen Patnaik for example.”

Adding that it was time to “reclaim” the republic by reclaiming the values the county has already stood for, Sardesai said that decline of democratic institutions is worrisome. “Look at Farooq Abdullah. He is under detention for months now.”

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Congress delegation to visit violence-hit Delhi areas

As per figures available till February 28, a total of 39 persons were killed, of which 13 had gunshot wounds. As many as 22 died of severe injuries suffered during rioting.

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New Delhi, Feb 28 : A five-member Congress delegation will visit the violence-hit areas in northeast Delhi to take stock of the situation, the party said on Friday.

The delegation deputed by Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi comprises Mukul Wasnik, Shakti Singh Gohil, Tariq Anwar, Kumari Selja, and Sushmita Dev.

“The Congress chief has asked these leaders to assess the situation emanating from mindless violence in riot-affected areas and its after-effects and submit a detailed report to her immediately,” the release issued by Congress leader KC Venugopal said.

As per figures available till February 28, a total of 39 persons were killed, of which 13 had gunshot wounds. As many as 22 died of severe injuries suffered during rioting.

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AAP suspends councillor Tahir Hussain till probe is done

The Delhi Police registered a murder case against Hussain in the killing of IB staffer Ankit Sharma, on the basis of a complaint given by Sharma’s father.

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New Delhi, Feb 28 : Delhi’s ruling AAP on Thursday announced it had suspended its Municipal Councillor Tahir Hussain, who has been accused of involvement in the northeast Delhi violence and also been booked in the murder case of an Intelligence Bureau staffer.

“Tahir Hussain has been suspended from the Aam Aadmi Party for the duration of the probe against him in connection with the Delhi violence,” the Aam Aadmi Party said in a tweet.

Earlier on Thursday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, asked about charges of involvement in violence and arson in northeast Delhi against the AAP councillor, had said: “Any person found guilty should be given strict punishment. If any Aam Aadmi Party member is found guilty, he or she should be given double the punishment.”

The Delhi Police registered a murder case against Hussain in the killing of IB staffer Ankit Sharma, on the basis of a complaint given by Sharma’s father.

Sharma’s body was recovered on Wednesday from a sewer in Jafarabad and the autopsy report on Thursday said that he was brutally stabbed to death. His family has alleged Hussain’s supporters brutally assaulted Sharma and killed him.

People in the neighbourhood have alleged that the AAP leader played an active role in the riots that engulfed the area since Sunday.

Also the house of Hussain, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) municipal councillor from Nehru Vihar, in Chand Bagh still has a number of petrol bomb bottles, acid pouches, and stones scattered on the rooftop and inside.

Hussain’s house has come under the scanner after a number of videos on social media showed over 100 to 150 people pelting stones, throwing petrol bombs and acid on Monday and Tuesday afternoon.

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Defamation case against Manoj Tiwari adjourned till Mar 21

The court, however, directed him to appear before it on the next date of hearing or else a heavy cost would be levied on him.

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New Delhi, Feb 27 : A Delhi court on Thursday adjourned till March 21 a criminal defamation case filed against Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and other party leaders for allegedly levelling corruption charges against Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

Sisodia had filed a criminal complaint against Tiwari and others for allegedly making false allegations of corruption against him in the construction of Delhi government school classrooms.

Sisodia had stated that all the allegations made by the BJP leaders jointly and individually were false, defamatory and derogatory with an intention to harm and damage his reputation and goodwill.

During the course of proceedings on Thursday, Tiwari, Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Vijender Gupta submitted a bail bond of Rs 20,000 each.

Another BJP leader, Hans Raj Hans, moved an exemption application which was allowed by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja.

The court, however, directed him to appear before it on the next date of hearing or else a heavy cost would be levied on him.

The complainant submitted CDs and other documents, copies of which were also provided to the respondents.

The latter then sought time to check the CDs, which was allowed by the court. It gave them a week’s time to file their reply on the CDs.

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