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Sushma Swaraj pulls up Pune man for asking wife’s transfer on Twitter

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Delhi, 9 Jan: Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj pulled up a Pune-based man on Sunday who requested his wife’s transfer from Jhansi railways to his hometown on social networking site twitter.

Swaraj said that the couple who have been working under her ministry, would have been fired for making such a request on a social networking platform.

“If you or your wife were from my Ministry and such a request for transfer was made on twitter, I would have sent a suspension order by now,” tweeted Swaraj.

The man’s request comes after a request by a US man seeking Swaraj’s help with his wife’s passport issues.

The US citizen had on Sunday posted a tweet saying,”@SushmaSwaraj @governorswaraj hello madam please help my wife get passport cleared. I am forced to live without her in US Passport issues.” Swaraj responded saying, “Ohh ! This banwas should end soon.”

Thinking that his problem can also be taken on the social site, the Pune man then tweeted to Swaraj. “Can you please help us in ending our banwas in India? My wife is a Jhansi Railway employee and I work in Pune in IT. Been a year,” he tweeted.

His request was later forwarded to Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Twitter by Swaraj.

But the Railways minister expressed that he is unable to help the man with the request because it is not under his jurisdiction.
“Thanks @SushmaSwaraj ji for bringing it to my notice. As per policy laid by me, I don’t look into transfers. Railway Board empowered for same,” Prabhu said on Twitter.

Swaraj remains active for solving problems which are raised on twitter and in reaching out to Indians in distress abroad.

Swaraj on Sunday asked people in distress abroad to send a tweet to the Indian Mission concerned and tag her so that she can “personally” monitor the grievance redressal.

Swaraj tweeted, “Please tweet your problem to the concerned Indian Embassy/authority and endorse the same to @sushmaswaraj. This will save time in emergency.

 Wefornews Bureau

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Election for 58 Rajya Sabha seats on March 23

The term of 58 Rajya Sabha members is due to expire in April and May this year.

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New Delhi, Feb 23 : Biennial election for 58 seats of Rajya Sabha from 16 states will be held on March 23, the Election Commission announced on Friday.

While the last date of nomination is March 12, counting of votes for all seats will be held on March 23, it said in a statement.

The term of 58 Rajya Sabha members is due to expire in April and May this year.

The retiring members include 10 from Uttar Pradesh, six each from Bihar and Maharashtra, five each Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, four members from Gujarat and Karnataka while the number is three each for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and Rajasthan.

Two members will retire from Jharkhand while Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have one retiring member each.

Also, bye-poll for a seat from Kerala will be held on March 23 due to resignation of M.P. Veerendra Kumar.

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BJP blames ‘anarchist’ Kejriwal for ‘Constitutional crisis’ in Delhi

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 New Delhi, Feb 23: Hitting back at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who accused the BJP-led central Government of trying to destabilise his government, the BJP on Friday said that it was “anarchist” Kejriwal who was responsible for a “Constitutional crisis”.

Its reaction came after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), in a press conference, blamed the Central government of meddling in the state’s affairs against the backdrop of the alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by two AAP MLAs at Kejriwal’s residence on Monday night.

On Friday, police raided Kejriwal’s official residence to look for evidence including CCTV footage of the meeting where the incident took place.

“There is a situation of Constitutional crisis in Delhi. And who is responsible for this crisis? None other than Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“In the past too, Kejriwal has spoken against the basic ethos of Constitution of India and about anarchy. He himself has declared that he is an anarchist. I firmly believe that this kind of anarchist mentality will not be beneficial for Delhi,” BJP spokesman Sambit Patra said.

Noting that the AAP and Kejriwal always claim that the Central government is not allowing them to work, he said: “If that is true, then what achievements are being claimed through large hoardings and banners on every crossing in Delhi? Are they taking credit for real work or is it just an advertising scam?”

Patra termed it “surprising” that while the Delhi Chief Minister came out to defend a “corrupt” former Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar when the CBI raided him, he had turned against his own Chief Secretary when the latter tried to uphold the Supreme Court’s order on advertisements).

The Chief Secretary had reportedly stonewalled a video advertisement featuring Kejriwal highlighting his government’s achievements on the completion of three years, on the basis that none of the departments was ready to clear the opening sentence as required by apex court’s directions.

Patra said that while the AAP has blamed the Centre of “dadagiri” (highhandedness) and “goondagardi” (hooliganism), it should first clear what their definition of these terms is.

“Is it dadagiri or decency to call the Chief Secretary to your place and then get him assaulted by your MLAs?

The controversy had erupted when Delhi Chief Secretary complained to police that he was assaulted by two AAP legislators at Kejriwal’s residence around midnight the previous day. The two have been arrested and sent to judicial custody.

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Rahul Gandhi on three-day visit to Karnataka from Saturday

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New Delhi, Feb 23: As part of his poll campaign, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be on a three-day visit to Karnataka starting Saturday, the party said on Friday.

On his arrival, Gandhi will hold a public meeting at Athani in Belgaum district at 1.00 p.m.

Later, he will attend another programme “Sthree Shakti Samavesh” (women’s rally) at a public meeting ground in Tikota of Bijapur district at 3.15 p.m., followed by two other programmes in the district on Saturday.

During his three-day tour to the state, Gandhi will also pay a visit to Bagalkot and Dharwad districts, where he will interact with various groups in the state and address public meetings.

Karnataka assembly elections are likely to be held in April-May 2018.

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