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‘Will win majority of 21 seats if bypolls held in Delhi’

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Ajay Maken

New Delhi, June 15 : Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken on Wednesday asserted that his party will win the majority of the 21 seats if by-elections are held after the disqualification of AAP MLAs who have been appointed as Chief Parliamentary Secretaries.

“Most of these assembly seats belong to Congress stalwarts like Mahabal Mishra, Arvinder Singh Lovely and A.K. Walia. We are confident that we will win majority of these 21 seats if by-elections are held,” said Maken, while addressing a press conference at the party headquarters here.

He added that Congress may emerge as the largest party in these elections and the post of Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly may fall into their kitty.

Maken also accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of misleading the people on the Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) issue.

“A Chief Parliamentary Secretary at least gets an office space, a car and driver if not any remuneration. Then how this is not an office of profit,” asked Maken who was a CPS to Sheila Dikshit in her first tenure as chief minister of Delhi.

“When Sheila Dikshit had brought a bill for my appointment, it was introduced in assembly as a money bill. Again in 2007, when an amendment was brought in, it remained a money bill,” Maken said when he was asked to describe the legislative aspect of the bill.

He asserted that if AAP had brought this bill through a proper channel, the President would have given his assent to it.

The President’s refusal to sign this bill may lead to the disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs.

“AAP had appointed these CPS on March 13, almost 30 days after Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in as Chief Minister. And during the same period Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were thrown out of the party,” Maken said insisting that AAP distributed these posts to keep these people with them.

“Otherwise, they would have gone with Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan,” he added.

Maken had led a delegation of Congress leaders to the Election Commission asking for disqualification of these 21 AAP MLAs.

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Women fatally shot in head during robbery in Patna

“An FIR has been registered against unidentified persons and effort are on to arrest them,” Patna SSP Upendra Sharma said.

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Patna Firing

Patna, Nov 29: A woman was fatally shot in her head by robbers after she resisted their move to loot passengers of an aut-rickshaw in state capital Patna, police said on Sunday.

Saiqa Parveen was travelling with her husband Imran Alam in the auto-rickshaw when she was shot dead late Saturday night.

Police said that when the auto-rickshaw reached Chiraiyatadh flyover near Patna railway station, two men riding it asked the driver to stop. Two more persons riding two motorcycles reached the spot and looted all the passengers at gunpoint.

While Alam handed over his belongings, Parveen resisted the robbers. One of them shot her in the head, killing her on the spot.

Alam, a private bank employee in Siwan, was on way to his native Dehri-on-Sone town in Bihar along with his wife. As they had reached Patna at night, they were on way to the railway station for overnight stay in a nearby hotel, he told the police.

“An FIR has been registered against unidentified persons and effort are on to arrest them,” Patna SSP Upendra Sharma said.

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CRPF’s CoBRA Officer Killed in IED Blast Triggered by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma

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An Assistant Commandant of the CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) unit, Nitin P Balerao, succumbed to his injuries from an IED blast triggered by naxals near Tadmetla area in Sukma district on Saturday night.

Ten personnel of the CRPF’s CoBRA unit were injured in an IED blast triggered by naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on late Saturday evening. The Improvised Explosive Device went off in the forest near Tadmetla village when a team of security forces was out on an anti-naxal operation, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P said.

From among the injured, 8 personnel were lifted from a helicopter to Raipur during the midnight for further treatment. Two injured personnel are getting treatment at the CRPF Hospital in Chintalnar.

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We’ve resources to undertake coronavirus vaccination within 3-4 weeks: Delhi govt

Health and Family Welfare Minister Satyendar Jain made this announcement in at a press conference called to update Delhi’s daily health bulletin.

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The Delhi government on Saturday said it has infrastructure to undertake coronavirus vaccination among all city residents within three-four weeks, adding that it was only waiting for the vaccine to be made available.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Satyendar Jain made this announcement in at a press conference called to update Delhi’s daily health bulletin. He gave the updates on Covid-19, decreasing positivity rate, availability of beds, and preparations for vaccination.

He said that the government had enough resources like Mohalla Clinics, polyclinics, dispensaries and hospitals to administer coronavirus vaccine across Delhi. Jain asserted that there will be no issues about the optimal storage of the vaccine as well.

“We are only waiting for the vaccine to be made available. Delhi has the infrastructure to roll it out and make it accessible to all city residents within 3-4 weeks. Delhi is equipped with the latest infrastructure to facilitate the rollout of the vaccine to Delhi’s population.

“For application, there are Mohalla Clinics, hospitals etc. It depends on how soon we get it from the central government. As far as storage is concerned, all amenities have been taken care of,” Jain said.

The Delhi government’s response comes amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Saturday visit to Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune where vaccine development process is going on.

Modi had recently held discussions with states and union territories on vaccine distribution once it is formulated.

Pointing out that there were 5,482 new cases in Delhi on Friday, the Minister said that the positivity rate had however come down to 8.51 per cent from 15.26 per cent. It has become less than half since November 7, 2020.

The Minister said that more than 50 per cent beds for coronavirus patients are available in Delhi hospitals at present. “Total bed available is more than 9,500. The occupancy rate is therefore steadily decreasing. In terms of ICU beds, more than 1,200 are available.”

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