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CM Kejriwal’s protest is an attempt to hide its failure, alleges BJP

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New Delhi | The BJP on Thursday alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP)  protest is just to divert attention from its failures.

BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussian told media that “The AAP has failed on every front, be it water, electricity, etc. Arvind Kejriwal Ji, who only talks big, has failed completely and in an attempt to hide his failures he has resorted to protests.”

“He simply wants to divert the people’s attention. The people are asking questions, and because he does not have them, he has gone to LG sir’s residence,” he added.

BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi termed the ongoing AAP protest as a distraction for the various issues prevailing in Delhi. “The main issues in Delhi currently are water and electricity and Arvind Kejriwal is diverting those issues with the help of these protests. His disruptive and anarchist qualities are quite visible,” Lekhi told media.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with senior ministers- Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jai, and Gopal Rai since Monday evening have been camping at the  Lieutenant Governor house.

The Delhi chief minister claimed that the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers working for Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) were “only working on important files” and “not responding to Ministers’ calls and messages, and not attending our meetings”.

 

 

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Probe cyber expert’s EVM claims, Munde’s death, says Goa Congress

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Panaji | Goa Congress on Tuesday demanded an investigation into the death of former Union minister and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde after a cyber expert alleged that it was because the former was “aware” of Electronic Voting Machine manipulation.

On Monday, a cyber expert, identified as Syed Shuja, addressing a press conference in London via Skype, had alleged that EVMs were hacked during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and claimed Munde was “killed” because he was aware of the EVM hacking.

Munde died in a road accident in New Delhi weeks after the BJP won the 2014 elections.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar, addressing a press conference here Tuesday, said, “The revelation indicates how elections can be manipulated.

The names of many BJP leaders and ministers are being discussed in the plot. We need to know who is the actual brain behind all this.”

“This is a setback to the democratic set up of the country,” he added.

The Election Commission of India has denied the cyber expert’s claim and the latter himself gave no proof of his allegations.

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BSF hands over 31 stranded Rohingyas to Tripura Police

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Agartala/New Delhi | The BSF on Tuesday handed over the 31 Rohingya Muslims, who were stranded on the India-Bangladesh border since January 18, to the Tripura police, after the paramilitary force and its counterpart, the BGB, failed to reach a decision during talks on the issue, officials said.

The Rohingyas were stuck in no-man’s land, beyond the barbed wire fence along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Tripura since last Friday. The situation led to a blame game between the Border Security Force (BSF) and its counterpart — Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) — with the two sides accusing each other of pushing them into their territories.

Deputy Inspector General of the BSF Brijesh Kumar said, “The Rohingyas were behind the barbed wire fence since January 18. We took up the matter with the BGB and requested them to take them back to Bangladesh. They denied. Several rounds of talks with the BGB had failed. So, we handed them over to police.”

A battalion commander-level meeting was held at the Zero Line on Sunday, the officials said.

Officials in New Delhi said the BSF informed the Home Ministry about the final result of the talks and gave the situation report.

After receiving the ministry’s nod, the BSF signed the papers and handed over the 31 Rohingyas to the staff of the Amtoli police station in West Tripura district police at 11 am, ending the standoff with their Bangladeshi counterparts.

Pranab Sengupta, officer-in-charge of the Amtali police station, said the Rohingyas were sent to the Tripura Medical College for a check-up and will be produced before a local court later.

“During medical check-up, they were found to be alright,” Sengupta told PTI.

He said the BSF provided them food, water and other essentials on humanitarian grounds.

The 31 Rohingyas include six men, nine women and 16 children. They were detained at Rayermura, about 15 km from Agartala, in West Tripura district, according to the officials.

While the BGB claimed they had come from India, the BSF said they had not as there was no tell-tale sign of breach of the barbed wire fence on the Indian side.

In 2017, 12 Rohingyas were apprehended in Tripura and 62 more were detained in different parts of the state the next year.

In October 2017, the Home Ministry had urged all states to take immediate steps to identify and monitor Rohingya refugees.

It had said that the government viewed infiltration of Rohingyas from Rakhaine state of Myanmar into the Indian territory as a burden on the country’s limited resources and it aggravated security challenges.

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Goa government may recommend dissolution of Assembly, fears Congress

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Panaji | The Congress in Goa on Tuesday expressed fear that the BJP-led state government might recommend dissolution of the Legislative Assembly after the passage of the vote-on-account during the upcoming session scheduled to be held next week.

Congress Legislative Party (CLP) members, who met at Porvorim near, expressed concerns over the shortness of the assembly session, saying there would be no time to discuss important issues.

The three-day-long Assembly session will begin on January 29 with the address of Governor Mridula Sinha.

“The government is holding only vote-on-account. We are worried…this might indicate that they want to dissolve the assembly,” Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar told reporters in the presence of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee chief Girish Chodankar.

He said the state government had opted for “immature dissolution” of the Assembly in the past and called for fresh polls.

Kavlekar said the three-day-long session was not enough to discuss various issues plaguing the state.

He said during the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting held on Monday, he had raised the issue of this “curtailed” session.

According to the Congress leader, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had assured that this session would be a lengthier one.

“We have asked the CM to specify the dates for the next session. We can’t just go by his words,” he said.

“The current session is of three days but would be curtailed to two days, as there will be no business taken up after the Governor’s speech on the first day. There will be no time for discussion. I had also pointed out that last year the session was held only for 16 days,” he said.

“I have demanded that the assembly sessions should be lengthier. The CM told us that he will call for next session immediately. We will be writing to the CM, asking him for the dates of next Assembly,” Kavlekar stated.

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