The fight between the Delhi government and the Lt Governor over IAS officers’ “strike” intensified today with thousands of AAP leaders and workers marching to the L-G’s office where Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues had been staging a sit-in since Monday evening.
Former Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha, who resigned from the BJP recently, also joined AAP leaders and workers outside the chief minister’s Civil Lines residence from where the protest march proceeded to the L-G’s office.
Addressing the AAP gathering, Sinha expressed solidarity with Kejriwal and the AAP in their “struggle”.
If former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee were there, he would have directed the home minister to find a solution to the crisis, but the present dispensation was “sleeping”, Sinha said, adding that the entire country was concerned with the situation in Delhi.
“It would be better for the country if a solution to the crisis in Delhi is found at the earliest,” the former Union finance minister said.
The AAP government’s demands to the L-G include a direction to IAS officers to end their “strike”, action against those who have struck work for “four months”. It has also asked the L-G to approve the proposal for doorstep delivery of rations.
During the protest march, party leaders and workers raised slogans against the lieutenant governor — “LG sahab, Delhi Chodo (LG, quit Delhi)”.
In view of the protest march, police made appropriate security arrangements.
Rajya Sabha MP and senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that if the IAS officers give assurance in writing to end their strike and resume work, the AAP will appeal the chief minister and his colleagues to end their sit-in at the L-G office.
He said that the party would take out a candle light march tomorrow, adding that if the matter was not sorted by Sunday, its leaders and workers would stage a dharna at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Singh warned that the AAP will resort to a massive agitation if no solution is found to the existing situation.
The IAS officers’ association has maintained that no officer is on strike and no work of the Delhi government has been affected.
Central government constructed 1.25 crore houses in last 4 years: PM Modi
Shirdi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday during his visit to the Shirdi town in Maharashtra for the conclusion of the year-long Sai Baba Samadhi centenary programme allotted houses to 2.5 lakh families under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).
Addressing the rally PM Modi said, “The previous government during its 4 years constructed only 25 lakh houses while our government constructed more than 1.25 crore during this period.” Speaking on the issues of farmers, PM Modi said,” The Central government is working to solve the problem of water crises for the farmers. The government is working to complete the projects stuck under the Prime Minister Agricultural Irrigation Scheme.”
Attacking the Congress party, PM Modi said,” Similar efforts were made earlier, but unfortunately, instead of empowering the poor section of society by providing them affordable housing, the prime focus was on the promoting a particular family.” He further added that the current NDA government is making serious efforts to uplift the poor or middle-class family by providing them there own house in the last 4 years.
PM Modi further announced that the government will provide affordable housing to the homeless and poor section of the society till 2022. He further asserted that the government has achieved half its target.
BJP begins search for Manohar Parrikar’s succesor; hold talks with allies
New Delhi | Amid the deteriorating health condition of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the BJP President Amit Shah has begun the search for his successor by holding talks with its allies in Goa.
According to sources, Amit Shah held one-on-one talks with Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party’s Ramkrishna Dhavilkar and Goa forwards party’s Vijay Sardesai along with Goa’s health minister Vishwajeet Rane and Assembly speaker Pramod Sawant. During the course of decision, names of Union Minister Sripad Naik and Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar arise along with the name Rane and Sawant. “The BJP is looking for a soft transition of power in Goa and assured the coalition partners that they dont need to worry about their positions in the new cabinet.
Speaking to media after the meeting, Vijay Sardesai said,”The BJP is seriously looking at the leadership issue and to provide a stable government for the state of Goa.” However, Gomantak party’s Ramkrishna Dhavilkar asked the BJP president that if similar situation arise in the future the BJP should give the Chief Ministerial position to the allies.”
Manohar Parrikar who has been ailing since mid-February was discharged from the AIIMS in Delhi and was shifted to his residence in Goa.
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray slams BJP on Ram Temple issue; announces date of Ayodhya visit
Mumbai | Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday criticised the ruling BJP government in the state and the center at the annual Dasherra rally in Mumbai’s Shivaji Park.
Expressing his views on the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid issue Thackeray said, “Every year Ravan comes and stands but when Ram temple would arise.” Praising the stand of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on the issue of Ram Temple, Thackeray said, “I want to praise RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, we are on the same page on the Ram Mandir issue.”
Announcing the date of his visit to Ayodhya which will be 25 November, Thackeray said, “Either build the Ram temple at Ayodhya or declare it is a ‘jumla’, I will go there on 25 November. He warned the government to not play with the sentiments of people over the issue. ” Targetting PM Modi over the issue of Ram Temple, he asked,”PM Modi visits China, Russia, other countries but has he been to Ayodhya even once in last 4 years?”.”We are loyal soldiers of Balasaheb Thackeray, we will ensure Ram temple gets built,” he asserted. The Shiv Sena chief also alleged that the government lodged a case against Lal Krishna Advani in the Babri Masjid demolition case just to stop him from contesting for the post of President.
Uddhav Thackeray addressing the party workers said, “Many tried to finish the Shiv Sena but no one ever became successful in destroying Shivsena. Expressing his concern over the drought situation in Marathwada and other parts of Maharashtra”. Thackeray said,” If the Congress-JDS government can instantly react to the drought in the state and provide relief to the farmers, why can’t the Devendra Fadnavis governement?” Accepting the allegations of speaking against the government, the Shiv Sena chief said, “I will always question what I feel what is wrong with the government”.”Is speaking against govt an act of treason”? he added.
Thackeray remembered Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his speech and stated that the nation has never seen a Prime Minister like Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi without taking his name said that the wave that the country witnessed in 2014 has changed now. Taking a dig at BJP he said,” The Bhartiya Janta Party wants his government everywhere today. If there is election even in some housing society people call Devendra Fadnavis.” He further added that the Shiv Sena was the first to stop the winning streak of BJP.
Speaking on the ceasefire in Kashmir during the month of Ramzan, Thackeray alleged that the in Ramzan you did ‘yuddha bandhi’ and during Ganeshutsav, Navratri you do ‘aawaz bandhi’. He further stated that if the Shiv Sena is with the government if they Scrap Article 370 giving special privileges of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.”
Taking a swipe at the Narendra Modi on the issue of inflation, Shiv Sena chief asked, “Why can’t you control prices when the 11th avatar of Vishnu is with you”.”People are asking, when will ‘acche din’ come,” he added.
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