Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Landed in Punjab to Launch the Party’s Election Campaign for the Lok Sabha Polls

Despite a virtual split in the leadership of its Punjab unit, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, party leader Arvind Kejriwal announced on Sunday.

The AAP has retained two sitting lawmakers: Bhagwant Mann (Sangrur) and Sadhu Singh (Faridkot).

The AAP had won four Lok Sabha seats in Punjab in the 2014 general elections. AAP candidates in 2014 had put up a good fight in other constituencies as well. The party could not win a single Lok Sabha seat anywhere else in the country in that election.

There are 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab. The Congress is in power in the state since 2017.

The AAP, which showed a lot of promise as a third alternative in Punjab against the traditional political rivals Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) alliance, has been in a disarray in the past over two years with infighting and a virtual rebellion by its leadership.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal arrived in Punjab on Sunday to launch the party’s election campaign for the Lok Sabha polls with a rally in Barnala town.

“People want a change. They are fed up with the Modi government. The BJP will lose in the Lok Sabha elections,” Mr Kejriwal told the media in Punjab’s Sangrur, around 130 km from Chandigarh.

Mr Kejriwal met senior leaders of the AAP Punjab unit, including Member of Parliament Bhagwant Mann, leader of opposition Harpal Cheema and legislator Aman Arora.

The AAP has already announced the names of five candidates for Lok Sabha seat in October. These seats are Sangrur, Faridkot, Hoshiarpur, Amritsar and Anandpur Sahib.

Two AAP lawmakers from Punjab, Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Khalsa, who were suspended from the AAP in August 2015 for taking on the AAP leadership, have not been named as party candidates so far. Their suspension has also not been revoked.

Lawmakers Sukhpal Singh Khaira, HS Phoolka and Baldev Singh have quit the party. Mr Phoolka resigned as an MLA as well.

CM Kejriwal Received Intimidation of Daughter’s Abduction

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal received security threats through an email, which states that his 23-year-old daughter will be kidnapped.

 

“We will kidnap your daughter. Do what you can to protect her,” the email from an unknown person sent to the Chief Minister’s official email address on Wednesday read, according to the police.

The cyber cell of the Delhi Police is investigating the matter, a police officer said.

After the Aam Aadmi Party leader lodged an official complaint, an investigation was launched. The identity of the person, who sent the email is not known yet.

The Delhi Police have assigned a personal security officer (PSO) to Mr Kejriwal’s daughter, Harshita Kejriwal.

Mr Kejriwal and his wife Sunita have two children Harshita, and her younger brother, Pulkit.

The tension at home, said Mr Kejriwal, was because the metro station is at a little distance away from his residence. “If I being Chief Minister am so concerned for the safety of my daughter then I can understand the feeling of common man,” he had said.

Last November, in a major security lapse, a man had attacked the Chief Minister with chilli powder inside the Delhi Secretariat.

Mr Kejriwal and his party are currently gearing up for the general elections expected to take place in the next few months. He said yesterday that his party would win all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi.

‘No help from the Govt in time of need’: Divya Kakran to CM Kejriwal

Asian Games medallist Divya Kakran, who won a Bronze medal in the recently held 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, lashed out at the Delhi government for not extending any help to her before the games. Divya Kakran who was present at the felicitation event held by Delhi government said, “Nobody helps us when we need it and had I got assistance, I could have even won a gold medal.”

Kakran defeated Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the women’s 68 kg freestyle wrestling category at the international event.

During an interaction with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi Secretariat, the wrestler said the city government offered her help only after she won the medal, but no assistance came her way “at the time of need”.

“I won the medal in Commonwealth Games and you called me and assured me help…when I asked help to prepare for the Asian Games, it (the help) did not come. I gave in writing, but no one even answered my call,” Kakran said.

She appealed the chief minister to help poor children.

“Although I am poor, I have the fire to do something in wrestling. If you will support, it will be very good,” the bronze-medallist said.

Taking another dig at the Kejriwal-led dispensation, Kakran said athletes from neighbouring Haryana shone in the Asian Games because they received support from their state.

“Just see how many Haryana athletes have won because they have support,” she told the chief minister.

Kejriwal, who gave a patient hearing to the wrestler, said he agreed with her but said his government was facing numerous obstructions at work.

“There were several shortcomings in the sports policies of Delhi government. We have made several efforts to reform them since coming to power. You read in newspapers how obstructions are created in our work. All our policies were stopped at the higher level for one or the other reason,” he said.

The chief minister said his government was able to take decisions on administrative matters only after the recent Supreme Court verdict which upheld the Delhi government’s power to legislate and govern on key issues.

He also announced a hike in cash prizes for medal winners.

“The announcement we made today is because of the Supreme Court judgement. It would have not come without the Supreme Court verdict,” Kejriwal said.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo announced that the Delhi government had last week amended its policy and substantially enhanced the cash incentives for medal winners at international events.

He said gold medal winners at the Asian Games will now be given Rs 1 crore instead of Rs 20 lakh which they were getting earlier.

Similarly, silver medal winners at the Asian Games will now get Rs 75 lakh in place of Rs 14 lakh and bronze medal winners will get Rs 50 lakh in place of Rs 10 lakh, the chief minister added.

Chargesheet Filed Against Arvind Kejriwal,Manish Sisodia In Anshu Prakash Assault Case

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and names of 11 other MLAs have been named as accused in Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash assault case.The charge-sheet was filed by Delhi police on Monday.

The alleged assault on the chief secretary had triggered a bitter tussle between the Delhi government and its bureaucrats. The chief secretary had alleged that he was beaten up by AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan and another AAP MLA in the presence of Arvind Kejriwal at the CM’s residence in Delhi on February 19 night, where he was called for a meeting.

The incident had led to the filing of an FIR by the CS and the ‘March for Dignity’, led by Prakash from the Delhi Secretariat to Raj Ghat. It had seen the participation of around 800 officers and employees holding candles in their hands.

The Delhi Police on May 18 questioned Kejriwal for over three hours in connection with the case.

‘Delhi demands a statehood’: Arvind Kejriwal

At a meeting in Delhi’s Indira Gandhi stadium attended by thousands of Aam Aadmi Party supporters and leaders Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that his party would go for a campaign for statehood. Mr Kejriwal said the AAP will submit 10 lakh letters from the residents of Delhi to the Prime Minister, demanding full statehood.

At a special session recently, the Delhi assembly adopted a resolution on “full statehood”, which was part of the party’s pre-election promise.

Mr Kejriwal had promised to campaign for the BJP if the centre granted full statehood to Delhi, he wished to remind Prime Minister Narendra Modi of his promise to give full statehood to Delhi before the 2019 election.

“Unless he delivers on the promise, he would again fail to win a single seat from Delhi,” he said.

Appealing to all political parties to unite to demand complete statehood, Mr Kejriwal said it was “not just the Aam Aadmi Party’s fight”. For Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, he had a message too. “Rahul Gandhi should make clear if Congress is in favour of giving full statehood to Delhi or not,” he said on Sunday amid a buzz that the two parties are considering an alliance ahead of the 2019 general elections.

For Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, he had a message too. “Rahul Gandhi should make clear if Congress is in favour of giving full statehood to Delhi or not,” he said on Sunday amid a buzz that the two parties are considering an alliance ahead of the 2019 general elections.

“I would like to ask Rahul-ji, Congress used to speak about seeking statehood for Delhi, but now Ajay Maken and Sheila Dikshit are saying it’s should not be done. Rahul-ji, you must give your view on this matter,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

The Congress has so far been ambivalent on the statehood issue.

While Delhi’s three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had once complained about the division of power impeding Delhi’s development, she had trashed Mr Kejriwal’s recent protest at the Lieutenant Governor’s house.

At a press meet in the national capital last month, she said Mr Kejriwal was not conscious of his constitutional duties and his protest was protest as an “excuse to not work”.

In 2015, Congress leader Ajay Maken had said, “Statehood idea is a very dangerous idea Kejriwal ji has given… this idea is not only anti-constitutional but also anti-national”.

Two days ago, AAP had tweeted: “Both BJP & Congress were deceiving Delhi on Full statehood for Delhi till now. Both are silent now & saving each other by targeting AAP.”

Under “Dilli maange apna haq” (Delhi demands its right) campaign, AAP plans to reach out to Delhi’ites with a door-to-door campaign for signatures in support of full statehood demand. The campaign will start on July 3 and end on July 25.

“Our party workers will go to every household in Delhi, along with a letter from (Chief Minister) Kejriwal, to sign a letter to demand full statehood for Delhi. We will then deliver these signed letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said Mr Kejriwal’s deputy Manish Sisodia.

 

 

Criminal Conspiracy Charge against Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia will be charged by the police with criminal conspiracy over the alleged assault on chief secretary Anshu Prakash in February. Sources say that the chargesheet will be filed soon in the case. The criminal conspiracy offence carries a maximum punishment of three years.

According to sources, Kejriwal and Sisodia were named in the FIR by the Chief Secretary.
The Chief Minister’s office has denied the allegations and said the incident never took place.
“Delhi CM office strongly denies allegations by the Chief Secretary. There was no incident of assault or attempted assault by any AAP MLAs,” a statement from Kejriwal’s office

The alleged assault on the chief secretary had triggered a bitter tussle between the Delhi government and its bureaucracy.

Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash Prakash has alleged that at a meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on February 19, AAP MLAs Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan physically assaulted him. Kejriwal was questioned and his home was searched twice by the police in connection with the incident.