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28- May-15: Delhi government challenges MHA notification
New Delhi, The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court challenging the union home ministry May 21 notification that said Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung has discretionary power over appointments and transfers of key bureaucratic posts in the capital.
The Delhi government mentioned the matter before a division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, which posted the matter for Friday.
28- May-15: Delhi's anti-corruption helpline got only 282 calls'
New Delhi, The Delhi government's anti-corruption helpline '1031' has received 282 calls up to May 13, an RTI query has revealed.
The Right to Information (RTI), filed by Advocate Vivek Garg, also revealed that seven cases have been registered on receipt of complaints through the anti-corruption helpline.
"(Arvind) Kejriwal's government is trying to mislead the people by giving wrong figures. If his government had claimed that the anti-corruption helpline had received over 1 lakh calls within a month, why did the anti corruption branch in its RTI reply state that it has received only 282 calls till now," Garg told IANS.
28- May-15: Delhi minister Tomar studied law for three years: HC told
New Delhi, The Delhi High Court was on Wednesday informed that the city's Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, as per the records of a law college in Bihar, had studied there for three years and completed his degree.
Justice Rajiv Shakdher was further informed by Tomar's counsel senior advocate A.S. Chandhiok that he was a bonafide student for three years in Bishwanath Singh Institute of Legal Study College in Munger.
Affidavit submitted to the court by Tomar's counsel, which was filed by college's principal, said as far as the "information regarding Tomar is concerned, the records reveal that Jitender Singh Tomar was a student of this college in LLB Part I, II, and III in the session 1994-95, 1995-96 and 1997-98, respectively".
28- May-15: HC seeks Delhi government, LG , civic bodies' response on fund allotment
New Delhi, The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought response of the Delhi government, lt. governor and civic bodies on a PIL seeking direction for immediate release of adequate funds to the city's three municipal corporations to enable them to discharge their functions.
A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw sought response by June 29.
Earlier, the court had issued notice to the parties and sought their response but they did not file the reply. Now the court asked them to file response "without fail".
27- May-15: Kejriwal-Modi fighting bitter war in Delhi: Congress
The Congress on Tuesday accused the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government and the Narendra Modi dispensation at the Centre of engaging in a "bitter fratricidal" war.
"Kejriwal and Modi are fighting a bitter fratricidal war. In this fire only the people of Delhi are burning," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told media persons here, adding: "Kejriwal who is an anarchist, finds it difficult to govern." Surjewala said: "Modi, who is unable to digest his defeat in the Delhi assembly elections, is trying to wreck the government."
"They should think of the people of Delhi," he said.
27- May-15: Centre won't create hurdles in AAP government's work: Rajnath
"Everybody should work within the constitutional provisions," Rajnath Singh said during a media conference at the Press Club here. He said the Aam Aadmi Party won a mandate from the people of Delhi and the centre would extend its full cooperation.
"The Delhi government has been elected by the people. The central government will not put up any hurdles in its functioning. We will also give them full cooperation," said the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader.
27- May-15: Delhi minister Tomar seeks stay on bar council proceedings
New Delhi, Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar on Tuesday urged the high court to stay the proceedings of the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) initiated against him in an alleged "fake law degree" case.
Approaching the high court, senior advocate A.S. Chandhiok who appeared for Tomar mentioned the case before Justice Rajiv Shakdher who posted the matter for Wednesday. Chandhiok said BCD should give more time to Tomar to file certified copies of his degrees.
22- May-15: Home ministry notification shows BJP is nervous: Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday the home affairs ministry's notification asserting the Lt. Governor's power in public order and services issues showed BJP's nervousness against its anti-corruption effort.
"The BJP first lost Delhi elections. Today's notification shows BJP's nervousness about our anti-corruption efforts. The BJP again lost today," Kejriwal tweeted.
The notification was issued on Thursday, but it came to light on Friday. It said: "Article 239AA inserted by the constitution (sixty ninth amendment act 1991) provides that the UT of Delhi shall be called NCT of Delhi and the administrator thereof shall be designated as Lt. Governor."
22- May-15:BJP rattled by our good work: Kejriwal on MHA notification
"The BJP-led central government has issued the notification just because they are rattled by the good work done by the AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) government," Kejriwal said at a press conference here.
"They (the BJP) want to take the power of transfer and posting of officers in Delhi in their hands so that they can deploy their people in Delhi," he said.
Kejriwal accused Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung of not enquiring about development related issues. "But he is concerned about transfer and posting of officers."
"I have no direct fight with the LG as he is just a face... ruled by the PMO," he added.
21- May-15: AAP government's response sought on appointment of secretaries
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the response from the Arvind Kejriwal government on a plea against its move to appoint 21 AAP legislators as parliamentary secretaries. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw, however, refused to stay the government order saying it requires further consideration. The bench asked the Delhi government counsel to take instructions and clear its stand on the issue. The court sought a response by July 1.
20- May-15: Allow us to work, Kejriwal tells Modi
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to let his democratically elected government function independently. In his letter, Kejriwal also accused the central government of trying to run his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government through Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, government sources said.
19-May-15: Corruption has fallen in Delhi 70-80 percent: Kejriwal
Corruption has come down in Delhi by 70-80 percent, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday, adding his party will try to fulfil its election promises within four years.
Addressing thousands of auto-rickshaw drivers here, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also announced the launch of a helpline (011-4240 0400) where people could lodge complaints against autos.
11-May-15 Arvind Kejriwal slams media, says people of Delhi are happy with Government
Stating that he doesn't care about media, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that if election is held in the national capital today, Aam Aadmi Party would poll 72 per cent votes.
"Whatever comes in the media, but I conduct a survey every 15 days of my party in Delhi. If elections are conducted in the national capital, then we are ought to get 72 per cent votes. After the elections, our condition has improved a lot," Kejriwal said.
He also said that his government is going to complete 100 days. After the Delhi Assembly's elections, people's affection has increased towards the AAP.
4-may-15 AAP to contest civic polls in Bengaluru and Mumbai
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal has given the go-ahead to detailed plans for the party to contest civic polls in Mumbai and Bengaluru, and the Assembly elections in Punjab.
This will lead to the next round of showdown with ousted AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who have already been working on parallel plans. Punjab will go to polls in 2017. The Mumbai civic polls will be held the same year.
The AAP has started identifying people who could lead the party in these polls. It is already split in Maharashtra. Party leaders Sanjeev Sane, Lalit Babar and Maruti Bhapkar will lead scores of workers to resign from the party on Monday.
4-May-15 Women's commission summons AAP leader Kumar VishwasNew
Delhi, May 4 (IANS) The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has summoned Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas on the basis of a complaint filed by a party volunteer alleging molestation, an official of the DCW said here on Monday."Kumar Vishwas has been summoned to state his stand on the allegations made by his party volunteer. We have asked him to appear before us tomorrow," said an official of the DCW."The volunteer had worked for a year in Amethi for the party and now it is a matter of her respect, and so Kumar Vishwas should turn up and give his clarification," the official said.However, sources from Kumar Vishwas camp said he had not received any summons or notice in this connection from the DCW or any other commission.A female volunteer of the AAP had alleged molestation by Kumar Vishwas during campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections in Amethi.
3-May-15 Yadav attacks AAP, says people feel cheated
Expelled Aam Admi Party leader Yogendra Yadav on Sunday attacked his former party, alleging it has become centralised despite enjoying plenty of goodwill.
"The AAP enjoys lot of goodwill, but has become centralised. When AAP was formed, a huge national asset was created, but it is getting depleted," Yadav told media persons here.
3-May-15 Kejriwal defends Tomar, seeks trial of media
New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday defended his Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, accused of faking his law degree, and called for a "public trial" of the media.
If Tomar had done any wrong, Kejriwal said he would have surely asked him to step down.
"I am not Tomar's relative or friend. I had sought an explanation from Tomar on the controversy. He gave a satisfactory answer and said he wasn't at fault as his degree is genuine," Kejriwal said.
The chief minister said a Right to Information query seeking details about Tomar's law degree from a Bihar university was moved on a wrong roll number. "It was done to taint his image."
2-may-15 Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal offers rebate on power dues to poor on Labour Day
This Labour Day, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal went all out to reward the vote bank which catapulted his party to a historic victory. The CM did not simply stop at measures to empower the labourers but chose to touch a familiar chord—power bills.
After giving a power subsidy to consumers, the capital is now planning a rebate scheme on old bills. There is also respite promised from pending cases linked to power. The rebate scheme will, however, be only for the poor and the case in question would be those in which it is felt that the consumer has been put through unnecessary harassment by discoms.
2-May-15 Kejriwal asks AAP ministers to explain progress of development in Delhi
Facing flak for non-performance of his government, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked his ministers and heads of various departments to explain the progress of development works so far.
The chief minister has sought a detailed presentation that started from Friday, from each department over the next one week. A direction to this effect has been issued by Rajendra Kumar, Secretary to Chief Minister Kejriwal.
Assuring easy access to healthcare and education for labourers in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the 'Shramik Vikas Mission' at an event here on the occasion of Labour Day. Stressing on the need to give priority to the working class, Kejriwal on Friday said under the new project, action would be taken against employers who do not pay minimum wages to workers, while financial entitlements for construction workers will be enhanced.
In addition, those employed in the unorganised sector will get pension under the 'Dilli Swavlamban Yojna'
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My degree 100 percent genuine, won't resign: Tomar
Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar said on Tuesday his degree was 100 percent genuine and there was no reason for him to resign over the issue.
Delhi Police blames AAP for Gajendra’s death, says leaders made provocative speeches
In its report to the Union Home Ministry on the suicide of Gajendra Singh, the Delhi Police, Wednesday, blamed the Aam Aadmi Party and the crowd present at its Jantar Mantar rally for the farmer's death.
BJP, Congress demand AAP law minister's removal
New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) The BJP and Congress on Tuesday demanded removal of Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar following revelations in a court that a Bihar university had declared his provisional certificate as "not genuine".
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|24-Apr-15||Congress is 'sure' to win mayoral polls
Though the civic agency is not be getting EVMs for mayoral elections, if other guidelines like sealing of ballot boxes soon after voting are followed then Congress is likely to win these polls, said Leader of Opposition in South Corporation Farhad Suri.
Farmer's suicide: Congress protests at Kejriwal's home
Congress workers on Thursday protested outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence here over the suicide by a farmer from Rajasthan during an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rally on Wednesday, officials said.
Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh cremated
Gajendra Singh, the farmer who committed suicide during an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rally in Delhi on Wednesday was cremated at his native village in Rajasthan on Thursday.
Farmer kills self at AAP rally against land ordinance
A farmer from Rajasthan, his crops ruined by rains, hanged himself from a tree at an AAP rally here on Wednesday just before Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressed thousands against the controversial land ordinance. Read More..>>
BJP misuses power: Congress candidate
Ahead of the mayoral polls in the civic bodies, Congress candidate Farhad Suri for the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has alleged that the BJP, which is the ruling party in the corporation, misuses its power.
Ensure fair mayoral polls: Jung to official
BREAKING NEWS: AAP expels Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav
No inquiry against Ashish Khetan, Pankaj Gupta: AAP
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday termed the allegations levelled against its leaders Pankaj Gupta and Ashish Khetan by expelled party leader Prashant Bhushan as "baseless" and said the party would not order any inquiry into them.
Have not received expulsion letter yet: Yogendra Yadav
Delhi CM seeks public opinion on budget
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday attended the first day of the "Janta Ka Budget" street corner meeting in Patparganj assembly constituency organised to take public suggestions on the budget.
SC suspends defamation proceedings against Delhi CM
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS)The Supreme Court on Friday suspended criminal defamation proceedings against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal initiated by union minister Nitin Gadkari and advocate Surender Sharma for making alleged defamatory remarks.
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AAP got 91 per cent of the total fund received by political outfits during 2013 Delhi elections
Total funds collected by all National and Regional parties which contested in the Delhi Assembly Elections, 2013, were Rs. 2272.91 lakhs. Total funds collected by AAP were Rs. 2075.36 lakhs which forms 91% of total funds collected by all the National and Regional Parties and BJP declared a total of Rs. 27.7 lakhs funds collected (1.22% of total funds).
AAP to decide on Bhushan, Yadav at party meet
The political affairs committee of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is likely to hold a meeting here on Wednesday evening, said party volunteers.
AAP thanks Delhi government for compensation to farmers
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday appreciated the Delhi government for its decision to provide the highest ever compensation to farmers hit by unseasonal rain and hailstorm in the national capital.
AAP MLAs oppose electricity tariff hike petitions
A total of 15 AAP legislators have objected to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) over electricity tariff revision petitions for 2015-16 by private power distribution companies (discoms), the party said on Friday.
Not bothered by developments in party: Kejriwal
Kejriwal bribery remark case to be heard on July 21
Kejriwal to meet Delhi farmers
New Delhi,Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will meet farmers of the national capital in the wake of unseasonal rains which have damaged the standing crops in north India.
|07-Apr-15||Plea in HC against AAP lawmaker for misusing state emblem
New Delhi, A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court on Tuesday seeking action against an Aam Aadmi Party legislator allegedly distributing ID cards bearing the state emblem to party volunteers.
|06-Apr-15||Delhi's anti-graft helpline gets 12,731 calls in 24 hours
The Delhi government's revamped anti-graft helpline received 12,731 calls within 24 hours of being launched on Sunday.
The government said while it was analysing all the calls to segregate between frivolous and real calls, some complaints of corruption against officials of civic bodies and other departments have already been forwarded to its Anti-Corruption Branch.
"Several calls were related to complaints against the officials of Delhi Police, education department, transport department, Jal Board, Delhi Fire (Services)," an official statement said on Monday.
Efforts are being made to ensure that no call made on 1031 helpline number remains unanswered, it added.
Kejriwal relaunches anti-graft helpline, vows corruption-free Delhi
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday re-launched the anti corruption helpline -- started during his previous 49-day stint in government -- and pledged to make Delhi among the world's top five corruption-free cities in five years.
|05-Apr-15||Kejriwal vows to make Delhi corruption-free city
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday pledged to make Delhi among the world's top five corruption-free cities in five years. Saying that his AAP government was dedicated to cleansing Delhi, Kejriwal made the announcement at the re-launch of an anti-corruption helpline 1031 -- to curb bribery in government offices. "We will use technology on a large scale to make Delhi among the top five corruption-free cities in the world in five years," he said.
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|BREAKING NEWS: Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan ousted from AAP National Executive|
|27-Mar-15||Kejriwal wanted to form government with Congress: Bhushan|
|AAP leader Prashant Bhushan on Friday alleged that following the party's massive defeat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, AAP's national convener Arvind Kejriwal wanted to form a government in Delhi with the support of Congress, despite opposition from many.Addressing the media here along with colleague Yogendra Yadav, Bhushan said Kejriwal acted in an autocratic manner and refused to pay heed to opposing voices.|
|27-Mar-15||Possibility of truce with Yadav, Bhushan remote: Ashutosh|
|New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh on Friday said the possibility of a truce with dissident leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan was "remote".|
|"To be honest and frank, the possibility of truce or peace is remote because they (Bhushan and Yadav) are insisting on removal of Kejriwal (as national convener) which is not possible," Ashutosh told a news channel.|
|27-Mar-15||Show proof of my resignation: Yadav|
|New Delhi,(IANS) AAP leader Yogendra Yadav on Thursday dared his colleagues to give proof of his resignation from the party's national executive along with fellow leader Prashant Bhushan."I hear funny news about the PAC (Parliamentary Account Committee) accepting our resignation. Will my colleagues please produce a copy of the resignation letter?" Yadav tweeted.|
|"What is being passed off as 'resignation letter' is a note for internal negotiations. We said we will resign if 5 conditions were met." Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesman Ashish Khetan announced that Bhushan and Yadav had resigned from its national executive.|
|27-Mar-15||AAP says Bhushan, Yadav have quit; they deny|
|New Delhi (IANS) The rift in Delhi's ruling AAP escalated on Thursday with the party claiming that senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav had quit its national executive but the two denied this.|
|Making the announcement, party spokesman Ashish Khetan said both Bhushan and Yadav appeared to be dead set against the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP's best known face who took power on February 14.|
|26-Mar-15||Ghaziabad civic corporation passes Rs.1,054 crore budget|
|Ghaziabad, The Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation passed a budget of Rs.1,054 crore for the financial year 2015-16 at its executive meeting held at the municipal office on Wednesday, an official said.|
|25-Mar-15||Kejriwal asks BJP to quit Delhi civic corporations|
|New DelhiDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the AAP would turn the cash-strapped municipal corporations into profit-making entities if the ruling BJP quit the civic bodies.Speaking in the Delhi assembly, Kejriwal accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of not running the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) in a proper manner, and plunging them into financial losses."I want to say that if MCD is not working, let BJP resign and AAP will turn MCD into a profit-making entity within a year," he said.Kejriwal's remark comes in the wake of the government refusing to provide grants to the municipal corporations for the upkeep of the city.|
|25-Mar-15||AAP withholding municipal funds: BJP complains to LG|
|The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday said the AAP government was "withholding" funds of the three municipal corporations of Delhi governed by the BJP, and lodged a complaint with Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung.|
|A delegation of BJP leaders urged Jung to direct the Delhi government to table the statutory report in the assembly that recommends 12.5 percent share of the total Delhi budget for the three municipal corporations.The BJP councillors led by mayors, deputy mayors and chairmen of the standing committees protested outside the Delhi assembly during the day."The leaders were agitated due to the AAP government's withholding of funds, grants and necessary lawful sanctions," said a statement from the BJP.|
|23-Mar-15||Modi misleading farmers, says AAP|
|Ghaziabad,(IANS) The AAP on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of cheating farmers by aggressively promoting takeover of their land. Addressing Aam Aadmi Party supporters at the Ghaziabad collectorate, party leader Sanjay Singh said Modi was misleading the farmers by claiming that his government was not harming their interests.|
|22-Mar-15||AAP donations drop sharply|
|New Delhi, (IANS) The donations to Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have fallen steeply. According the statistics available on the party's web site, it received Rs.187,68,57 in the last fortnight. While it got the maximum of Rs.130,38,62 on March 11, it seems to have got no money on 10 of last 15 days.|