Be it Narendra Modi or journalists, why Arvind Kejriwal is always angry

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to twitter to hit out at veteran journalist Shekhar Gupta over the latter’s tweet about the resurgence of Malaria and Chikungunya caused deaths in the capital.

Gupta had tweeted that Delhi was facing Malaria and Chikungunya caused deaths for the first time after five years, while the government in Delhi was more busy “conquering” Punjab, Goa and Gujarat — where Assembly polls are due.

Taking exception to Gupta’s tweet, Kejriwal asked him to step out in the open if he wanted to indulge in politics. Further, Kejriwal alleged that Gupta had worked for the Congress before and now he was trying to promote the Modi government’s interests.

Not stopping there, Kejriwal alleged that people like Gupta had brought a bad name to journalism. The Delhi chief minister ended his response by asking Gupta to focus on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who he said was out to “conquer” the world.

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Arvind Kejriwal is ‘unique CM’ who focuses on ‘allegations, conspiracy theories’: BJP

Arvind Kejriwal is ‘unique CM’ who focuses on ‘allegations, conspiracy theories’: BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday went hammer and tongs at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal, saying he is a ‘unique’ chief minister who doesn’t do any work besides focussing on ‘allegations and conspiracy theories from morning till night.’

The comments from the saffron party come a day after Kejriwal sacked Minister of Child Welfare and Social Justice Sandeep Kumar after receiving ‘objectionable’ Compact Disk (CD) against him.

“The reasons questions are asked from Arvind Kejriwal and his party is because they are the ones who set the standards and may be his promises that ‘we will ensure that we do a complete analysis, a background check and bring the finest of people into politics’,” BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli told ANI.

“And when the opposite has happened, they sack their own party members. Look at for what their ministers have been sacked-one with a forged degree, another one in a corruption case and now somebody in a sex scandal.Read more

AAP suffers a blow after infighting in Punjab

AAP suffers a blow after infighting in Punjab

 

After gaining substantial ground in Punjab politics during the past few months, the Aam Admi Party has suffered a blow as senior party leaders have been accusing each other of corruption in ticket distribution.

Assembly elections are expected in Punjab in early 2017 and AAP has announced the names of 32 candidates in two separate lists. According to sources, 25 of 32 candidates delared so far have been facing opposition within the party. The total number of assembly constituencies in Punjab is 117.

AAP leaders from Punjab and other states have accused Punjab Convener of Aam Admi Party, Succha Singh Chottepur of accepting a cash amount of Rs 2 lakh to grant candidature, in a reported video sting operation.

The troubles of the AAP in Punjab have been multiplied with the removal of AAP’s Punjab Convener Succha Singh Chottepur as the clashes between pro- and anti-Kejriwal supporters have been reported from different places in Punjab and his counter-attack on Delhi coterie has brought to the fore the tussle for power within the party.

This is not the first time that the allegations have been raised by the party leaders against their colleagues. Lakhwinder Kaur, Joint Secretary of women wing of the party has also accused senior AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak, of asking for Rs 50 lakh as a donation to party fund. She had sought a ticket from Phillaur.(more)

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PM Modi ticks off Subramanian Swamy over Raghuram Rajan remarks

PM Modi ticks off Subramanian Swamy over Raghuram Rajan remarks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today disapproved of party MP Subramanian Swamy’s attacks on RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and some top finance ministry officials saying they are “inappropriate”.

Calling Rajan “no less patriotic”, he virtually ticked off Swamy saying “if anybody considers himself above the system then it is wrong”.

The Prime Minister’s comments assume significance in the context of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the BJP distancing themselves from Swamy’s recent attacks on Rajan, CEA Arvind Subramananian and Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.

Swamy also had made some carping comments about Jaitley without taking his name.

“Whether it is in my party or not, still I think such things are inappropriate. This fondness for publicity is never going to do any good to the nation. People should conduct themselves with utmost responsibility. If anybody considers himself above the system, it is wrong,” the Prime Minister told Times Now channel in an interview.

Without taking the name of Swamy, Modi was asked about the comments of “your Rajya Sabha MP” in the context of Raghuram Rajan and queried whether it was appropriate.

Even after that there have been criticisms made against very senior government officials, the questioner said recalling Modi’s recent counsel to party leaders in Allahabad to maintain balance and restraint in their speech and conduct.

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Water tanker scam: What is it about and how are Arvind Kejriwal, Sheila Dikshit involved

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The Delhi Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on Monday filed a first information report (FIR) against Delhi Chief Minister and his predecessor in connection with the water tanker scam.
The also said that the two could be called for questioning.
ACB chief M K Meena told IANS that the FIR was registered on the complaint of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Vijender Gupta against Kejriwal “for causing delay and not cancelling the contract for water tankers”.
What is the scam all about and how did it come to light
The alleged scam came to light when Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, in June 2015, constituted a fact-finding committee to probe the irregularities in hiring some 385 stainless steel water tankers by the Delhi Jal Board in 2012, during Dikshit’s rule.
The five-member committee was formed by Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra.
Its report, submitted to Kejriwal in August 2015, highlights alleged corruption of Rs 400 crore in the process of awarding tenders for hiring water tankers.
It recommended an FIR against Congress leader Dikshit by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ACB.
Last week, on Monday, almost a year later, the report was sent to the prime minister and Delhi’s lieutenant governor by the AAP government.
What did the Delhi government do after the panel submitted its report
On June 12, state Water Minister Mishra had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung recommending either a CBI or ACB probe against Dikshit in connection with alleged scam. Read more.