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Manish Sisodia arrested in liquor scam; Question will be asked to Kejriwal too

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia has been placed under arrest after eight-hours of interrogation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over his alleged connection with the corruption charges in the 100 crore liquor scam.

Manish Sisodia was summoned by the CBI last Sunday but Sisodia had seek some time as he would be occupied due to Budget session and related events. The CBI granted and asked him to appear on February 26 (today). In the morning, Sisodia had first gone to Raj Ghat to offer his prayers at the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi and from there he alongwith Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders headed for the CBI headquarters. He was arrested after eight hours of grilling.

According to updates the CBI will be producing Sisodia in the Rouse Avenue Court on Monday. A medical check up will be conducted prior to that as per the rules.

Manish Sisodia may not be directly involved with the scam but he will have answer a few questions as he was also a party to the rolling back of Excise policy. Apart from that, he is the right hand man of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and knows many things that is related with the liquor politics.

Some of the questions that Arvind Kejriwal will have to answer are:

1) Why AAP government rolled back the much hyped Excise policy that Kejriwal always complimented?

2) Why blacklisted companies and liquor mafias were encouraged to open shops in Delhi NCR?

3) Liquor shops were opened within the restricted 100 metres of religious and educational institutions flouting the Master Plan of Delhi which prohibits opening of liquor shops and ‘thekas within 100 metres of educational and religious institutions.

4) What is the ‘South Lobby’ and involvement of Vijay Nair? Who got the maximum advantage from the kickbacks?

Arvind Kejriwal cannot run away from answering these questions by blaming on “vindictive politics” by BJP as he had been doing. The safety and security of Delhi NCR was compromised as anti-socials had a free ride all over the city. Not to forget the gangrape that took place in February last year raising finger at two liquor mafias.

Expose soon on Kejriwal’s obligations to offer VIP treatment to Satyendra Jain, says BJP

The viral video showing Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) minister Satyandra Jain getting massage from a man inside his cell in Tihar Jail has put the party in serious trouble. Not only the man and the minister have violated the Jail rules but the man giving Jain massage is an alleged rapist serving punishment under POCSO Act. This means the AAP which jumped into the rescue of Jain immediately after the video surfaced stating it as a ‘anti propaganda’ by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and claimed that the minister was advised to take massage from doctor and the man giving him massage was a physiotherapist. This raised immense uproar as BJP held a press conference and proved that the man in the video giving Jain massage was not a “physiotherapist” but a ‘rapist’.

The AAP is in Catch 22 situation over the controversial viral video showing Satyendra Jain getting massage from a POCSO accused.

Earlier, manish Sisodia, deputy chief minister of Delhi and close confidant of AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal in the press conference said come what may, the party will not expel Jain. When asked about the allegations hurled at him, Sisodia said they don’t buy the allegations and one must not expect AAP would take action on whatever is being said… These were the defiant words of Sisodia.

However, the AAP members have ducked ever since the news of “physiotherapist’ being a rapist has come into glare. Kejriwal, too is silent and has been evading the topic by making rhetoric on morals and ethics. Pity! The party that came to power in Delhi on making tall convictions from stopping corruption to punishing the corrupt and drawing a sorry face is talking of ethics and morals.

BJP said that more press conferences will follow in the coming days that would expose the lies of AAP and also what are the obligations of Kejriwal to provide VIP treatment to Satyendra Jain.

Municipal elections announced in Delhi, read for details

Finally, on Friday today, the dates for Delhi civic polls were announced. The State election commission announced the dates for Delhi Municipal Corporation elections (MCD). Speaking at the press conference, State Election Commissioner, Vijay Dev said, many new initiatives are being taken to see a free and fair civic elections.

The polling for MCD will be held on December 4, 2022 and results will be declared on December 7, 2022. With the announcement of dates for civic polls, the Model Code of Conduct has come into effect. The other details for the MCD polls as follows:

250 wards
13,665 polling stations
42 of 250 wards are reserved for candidates from the Schedule Caste (SC)
50% of seats are reserved for women
over 1.46 crore voters in Delhi as of January 1, 2022
Voting will be done by Electronic Voting Machines like last time, and loudspeakers will be banned from 10 pm to 6 am
Special App where voters can check their details like name, constituency etc. Also, can lodge complaints
An online portal with details of candidates

SEC informed the date for notification will be on November 7, 2022 and will end on November 14, 2022. The last date of withdrawal of candidature is November 19, 2022.

The SEC informed like last time this time too there shall be the option of ‘None of The Above (NOTA).

The MCD polls were originally scheduled to be held in the first half of 2022. However, the announcement of dates was postponed due to unification exercise by the Central government which once again unified all three erstwhile municipal corporations into the MCD. 

Delimitation has also affected the voter composition of wards.

MCD Polls: Allegations-counter allegations regular feature between BJP and AAP, says polls to be fought on garbage issue

Ornamental makeovers, putting icing on the sugar across the city by civic bodies is nothing new when elections are knocking at door. The same city that faces step children attitude due to apathy of municipal bodies in the states suddenly become spic and span as the civic polls are announced. This is exactly the situation in Delhi which is about to go to municipal elections. The dates are not yet announced but as per the speculations, the dates will be announced within a few days. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have fastened their seat-belts and engaging in daily brick-bating. The city politics has turned murkier with both BJP and AAP indulging into allegations and counter allegations.

The problem is city dwellers who have no say in these political cat-fights are the worst sufferers as who ever come to civic bodies totally turn a deaf ear and blind eye to the plight of the people. Water filling in the city or garbage is a perennial problem.

On Thursday today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with deputy Chief Minister manish Sisodia visited the Ghazipur landfill site and said the upcoming MCD polls will be fought on garbage issue. He assured the Delhi-ites that if AAP comes to power then Delhi will be clean city in five years. Immediately, BJP MP and former cricketer Gautam Gambhir said, he did not see AAP doing a bit to clean the city in past seven years.

Last week Union Home Minister Amit Shah while inaugurating the Tehkhand waste to energy plant at Tughlakabad said,  Kejeriwal government showed a “step-motherly treatment” to erstwhile three Delhi civic bodies, and claimed that the AAP government owed them ₹40,000 crore. Shah took a pick at the AAP and said, “We want to make Delhi ‘atmanirbhar’ and Kejriwal wants Delhi to be ‘AAP nirbhar”.

The Union home ministry recently accepted the and notified the final delimitation commission report that was constituted by the Centre following the merger of the three civic bodies into a unified MCD through two notifications issued on October 17, paving the way for holding municipal elections in Delhi. The polls were abruptly cancelled in March when the Centre announced that the three civic bodies in the city will be merged. A unified MCD came into being in May.

Apply to avail subsidy on electricity in Delhi, read details

If you ask anybody should there be freebies on essential services, on average the reply you get is ‘NO’ as it totally ruins the service structure. The government (irrespective of state or centre) tends to feel are doing charity towards the people. Actually, it’s not, they do it expecting much bigger return – ‘votes’. May sound blunt but the fact is freebies are given to churn the vote bank. “sahab, siyasat ke logon se aap kuch ummed nahi kar sakte, yahan to phir bhi Kejriwal bijli aur pani par subsidy de raha hai” (Sir, you cannot expect anything from politicians, here still Kejriwal is offering subsidy on electricity and water), these were the words of a shop keeper in Delhi’s Lajpat Rai Market. He was practically correct as politicians know to extract, not give. Those of us who have been Delhi, can never forget the exorbitant electricity bills by DESU and later Delhi Vidyut Board (DVP).

However, the subsidies on electricity is now coming to an end in Delhi as the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejreiwal announced that only those will enjoy subsidy who would psychically apply.
Kejriwal tweeted:

Kejriwal, also launched a phone number 70113 11111 for consumers to give a missed call or send a WhatsApp message to opt for the subsidy and said consumers having up to 200 units of monthly consumption get zero bills while those consuming up to 400 units per month get 50 percent subsidy.

As per data, around 30 lakh households get 100 percent and around 17 lakh who get 50 percent subsidy. Delhi CM informed that around 47 lakh consumers avail of power subsidy.

The same Kejriwal and his party eyeing on the Gujarat Assembly polls, have been assuring the people in the state of free electricity and water. His game has been exposed in Delhi after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised the issue of liquor politics and how he gave licenses to liquor mafias or flouted Delhi’s master plan to allow illegal liquor shops, and thekas. However, for Delhi-ites, it has been made mandatory to apply to avail the subsidy either physically or electronically by October 31, 2022, to get a subsidy for the month. Those who do not apply will not get the subsidy but even they can avail the subsidy by applying next month.

How to apply for the subsidy via WhatsApp:

Step 1: Give a missed call on 7011311111 or send a ‘Hi’ on WhatsApp.

Step 2: You will receive an SMS link on the registered mobile number with BSES. Click on the link.

Step 3: Fill out the form you received through the link on WhatsApp and submit it.

Step 4: You can also scan the QR code on the subsidy form attached with the latest BSES bill.

Step 5: Click the SMS link that you have received on the number registered with BSES.

Step 6: You will receive a message confirming that the subsidy is active on the bill.

Delhi women, RWAs, stage protest against Kejriwal’s liquor politics; AAP defiant

“Kejriwal government has ruined the essence of Delhi by opening liquor shops, thekas, and allowing liquor mafias to open outlets in the city. These people should be thrown away from the power”, these were the words of local residents in Govindpuri a few months back when a liquor shop was being opened in front of the Maharaja Agrasen College. Locals including women had sat on dharna to protest against opening of the shop. “We are scared not only for our own children but in general as a large number of young boys and girls come here and stay in the paying guest accommodations across the area. Liquor shops would bring anti-socials and it will create a security breach”, said Kumar, an elderly citizen.

Not just Govindpuri or Kalkaji, this was the situation across entire Delhi. Liquor shops would come up at every nook and corner in the city. Many Residential Welfare Associations (RWA) had raised their voices and compelled the shops to close down. In this context, I recall another shop a little away from this place (near Gali No 12 or 13 in Govindpuri), as locals had come out on the streets and created a menace out of it.

It was during this time I had the opportunity to attend the Press Conference at the Pant Marg office of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was held to discuss how Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had allegedly flouted the masterplan of Delhi to accommodate the liquor mafias. The Press Conference was attended by Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Delhi Assembly, Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, and the four Mayors of Delhi. “We have found serious anomalies by AAP in order to help the liquor mafias to enter Delhi from outside states”, said Bidhuri. “There has been a tampering with Delhi’s masterplan as you are aware that in delhi no liquor shop or theka can open if there is a religious place or educational institutions and even residential areas within the 100 metre radius but shops and thekas are being open all over”, added Bidhuri.

Today, after the BJP’s stings on AAP, its clear why AAP had to enter into this filthy game of liquor politics allegedly.Delhi Chief Minister and AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal had announced that his party would contest each and every elections in the country. The party needed money to contest the Assembly polls in Punjab and Goa.

Kudos BJP! Illegal liquor shops in ‘Delhi’ to shut down

Kudos! To Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for compelling a roll back in excise policy and closing down all the liquor shops those had opened across Delhi NCR since last few months. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had allegedly chose the easiest way to fetch money for the then Punjab, and Goa Assembly elections.

Not only the safety and security of Delhi was compromised as liquor mafias from outside Delhi were enjoying all the privileges but the AAP government had flouted Master Plan and given illegal licences to liquor mafias allowing them to open shops in front of religious, educational, and residential places. According to Master Plan of Delhi opening of liquor shops is prohibited having religious, educational places within 100 metres radius.

AAP transformed the city into a liquor capital. Women in residential areas were angry and requested Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to close the outlets but it was of no use as for Kejriwal government it was not an important issue. Finally, Lieutenant Governor took the issue and compelled AAP government to respond and termed it as a scam.

Is Kejriwal trying to say Delhi-ites happy with liquor shops mushrooming? Does he interact with people?

Ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has initiated a 15-hour raid at the residence of Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister and close confidant of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, he has become vocal on trying to prove he and his party is holy cow. Really? Why was he silent when people were requesting him to change the excise policy that saw opening of liquor shops across Delhi. The BJP had accused Delhi government of flouting city’s Master Plan to accommodate liquor mafias open shops having educational and religious institutions within the 100 metre redius.

Today, we hear the CM making a reaction on the liquor allegations but we did not hear a single word when a 20-year-old was gang-raped, tonsured, garlanded with slippers and paraded with a blackened face in the Kasturba Nagar area in the national capital. She was attacked by a a group of people, including women, who chopped off her hair, tore her clothes, blackened her face. The woman was also allegedly sexually assaulted. The accused were found to be illicit liquor sellers residing in the area.

Women safety is what Delhi CM always boasts off but he never cared to listen to the plight of women who had requested Kejriwal to roll back on his liquor policy and remove the shops from residential areas. They had expressed fear of anti-social elements becoming powerful creatingh mess across the city. Kejriwal never paid any heed but he offered ‘buy one get one free’ scheme. I had myself met people while reporting on the issue and found both men and women across Delhi fuming. During opening of a liquor shop bang opposite Maharaja Agrasen College, in Govindpuri, south Delhi, I interacted with a group of senior citizen sitting on an indefinite dharna who said they would like to teach Kejriwal a lesson for disturbing the peace and calm in the area. Locals had expressed concerns about the safety and security of females.

On Thursday, today, Kejriwal along with his party members paid a visit to Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial. He accused the BJP of trying to topple his government. He said BJP needs 40 MLAs and it has kept Rs 800 crore to achieve this. Why does he have to do a photo opp at Raj Ghat to prove BJP was trying to implicate the ‘holy cow’ government into false cases.

The problem is people in Delhi have lost the trust they had ushered in Kejriwal due to various reasons that shattered the image of Delhi government.