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Aam Aadmi Party blames BJP, Centre responsible for Mayapuri violence

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday accused the BJP of being directly responsible for “the barbaric repression let loose on the traders of Delhi’s Mayapuri by the Modi government controlled-Delhi Police and paramilitary forces”.

On Saturday, thousands of factory owners, scrap dealers and employees of commercial establishments in Mayapuri Industrial area in west Delhi turned violent during a sealing drive by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).

Speaking to the media, AAP leader Manish Sisodia said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had adopted an enemy-like approach towards Delhi.

“The traders have been the worst victims during the last five years of Modi government, which has been proved by sealing and all other activities, including Saturday’s attack on them,” he said.

He said it was shocking that instead of standing in solidarity with the traders, the BJP ordered Delhi Police to beat them up.

“Then paramilitary forces were called to further terrorise them by throwing bricks and stones on them. Is this the way to deal with traders? Are they terrorists? Why were they treated like this?” Sisodia asked.

Sisodia, also Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister, said fearing that its conspiracy had backfired, the BJP was trying to divert the issue and its leaders were making baseless statements.

He said Union Minister of State for Urban Development Hardeep Singh Puri said that these industries were to be relocated.

“So, who has to give land for relocation of these industries? Is it the Central government or Delhi government which was to provide land? ” Sisodia questioned.

Puri on Saturday tweeted: “I want to make it clear that the matter of relocating nearly 800 polluting scrap industries is purely between NGT and the Delhi government. The NGT had issued an order in 2015, but the incompetent and clueless Delhi government did nothing on it for four years which angered the NGT.”

Sisodia said the BJP cannot fool anyone by shedding crocodile tears. “Where were Puri and his Ministry since the 2015 NGT order? Where was Modi?

“Why are you running away from taking responsibility? Why are you shifting the blame? If you claim control, then accept responsibility also. Have some shame,” Sisodia said.

Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain said: “I want to know under whose instructions they were there since they neither informed me nor took my approval. How was I bypassed?

“I will be writing to the LG, telling him that strict action should be taken against DPCC officers.”

He said he would check if the LG gave them the approval and “were they (officials) told to keep the Minister in the dark”.

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Veteran CPI leader D. Pandian passes away

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Former Member of Parliament and CPI leader D.Pandian (88) died here on Friday owing to prolonged illness.

Suffering from chronic kidney problems, Pandian was admitted to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital on Wednesday as his health condition turned worse.

Pandian’s condition turned critical on Thursday night and was put on a ventilator but he passed away on Friday morning, a hospital official said.

A trade unionist Pandian headed the party’s state unit thrice and was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1989 and 1991 elections.

Pandian began his career as an English lecturer in the Alagappa College in Karaikudi and later became a member of the CPI.

Later Pandian joined the United Communist Party of India and was elected to the Lok Sabha from the North Chennai seat. Subsequently, he rejoined CPI in 2000 and was the party’s state secretary for three terms till 2015.

Pandian was injured in a bomb blast in 1991 in which former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and several others were killed by a female ‘human bomb’ belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sriperumbudur near here.

Pandian was supposed to translate Rajiv Gandhi’s speech at the public rally in Sriperumbudur.

Governor of Telangana Tamilisai Soundararajan, DMK President M.K. Stalin, CPI Tamil Nadu Secretary R. Mutharasan, K. Balakrishnan, Tamil Nadu Secretary, CPI(M), Tamil Nadu Congress President K.S. Alagiri, PMK Founder S. Ramadoss, BJP Tamil Nadu Chief L. Murugan, AIADMK Deputy Coordinator K.P. Munusmy, MDMK General Secretary Vaiko and others condoled Pandian’s death.

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YSRCP announces 6 candidates for MLC polls

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The ruling Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) has announced six candidates for the forthcoming MLC elections under the MLA quota.

C. Ramachandraiah, Mohammed Iqbal, Karimunnisa, Duvvada Srinivas, Challa Bhageedhara Reddy and Balli Kalyan Chakravarthy are the six nominees.

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy confirmed these candidates, said Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, political affairs adviser to the state government while announcing their names.

Two MLC vacancies emerged by virtue of Pilli Subash Chandrabose resigning and going to the Rajya Sabha, and on the passing away of Challa Ramakrishna Reddy.

Ramakrishna Reddy’s son Bhageedhara Reddy is one of the candidates. Iqbal has already served as an MLC once.

Karimunnisa worked as a corporator in Vijayawada while Srinivas is the ruling party’s in-charge for Tekkali constituency in Srikakulam district.

Ramachandraiah is a senior YSRCP leader from Kadapa district whereas Chakravarthy is the son of deceased Tirupati MP Balli Durga Prasad.

Following the death of Prasad, the Chief Minister met with his family members and promised that he would accommodate his son as an MLC.

Meanwhile, the YSRCP has decided that it would not contest the Teacher’s MLC position.

Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy said that ‘it would be better if a teachers’ representative is present in the Legislative Council for their problems to be properly felt in the council’.

The adviser claimed that the party gave importance to the weaker sections’ representation for the MLC elections.

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Bharat Bandh: Biz establishments remain shut in Odisha

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Shops and other business establishments across Odisha remained closed as the Odisha Traders’ Association extended support to the Bharat Bandh on Friday.

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) observed the 12-hour shutdown in protest against Goods and Services Tax (GST), hike in fuel price and e-way bill.

The impact of the strike was seen at various places in the state. Shops and other commercial establishments remained closed in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Balasore and Berhampur and other places.

However, essential services and vehicular movements have not been affected due to the shutdown.

Traders at some places also took out rallies in support of the Bandh.

“The government claims GST as a simple taxation process, but there are a lot of complications in it. We demand a review of the provisions for simplification of GST. We are also protesting fuel price hike and e-way bill,” said Sudhakar Panda, general secretary of Odisha Traders’ Association.

He said the bandh has remained peaceful and is successful.

The state government has asked district collectors to take preventive measures to maintain law and order and to ensure maintenance of essential services in districts in view of Bharat Bandh.

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