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Aam Aadmi Party blames BJP, Centre responsible for Mayapuri violence



AAP. (Photo: Twitter/@AamAadmiParty)

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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28 ministers sworn in including 11 Scindia loyalists in Madhya Pradesh



Twenty eight ministers have been sworn in at a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan in Bhopal on Thursday morning.

Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers.

Out of 28 ministers 20 are cabinet and 8 are state ministers.

Those who have been sworn in include Gopal Bhargava, Vijay Shah, Jagdish Deora, Bisahu Lal Singh, Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Bhupendra Singh, Edal Singh Kansana, Brijendra Pratap Singh, Vishwas Sarang, Imrati Devi, Prabhuram Chaudhary, Mahendra Singh Sisodia, Pradyuman Singh Tomar, Prem Singh Patel, Om Prakash Saklecha, Usha Thakur, Arvind Bhadoria, Mohan Yadav, Hardeep Singh Dung, Rajyavardhan Singh Dittigaon were sworn in.

Those present on the occasion include Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, BJP State President Vishnu Dutt Sharma among others.

Now the total number of ministers has increased to 33 with 28 members taking oath in the state cabinet.

The State ministers who were sworn in include Bharat Singh Kushwaha, Inder Singh Parmar, Ramkhilavan Patel, Ram Kishor Kanvera, Brijendra Singh Yadav, Girraj Dandotia, Suresh Dhakad and O.P.S. Bhadoria.

Out of the 28 ministers who were sworn in, 11 are Scindia loyalists who joined the BJP along with Jyotiraditya Scindia in March.

The cabinet expansion has been pending since March. The Shivraj government has been functioning with only five ministers since mid-April.

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Struggle against injustice is religion: Jyotiraditya Scindia



Prior to the second expansion of Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s cabinet in Madhya Pradesh, former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday said the struggle against injustice is the religion.

Scindia is scheduled to attend the second expansion ceremony of the Chouhan cabinet in Bhopal and is likely to stay in the city for a couple of days. But, before that on Thursday, Scindia tweeted, “The struggle waged against injustice is the religion.”

The BJP government has been formed due to Scindia’s support in the state. This is the reason that adequate importance is being given to Scindia supporters in the Shivraj cabinet.

At the same time, the Congress has been making several allegations on Scindia. His tweet is being considered as a response to the Congress’ allegations.

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Frustrated attempt: Surjewala on eviction notice to Priyanka Gandhi




The Congress on Wednesday hit back at the BJP-led Centre, terming the Union government’s decision to ask Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi to vacate her Lodhi Estate bungalow as a “frustrated attempt”.

Taking to Twitter, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “PM, Sh. Narendra Modi & his Govt are blinded by rage, hatred and revenge against the Congress leadership. Unnerved by political activism of Priyanka ji in UP, Modi Govt has stopped even further by issuing house vacation notice. Such frustrated attempts will not deter us.”

Surjewala is not the first Congressman to react to the news. Jitin Prasada, a Congress working committee member, said, “I fail to understand the timing of the government’s actions. However, Priyanka Gandhi is on a mission to fight and work for the people of UP and is unfazed and not bothered by these diversionary tactics.”

The government on Wednesday asked Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi to vacate her government accommodation at 35 Lodhi Estate within a month since she is no longer a Special Protection Group (SPG) protectee.

After being served the eviction notice by the government, sources close to Priyanka Gandhi said that she would vacate the house within the stipulated time period.

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