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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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Rajasthan CM, BJP state chief condole Jaswant Singh’s death




Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday expressed his condolence on the death of veteran leader Jaswant Singh.

Gehlot in his tweet said, “My heartfelt condolences at the passing away of senior leader from Rajasthan & former Union minister, Shri Jaswant Singh ji. May God give strength to his family members & supporters in this hour of grief. May his soul rest in peace.”

BJP state president Satish Poonia said, “Am extremely saddened to hear the demise of senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Jaswant Singh Jasol, a proud figure of Marwar. We pray to God to give strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss.

“Jaswant Singh was a strong pillar for the BJP family, who served the motherland as a soldier or served the nation as a politician. He has worked sincerely in important ministries in Atal ji’s government and has left a fine imprint of his work. The nation will always remember the work done by him for the national interest and social welfare.

Former Defence Minister Jaswant Singh passed away early Sunday, said an official statement from the R&R Hospital in Delhi. He was 82.

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Former Madhya Pradesh CM Uma Bharti tests Corona positive




Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti has tested positive for the Coronavirus. She is in quarantine at Vande Mataram Kunj located between Haridwar and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.

Bharti herself gave this information on Twitter.

“I want to bring it in your notice, that on the last day on my mountain journey I called up a Corona test team following the request by the administration because I had mild fever for last three days. Despite following all legal prohibition for Covid-19 and social distancing at Himalayas I have turned out to be Corona positive,” she tweeted late Saturday.

She said: “Right now I am at Vande Mataram Kunj located between Haridwar and Rishikesh which is like my family. I will undergo a test again after four days and if the situation persists then I will take a decision in consultation with doctors.”

Bharti also urged people, who came into her contact, to get themselves tested for coronavirus.

“All… who came into my contact… I appeal to them to get their corona tests done and take precautions,” she said.

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Mann ki Baat: PM Narendra Modi says new agri Bills to help farmers sell produce




Hailing the contribution of Indian farmers in Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that they would benefit too from the new agriculture-related Bills once these become laws.

He pointed out growers had benefited after fruits and vegetables were taken off the ambit of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee Act in 2014 and now other farmers would benefit too.

They would be able to send their produce wherever they want and also get good price, the Prime Minister added while addressing the nation in the 69th edition of his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

Earlier, farmers could not sell their produce because of strict laws wherein they were challaned for selling their farm produce outside APMCs.

The new Bills passed by Parliament this month are opposed by different farmer unions and opposition parties.

He also referred to farmers in Haryana, Gujarat and other states for doing well or themselves.

The Prime Minister said: “Had we followed the essence of Bapu’s (Mahatma Gandhi) economic philosophy, we would not need to work for building an Atmanirbhar Bharat now. It would have happened much earlier.”

Modi also paid tributes to great leaders of the country and specially mentioned Indian revolutionary Bhagat Singh. “Shaheed Bhagat Singh epitomised courage and team work,” he said.

The Prime Minister also emphasised the special bonding within a family and how storytelling can be a catalyst. He also interacted with a group of storytellers from Bengaluru.

“As a family, set aside some time for storytelling. This will be a wonderful experience. Highlight stories relating to great women and men who have made India proud.”

He appealed the Indians to wear face masks and follow two-feet distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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