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Delhi MCD 2022 polls: Cong begins process for selecting candidates

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The Congress in Delhi on Friday began the process of selecting candidates for the forthcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls. The party has asked its district observers to meet all stakeholders in the wards and prepare a report.

Shaktisinh Gohil, Delhi Congress state in-charge, told IANS, “The process begins on Friday and will go on till September 9. Afterwards the observers will sit with the party’s State Vice-President and later the party State President and prepare the list of probable candidates.”

He said after receiving the reports from them, he will sit along with the party state president and the district observers concerned to prepare the final list and send it to the Congress high command.

The observers will sit at the District Congress offices and meet all stakeholders at stipulated time and date. The observers are the Congress MLAs from Haryana and have been assigned the responsibility of each district.

The MCD polls are scheduled in 2022 but the Congress has started preparing a year ahead of the polls.

The MCD is divided into three zones and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ruling the local civic body in all the three zones. The MCD polls are indicators of the electorate’s mood in the next major Lok Sabha elections. Right now the BJP has the largest number with 181 seats followed by the AAP at 49 and Congress with 31 seats.

Ahead of the process, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi met the Delhi Congress team and advised them to work as a unit and assured them to participate in the party’s outreach programmes.

The Delhi Congress is coming up with a major outreach programme to reach out to every household in each ward to collect information on the issues there and gather people’s feedback on the Delhi as well as Union government’s role during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Delhi Congress President Anil Kumar Chaudhary said, “The party volunteers are visiting each household and getting feedback of the people and the governments’ role during the pandemic, be it the Union government, Delhi government or the MCD as many hospitals are being run in Delhi by the MCD.”

During the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the ruling government at the Centre and the state failed and due to the mismanagement people suffered in the pandemic, Chaudhary added. He said only Congress volunteers were present on the roads.

Parvez Alam Khan, who contested the last local body elections on a Congress ticket in South MCD but lost to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), said, “I have visited more than 300 households in my ward and am trying to sort out the problems in the area such as waterlogging caused by rain and bad sewage system which the local councillor has ignored.”

The Congress has been losing elections after elections in the national capital. At present, the party has zero seats in the Lok Sabha, Delhi Assembly and the Rajya Sabha after ruling Delhi for three successive terms.

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Punjabi singer Moosewala joins Congress

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Famous Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, who was booked on charges of promoting violence and gun culture in a song, on Friday joined the Congress ahead of the Assembly polls in Punjab.

He joined the party in the presence of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and State Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu.

During the induction ceremony, Sidhu described Moosewala as a youth icon.

“Sidhu Moosewala is joining our family. I welcome him in the Congress fold,” Sidhu told the media.

Describing Moosewala as a “big artiste”, Channi said with his sheer hard work, he has won the hearts of millions of people.

Moosewala, whose real name is Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, is known for his hit Punjabi tracks like ‘Legend’, ‘Devil’, ‘Just listen’, ‘Jatt da Muqabala’ and ‘Hathyar’, among many others.

His name also featured in the Billboard Canadian Albums in 2018.

“I am not entering politics for status or to earn praise. I want to become a part of the system to transform it. I am joining the Congress to raise the voice of the people. I am joining the Congress as the party has leaders who have come from common families,” Moosewala said.

He said he is still living in the same house in his village. His father is an ex-serviceman and his mother is a sarpanch. “Residents of my area have expectations from me,” he added.

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‘MLA not a govt servant’, Kerala HC cancels appointment of late leader’s son

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. (File Photo: IANS)

In a stinging blow to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who had given a government job to the son of late CPI-M MLA K.K. Ramachandran Nair, the Kerala High Court on Friday ruled that a ‘legislator is not a government servant’ and cancelled the appointment.

Nair, a first time legislator after being elected from the Chenganoor Assembly constituency in the 2016 Assembly polls, passed away in 2018 following health issues.

Vijayan, in a surprise decision, decided to appoint Nair’s son R.Prasanth as an assistant engineer in the Public Works Department, which led to a huge criticism from several quarters.

However, a petitioner from Palakkad, Ashok Kumar filed a plea in this regard at the High Court and on Friday a division bench chaired by the Chief Justice S. Manikumar ruled that an ‘MLA is not a government servant as they have an elected term of only five years, and hence a government job under the dying in harness mode is not applicable and cancelled the appointment.

Incidentally, this judgement comes at a time when a petition is before the Lokayukta after Vijayan sanctioned a substantial sum of money from the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund to clear off the debts of Nair.

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SP’s ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ in Jhansi, Akhilesh to address public rallies at 9 places

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 Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav is taking out a ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ in Jhansi on Friday, with the focus on Bundelkhand and will also hold public rallies at nine places.

As per information, the yatra will traverse through Laxmi Garden, Elite Square, Jail Square, Court Square, Kunj Vatika Marriage Hall, Mandi Tiraha, University Gate, Medical College Gate, Medical Bypass Tiraha, where he will be welcomed by the party workers.

After this, he will address public gatherings at Mahant Laxman Das Kanya Inter College in Baragaon, Rashtrakavi Maithilisharan Gupt Mahavidyalaya in Chirgaon and Tika Ram Kanya Mahavidyalaya.

Earlier, in Lalitpur, Akhilesh accused the BJP of “fooling” the people. He raised the farmers’ issue and said that only a family man can understand the pain of a family member.

In Bundelkhand, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Banda and Chitrakoot comprise a division (mandal). Jhansi, Lalitpur, Jalon is another division. There are seven districts and 19 Assembly seats in the area.

For Akhilesh, Bundelkhand remains a major challenge because the BJP has a strong hold in the area and it had won all the 19 Assembly seats in the region.

In the 2019 Assembly elections, the BJP wiped out the SP, BSP and Congress in the region.

The SP is busy in stitching together alliances with small parties to give a tough fight to the saffron party.

On October 13, Akhilesh had launched his ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’ as part of the 2022 UP Assembly election campaign.

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