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modi_650_051715075845New Delhi: The first day of the Delhi assembly budget session witnessed several disruptions by the BJP MLAs over former Minister Jitender Singh Tomar’s alleged fake degree even as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for alleged impropriety.

BJP legislator O.P. Sharma leapt towards Kejriwal’s bench and turned his mike, triggering panic among AAP lawmakers in the house.

Kejriwal remained unruffled, while the BJP legislator was forced out of the house by marshals. Sharma returned to the house later.

Meanwhile, the AAP tabled three bills in the house which had to be adjourned over the fake degree row in the beginning for 15 minutes.

Speaking on the arrest of former Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, Kejriwal told the Delhi assembly that Modi too must act against his ministers the way he did vis-a-vis Tomar.

“We removed Tomar from the cabinet when he was arrested,” he said, after one of the only three BJP legislators, Sharma created a din over the arrest and jailing of Tomar.

Kejriwal compared the Tomar development with the demands now being raised for External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s resignation.

Modi, Kejriwal said, should take a cue from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Saying that Tomar had misled him over the genuineness of his allegedly fake law degree, Kejriwal said Modi too had been misled by his cabinet colleagues, and mentioned Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje by name.

“His cabinet ministers have also misled him. He should remove Sushma Swaraj from the cabinet,” the Chief Minister said.

He also demanded an independent investigation into charges that both the Rajasthan Chief Minister and the External Affairs Minister helped former IPL chief Lalit Modi who fled India.

On Tomar, Kejriwal said that when it began to be alleged that the AAP minister held a fake law degree, he felt the then Law Minister had done no wrong.

“But after he (Tomar) was arrested and sent to police custody, it seemed to me that I was kept in the dark (by him).”

Kejriwal insisted that AAP stood for “an honest system” and “honest politics”. “We will not tolerate any wrongdoing.”

The three bills moved by AAP were Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (Amendment) Act, 2015; Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification Amendment) Bill, 20115; and The Delhi Netaji Subhas University of Technology Bill, 2015.

(IANS)

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Survey Reports That Significant Number of People Rate Performance of Modi Government as Below Expectations

According to the poll, around 32 per cent respondents feel that crime against women and children have reduced in the last four years while 58 per cent feel otherwise.

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According to LocalCircles, each person who voted in the survey is registered with the portal with their detailed information and in many cases they shared their residential address.
On the state of the economy, 54 per cent respondents believe that the unemployment rate hasn't reduced in the last four years, while 35 per cent think otherwise., wikimedia commons

The Modi government hasnt scored too well on farmers issues, jobs and prices of essential commodities at the end of its four years in power, according to an online survey that also found a substantial number of people calling its performance “below expectations”.

The survey done by LocalCircles, a community social media platform, says that 43 per cent of those who participated in the poll rated the government as performing below expectations, 29 per cent rated it as meeting them and 28 per cent said the government was “exceeding expectations.

“Most performance parameters (of the government) show a decline over time as the gap between expectations set and impact on daily life rises,” according to the survey done with over 62,000 citizens from over 250 districts across the country. Thirty-five per cent respondents were females.

According to LocalCircles, each person who voted in the survey is registered with the portal with their detailed information and in many cases they shared their residential address.

The respondents have rated the government low on reducing crime against women and children, generating employment, improving farmers life, lowering cost of living and healthcare, the survey says.

However, it has scored well on improving India’s image globally, handling of Pakistan, fighting terrorism, infrastructure development and reducing tax harassment.

According to LocalCircles, each person who voted in the survey is registered with the portal with their detailed information and in many cases they shared their residential address.
43% say performance of Modi govt. is below expectations, IANS

“Around 60 per cent citizens said price of essential commodities and cost of living have not reduced. Only 33 per cent believe that the price of essential commodities have come down in the last four years.”

According to the poll, around 32 per cent respondents feel that crime against women and children have reduced in the last four years while 58 per cent feel otherwise.

In the area of healthcare, only 32 per cent respondents believe that facilities and services have improved in the last four years whereas 62 per cent say no it has not.

On the state of the economy, 54 per cent respondents believe that the unemployment rate hasn’t reduced in the last four years, while 35 per cent think otherwise.

Around 46 per cent respondents believe that doing business in India was now easier while 39 per cent say it is not the case.

The respondents were asked if sufficient new infrastructure development — roads, power, irrigation, broadband — had taken place in the last four years.

“Approximately 65 per cent said yes while 29 per cent said no.”

Around 49 per cent respondents believe that corruption in India has reduced in the last four years while 44 per cent believe it has not reduced.

Asked if they felt India’s image had improved, 82 per cent said yes while 13 per cent said no.

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Respondents were also asked if they approved the way Indian Government had handled the perpetual conflict on the borders and relations with Pakistan in the last four years.

“Around 74 per cent felt it has improved strongly while 24 per cent felt that government’s tactics are not right.”

People were asked if they believed that terrorism and acts of terror against Indians have reduced in the last few years. Around 61 per cent respondents said yes while 35 per cent disagreed.

On the issues of communalism, 50 per cent felt that the government it well in the last few years while 45 per cent no. (IANS)