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New Delhi: Delhiites proved as misplaced the widespread doubts whether they would leave their odd-numbered cars at home on an even date on Monday and whether the public transport would creak under new burden. Motorists largely complied with the odd even rule on its third day.

Till 4 p.m, 509 motorists were fined in comparison to the 567 on the first two days of the scheme when authorities were “soft” on the violators.

“This is victory of people of Delhi. Because of their will, Delhi has passed its litmus test,” Transport Minister Gopal Rai told reporters.

The minister praised Delhi Police, with which his government is at loggerheads, for their cooperation.

Unlike the usual gridlock Monday morning, the traffic was smooth on Delhi’s arterial and main roads.

There was an overwhelming response on the first two days to the scheme which kicked off on January 1 — the traffic was spared of the regulation on Sunday.

But sceptics said it was because of the extended weekend when people stayed at home, and the real test of the government’s traffic regulation would be on Monday, the first full working day of the New Year.

“There were speculations and doubts about what would happen on Monday when all the offices open. Some people feared that public transport may be overcrowded today (Monday) or there may be violations by drivers, but we have not noticed any such thing,” Rai said.

While lakhs of even-numbered cars plied on Delhi roads, the government rolled out 7,143 buses to ensure smooth travel for those who left their odd-numbered cars at home and turned to public transport to commute.

Although many odd-numbered cars were spotted, they were running on CNG or driven by women — both exempted categories — and the roads were still less crowded in the morning.

Of the 7,143 buses on the roads, a total of 4,461 were of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) while 1,431 were cluster ones. There were also 1,251 hired private buses, and the remaining were the school buses that ferried passengers.

The buses were not crammed as earlier feared on Monday.

Like on the first two days of the scheme, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal shared his car with Rai to reach office, and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia cycled to the Delhi Secretariat.

Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra travelled in a bus.

The 15-day odd-even traffic scheme started on January 1 and aims to put odd- and even-numbered vehicles on the roads on alternate dates.

The curbs take effect daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. except on Sundays when the scheme is not operational.

But the scheme has many exceptions including a string of VIPs, CNG-driven public transport, cars driven by women, two-wheelers and emergency vehicles.

Many regular Delhi Metro commuters did not find the Metro coaches extraordinarily crowded either.

“I found the Metro a bit more crowded than usual but it was not unmanageable as I was fearing it would be,” said Adnan Ali, who travels to work from Chandni Chowk to Noida City Centre.

But the situation was different on the Metro’s Violet Line which has only four-coach trains.

“It was very crowded at Mandi House station. I had to jostle to get into the train and almost fell down as the crowd pushed me from behind,” complained Shweta Arya, who works with a private firm in Nehru Place.

Rai urged people not to spread lies of Metros being over-crowded on social media with pictures clicked months ago.

A statement from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said it has planned to run 3,192 total trips to handle the passenger rush.

The DMRC will use 198 trains daily to achieve these trips, it added. (IANS)

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If you have Rs 28 lakh in account, only then you are eligible to get an AAP ticket in Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections

The reason behind the eligibility criterion is that the candidate should be financially sound to be able to fight elections

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  • Gopal Rai said that if one wishes to fight the contest Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections on AAP tickets, then he/she should have at least Rs 28 lakh in their accounts
  • Gopal Rai met AAP members on 1 September 2017 to discuss the proposal
  • The candidate should be financially sound to be able to fight elections

New Delhi, September 3, 21017: When Arvind Kejriwal came into politics with Aam Aadmi Party, he promised it to be a clean, corruption free party but all the principles and morals of the party have gone into a drain.

Where have the principles of AAP gone?

The party in recent times has been in the news for all the wrong reasons- allegedly selling party tickets for polls in Punjab, heavy corruption charges, alleged Mohalla Clinic scam. The Party has lost the respect in people’s eyes many times by its shameful activities. AAP is trying hard to win back people’s trust since it lost Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections.

Want an AAP ticket? Got Rs 28 lakh in the account?

The latest reason of AAP’s mockery is the strange clause put forth by Gopal Rai, state in-charge of Gujrat and national leader of AAP. He said that if one wishes to fight the contest Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections on AAP tickets, then he/she should have at least Rs 28 lakh in their accounts. Now, one can’t fight the elections as he is a deserving candidate, have good principles, motives, and ideas or wants to bring a change. But based on the money he/she has in the account, as only those who have Rs 28 lakh and more will be given a chance to contest Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections on AAP tickets.

Also Read: Aam Aadmi Party’s Mohalla Clinics come under scanner: Vigilance Department exposes, Ministers faked the rent amount

When AAP fought Delhi Elections, it was with the donation money they got from people and won the election. But, now AAP has changed its ways.

A need to meet the financial criteria

Gopal Rai met AAP members on 1 September 2017 to discuss the proposal.  According to Ahmedabad Mirror report, a leader who attended the meeting said: “A candidate will need not less than Rs28 lakh to prove that he can pull off the campaign financially in the constituency.”  The reason behind this eligibility criterion is that the candidate should be financially sound to be able to fight elections.

Also Read: Rankings of Aam Aadmi Party Delhi MLAs Drop due to Poor Performance. Praja Foundation publishes Latest Government Performance Report

Talking about the other 2 eligibility criteria, Harshil Nayak, AAP spokesperson said:

  • The candidate should have to be of clean repute and well-networked in his area
  • The candidate should have at least 2 people to support him in managing a booth

The party will launch its campaign on September 17, 2017. One of the party workers said, “A car and a bike rally will be organized at various places. We hope to get the permission, but if we don’t, the date may change. If not from all seats, AAP will fight the elections from at least a few.”


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10 Birds die in Deer Park due to H5N8 Flu in Delhi, Anti-Virus drive ordered

Delhi Animal Husbandry Minister Gopal Rai set up a 10-member team to spray anti-virus Mycrodacyn in the area

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New Delhi, October 23, 2016: Ten more birds died on Sunday due to bird flu in the now shut Deer Park here, prompting Delhi Animal Husbandry Minister Gopal Rai to order an anti-virus drive.

After a visit to the park in Hauz Khas, Rai set up a 10-member team to spray anti-virus Mycrodacyn in the area. He ordered a sample of water from the sprawling park to be sent to the central lab in Bhopal.

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The same lab had earlier confirmed that the virus strain found in the initial sample of birds was H5N8 avian influenza.

Rai expressed concern over the rising fatalities among migratory birds. Seventeen birds had died on Saturday in the park, which is home to a large number of deer. Six birds had died on Friday.

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“To increase immunity among birds, they will be given multi-vitamins and pieces of garlic along with their food,” the minister said.

Rai called a meeting of coordination committee in the Delhi Secretariat on Monday to mull further action on the spread of H5N8 influenza virus.

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The Delhi government on Thursday set up a 23-member committee to coordinate work among various departments and to probe the reasons behind the bird deaths.

Because of bird flu deaths, the Delhi Zoo has also been ordered shut until further notice. (IANS)

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Woman throws ink at Kejriwal, alleges CNG scam

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New Delhi: A woman, alleging a “CNG scam” in the AAP government, threw ink at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday at a public gathering here to mark the “success” of the odd-even traffic restriction scheme but missed him.

Kejriwal, who was speaking at the Chhatrasal Stadium, in north Delhi, remained unruffled. Police detained the woman.

The woman, who identified herself as Bhawna Arora from the Aam Aadmi Party’s breakaway group in Punjab, managed to reach near the stage to fling the ink. “A very big scam has happened. I have proof. They have done CNG scam,” she said.

Kejriwal asked the police officials, who were seen taking the woman away, to “let her go”.

“She is talking about a scam. Take papers from her. Let her go,” he said.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party and Delhi Police for the incident, saying it was a “conspiracy” to attack Kejriwal and his ministers.

“There was no security provided by Delhi Police. It is a conspiracy by the BJP and Delhi Police is also involved in it,” Sisodia said after the incident.

“Who will take the responsibility if any woman or man throws acid at Delhi’s chief minister where thousands of people are sitting. What if a bomb goes off,” he asked. (IANS)

One response to “Woman throws ink at Kejriwal, alleges CNG scam”

  1. Delhi THANK YOU = Advertisements,phone calls & Public gathering= celebration today=Ink Attack=CNG Scam ? Delhi wallas must decide-Should we allow Delhi Nagar Sevaks to say an expensive costly `thank you` today after just 15 days of selective ODD Vs EVEN and Clean air Vs Dirty air experiment ?

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