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AAP Lokpal, worse than Jokepal, says Prashant Bhushan

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New Delhi: Rebel AAP leader Prashant Bhushan slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for the Lokpal bill. He claimed that the Delhi government’s new Janlokpal bill is different from what was drafted during Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement.

The Swaraj Abhiyan leader further added that as AAP had called UPA’s Lokpal bill as Jokepal, this bill is even worse than that. AAP has designed it to fail, he said.

According to Delhi government’s new bill, the appointment and removal of the independent ombudsman will be done by the state government.

Bhushan said that this is a tactical move by Kejriwal as he is playing grounds for another face off with the center government.

He said that all power of appointment and removal is with state government and AAP knows that the center government won’t let it pass and then AAP will create another fiasco that BJP and PM Modi is not letting them work.

Swaraj Abhiyan leader, and a founding member of AAP, Yogendra Yadav also criticized it and called it betrayal with the public. Bhushan demanded that Kejriwal should resign.

He said that the Lokpal will be chosen by Chief Minister, Speaker, Leader of the Opposition and Chief Justice of Delhi, which mean two out of four are from ruling party, three from the political class and, as a result, power will be with government only. He said that our fight was about the appointment and removal of the Lokpal should be free from political interference.

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  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Original was Jan Lokpal and not Joker Pal or Dhooka Pal.

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization
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The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)