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AAP not in contention for 2019 polls, says Kejriwal

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New Delhi: Claiming that Aam Admi Party might get a Delhi-like opportunity in Punjab, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today gave an indication that his party was not in contention for the 2019 polls.

“We are not here for power politics. People ask if AAP is in the race for 2019? We are not in any race. Delhi’s win was miraculous. We just have to keep working hard and honestly”, Kejriwal told reporters.

Speaking at the AAP National Council Meeting, he directed his partymen not to run after polls but keep on doing the good work. The good work might facilitate an opportunity like Delhi, he remarked.

However, the National Council Meeting of the party got embroidled in controversy when a faction of AAP members protested outside the venue alleging that they were not invited.

Mentioning that the AAP government was the first government to fire a minister for alleged involvement in a graft case, Kejriwal claimed that his party’s prime motive was to fight corruption.

“We had two aims in the beginning – tackling corruption and bringing Jan Lokpal and Swaraj. In the last 10 months, we have worked so hard, I can challenge, Sheila (Dikshit) government did not do in 15 years. (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi had the entire nation at his disposal, even he did not do”, Kejriwal said. 

Claiming that the Janlokpal bill will be passed in the ongoing Winter Session of Delhi Assembly, Kejriwal stated, “Lokpal is also going to be passed in this session. It is the same old bill minus citizen charter and vigilance. We have implemented the vigilance aspect. Citizen charter is being tabled today. So BJP and Congress have no issue to protest against.”

Kejriwal mentioned that the AAP government was successful in completing the construction of a flyover before the deadline besides the metro project.

The National Council is the body of founding members of the party while National Executive is the second highest decision-making body of the party. The Council ratifies all the decisions taken by the party.

 

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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
The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization

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)