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AAP overrun by ‘anti-party elements’: Suspended MLA Pankaj Pushkar

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New Delhi: Hours after AAP’s Timarpur MLA Pankaj Pushkar was suspended from the Delhi Assembly for two days on Friday, the legislator said the Speaker’s ruling suggested a dictatorial tendency and smacked of “arrogance”.

Alleging that AAP has been overrun by “anti-party elements”, Pushkar, who has been at odds with the party leadership over the expulsion of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, described his suspension as “undemocratic”.

Pushkar was suspended as he kept on demanding a discussion on EWS category in schools despite the Speaker’s objection. Delhi Home Minister Satyender Jain moved a proposal in this regard which was voted upon.

The suspension bars Pushkar from partaking in the Assembly’s proceedings on Friday and on November 30 when it will meet next after the weekend. The session has been extended till December 4.

“The issue was to be raised under the ‘calling attention’ provision and would not require more than two minutes, ” Pushkar said.

“I wanted to raise the issue of EWS category admissions in schools and creches on DDA land in the capital under the calling attention provision. The government could just state whether it was being complied with or not…the Speaker’s step tends towards being dictatorial,” he added.

“But under the same provision, three issues were raised in the House on November 24, when I had first spoken about it,” he said, adding, “You may silence my voice but one day you will have to answer to the people.”

Pushkar denied that he was trying to embarrass AAP by his actions.

“The matter I wanted to raise is of public interest. It would rather raise the stature of the party,” he said., adding, “Only an arrogant regime can do that (suspension). But one day you will have to answer some authority and above all the people,” he said.

Pushkar has openly sided with Swaraj Abhiyan, an outfit floated by Yadav and Bhushan and has been participating in its events across the country.

(With inputs from agencies)

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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 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.”

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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)