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AAP to contest elections in Mumbai and Bengaluru; seeks volunteers

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By NewGram Staff Writer

In a bid to gain power outside its home turf, Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party is planning to contest civic polls in Mumbai and Bengaluru, a newspaper report said.

The party is testing waters in the two cities by conducting exercises to seek volunteers.

“For fighting a war, you need an army. While district and assembly constituency-level conveners are in place, we are working on having polling booth-level conveners over next 2-3 months. In Mumbai, each ward has 40 polling booths. We should have our volunteers in at least 20. From a total 9,000 polling booths in the city, our target is to cover at least two thirds, that is 6,000 polling booths,” an AAP member in Mumbai told The Economic Times.

According to another party member,  AAP’s position is stronger in Mumbai where the volunteers are better organized.

“Volunteers are better organised in Maharashtra, and if they get mobilised for Mumbai in 2017, we have a good chance for making a good debut. That is why the polling booth-level volunteers’ exercise is being done not only in Mumbai, but all of Maharashtra.”

Aam Aadmi Party’s most favored leader in Mumbai is Meera Sanyal, followed by Feroze Palkhiwala. In Bengaluru, ex-Infosys director V Balakrishnan is the main face behind AAP’s campaign.

According to sources inside the party, the decision was made based on feedback of volunteers.

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BJP Member Files Defamation Complaint Against Arvind Kejriwal

“The tweet has not only defamed me but crores of other BJP members and the accused cannot be permitted to go scot-free for such an offence,” the complainant said

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Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

A BJP member Rajesh Kumar has filed a defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for tweeting objectional comments against his party men.

The complaint was filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, who has listed the matter for a hearing on May 16.

Kumar, who claimed to be convenor of legal cell of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Purvanchal Morcha in Delhi, told the court that he was shocked to see a tweet by Kejriwal saying that BJP members kept roaming around the country and raping Hindu girls.

“The accused (Kejriwal) has successfully dented the reputation of the complainant in particular and his party,” Kumar said in his complaint.

According to Kumar, he came across the tweet on September 30, 2018 and wanted to lodge a complaint immediately, but did not believing that the people would not take it seriously.

Arvind Kejriwal's party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia commons
Arvind Kejriwal’s party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia Commons

However, during Hanuman Jayanti celebrations in his society in April, one lady on realising that he was a BJP leader, taunted him citing the tweet.

There were several such incidents when the complainant had to face embarassment due to the “utterly irresponsible and defamatory tweet by Kejriwal, who holds such high position”, said Kumar in his plea.

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“The tweet has not only defamed me but crores of other BJP members and the accused cannot be permitted to go scot-free for such an offence,” the complainant said.

He has requested the court to issue summons against Kejriwal under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act dealing with defamation and promoting enmity between different groups. (IANS)