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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Following in Somnath Bharti’s footsteps, rebel Janata Dal-United (JD-U) legislator Ravinder Rai has now been accused of domestic violence, including mental torture for dowry, by his wife Babita Yadav.

Babita Yadav, 28, who is from Jind in Haryana, married Ravinder Rai in 2008, and on Monday filed a F.I.R. against her husband, saying she was subjected to regular physical and mental torture.

“Rai was beating me and threatening me to demand more dowry from my parents”, said the mother of two daughters.

When approaching the Hawai Adda police station to lodge a case against Rai, the police officials instead asked her to go back home and resolve the issue.

“Rai attacked me with an iron rod when I said no to his demand to approach my father for more money,” she said.

Patna’s senior superintendent of police Jitendra Rana said that police would investigate the matter.

Rai, however, denied having assaulted her, saying that her allegations were baseless and far from the truth.

“It appears to be a conspiracy against me to defame me ahead of upcoming state assembly polls”.

Rai is close to former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi. He is reportedly keen to contest the polls as a nominee of Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha, which is in talks to have an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance to take on the JD-U, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress.

Last April, the Patna High Court upheld the decision of the Bihar assembly speaker to terminate the membership of four rebel JD-U legislators including Rai.

Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary had terminated the membership of the four rebel JD-U legislators under the anti-defection law after the ruling party sought action against them for allegedly cross-voting in a Rajya Sabha bypoll last year.

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Pollution Problem in Delhi Likely to Influence Upcoming Delhi Assembly Polls

While one in six said the central government should look into this and almost as many feel it's the state government's concern

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Furthermore, when it comes to solving the air pollution problem, majority (61 per cent) said both the central and state government should be responsible for this. Pixabay

More than eight in 10 residents of Delhi said the current pollution problem in the city is likely to influence their decision to vote in the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls, a new survey said on Friday.

Millennials and GenZ are more likely to say this as compared to GenX respondents, said the survey by YouGov, an Internet-based market research and data analytics firm.

Furthermore, when it comes to solving the air pollution problem, majority (61 per cent) said both the central and state government should be responsible for this.

While one in six said the central government should look into this and almost as many feel it’s the state government’s concern.

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Millennials and GenZ are more likely to say this as compared to GenX respondents, said the survey by YouGov, an Internet-based market research and data analytics firm. Pixabay

Delhi’s air pollution has been making international headlines and while India endeavours to become a global super power, the state of air pollution in the national capital is ticking all the wrong boxes for global tourists, investors and international perception towards the country.

On Friday, the air pollution emergency aggravated with the air quality index (AQI) spiking sharply to 528.

With a PM 10 count of 583 and PM 2.5 count of 378, the air emergency has deteriorated sharply since Thursday. The pollution control authorities on Wednesday decided to shut down schools for two days after PM 2.5 levels stayed above 300 for two days running.

According to the study, after environment, unemployment, education and women rights and safety are other issues relevant to people.

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While education is in the top three issues for everyone, the GenZ respondents seem to consider it more important than the other age groups.

On the other hand, affordable basic services are more important to the older respondents as compared to the younger ones.

The younger generation seems to be more trusting of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to resolve most of their issues, while older respondents have more faith in the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) for handling their problems, said the study.

The findings are based on responses from 750 residents in Delhi in the month of November. Data is representative of the adult online population in the state, YouGov said. (IANS)