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BJP stands firm with Vasundhara Raje, says authenticity of documents not verified

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Jaipur: Rajasthan BJP Chief Ashok Parnami addresses a press conference in Jaipur on June 19, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi: The BJP on Friday stood firmly behind Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, saying that the authenticity of the documents being cited to show that she had helped former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi are not verified.

“Vasundhara has never denied her close family relations with Lalit Modi and the validity of those documents which were produced is yet to be verified,” BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said at a press conference.

Raje is embroiled in a controversy over allegations that she testified in favour of Lalit Modi’s British immigration application in 2011 and Modi made investments in her son’s company.

“It is not corruption either technically or legally…The Opposition is not able to debate with the government on positive issues, so they are blowing this out of proportion. I want to ask under which government’s rule did the Lalit Modi corruption case was discovered,” said Trivedi.

Rejecting the Opposition’s demand for Raje’s resignation, Trivedi said there was no truth in the charges against Raje.

“Is there any substantive evidence? Is there any corruption?” he added.

“As far as Dushyant Singh’s case is concerned, all these facts given in I.T. returns and election affidavit are already in the public domain,” he added.

Dushyant is a BJP MP from Jhalawar-Baran constituency in Rajasthan.

The BJP continued to defend Sushma Swaraj as well for her alleged role in extending help to the former IPL chief procure travelling documents.

“Our president has already spoken on the issue and that’s the stand of the party. Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh have also clarified the stand. After their comments, there is nothing more to add,” Trivedi told media persons when asked about Swaraj’s alleged help to Lalit Modi.

Sushma Swaraj had allegedly helped Lalit Modi in procuring documents to travel to Portugal last year for his cancer-stricken wife’s treatment.

Earlier in the day, Raje cancelled her visit to Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, citing health reasons.

She was to share the dias with BJP president Amit Shah and Home Minister Rajnath Singh there.

However, a BJP leader informed on the condition of anonymity that she cancelled her programme after a message from Amit Shah’s office. (IANS)

 

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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)