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New Delhi: Delhi state Congress chief Ajay Maken on Monday warned of mass protest if the Jan Lokpal Bill was not passed in the winter session of the Delhi assembly starting on November 18.

Reacting to a report that the anti-graft legislation was unlikely to be tabled in the winter session, contrary to the promise made by the Aam Aadmi Party government, Maken said the bill was repeatedly delayed.

“We will hold a massive demonstration outside the Delhi assembly on November 18, demanding that the Jan Lokpal Bill should be passed in the winter session itself,” Maken said.

The AAP has a nearly full house in the Delhi assembly — holding 67 of the 70 seats in the house.

Maken, a former union minister said though six assembly sessions have been held, there has been no discussion about the introduction of the bill.

“There was a reported move not to take up the Jan Lokpal Bill in the winter session,” he added.

Maken also said he has written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the issue.

“It is also quite ironical that a party that had quit the government on the issue of delay in enacting the Jan Lokpal bill has failed to even get the basic clearance from its own cabinet despite nine months in power in its second term,” he said in a letter to the chief minister.

“Especially, after making high-pitch about the same during elections and repeated personal assurance by your good-self, such unexplained delay is a blatant betrayal to the people of Delhi,” Maken added.

(IANS)

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More Power Given to Congress State Units For 2019 Battle

The source also said that the state units have been asked to prepare a "charge-sheet" about the Modi government and its policies, particularly issues affecting the economy

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Congress on Friday promised to create one crore jobs across the southern state
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Bracing up for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress has accorded more powers and autonomy to its state units in deciding candidates as well as strategising for publicity and coordination.

According to informed sources, in a meeting of the Congress core committee with state presidents held on Thursday in the national capital, the central leadership asked the state units to fill up vacancies in block and district committees at the earliest besides identifying probable candidates for the 2019 mega battle in the respective states.

“Keeping in view that there will be state-specific alliances and electoral understandings, the state units have been asked to identify potential seats that can be spare for the allies. The emphasis is also on reaching out to the grassroots and build connect with the masses at booth levels,” said a party source.

The source also said that the central leadership harped on finalising the candidate lists providing ample time for discussions on seat sharing with probable allies.

Besides the national issues including the Rafale deal, agrarian distress and unemployment, the state units have also been given a say to have local issues accommodated in the party manifesto for 2019.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi has constituted a 19-member Manifesto Committee to chalk out the manifesto for the general elections.

The source also said that the state units have been asked to prepare a “charge-sheet” about the Modi government and its policies, particularly issues affecting the economy.

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Gandhi has already constituted a nine-member “core committee” to supervise and organise the party’s preparations for general elections that includes party veterans like A.K. Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P. Chidambaram and Mallikarjun Kharge.

With the party persistently raising the issue of tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs), state units have also been asked to organise workshops to educate the party workers about the functioning of the machines and guard against any malpractices. (IANS)

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