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Corruption in Delhi has come down to 80 per cent: CM Kejriwal

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Claiming a huge dip in corruption in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Sunday, said, “I will not say that we have completely ended corruption in Delhi but it has come down to 70-80 per cent.” Kejriwal made these comments while he was addressing the auto-rickshaw drivers of Delhi.

According to elections.in, “The Delhi government has received more than 1.25 lakh calls. Most of these complaints were made against the officials of the Jal Board, civic bodies, transport department and police department,” just in a month after the re-launch of the Delhi government’s Anti Graft Helpline. Recently, the Sub Registrars of three departments of the East Delhi district were suspended by the Delhi government after the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Delhi presented its report of the wrong doings in the concerned departments.

During the address, Kejriwal declared the launch of a helpline (011- 4240 0400) through which people can lodge complaints against the auto- drivers. He also announced Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the auto- rickshaw drivers. The report also stated that the drivers, while going back home, could put up a board of their destination to avoid being forced to go to other places. The CM added that the authority to take legal action against the drivers, not wearing their uniforms, is now being transferred from the Delhi Traffic Police to the Transport Department of State Government. Kejriwal also highlighted the fact that the Delhi Government will try to fulfill its election promises within four years.

The general public is often troubled by the auto-rickshaw drivers as they refuse to take passengers, don’t turn on the meters and also behave impolitely. Through the launch of the helpline and the announcement of SOP, state’s CM has tried to fulfill his promise that he made during election trail.

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President Kovind approves recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs

In a quick follow to EC's recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the disqualification

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20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
  • President Kovind approved the EC’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs
  • EC had recommended the disqualification on the charges of holding ‘Office of Profit’
  • Union Law and Justice Ministry has issued a notification regarding the disqualification

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi on charges of holding Office of Profit, an official spokesman of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan said on Sunday.

Following the approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) act.

ALSO READ: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

These 20 MLAs are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons
Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons

The Election Commission on Friday recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

It gave its opinion to the President on a complaint by advocate Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who petitioned then President Pranab Mukherjee alleging illegality in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.

ALSO READ: Can India achieve good governance without intra-party democracy?

The application by Patel said 21 AAP MLAs, including Jarnail Singh (Rajouri Garden) who resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly polls last year, were appointed Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers in the Delhi government in violation of the Constitution. (IANS)

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