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Arvind Kejriwal, Rajnath Singh to discuss odd-even formula


New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday sought a meeting with union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the rationing of vehicles on the capital’s roads from January 1.

Kejriwal tweeted he had sought the audience to “discuss the implementation of the odd-even formula”.

The Delhi government has announced that from the start of 2016, private vehicles with odd registration numbers will ply on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and with even numbers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The plan for Sundays is yet to be announced.

The decision followed widespread warnings that Delhi’s air pollution had breached tolerable limits and after the judiciary ruled that the city had become like a “gas chamber”.

On Sunday, Kejriwal’s odd-even formula earned the backing of new Supreme Court Chief Justice T S Thakur who said he won’t mind taking a bus to the court or even walking down from his residence to work.

The national capital has nearly 90 lakh registered vehicles, with cars accounts for nearly a third of the vehicular population.

The odd-even division won’t apply to CNG-driven public transport including buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws.

If implemented, the measure is expected to steeply bring down the number of vehicles on Delhi’s choked roads. Air pollution is also tipped to fall, providing solace to those hit by pollution-related health issues.

But Delhi being the national capital, the Delhi government’s path-breaking decision will need the backing of the central government,

Aam Aadmi Party sources said Kejriwal’s request for a meeting with Rajnath Singh should be seen in this context.

The Kejriwal government has been at loggerheads with the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a host of issues though both are seemingly committed to cleaning up Delhi’s polluted air.


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Kejriwal exposed as a liar: BJP leader

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, VOA
  • Arvind Kejriwal apologised to Bikram Singh Majithia
  • BJP leader says that this apology established himself
  • BJP also alleged that Kejriwal did nothing while state aced so many problems

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the drug trade, the BJP Delhi unit on Friday said he has exposed himself as a “liar”.

The BJP also alleged that he was doing nothing even while the people of the national capital were facing a number of issues due to sealing.

Arvind Kejriwal apologized to Bikram Singh Majithia. IANS

Addressing a press conference here, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit President Manoj Tiwari said: ” What we have been saying for long has been proved today. He is a liar. He has apologised to Majithia for making false allegations against him.”

“He is on his way to apologise to (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley ji and (Union Transport Minister) Nitin Gadkari ji for making false allegations,” the BJP leader said. Kejriwal is facing defamation cases in court for levelling allegations against Jaitley and Gadkari.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief on Thursday apologised to the Shiromani Akali Dal leader in Punjab for making allegations of involvement in the drug trade, following which the latter said that he will withdraw a defamation suit filed in an Amristar court.

Tiwari, who represents the northeast Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, accused Kejriwal of misleading the people over the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta accused the AAP chief of only rendering “lip service” on the sealing drive and urged the Chief Minister to hold an all-party meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring committee overseeing the drive.

“Since December last, Kejriwal is only doing lip service on the issue of sealing drive. He has done nothing to stop it,” Gupta, the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

He said that though Lt Governor Anil Baijal cleared the file for notifying 351 roads in the capital on February 8, the matter is still pending. “Why hasn’t he (Kejriwal) notified the 351 roads in the last 45 days?” Gupta asked.

BJP leaders are calling this apology a gimmick.

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology. Gupta warned the Monitoring Committee members not to act outside the law and said: “If the monitoring committee acts against law, then the BJP will oppose it.”

“We are going to inform the three municipal corporations of Delhi not to follow the commands of the Monitoring Committee if it goes against the law,” he said. “The MCDs should approach the court and also make Kejriwal a party,” the BJP leader added. IANS

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