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By NewsGram Staff Writer

During an interactive Google Hangout session with his party volunteers on Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, said that his government is willing to help the journalists who want to start their own ‘honest and independent’ news channel.

Addressing the Aam Aadmi Party volunteers, Kejriwal said, “Media shows us (as being) very aggressive.”

“We don’t want to start any media (of our own). But, I think that several good people in media are also sad over the goings on. If some big people working in media start their own new channel or a newspaper in a joint effort, the Delhi government is ready to help them. We want an honest and independent media, which show news, not false news…If anyone wants to start a good media, Delhi government would help them,” he added.

During the hangout session, Kejriwal also asked the party volunteers to compare his government’s performance to that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kejriwal also claimed that the Delhi government’s popularity has been on the rise.

Kejriwal stated, “24 May will be 100 days of the AAP government in Delhi and 26 May will be 365 days of the Modi government. I feel it will be interesting if someone did a comparison of the work that has been done.”

“The party’s popularity is increasing. Every 15 days, I do an internal survey on the party. Our popularity is increasing. The survey shows that if elections were held today, 72% of the people in Delhi would have voted for us. This was around 50% in February,” he said.

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  • Why not write a comparison of achievements between 365 days of MODI Government and 100 days of Kejriwal Government. An objective analysis of this kind should draw lots of attention.

    • yes for sure a comparison will clear out doubts and it should be timeline based.

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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)