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Controversies appear to be the middle name of Aam Aadmi Party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. He thrives on it. Since the moment in time the legendary RTI activist floated a party, he has been in the news whenever he wanted to be.

From ink and egg attacks to sleeping in Delhi cold on pavements as the CM, the Kejriwal list goes on and on. But let’s not go into the past (for the fear of AAPtards, as the online AAP army and the fanatics are affectionately called).

On December 12, there was a demolition drive by the Indian Railways in the Shakur Basti area where, as per latest reports, a six-month-old baby died due to the commotion caused before the demolition. The father, in an FIR, said that the baby didn’t die due to demolition drive, rather it was the hurry to vacate the place that resulted in the death.

Now, let’s see the Arvind Kejriwal reasoning. Indian Railways come under Centre (true); Centre is run by Modi (and no one else); Modi is doing all this inhuman acts (no one knows why); let’s attack him, anyway.

Not only this, the home minister of Delhi launched an inquiry which is commendable (or just fashionable to announce), and Kejriwal suspended three officials in a move that will establish him as the messiah.

For two days, his party cadre was seen distributing caps and flags of the party in the demolished slums when he was talking on the ‘human’ and ‘animal’ terms.

Let’s move on to December 15, when, in a sudden move, CBI allegedly raided the CM office in relation to his Principal Secretary Rajender Kumar Singh in an old bribery case.

Kejriwal went crazy over this. Yes, he did go crazy as his this tweet suggests where he calls the Prime Minister of the nation a ‘coward and psychopath’.

Obvious enough, the two incidents are totally unrelated. But, are they?

Let’s see the Kejriwal reasoning over this raid. CBI is a central agency (true); it has centre word in it (true); Centre has BJP-led government (yes it is); Centre controls CBI (not so sure about it); Modi heads centre and is plotting revenge as he ‘couldn’t stop me politically’ (yes, he has nothing else to do! Even the AAP guys will say he is traveling in planes all the time!).

So, I want to ask the Delhi CM regarding the demolition and what did he actually do as the CM of Delhi to ensure safety of the slum dwellers?

The Shakur Basti kids while talking to NewsGram, in all their innocence, said, “Ghar to unhe Kejriwal hi dilayega.” Will the CM ensure the fulfilment of his poll campaign promises of rehabilitation of the jhuggis and slums?

Perhaps no. The slums will rise again as they always do. Kejriwal will hop on to another controversy to blame Modi for anything, anyhow.

The humanitarian crisis that Kejriwal saw yesterday and day before, has given way to his personal crisis when the office of his PS was raided by the CBI.

He forgot the six-month-old baby and the hundreds of the Shakur Basti slum dwellers as it was a great opportunity to unleash his Twitter rants with ‘live-tweeting’ of the CBI raids.

As I was talking to a colleague over his absurd obsession with Modi, he remarked, “Kejriwal thinks that Modi wakes up in the morning and till he goes to bed, he makes plans to put Kejriwal in trouble as if he has nothing else to do.”

I could not agree more. Kejriwal’s obsession with ‘Modi is doing all this’ has gone so far off the limits that the limit is not visible. His latest tweet, quoted above, is a prime example that he doesn’t have the decency of language and protocol.

It will not change. He is achieving his purpose as the government had to respond to a question over the raids in Rajya Sabha that the raids were not on him as he is making it out to be but on an officer. Venkaiah Naidu clarified on the matter as well. However, as the legend of Kejriwal goes, he finds everyone to be blatantly lying.

I just want to know, from him and his supporters, what has the government decided on the ‘humanitarian crisis’ in Shakur Basti? Or is he waiting for the Delhi cold to rise and blame it on Modi that his ‘cold response to his tweet brought the chill in Delhi!’

Ok, that was absurd. But what isn’t?

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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.

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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.

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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)