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New Delhi: Political fault lines in the Indian capital took a hit on Sunday evening as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hosted an Iftar party, which was attended by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, with whom he has been having a running feud, and old political foe and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

Vice President Hamid Ansari, Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit, Trinamool Congress’ Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien, and Delhi Police chief B.S. Bassi were among those who attended the event hosted at the Palika Services Officers Institute at Nehru Park in Chanakyapuri area.

Janata Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav and party leader K.C. Tyagi were also present.

At one point, Kejriwal, wearing a skull cap, was flanked on one side by Jung, and on the other by Dikshit.

Although Kejriwal and Jung hugged warmly for the cameras, the chief minister, while seated on a sofa, spoke mostly with Dikshit while Jung was seen chatting with Ansari.

There has been a tussle between the Kejriwal government and Jung over transfers and postings of senior officials in Delhi.

When Bassi reached the venue, neither Kejriwal nor Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia rose to greet him and simply made eye contact.

A large number of Muslims from all over the capital flocked to the event hosted by Kejriwal, who is also the chairman of the Urdu Academy.

The only representative from the Bharatiya Janata Party was opposition leader in the Delhi assembly Vijender Gupta.

(IANS)

 

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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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  • 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)

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