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Kejriwal says ‘no’ to privatising water

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808762067-kejriwal_6By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday emphasized upon his stand of not privatising the water sector in the national capital. In his statement he said that privatising the water sector would lead to “cronyism and corruption”.

He further suggested several measures like rainwater harvesting, rejuvenation of the Yamuna and water recycling to make Delhi self-reliant in terms of water needs. At present, the city is dependent on its bordering states – Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, for its water supply requirements.

At a workshop held by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Kejriwal said, “We are opposed to privatization of water which leads to cronyism and corruption. Water is a lifeline which the government should provide to its citizens as a right.” He believes that the government should make policies regarding recycling waste water for optimal use.

“The focus of the water policy and government’s work on water can’t be just about making people drink water. It has to be a comprehensive and unifying draft for Delhi’s citizens and should talk about waste water management, recycling and reuse of water.”

“Water pricing needs to be properly thought through along with the implications of all financial models that the Delhi Jal Board needs to pursue,” he said.

 

(With inputs from IANS)

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BJP Member Files Defamation Complaint Against Arvind Kejriwal

“The tweet has not only defamed me but crores of other BJP members and the accused cannot be permitted to go scot-free for such an offence,” the complainant said

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Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

A BJP member Rajesh Kumar has filed a defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for tweeting objectional comments against his party men.

The complaint was filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, who has listed the matter for a hearing on May 16.

Kumar, who claimed to be convenor of legal cell of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Purvanchal Morcha in Delhi, told the court that he was shocked to see a tweet by Kejriwal saying that BJP members kept roaming around the country and raping Hindu girls.

“The accused (Kejriwal) has successfully dented the reputation of the complainant in particular and his party,” Kumar said in his complaint.

According to Kumar, he came across the tweet on September 30, 2018 and wanted to lodge a complaint immediately, but did not believing that the people would not take it seriously.

Arvind Kejriwal's party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia commons
Arvind Kejriwal’s party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia Commons

However, during Hanuman Jayanti celebrations in his society in April, one lady on realising that he was a BJP leader, taunted him citing the tweet.

There were several such incidents when the complainant had to face embarassment due to the “utterly irresponsible and defamatory tweet by Kejriwal, who holds such high position”, said Kumar in his plea.

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“The tweet has not only defamed me but crores of other BJP members and the accused cannot be permitted to go scot-free for such an offence,” the complainant said.

He has requested the court to issue summons against Kejriwal under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act dealing with defamation and promoting enmity between different groups. (IANS)