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All for Swaraj? Pankaj Pushkar rallies people against AAP

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By Ishan Kukreti

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Timarpur MLA Pankaj Pushkar on Sunday rallied a crowd of Sangam Vihar’s (Wazirabad) unauthorized colony residents from Vidhan Sabha to Arvind Kejriwal’s residence in Civil Lines.

Pushkar gave the Delhi government a deadline of September 6 to respond to his demands of proper sewage and drainage system in the area, setting up of a mohalla clinic among other things in the area.

As his daylong ‘Satyagrah’ and subsequent agitation has failed to draw the attention of Aam Aadmi Party’s top brass, Pushkar has upped the ante against AAP.

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“I haven’t received any response from the government so far. The problem of dengue is acute in the area with more than 50 people admitted in various hospitals. There are overflowing drains and breeding mosquitoes.  I am making an appeal to the Delhi administration to pay heed to the city locals’ problems.” Pushkar told NewsGram.

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The drainage and sewage facility in the area are indeed in a very bad state. According to a resident of Sangam Vihar, Mahaprasad who is getting a family member treated at Lok Nayak hospital for dengue, the drains in his locality are overflowing and they are breeding all kinds of microbes including mosquitoes.

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However, in the light of the fact that AAP government has released Rs. 297 crore under  Local Area Development Scheme (MLALADS) where MLAs can undertake developmental activities including construction of drains in their areas; Pushkar’s agitation against the government seems a little out of place.

“I have tried my level best in the last six months to get things done. I have raised the issue in the assembly in District Development Committee and even reached out to my colleagues, but I have not received any response,” Pushkar explained this as a reason for his incapability to get things fixed in Sangam Vihar.

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The minister’s affiliation with Swaraj Abhiyan, the breakaway group from AAP involving Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, is not a hidden fact and he has shared the Jai Kisan stage, time and again.

On being contacted, the AAP spokesperson was unavailable to comment on the issue.

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization
The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization

The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

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Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)