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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 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)