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Politics over Garbage: AAP, BJP launch cleanliness drive in Delhi

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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh clean city roads in New Delhi on June 13, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: A day after protesting, sanitation workers of East and North Delhi called off their strike over non-payment of salaries, which had left heaps of garbage piled up on the streets. Consequently, the Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP came out with brooms and launched a cleanliness drive on Saturday.

Blaming each other for the garbage crisis in the city, leaders of both the parties began to clean the city.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia along with AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Alka Lamba took part in the cleanliness drive. Sisodia was seen cleaning the garbage littering the streets in his constituency Patparganj.

BJP Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay also took part in the cleaning up near Akshardham. He blamed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for the garbage mess.


Upadhyay said, “We have a target of 48 hours to clean Delhi.”

Attacking the BJP and the AAP, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh blamed both AAP leader Kejriwal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said they are “masters of nautanki”.

“AAP starts cleanliness drive after sanitation workers strike has been called off. Photo ops for AAP. Modi and Kejriwal are masters of nautanki,” tweeted Singh.

Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said such a thing was “never witnessed” during the Congress rule.

“The problem has been created by the AAP. It is their responsibility to keep Delhi clean. For the 15 years, the Congress ruled Delhi never did MCD workers not get their salaries, a proper budget was made every year,” she said. (IANS)

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First Hindu Temple Lays Foundation Stone in Abu Dhabi

The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said

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The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. Wikimedia

The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed on Saturday in the presence of officials from India and the United Arab Emirates as well as thousands of members of the community.

The ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj — the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha — the organisation building the temple, along with other priests. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri attended the event in the presence of over 2,500 Indians from the UAE and across the world, according to Gulf News.

Suri and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader B.R. Shetty were among those who laid foundation stones. Some 50 priests from India were part of the ceremony, the Khaleej Times reported.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Wikimedia

UAE’s Minister of Climate Change Thani Al Zoyoudi and Ahmad Bilhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Sciences, were among the attendees.  The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said.

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The stones of the temple will be hand-carved by artisans in India and then transported to Abu Dhabi. Once completed, this will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.

The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. (IANS)