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Swaraj Abhiyaan rally in Chicago calls for united effort for a better India

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By Himani Kumar

Chicago: A crowd of 50 at the Schaumburg Public Library witnessed the rally of Swaraj Abhiyaan Chicago Chapter on October 4. The outfit spearheaded by Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan and Prof Anand Kumar boasts of members who had earlier shunned the Aam Aadmi Party’s Chicago wing.

Addressing the meet, one of the founders, Shalini Gupta said, “the whole system cannot be healthy if our subsystem is not prosperous and healthy.”

She lamented, “Rapes and crimes have increased, citizens lack basic facilities, development does not touch all segments and classes, and discrimination based on caste, class, race and religion is still rampant”. She further added, “we need to work on decentralization of power to local units and an economic system where everyone will have work.” Recollecting that “more than 250,000 farmers took their lives in India” Gupta called for a united effort to address the issue.

Gupta said, via collective efforts it is possible to provide basic necessities to all, provide financial security, maintain law and order and ensure social security.

According to a Press release, Swaraj Abhiyan, with the vision of “Swaraj” or self-rule, has been introduced as a pan India organization with NRI chapters in different countries whose mission is to inspire and engage citizens to tackle the most pressing problems affecting India and the world.

An attendee from another organization, India Development Coalition of America (IDCA), also working for the betterment of India, informed the gathering that it has scheduled a conference in Wheaton, IL on poverty eradication and climate change on October 17 and 18, 2015.

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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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20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
  • 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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