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Taming the VVIP culture: No free event passes for ministers, says Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Delhi is known for its free pass culture. As the national capital, it is home to many VVIPs, and that means free tickets for family and friends. But Arvind Kejirwal led government has decided to crackdown on this obnoxious habit of the elite.

Aam Aadmi Party government has put a blanket ban on free passes for MLAs and ministers, seeking free admission to high profile events using their official position. The Chief Minister has also asked his Principal Secretary to inform Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in case there is a request for the same.

The step has been taken after a delegation of the Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA) met Chief Minister and pointed out the problem of corruption in organizing an event.

“Why should the MLAs and ministers get free passes? They are just common people. During the earlier governments most of the free passes were taken by the ministers and MLAs. Now the CM has asked to stop this practice and I am sure no one will do such a thing again.’ Vijendra Garg, MLA Rajindra Nagar told NewsGram.

“Kejriwal also directed that if anyone wishes to attend any event or concert then they can buy the tickets of the program and attend it,” a senior official said.

Earlier the practice of obtaining free passes for events like IPL matches, plays etc was quite popular among the ministers.

 

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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)