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Two dozen Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidates lost their security deposit in Punjab

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New Delhi, March 12, 2017: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won 20 seats in the Punjab assembly, came second in 26 constituencies while over two dozen AAP candidates lost their security deposit.

AAP ally Lok Insaaf Party won another two seats.

A total of 62 AAP candidates finished third after the Congress and the SAD-BJP combine while were at the fourth spot in Bhoa, Fazilka and Mukerian, according to election results declared on Saturday.

In Sujanpur, the party was at the fifth place after the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress, an independent and the Revolutionary Marxist Party of India.

During the election campaign and even after the February 4 balloting, AAP leaders had claimed that the party was confident of winning up to 100 of the 117 seats.

At least 25 AAP candidates failed to secure even a sixth of the valid votes cast in their constituencies and forfeited their security deposit.

In vote-share, the AAP came at the third place with around 23 per cent after the Congress, which swept to power with 77 seats and 38.5 per cent votes and the Shiromani Akali Dal, which won 15 seats (over 25 per cent votes).

The BJP, the Akali ally, got just three seats with five per cent vote share. (IANS)

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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)