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Arvind Kejriwal Says AAP Will Defeat BJP In All 7 Lok Sabha Seats In Delhi

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NEW DELHI: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has reiterated that a vote for Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha election will mean victory of BJP and asserted his party will “fulfil its duty” of defeating the ruling party at the Centre on all seven parliamentary seats in Delhi.

Mr Kejriwal’s assertion has come amid a speculation that the Aam Aadmi Party may ally with the Congress to challenge the BJP in parliamentary polls later this year.

Addressing a meeting of party office-bearers from South Delhi Lok Sabha seat, on Thursday, the Delhi chief minister said, “AAP will fulfil its duty of defeating the BJP on all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi.”

Mr Kejriwal asked the partymen to explain the arithmetic of coming polls to voters.

In the last Lok Sabha election, (in Delhi) BJP got 46 per cent votes and AAP obtained 33 per cent and Congress 15 per cent votes, he said.

“The surveys reveal BJP is going to lose 10 per cent of its vote share this time and you need to tell people that if these votes are polled by AAP, it will win all seven seats in Delhi by scoring 43 per cent votes. You have to explain to people that voting for Congress means victory of BJP,” Mr Kejriwal told AAP workers.

He asserted Congress faced defeat in 2014 because of the unity of all and now is the time to remove the “autocracy” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah from the country.

The AAP chief will hold Lok Sabha constituency-wise meetings of Delhi workers till January 16.

Convener of Delhi AAP Gopal Rai said the office-bearers will be given responsibility of polling booths. For every 10 households, a ”Vijay Pramukh” will be appointed for direct connect with voters.

The issue of alliance remains unsettled so far with both AAP and Congress not officially rejecting its possibility.1

Mr Rai had said the Political Affairs Committee of AAP will take a decision on it later.

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To outdo AAP, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari promises big cuts in water, electricity bills

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Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari on Monday said his party would give five times more relief to electricity and water consumers than the AAP government, if voted to power in the national capital.

He also questioned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal about his medical treatment expenditure and why did he not get himself treated at a mohalla clinic.

According to a reply to an RTI application filed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after coming to power in Delhi in 2015, Kejriwal had spent Rs 12,18,027 on treatment in private hospitals, which was paid by the general administration department of the Delhi government, Tiwari said.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had spent Rs 13,25,329 on medical treatment for himself and his family members and ministers Gopal Rai and Imran Hussain had spent Rs 7,22,558 and Rs 2,46,748 on medical treatment respectively, he claimed.

“Why does Kejriwal not provide the real information about the facilities in the mohalla clinics and hospitals of the Delhi government, on which he issues costly advertisements? “If you do not trust the medical services of your government, why are you leaving people at their mercy? It clearly shows that the AAP government has completely failed,” Tiwari told reporters.

He said the information received through the RTI application had proved that if the medical care provided by the mohalla clinics and the Delhi government hospitals was reliable, Kejriwal, his cabinet colleagues and their family members would not have gone to private hospitals for treatment.

“The people of Delhi will never forgive the chief minister for playing with their health,” the BJP leader said.

No immediate reaction was available from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Tiwari was also asked whether his party was in favour of announcing subsidies for water and electricity consumers.

“The BJP is not against subsidies. In fact, if we come to power, we will give five times more relief to water and electricity consumers,” he said.

In an interview to a newspaper, Delhi BJP leader Vijay Goel had said, “The BJP will not give subsidies, but create such an environment that electricity will be cheaper.” Kejriwal had thanked the BJP on Sunday for making its intentions clear that it would withdraw the electricity subsidy announced by his government if voted to power in Delhi, saying it would give a chance to people to choose between “two conflicting models”.

Subsequently, Goel had said once the saffron party came to power in Delhi, it would provide electricity at cheaper rates than the AAP government.

However, Tiwari clarified that the BJP was not against subsidies.

The Assembly polls are due in Delhi early next year.

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BJP’s Pankaja Munde, attending her 5th rally in a day, collapses on stage

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Maharashtra Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde fainted on the dais while addressing a campaign rally at Parli in Beed district on Saturday.

She was taken to a nearby hospital and was recovering, a BJP spokesperson said.

Munde is pitted against her estranged cousin and NCP leader Dhananjay Munde from Parli constituency in the October 21 state assembly elections.

Attending her fifth rally in the town on the last day of campaigning, she collapsed while speaking.

BJP workers and her sister and Beed MP Pritam Munde, who was present, rushed to her help.

BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhaye said Munde’s hectic campaigning schedule could have taken a toll on her health.

She was taken to a local hospital and was recovering, said Shirish Boralkar, another party spokesperson.

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Arvind Kejriwal calls on citizens to fund education of poor kids

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Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday urged Delhiites to step up and offer financial support to bright underprivileged students in the city’s government schools.

Addressing a press conference, the CM said a city-based family has decided to bear the cost of education of Vijay Kumar, who is now a student of IIT-Delhi. Kumar (16) cleared his Class 12 from a government school this year and had availed the IIT-JEE free coaching scheme offered by the city administration.

“You all have already heard of Vijay’s achievements. He had availed the Delhi government’s ‘Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana’ which is a free coaching scheme for aspiring students like him, who dream big but do not have resources. After hearing about Vijay’s case, Varun Gandhi and his family decided to fund his education at IIT-Delhi. Their gesture will inspire others to contribute to society too,” Kejriwal, who himself is an IIT graduate, said at a press conference.

Kumar’s mother is a homemaker and father is a tailor. “Instead of donating money to a temple, making a talented kid realise his dream of IIT is a much bigger service to god. I urge people who can afford to volunteer for such deeds,” Kejriwal said.

Varun Gandhi, a businessman, who was accompanied by his mother, said his family has always valued education and celebrated excellence. “We have our own business and instead of running after brands, we choose to support those who have potential. My brother and I have been toppers of Delhi Univeristy’s Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC). Prior to this, we have offered electric wheelchairs to the differently abled students in SRCC and also financed the coaching of an IAS aspirant,” said Gandhi.

Social welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam also pledged to pay for the tuition fees of 20-year-old Shashi who got admission in Lady Hardinge College after availing the free coaching scheme of the Delhi government.

Buoyed by the success of its ‘Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana’, the AAP government had earlier decided to extend it to needy students from general category and other backward classes. Thirty-five underprivileged students, who got free coaching under the scheme, had cracked the JEE Main and NEET examination this year.

Five of them secured admissions to leading technical and medical institutions such as Lady Hardinge College, IIT-Delhi, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, National Institute of Technology Delhi and Banaras Hindu University.

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