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Lok Sabha elections 2019| Congress has declined alliance, no more talks now: Arvind Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was not holding any talks with the Congress for a pre-poll alliance.

“As far as I know, the Congress has declined an alliance. We are not holding any talks with them. We don’t have anything to do with their meeting. The Congress is planting stories,” Kejriwal, AAP national convener, said on the sidelines of a public meeting in east Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar on Tuesday evening.

Earlier in the day, AAP Delhi convener Gopal Rai said the party will fight elections on its own and there will be “no tie up with the Congress”.

Several senior AAP functionaries, however, said the back-channel talks with Congress leaders were still on. They said Rai’s announcement on Tuesday was “part of a larger political strategy”.

While functionaries of the AAP have claimed to have proposed the Congress a 5:2 seat sharing deal (five for the AAP and two for the Congress), members of the Congress said that they will settle for nothing less than 3:3:1 – three share each for the two parties and one for an independent candidate.

Asked about the “backchannel negotiations”, senior Congress leader and party Delhi in-charge PC Chacko said: “I had my last meeting with Sheila Dikshit yesterday [Monday]. She was against the alliance. I told her once again why and how the alliance is essential to defeat BJP in Delhi. Anything about a seat-sharing ratio was not on table. It will be discussed only after Rahul Gandhi takes the final call on the alliance. For now, nobody has officially approached us with seat sharing numbers, nor have we approached anyone.”

On Tuesday morning, the buzz around a possible Congress-AAP alliance intensified when Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)?president Sharad Pawar flew to Delhi and separately met Congress president Rahul Gandhi and AAP’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh.

Singh said: “If the Congress wants to defeat BJP and stop the politics of hate, it has to tie up with AAP in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. We have conveyed a 5:2 seat share proposal to Congress in Delhi and reiterated the same in the meeting today with Sharad Pawar ji, who had met me after meeting Rahul Gandhi ji. But so far, there has been no negotiation on the specifics of the seat-sharing ratio in the other two states.”

Singh said the Delhi proposal was “not negotiable”.

Rai’s categorical denial on Tuesday was, however, a U-turn on his part. So far, he had maintained that the Congress was causing “damage” to the fight against the BJP by not taking a firm stand on the alliance. On whether if that meant the doors (for an alliance) were totally closed, he had said, “If they approach us, we will see to it.”

When asked if his statement was at odds with MP Sanjay Singh’s statement just hours earlier, Rai simply said: “There is no time for ifs and buts. Now, we will focus only on our campaign.”

Delhi has seven Lok Sabha constituencies and will go for the polls on May 12. The AAP has announced candidates to all seven seats. Neither the Congress nor the BJP have announced their lists.

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17-year-old boy apprehended in Delhi for stalking girls on Instagram.

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A 17-year-old boy has been apprehended by the Delhi Police for allegedly stalking a number of minor girls on Instagram and threatening to publish their private photos.

According to the police, a father filed a complaint after becoming concerned that his 14-year-old daughter’s Instagram photos might have been shared with others.

According to the police, both the father and the daughter were counseled. The girl had shared her private photos and videos with a friend on instagram, and now the friend is pressurizing her to have more inappropriate conversations and send more of her private photos, the police said.

A case was filed based on the statement made by the minor girl.

Source: IndianExpress

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Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann inaugurates 400 Mohalla Clinic in Amritsar

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Image: Bhagwant Mann (Twitter)

Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated 400 Mohalla Clinics in Amritsar’s Putlighar.
Amritsar now has 400 mohalla clinics, bringing the total in the state to 500.

As a chief guest at the inauguration, Delhi CM Kejriwal expressed his happiness and noted that Punjab’s clinics were constructed in ten months rather than the five years it took to construct them in Delhi. He added that a lot of districts and villages will get new clinics.

“I am very happy and thankful for the citizens for believing in us. My little brother, Mann, has fulfilled another guarantee,” he said.

Kejriwal said, “Being a full state, Punjab suffers no interference from the central government unlike Delhi,” in an attack on the central government. Every village will receive more of these clinics in the coming years.”

Source: ANI

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Another Hit & Run Case: Car dragged scooty rider for 300 meters, one died

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Once again a case of hit, run, and drag has come to the fore in Delhi. One person died in this accident while the other is still admitted to the hospital. Delhi Police has arrested a total of 5 accused including the driver by registering a case under the section of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. CCTV footage of this incident has also come to the fore.

On the intervening night of Thursday-Friday, at around 3 pm, two PCR vans of Keshavpuram police station were patrolling the area. Only then the police personnel riding in it saw that a Tata Zest car hit an Activa scooty at Prerna Chowk in Kanhaiya Nagar area. Two youths were sitting on this scooty. One of the young men jumped in the air and fell on the roof of the car. At the same time, another young man jumped and got stuck between the windscreen and the bonnet of the car, while the scooty got stuck in the bumper below.

After this accident, instead of stopping the car, the accused fled from the spot, but the policemen posted in PCR caught all the 5 people in the car after chasing them for about 350 meters. During this, the policemen called the control room and informed them about the accident. The team that reached the spot took both the injured to the hospital, where one was declared brought dead by the doctors. The condition of the other youth remains critical.

Source: Aajtak

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