NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will not contest the Khadoor Sahib bypoll in Punjab even as its former member Bhai Baldeep Singh backed by Swaraj Abhiyan will be in the fray.
The party said it does not want to invest its resources in the bypoll, but will focus on the main battle in 2017.
“We will not be fielding candidates for Khadoor Sahib. What is the point in fielding a candidate when the main elections are few months away? We are focusing on 2017,” AAP’s Punjab co-convenor Durgesh Pathak said.Incidentally, after its resounding success in Lok Sabha polls in Punjab, which gave four lawmakers to the party, the AAP had contested bypolls for Talwandi Sabo and Patiala Assembly seats, but the party suffered a drubbing.AAP had, however, won from Patiala Lok Sabha seat just few months back then.”We don’t want to enter the fray right now. When we know that we have a good chance, we don’t want to take any chances for a bypoll, and instead (want to) focus on the bigger target,” said a party leader.
AAP’s former member Bhai Baldeep Singh has got the support of Swaraj Abhiyan leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who are former members of the party.Making it a prestige battle, the Shiromani Akali Dal is also going out all stops to ensure victory and has fielded Ravinder Singh Brahmpura for the bypoll.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi has been hit by a ‘sugar scam’ after an RTI reply revealed that the city government bought sugar for public distribution from two private companies at ‘exorbitant’ rates.
The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief, MK Meena, taking cognisance of the RTI and a complaint from RTI activist Vivek Garg, on Wednesday ordered a probe into the alleged anomalies in sugar procurement by Delhi government.
The Arvind Kejriwal government has however denied the charges terming them baseless and defamatory. According to the information procured by Garg, Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (DSCSC) procured 101000 quintals of sugar worth Rs.31.62 crore for public distribution at the rate of Rs.33.90-30.87 per kg while the wholesale rates offered by public sugar cooperatives are between Rs.19-20 per kg.
According to the RTI reply,the Delhi government has procured around 15000 quintals from ‘Sainik Food Private Limited’ at Rs.33.90 per kg and 86000 quintals at Rs.30.87 per kg from ‘Doctor Frozen Food India Ltd’ since February.
Based on the information, Garg registered a complaint against Arvind Kejriwal government with the Meena-led ACB, which ordered the probe.
“The probe is being supervised by Meena himself. A notice has been issued demanding the concerned authority from Delhi government to join the probe,” said a source.
The Delhi government in a rejoinder issued later in the day, however, denied the allegations as ‘baseless and defamatory’stating that the name of DSCSC is being ‘unnecessarily’ dragged into the controversy with an ‘ulterior’ motive.
New Delhi: Patiala House Court will on Tuesday hear the criminal defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders.
he case comes in the wake of the AAP leaders charging the Delhi DistrictCricket Association (DDCA) with widespread financial irregularity under the tenure of Jaitley as president.
The case has been filed against five members of AAP namely, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai apart from Kejriwal.
Speaking in Parliament earlier, Jaitley had said that the allegations against him in connection with the DDCA scam were baseless and devoid of truth.
“All these allegations are baseless and devoid of truth. For a total sum Rs. 114 crore, we made a stadium with a capacity of taking 42,000 people. Contrary to that, the Congress built the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium spending Rs. 900 crores. No one raised doubts on that expenditure, “he had said in the Lok Sabha.
On December 21 Jaitley had filed a criminal defamation complaint against Kejriwal and five other leaders of AAP for allegedly defaming him in the DDCA controversy before a Delhi court which took cognizance on his plea.
Sucha Singh Chhotepur has been removed as state convener of the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab. The decision was taken by the state executive at a meeting on May 9. The meeting, held to discuss the “functioning of the state executive committee, Punjab”, was attended by party MPs Harinder Singh Khalsa and Sadhu Singh, while Bhagwant Mann attended through teleconferencing.
The meeting, held to discuss the “functioning of the state executive committee, Punjab”, was attended by party MPs Harinder Singh Khalsa and Sadhu Singh, while Bhagwant Mann attended through teleconferencing