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AAP Alleges Sanjay Singh’s Arrest Without Evidence Reflects BJP’s Frustration

AAP slams Sanjay Singh’s arrest in Delhi excise case as “completely illegal” and claims it exposes BJP’s frustration over 2024 election prospects.



AAP Alleges Sanjay Singh's Arrest Without Evidence Reflects BJP's Frustration

New Delhi: the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) strongly condemned the arrest of its leader, Sanjay Singh, in connection with the Delhi excise policy case. The AAP characterized the action taken by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) as “completely illegal” and suggested it reflected the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) frustration due to the anticipated defeat in the 2024 elections to the INDIA bloc.

Sanjay Singh, in a video message recorded prior to his arrest following extensive searches at his residences, asserted that his arrest lacked any substantial evidence and pledged to continue raising his voice against corruption. He stated, “I accept dying but not bowing down.” He further emphasized his previous efforts to expose alleged scams involving Adani and criticized the lack of action by the ED against Adani. Singh asserted that Prime Minister Modi would face a significant defeat in the 2024 elections.

He went on to argue that the BJP cannot secure victory through oppressive measures and imprisonment of individuals. Singh reaffirmed his commitment to opposing corruption and asserted that he and his fellow AAP members would not back down in the face of such challenges.

AAP’s leader and Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, predicted that more opposition leaders would be arrested in the lead-up to the parliamentary elections, attributing this to Prime Minister Modi’s apprehension about the upcoming polls. He characterized the ED’s raids at Singh’s residence as the “last desperate attempt” by a party that appeared poised for defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.

Kejriwal highlighted the ongoing controversy surrounding an alleged ‘liquor scam’ over the past year, noting that no substantial evidence or money recovery had occurred despite numerous raids and arrests. He also stated that various government agencies, including the ED, CBI, and police, would become increasingly active as the elections drew nearer.

Sanjay Singh’s arrest came after extensive questioning by the Enforcement Directorate, making him the second high-profile AAP leader to be arrested in connection with the case, following Manish Sisodia.

The AAP shared a video in which Singh is seen seeking blessings from his mother before leaving his home. In another video, Singh’s wife alleged that the agency officials failed to find anything incriminating during the raids and contended that her husband had been arrested in a baseless case.

Delhi Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj criticized the excise case as a fictitious scam that had been under scrutiny for over a year. He expressed skepticism that any evidence of corruption would be found at Singh’s residence, despite claims made by the investigating authorities.

Bharadwaj emphasized that Singh was a prominent voice in the opposition and accused the central government of attempting to silence him. He expressed hope for swift elections and a change in leadership, condemning the raids in the strongest terms.

After his arrest, Sanjay Singh held a joint press conference with senior leader Atishi and party spokesperson Priyanka Kakkar. He argued that there was a prevailing sentiment against the BJP and criticized the arrest as an attempt to silence opposition voices.

Atishi echoed these sentiments, asserting that the BJP was afraid of those who raised their voices against the party and expressed confidence that they would not be silenced.

Priyanka Kakkar, the AAP’s chief national spokesperson, labeled the raids as a manifestation of “vendetta” politics, characterizing them as politically motivated attempts to discredit individuals. She cited the lack of substantial findings in the past 15 months as evidence of a vindictive political agenda.

Delhi Cabinet minister Gopal Rai suggested that the raids were motivated by the BJP’s fear of impending defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. He condemned the targeting of journalists and argued that it represented an attempt to suppress voices critical of those in power, which he deemed contrary to democratic principles.

Rai also emphasized the importance of the BJP placing trust in the electorate rather than resorting to the misuse of government agencies to stifle dissent, noting that such tactics historically did not yield electoral success.


AP CM Issues Cyclone Alert: Urgent Preparations and Relief Measures Underway

Cyclone Alert: CM Jagan Reddy directs high alert as Bay of Bengal’s low pressure escalates into a cyclonic storm.



AP CM Issues Cyclone Alert: Urgent Preparations and Relief Measures Underway
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy issued a directive on Saturday, urging officials to remain on high alert in anticipation of a low-pressure system over the Bay of Bengal transforming into a cyclonic storm.

The Chief Minister was apprised that the cyclone is anticipated to make landfall between Nellore and Machilipatnam on December 4, progressing northward.

To mitigate the impact, the Chief Minister instructed cyclone-affected district collectors and disaster management officials to prepare for relief and rescue efforts. They were tasked with restoring power lines and transportation facilities in affected areas, and relocating people from coastal regions to safer locations, organizing relief camps, and ensuring adequate stocks of essential supplies such as milk, drinking water, and food.

Responding promptly to the Chief Minister’s directives, the government allocated Rs 2 crore to Tirupati district and Rs 1 crore each to SPSR Nellore, Prakasam, Bapatla, Krishna, West Godavari, Dr BR Ambedkar Konaseema, and Kakinada districts for relief measures.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a cyclone alert for Andhra Pradesh and the adjacent North Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coasts. According to the IMD, as of 0600 UTC on December 2, a deep depression over the southwest Bay of Bengal was centered approximately 540 km southeast of Nellore, 650 km south-southeast of Bapatla, and 650 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam. The depression is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours and cross the south Andhra Pradesh coast between Nellore and Machilipatnam around 0600 UTC on December 5.

Chief Secretary K. S. Jawahar Reddy, during a video conference with district collectors, emphasized the need for preparedness to address any situations arising from the cyclone. District collectors were instructed to take precautionary measures to prevent loss of life and minimize property damage.

As the cyclone approaches, heavy to very heavy rains are predicted for the next three days in Tirupati, Nellore, Prakasam, Bapatla, Krishna, West Godavari, Konaseema, East Godavari, Kakinada, and Anakapalli districts. The Chief Secretary urged district collectors to ensure that fishermen do not venture into the sea during this period and to caution those already at sea to return.

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Mizoram Vote Count Moved to December 4th: Election Commission

The (ECI) rescheduled the Mizoram assembly election vote count to December 4 (Monday) from the initial date of December 3 (Sunday).



Mizoram Vote Count Moved to December 4th: Election Commission

The Election Commission of India (ECI) made an official announcement on Friday, revealing a change in the schedule for counting votes in Mizoram‘s state assembly elections. The counting, initially slated for December 3 (Sunday), will now take place on December 4 (Monday).

Mizoram, along with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana, participated in the electoral process last month. While the results for the other four states are set to be disclosed on Sunday, Mizoram’s counting has been rescheduled to the following day.

The decision by the ECI to shift the counting date was prompted by requests from civil society organizations within Mizoram. These groups emphasized that Sunday holds special significance for the state’s predominantly Christian population. The ECI acknowledged receiving multiple representations urging the change and subsequently decided to amend the date.

In a press release, the ECI stated, “The Commission has received several representations from various quarters requesting a change in the date of counting from 3rd December, 2023 (Sunday) to some other weekday, citing the special significance of 3rd December, 2023, being a Sunday for the people of Mizoram. The Commission, having considered these representations, has decided to revise the date of counting for the General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Mizoram from 3rd December, 2023 (Sunday) to 4th December, 2023 (Monday).”

Earlier on the same day, the Mizoram NGO Coordination Committee (NGOCC) staged protests across the state advocating for the change in date, as reported by PTI. The NGOCC, serving as the umbrella organization for major civil society groups and student bodies in the state, expressed dissatisfaction with the ECI’s initial silence on the matter despite repeated appeals from political parties, churches, and NGOs for rescheduling the counting date.

Voting in Mizoram occurred on November 7, with a noteworthy 80.43% voter turnout. The outcomes of these five assembly elections are anticipated to set the tone for the 2024 general elections, projected to take place in April-May 2024.

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‘People got access to basic facilities after 2014’: Amit Shah slams previous govts in Gujarat rally

During his two-day Gujarat visit, Amit Shah vehemently criticized past governments.



'People got access to basic facilities after 2014': Amit Shah criticizes past govts at Gujarat rally.
Photo: Union Minsiter Amit Shah

During a two-day visit to Gujarat, Union Minister Amit Shah launched a strong critique of previous governments, asserting a transformative shift in India’s trajectory before and after 2014. Speaking at a public gathering during the “Bharat Sankalp Yatra” in Chanduwav village, Gir Somnath district, Shah asserted that pre-2014, a significant portion of the population lacked access to basic necessities.

Addressing the crowd, Shah highlighted the stark divide, stating, “There were two Indias until 2014. The first comprised 70 crore people devoid of essentials such as gas, drinking water, toilets, electricity, housing, and even struggled for free food grains. India was distinctively different back then.”

Attributing the positive shift to the Modi government‘s initiatives, Shah outlined, “In 2014, the Modi government made crucial decisions, ensuring every household had a bank account, a gas cylinder, a toilet, and access to tap water. A comprehensive plan was put in place to cover all medical costs up to five lakhs per person. Furthermore, each individual would receive five kilograms of free grains, a transformative step benefiting seventy crore people.”

Criticizing previous administrations, Shah remarked, “After 75 years of independence, while countries like Russia, China, Japan, and Germany have made significant progress, India must introspect on its current position. As we approach the centenary of independence, our resolve should be to make India a global leader in every field.”

Emphasizing the role of citizens in India’s development, Shah asserted, “No government, be it state or central, can solely make India first and developed in all sectors. The responsibility lies with 130 crore Indians. This Yatra aims to reach every village, bringing equality and development to over 70 crore Indians.”

Shah outlined two facets of a developed India, stating, “A developed India envisions safety, prosperity, the world’s best education system, global production dominance, and superior roads, infrastructure, and railways. Simultaneously, a developed India ensures every citizen has a home, drinking water, gas, toilet, health facilities up to five lakhs, and five kilos of free grains monthly.”

In conclusion, Amit Shah reiterated the transformative journey India has undertaken since 2014, emphasizing the collective responsibility of its citizens in achieving comprehensive development.

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