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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.

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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.

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Karnataka Deputy CM alleges BJP plotting Governor’s rule.

Shivakumar vehemently refuted the BJP’s claims, asserting that Karnataka boasts one of the most robust law and order mechanisms in the country.

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In a recent statement, Karnataka‘s Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar has raised concerns over the BJP’s alleged secretive agenda to impose Governor’s rule in the state amidst heightened tensions regarding the law and order situation.

The backdrop to this accusation stems from the BJP’s criticism of the deteriorating law and order scenario in Karnataka following the tragic murder of Neha Hiremath, the daughter of a city civic body councillor, on the premises of her college in Hubballi. The incident has triggered widespread outrage and protests across the state.

Shivakumar vehemently refuted the BJP’s claims, asserting that Karnataka boasts one of the most robust law and order mechanisms in the country. He accused BJP leader R Ashoka of clandestinely plotting to enforce Governor’s rule as part of a political strategy to undermine the current administration.

The tragic incident involved the stabbing death of Neha Hiremath, a 23-year-old Master of Computer Applications (MCA) student and the daughter of Congress Councillor Niranjan Hiremath. The alleged perpetrator, Fayaz Khondunaik, was apprehended by the police following his escape from the crime scene.

The incident has escalated into a political showdown between the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP. While the Congress attempts to portray the incident as a personal tragedy, the BJP has framed it within the context of ‘love jihad,’ further exacerbating the political tensions.

Protests, led by BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and other Hindutva-aligned organizations, have erupted across the state, demanding justice and stringent punishment for the accused. This has added fuel to the political fire, with both parties capitalizing on the tragedy to further their respective agendas.

As the situation unfolds, the political landscape in Karnataka remains tense, with accusations and counter-accusations dominating the discourse. The fate of the state’s governance hangs in the balance amidst growing concerns over law and order and the specter of Governor’s rule looms large, intensifying the political turmoil.

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Bengaluru Firm: Rs 1,500 ‘Forest Bathing’ at Cubbon Park – Viral Post

Debate erupts as Trove Experiences offers Rs 1,500 forest bathing in Cubbon Park. Is commercializing Shinrin Yoku ethical? Explore the controversy.

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In Bengaluru, Trove Experiences’ decision to monetize Shinrin Yoku, a revered Japanese practice, has stirred controversy. The offering of guided forest bathing experiences for Rs 1,500 has triggered outcry and ridicule, igniting a fierce debate over the commercialization of a sacred ritual.

Research highlights the benefits of communing with nature, emphasizing its capacity to alleviate anxiety, depression, and uplift mood and self-esteem. Shinrin Yoku, the Japanese art of forest bathing, has long served as an escape from urban chaos, offering a slow, deliberate stroll through wooded areas to soothe modern malaise and restore well-being.

However, criticism has mounted with the introduction of paid guided forest bathing experiences, a novelty in Bengaluru. Trove Experiences’ initiative has sparked a firestorm of debate with its Rs 1,500 forest bathing excursions, conducted not in a forest but at Cubbon Park, where strolling has always been free.

On Trove Experiences’ website, the description of their offering underscores the need for city dwellers to reconnect with nature amidst the stress of urban life. The immersive forest walk promises to leave participants feeling centered and revitalized.

Yet, screenshots of Trove Experiences’ pricing have circulated widely, provoking outrage and mockery. Social media users have derided the notion of paying for a forest bathing experience in a park where grass-touching remains free. The viral post on X has garnered significant attention, with thousands of likes and comments reflecting widespread skepticism and humor.

The controversy surrounding Trove Experiences’ commercialization of Shinrin Yoku underscores broader questions about the ethical boundaries of monetizing sacred practices and the commodification of nature’s healing benefits. As debates continue, the clash between commercial interests and cultural reverence remains unresolved, leaving many to ponder the true essence of Shinrin Yoku amidst the uproar.

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Tejasvi Surya Faces Backlash at Bengaluru Campaign Event

Tejasvi Surya faces criticism at Bengaluru campaign event as investors demand answers on Guru Raghavendra Co-operative Bank scam.

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Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya encountered a turbulent situation during a recent election campaign event in the city. The event, held at the Laxmanrao Imandar auditorium, took an unexpected turn when investors who had suffered losses in the multi-crore scam involving the Guru Raghavendra Sahakara Bank Niyamitha demanded accountability from the parliamentarian.

The investors, visibly frustrated by the delay in compensation for their losses, sought answers from Surya and other leaders present, including Basavanagudi BJP legislator L A Ravi Subramanya. Despite attempts by the leaders to assuage their concerns, the investors remained dissatisfied with the responses provided.

Footage from the event circulated on social media platforms, capturing the moment when Surya was escorted out of the venue by his security personnel. During his exit, he engaged in heated exchanges with some of the investors who approached him with their grievances.

The incident drew attention from various political quarters, with Karnataka Congress seizing the opportunity to criticize Surya’s handling of the situation. The party took to Twitter to highlight the MP’s departure from the event, characterizing it as an escape through an “emergency exit door.”

In response, Surya’s office released a statement accusing Congress workers of disrupting the meeting and attempting to derail the BJP’s campaign efforts. The statement condemned the alleged tactics employed by Congress workers, including pushing and shoving attendees, and emphasized the BJP’s commitment to a positive and development-oriented campaign.

The controversy surrounding the campaign event underscores the ongoing fallout from the Guru Raghavendra Co-operative Bank scam, which came to light in 2020. Despite efforts by regulatory authorities and the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation to mitigate the impact on depositors, many individuals remain uncompensated for their losses.

The Enforcement Directorate’s investigation into the scam revealed instances of fund misappropriation and financial irregularities, leading to the attachment of the bank’s properties worth Rs 159 crore. With over 15,000 depositors yet to receive full compensation, the Karnataka government’s decision to hand over the probe to the CBI reflects the seriousness of the situation.

As the election campaign in Bengaluru South unfolds, the incident involving Tejasvi Surya serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by politicians in addressing the grievances of affected constituents amidst ongoing controversies and political scrutiny.

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