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Gujarat CM should resign: Arvind Kejriwal

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal called for the resignation of his Gujarat counterpart Bhupendra Patel over the Morbi bridge collapse, saying the tragedy was the result of massive corruption.
On the day PM Modi visited Morbi, Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party is emerging as the principal challenger to BJP in the run-up to the Gujarat assembly elections, referred to reports that a company that makes clocks was given the charge of renovating the suspension bridge.

“Why was a company that makes clocks given the tender of a bridge? This means he (the company’s owner) had links with the party (BJP). The FIR in the case mentions neither the company nor its owners,” said Kejriwal.

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The AAP convenor said there were allegations that the ruling party had received a huge donation from the company’s owners and that such charges needed to be probed. “The chief minister has no right to continue. He must resign and elections should be held immediately,” he said.
Referring to the clean-up exercise at Morbi civil hospital ahead of the PM’s visit to meet survivors of the bridge accident, Kejriwal said, “The spruce-up at hospital is a separate matter, but the matter is being covered up… Was it due to contracts being given to friends and relatives?”



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BJP plans campaign against Rahul Gandhi’s ‘insult to backwards’

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New Delhi: The BJP has planned a campaign from April 6-14 to highlight Congress leader Rahul Gandhi‘s disqualification from the Lok Sabha as a decision stemming from his “insult to OBCs (other backward classes)” and the work done by the Modi government for the community.On Tuesday, the BJP’s OBC members from both Houses took out a march from Parliament complex to Vijay Chowk protesting against Gandhi’s comments on the “Modi surname“, which led to his disqualification, and demanded an apology.

Union minister Smriti Irani, who defeated Gandhi in the 2019 general election from Amethi, termed his refusal to apologise to the OBC community for his “indecent” comments yet another “manifestation of the Gandhi family’s political arrogance”.

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State denied legitimate funds, claims West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday accused New Delhi of denying the state ‘legitimate’ funds for several government welfare programs, upping the ante before Panchayat polls that political pundits believe will be a dress rehearsal for the general elections scheduled next year. She slammed the Centre on Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections, alleging ‘deprivation’ of the state from allocation of central funds.

“In the name of GST, the Centre is taking all the money. It was our fault to support it. We thought various states would benefit from it,” Banerjee said. “But now the Centre is not paying money for 100-day projects and other Central schemes.”

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She said that MGNREGA funds worth ₹7,000 crore were yet to be paid besides funds allocated for other central welfare plans, such as rural-road building, PM Awas Yojana and scholarships for needy students.”I will arrange alternative work for the 100-day job-card holders for several projects in the state, including rural road construction, and PWD projects,” Banerjee said. “The Centre is not paying money for 100-day MGNREGA work from last year. We have decided to construct 12,000 km-long rural roads, and 100-day job card holders will be deployed and receive an alternative employment.”

She has already announced that she will sit for a two-day dharna near Dr Ambedkar Statue in the city, starting from tomorrow, against deprivation of the state and non-disbursal of funds by the Centre. Similar protests will be organized by the Trinamool workers all across the state.

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In all gram panchayats, altogether 9,000-plus roads will be constructed, totalling more than 12,000 km in length, Banerjee said. “In 22 districts, work will be undertaken in 30,000 villages and expenditure will be approximate nearing Rs 4,000 crore,” the chief minister said.”Launched today, the Pathashree-Rastashree project will ensure better connectivity through 12,000 km of roads in 22 districts. With this, we take another step forward in the direction of development,” she said.



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As Rahul Gandhi decides to move out, Mallikarjun Kharge offers his residence

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New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi formally informed the authorities on Tuesday that he will comply with the directive to vacate his official bungalow on 12, Tughlaq lane following his disqualification as a member of the Lok Sabha after his court conviction. Party president Mallikarjun Kharge suggested Gandhi could stay at his mother Sonia Gandhi‘s 10 Janpath official residence or else move to Kharge’s Rajaji Marg official residence.

Within a day after he received the official directive, Gandhi wrote back to the concerned official of the Lok Sabha secretariat. “As an elected member of the Lok Sabha over the last 4 terms, it is the mandate of the people to which I owe the happy memories of my time spent here. Without prejudice to my rights, I will, of course , abide by the details contained in your letter.” Gandhi has one month to vacate the house and his letter meant he was not seeking an extended stay there.

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Kharge lashed out at the government for asking Gandhi even as he made his own suggestion and offer. “He can go and live with his mother or he can come to me, I will vacate one (his official residence) for him,” he said.



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