AICC screening committee meet on candidates inconclusive
The preliminary meeting of the AICC screening committee took place on Thursday. The first meeting of the screening committee could not finalise guidelines for shortlisting candidates for the Delhi Assembly polls and instead tasked Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and DPCC president J P Agarwal to finalise criteria for selecting the ticket-seekers. The screening committee headed by V Narayanasamy told Dikshit and Agarwal to prepare a panel of candidates for each constituency based on criteria finalised by the two. Sources said the screening committee will have back-to-back meetings on Saturday,Sunday and Monday,where the shortlisted candidates finalised by Dikshit and Agarwal will be examined.
According to senior party leaders,the election committee of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee had earlier broadly agreed to send a list of the 42 MLAs to the screening committee without a panel of three names as proposed earlier.
CM lists steps taken by govt for women empowerment
With the Delhi government facing flak from other political parties on the issue of women safety,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday listed the measures her government had taken to accelerate the process of women empowerment. At a meeting of Congress women workers,Dikshit said her government had provided 50 per cent reservation for women. In addition,she said her government had initiated the Laadli scheme for the education of girls,set up gender resource centres,and implemented the Dilli Annashree Yojana and Food Security Scheme.
Our government was the first to introduce the Laadli scheme,which was later replicated by the Central government and other states. Further,my government has been providing relief to women in registration of properties in their names. They are charged two per cent less on stamp duty. Only the Congress government would allot low-cost houses in the name of women as the first owner, Dikshit said.
Single-window clearance for NOCs for rallies,meetings
The election commission has decided to set up co-ordination committees from next week to facilitate single-window clearance of no-objection certificates (NOCs) for rallies and meetings. The single window will comprise representatives from the Delhi Police,Delhi Fire Service,land-owning authorities and the electricity department so as to streamline the process of issuing of NOCs.
Falsely charged because brother is AAP leader: Spot-fixing accused
Accused of kidnapping one of the men accused in the IPL spot-fixing case,the brother of a AAP candidate on Thursday filed a bail plea,claiming he had been falsely charged because his younger brother was an AAP candidate in the upcoming Assembly elections. The case was filed to defame his family because his brother is contesting the elections, argued advocate A P Singh,who appeared for accused Chakit Ravi,brother of AAP leader Vishesh Ravi,who is standing for the elections from the Karol Bagh constituency. IPL spot-fixing case accused Ritesh Bansal,who was kidnapped and then rescued in August,had alleged he was kidnapped by four persons,including Chakit Ravi.
In his plea heard before the court of Additional Sessions Judge Ila Rawat,Ravi claimed the complainant had filed a frivolous and baseless complaint with ulterior motives.