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Delhi Assembly polls 2020: BJP spreading lies, free electricity scheme to continue if returned to power, says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Assembly polls 2020: The Election Commission Friday slapped a notice on Kapil Mishra asking why no action should be taken against him.

By: Express Web Desk Written by Rishabh Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: January 24, 2020 9:30:53 pm
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on a roadshow at Janakpuri, Tilak Nagar and Madipur. (Source: Twitter/Arvind Kejriwal)

Delhi Assembly polls 2020: Attacked for giving “freebies” ahead of Delhi Assembly election 2020, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday said in “limited dose they are good for the economy as they make more money available to the poor and boosts demand”.

“However, it should be done in such limits so that no extra taxes have to be imposed and it does not lead to budget deficits,” Kejriwal added. Opposition parties have been attacking the AAP-led Delhi government for announcing schemes like free bus rides for women and 200 units of free electricity, ahead of the polls.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has slapped a notice on BJP’s Model Town candidate for calling Delhi elections a contest between India and Pakistan. Mishra, however, defended his statement saying he “spoke the truth”. “I don’t think I said anything wrong. Speaking truth is not a crime in this country. I spoke the truth. I stand by my statement,” ANI quoted Mishra as saying.

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Delhi will vote for a new Assembly on February 8, and the counting of votes will take place on February 11.

19:45 (IST)24 Jan 2020
AAP says something, does something else: Nadda at Nukkad Sabha

BJP national president J P Nadda on Friday slammed the AAP, alleging the Arvind Kejriwal-led government failed to construct more schools and hospitals and install CCTV cameras in the city as it had promised.  Nadda, who was on January 20 elevated from 'working president' of the BJP to its national president, was addressing a Nukkad Sabha in Pandav Nagar in the Lakshmi Nagar constituency.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of not fulfilling its promises of adding more schools, hospitals, installing free WiFi and appointing anti-corruption ombudsman (Lokpal) in the capital.

"The AAP had promised adding 500 more schools, 30 new hospitals, 5,000 buses, lakhs of CCTV cameras, promised free WiFi at public places, Lokpal. But did they do it? They have not and that is their past," Nadda said, cautioning voters to beware of the AAP's poll promises.

19:23 (IST)24 Jan 2020
Delhi people need to decide whether they want 'Jinnah wali azaadi' or 'Bharat Mata ki Jai':Javadekar

Citing the anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said the people of Delhi need to decide whether they want "Jinnah Wali Azaadi" or Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Javadekar also accused the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress of "poisoning" the minds of minorities.

Ahead of the February 8 polls for 70 Assembly seats in Delhi, the BJP leadership has sharpened attack on the ruling AAP and Congress over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and continuing protest against it at Shaheen Bagh here for more than a month.  "We have seen 'Jinnah Wali Azadi" slogan being raised there. Now, Delhi people need to decide if they want 'Jinnah Wali Azadi' or 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'," Javadekar said in a press conference. (PTI)

18:56 (IST)24 Jan 2020
In Delhi, Amit Shah is discussing schools, hospitals, not 'jaat paat': CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi CM:  "The BJP seeks vote on Jat vs non-Jat in Haryana, Maratha vs non-Maratha in Maharashtra, Hindu-Muslim in Gujarat. In Delhi, Amit Shah discussed about schools, hospitals, and wifi. (BJP wale Haryana mein Jat vs non-Jat karte hain,Maharashtra mein Maratha vs non-Maratha,Gujarat mein Hindu-Muslim ke naam par vote mangte hain. Kal Delhi mein Amit Shah schools, hospital aur wi-fi ki baat kar rahe the. Delhi mein inki jaat paat ki rajneeti nahi chalti.)"

17:53 (IST)24 Jan 2020
Delhi CM: BJP spreading lies, free electricity scheme to continue if returned to power

Addressing a rally in Rohini, Kejriwal said: "BJP is spreading rumours that the free 200 unit electricity scheme will be stopped from march 31. This is a lie. We will continue this scheme when we come back to power."

16:55 (IST)24 Jan 2020
Delhi CM: Gujarat CM bought private plane for 140 crore, we spent the same on free rides for women

Addressing a rally in Rohini, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said: "They ask why we are providing everything for free. They ask where is this money coming from. Recently, the CM of Gujarat bought a private plane for himself for Rs 140 crore. We have made the public rides free for women with an equivalent amount."

16:38 (IST)24 Jan 2020
Sitting Hari Nagar MLA Jagdeep Singh withdraws resignation, to stay with AAP

Days after quitting the AAP over being denied ticket for Delhi Assembly elections, incumbent Hari Nagar legislator Jagdeep Singh said on Friday that he has withdrawn his resignation on the advice of party national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

"I thought it was better to stay with the party. The AAP leadership and the chief minister advised me to stay with the party. So, I thought we have done good work in the past few years so I should continue with the party," he told PTI over phone.

16:11 (IST)24 Jan 2020
Battle for Delhi: A test for three parties with barely any promise in common

Bijli-paani or CAA, small improvements or big-ticket announcements — the upcoming polls will be a test for three parties with barely any promise in common. What is common, though, is a realisation that mega rallies need to give way for a more personal, door-to-door outreach. The Indian Express reports on the AAP, BJP and Congress campaigns

13:24 (IST)24 Jan 2020
Kapil Mishra takes shot at AAP, Cong for supporting anti-CAA protesters

Moments after the Election Commission requested Twitter to remove Kapil Mishra's Thursday's tweet likening Delhi polls to India v Pakistan match, the BJP candidate hit out at leaders of AAP and Congress.

Taking a shot at Delhi's Deputy CM Manish Sisodia for supporting protesters voicing against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act at Shaheen Bagh, Mishra said, "Who's creating a divide between Hindus and Muslim: Sisodia, who stood by anti-CAA protesters at Shaheen Bagh; or Priyanka Gandhi who stood by anti-CAA protesters who burnt trains at Turkman gate; or Kejriwal, who is distributing Rs 5 lakh to protesters. People who gave ticket to Amantullah Khan and Shoaib Iqlab."

13:09 (IST)24 Jan 2020
ECI asks Twitter to remove Kapil Mishra's tweet

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has asked social media platform Twitter to remove BJP’s Model Town candidate Kapil Mishra's tweet which termed Delhi elections a contest between India and Pakistan. Following the directions of Delhi Chief Electoral Officer's office, the ECI asked Twiiter to take the necessary step. The Returning Officer , earlier today, had issued a notice to Mishra in connection with the tweet and asked him to reply by 12.30 pm. Moments after the ECI had issued a showcause notice, the BJP candidate said, “I don’t think I said anything wrong. Speaking truth is not a crime in this country. I spoke the truth. I stand by my statement."

12:26 (IST)24 Jan 2020
Delhi polls 2020: EC sends notice to Kapil Mishra over 'India v Pak' tweet

The Election Commission has sent a showcause notice to BJP’s Model Town candidate Kapil Mishra over his remark that the Delhi polls will be a contest between India and Pakistan – a reference to those who oppose the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Mishra said, “Pakistan has made its entry in Shaheen Bagh. Many mini Pakistans are being formed in Delhi. Indian law is not being followed in Shaheen Bagh, Chandbagh, Indralok. Pakistani rioters have taken over Delhi’s roads.” READ MORE 

12:24 (IST)24 Jan 2020

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Rahul, Kejriwal and Imran Khan speaking same language: Amit Shah Home Minister Amit Shah took a shot at Arvind Kejriwal and said he became CM with the aid of Anna Hazare.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday called Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a master of making false promises. Addressing a gathering in the Matiala area, Shah said, “if competition to make false promises is held in the country, then Kejriwal will definitely come first.”

“I’ve come to remind Kejriwal ji that you forgot the promises you made but neither the people of Delhi nor workers of BJP have forgotten…You became CM with help of Anna Hazare but couldn’t bring a law for Lokpal and when Modi ji brought it you didn’t implement it here,” he said.