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Remove Aam Aadmi from all forms of display, EC tells AAP

The party calls the move arbitrary, decries "procedural lapses"23 Mar 2017 | 12:29 AM

NEW DELHI:In run up to the municipal elections in Delhi, the State Election Commission has directed the Chief Secretary of the Delhi government and all three municipal commissioners to take action with regards to the removal of the words "Aam Aadmi" from all forms of display across the city prompting a fuming Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to question the directive accusing the State Election Commission of falling prey to the “diktats” of political masters.

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 22

In run up to the municipal elections in Delhi, the State Election Commission has directed the Chief Secretary of the Delhi government and all three municipal commissioners to take action with regards to the removal of the words "Aam Aadmi" from all forms of display across the city prompting a fuming Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to question the directive accusing the State Election Commission of falling prey to the “diktats” of political masters.

Calling the move "arbitrary", AAP convener Dilip Pandey, who today met the State Election Commission officials, claimed the directive is an attempt to “subvert” constitutional provisions at the behest of political leaders and alleged “procedural lapses”.

“The natural process of justice was not followed and after the complaint the government was not called for a hearing,” said Pandey.

On the other side, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party welcomed the decision, saying its stand is “vindicated”.

The directive seeks removal of the words aam aadmi from all forms of displays, including Aam Aadmi Clinic and Aam Aadmi Express bus service, as demanded by Leader of Opposition Vijendra Gupta who on Monday led a delegation to State Election Commissioner SK Srivastava. The compliance report is to be submitted within 48 hours.

“There was a submission from the Leader of Opposition on violation of Model Code of Conduct regarding removal of the words from government schemes. So, in response we have issued a directive to the Chief Secretary, commissioners of the MCD and the Delhi Police to report compliance to us within 48 hours," said a senior official from the State Election Commission.

On the issue, Pandey submitted a memorandum to the State Election Commissioner to lodge his party’s resentment over the directive on the basis of the opposition party’s objection to use of aam aadmi in government-run schemes — something the AAP claims reflects the BJP’s narrow-mindedness and fear of losing to the AAP.

The AAP leader accused the State Election Commission of “misusing” constitutional position to “appease” the political leaders in power while reminding the commission about its role.

On the same lines, the AAP sought to know from the State Election Commission if it would ask the Chief Secretary to remove the words — “Bhartiya” and “Janata” and “Indian” and “National”— from all government  installations and billboards because they also figure in the names of the BJP and Indian National Congress.

“The constitutional post is being misused at the behest of political leaders and the State Election Commission has said it would look into the procedural lapse and issue an order. Guidelines are in place for the State Election Commission to function and not to give in to political pressure,” Pandey told briefing reporters outside the State Election Commission office.

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AAP chief to begin canvassing from March 31

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NEW DELHI:Hoping to invigorate his party’s prospects, Aam Aadmi Party national convener and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be on ground from March 31 canvassing for AAP candidates for the municipal corporation polls at a time when Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will get its top brass, including BJP national president Amit Shah and Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, to address a rally of polling booth in-charges at Ramlila Maidan here on March 25.

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Consumers urged to switch off power on March 25

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NEW DELHI:BSES has exhorted the residents to minimise their use of electricity by turning off extra lights on March 25 when the whole world will observe “Earth Hour”.

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NEW DELHI:A 50-year-old man today allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a train at Azadpur Metro station.

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Book on Sardar-e-Azam Santokh Singh released

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NEW DELHI:Credit for opening Sikh educational institutions, expansion of historic gurdwaras, their beautification, bringing of weapons of Guru Gobind Singh back from London, second language status to Punjabi in Delhi, Punjabi Kavi Sammelan at Red Fort and various other charitable services goes to late Sikh leader, Jathedar Santokh Singh, said various speakers at a book release function, Sardar-e-Azam Santokh Singh.

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NEW DELHI: Decrying the latest guidelines for human resource on diagnostic labs under the Clinical Establishments Act (CEA) 2010, a group of M.Sc. medical postgraduates (in microbiology and biochemistry) from across the country today staged a protest in the national Capital against the provisions demanding the inclusion of medical M.Sc. degree in the CEA and in the first schedule of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.

DCW helps woman get maternity leave pay

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NEW DELHI:A woman employee of a private firm who was denied salary during maternity leave was granted the benefit following intervention by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).

Swaraj India, AAP release lists

21 Mar 2017 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI:Swaraj India today announced the names of 34 candidates for the municipal elections in the city taking the total tally to 130 candidates at a time when the Aam Aadmi Party’s list has reached around 262 candidates for the elections to be held on April 22.

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