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West Delhi candidates on their toes to woo voters
Playing the honesty card
Candidates of all the political parties have intensified their campaigning in Delhi as only four days are left for the Lok Sabha elections. The candidates are devoting 17-20 hours every day in road shows, meeting people door-to-door and organising corner and public meetings.

Children seek to raise issues before lawmakers
New Delhi, April 5
A manifesto written by children about issues facing by them and what they need from the government and lawmakers was today unveiled by 23 NGOs in the "Vote 4 Children" campaign for "children's representation" in the Lok Sabha.

Fraternity welcomes Dr Vardhan
New Delhi, April 5
During a function organised at Agrasain Bhawan, Ashok Vihar, 300 unani and ayurvedic doctors practicing in the Chandni Chowk Parliamentary constituency expressed their support to the  BJP candidate, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.


EARLIER EDITIONS



Transport unions to support BJP
New Delhi, April 5
Transporter unions of tempo, taxi, auto and truck today announced to support the BJP candidates in Delhi with a pledge to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister.

Shelter for Delhi old age inmates after fire
New Delhi, April 5
About 150 homeless inmates residing in a makeshift old age home in Delhi that caught fire, have been provided a temporary shelter while a search is on to locate the people who went missing, the police said today.

US cop's arrest has nothing to do with Khobragade
New Delhi, April 5
A New York police officer arrested at IGI, Delhi, last month for carrying three live bullets in his luggage is out on bail, authorities in India said today, as officials dismissed US media reports describing it as India's revenge over the Devyani Khobragade affair.

Four held for killing woman who resisted rape
New Delhi, April 5
Four men have been arrested for allegedly murdering a 40-year-old woman by beating her with beer bottles and stones after they tried to sexually assault her at a park in the Uttam Nagar area, West Delhi.





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West Delhi candidates on their toes to woo voters
Syed Ali Ahmed
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, April 5

Playing the honesty card

Candidates of all the political parties have intensified their campaigning in Delhi as only four days are left for the Lok Sabha elections. The candidates are devoting 17-20 hours every day in road shows, meeting people door-to-door and organising corner and public meetings.

In the West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency AAP leader Jarnail Singh, who is a journalist turned politician, starts his campaigning from 6 am and ends about 10 pm. A cavalcade of vehicles, with a party song - "Insan ko insane se ho bhai chara", a few patriotic songs - moves from posh localities to slum clusters and JJ colonies.

During road show, AAP activists distribute caps written with "main hoon Aam, hamen chahiye swaraj" that attracts children in colonies.

Moving in an open jeep with his supporters he appeals to the people to vote for the party. He also gives a pamphlet as declaration of his party that Jarnail is an honest man. The pamphlet also appeals to people if any case is registered against the AAP candidate, kindly inform the office, his candidature will be cancelled.

Wooing Jat, Sikh voters

BJP candidate Parvesh Verma, son of former Chief Minister of Delhi late Sahib Singh Verma, is concentrating on door-to-door meeting along with a strong team of party workers, including municipal councillors and MLAs. He campaigns strategically in Jat dominated areas, in colonies where the Sikh community is in majority, slums and other localities. Being a Jat leader he is being welcomed in villages. In white kurta payajam with party's ribbon that has printed lotus flowers, he contacts Sikhs along with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders. The SAD is in power in Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

Verma, who is a BJP MLA from the Mehrauli Assembly constituency, starts his campaigning at 7 am and ends after 10 pm in which a number vehicles with party workers moves along with him. With a smile on his face, Parvesh appeals to electorates to make him emerging victorious. Today he did road show in an open jeep in Uttam Nagar, Vikaspuri, Hari Nagar.

He visited door-to-door in Nand Vihar, Om Vihar, Nawada and Bhagwati Garden. While talking to voters he mentions the development work done by his late father to take their sympathy.

Turning over every stone

Mahabal Mishra, sitting MP from West Delhi, is not leaving any stone unturned during his election campaigning. In a big company of the Congress Party workers Mishra visit door-to-door. In the colonies where Poorvanchalis are in majority he asks vote in the name of their leader. He claimed to be the leader of Poorvanchalis in Delhi. In the last election poorvanchali voters supported him blindly. Besides poorvachalis, he does road show in villages, in Punjabi dominated areas. He asks for vote in the name of development done in the area. Mishra, who is senior in age than the AAP and BJP candidates, also devotes 15-17 hours every day. During his road show the party workers chant the slogans of the Congress party.

In a public meeting and road show Mishra took Sikh leaders, who have the Congress Party leaning, along with him. He asked the Sikh community electorates to vote for him as he helped them in getting the citizenship to Sikhs who migrated from Afghanistan. He said that he had worked other issues of sangat in West Delhi.

He took a round of Dwarka, Janakpuri, Matiala, Uttam Nagar, Vikaspuri, Tilak Nagar, Madipur and Rajouri Garden.

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Children seek to raise issues before lawmakers

New Delhi, April 5
A manifesto written by children about issues facing by them and what they need from the government and lawmakers was today unveiled by 23 NGOs in the "Vote 4 Children" campaign for "children's representation" in the Lok Sabha.

Devendra Tak, national manager of media and communications for NGO "Save the Children" said: "36 per cent Indians are children and some of them have written this manifesto. We are fighting against child labour and for better health and quality education."

Steve Rocha of "Nine is Mime" and convenor of the "Vote 4 Children" said: "The children cannot vote. Therefore, it is important they should be able to influence people who represent their issues and concerns in Parliament."

The demands include increasing allocation for child protection, health and nutrition in the Union Budget to 10 per cent of the GDP, raising public expenditure on health as per WHO standards and stopping child labour.

The manifesto demands amendment of child labour laws and considering every individual below the age of 18 as a child.

It has called for abolition of foeticide, infanticide and gender-based selection of children. A national nutrition policy to combat malnutrition has also been asked for.

Surabhi, a student, who was part of a children's delegation to the UN, said: "We went to the general assembly in New York and designed the manifesto after a lot of rational discussions." She added: "I feel political parties should include it in their manifestos."

She added: "Development is not development unless it has women and children who form a major part of India's population." IANS

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Fraternity welcomes Dr Vardhan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 5
During a function organised at Agrasain Bhawan, Ashok Vihar, 300 unani and ayurvedic doctors practicing in the Chandni Chowk Parliamentary constituency expressed their support to the 
BJP candidate, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.

The function was organised under the joint banners of the Delhi Medical Forum and Ayush practitioners. The leaders of medical forum - Dr. RS Chauhan, Dr. Keshav Verma, Dr. M Singh, Dr. Pawan Sharma, Dr. Israt, Dr. JA Nazir and Dr. Harish Gupta - welcomed Dr. Vardhan.

Dr. Chauhan described Dr. Vardhan as the pillar of the Indian Medical Service. He said Dr. Vardhan's honesty and patients' care is unparalleled.

Dr. Vardhan today contacted the voters with councilor Kishan Bemad in Sanjay Park and Jheel Park of Shakurpur. He also staged an extensive road show with MLA Mahender Nagpal, Nand Kishore Garg, councillor Chandi Ram Chawla from Pitampura to Vaishali, Wazirpur Village to Ashok Vihar and Tri Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar.

The BJP workers, traders, RWAs and senior citizens welcomed Dr. Vardhan and assured their support to him.

Vardhan addressed corner meetings in Kasabpura, Nabi Kareem, Model Town, and Kashmere Gate. He assured senior citizens and women that they will get full respect and security.

He appealed to the senior citizens that they have an important role to play in this election for change. They should ensure that the youth and other members of their family and society firstly go to vote in the interest of the country before starting their routine work.

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Transport unions to support BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 5
Transporter unions of tempo, taxi, auto and truck today announced to support the BJP candidates in Delhi with a pledge to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister.

The union leaders made this announcement today in the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) office in presence of the DSGMC president, Manjit Singh (GK). The New Delhi Lok Sabha candidate of the BJP, Meenakshi Lekhi was also present on the occasion.
New Delhi constituency candidate of the BJP Meenakshi Lekhi being welecomed by DSGMC president Manjeet Singh GK and members of the transporters association at a meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal
New Delhi constituency candidate of the BJP Meenakshi Lekhi being welecomed by DSGMC president Manjeet Singh GK and members of the transporters association at a meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal 

The transporters unions that announced their support to the BJP are Delhi State Taxi Operator Cooperative TC Society Limited, Indian Tourist Transport Association, Delhi Parivahan Panchayat and the Delhi Transport Association.

The transporters held the Congress party responsible for their poor economic condition. Rate of diesel has gone up but rate of transportation is the same. The government does not allow them to increase the rate of transportation, they said.

Meanwhile, chairman of the Delhi BJP Lok Sabha Election Management and Campaign Committee, Prof Vijay Kumar Malhotra and Delhi BJP president and Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha candidate Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that many school van associations have announced their support to party for helping forming a strong and honest government at the Centre.

The associations have assured that during the next four days they will help in creating a winning atmosphere in Delhi and help the party to win all the seven seats here.

These associations are - School Van Operators Welfare Association (Delhi Pradesh), All Delhi School Van Operators Welfare Association.

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Shelter for Delhi old age inmates after fire

New Delhi, April 5
About 150 homeless inmates residing in a makeshift old age home in Delhi that caught fire, have been provided a temporary shelter while a search is on to locate the people who went missing, the police said today.

Ravi Kalra, director of NGO Earth Saviours Foundation that was running the home for over five years in Vasant Kunj, said some tents have been arranged as temporary shelter for the homeless.

"Now, these people have a temporary roof. Some residents arranged food and necessary materials. I am trying to provide them better arrangements," said Kalra.

A blaze engulfed the home about 2.30 am yesterday. Two inmates died and two more were injured while 10 tents were destroyed and 28 homeless people are reported missing. IANS

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US cop's arrest has nothing to do with Khobragade

New Delhi, April 5
A New York police officer arrested at IGI, Delhi, last month for carrying three live bullets in his luggage is out on bail, authorities in India said today, as officials dismissed US media reports describing it as India's revenge over the Devyani Khobragade affair.

US police officer Manny Encarnacion was arrested on March 11 after three 9 mm bullets were found in the pocket of a jacket in his luggage at the IGI, a senior airport official said.

Encarnacion, a Harlem police officer from the New York Police Department, had alighted from a New York flight at 1.30 am on March 11 and was headed to Pune to meet his newly-wedded wife on an Air India flight. It was when his luggage was passing the X-Ray machine the airport authorities noticed three live bullets.

Officials wondered how Encarnacion went past US immigration with the live bullets in his luggage. "How did he manage to go past US airport scanners with the live bullets in his luggage," a senior official asked.

He was presented before a Delhi court, which granted him bail the same day.

An official said: "If someone is carrying bullets in his baggage, it is against the Indian law. There is a procedure to be followed in such cases."

DCP (IGI Airport) MI Haider said that Delhi International Airport (P) Limited (DIAL) officials upon noticing the bullets in the luggage called up the airport police and kept luggage in custody.

Officials asked Encarnacion, who is around 35, to open his luggage and show the bullets. He was also asked for an explanation.

"When he failed to give us a satisfactory reply, he was arrested under the Arms Act which is same for everyone. It does not matter if the person is Indian or a foreigner," Haider said. IANS

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Four held for killing woman who resisted rape
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 5
Four men have been arrested for allegedly murdering a 40-year-old woman by beating her with beer bottles and stones after they tried to sexually assault her at a park in the Uttam Nagar area, West Delhi.

The arrested men have been identified as Bir Pal (21), Jitender (28), Mohammed Naseem (25) and Mantu Sharma (25). They all are labourers. The fifth accused in the case, Naresh, alias Anna, is absconding.

The police said that on March 29 about 7 am they were informed about a woman's body lying at a park in Kali Basti, Krishna Colony in Uttam Nagar. "We found the body of a 40-year-old woman. She was lying on a cut stem of a Safeda tree at the park. There were injuries on her head and face. Stones covered in blood were lying near her body," said Ranvir Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West District).

The police identified the woman, who was staying at a shelter home in East Uttam Nagar.

The police said that during their investigations into the case they interrogated vagabonds, rag pickers and occupants of shelter homes in Uttam Nagar, Vikaspuri and Janakpuri.

The police were tipped off that the accused could be involved in the murder. They questioned Naseem, Bir Pal, Jitender and Mantu. According to the police, the woman was acquainted with the accused who also stayed at the shelter home where she stayed with her husband. Her husband also works as a labourer. The couple was staying there for the past 20 years.

The accused told the police that all five of them are working as labourers in Uttam Nagar. On March 28, Naresh and Naseem allegedly promised the other accused that they would bring a woman at the park at night. "Naresh gave Rs 500 to Mantu, Jitender and Bir Pal to buy three bottles of beer and a half bottle of whisky for them. They decided to meet at the park," said Ranvir Singh.

Naresh and Naseem allegedly brought the victim on a motorcycle to the park on March 29 about 2.30 am. "The woman accompanied them because she was in the habit of consuming alcohol. The accused made sexual advances towards her after consuming liquor. They tore her clothes and attempted to assault her, but she resisted and started abusing them. She shouted for help. Naseem hit her face with a beer bottle. Naresh and Jitender attacked her with stones on her forehead and cheeks. Bir Pal hit her with a beer bottle on her back. They then picked up her body and placed it on the cut stem of the Safeda tree, to create an impression that she was attacked by an animal," said the officer.

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