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BJP should form govt in Delhi: Dikshit
New Delhi, September 11
Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today suggested the BJP to form the government in Delhi and said the party should be given an opportunity, inviting ire of Congress leaders who expressed shock over her statement and instantly parted way from her remarks.

Rain brings respite from heat
New Delhi, September 11
People face a tough time to cross a water-logged road near Connaught Place after heavy rain in New Delhi on Thursday Rain lashed the national Capital today bringing down the temperatures by seven notches but leading to a rise in humidity level.


People face a tough time to cross a water-logged road near Connaught Place after heavy rain in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

DUSU polls today
New Delhi, September 11
The Delhi University authorities are geared up for the keenly contested students' union elections where over one lakh voters will be exercising their franchise tomorrow.




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Kin create ruckus, rough up nurse at AIIMS
New Delhi, September 11
A nurse from Arunachal Pradesh was allegedly roughed up by a patient's relatives at the emergency ward of AIIMS hospital in south Delhi yesterday, the police said.

Activists protest holding of Pak exhibition at Pragati Maidan
New Delhi, September 11
People allegedly belonging to the right wing groups attempted to disrupt a lifestyle exhibition featuring exhibitors from Pakistan at Pragati Maidan today.

 





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BJP should form govt in Delhi: Dikshit
Cong disapproves of the remarks, says its her personal views
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 11
Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today suggested the BJP to form the government in Delhi and said the party should be given an opportunity, inviting ire of Congress leaders who expressed shock over her statement and instantly parted way from her remarks.

"If the BJP has reached such a situation that it can form government, it is good for Delhi. In a democracy, elected governments are always good as they represent the people," Dikshit said.

"It is yet to be seen how government is formed and what challenges will be there for a minority government. And, can they (BJP) cross this...It is up to them (BJP)," she said.

Dikshit had recently resigned as Governor of Kerela after the BJP-led Modi government was installed at the Centre paving way for speculation that she might return to active politics.

A three-time Chief Minister, Dikshit had led the Congress to spectacular victories in assembly polls in Delhi in 1998, 2003 and 2009, however, the Congress suffered a severe drubbing in the assembly polls in Delhi in December last year.

"In the absence of elected government, people do not know where they should go. And their voice is heard nowhere. MLAs, whether they are from the Congress, AAP or others, do not want election," she said.

"If they (BJP) form government, they will have to prove majority on the floor of House...So, let the government form and then decision would take place," she added.

Dikshit's statement sent shocker to the quarters of the Congress who said it is her "personal opinion" and has nothing to do with it, whereas the BJP praised her for straightforward remarks over the political deadlock that is prevailing in the capital and that it was "mature" and "thoughtful".

"Her remark is her personal opinion and does not represent party's stand," said Arvinder Singh, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president.

"We are shocked by Dikshit's statement on the government formation. It may be her personal views and not party's opinion. Our stand is very clear from the day one that the Congress would not let the BJP form government in the national Capital," Mukesh Sharma, spokesperson for the Delhi Congress.

On the other side, the Aam Admi Party, which has been alleging the BJP and the Congress of indulging in horse trading and trying to buy its MLAs, said both the parties are together in some way or the other and that they do not want the AAP to form government as that will also expose Dikshit and can end her behind the bars.

Kejriwal meets police chief

After the Aam Aadmi Party's "sting operation" showing the BJP attempting to buy support of its MLAs to help form government in Delhi, party convenor Arvind Kejriwal this evening met Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi and asked him to file FIR against BJP leaders.

"We have submitted the CD of the sting operation with formal complaint to the Police Commissioner, requested to file an FIR," Kejriwal said after his meeting with Bassi. In the video, BJP's Delhi unit vice-president Sher Singh Dagar allegedly offered bribe to AAP MLA from Sangam Vihar Dinesh Mohania to switch sides.

Talking to mediapersons, Kejriwal said he has requested the Delhi Police Commissioner to arrest Dagar and interrogate him.

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Rain brings respite from heat
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 11
Rain lashed the national Capital today bringing down the temperatures by seven notches but leading to a rise in humidity level.

According to MeT department officials here, the day temperature was recorded as 29.1 C, five notches below the season's average and seven degrees less from yesterday's maximum. The minimum settled at 25.2 C.

The Safdarjung observatory, which supplies the official reading for the city, recorded 15.2 mm rainfall, while Lodhi Road observatory registered 18.3 mm.

Showers measuring 50.4 mm occurred in areas under Ridge weather station, while the region covered by Palam and Ayanagar observatory received 0.3 mm rainfall.

Humidity in air fluctuated between 83 and 92 per cent. The weatherman has predicted overcast conditions and rainfall for in some areas tomorrow.

"Skies will be generally cloudy. Rain or thundershowers may occur in some areas. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be at 31 and 25 C, respectively," said the weatherman.

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DUSU polls today

New Delhi, September 11
The Delhi University authorities are geared up for the keenly contested students' union elections where over one lakh voters will be exercising their franchise tomorrow.

The voting for the DUSU elections will take place across 50 university's colleges through 750 electronic voting machines (EVMs).

The results will be declared on Saturday. Last year, ABVP had won three out of four union posts while the NSUI got one post.

"With over 1,10,000 voters, the voting will take place across 50 colleges of the university from morning to evening," DS Rawat, Returning Officer (DUSU elections), said today.

According to DU authorities, the timings for voting for students of morning colleges will be from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm while the students of evening colleges can cast their votes from 3 pm to 7 pm.

Rawat said 750 EVMs would be used for the elections, adding that adequate security arrangements have also been made at each and every polling centre to prevent any untoward incident.

Besides ABVP and NSUI backed candidates, AISA and several Independent candidates are also contesting for the positions of DUSU president, vice-president, secretary and joint-secretary. PTI

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Kin create ruckus, rough up nurse at AIIMS
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 11
A nurse from Arunachal Pradesh was allegedly roughed up by a patient's relatives at the emergency ward of AIIMS hospital in south Delhi yesterday, the police said.

The nurse has been identified as Nendin Yam Yung. She was on duty when the incident took place about 9 pm.

According to the police, a 43-year-old man named Sunil Kumar was admitted to the hospital yesterday. Usually, only one visitor is allowed with a patient at the hospital, but there were five people who were with Kumar.

"As per the hospital's rules, the nurse had requested Kumar's relatives to leave the emergency ward. However, they protested and got into an argument with her," said a police officer. Two women in the group then allegedly misbehaved with Yung.

"The nurse alleges that Kumar's relatives abused her, while the two women pushed her and also tried to strangle her. One of the women was Kumar's wife," the officer added.

Hearing the commotion, Yung's colleagues and other attendants in the ward rushed to help her and informed the police. On being outnumbered, Kumar and his relatives chose to flee the hospital.

The police later took Yung's statement and Kumar's details from the hospital authorities. "Kumar had given an address of Gurgaon, but it was found to be incomplete due to which we have not made any arrests," the officer said.

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Activists protest holding of Pak exhibition at Pragati Maidan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 11
People allegedly belonging to the right wing groups attempted to disrupt a lifestyle exhibition featuring exhibitors from Pakistan at Pragati Maidan today.

Close to 60 protesters were detained by the Delhi Police when they tried to force their way through gate number seven of the Pragati Maidan complex. About 15 protesters managed to enter hall number 14 where the exhibition was taking place. The police present at the site of the incident managed to remove the protesters from the hall. The protesters were raising anti-Pakistan slogans.

The four-day-long event named "Alishan Pakistan" was inaugurated today at around 12 noon by members of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan. When the opening ceremony was about to take place, about 10-15 alleged members of the Rashtrawadi Shiv Sena entered and raised slogans which included, "Bharat Mata ki jai" and "Pakistan murdabad".

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