Delhi election 2020: Polls to be held on Feb 8, says Election Commission
Chief Election Officer Sunil Arora, on Monday, announced the Delhi election dates in a press conference. The Delhi Assembly Elections 2020 will be held on February 8 and the results will be announced on February 11.
The CEO said that the Model Code of Conduct has been imposed with immediate effect. The last date for filing nominations is January 21 and the scrutiny of nominations would be done on January 23. The last date of withdrawal of nominations is January 23, the CEC said.
CEO Arora also said that the press conference, "We are hopeful that situation will be under control&conducive for polls. If there is an extraordinary situation, there is always an option of deferring the polls. Constitution empowers ECI to take the call."
The Election commission said that there are total electors of 1,46,92,136 in Delhi and the polling would be held at 13,750 polling stations.
The CEC also announced a new concept to allow absentee voters who are not able to come to polling stations due to physical circumstances or unavoidable reasons to vote. "PWDs and senior citizens above 80 years can either vote in person or vote through postal ballot," said CEC.
AAP's Manish Sisodia said that Arvind Kejriwal worked really hard for five years and now it is time to vote a Chief Minister who works back to power. "Free electricity, water, education, health, free bus services have affected the daily lives of people. We are waiting to work for the people for another five years," said Sisodia.
BJP's Manoj Tiwari said that the polls in Delhi will be fought on work alone. "Delhi election will be fought on basis of performance, not lies," said Delhi BJP Assembly poll in-charge Prakash Javadekar. CM Kejriwal said, "Yeh chunav kaam par hoga." (This election will take place over work)
Do you think AAP will win the Delhi elections 2020?
Attack on Nankana Sahib Gurdwara: SGPC to send 4-member delegation to Pakistan
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex body which manages Sikh shrines, will send a four-member delegation to Pakistan to take stock of the situation following a mob attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.
Strongly condemning the mob attack on the historic Sikh shrine, SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal on Saturday appealed to the Pakistan government to take strict action against culprits.
"We strongly condemn the attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan and appeal to the Pakistan government to take stringent action against the culprits and also ensure safety of Sikhs living there," Longowal said on Saturday.
"We will send a four-member delegation to Pakistan to take stock of the situation there," he said, adding that the delegation would also meet Sikh families in Nankana Sahib.
"The delegation will also meet Pakistan's Punjab Governor and Chief Minister, he further said.
He said the delegation will comprise Rajinder Singh Mehta, Roop Singh, Surjit Singh and Rajinder Singh.
"We have spoken with the Gurdwara Nankana Sahib management committee...they told us the situation is normal now," he said.
The SGPC chief said the sentiments of the Sikh community were hurt with the attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.
Longowal said that the SGPC would also take up this matter with the United Nations.
Punjab's former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal also condemned the attack on Gurdwara Nankana Sahib.
"We request the Government of India to immediately take steps so that peace and harmony is restored," he said.
A mob reportedly attacked Gurdwara Nankana Sahib where Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev was born.
Reports suggested that hundreds of angry residents at Nankana Sahib pelted the Sikh pilgrims with stones.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had on Friday expressed concern over the mob attack on the Nankana Sahib gurdwara.
Do you think that the minorities are not safe in Pakistan?
"Citizenship Law Will Hurt Both Hindus, Muslims": Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today voiced concern over the new citizenship law and the government's insistence on it despite the snowballing of protests. Instead of focusing on Hindus from Pakistan, the government, he said, should "First fix own country". He also ridiculed the Centre's scale-down of the discussion on the National Register of Citizens, suggesting that the time to discuss it was now.
"Amit Shah says won't talk of NRC now. Kejriwal says - when will he talk about it then?" he said at a townhall held this afternoon.
Referring to the contentious citizenship law, he said, "This law -- no homes, no jobs for our children, and they plan to get 2 crore Pakistani Hindus. First fix your own country. Then we will get everyone," he added amid the BJP's massive outreach campaign to dispel misconceptions about the new law across the country.
Speaking at a huge meeting in Rajasthan's Jodhpur, Union Minister Amit Shah had reiterated that there is no question of the law being withdrawn or repealed.
"What is this? So much love for Pak Hindus and what about Indian Hindus? I don't get this. Economy is down, there are no jobs. What was the need for this law," Mr Kejriwal said.
"I don't understand this law," the Chief Minister said. "Someone I met in Burari came from Bihar or Uttar Pradesh to Delhi. I asked if he has his birth certificate. He said he was born at home and all that were not there in those times. His parents do not have birth certificates either. So I said 'ab kya karoge (what will you do now?), you will have to leave the country," he added.
Do you think so?
"No Place For Violence, Revenge In India": Priyanka Gandhi On UP Cops
The Congress's Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit out at the UP government today, two days after she accused Lucknow police of manhandling her, alleging that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's administration and the cops were "complicit in wrongdoings" in their brutal crackdown on people protesting the citizenship law. In a short but impassioned press conference Ms Gandhi Vadra dismissed concerns about her own safety and said India was "no place for enmity, violence and revenge". She also alleged UP police had been arresting people - 31 were detained for their alleged role in last week's protests alone - who had nothing to do with agitations against the citizenship law.
"My safety isn't a big issue... (it) doesn't deserve security. We are talking about safety of common man, safety of citizens. The cases we know of suggest more than 5,500 have been arrested. Many have been jailed in discreet manner... they are being thrashed. Police and administration are complicit in wrongdoing," Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said.
The Congress leader also claimed the police in the state were "working to ensure Yogi's badla (revenge)", referring to a shocking statement by the Chief Minister; he was quoted as saying: "We will take badla on them (the protestors)".
Earlier today the Congress demanded a judicial inquiry into the "unlawful conduct" of Uttar Pradesh police officers, whose actions, the party said, were not in keeping with a force duty-bound to protect the rights of citizens.
In a 14-page memorandum to Governor Anandiben Patel the party said the conduct of the police had been observed and reported to be "patently unlawful, destructive of the rule of law and repressive of honest citizens".
Do you think Priyanka Gandhi is correct?
No Citizenship Law In Bengal "As Long As I'm Alive": Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said that as long as she is alive the Citizenship (Amendment) Act will not be implemented in Bengal.
None can snatch away the rights of the people of the country, like citizenship, the Trinamool Congress chief said at a programme in West Bengal's Naihati.
Supporting the students' protest across the country against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act, she wondered why they can vote to elect a government on turning 18 but not have the right to protest.
"As long as I am alive CAA will not be implemented in Bengal. No one has to leave the country or the state. There won't be any detention centre in Bengal," Ms Banerjee said.
"Why can't students protest against a draconian law? The Centre is taking action against protesting students and is rusticating them from universities," she added.