At a town hall meeting for Gujarati auto drivers on Monday, Arvind Kejriwal once more launched a volley of insults at the BJP, accusing them of exchanging legislators for political favours. “The auto drivers in Delhi should get a lot of the credit for our victory in the election; they adore me. The same thing is true in Punjab.” The Delhi chief minister spoke in Ahmedabad, promising cheaper electricity and better education for the next generation. “I urge you people to spread the word about our work in Gujarat too, just like they did in the national capital,” he said.
“Do you want this free revdi or not?” he further asked, referring to the freebie dig used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during one of the mega events in Uttar Pradesh a couple of months ago. “The power rates in Gujarat are the highest in the country,” he added. “Won’t it be a relief to get free electricity? Elect us and you will get free units from March 1.”
The improved state of government schools in the nation’s capital and the subsidised power in Delhi and Punjab have long been sources of pride for the Aam Aadmi Party. However, PM Modi’s comment on revri—a cheap and widely consumed sweet savoury in north India—had sparked a contentious exchange between the leaders of the BJP and the AAP. During his speech, PM Modi urged the youth to choose progress over freebies.
“Everybody likes free revri.. politicians too… CM gets 4,000 units of power. Why can’t the public get 300 units?” Kejriwal said on Monday, adding that all women in Gujarat would be given 1,000 in their accounts if the AAP was elected to power.
The chief minister added, “We don’t spend 50 crore to buy MLAs. We stick to honest means. We don’t transfer money to Swiss bank accounts. We use public money for the public interest.”
Earlier, in a tweet, he had taken a sharp aim at the rival party, saying: “They could not give you 24*7 electricity after ruling for 27 years, then why should you give them another five years? We have delivered this in a matter of five years.”
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Rajashthan CM Gehlot sides with Mallikarjun amid Congress President poll
On October 2, 2022, Rajasthan’s Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot, stated that veteran party leader Mallikarjun Kharge has the expertise to improve the Congress and will win the party’s presidential election handily, while opponent Shashi Tharoor is an “elite class” member.
“Kharge has a long political experience. He has a clean heart, he comsdses from the Dalit community and (Kharge contesting the election) is being welcomed everywhere,” he told reporters after paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the secretariat in Jaipur.
Gehlot, one of the proposers for Kharge, claimed that although Tharoor is a good man and has good ideas, he belongs to the elite class.
“Tharoor is a class apart; he is from the elite class but the kind of experience that is needed to strengthen the party at booth, block, and district levels, that is with Kharge and cannot be compared to Shashi Tharoor. Therefore, it will naturally be a one-sided contest for Kharge,” he said.
For the position of Congress president, Mr. Kharge and Mr. Tharoor are squarely in opposition.
Mr. Kharge, a Karnataka-born Dalit leader, is now the overwhelming favourite to become Congress’ president.
According to sources, Mr. Kharge has resigned as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.
Pune bridge demolished by controlled explosion
A controlled implosion was used to destroy an ancient bridge built in the early 1990s in the Chandani Chowk neighbourhood of Pune, according to officials.
In the Chandani Chowk neighbourhood of the city, the bridge across the Mumbai-Bengaluru Highway (NH4) was destroyed at about 1 in the morning on Sunday.
After the demolition, a number of trucks and earthmover machines were put to use to bring down the hanging structures and lift the material away.
The planned demolition of the bridge generated a great deal of curiosity among the local people.
The bridge was demolished as part of a large-scale development project at Chandni Chowk that aims to improve the flow of traffic at the crucial intersection. The crossroads will eventually get a multi-level flyover, and work is already being done to that end.
The locals were extremely curious about the proposed removal of the bridge.
“The bridge was demolished at 1 am on Sunday through a controlled blast and everything was executed as per the plan. Now, we have pressed earthmover machines, forknails, and trucks to clear the debris from the spot,” said Chirag Chheda, co-owner of Edifice Engineering.
The bridge was demolished by a team from Edifice Engineering and NHAI officials. According to officials, this is the same business that destroyed the Supertech Twin Towers in Noida during the latter week of August of this year.
Due to the incident, all vehicular traffic in the region was stopped and rerouted.
When asked why some of the bridge’s support columns did not entirely collapse, one of Edifice’s chief engineers replied that the bomb had destroyed the concrete, leaving just the steel bars.
“Once the steel bars are removed using the machines, the remaining structure will also come down,” he said.
He continued by saying that more steel was used in building the bridge than they had anticipated.
Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, inspected the ongoing bridge construction at Chandani Chowk from the air on Friday.
Ajay Bhadoo appointed as Deputy Election Commissioner of ECI
Ajay Bhadoo has been appointed as Deputy Election Commissioner of the Election Commission of India on Sunday by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
The Secretariat of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet released the press release and said, “Appointment of Ajay Bhadoo, IAS (GJ:1999), as Deputy Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India, from the date of assumption of the charge of the post, for an overall tenure of five years up to 24/07/2024 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.”
Earlier in July 2020, Bhadoo was appointed as Joint Secretary to former President Ram Nath Kovind.
Meanwhile, Bhadoo is a Gujarat batch IAS officer. He has also served as the Vadodara Municipal Commissioner.
Moreover, in July 2018 he took charge of the Municipal Commissioner’s post.
UK minister plans to change immigration policy
Suella Braverman, the country’s new interior minister who is of Indian descent, stated in an interview with The Sun on Sunday that the Liz Truss government in the UK hopes to keep its promise made during the 2019 election campaign to reduce net migration.
Braverman stated that Britain has a high number of low-skilled migrants and a large number of international students adding that the students more often brought dependents with them to UK thereby affecting the country’s growth.
“What we’ve got is too many low skilled workers coming into this country. We’ve also got a very high number of students coming into this country and we’ve got a really high number of dependents,” the interior minister said.
Suella Braverman continued, saying that the UK government will limit migration and reassess immigration policy because “those individuals are coming here, they’re not necessarily working or they’re working in low-skilled positions, and they’re not contributing to building our economy.”
In the year ending June 2021, net migration to the UK was 239,000, according to the UK’s office for national statistics. There have been more non-EU workers, particularly those from India, while there are fewer European Union workers in the UK as a result of Brexit. Therefore, a decrease in net migration to the UK may have an impact on Indian immigrants and students who want to study there.
In line with Suella Braverman’s remarks, the Guardian reported earlier this week that Liz Truss would alter immigration laws to address the serious labour shortage in the nation.
Tamil Nadu: customs officers detain a man for carrying gold paste worth Rs 15 lakh in his underwear
At the Trichy airport, customs officers detained a smuggler who was in possession of gold paste worth Rs 15 lakh. Tailored underwear was used to conceal the contraband. The interception revealed the defendant.
According to a report in India Today, officials intercepted a passenger on an Indigo flight from Singapore to Trichy after receiving a tip. When the officials investigated his undergarments, they discovered a packet that contained a paste after first being unable to uncover any gold.
A passenger flying on an Indigo from Singapore to Trichy was apprehended by authorities after they received a tip, according to reports. The officials first couldn’t find any gold, but when they searched his undergarments, they discovered a packet containing a paste.
Two layers of stitched-together fabric were used to cover the packet. Ripping off the underwear was followed by chemical treatment of the paste. The extraction produced 301 g of 24 carat gold weighing Rs 15.32 lakh. Further inquiries, according to officials, are underway.
Sushil Modi takes a jibe at Akhilesh Yadav over the launch of 5G
Former deputy chief minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi lashed out at Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav for slamming the launch of the fifth-generation (5G) telephony services.
“Akhilesh Yadav’s statement is no relation to 5G, at one time RJD chief Lalu Yadav said that what is IT (information technology). “Similarly, Akhilesh Yadav is an educated man, he should welcome 5G,” Sushil Kumar Modi said.
Meanwhile, Sushil Kumar Modi further added, “India is entering a club of few countries in the world in terms of 5G speed network. Yadav should first ask 40-50 crore youth of the country what is the importance of 5G.”
Sushil Kumar Modi further stated, “Does Akhilesh Yadav want to say that by closing 5G, that money (for launching 5G) should be spent on poverty? Today, the poor of the country also have internet connections and the internet is as much as important like roti, kapra, makaan, and fast-speed mobile internet is the need of the hour. That’s why the public is rejecting the leaders like Akhilesh Yadav and their parties.”
Earlier former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav criticized the 5G telephony services.
Taking to Twitter CM Yadav slammed the BJP party and said that “People are already getting 5G under the BJP rule: G = garibi (poverty), G = ghotala (scam), G = ghapla (swindle), G = ghalmel (adulteration) and G = gorakhdhanda (unethical practices).”
Moreover, while addressing the Indian Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022 conference PM Modi announced the start of operations of 5G services in chosen locations.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the fifth-generation (5G) telephony services on 1 October 2022.
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