Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Interesting News On Delhi election

(Also Read at bottom order of Supreme Court on Polygamy )

 We will introduce Jan Lokpal Bill in the first assembly session: Arvind Kejriwal

AVAM's 'dubious funding' claims: I-T department issues notice to AAP -ET
NEW DELHI: The Income Tax Department has issued a notice to the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), questioning the cumulative donation of Rs 2 crore that it had received. According to Times Now, AAP received the notice two days ago, that is before the Delhi election results were declared.

 Questioning claims of 'transparency' by Aam Aadmi Party, AAP Volunteer Action Manch (AVAM) had on February 2 alleged that the Arvind Kejriwal-led party (AAP) has indulged in a 'funding scam' .

According to AVAM, AAP received four donations of Rs 50 lakh each from bogus companies. Showcasing what they claimed were screenshots from AAP's website, AVAM had said, "All these four donations of Rs 50 lakh each were received on April 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM. All the four companies mentioned on the AAP website are bogus," AVAM claimed, while questioning AAP's funding routes.

After Delhi win, AAP says it will challenge Mulayam’s SP in next UP polls

LUCKNOW: Emboldened by its landslide victory in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party's Uttar Pradesh unit on Tuesday said it would pose a challenge to the ruling Samajwadi Party in the 2017 assembly elections in the state.

"The results of Delhi assembly elections are an indication of the people's dislike for caste and divisive politics. It has given political alternative and AAP will contest the 2017 elections in UP," AAP spokesman Vaibhav Maheshwari told reporters.

"The landlide victory is also a warning to the SP as AAP will be challenging it in the assembly polls. Our organization is everywhere in the state and our workers will do issue based politics," he said.

The party workers also distributed sweets to celebrate the victory of the party in Delhi, where it won 67 of the 70 seats. BJP managed to win only three seats.

Revealed: Rahul Gandhi actually voted for AAP-TOI

So Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has avenged Delhi with a thumping majority, rounding up the major political players - Congress and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) from the city. The dismal performance of the other parties in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha elections is quite apparent - especially Congress that hasn't managed to get even a single seat in any of the constituencies in Delhi.

While AAP is in the midst of the mass celebrations, our sources have found out that not everybody is down in the dumps in the Congress. According to insiders in the Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi was seen dancing on Pharrell Williams' popular song 'Happy' when the election mandate was out.

When people asked around about his sudden burst of happiness, especially at this dark day in the history of the Party, he was heard whispering to his close confidant, Sanjay Jha that in fact he did vote for AAP, after all.

Rahul Gandhi's reaction evoked the gleeful smile that he had while addressing the press after losing the General Elections, back in May 2014. But this time he went one step ahead with doing the jig on the popular number.

When Arvind Kejriwal, the new chief minister of Delhi and AAP supremo, heard of this, he invited Rahul Gandhi to come over to AAP headquarters and join the party. But his one condition was, that the dance number would be '5 saal Kejriwal' only.

That's when Sonia Gandhi stepped in for an intervention. Apparently, Rahul Gandhi has been grounded for an unspecified term, with no access to TV or music, and has been asked to work on a project on 'How to salvage the Congress Party.' Feeling quite gloomy, Rahul Gandhi sent a Whatsapp message to Kejriwal offering to join his party.

Even as the status shows two blue ticks, Kejriwal hasn't replied as yet

AAP workers threatened me to withdraw case against Kejriwal: Lawyer-HT
A day after their chief implored them to "remain humble", a group of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters on Wednesday allegedly tried to "pressurise" an advocate into withdrawing his defamation suit against Arvind Kejriwal and other senior AAP leaders before a Delhi court.

The allegation has been made by advocate Surender Sharma- once an AAP supporter himself- who had last year filed a criminal defamation complaint against Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Yogendra Yadav.

Metropolitan Magistrate Muneesh Garg was set to frame charges in the matter, but deferred it till March 17 after AAP's lawyers told the court the party leaders could not appear before it and sought exemption from personal appearance.
AAP on February 10 won the Delhi Assembly elections, defeating BJP by a landslide. Due to this, chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal and the senior members were in meetings with the home minister Rajnath Singh and Delhi Governor Najeeb Jung, explained party's advocates Rishikesh Kumar and Mukesh Hooda.

The court, while allowing their plea, said the three must positively appear before it on the next date.
Sharma alleged that the matter did not end there.
"Outside the courtroom, some AAP workers who had come to support their party, including lawyers from Patiala House, tried to intimidate me and told me to withdraw the suit. They wanted to me to settle."

Resolutely he added, "But I gave back as good as I got. And I was clear in the courtroom and outside that I will not be pressurised by anyone to drop this case."
Court sources confirm that there was a commotion outside the courtroom, and the two parties were seen speaking to each other in raised voices.

Sharma, once an AAP member himself had filed the case against Kejriwal claiming the party had promised to give him a ticket in the last Assembly elections. But after he had spent money on his campaign, he was denied ticket by the party, he claimed. When he protested, the senior leaders gave defamatory statements about him in media outlets, his complaint said.
Advocate Mukesh Hooda, AAP's 2013 candidate from Rohtas Nagar, denies the commotion had anything to do with the case.
"There were many advocates there. One advocate was along with us and had some personal grievances with Sharma; That may have been what he (Sharma) means. But there was no pressure from AAP's side, that's false," he told HT.

Polygamy not Integral to Islam: Supreme Court -Indian Express 11.02.2015
NEW DELHI: A government employee cannot take refuge under Article 25 of the Constitution dealing with right to profess religion, to challenge rule barring polygamy, the Supreme Court held today.

The apex court said the Conduct Rules of the Uttar Pradesh government for its employees, which mandates prior permission for contracting second marriage during the existence of the first marriage, is not violative of Article 25 of the Constitution.

The court was dealing with an appeal filed by a Muslim employee in UP's Irrigation Department challenging a disciplinary authority order removing him from service for proven misconduct of another marriage during the existence of the first marriage, which was upheld by Allahabad High Court.

Holding that there was no need to interfere with the High Court's finding on "proven misconduct", a bench comprising justices T S Thakur and Adarsh Kumar Goel said his contention that such rule was violative of Article 25 was answered by the apex court in Javed vs State of Haryana matter.

In this case, it was held that what was protected under Article 25 was religious faith and not a practice which may run counter to public order, health or morality.

"Polygamy was not integral part of religion and monogamy was a reform within the power of the State under Article 25. This Court upheld the views of the Bombay, Gujarat and Allahabad High Courts to this effect.

In its judgement, the bench said, "as regards the charge of misconduct in question, it is patent that there is no material on record to show that the appellant divorced his first wife before the second marriage or he informed the Government about contracting the second marriage.
"In absence thereof, the second marriage is a misconduct under the Conduct Rules," the bench said.

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