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    Delhi Assembly confidence vote Highlights: Sisodia given unofficial clean chit by CBI but will be arrested under political pressure, says Kejriwal

    Delhi Assembly confidence vote Highlights: Sisodia given unofficial clean chit by CBI but will be arrested under political pressure, says Kejriwal

    Delhi Assembly confidence vote Highlights: Sisodia given unofficial clean chit by CBI but will be arrested under political pressure, says Kejriwal
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    Delhi Assembly confidence vote Highlights: The Delhi Assembly on Tuesday will take up the confidence motion tabled by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Aam Aadmi Party national convenor said it was meant to prove that the Bharatiya Janata Party's 'Operation Lotus' may have been successful in other states but it failed here as all party MLAs are "hardcore honest". He said the BJP could not poach any of the AAP MLAs. He also alleged that the BJP will try to topple the Jharkhand government in the next 15 days. Kejriwal said the current central government is the "most corrupt" as it is "buying MLAs" by taxing the common people, while it is waiving loans of its billionaire friends. Also, AAP MLAs protest against Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena over allegations that he pressured his employees to exchange demonetised currency notes worth Rs 1,400 crore in 2016 when he was the chairman of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). Both AAP MLAs and BJP legislators camped the whole night at the Delhi Vidhan Sabha amid an ongoing war of words between the two parties over allegations of corruption. While the AAP MLAs are pressing for a probe against L-G in a six-year-old case, the BJP leaders demanded the sacking of ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain.

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    Sisodia given clean chit by CBI, but will be arrested under political pressure

    Deputy CM Manish Sisodia has been informally given a clean chit by the CBI, but will be arrested in a week or 10 days under political pressure, claims Delhi CM Kejriwal

    There should be an investigation on how how BJP wanted to buy MLAs in Delhi for Rs 20 crore each: Kejriwal

    "They (BJP) have been saying there's a scam in the liquor policy but CBI said there's no scam. Public is not listening to them, so they are now aiming at us via Anna Hazare, This is common in politics. Now that nothing came out of the CBI probe, there should be no politics in it. Now there should be an investigation on how they wanted to buy MLAs in Delhi for Rs 20-20 crore each. If we didn't run from it, then why should they?," says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

    We should always be ready for any probe: Arvind Kejriwal

    "When we come into public life,we should always be ready for any probe. CBI completed all its probe; investigated Manish Sisodia for 14hrs. He answered their questions satisfactorily. They couldn't find anything in his locker. So, informal clean chit given to him," says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

    Activist Anna Hazare hits out at Kejriwal
     

    'In every ward, he (CM Kejriwal) opened a liquor shop and reduced the age limit to 21 years from 25 years. He's promoting liquor. I felt against it and so for the first time, I wrote to him. When I was protesting, he used to call me his 'guru', where are those emotions now?:" asks Hazare

    BJP holds massive protest outside Arvind Kejriwal's residence in liquor policy case.

    Delhi CM Kejriwal to visit Tamil Nadu on September 5

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday said he will visit Tamil Nadu on September 5 to launch three projects there, including schools of excellence on the lines of the national capital. Kejriwal thanked Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin for inviting him to the southern state. "I thank Thiru M K Stalin for inviting me to visit Tamil Nadu next week. I am elated to join the people of Tamil Nadu in their journey towards an education revolution. We will together be launching three crucial projects on September 5," Kejriwal said in a tweet. In April this year, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin visited a Delhi government school where officials briefed him on the change in the education system in the city under the AAP government.

    Manish Sisodia's honesty stands vindicated in front of entire nation: Kejriwal after CBI search

     

    The honesty and patriotism of Manish Sisodia stand vindicated in front of the entire nation, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asserted Tuesday after his deputy said the CBI found nothing upon searching his bank locker. Kejriwal alleged that the action was triggered by "dirty politics". A four-member team of the CBI conducted the search at a Punjab National Bank branch in Vasundhara, Ghaziabad, for nearly two hours. Sisodia and his wife were present at the time. "Nothing was found from Manish's home, nothing from his locker. CBI found nothing in its search. The honesty and patriotism of Manish stand vindicated in front of the entire nation.

    FIR against me is completely fake: Sisodia

    "The FIR against me is completely fake. I have committed no corruption.... They (BJP) are acting like a serial killer to eliminate state governments. The effort they are putting in to kill state governments should have been put to build schools and hospitals," Sisodia had said.

    Deputy CM Manish Sisodia hits out at the BJP over CBI raid
     

    He says:

    - CBI is under PM Narendra Modi's pressure to arrest him

    - Ready to go to jail if they want me to

    - BJP offered money to AAP MLAs

    Anna Hazare writes to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal over new liquor policy

    "He had expected a similar policy (like Maharashtra's). But you didn't do it. People seem to be trapped in a circle of money for power and power for money. It doesn't suit a party that emerged from a major movement," he writes.

    Deputy CM Manish Sisodia says he got clean chit from CBI

    "Nothing was found in my bank locker today just like nothing was found at my residence during the CBI raid. I am happy that I have got a clean chit. The CBI officials treated us well, and we also cooperated with them. Truth has won," says Manish Sisodia.

    The Delhi Assembly witnessed ruckus with the proceedings adjourned twice amid sloganeering by AAP and BJP MLAs, who trooped into the well of the House. When the House met again at 12 noon, Deputy Speaker Rakhi Birla adjourned proceedings amid uproar by legislators from both sides who came to the well carrying placards.

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    As the confusion over liquor licenses continued, Delhi witnessed an unofficial dry day on Monday, with most stores remaining shut and no alcohol served in hotels, clubs, and bars after the expiry of excise licenses on July 31. For some time now, Delhiites were getting a "1+1" and even "1+2" offer on alcohol, but the government's new rules meant the offers would end in July. Sunday was the last day to avail of private liquor vendors' perks under Delhi's new excise policy.

    After overnight protests by MLAs, Delhi Assembly Secretariat bans entry of MPs in premises
     

    In view of the tense situation due to the overnight protest at the Assembly premises by MLAs of the ruling AAP and opposition BJP, the Assembly Secretariat issued an order banning the entry of MPs and political party leaders in its premises. BJP leader and South MP Ramesh Bidhuri, however, arrived at the Assembly reception and also told reporters that all his party MPs will take part in the session, irrespective of the Secretariat order. He was stopped at the gate.

    Education and liquor scam twin towers of corruption in Delhi: Shahzad Poonawalla

    Delhi has the twin tower of corruption – education and liquor scam. The people of Delhi want to know when will Arvind Kejriwal ask for the resignation of his ministers involved in the scams: Shahzad Poonawalla

    Delhi Deputy CM and AAP leader Manish Sisodia's bank locker located at Punjab National Bank in Vasundhara, Sector-4, Ghaziabad, UP being investigated by the CBI in connection with Delhi excise policy case.

    Manish Sisodia, CBI team reach Punjab National Bank

    Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is being probed in the liquor excise policy case.

    CBI to probe Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's bank lockers. Sisodia leaves for Punjab National Bank from his residence.

    BJP protests against suspension of its MLAs from Delhi Assembly

    The BJP said it will approach President Droupadi Murmu to raise the issue of the Assembly being used by the AAP government “to abuse the Centre". In a statement, the BJP said its MLAs were “expelled unconstitutionally" from the Delhi Assembly again on Monday and “no issue was allowed to be raised". 

    IN PICS | Overnight protests at Delhi assembly

    None of the eight BJP MLAs were part of the proceedings of the Delhi Assembly's special session on Monday and Friday as they were marshalled out of the House.

    Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the confidence vote was meant to prove that the BJP's 'Operation Lotus' may have been successful in other states but it failed here as all party MLAs are "hardcore honest". 

    AAP MLAs and BJP legislators camped the whole night at the Delhi Vidhan Sabha amid an ongoing war of words between the two parties over allegations of corruption. While the AAP MLAs are pressing for a probe against L-G in a six-year-old case, the BJP leaders demanded the sacking of ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain.

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