AAP thrashed in Delhi Assembly bypoll from Rajouri Garden, loses deposit

New Delhi:The ruling Aam Aadmi Party has been thrashed in the Rajouri Garden assembly seat in west Delhi. The seat fell vacant early this year after AAP's Jarnail Singh quit as MLA to contest the Punjab Assembly poll against SAD patron Parkash Singh Badal.

The BJP registered a huge victory handing a humiliating defeat to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, which finished a distant third and even lost deposit. BJP-SAD joint candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa bagged 40,602 seats, over 50 per cent of the total votes polled, in a boost for the saffron party ahead of the April 23 municipal polls. Congress' Meenakshi Chandela finished second with 25,950 votes while AAP's Harjeet Singh managed to get only 10,243 votes, less than one-sixth of the total votes polled, and lost deposit.

In terms of vote share, the Congress staged a turnaround of sorts by getting around 33 per cent of the total votes cast,in a jump of over 21 per cent over the 2015 Assembly polls. Around 47 per cent of the over 1.6 lakh electors of the west Delhi seat had cast their vote on April 9. With the victory, the BJP's tally in the 70-member Delhi Assembly will become four. The Congress does not have any presence in the House.

AFSPA During Anti Militancy Operations

Apex court order on AFSPA eroding confidence of forces, says Centre

New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that its verdict in the alleged extra-judicial killings case in Manipur "negated" the protection available to the armed forces under the AFSPA during anti-militancy operations.

In a curative petition seeking recall of the verdict of July 8 last year as well as the order dismissing the review plea, the government said that the action taken by the army during such operations "cannot be put to judicial scrutiny".

Manmohan Singh

PAC clears Manmohan of wrong doing in CWG’2010 scam

New Delhi: Days after he persuaded his partymen to allow passage of GST Bills in the RajyaSabha, Parliament 's Public Accounts Committee found consensus to absolve former prime minister Manmohan Singh of wrong doing in the corruption allegations that hit the Commonwealth Games India had hosted in 2010.

On Tuesday Committee chairman KV Thomas said at a press briefing that there was no evidence to show that Singh — or the PMO — was involved in the scam. The committee will submit the report to the LokSabha on Wednesday. "You will get the entire report tomorrow. One important point is that there is nothing against the then Prime Minister in it... Everything is black and white," Thomas told reporters outside the House.

Rajnath Singh

Basic norms of Law and Justice have been violated in Jadhav’s case- Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: India today strongly condemning Pakistan Court’s verdict sentencing former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Yadav to death asserted the government will do whatever possible to give justice to Jadhav. 

Replying to the issue in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour, Home minister Rajnath Singh said the basic norms of Law and Justice have been violated in Jadhav’s case. He said India’s request, basic consular access has been denied to Jadhav several times.

The Home minister said after Pakistan security agencies kidnapped Jadhav, he was presented before media there and shown he was having a valid Indian passport. 

Mr Singh wondered if a person was having valid Indian passport, how can he be a spy . The Home minister echoing the sentiments of the entire House said the action of the Pakistan is a sinister design.

Earlier, cutting across party lines all the leaders demanded Kulbhushan should be brought back to country and said Pakistan should be exposed internationally.