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MCD bypoll results: BJP loses to AAP, Cong on 2 seats days after sweeping election


The Aam Aadmi Party dislodged the BJP in east Delhi’s Maujpur while Congress bagged the Sarai Pipal Thala seat in the municipal bypoll, results for which were declared by the Delhi Sate Election Commission on Tuesday morning. Now, of the 272 wards, BJP holds 184 seats, AAP 47 and Congress 31. The other have got 10 seats.

In Maujpur (ward 40 E), AAP candidate Reshma, who got 9374 votes won the seat. She defeated Congress candidate Rekha Sharma by a margin of 699 votes. Sharma managed to get 8675 votes. The Maujpur ward was held by the BJP’s Sanjay Jain (outgoing leader of house, EDMC) who had won the MCD elections in 2012 with 12,652 votes.

In Sarai Pipal Thala ward, which was carved out after delimitation, Congress candidate and former leader of opposition in North Delhi Municipal Corporation, Mukesh Kumar Goel, won the bypoll with 10, 946 votes. Goel was earlier a two-time councillor from Dhirpur ward. BJP candidate Mangat Ram Sharma got 8203 votes.

The bypoll took place on these two seats on May 14 (Maujpur) and 21 (Sarai Pipal Thala) due to the death of two Samajwadi Party candidates.

Naseema from Maujpur in East MCD and Dinesh Singh from Sarai Pipal Thala in North MCD passed away a few days before the municipal election on April 23, following which election in these two wards was put off. Naseema’s daughter Shaheen and Dinesh’s son Himanshu Singh were then chosen by the party to contest the bypoll.

Delhi: To ease traffic, corridor likely on Outer Ring Road

To ease traffic on the Outer Ring Road, the Delhi government plans to build a corridor between the Modi Mill flyover and the IIT gate – a 7.2-km stretch. During a meeting held on the issue, the Delhi Public Works Department (PWD) informed the Centre’s Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (UTTIPEC) about their plan to decongest the stretch. As per plans, additional structures will be constructed on Outer Ring Road to ease the burden on one road. The PWD has also proposed to study the bottlenecks and find ways to decongest those traffic intersection points. The plan is to build an integrated transit corridor and street network on Outer Ring Road.

Can we measure demonetisation’s impact on income tax collections?

News reports have quoted government officials making claims about a record increase in the number of income tax payers in 2016-17. Should such claims be seen as a success of demonetisation in forcing unscrupulous individuals to become a part of income tax net? An analysis of direct tax collection statistics and income tax department’s income tax return (ITR) filing data calls for scepticism about any immediate claims of demonetisation leading to a dramatic turnaround in India’s direct tax collections.

ACB ने देर रात केजरीवाल के साढू सुरेंद्र बंस ल के घर पर छापा मारा

बड़ी खबर : ACB ने देर रात केजरीवाल के साढू सुरेंद्र बंसल के घर पर छापा मारा

नई दिल्ली : दिल्ली के सीएम अरविंद केजरीवाल के साढू सुरेंद्र बंसल के घर देर रात एंटी करप्शन ब्रांच ने छापा मारा है। इस दौरान कुछ अहम सुराग मिले है। जिनका जल्द खुलासा किया जाएगा।
सोमवार देर रात ये कार्रवाई पीडब्लूडी घोटाले की जांच के सिलसिले में की गई है। हालांकि सुरेंद्र बंसल का निधन सात मई को हो चुका है।

सुरेंद्र बंसल के अलावा इस मामले से जुड़े दो अन्य व्यक्तियों के घर भी एसीबी की टीम गई। इन छापों से क्या कागजात मिले इसका खुलासा बाद में किया जाएगा। पीडब्लूडी घोटाले में ACB ने तीन FIR दर्ज की हैं। आरोप है कि 2015-16 में दिल्ली में सड़कों और सीवर लाइन के ठेके देने में गड़बडि़यां की गई. आरोप है कि 10 करोड़ के फर्जी बिल बनाए गए और फर्जी कंपनियों को पेमेंट किया गया।

Tree from which farmer hanged self at AAP rally falls, turns into selfie spot

The giant Neem tree, from which Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh hung himself during an AAP rally at Jantar Mantar in 2015, was among several trees that fell down during Sunday evening squall. By Monday noon, it had turned into a selfie spot for the visitors to the place.

The massive trunk of the tree snapped in the heavy windstorm. As many as 16 trees were broken during the storm.

On Monday, curious youngsters were seen climbing the broken trunk with their mobile phones and selfie sticks, clicking pictures.

The tree hit the headlines twice over the last two years and was till last year guarded by police personnel to ensure protesters that gather at Jantar Mantar do not hang themselves from it. In April 2015, a farmer from Rajasthan, Gajendra Singh had committed suicide by hanging from this tree during a rally.

Singh’s death triggered massive protests forcing police to register an FIR. A crime branch team was sent to measure the tree’s length and breadth because it was a crime spot. Some groups also placed photographs of gods and goddesses believing the tree to have spiritual powers.

Two years have passed since that afternoon when Singh climbed the tree but the police are yet to solve the case. Many senior AAP leaders were interrogated but there is no breakthrough. We are ‘investigating’ who provoked Singh to take his life atop that tree, an officer claimed.

The tree was in news again recently when a group of Tamil Nadu farmers climbed its branches and threatened to commit suicide. They were stopped and rescued by the police officers. There is an unwritten ban imposed on protesters climbing trees after Singh’s death, said a police officer.

“It is the same tree that some of our farmers had climbed and threatened to commit suicide,” confirmed Prem Kumar, a member of the group of farmers from Tamil Nadu who had grabbed headlines for their bizarre protest methods. They have returned to the city for their second stage of protests.

Till Saturday afternoon, a group of protesters had assembled below the tree but they left on Saturday afternoon.