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Last Updated: March 21, 2023, 19:49 IST
New Delhi, India
Delhi witnessed pleasant weather on Tuesday, as the Indian Meteorological Department predicted generally cloudy skies with the possibility of very light rain or drizzle. However, the national capital experienced political heat as the Parliament logjam between the BJP-led Central government and Congress-led Opposition continued today as well. The presentation of the Delhi government’s budget for 2023-24, scheduled for today, was put on hold, with the Arvind Kejriwal dispensation and the central government trading charges over allocations in various heads. However, the Centre later approved the budget after the Delhi government Read More
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Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel suspended BJP legislator Vijender Gupta on Tuesday for a year till the next Budget session for allegedly obstructing the proceedings of the House.
Earlier in the day, Gupta had given a notice for breach of privileges over alleged leaking of Budget details.
▶(Manish Sisodia) complied with the notices issued to him. He joined the investigation… requirements of custodial interrogation no longer survive as this stage is already crossed: Manish Sisodia’s lawyer.
▶Nothing on record to show that Sisodia will be threatening the witnesses. There is nothing material to show that Sisodia can influence the witnesses: Manish Sisodia’s lawyer
▶The fact of one phone being changed on the same date the matter was referred to CBI for probe is mere coincidence, submitted Sisodia’s lawyer while arguing for bail in CBI case
▶ joined the investigation when I was called before CBI. I am a public servant. Two more public servants were made accused in this case and allegations against them are more grave than mine but they are sent without arrest: Sisodia’s lawyer while arguing for bail in CBI case
Rouse Avenue Court begins hearing on Manish Sisodia’s bail plea in CBI case related to Excise matter. Senior Advocate Dayan Krishnan appearing for Manish Sisodia begins submissions.
“The opposition has refused to mend matters between the govt & opposition. This shows that the opposition doesn’t want the House to function & is misleading the country. I believe that the country will respond with a strong answer in the coming days,” Piyush Goyal, Union Minister.
Delhi | Members of the House are worried about what kind of message is going out to the youth. I believe that opposition has disrespected the House once again. They don’t have any other grounds to stay in headlines: Piyush Goyal, Union Minister & Leader of House, Rajya Sabha pic.twitter.com/7QgBqB0VBS
— ANI (@ANI) March 21, 2023
The meeting convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to end the stalemate in the House ended without any result as none of the parties refused to give up their positions.
According to sources, both the Congress and BJP refused to soften their stand. Leaders of all parties were present in the meeting.
Though Birla is said to have appealed to both the parties to allow the House to function, neither the ruling BJP nor the Congress showed any signs of softening their stance.
In a dramatic appearance before ED, ruling BRS MLC in Telangana K Kavitha on Tuesday came out of her car with a bag of mobile phone while on her way to the agency’s office. Her ‘proof’ came even as she took strong exception to the agency reportedly stating she had destroyed certain other handsets. READ MORE
he BJP in Delhi slammed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday, accusing him of creating a row over the city government’s budget for “cheap publicity” and to hide his own mistakes.
Addressing a press conference here, working president of the Delhi BJP Virendra Sachdeva said Kejriwal was levelling allegations on the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to divert attention from the corruption charges faced by the city government.
“The Kejriwal government sat on the clarifications sought by the Ministry of Home Affairs for three days and then blamed the Centre for stopping the budget,” Sachdeva said.
BRS leader K Kavitha Tuesday said she has submitted the phones used by her so far to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) as she appeared for questioning before the agency in the Delhi excise policy linked money laundering case.
In a letter to the ED, the 44-year-old MLC daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, said “These phones are submitted without prejudice to my right and contentions and larger contentions whether a woman’s phone can be intruded, in the teeth of her right to privacy”.
Before she entered the agency office, Kavitha flashed some mobile phones kept in a transparent sheet, and said she was going to submit them to the ED.
“Delhi LG approved Annual Budget for 2023-24 with certain observations & sent the file to CM. Now Delhi Govt has sent the file to MHA for approval of President. MHA has conveyed its observations to Delhi Govt & is waiting for the reply since 17 March,” said Union Minister Anurag Thakur.
Delhi LG approved Annual Budget for 2023-24 with certain observations & sent the file to CM. Now Delhi Govt has sent the file to MHA for approval of President. MHA has conveyed its observations to Delhi Govt & is waiting for the reply since 17 March: Union Minister Anurag Thakur pic.twitter.com/lklLZDpzOk
— ANI (@ANI) March 21, 2023
Delhi Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot on Tuesday said the budget file has been resent to the home ministry for approval, amid a row between the AAP dispensation and the Centre over the issue.
Addressing the Delhi Assembly, Gahlot said the budget was stalled on Monday. He said the file has been sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs physically and through mail for approval.
The presentation of the Delhi government’s budget for 2023-24, scheduled for Tuesday, was put on hold, with the Arvind Kejriwal-led dispensation and the central government trading charges over allocations in various heads.
BRS leader K Kavitha appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday for questioning in the Delhi excise policy linked money laundering case.
The 44-year-old MLC daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao reached the ED office at 11:30 am.
This is the third deposition of Kavitha before the federal probe agency. She has spent around 18-19 hours at the ED headquarters in central Delhi during her two appearances on March 11 and March 20.
We hope they would respond to the clarification sought so that the budget is approved and presented…Why did it take the Delhi govt five days? Kejriwal should stop lying and unnecessarily blaming the Centre: Union Minister Anurag Thakur
“In continuance and furtherance of my repeated appearances before you & rendering all due assistance and cooperation, and despite the actions of the agency being ex facie malefide, I am today submitting all the earlier phones that I may have used in the past, and as sought by you, which could gather,” BRS MLC K Kavitha in a letter to ED.
#WATCH | Delhi: BRS MLC K Kavitha leaves from the residence of her father, Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao, for the ED office
ED yesterday questioned her for over 10 hours in connection with her alleged role in the Delhi liquor policy case. pic.twitter.com/qtY1r0jAfw
— ANI (@ANI) March 21, 2023
Delhi Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot, while addressing the assembly on the Centre’s order to stall the budget said, “I am very sad to announce that the Centre govt put a stop to our budget. It was listed in the business list. LG knew it was supposed to be presented today”
He said the Delhi government sent the budget to MHA on March 10, but got to know about the Centre’s queries only at 2 pm on Monday.
Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi sought a hearing of the issue before the Constitution bench. “Very absurd thing being said now that Delhi assembly cannot discuss anything related to Delhi. The reference is already there to a Constitution bench,” said Singhvi.
Meanwhile, BRS leader K Kavitha appeared before ED for the third round of questioning on Tuesday in a Delhi excise policy-linked money laundering case. She handed over all her old phones to the probe agency.
A Delhi court also heared the bail petition of former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who is currently in ED custody in connection with the alleged irregularities in the framing and implementation of the Delhi excise policy.
Former Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain will also be produced in a court today in the money laundering case. The court will hear ED’s final arguments on the bail plea of Jain and 2 others in the case.
Parliament LIVE Updates: The ruckus in Parliament continued on Tuesday with the Tregary bench and Opposition locking horns on Rahul Gandhi vs joint parliamentary committee probe in the Adani case. Both houses were adjourned till 2 pm, minutes after proceeding for the day started.
The first week of the second leg of the budget session was one of the least productive, as the parliamentary proceedings were disrupted this week without transacting any business. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s apology for the remarks that he made in London recently about democratic backsliding in India.
Meanwhile, the Congress-led Opposition continued its demand for the constitution of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe allegations against the Adani Group of companies. The government now has only two weeks to get the Union Budget for FY 2023-2024 passed in Parliament.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi may speak in Parliament today. On Monday, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said time was sought for Rahul Gandhi to speak in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday and he will make his statement if allowed.
Kharge also slammed the BJP-led government over the Delhi Police team reaching Gandhi’s residence on Sunday to inquire about his “women are still being sexually assaulted” statement made during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
“They are trying to divert attention from the issues we have been raising. It has been 46 days since the yatra was completed and they are asking now, ‘whom did you meet’. Lakhs of people connected with the yatra and met him (Gandhi) for five minutes and they are asking to identify people,” Kharge told reporters here on Monday before leaving to attend Parliament.
Delhi Budget LIVE Updates: Speaking at a News 18 programme on Monday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal charged that the Centre was resorting to “gundagardi” and that it was for the first time in the history of the country that a budget of a government was put on hold.
Sources in the Delhi government said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has stopped the Kejriwal government’s budget and it will not be tabled in the Assembly on Tuesday.
As the chief minister lashed out at the Centre, sources in the MHA said the ministry has sought clarification from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government as its budget proposal had a high allocation for advertisement and relatively low funding for infrastructure and other development initiatives.
Delhi Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot denied the charges as lies. The total budget size was Rs 78,800 crore, out of which 22,000 crore was earmarked for expenditure on infrastructure and just Rs 550 crore on advertisements, he said.
The allocation for advertisement was the same as in last year’s budget, he added.
There was no clarity yet on when the budget will be presented in the Assembly. The ongoing budget session of the Assembly is scheduled to conclude on March 23.
Delhi Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot on Monday tabled an outcome budget of the Kejriwal government and the economic survey, 2022-23.
Earlier in the day, the Assembly was adjourned till 11 am on Tuesday.
Delhi Liquorgate LIVE Updates: Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court on Tuesday will hear the bail petition of former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in the Delhi excise policy scam case. The court on Monday extended the judicial custody of the AAP leader for further 14 days, in connection with the Delhi Excise Policy case.
In his bail plea in a trial court, Sisodia stated that no fruitful purpose would be served to keep him in custody as all the recoveries have already been made.
He also stated that he has joined the investigation as and when called for by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The other accused persons arrested in this case have already been granted bail.
Sisodia further stated that he holds the important constitutional post of Deputy CM of Delhi and has deep roots in the society.
Sisodia was recently also arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering matter related to alleged irregularities in the framing and implementation of the excise policy of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD).
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