The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday for opposing the Delhi government’s excise policy while “patronising the illicit liquor trade in Gujarat”
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday for opposing the Delhi government’s excise policy while “patronising the illicit liquor trade in Gujarat”.
“The BJP is opposing the new excise policy in Delhi because the Kejriwal government completely curbed the illegal business illicit liquor. People who put the life of others at risk to fill their pockets have nowhere to go and hence, they are against this policy. They unleashed CBI, ED and Income Tax department on all the licenced liquor shops in Delhi and even targeted the elected government. As a result, a lot of shops were shut,” Singh said.
Delhi lieutenant governor VK Saxena has recommended a CBI probe into the Delhi excise policy.
Referring to the hooch tragedy in Gujarat on Monday, in which at least 36 people have died, Singh said, “BJP has no argument against Delhi’s excise policy. People of Delhi must understand that we all have to unite to thwart the malicious intentions of the BJP. The Kejriwal government has brought a new excise policy to weed out those who are playing with the lives of people by selling spurious liquor in Delhi,” Singh said and demanded the resignation of Gujarat CM.
The BJP, however, rejected the allegations by Singh.
Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor said AAP leaders are trying to use a mishap in Gujarat to justify their government’s new excise policy against which a CBI probe has been recommended. “BJP is not opposed to reforms in excise policy, but from day one we are opposing the corruption in the policy of Kejriwal government. We are also opposing AAP government’s push to open shops in residential areas. BJP wants to know why the AAP government allowed relief of ₹144 crore to liquor traders and why license was given to a blacklisted company,” Kapoor said.
Director school education Harsuhinderpal Singh Brar has constituted an internal committee to look into the dismal performance by some government schools in the Class 10 and Class 12 exams. Other schools with poor performance include Government High School, Sector 24, that recorded a pass percentage of 32%; GMSSS, Sector 38 West (38.1%); GMSSS, Sector 56 (39.1%) and GHS, Karsan (43.9%).
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Over three months after Panjab University senate’s approval, the university has finally prepared a draft policy on reservation in promotions for the non-teaching staff. The draft has been shared with the staff members and suggestions/corrections have been invited till August 2. Prior to the senate meeting on March 27, the Punjab government had informed the university that pending grants for the 2021-22 financial year will lapse if the reservation in promotion was not implemented soon.
Amid growing concerns over spread of monkeypox virus in India, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research on Tuesday reserved a few beds in the hospital to isolate the infected and suspected patients. The institute has also roped in its dermatology wing for examination of patients with fever and skin lesions. Far, four cases of monkeypox – three from Kerala and one from Delhi – have surfaced in India.
Amid the rising Covid-19 cases in the tricity, Chandigarh recorded a virus-related fatality on Tuesday after a gap of five months. The patient, a 71-year-old woman from Sector 46, died at a private hospital in Mohali. Chandigarh’s last Covid-related death was reported on February 26, even though Mohali and Panchkula have recorded 11 and three deaths, respectively, in the five months since.