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News Snippets

  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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AAP-in-Punjab Going the BJP-in-Delhi Way

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2016-07-18 22:50:59

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Is the AAP making the same mistake in Punjab that the BJP made in Delhi? Reports indicate that Navjot Sidhu will join the party and will be made its CM candidate.

By snaring Navjot Singh Sidhu, AAP has not inflicted a wound on the BJP – the party had not given Sindhu any huge responsibility in the run-up to the Punjab elections and that was the main reason why he left it – instead, it has foisted an ‘outsider’ on the party cadres who will not be much enthused.

Precisely the same thing was done by the BJP in Delhi when it had brought in Kiran Bedi to be its CM face, ignoring party heavy weights like Harsh Vardhan and Vijay Goel, among others. It had led to a complete rout of the BJP in the elections. It was advantage AAP and Kejriwal then. But with Sidhu in Punjab, it is going to be disadvantage all the way.

The people are not to be fooled in this age of increased political awareness. Everyone knows what Sidhu thought of Kejriwal and his party some months back. The original nautankibaaz is all set to join the AAP-Kejriwal nautanki. People spot an opportunist the moment they see one and Sidhu, along with AAP, will be rejected, like Bedi and BJP were in Delhi. It will be advantage Congress and Capt. Amrinder Singh, as the Akali Dal-BJP combine seem to have lost the people’s faith - anti-incumbency and large scale charges of corruption and nepotism being the main reasons.

Whatever little goodwill AAP had generated with its campaign will now be lost if it makes a turncoat like Sidhu its CM candidate.