‘People have faith in AAP’s work’: Kejriwal as AAP wins 4 seats in MCD bypolls
The AAP on Wednesday won four of the five civic wards in Delhi in a bypoll, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asserting that people were desperate to bring the party to power in the three municipal corporations in the national capital.
The AAP, however, suffered a shock defeat in the minority-dominated Chauhan Bangar ward, where Chaudhary Zubair Ahmad of the Congress defeated the party's candidate Mohammad Ishraq Khan by a whopping margin of 10,642 votes.
"The results are an indication of what kind of outcome is expected next year in the civic body polls.
We are waiting for it and will make the city neat and clean," Delhi CM Kejriwal said in an address at the AAP office on DDU Marg, where he reached to celebrate the victory with party workers.
Delhi police commissioner SN Shrivastava has warned people over the weekend curfew in the national capital. He said that those who violate the restrictions put in place could even be arrested. Shrivastava said that the Delhi police will enforce the restrictions strictly and added that essential services will be allowed to operate without any hassle. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced the weekend curfew after a meeting with LG Anil Baijal. The decision was taken in the wake of rising Covid cases in the capital. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Amid surge in COVID cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on April 15 assured that there is no shortage of beds in hospitals for coronavirus patients. "According to the latest data, more than 5000 beds are available," said CM Kejriwal during a press conference. He further urged people to not be selective about the hospitals as the priority is to get admitted.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Odisha is leading an indefinite strike since last 9 days over hike in power tariffs in the state. Party's state head Nishikanta Mohapatra said despite Odisha being a power surplus state, the government has raised the price of electricity multiple times in the state in the last five months. Calling electricity a basic right, Mohapatra urged the government to make power up to 200 units free in the state. Incidentally, AAP does not have any legislators in Odisha, and the protest is being seen as its strategy to make base in the state.
As the Delhi government has shut gyms, malls and other 'non-essential' businesses during the weekend curfew to curb the spread of coronavirus, owners of fitness facilities are foreseeing darks days just like last year. Facilities such gyms were seeing traction late last year after months of dull period due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, but now again they are bearing the brunt of the tough measures announced in view of the fourth wave of COVID-19 in the national capital. "Since last year, our clientele has reduced and now it'll be further affected. It's become difficult for us to pay rent. Like theatres, govt should also let us run," pleaded a gym owner.
Weekend restrictions in the national capital have come into effect from 10 pm of April 16. The new measures were implemented in view of the unprecedented rise in the number of coronavirus cases. During the weekend restrictions, only essential services will be allowed to operate. However, those who face difficulties in movement of essential goods can call newly setup helpline number of Delhi Police, informed PRO (Public Relations Officer) Chinmoy Biswal. "Delhi is under weekend restrictions beginning tonight. A COVID helpline has been started for people facing difficulties in movement for essential goods and services. Helpline set up at Police headquarters with pilot number 01123469900," Biswal told ANI. The national capital recorded nearly 20,000 fresh infections, pushing the active cases to 61,005.
Weekend curfew imposed in Delhi till 5 am on Monday. All non-essential movement of individuals is prohibited during this period. Police personnel are keeping a strict check on movement of vehicles in the national capital. Delhi Police Commissioner has warned violators of strict action. Curfew was announced amid rising COVID cases in the national capital.