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In a letter to Sonia Gandhi on January 24, Milind Deora had expressed concern over Rahul Gandhi's poll promise of allotting 500 sq ft homes to Mumbai slum-dwellers "not moving effectively towards implementation" under the new Sena-NCP-Congress government.

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  • In his letter, dated January 24, Deora stated that "upon his advice" in March 2019, then Congress president Rahul Gandhi had said at a rally that 500 sq ft homes under slum and dilapidated building rehabilitation schemes will be allotted, if his party is voted to power in Maharashtra.

    Under the scheme, which was launched on a pilot basis, thalis or lunch plates would be available to people at designated centres/ canteens during a stipulated time in all the districts.

    Home Minister Amit Shah on January 27 continued his election campaign in Delhi. During a public rally in Rithala, he lambasted at Delhi Chie...

    The Shiv Sena denied Congress' claim that the Uddhav Thackeray-led party approached the Congress after the 2014 state polls to form a coalition to keep the BJP out of power. The Sena also said that its tie-up with the Congress and NCP after the last year's Assembly elections materalised because Sharad Pawar did not support "BJP's political machinations".

    Not only are the candidates for the February 8 assembly polls richer than the last time around, but they are also older. From 143 candidates with assets worth Rs 1 crore or more fielded by AAP, BJP and Congress in 2015, the number has gone up to 164 in 2020 for the three parties or their allies.

    Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said the BJP did not lose last year's Maharashtra assembly elections, but was betrayed by the Shiv Sena. He also said that the Sena not only left its ally, but also its own ideology.

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is contesting from the New Delhi seat for the third time, urged people to support his party just like in the 2015 Assembly polls, to make Delhi a city of international standards. In the last Assembly election, AAP won 67 out of 70 Assembly seats and the BJP got the rest three while the Congress drew a blank.

    "The Election Commission has ordered the removal of Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma from the list of star campaigners of the Bharatiya Janata Party for the general elections to the Legislative Assembly of the NCT of Delhi with immediate effect and until further orders," the order stated.

    BJP's candidate from Hari Nagar, Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga has been sent a notice from poll authorities for his campaign video song where he has been asked why the expenditure on the song shouldn't be added to his poll expenses. Bagga was asked to reply within 48 hours, failing which the "decision of the MCM will be final," the notice said.

    Alka Lamba who quit AAP and returned to the Congress fold last year, claimed that her constituency would see a "one-sided contest as the AAP will find it difficult to explain to the people why it has fielded someone whom it termed 'corrupt' in 2015". The AAP has fielded Prahlad Singh, who contested the 2015 oolls from the same seat on a Congress ticket.

    "They are bringing 200 MPs, 70 ministers and 11 chief ministers because people of Delhi did not support them so now they are bringing in outsiders. They are coming to defeat the people of Delhi," Arvind Kejriwal said at Gokapluri constituency while campaigning for AAP candidate Surendra Kumar.

    In the survey, released on Sunday, people from across the country expressed their views over important aspects with included rating the performance of their Chief Ministers, the state governments, the Leaders of the Opposition, their MLAs and MPs.

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