Police personnel stand guard at the main gate of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
By Sanjeev Chauhan :
THE Delhi Police Crime Branch has begun a probe into Sunday’s violence in JNU after the Union Home Ministry on Monday asked for a detailed report from Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. Delhi Police Crime Branch has formed nine teams to ascertain the perpetrators behind the attack. A day after violence broke out on JNU campus, around 700 police personnel were deployed outside its gates on Monday, police said.
The police said the large deployment has been made to maintain law and order. According to sources in Delhi Police, the Crime Branch has taken all the CCTV footage under its custody as it begins investigation. This was confirmed by a top Delhi Police voters -- 80,55,686 males, 66,35,635 females and 815 belonging to third gender -- in the final voters list. All voters will be provided QR code-enabled voters slip which will speed up voting through easy identification. This time Delhi will have 13,659 polling stations as compared to 11,763 in 2014, a jump of 16.89 per cent, according to an EC press note.
The Commission has decided to extend the facility of postal ballot for “absentee voters”, people with disability and those above 80 years of age in all 70 assembly constituencies. Shortly after the poll schedule was announced, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the people of Delhi to “vote for us (AAP) only if you think we have done good work in the last five years”. In the 2015 polls, Kejriwal led the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to an unprecedented victory with his fledgling party bagging 67 seats, leaving just three seats for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The Congress drew a blank. Kejriwal said that the AAP would seek votes on the work done by its Government in the last five years. “If I have done work, then vote for me. If I have not done work, then don’t vote for me,” the AAP chief told reporters. Kejriwal said that the AAP will run a “positive campaign” and not abuse anyone. The AAP is banking on its populist schemes like free power to households for up to 200 units of consumption, free water and free bus ride for women besides its work to boost education and health facilities.
The BJP for its part is hopeful that the Modi Government’s decision to confer ownership rights to occupants of unauthorised colonies will help it win over the poor living there, seen as a support base of the AAP. The party says, the decision will benefit up to five million people. The BJP is also expected to make the CAA a poll plank. Union Minister Prakash Javdekar said that the polls will be fought on the basis of performance, and not “lies and hollow talks”. The Congress said that it is prepared for the polls and will run an “aggressive” campaign. “We are prepared and will run an aggressive campaign, which will compare the works done by Congress Government in the past and the current Government,” said Kirti Azad.