state news

MCD election: Liquor shops and bars in Delhi to be closed until Sunday evening

A few other shops along the NCR border may also be asked to stay shut.

Delhiites are gearing up for a dry weekend as the state excise department has asked all liquor shops in the Capital to remain shut because of the civic body elections on Sunday. All pubs and liquor shops will be closed from 5.30 pm on Friday to 5.30 pm on Sunday, when voting ends.

Apart from shops in the Capital, a few others along the Noida-Delhi and Gurugram-Delhi border may also be asked to stay closed for these two days. District officials of adjoining states in the National Capital Region will hold meetings to decide on the matter, according to Hindustan Times.

More than 1.3 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in the elections to the 272 seats of three municipal bodies – North Delhi Municipal Corporation, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and East Delhi Municipal Corporation. The results will be declared on April 26, which will also be a dry day in Delhi.

Meanwhile, campaigning for the MCD polls ended on Friday. The election is likely to be a tripartite fight among the Bharatiya Janata Party, Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress. However, the AAP has been training its guns on the BJP more than any other party. Currently, the BJP holds 152 seats, Congress has 91, the Aam Aadmi Party has eight, Bahujan Samaj Party 10 and others have nine seats. One seat is vacant.

Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that people will be “responsible” for the consequences of voting for the BJP. “If you vote for BJP and someone in your house suffers from dengue or chikungunya you will be held responsible for it. If BJP comes to power in MCD then Delhi will remain dirty for the next five years,” said Kejriwal, according to CNN-News18.

The chief minister added that the BJP should not campaign in the name of Narendra Modi, as he will not be the one working for the civic body. “How will Modiji improve the situation in MCD. Work in the MCD will not be undertaken by Narendra Modi, but local BJP leaders like Vijender Gupta and others,” said Kejriwal. He also dismissed the Congress by saying that voting for them would mean wasting their vote.

The BJP and the Congress, on the other hand, accused the AAP of failing to perform its duties in the Capital. “The chief minister should tell us what he has done for Delhi in last three years,” said Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken. BJP’s Nupur Sharma also brushed aside Kejriwal’s attempt to blame the BJP for the poor state of health affairs in the Capital. “If BJP was responsible then court would have pulled up the BJP and not Delhi government,” the CNN-News18 quoted her as saying.

We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

When house hunting is as easy as shopping for groceries

The supermarket experience comes to a sector where you least expected it.

The woes of a house hunter in India are many. The dreary process starts with circling classifieds in newspapers and collecting shiny brochures. You flip through the proposed and ready designs that launch a hundred daydreams on the spot. So far so good. But, every house hunter would attest to the soul-crushing experience of checking out a disappointing property.

The kitchen of a 2BHK is carved from the corner of the hall, the 3BHK is a converted 2BHK, the building looks much older than in the pictures…. after months of reading the fine line, and between the lines, you feel like all the diagrams and highlights seem to blur into each other.

After much mental stress, if you do manage to zero in on a decent property, there’s a whole new world of knowledge to be navigated - home loans to be sifted through, taxes to be sorted and a finance degree to be earned for understanding it all.

Do you wish a real estate platform would address all your woes? Like a supermarket, where your every need (and want) is catered to? Imagine all your property choices nicely lined up and arranged with neat labels and offers. Imagine being able to compare all your choices side by side. Imagine viewing verfied listings and knowing what you see is what you get. Imagine having other buyers and experts guiding you along every step while you make one of the most important investments in your life. Imagine...

MagicBricks has made every Indian house hunters’ daydream of a simplified real estate supermarket a reality. Now you have more than a pile of brochures at your disposal as the online real estate marketplace brings you lakhs of choices to your fingertips. Instead of bookmarking pages, you can narrow down your choices by area, budget, house type etc. Just so you aren’t hit by FOMO, you can always add a suburb you’ve been eyeing or an extra bedroom to your filter. But there’s more to a house than just floor space. On MagicBricks, you can check for good schools in the vicinity, a park for evening walks or at least an assured easier commute. Save time and energy by vetting properties based on the specs, pictures and floor plans uploaded and have all your niggling concerns addressed on the users’ forum.

Shortlisted a property? Great! No need to descend down another spiral of anxiety. Get help from reliable experts on MagicBricks on matters of legalities, home loans, investment, property worth etc. You can even avail their astrology and Vastu services to ensure an auspicious start to life in your new home or office. With its entire gamut of offerings, MagicBricks has indeed brought the supermarket experience to real estate in India, as this fun video shows below.

Play

Get started with a simplified experience of buying, renting and selling property on MagicBricks here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of MagicBricks and not by the Scroll editorial team.