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Morning brief: AAP slams ED's fresh charge sheet on Kejriwal; Omar Abdullah's take on Amit Shah's Kashmir visit & more

May 18, 2024 09:11 AM IST

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday hit out at the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after it filed a fresh charge sheet against the party and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in the excise policy case, calling the probe agency the “political wing of the BJP”. According to the Kejriwal-led party, the “intention” behind the excise policy case probe is to “frame AAP”. “The ED is functioning like a political wing and mouthpiece of the BJP. Its intention from the very beginning of this fake investigation was to frame the AAP, arrest all its top leaders and crush the party. The ED's charge-sheet framing AAP and CM Arvind Kejriwal is part of this grand political conspiracy,” the party said in a statement, reported PTI. Dig Deeper

Amritsar: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal
Amritsar: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday alleged that Union home minister Amit Shah's recent Kashmir visit amid the Lok Sabha elections was to help candidates from the BJP's “proxy” parties in the ongoing national polls. “While the BJP has not fielded its own candidates, its ‘B,’ ‘C,’ and ‘D’ teams, be it the bucket, apple, cricket bat or ink-pot, have been working on its directions,” Abdullah told reporters in Gurez. The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) vice-president was referring to the election symbols of the Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP), People's Conference, Apni Party and the People's Democratic Party (PDP), respectively. Incidentally, both JKNC and PDP are among members of the opposition INDIA group of opposition parties. Dig Deeper

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Actor Gurucharan Singh, who has been missing since April 22 this year, returned home on Friday. An India Today report, citing the Delhi Police, said that Gurucharan "was on a religious journey." Gurucharan is well known for playing Roshan Singh Sodhi in the Taarak Mehta ka Ulta Chashma. As per the report, Gurucharan told the police officials during the interrogation that he had left his worldly life and was on a religious journey. In the last few days, the actor stopped at gurudwaras in many cities including Amritsar and Ludhiana. However, he later realised that he should return home. According to the report, the police also during its investigation also found that Gurucharan was a follower of a sect that practices meditation. He even showed interest in going to the Himalayas for meditation. Dig Deeper

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Rohit Sharma ended a string of low scores in the Indian Premier League on Friday as he hit a brilliant 68 off 38 deliveries during the match against Lucknow Super Giants in Mumbai. While the innings didn't help MI as the side faced an 18-run defeat in its final match of the season, Rohit made a timely return to run-scoring before he transitions into national colours ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup in the Americas. In a season ridden with controversies for Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma also endured an inconsistent outing with the bat. After making a bright start with the bat – which also included a century against arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings – Rohit's form fell flat, with the opener being dismissed on four single-digit scores in his next six outings. Dig Deeper

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's breathtaking Cannes looks are making waves in the fashion world and on social media. After turning heads on the first day in a jaw-dropping black and white ensemble embellished with gold flowers for the screening of "Megalopolis" on May 16, the global icon once again made jaws drop with her second look. The OG diva graced the screening of "Kinds of Kindness" in a custom avant-garde silhouette designed by Falguni Shane Peacock. Aishwarya has been a game changer when it comes to red-carpet appearances, and this time is no exception as she has proved her fashion savvy. Scroll down to know more about her second appearance. Dig Deeper


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