A day after the CBI’s raids at his residence, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is facing allegations of corruption in the rollout of a liquor policy recently withdrawn by the Delhi government, repeatedly hinted that he may get arrested in the coming days. He said he was not “scared” and claimed that the searches were not aimed at eliminating corruption but were meant to be a deterrent to the rise of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sisodia said the 2024 Lok Sabha elections will be a contest between Kejriwal and Modi.

After Sisodia’s press conference, Union Minister Anurag Thakur termed Kejriwal the “kingpin” of the “liquor scam”. “Corruption could be seen from Delhi to Punjab. This is the government of revdi (freebies) and bewde (drunkards). The country has seen the face of accused number one Sisodia ji and kingpin Kejriwal ji,” he said.

After political parties in Jammu and Kashmir expressed concern over the large number of new voters expected to be added to the electoral rolls after the summary revision that is currently underway, the administration Saturday issued a notification saying “media reports” of more than 25 lakh voters being added were a “misrepresentation of facts”. The notification went on to add that the special summary revision of J&K state in 2011 had put voters at 66,00,921, while the number of electors as on today (pre-roll revision) was 76,02,397. It was Chief Electoral Officer of J&K and Ladakh Hirdesh Kumar who, during a press meeting, said that they expected an addition of nearly 25 lakh voters in the ongoing special summary revision. The statement had led to an uproar among Kashmir-based political parties over “voters from outside J&K” exercising their franchise whenever elections were held in the UT.

The Mumbai Police Friday night received a threat message from a Pakistani number that gave a warning of a terrorist attack on the lines of the 26/11 Mumbai attack. The messages that were sent to Mumbai traffic police’s helpline number were sent from a Pakistani number, police said. Even though the Mumbai police have ruled out the potential threat of attack, they have now begun an investigation on the matter and are trying to trace the sender.

For the second time, a show by stand-up comic Munawar Faruqui has been cancelled in Bengaluru. The cancellation came after a Hindutva outfit petitioned city police commissioner C H Pratap Reddy alleging that Faruqui had hurt Hindu sentiments in his shows by making insulting remarks about Lord Ram and goddess Sita. Deputy commissioner of police (south) P Krishnakanth, however, said the show was cancelled at the last minute on Friday as the organisers had not sought permission. This was the second time in less than a year that Faruqui’s show had been cancelled in the Karnataka capital.

The Sports Ministry on Saturday informed the Gokulam Kerala FC to return from Uzbekistan as they won’t be able to participate in the AFC Women’s Club Championship due to AIFF’s suspension. The world football governing body FIFA had suspended India for “undue influence from third parties” and said the U-17 Women’s World Cup “cannot currently be held in India as planned”. The women’s team was scheduled to compete against a team from Iran on August 23 and one from the host nation on August 26 in Qarshi, while ATK Mohun Bagan is slated to play the AFC Cup 2022 (Inter-Zone semifinals) on September 7 in Bahrain.

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A passing remark that Karnataka Transport Minister B Sreeramulu made a couple of days ago, that he is not opposed to seeing Congress leader Siddaramaiah as chief minister of Karnataka, has resulted in some amount of hair-splitting over

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