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PM Modi pitches for infra, transport

Launching a 12-km stretch of Delhi Metro’s newly built Magenta Line, Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly pitched for use of public transport and took potshots at previous Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh for not visiting Noida due to superstition.Flagging the importance of connectivity, the PM said on Monday that the Metro line is not only for the present but also for future generations, and emphasised the need to reduce petrol imports by increasing the use of state-of-the-art mass transit systems.Modi did not name either SP’s Akhilesh Yadav or BSP’s Mayawati but lauded UP CM Yogi Adityanath for breaking the Noida jinx. “Due to his dress, some people find it fashionable to believe that CM Yogi Adityanath is not ‘modern enough’ but what he has done today is something which was never done by any of the previous CMs of Uttar Pradesh. Faith is important but blind faith is not desirable,” the Prime Minster said.Adityanath, sharing the dais with the Prime Minister, was all smiles as the latter praised him.Modi also slammed previous Chief Ministers for their “corrupt” activities and alleged they were only “spreading superstition” about political leaders losing power if they visited Noida.”If anybody thinks not going to a place will prolong their CM tenure and visiting a place will curtail it, such a person does not deserve to be a Chief Minister. Unfortunately, there were superstitions associated with Noida and in his own style, Yogi Adityanath has risen above it,” he said.Adityanath’s chief ministerial visits to Noida came eight years after the last by then CM Mayawati. Before the 2012 UP polls, she had visited Noida and the BSP had lost. Her successor Akhilesh Yadav never visited Noida and skipped inaugurating a key development project’s inauguration just before the Assembly polls in UP early this year. Samajwadi Party, however, lost the elections.The Prime Minister recalled that when he became the Chief Minister of Gujarat, people told him about a few inauspicious places, but he was clear that he would go there in the first year itself.”Driven by blind faith and superstition, leaders never went to places for decades. How unfortunate is that,” Modi said, reminding that he remained Chief Minister for four terms in Gujarat.Pitching for use of public transport to save on fuel and petroleum import costs, the Prime Minister said travelling on a Metro train should be a “prestige” issue.Lamenting that development is seen through the prism of politics based on the interest of parties many times, the Prime Minister said governance cannot happen when the dominant thought process begins at ‘Mera Kya’ and ends at ‘Mujhe Kya.'”We have changed these mindsets. For us, decisions are about national interest and not political gains,” he said. Countering the allegations of Opposition parties that his government was not working for the poor, Modi said, “the top ten industrialists would not travel on Metro. You will”.Terming NDA’s first Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee the ‘Bharat Marg Vidhata, the Prime Minister said that it was on December 24 in 2002 when he took a ride on Metro and since then, the Metro network in NCR has expanded considerably.He said that the work on railway infrastructure and road network expansion are happening at a historic pace under the NDA government, and that the country is making strides in the renewable energy sector.

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A dialogue with JC: Gujarat results change game plan of Congress & BJP

How Modi-Shah succeeded in Gujarat?The face of Modi and booth management of Amit Shah…were the biggest reasons for the success. Besides, two more factors contributed – division of Muslim votes and fielding non Patidars against Patidars…they weaved strategy in such a way that they could succeed in forming government for straight six times.How Modi-Shah turned the table in the last leg?They encashed two statements – one that of Kapil Sibal relating to Ram Mandir and the other statement of Manishankar Aiyar. They also encashed issue of Manmohan Singh meeting with Pakistani Ambassador. Public believed that meeting with Pakistani had happened. What transpired what not… it’s different issue. These issues set the gameplan for BJP in the last round.How Congress lost it at the last in Gujarat?We won’t say that Congress missed it but Congress miscalculated in Surat…Congress had great expectations from Surat…but BJP in a smart move sent its senior leaders to campaign in Surat who directly communicated with businessmen and traders and reached to a settlement saying that in future government may give major relaxations. As a result, out of 12 urban seats BJP clinched 11. Congress’ bigwigs lost elections from Surat…Shakti Singh was defeated…third factor was division of Muslim votes. These factors summed up the defeated of Congress.Had Mayawati and Sharad Pawar helped BJP win Gujarat?Definitely, fielding of candidates by Sharad Pawar and Mayawati helped BJP…and it is said that people of Mayawati and Sharad Pawar were given list of candidates o be fielded in Gujarat elections by the higher-ups in BJP. That could be the reason why Congress lost on at least 10 seats where they could have won.Why there were speculations of introducing new CM in place of Rupani?The other party says that those speculations were baseless…this was pre decided that if BJP wins the duo of Rupani-Patel will be at the helm… and that has happened…there is no chance of any change of guard.Why women get less tickets in Gujarat?This is quite saddening. Everyone talks about women empowerment…but Congress and BJP both gave only 10-12 tickets each. The percentage of women candidates was very low. Why Muslim candidates got less support from public in Gujarat?25-30 Muslim candidates contested the elections…but they got less vote percentage. Even in Muslim dominated areas, the percentage was less. This a an issue investigationAfter results, why Rahul Gandhi visited Somnath temple again?By visiting Somnath temple, Rahul Gandhi sent a message that even after losing elections, he will continue with the agenda of soft-Hindutva. He looks to be trying to snatch away Hindutva agenda from Modi.What are the economic and political lessons for Modi from Gujarat elections?The biggest lesson is political – You can’t take Gujarat for granted any more…second takeaway is that at any cost he will have to handle the resentment which has occurred among traders and businessmen due to demonetisation and GST. He has given several relaxations in GST in Guwahati and he will have to dole out more. Besides, Aadhar will not be linked to Real Estate…government is becoming flexible and in coming days we may see more relaxations in the policy of government and business class gets more relief.Will government administer amendments in the current economic policies?There will certainly be some amendments…Modi-Shah-Jaitley will sit together to discuss what reforms can be done in policies without compromising its anti corruption stand.Will Bhupendra Yadav get charge of Karnataka?I am completely convinced that Yadav is the discovery of Amit Shah. Yadav is from Ajmer and never went to any English School but speaks and writes English very well… makes great strategies…Amit Shah picked him …he was associated with Bihar elections, Maharashtra polls, made incharge of Gujarat where BJP won and now he will be sent to Karnataka. After that he will be sent to Rajasthan…certainly Yadav is discovery of Shah.What is the role of RSS in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh?RSS is the reality in the life of BJP…its estimation is correct…RSS had estimated about Gujarat that BJP may win only 64 seats…now it has warned BJP of 2019 elections that BJP may get 40-50 less seats in North India, so focus on East and South…RSS has a comprehensive role. Will Rahul-Hardik partnership remain intact till 2019?Grossly, it looks like that they will remain together till 2019…they may have difference on opinion on an issues in coming times…hardik patel can say that Congress should give post of leader of opposition to a Patidar…Hardik is a moody person but still they looks to remain together.Will Gujarat government send Hardik to jail on any of the issues?It can’t be called vindication but law will take its course…Vijay rupani had said that if BJP forms government, legal action will be taken against him.Why Om Mathur who knows the pulse of Gujarat was not seen active?There is a great contribution of Om Mathur in elections…he had been in the team of Modi-Shah… I think he has become little inactive and disheartened.. and it’s but natural. BJP is in power for 4 years but he could not get anything.What would be the political implications of the acquittal of 2G accused?Congress and DMK gained a lot in terms of public perception..Karunanidhi and his party are the biggest beneficiary…Congress has got an issue against BJP and it may make this an election issue in 2019.What would be the political impact of the conviction of Lalu?There would be little impact on the movement of Lalu…I think this could become a sympathy factor in 2019 elections…this decision has borne a negative impact on Lalu but there will be hardly any impact on the lifestyle of Lalu. He will issue statements from jail and lead agitation from there.Will Congress make election issue out of court decisions on 2G and fodder scams?Congress will definitely leverage on 2G issue…Congress will definitely fan this issue before 2019 elections. Eventually Congress has gained from this decision. What would be the impact of these results on the outcome of coming assembly elections?There is a feel good factor for Rahul Gandhi in states where assembly elections are due. Rahul Gandhi has started speaking well…it will boost morale of workers in the states…but it can’t be said that Congress will be able to form governments in these states.

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UP Congress vice-chairman Badshah Singh’s son, two others arrested for kidnapping

Three people, including the son of UP Congress vice-chairman and former minister Badshah Singh, was arrested today in connection with a case of abduction, a police official said.”On December 23, Amit Jaiswal lodged a complaint saying his son Shivam has been abducted and taken to Gorakhpur.However, during investigation, it came to light that the abducted person was in Mahoba district. Police then acting on tip-off raided Kharela village, arrested three people, and freed Shivam,” the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police (Lucknow) said in a statement.The arrested include Suryadev Singh, Rajesh Singh and Gunnu. Suryadev Singh is the son of former UP minister Badshah Singh, who currently is the vice-chairman of the UP Congress.Shivam, who had recently become friends with Suryadev, alleged that the latter took him to a farmhouse, beat him and locked him up in a room, police said, adding that Suryadev had planned to call Shivam’s father and demand a ransom of Rs 50 lakh for his release.An investigation was launched into the matter, the statement said.On November 5, 2016, former BSP minister Badshah Singh, who had joined the BJP before the 2012 UP elections, joined the Congress in Lucknow.A four-time MLA, Singh had been a minister during the previous Mayawati regime and had contested the 2012 state elections from Mahoba on a BJP ticket but lost.

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Uttar Pradesh government tables UPCOCA to curb crime; opposition cries foul

The Yogi Adityanath government on Wednesday tabled the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organized Crime Act (UPCOCA) in the Assembly amidst protest from opposition parties.After getting a nod from the cabinet, Chief Minister Yogi Aditanath said that the new act would help the state government in controlling organised crime in Uttar Pradesh. He urged opposition parties to help government get the Bill passed from both Houses of the State Legislature.With opposition members vehemently opposing UPCOCA, Samawadi Party announced that they will not allow this Bill to pass.Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav alleged that the BJP government introduced UPCOCA to settle scores with its political opponents. “Provisions of the new Act will be used to target political leaders. There are several laws to control crime effectively, there is no need to bring in another law to curb crime,” stated Akhilesh.BSP Supremo Mayawati has also opposed UPCOCA. “It will used against dalits, backwards and minorities. Anyone protesting against the BJP government will slapped with UPCOCA,” apprehended Mayawati. It is, however, another matter that she was the first to bring in UPCOCA when during her regime but had to drop after Samajwadi Party refused to support it.The new Bill was drafted on the lines of MCOCA. The new Bill recommends stringent action against organized crime including mafia gangs, illegal mining, land grabbing, kidnapping for ransom, supari killings etc.The Bill allows phone recordings as evidences and an accused can be kept under police custody for six months for interrogation. The period for filing chage sheet has also been doubled up to 180 days. Properties of accused would be attached and those earned through illegal means would be confiscated. It provides punishment of three years to capital punishment and a find of Rs 5 lakh to 25 lakh.A committee has been formed to review cases before slapping provisions of UPCOCA to check its misuse. Special Courts would be established to expedite speedy trials of accused.

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Yogi Adityanath may finally break ‘Noida jinx’ by joining PM Modi there on Dec 25

Almost all Indians are superstitious by nature but none more so than politicians. Given the precarious nature of power almost every politician has a superstition that does not change over time. In fact, if anything, it increases till it turns into their minds as “fact.” This is the case of the self-imposed ban by many UP politicians on visiting Noida. Whether it has been the BJP, Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) or Samajwadi Party (SP), all UP chief ministers have avoided visiting this area, as it is believed that whoever did so would lose power.This powerful jinx though may see its end with the current BJP dispensation. According to sources, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath may visit Noida for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inauguration of the Magenta line of the Delhi Metro which goes from Botanical Garden to Kalkaji. If the Chief Minister really does do so it may finally signal the end of the jinx.If Adityanath really does break this jinx he will be breaking a superstition that goes back all the way to 1988 (see box). In 1988 then UP Chief Minister Vir Bahadur Singh lost power days after visiting Noida. The theory of a jinx then took hold and has held firm since then. BSP leader Mayawati did try to break the jinx when she visited Noida four times as chief minister. However, she lost the 2012 assembly election, and one of the factors that was blamed was the ‘Noida jinx.’The fear of a jinx was so strong, that during his entire five-year term, then CM Akhilesh Yadav stayed away from the area. This fear was all the more ironic as Akhilesh was considered the modern face of the Samajwadi Party. But while he may have used video calls to inaugurate or launch projects in Noida and Greater Noida, he never visited. In August 2012, Akhilesh inaugurated the Yamuna Expressway from Lucknow and avoided travelling to Noida. The following year too, he inaugurated many infrastructure projects in Gautam Budh Nagar without visiting the city.But the fact that Akhilesh stayed away from Noida but still lost the election may help the current UP CM make up his mind. In any case, he still has a few days to decide. Prime Minister Modi’s Noida visit is only on December 25.However, people around Adityanath believe that he will break the jinx and visit Noida. Says a source, “Yogi is a modern age leader and does not believe in any superstition.” The proof of that will be seen on December 25.UP CMS & THE NOIDA JINX1988 Vir Bahadur Singh lost power days after visiting Noida. 1989 ND Tiwari lost power after visiting Noida 1995 Mulayam Singh was out of power within months of his Noida visit.1997 Mayawati lost power after visiting Noida. 1999 Kalyan Singh lost power after visiting Noida 2001 Rajnath Singh inaugurated the DND flyover from Delhi.2012 Mayawati went to Noida in October 2011 to inaugurate the memorial Rashtriya Dalit Prerna Sthal. She lost the 2012 Assembly Elections.

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Rajya Sabha: Amit Shah to be in the front row, 3 senior opposition leaders bid adieu

BJP president Amit Shah will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union minister Arun Jaitley in the front row of the treasury benches, adding weight to the NDA’s voice in the Rajya Sabha.With M Venkaiah Naidu at the chairman’s seat in the upper house of Parliament, the front row position he occupied as a senior leader will now be taken up by Shah. The seating arrangements have been issued by the Rajya Sabha secretariat for new members. Shah will be in the front row, on the other side of the aisle from Prime Minister Modi and BJP’s leader of the house, Arun Jaitley.While Shah will add to the strength of the ruling party, the opposition side will be weakened with the absence of three leading and vocal occupants of its first row — rebel JD(U) member Sharad Yadav, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury and Mayawati of the BSP. With Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) joining the NDA, its members will move from the opposition to the treasury benches. Yadav was recently expelled from the party and disqualified by Rajya Sabha chairperson Naidu. JD(U) leader RCP Singh will now occupy what would have been Yadav’s seat as the party leader in the House.Also readWatch: Pained by falsehood and canards spread by PM Modi, says Manmohan; Amit Shah hits back The opposition voice will lose some of its strength with the absence of CPI(M) general secretary Yechury, whose tenure in the Rajya Sabha came to an end after his party decided not to give him a third term in Parliament. Yechury’s front seat now will be taken by fellow-comrade T K Rangarajan. The BSP will miss its chief Mayawati, who resigned from Parliament in a huff during its last session. The BSP supremo had in July quit the Rajya Sabha, complaining that her voice was being muzzled. After her resignation, her seat was occupied by her confidant, BSP leader Satish Mishra.

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Union minister Ramdas Athawale asks Dalits to renounce Hinduism, embrace Buddhism

Invoking Babasaheb Ambedkar, Union minister Ramdas Athawale today said he embraced Buddhism only after he was convinced that Dalits would not get justice in the Hindu religion and asked all members of the community to do so.”Only when Babasaheb Ambedkar was convinced that Dalits would not get justice in Hindu religion did he convert to Buddhism. Lakhs of Dalits converted as well,” Athawale, the minister of state for social justice and empowerment, said in a statement issued here.According to the statement, Ambedkar had given opportunity to staunch “Hindutvavadis” to make amends but that did not happen, and hence he converted.”All Dalits should give up Hinduism and embrace Buddhism to stop atrocities against them,” Athawale said.Athawale, the chief of the Republican Party of India (A), also slammed BSP chief Mayawati and said instead of issuing repeated threats, she should once and for all convert to Buddhism.Mayawati, addressing a rally at Nagpur on December 10, had attacked the BJP and the RSS, and said that Dalits, tribals, OBCs and minorities were facing castiest, religious and communal discrimination from the so-called custodians of the Hindu religion.Mayawati had warned the BJP and the RSS that if their attitude towards the backward sections of society didn’t change, she would embrace Buddhism with crores of others.

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DNA Edit- Rahul Gandhi’s elevation: A myth called ‘inner party democracy’ in India

“Inner party democracy” was in full display as the Congress vice-president for five years, Rahul Gandhi, filed his nomination papers for the post of party president on Monday. He was the only candidate to do so as the last minute of the last day for filing nominations passed. Truly democratic, was it not?Is it that no one else in the Grand Old Party had the desire to lead from the front? If today, speaking purely in the realm of theory, the Nehru-Gandhi family had decided to keep away from the party president’s post, I can bet my hat that an EVM would have been required just to count the number of nominations filed for the said post. Why just point at the Congress? “Inner party democracy” is a myth perpetuated by the entire Indian political system. Political parties in the country have been successful in melding “handpicked” and “elected.” Despite all its claims of being a truly democratic party, the BJP is led by one who was elected unopposed. No doubt he proved to be greatly effective, but that doesn’t take away the “selection” aspect from his election.Look at Trinamool Congress. The organisational election of the party was held in April this year in which Mamata Banerjee was unanimously elected the chairperson. TMC was formed in 1998 and ‘Didi’ has been “elected” as its boss in 2001, 2006 and 2011. The next election will be held after half a decade… feel free to place a wager on the outcome. In Uttar Pradesh, both the SP and the BSP are as far from inner party democracy as any of the parties mentioned above. While the former has been swinging between a jostling father and son, the latter is firmly in the pocket of Mayawati, irrespective of whether she wins or loses elections. In Tamil Nadu, M Karunanidhi is to DMK what Xerox is to photocopying. He was elected unopposed to the post of party president for the eleventh time in a row in January 2015.Also readRahul Gandhi will not be announced Congress president today. Here’s when is the D-DayFrom the Badals of Shiromani Akali Dal to the Abdullahs of National Conference to the Raos of Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the story is boringly repetitive, but genuinely worrying. Here’s the crux of the matter: A political system that strives on dynasty, operates like a monarchy and throttles aspirations is ruling over a Constitutional democracy. In India, a Land of Contradictions, this surely takes the proverbial cake.This is not to cast aspersion on the individuals who are currently at the helm of their respective parties. Most probably they would have come out as winners even if fair and broad-based contests were held within their parties. On Monday, Rahul Gandhi had the opportunity to shake up Indian polity – by entering into a contest. Instead, he chose to play a ‘fixed’ match, entrenching the above narrative.Also read’Promotion without performance’: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi ‘congratulates’ Rahul Gandhi(The author is Editor-in-Chief of DNA)
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Oppn blames EVMs for BJP win in UP civic polls

As the Bharatiya Janata Party hailed Uttar Pradesh local body results as ‘massive victory’ and vindication of people’s faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies including GST, rival parties got together to hit back and blamed the results, especially of Mayor elections, on EVM tampering.Social media sites were abuzz with analysis of local bodies results claiming that the BJP’s victory was limited to winning 14 out of 16 Mayor posts and on other bulk of posts it had not done too well.Declaring it as a victory of PM Modi’s governance, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met the Prime Minister at his residence in Delhi.Using the UP results at a rally in Gujarat, BJP national president Amit Shah said, “Whatever has happened in Uttar Pradesh is nothing compared to what is going to happen in Gujarat on December 18. After the (vote) counting on December 18, the BJP will emerge victorious and form the government with 150 seats.”Soon a stinging rebuttal came from veteran Congress leader P Chidambaram as he tweeted, “After media reports on Q2 GDP and UP local bodies, Oxford and Webster should re-define the words ‘surge’ and ‘sweep’.”Raising the pitch, BSP chief Mayawati said she has full confidence that the saffron party would lose the general elections in 2019 if ballot papers are used, instead EVMs.”If BJP claims that they enjoy the mandate of the people, and the entire country is with them, then they should set aside the EVMs and hold the elections through ballot paper. And, I can say with full confidence that if the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are held by ballot paper, (the BJP) will not come to power,” Mayawati claimed.Joining the chorus Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav too cried foul.”Interestingly, where the polls were conducted through EVMs, the victory percentage of BJP was 46 but where it was carried through ballots, it was 15 per cent,”he said.For the record, BJP won 69 Municipal Chairperson posts as against 126 won by others, for Nagar Panchayat President BJP candidates won on 100 posts against 338 non BJP candidates.In case of Nagar Parishad posts BJP won on 596 whereas 701 were won by non-BJP candidates. Whereas in Nagar Palika BJP secured 916 posts against 4295 by others and in Nagar Panchayat polls it won won- 663 seats in comparison to 4715 won by other parties and independents.About 70% of the elected representatives of the other posts were independent candidates.
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UP civic polls result will influence Gujarat Assembly elections, Lok Sabha Polls 2019

The result of the Uttar Pradesh civil polls on Friday will have a bearing on the forthcoming Gujarat Assembly elections and Lok Sabha polls 2019. The civil polls were held for over 198 nagar palika parishads (municpal council), 438 muncipal boards (nagar panchayats) and 16 municipal corporation (nagar nigams) in 75 districts. Around 3.3 crore have exercised their voting rights with 79,113 candidates.This poll is a big test for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after an emphatic win during Uttar Pradesh Assembly election. Now, the result of civil polls will reveal whether his hardline Hindutva image has gone down well with the voters of the state or not. The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress, which forged an alliance in the 2017 Lok Sabha elections, have contested separately this time. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has also fought for the election, however, Mayawati has not campaigned for the polls. Unlike Mayawati, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav has also taken a back seat with no serious campaigning to win over the voters.Rahul Gandhi and Gujarat assembly electionsThe results come at a time when BJP and Congress are in for a big showdown for the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections. Both the parties have held massive campaigns and rallies lead by Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi across Gujarat.Rahul Gandhi’s rally have been in the midst of his religion controversy and his obvious visits to the temples. Rahul had tried to hold the Congress’ fort after mother and chief Sonia Gandhi laid low due to health concerns and has been a lone leader ever since leading the Gujarat polls. After being ridiculed by BJP many times for his “not-so-powerful statements”, he is now seen trying hard to gain the trust of the people. Rahul appears a lot more confident these days and this has helped boost the morale of the party workers. However, standing against Narendra Modi and Amit Shah will be tough competition.BJP’s popularity scaleThe result will either boost the moral of the saffron party or it will simply give them a heads up for the big game ahead.Political observers said that the result of this election will somewhat divulge the mindset of the voters for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. This result will also be crucial for the BJP as it will reveal the voters trust and faith in the saffron party for the big game.
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Mayawati’s sugar mills deal in trouble

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a blow to BSP supremo Mayawati, the Yogi Adityanath government has filed an FIR against two bogus companies accused of buying seven out of 21 government sugar mills sold by former chief minister during her regime in 2010-11.After assuming power, Adityanath had ordered a probe into the sale of 21 government sugar mills by Mayawati on the basis of the CAG audit report, which had indicted the former CM for selling these state-owned mills at a loss of Rs 1179 crore to the state exchequer.Of 21 mills, 10 were operational, while the others were already shut down. Besides machinery, these mills were built on an area of over 500 hectares worth Rs 2000 crore in today’s market value. Previously, in 2004-05, the Mulayam Singh government also attempted to sell 24 sugar mills, but it was stalled due to an intervention by the High Court.During the probe, it was found that bogus companies — Namrata Marketing Private Limited and Giriyasho Private Limited — were created to buy seven mills in Bareilly, Hardoi, Deoria, Lakshmiganj, Bara Bank, Chitauni and Ramkola.On verification of their papers, it was found that both the companies were bogus and created using forged signatures of fictitious directors on fake addresses. Directors of the companies have stated to the investigating officer that they never had anything to do with these two companies.On the basis of the inquiry report, the UP State Sugar Corporation Limited managing director, SK Mehra lodged an FIR at the Gomtinagar Police Station late Thursday night against owners and directors of these two bogus companies.Sugarcane Minister Suresh Rana said, “Going by the volume of fraud in the sale of 21 sugar mills, the government may hand over further probe to the CBI to ascertain bigwigs, including politicians, involved in the sugar mill scam.”The FIR has been registered against Namrata directors Rakesh Sharma, Dharmendra Gupta, Saurabh Mukund and Mohd Javed. On the basis of the FIRs, the Gomtinagar police is conducting further investigation to dig out names of those behind over 1200 crore sugar mill scam.Interestingly, despite the CAG report, then Akhilesh government did not initiate any probe into the sugar mill scam. Then sugarcane minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui washed off his hands from the murky deal saying that he has nothing to do with the scam, as all the 21 sugar mills were sold out on the instructions of then CM Mayawati and BSP General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra.One of the beneficiaries was liquor baron, late Ponty Chadha, whose companies had bought five prime sugar mills for a paltry Rs 206 crores while the land value of these mills was over Rs 1000 crore.

RPI leader Ramdas Athavale rakes up quota issue to reassert his standing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the run-up to the Gujarat assembly election, the Republican Party of India chief and Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athavale has roared that Modi government won’t be in power if it plans to change the present quota regime.Athavale, who is a prominent Dalit leader from Maharashtra, is NDA ally, has also hinted that he would chart his own way had it been any attempt to touch reservation currently offered to schedule castes (SC), scheduled tribes and others. Despite his elevation to the Union Cabinet, Athavale’s party has not been able to achieve substantial gains in the successive local body elections held in Maharashtra although his association has helped BJP for its sterling performance.RPI leader and Athavale’s close associate told DNA, “Athavale continues to enjoy a good amount of following in the Dalit community which is quite faction-ridden. There are several factions of RPI in the state but Athavale hopes that quota politics along with his alliance with BJP would come handy for consolidation in the state. You must remember Dalit constitutes well over 13% of the Maharashtra’s population. At the same time, Athavale will use his current position to poach vote bank of Mayawati and alike in various states.’’Athavale, who is elected to the Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra, has been a three-time Lok Sabha member. He called himself the fearless panther of India, and claims to have led the ‘’Dalit Panther Movement’’ a social movement for equality, justice, and human rights. However, he was unable to mobilize necessary support in Dalit community and make inroads in non-Dalit voters too.Athavale had earlier supported Congress, Nationalist Congress, and Shiv Sena before joining the NDA. He recently demanded reservations for scheduled caste and scheduled tribe in the Army and in the Indian Cricket. Besides, he has been quite consistent in his demand for quota for SCs in the private sector.Athavale’s warning comes close on the heels of the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to introduce reservation in outsourced services while suggesting that there was a need for a debate on the quota in private sector. JD(U), which had recently broken its alliance with Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal to join hands with BJP in Bihar and at the Centre, has indicated that the party would use quota politics to outsmart RJD especially ahead of Lok Sabha election 2019.BL Mungekar, a prominent commentator on Ambedkar movement, said that quota will play important role in electoral politics of 2019. ”For instance, Nitish Kumar, who was recently accused of being anti Dalit, has been forced to introduce quota in outsourced jobs and also to take credit of initiating debate for quota in private sector. Athavale’s threat of disturbing the Modi government is of no consequence as he has not raised his voice against Modi’s government’s policies which are blatantly anti Dalits. ”This is the compromise Athavale made for getting Rajya Sabha seat,” he noted.

BJP govt worse than SP, Adityanath only has time for development when he is not doing ‘puja-paath’: Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP president Mayawati today took a dig at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath saying that he will look after the development of the state when he gets time from “puja paath” (worship) in temples.”Despite being a representative from the backward Purvanchal area, he has not been able to give attention to its development…He can focus on it only when he gets time from his puja paath in temples. Sometimes he is in hisGorakhnath temple or in Ayodhya or Chitrakoot. Leave alone Purvanchal, the entire state cannot develop under such circumstances,” she said.She claimed that the BJP leaders can go for prayers to temples in Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi to hide their shortcomings but the people would not be misled by their “religious card”.A new India cannot take shape under the BJP rule, she said at a party rally in SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Lok Sabha constituency.She alleged that the BJP government in the state had not been able to do anything much to fulfil its promises.”The previous Samajwadi Party government was not good, but the present government is worse and is even lagging behind them,” she said.Charging the BJP with indulging in theatrics, she alleged that an atmosphere of fear and terror had been created everywhere in the name of religion and culture.Muslims and minorities are finding it difficult to sustain, so much so, that they have stopped keeping cows out of fear of cow vigilantes and even Hindus are desisting from it, she added.

Mayawati drops a bombshell; claims BJP hatched plot to assassinate her during Saharanpur riots

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Monday dropped a bombshell, alleging that the BJP had plotted her assassination during the Saharanpur riots that took place in April this year.Addressing a rally and workers’ convention in Meerut, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister claimed that the BJP had hatched the conspiracy to assassinate her after she resigned from her position in the Rajya Sabha, following the Saharanpur riots.She further alleged that the BJP had engineered the riots to divert the people’s attention from the issue of tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the state assembly polls, which saw the BJP win a record 325 seats.“The violence in Shabbirpur was escalated, thanks to the BJP and its supporters just to divert the attention from the EVM tampering allegation,” she alleged.She further claimed that the BJP had hatched a plan after they found out that she would be visiting the riot-hit area. “The plan was that Mayawati would visit riot-hit Shabbirpur and give provocative speech to assuage feelings of dalits. The BJP and its supporters will take advantage of the situation to flare up riots again and kill Mayawati in the garb of fresh violence,” she said, adding that she had been informed of the plans well in advance.The BSP Supremo said she resigned from the Rajya Sabha when she was not allowed to speak on Saharapur riots and make these disclosures in the Parliament.“Today, situation prevailing in the country under the Narendra Modi government is worst than emergency in 1975. The BJP government is using the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and other agencies to target opposition leaders,” she claimed.The BSP Supremo also charged the Modi government with stalling reservations in promotions and reservations in private sectors. “BJP is an anti-dalit party. But, of late, it has been trying to woo dalits to make political gains” she pointed.She also took a dig at the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh for deceiving farmers on loan waiver. “They had promised to waive off Rs 1 lakh loan but farmers are getting cheque for few paise and rupees only,” she ridiculed.

Cabinet now an extension of PMO, says Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Opposition on Sunday took a dig at the Cabinet reshuffle, saying PM Modi has reduced his Cabinet to an extension of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari also described the nine new ministers as a “senior citizens’ club”, pointing out that while the median age of a person in the country was 27 years, the average age of the new entrants was 60.44 years.He also termed the expansion “maximum government and minimum governance”. He said the induction of former bureaucrats reflects that the PM doesn’t trust his political colleagues. He also charged the PM for including Anantkumar Hegde in the ministry. He referred to a video that had surfaced in which Hegde was seen allegedly beating up doctors in Karwar. “Hegde’s inclusion is aimed to communalise Karnataka ahead of the assembly elections next year,” he said.The Congress also said the PM has himself admitted to the failure of his government to turn around the economy by removing Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Kalraj Mishra as ministers for Skill Development and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises respectively.Referring to the elevation of Nirmala Sitharaman, who was promoted to the Cabinet rank and put in charge of the crucial Defence ministry, Tewari said, “We hope she does not handle the Defence ministry the way she did the Commerce ministry, which saw a crippling decline of exports-imports during her tenure”. He also termed the elevation in the rank of Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi “mere tokenism” and said the BJP’s attitude towards Muslims was “well known”.The CPM said the reshuffle is meant to divert people’s attention, because of the epic failure of demonetisation. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the nation runs under the PM and from the PMO.BSP chief Mayawati said that retired bureaucrats were being relied on more than politicians. The expansion is an attempt to divert attention of the people from the “failure of the government on burning problems like poverty, unemployment, Ganga cleaning” as well as promises made by the BJP during the Lok Sabha polls, Mayawati said.”This is new drama being enacted by the BJP. The people have lost hope and are angry with the government. In place of politicians, retired bureaucrats are being relied on more in the expansion and an attempt is being made to propagate the agenda of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh,” she said in a statement.

BSP will not participate in RJD’s

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Thursday asserted that her party will not participate in Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD?s) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Bhagao Rally in Patna which is to be held on August 27. Explaining her decision to skip the rally, Mayawati said, ?RJD has been told that BSP will share stage with a party only if it’s decided in advance which party will contest on how many seats. And BSP will not participate in Patna rally?. However, on Aug 16th, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav opened up saying that BSP leader Satish Mishra will attend the rally. ?I had a talk with Mayawati. She said senior BSP leader Satish Mishra would come for the rally,? he said. Lalu further said that senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and C P Joshi would also attend the rally. When asked if Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi would be attending the event, Lalu confirmed stating that ?he could also be there?. Lalu later categorically asserted that the rally will also be attended by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and senior Janata Dal (United) (JDU) leader Sharad Yadav. RJD chief had planned the rally about four months ago when the three-party ?Mahagathbandhan? government was still in power in Bihar. His attempt was to experiment at the national level in a bid to oust the BJP-led NDA government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rahul, Sonia Gandhi may skip Lalu’s rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s anti-BJP rally titled “Desh Bachao, Bhajpa Bhagao” on August 27 in Patna being touted as part of fresh efforts to bring in Opposition unity may fail the test, as at least three senior leaders — Rahul Gandhi (Congress), Mayawati (BSP) and Sitaram Yechury (CPM) — have decided to stay away from the rally. Two others — (DMK) and Sharad Pawar (NCP) — are also uncertain. So far only West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and rebel Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav have confirmed their participation.Lalu is in touch with Congress leadership convincing them to send Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. But sources here said that neither Congress President Sonia Gandhi nor Rahul would be able to attend the rally. Instead, the Congress has nominated Ghulam Nabi Azad and C P Joshi to attend the rally with a message from Mrs Gandhi.At the time of announcing the rally, Lalu had boasted of bringing Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav as well as Mamata Benerjee and Left together on one platform, which, according to him would mean the ‘end of the match for the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechuri said that his party is yet to take a call on this.

Cow dying of corruption in Govt.-owned cow shelter, alleges Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Asserting that even ‘cow’ has now been politicized like the issue of Ram Temple, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) asked, why the very animal, who is one of the biggest political agenda today, is dying of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government’s negligence. In a press release, Mayawati alleged corruption in the government supported- cow shelter, where cows have died of starvation. “While the BJP, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) goes out of its way to project cow as ‘holy” and there on the other hand, cows are killed by starvation in the government-owned cow shelter,” the press release read. “The religious feelings of the people should be prevented from being hurt, adding that saffronisation will not be accepted here,” it added. Owner of a government-aided private cow shelter (Gaushala) has been arrested, where over 200 cows died in two days due to starvation and lack of proper care. Harish Verma, owner of Gaushala, is also the vice president of Jamul Nagar Nigam. He has been running the shelter for the last seven years. However, Verma dusted off the allegations stating that he had been seeking financial support for the shelter from the state government for the past two years, but nothing worked out. Speaking to the reporters, Verma said, “My cow shelter is overcrowded. There are more than 650 cows against the capacity of 220. I had intimated the government many a times that I am not able feed them, but all went in vain. More than Rs. 10 lakh meant for the cow shelter is pending with the government and they have not granted it till now. I am not guilty for the deaths”. Rajpur’s Sarpanch Pati Sevaram Sahu alleged that he found many trenches were being dug to bury the dead cows lying around, which made them suspicious. “We noticed J.C. Bamford (JCB) machines operating near the cow shelter two days ago and informed media persons. When we reached here, we found that many trenches were being dug to bury the dead cows lying around. The cows buried near the shelter are yet to be exhumed,” he said. Further, Dhamda block sub-divisional magistrate Rajesh Patre, after visiting the cow shelter, confirmed the deaths and said that the cows died either due to starvation or lack of proper care. “A four-member team led by deputy director of animal husbandry was constituted to probe into the causes of death and the reports of post-mortem. We have done post mortem for the cows, reports are awaited but prima facie it seems proper care of the cows was not taken. The exact death figures are yet to ascertained and investigation was on”. “Villagers claimed that more than 200 cows died in last few days because of lack of fodder, which seems to be true. We will submit a detailed report to the district magistrate and action would be taken accordingly,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘BSP doesn’t have an official Twitter account’: Mayawati denies party releasing poster on opposition unity

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After 22 years, two rival opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh – the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party – may come together again in the name of opposition unity to take on the BJP, if a poster tweeted by the BSP Twitter account is to be believed. However, BSP supremo Mayawati has dissociated from the poster and denied that her party released it.The poster released from the BSP Twitter account late on Sunday, just a week before the opposition rally called by the RJD in Patna on August 27, soon did the rounds of social media and hogged headlines.But BSP chief Mayawati has vehemently denied the party releasing any such poster. “When BSP does not have any official account on Twitter, then where is the question of the party releasing any such poster,” said Mayawati in a statement issued in Lucknow.The BSP chief said that reports appearing in a section of media attributing the poster to BSP were false, concocted and mischievous. “Media should have taken a statement from the BSP before publishing such reports,” she said. The BSP-SP had first struck an alliance in the 1993 Assembly polls when the then Kalyan Singh government was dismissed following the demolition of the Babri mosque on December 6, 1992. Both the political parties, with different vote-banks and divergent ideologies, fought the assembly polls and formed the government in 1993.But the honeymoon period between the SP and BSP did not last long following the June 2, 1995 State Guest House case in which Mayawati was holed up in a suite and BSP MLAs were abducted by SP goons after BSP withdrew support from the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led alliance government. Later, Mayawati had formed the government with support from the BJP.But even the BSP-BJP alliance did not last long following withdrawal of support by the BJP. In the 1996 Assembly elections, BSP had a seat-sharing arrangement with the Congress but that helped the latter gain at the cost of the BSP. Since then, Mayawati has never had any alliance with any political party in Uttar Pradesh.In the picture tweeted late Sunday from a BSP Twitter account, Mayawati is depicted appealing to ‘all opposition parties to unite for social justice’. Significantly, for the first time SP President Akhilesh Yadav found a prominent place in the posters, while Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s picture is missing.Others opposition leaders who found place on the poster after Akhilesh included former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, his father and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, All-India Trinamool Congress President and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee as well as AICC President Sonia Gandhi.But going by the BSP’s drubbing in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and dismal performance in the 2017 Assembly elections, BSP insiders claim that Mayawati is desperately looking for political crutches to make the elephant walk again. The party could not win a single seat in the Lok Sabha polls and ended with only 19 seats in the recently-concluded Assembly elections. The BSP has so far not confirmed Mayawati’s participation in the opposition’s Patna rally, but party sources claim that she may send Satish Chandra Mishra or some other leaders to ensure BSP’s presence. Congress sources claim that Mayawati may attend the Congress convened opposition rally in Dalit-dominated Valsad in Gujarat on September 1, 2017. Mayawati had resigned from the Rajya Sabha membership recently when she was not allowed to speak on issues related to Dalits.

BSP’s Twitter support for joint opposition: Party denies having ‘an official account’ @ 8/21/2017 4:36:28 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Monday denied having an official Twitter account amid reports of them tweeting out a picture, showcasing support for a joint opposition and also having party supremo Mayawati’s arch rival and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on it. The picture was taken from a verified account of the BSP (@BspUp2017), which the party has refused to own. ?Any poster generated on the Twitter on the working of the party does not carry credibility as there is no official twitter handle. The BSP condemns the tweet,? the BSP said, in an official statement. The poster that went viral on Sunday called for a united opposition for the society?s sake. It had Mayawati in the lead and showed icons of opposition party leaders, Akhilesh Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son Tejashwi Yadav, Sharad Yadav, West Bengal Chief Minister and All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) president Mamata Banerjee and Sonia Gandhi. The poster further said, ?One step towards social justice – Unified effort of the Opposition.? The talks of a ‘joint opposition’ picked pace soon after JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar snapped ties with the RJD and the Congress, and stepped down from his chief ministerial seat in Bihar only to be sworn-in as the chief minister again the next day, this time in alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Veteran Sharad Yadav declared that he was still with the ‘mahagathbandhan’, including the RJD and the Congress. Another wagon was added in the midst of Bihar’s ongoing battle, when Yadav held a three-day Jan Samvad Yatra to discuss the repercussions of the withdrawal of the grand alliance in the state, adding that the ‘faith’ of 11 crore people of Bihar was ‘broken’.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BSP’s Twitter support for joint opposition: Party denies having ‘an official account’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Monday denied having an official Twitter account amid reports of them tweeting out a picture, showcasing support for a joint opposition and also having party supremo Mayawati’s arch rival and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on it. The picture was taken from a verified account of the BSP (@BspUp2017), which the party has refused to own. ?Any poster generated on the Twitter on the working of the party does not carry credibility as there is no official twitter handle. The BSP condemns the tweet,? the BSP said, in an official statement. The poster that went viral on Sunday called for a united opposition for the society?s sake. It had Mayawati in the lead and showed icons of opposition party leaders, Akhilesh Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav and his son Tejashwi Yadav, Sharad Yadav, West Bengal Chief Minister and All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) president Mamata Banerjee and Sonia Gandhi. The poster further said, ?One step towards social justice – Unified effort of the Opposition.? The talks of a ‘joint opposition’ picked pace soon after JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar snapped ties with the RJD and the Congress, and stepped down from his chief ministerial seat in Bihar only to be sworn-in as the chief minister again the next day, this time in alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Veteran Sharad Yadav declared that he was still with the ‘mahagathbandhan’, including the RJD and the Congress. Another wagon was added in the midst of Bihar’s ongoing battle, when Yadav held a three-day Jan Samvad Yatra to discuss the repercussions of the withdrawal of the grand alliance in the state, adding that the ‘faith’ of 11 crore people of Bihar was ‘broken’.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP running on the directions of capitalists: Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP is running on the directions of capitalists and funding data released by an NGO recently has proved it, BSP supremo Mayawati alleged today, a charge that was rebuffed by the saffron party. “There was an impression among the common man that the BJP is a party of capitalists and is being run on their directions. Now it has been proved true by the data released by an organisation,” Mayawati said in a statement issued here. Referring to data released by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), Mayawati said that according to it the BJP got Rs 708 crore from 2012-13 to 2015-16 from capitalists, which was 92 per cent of the political donations it received. She alleged that the the BJP’s claims of of having 10-12 crore members were untrue, Mayawati asked then why was the contribution of BJP workers so less in the fund received by it. “It is only Rs 63 crore in past four years and this shows that the members’ data of the BJP is not correct,” she said. Attacking the BJP, which she called a party of “political gimmicks”, she alleged that it was playing in the hands of capitalists due to which there is largescale corruption. The BJP is “patronising the corrupt”, the BSP chief alleged. She also questioned the Modi government for “not appointing Lokayukta” in past three years. Refuting the charges, BJP spokesman Shalabh Mani Tripathi said that the BJP was the biggest party on the country and Mayawati’s statement only “showed her frustration.” “People have faith in the BJP and in the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, contrary to the BSP which has lost it base,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GST and demonetisation will have good impact on business environment : Santosh Gangwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The minister of State for Finance, Santosh Gangwar, is a seasoned campaigner for BJP. Seven-time MP from Bareilly, he had served as MoS in three departments in the Vajpayee government. In the Modi government, he was MoS in textile before switching over to Finance in the cabinet reshuffle. In an exclusive chat with Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO, Zee Regionals, he spoke candidly on issues ranging from his earlier days in politics to GST, demonetization and party’s prospects in South.JC: When you entered politics from a small town of Bareilly, had you ever thought that you would become a minister at centre?SG: When I got the ticket for the first time, I had no clue about that. One senior journalist informed me …. since then all my achievements have been beyond imagination. I had never imagined about my current status… I still remember. There was Emergency in the country and I was studying. I went to jail while studying and when I came out I got involved in activities of my party.JC: In Uttar Pradesh, people had crowned Yogi with high hopes…. the incident which had occurred at Gorakhpur hospital, do you think there was some lapse in governance?SG: No. That is not the case… it has to be dealt with in a proper manner. Wherever there is a lapse, we will take corrective action.JC: Today, the whole nation is talking about Modi…in last three-three-and half years, what do you think is his biggest contribution?SG: Whatever decision he has taken will prove to be a milestone … whether it’s foreign policy or relationship with neighbouring countries or economy of the nation, he has taken strong steps to complete tasks in a defined time period.JC: Last year when PM had announced about demonetization, people were worried but no one raised slogan against Modi…. how this kind of strong goodwill could build?SG: Everyone knows whatever decision Modi government is taking will benefit the country. Whatever opposition says, people who had been in queues are also saying that this step of Modiji is in the right direction. This was a big decision against black money which people will realise in times to come.JC: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says there has been 25% increase in the number of income tax payers, what is the impact?SG: This is absolutely right. Around 6 crore people pay the tax out of which 4 crores are government employee.. salaried class… The number of taxpayers then is only 2 crore. In a country of 125 crores only 2 crores … shows where we stand. So people who are working honestly are paying their tax diligently…. We will definitely see a strong rise in the number of taxpayers.JC: Few people think that demonetization followed by GST has badly affected the morale of traders and business class?SG: I have come across a few cloth merchants who say that demonetization has firmed up their conviction to be in this business… they say that now people will not raise any doubt on our honesty and society will also look at us with respect. Now everyone wants that no one should raise doubt on one’s integrity.JC: What is your roadmap for next two years?SG: First of all, if GST is implemented successfully, people will come to know about its good impact… this is visible also. I am saying this because out of earlier 80 lakh registrations, fresh registrations have now reached around 72-75 lakh. Out of this, around 15 lakh are registering for the first time… I think in next 1-2 months, registrations will cross the mark of 1 crore. This is a big achievement.JC: Market is speculating that government is withdrawing Rs 2,000 banknotes and introducing notes of Rs 200 denomination?SG: No there is no point of withdrawing but notes of a smaller denomination are more convenient… however, this is a decision of RBI.JC: It is said that what ED has been able to do in last 15 months has not been done in last 10 years, It has attached more than 12000…?SG: Our officers know their jobs. The way things are being worked out, people from our country and outside also are surprised that how work is being done in the area of direct and indirect taxes… this is an example in itself and it’s a guiding force also for us.JC: People are saying that first of all a case was registered against Lalu, then on the brother of Mayawati and then nephew of Mamta… is agency being used to settle some kind of political vendetta.SG: I will not take any name… whosoever is liable, the agency will take action. It has nothing to do with party or any particular individual… if there is unexpected swell in anyone’s assets then it’s but natural to ask him about the source.JC: Amit Shah is looking at saffronising South India, do you think he will be successful?SG: Everyone believes that we will form the government… five years ago, I was in charge of Odisha, since then I have been viewing remarkable changes… fellow countrymen also understand that this can happen only under the flag of BJP.

New metro policy ‘anti-people’: Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP president Mayawati today said the Centre’s new metro rail policy was “anti-people” and alleged that it would adversely hit metro projects in Uttar Pradesh. A day after the Union Cabinet approved the new metro rail policy, which opens a big window for private investments across a range of operations, Mayawati said it would make setting up of metro projects impossible. “The new metro policy announced by the Narendra Modi government is anti-people. It will become impossible to set up metro projects, especially in Kanpur, Varanasi and Allahabad … Besides, it will endanger the expansion of the ongoing Lucknow metro project,” she said in a statement here. The new policy has made “participation of private players and capitalists necessary” in metro projects. The government is running away from its reponsibilities, Mayawati alleged. She claimed the Centre was reducing its share in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. “The Centre’s aim is to somehow get ‘prime minister’ afixed with all the schemes to gain mileage and publicity,” Mayawati alleged, without elaborating further. She also charged the Yogi Adityanath government with betraying farmers in the name of loan waiver.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP Dy CM takes potshots at BSP supremo Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya today hit out at Mayawati, claiming that she had considered entering the Lok Sabha by contesting bypoll from Phulpur but later developed cold feet. The beleaguered BSP supremo had recently resigned from Rajya Sabha after being allegedly prevented from speaking on issues concerning Dalits by members of the ruling BJP. Speculations were rife that Mayawati might consider contesting bypoll in Phulpur which is at present held by Maurya. “Mayawati had fancied entering the Lok Sabha by contesting by-election from Phulpur. But then she recalled the 2014 general election results when the BJP had polled more votes than the SP and the BSP combined. So she has chickened out,” he told reporters in Soraon, about 40 km from the city. After taking over as the deputy chief minister in March, Maurya would be required to get elected to the state assembly or legislative council within six months of assuming charge. This would also entail his vacating the Lok Sabha seat from where he had made a sensational debut in the last general elections when he defeated his nearest Samajwadi Party rival by a margin of more than three lakh votes. Mocking the SP and the BSP, Maurya said, “Mayawati may even try convincing her bhatija (nephew) Akhilesh (former CM and SP chief). The seat will still be retained by the BJP.” Maurya, who is also the BJP’s state unit chief, said, “I was in Soraon to attend a party workers’ meeting. I asked our party men to keep a close watch on implementation of schemes launched by the Centre as well as the state governments. This will keep corruption at bay.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

36 children dead: Medical college principal axed; Adityanath govt pats itself on the back for ‘controlling’ encephalitis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The principal of Baba Raghav Das College in Gorakhpur, where the deaths of 36 children were reported in the past 48 hours, was suspended on Saturday.The Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon, who rushed to Gorakhpur along with his Cabinet colleague Health Minister Dr Siddharth Nath Singh on CM Adityanath’s direction, announced that Dr Rajeev Kumar Mishra, Principal BRD Medical College, had been suspended with immediate effect. Tandon said that the UP government had released funds for the college on August 5, 2017, which was credited into the college’s account on August 7. “Why was the oxygen supplier paid on August 11?” Tandon questioned, adding that the state government has constituted a committee under Chief Secretary Rajeev Kumar to look into all aspects leading to children’s deaths and find the reason behind delaying payment to the oxygen supplier. “We will initiate strictest action once the report is submitted,” Tandon said.
ALSO READ Watch: UP CM Yogi Adityanath speaks about infant deaths in Gorakhpur, says encephalitis is a challenge State health minister Dr Siddharth Nath Singh admitted that oxygen was in short supply on the night of August 10 and August 11 between 11.30 pm and 1 am. He, however, maintained that no deaths were reported during this period. “The hospital staff used Ambu bags during this period to continue supply of oxygen to critically-ill children,” he said.Singh added that August is usually a period where the state records large number of encephalitis. Corroborating his statement with numbers, the minister said that around 17 to 18 infant deaths were reported every August between 2014 and 2016. “This year’s average is only 4 to 5 deaths, which clearly suggest that the Yogi Adityanath government brought down the number of casualties by improving medical facilities,” he added.
ALSO READ Gorakhpur tragedy: CM Yogi breaks silence, says ‘encephalitis a challenge’ Relatives mourn after the death of children in the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College, in Gorakhpur on Friday – PTI“Our government is very sensitive on even a single death reported. We have taken the issue very seriously and ordered a high-level probe to initiate action against erring officials and further improve medical facilities in the state,” he told DNA.The minister also blamed the hospital authorities for not raising the oxygen short supply issue before the Chief Minister when he made a visit on August 9 to review facilities at the Encephalitis Special Ward.Earlier, a high-level delegation of the Congress including Ghulam Nabi Azad, UP Congress President Raj Babbar, Rajya Sabha member Pramod Tiwari and Dr Sanjay Singh visited the hospital and held the Yogi government responsible for ‘mass killings of innocent children’ at BRD Medical College. “We will raise the issue in the Parliament. The Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should tender an apology to the nation on deaths of innocent children,” said Azad.Terming the death of infants in a state-run hospital in Gorakhpur as an outcome of the Uttar Pradesh government’s “gross criminal negligence”, the SP and BSP today demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident.Both the opposition parties in the state have decided to send teams to Gorakhpur.”As many as 60 children have died in a government hospital in Gorakhpur in the last six-seven days. This is an example of gross criminal negligence of the BJP government,” Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said in a release here.Blaming the Yogi Adityanath government for the tragedy, Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav claimed that a shortage of oxygen supply in the hospital led to it.”The company supplying oxygen had informed the principal (of Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital) that it would stop the supply if payment was not made and the government must be aware that the deaths have been caused due to a shortage of oxygen,” he said.Stating that the exact toll was not available with the opposition, Yadav said, “We have received information that as the children were dying, their families were being taken out of the hospital in a hush hush manner.”Demanding a high-level inquiry into the incident, Mayawati said all possible help should be extended to the bereaved families.”As it is not in the nature of the BJP to accept its follies, the matter of dismissing the departmental ministers for this negligence should be left on the wisdom of the chief minister,” she added.The BSP supremo further alleged that the issues of peoples’ welfare were of no importance “for the governments of the BJP”.”Issues like tiranga (tricolour), vande mataram, madarsa, anti-romeo squads — which divert the attention of the people — are of more importance to them,” she said.Mayawati added that as the incident took place at a time when the chief minister was on a visit to Gorakhpur and “taking time off his political activities and puja-paath, was doing government work”, it raised “a hundred questions on the capacity and working of the BJP government”.With PTI Inputs

UP not benefitting from same party rule at Centre and state:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP is in power at the Centre as well as the state but this has not translated into any gains for the people of Uttar Pradesh, BSP chief Mayawati alleged today. She claimed that the central aid in some key schemes had been reduced. “The people of Uttar Pradesh are not benefitting from the same party governments at the Centre and the state…On the contrary, central aid for right to education and the scheme for creating employment has been reduced,” Mayawati said in a statement here. Referring to BJP president Amit Shah’s press conference here today, Mayawati alleged that he was projecting the “below average working of the Modi government as an achievement”. Lashing out at the Yogi Adityanath government in the state, she said ‘jungle raj’ prevailed and sensational crimes were taking place. The people are living in fear, she claimed. Accusing the BJP of winning the elections on the basis of false promises, she asked “how long the 22 crore people of the state will be taken for a ride?” She claimed that instead of doing real work, the BJP leadership was only making statements that it will take time to improve the conditions or that the income of farmers will be doubled in ten years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Country people should come forward to protect nation from weakening- Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Thursday asserted that whatever is happening in the country doesn?t bode well for democracy, suggesting that people of the country should come forward to protect the institution from weakening. Mayawati told ANI, “I want to say that yesterday whatever happened in Bihar and whatever is happening in other few states doesn?t bode well for democracy. Country masses will have to come forward to protect nation from such activities.” Her statement came after Janata Dal (United) supremo Nitish Kumar on Thursday morning took oath as Bihar Chief Minister. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Modi also took oath as Bihar Deputy Chief Minister. Bihar Governor Kesrinath Tripathi administered oath to Kumar and Modi at Raj Bhavan. This is the sixth time, when Nitish has taken oath as the Bihar Chief Minister. With this, the political uncertainty in Bihar that loomed in on Wednesday after Kumar?s resignation ended. Bihar witnessed heated political environment soon after Nitish Kumar resigned on Wednesday as Bihar Chief Minister to protest against his Deputy and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Supremo Lalu Yadav?s son Tejashwi Yadav?s stubbornness to stay in the Cabinet despite being named in F.I.R. over the corruption charges. However, Tejashwi has put onus on Nitish and Bharatiya Janata Party (NJP) for the latest political development in the state. Tejashwi said that political vendetta against him exposed the Opposition?s viciousness. ?I delivered manifolds than what was expected of me. My performance perturbed our ally & BJP. Vendetta against me exposes their viciousness,? he tweeted. The RJD on Thursday morning was forced to cancel its protest march to Raj Bhavan to oppose Kumar?s swearing-in ceremony due to the probationary orders.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BSP to launch stir against ‘anti-Dalit’ stand of BJP: Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after quitting Parliament, BSP chief Mayawati today said her party would launch a state- wide programme from September 18 to protest the “anti-Dalit” stand of the BJP. She said as she had resigned from the Rajya Sabha on July 18 “not being allowed to speak the on anti-Dalit violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur”, a conference of workers would be held on the 18th of every month beginning September. Every month, party workers from two UP divisions would hold programmes in which she would also participate. The agitational programme, beginning from Meerut, would continue till June next “to expose the BJP”. She announced the programme after holding a strategy session with party MPs, legislators and other leaders here. The September date was decided as the monsoon would be over by then. BSP supremo Mayawati’s resignation from the Rajya Sabha was accepted today by chairman Hamid Ansari, a senior official of the Upper House said. The 61-year-old had on Wednesday resigned from the RS, accusing the BJP and the Chair of not allowing her to raise the issue of “anti-Dalit violence” in Uttar Pradesh in the House. The move was seen as an attempt by Mayawati to consolidate her core Dalit support base and re-establish herself as the community’s prominent leader after facing a massive defeat in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections earlier this year. Her party could win only 18 seats while the BJP came to power by winning more than 300 of the 403 seats. The BJP had termed her resignation as a “drama” and pointed out that her tenure in the House was anyway coming to an end in April next year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Volunteer meet will be held on 18th of every month starting from September Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Supremo Mayawati on Sunday said volunteer meet will be held on 18th of every month starting from September in 18 divisions in Uttar Pradesh. Addressing the media, Mayawati said that the 18th date was chosen because on this date she resigned from the Rajya Sabha and the workers do not want to forget that day. ?Program will be organized according to each assembly. On this day, they will meet different leaders / workers of that area separately. The first rally will be organized in Meerut-Saharanpur. Programs after June 2018 will be announced later. Volunteer meet will be held on 18th of every month starting from September in 18 divisions. This date has been chosen because on this date I have resigned from the Rajya Sabha as a member,? she added. This comes after Mayawati resigned from the Rajya Sabha last week, following an argument. Mayawati, whose term as the member of the Rajya Sabha was to end in April 2018, earlier on Tuesday walked out of the Upper House of the Parliament alleging that the she was not allowed to speak on the atrocities against the Dalits in Uttar Pradesh. Maywati was allotted three-minute time to speak and she started speaking on the atrocities against the Dalits in Uttar Pradesh. However, after her allotted time elapsed, Rajya Sabha deputy chairman PJ Kurien stopped Mayawati that angered her to the extent that she walked out of the House and resigned. “I was not allowed to speak on problems being faced by the Dalits, backward classes, weaker sections including farmers and labourers in Uttar Pradesh. Since I was not allowed by the ruling party to raise these issues so, I have decided to resign from Rajya Sabha,” she told media after resigning from the party.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mayawati resignation: Gimmick or well thought-out plan?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mayawati’s political adversaries might term her dramatic resignation as a gimmick, but analysts say the astute politician has taken a well thought-out plan to resign from the Rajya Sabha to regain her losing hold over her core electorate. “Mayawati seems to have realised, after successive failures at the hustings, that she has to return to her core votebank – the Dalits – for her political survival and the live debate on the TV gave her the best opportunity to announce it to the world that she is ready for all sacrifice and emerge as the most credible spokesperson of Dalit issues,” political analyst and former head of political science department of Lucknow University Ramesh Dixit says. This is not the first time that Mayawati was heckled while speaking in the House or the Chair has tried to restrict the duration of her speech, so her aggressive postures in the House before storming out has been taken as a move to draw attention on herself and brand the BJP as anti-Dalit. “It was a well thought-out strategy to regain her ground in the face of the recent challenges but how far she will be successful has to be seen,” Dalit activist and retired IPS officer S R Darapuri says. “She moved away from the favourable combination worked out by Kansi Ram to woo the upper castes which though paid dividends in 2007, had not been all that beneficial in successive elections in 2012, 2014 and 2017, and her party has been relegated to a poor third spot in state politics,” Dixit points out. Mayawati has been under tremendous pressure with the emergence of young Dalit leadership and lately with BJP playing the trump card in the form of fielding Ramnath Kovind, he says, adding that now with this resignation she can go back to her workers and emerge as a “selfless Dalit heroine who did not waver in resigning and sacrificing her RS seat”, some six months before her term was to expire. Dixit, however, feels that she will be successful to some extent as she could now be undertaking trips all over and can also become a rallying point of the opposition parties. “She could even be made to contest the Lok Sabha from Phoolpur and could also succeed in checking the disintegration witnessed in her party in the recent past,” Dixit says. Phoolpur Lok Sabha seat will fall vacant after the resignation of Keshav Prasad Maurya, who has become deputy chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and has to enter either House of the UP legislature. The fact that the Congress, led by Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, walked out almost immediately after she left in a huff expressing sympathy and support and Left leader Sitaram Yechury’s quick criticism of the Treasury Benches for disrupting the Dalit leader as she spoke indicate that she enjoys backing of opposition parties. Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav was seen right beside Mayawati as she rocked the Rajya Sabha, while RJD supremo Lalu Prasad lamented outside the House that “it was a black day for Indian Parliament when as senior a Dalit leader as Mayawati was not allowed to speak on her community”. Lalu went to the extent of offering the support of his 80-odd legislators to her for another term in Rajya Sabha — her current term runs out next February — a chilling prospect because her party does not on its own have the requisite numbers to re-elect her. Most significantly, even the Samajwadi Party, the long-term rival of the BSP in Uttar Pradesh, has been critical of the BJP in their attempt to browbeat Mayawati. Darapuri, however, feels that success of Mayawati’s gameplan is not fully assured. She is today left only with Chamar and Jatav vote with all the other castes among the Dalits having voted for the BJP, and the saffron party will not easily let them go away. The young leadership has also taken hold over the Dalits raising valid and justified questions over her functioning as they are not satisfied with what she has done for them over the years, Darapuri says.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mixed response among parties to Mayawati’s resignation from RS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The resignation of BSP chief Mayawati from Rajya Sabha has evoked mixed response from different political parties in UP, with BJP terming it as a “political stunt” while Congress and Samajwadi Party held the Centre’s attitude responsible for her abrupt decision. “BSP supremo Mayawati is unable to digest the results of 2014 Lok Sabha elections and 2017 UP Assembly elections. People of UP have grossly rejected partisan and communal politics. They are looking forward to progress and development of the state,” UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said. He described her resignation as “political stunt and emotional drama”. Apna Dal (Sonelal), an ally of BJP-led NDA, attributed her decision to “massive erosion” in her support base. “BSP chief Mayawati is feeling threatened by the rise of Anupriya Patel, whom the backwards and Dalits are looking up as their leader. Mayawati’s votebase has seen a massive erosion, which has apparently upset her,” Apna Dal (S) spokesperson Arvind Sharma said. Anupriya, a senior party leader, is a Union minister and represents Mirzapur in Lok Sabha. The Congress said that the Dalit leader took the sudden decision to quit Rajya Sabha as the BJP had unleashed “autocratic rule” throughout the country. UP Congress spokesperson Ashok Singh alleged that ever since the BJP governmet came to power in the state, there has been an increase in crime and atrocities against Dalits. “Mayawati had to tender resignation only to attract the attention of the government, which is working against the interest of Dalits in the state. If Mayawati wanted to say something about Saharanpur incident, she should have been allowed,” Singh said. Chief spokesperson of Samajwadi Party, an ally of Congress in the state, Rajendra Chaudhary alleged that Mayawati’s right to speech and expression was violated in the Rajya Sabha. President of Rashtriya Kisan Manch, a local outfit, Shekhar Dixit too backed Mayawati, saying her step was “right”. “Mayawati took the right step as she was not allowed to speak and present her point of view,” he said. Mayawati’s resignation from the Rajya Sabha was accepted today by Chairman Hamid Ansari. The BSP supremo had resigned from the House in a huff yesterday, accusing the BJP and the Chair of not allowing her to raise the issue of anti-Dalit violence in Uttar Pradesh in the Parliament.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Washout in Parliament on first working day of Monsoon session

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Monsoon session of Parliament had a stormy start, with the opposition forcing a washout today by creating pandemonium over various issues and an angry BSP chief Mayawati threatening to resign from the Rajya Sabha for not being allowed to speak on the dalit issue. Members from parties like the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the Left parties and the RJD created uproar in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha as soon as the Houses met for the day. Due to the ruckus, the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day minutes after noon following one adjournment earlier while the Rajya Sabha was adjourned repeatedly till 3 pm and then for the day, without transacting any business. Though the Monsoon session began yesterday, today was the first working day as yesterday, both the Houses were adjourned, without transacting any business, after obituary references to the department MPs. Today, the opposition members wanted to raise issues like “atrocities” against dalits, violent incidents involving cow vigilantes and the plight of farmers. In the Rajya Sabha, as soon as the House assembled for the day, Mayawati raised the issue of violence against dalits against the backdrop of riots in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh sometime back. While she was speaking, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked her to wrap up as she had exceeded the three-minute duration set for each member during the Zero Hour. At this, Mayawati got angry and asked how she could be prevented from raising the issue about her ‘samaj’ (community) and the dalits. “I have not finished. You cannot do this,” she said. In anger, she went on to add, “I will resign from Rajya Sabha today… I have no moral right to be in the House if I am not allowed to put across my views on atrocities being committed against dalits.” Mayawati’s term in the Upper House is till April next year. Kurien asked her not to make a full-fledged speech and she can seek a discussion after giving a notice under Rule 267 that seeks adjournment of proceedings to take up an issue. A discussion can begin only after the Chair, on the advise of the government, accepts the notice and agrees for a discussion. Kurien rose from his seat in an attempt to calm her down but Mayawati refused to agree saying she has no right to be in the House if she cannot protect the rights of her community. “I am going to resign from the house,” she said and walked out of the House in a huff. Her party colleagues led by Satish Mishra followed her but were back in the House soon to raise slogans against the alleged anti-Dalit policies of the government. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Mayawati was challenging the Chair. “She should apologise. She has threatened the Chair,” he said. BSP members immediately rushed into the Well, shouting slogans against the government. Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad briefly prevailed over them to allow him to make his submission. Azad said the government, at an all-party meeting before the start of the Monsoon Session, had agreed to discuss any issue that the opposition wants to raise in the house. “Promise was made to us in the presence of the Prime Minister. You are going against that,” he said. He said the Opposition led by Congress has given notices to discuss crisis facing farmers, anti-Dalit violence and lynching of minorities. Responding to the barbs of the treasury benches to respect the people’s mandate, Azad said the government has got a mandate to protect the Dalits and minorities and for development. “You didn’t get a mandate to massacre minorities and dalits,” he said, before leading a walkout by the Congress. Soon thereafter, BSP members were back in the Well, shouting anti-government slogans. Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) said the government policies were pushing farmers to suicide. Naqvi said the government was ready for discussion on any issue and the opposition should give a notice. Kurien said the government was agreeing to having a discussion, so the opposition members should return to their seats and start it. “Shouting slogan is no soluition. We can discuss. The Chair is ready to allow discussion on all subjects. Let us start,” he said. But the opposition members remained unrelenting, forcing him to adjourn the proceedings till 1200 hours. Earlier, Mayawati while elaborating on the incidents in Saharanpur, said the Dalits had agreed to the district administration’s order not to take out any procession or install a statue of Bhim Rao Ambedkar on April 14. But the followers of Maharana Pratap however took out a procession on May 5, she said. Before she could complete, Kurien asked her to sit and called the next speaker, saying “you cannot monopolise”, angering Mayawati. No sooner that the House reassembled at noon, slogan shouting Congress members trooped into the Well. They were followed by the members of Trinamool Congress and others. Amid slogan shouting by members of Congress and other parties, Chairman Hamid Ansari called for taking up the Question Hour. TMC member Derek O’Brien tried to speak but could not be heard amidst the noisy scenes. Some members of the AIADMK too rushed into the Well as other opposition party members were on their feet. The continued sloganeering forced the Chairman to adjourn the House till 1400 hrs. Similar scenes were witnessed when the House re-assembled at 1400 hours, leading to its adjournment till 1500 hours. As the protests continued, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar challenged the opposition members to a discussion, asking why they were running away from it. However, as the uproar continued, the House was adjourned till tomorrow. In the Lok Sabha, the opposition wanted to raise cow vigilantism, the plight of farmers and various other issues. Being disallowed, members from the Congress, RJD, TMC and the Left, among others, then trooped into Well. Many were shouting slogans and also displaying placards. The House was first adjourned after 15 minutes into Question Hour till noon as the bedlam continued. As the House re-assembled after the adjournment during Question Hour, the opposition members again trooped into the Well raising anti-government slogans. In the din, as many as three bills, including the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill, were introduced. Besides, reports of various parliamentary committees were tabled before Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the proceedings for the day. One of the opposition placards read, “Gau mata toh bahana hai, karz maafi se dhyan hatana hai (Cow protection is a tool to divert attention from farm loan waiver)”. “Vijay Mallya ko bhagaya, kisano ko rulaya (Vijay Mallya was allowed to leave, while farmers were made to cry),” read another placard. BJP members from Karnataka were also seen holding placards and standing at their benches asking the state government to protect honest officers. They were referring to the recent transfer of DIG (Prisons) D Roopa, who had reportedly exposed that AIADMK leader Sasikala Natrajan was provided special facilities and services inside prison.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mayawati’s resignation a ‘drama’ to create confusion: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP today slammed BSP supremo Mayawati’s resignation from the Rajya Sabha, calling the move a “drama” aimed at “creating confusion” by raising an emotional pitch. BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav said the people will not be misled by her. Talking to reporters here, he stated that Mayawati had lost the mandate among the masses and her six-year tenure in the Upper House would have anyway ended in the next session of Parliament, while suggesting that her action was driven more by “frustration”. He said the Dalit leader was given twice the allotted time to raise her issue in the House and it was “unfortunate” that she did not give due respect to the Chair. She did not follow the parliamentary decorum while raising issues, Yadav, a Rajya Sabha member, said. It was surprising that she chose to resign, he said. “So the question is why did she do so? She has lost people’s mandate. She is likely to be in frustration. Her tenure is anyway going to end in the next session. “Some people are resorting to emotional pitch in politics by doing drama so as to create confusion. People will not be misled,” he said. The Modi government, Yadav said, had been working overtime to empower Dalits, backwards and the poor. The saffron party had been successful in weaning away a section of the core vote bank of the BSP in the Lok Sabha and the recent assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, sweeping both the elections and reducing Mayawati’s party to a marginal status. Mayawati has been strategising to reclaim her lost clout and had joined hands with opposition parties to take on the BJP. The Dalit leader today tendered her resignation, hours after the Chair asked her to restrict her impromptu speech on alleged anti-Dalit violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maywati resigns from Rajya Sabha, Twitter reminds her tenure was ending in April 2018

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati today tendered her resignation as a Rajya Sabha member, hours after the Chair asked her to restrict her impromptu speech on anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh. Mayawati met Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari this evening and handed over her resignation letter. “I met the chairman to hand over my resignation letter. It is not good that I cannot speak in the House on issues close to me… When I got up to speak, the government did not allow me to complete. Their members stood up and interfered. It is not good,” she said after resigning.Sources in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat said the decision on accepting Mayawati’s resignation lies with the chairman. The format states that the resignation letter should be brief and should not mention the reasons. Earlier, in the Rajya Sabha, an angry Mayawati had said she will quit from the house after the Chair asked her to restrict her impromptu speech. “I will resign from Rajya Sabha today,” a visibly anguished Mayawati shot back when Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked her to wrap up her speech as she had exceeded the three minutes given to her to make her submission.Mayawati, whose term in the Upper House is till April next year, argued with Kurien saying how can she be prevented from raising the issue about her ‘samaj’ (community) and the Dalits. “I have not finished. You cannot do this.” “I have no moral right to be in the House if I am not allowed to put across my views on atrocities being committed against Dalits,” she said
ALSO READ BSP supremo Mayawati resigns from Rajya Sabha, says had no option as she wasn’t allowed to speak However, Twitter was quick to remind her that since the BSP had won only 19 seats, down from 80 seats in 2012.

Amid Oppn protests, angry Mayawati says she’ll quit RS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An angry BSP supremo Mayawati today said she will quit from the Rajya Sabha after the Chair asked her to restrict her impromptu speech on anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. “I will resign from Rajya Sabha today,” a visibly anguished Mayawati shot back when Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked her to wrap up her speech as she had exceeded the three minutes given to her to make her submission. Mayawati, whose term in the Upper House is till April next year, argued with Kurien saying how can she be prevented from raising the issue about her ‘samaj’ (community) and the Dalits. “I have not finished. You cannot do this.” “I have no moral right to be in the House if I am not allowed to put across my views on atrocities being committed against Dalits,” she said. Kurien said she can only call for a discussion after giving a notice under rule 267 that seeks adjournment of proceedings to take up an issue and not make a speech to initiate a discussion. A discussion can begin only after the Chair, on the advise of the government, accepts the notice and agrees for a discussion. Kurien rose from his seat in an attempt to calm her down but Mayawati refused to agree saying she has no right to be in the House if she cannot protect the rights of her community. “I am going to resign from the house,” she said and walked out of the House in a huff. He party colleagues led by Satish Mishra followed her but were back in the House soon to raise slogans against the alleged anti-Dalit policies of the government. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Mayawati was challeging the Chair. “She should apologise. She has threatened the Chair,” he said. BSP members immediately rushed into the Well shouting “Dalit virodhi yeh sarkar nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi” (anti-dalit government will not be tolerated). Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad briefly prevailed over them to allow him to make his submission. Azad said the government at an all-party meeting before the start of the Monsoon Session had agreed to discuss any issue that the opposition wants to raise in the house. “Promise was made to us in the presence of the Prime Minister. You are going against that,” Azad said. He said the Opposition led by Congress has given notices to discuss crisis facing farmers, anti-Dalit violence and lynching of minorities. Responding to the barbs of the treasury benches to respect the people’s mandate, Azad said the government has got a mandate to protect the Dalits and minorities and for development. “You didnt get a mandate to massacre minorities and Dalits,” he said adding the Congress was staging a walkout of the House in protest. Congress members then walked out of the House. Soon thereafter, BSP members were back in the Well shouting anti-government slogans. Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) said the government policies were pushing farmers to suicide. Naqvi said the government was ready for discussion on any issue and the opposition should give a notice. Kurien said the government was agreeing to having a discussion, so the opposition members should return to their seats and start it. “Shouting slogan is no soluition. We can discuss. The Chair is ready to allow discussion on all subjects. Let us start,” he said. But the opposition members remained unrelenting, forcing him to adjourn the proceedings till 1200 hours. Earlier, Mayawati while elaborating on the incidents in Saharanpur, said the Dalits had agreed to the district administration’s order not to take out any procession or install a statue of Bhim Rao Ambedkar on April 14. But the followers of Maharana Pratap however took out a procession on May 5, she said. Before she could complete, Kurien asked her to sit and called the next speaker, saying “you cannot monopolise”, angering Mayawati.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mayawati resigns from RS for not being allowed to speak on Dalits

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Huge drama was witnessed in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday when Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati resigned from the Upper House after accusing the chair of not allowing her to speak on issues related to Dalits. Mayawati first walked out of the chamber before formally announcing her decision to resign. ?Let me speak or I will resign,? Mayawati had said. After saying so, she walked out of the House. Earlier, Mayawati hit out at the government for not doing enough to stop atrocities against Dalits and other backward and deprived classes. ?Since the time the BJP has come to power, there has been exploitation of the Dalits, poor, minority, and backward castes,? she said. Mayawati further said that the BJP formed its government in Uttar Pradesh after distorting the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). ?The Dalits were suppressed in Saharanpur but the government did not do anything about it,? she said. ?No community is safe in UP, but the condition of the Dalits is worse,? she added. Mayawati further said that she has come as speaking as the voice of the suppressed. Even the Congress staged protest in the well regarding the law and order situation in the state. Both, Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha have been adjourned.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kovind will win comfortably: BJP; Kumar best choice: Oppn

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As lawmakers voted to elect India’s next president, the ruling BJP exuded today confidence that NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind would win with a “comfortable” margin, while the opposition said its joint pick Meira Kumar was the best choice in the “clash of ideologies”. “Kovind ji will win (the election) with a respectable and comfortable margin,” Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters ahead of the polling. Naidu, however, refused to comment on the BJP parliamentary board’s meeting to choose the ruling alliance’s vice presidential candidate. Let the presidential poll get over first, he said. Another Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Kovind will register a “decisive victory” and would turn out as an “honest” president, who, he said, will work hard according to the Constitution. “It would have been better if there was consensus (among all parties over Kovind’s nomination). But no issues,” he said. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the fight between Kovind and Kumar was “one of ideologies” and rated the latter as the best choice for the president’s post. “The president should be a person pursuing an ideology under which everybody should be equal for him. And when there is a clash of ideologies, I think our candidate (Kumar) is the best,” Azad, the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, said. Backing Kumar, the CPI(M) urged voters, comprising MPs and MLAs, to pick the “custodian of the Constitution” thoughtfully. “Hope the electoral college picks the custodian of India’s Constitution thoughtfully….Vote to uphold constitutional values of our republic,” party general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Twitter. Yechury and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge asked all MPs and MLAs exercising their franchise to vote according to their “inner conscience”. “We believe in democracy and that’s why we are contesting (the poll). All the voters, including those from the BJP, should also vote as per their conscience,” Kharge said. With both Kovind and Kumar belonging to the Dalit community, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati expressed satisfaction that a Dalit leader would occupy the office of the president irrespective of who won the poll. Mayawati also claimed it was because of her party that the NDA and the opposition had to field candidates from the community. “Winning or losing (a poll) is a different issue. Whoever wins, the good thing is a Scheduled Caste person will be the country’s president. And I think it is a good thing for our movement, the party. “And the NDA, the BJP had to field a Dalit candidate for the presidential poll because of the BSP and the other side (the opposition) too,” she told reporters outside Parliament. The voting for the presidential poll began at 10 am and will continue till 5 pm. The result of the poll will be declared on July 20.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP confident of Kovind’s win, CPI(M) asks electoral college

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As voting to elect India’s next president got underway today, the BJP exuded confidence that its candidate Ram Nath Kovind would win with a “comfortable” margin while the opposition CPI(M) asked the electoral college to vote thoughtfully and uphold the Constitution. Kovind, the former Bihar governor, is contesting against the opposition’s joint candidate and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar. “Kovind ji will win (the election) with a respectable and comfortable margin,” Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters ahead of the polling. Naidu, however, refused to comment on the BJP parliamentary board’s meeting to pick the ruling alliance’s vice presidential candidate. Let the presidential poll get over first, he said. The CPI(M), which is backing Meira Kumar, urged voters, comprising MPs and MLAs, to pick the “custodian of the Constitution” thoughtfully. “Hope the Electoral College picks the custodian of India’s Constitution thoughtfully: Vote to uphold Constitutional Values of our Republic,” party general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Twitter. With both Kovind and Kumar belonging to the Dalit community, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati expressed satisfaction that a Dalit leader would occupy office of the president irrespective of who won the poll. Mayawati also claimed it was because of her party that the NDA and the opposition had to field candidates from the community. “Winning or losing (a poll) is a different issue. Whoever wins, the good thing is a Scheduled Caste person will be the country’s president. And I think it is a good thing for our movement, the party. “And the NDA, the BJP had to field a Dalit candidate for the presidential poll because of the BSP and the other side (the opposition) too,” she told reporters outside Parliament. The voting for the presidential poll began at 10 AM today and will continue till 5 PM. The results of the poll will be declared on July 20.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Yogi Adityanath confident of Kovind’s victory, Mayawati happy with Dalit candidates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the fight for the post of the President begins, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday expressed confidence over Ram Nath Kovind marking the victory, whereas Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati was elated with the fact that both the nominees are from the Dalit community.Adityanath asserted that Kovind will win with huge majority, whereas Mayawati said that whosoever wins, it will be a win for Dalits and for their party.”We have no doubt over the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) nominee, Ram Nath Kovind, winning the election with a huge majority. It is a matter of pride for Uttar Pradesh to give the President to India for the first time,? Adityanath said after casting his vote.”The nominees of both, the NDA and the Opposition, are from the Dalit community. This is the first time that Dalit candidates are being pitched from both the sides. Losing-winning is different. But the good part is that, a Dalit will become the President of India. It is a huge victory for our movement and party,” Mayawati saidUttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Ministers K.P. Maurya and Dinesh Sharma were also optimistic regarding Kovind’s victory.”I am confident that Ram Nath Kovind will appear as the winner with huge difference,” Maurya said.”Ramnath Kovind will win. It won?t be surprising if other also support him,” said Dinesh Sharma.The voting for the Presidential polls began from 10 a.m. and will last till 5 p.m.The counting of the votes will take place on July 20.

First budget of Adityanath govt a historic one: UP BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP today termed the first budget of the Yogi Adityanath government as a “historic” one, and said the opposition was “frustrated” for not being able to find any “lacunae” in it. “The Adityanath government has made a bold initiative of including the promises mentioned in the Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra in its first Budget itself which is a good sign,” UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said. He said the current budget drew inspiration from Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay and his thoughts of Antyodaya (benefits reaching the poorest sections of society). “The first budget presented by the Adityanath government is certainly a historic one. The opposition parties are feeling frustrated and sad as they are unable to find any lacunae in it,” he said. “(SP chief) Akhilesh Yadav was not in Lucknow when the budget was tabled. Since there was no provision for statues and memorials, it made BSP supremo Mayawati sad,” Tripathi said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP resorting to cow protection to hide their failures: Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP chief Mayawati today attacked the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh, alleging that they were trying to hide their failures by resorting to ‘gau raksha’ (cow protection).She also claimed that the GST was ushered in without full preparation and alleged that the BJP and RSS were “misleading” people on various issues.”The RSS is now openly using government wealth, facilities and power to push its agenda of casteism, communalism and violent politics. In this case, BSP is being specifically targeted,” Mayawati claimed in a statement today.She said that the missionary movement zeal of BSP was intact and deep rooted in Uttar Pradesh and claimed that the BJP and RSS were misleading people.They are spreading rumours, as they feel BSP as their real threat and challenge, Mayawati said.”The coming of these casteist forces to power both in the state and at the Centre drops enough hints that they are interested in dividing the country and not uniting it… An atmosphere of fear is prevailing throughout the country, and there are incidents of targeted casteist and communal violence being reported,” she said in the statement.Mayawati accused the BJP of hiding its failures by resorting to ‘gauraksha’ (cow protection).She accused the Centre of implementing the Goods and Services Tax (GST), a “complicated” tax structure without full preparations, after coming out with demonetisation.”The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has failed miserably in ensuring development of the state, curbing crime and improving law and order scenario,” she alleged.Mayawati claimed that the condition of roads, water supply, electricity, hospitals and education is very poor.”This is happening, when there is a BJP government, both at Centre and in state. The party during the 2017 UP polls, the party made tall promises, which lured the people. Like the Modi government at Centre, the Yogi Adityanath government in the state is also turning out to be a government of pretence and deceit,” she alleged.

RJD_responds_to_JD(U)’s_absence_from_anti_BJP_rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With the Janata Dal United JD (U) not attending the anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Lalu Yadav led party on Sunday made it clear that this development has no significance, as the rally is organised by their party and not the ?Bihar grand alliance?. ?This news has no basis. This was never meant to be attended by a grand alliance. It was RJD?s rally, where opposition parties from East, West, North and South were invited. Our banners would be used?, RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha told ANI. Jha said that there was no point hooking on to the matter, as the decision to conduct a rally was of the RJD president Lalu Yadav. Earlier in the day, JD (U) leader Shyam Rajak said that JDU?s absence in the event would not affect their alliance with RJD. “This is a rally entirely by the RJD and not by the alliance. We congratulate them on this front against BJP. JDU has no point of participating since it is not a joint rally. The alliance is undisturbed and strong but the two parties are different and are free to conduct their respective rallies,” Rajak said. Both the parties along with the Congress Party are partners in the ruling grand alliance government in Bihar. Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati are set to attend the rally. The RJD’s ‘BJP Bhagao Desh Bachao’ rally would take place on August 27 in Patna.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Oppn too plumps for dalit face, chooses Meira as Prez nominee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar of the Congress was today chosen as the opposition’s joint candidate against NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind in a ‘dalit vs dalit’ Presidential battle that saw Bihar’s ruling alliance divided and the BSP getting out of a dilemma. Though the numbers in the electoral college were stacked in favour of Kovind making his election as the 14th President a virtual certainty, the Congress-led opposition decided to put up a fight and also plumped for a dalit face for the July 17 polls. Both Kovind and Kumar are aged 72. The decision to field Kumar was taken at a meeting of 17 non-NDA parties in Parliament House Library with the leaders unanimously endorsing the name of the diplomat-turned- politician. “We have 17 opposition leaders present here and all of us have decided to jointly field Meira Kumar, an IFS officer, former Union Minister and former Speaker of Lok Sabha as a candidate for the forthcoming election for the President of India,” Congress president Sonia Gandhi announced after the meeting. But the candidature of Kumar, who hails from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s home state of Bihar, appeared to put the JD(U) veteran in a spot after he broke ranks from the opposition and backed the candidature of Kovind, a dalit leader from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. Kovind was the Governor of Bihar before being nominated as the BJP nominee. Asked to comment on the JD-U stand, Gandhi said, “We do hope that other opposition parties join us.” “We are also proud that she is the second dalit candidate for the post of President.” Asked whether she was upset with Nitish Kumar for supporting the NDA nominee, she said, “I am not upset with anybody. I appeal to every political party to support.” After the meeting, RJD chief and JD(U) ally Lalu Prasad said he will meet Nitish Kumar and will appeal to him again to rethink on his party’s decision of supporting the NDA nominee, which he termed as a “historic blunder”. He, however, said there was no threat to the Bihar government, where the JD(U), the RJD and Congress are in an alliance. But Prasad’s hopes of any u-turn by Nitish Kumar were quickly dashed with the JD(U) rejecting his request to reconsider its support to Kovind, saying its stand is based on merit and it will stick with Kovind. “Our decision to support Kovind remains unchanged. It was a decision taken on merit after due application of mind and full consultation within the party… We will stick with his choice,” JD(U) spokesperson Pavan Kumar Varma said. Shortly after Kumar’s candidature was announced, BSP supremo Mayawati extended her party’s support to the Congress leader, saying she was “more capable and popular” than Kovind. “The Opposition’s nominee for President’s post Meira Kumar is more capable and popular than the NDA candidate. “The BSP will support Meira Kumar in the presidential election,” she said. Mayawati had said on Monday that her party was positive about the NDA nominating Kovind but wished the ruling alliance had named a non-political dalit candidate for the top post. The brief meeting of the opposition parties started with an address by Gandhi where she talked about opposition unity and putting up a joint candidate. She then handed over the proceedings to NCP’s Sharad Pawar who said there are three main names that were doing the rounds and put out the names of three dalit leaders– Meira Kumar; Sushilkumar Shinde, a former union home minister, and Bhalchandra Mungekar, a former Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra. Soon leaders of various parties proposed the name of Kumar as the best possible candidate and then Gandhi capped the discussions by selecting her name. Earlier, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury put forward the name of Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of B R Ambedkar, but there were no takers. He also informed that Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, who was earlier being considered as the opposition candidate, had himself called to say that it would be better if the opposition puts up a dalit candidate after the NDA named a dalit as its nominee. Leaders of 17 opposition parties were present at the meeting, which included former prime minister Manmohan Singh and senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ahmed Patel, besides Sharad Pawar and Lalu Prasad. Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja, DMK’s Kanimozhi and National Conference’s Omar Abdullah also attended. Though Trinamool Congress’ Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati and SP’s Akhilesh Yadav, who were present at the last opposition meeting held on May 26, were not present their representatives were there. While Derek O’ Brien represented the Trinamool, the SP sent Ramgopal Yadav and the BSP Satish Chandra Misra. Other parties represented at the meeting included JD-S, RSP, JMM, Kerala Congress, IUML and the AIUDF of Assam. JD-U, which has decided to back Kovind, skipped the meeting. But RLD chief Ajit Singh attended, making up for the numbers. Most of these leaders were present during the May 26 luncheon meeting hosted by Gandhi at the same venue. “The name of Kumar has been selected unanimously by one and all. All 17 political parties have unanimously proposed the name of Meira Kumar for the presidential election,” Azad said. He said Kumar is the illustrous daughter of former deputy prime minister and tall dalit leader Jagjivan Ram. “There could not be a better candidate than her.” Yechury also said that “we are appealing to everybody” to support the candidature of Kumar. The BJP said the Congress has made Kumar a “scapegoat” by fielding her and questioned why the party did not nominate her when it was in a position to get her elected to the highest office.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BSP to back ‘more capable, popular’ Meira Kumar: Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP supremo Mayawati today backed the Opposition’s candidate Meira Kumar for the President’s post, while taking exception to NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind’s association with the “narrow ideologies” of the BJP and the RSS. “The Opposition’s nominee for President’s post Meira Kumar is more capable and popular than the NDA candidate,” she said moments after Kumar’s candidature was announced. “BSP will support Meira Kumar in the presidential election,” she declared. Mayawati said Kovind had been associated with the “narrow ideologies” of the BJP and the RSS right from the beginning. “Hence, I do not subscribe to his political background,” she said in a statement issued here. “In the new circumstances, after comparing the qualities of the two candidates it is clear that UPA candidate Meria Kumar is more capable and popular than the NDA nominee. Hence, our party declares support to Meira Kumar for the presidential poll,” she said. The Opposition today unanimously decided to field Kumar, a dalit, as its joint candidate for the presidential election against Kovind, with 17 parties supporting the former Lok Sabha speaker’s candidature. The decision was taken at a meeting of the 17 non-NDA parties in Parliament House Library, with the leaders endorsing the name of the former minister and diplomat, whose father, ex-deputy prime minister Jagjivan Ram, was often hailed as one of the tallest dalit leaders in the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Opposition stumped by NDA’s Dalit candidate, to plan strategy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stumped by the “Dalit face” of the NDA’s presidential candidate, the opposition went into a huddle today, while Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad rushed to Patna for talks with Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad on the issue. Sources said senior Congress leaders talked to their counterparts in other opposition parties to ensure their presence at a crucial meeting on June 22 of all non-NDA parties in Parliament. The opposition leaders also put up a brave face, claiming their unity was intact after some among the non-NDA parties welcomed Kovind’s nomination. Sources said Azad, who is the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, was to attend an Iftar dinner hosted by the Bihar PCC in Patna tonight, but speculation was rife that he would meet state chief minister Nitish Kumar in a bid to firm up the opposition’s strategy on a presidential candidate to counter the NDA’s nominee, Ram Nath Kovind. The JD-U is also slated to meet in Patna tomorrow to decide on the party’s stand on the presidential poll, slated to be held on July 17. Azad’s visit to Patna assumes significance after Nitish Kumar yesterday welcomed Kovind’s candidature, just falling short of extending support to him. Mayawati’s BSP also said the party could not be “negative” about a Dalit candidate. While the Left is keen to put up a symbolic fight for the poll on ideological differences with the BJP, the fact that the NDA candidate is a Dalit has put the Congress in a fix. Sources said the Congress may now go in for a Dalit candidate, too, to match the NDA on the issue. Some of the names doing the rounds now are those of former Speaker Meira Kumar, B R Ambedkar’s grandson Prakash Ambedkar and former Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. If there is an election, Kovind is likely to win it, with the Shiv Sena and some other regional parties also announcing their support to the NDA. The opposition is keen to put up a united face on the matter and ensure that all top leaders attend the June 22 meet to be attended by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mayawati’s slight opposition due to Kovind’s association with RSS NCP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday said Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati?s slight opposition to Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind?s nomination as presidential candidate is due to his affiliation with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Reacting to Mayawati?s ?Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should have selected a name from a non-political background which will be better? remark, NCP leader Majeed Memon said the former cannot openly oppose a Dalit candidate so she went the other way. ?Since Mayawati has to take care of her Dalit vote bank, she cannot openly oppose a Dalit candidate. So, she has just gone the other way by saying that a Dalit is welcomed, but not a Dalit from a particular political ideology which of course is now being hinted at the RSS. So, she is opposing because this candidate happens to be a RSS man,? Memon told ANI. While on the other hand, refraining from commenting on Mayawati? remark, JD (U) leader Neeraj Kumar said they only hope that the election of the first citizen of India (President) should take place without any controversy popping up. ?We hope and want that the election of the first citizen of India (President) should take place without any controversy erupting,? Kumar told ANI. Despite expressing her support for National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Presidential nominee Kovind, Mayawati yesterday said the Centre should have taken all Opposition parties in ‘good faith’ before announcing the name. Further giving her opinion over Presidential Elections, Mayawati stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should have selected a name from a non-political background which would have been better. “My small advice towards this is- it could have been better if the BJP would have selected a name from a non-political background,” Mayawati added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Positive about prez nominee, but non-political Dalit name

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP boss Mayawati today said her party is positive about the NDA nominating Ram Nath Kovind for the presidential election but wished the ruling alliance had named a non-political Dalit candidate for the top post. “Although Kovind has been associated with the RSS and the BJP from the beginning but since he is a Dalit, our party’s stand towards him cannot be negative. It will be positive, provided Opposition parties do not field any Dalit for the post who is more capable and popular than him,” she told newspersons here. “Kovind is not the first Dalit who has been brought forward for the post of president… K R Narayanan, a Dalit, had also been president,” she said. The BSP chief, however, stressed that it would have been better had the Opposition parties been taken into confidence on the choice. “Had the BJP and NDA brought any non-political Dalit for the post, it would have been better,” she said. Mayawati said she was informed by senior BJP leaders Amit Shah and Venkaiah Naidu over phone that Kovind, who belonged to Dalit caste, will be NDA candidate for the post of the president. “But his introduction is that he is a member of Kori caste who are very less in number in the country and he has been associated with the RSS and the BJP since the beginning and so I do not agree with his political background,” she added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prez poll: BJP may have its way after assembly wins

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP’s electoral victory in the recent assembly polls has virtually ensured that its candidate will become the next president of India. The BJP has initiated moves to reach out to the opposition parties on selecting a consensus candidate for the upcoming presidential poll. However, the ruling party does not need support of major opposition parties. The party’s victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand have mathematically guaranteed it a lion’s share in the electoral college, which would elect the next president. President Pranab Mukherjee’s term ends on July 24 and the nomination process for the July 17 poll began today. The electoral college which elects the president through the system of proportional representation comprises elected MPs and members of state legislative assemblies — a total of 4,896 voters including 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs. While 233 are elected members of the Rajya Sabha, 543 are from the Lok Sabha. While the Lok Sabha Speaker, an elected member, can vote, two nominated members from the Anglo-Indian community in the Lok Sabha and 12 nominated MPs in the Rajya Sabha cannot. The value of an MLA’s vote depends on the population of the state he or she represents. But the value of the vote of an MP is the same and does not vary. The total value of the electoral college is 10,98,903. Before the assembly polls, the NDA was short of 75,076 votes in terms of value. But after the BJP’s astounding performances in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur, the gap will narrow down to 20,000 votes, an official in the Election Commission explained. If the BJP is able to get the support of parties such as the AIADMK with 134 MLAs and the BJD with 117 MLAs, it can see the person of its choice in the Rashtrapati Bhavan easily. Even if these parties do not support the BJP, it can still manage to scrape through with the help of smaller parties. The voting for the president’s position is through a secret ballot, and party whip does not apply. In the 245-member Rajya Sabha, the BJP has 56 members, while the Congress with 59 is the single largest party. With wins in assembly polls, the BJP is set to emerge as the single largest party in the Rajya Sabha too next year and the NDA’s tally would be close to 100. It would, however, still be short of a majority in the upper house. Mayawati’s BSP, which finished a poor third in Uttar Pradesh with a tally of just 19 seats, will not be in a position to send her to the Rajya Sabha again when her current term ends next year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BSP requests UP CM for upkeep of memorials set up during

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BSP delegation met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here today with a demand for the proper upkeep of the memorials and parks set up when party supremo Mayawati was the chief minister. The delegation, led by senior BSP leader Satish Chandra Misra, met the chief minister in the morning and drew his attention towards the “poor condition” of the memorials and parks and demanded their proper upkeep and maintenance. Mayawati had recently blamed the state government for the “laxity” in maintenance of the memorials after a fire broke out at the Manyawar Shri Kanshiram Green Eco Garden. Late on Saturday night, the dry grass in the garden caught fire. Subsequently, the BSP supremo asked a four-member team to meet Adityanath and highlight the laxity on the part of the administration, so that such incidents were not repeated in the future. After the meeting, Misra said he had apprised the chief minister of the situation at the eco garden and requested him to ensure a proper upkeep of all the memorials set up by the Mayawati government in the state. Others in the delegation included state BSP chief Ram Achal Rajbhar, leader of the BSP Legislative Party in the Assembly Lalji Verma and former state minister Indrajeet Saroj.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Exodus’ of people from BSP for neglecting Dalits, backwards:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ruling NDA constituent Apna Dal (S) today claimed there was an “exodus” of people from the BSP since the Mayawati-led party was neglecting Dalits and backwards in Uttar Pradesh. “There has virtually been an exodus from the BSP to Apna Dal (S) since the focus of BSP supremo is on strengthening her financial status at the cost of Dalits and backwards,” Apna Dal spokesperson Arvind Sharma said here. Stressing that Apna Dal was working towards the uplift of the deprived communities, Sharma said efforts were on to ensure constitutional status for the “Backward Class Commission”. “The bill giving constitutional status to ‘Backward class commission’ has been tabled in Parliament,” he said. The focus of Anu Priya Patel, the national convenor of Apna Das (S), is on the interest of Dalits, backwards and ‘Kamera’ community, he claimed. Apna Dal was floated by Sone Lal Patel, Anupriya’s father in 1995. A former associate of BSP founder Kanshi Ram, Patel fell out with Mayawati and formed his own party, which claims a strong political support from the Kurmi backward caste in UP. Speaking to reporters here, Sharma also clarified the position of the Apna Dal (S) on Central government’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter. “While there is no ban on individual sale of cattle, only illegal slaughter houses have been closed since they were posing threat to health of common man,” he claimed. “Uplift of villages through dairying, cottage industries, Kaushal Vikas Mission etc is our priority with stress on eliminating middlemen from every field,” he said, adding, “E-tendering is a step in this direction.” On law and order situation in the state, he said the the governments prior to the BJP-led dispensation had “polluted” the environment by “promoting casteism”. “The officers also did not take things seriously while the change in the posting of second and third tier of police officials is a must for good governance,” Sharma said, adding, “Total overhauling would now begin since we believe in zero tolerance of crime.” He added that there has been a big jolt to illegal mining in UP since Yogi Adityanath assumed charge as chief minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAP to hold hackathon on same day as Election Commission, party invites experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party will hold Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) hackathon on the same day as the Election Commission’s challenge.The latest development comes days after the Election Commission of India (ECI) rejected the demand of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of allowing the ‘change or tampering’ of the motherboard of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the ‘EVM challenge’ which will be held on June 3.”We have conveyed to EC that we will hold EVM hackathon on the day of EC’s EVM challenge,” said Saurabh Bhardwaj, AAP MLA.The party has also invited experts from all sections including from election commission for the hackthonThe party had earlier said that the EC’s challenge does not ‘give a fair opportunity to prove hacking is not possible, as it does not allow hackers to open the machine.’The Election Commission had invited all the seven national and 49 state parties to participate in the challenge to prove that its EVMs can be tampered with.Each party will get four EVMs of their choice from the five states and four hours to hack. Each team can have a maximum of three persons. But foreign experts have been barred from participating.Political parties — especially Mayawati led-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP had contested and claimed that the EVMs held under the ownership of Election Commission and used in recent elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand in February-March polls were tampered.

Base eroding, Mayawati now fields nephew to counter Bhim Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Bhim Army emerging as a serious threat, the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) – till now a predominant voice of Dalits, especially in Uttar Pradesh — is working on a plan to counter the latest threat to its vote-bank. At the centre of this carefully-crafted plan is Aakash Kumar, the 24-year-old London-returned management graduate nephew of the BSP supremo.Kumar, party sources say, has been given the responsibility of starting the youth wing of the BSP, aimed at luring back the substantial number of Dalit youth, many of who had voted for BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha as well as the recently-held UP Assembly polls.The BSP’s UP unit president Ram Acahl Rajbhar gives an indication into the new thought within the party. “Time has come that a platform is provided to young Dalits who are being misguided and used by other political parties and newer outfits (read Bhim Army),” says Rajbhar.Sporting jeans and T-shirt, the bespectacled young member of BSP chief’s family, was introduced to the party workers for the first time in a meeting a week after Mayawati announced direct anointment of her brother Anand Kumar as the party vice-president on April 14.Without seeking any reaction from party leaders and workers, Mayawati casually declared that Aakash will look after party affairs. Though majority of party leaders have no clue about new entrant’s role but they got a broad hint that behenji wants to groom Aakash to take care of the party if the CBI nails and jails her brother in disproportionate asset case.Age and health issues seem to have caught up with the 61-year-old BSP chief. She suffers from asthma and is allergic to heat, dust and changing weather. On April 14, she cited health reasons for making Kumar as party vice-president.”The sudden induction of two family members into BSP is a clear indication that she wants to hand over party reins to a family members, just like any other politician, rather to those who sulked for years,” rues a party leader.Gripped with the fear psychosis of who will look after the BSP in her and Anand’s absence, Aakash was the natural choice and heir apparent for ageing Mayawati. Young, suave and educated, Aakash is going to be the BSP’s youth face in days to come.Since BSP does not have a youth wing, Aakash fits into the bill. The BSP Supremo has already entrusted his close associate Ashok Siddharth, BSP Rajya Sabha MP and Head of newly-created East and West Zones in the state to groom her nephew.Upset with growing influence of Bhim Army as a new outfit championing the causes of Dalit youth, Mayawati did not waste time to showcase the BSP’s young face. Aakash shared the political dais with Mayawati for the first time during her visit to riot-hit Saharanpur on May 23. After enjoying the London weather, he hit the dusty roads and braved the sultry heat of 44 degrees to see the real condition of the dalit samaj his ‘Bua’ represents.He is yet to be introduced to sparkling white khadi and kurta, manadtory for Infia politicians. Clad in jeans and T-Shirt again, Aakash looked confident at the dais waving hand to the crowd. He warmly met dalit families of victims of sectarian clashes at Thakur-dominated Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur, during his visit.”He showed sympathy with them, noted their grievances, took their mobile numbers and addresses and assured them to raise their voice and help them,” claims Mahesh Kumar, who was present in May 23 meeting of the BSP chief.Party sources claim that Aakash has become Mayawati’s favourite for replacing Paresh Mishra, son-in- law of Satish Mishra, who was earlier being dubbed as BSP’s youth face. Though she is facing charges of promoting nepotism, Mayawati has little choice to find trusted leaders than to promote members of her own clan after KK Gautam, Swami Prasad Maurya, RK Chowhdary and Nasemuddin Siddiqui deserted her.

Rahul Gandhi is a ‘tragedy tourist’: BJP slams Congress scion’s Saharanpur visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite being denied permission to visit Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday reached the riot-hit area, interacted with locals and asserted that the Yogi Government has failed to establish law and order situation in the state. “In today’s India, there is no place for poor people. The government has failed on law and order in Uttar Pradesh. The role of the government is to provide safety to all citizens of the nation but the government failed to do so,’ Gandhi said. He said that the Uttar Pradesh administration asked him to leave, as the situation is not stable. “The Uttar Pradesh administration asked me to leave. They will later take me to the village once the situation becomes stable,” he further said.However, the police did try to stop the Congress vice-president but the latter adamantly reached the clash-affected area to take stock of the situation.Meanwhile, BJP leader Srikant Sharma called Rahul Gandhi a ‘tragedy tourist’.
ALSO READ Dalits being oppressed everywhere, PM Modi giving foothold to ‘anti-nationals’ in J&K: Rahul Gandhi in Saharanpur“Congress government has been a big flop during their regime. Our motive is to improve the facilities. Rahul Gandhi is a tragedy tourist. The citizens do not trust Rahul Gandhi and his company,” BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Power Minister Shrikant Sharma told media on Saturday afternoon.Asserting that the Yogi-government is making efforts to improve the law and order in the state, Sharma further appealed to the politicians not to visit Saharanpur.
ALSO READ Watch Zee Exclusive | Paresh Rawal stands by tweet on Arundhati Roy, says no stone pelter will hit her“Since the last 15 years, the law and order situation in the state has been disturbed. The process of changing this disturbance will take time which has already begun by the Yogi Government. Police department and government are working on the matter. We request the politicians to avoid visiting Saharanpur at such a critical point,” he added.Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu also lashed out at the Congress vice-president for his attempt to visit Saharanpur while dubbing him as a ‘photo opportunist’.Speaking to ANI, Naidu said, “Rahul Gandhi is a photo-opportunist, whenever there is a photo opportunity he always goes there.”Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Kalraj Mishra on Saturday said that the former should cancel his visit so as to avoid any further communal clashes.‘Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur has become a sensitive area now and social harmony is being attacked. At this moment, his visit will make things more worse. It will hamper on a social level. His visit may entice another such communal clash which will affect the country,’ Mishra told ANI.Mishra asserted that just because BSP chief Mayawati visited the region that does not mean Rahul should also do so.‘It will be like playing with public’s feelings,’ he added.Mishra while speaking on the law and order of Uttar Pradesh said that the Yogi government has completed nearly two months and they are definitely trying hard to control the ongoing situation.Rahul Gandhi, accompanied by senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar, also discussed the deteriorating situation prevailing in the state with the locals there. Clashes broke out earlier after Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati’s visit to Saharanpur, where one person was killed and several others were injured.In the wake of clashes between two communities in Saharanpur, the Yogi Adityanath Government transferred 174 Sub-Divisional Magistrates.On May 5, one person was killed and 16 people, including a head constable, were injured in clashes between the Dalits and the Rajputs in Shabbirpur and Simlana villages.

Expelled BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui floats new outfit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expelled BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui today floated a new outfit, the Rashtriya Bahujan Morcha, with the aim of providing a political alternative. Siddiqui and his supporters held a meeting here today and decided to float a new morcha at a time when there was a “concerted move by vested interests to serve their personal motives”, a release issued in the name of Rashtriya Bahujan Morcha said. The decision was supported by all those who took part in the meeting and the outfit would work to provide a new political alternative in society, it said. It would work towards providing political and social representation to all sections of society and establishing amity and brotherhood, the release said. While Naseemuddin would be the convenor of the front, Brahma Swarup Sagar and O P Singh would be its co-convenors. When contacted, Singh said more people from the BSP would be joining the outfit soon which would be extended in order to have a proper organisation. A public contact programme would also be launched for it in the future, he added. Naseemuddin, the Muslim face of BSP, was expelled from the party on May 10 for carrying out “anti-party” activities, prompting him to hit back at party supremo Mayawati. He came out with audio tapes of his conversation with the BSP chief to support his allegation that money was being demanded from him. “Whatever charges have been levelled against me, applies to her (Mayawati) and I can prove those with evidence,” he had said. He claimed that he had over 150 audio clippings of Mayawati but desisted from issuing them, stressing that he would strike back only when the attack was initiated by the party. He had also held Mayawati’s “wrong policies” responsible for the BSP’s poor performance in the 2009, 2014 Lok Sabha elections and 2012, 2017 UP Assembly polls. He alleged that the BSP chief had levelled “false and misleading” allegations against Muslims and also made objectionable comments against them, especially in the 2017 elections. He also alleged that Mayawati had used abusive language against upper castes, backwards and Muslims. Naseemuddin, who hails from Banda, was removed as the party in-charge of Uttar Pradesh and was appointed as the MP unit in-charge after the assembly poll debacle.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sacked BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui forms new party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Ousted Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui on Saturday formed a new party called ‘Rashtriya Bahujan Morcha’. Earlier in May, Siddiqui and his son Afzal Siddiqui, were sacked from the party after the allegation that they were involved in anti-party activities and corruption. Satish Chandra Mishra had said that leaders of Naseemuddin’s constituency were belligerently opposing him due to his lacklustre performance and were demanding his removal from the party for a long time. Chandra further accused Siddiqui of holding anonymous properties and taking money from people in the name of BSP, while adding that despite giving several chances he kept on carrying out anti-party activities. In a major organisational reshuffle, earlier in April, Mayawati ousted Siddiqui as party?s Uttar Pradesh chief and appointed him in-charge of Madhya Pradesh. Following which, Siddiqui levelled serious allegation against Mayawati, saying that she is the all time greatest blackmailer the country has ever witnessed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Political tourism shouldn’t be played by Rahul Gandhi BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Slamming the opposition after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was denied to visit riot-hit Saharanpur, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday asserted that the former is a master in political tourism and photo ops which is why he decided to visit Saharanpur. ?If Rahul Gandhi wants to do a political tourism and wants to do photo ops which he is known for then certainly the administration will not give him permission and we have seen that recently the permission was given to Mayawati but the situation worsened there. It was not the fault of the administration but on the leaders who go there like Mayawati- who made an aggressive pitch and that worsened the situation,? BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Siddharth Nath Singh told ANI. Singh further stated that Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh will decide whether it would allow political tourism or not. ?The idea is to control the situation and therefore the administration is free under Yogi?s government to make a decision whether they will allow political tourism or not,? he added. Resonating similar views, another BJP leader S. Prakash stated that playing politics in Saharanpur will only add fire to the situation. ?In many Congress ruled states, the opposition party leaders prefer to visit those areas to find out the status. This visit has been denied on the law and order situation. Saharanpur needs to be brought back to normalcy, playing politics at this time will only add fire to the matter. It will be better for Rahul Gandhi choose to visit the place once the situation is cooled off and balanced,? Prakash told ANI. After being denied permission to visit riot-hit Saharanpur, Gandhi yesterday vented his ire on the Centre while saying that latter is adopting the policy of ‘divide and distract’ as they have failed to deliver their promises. “When they fail to deliver they divide & distract. But anger and hatred will not convert into jobs or solutions,” Rahul said in a tweet. Rahul was denied permission to visit Saharanpur where a caste conflict had erupted in which many Dalits were allegedly targeted. The confirmation of this development was given by Additional Director General of Police Law and Order Aditya Mishra to ANI. Gandhi was supposed visit Saharanpur to take stock of the prevailing situation. Clashes occurred on Tuesday after Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati’s visit to Saharanpur, where one person was killed and several others were injured. The state government also announced to give compensation of Rs. 15 lakh to relatives of the person, who was killed during this incident. In the wake of clashes between two communities in Saharanpur, the Yogi Adityanath Government on Thursday transferred 174 Sub-Divisional Magistrates. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to submit report on the recent worrisome clashes in Saharanpur. Earlier, Saharanpur District Magistrate Nagendra Parsad Singh was sacked after he was unable to control the clashes between two communities in the area. On May 5, one person was killed and 16 people, including a head constable, were injured in clashes between the Dalits and the Rajputs in Shabbirpur and Simlana villages. Reports said that the police stopped the Maharana Pratap procession after some Dalits informed the police. This angered Rajputs, who allegedly resorted to violence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Emergence of Bheem Army compounds Mayawati’s problems

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a dismal showing at the hustings and a rebellion in the rank and file of the BSP, the emergence of the Dalit outfit Bheem Army at the national level has compounded problems for party chief Mayawati. Even before the BSP could have come to terms with being relegated to a poor third, managing merely 19 seats (in the 403-member UP Assembly), 61 down from 2012, it is faced with a new challenge in the form of the Bheem Army which has taken the winds out of its sails following Saharanpur caste clashes. The organisation of Dalit youths across seven states in northern India, was founded by a young lawyer Chandrashekhar two years ago in Saharanpur, and shot into prominence during the clashes. He belongs to Chhutmalpur village adjoining Shabbirpur, the epicentre of recent troubles. Though the mission of the Bheem Army was to educate the community’s children free of cost, with their first school coming up two years ago at Saharanpur’s Bhado village, it came into limelight in April when an Ambedkar Jayanti procession was stopped by Rajputs. The rise of the Bheem Army made BSP chief all the more worried as it succeeded in mobilising Dalits in western UP, the stronghold of BSP. Bheem Army, with its show of strength by organising an impressive protest in the national capital last Sunday over Saharanpur incidents, literally knocked at the doors of national politics. Chandrashekhar, despite being wanted for his alleged involvement in the clashes between the police and the protesters on May 9, made an appearance with his supporters in New Delhi. The BSP supremo, who has stated time and again that members of her samaj consider her as their “goddess”, could ill afford any political outfit or person to unseat her from this position of strength which is so essential for her to spring back to power in Uttar Pradesh, political observers feel. By visiting Saharanpur, Mayawati also plans to counter the Bheem Army by mobilising party cadre in the region. Though Mayawati had always been vocal whenever there had been any incident of atrocity on Dalits, be it in the state or at the national level while being in power or outside, it is for the first time in years barring 2014 when she moved out this Tuesday to meet the victims herself, driving down to trouble-ridden Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur. While she claims that she has always discouraged politicians visiting troubled area, she chose to visit Saharanpur quite late when the fight of the Dalits have been taken up by Bheem Army. Clashes had started in Shabbirpur on May 5 after Dalits refused to allow a procession by Thakurs to mark the birth anniversary of Rajput king Maharana Pratap and it is alleged that to avenge the death of a youth of their community, Thakurs had set the houses of Dalits on fire. Even when in power (2007-12), Mayawati did not move out to meet Dalit victims in cases of atrocities on them and had instead sent senior leaders to give her report. She visited Shabbirpur and blamed the BJP and RSS for the trouble but her visit triggered a fresh round of violence leaving a man dead after he received gunshot injuries and 20 others injured. Political observers feel that the coming days will see a more active Mayawati asserting herself for regaining lost ground, first for the upcoming urban body elections and later for the battle of the ballots in 2019 for Lok Sabha. Besides raising the issue of atrocities on Dalits in Parliament, the BSP could also hold rallies, dharnas and demonstrations over such issues. She will not let go any opportunity of making her constituency realise that she had been leading their fight at every level. In 2014, Mayawati went to Badaun after two cousin sisters were found hanging dead from a tree in Katra Shahadatganj during the Akhilesh Yadav government, to find out only later that the victims were not Dalits and their family members were prime suspects in what is being investigated as a case of honour killing . Though she had been busy adjusting caste and communal equations in ticket allocation for the polls she had little realised that BJP, which has been all out wooing her Dalit votebank would be able to pull the rug from under her feet, making a clean sweep in areas considered BSP stronghold. Ever since her party’s near rout in the recent Assembly elections, Mayawati has been trying hard to blame it on “faulty” EVMs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Left shaken after thrashing, UP Dalit too scared to return home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Inderpal, 53, doesn’t want to go back to Shabbirpur, the epicentre of ongoing tension between Dalits and Rajputs that dots the rural landscape of southern Saharanpur.”They (Rajputs) won’t let me live. The Rajput boys of my village had launched a murderous attack on me and I know them well — Bablu, son of Dhoom Singh, his brother Popi, Brijesh, son of Bhopal Mukhia, Hari Om, son of Yashpal, and two school-going kids, Tunnu and Subhash,” says Inderpal, lying on his bed in the trauma centre of Saharanpur’s district civil hospital.Inderpal was attacked with axes and rods on Tuesday evening when he was coming back to his side of the village to watch Mayawati’s rally after watering sugarcane crops in fields that lie beyond the basti of Rajputs and Jheevars in Shabbirpur. He is being treated for deep gashes on his head and fractured hands.”I was still in the fields when my friends asked me to come and see the rally at around 5 pm. I told them I’ll come a little later and catch up with them through a shorter route that goes through the basti,” Inderpal says.On his way back, when Inderpal entered the Rajput area after crossing the houses of Jheevars, a few youths caught him. They wanted revenge for a May 5 incident in which Sumit, a Rajput youth of nearby Rasoolpur village, was killed following clashes between the two communities over a procession of Maharana Pratap’s birth centenary.”I pleaded with them to not harm me as I, being an old person, was in no way involved in the incident. But they did not listen,” Inderpal says.”My days are over in Shabbirpur now. When our village head, who is an affluent Dalit with 70 bighas of farming land, fears for his life and is absconding, how can I stand up against them (Rajputs)?” he adds.

BJP govt has failed to control Saharanpur violence: Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh government failed to control incidents of violence in Saharanpur and was now spreading “canards” to divert attention from it, BSP chief Mayawati alleged today. She was referring to a media report which quoted intelligence sources and claimed that Bheem Army, a little known outfit that gained prominence in the aftermath of the recent Saharanpur clashes, had links with the BSP. “The BJP government has totally failed to control the situation in Saharanpur and is now making every effort to divert people’s attention from it. So, a canard is being spread that BSP has links with Bheem Army,” she said in a press release here. Attacking the Yogi Adityanath government, Mayawati raised questions as to why it had not taken action against leaders of the outfit. “In fact, people feel that Bheem Army is enjoying BJP’s patronage and this is the reason why no action has yet been taken against its (Bheem Army’s) leaders till now,” she said. She appealed to all sections of people, including those in Saharanpur, to exercise restraint and help maintain peace, order and brotherhood. The Saharanpur district in western Uttar Pradesh has witnessed caste based clashes repeatedly this month.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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