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Yogi Adityanath ignores ‘Noida jinx’, visits city to oversee preparations ahead of PM’s visit

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ignored the long standing ‘Noida Jinx’ by visiting the most advanced city in the state, which is also part of the NCR region, on Saturday.Before leaving for the ‘jinxed’ city, the Chief Minister stated that he and his government do not believe in ‘superstition’. “My government is here to serve the people of the state than to believe in such superstitions. I would continue to work for the development of state even if I have to lose my chair,” said Yogi Adityanath.The Chief Minister visited Noida to oversee preparations and review security and other arrangements for the launch of the much-publicized Magenta Metro Line from Botanical Garden in Noida to Kalkaji. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the new Metro train on Sunday, to celebrate the birthday of the ailing former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.Also readYogi Adityanath to break ‘Noida jinx’, will meet PM Modi on Dec 25 Jinx and superstition surrounding Noida began in 1988 when ex-Chef Minister late Veer Bahadur Singh visited Noida and lost his chair and elections. In 1989, the former Chief Minister Narain Dutt Tiwari too lost his government after visiting Noida in the wake of controversial shilanyas near the disputed site in Ayodhya.Kalyan Singh was the third victim of the ‘Noida jinx’ when he too lost his government in 1993 assembly polls after visiting Noida. The BSP withdrew support from the Mulayam government in 1995 after he visited the ‘jinxed city’.Since then the superstition went deep in the minds of all subsequent Chief Ministers and they were wary and scared of visiting Noida for the fear of losing their governments. Be it Rajnath Singh, Mulayam Singh Yadav, or next generation politician Akhilesh Yadav, they all stayed away from Noida due to the jinx attached to it.Mayawati was the only exception when she had dared to break the jinx by visiting Noida in 2011 to inaugurate Dr Ambedkar Memorial Park. But she too lost assembly polls in 2012 within a year. Though Akhilesh had promised to visit but he refrained from visiting Noida during his tenure as the Chief Minister launching all related projects from his official residence 5, Kalidas Marg.When the 45-year-old BJP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was reminded of the ‘Noida Jinx’, officials confided that he laughed over it saying that his government’s priority was development of the state than to pay and heed to any superstition related to Noida. He said that he will break the jinx.On Saturday, he kept his promise and landed at Noida by a chopper around 3 pm. From there he straight away drove to the Millennium City where Sunday’s flag off ceremony of Magenta Metro line is to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Rahul Gandhi will help BJP to make make India Congress-free, taunts CM Yogi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Congress readies for long-awaited anointment of Rahul Gandhi as its chief, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath taunted India’s Grand Old Party with ‘it helps us’ jibe.Speaking to mediapersons in Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath said the Congress has always promoted dynasty rule and nepotism. “There is nothing new. What else would you expect from a party which has always promoted dynasty rule and nepotism. Except for the members of the Nehru-Gandhi, there is no place or others in Congress,” he reacted when asked about Gandhi becoming Congress President replacing his ailing mother Sonia Gandhi.“I would like him (Rahul) to take over as soon as possible. It will help BJP campaign further to make the country Congress-free sooner than expected after he takes over as the Congress President,” said the Chief Minister.“Will any Congress leader dare to contest against Rahul? When they have to follow the dynasty rule then I don’t know why the Congress party was doing the drama of presidential elections and beating the drum about following the democratic process for his elevation as Congress President,” quipped the CM Yogi.He pointed that few other parties like the Samajwadi Party and the BSP to follow the suit. Akhilesh Yadav replaced Mulayam Singh Yadav while BSP has nominated his brother Anand Kuar as heir apparent.On Mulayam’s statement that Lord Ram is popular only in North India whereas Lord Krishna is more popular from North to South, Yogi Adityanath said “Mulayam should read and study Dr Ram Manohar Lohia ideology properly or else he would not have been making such ridiculous comments on Gods.”Renewing his attack on filmmaker of controversial movie Padmavati, the Chief Minister said that “Sanjay Leela Bhansali should be punished for distorting historical facts and demeaning character of Rani Padmavati who chose to perform ‘Jauhar’ to save her honour and modesty.“We will not allow anyone to hurt people’s sentiments. If people are protesting all over the country then the filmmaker should understand and respect their sentiments. We have already lodged our protest with the Information and broadcasting ministry and the CBFC in this regard,” pointed he.The movie has already been banned in Uttar Pradesh even after Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali agreeing to defer the release date. The film was to be released on December 1.The dputy Chief Minister Keshav PrasadMaurya, who also holds the entertain tax ministry has already announced that “the state government will not allow the movie to be released in Uttar Pradesh unless the controversial scenes and portions are removed from the film.Yogi Adityanath excuded confidence that BJP will win majority seats in local bodies going to polls. “Unlike previous regimes, our aim is to strengthen local bodies to act as self governments in their respective areas without looking for any help from the state government,” he promised.

Sign of thaw? Mulayam, Akhilesh, Shivpal celebrate Diwali together in native Saifai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav was seen with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Yadav in Saifai here on the occasion of Diwali.While there has been friction between the members of the SP’s dominant clan in recent past, party veteran Mulayam Singh Yadav claimed today that there was “no discord”. “My entire family is united and there is no discord. This is the reason that we have come to the village (Saifai) to celebrate Diwali,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said. Saifai — the native place of the clan — witnessed Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Shivpal Yadav, MPs Dharmendra Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav interacting with each other for nearly two hours.SP’s principal general secretary Ramgopal Yadav, who had met Mulayam Singh Yadav yesterday, however, did not participate in today’s meeting. After the nearly two-hour-long meeting, all the clan members came out and sat in the lawn. Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav were part of the group even though they were not seen sitting next to each other, as there was a gapof a few chairs between them. Shivpal Yadav said, “Our entire family is one,” as he moved ahead.On October 5, Akhilesh Yadav was unanimously re-elected as the Samajwadi Party’s national president for a five-year term, consolidating his grip over the party even as Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav appeared sidelined. His re-election was announced by senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav at the SP national convention in Agra. The party’s constitution was amended to extend the tenure of the party chief to five years from the earlier three.Both Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav skipped the event just as they had stayed away from the state executive meeting of the party in Lucknow on September 23. Akhilesh Yadav had personally invited his father for the national convention. In his address the former UP chief minister had said, “I requested ‘netaji’ (Mulayam) to attend the convention. Everyone would have liked it (his presence).” “I talked to him…before coming to the convention. I told him that it is a big convention and amendments in the party constitution will also be passed and without your blessings the party cannot progress,” he had said.Akhilesh Yadav had claimed that Mulayam Singh Yadav, “has given blessings to all of us” over phone and wished that the party is strengthened in UP and throughout the country. The SP has witnessed a bitter feud between Akhilesh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav and this infighting adversely affected the party during the UP Assembly polls in which it performed poorly earlier this year.

Akhilesh keeps father Mulayam and uncle Shivpal out of SP national executive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The newly re-elected Samajwadi Party National President Akhilesh Yadav on Monday slammed the door on his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav keeping him out of the 55-member National Executive Committee despite his father proposing Shivpal be made national general secretary.Akhilesh did not even give his father Mulayam Singh Yadav a place in the newly-formed national executive. His and Shivpal’s names are not there in the list of six special invitees. Thus, Mulayam would continue to be Patron of the party without any post. After re-electing Akhilesh as national president during its meeting on October 5 at Agra, the party had authorised him to constitute the national executive.Kiranmoy Nanda has been made party National Vice-President while Prof Ram Gopal Yadav’s stature has been increased. He will be National Chief General Secretary. All Akhilesh and Ram Gopal Yadav loyal party leaders have been given a place in the new executive.Mohd Azam Khan, Naresh Agarwal, Ravi Prakash Varma, Surendra Nagar, Balram Yadav, Vishmbhar Prasad Nishad, Awdhesh Prasad, Ramji Lal Suman and BSP turn-coat who recently joined Samajwadi Party – Inderjeet Singh Saroj – have been made national General Secretaries.Significantly, Sanjay Seth, a prominent builder and Samajwadi Party Rajy Sabha members has been made the treasurer of the national executive. Besides, Akhilesh has also announced names of 14 Secretaries and 29 members and six special invitees.With Akhilesh rejecting Mulayam’s formula for Shivpal’s honourable comeback, fate of the rebel uncle is almost sealed. Shivpal now has no choice than to stay away from Samajwadi Party and explore other options.

Akhilesh meets Mulayam, asks party workers to gear up for 2019 Lok Sabha polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday was seen with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav at a public event in Lucknow on Thursday. This interaction in public took place after a long gap as the infighting in the Samajwadi Party has seen father and son opposing each other on many issues. The occasion was an event observing the death anniversary of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia at the Lohia park in Lucknow where they both had come to pay tribute to the socialist leader.The father-son duo later posed before photographers. Akhilesh Yadav (44) also publicly touched the feet of the 77-year-old Samajwadi Party patron and later said he had his blessings.The senior Yadav had earlier this morning visited the Lohia Trust office here and paid tributes to the leader with his brother Shivpal Yadav.Later, addressing media persons at the SP headquarters, Akhilesh Yadav said that the “projects initiated by him are now being inaugurated by the BJP by removing his plaques”.Asking party workers to gear up for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the SP chief said, “We have nothing to lose now. We will only gain. The people of the state are waiting for an opportunity to bring the SP back.””We have to prepare for 2022 Assembly elections too. This government is not doing any development and people have understood that,” he said.The SP chief also attacked the Centre for implementing the GST “without any preparations”, causing hardship to the trader community. On Mulayam, he said, “If a father glosses over his son’s mistakes, he becomes misguided. There is a fight of ideologies in every family…”. The former chief minister, however, did not elaborate.(With PTI inputs)

Akhilesh Yadav unanimously re-elected as Samajwadi Party national chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was on Thursday unanimously re-elected as the party’s national president for a five-year term.This announcement was made by senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav at the SP national convention.The SP has witnessed a bitter feud between Akhilesh and Shivpal and this infighting adversely affected the party during the UP Assembly polls earlier this year.While Akhilesh (44) maintained that he enjoyed the blessings of his 77-year-old father, Mulayam on his part corroborated it days later saying, “My blessings are with him (Akhilesh Yadav) as he is my son, though I don’t agree with his decisions.”On Wednesday, Akhilesh Yadav had said that he got the benefit of his age and relation. “He (Shivpal) gave me blessings and congratulated me also,” he addedNow that 44-year-old Akhilesh will remain at the helm for five years, the 2019 Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections in 2022 will be held under his presidentship. (With PTI inputs)

‘Upset’ with Mulayam Singh’s decision to stick with SP, Shivpal Yadav may float another party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav ruled out forming any new party as of now, ‘upset’ brother Shivpal Yadav may float another party, said reports.“Mulayam’s move has made Shivpal believe that he has been ditched. He had already announced a secular front under Mulayam’s leadership but when he (Mulayam) declined this at the last moment, Shivpal decided to skip the press meet (on Monday),” a leader close to Shivpal told Indian Express.Mulayam reportedly also tried to convince Shivpal to stay on and keep his Jaswant Nagar Assembly seat. However, Shivpal refused and did not accompany Mulayam to the press meet.Shivpal has won five times from the Jaswant Nagar Assembly seat. Last week, speculation was rife in political circles that the 77-year-old SP patriarch Mulayam was likely to announce a new outfit at the press conference along with virtually defunct Lok Dal, while retaining the ‘samajwadi’ tag in its name.However, putting a lid on speculation that he could part ways amid the continuing battle for supremacy in the party, Mulayam Singh said that his blessings were with his son Akhilesh Yadav though he did not agree with the decisions made by him.Responding to a volley of questions, Mulayam said, “I am not forming any new party as of now.”Shivpal had announced in June that he would float the Samajwadi Secular Front “to fight communal forces”.Both Mulayam and Shivpal have been sidelined by Akhilesh ever since he snatched the crown of SP chief from his father at the party’s national convention here on January 1.Taking full control of the party after being crowned as its head and alloted the ‘bicycle’ symbol by the EC on January 16, Akhilesh has been going full throttle consolidating his grip over the party.

With dad Mulayam Singh Yadav by his side, has Akhilesh Yadav won Samajwadi Party battle against uncle Shivpal Yadav?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ‘no new party’ announcement and Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘Netaji Zindabad’ tweet on Monday sealed the fate of Shivpal Yadav.The Monday’s event showed that it is the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh who has emerged has the clear winner in the ongoing Samajwadi Party feud.A closer look at the event show how Mulayam Singh Yadav cornered his brother Shivpal Yadav for his son.Shivpal Yadav was noticeably missing when Mulayam Singh Yadav categorically denied any spilt in the party. When asked about his brother, Mulayam Singh Yadav said that Shivpal was in Etawah.However, sources said that Shivpal was very much in Lucknow. In fact, when Mulayam denied to make the announcement for new party, miffed Shivapl decided to give it a miss.However, there are reports that Samajwadi Party patriarch changed his mind at the last moment.If a press note circulated in social media is to be believed then Mulayam was to announce formation of a new political party during the press conference but he chose a last minute turnaround and ignored that press note to turn down the request of his brother.“Despite facing humiliation for the past one year, I was making attempts to unite the party but by not inviting me in the State Convention I feel extremely humiliated in the party which was founded by me in 1992 and played a greater role in socialist movement in the country,” the unsigned press note claims.“Taking into account workers’ feelings, I have decided to float a new political party to make a separate front with like-minded parties. A strategy for the same would be chalked out and announced soon. No one is raising voices of unemployed and Muslims so I am forced to take up this decision,” further said the press-note.Sources close to Shivpal confided that this page of the press note was not read by Mulayam during the press conference and when he was handed over the same page again by former minister Sharda Pratap Shukla, he pushed it under the table.However, neither Mulayam nor the Lohia Trust have confirmed the authenticity of the one-page note being circulated on the social media.Some say that it was done at the behest of Shivpal to save himself from the embarrassment following Mulayam turning his request to launch a new outfit.Even if the press note is correct, the fact remains Mulayam Singh Yadav is not announcing any new party, for now. Though he said that “jo baap ka nahi wo kisi ka nahi” for Akhilesh, at the same time, he also said “Baap bete me kab tak matbhed rah sakta hai, koi nahi keh sakta.”Minutes before the press conference was about to get over, an excited Akhilesh Yadav tweeted – “Netaji Zindabad, Samajwadi Party Zindabad.”

Despite Mulayam’s absence from SP state convention, Akhilesh Yadav says he has his blessings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav stayed away from the party State Convention on Saturday, his son and the party President Akhilesh Yadav announced that he continues to have blessings of his father and same will continue in future also.Significantly, it was the first Samajwadi Party State Convention in its 25 years of history that its founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav were conspicuous by absence. Mulayam is learnt to have gone to Haryana ahead of his crucial press conference on September 25 and Shivpal was not even invited.Allaying fears of party men that his father Mulayam and uncle Shivpal may cause a vertical split in the Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh said emotionally that “Samajwadi Party was founded by his father and he was only taking his mission forward under his guidance and blessings which will continue in future also.”The party State President Naresh Uttam was re-elected unopposed during the state convention. Besides senior leaders like Azam Khan, Naresh Agarwal, Bhagwati Singh, Kiranmoy Nanda, about 15,000 SSamajwadi delegates across state attended the State Conventio organized at Ram Bai Maidan after denial of permission to hold at Janeshwar Mishra Park.Akhilesh, however, targeted his uncle Shivpal without taking his name blaming him for the party’s debacle in 2017 UP Assembly polls. “Some people are conspiring against us and trying to create differences. We must ensure that they did not succeed in their nefarious acts,” warned Akhilesh.He also took a dig at Modi and Aditynath’s governments. “Demonetization was biggest farce. Both the governments are surviving on offering lies to the people. They are anti-people and anti-development,” he charged.During the convention, some leaders demanded expulsion of Shivpal Singh Yadav for carrying out anti-party activities. But Akhilesh and Prof Ram Gopal Yadav ignored the demand and left the issue to be discussed at the National Convention to be held on October 5 in Agra.After failure of attempts to reunite the Yadav family, Akhilesh camp is now waiting for announcements of his father during the press conference on September 25. Speculations are rife that he may allow Shivpal to head Lok Dal, founded by late Chowdhury Charan Singh in 1980 and may distance himself away from both camps on health ground.

More trouble in the family? Akhilesh Yadav cautions partymen to ‘beware of fake Samajwadis’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday cautioned his supporters against “fake samajwadis”, signalling fresh strain in the party’s top ranks.The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister made the remarks while addressing the state convention, which unanimously re-elected Naresh Uttam as the party’s president in Uttar Pradesh for the next five years.Akhilesh called on his party members at the meet to realise their responsibilities ahead of the Lok Sabha bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, seats vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya.”We have the responsibility to save the country,” Akhilesh said.He said if the results of the elections would be in the party’s favour, it will give a message not only for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, but also for 2022 assembly elections.”Beware of ‘banawti’ (fake) samajwadis. They have tried to stop the samajwadi andolan many times. They succeeded in one conspiracy as a result of which we could not form government again in the state,” he said in a veiled attack on his uncle and SP leader Shivpal Yadav and his supporters.”But it has opened the eyes of samajwadis. Now they will not succeed,” he said.Akhilesh, however, clarified that he enjoyed the blessings of his father and SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav. “I want to say that ‘netaji’ (Mulayam) is my father and his blessings will always be with me. We will take forward this ‘andolan’ (movement),” he said.The former chief minister also criticised the Centre for the recent train derailments and sought better rail services for Uttar Pradesh. He highlighted that the works initiated by his government and said the present BJP government befooled people with false promises to grab power.At the convention, the party also discussed political and economic resolutions.The convention was attended by senior party leaders Ram Gopal Yadav, Azam Khan, Ram Govind Chowdhury and over 15,000 workers from across the state. Mulayam and Shivpal were conspicuous by their absence.In his address, party leader Ram Gopal Yadav cautioned party workers that if in 2019, the Narendra Modi government returns to power at the Centre, there may not be any elections in the future.”The country is heading towards one party system. To deal with them (BJP) you have to fight them clevery and intelligently. The present CM has never seen anything beyond Gorakhpur,” Ram Gopal said.The chief minister is not aware as to what is going on, he alleged and claimed that no work had been done in the state in past six months.Ram Gopal also advised party workers to use smart phones and set up an IT cell to counter the BJP on social media.Reacting to the SP convention and the comments made by the leaders there, BJP state president Mahendra Nath Pandey said that instead of levelling allegations against the BJP government, Akhilesh should first sort out his family dispute.”The loot going on in SP regime has stopped in the Yogi Adityanath regime. As probe of ‘karnamey’ (misdeeds) in previous regime are underway, he (Akhilesh) is feeling frustrated and nervous,” Pandey said.”Akhilesh talks of expressway and metro, which he inaugurated without completion. SP is talking against demonetisation as its corrupt leaders suffered due to it,” he alleged.

I am not a political paramour who can be discarded at will: Amar Singh slams Mulayam Singh Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajya Sabha member and former SP leader Amar Singh took aim at his former benefactor and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav claiming that he ditched him (Amar Singh) to prevent a split in the Yadav family but failed to keep them together. He was quoted saying by Hindustan Times: “He (Mulayam Singh) used to tell me to come and meet him at his residence at 11pm and leave before 5am. We all know who makes such discreet and nocturnal visits. I am not a political paramour who can be used and discarded at will.”Singh added that he was called ‘outside uncle’ by Akhilesh and blamed for the family feud. He also took aim at SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav for projecting him as the villain during the Yadav family feud.Earlier, Singh had said that he wasn’t averse to joining BJP. “The BJP is a very big political party. I won’t say that I will not join the BJP if I get the chance, but who is giving me the chance? I haven’t sent them any request letter either,” Amar Singh had told reporters.

Nitish Kumar’s JD-U stakes claim before EC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two weeks after Sharad Yadav faction laid claim on the Janata Dal – United (JD-U), it was the turn of Nitish Kumar to approach the Election Commission on Friday to file a counterclaim.A four-member JD-U delegation led by Rajya Sabha MP, RCP Singh met the Commission to stake claim over the party and its symbol, saying that former party president Sharad Yadav has no basis to claim the party as his own.”Sharad Yadav did not participate in the party executive meeting in Patna and instead organised a parallel meeting with handful of his supporters. He also indulged in anti-party activity by taking part in the RJD rally in Patna. He has voluntarily given up the party membership and cannot claim any right over the JD-U,” RCP Singh said.Singh claimed that Yadav approached the EC to delay the proceedings of his Rajya Sabha membership which he is all set to lose for voluntarily giving up the party membership.”We have submitted all documents to prove that that there is only one JD-U and it is headed by Nitish Kumar. We have submitted affidavits of all 71 of our MLAs, all 30 of our MLCs in Bihar, two Lok Sabha members and seven Rajya Sabha members, in support of Nitish Kumar,” said party general secretary Sanjay Jha.Senior party spokesperson KC Tyagi said Nitish Kumar’s was even stronger than Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav, who wrested control of the Samajwadi Party from his father Mulayam Singh ahead of Uttar Pradesh polls.”Mulayam Singh was president while Sharad Yadav is not. Some of the Samajwadi Party MLAs and office-bearers were with Mulayam while in our case everyone one is with us,” said Tyagi.Advantage nitish All the MLAs, MLCs and the members of Rajya Sabha are backing Nitish Kumar.Yadav doesn’t hold any party position and has no power to call a meeting.Yadav has been indulging in anti-party activities.

Former SP MLC Sarojini Agarwal joins BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Samajwadi Party member of UP Legislative Council Sarojini Agarwal today joined the BJP at the ruling party’s headquarters here in the presence of deputy Chief Minister and state BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya. On August 4, Agarwal had resigned from the Legislative Council membership, saying that she was not feeling comfortable in the party as senior leader Mulayam Singh Yadav was being ignored. “I had been a party MLC twice due to Netaji (Mulayam). As he is not active in the party, I have resigned. I don’t have problems with anyone in the party and I respect everyone. I felt awkward after split in the party and did not feel like working in it,” Agarwal had said. On Wednesday, SP MLC Ashok Bajpai resigned from the UP Legislative Council.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Yogi, 4 ministers can skip polls now as 2 more SP MLCs quit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another setback to Samajwadi Party, its MLCs Ashok Bajpai and Ambika Chowdhury resigned from the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council on Wednesday, taking the number of party MLCs who have quit in the last 10 days to five.Three of the SP MLCs, who had resigned, have already joined the BJP and Bajpai and Chowdhury are also expected to follow suit, sources said.”I am tendering my resignation from the Council membership. I am peeved at the treatment meted to ‘Netaji’ (Mulayam Singh Yadav) in the party,” Bajpai told reporters after giving his resignation to Council Chairman Ramesh Yadav.On August 4, SP MLC Dr Sarojini Agarwal resigned from the Legislative Council membership and joined the BJP. On the reasons of her resignation, she had said she was not feeling comfortable in the party as Mulayam was not given any importance.”I had been party MLC twice due to netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav). As he is not active in the party, I have resigned. I felt awkward after split in the party and I did not feel like working in it,” Agarwal had said.Earlier, on July 29, during BJP President Amit Shah’s visit to the state capital, two SP and one BSP MLCs had resigned and joined BJP.The resignation of six MLCs (five of the SP and one BSP) assumes significance as the saffron party has to soon take a decision on five of its ministers in Uttar Pradesh, including Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who are not members of either of the two Houses.Besides Adityanath, Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, ministers Swatantra Dev Singh and Mohsin Raza are not members of either of the two Houses.They have to be elected to either of the House (assembly or legislative Council) in order to continue as ministers.With the resignations in council, the entry of these leaders in the House is considered to be an easy task.(With inputs from Agencies)

Naidu calls on Vajpayee and Advani on day of nomination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NDA’s vice presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu today called on ailing former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and other party veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi on the day when he filed his nomination for the high constitutional post. He also met leaders of various parties, including non-NDA outfits such as the AIADMK, YSRCP and TRS, which have announced their support to him, the former minister said in a series of Tweets. Naidu met Advani at his residence and then called on Joshi before the two seniors joined him for the nomination- filing process. He then drove to Vajpayee’s residence for his “blessings”, he tweeted. Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav has also extended his support to him, Naidu said. The BJP’s Parliamentary Board yesterday chose Naidu as the NDA’s vice presidential nominee. He and opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi filed their nominations today for the August 5 poll.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SP, BSP divided over backing Meira

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind is all set to get maximum votes from Uttar Pradesh, he is likely to pocket some extra votes due to cross-voting in Samajwadi Party and BSP.Samajwadi Party MLA Shivpal Singh Yadav has already announced his support for Kovind. Along with Shivpal, a few SP MPs and MLAs, owing allegiance to him and his elder brother Mulayam Singh Yadav, are also likely to cross floors during the voting for the presidential polls on Monday under tight security at the Vidhan Bhawan.Mulayam had assured support to NDA candidate Kovind and to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he attended a dinner hosted by hosted by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here on June 20. But after announcement of Kovind as the NDA nominee, he has neither issued a statement since thennor has he met UPA nominee Meira Kumar during her visit on Friday.But If Shivpal is to be believed Netaji, as Mulayam is popularly known, will cast his vote in favour of Kovind. “More than half a dozen Samajwadi Party MPs and MLAs will support NDA candidate as directed by Netaji and Shivpal Bhaiyya,” claims an MLA who is close to Shivpal.Similarly, about three to four BSP MPs and MLAs are also ready to go against the decision of party supremo Mayawati to support Meira Kumar.”We will vote as per our conscience. Electing a good president who serves the country better is bigger following the party line,” says a BSP member of the Vidhan Sabha.UP NUMBERSThe BJP has 73 MPs, including two from its coalition partner Apna Dal, and 325 MLAs while Samajwadi Party has only 5 MPs and 47 MLAs. Similarly, BSP has only 19 MLAs. Congress has two MPs and seven MLAs. Obviously, BJP’s strength in Uttar Pradesh hugely goes in favour of Kovind but it seems the NDA nominee is likely to get some more support from unexpected quarters. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONMPs and MLAs who vote to elect the next President on Monday (July 17, 2017) will have to mark their ballot with a specially-designed marker.
In another first, the poll watchdog has also prepared special posters carrying dos and don’ts for the voters.
The ballot boxes will be brought to New Delhi for counting on July 20, 2017. 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.
Thirty three observers have been appointed by the EC to oversee the conduct of the election. While two observers will be present in the Parliament House, one each will be deployed in the respective State Assemblies.

2 arrested in connection with Azamgarh hooch tragedy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested two persons in connection with the recent hooch tragedy here which claimed 15 lives. Mulayam Singh Yadav alias Surendra Yadav and his associate Pintu Yadav were last night arrested from Mubarakpur road when they were trying to escape to Mumbai, police said. Mulayam was involved in a hooch tragedy in 2013 and DGP Sulkhan Singh had announced a cash reward of Rs 50,000 on his arrest, they said. He is also said to have issued threats to a sub- inspector. As many as 503 pouches of illicit liquor were seized from the two vehicles they were travelling in, police said. At least 15 people died after consuming spurious liquor in Kewathiya village under the Raunapar police station area earlier this month.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mulayam ‘angry’ with me: Akhilesh at Ramgopal’s birthday bash

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party’s national president Akhilesh Yadav today admitted that his father and SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav is “angry” with him, and hence did not turn up here for the birthday of his uncle Ramgopal Yadav who turned 71 today. “Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) is not angry with uncle Ramgopal. He is angry with me. Hence, he did not turn up at today’s event,” Akhilesh said here, while referring to absence of the SP patriarch from the birthday celebrations. Mulayam’s brother and senior SP MLA Shivpal Singh Yadav, Akhilesh’s bitter rival, also did not attend the event. Showering praises on Ramgopal, the former UP chief minister said, “Uncle had worked to take SP forward. He has saved the party and its election symbol (cycle). It was under the leadership and direction of uncle (Ramgopal) that the government was able to accomplish big tasks and development projects”. Akhilesh went on to say, “The biggest expressway from Agra to Lucknow was completed in record 22 months. Can any government make a highway in such a small time duration?” As Ramgopal turned 71, senior SP leaders including Naresh Agarwal, Ahmed Hasan, Balram Yadav and a host of other leaders gathered at Saifai Mahotsava Pandal to wish him. Former UP minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia described Ramgopal as an umbrella of the party, while Agarwal said that SP will register its protest against the new GST regime which will be rolled out on July 1.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP condemns Mulayam over ‘false campaign’ statement, calls it his ‘innate psyche’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Outrightly condemning Mulayam Singh Yadav’s meeting with rape accused and former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati at the Lucknow District Jail and assertion of a ‘false campaign’ being carried out against him, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said that it was unfortunate that a senior leader like the former was making such comments, while also adding that it was the innate psyche of the Samajwadi Party chief to stir hornet’s nest one way or the other.”Mulayam Singh Yadav supporting Prajapati is condemnable. But we shouldn’t forget this is the same Mulayam Singh Yadav who once said, ‘Boys make mistakes!’ He and the Samajwadi Party supporting criminals, corrupt officials and other anti-social elements is not new at all,” BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said.Another BJP leader S Prakash echoed the views and said, “It’s very unfortunate that a senior leader like Mulayam Singh Yadav is supporting Prajapati. Let the trial be over, let the judiciary decide if he is guilty or not. Mulayam should refrain from making such comments and stop supporting such anti-social elements.”Ealier, after meeting Prajapati, Mulayam said, “A false campaign is being carried out against Gayatri Prajapati. He is being targeted as if he is a terrorist.” Mulayam further said he would meet the Director General Of Police (DGP) and complain in this regard. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister even questioned that about the possibility of a case of rape “when the woman did not even visit Prajapati’s house.”Earlier in February, a police complaint was filed against the former minister and six others in the case following the apex court’s order. The Uttar Pradesh Police had also filed a non- bailable warrant against the former minister and six others for the same.Giving no relief to co-accused in the Prajapati rape case, the Supreme Court earlier on May 4 asked Vikas Verma to surrender before the court within two days. Prajapati and the two accused were granted bail by the trial court earlier.However, the Allahabad High Court dismissed their bail order, which was then challenged by the accused in the apex court. Prajapati was arrested on March 15 from the Aashiyana area in Lucknow by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF).
ALSO READ Yadav pari-war: Now, Mulayam and son Akhilesh Yadav differ on backing Ram Nath Kovind for PresidencyOn May 12, the Lucknow bench upheld its earlier decision to not grant bail to Prajapati, and arrest warrants were issued against Prajapati’s aides Pintu Singh and Vikas Verma, in connection with the rape case.The Samajwadi Party leader, who was also accused of allegedly raping the girl’s mother, evaded his arrest for nearly a month before he was arrested. On June 2, the Lucknow Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) filed a charge sheet in the court against former Prajapati in this matter.

Union Minister Balyan tears into Mulayam over his meeting with Prajapati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav met rape accused and former Uttar Pradesh minister Gayatri Prajapati at the Lucknow District Jail and asserted of a ‘false campaign’ being carried out against him, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan said that since the former was a senior leader, he shouldn’t be saying such things, citing that the judiciary was doing its job. “He was slapped with charges and was declared absconding during the Samajwadi Party regime only. So, it’s surprising that Mulayam Singh Yadav is saying so. The Government doesn’t have any role to play in this. The judiciary is doing its job. And he is a senior leader. He shouldn’t say such things,” Balyan said. Ealier, after meeting Prajapati, Mulayam said, “False campaign is being carried out against Gayatri Prajapati. He is being targetted as if he is a terrorist.” Mulayam further said he would meet the Director General Of Police (DGP) and complain in this regard. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister even questioned that about the possibility of a case of rape “when the woman did not even visit Prajapati’s house.” Earlier in February, a police complaint was filed against the former minister and six others in the case following the apex court’s order. The Uttar Pradesh Police had also filed a non- bailable warrant against the former minister and six others for the same. Giving no relief to co-accused in the Prajapati rape case, the Supreme Court earlier on May 4 asked Vikas Verma to surrender before the court within two days. Prajapati and the two accused were granted bail by the trial court earlier. However, the Allahabad High Court dismissed their bail order, which was then challenged by the accused in the apex court. Prajapati was arrested on March 15 from the Aashiyana area in Lucknow by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF). On May 12, the Lucknow bench upheld its earlier decision to not grant bail to Prajapati, and arrest warrants were issued against Prajapati’s aides Pintu Singh and Vikas Verma, in connection with the rape case. The Samajwadi Party leader, who was also accused of allegedly raping the girl’s mother, evaded his arrest for nearly a month before he was arrested. On June 2, the Lucknow Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) filed a chargesheet in the court against former Prajapati in this matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mulayam meets rape-accused aide Gayatri Prajapati in jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today visited the district jail here to meet former minister and close aide Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, lodged there in connection with a rape case, and described him as “innocent”. Mulayam alleged that Prajapati was being treated like a “terrorist” and said he would take up the matter with the Prime Minister. “There is no proof with the police against Prajapati. A conspiracy is being hatched against him,” he said. “He (Prajapati) is innocent and is being meted treatment like terrorists. The BJP government is following political vendetta. I will meet the prime minister and if needed the president to apprise them of the matter,” he told reporters later. Mulayam had visited the jail yesterday to meet Prajapati, but could not obtain permission from authorities as it was a holiday on account of Eid. During his visit today, he remained with Prajapati for over an hour. Prajapati was arrested after an FIR was registered with the Gautampalli police station here on February 18, 2017 on the Supreme Court directive. The complainant had alleged that she was repeatedly raped by the accused. She had alleged that Prajapati had also tried to molest her daughter. A Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court will frame charges on July 3 against Prajapati and six others in the case. Mulayam also spoke in favour of some girl inmates, who had shown black flags to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently. “In a democracy one has the right to show black flags. The girls are also getting terrorist-like treatment,” he alleged.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mulayam has acted like statesman by supporting Kovind Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Appreciating Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav backing NDA Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said the former has acted like a statesman in the matter. ?Mulayam Singh is an old friend of mine and I am pleased to see that he is on the same side as us. It is a practical stand that he has taken. Mulayam Singh is to be congratulated for being a statesman in this matter,? Swamy told ANI. Swamy also took a dig at the Congress Party, saying that if the party tries to go for election the people would slam them. ?We have the numbers anyway, so their (Congress) claim that they will win is not a new thing for us. So, there is no point wasting energy fighting this presidential election because our win is certain. Let Congress be isolated. If they go for election, the people will slam them,? he added. The BJP leader also took the opportunity to point out the ?mistake? former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav committed by not listening to his father?s advice. ?He is a wise man. His son should listen to him. He (Akhilesh) did not listen to him and that is why all that problem erupted,? he said. Mulayam yesterday extended his support to Kovind, saying that he is a deserving candidate. “Ram Nath Kovind is a good candidate. I have a very old relation with him. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has selected a strong candidate. The most important thing is that the BJP has a majority. Can’t say what will opposition decide now,” Mulayam told ANI. Ends VP/SP NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Quest for Rashtrapati Bhavan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The corridors of power are again abuzz with whispers, complex calculations, and strategy, as has been the story from the time when the first occupant of Rashtrapati Bhavan was chosen.Author Rajmohan Gandhi in his latest book Why Gandhi Still Matters: An Appraisal of the Mahatma’s Legacy’ says that instead of Dr Rajendra Prasad, India’s first President, Mahatma Gandhi had rooted for a Dalit woman for the top job. The revelation has come at a time when the names of Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu (a tribal) and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar (Dalit) are being speculated among possible candidates from the BJP and the Opposition camps, respectively.The upcoming presidential election has generated considerable political heat, with the Opposition determined to put up its candidate for a face-off with that of the BJP-led NDA. After its strong showing in Uttar Pradesh’s Assembly elections, the NDA exercises a hold of 48.9 per cent or 5,37,083 votes over an Electoral College of 10,98,903. It needs only a little more support to cross the halfway mark. The UPA’s hold is only 17.3 per cent. While PM Narendra Modi is keeping his cards close to his chest, the Opposition is adopting a wait-and-watch approach. If the talks for a consensus candidate succeed, the July 17 election won’t be needed.Though the President’s office is envisaged as apolitical in nature, the choice of candidates has most of the times been dictated by political circumstances. Rajendra Prasad had effortlessly risen above partisan politics. His successors Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Dr Zakir Hussain were both far removed from politics. But soon after Indira Gandhi became Prime Minister, things started changing.In 1969, the VV Giri versus Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy presidential battle was bitterly fought. It was the only time when no candidate reached the required majority mark in the first count. Finally, Giri emerged victorious defeating the official Congress candidate. After the death of President Dr Zakir Hussain in office, Indira Gandhi had abandoned party candidate Reddy and backed Giri, eventually bulldozing her choice through.Veteran Congress leader Makhan Lal Fotedar says that Gandhi, preferred to meet leaders individually and suggested different names, throwing the Opposition into further confusion. Only two presidents have been elected without Congress support — Neelam Sanjiva Reddy and APJ Abdul Kalam.President S Radhakrishnan is also seen to have worked behind the scenes to ensure that Indira Gandhi became PM over rival claims of Gulzarilal Nanda, Morarji Desai and YB Chavan. It is another matter that relations between them later soured and she worked assiduously to ensure that he did not get a second term, sponsoring the candidature of Zakir Husain instead.When Indira Gandhi was choosing Giani Zail Singh in 1982, she had also rejected the Opposition plea for a consensus candidate. A year later, he signed the Ordinance imposing national emergency. On the midnight of June 25, he was woken up by a messenger, rather than the PM, who as per the protocol should have called on him. Fotedar recalls that Gandhi pondered long and hard over who her final choice should be.Then defence minister R Venkataraman and Foreign Minister PV Narasimha Rao were counted upon to placate southern political parties. But with Punjab playing heavy on Gandhi’s mind, the odds were in favour of Singh.She had selected a person who was not only loyal to her but owed his meteoric rise to the Nehru-Gandhi family. Singh was also able to create dissensions within the Akalis. But just as Punjab started heating up, distress between the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the PMO also increased. A former intelligence sleuth, who worked with Singh, said the President always suspected that rooms in the Rashtrapati Bhavan were bugged and his conversations were being taped and relayed to the PM every evening, before she retired for the day.Gandhi chose Singh, when Sikh militancy in Punjab was at its peak. When BJP president Atal Bihari Vajpayee called on her, she raised Zail Singh’s name knowing well that he is an anathema to the BJP. Vajpayee retorted: “If you want a Sikh candidate, why not Swaran Singh?”Reeling fresh from the wounds of the 2002 Gujarat riots, the Vajpayee government nominated ace scientist APJ Abdul Kalam as presidential candidate. That is why many political analysts feel that Modi may tilt towards choosing a Dalit or a tribal woman face to prove his commitment towards disempowered communities.Kalam had emerged as a key face in Vajpayee’s move to conduct the Pokhran nuclear tests.In 1992, then CPM general secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet called an urgent meeting of the available Politburo members. He had just received a call from the then Congress leadership seeking support for the party candidate — Shankar Dayal Sharma — in the presidential election. The hurriedly-assembled politburo told him that the vice-presidential candidate must be from the Dalit community. After a short deliberation, the Left leaders zeroed in on a Congress MP from Kerala, an LSE graduate, a career diplomat, former vice-chancellor of JNU and someone who had served as a minister in the Rajiv Gandhi government.A politburo member, on instructions of the party leadership, went on a scooter to his home to seek consent from KR Narayanan to be the vice-presidential candidate. Narayanan won that election quite comfortably as a joint nominee of the Congress, the Left and the Janata Dal. Five years later, Narayanan became the first Dalit President of India, winning one of the most one-sided presidential elections by securing more than 90 per cent votes in the Electoral College.The NDA under Vajpayee had almost decided on fielding then Maharashtra governor PC Alexander. He had developed close ties with Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. The BJP expected that the Congress will be forced to back a candidate from the minority community. But Congress leaders said Vajpayee had forgotten the fact that in their party there is a high premium on loyalty. With the Congress declining to back Alexander, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu proposed then vice-president Krishna Kant as a consensus candidate. But soon, the BJP realised that Krishan Kant, along with Chandrasekhar and socialist Madhu Limaye, was instrumental in the fall of the Morarji government.The hardliners in the party put their foot down. Mulayam Singh Yadav has all these years claimed he was instrumental in convincing the BJP to back Muslim candidate APJ Abdul Kalam. But it is believed his name also came out of political exigencies necessitated by the 2002 Gujarat riots. When his name was proposed, a stunned Congress had no alternative but to back the NDA candidate. Only Left parties challenged Kalam’s nomination.In the next presidential elections held in 2007, the UPA-Left coordination committee met to finalise a joint candidate. The discussion veered towards nominating the first woman President of India. The Left proposed Rajasthan governor Pratibha Patil’s name, which was readily accepted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.The 2012 presidential polls revolved around two regional satraps — Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mamata Banerjee. The Congress had proposed Pranab Mukherjee and vice-president Hamid Ansari as a joint UPA candidate. Banerjee and Mulayam offered three names to the UPA to choose from. In the next 48 hours, Mulayam held a series of meetings with Congress leaders. In the end, he endorsed Mukherjee’s candidature. Banerjee too was left with little choice but to support a fellow Bengali. A month later, Mukherjee was sworn in as the 13th President. Hamid Ansari got another term as the Vice-President of India.It is again time for the politicians to roll the dice. The BJP is confident that it has the numbers to ensure that Modi’s choice of President makes it to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

No conspiracy, mosque was brought down openly: Katiyar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Charged with criminal conspiracy in the Babri mosque demolition case, BJP leader Vinay Katiyar today insisted that “there was no conspiracy as the structure was razed openly” by a big crowd. Attacking Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, he said the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister had himself admitted that 16 people were killed in 1990 when the police had opened fire at the ‘karsevaks’ and hence, he added that a case should have been lodged against him in connection with the incident. “He (Mulayam) murdered them and he should be booked for it. The Babri Masjid was not there. The place belongs to the Ram temple and even the High Court has passed the order (to that effect),” said Katiyar. His remarks came after a CBI court in Lucknow charged him, along with senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Union minister Uma Bharti and others, with criminal conspiracy in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case. “It is not right and there is no scope for conspiracy charges against us. It was not a conspiracy as whatever had happened had happened openly and lakhs of people were there. There could not be any conspiracy involving such a huge crowd,” said Katiyar. The accused had argued in court against the framing of charges against them, asserting that they had no role in the razing of the mosque and had instead, tried to stop it, but their discharge petition was rejected. Katiyar further said, “It is good that the court is hearing the case on a daily basis, but the hearing itself should not have taken place as it is not appropriate to charge a few when lakhs of people were present at the scene.” The BJP leader claimed that he had not delivered a speech on December 6, 1992, when the 16th-century structure was demolished in Ayodhya.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SP feud: Akhilesh avoids uncle Shivpal in UP Assembly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Strained relations in the Yadav family once again came to the fore when Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav today avoided his uncle Shivpal Yadav in the Uttar Pradesh assembly. Shivpal, an MLA, reached the House and occupied the last bench with SP members, while Akhilesh, an MLC, sat in the front seat during the Governor’s address to the joint sitting of the UP legislature on the first day of the session. After some SP members saw Shivpal, he was escorted to the seat behind Akhilesh, but even after seeing him he avoided greeting him and did not exchange pleasantries. When a member gave him SP’s red cap, Shivpal readily donned it and kept standing while SP members along with other opposition members raised slogans during the joint address of the Governor. Fissures in the Samajwadi Party resurfaced recently with Shivpal declaring that his brother Mulayam Singh Yadav will head a secular front to be formed by him. Shivpal, who retained the Jaswantnagar seat in the just- concluded Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, had recently given an ultimatum that a “secular front” would be formed if Akhilesh did not hand over the reins of the SP back to his father Mulayam within three months. The SP had witnessed a bitter feud between uncle Shivpal and nephew Akhilesh in the run-up to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. Shivpal had earlier replaced Akhilesh as the SP’s Uttar Pradesh unit chief following which, the then chief minister Akhilesh had removed Shivpal from his cabinet. Following a bitter feud between the father and the son, Akhilesh had snatched the reins of the SP from Mulayam. Their fight had also reached the Election Commission over which faction would retain control over the party symbol, ‘bicycle’. Many in the SP had blamed the power struggle between Akhilesh and Shivpal as the reason behind the party’s dismal performance in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election. The SP, under Akhilesh’s leadership, suffered a humiliating defeat in the polls at the hands of the BJP. The SP-Congress alliance managed to win only 54 seats (SP 47, Congress seven) as opposed to the BJP-led NDA’s 325 in the 403-member House.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SP leader distances himself from ‘cop-slapping’ nephew

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> UP legislative council chairman and Samajwadi Party leader Ramesh Yadav has distanced himself from his nephew Mohit Yadav, who landed in soup after slapping a sub-inspector in a police station in Etah. The assault was caught on camera after Mohit was held for allegedly assaulting hospital staffers who refused to give in to his demand for VIP treatment. The SP leader strongly condemned the incident and asked for stern action against his nephew. Averring that nothing is above law, Ramesh Yadav issued a letter and asserted that Mohit is his nephew but does not reside with him and that he has nothing to do with the hapless incident that raised eyebrows over his credibility as a law maker. ?Mohit Yadav who is the son of my brother Narendra Singh Yadav does not live with us nor do we have any relation with what they do. The way he conducted himself is condemnable. His behaviour with the police official and the hospital staff was unpardonable and that he should be punished for his misconduct,? said Ramesh Yadav ?Mohit should be prosecuted. Nothing is above law, be it my son or any of my relative. I have nothing to do with the mentioned incident. I never have and never will support such actions,? he added. The nephew of Samajwadi party leader Ramesh Babu Yadav was caught on camera bragging about his association with the former ruling party before launching an unprovoked attack on a policeman standing near him. Etah is the stronghold of Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav. Mohit Yadav got in to an argument with doctors regarding an X-ray and subsequently beat up a radiologist and two technicians. When police arrived at the location, Yadav started arguing with them and slapped senior sub-inspector Jitendra Singh and other policemen. The man kept shouting “My name is Mohit Yadav” while slapping the policeman. Yadav has been arrested and charged with assault on a policeman on duty.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mulayam Singh Yadav reminds son of unfulfilled ‘promise’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Yadav family feud will not dissipate anytime soon as Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav has asked his son, Akhiesh Yadav, when he plans on quitting the party and surrendering the post of national party president to him.Mulayam, who attended a private function in Agra, said, “It is a fact that Akhilesh Yadav had promised to return the post of party president to me after three months. Why don’t those in the media ask Akhilesh why he is not keeping his words,” he said, but quickly added that he was not hungry for the top post in the party.Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had taken over as SP national president in a coup against his father, weeks ahead of the assembly polls in the state and amid a bitter power struggle with his uncle Shivpal Yadav.Shivpal Yadav had also asked Akhilesh to quit as national party president and hand over charge to his father, Mulayam. Mulayam’s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav also agreed. “Akhilesh bhaiya should surrender the party command to his father now,” she said a few days ago.However, Akhilesh has so far not relented. “The party’s constitution does not allow me to quit. So, there is no question of me resigning,” he said.

Pari-war continues: Akhilesh expels uncle Shivpal’s loyalists from Samajwadi Party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>SP chief Akhilesh Yadav has expelled five party leaders, including uncle Shivpal Yadav loyalist Deepak Mishra, in what is being viewed as the start of another round of feud in the Yadav family.Former SP general secretary Mishra, ex-party spokesperson Mohammad Shahid, Rajesh Yadav of Hardoi, Ramesh Yadav and Kallu Yadav of Noida have been expelled on the directions of the SP national president for alleged anti-party activities, its state unit chief Naresh Uttam said.Mishra and Shahid are considered close to Shivpal, who had recently announced formation of a secular front if Akhilesh did not hand over the reins of the party back to his father Mulayam Singh Yadav in three months.
ALSO READ Blame game within SP after poll defeat: My fault to have endorsed Akhilesh as UP CM, says Mulayam Singh Yadav Ramesh was the SP’s Noida unit chief, while Kallu was the party’s Noida Yuvjan Sabha president.

UP happy having Adityanath as CM, no longer cares about Yadav vs Yadav drama: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday downplayed the reports of Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Shivpal Yadav floating a new party and asserted that the never ending dispute in the Yadav family shows that their political ideology has stooped to a new low.BJP leader Shaina NC said that people of Uttar Pradesh are unperturbed with the Yadav family feud as they have selected good governance in the form of Yogi Adityanath as their Chief Minister. “This Yadav vs Yadav drama has been playing out in a very ugly way. I don’t think it is for us to comment whether Mr Shivpal Yadav forms a new party or not,’ Shaina said.”However the people of Uttar Pradesh are very happy with their choice of good governance and Yogi Adityanath as the CM. So the others can keep bickering away without worrying about their own future, its most unfortunate that their political ideology has stooped so low,” she added.
ALSO READ Pari-war: Shivpal Yadav to float new party ‘Samajwadi Secular Morcha’, Mulayam to be chiefEchoing similar sentiments, party spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said that the Yadav family fued is an overdone issue and is now irking the people of the state, who know that these are nothing but stunts to siphon political gains. “All this has happened so many times that now it seems ridiculous. People of the nation have understood the drama and somehow now they also get irritated when such things come up which are noting but attempts to fulfill immediate political interest,” said Trivedi.In a development confirming the split within the Samajwadi Party (SP), Shivpal Yadav on Friday announced the formation of a new party which will be named as ‘Samajwadi Secular Morcha’. Shivpal announced that Samajwadi leader Mulayam Singh Yadav would be the party’s national secretary. “In order to restore his (Mulayam) lost dignity and to bring all the Samajwadis together, there will soon be an announcement of this secular front in Lucknow,” Shivpal said.
ALSO READ Yadav Pariwar: Will form new front if Akhilesh continues to remain SP chief, says Shivpal Yadav Shivpal will soon be meeting state and national level leaders regarding the same. The party will also include minorities, farmers and youth.Earlier in April, Shivpal had urged former state chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to embrace Mulayam as the party head again.

Yadav Pariwar: Ramgopal defends Akhilesh, slams Shivpal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defending party president Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav today said that Shivpal Yadav did not have any knowledge of the party constitution and advised him to work for the party and not “talk nonsense”.”He (Shivpal) has not read party constitution. Akhilesh cannot give party presidentship to anyone. SP general body had unanimously elected him to the post, which he cannot give to anyone. Shivpal should not talk nonsense,” Ramgopal said while talking to reporters here.He was asked by the media on Shivpal’s repeated demand from Akhilesh to hand over the party president’s post to his father, party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav.”Party’s membership drive is on and will continue till September 30. If Shivpal wants to become party president, he should participate in membership drive and ask his men to contest party polls. He (Shivpal) has nothing…he has only misled Netaji (Mulayam),” Ramgopal said.Last week, Akhilesh had lost his cool when asked the same question by mediapersons.”You (media) read constitution of our party and Election Commission (order), then you ask the question. Have you all got only questions relating to my home (matters)? I don’t like the same question to be asked everytime. In whose family there is no dispute?” he said, while accepting that it was one of the reasons for SP’s defeat in the assembly polls.When a television reporter wearing a saffron shirt had asked about Shivpal’s statement, an infuriated Akhilesh had said, “He (the reporter) is new here. His colour is also saffron…I want to tell him and other journalists to fix any day in May, and I will answer all questions. But after that you should not ask any question about my family”.

You don’t have guts to show Yogi Adityanath’s pic with bad news: Akhilesh lashes out at reporters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after losing his cool at a press meet, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav again gave vent to his ire, daring the media to run crime related news from the state with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s photograph as he claimed was done during his tenure.He also alleged that the media hype over the dispute in his family led to the party’s defeat in the Assembly polls.”In my regime if any incident happened, it was shown with my photograph. Do you (mediapersons) now have courage to show CM’s (Yogi Adityanath) photo with the news. There was riot in Saharanpur, murders in Allahabad, a lawyer was killed in Pratapgarh. Were these news shown with the CM’s photograph,” he posed at a news conference here.Akhilesh had yesterday lost his cool with mediapersons for asking questions on his uncle Shivpal Yadav’s reported statement on giving party chief post to his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.However, replying to the same question today, he said, “You (media) read the Constitution of our party and Election Commission (order), then you ask the question.” Giving clarification on the incident, Akhilesh said, “The question they (journalist) had asked was not good. He did not have any knowledge. I was told by a TV channel reporter that our family dispute found a lot of space in media due to which the party lost”.”Have you all got only questions relating to my household (matters)? I don’t like the same question to be asked everytime. In whose family there is no dispute?” he asked while accepting that it was one of the reasons for party’s defeat in the assembly polls.Yesterday when a television reporter wearing a saffron shirt asked about Shivpal’s statement, an infuriated Akhilesh had said, “He (the reporter) is new here. His colour is also saffron…. I want to tell him and other journalists to fix any day in May, and I will answer all questions.”But after that you should not ask any question about my family…. Let us do politics. If the country is ruined, you (the reporter) will also not be there. The country is being ruined because of people like you,” he had said.

Will crackdown on ‘gau rakshaks’, ‘goondagardi’, says new UP DGP Sulkhan Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The new police chief of Uttar Pradesh, Sulkhan Singh, on Saturday vowed to crush “goondagardi” in the state and warned that even VIPs would not be spared.Singh also said strict action will be taken against those indulging in vigilantism in the name of ‘Gau Raksha’.Stating that his priority would be ensuring unbiased policing, he said, “Action will be taken on anyone indulging in vigilantism in the name of Gau Raksha or anything else, no one has the right to intervene.””Those indulging in goondagardi and criminal activities will be dealt without mercy. They cannot escape. And even VIPs will not be spared,” the 1980-batch IPS officer said without mincing words.He was talking to media persons after taking over as the UP Director General of Police from outgoing Javeed Ahmed, who was shunted to a less important post of DG PAC, in the first major reshuffle in the top police hierarchy by the Yogi Adityanath government on Friday night.
ALSO READ Dalit youth commits suicide following social boycott by cow vigilantesSingh, the senior most IPS officer in the state, said there will be no compromise in ensuring security to the common man.”Uniform action will be taken against any wrong doer. There will be no bias, whosoever the culprit is or whatever political connection the person flaunts, he said, talking tough on the first day of assuming charge.
ALSO READ Jammu and Kashmir: Two injured in ‘gau rakshaks’ attack on nomad family, accused identifiedHe said maximum FIRs will be filed and police will get full freedom to work without fear or pressure from any quarter.Asked about his priorities, Singh said, “My effort will be ensuring unbiased policing and keeping the morale of the force high.”
ALSO READ Uttar Pradesh: CM Adityanath asks for e-tendering of mining leases to ensure transparencyWhen it was pointed out to him that he did not have a long tenure as his superannuation was due later this year, Singh, known for bringing several reforms in police, said, “I have to prove my worth during this period. To another question pertaining to allegations of rampant corruption in the police machinery, he said, “Fair inquiry will be done in all cases.””My top priority would be to make policing humane and courteous,” the DGP said.Singh said policing should be impartial and the objective is to ensure relief to the common man.”Police should avoid high-handedness as every citizen belongs to the state. No one is an outsider,” he said.As DGP, Singh said his priority was the safety and security of women, who should feel safe even in the late hours.In reply to a question, he said though he has come to know about IS sympathisers in the state through the media, he would look into this challenge also on a priority basis and asserted that the force was highly capable to deal with any situation.When asked about the sagging morale of the police force in view of over 100 cases of assault and killing of the men- in-khaki, Singh said that it was a contentious issue. “But, definitely if there is any demoralisation in the force, I would address it on top priority,” he said.Singh, who enjoys an impeccable track record, was shunted to posts quite below the level of his seniority during the previous SP regime. During the BSP rule between 2007 and 2012, he had probed the police job scam during the SP government, when Mulayam Singh Yadav was the CM (2003-2007).His report indicted several IPS officers. In 2012, when SP came to the power again, he was sent to PTC, Unnao as a principal, a post far below his rank.Another landmark in his career was prison reforms as IG jails.He has worked for human rights of prisoners and improving facilities for inmates.

Mulayam snubs Akhilesh on alliance issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ousted Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday showed displeasure over his son Akhilesh Yadav striking any alliance with any political party, particularly the BSP, for 2019 parliamentary polls.Talking to mediapersons in Saifai, in his hometown of Etawah, Mulayam nearly snubbed Akhilesh saying “there was no need to have an alliance with any political party for 2019 polls as Samajwadi Party was capable of defeating BJP on its own.”Significantly, Mulayam’s snub came a day after SP President Akhilesh Yadav announced that Samajwadi Party is ready to enter into an alliance with any political party to defeat BJP in 2019 parliamentary polls.He was reacting to BSP supremo Mayawati’s announcement on Ambedkar Jayanti that BSP was not averse to any poll tie-up wih any party, including Samajwadi Party, to checkmate BJP.Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam had vehemently opposed Akhilesh’s decision to go for an alliance with Congress before the recently concluded Assembly polls. The result was total rout for both the alliance partners.Now, ever since results are announced, Akhilesh is on backfoot and the father is calling the shots often issuing statements which are contrary to his son’s political thinking. Party sources claim that Mulayam was particularly annoyed over Akhilesh hobnobbing with Mayawati, his arch political rival for the last 22 years.On the other hand, the Congress Uttar Pradesh In-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad also broadly hinted that they may not continue alliance with the Samajwadi Party for the crucial 2019 parliamentary polls. “The party is yet to review review assembly poll debacle and the decision to continue or discontinue the alliance with the Samajwadi Party would be taken only after the meeting,” Azad was quoted as saying.Mulayam also held media and voters responsible for the Samajwadi Party defeat in assembly polls. “Akhilesh government had done good job on the development front but despite that voters defeated him. The media only showed party family feud and gave prominence to Modi campaign. This misled voters who favoured the BJP to power,” he said in Etawah.When asked about his return to active politics again after a brief lull due to family feud and taking over the party mantle again, Mulayam quipped that the post of party national president or any post was redundant for a leader like him. “What post did Jai Prakash Narain or Dr Ram Manohar Lohia hold”? he asked hinting that he will allow his son Akhilesh to continue as party president but would intervene in his political decisions whenever necessary.”Whatever step I take, it would be in the interest of the party and people of the state,” he said putting to rest speculations that the former wrestler is retiring from politics.

Mayawati picks brother Anand as successor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Succumbing to pressure of the party cadre after Bahujan Samaj Party’s debacle in 2017 Assembly polls, the BSP supremo and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday announced her brother Anand Kumar as her successor and broadly hinted to have a tie up with the Samajwadi Party if any offer came from SP President Akhilesh Yadav.Addressing party workers at Ambedkar Sthal on the occasion of 126 birth anniversary of Baba Saheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, Mayawati said that the BJP was her first enemy and to ensure its defeat, she may go to any extent to save the democracy.”Sometimes you need poison to counter poison. To save democracy in the country and keep BJP away, the BSP will welcome any offer for tie-up with anyone, including the Samajwadi Party,” she announced.Earlier, former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, too, had talked about forming a grand alliance in UP with Opposition parties, including the BSP, to take on the BJP in 2019. If political sources are to be believed then Akhilesh had recently called on Mayawati and both had agreed to bury hatchets to embark on a new political beginning.The SP and BJP had struck a tie-up in 1993 after demolition of Babri mosque in 1992 when Kalyan government was sacked and President’s Rule was imposed. Both SP and BSP had formed a coalition government, headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav, by defeating the BJP in 1993 Assembly polls.But the tie-up did not last long in the wake of State Guest House episode on June 2, 1995 after an overambitious Mayawati suddenly withdrew support from Mulayam. Infuriated SP supporters had abducted many BSP MLAs and had holed up Mayawati in suit number 1 of the guest house, situated at Meerbai Marg in Lucknow.Later, she became the first Dalit Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1995 with BJP support and held the office for two terms.Significantly, a subdued Mayawati also broke BSP’s tradition of not allowing relatives of party leaders to join in the BSP. She not only nominated her brother Anand Kumar as the BSP Vice-President but also announced him to be her successor and heir apparent. His brother will now play an active role in party affairs.The announcement might come as a pinch of salt to her two lieutenants Satish Chandra Mishra (her Brahmin face) and Naseemuddin Siddiqui (BSP’s Muslim face) who were hoping to take reins of the party after Mayawati.The Income-Tax department had recently raided residence and other premises of Anand Kumar in connection with Rs 105 crore tax deposit after demonetization. The I-T Department has already issued notice to Kumar in this connection. Kumar is alleged to be the money bag of Mayawati. Several accounts, buildings and properties are in his name. He was a clerk in Noida Authority and is alleged to have amassed huge wealth during Mayawati’s rule.Launching a scathing attack on the BJP, she reiterated her allegation that her party’s debacle was due to tampering of EVM machines at the behest of BJP. “BJP had made a lower caste as the party state president but they chose an upper caste (Yogi) when it came to appointing a chief minister,” she alleged.Soon after SP was routed in the 2017 Assembly polls, Akhilesh had offered Mayawati to join hands with the SP and other political parties to renew political ties. BSP sources claim that with Mulayam sidelined by his own son Akhilesh, Mayawati should have no problem in going along with Akhilesh’s SP after 22 years of political separation.It won’t be a big surprise if both SP and BSP join hands in ensuing municipal polls and Lok Sabha by-polls on two seats vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya in Phulpur.

Uttar Pradesh: Not joining BJP, says Shivpal Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav has denied that he was joining BJP, a day after his meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath triggered speculations that he might go with the saffron party.”It was a courtesy call with the Chief Minister and it should not be taken otherwise,” he told reporters in Krishna Gopal Peeth, Vrindavan.Shivapl also said that he was not floating any other party as he was a “true soldier” of the Samajwadi Party.”I would act as per the wishes of party patron and former UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav,” he said.

SP leaders hold senior members, EVMs responsible for party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Some leaders of the Samajawadi Party today attributed the opposition of official candidates by few senior members and the electronic voting machines for the party’s poll debacle and its weakening. In a meeting here, they said that the party was weakened because of the problems in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) and the senior leaders opposing the authorised party nominees in the elections, SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said. The meeting was chaired by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav but patron Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother and senior leader Shivpal Yadav gave it a miss. Mulayam, who was unseated as party president, and Shivpal as state SP chief, by Akhilesh just before the elections, used to attend such meetings earlier. Chaudhary also said that the leaders demanded that the next Lok Sabha polls must be held through ballot papers and the complaints against the EVMs be probed. The leaders, during the meeting, moved a resolution against some senior party leaders talking about floating a new party, terming it an attempt by them to spread indiscipline, he said, adding that strict action should be taken against those who worked against the party. Senior party leader and uncle of Akhilesh, Shivpal Singh Yadav had declared that he would float a new party after the assembly elections were over. Recently, in his first address in Mainpuri after the UP assembly results in which the SP got only 47 seats out 403, Mulayam had also said that “a decision on floating a new party was yet to be taken.” Akhilesh, while addressing the meet, termed communal polarisation as a bane for democracy and cautioned the BJP of being arrogance “as the wheel of time keeps changing”. “Communal polarisation is a bane for democracy. There is no place for discrimination in the socialist movement which stands for secularism. The BJP need not misuse power. Arrogance is not good, as in democracy, the wheels of time keeps changing,” he said told the party leaders’ meet which was chaired by UP SP chief Naresh Uttam. “The BJP which talks about corruption, broke all limits of the expenditure in the elections. It is continuously betraying people. They will have to give a reply on the law and order issue as there has been a rise in the incidents of loot, rape and murder. The Centre will also have to give an account of the development work,” he said. Asking party cadre to remain prepared for struggle against the BJP’s anti-people decision, he said “The BJP has got power through rumour mongering and propaganda and we will have to face it and remain prepared for struggle against their such decisions.” Akhilesh asked the partymen not to get disheartened by the election results and said that the party will have to once again go to the people. Saying that the party will contest the coming urban bodies elections, he said the next target is Lok Sabha polls in 2019.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Will start campaign to unite ‘samajwadis’: Shivpal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a new twist to the feud within the Samajwadi Party, its leader Shivpal Singh Yadav today said he will soon launch a campaign to unite “samajwadis” (socialists) to bring them on one platform. Shivpal, the warring uncle of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, had threatened to launch a new party after the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. “We will not let the legacy of ‘samajwad’ (socialism) to weaken and will soon launch a campaign to unite socialists to bring them on one platform,” he said here while felicitating Sayed Sagir Ahmad, a senior socialist leader. “The fight for social justice will be fought with full strength. In the name of Rama, politics of social justice should be done and not of hatred,” Shivpal said. After filing his nomination for state polls on January, he had said he would form a new party after the election results are declared. But, subsequently he had said there was no such move. With Akhilesh snubbing Shivpal and naming Ram Govid Chowdhury the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly and Mulayam Singh Yadav giving the Samajwadi Party’s national executive meeting a miss, any patch-up seems unlikely. In a public outburst against his son, Mulayam on Saturday had said Akhilesh had insulted him and the voters understood that “one who is not loyal to his father, cannot be loyal to anyone” which led to the party’s poll debacle. The SP got only 47 seats in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, its lowest tally since the party’s inception in 1992. Following a bitter feud between the father and the son, Akhilesh had snatched reins of the party from Mulayam Singh and their fight also reached the Election Commission. Mulayam, who has since been given the role of party mentor, had openly criticised the Samajwadi-Congress alliance and was virtually absent from the campaign too.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ex-UP CMs may lose bungalows in August

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court (SC) will in August hold final hearings for a review petition in the matter of allotment of bungalows for former Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh (UP). A plea filed by an NGO alleges that certain former UP CMs have not yet vacated the bungalows that were allotted to them despite an SC verdict directing them to do the same. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and MM Shantanagoudar was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Lok Prahari that challenged the amendments made by the then Akhilesh Yadav government to the UP Ministers (Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1981. The plea further challenged another Act that the UP government passed in 2016 — the Allotment of Houses under Control of the Estate Department Bill, 2016 — for regulation of allotment of government accommodations to trusts, journalists, political parties, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, judicial officers and government officials.The amendments in the law enable former CMs of the state, including Rajnath Singh, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati, to retain government bungalows in that capacity. The UP government has been allowed to file its reply to the PIL in three weeks. On August 1, 2016, a three-judge bench of Justices Anil R Dave, NV Ramana and R Bhanumati had ruled that “government bungalows allotted to the respondents is held to be bad in law” and had asked them to vacate the property. The verdict went on to direct the state to recover “appropriate rent from the occupants of the said bungalows for the period during which they were in unauthorised occupation of the said bungalows”. The SC had held the 1997 Rules, which permitted the former CMs to occupy government bungalows for life, invalid.Home truths Certain amendments in the law made in 2016 by then CM Akhilesh Yadav enabled former CMs of the state, including Rajnath Singh, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati, to retain government bungalows in that capacity.But on August 1, 2016, a three-judge bench had ruled that “government bungalows allotted to the respondents is held to be bad in law” and had asked them to vacate the properties.

Shivpal rules out forming or joining any other outfit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav today ruled out forming any political outfit or joining any party. A day after SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav said that the final decision on forming another party was yet to be taken, the former UP minister said he was not going to join any other political party, nor going to float any political party. “I am with Netaji (Mulayam) and would stay with him,” he told reporters. Yesterday, in a public outbrust (in Mainpuri) Mulayam had said that his son had insulted him and his brother Shivpal. He said that voters understood that “one who is not loyal to his father, cannot be loyal to anyone” which led to the party’s poll debacle in UP assembly elections where the SP got only 47 seats out 403. He also went to the extent of saying “Jo apne baap kaa nahi ho saka, woh aapka kya hogaa (how can a person who is not loyal to his father, be loyal to you).” The SP patron also mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi during one of his election rallies in Kannauj had also echoed the same sentiment. Expressing resentment over the “sacking” of the then UP Cabinet Minister Shivpal Yadav, Mulayam said “He (Akhilesh) sacked his own uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav – a very hard working Minister, who was also insulted”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Akhilesh insulted me, which led to SP’s defeat: Mulayam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a public outburst against Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav today said his son had insulted him and the voters understood that “one who is not loyal to his father, cannot be loyal to anyone” which led to the party’s poll debacle. He also said that a final view on floating a new party is yet to be taken. Mulayam laid bare his anger for the first time after the SP’s defeat in the UP assembly election fought under the leadership of Akhilesh who had replaced his father as the party supremo following a battle of turf with his uncle Shivpal Yadav. “I was badly insulted, which I had never faced in my life. Nevertheless, I tolerated. No leader of any party in India had made his son a chief minister during his lifetime, but I made Akhilesh the Chief Minister of UP,” he said in his first address in his pocket burough after the UP assembly results in which the SP got only 47 seats out 403. Mulayam who was unseated as party president by Akhilesh just before the elections had stayed away from the election campaign, addressing a couple of meetings for Shivpal. He had also spoken out against Akhilesh’s decision to join hands with the Congress for the assembly polls. He also went to the extent of saying “Jo apne baap kaa nahi ho saka, woh aapka kya hogaa (how can a person who is not loyal to his father, be loyal to you).” Interestingly, the SP patron also mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi during one of his election rallies in Kannauj had also echoed the same sentiment. “The public understood this statement and took it seriously. This resulted in election debacle of SP and BJP won the elections,” Mulayam told party workers while inaugurating a hotel here. He also said that the family feud in SP also took toll on its electoral prospects. Expressing his resentment over the “sacking” of the then UP Cabinet Minister Shivpal Yadav, Mulayam said “He (Akhilesh) sacked his own uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav – a very hard working Minister, who was also insulted”. On the issue of floating another party, he said “The final decision on forming another party is yet to be taken up. The new party is yet to be formed. The final decision would be taken after consulting you and taking your views.” On the resolution of Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid dispute, he said that he had made efforts to resolve the issue through reconciliation on four different occasions. “But, things did not materialise.” Observing that all the parties would abide by the Supreme Court’s decision, he said “I would be the first person to put a brick, irrespective of the fact whether a temple is being constructed or a mosque (following the SC verdict)”. Meanwhile, reacting to Mulayam’s outburst, state BJP spokesperson Manish Shukla said “Had Mulayam Singhji made these observations public earlier, it would had been a rational move. Now its too late. Even during the tenure of Akhilesh government, he had repeatedly attacked the fuctioning of the ministers.” In the recently-concluded Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, BJP secured an overwhelming majority bagging 312 out of 403 assembly seats, while its allies Apna Dal (Soney Lal) and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party won on nine seats and four seats respectively. The Congress and SP fought on a pre-poll alliance. SP got 47 seats, while the Congress was confined to only seven seats. Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party registered its win on 19 assembly seats.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SP acting under BJP pressure in nominating LOP: RLD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) today charged the Samajwadi Party with acting under pressure from the BJP to deny senior leader Azam Khan the post of Leader of the Opposition in Uttar Pradesh Assembly. “The SP acted under pressure from the BJP to deny the post of LOP to a dynamic and strong leader like Azam Khan who could have posed problems for them in the legislature,” RLD state unit chief Masood Ahmed said here. The RLD has just one MLA in the 403-member Assembly. “Had Azam Khan been made the Leader of the Opposition, he could have retained his government bungalow and there would also have been no question on his Maulana Ali Jauhar University in Rampur and so the BJP put pressure on Netaji (Mulayam Singh) to stop it,” Masood said. Accusing the SP of writing the script of the BJP’s ascent, he said that in the future, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, who has already been branded anti-Muslims by his father, might also develop a liking for the BJP. “The first move of the Yogi Adityanath government was action against the Gomti river front project which was carried out by the department headed by uncle Shivpal which would have pleased Akhilesh,” he said, adding Shivpal was also the choice of Mulayam Singh Yadav for the post of LOP but Akhilesh chose to reject it. Akhilesh was today unanimously elected Leader of the SP Legislature Party in both the Houses of the Legislature at a meeting of party legislators where party veterans Azam Khan and Shivpal Singh Yadav were conspicous by their absence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Akhilesh Yadav snubs Azam, Shivpal; Ram Govind Chaudhary to be LOP in UP Assembly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eight time MLA Ram Govind Chaudhary of Samajwadi Party is set to become the Leader of the Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly as party chief Akhilesh Yadav nominated him today ignoring stalwarts like Azam Khan and Shivpal Yadav.”Akhilesh Yadav has nominated Ram Govind Chaudhary as the Leader of the SP Legislature Party and he will also be the Leader of the Opposition,” SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said here. 70-year-old Chaudhary, an eight-time MLA, is considered close to Akhilesh and had served as basic education, child development and nutrition minister in the erstwhile SP government. The name of Azam Khan, the parliamentary affairs minister in the Akhilesh government, was also doing the rounds for the post. During the Mayawati government when Samajwadi Party was the main opposition party in UP, Shivpal Yadav was the Leader of Opposition.But since he fell out with his nephew and SP president Akhilesh, it was unlikely that Shivpal would be nominated for the post. Chaudhary, who was active in student union politics, was first elected to the UP Legislature in 1977 from Chillhar constituency. He now represents Bansdih constituency in Ballia district.Party sources said SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav has convened a meeting of party legislators here on Wednesday, a day after his son will meet newly elected party MLAs, reflecting that differences in the Yadav family were not over. “The first meeting of the SP Legislature Party will take place tomorrow. No agenda has been set as of now,” Chaudhary said.Akhilesh had convened the party’s national executive meeting here on Saturday but senior members Mulayam and Khan were conspicuously absent. Following a bitter feud within the family, Akhilesh had snatched reins from Mulayam and their fight also reached the Election Commission on the dispute over ‘bicycle’ symbol, which was allotted to Akhilesh. Mulayam, who has since been given the role of party mentor, had openly criticised the Samajwadi-Congress alliance and was virtually absent during the recent UP assembly poll campaign.

Growth, not religion, is my priority: Yogi Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as the 32nd Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh at a gala function at the Kanshi Ram Smriti Upan in Lucknow on Sunday afternoon. The oath of office and secrecy was administered by Governor Ram Naik. A 46-member Council of Ministers, including two Deputy Chief Ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dr Dinesh Sharma, 22 Cabinet Ministers, nine Ministers of State with independent charge, and 13 Ministers of State were also sworn in, along with Yogi. Five women figured in the cabinet.Almost half of the cabinet are represented by upper castes, indicating that aggressive Hindutva would prevail over the development agenda projected by Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the polls.After taking oath of office, the two Deputy Chief Ministers bent and almost touched Modi’s feet, seeking his blessings. The Chief Minister, however, preferred to shake hands with Modi. There were no cabinet ministers from Modi’s constituency of Varanasi. Soon after taking oath of the office and secrecy, Adityanath addressed media persons to spell out the priorities of his government. “Development without any caste and religious consideration would be the top priority of my government. Focus would be on agriculture and to take forward Modiji’s sabka saath sabka vikas agenda,” he said.He also directed all ministers and MLAs to declare their assets in 15 days. “As promised, my government is committed to improving law and order and a corruption-free administration,” he said.No cabinet rank was given to any MLA from Modi’s constituency Varanasi. Minister of State with independent charge, Anil Rajbhar, and Minister of State Neelkant Tiwari are the two from the temple town. The body language of Adityanath clearly suggested that the hardliner in him is brimming with confidence to take on the state by storm.Chanting “Modi Modi” and “Yogi Yogi”, BJP supporters cheered their leaders. Chants of Jai Shri Ram and Vande Ram forced the Governor to stop the swearing-in ceremony for a few minutes. It resumed after Modi signalled the crowd to remain silent.Though Kalyan Singh’s grandson Sandeep Singh, MLA from Atrauli in Aligarh, the Rajasthan Governor’s bastion, was given a berth in the cabinet, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh, a first-timer from Noida, was not accommodated. The pain of his son being dropped was quite visible on Rajnath’s face.Regional balance was sought to be maintained, with as many as 20 from eastern Uttar Pradesh, where the party won the maximum number of 129 seats. The most backward region of Bundelkhand, where the party made a clean sweep, winning all 19 seats, got only two ministers. Fourteen ministers are from western UP and eight from central UP, from where the BJP and its allies won 109 and 67 seats, respectively.Lucknow was given the maximum representation with three, including two cabinet berths. Dr Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who swtiched over from the Congress in 2016, and Brajesh Pathak, who deserted the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are the two. Minister of State withindependent charge Swati Singh, wife of Daya Shanker Singh, who was thrown out of theparty for using derogatory language against BSP leader Mayawati, is the other ministerfrom Lucknow.Though Mayawati was conspicuous by her absence, Samajwadi Party (SP) patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, and his son and outgoing Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav were present on a personal invite from the PM. Though most of the time Modi was seen keeping a stoic face, shaking hands and congratulating the Council of Ministers, he accorded a warm welcome to Mulayam and patted Akhilesh on the shoulder. The gesture was generously reciprocated by both.Mohsin Raza, a former Ranji cricketer, was a surprise Muslim face in the cabinet. He was sworn in as a Minister of State. Raza is not a member of either House of the state legislature like Yogi, Maurya and Sharma. His surprise inclusion was to allay fears among the minority community, which forms 19.26 per cent of the population in the state.Baldev Singh Aulakh was the only other minority community MLA. He was also given a Minister of State rank. He is an MLA from Bilaspur in Rampur, a stronghold of the influential former SP cabinet minister Azam Khan. Both ministers from the minority community were picked up in line with Modi’s development agenda of ‘sabka saath sabkavikas’.

The governor also administered oath of office and secrecy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>to 22 cabinet ministers. Before Adityanath, Kalyan Singh, Ram Prakash Gupta and Rajnath Singh of BJP had served as UP chief minister. Kalyan Singh, now Rajasthan governor, held the high office twice. Like him, C B Gupta, Charan Singh, N D Tewari, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati too have served as chief minister more than once. Mayawati has the distinction of holding the post four times, while Mulayam was CM thrice. Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav have to their credit having completed a full five-year term. The BSP supremo has also served the shortest term of four months when she first took over the reins in 1995. In the Congress era of 1960s and 70s , the state had witnessed stalwarts of the likes of G B Pant, Sampuranand, C B Gupta, Sucheta Kriplani, T N Singh, Kamalapati Tripathi, Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna, V P Singh, Sripati Misra and Vir Bahadur Singh holding the high office. Of them, C B Gupta became chief minister three times. Charan Singh, Ram Naresh Yadav and Banarsi Das served as non-Congress chief ministers with Yadav and Das holding reins of the state during the Janata Party rule. Charan Singh, who served as CM twice, represented Bhartiya Kranti Dal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SP may continue alliance with Cong in 2019 polls: Agrawal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite facing a drubbing in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, the Samajwadi Party (SP) may continue its alliance with the Congress in the 2019 general elections, a senior party leader today hinted. SP has called its national convention on March 25 to discuss and analyse the reasons of its defeat in recently held state assembly polls, senior party leader Naresh Agrawal said. “In the meeting there will be discussions and we will analyse the reasons of defeat in the recently concluded assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. There will also be discussions on preparation for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” Agrawal said. Replying to questions on alliance with Congress, the SP leader said there will be discussions on this issue. “We need to look it (alliance) from long term perspective. And defeats are part of democratic system, in past also we had seen waves of various political parties and leaders but we overcame that also. So this is nothing new,” he said. SP and Congress have contested Uttar Pradesh assembly polls together in which both parties managed to get only 54 seats out of 403 assembly seats. As per the agreement, the SP contested on 298 seats and Congress on 105 seats, out of which it managed to win only seven seats. Meanwhile, when asked about division in the party and if Shivpal Yadav will also attend the meeting of national executive, Agrawal said, “I don’t think he is member anymore of the national executive so no invitation will be extended to him”. While speaking on Mulayam, Agrawal said he is convener of the party and an invitation will be extended by party president Akhilesh Yadav to him.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP electorate favour only 5 of 8 kin of former CMs, PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The just-concluded Uttar Pradesh polls turned out to be a litmus test for family members of former chief ministers and even of a former prime minister, with the electorate favouring only five of the eight candidates who were in the fray. Barring three such candidates who lost, there were five candidates in whose favour the voters gave their historic verdict. In all there were seven candidates, who had direct link with outgoing chief minister Akhilesh Yadav or other former chief ministers. Siddharth Nath Singh, who contested on a BJP ticket from Allahabad West Assembly constituency, is the grandson of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Party-wise, the BJP had fielded five such candidates. They are Rita Joshi from Lucknow Cantonment, Sandeep Kumar Singh from Atrauli, Pankaj Singh from Noida and Siddhartha Nath Singh from Allahabad West. From the Samajwadi Party, there were three such candidates. They were Shivpal Yadav from Jaswantnagar (brother of former UP CM Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle of incumbent UP CM Akhilesh Yadav), Aparna Yadav from Lucknow Cantonment (the younger daughter-in-law of Mulayam) and Anurag Yadav (cousin of UP CM Akhliesh Yadav). Apart from this, Lalitesh Pati Tripathi, the great grandson of former UP CM Kamlapati Tripathi, also contested on a Congress ticket from Mariharan Assembly constituency. The candidates who won this time were Rita Bahuguna Joshi, daughter of former UP CM Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna. She defeated Aparna Yadav, Mulayam’s younger ‘bahu’, in the Lucknow Cantonment constituency. Aparna made her debut in electoral politics this year, while the former UP Congress chief, Joshi, Joshi contested on a BJP ticket. In Atrauli, the bastion of former UP CM Kalyan Singh, his grandson Sandeep Kumar Singh contested on a BJP ticket and defeated SP’s Viresh Yadav. Pankaj Singh, son of Union Home Minister and former UP CM Rajnath Singh, who contested from Noida defeated SP’s Sunil Choudhary by a huge margin of 1,04,016 votes. Senior BJP Siddhartha Nath Singh, who is the grandson of former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri contested this assembly election from Allahabad West and defeated BSP’s sitting MLA Pooja Pal. Jaswantnagar, the bastion of SP, saw senior leader and former UP Cabinet minister Shivpal Yadav retaining the seat. The assembly constituency of Jaswantnagar was represented by Mulayam who had won the seat first time in 1967. Winning it eight times losing on two occasions he left it for Shivpal, who has won it continuously since 1996. In Sarojini Nagar assembly constituency, on the outskirts of Lucknow , BJP’s Swati Singh defeated Anurag Yadav of SP by a margin of 34,179 votes. Anurag Yadav is Mulayam’s nephew. Congress candidate from Marihan Lalitesh Pati Tripathi, the great grandson of former UP CM Kamlapati Tripathi, lost to BJP’s Rama Shankar Singh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mulayam’s absence leaves a mark in Azamgarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP’s ‘Modi wave’ swept India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday in the Assembly elections, but there was one district that remained almost untouched by the party’s blitzkrieg. Mulayam Singh Yadav’s stronghold, Azamgarh, which sends 10 MLAs to UP’s Legislative Assembly, will account for just one BJP legislator, Arun Kumar Yadav, who opened the party’s account in the region by wining the Phoolpur Pawai seat in the region by a margin of 7,295 votes.But even as the BJP could not make inroads in Azamgarh, the Samajwadi Party (SP) could not retain it either. During the previous 2012 Assembly polls, the SP had swept Azamgarh, bagging nine of the 10 Assembly constituencies. But the strike rate of the SP reduced by almost 50 percent and they could bag only five seats.The Yadav and Muslim-dominated Azamgarh district was the only parliamentary constituency in eastern UP that the BJP lost in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The people of Azamgarh had chosen Mulayam for the Lok Sabha even when the BJP swept the entire region. Azamgarh, political experts say, was won by Mulayam not just electorally but emotionally as well. Some even say that it is Azamgarh that made Mulayam one of the biggest leaders in UP and the tallest OBC leader in the state.The district has been close to Mulayam not just because of its thick Yadav-Muslim population, but also because Azamgarh played a great role in the socialist movement in UP. Mulayam started his political journey as part of the socialist movement — deeply influenced by the socialist ideology of Ram Manohar Lohia, who is considered the guiding light of SP — and he gave up wrestling and a career in teaching to join the socialist leader’s movement during the 1950s. It was then that he built his base as a grassroots leader and mobilised the other backward classes (OBCs), especially Yadavs, who are considered to be the core support base of the SP.In the 2014 general elections, when Mulayam won both his traditional Mainpuri seat as well Azamgarh, he chose to keep the latter and relinquished the former. But this time, Mulayam’s absence and the family feud in the party clearly cost the SP heavily and, therefore, it could not repeat its performance of 2012. In his father’s absence, Akhilesh Yadav did try to hold on to its base and addressed as many as seven public meetings across the district in a single day. But his efforts clearly didn’t pay off.Political analysts also say that Mulayam’s presence would have given a psychological boost to the SP. Having carried the moniker of ‘Mulla Mulayam’ for a long time post the Babri Masjid demolition, Mulayam has a huge appeal among Muslims. But this time, the BSP managed to take away four seats from the SP in the Muslim-dominated district.Of the 10 seats in the district, five are segments of Mulayam’s Lok Sabha seat and five of the Lalganj Lok Sabha seat. In 2014, Mulayam led all five segments of Azamgarh, while the BJP led in all five of Lalganj. Five of the seats — Didarganj, Nizamabad, Gopalpur, Sagri and Mubarakpur — have a strong Muslim-Yadav presence, and have traditionally been SP seats. But this time, the BSP won three of these seats — Didarganj, Mubarakpur and Sagri.TEACHING A LESSON?Political analysts said that the reason Mulayam Singh Yadav did not campaign in Azamgarh is not that he didn’t think about his own prestige, but because he wanted to show his son Akhilesh Yadav that without him, even a winnable district like Azamgarh could not be captured. Mulayam gave a total miss to these elections after an intense family feud, which resulted in Akhilesh’s anointment as the party chief and Mulayam’s shift to the role of a mentor.

UP Elections 2017: Shivpal Yadav vows to fightback after SP’s shocking defeat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sidelined SP leader Shivpal Yadav, who won from his seat in Uttar Pradesh where his party suffered a rout, has vowed to fight back in the state.A day after winning the Jaswant Nagar seat, the warring uncle of Akhilesh Yadav tweeted a 41-second video captioned “Hum phir ladkar jeetenge” (We will fight again to win). The video shows the leader with Mulayam and also Akhilesh in party meetings. The 61-year-old SP veteran won the party stronghold Jaswantnagar defeating his nearest BJP rival Manish Yadav Patre by a margin of 52,616 votes.Though Yadav had been making all out effort to surpass his previous showing, there was a minor drop in the votes polled in his favour.Last time he had got 1,33,563 votes and his margin stood at 81,084, but this time he polled 1,26,678 votes. The win was a consolation for Shivpal who was fighting to redeem his lost pride in his native constituency.”This defeat is neither that of Samajwadi Party nor that of Samajwadis but of arrogance,” Shivpal had said yesterday while commenting on the bad showing by his party in the state indicating the bad treatment given to party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and he himself at the hands of the new leadership in the party.But for the support of Mulayam Singh who had addressed two rallies for him here, Shivpal had walked all alone throughout the campaigning and there were also reports of a concerted move by vested interests in the party to ensure his defeat. Jaswantnagar, part of Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat, was represented by Mulayam who had won the seat first time in 1967. Winning it for eight terms he lost on two occasions he left it for Shivpal, who has won it continuously since 1996.

Akhilesh should not be blamed for UP debacle Mulayam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday refused to put onus on outgoing Uttar Pradesh chief minister and his son Akhilesh Yadav for the crushing defeat in the assembly poll and admitted it was party?s failure that brought their debacle. ?Nobody is responsible for the loss. It seems that we were unable to impress the people. Everyone is responsible for the loss,? Mulayam said. Earlier in the day, Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav asserted that the party would thoroughly analyse the reasons for its dismal show in Uttar Pradesh. “Politics is all about winning and losing. The Samajwadi Party has been through many struggles. We have struggled a lot and won several times. We will struggle yet again and win next time,” Shivpal told ANI. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) witnessed an unprecedented victory with 321 seats in the assembly elections contested for 403 seats, while the Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance bagged 54, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) got 19 and others bagged 18 seats respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP Assembly Elections: Samajwadi Party says alliance will continue, but Congress has its doubts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav maintained that the party’s alliance with Congress would continue despite the debacle in Uttar Pradesh, his feelings were not reciprocated by the Congress.Responding to whether the alliance was responsible for Congress’ poor performance in the state, UP Congress chief Raj Babbar​ said, “The alliance was an experiment and there cannot be a set formula for success. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”On whether the alliance would continue, the Congress chief did not give a clear answer unlike Akhilesh who said that the alliance would continue and that he was happy with it despite the party’s debacle in UP. “We must have gone wrong in many things we did. We will introspect and only then decide the future course.”Admitting defeat, the UP Congress head said BJP beat the alliance in social engineering. “They (BJP) did extensive caste politics and social engineering. We failed there and therefore, gadha pehelwan ban gaya (donkey emerged victorious).”While the state head was reserved in his comments against its alliance partner SP, many leaders in the state Congress openly blamed SP for the party’s debacle in UP. General Secretary (administration) of UP Congress Pramod Singh said the alliance dragged down Congress in UP. He said there was huge anti-incumbency against SP and therefore, Congress should not have tied up with SP.”Gadbad gathbandhan se hui hai. Everybody was angry with SP. Even the Yadavs did not seem too supportive towards Congress. The timing was wrong, the division of seats was wrong. The party workers of SP and Congress could not unite on the ground and that’s what cost us heavily.”On the other hand, the outgoing chief minister and SP head Akhilesh Yadav after conceding defeat to BJP said, “We are happy with the alliance we formed with the Congress because it allowed two young leaders to come together. This alliance will continue.” In the 2012 elections, the Congress ended up with a paltry 28 of the 403 seats. This time, the 131-year-old party could not even retain those many seats. It failed to cross the double digit mark, winning just seven seats — that too in alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP). The coalition was swept away by the BJP’s Modi wave. This is the Congress’ worst performance in UP where it was a dominant political force for decades.The party’s decline started in the late 1980s with the emergence of “Mandal-Mandir” politics. The rise of Mulayam Singh Yadav and the Bahujan Samaj Party pushed the Congress to fourth position in the state’s political map. With its Ram Temple plank, the BJP too surged ahead. Ousted from power in 1989, the grand old party has been struggling to make its mark in the political map of Uttar Pradesh for the last 28 years.

Despite saffron tsunami, Shivpal emerges victorious

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sidelined in the Samajwadi Party in the wake of infighting, Shivpal Singh Yadav today pulled through a comfortable victory in his traditional seat, amid a BJP wave. The 61-year-old SP veteran won the party stronghold Jaswantnagar defeating his nearest BJP rival Manish Yadav Patre by a margin of 52,616 votes. Though Yadav had been making all out effort to surpass his previous showing, there was a minor drop in the votes polled in his favour. Last time he had got 1,33,563 votes and his margin stood at 81,084, but this time he polled 1,26,678 votes. It would, however, come as a consolation for Shivpal who was fighting to redeem his lost pride in his native constituency, that his victory has repulsed challenge posed to his leadership, more from within the party than outside. “This defeat is neither that of Samajwadi Party nor that of Samajwadis but of arrogance,” Shivpal said while commenting on the bad showing by his party in the state indicating the bad treatment given to party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and he himself at the hands of the new leadership in the party. After being pushed to the corner, Shivpal saw a silver lining in the sympathy of the voters here with whom he had had a personal association for decades. Despite being unceremoniously dropped from the ministry, he has remained ‘mantriji’ here and had been going about reminding voters of his works and the personal help that he has rendered to the locals. But for the support of Mulayam Singh who had addressed two rallies for him here, Shivpal had walked all alone throughout the campaigning and there were also reports of a concerted move by vested interests in the party to ensure his defeat. Jaswantnagar, part of Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat, was represented by Mulayam who had won the seat first time in 1967. Winning it for eight terms he lost on two occasions he left it for Shivpal, who has won it continuously since 1996. According to locals, Manish Yadav Patre fielded by the BJP also had the tacit support of some in the SP to break Shivpal’s winning run to settle scores.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP Elections 2017: 7 X-factors that will determine Akhilesh Yadav’s fate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In less than 24 hours, we will know the results of the mother of all elections, which is likely to have deep ramifications in the Indian political scene one way or other. Can Akhilesh combat anti-incumbency? Will the Modi mania be good enough for BJP? Does Mayawati still have the firepower to make a magical comeback? The answers to all these related questions will be answered soon. The exit polls predict BJP emerging as the single largest party and in pole position to form the next government. While we have to wait for the actual results, let us evaluate the X-factors which will determine which party has the last laugh after this gruelling election schedule.Let’s look at those key factors one at a time.Pro or anti-incumbency for AkhileshThe UP CM has been consistently claiming that he is seeking votes based on work done. Undeniably, Akhilesh has done some solid work but many experts believe it has been uneven in nature, with western and central UP making the most of the grants, and eastern UP being largely neglected. SP has changed a large number of sitting MLAs to counter local level anti-incumbency, but whether the people of UP want to give Akhilesh another chance may finally decide the fate of his alliance. If his personal goodwill manages to counter the general urge for a change, the SP-Congress combine may cross the majority mark.PM Modi’s persuasive campaigningWinning UP will ensure that BJP gets an upper hand in Rajya Sabha. Fully aware of this arithmetic, PM Modi gave his heart and soul to the UP campaign. Modi started his pitch with an appeal for development but tempered it to add borderline communal rhetoric from the third phase. Sensing the uneven development of UP under Akhilesh, Modi in a masterstroke tried to wedge divide among voters, claiming funds have been distributed in a partisan manner. In a post-truth world, the claim stuck as Akhilesh giving grants selectively, based on religious affiliation. Will it be enough to sway the voters?Mayawati’s low key but sustained canvassingThis is the make or break election for the BSP matriarch. India’s tallest Dalit leader has faced some tough electoral reverses, with many of her core voters deserting the ship. Even top leaders have left BSP, but Mayawati has shown great gumption for fighting back. Like BJP, BSP is in contention in all the seats in UP. Mayawati started early and energised the grassroots, mainly focusing on how law and order was far better under her government. She has also vowed to not repeat her past mistakes. Mayawati’s victory will probably be one of the greatest comebacks in Indian politics after getting 0 out of 78 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.Will Congress prop up or weigh down Akhilesh?Akhilesh Yadav made an alliance much against the wishes of his father Mulayam Singh Yadav. Congress, after dominating UP politics in the first few decades post- Independence, has sadly become a spent force. Its vote bank has been poached by other parties. Yet Congress still enjoys the support of a section of Muslims and upper castes. In Bihar, Congress added value to the Mahagatbandhan, whereas in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, it had a negative effect on the alliance. Rahul Gandhi will sincerely hope that all his efforts for the last six months bear some fruit. Otherwise, the party is destined for a long exile from Lucknow’s hot-seat.Will Pari-war cost Akhilesh dearly?The bitter battle for supremacy in the Samajwadi party threatened to split the party. In the end, Akhilesh won the succession battle, outwitting his father and also managing to retain the election symbol ‘cycle’. But the Pari-war scarred the party and left the cadres divided. A crestfallen Mulayam finally ‘blessed’ Akhilesh but decided to stay largely out of the campaigning, making appearances at only a handful of pitstops. The bitter intra-party fight is likely to cost SP dearly in family pocket boroughs of Mainpuri and Etawah. Mulayam also did not bother to campaign in his own Lok Sabha seat of Azamgarh. In a tight battle, with BJP close on heels, divided loyalty from core SP voters can cost Akhilesh his seat of CM.Will Hindus again collectively vote for BJP?The short answer to this is— no. It’s 2017, not 2014. There is no Modi wave or the burning desire to uproot the corrupt UPA 2 government. Hence, it is unlikely that Hindus will vote en masse for BJP, ignoring caste, class and other compulsions. The Jats in Western UP have largely voted for RLD, as per reports. Post Muzaffarnagar riots, the Jats coalesced around BJP, but have resumed normal voting pattern this time around. The saffron party though has tried to aggressively to unite the Hindu votes, using a multi-pronged approach. From not declaring a CM face, so that no particular section turns away, to shamelessly pursuing thinly veiled communal agenda in eastern UP, the party has really gone the distance.BJP is assured of getting a chunk of the upper caste votes, and is looking to garner the majority of non-Yadav OBC and non-Yadav Dalit votes. There are talks of backlash from voters against the state government for designing pro-Yadav and pro-minority schemes. By forging local alliances in central and Eastern UP, giving due roles to leaders from crucial castes, Amit Shah has aptly done the micro-management needed to win such complex election. Whether voters are swayed by it or now, we will know tomorrow.Who gets the Muslim votes?In most constituencies, there is classic triangular contest. Hence, there is a popular theory that Muslim votes (which are generally anti-BJP) will be divided between SP-Congress and BSP. Some experts believe that the division of minority votes will help BJP pick up many seats. However, there is another school of thought which believes that Muslims will be backing candidates, not a party per se and in each seat they will pick the person who is most likely to defeat BJP.The difference between a hung assembly and a resounding mandate may well be determined by how these key dynamics play out. During their campaign, SP-Congress repeatedly warned voters not to vote for Mayawati, claiming she may join hands with BJP. Despite that, Mayawati seems to be picking up a decent amount of traction from Muslims, particularly in eastern UP and Rohilakhand. For too long, Muslims have been merely seen from the prism of a voting block and sadly this election has not been any different. All these 7 factors, in different measures, will decide which party becomes the first among equals. It has truly been a fight to the finish and only the deserving will be the last man standing.

UP elections 2017: After exit polls predict hung assembly, Akhilesh says willing to tie up with BSP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a significant development, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav told BBC Hindi on Thursday that he was willing tie up with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in case of a hung assembly. The Samajwadi Party-Congress combine, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are locked in a three-cornered battle in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.Akhilesh’s statement comes as the exit polls predict a saffron wave in the state. The SP and the Congress forged a pre-poll alliance in UP, contesting on 298 and 105 seats respectively. The SP chief told BBC that he did not want a BJP government in the state and would do anything to keep the party out. “No one wants President’s rule in the state, so that BJP runs the government with a remote control,” Akhilesh said.However, responding to Akhilesh’s offer, the BSP said it would wait for the results.Earlier in the day, a Samajwadi Party leader had made a statement saying its alliance with Congress had not been beneficial. “It is my personal view that the Samajwadi Party reaped no benefit from its alliance with the Congress. The Samajwadi Party was capable enough to form its own government. In fact, had our party contested this election without any alliance, we would have got more seats,” Samajwadi Party leader Ravidas Mehrotra told ANI.”After becoming the Chief Minister, Akhilesh, for five years, worked earnestly and undertook various developmental projects. No one was able to make corruption charges against him and people must have voted for him acknowledging his work,” he added.The lawmaker from the Lucknow constituency alleged that the Congress tried to defeat its party candidates in order to help the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).”The Samajwadi Party earnestly formed alliance with the Congress, but they did not reciprocate the same. Wherever our ministers and candidates were contesting, the Congress contested their own candidates against us in order to help other political parties,” Mehrotra said.”The Congress contested their own candidates from where I have been fighting elections. The Congress Party, till its last breath, fought against me. They did in order to help the BJP,” he added.Mehrotra is not the only Samajwadi Party leader who has shown displeasure over the party’s alliance with the Congress. Samajwadi Party patriarach Mulayam Singh Yadav and his aide Shivpal Yadav, on many occasions, have expressed similar views.On Thursday, however, ahead of the exit polls, Mulayam expressed confidence of a favourable mandate in the assembly elections and said that his party’s alliance with the Congress would achieve majority, adding that his son Akhilesh Yadav will yet again take over as the Chief Minister. “The alliance is getting majority in Uttar Pradesh. Akhilesh will be the Chief Minister,” Mulayam said.With ANI inputs.

Amar Singh ‘kicked out’ of SP, can’t win even at booth-level:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav today launched a stinging attack on expelled leader Amar Singh, saying he was “kicked out” of the party and claimed he cannot win even a single (polling) booth. Yadav made these remarks while speaking to reporters very near to Singh who was also talking to some other journalists at the Parliament premises. But it is not clear whether Singh heard Yadav’s remarks. Reacting to Yadav’s outburst, Singh said the comments show “the party’s culture”. “Who is Amar Singh? Is he a person who can win or defeat someone even at booth-level? There are so many big people, but you (media) have time to speak to him (Singh). He has been expelled, not only expelled but thrown, kicked out of the party,” Yadav, a bitter critic of Singh, said. Yadav was responding to a question posed to him on Singh’s statement that the BJP has an “edge over other parties, including the SP-Congress alliance” in Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. Asked about Yadav’s “thrown out, kicked” remarks, Singh, who is a Rajya Sabha member, said, “That is their (SP’s) culture. He says I was kicked out. Now people of the state will kick them out (of power).” The results of the assembly elections, held between February 11 and March 8, will be declared on March 11. Singh, expelled from the Samajwadi Party in January, had last month said that he is looking for a “graceful opportunity” to join another party. The Samajwadi Party went through a bitter power struggle between Mulayam and Akhilesh, with the latter taking the fight to the Election Commission and, ultimately, winning the battle and the party symbol. Singh has been blamed by a section of the party leadership for creating fissures between Mulayam and Akhilesh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amar Singh disapproves of attacks on PM during electioneering

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh today disapproved of attacks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and other leaders during UP electioneering. Recalling Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s ‘maut ka saudagar’ (merchant of death) barb against Modi during Gujarat elections, Singh said it had cost the party dearly. He said the name-calling by leaders lowered the standard of campaigning in Uttar Pradesh. “Top leadership of SP and Congress like Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav said Modi is an outsider in UP,” Singh told reporters outside Parliament. “Modi chose to contest from UP leaving Gujarat. If regional leaders raise regionalism issue then it is a okay but if it is raised by national leaders then it is different,” said Singh, who has been expelled twice from the Samajwadi Party. He also targeted RJD leader Lalu Prasad for his remarks against Modi. “Laluji said Modi’s helicopters were flying like crows and vultures in the sky during electioneering,” Singh said. He reminded Prasad that he has “lost the right to contest elections as per the Supreme Court order.” He also targeted SP Rajya Sabha MP Kironmayee Nanda. Asked why Mulayam Singh did not campaign in the assembly elections, the former SP leader said, “Nobody invited netaji because everybody is scared of Akhilesh.” Singh was expelled from Samajwadi Party recently after Akhilesh became its president, replacing his father Mulayam.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajnath holds UP govt responsible for poor state of affairs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today accused the Uttar Pradesh government of not undertaking any developmental works in the state, “despite UP getting the highest share of funds from the Centre”. Addressing an election rally here, Rajnath said, “Despite UP getting the highest share of funds from the Centre, no developmental work has been undertaken in the state.” Taking a jibe at CM Akhilesh Yadav, Singh said, “UP CM had promised 24-hour power supply in the state. But, the administration is such that there is no power supply, yet people are getting the electricity bills.” Attacking SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Union Home Minister said, “Till a few days back, SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav was attacking the Congress, but his son has now entered into an election alliance with the Congress. SP has for the first time entered into a poll pact with a political party, which it has been opposing throughout its life.” In a lighter vein, Singh remarked, “A cot (khaat) is meant for sleeping, and not for holding meetings (apparently referring to Rahul Gandhi’s khaat sabha).” Rajnath also mentioned that father (Mulayam) has punctured the cycle, while uncle (Shivpal) has broken the chain of the cycle. “During the tenure of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the country’s economy became robust, but the Congress has brought it down,” he remarked. Commenting on the BSP, Rajnath said, “The health of the elephant has deteriorated, as earlier the elephant used to eat Peepal leaves. But, now it has started eating currency notes.” The ‘do or die’ campaign for the seventh and final phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, covering 40 assembly seats in seven districts, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, will come to a close tomorrow. The seven districts going to polls in this phase are Ghazipur, Varanasi, Jaunpur, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Bhadoi and Sonebhadra.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP Elections 2017: Dimple Yadav takes Akhilesh’s message to Mulayam’s turf

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the crowd started getting impatient waiting for Samajwadi Party MP Dimple Yadav, a party leader announced “aapki pyari bhabhi teen minute mein pahunch rahi hain (your dear sister-in-law will reach here in three minutes).”In the heat and dust of campaigning, she stepped onto the battleground of Azamgarh, in a light lemon linen saree, her characteristic long-sleeved blouse and understated demeanour. She walked towards the dais, smiling and waving, and the crowd went into a frenzy.Dimple, the wife of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, had begun the day with a rally in this assembly segment of her father-in-law Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Lok Sabha seat of Azamgarh in Poorvanchal, on the last day of campaigning for the sixth phase.On Saturday, she will join Akhilesh and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for a road show in Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.In Azamgarh, she struck a chord with the audience by beginning her speech in Bhojpuri. “This is the first time I have come to Azamgarh. Will you ensure bhaiyya’s victory or not? We want your blessings,” said Dimple, to deafening applause.Referring to Akhilesh as Bhaiyya, she said “he wanted to come but they asked me to convey their message to you and seek your support” and sought votes for her party’s candidate Bichai Saroj, the sitting MLA.Entering the unfamiliar terrain of the rough and tumble of politics of Uttar Pradesh, the daughter of an army officer from Uttarakhand is slowly and gently making a niche for herself in a male-dominated world.It was already past 2 PM when Dimple finished with her rally here, with two more rallies to address, one in Mubarakpur and the other in Sagri, both before sunset. This has been her schedule —addressing three rallies a day since the second phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh.She was running behind schedule but, that did not deter her from spaning a moment to her party leaders behind the dais, and for the mediapersons at the helipad after every rally.Her speeches have focused on issues like women’s security, youth, targeting the BJP and rising prices. In Lalganj, she took on the Modi government on the increase of prices of gas cylinders, an issue on which the BJP is hoping to cash in with its ‘Ujjwala Yojana’ on LPG subsidy.”She has more interactive sessions with the people. After returning to Lucknow, she interacted with the team of spokespersons telling them what line to take,” said SP spokesperson Juhi Singh.Hopping from one constituency to another in a helicopter, Dimple has a meal of home-cooked food generally of puri-subzi. She has addressed around 25 rallies so far, bringing a breath of fresh air into the party.If the crowds at Dimple’s rally were any indication, the Yadavs were consolidating in favour of the SP in Azamgarh, which Mulayam has not visited in the run-up to the elections. Dimple tried to make up for his absence saying “Netaji and Akhilesh bhaiyya have a strong relationship with Azamgarh.” Of the 10 seats of Azamgarh, the SP holds nine. Akhilesh had held seven rallies in a day two days earlier, but not in Lalganj.Amidst chants of “vikas ki chabi Dimple bhabhi (Dimple bhabhi is the key to development) there was a near stampede in the crowd. Dimple made it a point to mention the Dial 100 police vans parked on roads.Asked whose speeches their children liked better between her and Akhilesh, she smiled and said “the mother’s.”Whether Akhilesh is able to retain power or not, this election has propped up a new star in the Samajwadi Party.

UP Elections 2017 Phase 6: How Akhilesh’s idealism could end up helping BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With only 89 seats to go, the UP polls are in its closing phases. Like a good marathon runner preserves all the energy to give the final push, battle-fatigued parties are looking to find momentum as the campaign winds down. For BJP, it helps that the endgame is in eastern Uttar Pradesh, which thanks to PM Modi’s presence in Varanasi has bagged some plump projects in the past few years. But for the saffron unit, the possible star of the sixth phase is firebrand MP Yogi Adityanath from Gorakhpur. 7 districts namely Mau, Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Deoria, Azamgarh and Ballia are going to polls on Saturday and 49 seats are in fray. It follows a familiar pattern of complete SP domination in 2012 winning 27 seats and BJP completely sweeping in 2014, and was ahead in 43 assembly segments. It had overwhelming 42% votes after ensuring a spectacular Hindu concentration. But this time it may be different.Yogi Adityanath and Amit Shah (PTI) Mayawati after a grand drubbing in 2014 has managed to hold on to her cadres even though BSP has faced some high-profile exits like Swami Prasad Maurya who is also in fray in this phase. But for Mayawati, the greatest addition may be the inclusion of Mukhtar Ansari’s QED in the BSP fold. Ansari, a bahubali from Eastern UP is currently in jail under allegations of killing a BJP MLA. But Ansari and his family wield significant influence in over dozen of seats in Mau and neighbouring districts. With his Robin Hood image, Ansari and his ilk are the messiah of the poor where governance has taken a back seat. Samajwadi Party managed to nearly seal a deal with Ansaris pre-elections. But it was Akhilesh who spurned the deal, fearing that he would be accused of promoting goondaraj. A combination of SP, Congress with Ansari’s influence would have been potent in eastern UP to counter BJP. But Akhilesh has taken a calculated risk and will hope that the gamble pays off. But that is not the only problem on Akhilesh’s plate. Mulayam Singh has been absent from his Lok Sabha constituency of Azamgarh. While Akhilesh and Dimple Yadav have campaigned intensely, and looked to turn the tide, whether they can get all the SP votes will only be known later. But Mulayam’s absence has again starkly exposed the massive rift that exists in SP.As for BJP, what’s better than an agenda of development and Hindutva? It is when you can claim that development has been hampered owing to divisive politics. That’s what the BJP has been doing in the last fortnight. The PM started the rhetoric with graveyard statement and other leaders took the cue. The party won just 7 in 2012. It will hope to significantly rack up its tally this time around. Adityanath’s presence, despite the criticism he continues to face from many media outlets, will certainly bolster the BJP. On the other hand, a split in Muslim votes could hamper the SP-Cong. For BSP, Muslim and Dalit vote with the ‘goodwill’ of Ansaris hold the key. Akhilesh may rue the choice to ignore ground reality for headline management. Only time will tell if he made the right call.

The apex court’s direction had come on a petition by a

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>woman who had alleged repeated gangrape by Prajapati and others and sought the court’s order for lodging the FIR. The alleged offence was first committed in October, 2014 and was repeated till July, 2016, but when the accused tried to molest the minor daughter of the victim, she wrote to the state DGP in October, 2016, requesting the officer to take action. But when her complaint to the DGP went unheeded, she moved the apex court for justice. Prajapati was sacked by the chief minister in 2016 during the family feud with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal but was later reinstated in the council of ministers. With the police hot on his heels now, Prajapati has moved the apex court seeking protection from arrest and recall of the its earlier order. Prajapati, who is contesting as an SP candidate from Amethi constituency where polls are over, has denied the charges terming it a “political conspiracy of BJP” and said “he did not know the victim”. Prajapati’s presence in the electoral arena raised eyebrows of leaders of opposition parties who have made it a big poll issue. Though Akhilesh had sought votes for SP candidates in his election meeting in Amethi, he had steered clear of the controversy. His father and SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav too kept away from the constituency citing health issues. BJP has targeted Priyanka Gandhi Vadra over her poll campaign in Rae Bareli for the Congress-SP alliance, saying it was unfortunate that she was seeking votes for those accused of “rape and murder.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had raked up the Prajapati case, saying at an election rally that the Supreme Court had to intervene to get the minister booked in the case. “The SC had to intervene to get the FIR registered against Gayatri Prasad Prajapati. ‘Goonda raj’ is prevailing all over UP and police stations have become Samajwadi Party office,” Modi had said. Amethi is the Gandhi family pocket borough and is represented by Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha, while neighbouring Rae Bareli is represented by party chief and Rahul’s mother Sonia Gandhi in Lok Sabha.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

From 300-plus rallies to two this time for Mulayam Singh Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Campaigning is at its peak in UP but SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav has stepped out only for two public rallies this elections, a stark contrast to the over 300 rallies he addressed in the 2012 assembly polls. Leaders from across the political spectrum criss-crossed the entire state to woo the voters but Mulayam mostly kept indoors. The 77-year-old SP patron campaigned just for his younger daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav, who is contesting on a SP ticket from Lucknow Cantonment, and also for his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav, who is contesting from the party’s bastion of Jaswantnagar in Etawah. Voting for five out the seven phases of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls is already over. His political rivals said the SP patriarch’s clout has been “confined to just two” of the 403 Assembly seats in the state. In the 2012 UP Assembly polls, Mulayam had addressed more than 300 rallies. In the 2014 Lok Sabha general elections, he limited his appearances to 18 rallies, one in each of the 18 divisions of the state, citing health issues. Senior BJP leader Hriday Narayan Dikshit, said, “The moment Mulayam Singh Yadav was made the party patron, his power automatically got diluted. And, despite this, if he is getting a chance to campaign for even two assembly seats, he must thank his stars.” Dikshit said both the SP and the BSP are “single-cellular” organisms, in which only one person eventually prevails. “As far as the SP is concerned, earlier Mulayam Singh Yadav used to prevail, and now it is the turn of Akhilesh,” the senior BJP leader said. “The BSP too is a single-cellular organisation. Congress, which used to be multi-cellular organisation till the time of Gandhi, gradually became single-cellular. The BJP is a multi-cellular organisation, where leaders from different walks of life are involved in elections,” he said. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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