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Water was crucial factor behind BJP’s poor show in rural areas

Availability of water for irrigation was a major factor in farm distress that guided voting behaviour in rural areas, say farmers’ representatives in the state. Lack of government intervention in ensuring that farmers get adequate and timely water for irrigation was the root of the farming crisis, which drove voters against BJP, they say.”Without water you cannot pursue agriculture. In spite of tall claims of the government, the reality is that farmers in Gujarat are still predominantly dependent on rain water for irrigation. The voting pattern is a clear indication,” said Sagar Rabari, Secretary of Khedut Samaj (Gujarat).He argued that Saurashtra, where farmer distress is highest compared to other regions of the state, saw Congress overtaking BJP 30-23, while in north Gujarat, where efforts were made to supply water through canals, BJP gained a seat from Congress. In central Gujarat, agriculture is relatively more remunerative with a mix of dairy farming and industry. So the extent of distress was not that acute and BJP had a net gain of two seats in the region.In the past three years, two years witnessed erratic monsoon, causing heavy flooding in some regions and drought in others. The failure of the state government to take timely and effective measures in 2015 and 2016 likely cost the party in Saurashtra. “The BJP has been wiped out in Amreli which saw floods in 2015, and suffered setbacks in Banaskantha which was flooded in 2017,” said Rabari.Amreli, which suffered flash floods in 2015, saw BJP decimated with all five seats going to Congress. Even in Banaskantha, which had devastating floods in 2017, BJP lost one seat.In otherwise economically well-diversified region of central Gujarat, BJP added two seats to its tally. In the wealthy region of south Gujarat, BJP lost two seats, but Rabari attributes these losses to factors like land acquisition for projects like DMIC, Bullet train and other urban development works.However, Ahmedabad-based economist Hemantkumar Shah said that the key issue was overall agrarian distress which was a clear differentiator between voting in rural and urban areas. “Water was definitely an issue, but other issues also combined. We have no means to calculate to what extent issues like ‘Pakistan’ terrorism, ‘Neech comment’ and others played a role,” he said.

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After threats, authorities cover up ‘incorrect’ plaque about Padmavati in Chittorgarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There’s a chill in the air, but the Rajasthan government is feeling the heat of protests in Chittorgarh, the home of Padmini (Padmavati).In a knee-jerk reaction, the archaeology department has covered the stone plaque that had the story of Padmini (Padmavati) inscribed on it. This came after threats from the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) to break it down as it contained ‘incorrect history’. The protesters claim that the mirror story is incorrect. Also, hundreds including women courted arrest on Monday demanding a ban on the film. The mirrors at the Chittorgarh fort, that were supposedly used to show Padmini to Khilji, were vandalized and broken earlier this year allegedly by the SRKS. And curtains on the plaque is being seen as a precautionary measure. Sources in the department said that it was done on the orders of higher authorities.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena demands full ban on Bhansali’s film in HaryanaLokendra Singh Kalvi Patron of SRKS told DNA, “We welcome this move by the archaeology department. It was long due and validates our claims. The plaque showed distorted history. The mirror was invented 1294 in Belgium and France that is 8000 miles from Chittorgarh. Khilji supposedly saw Padmini (Padmavati) in the mirror in 1302, just eight years later.”“Khilji took three years to travel from Kandhar to Chittorgarh; a distance of 1100 miles. Even at the speed of a marching army, the mirror should take 24 years to travel to Chittorgarh. I wonder how the mirror raced so fast to reach Chittorgarh,” Kalvi said.
ALSO READ Death over dishonour: What the Padmavati furore is aboutAs part of the ongoing protests by the Sarv Samaj Sangathan and Jauhar Samriti Sansthan, a total 304 persons including two dozen women on Monday courted arrest demanding a ban on the film. They were arrested under section 129 of CrPC. They were later released. The protesters were raising slogans against the film.The protesters under the banner of Sarv Samaj have been staging a dharna at the gate of the fort for the last eighteen days. The police had made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order.
ALSO READ Alauddin Khilji was a brutal ruler, Sanjay Leela Bhansali should not glamorise himAccording to Govind Singh of the Sarv Samaj Sangathan, “The protests would continue till the film is banned. We have also given a memorandum to the district administration to get the stone plaque removed.”Manju Shekhawat, one of the women who courted arrest said, “We will not let Bhansali distort the history of Padmini (Padmavati)”

Typewriters to continue clacking

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bringing relief to over 3,000 typewriting institutes and several typing enthusiasts in the state, the state government has decided to continue manual typewriting until November 2019.As per the Government Resolution (GR) issued by the school education and sports department on Thursday, the government has allowed typewriting institutes in the state to continue conducting courses in manual typing until November 30, 2019.The process of phasing out the typewriters was set in motion through a GR in 2013.The government later extended the deadline several times, the recent one being up to May 31, 2017.”The government had decided to discontinue manual typewriting in the various commerce institutes to pave way for computer typing. However, some writ petitions were admitted in the High Court opposing the decision. Keeping this in mind, it has been decided to grant an extension to the manual typewriting curriculum up to November 30, 2019. Meanwhile, typewriting institutes would be expected to introduce computer typing to move towards the newer technology. A further decision regarding manual typewriting would be taken after November 2019,” states the GR.Ashok Abhyankar, who runs the Abhyankar Shorthand and Computer Institute at Girgaon’s Prarthana Samaj said that the GR has brought in a good news. “We are not against computerisation. But the state government wants to merely bring in computers without any concrete curriculum in the subject. With this, institutes are compelled to teach the same things on the computer that they do on a typewriter. Unless there are advancements in the infrastructure, proper training and curriculum there is no point in discontinuing manual typing,” added Abhyankar.

Work on loan waiver in UP begins: Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh government has last week started the process to waive loans to the tune of Rs 36,000 crore of 86 lakh farmers of the state, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said here today. Distributing cards to beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) and free power connection scheme, he said around 60 lakh poor families in the state would get the electricity connection free of cost. He accused the previous Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) governments of failing to provide houses to poeple, saying “Our aim is to provide houses to 14 lakh people by 2019, and nine lakh houses would be given to poor people in rural areas. Attacking the previous governments, he said “the people in Uttar Pradesh were honest” but they are forced to resort to power theft as they had to spend huge amount of money for getting a new electricity connection. “But the BJP government had waived the charges, levied for getting a new electricity connections, which is being provided free of cost under this government, so that people could pay their power bills honestly,” Adityanath said. The UP chief minister also said that land mafia and mining mafia, which have been active in the state, would not be allowed to run their business and dealt with strictly. Taking a dig at those demanding a ban on playing of high decibel music during the annual kanwad yatra, he said everybody should celebrate each festival but it should not cause problem to others.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two SP MLCs resign; Akhilesh accuses BJP of indulging in political corruption from Bihar to UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday accused Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) of indulging in a political corruption, after two MLCs tendered their resignation.Bukkal Nawab, who is also a founder of Rashtriya Shia Samaj and Yashwant Singh resigned as MLCs.Speaking to media, Akhilesh Yadav said, “BJP is indulging in political corruption from Bihar to UP. People are watching everything.”The SP leader also said that he will speak to Bukkal Nawab.After resigning, singing favourable tune for UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s work Nawab said, “Bharatiya Janata Party is doing good work and PM Modi has given a good slogan of ‘Sabka sath, sabka vikas’. If they invite, then I might go with BJP. Yogi is also doing a good job in the state; at least there has not been any scam yet.””I am feeling very suffocated since last one-year. It is clear that when he (Akhilesh) is not with his own father then how can he be with the people,” said Nawab.He added that it doesn’t feel right while writing party’s name as Samajwadi Party, rather they should call it ‘Samajwadi Akhaada’, since it has become an arena now.Meanwhile, one Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLC Jaiveer Singh also gave up his post.(With ANI inputs)

Good Samaritans come to victims’ rescue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A number of social as well as other organisations have started sending food packets and other relief material for the thousands of people in flood- affected areas of north Gujarat.Volunteers at The Brahma Kumaris, Gandhinagar, prepared thousands of food packets and sent the same to the flood-affected with aid from government agencies.The Brahm Samaj distributed 5,000 water pouches and 1,500 food packets in villages around Himmatnagar. More than 1,500 food packets were also distributed in affected areas around Deesa.Shree Samast Gujarat Brahm Samaj has dispatched more than 5,000 food packets for distribution in the flood-affected areas. Samaj president Chaitanya Shambhu Maharaj said that they have also started a 24-hour helpline for flood victims.Various other NGOs and religious institutes have also prepared around 5 lakh food packages and water pouches to be sent to people in the affected areas.

Nitish is a dummy CM, Lalu is the actual CM of Bihar: Das

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today termed his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar as “dummy CM” and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad as the “actual CM” of Bihar. “The way Manmohan Singh was a dummy PM, while Sonia Gandhi was the actual PM during the UPA rule at the Centre, Nitish Kumar is a dummy CM and Lalu Prasad is the actual CM in the present grand alliance government (in Bihar),” Das said while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function organised by Tailik Sahu Samaj at the S K memorial hall to felicitate newly elected ward councillors and mayors. He also came down heavily on Lalu for “cheating the people” in the name of social justice for the past 20-25 years. Training his guns at Lalu Prasad and his family, Das alleged that the poor from the Yadav community still live in huts and eke out their livelihoods by selling milk, while the “fortunes of Lalu Prasad, Rabri Devi and Misa (Bharti) changed.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt shouldn’t compel farmers to become Naxals: Hardik

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel today said the government shouldn’t “compel farmers to become Naxals”. Patel, who had crossed swords with the BJP government in Gujarat during the agitation for OBC quota, also said that he didn’t recognise Narendra Modi as the prime minister of the country. He was speaking at `Kisan Maha-panchayat’ organised by Patidar Samaj (a Patidar organisation) at Narayangarh in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, which had witnessed an intense farmers’ agitation last month. When farm loans can be waived in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, why can’t it happen in Madhya Pradesh, he asked. “This country is run by farmers. Don’t compel farmers to become Naxals,” Patel said. Farmers would never have to face bullets if those sitting in Bhopal and Delhi were true leaders, he said, referring to death of five protesters in police firing in Mandsaur during the agitation last month. “I don’t recognise Narendra Modi as the prime minister of the country (Main Narendra Modi-ko desh-ka pradhan mantri nahi manta),” he said. Farmers in MP have paved the way for a nationwide farmers’ agitation, Patel said. Earlier, Madhya Pradesh Patidar Samaj president Mahendra Patidar told the gathering that the farmers’ agitation in the state was self-motivated. He also demanded that the state government should restart procurement of opium poppy husk (which is cultivated in the area) or the farmers would sell the crop to anyone who wants to buy it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

18 KP, Jammu organisations observe black day, hold protests

Seventeen organisations of displaced Kashmiri Pandits and political parties including All State Kashmir Pandit Conference (ASKPC), Panun Kashmir, All Party Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC), All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS), Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS), All India Kashmiri Pandit Conference (AIKPC), BJP, Jammu and Kahsmir National Panthers party (JKNPP) observed July 13 as black day and held protests demonstrations at various places. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kashmiri pandits observed a “black day” today and held demonstration and dharna at various places, including in the front of Raj Bhawan, here. The Jammu and Kashmir government observes July 13 as Martyr’s day, but the protestors said that it reminds of an infamous episode of large scale arson, loot and sectarian carnage against minority Hindus in Kashmir when 21 rebels who rose against the Maharaja’s (Dogra) rule were killed by the police for restoring law and order. Seventeen organisations of displaced Kashmiri Pandits and political parties including All State Kashmir Pandit Conference (ASKPC), Panun Kashmir, All Party Migrant Coordination Committee (APMCC), All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS), Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS), All India Kashmiri Pandit Conference (AIKPC), BJP, Jammu and Kahsmir National Panthers party (JKNPP) observed July 13 as black day and held protests demonstrations at various places.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Minister threatens to quit; backtracks after meeting CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Uttar Pradesh minister today threatened to resign if his demand for transferring the Ghazipur district magistrate was not met immediately, but soon backtracked after being mollified by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Om Prakash Rajbhar said he met the chief minister on his return from New Delhi and was assured by him that his concerns would be taken into consideration. “I had raised 19 issues. The chief minister accepted 17 of them. In view of his assurance, I withdraw my resignation threat. I also withdraw my plan to sit on dharna tomorrow,” Rajbhar, who holds the backward and handicapped welfare department portfolio, said. Asked about the remaining two demands, he said the chief minister has promised to look into them at a later stage. Rajbhar, who had spoken to the chief minister, had earlier rued that nothing had been done. “If my demand is not met, I will resign from the government. What is the use of remaining in the government if a minister is not heard,” he had said earlier in the day. Rajbhar is national president of the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBJP), a BJP ally that won four assembly seats in the 403-member House. He had also announced that he would sit on dharna in Ghazipur tomorrow to press for his demand for District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Khatri’s transfer. Khatri, he alleged, was not paying heed to the problems of the people. “We will be sitting on dharna in Ghazipur tomorrow for removal of the DM,” Rajbhar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP minister threatens to resign if DM not transferred

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Uttar Pradesh minister today threatened to resign if his demand for transferring the Ghazipur district magistrate was not met immediately. In what could be embarrassing for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Om Prakash Rajbhar said he had spoken to him but nothing had been done. “If my demand is not met, I will resign from the government. What is the use of remaining in the government if a minister is not heard,” said Rajbhar, national president of the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBJP), a BJP ally that won four assembly seats in the 403-member House. The backward and handicapped welfare minister had earlier announced he would sit on dharna in Ghazipur tomorrow to press for his demand for DM Sanjay Kumar Khatri’s transfer. Khatri, he alleged, was not paying heed to the problems of the people. “We will be sitting on dharna in Ghazipur tomorrow for removal of the DM,” Rajbhar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Loan waiver: Maha MLA says doesn’t want his loan waived

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Responding to Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil’s appeal to well-to-do farmers in the state to not avail the blanket loan waiver, an MLA of the ruling BJP’s ally Rashtriya Samaj Paksha today said he didn’t want his loan waived. The Rashtriya Samaj Paksha was part of the BJP-led “Mahayuti” (grand alliance) formed ahead of the 2014 assembly elections. RSP president Mahadev Jankar is currently a minister of state in the Devendra Fadnavis government. The party MLA Rahul Kul, who represents Daund constituency in Pune district, has written a letter to the revenue minister, stating that he be excluded from the waiver. Against the backdrop of farmers’ protests, the state government Sunday gave an in-principle approval to a complete but conditional loan waiver, a prominent demand of cultivators. However, in order to limit the scale of the waiver, which the government has to fund from its own resources, rich farmers are likely to be excluded from the ambit of the write-off. Patil had urged that farmers who have additional sources of income or are paying income tax should not avail the loan waiver and give it (loan waiver) back on lines of the domestic LPG gas subsidy. “I am a farmer and have been periodically repaying the instalments of money borrowed by me. I will continue to do so in future as well. I thus request you to exempt me from the loan waiver scheme,” Kul stated. He told reporters that he had borrowed a loan of Rs 20 lakh for his farm practices. “My family is financially capable to repay the loan. Hence, I have sought exclusion from the loan waiver as appealed by the revenue minister,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP Assembly: Adityanath says forget past gudges, Hriday Narayan Dikshit becomes Speaker

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday called for unanimity between the ruling government and the opposition, adding that there would not be no discrimination against the latter.’The government and the opposition should work together to live up to the expectations of the people. Keeping aside the grudges, we should think for 22 crore people who have voted us to power. We should work together to fulfil the promises of people,’ Adityanath said while addressing in Legislative Assembly. He further assured that any kind of discrimination against the opposition leaders would not be endorsed in the Parliament. ‘During the elections campaign the parties had hit out at each other, but I can assure that there will be no discrimination against the opposition parties in the House,’ he added. Adityanath further appealed to the opposition to co-operate with the government to bring development in the state and added, ‘We hope that peace in the assembly will be maintained.’ “The people of the state have given us the opportunity for the development of which we should take advantage. If we see the growth rate and development in the state then we can evaluate where we are standing today.So we need to work together to make this House a forum of discussion and an ideal of high democratic values,’ Adityanath said. Adityanath was addressing his first speech in the Lower House after being appointed as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.. Senior BJP leader Hriday Narayan Dixit was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.”Dixit has been declared as the new Speaker of the 17th Vidhan Sabha,” the Assembly secretariat said. A five-time MLA, Dixit (69) has earlier been minister for panchayati raj and parliamentary affairs. He was the leader of the BJP in the Legislative Council till recently. He is also a columnist and has a number of books to his credit.Dixit’s was the only nomination filed yesterday for the post. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was also present when it was filed. Congratulating Dixit, Adityanath expressed confidence that proceedings of the House would be conducted smoothly under his guidance. “Your Parliamentary knowledge, interest towards religion and philosophy and guidance to society on different issues…this House will definitely take pride from all this,” he said. “Over two dozen books written by you have been published…writing becomes very difficult in public life and therefore your creativity is all the more important…this House feels elated to get you as the Speaker,” he said. Stressing the importance of both the ruling party and opposition in the House, the chief minister said that though both had targeted each other during the election campaign, they are important pillars of democracy.People have sent them both for working together, he said. “I can assure you that this government, under your guidance, will not allow such things (differences to come in the way). We will work strongly to establish the traditions of democracy. We want the cooperation of our opposition parties also,” he said.Members of the most of the major political parties including BJP, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Congress, BJP’s allies Apana Dal and Suhel Dev Bharatiya Samaj Party and independent members had yesterday filed papers proposing and seconding the candidature of Dixit for the post. BJP member and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna’s proposal for the candidature of Dixit was seconded by his cabinet colleague Swami Prasad Maurya, Samajwadi Party’s Ram Govind Chaudhary and Rakesh Pratap Singh, BSP’s Lalji Verma and Sukhdev Rajbhar, Congress’s Aradhana Misra alias Mona and Ajay Kumar, among others.

BJP MLAs to meet in Lucknow today to elect UP CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Newly-elected BJP MLAs in Uttar Pradesh will be meeting in Lucknow on Saturday to elect the leader of the state legislature party.The meeting will be held at 4 pm at Lok Bhawan, state BJP spokesperson Manish Dixit said.Central observers – Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and national general secretary Bhupendra Yadav — will remain present at the meeting to elect the chief minister.BJP vice-president Om Mathur, state party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and other senior party leaders are also likely to attend the meet. “The new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh along with his Cabinet colleagues would take oath on March 19 at 5:00 pm at Kanshiram Smriti Upvan,” Governor Ram Naik had said in a statement on Friday.Union Minister Manoj Sinha, Home Minister and former state chief minister Rajnath Singh, Maurya and eight-time MLA from Shahjahanpur Suresh Khanna are being projected as the main contenders for the post by their partymen. All these leaders in their interactions with the media have played down their chances.Sinha was in Varanasi on Friday where he offered prayers at Sankatmochan temple.The BJP is forming government in the politically crucial state after a gap of 15 years.In the recently-concluded Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the party secured 312 seats in a 403-member house, while its allies Apna Dal (Soneylal) and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party got nine and four seats respectively. Samajwadi Party bagged 47 seats, while its ally the Congress stooped to its lowest tally with seven seats. Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party could manage to get only 19 seats in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly.With the BJP leadership often springing a surprise with its choice of state leaders like Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana, Vijay Rupani in Gujarat and now Trivendra Singh Rawat in Uttarakhand, sources have said that a relatively lesser known leader cannot be ruled out.The central observers will most likely inform the MLAs about the BJP top brass’ choice which will be subsequently endorsed at the meeting on Saturday. The BJP top brass has taken its time to decide on the UP Chief Minister after results were declared on March 11.The sources said the party is extra cautious as it is returning to power in Uttar Pradesh after a 15-year hiatus. Moreover, in view of Lok Sabha election in 2019, BJP cannot afford to take any wrong decision, said some party insiders when asked about the delay in declaring the CM’s name.After a stupendous win in the Assembly election, the party can ill afford to lower its guard. Uttar Pradesh sends 80 MPs to Lok Sabha and is extremely important in the BJP’s scheme of things. Party insiders said the overwhelming mandate has posed a fresh challenge for the BJP to meet sky-high expectations.

UP Elections 2017 Results: Mukhtar Ansari wins, son & brother lose

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mafia-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, contesting on BSP ticket, emerged winner from Mau assembly seat in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, while his son and brother, who contested from the same party, lost the polls.Ansari, who had merged his Quami Ekta Dal (QED) with BSP before polls and claimed to ensure victory for the party, managed 96,411 votes while his nearest rival Mahendra Rajbhar of Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party, an ally of BJP, polled 89,947 votes.However, Ansari’s son Abbas Ansari, who was in fray from Ghosi seat and brother Sibgatullah Ansari who had contested from Mohmadabad, bit the dust in the crucial hustings which saw Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) get bundled at 19 seats.In Ghosi, Abbas secured 81,295 votes and lost to BJP’s Fagu Chauhan who polled 88,298 votes, while Sibgatullah Ansari lost Mohammadabad seat to BJP’s Alka Rai, wife of Krishnanand Rai who was allegedly killed by Ansari. Alka secured 1,22,156 votes while Sibgatullah got 89,429 votes.While announcing QED’s merger with BSP, party supremo Mayawati had claimed the image of the Ansari family was being “maligned” by political rivals. They were being framed in “false cases”, she had said before fielding them as party candidates.Notably, in June last year, QED had announced merger with Samajwadi Party in presence of Shivpal Yadav, the then state unit president of the party. However, the move was soon cancelled after a vehement opposition by Akhilesh Yadav.This had led to a major fight between Akhilesh and his uncle Shivpal, culminating in a split in the party before they got back just in nick of time for the assembly polls.

91.3% – PM Modi’s report card for Uttar Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP President Amit Shah attributed the party’s stunning win in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling him the “tallest leader after independence”. Modi himself described the big victores as “very humbling and overwhelming”. Top leaders of the party, which captured power in UP with an unprecedented three-fourths majority, ascribed the win to the Modi government’s “pro-poor policies” like Jan Dhan and demonetisation. State BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya said the ‘Modi wave’ has catapulted the party to power in a big way.The Prime Minister campaigned extensively in the state and the election results show its effect.Here is a list of places where Prime Minister Modi held rallies. All but two constituencies saw BJP victories by a large margin. The two seats in which BJP was defeated include Kannauj, where Anil Kumar Dohare of Samajwadi Party won, and the Mau constituency, where BSP strongman Mukhar Ansari emerged victorious. In total Modi held 23 rallies in UP. 1. Feb 4: MeerutDR. GIRRAJ SINGH DHARMESH, Bharatiya Janata Party – 113178 GUTIYARI LAL DUWESH, Bahujan Samaj Party – 66853 MAMTA KAUDAN, Samajwadi Party – 646832. Feb 5: AligarhSANJEEV RAJA, Bharatiya Janata Party – 113752 ZAFAR ALAM, Samajwadi Party – 98312 MOHD ARIF, Bahujan Samaj Party – 257043. Feb 8: GhaziabadATUL GARG, Bharatiya Janata Party – 124201 SURESH BANSAL, Bahujan Samaj Party – 53696KK SHARMA, Indian National Congress – 396484. Feb 10: BijnoreSUCHI, Bharatiya Janata Party – 105548 RUCHI VIRA, Samajwadi Party – 78267 RASHID AHMAD, Bahujan Samaj Party – 497885. Feb 11: BadayunMAHESH CHANDRA GUPTA, Bharatiya Janata Party – 87314ABID RAZA KHAN, Samajwadi Party – 70847 BHUPENDRA SINGH, Bahujan Samaj Party – 326416. Feb 13: Lakhimpur KhiriYOGESH VERMA, Bharatiya Janata Party – 122677 UTKARSH VERMA MADHUR, Samajwadi Party – 84929SHASHIDHAR MISHRA NAAME MAHRAJ, Bahujan Samaj Party – 390687. Feb 15: KannaujANIL KUMAR DOHARE, Samajwadi Party – 99635BANWARI LAL DOHARE, Bharatiya Janata Party – 97181ANURAG SINGH, Bahujan Samaj Party – 441828. Feb 16: BarabankiDHARMRAJ SINGH YADAV URF SURESH YADAV, Samajwadi Party – 99453 SURENDRA SINGH, Bahujan Samaj Party – 69748 HAR GOVIND SINGH, Bharatiya Janata Party – 67112HardoiNITIN AGARWAL, Samajwadi Party – 97735 RAJA BUX SINGH, Bharatiya Janata Party – 92626DHARMVEER SINGH, Bahujan Samaj Party – 306289. Feb 19: FatehpurVIKRAM SINGH, Bharatiya Janata Party – 89481CHANDRA PRAKASH LODHI, Samajwadi Party – 57983 SAMEER TRIVEDI, Bahujan Samaj Party – 3554810. Feb 20: OraiGAURI SHANKAR, Bharatiya Janata Party – 140485 MAHENDRA SINGH, Samajwadi Party – 61606VIJAY CHAUDHARI, Bahujan Samaj Party – 57541Allahabad North HARSHVARDHAN BAJPAI, Bharatiya Janata Party – 89191ANUGRAH NARAIN SINGH, Indian National Congress – 54166 AMIT, Bahujan Samaj Party – 23388Allahabad South NAND GOPAL GUPTA NANDI, Bharatiya Janata Party – 93011PARVEZ AHMAD, Samajwadi Party – 64424MASOOQ KHAN, Bahujan Samaj Party – 12162Allahabad WestSIDHARTH NATH SINGH, Bharatiya Janata Party – 85518 RICHA SINGH, Samajwadi Party – 60182 POOJA PAL, Bahujan Samaj Party – 4049911. Feb 23: BahraichANUPMA JAISWAL, Bharatiya Janata Party – 87479 RUBAB SAYEDA, Samajwadi Party – 80777 AJEET PRATAP SINGH, Bahujan Samaj PartyBastiDAYARAM CHAUDHARY, Bharatiya Janata Party – 92697 MAHENDRA NATH YADAV, Samajwadi Party – 50103 JITENDRA KUMAR ALIAS NANDU CHAUDHARY, Bahujan Samaj Party – 4953812. Feb 24: GondaPRATEEK BHUSHAN SINGH, Bharatiya Janata Party – 58254 MO. JALEEL KHAN, Bahujan Samaj Party – 46576 SURAJ SINGH, Samajwadi Party – 4147713. Feb 27: MauMUKHTAR ANSHARI, Bahujan Samaj Party – 96793 MAHENDRA RAJBHAR, Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party – 88095 ALTAF ANSARI, Samajwadi Party – 7201614. Mar 1: DeoriaJANMEJAI SINGH, Bharatiya Janata Party – 88030 J.P. JAISWAL, Samajwadi Party – 41794 ABHAY NATH TRIPATHI, Bahujan Samaj Party – 29218MaharajganjJAIMANGAL, Bharatiya Janata Party – 125154 NIRMESH MANGAL, Bahujan Samaj Party – 56793 ALOK PRASAD, Indian National Congress – 502115. Mar 3: MirzapurRATNAKAR MISHR, Bharatiya Janata Party – 109196KAILASH CHAURASIYA, Samajwadi Party – 51784 MO. PARVEZ KHAN, Bahujan Samaj Party – 4995516. Mar 4: JaunpurGIRISH CHANDRA YADAV, Bharatiya Janata Party – 90324NADEEM JAVED, Indian National Congress – 78040 DINESH TANDAN, Bahujan Samaj Party – 4187717. Mar 5: Kashi VidyapeethVaranasi Townhall Cantt SAURABH SRIVASTAVA, Bharatiya Janata Party – 132609 ANIL SRIVASTAVA, Indian National Congress – 71283RIJWAN AHMAD, Bahujan Samaj Party – 14118NorthRAVINDRA JAISWAL, Bharatiya Janata Party – 116017 ABDUL SAMAD ANSARI, Indian National Congress – 70515 SUJEET KUMAR MAURYA, Bahujan Samaj Party – 32574South DR. NEELKANTH TIWARI, Bharatiya Janata Party – 92560RAJESH MISHRA, Indian National Congress – 75334RAKESH TRIPATHI, Bahujan Samaj Party – 592218. Mar 6: RohaniyaSURENDRA NARAYAN SINGH, Bharatiya Janata Party – 119885MAHENDRA SINGH PATEL, Samajwadi Party – 62332 PRAMOD KUMAR SINGH, Bahujan Samaj Party – 30531

BJP, allies poised to make a clean sweep in Varanasi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP and its allies appear poised to sweep all the five assembly segments which together form Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency as well as the three adjoining ones falling in the district. As per trends available till noon, the BJP is leading by a comfortable margin in all the three urban seats it had won in 2012 – Varanasi Cantt, Varanasi South and Varanasi North. Modi had camped in his constituency for three days, held roadshows and addressed several rallies to reach out to voters in the district. The party is also heading towards victory in the predominantly rural Rohaniya, a seat where the party had polled less than 10 per cent votes five years ago. The party candidate here has established a comfortable lead of over 10,000 votes. In Pindra, which falls under Machhlishahr Lok Sabha seat, the party has established a lead of more than 15,000 votes. The BJP’s allies Apna Dal (Soney Lal) and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party too have respectively established handsome leads in Sevapuri, which falls under Varanasi, and Ajagara, which comes under Chandauli.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

We will accept Akhilesh Yadav’s decision SP leaders on alliance with BSP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hours after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav hinted at an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party leaders said the decision of their national president will be accepted in every manner. ?The results will be in front of us on March 11 and I believe that the Samajwadi Party will form the government with majority. As far as alliance with the BSP is concerned, whatever our party leader Akhilesh Yadav decides, we will accept it,? Samajwadi Party spokesperson Juhi Singh told ANI. Meanwhile, another Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Aggarwal said that the Congress and the Samajwadi Party have same ideologies; therefore, they will definitely form the government in Uttar Pradesh. ?The Congress and we are of the same ideology and, therefore, we will form the government with majority. Akhilesh ji won’t let the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) run Uttar Pradesh through a remote control and will use full force to stop them. We are even ready to make sacrifices if needed,? he added. Earlier, in what can be termed as a grand revelation, Akhilesh Yadav hinted at sewing an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), if need be, in order to form the state government, and most importantly, in a bid to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out of fray. “We are sure that the SP-Congress will win maximum seats in the assembly. But, we don’t know about the circumstances after results. So, let’s see, if it’s required to form a government… Nobody would want President?s rule in the state and that the BJP runs it through a remote control. Nobody would want that,” Akhilesh told a TV Channel when asked about the possibility of the alliance. This comes close on the heels of March 11, when the results of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections come out.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uttarakhand polls: Voting on Karnaprayag seat underway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Voting on Uttarakhand’s Karnaprayag seat is underway.The voting was postponed for March 9 after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Kuldeep Singh Kanwasi died in a road accident.Kanwasi met the tragic fate when his car fell into a gorge in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on February 12.A total of 628 candidates are in the fray for the single phase polling in the hill state.The results of the polls will be out on March 11.

Those charged with heinous crime shouldn’t contest polls Neelam Katara

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate from Ayodhya seat, Bazmi Siddiqui, booked for gang rape, social activist Neelam Katara on Sunday said those charged with heinous crime should have the moral responsibility not to contest the elections. ?Any one charged with a heinous crime, be it murder, kidnap, dacoit or rape should not be allowed to contest the elections. He should himself step down if his party does not ask him to do so,? Katara told ANI. She asserted that a law should be made to ensure that those accused of such crimes do not fight the elections. ?This is a time of elections and, therefore, it is coming up now, but these incidents happen all the time and nobody pays heed,? said Katara. ?A message is going to the common man that to be a big politician one needs to be a big criminal, which I think is very wrong,? she emphasized. Katara further said the hands of the police are tied. ?The system needs changes, which the politicians are not willing to bring. The police are completely controlled by the state. So, there is no solution,? she asserted. A case of gang-rape and robbery was registered against Siddiqui, who is contesting from Ayodhya and seven other accused here. “Seeing the huge lead of the BSP in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, our opponents are frustrated and are trying to frame me in false cases,” Siddiqui told ANI. A similar case was filed against him earlier, but no evidence was found to prove the charges. “She is the same woman who had filed a case against me earlier, now she has filed another case. Earlier also police probed the matter and didn’t find any proof against me. This time also they are not going to get any evidence,” Siddiqui said, while claiming that he was in Lucknow from past two days, when the incident is said to have taken place.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP Elections 2017: BSP candidate from Ayodha Bazmi Siddiqui booked for rape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bahujan Samaj Party candidate from Ayodhya seat, Bazmi Siddiqui and his six aides were booked by the police for allegedly raping a woman. Five of his accused associates have been arrested, the police said, even as Siddiqui claimed the case was a political conspiracy against him. The complainant has alleged that Siddiqui and his men forcibly entered her house in Purani Sabzi Mandi locality of Faizabad city under Kotwali police station area late last night. They allegedly beat up the woman and her family members and then took turns to rape her, police said. Faizabad SSP Anant Dev told PTI that five of the accused men have been arrested and police teams were conducting raids to locate and arrest Siddiqui and one of his aides. When contacted, Siddiqui told PTI over phone, “There is a BSP wave in the ongoing elections and I am winning. So the opposition parties are conspiring against me.” The complainant has alleged that Siddiqi had raped her three months ago also but the local police “managed” to save him. A physically-challenged relative of the woman said he was also badly beaten up when he opposed Siddiqui and his men. Police said Siddiqi has several cases of crimes registered against him in Faizabad and Lucknow.Siddiqi made news during the ongoing UP assembly election after media reported him as first Muslim candidate fielded by BSP on Ayodhya seat.

BSP should introspect before talking about terrorism BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hitting back at Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati for referring Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah as a terrorist, the saffron party on Friday said that those who give tickets to gangster-turned politician like Mukhtar Ansari should not talk about terrorism. ?Who give ticket to people like Mukhtar Ansari, it would be better if they do not talk about terrorism,? BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi told ANI. She further said that Mayawati has been the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh before and people are aware of the administration condition of that time. ?Such reactions show their frustration as they are aware of the fact that they are going to lose the election,? Lekhi said. She, however, said that personal attacks are a part of politics, but should not take place as per the norms. Earlier, launching a scathing attack at Amit Shah over his ‘Kasab’ remark, Mayawati said, ?there is no bigger ‘Kasab’ (terrorist) than the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president.? The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh further said Amit Shah’s Kasab statement shows the cheapness of the saffron party. The BJP president drew flak from the opposition for devising ‘KASAB’ as an acronym for describing Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). “In the last fifteen years, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) governments have ruined Uttar Pradesh. The two were enough for destruction, however, a third one has also arrived. The population of UP must get rid of this KASAB, and by this I mean – ‘Ka’ for Congress, ‘S’ for SP and ‘B’ for…,” Shah said while addressing a rally in Chauri Chaura. While he didn’t clearly mention the BSP, there was no denial from his side when the audience shouted ‘BSP’.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP election 2017: Supporters of BSP, SP clash in Mahoba, four including Samajwadi Party candidate’s son injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least four people including Samajwadi Party candidate Siddhgopal Sahu’s son were injured after a clash between SP and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supporters broke out in Mahoba.According to Zee News, the son was shot has is gravely injured. He has been taken to Kanpur hospital. Sahu’s family has blamed Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Aridarman Singh’s for the incident.Meanwhile, voting for the fourth phase on 53 constituencies is underway in Uttar Pradesh.Other than Bundelkhand and Rae Bareli districts going to polls in this phase are Allahabad, Chitrakoot, Banda, Fatehpur, Hamirpur, Jalaun, Jhansi, Kaushambi, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Pratapgarh. The voting started at 7.00 am., and will end at 5 00 pm. Elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure free and fair polling. Inter district and inter-state borders have been sealed.Patrolling by security forces has been intensified in poll bound areas. Most of the polling centers are manned by Central Para Military Forces. BJP is contesting 48 seats out of 53. It has left 6 seats for its ally Apana Dal. BSP has fielded its nominees in all segments, while SP is contesting 30 seats and its ally Congress 25.

Staying Ansari’s release, the high court said it will

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>take up the matter on February 20, by when the accused should file his response to the poll panel’s plea. Ansari, who recently joined Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to contest from the Mau assembly constituency in UP, was granted custody parole till March 4, enabling him to campaign in the elections. The accused, while seeking the relief, had told the trial court that he has been in judicial custody since December 2005 and was granted parole to contest polls earlier too. Ansari, who has been elected from the Mau constituency for a record four times, had submitted that he had never misused the parole. Meanwhile, the poll panel submitted before the high court that besides releasing him on parole, the trial court has also asked the authorities to provide him security along with the personnel carrying AK-47 rifles. The panel also said it may create fear in the mind of the voters, if Ansari is allowed to roam like that. The BSP welcomed jailed gangster-politician Ansari and his family after his Qaumi Ekta Dal merged with the party, ahead of crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. The 2005 murder case was transferred from Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh to Delhi by the Supreme Court in 2013 on a plea filed by Alka Rai, wife of Krishnanand Rai. Ansari, who is presently lodged in Lucknow jail, had over 40 criminal cases against him, including murder and kidnapping.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Will free UP from ‘jungle raj’, corruption Mayawati @ 2/12/2017 10:57:23 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Promising to free Uttar Pradesh from the prevailing ?jungle raj? and corruption, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Sunday said that if her party comes to power then an inspection will be done of all major economic decisions taken during the Samajwadi Party?s rule and apt action will be taken. Continuing her tirade against the Samajwadi Party, the former chief minister assured a thorough investigation into all government job-related recruitments made during Akhilesh Yadav?s tenure. Mayawati also used the occasion to woo the farming community and other small-scale workers while promising to waive off the debt under Rs. one lakh if she comes to power. Mayawati, who was addressing an election rally in Hardoi, also assured the voters that the BSP would no more invest in construction of any statue or museum in the state. ?If my party comes to power, all efforts will be directed towards protection of local residents,? she added. She also promised to give a generous section of the state?s budget for development and welfare of Hardoi. The seven-phase voting in Uttar Pradesh began on February 11 and will conclude on March 8. Votes in the politically crucial state will be declared on March 11.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP election 2017: Little known parties matter in state’s cow belt politics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first two phases of polling in western Uttar Pradesh will decide the electoral fortune of several lesser known political parties representing certain castes and sub-castes whose votes become crucial in cow belt politics.These parties are hitherto less known in the country’s political spectrum, but come elections they play a key role as they can decide the prospect of a candidate, especially this time when the stakes are very high.Some of the leaders, who have named their parties after their castes to garner votes, have termed big political parties as ‘bahri’ (outsider).Some of these caste-based parties are also testing their popularity in eastern Uttar Pradesh, seeking to extend their territory. ALSO READ UP Elections 2017: SP vs BSP – Muslim leaders conduct battle royale for community’s vote in stateMahila Shashtkikaran Party leaders are raising the issue of women safety which is most talked about in western parts of the state, while Brij Kranti Dal leaders plan to cash in on the sentiments related to Brij Land history and are being seen to have popular acceptance in districts like Mathura and adjoining areas.While Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) is not in the fray this time, there are a number of small parties championing the cause of farmers and helping big parties to garner votes by highlighting their farm policies and promises.Outfits like Bhartiya Vanchit Samaj Party, Bhartiya Karyastha Sena, Kisan Mazdoor Suraksha Party and Bhartiya Bhaichara Party are toiling hard to make their presence on the state’s electoral map.These parties mostly harp on issues related to the downtrodden sections of the society. Some of these came into existence post Muzaffarnagar riots and talk about communal harmony.While the first of seven-phase polling for 73 seats in 15 districts is over, the second phase of polling on February 15 will cover 67 seats in 11 districts — all in western Uttar Pradesh.Outfits like little-known Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party or Janwadi Party (Socialist), headed by Sanjay Singh Chauhan, matter for mainstream political parties like BJP and Congress because of the support they enjoy among certain castes.The Paschimi Uttar Pradesh Vikas Party is raising the issues that have not been touched upon by major parties.Apna Dal headed by Union minister Anupriya Patel is already an NDA ally, is contesting some 10 seats in western UP though it did not win a single seat in the belt last time.Seeking to leave their mark in state politics, Peace Party, Nishad Party and Mahan Dal are also in the fray.OBCs are roughly 44% of UP’s electorate, Dalits 21%, Muslims 19%, and upper castes 16%. Yadavs, the core of the SP’s base, are numerically and socially dominant among OBCs.But the 200-odd non-Yadav OBCs together account for over double the Yadav population. They include Kurmis, Koeris, Lodhs, Jats and Sunars, while Pasis and Valmikis are the large groups among Dalits. ALSO READ Raincoat jibe: Rahul says PM interested in ‘peeping into bathroom of people’, BJP hits back Perhaps with this factor in mind, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently cleared the file carrying names of 17 Other Backward Castes for inclusion in the Scheduled Castes list.The 17 sub-castes which the government wants included in the SC category are Kahar, Kashyap, Kewat, Nishad, Bind, Bhar, Prajapati, Rajbhar, Batham, Gauriya, Turha, Majhi, Mallah, Kumhar, Dheemar, Dheewar and Machhua.Though individually each has a very small vote share, yet together, they make up a significant chunk of votes.The Peace Party of India (PPI), which had won four seats in last elections in 2012, has its support base among Muslims.The Nishad Party banks on votes of fishermen in parts of eastern UP where the Nishad community has sizeable presence.The Mallah community, which makes up around 4.5% votes, is divided into 27 sub-castes, and has a good presence in roughly 125 constituencies along the rivers in UP, where they contribute to the victory and defeat of candidates.Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party enjoys support among Rajbhar caste, while Mahan Dal has emerged as an important player in places like Badaun, Etah, Bareilly, Shahjahanpur and Farrukhabad.The party enjoys support among politically active Shakya, Maurya, Kushwaha and Saini communities.BJP recently inducted the former BSP national secretary Swamy Prasad Maurya in the party, and made another Maurya leader, Keshav Prasad Maurya, its state unit chief.Kurmis – with surnames like Verma, Patel and Gangwar and weavers (both Hindu – Tanti, and Muslism – Momin) are the most aggressively wooed communities as they are the biggest among the smaller castes in the state.The ruling Samajwadi Party is not oblivious to the need to reach out to non-Yadavs. Perhaps that is the reason why SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav brought back his friend-turned-foe and prominent Kurmi leader Beni Prasad Verma and made him Rajya Sabha MP.

Uttar Pradesh: BJP wins three graduate MLC seats

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the ongoing Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won all three MLC seats in Kanpur, Gorakhpur and Bareilly.The three seats won by BJP are graduate MLC seats.Meanwhile, voting is being held in 73 assembly constituencies spread across 15 districts of the state.With elaborate security arrangements being made to ensure smooth polling, the state will vote for 839 candidates at 26,823 polling stations today.While Samajwadi Party (SP) is hoping to retain its power, the Congress, with a political merger with the former, hopes to resurrect its position. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are, however, trying to regain their lost glory in the politically-crucial state.Voting in Uttar Pradesh will be conducted in seven phases – February 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, March 4 and 8. The counting of votes will take place on March 11.

SDPO injured as Kurmi Samaj activists threw stones

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Jhargram was injured when activists of the Adivasi Kurmi Samaj today threw stones on policemen when they were prevented from blocking the railway tracks at Sardiaha in West Midnapore district today. Police sources said the activists of the Adivasi Kurmi Samaj tried to block the train movement between Kharagpur and Jamshedpur by blocking the tracks at Sardiaha but a police team led by SDPO Vivek Verma prevented them from blocking the tracks. The activists of the Kurmi samaj threw stones on policemen. One of the stones hit the SDPO who suffered an injury in the nose, police said. Police then dispersed the activists of the Kurmi samaj from the spot. Activists of the Adivasi Kurmi Samaj area demanding that they be included in the Scheduled Tribe list.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

May take step to ban triple talaq after UP polls: Ravi Shankar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said the government may take a major step to ban triple talaq after the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Speaking at a press conference here yesterday, he said the tradition denies respect for women and it needs to be banned. “The government may take a major step to ban triple talaq after the UP Assembly polls,” the Union Law Minister said. The central government is committed to end the “evil social practice”, he said, adding that it will raise the issue in Supreme Court on three points. Prasad said this issue is not related to religion but involves respect and dignity of women. The government respects faith but worship and social evil cannot coexist, he added. “We are the only party which respects women. Neither do other parties offer a good place to women nor do they respect them,” Prasad said. The minister attacked Bahujan Samaj Party, saying it should rise above caste politics and respect women.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati?s ideology is not dangerous unlike the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and added that he has immense respect for the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister despite the fact that her government made some mistakes during its rule in the state. ?I have an immense respect for Bahujana Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati ji. The BSP worked efficiently during its reign and also committed some mistakes, but still I respect Mayawati ji,? he told the media during a joint press briefing with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Gandhi lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) while accusing the saffron party of making one Indian fight against the other. ?Their (BJP) ideology is dangerous for our country. We want to end the politics of anger perpetuated by the RSS-BJP. This Samajwadi Party-Congress partnership is an answer to politics of division and hate,? Gandhi said. ?But Mayawati’s ideology is not of any danger to us. We will show the BJP that you cannot divide this country, cannot trample over people and win elections,? he added. Meanwhile, when asked whether Mayawati?s BSP could have been part of the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, Akhilesh in a sarcastic tone said, ?How do we give her space, her election symbol itself is an elephant.? Uttar Pradesh will be voting for a new state assembly in a seven-phase election between February 11 and March 8. Out of the 403 assembly seats, Congress will be contesting in 105 seats and the Samajwadi Party will field its candidates in rest of the 298 seats.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mayawati advises Congress to ally with smaller parties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bahujan Samaj Party chief, Mayawati, lambasted her political opponents on Saturday, sparing not even PM Modi, whom she described as high-handed and autocrat. Addressing a press conference here, Mayawati said the Modi government may be blowing its own trumpet but the reality is that in its two-and-a-half years in power, it has not been able to fulfil even one-fourth of its promises. She said the BJP was in such a weak position in Uttar Pradesh that it could not even name a chief ministerial candidate.Taking a dig at the Congress, Mayawati said the party should take a lesson from Bihar and maintain a distance from the SP. It should, instead, forge and alliance with smaller parties, she said. Many Congress workers were not happy with the alliance, she said.The BSP chief said that the so-called feud in Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family in UP was nothing but a ‘drama’ to hide the failures of CM Akhilesh Yadav. The SP government, she said, had miserably failed on the law and order front. Citing the communal incidents in Muzaffarnagar, Mathura, Bulandshahr, and Dadri, she said the SP had created an environment of terror in the state. All sorts of crimes have increased – be it encroachment, violence against women, murders or, kidnappings, she said.

UP Elections 2017: Congress, Samajwadi Party are sinking boats, says Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a dig at the breakup of the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Congress alliance, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Saturday said both the parties are like sinking boats.”The Congress and SP are sinking boats. It is difficult for the SP to return to power,” said Mayawati while addressing the media here.Alleging the SP of goondaism by recalling Muzaffarnagar riots and Bulandshahr rape case, Mayawati said the crime rates increased under their regime.”SP has always encourage crime. People of Uttar Pradesh cannot forget Muzaffarnagar riots, Bulandshahr rape,” she said.”The SP government itself comprises criminals,” she added.Taking a dig at the Congress as well, the BSP supremo said the news of alliance has exposed selfish motive of the former.Mayawati reiterated that the people of UP would not vote for the Samajwadi Party and that she will ensure that victory is marked by the BSP in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections.Taking a jibe at the two factions of the Samajwadi Party, Mayawati said the groups will lead to the defeat of each other in the upcoming elections.

UP election 2017: Mulayam Singh aide Ambika Chaudhary joins Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly election, Mulayam Singh’s aide Ambika Chaudhary has joined the Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).”I have resigned from SP and all positions related to the party and have dedicated myself completely to BSP now,” said Chaudhary. The ruling party released first list of 191 candidates on Friday covering the first three phases of the seven-phase polling beginning on February 11. It later released a list of second list of 19 candidates for the same.The highlight of the list is inclusion of names of several Akhilesh Yadav loyalists who were left out in an earlier list of candidates that his father Mulayam Singh Yadav had released last month. The inclusion of Shivpal in today’s list of candidates indicates reconciliation between father and son. A defiant Akhilesh had last month announced his own candidates after his father’s list did not accommodate many of his key aides.Meanwhile Mayawati continued to attack the SP saying that the Yadav family battle that played out ahead of the polls was a farce.

BJP launches scathing attack on Mayawati, says she is not daughter of Dalits but of wealth

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday launched a scathing attack on Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) supremo Mayawati, saying that she is a daughter of money and added that by blaming the saffron party she is trying to gain sympathy among voters.”Everyone in Uttar Pradesh knows that Mayawati is not daughter of ‘Dalit’ but of wealth. By putting allegations on the Bharatiya Janata Party just before the elections, she is just trying to garner sympathy from voters,” said BJP MP Jagdambika Pal.Earlier BSP chief Mayawati cautioned voters that neither an Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance nor a united SP can check BJP and that only her party would render a crushing blow to Modi government by defeating the saffron party in UP so that it does not take “immature” steps like the note ban.Stressing that BJP has no moral right to level allegations against opponents and their family members and their business, she said its has crossed all limits of decency following political rivalry and started making such allegations just before the Assembly electionMayawati said her family members had been doing their small business since the past several years but BJP found the shortcomings in them only at election time although they had been at the helm at the Centre for the past over two years.

Ahead of UP polls, semi-automatic rifles, Rs 6 lakh recovered from BSP’s candidate in Aligarh

Sat, 7 Jan 2017-10:07am , Aligarh , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aligarh Police has seized Rs 6 lakhs and two semi-automatic licensed rifles from the vehicle of Bahujan Samaj Party’s Chharra, Aligarh candidate Mohd Sageer.The weapons were recovered from the BSP candidate’s vehicle yesterday during a routine check for violation of model code of conduct.As per the reports, besides, the weapons seizure, police personnel removed 40 hooters and flags from vehicles belonging of political parties, as they violated the poll code.

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