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Rajinikanth takes the plunge: From Amitabh Bachchan to Vinod Khanna, 11 Bollywood stars who joined politics

Announcing his political debut, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday said he will launch his own party which will contest all 234 constituencies in the next assembly polls in Tamil Nadu. The actor, who enjoys a cult status in the Tamil cinema, is the latest in the long line of cinestars who have influenced politics in the Southern state.In India, people from all walks of life – from sports to glamour – have tried their luck in politics. While some have been quite successful and reached the highest echelons of power, the same can not be said about others. While politics in southern states is more accommodating to filmstars, the bumpy road of politics is less suited for people from Hindi film industry.While actors like Sunil Dutt and Shatrughan Sinha had a successful career as politicians, political journey of Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda had a premature death. Here we list some of the Bollywood A-listers who took the political plunge:Also readTamil Nadu: Rajinikanth to float political party, says, will contest next assembly polls1- Sunil Dutt: As an actor, Sunil Dutt ruled Bollywood in 1970s and 80s with back to back hits. After a successful film career, the actor decided to join politics in 1984 and contested his first Lok Sabha election from Mumbai North West seat on a Congress ticket. Preoccupied with a case against his son Sanjay Dutt, Sunil did not contest 1996 and 1998 elections. He decided to again contest Lok Sabha election in 1999 and won. Later, he won from the same seat in 2000 and 2004 as well. After the Congress formed a government at the Centre in 2004, Sunil Dutt became a Union minister for the first time. He was given the charge of Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. During his political career, he appeared in brief roles in several films with the last being Munna Bhai MBBS starring his son Sanjay. He died on May 25, 2005. 2- Shatrughan Sinha: Known by his many nicknames, Shatrughan Sinha gave several hit films in the 1970s and 1980s before joining politics in early 1990s. He often describes his first election as a mistake as he contested against his friend Rajesh Khanna on the insistence of senior BJP leader LK Advani. He lost the by-election for New Delhi Lok Sabha seat to Khanna. He was later sent to Rajya Sabha by the BJP in 1996 and 2002. In 2003, he was made the Minister of Health and Family Welfare and was later shifted to the Ministry of Shipping. He contested from the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar during the 2009 general elections and defeated Shekhar Suman. He won from the seat in 2014 as well. Currently, the politician-actor has been sidelined by the BJP leadership and often takes anti-party stance on Twitter. 3- Rajesh Khanna: Hailed as India’s first superstar after 15 consecutive solo superhits between 1969 and 1972, Rajesh Khanna first campaigned for the Congress party in 1984 general elections. His first electoral battle was against BJP stalwart Lal Krishna Advani from the New Delhi Lok Sabha seat in 1991. He narrowly lost to Advani by nearly 1500 votes. He, however, got a chance to contest from the seat only a year later when Advani resigned to retain his Gandhinagar seat. This time, his fight was with his Bollywood friend Shatrughan Sinha. He won the seat by over 26,000 votes but never forgave Sinha for contesting against him. This was his last electoral battle. He died on July 18, 2012.4- Raj Babbar: Known for his roles in films like ‘Insaaf Ka Taraazu,’ ‘Nikaah’ and ‘Aankhen,’ Raj Babbar entered politics by joining VP Singh-led Janata Dal in 1989. He later joined Samajwadi Party and was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1994. He contested his first Lok Sabha election on Samajwadi Party ticket in 1999 from Agra and was re-elected in 2004. He was suspended from the SP for targeting the then party general secretary Amar Singh. He joined the Congress party in 2008 and contested Firozabad by-election in 2009.In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he lost to General VK Singh from Ghaziabad. He was appointed the president of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) ahead of the Assembly elections in early 2017. He is very much active in the politics and campaigns extensively for the party in different states. 5- Dharmendra: Known for his roles in ‘Phool Aur Pathhar,’ ‘Chupke Chupke’ and ‘Sholay,’ Dharmendra joined active politics in 2004 and contested his first election from Bikaner Lok Sabha seat in Rajasthan on a BJP ticket. He won the election by over 50,000 votes. He, however, stayed away from the political limelight and did not contest the next election. He has since stayed away from active politics. 6- Hema Malini: A trained Bharatanatyam dancer and star of many hit Bollywood films, Hema Malini campaigned for the BJP in 1999 Lok Sabha elections. She was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 2003 before officially joining the BJP in 2004. She held many posts in the party and was made official candidate of the BJP from Mathura in 2004. She defeated RLD’s Jayant Chaudhary by over 3 lakh votes. She actively participates in Lok Sabha proceedings as BJP member. 7- Jaya Prada: Known for her roles in ‘Sharaabi’ and ‘Aakhree Raasta’ opposite Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Prada gave many hit films in Hindi and regional cinema before joining the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1994 at the invitation of its founder NT Rama Rao. She held many posts in the party but left the TDP to join Samajwadi Party after differences with the party chief N Chandrababu Naidu. She contested from Rampur Lok Sabha seat in UP during the 2004 general elections on a Samajwadi Party ticket and was elected with a margin of more than 85000 votes.She is known to be close to ex-Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh who was once General Secretary of the Samajwadi Party. She. along with Singh was expelled from the party in 2010. The two floated their own party, Rashtriya Lok Manch, in 2011. She contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from the Bijnor seat on an RLD ticket but lost. 8- Amitabh Bachchan: A long-time friend of Rajiv Gandhi, Amitabh Bachchan joined politics in 1984 at the peak of his career. He contested from Allahabad Lok Sabha seat against HN Bahuguna and won by polling 68.2% of the total votes. He quit politics after his name appeared in the Bofors scandal. He later grew close to Samajwadi Party but never officially joined the party. 9- Jaya Bachchan: In 1984, when Amitabh Bachchan contested from Allahabad Lok Sabha seat, his wife Jaya went around the city asking for votes as “moohdikhai” – the traditional gift to a bride on her unveiling the face for the first time – as the city was her in-laws’ home. She did not join active politics until her family grew close to the Samajwadi Party in light of Bachchans’ friendship with Amar Singh. She was first elected to Rajya Sabha in 2004 as a Samajwadi Party candidate and has since been the member of the Upper House of the Parliament. 10- Vinod Khanna: The Bollywood actor who wore many suits during his life including that of a monk, Vinod Khanna joined active politics in 1997 and contested from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency on a BJP ticket. He was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the same seat in 1999. He was made the Minister for Culture and Tourism in July 2002 and was later shifted to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as Minister of State. He won the re-election from Gurdaspur in 2004 but lost the seat to Congress’ Partap Singh Bajwa in 2009. He won the seat again in 2014 and remained an MP until his death on April 27, 2017.11- Govinda: After a successful career in films, in 2004, Govinda decided to take a plunge into politics. He contested from Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency on a Congress ticket against five-term incumbent and Union Minister Ram Naik. He won the seat by over 50,000 votes. He, however, was heavily criticised for his absenteeism from the Parliament. He was also said to be inaccessible to his constituents while he continued with his film career, giving hits like Partner. He did not seek re-election in 2009 and has shown no interest in politics since then.

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EVM row: Samajwadi Party to hold talks with opposition parties next month

Deliberations will be held to chalk out a strategy for getting future elections conducted through ballot papers instead of EVMs, Chaudhary said, adding that invitations would be extended to the Congress, the BSP, the Left parties and the Aam Aadmi Party, among others. ”
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Samajwadi Party workers protest at station, slam PM Modi, CM Yogi Adityanath for taking credit

Nearly 200 workers of the Samajwadi Party (SP) stormed into the Botanical Garden Metro station in Noida on Monday and boarded a train as a mark of protest against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for taking all the credit for the newly inaugurated Magenta Line. The line was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.Nearly a 100 SP workers led by party leader Surendra Singh Nagar reached the Metro station in the evening to stage the protest. They alleged that the work on the project was started by former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, but the PM and the present CM were taking credit for it.”We travelled by Metro train to Kalindi Kunj and returned and told people that the Magenta Line was started by the SP government. Instead taking full credit, the current government should have praised Yadav for the gift of Metro that he gave to the people,” Nagar said.On Monday, PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Delhi Metro Magenta Line, which connects Noida to Kalkaji Temple. The PM was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who made his maiden visit to Noida and broke the much-hyped “jinx”of CMs not visiting the district.

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Amit Shah takes ‘moral victory’ dig at Congress after BJP’s win in 3 out of 5 by-polls

After winning the by-elections in three out of five constituencies on Sunday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Amit Shah took on the Congress party, saying he was hoping the latter wouldn’t claim a ‘moral victory’ on Sunday too, as it did in the case of the recently-concluded assembly polls in Gujarat.Shah took to Twitter and posted, “I hope Congress leaders won’t claim a ‘moral victory’ even today. After being rejected by Gujarat and Himachal, they have been rejected by people in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. People do not want to accept the corruption and misgovernance of Congress.”Shah’s comments have come after Congress called Gujarat elections results a massive jolt for BJP and a ‘moral victory’ for them.As opposed to its target of 150, the BJP had won 99 seats in Gujarat.Today’s by-elections were held in five constituencies.Sidelines AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran won the RK Nagar (Tamil Nadu) by-polls as an independent candidate.Trinamool Congress’ Gita Rani Bhunia won the Sabang Assembly constituency bypoll by a whopping margin over her nearest rival Rita Mondal of CPM.In Uttar Pradesh’s Sikandra seat, BJP’s Ajit Pal Singh defeated Samajwadi Party’s Seema Sachan by more than 7,000 votes.In Arunachal Pradesh’s Pakke-Kessang, BJP candidate BR Waghe eked out a narrow victory, in a contest against former Deputy Chief Minister Kameng Dolo, who fought on a Congress ticket.In the Likabali seat, BJP candidate Kardo Nyigyor won over Gumke Riba of the Peoples Party of Arunachal.

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Sikandra bypoll: BJP retains seat, wins by 7000 votes

The Yogi Adityanath led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continued its good show in Uttar Pradesh as it comfortably won the Sikandra bypoll on Sunday. BJP won the Sikandra Assembly by defeating Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party by 7,000 votes.The bypoll was held after the seat fell vacant as sitting BJP MLA Mathura Prasad Pal passed away on July 22 . The BJP then nominated Pal’s son Ajit Pal Singh against Samajwadi Party’s Seema Sachan and Congress’ Prabhakar.Around 12 candidates were in fray including five independents in the Sikandra constituency which falls in Kanpur Dehat district. Around 53% of 3.21 lakh total electorate had cast their votes in the by election.The Kanpur Dehat district is mainly known for bandit queen Phoolan Devi’s vengeance after her rape in 1981 Behmai massacre where she and her gang killed 21 upper caste Rajpats.

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Centre defends Special Court move to try politicians

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley supported the Supreme Court’s recent direction to the Centre to set up special courts to deal with criminal cases involving legislators and politicians, as Opposition MPs raised concerns on “singling out” elected representatives.Jaitley said “Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion” and urged political parties to rise and set an example. As elected representatives, can lawmakers say that their trial should be delayed? he asked.”You are class apart… you are lawmakers. You should set the example,” he said, responding to Opposition parties led by the Congress and the Samajwadi Party on the issue.CM Ramesh from TDP also came out in support of fast-track courts. SP leader Naresh Agrawal was the first to express his concerns, stating that Article 14 of the Constitution provides for equality before the law, and that elected representatives are at par with other citizens.”While there are no special courts for criminals, setting up one for elected representatives would create misleading perception about politicians,” he said.He also questioned the government’s affidavit supporting setting up of fast-track courts.Congress leader Anand Sharma also joined in but clarified that there is no question of delaying prosecution of anyone. It would tantamount to profiling and excessive vilification of lawmakers if a perception is created that fast-track courts are needed for elected representatives alone, he said.The government, he said, should ensure that enough funds are allocated to set up enough courts for fast-track trial of all.”But singling out only elected representatives will create a public perception that would otherwise have an inherent potential of being abused by the government of the day,” he said.Majeed Memon from NCP said if a certain section is treated separately, it may be bordering on infringement of Article 14 of the Constitution that assures equality to all.Lawyer KTS Tulsi, a nominated member, asked who would do justice to undertrials languishing in jail for 10-15 years.Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (TMC) asked if the government would also set up special courts to prosecute those who have defrauded the country of Rs 8.5 lakh crore.Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he would give a ruling on the point of order at an appropriate time.

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Rajya Sabha passes IIM Bill, granting more autonomy to institutes

The upper house of Parliament on Tuesday unanimously passed the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Autonomy Bill, that seeks to give power to grant degrees instead of diplomas to these institutions.The Bill that gives more autonomy to IIMs, declares the 20 IIMs as institutes of national importance. Under this Bill the autonomy envisaged to IIMs is greater than that of other higher education institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).The Bill says, the Board of Governors will be the executive body of each IIM, comprising up to 19 members. It will also nominate 17 board members including eminent persons, faculty members and alumni. The remaining two members will be nominees from the central and state governments, respectively. The Board will also appoint its own Chairperson.During the discussion on the bill in Rajya Sabha, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal supported the bill but questioned the lack of similar reforms in IITs and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Congress leader Jairam Ramesh questioned how board of Directors will be appointed and asked the government to describe how they plan the transition between the current boards at IIMs and the Board of Governors as proposed in the new bill. He also asked what would be the criteria for appointment of these governors.As per the Bill, the Board of Governors will appoint the Director of each IIM. A search committee will recommend names for the post of the Director. The Director is eligible for variable pay, to be determined by the Board.The Academic Council of each IIM will determine the — academic content, criteria and process for admission to courses; and guidelines for the conduct of examinations.A coordination forum will be set up, which will include representation from the 20 IIMs. It will discuss matters of common interest to all IIMs.Currently, the central government has a role in the functioning of IIMs which includes the appointment of the Chairperson of their Boards, their Directors and pay to the Director.

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SP, BSP were obstacles in UP’s development, charged for electricity without even providing it: Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Sunday Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) acted as an obstacle in the development of the state.While addressing the inauguration ceremony of ‘Sobhagya Pradhanmantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana’ here, the Chief Minister said, “The previous governments, Samajwadi Party and BSP, were acting as obstacles in the development of Uttar Pradesh as they did not want the entire state to avail electricity. They are claiming that electricity has become expensive. They should be asked on what grounds were they charging people for electricity without even providing it in the first place.”He added no such similar situation would be experienced now.Also readYogi Cabinet approves UPCOCA to check organized crime”1.60 crore houses in Uttar Pradesh will be illuminated within one year. Camps will be set up in villages under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Saubhagya Bijli Har Ghar Yojana’ wherein free electricity connections are being given to the poor,” Adityanath said.Union Power Minister R K Singh, Unnao MP Sakshi Maharaj, state Energy and Power Minister Shrikant Sharma and Transport Minister Swatantra Dev Singh also attended the program.

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From selling ‘Rahul herbal tea’ to distributing ‘Rahul rose’, meet Rahul Gandhi’s number 1 fan Anwar Hussain

As Rahul Gandhi officially took charge as the Congress president on Saturday, a 30-year-old Congress leader in Gorakhpur was filled with emotions and happiness. Anwar Hussain, who started his political career as a student leader, said he and his party leaders have been working really hard to establish Rahul Gandhi brand.From selling ‘Rahul herbal tea’ to distributing ‘Rahul rose’, Anwar have been the biggest fan of Rahul Gandhi. Anwar has already made plans to strengthen the Congress party by involving both young men and women in the party.“My plan now, after Rahulji’s elevation, will be to strengthen the Congress by getting more and more young men and women to join the party. He (Rahul) is very popular among youth,” said Anwar according to an HT report.During the recent UP assembly elections, he even distributed ‘Rahul rose’ to voters, appealing to them to vote.He also grabbed a lot of media attention when he promoted the Samajwadi Party and Congress alliance in Uttar Pradesh during the assembly elections. He called Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav ‘Karan Arjun ki Jodi’.Anwar also distributed ‘Rahul herbal tea’ during demonetisation when people stood in bank queues. He even sold ‘Rahul onion’ at Rs 5 per kg when the prices soared.Back in 2014, when BJP launched their ‘chai pe charcha’ poll campaign under their candidate Narendra Modi for general elections, Anwar found a new way to counter his rival party. In an effort to sideline BJP’s campaign ‘Modi tea’, the Gorakhpur leader started ‘Rahul Milk’ campaign.Anwar was also part of the campaign of the Congress members who wrote letters with blood and made an emotional appeal to elevate Rahul Gandhi as the party president in 2015.Not just that, Anwar has been Rahul Gandhi’s ultimate fan, setting up a picture gallery of his mentor in his house and even a coffee mug of Rahul’s pictures in it.

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Ex-BJP MLA’s son shot dead near UP Assembly complex: Police

The son of a former BJP MLA was allegedly shot dead at the Kasmanda House, barely 300 metres from the Uttar Pradesh Legislature building and the state BJP office, a senior police official said.Vaibhav Tiwari (36), the son of former Domariyaganj MLA Prem Prakash Tiwari alias Gippy Tiwari, was called by some of his acquaintances from his residence at the Kasmanda House last night, Additional Director General of Police, Lucknow Zone, Abhay Prasad said.Following an altercation, Vaibhav was allegedly shot dead, he said.Gippy Tiwari was BJP MLA from Domariyaganj in 1989, 1991 and 1993. Then in 2014 he went to the Samajwadi Party. In this year’s Assembly elections, however, he campaigned for the BJP.Vaibhav was the only son of the former MLA and a local BJP leader said that he reportedly had love marriage with a non-Brahmin girl.The police said an investigation was underway.The Uttar Pradesh Legislature is currently in session.

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Samajwadi Party stands with Mamata Banerjee in her ‘fight against communal forces’: Akhilesh Yadav

Sending out a strong message to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday voiced his support to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her “fight against the communal forces”. Akhilesh, after meeting the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo in Kolkata, said, “Whenever I have visited Bengal, I have met Didi (Mamata Banerjee). Didi’s struggle is not hidden from anyone, and the Samajwadi Party stands with her in her fight against the communal forces here.” The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also lauded Banerjee for her work in West Bengal.Also readAfter drubbing in UP civic polls, Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati invoke tampered EVM allegations”Her secular battle and her work for the progress of Bengal is a huge work in my opinion,” Yadav told reporters after meeting Banerjee in Kolkata.”This is one region where major secular forces will join hands,” he added. Also readMamata Banerjee miffed with officers for failing to keep promisesBanerjee, in recent past, has taken the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Centre and the BJP head on and has emerged as a leading Opposition voice. Earlier in August, Banerjee had launched ‘BJP quit India’ campaign and had said that the TMC would work with all opposition parties to oust the saffron party in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Akhilesh also commented on the results of Uttar Pradesh Civic polls, wherein the BJP emerged victorious, winning 14 out of 16 municipal corporations.”As for UP polls, it was publicised that 16 elections took place out of which 14 was won by BJP. Then what was left for others? But if we closely look at the elections, then it’s the BJP’s slyness that it shows only that portion (of the result) that benefits it,” he said.
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Ghaziabad municipal polls: BJP candidate wins

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the municipal corporation elections on Friday with party’s mayoral candidate Asha Sharma defeating her rivals with 1,63,000 votes. The polls were seen as the litmus test for the Yogi Adityanath government in UP, which came to power in March this year.Sharma defeated Congress’ Dolly Sharma, Samajwadi Party’s Rashi Garg, and BSP’s Munni Chaudhary, wife of strongman Satyapal Chaudhary. The Ghaziabad mayor seat was reserved for a woman. Sharma, who was leading from the first round of counting, received a total of 2,82,738 votes. The results were declared after 26 rounds of counting. 13 candidates contested for the post.After her landslide victory, Sharma promised to turn Ghaziabad into a smart city. “Ghaziabad will be made a smart city just like Noida and other NCR cities. We will immediately start tackling the civic problems of the city, most importantly disposal of the garbage,” she said while speaking to the media persons.Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation is the official local governing body of the district urban center. It has been divided into five district administrative zones, including City zone, Kavi Nagar zone, Vijay Nagar zone, Mohan Nagar zone and Vasundhara zone.The municipal corporation of Ghaziabad came into existence in 1994. In 1995, for the first time, the election was held for the mayor’s post. BJP’s Dinesh Chand Garg was the first mayor followed by Damayanti Goyal, Teluram Kamboj and Ashu Verma. All the three were from the BJP.The BJP won 14 of the total 16 mayoral seats in Uttar Pradesh. By the time of filing this report, the party was also leading in municipal councils and nagar panchayat elections as well. There are four new municipalities this time – Ayodhya, Saharanpur, Firozabad and Mathura – all have been won by the BJP.
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UP civic polls result will influence Gujarat Assembly elections, Lok Sabha Polls 2019

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

The counting of votes for Uttar Pradesh Civic polls has begun and the results will be announced today itself.Elections were held in 16 municipal corporations, 198 municipal councils, and 438 Nagar panchayats or Notified Area Councils. For the first time, all major political parties including the ruling BJP, Samajwadi Party, BSP and the Congress contested polls on their party symbols. The BSP contested local bodies polls on party symbols after 17 years.Generally, the Chief Ministers avoid campaigning for the ruling party candidates in local bodies polls but Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath made a whirlwind tour of the state holding more than 40 rallies in support of BJP candidates.Also readBJP likely to win majority of seats in UP local body polls: UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath PandeyFor Yogi Adityanath, results of local bodies polls will be a referendum on his eight-month rule in the state and it may also impact crucial Gujarat Assembly polls.Here are the Live Updates:Also readWhy Uttar Pradesh civic polls will impact Assembly elections in Gujarat 8:10 amAs many as 79,113 candidates are in fray. For Yogi Adityanath, results of local bodies polls will be a referendum on his eight-month rule in the state and it may also impact crucial Gujarat Assembly polls.
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Samajwadi twist to Padmavati row: When Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ‘chhoti bahu’ Aparna Yadav did beautiful ghoomar

Even as the protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ refuse to die down, a new controversy has erupted over a dance performance on the movie’s hit song ‘Ghoomar’.On Wednesday, a video of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav went viral. According to media reports, the wife of Samajwadi patriarch’s younger son Prateek Yadav danced to the tunes of the Shreya Ghoshal number at the engagement ceremony of her brother Aman Bisht. The celebrations took place at a 5-star hotel in Lucknow.While the well-choreographed performance shows Aparna Yadav’s efforts, but the fringe groups are not impressed.Reacting to the video, Karni Sena’s Lokendra Singh Kalvi said, ‘We are fighting for our cause. Being a Rajput she is dancing on such songs without caring for the sentiments of Rajput. We will send them the original Ghoomar song and other Rajasthani folk songs if they like it so much.’The viral video come days after one of the members of the Samajwadi Party announced a Rs 5 crore bounty on ‘Padmavati’ actor Deepika Padukone.Thakur Som, who is also an office-bearer of the Chatriya Samaj, warned the Bollywood star to leave the country or face beheading. “The role played by Deepika has hurt the sentiments of Rajput women. No Rajput woman dances in public. Director Sanjay has no knowledge of the history of Rajputs in the country. He has distorted historical facts and should be punished,” Som was quoted as saying by Zee News.Though Akhilesh Yadav or his father have not made any statement on the film, senior leader such as Azam Khan tried to put the issue in new light.Talking about the fact vs fiction issue, Khan on November 21 had said, “There is an objection to the story of a film. Famous film Mughal-e-Azam showed Anarkali as Saleem’s mehbooba (lover), when in reality there is no such thing.”
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Gangster believed to have killed Samajwadi Party leader nabbed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 33-year old contract killer— wanted in the murder case of Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Zaid in Lucknow — has been arrested by the Delhi Police on Monday morningMannan alias Khalifa alias Murtaja alias Monu was not just a well known gangster but one of the best shooters of the Shaukat Pasha and Satya Prakash gang in South East Delhi.”Khalifa has over 22 criminal cases registered against him including murder, dacoity, robbery, attempt to murder, kidnapping, snatching. After he killed Zaid, the UP police declared a reward of Rs 12,000 for his arrest,” said Romil Baaniya, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South-East.The arrest took place at around 1:45am on Monday morning. The police team investigating the case were informed the accused shooter would be coming towards Moolchand late on Sunday night. They then erected a barricade not just on the main road but the service road as well.When police officials deployed at the barricade saw a Hero Honda motorcycle coming from Moolchand and heading towards LSR college road, they intercepted the motorcycle. But instead of stopping the rider hit the barricades and tried to flee. The police team then intercepted him from all sides, over-powered him and took him into custody.Police said Khalifa was responsible for a shootout last Thursday in the Okhla Mandi area where a person identified as Mohammad Zaki was shot on the leg. Investigating the case, police officials said that during the probe they found that Zaki was was having problems with his wife Ayesha, and their suspicions fell on a man Ayesha had been seeing regularly — Khalifa.”While Khalifa was lodged in Tihar jail he met Zaki and both of them became friends. Post their release from jail, Khalifa started visiting Zaki’s home where he got close to his wife Ayesha. This became a problem for Zaki who objected to this,” Baaniya said.Police officials said that Ayesha, along with her brother Sarfaraz, hatched a plan to eliminate Zaki. They took Khalifa into their confidence and offered Rs 5 lakhs to him in order to eliminate Zaki. Police officials said that Khalifa got an advance of the money but only shot Zaki in the leg as he did not receive full payment.Asked about his background, police said that Khalifa was a member of the Satya Prakash alias Satte Gang who were responsible for robberies and dacoity in Delhi and neighbouring areas.He had been arrested many times and while he was in jail in 2016 he got in touch with the notorious gangster Salim who is facing trial in many criminal cases.Salim had then allegedly given him the contract to kill Samajwadi Party leader Mohammed Zaid which he is believed to have carried out last year police said.

Uttar Pradesh civic polls phase 2: Voting across 25 districts underway amid tight security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Voting for the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh civic body polls across 25 districts, including in Varanasi from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a member of the Lok Sabha, began on Sunday morning amid tight security. As many as 1.29 crore people are eligible to exercise their franchise in the second phase of the local body elections, campaigning for which ended on Friday. Besides Varanasi, the districts going to polls in the second phase are Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budhnagar, Amroha, Rampur, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur, Aligarh, Mathura, Mainpuri, Farrukhabad, Etawah, Lalitpur, Banda, Allahabad, Lucknow, Sultanpur, Ambedkarnagar, Bahraich, Shrawasti, Sant Kabirnagar, Deoria, Ballia and Bhadohi.52.59 per cent voting was recorded in the first phase on November 22 which covered 24 districts, according to the State Election Commission. In 2012, the polling percentage in these districts was 46.1. Mayoral polls were also held for five municipal corporations—Agra, Kanpur, Ayodhya, Gorakhpur and Meerut.Polling for the third and final phase covering 26 districts will take place on November 29. Counting of votes for all the three phases will be on December 1 and results will be declared the same day.
ALSO READ BJP likely to win majority of seats in UP local body polls: UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath PandeyThe first major election after the BJP was voted to power with massive majority in March, the civic polls in UP will test the popularity of Adityanath.While the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have left the campaigning to second-rank leaders, the Congress has engaged senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar and MP Pramod Tewari to address election meetings in selected cities of the state.
ALSO READ Lucknow: State to get first woman mayor in 100 years on Sunday Unlike other parties, the BJP is taking the civic polls seriously and besides the chief minister himself and his two deputies, senior party leaders are extensively campaigning in the state.

Lucknow: State to get first woman mayor in 100 years on Sunday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh has already been India’s first state to be governed by first woman governor and chief minister. Now, Lucknow is set to make history on Sunday by electing its first woman mayor in 100 years.Freedom fighters Sarojini Naidu and Sucheta Kriplani were the country’s first woman governor and chief minister respectively.Naidu, popularly known as the ‘Nightingale of India’, was the governor of the United Provinces, now known as Uttar Pradesh, from 1947 to 1949.She was born in a Bengali family on February 13, 1879 in Hyderabad and was educated in Chennai, London and Cambridge.Naidu was a follower of Mahatma Gandhi and participated in the freedom struggle. She, later, went on to become the president of the Indian National Congress.
ALSO READ Vajpayee taken off Lucknow city electoral rollsA poet of modern India, she wrote a collection, including children’s poems, nature poems, patriotic poems and poems of love and death.Kriplani, who held the chief minister’s office from 1963 to 1967, had come to the forefront during the Quit India Movement in 1942.She worked closely with Mahatma Gandhi during the Partition riots. She was one of the few women who were elected to the Constituent Assembly and was part of the sub-committee that drafted the Constitution.A woman has never before been elected as head of the municipal body. This time, however, the Lucknow mayoral seat has been reserved for women, hence all parties have fielded women candidates.The city got its chance to elect a woman mayor 100 years after the Uttar Pradesh Municipalities Act came into existence.The Samajwadi Party has selected Meera Vardhan, kin of educationist Acharya Narendra Dev and the Congress has pitched Prema Awasthi, wife of the former Congress legislator Surendra Nath. The civic polls will be held in the state capital tomorrow in the second leg of the three-phase municipal elections across Uttar Pradesh.Lucknow has thrice sent a woman to the Lok Sabha as its representative with Sheila Kaul being elected in 1971, 1980 and 1984.

Mayawati daughter of ‘daulat’, not Dalit: Mahesh Sharma

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Mahesh Sharma has dubbed BSP supremo Mayawati as a “daughter of daulat (wealth) and not a Dalit” and claimed that the Gandhi family was not “competent” enough to run the country.He was speaking at a public rally in Pahasu yesterday in support of BJP candidates in the ongoing Uttar Pradesh local body elections.”The entire Gandhi family did their education in Europe and they are not competent to run the country,” he said. Taking a swipe at former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati, Sharma said, “She is the daughter of ‘daulat’ (wealth) and not a Dalit.”He also alleged that there will be a tug-of-war in the Samajwadi Party (SP) after Mulayam Singh Yadav for succession between his son Akhilesh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Yadav. “After this fight the SP will be finished,” the Union Culture Minister said.

Two men gun down BJP worker in Greater Noida

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Bharatiya Janta Party worker in Dankaur area of Greater Noida, was shot dead allegedly by the relatives of a person contesting the municipal elections scheduled on November 26 with a licensed revolver on Monday night.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Sagar Sharma(22). Sharma who was in jewellery, was shot dead by Manoj Verma and Deepak Verma who had come on a bike. According to the complaint filed by the Sharma’s brother, Abhimanyu, both of them were seating at a tent house near their house and later they got a call from their family and left for home.”While heading back Manoj and Deepak came from behind and took Sharma about 200 meters away on the pretext of some work. They had an argument and later the argument got ugly. Suddenly, Manoj held him from behind and Deepak took out his revolver and shot him. The two then fled the spot,” said Abhimanu. Sharma was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries during treatment . Following the complaint, an FIR has been registered under sections 302(murder) and 506(Punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC.”We have arrested Manoj while Deepak is still absconding. We have formed teams to nab him,” said Suniti, Superintendent of Police (Rural), Gautam Buddha Nagar.The family members alleged that Sagar and Deepak were goldsmiths. They mentioned that Deepak envied Sagar for his workmanship and demand. Manoj and Deepak are cousin brother’s of Sonu Verma, a Bhartiya Janta Party candidate, who will be contesting municipal elections in the district from Dankaur seat.”Following the election, the district magistrate had strictly ordered the police to keep a check and the candidates and their family members or relatives had to submit their licensed ammunition to the police. We have suspended the Sub Inspector of Dankaur Police chowki who had failed to collect the ammunition from their possession,” Suniti added.The incident was seen as a fallout of political rivalry. According to sources, Sagar was seen entering the office of Bahujan Samajwadi Party and the two accused men, who are cousins of BJP candidate got angry over it. The duo had thought, Sagar is supporting the BSP, sources added. However, the police has ruled any political angle, saying Deepak and Manoj were related to the local BJP leader Sonu Verma, who is contesting the municipal elections. But the BJP leader was also close to the victim.POSSIBLE MOTIVEThe incident might be a fallout of political rivalry. According to sources, Sagar was seen entering the office of Bahujan Samajwadi Party and when the two accused got angry and attacked him.

After brawl over Kanhaiya Kumar’s presence, Lucknow DM cancels literary festival for inviting political leaders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The brawl over JNU President Kanhaiya Kumar’s presence at the Lucknow Literary Festival on Friday has led to its cancellation. The Lucknow District Magistrate Kaushal scrapped permission to hold the festival following violation of conditions by the organisers.The DM had granted the permission to hold the festival on the condition that it will be apolitical literary meet. “The organizers have grossly violated conditions by inviting political leaders without any prior information and allowing the festival to become a political meet. The district administration is left with no choice to cancel the literary fest,” said the Lucknow DM.The district administration was particularly annoyed with the organizers for inviting political leaders including Asaduddin Owaisi, Shatrughan Sinha, Rahul Gandhi, Jayant Chaudhary, former Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi etc in literary fest without informing and seeking prior permission from the district administration . All these leaders are known for their anti-Modi stance.The RSS student wing ABVP and the Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) activists had raised strong objections over the presence of former JNU leader Kanhaiya Kumar on the opening day of the fest on Friday at Sheroes Hangout, a café run by acid attack survivor victims. Calling him a ‘traitor’, they shouted ‘Kanhaiya Kumar go back’ slogans and disrupted the proceedings for over 30 minutes.The ABVP-HYU activists also clashed with members of Samajwadi Chatra Sabha who had welcomed Kumar in the literary fest. Acid attack survivor victims had to make a wall to shield the JNU leader when agitated right wing activists tried to manhandled Kumar when he was about to deliver speech.Finally, police were called in to flush out ABVP-HYU activists from the Sheroes Hangout for function to begin. After the brawl, Kanhaiya stated that he was not perturbed by the protest. “They have governments in 18 states but they cannot suppress my voice. I belong to a family of freedom fighter and no one can stop me expressing my thoughts,” he stated.

German attacked in UP by Rly contractor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A German national was thrashed by a Railway contractor at a station in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district on Saturday, the third crime committed against foreign tourists — including a Swiss couple and a Russian woman — in the state in the last two weeks.Berlin native Holger Erik Misch said he was assaulted after he got down from a train at Robertsganj station. The accused, Aman Yadav, however, said, “I greeted him and asked him where he wanted to go. Instead of giving me a reply, he punched me in the face and spit on me.”Yadav was arrested by the police for attacking a foreign tourist. Both Yadav and Eric exchanged a few punches before the police intervened.Eric said that he did not reply to the accused as he found him drunk and was making fun of him.”He attacked me when I didn’t reply, forcing me to punch him in self-defence,” he said. The tourist was immediately rushed to hospital.Senior police officer Anand Kumar said in Lucknow that initial investigations suggested that the German national attacked the engineer first. “Both have been medically examined. The police have also taken eyewitness accounts to verify the statements,” said Kumar.A case was registered against Eric as well. Police officials said an FIR was lodged against the German national on July 5 in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu for attacking a person with a sharp weapon. His passport and visa are deposited in the chief judicial magistrate court, they said.On Friday, the branch manager of a nationalised bank in UP’s Vrindavan was arrested for allegedly raping a 20-year-old Russian woman repeatedly since she came to India in September after they forged a friendship on Facebook.On October 22, a Swiss couple was brutally thrashed by a group of people at Fatehpur Sikri near Agra. Quentin Jeremy Clerc had a fractured skull, while his female friend Marie Droz’s arm was broken in the attack.These cases have come despite directives from UP Chef Minister Yogi Adityanath to ensure safety and security of foreign tourists at any cost. After the attack on the Swiss couple, UP police chief Sulkhan Singh had issued special guidelines to district police chiefs for deployment of plain-clothed police in and around railways stations and tourists spots. He had directed increased patrolling and installation of CCTV cameras to check such incidents.The opposition Samajwadi Party attacked the BJP government over what it called “growing attacks” on foreign tourists in the state. “Earlier in Agra, and now in Sonbhadra. The situation is the same everywhere,” party spokesman Sunil Singh Sajan said.

SP picks transgender candidate in Ayodhya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From the land of Goddess Sita, a transgender will take on the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in Ayodhya. To checkmate and embarrass the BJP after its Treta Yuga Diwali celebrations, the Samajwadi Party (SP) has fielded a transgender Gulshan Bindu as it mayoral candidate from the temple town.Bindu (51) was born in Sitamarhi in Bihar, the birth-place of Goddess Sita. A Brahmin by caste, her family had left Bihar to settle in Delhi. Bindu stayed in capital and then moved to Ayodhya on the direction of her Guru.”Since I belonged to Sitamarhi, birth-place of Sita Mata, it was like going to my ‘sasural’. I have been a social worker for very long and serving people of Ayodhya was absolutely a bliss,” she said after getting ticket to contest for SP.Ayodhya Nagar Palika was carved by merging the Faizabad nagar panchayat with it by the Yogi Adityanath government after assuming power in Uttar Pradesh.Bindu has a small house at Gulab Bari in Ayodhya and she came into politics as an independent and bagged 21,000 votes. She had given run for money to the BJP candidate during last local body polls when she lost to the BJP candidate Vijay Gupta only with a margin of 350 votes.”Ayodhya is like my family. I have no money to contest polls. My family will campaign and vote for me. I will show the BJP what development is all about if I won,” said Bindu, who is still recuperating from a brain tumour operation.The Samajwadi Party move has caught the BJP in a bind. It is already facing a tough time to select the candidate from Ayodhya after half a dozen party stalwarts are vying to get ticket for their nominees. The Bajrang Dal Founder President and BJP Rajya Sabha member Binay Katiyar is not happy the way he is being ignored in selection process.The BJP MP from Ayodhya-Faizabad Lallu Singh is also pulling in different direction so are local MLAs. It is going to be a tough task for the BJP to keep all local factions together in deciding the crucial Ayodhya mayoral poll candidate. Till results are declared on December 1, the Samajwadi Party transgender candidate will continue to give sleepless nights to BJP in Uttar Pradesh.

In search of its unity, Oppn goes after BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stressing on being a strong alternative to the NDA government, opposition leaders on Friday accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of using polarising politics to divide voters and deflect from failures in fulfilling pre-election promises.Leaders of major opposition parties, including the Congress, NCP, CPI, CPM, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, and Rashtriya Lok Dal addressed a public meeting in Mumbai under the banner of the ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao Sammelan.'”A canard is being spread that there is no alternative (to the BJP) in the country,” said former union minister Sharad Yadav, who heads the breakaway faction of the Janata Dal (United), adding that the country was facing “an unprecedented danger” due to the BJP’s polarising policies.”They secured just 31% votes… While other political parties in Hindustan got 69%,” said Yadav, who heads the unity move, adding that “most Hindu voters were against you (BJP).”Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the BJP was trying to drive a wedge between communities for its selfish ends. He charged that demonetisation had help transform black money into white money.”For a change, we need to create alternative policies which will create alternative leaders,” said Yechury.Former chief minister and state Congress chief Ashok Chavan said the “environment in the country was changing,” as was evidenced by the BJP’s defeat in Nanded, Bhiwandi, Malegaon and Parbhani.

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

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

One year of demonetization: Opposition plans joint protest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A united opposition plans to hold a joint protest on November 8, the first anniversary of note-ban which it alleged has “caused harm” to the economy and jobs in the country.Some opposition parties led by the Congress today met in Parliament to chalk out modalities for the proposed joint agitation. Leaders of six opposition parties – the Congress, the Left, the BSP, TMC, DMK and JD(U)’s Sharad Tadav faction – who are part of an opposition coordination committee, today met in the chamber of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad over the issue. After the hour-long discussions, Azad told reporters that it was an initial meeting and he was asked to consult all 18 opposition parties before finalising anything further.”We will discuss with the other opposition parties and come with our plan soon,” he told reporters. Sources said the opposition is planning a nation-wide protest on note ban anniversary to highlight the “ill- effects” on the economy hard and the job market. “Today the opposition coordination committee met. Representatives of six parties were present. We decided to meet again before parliament session. We will announce our plan tomorrow,” TMC leader Derek O’Brien said after the meeting.O’Brien said the opposition parties discussed the economic situation in the country, including demonetization, GST and other issues. “Today we met to discuss the economic fallout in the country and discuss various aspects of it. Ghulam Nabi has been given the responsibility to discuss the issue with other opposition parties. We will meet again to chalk out our plans,” said CPI leader D Raja after the meeting. The opposition parties today also discussed the case of Sharad Yadav’s disqualification from the Upper House, which is pending before Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.The Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) had sought Yadav’s disqualification from Rajya Sabha after he revolted against the party’s decision to ally with the BJP. The sources said the opposition leaders have decided to speak to the Vice President tomorrow at a luncheon, where he has invited all leaders of opposition parties. TMC leader O’Brien said his party feels Yadav is been targeted by his party JD(U). “This MP was elected by people on ‘mahagathbandhan’ ideology. He didn’t break the ideology, others broke it. Why should Yadav be penalised ?” he said.Sharad Yadav, Satish Chandra Misra, Derek O’Brien, Kanimozhi and D Raja were among those present at today’s meeting. Another member of the coordination committee Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party could not attend.

Uttar Pradesh: Akhilesh Yadav meets Mualayam; experts call it a reconcillatory move

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday met his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and invited him to a party meet to be held next week. The move is seen as reconciliatory, as both father and son have been fighting a political battle that is nearly seven months old.Though he did not elaborate on what transpired at the meeting — believed to be the first between the two in many months — it was being seen in the party as a reconciliatory effort by Akhilesh ahead of the crucial national conference.”Akhileshji met Netaji (Mulayam) to invite him for the meeting in Agra on October 5,” the MLC told PTI.Mulayam and his brother Shivpal Yadav were not invited to the party’s state executive meet held here on September 23.Speculation was rife in political circles that the 77- year-old former chief minister was likely to announce a new outfit at a press conference along with the virtually defunct Lok Dal, while retaining the ‘Samajwadi’ tag in its name.While Shivpal had said he would declare his future course of action on September 25, a party leader said Mulayam did not read a press note at the press conference in which the formation of a new front was mentioned.”Netaji did not read the press note at the press conference. You must have noticed that Sharda Pratap Shukla (former SP MLA) was giving him a paper, which he did not read and said would read later. Now we will wait for the SP national executive meeting before deciding anything,” Lok Dal President Sunil Singh, who has offered the SP patriarch his party’s symbol and the president’s post, said.Mulayam said he was not forming a party “as of now” at the crowded press conference here, responding to a volley of questions from the media on whether he was leaving the party he had formed 25 years ago.Despite the bitter battle for supremacy in the party, Mulayam had said, “My blessings are with him (Akhilesh Yadav) as he is my son, though I don’t agree with his decisions”.Akhilesh has sidelined Mulayam and Shivpal ever since he replaced his father as the party chief at a national convention here on Jaunary 1.Mulayam had said his son had promised to leave the party president’s post after staying at the helm for three months, but did not do so.”People who cannot stand up to their words cannot succeed,” he had said.Mulayam had last week replaced Akhilesh-loyalist Ram Gopal with Shivpal Yadav as the secretary of the Lohia Trust.Shivpal had announced in June he would float the Samajwadi Secular Front “to fight communal forces”.Taking full control of the party after being crowned head and alloted the SP’s ‘bicycle’ symbol by the EC on January 16, Akhilesh has been going full throttle, consolidating his grip over the party.

Uttar Pradesh: Akhilesh Yadav meets Mulayam; experts call it a reconcillatory move

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday met his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and invited him to a party meet to be held next week. The move is seen as reconciliatory, as both father and son have been fighting a political battle that is nearly seven months old.Though he did not elaborate on what transpired at the meeting — believed to be the first between the two in many months — it was being seen in the party as a reconciliatory effort by Akhilesh ahead of the crucial national conference.”Akhileshji met Netaji (Mulayam) to invite him for the meeting in Agra on October 5,” the MLC told PTI.Mulayam and his brother Shivpal Yadav were not invited to the party’s state executive meet held here on September 23.Speculation was rife in political circles that the 77- year-old former chief minister was likely to announce a new outfit at a press conference along with the virtually defunct Lok Dal, while retaining the ‘Samajwadi’ tag in its name.While Shivpal had said he would declare his future course of action on September 25, a party leader said Mulayam did not read a press note at the press conference in which the formation of a new front was mentioned.”Netaji did not read the press note at the press conference. You must have noticed that Sharda Pratap Shukla (former SP MLA) was giving him a paper, which he did not read and said would read later. Now we will wait for the SP national executive meeting before deciding anything,” Lok Dal President Sunil Singh, who has offered the SP patriarch his party’s symbol and the president’s post, said.Mulayam said he was not forming a party “as of now” at the crowded press conference here, responding to a volley of questions from the media on whether he was leaving the party he had formed 25 years ago.Despite the bitter battle for supremacy in the party, Mulayam had said, “My blessings are with him (Akhilesh Yadav) as he is my son, though I don’t agree with his decisions”.Akhilesh has sidelined Mulayam and Shivpal ever since he replaced his father as the party chief at a national convention here on Jaunary 1.Mulayam had said his son had promised to leave the party president’s post after staying at the helm for three months, but did not do so.”People who cannot stand up to their words cannot succeed,” he had said.Mulayam had last week replaced Akhilesh-loyalist Ram Gopal with Shivpal Yadav as the secretary of the Lohia Trust.Shivpal had announced in June he would float the Samajwadi Secular Front “to fight communal forces”.Taking full control of the party after being crowned head and alloted the SP’s ‘bicycle’ symbol by the EC on January 16, Akhilesh has been going full throttle, consolidating his grip over the party.

‘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.

BHU violence | PM Modi, Amit Shah speak to CM Adityanath; Governor sets up probe committee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah on Monday spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aadityanath regarding the police lathi-charge incident in Varanasi’s Banaras Hindu University (BHU).A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a lathi-charge by the police in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) where a protest on Saturday night against an alleged eve- teasing incident turned violent.According to reports protest turned violent as one of the protesters tried to set campus property on fire. However, speaking to dnaindia.com, one of the students said that the police used force to vacate protestors from outside Vice Chancellors’s residence.
ALSO READ BHU molestation case: University calls protest work of ‘anti-nationals’ who want to malign institutionStudents also alleged that woman cops were not present when the incident took place. In a video that has emerged, cops can be seen repeatedly hitting woman students with lathi.Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) office in Varanasi confirmed that a FIR has been registered against 1000 students in Lanka police station for arson and other charges.
ALSO READ BHU Violence: Two officers, Additional City Magistrate removed; CM Adityanath seeks report Meanwhile, a four-member committee has been set up by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik to probe the incident. The committee will be headed by under Chief Secretary. The committee will probe the excesses committed by the police and the also the allegations that external elements were also supporting the protest. Following the violence, the district administration declared holidays from Monday till October 2 in all colleges and universities in Varanasi. The BHU had earlier announced that the holidays would start from September 28.The university authorities said that protests were the work of ‘anti-national’ forces who are trying to malign BHU’s image.Various political parties, including the Samajwadi Party (SP), has criticised the government and condemned the police action.

BHU protests: UP governor Ram Naik sets up four-member committee to probe violence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A four-member committee has been set up by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik to probe the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) incident. The committee will be headed by under Chief Secretary. The committee will probe the excesses committed by the police and the also the allegations that external elements were also supporting the protest. During the violence at BHU, many female students were wounded late on Saturday night when the police resorted to lathi-charge. The students were protesting against a case of molestation on the campus.Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered an inquiry into this case on Sunday. Adityanath has sought a detailed report on the molestation, the protests and the police action from Varanasi Commissioner Nitin Gokran. The report has to be submitted within three days.The university has broken early for Dussehra as Vice-Chancellor (V-C) GC Tripathi ordered its closure till October 2. Students, however, said protests will resume from October 3. The V-C has also set up a high-powered probe committee.However, he has blamed “outsiders” for the violence. “Outsiders were behind the violence to vitiate the atmosphere on the campus. We have identified a few,” he said.Earlier on Monday,Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, while announcing his decision to not form a new party, attacked Yogi Adityanath for “complete collapse of law and order in the state”. Samajwadi workers and supporters also hit the streets to protest against lathi-charge at BHU. Congress leaders have also been protesting against the violence and police action against protesting students.

Mulayam Singh rules out new party; slams Modi, Yogi for economy and BHU violence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Once again, proving media reports wrong, Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday announced that he had no plans to launch a party in Uttar Pradesh, at least for now. “I am not forming a new party as of now”, he told reporters during a press conference.He, however, targeted Uttar Pradesh government for law and order situation in the state. “Girls studying at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) are not safe, rule of law no longer prevails in Uttar Pradesh,” he said, directly attacking Yogi Aditynath government in the state over the recent row at BHU.Targeting Narendra Modi government at the Centre, Mulayam alleged that price-rise has inflicted people at large. “None of the promises made by the government have been fulfilled during the last three years and Petrol-diesel prices have skyrocketed,” Mulayam Singh Yadav alleged. Talking about Akhilesh Yadav he said: He is my son so my blessings are with him but I don’t agree with his decisions.Earlier, before the press conference, it was expected that Mulayam Singh Yadav will announce a new outfit on Monday along with virtually defunct Lok Dal, and retain the ‘Samajwadi’ tag in its name. This was largely speculated, when Mulayam and his brother-aide Shivpal Yadav stayed away from a state convention of the party on Saturday– which they had founded 25 years ago — saying they were not invited.”Mulayam will hold a press conference at the Lohia Trust office here on Monday to announce a new party with Lok Dal,” Lok Dal president Sunil Singh had told PTI. He had said the word ‘Samajwadi’ (socialist) will be retained in the name of the new party.(With agency inputs)

Uttar Pradesh: Mulayam may float new party with Lok Dal; split within SP all, but confirmed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a crucial turn of events in the battle for supremacy in the Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav is likely to announce a new outfit tomorrow along with virtually defunct Lok Dal, and retain the ‘samajwadi’ tag in its name, sources in the two parties have indicated.The hint of an imminent split in the SP came yesterday when Mulayam and his brother-aide Shivpal Yadav stayed away from a state convention of the party– which they had founded 25 years ago — saying they were not invited.”Mulayam will hold a press conference at the Lohia Trust office here tomorrow to announce a new party with Lok Dal,” Lok Dal president Sunil Singh told PTI today.He said the word ‘samajwadi’ (socialist) will be retained in the name of the new party.Even as the SP prepared for the convention, sources said the two brothers pondered over formation of a secular front under the banner of Lok Dal, hinting fresh differences in the party weakened already by the factional feud which proved to be its nemesis in the Assembly polls earlier this year.The strains were palpable ahead of its state and national convention, with Mulayam replacing Akhilesh Yadav-loyalist Ram Gopal with Shivpal Yadav as the secretary of the Lohia Trust.Shivpal had announced in June that he would float the Samajwadi Secular Front “to fight communal forces”.”As there is no sign of any truce, it is a crucial time for Shivpal to decide his future course,” a close confidant of Shivpal said.Asked about Singh’s claims that the two brothers will work under the banner of Lok Dal, another Shivpal-loyalist said, “Mulayam may not like to shun the Samajwadi tag. The situation will be clear tomorrow when netaji (Mulayam) will disclose his future course of action.”The posters at the SP convention here yesterday did not have pictures of Mulayam and Shivpal, giving ample hints about their place in the party.The convention saw a realignment of forces within the SP as senior leader Azam Khan attended the event and lashed out at the “people who have betrayed the party”, in an apparent reference to Shivpal, his one-time friend and confidant.Another surprise presence was that of SP MP Beni Prasad Varma, whose inclusion in the party last year was said to have triggered the battle within the family.To top it all, SP president Akhilesh Yadav in his address yesterday cautioned his supporters against “fake samajwadis”.As in the past, Akhilesh, however, struck an emotional note when he said, “Netaji (Mulayam) is my father and this party (SP) belongs to him. His blessings are with us and we will carry forward his legacy. My father has always been with us and will remain with us.”In Election Commission records, Lok Dal is a registered, unrecognised party that was formed by veteran socialist leader Charan Singh way back in 1980 and Mualayam was its founder- member.Lok Dal has the old election symbol of farmer ploughing the field (khet jot-ta kissan). Fighting on the symbol, Charan Singh had become the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.Mulayam, who was opposed to the SP-Congress alliance during the Assembly elections, was offered Lok Dal symbol and president’s post by Sunil Singh.”A number of Shivpal loyalists had contested on Lok Dal ticket during the assembly polls and the party used Mulayam’s photographs for campaigns, terming him a true samajwadi,” the Lok Dal president said.The Yadav family feud came to the fore about a year ago and led to Akhilesh snatching the mantle of the SP national president from his father at an emergency national convention of the party 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 whole hog consolidating his grip over the party.

Samajwadi Party feud continues, Mulayam Singh Yadav removes Akhilesh Yadav’s confidant Ram Gopal Yadav as Lohia Trust secretary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The feud in the Samajwadi Party refuses to go away.In a sign that all is still not well between Samajwadi Party patriarch and his son Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday sacked his cousin Prof Ram Gopal Yadav as Secretary Lohia Trust and replaced him with his trusted brother Shivpal Singh Yadav.The Samajwadi Party National President Akhilesh Yadav, Azam Khan, Dharmendra Yadav and Prof Ram Gopal Yadav stayed away from the crucial meeting of the Lohia Trust for the second consecutive time.Mulayam Singh Yadav continues to be the Chairman of the 13-member Lohia Trust even after his son staged a coup against him on January 1st, 2017.Earlier, Mulayam Singh Yadav had sacked four Akhilesh Yadav’s loyalists Ahmed Hasan, Ram Govind Chowdhury, Anil Shakya and Usha Vishwakarma during its last meeting in August.Though Prof Ram Gopal Yadav is removed from the post of Secretary but he continues to be a member of the Trust.Lohia Trust is an important wing of the Samajwadi Party. The Trust not only looks after all offices of the party but also work to promulgate socialist ideology of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia across the country.“I have been entrusted with the new responsibility. Netaji will hold a press conference on September 25 to spell out future course of strategy,” said Shivpal Singh Yadav, the newly-elected Secretary of the Lohia Trust.When asked, Shivpal said that he was not invited in the state convention in Lucknow on September 23 and National Convention on October 5 in Agra by his nephew Akhilesh Yadav despite he being a legislator of the party.Removal of Prof Ram Gopal Yadav ahead of state and national conventions has further widened the gulf between the two warring factions and intensified the family feud within the Yadav clan, which the biggest political family in the country.It is now remained to be seen how Akhilesh Yadav reply to his father’s move during the two meetings.

Not averse to joining BJP but haven’t received an invite: Amar Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran politician Amar Singh said that he was not averse to joining the BJP, but he hadn’t got any invite from the saffron party, nor had he applied to it.”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,” Singh told reporters here.To a question, Singh, who was expelled from the Samajwadi Party, said he would certainly criticise Prime Minister Narendra Modi if he found any flaw in the latter.However, who can deny that Modi’s mother and close relatives “are still living like commoners and go to government hospitals for treatment”, Singh said.”The Congress abstained from the special session of Parliament convened for the launch of Goods and Services Tax only because Modi was going to make the announcement of the new tax regime,” he said.Singh also took a potshot at rebel JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav’s `Save Composite Culture’ campaign, asking whether Yadav didn’t notice any communal atmosphere in the country when he was the convener of the NDA during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led regime.Communalism and secularism have become a joke in today’s politics, he said.Singh also remarked that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat recently said that the Sangh was committed to respect the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Babri Masjid case, and this was a “secular statement”.

Akhilesh Yadav backs Rahul Gandhi’s dynasty comment, cites example of US politics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>SP chief Akhilesh Yadav today defended Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his remark that India was being run by dynasties, saying world history was replete with examples of people taking a plunge into politics due to their family background.Yadav was speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters when he was asked to comment on Gandhi’s speech. The Congress vice president had cited examples of the SP, the DMK and even Bollywood to buttress his point that several prominent Indians were born into famous families. The Samajwadi Party is an alliance partner of the Congress and the two parties had contested the Assembly elections jointly. Yadav said across the world, there were a number of examples where people got the opportunity to come to politics due to their family. “Whatever has been said for dynastic politics, the BJP is extremely worried. Rahul is my friend, whatever he said would have been in the context of UP and national politics,” he said.”Had he been asked about US politics, he would have mentioned said that in America there was a president whose son also became a president. Then there was one president, whose wife also wanted to be a president. There are number of such examples in world democracy,” he said. History was replete with examples of people taking a plunge into politics due to their family background, he said. Replying to a question Akhilesh stressed, “Rahul is my friend and the friendship will continue.” On Tuesday, addressing students at the University of California, Berkeley, Gandhi had said, “Most parties in India have that problem So…Mr Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Mr Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi in DMK) is a dynast…even Abhishek Bachchhan is a dynast.””So that’s how India runs. So don’t get after me because that’s how they India is run. By the way, last, I recall, Mr Ambanis are running the business. That’s also going on in Infosys. So that’s what happens in India,” he had said.Akhilesh, taking potshots at the BJP government in UP, alleged, “The budget has hampered development. No new project has been started in the past six months.” The former chief minister challenged the present government to work better than him.On family feud and his equations with father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Yadav, Akhilesh ducked the question saying, “I will not say anything.” Akhilesh also attacked the Yogi Adityanath government for stopping his Gomti riverfront project and said the government should have developed another stretch more beautiful than the existing one. “Our Gomti river front is more beautiful than Sabarmati,” he said.Referring to the launch of the bullet train project in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad, he also hit out at the BJP on the allegations that were raised against him for launching schemes for Saifai (Etawah), his native place.”They (BJP) used to say that I launch schemes for Saifai. I have relation with the place. But now they will not be able to say this,” he said.When asked about reports of “meagre compensation” to farmers, he said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has promised entire loan waiver of farmers but it was not done.” “CM (Adityanath) has approached the PM, the Niti Ayog, the finance minister and the RBI but with no help from anyone has waived loan (up to Rs one lakh) from his own resources. This is insufficient and farmers are disappointed,” he claimed.”The expenses on advertisement, arrangement of laon waiver programmes etc would have been more that the loan disbursal,” he claimed.

Yogi Adityanath, Akhilesh Yadav engage in Twitter war over Lucknow Metro

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his predecessor Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday engaged in a Twitter war to claim credit for Lucknow Metro, the maiden run of which was flagged off today. The Samajwadi Party said the chief minister inaugurated a project that Yadav had already flagged off.The CM’s office posted a 2.27-minute video on its official Twitter handle, in which Adityanath is seen saying, “Your wish has finally come true. This metro is yours this is a gift for your from the central and state governments.” “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always been in favour of a congestion-free, cheaper and eco-friendly public transport system,” he said in the video message. Adityanath and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh flagged off the metro’s maiden run on a 8.5-km priority corridor from Transport Nagar to Charbagh in the first phase. It will be thrown open to the public on Wednesday. “We have set a target of March 2019 to complete the second phase of the project,” Adityanath said in the video.About an hour before the chief minister’s office tweeted the video, Akhilesh posted his photographs on his Twitter handle with team members and officials of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation. The photos were clicked when Akhilesh was the chief minister and were published as full-page advertisements in leading newspapers here. Akhilesh posted a series of tweets to claim credit for the metro services. “Lucknow Metro will make life easy and people will remember Sreedharanji and his team that made the dream come true,” he tweeted.”Engine toh pehle hi chal dia tha, dibbey to peechey aanee hi thee (The engine had already started running, bogies had to follow),” he tweeted with pictures of metro inauguration to convey that the major part of the project had been completed during his stint as the chief minister. “Before sitting in the metro started by the Samajwadis, the government should take care of 5,000 stray cattle on the roads,” he said in another tweet. Akhilesh, who is now the SP chief, and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav had flagged off the trial run on the same stretch in December last year, just ahead of the assembly elections, to showcase it as a signature project of their government.The BJP had then attacked the Akhilesh government during the assembly election campaign, asking why metro trains were not running in Lucknow even after the inauguration. As the matter got embroiled in politics, Akhilesh had shot back saying it was due to the delay in obtaining clearance from the commissioner, Metro Railway Safety, and had blamed the Centre for it. SP leader and MLC Rajpal Kashyap said the BJP government should tell people that the Lucknow Metro project was started by the Akhilesh dispensation.However, state BJP spokesperson Shalabh Mani Tripathi said, “Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated an incomplete metro rail project in a hurry to take credit (during the Assembly elections). Why did he not mention that funds came from the Centre. People will now travel in the metro under BJP government.”

UP: Congress alleges BJP encroaching upon govt land to build party office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scores of Congress activists staged a dharna on Sunday, alleging that the BJP was trying to encroach upon government land to build a party office. The BJP has denied the charges.”While the Yogi Adityanath government has formed anti- Romeo and anti-encroachment squads, local BJP activists have not only encroached upon land of the Vrindavan-based Inspection Bungalow but has also started construction of a party office,” said former leader of Uttar Pradesh Congress Legislature Party Pradeep Mathur, who led the dharna.He said the encroachment was going on at a time when the RSS was holding its three-day coordination meeting in Vrindavan.The Congress said the construction work had been stopped last month after the party submitted a memorandum to the Municipal Board and the District Magistrate. But it resumed recently, the party alleged.The Samajwadi Party too staged a dharna separately against the alleged illegal construction and submitted a memorandum to the Municipal Board.”There is nothing illegal,” the BJP’s district unit president Tej Veer Singh said, adding that the plot was rented out to the party 25 years ago.The party has been paying rent to the Municipal Board since then, he added.

Azam Khan throws fit over installation of Deendayal Upadhayay’s on NH 24, says it violates SC order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A controversy has erupted over the installation of a statue of Jan Sangh ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay on the National Highway 24.The digging work for the foundation of the statue started about four days ago following which Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan went to the spot along with his supporters yesterday.He hit out at the administration for allowing the work, alleging that the permission was given in violation of high court’s orders on the installation.”The district administration’s permission to dig foundation for the statue’s installation was in violation of the orders of the Supreme Court, high court and the state chief secretary,” Khan claimed.The work was later stopped.A bust of the BJP ideologue stood at the same spot during the previous BJP government. It was removed in 2005 after the Samajwadi Party grabbed power in the state.Minister of State for Minority Affairs Baldev Singh Aulakh vowed to have Upadhyay’s statue erected.He also lashed out at Khan, alleging, “Those who have become a symbol of oppression and dictatorship are now demanding implementation of the court’s orders.”

Tree adoption drive gives green cover a breather

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an aim to conserve trees, which fall prey to concretisation of roads or bad trimming, schools, NGOs and residents plan to adopt around 500 trees situated at Claire Road, Nagpada, Madanpura and the adjoining areas. The initiative has been taken up by local corporator, Rais Shaikh, of the Samajwadi Party.The tree adoption drive is already underway and around 23 people, including institutions, schools and even the ward officer have adopted trees. “The guidelines of the Indian Road Congress are clearly not followed as the base of the trees are filled with concrete. There needs to be enough space for the roots of the trees to breathe and stay healthy. Most trees fall because of the way they are treated,” said Shaikh.He added, “The people who have adopted trees are making sure that excess concrete is removed and there is more space for trees to breathe. The ward officer, too, has adopted a tree.”To encourage more participation, every tree has a name plate with its details. Shaikh and his team also meet every Sunday to further plan the tree adoption drive.

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.)

SP, BSP losing their existence gradually: UP Dy-CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma today described the opposition as “an unemployed lot” and claimed that the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are “losing their existence gradually”. The works done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been so effective and people-centric that the opposition has no issue, he said at a private programme of BJP MLA Puran Prakash here. “Politically, the opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh have become an unemployed bunch with Rahul Gandhi (Congress vice-president) and Akhilesh Yadav (the SP chief) as its active members,” he said. Sharma said, “The opposition now is virtually issue-less, and the SP and the BSP are losing their existence gradually.” The deputy chief minister said that the state now is passing through a stage of reforms and ministers are busy in monitoring developmental work and ensuring relief in flood affected areas. “The Congress is in a state of despondence after the JD (U) joined the NDA, while the SP and the BSP are finding difficult to keep their flock together,” he said. On the Utkal Express derailment, Sharma said that the injured are being treated, and the action is being taken.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No such thing as ‘VIP’ in democracy Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said that there is no such thing as ‘VIP’ in a democracy, adding that the State Government?s mantra is to develop each and every sector. ?Electricity was limited to just five districts in Uttar Pradesh and this is the fact that everybody knows. We said that there is no VIP in a democracy and there can be no discrimination. It cannot be that electricity will be provided only in the area, where the Chief Minister is residing. Everyone’s development is the mantra of our government,? Adityanath said, while addressing the public on his Saharanpur visit. Hitting out at the Samajwadi Party, the Chief Minister said, ?Some were talking about giving Rs. 5 lakh to the police stations for celebrating festivals. Had it been given to the health and the education sector, then things would have changed.? He further said that millions of families do not have electricity connections right now. ?This government is the government of the common people, the government of the farmers. No discrimination will happen in the state. We have waived the debts of the farmers. There will be no discrimination in the name of caste-religion,? Adityanath added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gorakhpur a ‘spot of virtual murder’, not ‘picnic spot’: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today hit back at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for targeting Rahul Gandhi over his visit to Gorakhpur, saying the eastern Uttar Pradesh town was not a “picnic spot”, but “a spot of virtual murder”. AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the chief minister was the Lok Sabha member from Gorakhpur where the tragedy took place, and accused him of reducing the debate over medical negligence to such “cheap politicking”. “He has insulted the sacred memory of those helpless and poor children who died, by reducing the debate to such cheap politicking as a picnic spot. “I will leave for the people of India to judge whether in an anxiety to score political point over Rahul Gandhi, has he not reduced this whole, serious, terrible and tragic episode to a farce and grossly insulted the memory of those children,” he told reporters. Singhvi was responding to the remarks made by Adityanath after launching a cleanliness campaign in the district to tackle the deadly encephalitis outbreak in the wake of death of 71 children at BRD Medical College. “I feel that the shehzada sitting in Lucknow ..yuvraj sitting in Delhi will not know the importance of this cleanliness campaign. They will come here to make it a picnic spot, we cannot permit it,” Adityanath said, referring to Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Gandhi. Gorakhpur was not a picnic spot, instead it “has been turned into a murderous spot by utter negligence, lack of accountability and total callousness”, Singhvi alleged. “It is a spot of virtual murder. The chief minister’s statement is objectionable and insulting,” he added. The Congress leader said it was the spot where hundreds of children seemed to be dying, whereas “business as usual” was the answer charted out by the entire Yogi Adityanath government. Hitting back at the chief minister for his barb, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar said it only reflected the “pettiness” and “panic” over Gandhi’s visit. “The chief minister took no action and he wants to divert the issue…he is belittling the position that he holds by such petty statements…Rahulji has come here to share the the pain of the poor…but asking why he has come only indicated the pettiness of the chief minister and panic that his visit will ensure justice,” Babbar said. Babbar, along with other senior leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad and RPN Singh, accompanied Gandhi. The Congress vice-president visited the villages to meet families of the children who lost their lives and assured full support, besides taking up the matter with officials concerned to check the recurrence of the deadly disease. The Congress has targeted the Yogi Adityanath government over the deaths following allegations that the children who were critically ill succumbed due to oxygen shortage.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Metro 3 work: Party offices shift out of Nariman Point

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major relief to MMRC for the construction of Vidhan Bhavan Metro station at Nariman Point, all three major political parties — Congress, NCP, and Shiv Sena – have shifted their offices to different locations after the MMRC offered to pay rent for their offices. The MMRC has been having a tough time shifting party offices temporarily as leaders from all the parties were reluctant citing that the Nariman Point offices are closer to the Mantralaya, and saves their time commuting between the two locations.An MMRC official, said, “All offices have shifted. NCP also recently shifted their office to Ballard Estate. We have also started with civil construction after the party offices shifted. The Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) are yet to shift out of their office space. We are currently holding dialogue with MAT officials, and they too will soon shift.”Since 2015, the MMRC has been in touch with political parties who had refused to vacate the premises. Subsequently, the MMRC had, in December 2016, had also served notices to the Congress NCP and Shiv Sena from Nariman Point for the construction of the metro station for the proposed Colaba-Seepz Metro 3 underground corridor.Apart from the three parties, the offices of Samajwadi Partyy, Republican Party of India, and Shetkari Kamgar Party were also to be shifted.

Akhilesh makes light of Amit Shah’s ‘Mission 2019’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav today poked fun at BJP President Amit Shah, saying the opposition may well have to leave for Nepal if the party won its target of 350 plus seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The Samajwadi Party leader was asked by reporters here about Shah’s Mission 2019 — a poll strategy on winning 350 seats or more in the next Parliamentary election. “If he (Shah) is saying so, he must be right. If this is so, we (the opposition) should go on a foreign trip or go to Nepal … We should leave UP,” Yadav said. He said the people of Uttar Pradesh and the rest of the country had seen through the BJP. “They (BJP) did not do what they said, they do what they did not say. They did not fulfil their promises and people have understood this. What has the Centre done in the past three years? Nothing,” he said. Asked why despite his claims of development in the state the people of UP did not vote for the SP, he said, “The people are now happy with us. But this is a democratic system and they will have to wait for five years. They were misled and did not take note of our work. But they have now understood.” The BJP, which won 282 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, is now eyeing a two-third majority in Parliament, party sources said yesterday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sharad’s show of strength with opposition parties tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leaders from opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, are expected to attend an event tomorrow, hosted by rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, that seeks to save the “composite culture” of the country. Top leaders of the Congress, the Left, Samajwadi Party, BSP, TMC and other parties opposed to the BJP have been invited to the programme which is being seen as Yadav’s show of strength against his party chief Nitish Kumar’s decision to ally with the BJP. Asked who would attend the meeting, he told reporters, “There would be hardly anybody from the opposition who will not come”. Asserting that “composite culture” was the soul of the Constitution, which Yadav alleged was being “tinkered with”, he said similar meetings would be held across the country. While refusing to answer questions on his disapproval of Bihar Chief Minister Kumar’s alliance with the BJP, the former JD(U) chief said the decision to hold tomorrow’s event was taken weeks ago, when his party was with the loose opposition group. “The ‘sajha virasat bachao sammelan’ (save composite culture programme) is not against anybody but in the interest of the country. This is in the interest of 125 crore people of the country,” he said. He cited incidents such as the suicide of Rohith Vemula and the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, besides suicides of farmers across the country, to suggest that the situation was tough for underprivileged people. While supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments against violence in the name of faith, Yadav said it was not reflected on the ground and Modi needed to tell his party’s governments to follow his dictum. Sources close to him said invites had been sent to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad among others in the Congress, Sitaram Yechury of the CPI(M), Lalu Prasad of the RJD, Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, besides others. The JD(U), which has asked Yadav not to hold the event, removed him as its parliamentary party leader in the Rajya Sabha when he continued with his campaign against the alliance with the BJP. Yadav was accompanied by Ali Anwar Ansari, a Rajya Sabha member suspended from the parliamentary party by the JD(U), and Arun Shrivastava, recently sacked from the post of general secretary.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy continues, 6 more children die

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six more children have died from encephalitis since Saturday at state-run BRD Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur where the death of nearly 70 of them, including infants, has set off a nation-wide outrage and political recrimination. Many of these deaths were alleged to have been caused by shortage of oxygen, a claim dismissed by the government. Even as the authorities grappled with the situation in the aftermath of the tragedy which continued to unfold, additional director health Pushkar Anand today said these fresh deaths occurred between August 12 and 14. “In the past three days — from August 12 to August 14 — six encephalitis patients, mostly children have died. In the same period, as many as 21 patients were admitted for treatment. At present nearly 75 encephalitis patients are undergoing treatment in the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital,” he said. In state capital Lucknow, UP Congress leaders inclduing state party chief Raj Babbar staged a protest over the tragedy and many of them courted arrest. The Congress has been demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and registration of a case of “murder” over the “massacre” of children. BJP chief Amit Shah, who is in Bengaluru, rejected the demand for Adityanath’s ouster, saying such incidents had also happened in states governed by the Congress. “It is natural for Congress to ask for Yogiji’s resignation. This is not the first time such an incident has taken place in this large country of ours. Such incidents have taken place during Congress rule in many states,” he told reporters. Replying to a query, Shah said unlike the Congress, BJP “does not hold anybody guilty” without investigation, which was on. Whey asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who often takes to microblogging website twitter to express his views, has not tweeted about the Gorakhpur tragedy yet, Shah said he has already voiced his grief over the deaths. “Twitter is not the only medium to convey a message,” he said. Congress, meanwhile claimed it had warned the government about the resource crunch at the hospital. Party vice president Rahul Gandhi had warned about funds to the hospital having been “stopped” in September, 2016, and also visited the encephalitis wing, Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken said in New Delhi. Meanwhile, the NHRC has sent a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over the tragedy, observing it indicated “gross callousness” on part of the health administration. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) asked the state’s chief secretary to submit a detailed report in four weeks on steps taken for relief and rehabilitation of the affected families as well as the action taken against those guilty. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav visited Gorakhpur and met family members of deceased infants and consoled them. The former chief minister visited two villages and met three bereaved families. Moved by the Gorakhpur tragedy, BJP Lok Sabha member Varun Gandhi today pledged Rs 5 crore from his MP local area development fund to build a state-of-the-art paediatric wing in Sultanpur district hospital. “The human tragedy in Gorakhpur has left me jolted,” he said. Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh, who is facing flak for the hospital disaster, claimed “commissionkhori” (bribery) has come to light at the hospital. “As against the demand for Rs 68 lakh for payment of dues for oxygen cylinders at the hospital, the government released Rs two crore on August five. But the hospital administration made payments not before August 11 and even then it spent only Rs 11 lakh. Why? because of commissionkhori”, Singh said in Allahabad. He admitted that health care facilities were inadequate in UP which has a huge population of 22 crore, but promised to bring it back on track. Singh was shown black flags by members of the students wing of Samajwadi Party when his vehicle entered the city this afternoon. In the last three decades, Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) have claimed over 50,000 lives in the eastern Uttar Pradesh, mostly in Gorakhpur district. Till Augusut 8, 124 deaths have been reported. 641 children died last year and 491 in 2015, official data said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gorakhpur tragedy: Hero doctor Kafeel Khan sacked 48 hours after saving infants

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dr. Kafeel Khan, a paediatrician and the head of the encephalitis ward at Baba Raghav Das Medical College, was removed as the Nodal Officer two days after he saved hundreds of children by collecting oxygen cylinders from various nursing homes.According to ANI, Dr. Bhupendra Sharma has been replaced Khan at BRD Medical College. However, no official reason has been given for Khan’s removal.Khan, who headed the encephalitis ward and is a paediatrician, managed to save many lives and the parents in the hospital had said that had it not been for his work, the number of deaths in the past 48 hours would be more than 36.Khan borrowed three oxygen cylinders from other nursing homes when the oxygen supply at BRD Hospital and even withdrew Rs 10,000 from his personal account to purchase 17 oxygen cylinders in order to save as many infants as possible.Although his heroics were hailed on Saturday, a thread on Twitter on Sunday alleged that Khan, reportedly a Samajwadi Party supporter, had cheated his way into medical college. The thread written by a person with the handle @WrongDoc, also alleged that the nursing home that he got the oxygen cylinders from belonged to him and he was running an illegal practice.

BJP MLA, SP leader booked in connection with death of farmer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case has been filed against a BJP MLA, his brother and a former legislator belonging to the Samajwadi Party in connection with alleged illegal confinement of a farmer who reportedly died later here in UP, police said. The farmer Jaswant Singh’s family has filed a complaint in which they have alleged that the 61-year-old was tortured after being illegally detained. On the basis of the complaint, a case has been registered against BJP MLA Lokendra Singh, his brother CP Singh, former SP MLA Ruchi Vira, as also some policemen under sections 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 304 (causing death by negligence), police said. Police said that on August 6, a mob allegedly attacked Lokendra following which an FIR was registered by his supporters. Several people were named in the FIR, including Nirpendra Singh, son of Jaswant Singh. Nirpendra got his father released on bail last evening after which Jaswant died of heart attack, according to the family members. Scores of farmers staged a protest here today over the incident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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.)

Sonia, Rahul express shock over children’s death in Gorakhpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi today expressed deep shock over the death of 30 children at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh due to lack of oxygen. The Congress president said she was pained beyond words by the humongous tragedy and that her heart went out to the families of the innocent children who “fell prey to gross negligence and incorrigible misconduct on part of the authorities”. She urged the Uttar Pradesh government to take immediate cognisance of the crime and bring the culprits to book. She also called upon the state Congress workers to provide relief to families of the victims. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said the “BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government was responsible for the tragedy.” “Deeply pained. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. BJP govt is responsible and should punish the negligent, who caused this tragedy,” he tweeted. At least 30 children died in the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh since the past two days, district magistrate Rajeev Rautela said today. Though he gave no reason for the deaths, the Union home ministry said according to the SP of Gorakhpur, 21 children died due to shortage of supply of liquid oxygen. The incident triggered a spate of reactions from the opposition parties, with the Samajwadi Party and the Congress seeking the resignation of the state health minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

New generation of samajwadis should fulfil Gandhi’s dream of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is the responsibility of the new generation of samajwadis to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of ‘suraaj’ (good governance), Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said today. Speaking on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, he emphasised on the need to preserve the values of freedom. “On August 9, 1942, Mahatma Gandhi gave the clarion call of ‘Quit India’ and samajwadis took part in the movement with great enthusiasm. It is the responsibility of the new generation of samajwadis to fulfil the dream of ‘suraaj’ (good governance), which Mahatma Gandhi had dreamt of. It is our duty to preserve the values of freedom,” the SP chief said here. The SP is observing the day as “Desh bachao, Desh banao” diwas. Akhilesh also hit out at the BJP government for its slew of ‘anti-people’ measures. “The BJP government has cheated the farmers. The crop loan waiver and doubling their income have remained a promise. Both, the poor and the farmers are in trouble,” a party statement quoted the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh as saying. He also criticised the Centre’s GST and demonetisation steps. “Public is facing trouble due to price rise while youngsters are worried because of unemployment. The slogan of Swachh Bharat (Clean India) will be realised only when politics will be cleansed,” the SP leader said. “There is deterioration in law and order situation in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The education and health sector is also going down. Women are feeling insecure and there is fear among minorities,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kranti March: After CM Fadnavis announces sops for Marathas, Muslim leaders bat for education quota

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prominent leaders from the Muslim community in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Wednesday made a strong pitch for restoration of 5% quota in education. Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi, Congress legislator Naseem Khan and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) legislators Waris Pathan and Imtiyaz Jaleel at the outset clarified that they support reservation to the Maratha community but wanted the government to be pro-active in providing quota for the Muslim community in education institutions.In Maharashtra, Muslim community constitute 11% of the state population.The trigger was a slew of announcements made by the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis after meeting the delegation of Maratha Kranti Morcha which had organised morcha today in the city to press among other things reservation in jobs and education. Immediately after Fadnavis ended his statement Azmi wanted to know why the government was silent on reservation to the Muslim community.
ALSO READ Maratha Kranti March: CM Fadnavis asks OBC commission to get back on reservation status in stipulated timeHe reminded that previous Congress-NCP government had provided 5% quota in jobs and education for the Muslim community but subsequently the Bombay high court stayed reservation in jobs but restored quota in education. Thereafter the state government scrapped an ordinance providing reservation for Muslims, despite the Bombay High Court allowing quota for the community in educational institutions.Azmi said the government should have restored 5% quota in education and expressed displeasure over lack of any action from the government in this regard. ‘’There are 20 crore Muslims in the country and they cannot be left out in the development process,’’ he noted.
ALSO READ Maratha Kranti Morcha | Here’s all you need to know about the silent march across MaharashtraThe Samajwadi Party legislator was supported by former minister and Congress legislator Naseem Khan who said the government should not further delay the restoration of quota for the Muslim community.Pathan criticized the government for not being serious on the issue of providing reservation to the Muslim community.Congress MP and Maulana Azad Vichar Manch convenor Hussian Dalwai strongly justified quota for Muslim community in the education especially when 32% children are child labour and the community is the most backward one.However, Fadnavis noted that the Muslims from OBC and SC communities were already covered by reservations. “Regarding the other quotas, there are HC judgments and the state government has its opinions. We are bound to take decisions based on Constitutional provisions,” he said, adding that Muslim students would also get the benefit of scholarships for 605 courses. The state government has covered OBC and Maratha students under these scholarships.Fresh demand by these leaders is important as various organizations representing the Muslim community had organized morchas across the state during January and March demanding 15 percent reservation under the Rangnath Mishra Commission, Sacchar Committee and Mehmood-Ur-Rehman committee reports. These morchas were organized on the lines of similar mobilization by the Maratha community.Azmi, Khan and Pathan hinted that the Muslim community will have to again hit the roads and organize morchas to attract the government’s attention if the decision is not taken at the earliest.

SP to protest against BJP govt’s policies tomorrow in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Samajwadi Party (SP) today accused the BJP government of “suppressing the voice of discontent” and said it will observe ‘august kranti diwas’ tomorrow as ‘desh bachao, desh banao diwas’. As part of its programme, the SP will stage protests at all district headquarters and party chief Akhilesh Yadav will address a rally in Faizabad, a party spokesman said. “The party will observe Kranti Diwas tomorrow as ‘Desh Bachao, Desh Banao diwas’ at all the district headquarters with national president Akhilesh Yadav attending a rally in Faizabad district. “On this day, we would register our protests against the BJP, which is suppressing the voice of discontent,” Party spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said. ‘August Kranti Diwas’ is day observed to remember the historic ‘Quit India Movement’ initiated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942. “This BJP government is anti-people and the SP would continue to protest against its policies on issues related to farmers, youths and women and its communal politics,” Chowdhury said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Those who want to quit SP, should leave without giving any

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the backdrop of three MLCs recently quitting the party and joining the BJP, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav today said those who wanted to go, should go without offering any excuse, so that he could ascertain who were with him in “bad times”. Referring to the “excuses” put forward by the three MLCs — Bukkal Nawab, Sarojini Agarwal and Yashwant Singh — while leaving the party, Yadav said, “Some people are saying they were feeling suffocated as the atmosphere of the party had gone bad. This should not be an excuse for leaving the party, they should find a better excuse.” Asserting that the party was doing well and a large number of women, farmers and youths had joined it recently, he said, “Those who want to leave the party should not give any excuse…they can just leave. In that case, at least I will get to know who are with us during bad times.” The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister was addressing the party workers at the SP headquarters here on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Yadav said he had paid a visit to Nawab on Eid and had ‘sewai’ (a sweet dish) with him. “At that time, he (Nawab) had not mentioned that he was planning to leave the party. It has come to our notice that there was some land issue, due to which he was being pressured,” he added. In a dig at Nawab and the BJP, Yadav said, “They (BJP) are doing good work. It is ironic that when a person is not in the BJP, he is labelled as a land mafia and when he joins the party, he becomes honest, upright and a gentleman.” On Agarwal, who runs a medical college in Meerut in the name of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, Yadav said he was not aware of what the matter was with her. “There could be a land issue behind it as well,” he added. A number of women workers of the SP tied rakhi to Yadav on the occasion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sachin Tendulkar turned up in Rajya Sabha and Twitter can’t keep calm

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday attended the Rajya Sabha.Although, Tendulkar attended the proceedings, he didn’t ask any question. Boxer Mary Kom too was also present in the Upper House.This development comes two days after Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal had questioned absence of nominated members from the Rajya Sabha.Agarwal had on Tuesday asked Tendulkar and actress Rekha to resign from the Rajya Sabha.Speaking in the Upper House of Parliament, he had said: ‘They should resign if they are not interested in Parliament They are hardly present in Parliament.’Tendulkar and Rekha were the worst performers in attendance in the Rajya Sabha among the 12 nominated members.Here’s how Twitter reacted: With inputs from ANI

Sachin Tendulkar attends Rajya Sabha proceedings after Naresh Agrawal demanded resignation over poor attendance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday attended Rajya Sabha proceedings, a day after a Member of Parliament (MP) demanded his resignation over poor attendance.Sachin Tendulkar and yesteryears Bollywood star Rekha came under attack in Rajya Sabha after Samajwadi Party leader and MP Naresh Agarwal asked them to resign from the House over the issue of their non-attendance.”They should resign if they are not interested in parliament, they are hardly present in parliament,” Agarwal said.In March, Agarwal had said, “We have been yearning to see the presence of nominated members. They never come to the house. The entire session is over, but we haven’t seen them, be he Tendulkar or film actress Rekha or others.”In 2014 too, Sachin and Rekha had come under attack for less attendance.Both of them were nominated in 2012 by the previous Congress-led UPA government. Their attendance is far below the national average of 78 per cent.

India’s borders not safe because of Centre’s inconsistent policies: Akhilesh Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said the country’s borders were not safe because of “inconsistent policies” of the central government.China is being so audacious that its soldiers have entered Chamoli. The government “did not give a thought to the border states in the past three years”, he said.”The country’s borders are not safe because of inconsistent policies of the central government,” the former UP chief minister said.Yadav claimed that developmental works have come to a standstill under the Yogi Adityanath government and there was a risk to the law and order situation in the state.While BJP chief Amit Shah has lauded the state government, “it has no scheme to give jobs to the youth …developmental works have come to a standstill”, he said in a party release issued here.”Corruption is rampant at every level … All sections of the society are dissatisfied and law and order is at risk …On what basis did Shah give a clean chit to the state government?” he asked.

HC dismisses petitions against new Nitish govt formation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Patna High Court today dismissed two petitions challenging formation of the new government by Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) along with the BJP, saying no intervention of the court is required after floor test in the state Assembly. The two PILs had challenged the formation of the new government on the ground that it had violated the judgement in the S R Bommai case. After hearing all parties, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A K Upadhyay dismissed the two PILs saying, after floor test in the state Assembly, no intervention of the court is required. While one PIL was filed by RJD MLAs Saroj Yadav and Chandan Verma, the second PIL was filed by Jitendra Kumar who is a member of the Samajwadi Party. On Friday last, the court had adjourned the matter for today. The new Nitish Kumar government, in which NDA is a coalition partner, had comfortably won the trust vote on Friday last. While the ruling alliance got 131 votes, the opposition had secured 108 votes in the vote of confidence. B C Pandey and Bhupendra Kumar Singh, lawyers on behalf of the petitioners, argued before the court that RJD, the single largest party, was not given a chance for government formation in violation of the Supreme Court judgement in the S R Bommai case and hence the oath of office and secrecy taken by ministers of the new government should be cancelled. While Advocate General Lalit Kishore appeared on behalf of the state government, Y V Giri was the governor’s counsel and the Union government was represented by S D Sanjay. Y V Giri argued before the court that once the floor test is conducted, nothing else remains as the party clearly proved its majority on the floor of the House. The new government had furnished a list of 131 MLAs in support of the new government and they acquired the same number of votes during the confidence vote on Friday last which justified the governor’s decision to call them for forming a government, Giri said. He told the court that the same procedure was followed recently in formation of government in Goa. After hearing all the parties, the bench observed that no intervention was required. On Friday last, lawyers of the petitioners had mentioned the two cases ahead of the crucial confidence vote and had prayed to the judge to cancel the trust vote since it violated the judgement in the S R Bommai case. The lawyers had also prayed to the court to issue a directive to invite the leader of the single largest party to form the government. Principal Additional Advocate General Lalit Kishore and Additional Solicitor General S D Sanjay had termed the PILs on July 28 last as “frivolous”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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