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DNA Evening Must Reads: PM Modi to address nation at 7.30 pm, updates on Mulayam-Akhilesh row, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yadav vs Yadav: Akhilesh back in SP fold, to make poll candidates list with MulayamFaced with an imminent split which could have drastically reduced his clout, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav today revoked the expulsion of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Ramgopal, just a day after they were sacked for ‘indiscipline’. Read more hereAmid demonetization row, Rahul Gandhi leaves country to celebrate New YearAccording to various media reports, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has reportedly left the country to celebrate New Year in London. Read more herePM Modi’s New Year’s Eve Speech at 7:30 PM.Here’s where you can watch PM Modi’s address. BJP forms govt in Arunachal as Pema Khandu & 32 MLAs join partyIn a fast paced development, a BJP government was today installed in Arunachal Pradesh after 33, out of 43 Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA) MLAs led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, joined the saffron brigade in this politically fragile state. Read more hereAamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’ ROARS at the Box Office, mints Rs 216.12 crore in 8 days!Aamir Khan ‘s Dangal continues its victory marathon at the ticket windows on Day 8 of its release. Read more here

Akhilesh Yadav chairs meeting with all SP MLAs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expelled Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav chaired a meeting of Samajwadi Party MLAs at 9 am on Saturday at his official residence.Mulayam Singh yesterday expelled Akhilesh and National General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years over indiscipline late on Friday night. “I solely founded the party, what is their (Akhilesh and Ram Gopal) contribution? They are destroying the party,” he said. “To save the party, we have expelled both Ram Gopal and Akhilesh Yadav for six years from the party. No one has the right to call for a national executive meeting other than the party chief, and by doing this, you (Akhilesh and Ram Gopal) have hurt the party’s interest,” Mulayam told media here. “I will decide as to who will be the chief ministerial candidate of the party,” he insisted.This move comes after Akhilesh had released a list of 235 candidates out of the total 403 seats for upcoming state assembly elections on Thursday, rejecting the list announced by Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday. “We have declared a list of 325 candidates for the 2017 assembly polls; 78 seats still remain. Names of the candidates for the rest of the 78 seats will be announced soon,” Mulayam had said on Wednesday. Akhilesh’s name did not figure in the first list. Mulayam said his son being the chief minister, can contest from any assembly seat he wishes to.

Game UP: Samajwadi Party faces split as Mulayam expels Akhilesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav dropped a bombshell, expelling his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday evening, all eyes are now on the party’s one-day national convention on Sunday.Mulayam also expelled his cousin and party general secretary Ramgopal Yadav for calling the emergency session of delegates, and accused him of “spoiling the career of the chief minister.” The SP chief said both Akhilesh and Ramgopal have been sacked for weakening the party and stated that his son didn’t even consulted him on state matters.In a fight to the finish, Mulayam and his brother Shivpal Yadav have summoned a meeting of party MLAs on Saturday and those named as candidates. Both factions of the Yadav family are vying to entice as many MLAs as they can to strengthen the party. “This expulsion is unconstitutional,” said Ramgopal, alleging that of late, the SP has made a practice of ignoring its playbook. “Half an hour after we were given notice, we were expelled. Even a criminal is given a chance to explain,” said a disgruntled Ramgopal.Party sources from Lucknow told DNA that the convention will appeal to Mulayam to continue to lead the party, but relook the list of candidates he had announced unilaterally on Wednesday and also revoke the decision to expel the Chief Minister. The list, announced by Mulayam, has several candidates backed by Shivpal whose candidacy had been fiercely opposed by Akhilesh. This included gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed, who faces 44 serious criminal charges — including murder.Defying the party and his father, Akhilesh released his own rebel list on Thursday of 235 candidates. One of them included Rita Bahuguna Joshi. Formerly with the Congress before she switched to the BJP, Joshi is the MLA from Lucknow Cantt constituency.The party’s senior leader Madhukar Jaitley described the situation as “unfortunate”. He said a situation was unprecedented where a father, also the founder of the party, was compelled to expel his son. SP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said there was still room for reconciliation, but expressed concern at the move coming at a time when the state was on the verge of elections.Saturday will be a crucial day for the Mulayam and Shivpal camps, party sources said. The majority of MLAs have so far reposed their faith in the Chief Minister.On October 28, Akhilesh had mustered the support of 190 MLAs out of SP’s 229 against his uncle Shivpal. Besides legislators, the majority of party leaders as well owe allegiance to the Chief Minister, as they see him as the future of the party. Immediately after the decision, reports from Lucknow said workers thronged Akhilesh’s official residence, shouting slogans against Shivpal. Over 100 MLAs reached Akhilesh’s house to express support. There were also shouts of self-immolation as the crowds turned emotional.With elections now so close, there is hardly any possibility of the party replacing the Chief Minister now. In case of a majority of MLAs expressing a no-confidence motion, Akhilesh may be allowed to continue as caretaker. Otherwise, the state will move towards the imposition of President’s rule. Sources in Raj Bhawan said Governor Ram Naik is keeping a close eye on the developments, but, so far, no communication has been made to him from either the Mulayam or Akhilesh camp.Denying speculations that Akhilesh will resign, his loyalist Gomti Yadav said the CM will stay on till his last day in power.Already other parties are moving in to align forces. West Bengal CM and Trinamul Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee called up Akhilesh and offered support, saying “you are like my brother.” Congress leader Jayanta Prasad is already mediating between Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh for a possible electoral tie-up.While UP’s ruling party has been headed for a split for some time now, the break point came after Ramgopal called an emergency convention of the party in defiance of the party chief. This came after Mulayam issued a show-cause notice to his son, asking him why disciplinary action should not be taken against him for releasing a parallel list of candidates, which include several party leaders close to him and who did not make it to the official list released by his father a day before. Akhilesh’s list include 187 candidates who have also featured in his father’s list.The Chief Minister’s defiant move was seen as a last-ditch effort to pressure his father into reconsidering the candidacy of his key aides after they failed to reach common ground at a meeting in Lucknow. In recent months, Akhilesh has engaged in a bitter power tussle with Shivpal, who is the party’s UP chief. Notably, Shivpal was present next to Mulayam, when he announced the expulsion of Akhilesh.The SP’s internal battle gives an added advantage to the BJP and Mayawati’s BSP in the mega battle being touted as the semi-final before the general elections in 2019. Elections to UP’s 403 assembly seats are expected to be announced by the Election Commission any day now.The battle, which had been festering for over a year, had been triggered by Shivpal to control the party. This was resisted by Akhilesh, mentored by Ramgopal, his father’s cousin. Akhilesh has contended with a constant undermining of his decisions by Mulayam, under the alleged influence of Shivpal. Among the initiatives which his father thwarted include the lobbying for an alliance with the Congress for state elections, and a request to shun politicians with criminal backgrounds as candidates.Battle between the bahusIt is not just the father and son who are locked in a political battle. It is also a battle between the daughters-in-law. Aparna, wife of Mulayam’s second son Prateek, has stood by uncle Shivpal against Akhilesh’s wife Dimple, who is also an MP. Aparna had recently been handed a ticket from Lucknow Cantt. With the situation getting uglier between the father and the son, theories about the rift continue to emerge. Akhilesh’s supporters allege that Sadhna Gupta, the party chief’s second wife, and the Chief Minister’s stepmother, has instigated him against his eldest son. Now, with his expulsion, Akhilesh, Aparna and Sadhna are vying to become the youth face of the SP. Who will win the political games now remains to be seen.UP Caste Composition in 2016OBC 44%Dalits (Scs) 21.1%Tribals (Sts) 0.8%Forward Caste 16%Muslims 19.3%Christians 0.18%Out of OBCsYadavs -9%Lodhi -7%Jats -1.7%KUSHWAHA (MAURYA, SHAKYA, KOERI, KACHHI, SAINI) 4%Kurmi – 3%Other OBCs (including Sunars, few Muslim OBCs) -20%Jatavs Dalits -9%Non-Jatav Dalits (includes Pasis, Mallah and Valmikis) -11%

Mulayam expels UP CM Akhilesh: Here’s a timeline of the Yadav clan Dangal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ruling Samajawadi Party was on Friday on the precipice of a split with party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav expelling his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and cousin general secretary Ramgopal Yadav for six years after they put up candidates against the official nominees and summoned a party meet on Sunday. Ahead of the 2017 UP Elections, Mulayam’s announcement may have been sudden but the feud in the Yadav family have been taking a turn for the worse since the past few months. The latter half of this year has seen the family at constant loggerheads. Here’s a timeline chronicling the disintegration of the Uttar Pradesh’s Samajawadi Party:August 15: Samajwadi Party plans to merge with with gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s Qaumi Ekta Dal(QED). As a result, brother Shivpal Yadav threatens to resign from the party, which is averted by Mulayam Singh Yadav in view of the UP elections.
ALSO READ Yadav vs Yadav Dangal: Mulayam Singh expels Akhilesh and Ram Gopal from SP for six years September 13: Akhilesh steps down from his position in the party as the UP unit chief and Mulayam appoints Shivpal as the Samajwadi Party’s State President. On the same day, Akhilesh strips uncle Shivpal Yadav of key portfolios.September 15: Ramgopal Yadav, another brother of Mulayam and Samajwadi Party general secretary says there is no ‘sankat’ (rift) in the party and it was a wrong decision to remove Akhilesh Yadav as the president of the Samajwadi Party. The day also sees Shivpal resign from the Uttar Pradesh cabinet and quit as the state unit president of Samajwadi Party. This was a result of Akhilesh deciding to sack two ministers from his cabinet – Gayatri Prajapati and Rajkishore Singh over allegations of corruption. Both the leaders were considered close to Shivpal.September 17: Akhilesh Yadav announces that Shivpal will continue as the SP State President. Sacked Mines Minister, Gayatri Prasad Prajapati re-inducted in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet.September 18: Shivpal Yadav expels Ramgopal Yadav and another leader for their alleged involvement in land grabbing. Additionally, Shivpal also expels party MLC Arvind Pratap Yadav, who is a nephew of Ramgopal Yadav and former village head in Etawah.September 19: Shivpal’s firing of seven youth leaders result in a number of youth leaders close to Akhilesh Yadav quitting the party.October 14: “The Chief ministerial candidate will be decided by the elected party legislatures and parliamentary board. This is our job,” Mulayam snubs Akhilesh by saying that the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate will be decided by elected party legislatures after the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. October 17: With much hesitation, Akhilesh is endorsed by Mulayam as the presumptive chief ministerial candidate of the party ahead of state Elections.October 23: Akhilesh sacks Shivpal along with three other ministers from the government.December 25: Akhilesh submits his own list of 403 probable candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections.December 28: Mulayam announces his own list of candidates for 325 of the 403 Assembly seat.December 29: Akhilesh revolts and releases his own list of 235 candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections.December 30: The Yadav feud reached its peak on Friday when Mulayam expelled Akhilesh along with cousin Ramgopal for anti-party activities. “We have to save the party. The party comes first. That is why we are expelling both Akhilesh and Ramgopal,” Mulayam said.(With agency inputs)

Mulayam should explain why he imposed Akhilesh on UP after 2012 polls: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>People of Uttar Pradesh have already “expelled” Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav should now answer as to why he “betrayed” the state by imposing his son after 2012 polls, BJP said soon after Akhilesh was expelled for six years from the party.”Akhilesh Yadav has let down the people of Uttar Pradesh with the all-round failures of his government. He has not fulfilled any promise. People are feeling betrayed. Now Mulayam Singh Yadav has expelled him from the party. People have already expelled him due to his governance failures,” BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said.”Mualayam Singh Yadav should answer as to why he imposed his son on the state and betrayed it,” he said.People had voted for SP in 2012 as they were angry with the Mayawati government over poor law and order and development but SP has also let them down, he said, blaming Yadav for “deteriorating law and order” as his portfolios includes the Home department.Voters will not fall in this trap this time, Sharma said, claiming that they have made up their mind to vote for BJP.”There is wave in our support,” he claimed. BJP governments in various states have brought development and ensured double digit growth, he said.

Yadav vs Yadav: Mulayam issues showcause notice to CM Akhilesh for anti-party activity

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday issued a showcause notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and his son Akhilesh Yadav for issuing a candidate list separately for the upcoming state assembly polls.This move comes after Akhilesh, earlier on Thursday, released a list of 235 candidates out of the total 403 seats for upcoming state assembly elections, a day after party supremo had released the official list.Akhilesh met Mulayam Singh, but as per sources, the party chief refused to make any change in the list of 325 candidates issued by him on Thursday.
ALSO READ SP’s feud out in the open again, Akhilesh conveys displeasure to Mulayam over candidates list”We have declared list of 325 candidates for the 2017 assembly polls; 78 seats still remain. Name of candidates for rest of the 78 seats will be announced soon,” Mulayam said on Wednesday while announcing the list.The Samajwadi Party supremo announced the first list in the absence of his son, who is at loggerheads with his uncle Shivpal Yadav over distribution of tickets. Mulayam announced the name of his brother Shivpal from Jaswant Nagar Assembly seat.
ALSO READ UP Elections 2017: SP headed for virtual split, Akhilesh Yadav releases own list of candidates for 235 seats Akhilesh’s name did not figure in the first list. Mulayam, however, said that his son, being the Chief Minister, can contest from any assembly seat he wishes to.

DNA Morning Must Reads: Rift in SP, fire in Pune bakery, Serena’s engagement & more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rift widens in Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh releases list of candidatesThe crisis within the Samajwadi Party (SP) deepened on Thursday, with UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announcing his own list of 325 candidates for the upcoming Assembly polls. Read detailsJharkhand: Coal mine collapses in Lalmatia, at least 50 people trappedAt least 50 people are feared trapped after a coal mine collapsed in Jharkhand’s Lalmatia in Godda district on Thursday night. According to initial information, some machineries of a private company along with around 50 workers are suspected to be trapped inside the debris. Read moreMaharashtra: 6 killed in fire at bakery in PuneSix people were killed after a fire broke out at ‘Bakes and Cakes’ bakery in Maharashtra’s Pune early morning on Friday. Read more Crisis in Arunachal, party suspends CM; Ram Madhav says BJP will stand by Pema KhanduThe newly formed People’s Party of Arunachal Pradesh (PPA) is in crisis. The newly formed outfit has suspended its own chief minister Pema Khandu, son of former chief minister Dorji Khandu, who died in a helicopter crash four years back. Read moreSerena Williams is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian!World number two tennis player Serena Williams has become engaged to Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the social media company Reddit. Read details

Rift widens as Akhilesh meets supporters; objects to father’s list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The war games are likely to continue within the Yadav family, a day after Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav snubbed his son and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, by publicly announcing 325 candidates of the 403 assembly seats on Wednesday. The list which omitted names of candidates suggested by the UP CM, suggested that the party was in danger of splitting before the crucial polls in the state.Hectic political activities began on Thursday right from the morning as party leaders have been gathering outside the residences of Akhilesh and Mulayam and huge crowds assembled outside Mulayam’s brother Shivpal Yadav’s residence. Sources close to the UP Chief Minister said that Akhilesh was likely to announce his own list of candidates for the state polls. They also said the candidates declared by him are likely to contest on different symbols as independent candidates.”Yes, Akhilesh Yadav is likely to announce his own list of candidates for UP polls,” said SP MLA Indal Singh. Singh’s remarks came after the CM’s meeting with those of whom who had been denied tickets.The UP CM who had just arrived from Bundelkhand, convened a meeting on Thursday of his supporters and legislators who had been denied tickets. He also met ministers who were denied tickets. Among them were Pawan Pandey, Ram Govind Chaudhary and Arvind Singh ‘Gop’. Sources close to him said that in the highly charged atmosphere, several of his loyalists had asked him to defy his father and uncle Shivpal Yadav, and go ahead with his own list of candidates.Later in the day, Akhilesh met his father Mulayam, and his uncle Shivpal was also present. But the talks did not seem to have yielded the desired results.The tension before the meeting was clear as an upset Akhilesh said,”The list does not include names of certain candidates who are sure to win. I will take it up with the SP chief and tell him that some of them have done really good work and they should be given tickets.” Since then the UP CM has remained incommunicado.Akhilesh’s supporter Uday Veer Singh said, “The Chief Minister has always fought for justice and he will continue to do so.” Singh however refused to comment on whether a new party would be formed.The list Mulayam unveiled on Wednesday, included 176 sitting MLAs. It not only left out several pro-Akhilesh ministers, but also did not carry the names of over 50 sitting MLAs. On the other hand, 10 ministers, including Shivpal, who had been sacked by the Chief Minister, over the past few months, got tickets. These former ministers were in open defiance of Akhilesh and it had paid off.In a late night tit-for-tat action, the Chief Minister had struck back, sacking two Shivpal loyalists — Surabhi Shukla, vice-chairperson of UP Awas Vikas Parishad and her husband Sandeep Shukla from the post of advisor of Rajkiya Nirman Nigam. Sandeep has been fielded from Sultanpur Sadar seat.Mulayam had also ignored Akhilesh’s objections to certain names, like Sigbatullah Ansari, brother of jailed gangster Mukhtar Ansari, and Atiq Ahmed who faces over 40 criminal cases including that for murder. The list also included tainted minister Gayatri Prajapati, whose sacking and re-induction as minister exposed the factional infighting in the ruling party.The SP supremo also made clear his differences with Akhilesh on the issue of a pre-poll alliance by ruling out any pact for a grand alliance. He even refused to project a chief ministerial candidate, dealing a serious blow to his son at a time when polls are to be announced very soon.A senior party leader said that by taking on political dons and criminals, Akhilesh was attempting to grow bigger than his party. The party leader also admitted that the chief minister’s image was getting bigger by the day but also added that the image was yet to grow as big as his father’s — who has the ability to turn political fortunes at the elections.

UP IAS officer Sanjeev Dubey allegedly commits suicide in Lucknow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior IAS officer Sanjeev Dubey on Thursday committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Lucknow, police said.His body was found by his family members at his 14, Gautampalli residence in Lucknow.The 1987-batch Uttar Pradesh cadre officer was posted as Principal Secretary in the Home Guard department and had held several important posts.Dubey has left behind a suicide note highlighting health problems as a reason behind his extreme step, police sources said, adding he was suffering from several painful health conditions like osteoporosis Sources close to him said he was under depression for past several months due to illness.Police said the matter came to light when he did not open the door of his residence till late in the day. Meanwhile, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav condoled Dubey’s demise even as senior officials, including DGP Javeed Ahmed and Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar visited his house.

DNA Evening Must Reads: Arun Jaitley rubbishes critics of demonetization, PM Modi’s Dec 31 address, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Critical part of remonetization over, it will be much better, going forward: Arun JaitleyArun Jaitley said that critics have been proved wrong. Finance Minister quoted tax collection and several other statistics to emphasise that the situation is not as bad as it was predicted. Read more here UP Elections 2017: Akhilesh likely to announce his own list of candidates, says SP MLAThe feud in Uttar Pradesh’s first family appeared to be worsening, with an unhappy Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday meeting legislators who have not found place in the list of 325 declared candidates and then conveying his objections to his father and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav who had announced the nominees yesterday. Read more hereScam-tainted Abhay Chautala ready to relinquish IOA Life President’s postScam-tainted former Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Abhay Singh Chautala who was elevated to Life President’s post along with Suresh Kalmadi, was ready to relinquish the post, if International Olympic Committee (IOC) had reservations over it. Read more herePM Modi’s Dec 31 address to mark beginning of massive campaign to justify demonetizationPrime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to address the nation before New Year. Read more hereVirat Kohli and Anushka Sharma to get engaged on January 1?Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma usually avoid talking about the relationship because they feel it draws unnecessary attention towards their personal lives. But now, there are fresh speculations regarding the couple. Read more here

UP Elections 2017: Akhilesh likely to announce his own list of candidates, says SP MLA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The feud in Uttar Pradesh’s first family appeared to be worsening, with an unhappy Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday meeting legislators who have not found place in the list of 325 declared candidates and then conveying his objections to his father and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav who had announced the nominees yesterday. After the meeting, SP MLA Indal Singh said that UP CM is likely to come up with his own list of candidates for the upcoming UP elections. Hectic political activities began in the morning with party leaders gathering outside the residences of Akhilesh and Mulayam. A big crowd assembled outside Shivpal’s residence also. Akhilesh, clearly upset over being apparently kept out of the process to select candidates for the upcoming Assembly polls, met at his 5-Kalidas Marg residence here his supporters, including legislators and office bearers who do not figure in the list, party sources said. Later, he spoke to Mulayam to convey his displeasure over the list of candidates from which names of his close confidants are missing, the sources said.Mulayam, along with his brother and state party chief Shivpal Yadav, yesterday declared candidates for 325 of the 403 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh and ruled out projecting Akhilesh as the Chief Ministerial candidate.Akhilesh was away on Bundelkhand tour when the list was released at a hurriedly-convened press conference. The Chief Minister and Shivpal have been involved in a power struggle for several months now. The list, which includes 176 sitting MLAs, announced by Mulayam and Shivpal in the absence of Akhilesh, has left out several pro-Akhilesh ministers, including Ram Govind Chaudhary, Pawan Pandey and Arvind Singh Gope, and does not carry names of over 50 sitting MLAs.Besides, 10 ministers, including Shivpal, sacked by the chief minister over the past few months have got tickets. These former ministers were in open defiance of Akhilesh and it paid off. Within hours after release of the list, which clearly bore the stamp of Mulayam and Shivpal, Akhilesh had said he would take up the choice of candidates with the party chief.”The list does not include names of certain candidates who are sure to win. I will take it up with the SP chief and tell him that some of them have done really good work and they should be given tickets,” an upset Akhilesh had said last night. In a late night tit-for-tat action, the Chief Minister struck back sacking two Shivpal loyalists — Surabhi Shukla, vice-chairperson of UP Awas Vikas Parishad and her husband Sandeep Shukla from the post of advisor of Rajkiya Nirman Nigam. Sandeep has been fielded from Sultanpur Sadar seat.

Mulayam Singh Yadav snubs son, kills hopes of grand alliance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav not only poured water on the dream of stitching together a grand alliance with Congress and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), but also snubbed his son, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, by announcing 325 candidates out of total of 403 for the upcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. The list of candidates he released, at a hurriedly convened news conference in Lucknow on Thursday, bore the stamp of Akhilesh’s bete noire—uncle Shivpal Yadav.Congress leaders in Delhi, however, are still pinning their hopes that Akhilesh, who has been in touch with their party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, will fight back. “Wait, it (the alliance) is still in process. We hope better sense prevails in the SP to fight unitedly against the BJP,” a senior Congress leader told DNA.SP supremo Mulayam has been quite annoyed with the Congress demanding some 125 seats. Though interlocutors said the party’s bargain had come down to 85 seats, the SP was apparently not ready to part more than 50 seats. It is also believed that besides a large chunk of seats, the Congress was also insisting for the post of deputy chief minister.Even after Wednesday’s announcement, there are still 78 seats for which the candidates have not been announced, leaving a window of negotiations for an alliance still open. The elections are expected to be held in late February or early March in 2017 along with Punjab and Goa.Among those who have made it to the SP’s list of candidates is Akhilesh’s notable detractor Atiq Ahmed, who faces 44 serious criminal charges—including that of murder. But 53 other sitting lawmakers, out of the SP’s current 224, have been dropped. Among them are close aides of the Chief Minister like Arvind Singh ‘Gop’, Pawan Pandey, and Kamal Akhtar.When asked as to where Akhilesh would contest the elections from, Mulayam said, “He can contest elections from anywhere he wants.” Besides Atiq, Akhilesh had also expressed reservations against Sibagtullah Ansari, whose name figures as a candidate from Mohamdabad. Sibghatullah is the elder brother of Muqthar Ansari, again a noted don. Another name which had upset Akhilesh is Aman Mani Tripathi, who was arrested by the CBI in a case related to the killing of his wife. Tripathi’s name, however, did not figure in Wednesday’s list.Significantly, Mulayam also “ruled out” projecting his son as the chief ministerial candidate.”SP has no tradition of projecting anyone as its chief ministerial candidate. Some parties do it, and in the process bite the dust. In SP, the legislators elect their leader,” he said replying to a question in this regard.Mulayam’s announcement to “go alone” also came just days after BSP supremo Mayawati claimed that the BJP was exerting pressure on the SP chief and his family through the Enforcement Directorate, I-T department and CBI to join hands with the Congress so as to “divide Muslim votes” and stop her party from coming to power.The SP supremo also said that BJP would get a befitting reply from the electorate for demonetization and criticised it for not fulfilling its promises. He also stated that elections would be held before February 28 next year.Earlier, Akhilesh had submitted a parallel list of 403 candidates, in retaliation to party’s list, comprising largely of his loyalists. This move triggered a fresh feud in the already divided Yadav family.”It was an attempt to marginalise the chief minister by Mulayam and his uncle Shivpal, by declaring tickets without consulting him. But I am sure better sense in the larger interests of state and the party will prevail,” said Udaybir Singh, SP’s sacked MLC, who continues to be an advisor to Akhilesh.

Yadav vs Yadav: Expelled by Akhilesh, brought back by Shivpal, Rampal Yadav returns to SP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what could be a fresh irritant to Akhilesh Yadav, his warring uncle and state SP chief Shivpal Yadav on Monday took back in the party fold MLA Rampal Yadav, who was expelled by the chief minister in his previous capacity as head of state SP unit. “Expulsion of Rampal was revoked with the expectation that he will be devoted and disciplined,” a party release issued by SP State President Shivpal Yadav said.Rampal was expelled from the party early this year by the then state president Akhilesh for maligning party’s image and his involvements in “illegal activities and irregularities”. Shivpal subsequently took over as the state SP chief from his nephew during a bitter power struggle in the ruling party.Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) had razed the Sitapur MLA’s illegal complex in April and arrested him along with eight others, including his relative former MLA Rajendra Yadav, for allegedly attacking the LDA team.Rampal was sent to 14-day judicial custody by a lower court after he was booked under various sections of IPC including 307 (attempt to murder) and 7 Criminal Law amendment act late on Thursday night. The MLA and his supporters had also clashed with police and LDA team after which police used lathicharge to disperse the mob.In Sitapur, the MLA’s Sparsh Hotel was also demolished as it was against norms.Rampal, who is SP MLA from Biswan seat of Sitapur, was suspended from the party last year during panchayat polls after he fielded his son Jitendra for the post of district panchayat chairman against his party’s official candidate.Jitendra won the election. However, after elections, his suspension was revoked.

UP: BJP mocks ‘Mahabharat’ in first family of Samajwadi Party over poll tickets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday taunted the ongoing feud between Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his bete noire uncle Shivpal Yadav, saying the first family of the Samajwadi Party should resolve the ‘mahabharat’ and focus on law and order, corruption and lack of administration in the politically crucial state.BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli also used the occasion to take a jibe at reports suggesting about the possibility of a ‘Mahagathbandhan’ in the run up to next year’s Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. “However, in the first family of the Samajwadi Party of Uttar Pradesh a ‘Mahabharat’ is already on for quite some time. Now, it appears that there are multiple lists – one by the uncle, one by the nephew who is the Chief Minister and there are all sorts of disputes. They should resolve that,” Kohli said.”As far as the people of Uttar Pradesh are concerned, they are obviously going to vote on the track record of the Samajwadi Party. The substantial issues are law and order, corruption and the lack of administration,” he added.The tussle in Uttar Pradesh’s ruling family reignited yesterday after Akhilesh drew up his own list of poll candidates and submitted it to Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, bypassing his uncle and state president Shivpal Yadav.The Chief Minister’s surprise move angered Shivpal, who is officially in-charge of ticket distribution in consultation with the party president.Shivpal tweeted that ticket distribution would be decided by ‘victory potential’. “The party will not tolerate any indiscipline that might hurt the party’s image,” he tweeted.According to sources, Akhilesh while reviewing the list of candidates for 403 assembly seats expressed concern over the party giving 181 tickets to ‘tainted’ persons.This is not the first time that Akhilesh and his uncle have clashed over tickets distribution. The Chief Minister, who is of the view that his image and record is party’s strength, had earlier this month expressed displeasure over the decision to field don-turned politicians Atiq Ahmed and Mukhtar Ansari’s brother Sibaqtullah Ansari for next year’s elections.The Ansari brothers belong to Quami Ekta Dal, which recently merged with the party despite opposition from Akhilesh.Mulayam has so far made all attempts to engineer a truce between his son and brother, but seat allotment has remained a thorny issue in the Samajwadi Party.

Cashless economy is ‘bigger dream’ than achche din: Akhilesh Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a dig at Narendra Modi’s demonetization move, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav termed cashless economy as a “bigger dream” than ‘achche din’ and said the note ban will be an issue in the upcoming Assembly elections in the state.”The dream of cashless economy is a bigger one than achche din… it is however for the government to see how it will be realised,” he said at a function to distribute cheques to the families of martyrs and 14 persons who allegedly lost their lives while standing in queues outside ATMs/banks after demonetization. Attacking the BJP government on note ban, Yadav, without taking names, alleged that people have been betrayed and economy harmed.”Earlier (when the note ban was announced) people had faith, or rather confusion, that a big change will be brought… but soon after the very same people started saying that there could not have been a bigger loss to the economy… national and international economists are also writing about it. “It is for the government to see how it will work out the losses to the GDP but it is a fact the people had to face hardships and I have said earlier too that the government which pose problems are voted out by people,” he said, adding that in the coming elections those who had faced problems will stand against them.Uttar Pradesh is the first state in the country to announce compensation for the families of those who allegedly died while queuing up outside banks and ATMs for long post demonetization.Chief Minister had earlier this month announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the families of ‘demonetization victims’. Giving examples of major risk in online transactions, Yadav said one of the accused arrested for fraudulently withdrawing money from someone’s account said that he was caught because he was a “novice”.”Anyone who becomes an expert in cyber crime will never be arrested,” the Chief Minister said after presenting cheques of Rs two lakh each to the families of 14 people who allegedly died while standing in bank queues.To a question on what will be the election issue, Yadav said “Development, road, water all will be elections issues… why would note ban not be an election issue”.Taking a dig at the BJP, Yadav said he has come to know that the ‘parivartan rath yatra’ was attacked by those standing in bank queue in Deoria recently… They need to remain alert while taking out the rath yatra and avoid banks on the route.” When asked about alliance, Yadav said party president Mulayam Singh Yadav will decide on alliance. “I have already said that SP is going to form a government and if we go into the polls in an alliance we will win more than 300 seats,” he said.Claiming that the next SP government will take forward the works undertaken by the present regime, Yadav said the state needs to be taken on a new direction towards development and prosperity. Over Centre’s schemes, Yadav said UP government was extending full support to central schemes saying that AIIMS was coming up in Rae Bareli and Gorakhpur only because the state provided land for it.”But if there is any scheme which farmers do not like or feel that they will not benefit from it what can UP government do.. it is for them to explain the benefits of their scheme to farmers and take their schemes to poor… take Jan Dhan Yojna, first it was stated that it is for the poor and when money was deposited it was termed as black money,” he said. Yadav reiterated that UP has had to suffer loss worth Rs 9,000 crore after Niti Ayog came into being.

Uttar Pradesh assembly elections: No discussion yet on SP-Cong-RLD alliance, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming rumours surrounding the alliance between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) for upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections as ‘completely baseless’, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that no discussion has taken place between them.”It is completely baseless. None of it has ever taken place. No discussions have taken place on the alliance and when the discussion has not taken place, then, there is no chance of seat distribution as well,” Azad told ANI.It was widely reported that the three parties are forming a pre-poll alliance with Samajwadi Party leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, on several occasions, mentioning about the possibility.Akhilesh has been saying that a tie-up between SP and Congress would fetch over 300 of the 403 assembly seats in the upcoming elections.”Though Samajwadis are going to form majority government in the state, if an alliance takes place, it will win over 300 seats. The final decision in this regard will be taken by SP national president (Mulayam),” Akhilesh had said in Lucknow.

Ahead of elections, UP govt gives assent to include 17 Other Backward Castes in SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Playing the caste card ahead of Assembly elections, the Akhilesh Yadav government on Thursday gave its assent to include 17 Other Backward Castes in the Scheduled Castes (SC) list.A Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday morning cleared the proposal in this regard, officials said.The proposal, considered to be aimed at wooing the OBCs in the coming elections, will now be sent to the Centre for clearance, they said. The 17 sub-castes which the government wants included in the SC category are Kahar, Kashyap, Kewat, Nishad, Bind, Bhar, Prajapati, Rajbhar, Batham, Gaur, Tura, Majhi, Mallah, Kumhar, Dheemar and Machua.Earlier in March 2013, the Uttar Pradesh Assembly had passed a resolution asking the Centre to include 17 castes of the state into the list of Scheduled Castes (SC) category.In the resolution presented by Social Welfare Minister Avdhesh Prasad and passed by the voice vote in the House, it was stated that in a detailed study by UP SC/ST Research and Training Institute, these 17 castes have been found ‘deserving’ to be included in the list of Scheduled Castes (SC).The Mulayam Singh Yadav government too had passed the resolution in the state Cabinet in February 2004 and had sent recommendation to the Centre for inclusion of these castes in SC list in December 2004.Later, Mulayam went ahead and issued a government order on October 10, 2005 giving SC benefits to these castes, which was, however, struck down by the High Court.Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are likely to be held early next year.

DNA Morning Must Reads: Explosion in Mexico fireworks market, India’s longest road tunnel & more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mexico: At least 27 killed, 70 injured in fireworks market explosionAt least 27 people died and 70 were injured in a massive, multi-colored explosion that leveled a fireworks market outside the Mexican capital on Tuesday, leaving it a charred wasteland. Read moreModi hits right electoral notes: Chandigarh, Maharashtra shrug off note recall woesThose who were surprised that despite long queues, there had been no popular backlash against demonetization may have received some answers from the results of the recent civic body elections. Held in Maharashtra and Chandigarh, the comfortable victories acquired by the BJP in these two places, and the hostile reception accorded to UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav by spectators, who had come to cheer the junior hockey team in Lucknow on Friday, summed up the positive mood amidst the public for the saffron party. Read detailsBuilt at a cost of Rs 3,720 crore, India’s longest road tunnel ready to be commissionedIndia has joined the league of extraordinary nations by constructing the longest road tunnel in the country on the strategic Srinagar-Jammu national highway. Built at the cost of Rs 3720 crores, the nine-kilometre long Nashri road tunnel is expected to be commissioned early next year. Read moreNo scrutiny on deposit of old notes if total amount paid in one go: JaitleyAfter a flip-flop over rules for depositing illegal old high-value currency notes amounting to more than Rs 5,000 in banks, finance minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday assured that there were sufficient new notes with Reserve Bank of India to replenish the demonetized Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency bills. Read moreHong Kong to withdraw visa free entry facility for Indians from JanuaryIn a setback to Indian travellers, the Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, has withdrawn the visa-free facility for Indians and they will now have to complete a pre arrival registration from January. Read more

Earlier Opp blocked Parliament to expose corrupt, now disrupting to defend dishonest: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scaling up his attack on Opposition over demonetization issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged Parliament was not allowed to function as opposition parties were trying to defend the dishonest and were running away from a debate on the issue of corruption and black money. Addressing BJP’s ‘parivartan rally’, he also said some politicians tried to “provoke” people standing in ATM queues, but their designs were not allowed to succeed as the common man was patient and understood that larger interest of the country was at stake.Modi said at an all-party meeting convened before the Winter session of Parliament, he had suggested a debate on simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies and donations to political parties.But Parliament was not allowed to function for a month as the opposition parties were not interested in a discussion on the two issue, the Prime Minister said.He said earlier, the opposition used to disrupt Parliament as they wanted to expose the corrupt, bring out scams. But this time, Parliament was disrupted as opposition wanted to defend the dishonest and hence were running away from debate, he alleged.”Our agenda is to fight for a country free of corruption and black money. But their agenda is to close (disrupt) Parliament…I am puzzled,” Modi said.Singling out Congress, he said its leaders have often claimed that lat Rajiv Gandhi brought computer and mobile phone to the common man in India.”But now when I say mobile phone can be used as a bank, they say the poor do not have cell phone…they said people do not have bank accounts. Now they claim poor went to the bank, but there was no money…they are spreading lies.” Modi said Congress has always shied away from being accountable to the people and recalled a saying about then AICC Treasurer Sitaram Kesri to drive home the point.”Na khata, na bahi, jo Kesri kahe wahi sahi”, he said implying that Congress never believed in accounts and ledgers when it came to its funding.The Prime Minister told the gathering that the decision to demonetize Rs 1000 and Rs 500 currency notes has shown that there are two sides in the country — one consisting of a “handful” of people who have been defending those who exploit the middle class and snatch the right of the poor and the other comprising of those who are fighting corruption and the scourge of black money.He also hailed the efforts of the Election Commission to get rid of black money from electoral system and said the BJP welcomes it.Attacking the Akhilesh Yadav Government in Uttar Pradesh, Modi alleged that goons are troubling the people openly as they have the blessings of those in power in the state. He hoped that people of the sate will “vote for change” in the assembly polls due early next year.The PM asked people to spread the word that government is beginning a lucky draw scheme for people using cards and e wallets for purchases and merchants accepting digital payments.He said only those who buy anything between Rs 50 and Rs 3000 will be eligible for the draw as it is meant to encourage the common man and not the rich.

No information about any talks for Cong-SP tie-up: Shivpal Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid reports of a possible alliance with Congress for UP Assembly polls, Samajwadi Party state president Shivpal Yadav on Thursday said he did not have any information about talks going on for such a tie-up.”I don’t have any information about any initiative of talks with Congress for alliance,” he said.Shivpal was answering queries from media persons on reports suggesting that SP and Congress might forge an alliance ahead of UP Assembly polls.”We have declared names of 176 candidates. SP central board will declare remaining names soon,” he said.Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has been saying that a tie-up between SP and Congress would fetch over 300 of the 403 Assembly seats in the upcoming elections while a section of Congress said it is not averse to a “respectable” seat-sharing formula.”Though samajwadis are going to form majority government in the state, if an alliance takes place, it will win over 300 seats. The final decision in this regard will be taken by SP National president (Mulayam Singh Yadav),” Akhilesh had told reporters in Lucknow on Tuesday.On being asked about reports of “hooliganism” by party’s Kanpur Cant candidate Atiq Ahmad at a university in Allahabad, Shivpal said he had come to know about it through the media and “action will be taken against him after probe”.Ahmad, mafia don, and gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s brother has been given ticket to contest the Assembly elections.On being asked about party national general Secretary Amar Singh supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on note ban, Shivpal dodged a direct reply saying, “Amar is friend of the media. You should ask him about his stand.”

Demonetization: Labourer dies due to lack of treatment after wife fails to withdraw money

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A labourer died for lack of treatment allegedly after his wife failed to withdraw money from the bank.Shamim (45), a labourer, died following a brief illness in the absence of medical attention after failure to withdraw cash from their bank account despite struggling for four days, according to the victim’s wife Ruqsana and neighbours Ruqsana told reporters that the deceased was rendered jobless after the lock unit he was working for had shut down following demonetization last month.The family including an eight-year-old daughter were surviving on their savings when last week he fell ill.All the cash they had was spent on medicines and his wife started queuing up to withdraw money from their account but failed to do so.The condition of Shamim started deterioting yesterday and he died for lack of treatment as they don’t have money, a neighbour claimedThe district administration is verifying claims of the labourer’s family and a probe is on in the matter.Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had announced financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh for kin of economically backward families who die while waiting in queues at ATMs or banks.

UP polls | SP favouring pre-poll alliance proves it is in poor shape, says Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a dig at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for favouring the formation of an alliance ahead of next year’s assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Wednesday said this proves that the ruling party in the state is ‘weak’ and in a ‘very bad shape’.Mayawati told media here that the condition of the Samajwadi Party is so bad that they have a need to search for support from another party. “When Samajwadi Party’s chief has done developmental work in Uttar Pradesh, then why does it need to form an alliance? If everything is on the right path, then why do they want an alliance? It only means that they have completely failed to maintain law and order in the state and the government has totally failed to bring development in the state,” she said.”All the work was done by my party only the name and the government has changed and they have done nothing. When they are in power and have got all the time to work for the state and still they are trying to form an alliance, it only means that they have accepted that they are going to lose. That means the Samajwadi Party is weak and they know that they will lose,” she added.Amid reports of Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had yesterday said if such a tie-up takes place in the upcoming state assembly polls it would win over 300 seats.”Though Samajwadi’s are going to form majority government in the state, but if alliance takes place, it will win over 300 (of the 403) seats. The final decision in this regard will be taken by party National president (Mulayam Singh Yadav),” he said when asked about possibility of his party’s alliance with Congress.

Akhilesh unhappy with uncle Shivpal’s list of candidates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The feud within the Yadav clan of the ruling Samajwadi Party is threatening to raise its ugly head again that may ruin party’s chances in the coming Assembly elections unless it is laid to rest once more by party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday indicated that he was unhappy with the choice of 23 names of candidates that his uncle Shivpal Yadav has decided to give a ticket to, as it tantamount to succumbing to Mafia pressure that goes against the image Akhilesh is trying to build.”This is not the first list and this is not going to be the last list as tickets are changed till the last moment. This has happened earlier also. We will only field those who can win elections. I will give my suggestions and advice on assembly tickets to the party president,”said Akhilesh pointing out that he is going to take it up with his father Mulayam Yadav.The list released on Saturday includes names of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s brother, sitting Qaumi Ekta Dal (QED) MLA Sigbatullah Ansari who has been nominated from Mohammadabad in Ghazipur – a seat he holds currently.A few weeks ago Akhilesh Yadav had openly opposed QED’s merger with Samajwadi Party taking it up to a showdown with uncle Shivpal that almost took the party on the verge of a vertical split.The other controversial name in the list is of mafia don Ateeq Ahmad who Shivpal has decided to field from Kanpur Cantt seat. An accused in the murder of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA, Raju Pal and former MP from Phoolpur, Ateeq is Another controversial name in the list released on Saturday is that of mafia don Ateeq Ahmad who has been fielded from Kanpur Cantt seat.Ateeq, an accused in the murder of BSP MLA Raju Pal, is on Akhilesh Yadav’s blacklist. A former MP from Phoolpur, Ateeq was also president of the Apna Dal from 1999 to 2003.Another name that may be objected by Akhilesh is of Hasnuddin Siddiqui, warring brother of BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui. He has been named as SP candidate from Banda seat. Naseemuddin is considered a close confidant of BSP president Mayawati and is the Muslim face of her party. Though Shivpal changed a few candidates, the name of Aman Mani Tripathi, who was recently arrested by the CBI for the murder of his wife Sara Singh, remains on the list. Akhilesh apparently did not approve of his candidature and it was expected that the party might replace him.Akhilesh another uncle, Ramgopal Yadav, who is member secretary of the Samajwadi Party board that decides tickets, is yet to speak on the issue. And when he does, it will surely create fresh ripples, say observers.

Nitish Kumar to address joint rally with Hardik in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Patidar reservation aandolan leader Hardik Patel plans to join hands with the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. On Tuesday, he invited the Bihar Chief Minister to address a joint farmers’ rally in Gujarat in January, when his banishment from his home state, as ordered by the high court, will end.Nitish, also the Janta Dal (United) JD(U) president, has accepted his invite and the duo will address a Kisan sammelan in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state on January 28.The visiting Akhil Bharatiya Patel Navnirman Sena (ABPNS) members had a luncheon meet with Nitish and Hardik, who landed in the state capital in the afternoon, was accorded a VIP treatment with a red beacon fitted ambassador dropping him at the Chief Minister’s house. JD (U) national secretary general KC Tyagi also accompanied him.“We are thankful of Nitish ji for supporting our movement and called upon him to express our gratitude,” Akhilesh Katiyar, a member of the visiting group, told the DNA. He also lauded Nitish’s ‘development with justice’ agenda and said ‘the Bihar model should be emulated at the national level.’It may be recalled that Hardik had supported Nitish ahead of the Bihar assembly polls last year when the Bihar CM has sympathised with their cause demanding reservation in the state government jobs and admission in educational institutions.Sources said that leaders from other backward communities may also be invited to the January 28 rally. JD (U) functionaries said the Bihar CM has also been invited to some other states where the economically backward class (EBC) communities are demanding reservation.

SP-Cong alliance to fetch 300 seats in UP polls: Akhilesh Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid reports of Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said if such a tie-up takes place in the upcoming state assembly polls it would win over 300 seats.”Though samajwadis are going to form majority government in the state, but if alliance takes place, it will win over 300 (of the 403) seats. The final decision in this regard will be taken by party National president (Mulayam Singh Yadav),” he said when asked about possibility of his party’s alliance with Congress.Expecting a note-ban backlash against BJP, Congress has kept a back channel open for striking a pre-poll alliance or an understanding with Samajwadi Party for next year’s Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, sources in the party said.Desperate to be counted in the power stakes in Uttar Pradesh where it ruled 27 years back, Congress leaders might settle for anything between 60-70 seats, including the 20 sitting MLAs it has in the state Assembly, the sources said. Swept away to a distant fourth position, Congress leaders feel that its chances in the crucial state had dipped after the Narendra Modi government went public with the September 29 surgical strikes inside Pak-occupied Kashmir. They, however, feel that post demonetization the popularity of the BJP has declined.Downplaying controversy over ticket distribution in the Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh said, “Tickets are changed till last moment. We will only field those who can win elections. I will give my suggestions and advice on assembly tickets to the party president.”To a specific query on tickets to gangster-turned- politician Mukhtar Ansari’s brother and another mafia don Ateeq Ahmad, the chief minister parried a directly reply, saying hardships because of note ban was a bigger issue at present.On reports that he had allegedly pushed Ahmad at a public programme, Akhilesh said, “Such act is not in my behaviour… It’s the media, which says so. I might have asked him to speak later.”

Demonetisation woes will take a year to solve: Akhilesh Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said that the problem caused due to demonetization will take a year to solve.”The people, who had asked for 50 days, are counting more 50 days. This problem will not be solved on 50 days but it will take at least one year,” he said.”We all want to curb corruption and the flow of black money in the nation, but they took the decision without planning and preparation,” he said. “They had assured that the situation will become normal but still I can find people standing in the queue in such cold weather,” he added.Hinting indirectly at the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections, he said, “The people who are queued up for cash now, will queued up again to cast their vote against the Centre, which has caused pain to them.

Parties rush for alliance in Uttar Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With elections to the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly set for February, political parties are now scrambling for alliances and selection of candidates. On Saturday, the Election Commission had shot down the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s game plan to force the Assembly elections in April by hurriedly getting declared the school examinations in February and March.While the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has given a cold shoulder to any proposal for a tie-up, the Congress and the Samajwadi Party (SP) are in the final stages for finalising nitty-gritty of an alliance. Sources in both the parties said that despite a lengthy meeting between Congress poll strategist Prashant Kishor and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav early this week, the number and choice of seats leaving for potential partners was still an issue. They said that Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar was brokering a deal between the two parties, after he successfully sailed the Grand Alliance in Bihar to victory last year.Earlier talks between the Congress and the SP had failed as the Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi didn’t want to contest less than 100-120 seats out of the total of 403. But the SP was not willing to part more than 50 seats. In the SP, Akhilesh has been a strong votary of an alliance, but he was also keen to push elections to April, in order to delink polls in his state with other poll bound states like Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand and also to negotiate an alliance threadbare. But the EC exercising its powers cancelled the Class X and XII Board exams fixed by the UP Secondary Education Board from February 16 and directed it to declare the new schedule only after a prior approval of the state’s chief electoral officer (CEO). The EC’s decision, therefore, indicates that it is all set to hold the Assembly elections in February in all five states.

UP elections 2017: Akhilesh claims will scipt history by retaining power through development

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav asserted on Saturday that he will script history by retaining power on his development plank and took a jibe at BJP over note ban, saying those who put the people to hardships could be running away from polls. “Everyone is waiting for the poll dates and if there is anyone who is waiting the most for elections, it is me… I am ready for elections ever since I flagged off the Lucknow metro (trial run),” he said while addressing the police officials at IPS week here.”Though people say that governments are never repeated in Uttar Pradesh, ever since I have started working, I have been making history in all spheres and I’m confident that it will be made this time and I will be sitting along with you all once again, formulating future strategies,” Yadav said.In an apparent reference to the Centre’s demonetization move and the problems faced by people after it, the chief minister said, “those who have put the people to hardships could be running away from elections” and that he had been forced to act against police officials who had to bear the brunt for the wrongs of others. Yadav had suspended the concerned SP and SHO after a video clip showing a policeman baton charging people standing in queue outside a bank in Fatehpur district went viral on social media.Talking about the incident he said, “I had told the DGP to prepare the force so that they do not have to resort to lathi charge on people standing in the queues as the anger aimed at others could be redirected towards us”. Speculations are rife that election dates will be announced soon with the Election Commission asking the governments in five poll bound states to consult it before announcing examination dates in their respective states. The EC asked the UP government to reschedule next year’s state board examination dates in consultation with it so as to ensure that it does not clash with the Assembly polls which are due early next year. Stressing that he wants the upcoming elections to be free and fair as he is himself “fair”, Yadav said he will, however, see how fair others are. “It has to be seen whether the DGP stays or is removed as it is often seen that the first attack is on the senior most police official (appointed by the government in office)..”, he said.”Political parties will resort to every trick..it is a mela of democracy and people will have to decide ..there are many boundaries of castes and religion but they can all be broken through development,” the chief minister said.Yadav said that SP has adopted the path of development and the the metro service in Lucknow has been started for the benefit of people. “…people are today talking about digital India but in the real sense we have encouraged digital, technology has been used the most by us and perhaps that is why we have often been criticised,” he said.”All departments have done good work and I want that the works of police department are also seen. Police has the maximum responsibility, when all political parties fail on all fronts they said law and order is bad, I feel that they are not commenting on me but on the police,” Yadav said.

Uttar Pradesh: Akhilesh flags of Lucknow metro’s trial run; Mayawati says move for cheap popularity

Lucknow: The trial run of the Uttar Pradesh government’s much publicised Lucknow Metro was flagged off today by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav even as BSP chief Mayawati alleged the project was completed in haste to gain cheap popularity ahead of polls.

The function was held at Transport Nagar depot for the trial run up to Charbagh railway station, a distance of 8.5 km.

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Addressing the gathering, Akhilesh said it was a challenge to start the project on time, and added that adding that they have “set an example before the country”.

“Metro was not in our manifesto but we initiated the project. The work for the same has also been started in Ghaziabad, between Greater Nodia and Noida, and also in Kanpur. If we come to power again, we will start work in
Varanasi too,” he said. Asserting that the ruling Samajwadi Party did not play politics on the issue of development, Akhilesh said his government gave land for establishment of Aiims in Raebareli and in Gorakhpur as well so that people could avail the best medical facilities.

“We don’t believe in blame game. We are for development and support every move initiated for it,” he said.

The trial run, however, evoked strong criticism from BSP supremo Mayawati, who said it was a decision taken in haste by the ruling SP, “as it knew very well that it would not return to power” in the upcoming UP Assembly elections.

“It was done in haste to gain cheap popularity and smacks of ‘bachkani zid’ (childish stubbornness) of the chief minister,” she said.

SP supremo Mulayam said he was glad the project was completed in a timely fashion.

“When I was asked to lay foundation for the project, I wanted to know how much time it will take and refused when I was told it will take four years. Them they said it will be completed in three years, but I again declined. When I was told it will be completed in 2 years, I agreed,” he said.

Terming it as “historic day”, Mulayam said he would be happy if metro will also be started in Varanasi and appealed to people to vote for SP so that it could form government again to resume developmental work.

“The work done in UP during present SP regime are historic and have set an example before the country. UP’s work is being appreciated everywhere,” he said.

“We have done good work but we don’t discuss it,” Mulayam said, asking party workers to propagate it.

The entire 23-km long North-South corridor will have 21 stations including eight elevated ones, and the estimated cost of the project will be around Rs 6,800 crore.

The primary section (between Transport Nagar to Charbagh) would be open for public on March 26 next year after three months of rigorous trial.

At the function, SP state president Shivpal Yadav was also present.

LMRC, a special purpose vehicle, was registered under the Companies Act by the state government in 2013 to execute metro-rail project in city. Padma Vibhushan E Sreedharan, who has successfully handled many mega projects in country, like Konkan railway and Delhi metro, is principal advisor of LMRC.

First Published On : Dec 1, 2016 16:53 IST

SP, BSP, Congress, Mamata and Kejriwal angry because their loot has become ‘raddi’: Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Buoyed by BJP’s win in civic elections and bypolls, party chief Amit Shah said it showed people’s support for Prime Minister’s demonetization move and claimed some opposition leaders were upset as their money “looted” in scams has turned into trash. “While opposition is organising Bharat bandh and Akrosh Divas,… every where BJP posted unprecedented victory. People are with the government’s decision on demonetization,” he said at party’s parivartan rally here, referring to victories in bypolls in Assam and Madhya Pradesh and civic polls in Maharashtra and Gujarat.”Poor do not have black money…Rahul baba, Akhilesh babu, behen Mayawati…it is the one that was lying with you all that has been lost…what will happen now…those who are caught with black money will lose 50 per cent and this money will be put in the treasury of the country,” Shah said at the election rally.The polls result favouring BJP showed that people of the country support demonetization, he said and promised that any ill gotten money deposited in banks will go into government treasury so that it can be used for the welfare of the poor.Stepping up attack on parties opposing demonetization, Shah said certain leaders were angry with demonetization as all the wealth accumulated by them is gone due to a single stroke of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”SP, BSP, Congress, Mamata (Banerjee), (Arvind) Kejriwal are all angry with Narendra Modi today. Do you know why this is so…what was amassed through loot has been turned into ‘raddi’ (trash) by Modiji on November 8,” he said “Modiji has announced that those depositing large amounts in their accounts like Rs 5 crore or Rs 10 crore … the looted money will be used for welfare of the poor,” he said. His remarks came in the wake of passage of a bill in Lok Sabha to amend Income Tax Act to impose tax on deposits made post-demonetization. The Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016, provides for paying 50 per cent tax on unaccounted deposits, or 85 per cent if caught.”For ten years those amassing trillions of rupees in their homes through scams are today angry with Modi,” Shah alleged said. “Till the morning of November 8, they all used to ask Modiji, what have you done against black money and today they are asking why have you done this,” he said.”The country is with Modiji… it is in favour of the decision of demonetization,” he stressed.Striking a dialogue with the audience, he asked whether they supported the decision of demonetization or ‘bua-bhatija’, a reference to BSP chief Mayawati and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.Over the last few days, BJP won one Lok Sabha seat each in Assam and Madhya Pradesh besides bagging a number of assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh.The saffron party also emerged victorious in local bodies polls in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Shah alleged that fake notes had made their way into India during 10 years of UPA rule.Hitting out at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his ‘khoon ki dalali’ remark on surgical strikes across the LoC, Shah said Modi government took action within ten days of the Uri attack unlike the previous Congress-led government “but Congress shehzada (prince) says Modiji indulges in ‘khoon ki dalali'”. “Rahul baba how will you know the value of army jawans’ bravery…how will you know the value of their sacrifice…it is invaluable,” he said, claiming that no one can dare touch the boundaries of the country under the BJP government.

Modi has surpassed Tuglaq and Hitler: Mamata Banerjee hits out against demonetizaton

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Charging the Prime Minister with flouting the constitutional rights of people by bringing in demonetization, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who today took her protest to Uttar Pradesh, dared him to declare his bank account details before seeking information from other BJP leaders. “Modiji has surpassed (Muhammad bin) Tuglaq and Hitler…he has flouted the constitutional rights of common people,” the Trinamool Congress chief said at a rally against demonetization organised jointly with the ruling Samajwadi Party. Vowing to fight till demonetization is rolled back, Banerjee said, “The fight against note ban will continue till this decision is revoked as note culling has shut shops, markets and agricultural operations.” Daring the Prime Minister to first declare his own bank account details and of BJP president Amit Shah, Banerjee said, “Modi has asked BJP MPs and MLAs to give details of their bank accounts, but he needs to start with himself and BJP president Amit Shah.”Just before demonetization, large number of properties have been bought in the name of BJP and its president,” she alleged referring to media reports claiming that BJP bought several pieces of land, worth crores of rupees, in Bihar weeks ahead of the demonetization declaration on November 8.Terming the demonetization move as a “big scam” and “black emergency”, Banerjee exhorted the people to make the campaign against it a ‘people’s movement’ and termed it as a ‘freedom struggle’ which should not be given up “as there is a danger to country’s freedom because of Modi”.Coining the slogan “note-bandi wapas lo, nahi to Modiji wapas jao (take back demonetization, or Modi go back),” she alleged that after depositing the money of BJP, RSS and Bajrang Dal in foreign banks and attacking common people, the Prime Minister is now set to snatch the houses and lands of common people in the coming days.”Hindustan will not be run as per the whims of one individual but its people…he (Modi) is forcing things on people and this had not happened even during the dark days of Emergency,” she alleged. Modi’s promise of bringing back black money stashed away in foreign banks, the West Bengal Chief Minister alleged that instead of fulfilling it, he foisted numerous hardships on the poor and unemployed without formulating any backup plan. “Had I been in Modi’s place, I would have rolled back the decision,” she said, adding demonetization was a matter of concern for the entire nation and the Opposition is united against it in the Parliament, and in Uttar Pradesh TMC and SP have come together. She also expressed gratitude towards Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for sending his ministers and helping in organising the rally. Earlier, SP national vice president and Rajya Sabha MP Kiranmoy Nanda said his party was with TMC on the issue. “People of the state will undertake surgical strikes in the coming elections on the BJP which raised hue and cry over surgical strikes after going back on its promise of bringing back black money from foreign accounts,” Nanda said. He alleged that Centre has got savings earned through hard work deposited in banks, terming it as black money, to offset the loss suffered by them due to people like Vijay Mallya.UP minister Arvind Singh Gope, who reached the rally with a message from Akhilesh, said that like all her earlier struggles, Banerjee will win this fight against demonetizationas well.”The Centre has taken this step to mislead people in view of the coming Assembly polls in many states,” Gope alleged, adding it is for the first time in history that people are not able to withdraw their own money from banks.

Uttar Pradesh govt not interested in welfare of its farmers: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday alleged that the Samajwadi Party-led Uttar Pradesh Government is not interested in the welfare of the farmers and urged it to implement the Prime Minister Fasal Beema Yojana.Prime Minister Modi asserted that his government is dedicated to the poor, farmers, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. “If we would have brought change in lives of farmers, India wouldn’t have been facing problems. Strong farmers and villages add strength to India. My government is dedicated to the poor, to the farmers and scheduled castes and scheduled tribes,” the Prime Minister said while addressing the BJP’s Parivartan rally in Kushinagar.Urging Akhilesh Yadav-led government to implement the Prime Minister Fasal Beema Yojana, Prime Minister Modi said the scheme ensures minimum premium and maximum insurance. “Want to tell Uttar Pradesh Government that if they have time and are concerned about the farmers of the state, then implement Prime Minister Fasal Beema Yojana. This ensures minimum premium and maximum insurance. But I don’t think the Uttar Pradesh Government will be able to do anything as they are not interested,” he added.”The people here have gone through many troubles. They say, if the person who gives is powerful then why the need to ask? We are not powerful, we are sevaks. You, the people are givers, I have come here to pay the debts. The people of sugar mills came to me to ask for a package (financial). This is an old habit, but Modi is new. I told them I will give them whatever they need. Then sent my officers to inquire the debts these sugar mill owners owe the farmers. I told the money will not be given to mill owners, but directly to the farmers, in their bank accounts,” the Prime Minister said.Asserting that when his government took charge the cane farmers were owed Rs 12,000 crore, Prime Minister Modi said it made efforts to ensure they got paid in time, adding that their dues have been cleared to an extent.

Demonetisation will boost BJP’s electoral fortune in UP: Mahendra Singh

Lucknow: The Centre’s demonetisation move will have a positive impact on BJP’s electoral fortune in the coming Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and no one can stop it from forming the next government, party national secretary Mahendra Singh has said. “Demonetisation will have an impact on the coming Assembly polls in UP as it is not the common people, but corrupt leaders, officials and industrialists who are perturbed by the move,” Singh told PTI.

Representational image. PTIRepresentational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

“This is a big decision… It is BSP and SP that appear to be more worried by it,” he said, adding that people were minutely watching the panic situation of political parties. “There has been a definite increase in our vote bank in Uttar Pradesh… It is evident from the massive turnouts in the ongoing ‘Parivartan Yatras’ of the party… No one can now stop it from coming to power in the state in the coming polls,” he said.

The common people know that BJP has taken this step in accordance with the promise made by it during the Lok Sabha election campaign with regard to black money, he said. Singh, who is also the convenor of ‘Parivartan Yatras’, said the law and order situation in the state was dismal.

“People of the state are fed up with the governments led by BSP and SP… There has been corruption and crime everywhere during the governments led by these parties… Now the people want development and they look to BJP as the only alternative,” he claimed.

“BJP works for positive change in social, political and economic spheres in national interest, whereas other parties are visible only at election time,” he said.

Criticising the Akhilesh Yadav government, he said that it was doing “drama” in the name of development and the benefits of even the schemes of the Central government were not reaching the common people in the state.

First Published On : Nov 27, 2016 11:12 IST

Arrested for murder, SP leader Aman Tripathi to be produced in court today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party leader Aman Mani Tripathi, son of jailed politician Amar Mani Tripathi, was arrested by CBI on Friday in connection with the alleged murder of his wife. Sara, the 27-year-old wife of Aman Mani Tripathi had died in a car accident in Firozabad on National Highway 2 in July last year. However, Aman Mani had escaped unhurt.Tripathi will be produced in Saket court at 3 pm on Saturday.Based on a complaint by Sara’s mother Seema Singh, an FIR was registered against Aman Mani in Firozabad district. Singh had alleged that her daughter, who had married Aman Mani at an Arya Samaj temple in Lucknow in July 2013, was murdered. Aman Mani’s parents, Amar Mani and Madhu Mani, were against the marriage, Singh had said. Aman Mani, however, had claimed that Sara died in the road accident when they were on their way to New Delhi for a holiday.After Singh had demanded that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav order a CBI investigation into the incident, the matter was referred to the central agency, which took over the probe from UP Police a few days later. Aman Mani was recently given ticket by the Samajwadi Party to contest Assembly elections in the state.

JNU missing student case: Police stop protest march by kin and students to Parliament

New Delhi: JNU students and family members of missing student Najeeb Ahmed on Wednesday tried to march to Parliament from Mandi House demanding justice but were stopped mid-way by the police.

Representational image. News18

Representational image. News18

Najeeb, 27, a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun, went missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP, the night before.

Alleging that her son has been held captive, Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees said she has been “assured” of support by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in finding her son.

“Akhilesh ji has assured me of all help. He said the force (UP Police) would be sent to look for my son. He said Najeeb is child of his state. Shame on Delhi Police that police from UP is coming to find my son,” she said at the protest march.

JNU students union president Mohit Pandey said, “you (police) have seen him in Aligarh and Dharbhanga but you are still unable to find him. It has been thirty-eight days since he is missing and yet he is untraceable”.

Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar also joined students in the protest rally.

Kumar raised slogans demanding justice for Ahmad, however, he did not address students.

Umar Khalid, who was charged with sedition along with Kanhaiya earlier this year, questioned claims by police of Ahmad being spotted in some cities.

He alleged police was trying to build a narrative around Ahmad.

“For last 10-15 days police is giving statements in media. Police never makes anything public till investigation is final because that may hamper investigation.

“Why Darbhaga and why AMU? It is a pattern which they are following. Because it fits the narrative. If you look at trolls they keep saying Najeeb has joined terrorists,” he said.

JNU students and teachers have been agitating against the university administration and Delhi Police for their failure to locate the missing student.

The protesting students had even confined the Vice Chancellor and other senior officials in the administrative building for over 20 hours.

Last month, an SIT was formed to trace the missing student on the directive of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma.

The SIT failed to get any actionable clues in the matter. The case was later transferred to Delhi Police’s Crime Branch.

First Published On : Nov 24, 2016 10:38 IST

UP polls: SP launches party’s election campaign from Ghazipur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday formally launched the party’s election campaign from Ghazipur.On November 3, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav started the party’s campaign with Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra. The election campaign of the Samajwadi Party’s was delayed due to the family feud and due to which Mulayam called off the rally from Azamgarh to start the poll campaign.In the last election in 2012, the Samajwadi Party won with the majority and formed government under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav, son of the party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. The legislative assembly election will be held in 2017 for the 403 seats of the Vidhan Sabha in the Uttar Pradesh.The dates of the election are yet to be announced.The Election Commission (EC), in January 2016, published updated electoral rolls in all 403 assembly segments. In July 2016, for the 2017 Assembly elections, the EC decided to increase the number of polling booths in Uttar Pradesh.New polling centres will be planned in the constituencies having more than 1,500 registered voters. Polling booths are in six constituencies of Purkazi, Muzaffarnagar, Budhana, Khatoli, Charthawal and Midanpur would be raised from 1,769 to 1,819 booths.

Agra-Lucknow Expressway: Akhilesh, Mulayam inaugurate India’s first road to function as airstrip

Bangarmau: In a first for any road launch, six fighter jets of the IAF on Monday made a touchdown barely skimming the road before taking off to mark the opening of the Agra-Lucknow Expressway which can be also used for war-like emergency situations.

The 302-km-long six-lane expressway, which is India’s longest, is expected to considerably reduce the travel time between Lucknow and Delhi which usually takes 12 to 14 hours.

The dream project of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was inaugurated in Bangarmau by his father and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on the eve of latter’s birthday.

Fighter plane Sukhoi touches down  during the grand opening of Agra-Lucknow expressway on Monday. PTIFighter plane Sukhoi touches down  during the grand opening of Agra-Lucknow expressway on Monday. PTI

Fighter plane Sukhoi touches down during the grand opening of Agra-Lucknow expressway on Monday. PTI

Three Mirage 2000 and three Sukhoi-30 jets of the Indian Air Force(IAF) carried out the ‘touch and go’ on a portion of the newly constructed Expressway which has an RCC construction and reinforced and appropriately marked to facilitate aircraft landings. The portion used for the operations is located at Ganj Moradabad in Unnao District in UP.

The aim of the exercise is to check feasibility of Expressways being used as alternate airstrips in case of dire emergencies or non-availability of runways for any reason, a Defence official said.

Mulayam congratulated officials for completing the Expressway in a record two years time along with the chief minister who took personal interest in it.

“At the time of laying of foundation stone of the Expressway, I had asked as to when it will be completed and when four years were asked for its completion I had refused to lay the foundation stone. Later, however, it was done giving 22 months for completing it. The result is before everyone to see that today the road is ready in two years,” SP chief said.

“Earlier, it used to take 12 to 14 hours to reach Delhi and now the distance will be covered in far less time. It will be very beneficial for the people,” he said.

Akhilesh said the project would prove to be an example before the country as no other state had such a vast expressway. “Samajwadis will go to the polls on the back of such great work,” he stressed.

“When roads are laid they lead to development…this road will connect capitals like New Delhi to Lucknow…it will have industries, petrol pumps and mandis along the route…on returning to power in UP, the SP government will take this expressway further till Ghazipur and Ballia in record time… it will connect one end of the state to the other,” he said.

Thanking IAF officials, Akhilesh said this is the first road in the country on which any aircraft can land and take off.

First Published On : Nov 21, 2016 18:31 IST

UP Elections 2017: Voting for SP means helping BJP win, warns Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP president Mayawati on Saturday cautioned Muslims in Uttar Pradesh that their interests were not safe with the Samajwadi Party, which is mired in family feud, and voting for it will mean strengthening the BJP.”The ‘sarv samaj’ including the Muslims should understand that their interests were not safe in Samajwadi Party…. Voting for SP which today stands divided into two factions means strengthening BJP and helping it win elections,” Mayawati said in a statement. The BSP supremo has been reaching out to Muslims in a big way, especially as the public feud between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav threatened to drive away loyal voters of Samajwadi Party in the poll-bound state.Attacking the Samajwadi Party, Mayawati alleged that ever since it came to power, “goonda, mafia , corrupt and communal elements are ruling the roost and jungleraj is prevailing” in Uttar Pradesh. The BSP chief said that the ongoing tussle in the Samajwadi Party family has further harmed the law and order situation.Mayawati also lashed out at Akhilesh for making “lofty claims” and launching schemes such as Dial-100 and asked him to desist from making any further announcements, “the benefit of which he will not be able to extend to the people”. Dial-100 is aimed at reducing the police emergency response time.

Expelled SP leaders meet Mulayam, likely to be reinstated

Sat, 19 Nov 2016-03:44pm , Lucknow , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday met with expelled party leaders at the former’s residence in Lucknow hinting towards their possible reinstatement in the party.Expelled leaders Gaurav Dubey, Pradeep Tiwari, Uday Veer,Brajesh Yadav and two other members were reportedly close to Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and were expelled on the grounds of ‘anti-party’ activities.This came days after Samajwadi Party’s Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav was reinstated by the party supremo.Ram Gopal had initially been removed for six years. Mulayam Singh Yadav not only cancelled his expulsion, but also gave him back the posts that he had previously occupied.

If Netaji’s trust is with Ram Gopal, I am also with him, says Amar Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Responding to reinstatement of ousted Ramgopal Yadav as general secretary of Samajwadi Party following an order issued by SP patriarch Mulayam Singh, SP’s Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh on Thursday said this is their party, and thus, they can expel or reinstate anybody anytime at their will, but if Netaji’s trust and affections is with Ramgopal, then I am also with him.”This is their party, and they can expel or reinstate anybody anytime at their will. If Mulayam Singh’s affection and trust is with Ramgopal, then I am also with Ramgopal,” Singh told ANI.Hel, however, said, “He (Ramgopal) had given a statement that he got Amar Singh expelled from the party, and could do it now too. I am ready to be expelled. I was expelled once and now I am ready to be expelled again. I will be waiting for my expulsion for the second time.”Asked if Ramgopal’s inclusion had strengthened the camp of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, he said: “This is for you to analyse. Whether I am in politics or not; I?m with this party or an other party; but I can neither leave nor forget Mulayam Singh. I cannot deprive myself of his affection, whether he is in power or not.””When I met Mulayam Singh, he was not a big leader, but he is only person in the public life who has ability to carry forward relationships. Other people use and throw, but Mulayam Singh never forgets his friends. For his this capability, I hardly care who has won and who lost,” said Singh, adding that as long as he has got affection and trust of Mulayam Singh, he considers himself to be a winner.Ramgopal Yadav has been reinstated as party’s spokesperson and as a member of the party’s Central Parliamentary Board, announced SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav in a press note.”This was bound to happen. It is because of the blessings of Netaji as he was never against me,” Yadav told ANI here.”I was always part of the party; I had never left it, though I was ousted technically,” he added.At the height of the Samajwadi Party family feud, Ram Gopal Yadav was expelled on the instructions of Mulayam Singh on October 23.

Akhilesh Yadav says black money helped Indian economy during recession, cites experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a controversial remark, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said economists were of the opinion that black money helped the Indian economy in times of global recession.”I am very clear on this…black money should not be generated. Economic experts say the magnitude of the global economic crisis at times is not felt in India because of strong (parallel) economy of black money,” he said.”I am opposed to black money. I do not want it,” he said on the sidelines of Indo-Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Car Rally flag off.
ALSO READ Demonetization ended terror-funding, stone-pelting in Kashmir: ParrikarHis remarks come in the wake of the government’s sudden decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes to stamp out black money, resulting in serpentine queues outside banks and ATMs.Akhilesh also said that whichever government had troubled the poor, it was shown the door by the masses. “This government has caused immense pain to commoners,” he said.
ALSO READ Demonetization: PM Modi’s mother walks to bank to exchange old currency notesThe chief minister was of the view that demonetisation will not serve the purpose of checking black money.”It’s good that corruption is checked and people become aware that there should not be (any) corruption. But this problem cannot be overcome merely by changing Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes…Those who used to keep such notes are now waiting for Rs 2000 notes…,” Akhilesh had said on Saturday.

Demonetization: PM Modi says he has given sound sleep to poor, opposition calls it ‘economic anarchy’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With millions grappling with demonetization blues, a combative Narendra Modi defended the action on Monday as one which has brought “sound sleep” to the poor and unnerved the corrupt even as his rivals made a common cause against him, terming his remarks as “insult” to people. As a belligerent Prime Minister sought to rally public support for the contentious measure, hailed and reviled by his supporters and opponents, the demonetization exercise saw many of his political rivals come together on the issue, with some even alleging BJP leaders had prior information about the impending decision.Pummelling the Congress and other parties which are criticising demonetization, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the corrupt were upset while the poor were “enjoying a sound sleep” after his decision and urged people to bear some inconvenience to root out graft. “After demonetization, the poor are enjoying a sound sleep while rich are running from pillar to post to buy sleeping pills,” Modi said as he tried to rally public support in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, picking up from where he left on Sunday in his speeches laced with emotion and aggression in Goa and Belagavi.”Don’t mislead people…I want to ask Congressmen who claim people are facing problems how you turned the entire country into a jail for 19 months by imposing Emergency,” he said addressing a rally in Ghazipur, adding it was done only to save the seat of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi after the Allahabad High Court verdict against her, and not out of any concern for the poor.
ALSO READ War on black money: RBI asks banks to waive ATM charges till December 30 He said there was no dearth of money for development, but the fact was that money was stashed away somewhere else and not where it should have been. The November 8 decision of the Modi government, however, brought a fractured opposition together on the issue barely a couple of days ahead of Parliament’s winter session with representatives of seven parties– Congress, TMC, JD(U), RJD, CPI, CPI(M) and YSR (Congress)–discussing the matter. The SP, BSP and AAP, which have strongly criticised the government on the demonetization issue gave the meeting a miss, besides DMK, AIADMK and NCP.Mamata Banerjee’s TMC has even decided to meet President Pranab Mukherjee on November 16, the day Parliament session starts, to highlight the “crisis” situation. It was, however, not clear if other parties will join TMC in the delegation to President. The leaders of these parties are likely to meet again on Tuesday when representatives from Mayawati’s BSP and some others are expected to be present, according to CPI national secretary D Raja. The Congress accused the Modi government of unleashing “economic anarchy” and “tax terrorism” in the country and called for unity among opposition parties.”Whatever may be the differences, political parties should not shy away from voicing the concern of the people so as to address the grievances,” party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said soon after the meeting of the opposition parties.Daring Modi to make public the bank details of the party at the central and state levels, Surjewala alleged that a BJP functionary OP Jha had deposited Rs one crore in party account in West Bengal in currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 on November 8, shortly before the Prime Minister announced their demonetization.Mamata Banerjee, who has been in touch with various parties on the issue, including arch rival CPI(M), slammed Modi for his remarks that poor are enjoying a sound sleep after demonetization, saying it was an “insult” to the common people. “The PM in his speech said that the poor are sleeping peacefully. This is an insult to commoners and in bad taste,” the TMC supremo said in a tweet after Modi’s statement in Ghazipur. “My humble suggestion is not to hit the common people like this,” she said.”This will be a killer for the common people. Already a staggering Rs 1.5 lakh crore of GDP has been lost by the economy in only six days,” she said in a statement.BSP supremo Mayawati, stung by the apparent reference to her in Modi’s “garland of notes” remark, unleashed a no- holds-barred attack on the Prime Minister, saying he cannot tolerate that a “dalit ki beti” is presented such a garland. “He (Modi) has accepted garland of notes many times. But if a ‘dalit ki beti’ is offered such a garland, it it does not become palatable for the Prime Minister, it reflects his cheap mentality,” she said at a hurriedly convened press conference in Lucknow hours after Modi made the remark at a BJP rally in Ghazipur.”In order to divert people’s attention from his failures, Modi levels baseless allegations against his political opponents which is condemnable…allegations on policy matters are different but personal ones should not be made…he cannot tolerate that a dalit ki beti is presented garland of notes,” she said, adding one cannot digest what Mayawati wears.Mayawati said an undeclared “Bharat Bandh” was prevailing in the country where all economic activity has come to a grinding halt due to demonetization. “Our party welcomes from the heart any strong action for it (against black money) but the present government in the garb of checking black money and corruption has forced the people to face immense hardships,” she said. Mayawati was offered a garland of currency notes at a party rally in Lucknow when she was the chief minister.CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury also sought to pick holes in the demonetization drive, claiming that Prime Minister’s stated objectives including those of tackling corruption will not be achieved with the steps taken.He also claimed that the BJP-led government had gains in UP election in mind while making the move and reiterated his party’s charge that BJP leaders had prior information about the decision, referring to the West Bengal BJP depositing crores “a few hours ahead of Modi’s November 8 announcement.” “You discontinued Rs 1000 and Rs 500 currency notes. But, replaced it with that of Rs 2000. Nobody is able to use that note,” Yechury said as he flashed a Rs 2000 note he withdrew from an ATM in Parliament premises to tell reporters that he has not been able to spend it over the past five days.”Also terrorists don’t use cash, such funding is done through electronic transfers. The government should rather implement the law which was brought after 2008 terror attack in Mumbai,” he suggested.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, one of the most strident critics of Modi, demanded that the measure be rolled back. “The situation is just the opposite of what the Prime Minister said. The poor are not sleeping. They are spending nights outside banks. Only Modiji’s friends are having good sleep. He has made the poor drink poison in the name of strong tea ‘kadak chai’,” Kejriwal said.Earlier in the day, while addressing a rally in Ghazipur Modi said, “My decision is a little harsh. When I was young, poor people used to ask for ‘kadak’ (strong) tea but it spoils the mood of rich.”Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, set to face a difficult state assembly election, said the farmers were badly hit by the Modi government’s action and asked the Prime Minister to make special arrangements for them in the middle of the cropping season. “They said the measure (demonetization) will cause pain, but whose who are giving the pain themselves did not know how much pain it will cause. First they said it will last for a week or ten days, now they are saying 50 days,” Akhilesh said.As Modi battled opposition criticism, BJP ally Shiv Sena too did not pull any punches and termed the demonetization drive as “demonic and unsystematic” that has led to “financial anarchy” in the country. “125 crore Indians are standing in queues in scorching heat without food and water. Do you expect them to back you in future? Are you repaying people the blessings they gave you by forcing them to come on streets? This is blatant cheating with them,” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said. “The spectacle of weeding out black money is monstrous,” it said.Despite a show of unanimity on the issue of demonetization, divisions persisted among opposition parties on whether they will join TMC delegation when it meets the President. “By and large there was a decision that we will work together. In such cases, it is not like will be led by a, b or c or whether we should meet the President at the start of the session, in the middle or the end,” Congress leader in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said after the meeting.Yechury, whose party and TMC are at daggers drawn in West Bengal, said,”The matter has to be first raised in Parliament and then we will take it forward.” When asked if the opposition was united on the issue, he said,”It (unity) has to be on the floor of the House. Floor coordination cannot happen anywhere else.”TMC’s Derek O’brien, however, said his party will meet the President on the appointed day and at appointed hour in view of the “crisis” situation. “November 16 it is, 1:30 PM it is. I hope others will see the urgency and come back to us,” he said.

Mulayam, Mayawati have lost sleep after demonetisation: Amit Shah in Uttar Pradesh

Kannauj (UP): BJP president Amit Shah said on Sunday that the Centre’s much-talked about demonetisation move has taken away the gleam from the faces of BSP chief Mayawati and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, even as crores of rupees of black marketeers have turned into waste.

“Lakhs of crores of rupees of black marketeers have turned into waste after demonetisation. It has also taken away the gleam from the faces of Mayawati and Mulayam,” he said.

Addressing BJP’s ‘parivartan yatra’ in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Shah said those who lost their black money were upset by the move.

“Even Mulayam and Mayawati have lost their sleep after demonetisation,” he said.

A file photo of Amit Shah. PTIA file photo of Amit Shah. PTI

A file photo of Amit Shah. PTI

Shah, who was speaking at the Lok Sabha constituency of Samajwadi Party MP Dimple Yadav, wife of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, also tried to strike an emotional chord with people standing in serpentine queues to withdraw or deposit money.

“I know you are facing problems as you have to stand for hours, but good is going to happen. What do you prefer–black money or country…?” he said.

In a surprise move, the Centre had on 8 November banned the high-denomination Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes as part of its crackdown on black money.

The BJP leader also hit out at the “theatrics” of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for reaching an ATM in Delhi to withdraw Rs 4,000 in a car worth Rs 4 crore.

“Congress has ruled the country for years. In that regime scams involving Rs 12 lakh crores were done…You should stop doing theatrics and befooling people,” he said.

Shah also slammed Gandhi for criticising the government over the recent PoK strikes by the Army.

“For soldiers you use words like ‘khoon ki dalali’,” he said.

“Contrary to Congress regime, now we give reply of ‘goli’ (bullet) with ‘gola’ (bomb) and our soldiers have stormed their territory and returned after attacking them,” he said amid applause from the crowd.

The crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections are slated for next year.

First Published On : Nov 13, 2016 18:07 IST

Key meeting of faction-ridden Samajwadi Party ahead of UP polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party Parliamentary Board, the highest decision making body of the faction-ridden ruling party, met here today under the presidentship of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav to discuss a gamut of issues ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle and state party chief Shivpal Yadav were also present at the meeting.Though there was no official word on the deliberations, party insiders said that appointment of a new leader of Samajwadi Party in the Rajya Sabha was on the agenda after incumbent Ram Gopal Yadav was expelled from the party. Mulayam has to take a call on the issue before the winter session of Parliament commences on November 16. SP has 19 members in Rajya Sabha and five in Lok Sabha.Party sources said while Mulayam was in favour of his old socialist friend Beni Prasad Verma as party’s new leader in the Upper House of Parliament, Akhilesh was batting for Naresh Agarwal.Reoti Raman Singh is senior-most SP representative in Rajya Sabha, but his failing health may make Mulayam go for Verma, a veteran who had left the party a decade ago following differences with the SP supremo, only to return to the party fold earlier this year. He was soon sent to the Rajya Sabha. Akhilesh, the sources said, favoured Agarwal as he has been a prominent speaker on behalf of the party in the Upper House where he was seen as the number two after Ram Gopal. Amar Singh, who was also sent to the Rajya Sabha by Mulayam recently, is not comfortable with Agarwal due to his proximity with Ram Gopal. Agarwal, who had been in Congress and Loktantrik Congress Party before he joined the SP, favoured declaring Akhilesh as the chief ministerial candidate during the public feud in the Yadav clan.Sources said there was a vacancy in the Parliamentary Board after Ram Gopal’s exit and there was speculation that Surendra Mohan Agarwal could fill the slot.This is the first crucial meeting of the top leadership of the ruling party after Mulayam’s recent announcement to go solo in the UP Assembly polls. Mulayam has ruled out any alliance though he said he would welcome merger of outfits with his party.Sources also said the meeting had been convened to discuss the preparations of the ruling party for the Assembly elections just a few months

Yadav vs Yadav | End your ‘Mahabharat’ first, then focus on ‘Mahagathbandhan’: BJP to SP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Continuing to exchange blows over the internal rift within the Yadav clan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday called on the Samajwadi Party (SP) to sort out their family ‘Mahabharat’ first, before thinking about the formation of a ‘Mahagathbandhan’.”With regard to these kinds of talks about a Mahagathbandhan, let them get over the Mahabharat that is taking place in their own family, in terms what is happening between the uncle and the nephew,” BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli told ANI here. He further said that the Samajwadi Party should present their report of the last five years on a range of issues from law and order to the development of the state.”Law and order has suffered, development has suffered, problems are there in Uttar Pradesh, after that the Samajwadi Party can talk about such notional ideas which have come out from time to time, whether there will be ‘Gathbandhan’ or a ‘Mahagathbandhan’ or a No ‘Gathbandhan’, Kohli added.Earlier, launching a direct attack on the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), BJP president Amit Shah accused the former of depriving the people of Uttar Pradesh from getting benefits of the Centre sponsored welfare schemes.Speaking at the second leg of the Parivartan Yatra held in Jhansi, aiming to cover all 403 constituencies, Shah said “The Samajwadi Party (SP) has been depriving the people of Uttar Pradesh from accessing welfare schemes sponsored by the Central government.”The internal rift between Samajwadi Party leaders surfaced again on November 5 at the party’s silver jubilee celebrations in Lucknow. Senior party leaders Shivpal Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav made veiled attacks on each other while addressing the people at the event.

From shoving to holding hands: Everything that happened at SP’s silver jubilee celebrations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Akhilesh-Shivpal acrimony and efforts at a patch-up were well on display, and not just in semantics, as the two leaders shared the dais with SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and other leaders of the Janata Parivar at the party’s silver jubilee celebrations.Whether it was an agitated Shivpal Yadav shoving party leader Javed Abidi away from the microphone as he was praising Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, or the CM touching his uncle Shivpal’s feet after being prodded by RJD chief Lalu Prasad, the Yadav family saga was virtually being played out in presence of thousands of party activists at the Janeshwar Mishra park in Lucknow.When the event started, Akhilesh and Shivpal were given swords which they accepted smilingly. While the scene left many chuckling, Lalu stepped in and held hands of both Akhilesh and Shivpal as they posed for lensmen with the props.Egged on by Prasad, Akhilesh touched Shivpal’s feet to seek his blessing who kept his hand on the CM’s head. Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda too held the hands of the warring uncle and nephew.PTIWhile Shivpal, who was sacked by Akhilesh from cabinet vented out his unhappiness in his speech, the Chief Minister gave a subtle response.Pointing at Shivpal’s confidant Gayatrai Prasad Prajapati, who was sacked by him earlier, Akhilesh said, “You give me a sword but you don’t want me to use it.” Earlier, Abidi, who is close to Akhilesh took hold of the mike and started addressing the gathering in favour of Akhilesh terming him as “future of the party”.”While you (Mulayam) are the soul of the party, Akhilesh is its vigour,” he said.However, Shivpal soon got up and went to Mulayam and soon came near Abidi and shoved him away from the mike.”Everyone should maintain discipline. Indiscipline will not be tolerated,” Shivpal said amid slogan shouting in the audience.The SP has been mired in a power tussle between Akhilesh and Shivpal ever since Mulayam removed his son as state party chief and appointed his brother Shivpal. The party tried to send a message of unity with Shivpal attending the flagging off Akhilesh’s rath yatra on Thursday for assembly elections and giving his “blessings”.

Parivartan rally: Amit Shah takes a dig at Yadav family infighting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kicking off UP poll campaign, BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday took a dig at infighting in the Mulayam Singh Yadav family and targeted ruling Samajwadi Party as well as BSP, saying neither party is bothered about development of the state.Addressing ‘Parivartan rally’ (rally for change) in Saharanpur in western UP, he said the state has lagged behind in development because of SP and BSP rule and that only a BJP government with full majority can bring it back on track.”While on one hand, it is the nephew (Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav) who is abusing the uncle (SP state unit president Shivpal Yadav), on the other Behenji (BSP supremo Mayawati) is abusing both of them…No one is concerned about the development of the state,” Shah said.”The state has lagged behind a lot…SP and BSP cannot improve the situation here and it will be only the BJP government with full majority which can bring the state back on tracks,” he said.Attacking ‘goonda’ elements in the ruling SP, he alleged that the party is mired in illegal mining among other ills like corruption. Shah said while Akhilesh wants to project himself as ‘vikas purush’ (development man), people like mafia don Mukhtar Ansari are in his party despite the Chief Minister claiming they would not be allowed in.”The entire SP is filled with such people,” he added.Targeting Mayawati, the BJP chief said, “behanji says she will improve the situation but she has Naseemuddin Siddiqui”. He contended that, “it is between devil and deep sea for the people of the state in the context of these two parties.” Shah also took veiled dig at Samajwadi Party’s efforts to form a ‘mahagathbandhan’ ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls by hosting senior leaders of the erstwhile Janata Parivar in the state capital today, saying “they are happy shaking hands with each other..but what would happen by your shaking hands? In a democracy, government is formed only when the people shake hands with you”.Attacking Mayawati, he said though she claims to make the state “goonda free” (criminal free), she needs to recall the number of scams which took place during her previous government.”Citing the different scams worth thousands of crores, Shah alleged that all the funds meant for development were used in setting up memorials and statues. “If she returns to power, she will set up 200 to 300 more of her statues instead of doing any good for the state,” he said.

Truth about Samajwadi Party will unfold in 15 days, says Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sitting beneath a large portrait of Buddha in a room with otherwise bare walls, dressed in pure white, a visibly relaxed BSP supremo Mayawati seemed unruffled by the bustle in the enemy camps—the BJP’s hopes of getting mileage from the surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) or the Samajwadi Party’s (SP) proposed grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh.Taking a break from her busy schedule in the poll-bound state, she had a series of meetings carried out with methodical precision at her 3, Thyagaraja Road residence in the Capital. The appointments included interactions with some mediapersons—a deviation from her characteristic reluctance to give interviews. Sources close to her said “behenji” now preferred to interact directly with the media to avoid any distortion in messages conveyed through others.After a warm greeting and brief introduction, that broke any spell of apprehension, she began to patiently reel out her answers to expected questions, tearing into both her foes—SP and BJP—almost equitably.”I have toured UP and it looks like people are really unhappy with the policies of both the BJP at the Centre and SP in the state. The promises made by the BJP during the Lok Sabha elections have not been kept…Two-and-a-half years is a long time. The SP assured jobs and 24-hour power…They have not implemented most of their promises,” she told DNA.Mayawati claimed that several schemes, like the metro and expressway projects for which the SP was taking credit, had actually been brought about during her regime. “The names of the schemes have been changed,” said the former UP chief minister. She added that unlike her rivals, she was promising permanent jobs and direct financial help to the poor instead of giving unemployment allowances and laptops.But her biggest pledge, she said, was to “resume law and order” in a state “where women cannot go out.”Mayawati’s composure stemmed partly from the disarray in the SP. “The SP’s base voter has got split. The Muslims want to see the BJP defeated… But seeing the fight in SP, they will vote for us,” she said. Muslims account for around 18 per cent of the state’s population.Accusing both BJP and the SP of trying to communally polarise the people, she said the Muzaffarnagar riots were the “milli bhagat” of both parties.Reiterating her cautious stand on triple talaq, Mayawati said any lacunae in laws should be left to the community itself to address, and hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “People of various communities live here.Nobody should interfere with another community. There should not be a situation where Modi is trying to force his thinking on other communities,” she said.Asked if she agreed with those people who alleged that the feud between Mulayam, Shivpal and Akhilesh was a drama, Mayawati said, “In 15-16 days everything will unfold. Then it will become clear.”Asked about the BJP, the BSP supremo was dismissive of speculation that the “surgical strikes” was giving the party an edge. She said, “This is nothing new. It’s been happening everywhere in the world but it’s not politicised.The Army does its job. There is no peace at the border or in Jammu and Kashmir. Everyday our jawans are getting martyred.”She added, “If there was peace, then they (BJP) could have taken credit.”When asked how she saw herself five years later, after the last assembly election, when she had lost power, Mayawati was evasive. However, sources who have watched her closely over the years said she had “matured”, having gone through the experience of being in power and out of it.Politically, the 60-year-old politician has cast her net wider, beyond the party’s traditional Dalit-Muslim votebank, for the upcoming polls. This was evident from the change in the party’s slogan from “sarvajan hitaye, sarvajan sukhaye” (welfare and well being of all) from “Bahujan hitaye, Bahujan sukhaye”.This was also evident from her response to queries on the caste debate. “We don’t differentiate between communities,” was her answer.The BSP supremo also blamed the SP for blocking the passage of amendments of the SC/ST promotions Bill in Parliament.Exuding confidence, Mayawati, who has decided on 90 per cent of her party candidates for the UP elections to be held early next year, said those who have left BSP to join other parties will not be able to take their votes with them.”People are now realising that they should have voted for the BSP in the last assembly elections…If elected, we will end jungle raj and promote development.”

PM Modi should visit families of martyrs: Mulayam Singh Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit families of martyrs and said he does not advocate Indo-Pak war but a middle path so that soldiers do not have to make the supreme sacrifice to protect the borders.”We don’t want any Indo-Pak war or soldiers sacrificing lives on border, there should be a via media solution,” he said flagging of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s rath yatra.”As the defence minister, I used to visit families of martyr soldiers. I want our PM to visit their families. I salute families and want to say they might be in grief but they should be proud that their son died while securing our borders,” he said.
ALSO READ Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘Vikas Rath Yatra’ starts today; suspense over presence of Mulayam, Shivpal”Ram Manohar Lohia had given message of humanity at international level and SP believes in it,” he said.Targeting the Modi government over the alleged suicide by an ex-serviceman over OROP issue, Akhilesh said the “forces which came to power” (at Centre), have “diverted the path of the country”.
ALSO READ Akhilesh govt has no achievement to share in its ‘rath yatra’: BSP”Those sacrificing their lives on borders to save us are also committing suicide. You should think which type of people are ruling us. We have to make SP government in 2017 as only it can bring a change in the country,” he added.An ex-serviceman had allegedly committed suicide in New Delhi on Tuesday over the issue of OROP.

Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘Vikas Rath Yatra’ starts today; suspense over presence of Mulayam, Shivpal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Utter confusion prevailed in ruling Samajwadi Party camp over presence of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal when Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav embarks on his highly-publicised ‘Rath Yatra’ on Thursday.Seen as a showdown or show of strength just two days ahead of another gala event to mark SP’s silver jubilee, all eyes are on party patriarch Mulayam and Shivpal, the state unit chief, as their presence or absence would reflect as to how far SP was united before UP Assembly polls early next year.When Shivpal was specifically asked whether he would be present at the rath yatra flagging off event, he ducked the question adding to the suspense.”I am engaged in preparations for silver jubilee celebrations. If there is yatra on November 3, there is silver jubilee show on November 5,” he said, leaving everyone guessing about his participation.There was no categorical word either on reports that Mulayam will flag off the ‘Vikas Sey Vijay Tak Yatra’.To a question, Shivpal said, “Party workers should read history of socialism. There is importance of discipline in the party. You have seen that on October 24 those who were not invited, also came to the party meet.”In the light of the statement, Mulayam’s presence at the ‘rath yatra’ will be keenly observed.”It depends on to what extent Akhilesh is able to convince his father Mulayam to attend the yatra,” an SP leader said.Expelled SP MLC Sunil Yadav Sajan, who is close to Akhilesh, told PTI that all arrangements have been made.”The yatra will be flagged off by ‘Netaji’ (Mulayam) and senior party leaders including party state president Shivpal Yadav will also remain present,” he said.Sajan, who is also incharge of first leg of the yatra, said at every second kilometre, the CM will be welcomed and he will also address gatherings at various locations. During the yatra, dozens of roadside meetings and a few rallies would be held at different places.A cavalcade of over 5,000 SUVs and trucks will seek to send a message to the party leadership that 43-year-old Akhilesh is the “most acceptable” face of SP.The over 60-km yatra route from Lucknow to Unnao is dotted with hoardings, banners and colourful arches to welcome the chief minister.A hoarding put up by a youth leader close to Shivpal says “Shivpal kahey dil se, Akhilesh ka abhishek phir se” (Shivpal says from his heart to make Akhilesh CM again), while some others only highlight Akhilesh’s achievements.”The hoardings put up by the leaders show the state of confusion in the party. It’s visible on roads. We wish this confusion to end with the start of this yatra,” a senior SP leader said.The yatra comes at a time when Mulayam is seeking to cobble together a ‘mahagathbandhan’ and has sent out invitations to all “secular and like-minded” leaders of various parties like RLD, RJD and JD-U.

Akhilesh Yadav’s Rath Yatra on Thursday, confusion over presence of Mulayam and Shivpal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Utter confusion prevailed in ruling Samajwadi Party camp over presence of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal when Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav embarks on his highly-publicised ‘Rath Yatra’ on Thursday. Seen as a showdown or show of strength just two days ahead of another gala event to mark SP’s silver jubilee, all eyes are on party patriarch Mulayam and Shivpal, the state unit chief, as their presence or absence would reflect as to how far SP was united before UP Assembly polls early next year. When Shivpal was specifically asked whether he would be present at the rath yatra flagging off event, he ducked the question adding to the suspense.”I am engaged in preparations for silver jubilee celebrations. If there is yatra on November 3, there is silver jubilee show on November 5,” he said, leaving everyone guessing about his participation. There was no categorical word either on reports that Mulayam will flag off the ‘Vikas Sey Vijay Tak Yatra’. To a question, Shivpal said, “Party workers should read history of socialism. There is importance of discipline in the party. You have seen that on October 24 those who were not invited, also came to the party meet.”In the light of the statement, Mulayam’s presence at the ‘rath yatra’ will be keenly observed. “It depends on to what extent Akhilesh is able to convince his father Mulayam to attend the yatra,” an SP leader said.Expelled SP MLC Sunil Yadav Sajan, who is close to Akhilesh, told PTI that all arrangements have been made. “The yatra will be flagged off by ‘Netaji’ (Mulayam) and senior party leaders including party state president Shivpal Yadav will also remain present,” he said. Sajan, who is also incharge of first leg of the yatra, said at every second kilometre, the CM will be welcomed and he will also address gatherings at various locations. During the yatra, dozens of roadside meetings and a few rallies would be held at different places.A cavalcade of over 5,000 SUVs and trucks will seek to send a message to the party leadership that 43-year-old Akhilesh is the “most acceptable” face of SP. The over 60-km yatra route from Lucknow to Unnao is dotted with hoardings, banners and colourful arches to welcome the chief minister. A hoarding put up by a youth leader close to Shivpal says “Shivpal kahey dil se, Akhilesh ka abhishek phir se” (Shivpal says from his heart to make Akhilesh CM again), while some others only highlight Akhilesh’s achievements.”The hoardings put up by the leaders show the state of confusion in the party. It’s visible on roads. We wish this confusion to end with the start of this yatra,” a senior SP leader said. The yatra comes at a time when Mulayam is seeking to cobble together a ‘mahagathbandhan’ and has sent out invitations to all “secular and like-minded” leaders of various parties like RLD, RJD and JD-U. Last week, Mulayam and Shivpal had met JD(U) leader K C Tyagi and RLD chief Ajit Singh to invite them to the anniversary bash in Lucknow.Shivpal had said Lohiaites and followers of Charan Singh should join hands to beat BJP in Uttar Pradesh. Congress’ poll strategist Prashant Kishor yesterday held a two-hour meeting with Mulayam, who is trying to cobble together an alliance of like-minded parties. Addressing a meeting at SP office, Shivpal today said, “After Bihar, the party had planned a ‘gathbandhan’ in Odisha also but some people in our party did a conspiracy…I can tolerate my insult but not of ‘Netaji’ (Mulayam)”.Shivpal said that former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, Ajit Singh and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav will attend the silver jubilee show. He cautioned those workers “who want to break the party” but did not take any name.Samajwadi Party, which was initially part of Bihar’s grand alliance, had walked out of it after it was offered only a handful of seats to contest the assembly elections there.The grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress had, however, scripted a glorious electoral victory, defeating the BJP-led NDA.Shivpal said the party organisation in bigger than the government. “I have given place in the organisation to workers who struggled for the party and were sidelined in the government,” he said, an apparent snipe at Akhilesh.

Uttar Pradesh: 6 injured in stampede at Akhilesh Yadav’s Janata Durbar in Saifai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six people including a Zila Panchayat head were on Sunday injured in a stampede at a Janata Durbar programme of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at his ancestral village of Saifai here.Additional SP Ram Kishan Yadav said a large crowd had gathered outside the PWD Guest House where the CM was holding the programme.The main gate had to be closed to keep the crowd away. But when it was opened to allow a VIP car, people rushed inside causing the stampede, he said.Six people, including Kannauj Zila Panchayat head Santosh Yadav, were injured in the melee. One person suffered a head injury.Eyewitnesses said when the chief minister was meeting people and exchanging pleasantries with them, the crowd surged towards him and in the stampede-like situation some fell down and got hurt.Some mediapersons covering the event were also injured, police said. All the injured people were rushed to a hospital in Saifai, they said.This was Akhilesh Yadav’s first visit to Saifai after the recent Samajwadi Party family feud became public. As news of his arrival spread, thousands of people gathered at the venue to wish him on the festive occasion of Diwali.Police had a tough time trying to manage the crowd as the number of people who turned up at the event was far beyond their expectation.Akhilesh also interacted with people and listened to their woes before directing officers to take action. Akhilesh had driven down to his ancestral village Saifai to celebrate Diwali with his extended family.A large number of people greeted the CM along the 200 km route from Lucknow to Safai as he stopped at various places to meet them on the soon-to-be-inaugurated state-of-the-art Lucknow-Agra Expressway.

Yadav vs Yadav: Shivpal meeting ‘socialist friends’, trying to cobble ‘grand alliance’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Concerned over the debilitating power struggle in Samajwadi Party, the Mulayam Singh Yadav- Shivpal Yadav camp continued efforts on Friday to cobble together a grand alliance in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, with the latter meeting RLD chief Ajit Singh. Shivpal, who heads the Uttar Pradesh unit of the party, called on Ajit Singh, whose Rashtriya Lok Dal has areas of influence in western parts of the state, apparently to invite him to SP’s silver jubilee celebrations on November 5.The meeting came against the backdrop of talk of attempts at replicating Bihar’s grand alliance experiment in UP. Shivpal had recently pitched for coming together of ‘Lohiawadi’, ‘Charan Singhwadi’ and ‘Gandhiwadi’ forces to defeat the “communal” BJP in the assembly polls due early next year.Samajwadi Party, which was initially part of Bihar’s grand alliance, had walked out of it after it was offered only a handful of seats to contest the assembly elections there. The grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress had, however, scripted a glorious electoral victory, defeating the BJP-led NDA. Shivpal had recently blamed his estranged cousin Ram Gopal Yadav for Samajwadi Party’s decision to walk out of the alliance in Bihar.
ALSO READ UP polls 2017: Congress likely not to be part of ‘grand alliance’Ram Gopal, a Rajya Sabha member, has been backing Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in his fight against Shivpal. Ram Gopal was recently sacked from the party amid escalating tension between the rival camps. Given the unusual belligerence shown by Akhilesh Yadav, the party apparently wants to fortify its position by bringing in new friends.Carrying an invitation from Mulayam, Shivpal has been meeting “socialist friends” in the national capital. On Wednesday, Shivpal had called up Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar and met senior leaders of the party Sharad Yadav and KC Tyagi. Sources in the JD(U) and the SP said the idea behind the invite was to stitch up an alliance in Uttar Pradesh, where a resurgent BJP and Mayawati’s BSP look set to pose a tough challenge to the ruling party.
ALSO READ Explained: The Yadav PariWar “I have come to invite Ajit Singh for SP’s foundation day. All secular parties do not want the BJP to enter Uttar Pradesh. It is an effort to bring together all Lohiawadis and Charanwadis. If it succeeds, we will stop the BJP (from coming to power),” Shivpal told reporters after meeting the RLD chief. “RLD has welcomed the statement of Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav, calling for a coalition of parties against communal forces in Uttar Pradesh,” RLD general secretary Trilok Tyagi said, but added “no decision has been taken yet”.Interestingly, RLD has already announced a coalition with Janata Dal (United), Sharad Pawar-led NCP and ex-BSP leader RK Chaudhary’s BS4 for the Uttar Pradesh polls. The mega alliance has decided to project Ajit Singh’s son and former Mathura MP Jayant Chaudhary as its chief ministerial candidate.

Yadav vs Yadav: Amar Singh says he’ll back Netaji’s son Akhilesh, not CM Akhilesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, who has been portrayed as an antagonist by the Akhilesh Yadav camp in the ongoing feud within the Samajwadi Party, on Friday broke his silence and said that he may not be on board with the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, but will always back party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son.”I may not be with CM Akhilesh, but I will always be with Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son Akhilesh. The father of the SP and the Chief Minister are the same, and God stands as a testimony that whenever I spoke to Netaji, it was in favour of Akhilesh. Netaji also knows this truth,” Singh told ANI in an exclusive conversation while responding to Akhilesh’s allegations.”When I was struggling for life and undergoing a dialysis, Netaji had come to meet me and he said there was a discussion on the issue of state president and when Akhilesh Yadav replaced Shivpal Yadav as the UP SP president, even then, I was blamed for it,” he added.
ALSO READ Hurt by Akhilesh’s dalal remark, says Amar SinghThe Rajya Sabha MP also attempted to play the emotional card in his bid to end the ongoing dispute in the Yadav clan.”When his (Akhilesh’s) family was opposing his marriage, I was the only who stood by him, but today I am hurt by his words. There is no photo of his wedding, where this ‘dalal’ is not there,” he said while responding to the ‘dalal’ allegation.
ALSO READ Yadav v/s Yadav: Akhilesh ups ante against Shivpal, says “will continue as CM””It is possible to meet Rahul Gandhi, but meeting Akhilesh is difficult. If my ‘bali’ (sacrifice) can solve the problem, I am ready for it,” he added.Singh, who returned to the Samajwadi Party after six years in exile, has been accused by Akhilesh of instigating the current crisis that has deeply divided the Yadav family.
ALSO READ Yadav vs Yadav: Shivpal expels Akhilesh’s minister from Samajwadi PartyThe chief minister’s supporters allege that the Rajya Sabha MP is helping his uncle Shivpal Yadav plot his removal as the chief minister.The Akhilesh camp also sees Singh’s hand in Shivpal being made the Samajwadi Party’s Uttar Pradesh chief in place of Akhilesh last month. This move gives Shivpal direct control of choosing candidates for the assembly elections next year.However, the Samajwadi Party supremo had earlier this week described Singh as “my brother” and said that his past sins were forgiven.He also reprimanded his son and backed the Chief Minister’s b’te noire Shivpal.

Yadav v/s Yadav: Akhilesh ups ante against Shivpal, says "will continue as CM"

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the growing chorus in the Shivpal Yadav camp to ensure that he is not given the chief minister’s chair for the second consecutive term, incumbent Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday clearly stated that he is there to stay.”I have already said it in the legislative assembly that I will only present the sixth budget,” Akhilesh said during an interactive session at Devi Women Award Distribution, thereby clearly stating that he would continue as the Chief Minister if the Samajwadi Party wins the assembly polls scheduled next year.Expressing confidence of his party’s win, Akhilesh said, “I’m telling you that the Samajwadi Party only will make the government. Presently, no party is in a position to compete with the Samajwadi party whether it the BJP or the BSP.”Taking a jibe at BJP president Amit Shah’s earlier assertion that the Uttar Pradesh Government is run by three and a half chief ministers, Akhilesh said, “The party (BJP) has failed to find even one Chief Minister to be the face of UP election.”This comes as sacked Cabinet member Shivpal Yadav has been accused by Akhilesh’s supporters of plotting his removal as the Chief Minister.

Yadav PariWar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh was expelled seven years ago, Uttar Pradesh strongman Mulayam Singh Yadav had been convinced that Singh wanted to wrest control of the party from old socialist loyalists and his trusted family members. It was then that Ram Gopal Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav and other party loyalists who ensured that Singh was shown the door. Shivpal Yadav, however, reportedly stayed in touch with the ousted politician – who had brought Bollywood glamour to the usually dour Samajwadi Party – at a personal level.The peace, like many others in political families, was not meant to hold. Equations in the extended Yadav parivaar began to lose their balance.With the passing away of old loyalists and socialists like Janeshwar Mishra and Mohan Singh, aging of Revati Raman Singh and defection of Beni Prasad Verma to Congress during the UPA’s second five-year reign of power at the Centre, Mulayam’s dependence on his family only grew.The elections of 2012 brought a period of consolidation to the Yadav family. United around a massive electoral victory, areas of influence were divided between three party stalwarts. Ram Gopal Yadav , the Delhi face of the party, was given charge of NOIDA, Greater Noida and western UP, all of which had earlier been handled by Amar Singh. Shivpal Yadav took the lower Doab region and Azam Khan was allowed to have his writ run large in Rohilkhand region. Mulayam, who has long be rumoured to harbour prime ministerial ambitions. set his sights on Delhi.It was under this arrangement that Akhilesh Yadav started his stint as the chief minister of one of India’s most populous – and politically critical – states; what was lacking was the sweeping powers that an office such as this carries.The arrangement started to unravel in only two years. Things changed with 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Mulayam dreams of becoming Prime Minister were crushed under the Modi juggernaut as the SP crashed spectacularly in UP, its home turf. Added to this were legal cases which had been pending.Meanwhile, Akhilesh continued to induct young leaders as he headed the state unit. He introduced changes which were seen as alien to the functioning of the party. Buoyed with the idea of “Umeed ki Cycle”, Akhilesh worked around an administrative system appointed – and controlled – by his father. He introduced his laptop scheme, got advisors from abroad, and also opened a small war room for strategising. Sources close to the young CM admit that all Akhilesh could do was bide his time, knowing that top bureaucrats were direct appointees of Mulayam and Shivpal and that he couldn’t do much.Then came developments which irked the Akhilesh camp. Pratik Yadav, Mulayam Singh’s son from his second marriage to Sadhna Gupta, started acquiring a public profile. Sources close to the family say that Akhilesh had always been opposed to the idea of Pratik or his family being in the spotlight. The family’s proximity to Amar Singh and Shivpal Yadav further complicated matters. Then came the issue of Pratik’s wife Aparna getting into the spotlight in the political arena – she contested on the SP ticket in Lucknow; for Akhilesh, a Lakshman Rekha had been crossed.Mattes came to a head with the re-emergence of the Amar Singh-Shivpal Yadav axis and their continued support to Sadhna Gupta’s family. Largely unnoticed, Akhilesh moved into a separate bungalow allotted to himself next to his father’s official bungalow. Through his tenure he never shifted to the official CM’s residence but quietly shifted out of his father’s house in 2016. It was a quiet acknowledgement of discord within the Yadav parivar.Amar Singh’s re-induction into the party and nomination to Rajya Sabha didn’t help, either. What surprised Akhilesh was Singh’s elevation as General Secretary, since he hadn’t been kept in the loop. Around this time, Shivpal Yadav’s ambitions also soared; the perennial bridesmaid, say sources, felt that this was his only chance of becoming CM.These developments were further complicated by two things. One, that Mulayam became further obliged to Singh for his intervention in his legal matters – and which he admitted to in the recent party meeting. The second, according to party sources is that his memory was no longer what it was, and those close to Akhilesh felt that Shivpal faction was taking undue advantage of this.Sources close to Akhilesh say the tipping point came when Singh, in a private conversation with Mulayam and other senior leaders and bureaucrats, objected to the CM’s functioning. These sources add that Shivpal and other senior bureaucrats did not object to this but just carried along with the conversation.Akhilesh was convinced now that a vendetta campaign was being organised against him. Sources close to him say he resented being branded as an incompetent leader and decided to change that perception, even at the cost of the party’s unity. Meanwhile, Singh’s frustration is being attributed to him not getting work cleared by the CM’s office, an influence he enjoyed liberally during the party’s 2002-2007 stint in government.It was because of this purported conversation that Akhilesh brought the axe down on Shivpal, sacking his uncle and his loyalists from various ministerial and bureaucratic positions. This took Mulayam by surprise and, in turn, confirmed his suspicion that Akhilesh wanted to run the party without consulting him. Mulayam also suspected that Ram Gopal Yadav was acting as the brains behind Akhilesh’s decisions.The result: Akhilesh was sacked as the state party president. Though a truce was called, it remained fragile. Shivpal continued to sack people close to Akhilesh, while the latter became convinced that he needed to wrest control of the party to revive his faltering image.And then Akhilesh Yadav crossed the rubicon, sacking Shivpal and his associates from ministerial and other part posts . In retaliation, Ram Gopal Yadav was sacked by Shivpal.Since then it became a politics of brutal quid pro quo. Shivpal raised the stakes by sacking Pawan Pandey, a sitting minister in Akhilesh’s Cabinet on the grounds that he roughed up Ashu Mallik in the chief ministerial compound.Sources say it is now a naked fight for power and organisation between uncle and son, adding that Akhilesh wants to ease out Shivpal out of Lucknow. Shivpal, too, reportedly doesn’t want to go back to government and has started the process of shifting to his private bungalow.The only thing which remains civil in this uncivil PariWar is that both son and father have not escalated the matter beyond redemption. But if push comes to shove, the future of the Samajwadi Party is at stake.

The son also rises

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The father-son relationship between Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh has never exactly been a walk in the park but as Akhilesh starts to come into his own as a politician, their differences have spilled over into the public domain, increasingly stark and bitter.The 43-year-old CM let the cat out of the bag when he claimed he has earned a name for himself through his own efforts.Rewind to the year of Akhilesh’s birth, a time when Mulayam was climbing the political ladder Akhilesh’s mother Malti Devi’s health started deteriorating when he was still quite young. The locals of Saifai, from where the family hails, say she fell into depression after Sadhana Gupta entered Mulayam’s life when he was in Luchnow. According to sources close to Mulayam, it was around 1980 when Mulayam and Sadhana Gupta became very close. Akhilesh was all of 10 at the time.According to these sources, Malti Devi came to Lucknow only once, for treatment, after Mulayam became CM in 1989. Meanwhile, Akhilesh was sent to a hostel for studies.Akhilesh joined politics in 2000 and was elected MP from Kannuj. A decade later, his name was finally proposed for state party president at the Agra convention. Amar Singh’s era was over, and his father’s cousin Ram Gopal Yadav stood with him.During the 2012 Assembly elections. Akhilesh protested against the infamouse D P Yadav joining the Samajwadi Party, finally showing his stature to other party members. Following the party’s big win, Akhilesh also garnered most of the credit for his relentless statewide campaign.This was also a time when the number of younger voters was increasing, not only in the state but across the nation. The generational change was evident in the Congress, too, where Rahul Gandhi started taking a more active role.In such circumstance, Mulayam Singh decided to passs the baton to Akhilhesh, but it was only a matter of time before opponents made their presence felt. As Pratik Yadav, Akhilesh’s stepbrother, started to step up, the CM’s decisions were increasingly critiqued, even changed or overlooked.Akhilesh Yadav’s public image went from being the ‘youngest CM’ to the ‘weakest CM’. The drubbing in the 2014 Parliamentary elections provided the anti-Akhilesh group with more ammunition. Internally, they started asking for a change of CM, arguing that going into the 2017 Assembly elections under Akhilesh’s leadership would mean a loss for both the party and of the government.Akhilesh, say sources, also realises that 2017 elections will play a significant role in deciding his political future, particularly after Mulayam declared that ‘Akhilesh is not the face of CM’. Other leaders, however, came forward and said that Akhilesh would be the CM candidate. But everyone was waiting for a statement from Mulayam, which came on Tuesday, when he said that, “Party and family are united” but dithered in the CM issue, only saying “First let us get majority and then elected representatives will select their CM”.Left with two options – forming a new party or strengthening his position within the SP – Akhilesh seems to have chosen the latter. But the questions remain about the quality of his governance for the rest of his term. After all, how much can he improve his report card by inaugurating new projects in the limited time before the elections?Akhilesh and his team still haven’t decided what to do – take direct action or adopt an backdoor approach? A section of his believes that direct action will create an honest and strict image while the others feel a rearguard action through PIL and CBI investigations will force Mulayam to expel him from his party and family. This, in turn, will help him, project himself as a victim. Either way, it is a decision that will stay with Akhilesh for a long time to come.

BJP terms family feud in SP as ‘fixed match’ to keep attention away from Akhilesh’s ‘failures’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> BJP on Wednesday described the ongoing feud in the ruling Yadav family in Uttar Pradesh as a “high voltage drama” aimed at keeping the media and public attention away from the “failures” of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.It also latched onto a High Court order, which criticised the state government for not taking adequate preventive health measures, to lash out at the Samajwadi Party and BSP, saying while the state”s health has gone done, the wealth of Yadav clan and Mayawati and her kin have gone up. Its National Secretary Shrikant Sharma also told a press conference that BJP, if elected to power, will probe “scams” that occurred under the SP and previous BSP governments and punish the guilty as he claimed that they were not held to account so far as both the regional parties ignored corruption cases involving each other’s governments. “The health of UP continues to decline. But the condition of families ruling SP, BSP and Congress is good. Their wealth is increasing,” he said.The family feud in the Yadav family is a “fixed match”, he alleged. “Akhilesh Yadav has failed on all fronts. The high voltage drama we are all seeing is a scripted event done to ensure that the media and public do not pay attention to his failures,” he said. Giving details, he said there is a shortage of 1288 primary health centres and while only 2905 are available in the state. Against the requirement of 3092 specialist doctors only 484 are available and out of 20521 sub centres health workers are not present in 14291, he added.While across the country the average load on a hospital is of 61000 people, in UP it is 2.5 lakh, he said, lashing out at Yadav and previous Mayawati governments for their “failures” on the health front.The High Court, which slammed the government for its lack of facilities to deal with malaria and chikungunya, said the constitutional system has completely failed and wondered why the President”s Rule should not be imposed in the state, Sharma noted.If the Chief Minister had any morality left, he would have resigned, he said. Only BJP is capable of providing education, health and other facilities to the people of the state, he claimed, adding that they have made up their mind to vote the saffron party to power. “People in their mind have rejected the Akhilesh Yadav government. They will do so formally in the elections.”

Mulayam firefights SP crisis, Akhilesh says will follow father’s diktat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Notwithstanding the deep divide in his family and party, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday sought to project an ”all is well” image even though he could not commit whether his brother Shivpal would be reinstated in the cabinet of son Akhilesh Yadav who had sacked him.The “party and family are united”, he said at a press conference where he was flanked by Shivpal and three other sacked ministers but Chief Minister Akhilesh was conspicuous by his absence. While Mulayam addressed the press conference, a day after acrimonious scenes were witnessed at the party meet, supporters of Akhilesh and Shivpal held protests outside the SP office.Seeking to assert his dominant role, Mulayam said SP had come to power in Uttar Pradesh in 2012 because of him only and still he had made Akhilesh the Chief Minister. He however, ruled out becoming the Chief Minister with Assembly elections barely few months away.PTI”My entire life is devoted for the welfare of the people and he will continue to work for them,” he added.Mulayam strongly defended party MP Amar Singh, who is being blamed by the Akhilesh faction for the problems in the family, asking “why to drag him in all this”? “My family and party are united. All workers are united. There are some conspirators, who do not have any mass base,” Mulayam told a hurriedly convened press conferences.”There is not ”matbhed” (difference) or ”manbhed” (ill feelings) among our leaders,” Yadav said.Asked whether Shivpal and other sacked ministers would then be reinstated in the Akhilesh cabinet, he said, “I leave this to CM…. You ask him why he made them ministers and why he sacked them.”Appearing cautious while replying to a questions, Mulayam said, “I will not make any single controversial statement. Whatever you may ask.”To a question whether he would take over the reins of the state from his son Akhilesh, the SP supremo said, “Why will I consider it now when Assembly elections are just few months away.” He said Model Code of Conduct will come into force in November or December and government will not be able to work freely.About party’s Chief ministerial candidate for 2017, the SP supremo said, “Ours is a democratic party. First let us get majority and then elected representatives will select their CM. Presently, Akhilesh is CM, does anyone have any problem?”On certain statements by pro-Akhilesh cousin Ramgopal Yadav, who has been expelled from the party, Mulayam said, “I do not give him any importance now.” Sacked ministers Om Prakash Singh, Narad Rai and Sayeda Shadab Fatima were also present, besides tainted minister Gayatri Prajapati.AKHILESH SAYS WON’T QUIT PARTYSpeaking to NDTV, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that he will not quit Samajwadi Party even if he is removed from the CM’s post. He added that if his father asked him to step down, he will, but, won’t quit the party. “If I am removed, I will campaign for him,” NDTV quoted Akhilesh as saying. Earlier on Tuesday, Shivpal visited Mulayam’s residence to see the SP supremo who was suffering from severe toothache, and was soon joined by the Chief Minister. “All is well in the party and the Mulayam family. I am with ”netaji” (Mulayam). We will abide by whatever directive is given by him,” he said.Shivpal was answering questions from media persons at the SP headquarters which had witnessed high drama and ugly scenes with Shivpal calling his nephew Akhilesh a “liar” and even snatching the mike from him on Monday.Outside the state SP headquarters, tension once again ran high with followers of Shivpal and Akhilesh raising slogans in favour of their respective leaders. Police had to be deployed in large number outside the SP central office in view of the clashes between supporters of rival sides. Cordons were set up on Tuesday morning on the roads leading to Vikramaditya Marg where the SP office is situated.PTIWHAT HAPPENED ON MONDAYAt yesterday’s meeting, Mulayam sided with his younger brother Shivpal and friend Amar Singh, and reprimanded son Akhilesh but ruled out his removal as Chief Minister. Akhilesh first had offered to step down but later accused Amar Singh and those close to him of hatching a “conspiracy” against him and his father.There were sharp exchanges between Akhilesh and Mulayam, who virtually dismissed him as an insignificant entity in UP politics who could not win an election without his support. “What is your capability? Can you win elections?” he had said, snapping at Akhilesh.Addressing the gathering Akhilesh ruled out forming a new party, a claim which Shivpal disputed, saying he was prepared to “swear” by his son and “Ganga Jal” that the Chief Minister had told him he would indeed float a new party and contest the assembly polls in alliance with some political party.

Dengue scare: Allahabad High Court raps Uttar Pradesh govt on why it should not implement President’s Rule

As if the internal feud in the Samajwadi Party weren’t enough, the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday reportedly pulled the Akhilesh Yadav-led government for its failure to control the spread of dengue and chickengunia in the state.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Hearing a series of PILs blaming the state government for lying in slumber while number of deaths are taking place due to dengue and chickengunia, a bench of justice AP Shahi and justice DK Upadhyaya questioned the state on why it should not implement presidential rule in the state.

Sighting failure of health administration and deliberate inaction of health department, the court said that the state government has failed in its obligation to “provide citizens with health and sanitation facilities”, and summoned Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar to appear in front of the bench on Thursday and clarify on how to correct the situation immediately, Dainik Jagran reported on Tuesday.

As per an NDTV report, on 17 October, the court had decided to form a committee look into the administrations failure to check on deaths due to dengue and chickengunia in the state, and had asked the state government to submit a fresh report on the toll of deaths caused by dengue on 25 October (Tuesday) and had also suggest names of the people it deems fit to be part of the expert committee.

The court, however, was not happy with its response, and warned the state government that its failure to check the situation will lead to implementation of constitution rules including Article 356 on the state. Unless the state government gets its act right, the high court also warned that it is going to record that there is complete constitutional failure in UP.