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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

Day after expulsion, Akhilesh Yadav holds meeting, majority of MLAs present

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Setting the stage for a show of strength, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was expelled from Samajwadi Party by his father and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, on Saturday held a meeting at his residence where a majority of the 229 party MLAs were presentThough the exact number of those present at the meeting was not immediately known, insiders maintained that a majority of the 229 SP MLAs were present. Besides, some SP MLCs and senior party functionaries loyal to Akhilesh attended the meeting. Akhilesh is expected to meet his supporters and party workers later in the day to prove his strength.The chief minister’s 5-Kalidas Marg residence appeared to be the hub of high drama with youth supporters of Akhilesh assembling in large numbers to vent their fury over his expulsion and that of his uncle Ram Gopal Yadav.Political activities heated up right from the morning with a series of meetings planned during the day, when Mulayam will meet party candidates announced by him and state SP chief Shivpal Yadav, the warring uncle of Akhilesh.Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh today termed the crisis in the party as “unfortunate” and asked party members to support Mulayam in the family feud. “I appeal to the party members to stand with Netaji (Mulayam). Whatever is happening is very unfortunate,” Amar, who had recently made a comeback to the party after a long exile, said. Mulayam had yesterday expelled his son Akhilesh and Ram Gopal from SP for six years after they put up candidates against the official nominees and summoned a party meet tomorrow, pushing the ruling party to the precipice of a split just ahead of the UP Assembly elections likely to be announced any day now. Mulayam had said he took the action against Akhilesh and Ram Gopal to save the party which he had built through hard efforts. “We have to save the party. The party comes first. That is why we are expelling both Akhilesh and Ram Gopal ,” he said.He explained that the decision was taken after Ram Gopal , in his capacity as general secretary, called an emergency meeting of the party on January 1 and Akhilesh “supported” it.

Mamata Banerjee extends support to Akhilesh Yadav, asks him to stay strong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Extending her support to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee has wished him well and asked him to stay strong. Sources said, Mamata spoke to Akhilesh last evening for about three minutes.The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo’s support comes in the wake of Akhilesh’s suspension from the Samajwadi Party for six years. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav yesterday expelled Akhilesh and national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years over indiscipline.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. 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.

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.

DNA Morning Must Reads: ATM withdrawal limit hiked; ‘Yadavi’ in Samajwadi Party continues; PV Sindhu sportsperson of 2016, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Daily ATM withdrawal limit hiked to Rs 4,500 from January 1In a relief to common man, the Reserve Bank tonight said cash withdrawal limit from ATMs will be increased to Rs 4,500 per day from the current Rs 2,500 from January 1. Read more here2. Game UP: Samajwadi Party faces split as Mulayam expels AkhileshAfter 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. Read more here3. One little BHIM set to change India: Your thumb is your bank now, says PM ModiMore than 50 days after announcing his demonetization move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched the mobile app BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) which he said would enable easier digital transactions for the common man. Read more here4. DNA poll: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu voted Sportsperson of the Year, Virat Kohli finishes distant 2ndIn a year when Virat Kohli hit golden form, Dipa Karmakar’s Produnova made global headlines, Olympic silver-winning shuttler gets giant share of votes. Read more here5. The A to Z of music in 2016From Arijit Singh to Zayn Malik, read all about the year’s newsmakers and trends in music, here and elsewhere. Read more here

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

UP Elections 2017: SP headed for virtual split, Akhilesh Yadav releases own list of candidates for 235 seats

<!– /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.According to ANI, Akhilesh Yadav has released his own list of candidates for 235 constituencies. Of them, 171 are seating MLAs and there are 64 new faces. 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.With agency inputs

UP Elections 2017: Another bout of power struggle in SP over ticket selection

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bitter power struggle between Akhilesh and Shivpal Yadav came to the fore once again today on the ticklish issue of ticket distribution with the Chief Minister differing with his uncle over selection of candidates.As reports of strains over ticket distribution cropped up, Opposition took a swipe at the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh with BSP supremo Mayawati saying the infighting has split Samajwadi Party into two camps.Shivpal, who had replaced Akhilesh as state party chief during a bitter feud in the Yadav clan, however, maintained there was “no problem” and if there is any it would be resolved.”The matter of ticket (distribution) will be cleared. As soon as elections will be announced, all problems will be resolved…When I have already said everyone’s opinion is being considered, there is no problem…Why are you (media) creating problems,” he posed.After Akhilesh reportedly sent a parallel list of candidates to his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, Shivpal today met the SP supremo at his residence here for over three hours apparently to iron out differences.Akhilesh is believed to be opposed to nomination of Sigbatullah Ansari, who is the brother of jailed gangster Mukhtar Ansari. He also does not favour giving ticket to Atiq Ahmed from Kanpur, who faces over 40 criminal cases including those of murder and attempt to murder, and Aman Mani Tripathi, now arrested by CBI in a case related to the killing of his wife.These names have reportedly upset Akhilesh Yadav so much, sources say, that he has sounded out his father Mulayam and asked him to intervene. The choice of candidates for 175 seats by Shivpal has apparently not gone down well with his defiant nephew Akhilesh who, according to party insiders, prepared his own list of preferred candidates for all the 403 UP Assembly seats and sent it to Mulayam. The list drafted by the Chief Minister carries his name as well as a candidate from Bundelkhand region where he will embark on a ‘Rath Yatra’ on December 28.During their recent public turf war, Akhilesh had insisted he should have a say in the ticket distribution as the election was a test of his government’s performance. This is Akhilesh’s second power play in the last three days. On December 24, Akhilesh had met first-time MLAs at his residence and promised to give them party tickets.

Uttar Pradesh: BJP takes jibe at Yadav family, says Samajwadi Party should focus on law and order

<!– /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 b’te 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 told ANI.”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.

Agra-Lucknow Expressway to open for commuters today: Akhilesh Yadav’s development spree continues

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav‘s ambitious new Agra-Lucknow Expressway, which was inaugurated in November, will open for commuters on Friday. Akhilesh, who plans to contest the upcoming Assembly elections in the state on the plank of development, on Thursday also laid the foundation of Purvanchal Expressway project which will connect Lucknow to Ghazipur. With Assembly polls likely to be announced any time now, Akhilesh has been on a ribbon cutting spree since the start of the week and set a record of sorts.

The 302-kilometre-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 Akhilesh was inaugurated in Bangarmau by his father and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on the eve of latter’s birthday at least a month ago.In a first for any road launch, six fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (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 Agra-Lucknow Expressway, which was built in a record time of 23 months, is expected to reduce the road travel time between Delhi and Lucknow by five to six hours. According to The Financial Express, the Agra-Lucknow Expressway has a design speed of up to 120 kms per hour and will have automatic traffic management systems aimed at reducing road accidents and helping even at the time of fog. The report added that the six-lane expressway is expandable to eight lanes.

At a prepatory meeting, states chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar met with UP Expressways Industrial Development (UPEIDA) and police officials earlier this week to ensure that the necessary traffic management system, road safety and emergency services are in place. Quoting Bhatnagar, Hindustan Times reported, “Police officers have been told to provide one police van (Dial 100) and one ambulance (108 service) on every 30 kilometre stretch of the expressway and also set up requisite check posts.”

File photo of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. PTI

File photo of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. PTI

At the time of inauguration, three Mirage 2000 and three Sukhoi-30 jets of the 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 Uttar Pradesh. The expressway has an 8-lane bridge across the river Ganga. This will connect Kanpur and Unnao.

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.

Reports said that the Expressway includes 4 rail over bridges, 13 major bridges, 57 minor bridges, 74 vehicular underpasses, 148 pedestrian underpasses and 9 flyovers. It also stretches across 10 districts, 236 villages and 3,500 hectares of land.

The Agra-Lucknow Expressway is considered to be a Greenfield project as there were no work constraints of existing buildings or infrastructure. Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) purchased almost 3,127 hectares of land without a murmur of dissent and decided to pay four times the circle rates (CR) to the land owners in rural areas and twice the CR in urban parts, as purchase cost. The rest of land was acquired through land acquisition method.

Mulayam, at the time of inauguration, 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. 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,” the SP chief said.

“When roads are laid they lead to development, this road will connect capitals like New Delhi and Lucknow, it will have industries, petrol pumps and mandis along the route and on returning to power in Uttar Pradesh, 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.

A high-level meeting held in November, which was presided over by the chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, it was decided that every 30 km, on both sides of the 302-km long Expressway, a Dial-100 police vehicle and 108 Ambulance would be stationed for any emergencies. It was also instructed that signages and milestones be put up before the route is thrown open for public use. The chief secretary also ordered breath analysers and speed radars to check traffic violators on the Expressway.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Dec 23, 2016 13:00 IST

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

Akhilesh govt to be remembered just as BJP is remembered for 1992 Ayodhya demolition: Mayawati

Lucknow: BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday dubbed ruling Samajwadi Party’s observance of a ‘Minority Rights Day’ as symbolism and asked UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to come out of BJP’s “clutches” to honestly work for the welfare of minorities.

“SP government in UP has snatched the rights of religious minorities, particularly Muslims, and merely symbolic observance of Minority Rights Day will do no good to these communities,” she said, noting that the state has witnessed more than 400 incidents of communal violence, including the riots in Muzaffarnagar, during the past five years.

“The CM should come out of the clutches of BJP and work for their welfare, which he has not done during his tenure,” she said in a statement.

File photo of BSP Supremo Mayawati. PTI

File photo of BSP Supremo Mayawati. PTI

Her strong comments came after Samajwadi Party held an event where the chief minister launched schemes for the minority community.

Mayawati said the Akhilesh Yadav government would be remembered in the same way as BJP is remembered for the 1992 Ayodhya demolition and Congress for communal riots in Moradabad, Hashimpura and Bhagalpur.

The BSP supremo said it was surprising that whenever SP came to power in Uttar Pradesh, BJP gained strength. “SP government owes an answer to the people on this country,” she said, accusing both parties of complementing and supplementing each other.

She also asked why adequate compensation was not given to Muzaffarnagar riot victims and why jobs were not provided to those whose family members were killed in 2013.

Mayawati asserted that only during BSP rule, there was no major communal flare-up in the state.

She said the law and order situation in the state has hit its nadir and ridiculed the chief minister’s “tall claims” on crime control.

First Published On : Dec 18, 2016 18:38 IST

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.”

Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls: SP-Congress ‘tie-up’ sign of weakness, says Mayawati

New Delhi: Taking a jibe at Samajwadi Party over its possible tie-up with Congress, BSP supremo Maywati on Wednesday said that “only weak needs support” and that the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led party’s keenness for an alliance shows its poor condition.

Mayawati‘s remarks came at a time when the prospects of a poll alliance between the ruling Samajwadi Party and Congress appeared to be brightening.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in a gathering had said that the alliance between the two parties can win more than 300 out of 403 seats in upcoming Assembly election.

File photo of BSP Supremo Mayawati. PTI

File photo of BSP Supremo Mayawati. PTI

Replying to a question on reports about alliance between Congress and SP, the former UP Chief Minister said, “Only weak needs support, they (Samajwadi Party) are in power and got clear majority also. They could have done a lot and now they are keen on an alliance. It shows the poor condition of the ruling party in the state.”

She said that the SP has accepted defeat and that the party is in a bad shape in the state.

Speaking on the issue of demonetisation, Mayawati said the government was not prepared for the move and it is a “hasty decision”.

She also attacked the prime minister over this issue and said he is speaking everywhere except in Parliament as he lacks strength to address the House.

Replying to a question on reports about sting operation in which a BSP member was found allegedly accepting black money, the Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh termed the operation as “pre-planned” to defame the opposition.

However, she said, if anyone from BSP is found indulging in money laundering, strict action will be taken against him or her.

First Published On : Dec 14, 2016 18:51 IST

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.

Those standing in line will queue up to vote against BJP: Akhilesh Yadav on demonetization

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said he is eagerly waiting for the Assembly polls as people who are now queueing outside ATMs will “queue-up once again to vote against the BJP”.”The Prime Minister’s demonetization move was without any planning. Everyone wants black-money to end but where is the money that should be in the market? People are still standing in queues. Poor labourers are unemployed and farmers are facing problems. This is a conspiracy against the people,” he said. Akhilesh stated that he was “eagerly” waiting for the state Assembly polls as “people of Uttar Pradesh will once again (stand in) queues, and vote against the BJP for giving them the pain (through demonetisation)”.He said three arguments were given in support of demonetization– it will help fight black money, counterfeit currency and corruption.”But you are mistaken. You (Prime Minister) said deposit Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in banks and everyone did so. But you did not check which notes were being deposited. All of them went to the bank,” Akhilesh said.Akhilesh said he wanted to know from the Centre what preparations had been made to facilitate cashless transactions. “Where is the internet? If BJP wants a cashless economy, it should have distributed smart-phones for free as we (the SP) has planned,” he added.

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.

Uddhav talks tough, says Sena to oppose demonetisation if common man continues to suffer

New Delhi: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday claimed his party has not softened its stance on demonetisation, hinting it could step up opposition if people’s sufferings continue after 30 December, a deadline set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to set things right.

Taking a cue from Akhilesh Yadav dispensation in Uttar Pradesh, Thackeray, whose party is second largest constituent of the NDA government, also suggested giving compensation to kin of those who lost lives allegedly in the aftermath of demonetisation.

“(When demonetisation was announced) I had neither opposed nor welcomed the move. I had only maintained that the common people should not be inconvenienced. 30 (of the 50) days have gone, but there is no sign that the problems have decreased. Rather, problems are on the rise day-by-day,” Thackeray told reporters.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. PTI

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. PTI

Asked his party’s move after remaining 20 of the 50 days Prime Minister had initially asked for, Thackeray said, “Let the period get over as ‘achhe din’ are in store.”

“Let’s wait for the 20 days, people will have something to say about it. We will talk about our stand after these 20 days,” he said.

To a question whether the Shiv Sena, which had joined a protest led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has softened its stand on demonetisation after a party delegation met Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month, Thackeray replied in negative.

“We are not economists. But some experts like Manmohan Singh, Amartya Sen have opposed it. They too have opined it is a wrong decision,” he said.

Asked which side Sena will be on if discussions are held inside Lok Sabha under a rule which entails voting, Thackeray evaded a direct reply to the question, saying “the party will remain with people”.

Expressing concerns over the repeated disruptions in Parliament, Thackeray said it was unfortunate and suggested taking views expressed by BJP veteran LK Advani “seriously”.

Thackeray also hailed the Allahabad High Court for holding triple talaq as “cruel” and “most demeaning” practice which “impedes and drags India from becoming a nation”, saying it is an important observation for the country.

“…the case should not meet the fate of Shah Bano case,” he said.

In The Shah Bano decision, the Supreme Court had overruled a Muslim personal law and granted a Muslim woman alimony. In response, a legislation was proposed by Centre in 1986 to prevent such a court decision in the future.

Referring to claims that terror attacks have stopped post-demonetisation, Thackeray said it meant the Prime Minister has shown a path to the world on combating terrorism. However, other countries are not following that path, he quipped.

“I was happy to know that terror attacks have stopped post-demonetisation. If the attacks on the country have stopped, then (it meant) Modi has shown a path to the world. Why cannot other countries resort to demonetisation (then)? How simple way Modiji had shown. But other countries are not taking that path,” he said sarcastically.

On whether the Shiv Sena will join hands with BJP, with which it is sharing uneasy relationship after they parted ways ahead of 2014 Maharashtra assembly polls, for the forthcoming Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections, Thackeray said, “We still have time (to talk about it). Let the 20 days go, achhe din are on the anvil.”

The BMC elections are likely to be held in February next year.

Thackeray also stated that he will take up the issue of plight of farmers with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The Uttar Pradesh government had on Wednesday announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh to families of those who lost lives while queueing up outside banks and ATMs following demonetisation.

First Published On : Dec 8, 2016 20:16 IST

Demonetisation: UP CM Akhilesh announces 5 lakh aid for kin of woman who committed suicide

Lucknow: Taking note of the suicide by a woman allegedly after failing to exchange old notes in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh for her family and Rs 2 lakh each to those who died in similar incidents.

File image of Akhilesh Yadav. PTIFile image of Akhilesh Yadav. PTI

File image of Akhilesh Yadav. PTI

“The CM has announced financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of Razia, who committed suicide in Aligarh. He has also announced assistance of Rs 2 lakh each to families of victims who died while exchanging notes or in ATM queues after verification,” an official spokesman said in Lucknow.

Akhilesh said it was unfortunate that people are losing lives to withdraw their own money.

Razia, a 45-year-old daily wage labourer died on 4 December at a Delhi hospital after she immolated herself on the evening of 20 November allegedly due to “failing to exchange six notes of Rs 500 despite attempts at different branches of banks in the old city area for five days”.

Razia was a resident of Shahjamal locality in Delhi Gate area of Aligarh. On the night of 20 November when she was rushed to the district hospital in a critical condition she told mediapersons that she took the extreme step “out of total helplessness as her four children had not eaten any thing for three days”.

First Published On : Dec 7, 2016 15:08 IST

Demonetization: Critics should show patience for 50-day period, says Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a message to those criticising note ban, Union Home Minsiter Rajnath Singh on Friday said they should show patience for the 50-day period as the decision has been taken keeping national interest in mind and the situation will normalise after that.”Those criticising note ban must exercise patience for at least the 50-day period as the step has been taken in national interest to fight black money and corruption,” he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi while announcing the demonetization decision on November 8 had said there will be some inconvenience to people for the initial 50-day period after which the situation will ease out. Singh was talking to media persons here on the sidelines of a function where he laid foundation stone of several railway projects.The Home Minister said the source of money supply will dry up, choking funding for terrorists and Maoists. Besides, the demonetization decision will bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, he said.Opposition parties have locked horns with the government over the issue of demonetization of high-value currencies with Parliament witnessing a virtual washout since the Winter Session began on November 16.Singh, who represents Lucknow constituency in Lok Sabha, said there should be no politics over development projects in the Uttar Pradesh.Observing that metro services will soon begin in Lucknow, he said whatever work he was doing for development of Lucknow, was dedicated to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was also an MP from the state capital till 2009 before retiring from active politics. His remarks came a day after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav flagged-off the trial run of Lucknow Metro in the state capital.

Uttar Pradesh: Akhilesh flags of fLucknow metro’s trial run; Mayawati says it’s 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

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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Representational image. Pradesh18

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

Akhilesh Yadav outsmarts Mamata Banerjee, stays away from Lucknow demonetisation rally

Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh have a great political allure. Leaders from afar are attracted to this vast state to come here and try their luck. After all, it is said that the path to Delhi goes via Lucknow, and a good show in Lucknow make people in Delhi take notice.

So, it was West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who staged a protest rally in Lucknow on 29 November after a shrill campaign against demonetisation initiated by her in Delhi that attracted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. In Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in an expression of bonhomie went to the airport to receive her, turning it into a great photo opportunity. It was unofficially given out to the media that Akhilesh had given full support to Mamata’s protest show in Lucknow and he might possibly share the stage with her the next day. Incidentally, Mamta did not meet the Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav.

A file image of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

A file image of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. PTI

But the next day was a different story. The venue chosen for Mamta’s protest meeting was a busy road intersection, one that is identified with the office of the Women Helpline (1090) started by the Akhilesh government. The area is splashed with hoardings of Akhilesh Yadav smiling down amidst a description of his government’s achievements. And there is a huge LED screen that displays videos of his government’s schemes and their success. The venue is a little more than a kilometre from the Chief Minister’s official residence as well, and the road intersection is very busy throughout the day as it connects the trans-Gomti part of Lucknow through two bridges.

Any disruption on this roundabout causes huge traffic snarls within minutes and it so happened that day also, creating an impression that the huge crowd was there to listen to the fiery Didi.

Her party’s hoardings lined the roads leading to the venue, on which there was a single line: Notebandi wapas lo (Withdraw demonetisation) with a picture of Mamata with her stern face and an outstretched hand and a raised finger which resembled the famed posture in BR Ambedkar statues.

The meeting was scheduled to start at 10.30 am with Mamata expected to be at the venue around 1 pm and the crowd — some that had come on purpose and some that had to perforce stop there because of the traffic jam — waited patiently for her. In fact, the venue very soon looked more like a Samajwadi Party gathering with SP banners, slogans and SP flag-waving supporters swarming the place. Akhilesh supporters were shouting slogans for him and it was announced that he would be coming there soon.

But Mamata was delayed by nearly an hour and Akhilesh decided to stay away. In his place, one of his ministers Arvind Singh Gope and the party’s senior leader Kiranmoy Nanda graced the stage. Mamata spoke in her typical style, asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw demonetisation, but as news of Akhilesh not arriving on the spot spread, SP supporters started moving away in large numbers. Besides accusing Modi of hurting the poor with this move, she said she would continue to oppose the prime minister, and dared him to arrest her.

If Mamata was smart enough to choose a busy road crossing for her meeting so that the traffic disruption could give the impression of a crowd, Akhilesh Yadav proved to be smarter. He not only stayed away from what was essentially a Trinamool Congress and Mamata Banerjee show but also avoided sharing the stage with her, as it would possibly have given a signal that he had accepted her leadership in this anti-BJP movement on the issue of demonetisation. But Akhilesh succeeded in giving a signal that despite reports of him being amenable on the issue he was against demonetisation in principle even though he has so far never called for a rollback as Mamata has been demanding from day one. He has also managed to isolate Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on this issue as no senior opposition leader has sided with Mayawati on her anti-demonetisation stance till now.

Mamata is the second non-BJP and non-Congress chief minister to have marked her political presence in Uttar Pradesh in the last few months. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was the first to stage a series of meetings in the state some months ago on total prohibition alcohol. But he has been with Modi on the issue of demonetisation. Mamata, on the other hand, has been on the forefront this time in the anti-demonetisation campaign, demanding nothing less than a rollback. And, she has left Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati far behind in acquiring national opposition leadership on this issue. So, a splash in Lucknow was quite in order.

Incidentally, no leader of the Samajwadi Party owing allegiance to Mulayam Singh Yadav or Shivpal Yadav was present at the Mamata show. Mulayam is not known to be particularly eager on any alliance with Mamata given the past acrimony between the two since the issue of the previous Presidential election in 2012. It would thus appear that Akhilesh’s token support to Mamata and her rally may not be the Samajwadi Party’s stand as far as future alliances are concerned. But Akhilesh could well use Mamta’s support in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2017 campaign that could begin in the coming weeks even if Trinamool Congress is not going to be in the fray for the game of numbers. Akhilesh would remain the party’s undisputed face for UP, but he could well be won over to support Mamata over Nitish in 2019.

First Published On : Nov 30, 2016 13:01 IST

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.

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“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

SP leader Amar Mani Tripathi’s son Aman sent to 3-day CBI custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party leader Aman Mani Tripathi, son of jailed politician Amar Mani Tripathi, was on Saturday sent to three days’ CBI custody by a Delhi court in connection with the alleged murder of his wife.Metropolitan Magistrate Arvind Bansal sent the accused to CBI’s custody after the probe agency claimed that he was required for custodial interrogation to unearth the entire conspiracy behind the crime. While seeking 10 days’ custody of Aman, the CBI told the court that he was required to be taken to several places. It also said that he was to be confronted with some witnesses in the case.The plea, however, was opposed by the defence counsel, advocate Khalil Ansari, who said that there no fresh evidence was there against his client. The counsel said that the accused has always joined the probe, whenever he was asked by the agency and there was no need for his being taken into custody.
ALSO READ Arrested for murder, SP leader Aman Tripathi to be produced in court todayAman was on Friday for the alleged murder of his 27-year-old wife Sara, who had reportedly died in a car accident in Firozabad on National Highway 2 in July last year. However, Aman Mani had escaped unhurt.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 election in the state.

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.

Kairana: Witness in gangrape and murder shot dead, police register case against six

Kairana, which was in the news earlier this year for the alleged exodus of Hindu families due to threats from a particular community, saw a witness in the gangrape and murder of a 35-year-old woman being shot on Monday.

According to The Indian Express, 55-year-old Brahmpal Singh was a key witness in the gangrape and murder of a woman in Shamli district, where Kairana is located. Singh was reportedly shot dead when he was sleeping in his house, the police said. The report mentioned that Singh was the brother-in-law of the woman who was kidnapped on 4 April who was found murdered three days later. This incident was highlighted by BJP MP Hukum Singh who then claimed that it led to the forced migration of Hindu families from Kairana.

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In June this year, BJP MP Hukum Singh released a list of 346 Hindu families, who he claimed had left their homes and fled because of “threat and extortion by criminal elements belonging to a particular community”. Political parties such as the Congress and Samajwadi Party, slammed BJP for trying to stoke communal tension in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the state Assembly elections.

On 10 June, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the Akhilesh Yadav government on Friday, seeking a response. The NHRC observed that the allegations made were serious and also directed the state’s DIG (Investigation) to depute a team of officers for a spot inquiry in the matter covering all the allegations made in the complaint and submit a report within two weeks.

The complaint noted that a woman belonging to the Kashyap caste was abducted, gangraped and killed, but no action was taken by the police against the offenders. The complaint also stated that in 2014, two businessmen and brothers, Shankar and Raju, were shot dead in broad daylight at a market, when they refused to  pay ‘protection money’ to a Muslim gang, the complaint also noted, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.

The late Brahmpal Singh’s brother, Ramesh named six people in his complaint, of which two were related to the accused in the gangrape and murder case, The Indian Express report mentioned, which added that MP Hukum Singh would visit the spot after the Parliament session. The police have also registered a case of murder against the six named in the complaint.

After Hukum Singh’s allegations, the Uttar Pradesh government ordered a probe on the same. The NHRC found that the exodus was indeed a reality and that many families “migrated” from Kairana due to threats relating to “increase in crime” and “deterioration” of law-and-order situation. Based on the findings, the commission sent a notice to the chief secretary and director general of police of the state to submit an action taken report, on the observations and recommendations of the team within eight weeks.

First Published On : Nov 22, 2016 16:01 IST

Patna-Indore Express tragedy: Death toll mounts to 142, 110 bodies identified

Pukhrayan: The death toll mounted to 142 in Indore-Patna Express derailment in Pukhrayan in Kanpur rural area, as rescue workers wrapped up their operation on Monday morning after efforts continued overnight to pull out the trapped passengers from the mangled bogies.

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All the 14 derailed coaches of the Patna-bound train 19321 have been removed from the tracks.

“133 bodies have been found so far, out of which 110 have been identified,” according to IG (Kanpur range) Zaki Ahmad had said earlier.

97 bodies have been handed over to relatives, he said.

Nearly 200 were injured in the worst train accident in recent years which took place just a little after 0300 hrs on Sunday.

Coaches S1 and S2 had telescoped into each other and most of the casualties were feared to have been in these two compartments. S3 and S4 coaches also suffered severe damage while an AC III tier coach was also affected but casualties in it were not heavy.

Railway personnel assisted by army, NDRF and state police carried out the search and rescue operation overnight under floodlights. Most of the bodies were taken to Mati mortuary in Kanpur rural.

The victims were mostly from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.

76 passengers were seriously injured in the derailment, Ahmad said. 150 others received minor injuries in the mishap.

Officials had said that prima facie the cause of the accident could be due to track fracture.

A high-level probe had been ordered by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

With several passengers feared trapped, rescue personnel had employed cold cutters to break open the compartments.

UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of each of the dead in the accident, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi sanctioned Rs 2 lakh. On his part, the Railway Minister enhanced the ex-gratia grant from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh to the families of the dead.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced Rs 2 lakh for kin of each of the deceased.

Railways have made available the following helpline numbers: Indore-07411072, Ujjain- 07342560906, Ratlam- 074121072, Orai-051621072, Jhansi- 05101072, Pokhraya- 05113270239.

North Central Railway General Manager Arun Srivastava had said on Sunday that traffic on Kanpur-Jhansi section will be opened in 36 hours. Four trains were cancelled and fourteen diverted after the derailment disrupted traffic on the route.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Nov 21, 2016 11:40 IST

Indore-Patna express derailment: Death toll mounts to 142; frantic search for survivors continue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The death toll mounted to 142 in Indore-Patna Express derailment here in Kanpur rural area, as rescue workers wrapped up their operation this morning after efforts continued overnight to pull out the trapped passengers from the mangled bogies.All the 14 derailed coaches of the Patna-bound train 19321 have been removed from the tracks.”133 bodies have been found so far, out of which 110 have been identified,” according to IG (Kanpur range) Zaki Ahmad. 97 bodies have been handed over to relatives, he said.Nearly 200 were injured in the worst train accident in recent years which took place just a little after 0300 hrs yesterday.NDRF, police force and civil administration were engaged in relief work on war footing. Army is also assisting in rescue and other relief work.Terming the loss of lives post the Patna-Indore Express derailment as a very sad incident, the Congress party has demanded a high level probe and called for strict action against the culprits responsible.”It is very surprising the way BJP leaders have started doing politics on this incident. The statement that has come from Murli Manohar Joshiji is a clear indication that it might be a conspiracy. I completely agree with his statement that it could be a conspiracy,” Congress leader Surinder Rajput told ANI.He further said that Murli Manohar Joshi should investigate and reveal if there is a conspiracy.”He must also tell the people that if this conspiracy is aimed at diverting the attention of the people from the issue of demonetization, as the whole country are in state of anarchy,” Rajput said.Meanwhile, the Indian Railways has announced compensation of Rs. 3.5 lakh each for families of those killed, Rs. 50,000 for seriously injured and 25 thousand rupees for minor injury.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also exgratia of Rs.2 lakh each for the next of kin of those killed and Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured.Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced compensation of Rupees 2 lakh while Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has also announced ex-gratia of 5 lakh rupees in case of death.

Indore-Patna express derailment: Businessman rescued after 10 hours, son missing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trapped in the worst-hit S1 coach of the derailed Indore-Patna Express for over 10 hours before being rescued, businessman Arun Sharma’s journey to Patna by the train turned into a nightmare with his nine-year-old son missing. Sharma, 42, along with his wife and another son, 11-year-old Gigyansh were injured in the mishap, while their other son Triyansh is yet to traced.Sharma was travelling from Bhopal to Patna to attend his friend’s wedding on November 21 when the train derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur rural district. The family, like most of the other passengers, were deep asleep when they were jolted as the train jumped off the tracks with such force that two coaches, S1 and S2, telescoped into each other.Two other sleeper coaches – S3 and S4- were also badly damaged in the mishap and accounted for most of the over 100 causalities in the accident. “We were all sleeping in the S1 coach when around 0300 hrs we were jolted by the shock and we all fell on the floor,” said Sharma, who suffered multiple fractures in his hands and is receiving treatment at the Mati government hospital here, 35 kms from the site of the accident. “I was rescued from the mangled remains of the bogie by the army men at 1 PM, almost 10 hours after the accident,” he said.
ALSO READ Major train accidents in India since 1988His wife, Nupur, also suffered fractures in hands and is receiving treatment at the same hospital where over 70 injured patients have been admitted. However, the family is extremely worried about their son, Triyansh, who has not been traced yet. “We are trying to search their son in other hospitals where the injured had been admitted,” said Archana, a senior doctor at the hospital.Many injured passengers have also been admitted at the Ursla and Hallat hospitals in Kanpur Urban district. At every hospital, there are bereaved families and stories of loss and despair, minor children looking for their parents, and mothers looking for their children.Several passengers were still feared trapped inside the mangled bogies of the train and the death toll was expected to rise. President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and a host of other leaders have condoled the loss of lives in the train tragedy.

Ahead of UP polls, Samajwadi Party may take back all expelled youth leaders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fearing the repercussions of a divided house, ruling Samajwadi Party is contemplating taking back all its expelled leaders, if Rajya Sabha member Ramgopal Yadav’s reinstatement is any signal.With Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections barely few months away, SP does not want to portray a picture of disunity knowing fully well that dents in its vote bank will help its opponents BSP and BJP in the battle of ballots.Some of the expelled youth leaders, close to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, have already met party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, triggering speculation of their early return to party fold. MLCs Sunil Sajan, Anand Bhadauria and Sanjay Lather, and youth leaders Gaurav Dubey, Digvijay Singh Dev and Brajesh Yadav among others met Mulayam and have reportedly tendered apology for their actions that had led to their expulsion from the party, SP sources said.The youth leaders are said to have pleaded with the party chief to allow them to work for the SP to strengthen it before the assembly polls. Mulayam has assured them that he would look into their request, the sources said.After the return of Ram Gopal, who was expelled from the party for six years, speculation was rife that others too will also brought back.Taking a strong view of the protests and sloganeering on the streets during the feud in the first family of Samajwadi Party, the state unit had expelled a number of youth wing leaders, who were said to be close to Akhilesh.Ram Gopal’s return to SP is widely seen as a victory for the Akhilesh camp, which has been at loggerheads with Shivpal over party control and poll strategy. Party insiders said that Ram Gopal’s return heralded return of expelled youth leaders of Akhilesh camp as the Rajya Sabha member had laid down a condition that all those scaked should be reinducted into the party if his expulsion was revoked.”Talks are going on and it is expected that all expulsions will be revoked after a warning to the youth leaders,” a senior SP leader said, adding that party veterans Beni Prasad Verma and Reoti Raman — close to Mulayam — were working overtime to bring Ram Gopal and others back. Around 20 office bearers of various youth wings in Lucknow and other districts who had either quit or were expelled from the party, could also return to the original party fold.

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.

Watch: Ramgopal breaks down, cries foul over ouster from SP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ousted Samajwadi Party general secretary Ramgopal Yadav on Monday broke down while defending the corruption charges levelled against him and said that injustice has been meted out to him.”I still believe that I am a part of the Samajwadi Party even if I am not operating officially,” he told the media here.Expressing sorrow over the corruption charges levelled against him, Ramgopal further said that he never wanted to be a minister or hold any office.”If the people think that injustice has been done with me then they should do justice,” he said.Without taking any specific name, he alleged that some people were illegally distributing the Samajwadi Party’s ticket for their ulterior motives.Earlier in October, Ramgopal was expelled from the party by Mulayam Singh Yadav. Announcing the decision, state party chief Shivpal Yadav levelled serious charges of corruption, manipulation and sabotage against Ramgopal.He accused Ramgopal of conniving with the BJP to harm the Samajwadi Party. Prior to this, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav sacked four of his Cabinet ministers, including his b’te noire Shivpal.

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

Allow high denomination currency for wedding expense: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav asked the Centre on Tuesday to allow high denomination currency for expenditure in upcoming marriage season, even as state police has been asked to keep vigil near banks to maintain law and order after the decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.The chief minister also urged the Centre to ensure that the decision did not have any adverse impact on the poor, farmers and villagers. Akhilesh, who is heading the Samajwadi Party government in the poll-bound state, said the Centre should arrange special camps in villages for exchanging existing currency notes saying banks were not easily accessible in the rural areas. The opposition has termed the Centre’s step as hasty and ill-timed coming in the season of harvest and marriages. Uttar Pradesh police were alerted to maintain strict vigil near banks and other places to maintain law and order “Director General of Police Javeed Ahmad has issued directives to all district police chiefs stating that there may be serious law and order issues after the announcement. “Patrolling and visibility (of force) should be there at market areas, near banks, post offices,” Additional Superintendent of Police in DGP office Rahul Srivastava said.He said police officers have been directed to talk to traders bodies and petrol pumps and keep an eye on situation in rural areas.The situation became difficult for commuters this morning with many petrol pumps closing down claiming that they were out of stock, while in shops, customers were turned away by traders, who were not ready to accept notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations. Police has been deployed at petrol pumps to control the crowd.After the announcement caught people by surprise, long queues were seen at ATMs and petrol pumps last night.

Prashant Kishor meets Akhilesh; Shivpal attacks UP CM again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Monday met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at the latter’s official residence in Lucknow. Earlier during the day, Akhilesh said any decision on a grand alliance for Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls will be taken by Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and stressed that he would give his suggestions only at party platform. Kishor earlier on November 1 met Mulayam who is trying to cobble together an alliance of like-minded parties.Putting an end to all speculations over the Congress allying with the Samajwadi Party for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, party’s state in-charge Raj Babbar yesterday categorically stated that there has been no talk so far with regard to entering into an alliance to contest next year’s polls.According to reports, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has conveyed the message that his party is ready to form a grand alliance with Samajwadi Party if Akhilesh emerges as a consensus face within the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led party.On the possibility of a grand alliance, state Samajwadi Party president Shivpal Yadav said, “When it materialises, I will tell you.” Samajwadi Party, which was initially part of Bihars 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 Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress had, however, scripted a major electoral victory, defeating the BJP-led NDA.Shivpal attacks Akhilesh againIn yet another salvo at nephew and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, ruling Samajwadi Party’s state unit president Shivpal Yadav on Monday said he was dropped from the ministry as he had opposed those doing illegal work.”I had protested those doing illegal work and land grabbing. That is why I am out of the ministry,” he said. Shivpal was sacked by Akhilesh from his ministry last month amid unprecedented crisis in the ruling party and the Yadav clan. “I will continue to raise my voice against those doing illegal works and am always with those who are doing good work — be it religious or anything else,” he said at Kalki Mahotsava here.Shivpal, the younger brother of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, has been at loggerheads with Akhilesh and two have sparred publicly in the recent past. On October 23, Akhilesh sacked Shivpal along with three other pro-Amar Singh ministers, pushing the ruling party to the brink of a split.The action stirred a political crisis in the party ahead of the Assembly polls in the state early next year as the tense stand-off between Akhilesh and Shivpal gave rise to intense speculation about a possible split in SP.

Mayawati hits back at Amit Shah, says BJP has ‘notorious goondas’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Stung by unrelenting barbs of BJP chief Amit Shah, BSP supremo Mayawati on Monday hit back saying the saffron party has “notorious goondas” and everyone was aware of Shah’s history as well.She also trained guns at the Samajwadi Party government, saying in the interest of the state, the chief minister should rise above oneupmanship and family feud and look after law- and-order situation of the state. She also said any move by SP to enter into a grand alliance proved that it had accepted defeat even before the polls. “BJP mein itney nami-girami goonday hain…main naam ginaney lag jaoon…aur iski shuruwat Gujarat sey hoti hai… Amit Shah ka kya itihas raha hai yeh aapko pata hai (BJP has a number of notorious criminals…If I started counting names…The list starts with Gujarat…You already know Amit Shah’s history),” she told newspersons here.”Not only in UP, in the country also BJP has goondas, mafia and criminal elements…you all know about it well,” she said in response to the allegations made by Shah during his party’s Parivatran Yatras.Shah had alleged that BSP like the ruling SP had goondas and criminal elements. Making light of BJP’s promise to bring a change in the state in the upcoming Assembly polls, Mayawati said it will meet the same fate in Uttar Pradesh as in Delhi, Bihar, West Bengal and southern states.”I have convened the press conference especially to expose BJP and its national leaders who are going about making tall claims and to give them a befitting reply so that common people do not fall prey to their Lok Sabha-like promises,” she said. Dubbing the Narendra Modi government as anti-farmer, she said his claims of clearing sugarcane dues of farmers in the state were far from truth.”He is telling a lie, neither the PM nor the SP government has given a single paisa,” she alleged.Mayawati alleged that BJP had started Parivartan Yatras to hide the shortcomings of the central government and its failure to fulfil even one-third of its poll promises. They are going about saying that no development took place during BSP rule which is baseless, she claimed. BSP, during all its four times in power, did not help capitalists like BJP but worked for ‘Sarv Samaj’ (all the society), she said, citing various projects undertaken by her government.Mayawati said the works started by her government were either stopped altogether by the present SP government or renamed but they did not have the same momentum.Hitting out at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, she said, “The head of the SP government should find some time out of his family oneupmanship and fight for survival and mend the dismal law and order of the state as well as the bad state of environment in the districts adjoining national capital…” To questions, she said any move by SP to enter into a grand alliance proved that it had already accepted defeat. “In these elections, the camps of Akhilesh and Shivpal will ensure the defeat of each other. Everyone, especially Muslims, have come to know about it and the amount of drama,” she said, adding that had SP really worked and taken care of the law and order, they would not have to rely on others.Mayawati exuded confidence that her party will get absolute majority in the coming polls and ruled out any alliance, saying, “Only the weak look for support.”

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”.

SP silver jubilee celebrations: Akhilesh Yadav cautions party against ‘damage’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the power tussle between him and his uncle Shivpal played out in open on the silver jubilee celebrations of the Samajwadi Party, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said he was ready for any test and cautioned against “damage” to the party.”I will not reply to certain things. Ram Manohar Lohia ji used to say he would be heard but only after death. I want to say that people will hear but only after everything is damaged,” Akhilesh said. His remarks came after Shivpal Yadav took a swipe at his nephew, saying some people inherit power without doing anything while others get nothing despite making sacrifices.Akhilesh said, “If you want to take my test, I am ready for any thing. Our target is to defeat BJP and BSP in 2017 elections. This UP election will decide future of the country”, he said.”The party (BJP) which got over 70 (out of 80) seats in Lok Sabha polls did nothing for the state except giving model villages scheme. BJP created differences in the society by Muzaffarnagar and Kairana incidents. SP will return in UP and will not let such forces to rise” he added.The SP has been battling a family feud between Akhilesh and Shivpal. While Mulayam has been insisting that all is well in the party, both Shivpal and Akhilesh have been making statements exposing the rift in the party.In a bid to portray a united front ahead of the 2017 state Assembly elections, the feuding first family had come together on Thursday to flag off Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘rath yatra’ here . Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal, with whom the Chief Minister was locked in a bitter power struggle, had extended him “best wishes”.Pointing at Gayatrai Prasad Prajapati, who was sacked by him earlier, Akhilesh said without any reference, “Prajapati has given be sword (at the event). You gave me sowrd and don’t want to use it.” Earlier, when the event started, Akhilesh and Shivpal were given swords which they accepted smilingly.Highlighting works of his government, the UP CM said that besides starting metro, construction of roads and expressway, pension was given to 55 lakh women.”In past 25 years, SP has come a long way but we have to think for next 25 years. Socialist ideology will take us forward. We were labelled as anti-English but we clarified that it is so when it is at the cost of ‘Lokbhasha’,” he said.Calling laptop scheme, the most ambitious scheme of his government, Akhilesh claimed that no where in the country any government did so. Speaking about the venue of the event – Janeshwar Mishra park, he said that ‘Netaji’ (Mulayam) had made Ram Manohar Lohia park, where people go to “take oxygen”.”We have made 400 acre Janeshwar Mishra park, which is ‘biggest’ in the world. Despite so much crowd, which is dispersed in the entire park, the park is looking empty…”

UP polls 2017: Mayawati terms Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘vikas rath yatra’ as ‘bankrupt yatra’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘vikas rath yatra’ as “bankrupt yatra”, BSP supremo Mayawati on Friday said had Samajwadi Party “really worked” for people’s welfare, it “would not have needed to take out the yatra with massive government expenditure”.”Had the Samajwadi Party government really taken up works for people’s interest and welfare, it would not have needed to take out this rath yatra with massive government expenditure as (government’s) works definitely speak for themselves,” she said in a release.On Yadav’s hi-tech customised rath developing a snag at the very beginning of the yatra, Mayawati said, “While the luxury rath worth crores of rupees made Akhilesh’s rath yatra bankrupt at the very start, the supporters created ruckus all along the route and police were forced to remain a mute spectator”.”In fact, the vikas yatra has proved to be a bankrupt yatra,” she claimed.The BSP chief alleged that people of the state have complaints that development works are mere claims as its benefits have not reached them.”Can merely making announcements, laying foundation stones or inaugurating half-completed projects be considered as development?” she asked.Alleging that casteism, corruption and ‘jungle raj’ remained rampant during the Samajwadi Party rule in the state, Mayawati claimed even the Supreme Court and the High Court have been pulling up the government over different issues.The BSP chief also alleged that there is a “tacit understanding” between BJP and SP, and claimed it is because of this that the Chief Minister only makes indirect references to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and desist from open criticism.Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav embarked on the highly-publicised rath yatra yesterday to highlight the development works undertaken by him during the last over four years. It was flagged off by Samajwadi Party patriarch and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav with whom he was locked in a bitter power struggle a few days back.

SP puts up united show for Akhilesh’s Rath Yatra; Mayawati says Yadav war not over

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The looming danger of electoral reverses brought the feuding first family of UP’s ruling Samajwadi Party together as party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav flagged off son Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘rath yatra’ and Shivpal, with whom the Chief Minister was locked in a bitter power struggle, extended him his “best wishes”.With the strife between his Chief Minister son and younger brother Shivpal Yadav threatening to derail the party’s campaign barely months ahead of the assembly polls, Mulayam played the role of a peacemaker and brought the two together on one platform at an event, which many felt would be a solo Akhilesh show. However, ending days of suspense, Mulayam turned up at La Martinere grounds, the venue for the flagging off of Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘Vikas Se Vijay Ki Ore’ yatra, with Shivpal, who heads the SP’s state unit, in tow.Mulayam took his seat on stage and was soon flanked by Akhilesh on one side and Shivpal on the other, as he sought to drive home the message that the party was united ahead of the polls and that he still could call the shots in the party buffeted by the turf war between his son and brother. “Akhilesh ko hum shubhkamna detey hain (I wish Akhilesh well),” Shivpal said, adding the Chief Minister’s chariot march will send a message of unity across the state and halt BJP in its tracks.”Our target is to prevent BJP from coming to power in the state in the crucial 2017 elections,” he said. Before embarking on the highly-publicised rath yatra to highlight the development works undertaken by him during the last over four years, the 43-year-old Chief Minister said, “I want to thank youths for this historic event…From this yatra, we appeal to people to vote in favour of our party.” Akhilesh, however, referred to “conspiracies” which adversely affected the party. “Due to some conspiracies we were affected a bit, but in the days to come we will be able to form government again,” Akhilesh, who has been blaming SP MP and his father’s friend Amar Singh for the troubles in the party and family, said.Days preceding today’s event had seen the debilitating battle of attrition between Akhilesh and Shivpal leading to tit-for-tat sacking of ministers and leaders on rival sides. Even Shivpal was sacked as minister by Akhilesh, after Mulayam, apparently siding with his brother and Amar Singh, expelled his own counsin and SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav from the party for six years. Ram Gopal, a Rajya Sabha member, has been backing Akhilesh in the battle for Mulayam’s legacy. “I am happy Netaji (Mulayam), Shivpal all have come… more will join in due course,” the Chief Minister said during his journey and hoped differences, if any, will disappear as elections draw near. “I have the blessings of Azam Khan and I hope he will join me later in the yatra,” he said in reply to a reporter’s query, as the senior cabinet minister was conspicuous by his absence. Flagging off the shiny red Mercedes Benz ‘rath’, Mulayam reminded the party workers about how difficult following the socialist ideology was and congratulated Akhilesh on the launch of his march.”The path of Samajwad (socialism) is difficult…I have faced lathis in agitations. This Samajwadi movement was built on sacrifices. SP is party of sacrifice and struggle. I know when there is lathicharge, barring 4-5 persons, who stay back, everyone runs away,” he said. “I congratulate Akhilesh for the yatra and wish him all success,” he said. However, the show of unity in the Yadav clan notwithstanding, faultlines within the party became visible once again when Akhilesh told journalists that he was not aware of any attempts at forming a coalition with other parties.”National president will decide what is to be done. He will take decision after giving due thought. I am not aware if a coalition has come into existence or not. I also don’t know what is being discussed. If a coalition is formed, political parties have to decide themselves who will lose or gain,” he said.Amid the widening chasm in his family and party, Mulayam had sent Shivpal to meet leaders of various parties including Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and RLD’s Ajit Singh, apparently to invite them to Samajwadi Party’s Golden Jubilee celebrations on Saturday. Shivpal had gone on record favouring an alliance of ‘Lohiawadi’ (socialists), ‘Charan Singh wadi’ (RLD) and ‘Mahatmawai’ (Congress) forces to defeat the “communal” BJP in the assembly polls. Congress’ election strategist Prashant Kishor hadrecently met Mulayam in Delhi, triggering speculation of a Bihar-like “mahagathbandhan”. However, Nitish Kumar voiced doubt about such a coalition materialising as it would require coming together of the two main parties in UP–Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s BSP. Ahead of the flagging off of Akhilesh’s march, the enthusiasm among the youth leaders was palpable right since early morning with hordes of young party workers donning red caps making a bee line for the venue, the place where he had taken oath as Chief Minister in 2012.Akhilesh Yadav during Rath Yatra (Reuters)As some youths jostled to reach the venue, Shivpal advised them to calm down. “Josh mein hosh na kho dein (don’t lose your cool in enthusiasm),” he said.Ahead of the flag off event, Ramgopal Yadav’s son and MP Akshay Yadav said, “People will vote for Akhilesh. We will contest in his name and win.”Brushing aside remarks that Akhilesh was a “trainee chief minister,” his wife Dimple, a Lok Sabha member, said, “If a trainee can do so much work, you can imagine was he will do in his second term as a professional”. Seeking to project a picture of unity, she said, “Need blessings from all party elders. Past events forgotten, we need to be together,” she said.Mayawati mocks SP show of strength Mocking Akhilesh Yadav’s campaign launched today as “badhaal vikas (dismal development) yatra”, BSP supremo Mayawati today asked the people of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh not to be misled by it and claimed that the feud within the Samajwadi Party was far from over.”The yatra which got off today is in fact the ‘badhaal vikas yatra’ of the helpless Chief Minister entangled in controversy in the SP family and government… most of those present in it had come to blows on roads and inside the CM office during the recent family feud,” she said. “Today too, both the feuding factions came to blows and tore each others posters and banners…. I appeal to the people of the state not to get misled as such a government cannot benefit the state,” she said in a statement.Drawing similarities with the June 2, 1995 State Guest House case when close confidants of the then chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav “were baying for blood” after she withdrew support to SP government, she said there appeared to be “no difference between the father and son” while dealing with their opponents. “As Mulayam did not act against those indulging in violence, his son too has not taken any action against ministers and leaders showing criminal behaviour who also defied the directives of state unit president,” she said.Alleging that there was a secret understanding between SP and BJP, she said despite the turmoil in the state, the “governor says that there is no constitutional crisis and BJP top leadership maintains silence on it”. She claimed there was misuse of government funds by Akhilesh for improving his image and said “all this money could have been put to better use for improving the lot of poor and needy”.She also took a dig at the chief minister who had been complaining that people of the state do not recognise him because of lack of publicity, saying it goes on to prove how mayny votes he will get in the coming elections.

Wife Dimple joins Akhilesh on ‘Vikas Rath’; says yatra will ensure victory for SP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Exuding confidence, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said the ‘Vikas Rath Yatra’ will determine victory for the Samajwadi Party in the upcoming assembly elections.Akhilesh said the yatra is an attempt to back the support of the people by making them aware of the unbiased endeavours made by the Samajwadi Party for the development of the state.”If seen from the political point of view, it is the most important state and I believe that this state in the future will give direction to national politics.The way Samajwadi Party has worked for all the sections of the state without any biasness it will win in the coming elections. People vote for the party which has brought development,” he added.Echoing similar sentiments Akhilesh’s wife and MP Dimple Yadav said that the ‘Yatra’ is a historic beginning which will ensure victory for the Samajwadi Party.”This was a historic beginning. All the people who have gathered here including our party workers are youth. The beginning today has been very positive and because of which we are very positive and hopeful about the elections,” she said.”The Samajwadi Party has done a lot of development work and in every step we have brought and implement such policies through which we can improve the lives of the people of the state and like Neta ji said that we will win with huge mandate,” she added.Launching his bid for a second term as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav started a state-wide rath yatra named ‘Vikas Rath Yatra’.

Mulayam Singh advices PM Modi to visit families of martyrs

Lucknow: 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.

File image of Mulayam Singh Yadav. PTI

File image of Mulayam Singh Yadav. PTI

“We don’t want any Indo-Pak war or soldiers sacrificing lives on border, there should be a via media solution,” he said flagging off 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. “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”.

“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 the country,” he added. An ex-serviceman had allegedly committed suicide in New Delhi on Tuesday over the issue of OROP.

UP Elections 2017: Prashant Kishor meets Mulayam amid talk of possible alliance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress’ poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Tuesday held a two-hour meeting with Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is trying to cobble together an alliance of like-minded parties ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls due early next year.Kishor, along with SP leader Amar Singh, met Yadav at his Delhi residence this evening, apparently to discuss the possibility of an alliance before the poll dates are announced. Sources close to the development confirmed that Kishor met Yadav. There was talk in political circles that Yadav spoke with JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is also in Delhi. However, there was no immediate confirmation. Kishor had managed Nitish Kumar’s successful assembly poll campaign last year.Last week, Mulayam’s younger brother and state SP chief Shivpal Singh had met JD(U)’s K C Tyagi and RLD chief Ajit Singh to invite them to SP’s 25th anniversary in Lucknow on November 5. Shivpal had said Lohiaites and followers of Charan Singh should join hands to beat BJP in Uttar Pradesh. 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. 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. The SP’s main aim in the polls is prevent split of Muslim votes for which it is looking for an alliance with secular parties.

Lalu Prasad to attend Samajwadi Party foundation day event, Nitish Kumar to give it a miss

Patna: While RJD President Lalu Prasad has confirmed participation in the Samajwadi Party foundation day function on 5 November at Lucknow, JD(U) on Tuesday made it clear that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would not be able to make it to the programme.

File photo of Lalu Prasad Yadav. AFP

File photo of Lalu Prasad Yadav. AFP

Absence of Nitish Kumar would dent Mulayam Singh Yadav‘s efforts to cobble up a broad coalition of socialist and secular forces ahead of crucial Uttar Pradesh poll early next year by parading prominent leaders on one platform at SP’s 25th foundation day function.

Lalu’s close aide Bhola Yadav, MLA, on Tuesday confirmed RJD chief’s participation in the SP function at Lucknow.

Bihar JD(U) President Basistha Narayan Singh told PTI “there is fight within Samajwadi Party (SP) family and we do not want to be seen with any one side in this feud.”

JD(U) Secretary General K C Tyagi said party chief would not be able to make it to 5 November event at Lucknow due to Chhath festival.

“You know how important is Chhath festival for the people of Bihar…if he (Nitish Kumar) goes there leaving Chhath, BJP would attack him for not being with the people of the state on such a pious occasion,” Tyagi told PTI.

Asked while Lalu Prasad is going for SP event and absence of Nitish Kumar would trigger difference among them, Basistha Narayan Singh said “we have strong coalition of JD(U), RJD and Congress in Bihar, but it does not mean that the three should have similar point of view in other states.”

“Lalujee is related to Mulayam Singh Yadav‘s family and as such he has freedom to take his decision,” he said.

The JD(U) chief, however, did not miss the opportunity to express heartburn over the role played by Mulayam Singh Yadav and SP to foil merger of six parties of Janata Parivar earlier in which Nitish Kumar had played an important role.

“Nitish Kumar had made a sincere efforts for merger and everybody had agreed to merge under the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav, but it did not succeed the reasons for which is known to everyone,” he said.

“Today’s circumstance is different,” he said in an oblique reference to soaring popularity graph of Nitish Kumar after Bihar victory due to which he is considered as a potent candidate for Prime Ministerial post in 2019 Lok Sabha poll.

Recently, Nitish Kumar at JD(U) National Council meet at Rajgir had made an overture to UP CM Akhilesh Yadav to enforce prohibition which would help him come out of “shadow of family” and also help win poll himself. Kumar had also pledged support to young UP CM in such a condition.

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.

Stampede at UP CM Akhilesh Yadav’s Janata Darbar programme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A stampede-like situation was created and some people injured in it as a large crowd gathered at a Janata Darbar programme of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav here.The crowd at the PWD Guest House became unmanageable and some people fell down while trying to push their way to hand over their applications to the chief minister, police said. Some mediapersons covering the event were also injured in the melee, they said.All the injured were rushed to a hospital in Saifai, police said. Eyewitnesses said that 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.Police had a trying time to manage the crowd as the number of people who had turned up at the Janata Darbar was far beyond their expectation.

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.

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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.

UP polls 2017: Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘Vikas’ rath yatra to start from November 3

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday finalised its Vikas rath yatra, which will leave from Lucknow to Kanpur on November 3.”Lakhs of youths will participate in the yatra, which will prove to be the turning point of politics. At every halt, Akhilesh will be welcomed by youths, farmers, minority and he will also address the gathering,” Cabinet minsiter Rajendra Chowdhury said.”The yatra will be a sort of catalyst for a change in politics. Akhilesh will try to break communalism and casteism through the yatra in which he will be highlighting development works done by his government,” he added.Stating that the yatra will establish new identity of Akhilesh “leadership” and will also ensure success for 2017 assembly polls, Chowdhury said it would reach every corner of the state. A lot of arrangements have been made by Team Akhilesh for the success of the yatra, in which besides video titled ‘Kaam Bolta Hai’ (Work speaks), showing the CM working tirelessly will also be shown.Arrangements are being made to ensure huge success of the yatra, amidst family tussle to establish Akhilesh as “indisputed” political heir of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

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.”

Samajwadi Party strife a byproduct of dynasty politics: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said the ongoing family feud in the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh was the result of “dynasty” politics and that BJP does not “want to fish in troubled waters”.

“(I) Have no comments to make. It is an internal problem. As I always say, dynasty in democracy is nasty, but tasty to some people. We are seeing the result also,” senior BJP leader and Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Naidu told reporters on the sidelines of the CII Big Picture Summit in .

File photo of Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTIFile photo of Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

File photo of Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

“But at the same time, we don’t want to fish in troubled waters. We don’t want to say anything or do anything on what is happening with SP. People are seeing what is happening and they will decide and act,” he said.

Stressing that Uttar Pradesh was lagging behind at a time when the country was moving forward, Naidu urged the people of the state to support BJP in the coming Assembly election to make the state a “Uttam Pradesh”.

“UP, as the PM said yesterday(on Monday), has to be converted into Uttam Pradesh and only BJP can do that. And a big state like UP lagging behind in development, it’s no good for the country. The country is moving forward and UP is lagging behind, that’s why people need to support BJP in the coming round of elections,” he said.

On the issue of triple talaq, Naidu said the government and BJP are “strongly in favour of ending triple talaq”, holding it as discrimination against women and against the constitutional right of equality.

“All discrimination against women must come to an end. We are a civilised and democratic country. Why should there be discrimination on the basis of gender and this triple talaq is a gender discrimination and is against the Consititution… BJP or government is strongly in favour of ending triple talaq,” he said.

Yadav vs Yadav: Pari’War’ could benefit Mayawati with support from Muslim community

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The acrimony in ruling Samajwadi Party ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections appears to have all the ingredients to change the electoral prospects of key players. Beleaguered Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has a support base among the middle class and Yadav voters, but which party the Muslims back could determine the outcome of the elections due early next year.The crisis in the SP is being keenly watched by BSP which expects to gain most in the present scenario. BSP has been able to consolidate Muslim electors in its support in the past too, despite SP being the main claimant to their votes. Muslims account for around 12% of the electorate and are a force to reckon with.BSP chief Mayawati had started her poll campaign asking the Muslim community to vote for her as supporting SP could benefit BJP. Analysts say her campaign coupled with the spree of attacks by ‘gau rakshak’ (cow vigilantes) on Muslims and Dalits have strongly polarised the electorate. With the ruling Samajwadi Party a divided house, the BSP would hope the Muslims would overwhelmingly vote for the party in order to prevent a split in minority votes which would benefit the BJP.BSP is also wooing Brahmins with party leader SC Misra, himself a Brahmin, reminding the voters that during Mayawati’s stint in power key administrative posts were held by members of that caste. Muslims have backed Mulayam for decades, but the infighting in SP ahead of its silver jubilee celebrations only means the party, whoever is at the helm, will have to manage this crucial vote bank shrewdly in the run up to the polls just few months away.The development has become a matter of worry for BJP as well. It has reasons to get worried because if Muslims shift their allegiance to BSP, it might upset the saffron party’s applecart.