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Will fight ‘Kaala Dhan’ and ‘Kaala Mann’, wasn’t voted to cut ribbons: PM Modi in Dehradun

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that he was not voted to cut ribbons and light lamps but work as the country’s watchman and fight the menace of black money that has destroyed the nation.”Have I been made the Prime Minister to attend small inaugurations and cut ribbons? The people are upset when I act as the ‘chowkidaar’,” he said while addressing a parivartan rally in Dehradun after the inauguration of the Char Dham highway project.Prime Minister Modi said India, which used to be called the ‘bird of gold’, has been looted by its very own people.”It is now high time for us to fight for the honest,” he added.Asserting that the country has suffered due to both – ‘kaala dhan’ and ‘kaala mann’, Prime Minister Modi said it is his government’s endeavour to strengthen the hands of the honest and law abiding citizens.Prime Minister Modi said black money has destroyed the nation and added that this government was fighting against the black money hoarders.”We had said that corrupt people will be punished and now this is happening. This is a ‘Safai Abhiyaan’ and the people of India have helped me,” said Prime Minister Modi.”Fake notes, terrorism, human trafficking and drug mafia were all dealt with in one stroke after the demonetization announcement on November 8,” he added.Acknowledging that people faced a lot of inconvenience after demonetization, Prime Minister Modi expressed his delight over the fact that the nation came forward to fight against corruption despite all hassles.The Prime Minister’s outburst came hours after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati while defending the Rs. 104-crore bank deposits accused the ruling BJP of misusing power to malign her party’s image.

‘Frustrated’ BJP using central agencies for Congress, SP alliance in UP: Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Monday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Centre with the help of Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax (IT) Department and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is building pressure on Samajwadi Party boss Mulayam Singh Yadav to form an alliance with the Congress for next year’s assembly polls.Mayawati told the media here that Prime Minister Modi also made false promises like Mulayam and said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won’t be victorious in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.”It is being said that Congress and Samajwadi Party will form an alliance. The final call will be taken when it is realised that BJP will benefit from the alliance. Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance will materialise only after final approval from the BJP,” Mayawati said.?Like Mulayam Singh, Prime Minister Modi has made many false promises just before the elections. Despite all these, they are not going to get success in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP was weak when the BSP was in power and it is strong when the Samajwadi Party is in Uttar Pradesh. This proves they have been colluding,? she added.Asserting that not even one-fourth of the promises made by the BJP during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections have been fulfilled till date, the BSP chief said the people are frustrated with the saffron party as a result of which the Amit Shah-led party has realised that they stand no chances in Uttar Pradesh.The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also reached out to the Muslim community, saying they must be careful so that the BJP is not successful in desperate attempt to conquer the throne of Lucknow. “In order to tilt the situation in its favour, the BJP included some selfish people on its side and did a lot of advertisement,” she added.Mayawati alleged that demonetisation is an inappropriate decision to benefit the rich and said that the BJP has now realised that this drive has become a bone of contention. “90% of the people have not overcome the obstacles post demonetisation. The people will teach them a lesson,” she added.Asserting that the BSP has always worked with honesty and in a transparent manner for welfare of the people of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati alleged that the Samajwadi Party, BJP and Congress have several records to their credit of causing, supporting and not stopping communal riots. “The Samajwadi Party Government ran bulldozer over the houses of over one lakh communal riots victims’ house. The party is known for supporting ‘gundaraj’ and their record with communal peace is not good either,” she added.Escalating her attack, Mayawati further stated that the Samajwadi Party cannot make the next government in Uttar Pradesh even by joining hands with the Congress, as the feud between the Yadav family will not let them regain power in the state. “The Samajwadi Party is at the verge of breaking in two camps, which can push Muslim votes towards the BJP. The Bahujan Samaj Party is the only party, which can stop the BJP from coming to power in Uttar Pradesh,” she added.Uttar Pradesh will go to polls next year and there have been reports of the Congress and Samajwadi Party mulling over forming an alliance ahead of the elections.The BJP is pinning its hopes on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity to win maximum number of seats in the upcoming polls.

Prakash Ambedkar’s Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh to contest 40 seats in Punjab polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM), led by Prakash Ambedkar, which has only one legislator in Maharashtra, has decided to contest 40 seats in the upcoming Punjab assembly polls.The party has no presence outside Akola and Washim district in Vidarbha region of the state.Prakash Ambedkar is the grandson of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, father of the Indian constitution.”In Punjab, Dalit community is prevalent in almost each assembly constituency and are 32% of the total population. To rope in these voters, BBM has decided to contest 40 seats out of total 117 seats,” Ambedkar said.”The Republican Party of India (RPI) has no presence in Punjab. Earlier, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party had a hold in a few pockets, but has lost supporters in the last few years. Which is why I think that BBM has strong chances of opening its account in the state,” he added.A team of 40 retired bureaucrats from the Punjab cadre will do the leg work for Ambedkar in Punjab.”Today, I held a meeting of these retired IAS officers who had expressed their desire to join politics directly or indirectly. They will handle rallies and campaign in the state in our support,” Ambedkar, who is on a tour of Punjab from the last Wednesday said and added that the process to select candidates will begin very soon.BJP-Shiromani Akali Dal alliance is currently in power in Punjab.A party leader said that Aam Aadami Party has expressed its desire to tie up with the BBM for the assembly polls. However Ambedkar said he has not received any official communication from AAP as yet. BBM’s lone legislator Baliram Siraskar won the 2014 Maharashtra assembly polls from Akola constituency.The party has a complete hold over Akola Zilla Parishad, and 5 Panchayat Samitis from the same district. Party’s Nafisa Shaikh won president’s post of Buldhana Municipal Council in recently concluded civic polls.Punjab government’s Assembly tenure will end in March 2017.

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.

Demonetization: ‘Janata’ will not forgive BJP, says Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Parliament being adjourned over the issue of demonetization, Bahujan Samaj Party chief, Mayawati repeated on Wednesday that the Centre is wrong to go ahead with the scheme.”The decision taken by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and his government of demonetizing the currency notes of Rs 500, 1000 is not correct,” she said.Mayawati said there seems to be no end to people’s woes.”Centre promised that all the problems pertaining to it will be resolved within 50 days but I don’t find anything of this sort happening at the completion of one month,” she said.Hinting towards the intention of the government for demonetizing high-denomination currency for their own political benefits, the Mayawati said that the common man will not spare them.”This decision taken by the government is solely taken for their own political gain, and for which they are making more than 90% people of the country suffer. ‘Janata’ will not forgive them,” the minister said.She reiterated the opposition’s demand for the Prime Minister attending the Parliament and having a debate on the issue.”Prime Minister should address the issues raised by the ministers in Parliament,” she said.Mayawati demanded an apology from Prime Minister Modi for alleging opposition of corruption and other charges.”The allegation of corruption put by the Bharatiya Janata Party on opposition is not acceptable and the Prime Minister should apologise for it.Since the beginning of winter session of the Parliament, opposition has been demanding a debate on demonetization along with Prime Minister Modi’s participation in it. Due to so, both the houses have been adjourned for many times, including today where Lok Sabha was adjourned till 12 p.m. and Rajya Sabha till 2 pm.

BJP understands the ‘pain’ caused to Mayawati by demonetization: GVL Narasimha Rao

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said it clearly understands the pain and agony of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati as she was unable to utilise her money collected from selling party tickets.”We understand the pain and agony of the leaders like Mayawati because she has sold all the tickets in Uttar Pradesh and collected large sums of money in cash and possibly she is unable to really utilise that money. We can understand her agony as this demonetization move will not only hurt all political leaders, but also the hoarders of black money,” BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said.He said that people have overwhelmingly supported the Centre’s decision while parties like the SP and the BSP, are only opposing because this move has hit them hard.Expressing similar views, BJP leader Manoj Tiwari said people have not complained about scrapping the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, as there is an overall consensus that this decisions will clean up the economy.”Yes, I agree, that there are inconveniences. I have been seeing a lot of people standing in queues, but they are also supportive of the Prime Minister’s decision. Although Mayawati alleges that demonetization is a decision taken for selfish interest, but if it helps in eradicating black money and helps the nation to progress then what is the harm. We are not bothered by the accusations made by her,” Tiwari said.The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief yesterday said demonetization has brought nothing but an economic emergency, as people are suffering due to it.She accused Prime Minister Modi of ?blackmailing? people by busting into tears on several occasions. “If riots and scuffles break out due to the prevailing condition, then only the Prime Minister will be responsible for that.” Mayawati said.

Demonetization will help BSP in UP: Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati launched a direct offensive against the BJP and Samajwadi Party on Friday but kept Congress out of the firing line, thus hinting that she may not have closed her options to engage with it before UP elections.”BJP and SP are fighting and vying for a distant second spot. BJP knows that it will be wiped out because of demonetization that has made the life hell for 90% of people. The move will surely send BJP into exile (Vanvas) SP does not stand a chance as it is still engaged in family feud. Congress is on Oxygen and nowhere in the race,”said the former chief minister, who herself was embroiled in several cases of disproportionate assets and corruption.Congress and BSP sources, however, said small window of alliance is still open and back channel talks are on between the two parties.Rebutting BJP top brass claim that demonetization has hit BSP the most, Mayawati alleged the ruling party settled its black money days before announcing demonetization and said the “half baked and immature” move of Prime Minister Modi will hurt it badly not only in Uttar Pradesh but the other four other states as well where elections are due.She claimed PM Modi took the decision in a hurry because of political interests. Alleging that BJP is number one in corruption, Mayawati said BSP is the only party in the country which has no ill-gotten money.She said when PM Modi himself said that demonetization took 10 months of secret preparations, then let there be an inquiry to find out how much money came to all the political parties during these 10 months.Claiming that people’s patience is fast running out, Mayawati alleged there are fears that BJP-ruled States may unleash repression to quell building up unrest among people.Trying to en-cash apprehensions among Muslims, Mayawati cautioned them not to waste their vote either on Congress or on SP, whose own vote would get divided between the two factions.

Mayawati calls for referendum on demonetization, says Centre’s survey is ‘fake’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that the Centre’s survey on demonetization is fake, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to dissolve the Lok Sabha and call for a referendum for fair results in this regard.Mayawati blamed Prime Minister Modi for the ongoing uproar in the Parliament and said that his absence is the reason behind both the houses not functioning in a smooth manner. “The Centre’s survey showing people of the nation are in favour of demonetization is fake. If the Prime Minister thinks that he is honest then he should dissolve the Parliament and conduct a referendum in this regard. The Parliament is not able to work because of the Prime Minister as the entire opposition is demanding his presence,” said Mayawati.Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier on Friday defended the government’s decision to demonetize 500 and 1000 rupee currency notes and said that some are angry on the initiative as they were not informed before the decision was considered.Speaking after releasing two books on Constitution in New Delhi, Prime Minister Modi said those who are criticising the demonetization move don’t have problem with the government’s preparedness, but they are having problems because they didn’t get time to prepare for turning their black money into white.

Government reaches out as Opposition showcases unity

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amidst continuing logjam in Parliament, the government on Wednesday tried to reach out to Opposition parties, offering to hold parleys to address issues related to the management of post-demonatization process. Government sources said the main Opposition demand of PM Narendra Modi’s presence in the House had already been met, but they still didn’t allow the Parliament to transact business for the fifth day in a row. A united opposition on Wednesday staged a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue, in Parliament premises. They formed a human chain of MPs and decided to hold massive nationwide protests on Monday.The government was weighing the possibility of holding an all-party meeting on Thursday to break the ongoing deadlock. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anant Kumar had sought meetings with Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay. Government sources here said the PM has deputed senior ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, and Ananth Kumar to hold discussions with the parties to ensure that the remaining Winter Session of Parliament functions without any further disruption.Dropping the idea of a joint public rally or a Bharat Bandh for want of consensus, all Opposition parties decided the next best course of organising “Jan Akrosh Diwas” (Mass Fury Day) on Monday. Every party will work out their own demonstrations and rallies in district headquarters and state capitals across the county on that day, though without deviating from the unity of purpose of exposing the government’s ‘anti-people’ face.Realising that it was difficult for Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, DMK and AIADMK and Left and Trinamul Congress to come together, it was decided that they would hold separate protests.

Let’s break cycle of SP-BSP to make UP ‘Uttam Pradesh’: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cornering the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged the nation to break the cycle of the two parties to make Uttar Pradesh an Uttam Pradesh’.”The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party both loot in their own turns, and when the other comes to power they never take action against the other. SP-BSP-BSP-SP. The power keeps shifting, and in this game, this land never reached its potential. You have faced enough. If you want to escape this trap then you need to get out of this trap of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party. Let’s break the cycle of SP-BSP and choose instead to make Uttar Pradesh an ‘Uttam Pradesh’,” Prime Minister Modi said while addressing a rally in Mahoba, a district in Bundelkhand here.Escalating his attack on the Samajwadi Party, the Prime Minister said the farmers in Mahoba have faced grave injustice as this land is capable of reaping gold but farmers got no water.”Earlier I used to ask people from Bundelkhand in Gujarat if they were from Uttar Pradesh or Madhya Pradesh. They all used to say Uttar Pradesh then I stopped asking. Because then I realised that had these people been from Madhya Pradesh they wouldn’t have to come all the way to Gujarat for employment,” he added.Expressing confidence, Prime Minister Modi said the people would give absolute majority to the Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.Taking a jibe at both the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, the Prime Minister said: “On one side, there are those who want to save their family. On the other side, there are those who just want power. While, we are those who just want to save Uttar Pradesh. This land of Uttar Pradesh is our mother, and we won’t let our mother be looted anymore.”Money was provided to Bundelkhand for some projects, and yet no work was done here…you will be very sad to hear this.Stating that Uttar Pradesh has given many Prime Ministers to the nation, Prime Minister Modi said the state has a claim on him as well.”I want to do more work than all those Prime Ministers put together. Modi is not born to rule…he is born to do hard work,” he added.Prime Minister Modi also said that the issue of triple talaq should not be politicised, adding that proper measures should be taken to give equal rights to women.”I am surprised that for vote bank politics, some parties want to keep Muslim women bereft of their natural rights. I request people who participate in TV debates don’t make women rights into Muslim Hindu issue. Women’s right is a development issue. People from Uttar Pradesh will wait for Uttar Pradesh this time, Delhi knows that Uttar Pradesh has decided this,” he added.

UP polls: BJP only option for Uttar Pradesh, says Shaina NC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday slammed Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati for criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not fulfilling poll promises and said the saffron party is the only option for Uttar Pradesh which will provide good governance. BJP leader Shaina NC condemned the death of three persons during Mayawati’s political rally and said that the BSP supremo has no position to point fingers at the BJP. “Look at the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, You have three people who die in a political rally and then you have the leader of the BSP commenting on the BJP,” said NC. “If at all, the people of Uttar Pradesh know that the only option to good governance, law and order situation and a stable leadership is that of the BJP in the days to come,” she added. Mayawati at a rally in Lucknow yesterday said that Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the state capital to attend Dussehra celebrations was “politically motivated”. The BSP chief also claimed that minorities were facing bias under the Modi government and sought the support of Muslims to “stop” the saffron party..

Mayawati warns against ‘communal design’ of BJP, RSS ahead of elections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Sunday warned the people against the “communal designs” of the RSS and the BJP and urged them not to lose their cool in the run-up to the 2017 Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.She accused the Modi government of raising issues of cow slaughter and ‘love jihad’ to keep the minorities “under fear” as well as of being “anti-Dalit”. Describing the NDA government at the Centre as “pro-capitalist”, Mayawati alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had forgotten all of his promises made to the people before the 2014 general election.”The black money from abroad has not been brought back nor have cheques of Rs 15 lakh per person been issued as promised,” she told a rally at the Kothi Meena Bazar ground. Referring to a recent statement of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, the BSP supremo said, “The RSS chief wants Hindus to produce more than two children. They cannot even provide for two children. Who will look after them?””They (BJP) came to power on the basis of lies and false promises but their performance has been dismal,” she alleged.Mayawati also attacked the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh alleging that it was “run by goondas”.

No dearth of leaders in Uttar Pradesh, says Rajnath Singh on speculations of him being BJP’s CM candidate

Amid speculations that he may be projected as the BJP’s chief ministerial face in Uttar Pradesh, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday skipped a poser on the same terming it as ‘hypothetical’.”This is a hypothetical question, I am already at one place,” Singh told ANI when asked whether he was the BJP’s candidate for the top post in Uttar Pradesh.Stating there is no dearth of leaders in Uttar Pradesh, Singh said that his party would form the government with a ‘clear majority’.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The Bharatiya Janata Party will get a clear majority in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. Taking note of the Centre’s performance under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, the people feel it is important that India’s largest state must have a BJP government,” he said.”The BJP will win here with clear majority and form the government,” he added.Rajnath, who is one of the most prominent BJP leaders from Uttar Pradesh, is reportedly likely to play an important role in the party’s campaign for the assembly elections to be held early next year.According to sources, the BJP plans to project Rajnath as the party’s main face in Uttar Pradesh so as to counter Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati.

UP govt creating roadblocks in execution of Central schemes: Amit Shah

The Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh is creating roadblocks for execution of several welfare schemes initiated by the Centre, the reason why benefits are not reaching the intended beneficiaries in the state, BJP president Amit Shah said at a media briefing in Lucknow on Tuesday.

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BJP president Amit Shah. PTI

“Modi government has launched a number of new schemes, including free LPG connection for BPL families and Kisan Fasal Bima Yojana, in the last two years, but the state government is creating roadblocks in its delivery,” Shah said.

Accusing the ruling Samajwadi Party of shielding the corrupt and the goons, Shah asked why the Akhilesh Yadav government was not acting against those it had itself accused of corruption during the earlier Bahujan Samaj Party rule.

“They came to power on the plank of ending corruption allegedly prevalent during the BSP government. Why have they not acted against any corrupt in the last four years and sent them to jail?” the BJP president said.

When asked on the presidential candidate for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections, Shah said, “We have decided not to project anyone as the face for polls yet.”

Talking on the lines of the recent exposé of the Karnataka MLAs seeking bribe on in lieu of their support in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, Shah clarified, “There is no question of indulging in horse-trading in the biennial polls; BJP has enough votes for victory.”

Targeting the Uttar Pradesh government for what he said was the “deteriorating” law and order situation in the state in the wake of the Mathura violence, Shah wondered aloud how could goons shoot at police officers with impunity.

With inputs from agencies

Tamil Nadu Elections 2016: Rift in Congress after ex-LTTE supporter fielded in Sriperumbudur

It was in Sriperumbudur that former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the LTTE in 1991. Now, the Congress has fielded a candidate who was reportedly an ex-LTTE supporter in this constituency. Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live Cricket Score, 26th T20, Indian Premier League 2016, April 30, 2016According to an India Today report, it is being alleged that the candidate Selva, was a supporter of VCK, a party that supported Rajiv’s assassination and the LTTE. Four-time MLA from Sriperumbudur D Yashodha has been protesting the choice of Selva as a Congress candidate from this constituency. She says he can be fielded from any other constituency, but not Sriperumbudur. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, Selva has defended himself saying, “My grandfather, my father have been Ambedkar followers and we don’t believe in terrorism. I am not involved in anything related to terrorism movement. I was in VCK. That is why they are telling.”Selva reportedly began his political career with the VCK in 2003 which openly supports the LTTE. He also served as an MLA in 2006 under the VCK-AIADMK alliance. In 2009, he joined Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party and in 2010, he jumped to the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee.Congress spokesperson Khushbu has been campaigning for Selva and even told the people at the Sriperambabudur constituency that Selva was their best choice. Questioned the timing of issues being raised against him, she said that in every party there are people who are unhappy if they are not given seats.

Puducherry Elections 2016: BSP to go solo

Bahujan Samaj Party in Puducherry will go it alone in the May 16 Assembly polls.A release from the General Secretary of the Puducherry State unit of the BSP D langaravelou said on Friday that a consultative meeting of the party held in Puducherry on Thursday took the decision to go it alone in the polls. The party has also released the first list of nominees for eight constituencies.

BSP MP, kin booked after daughter-in-law’s death in UP

Ghaziabad: Bahujan Samaj Party’s Rajya Sabha member Narendra Kashyap and five of his family members were booked in a dowry death case on Wednesday after the death of his elder daughter-in-law here.

The case was registered on the complaint of deceased Himani Kashyap’s uncle Om Prakash who said she was shot dead for dowry.

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The complainant named Narendra Kashyap, his wife Devendri Devi, son Sagar, younger son Siddharth and her sisters-in-law Sarita and Shobha.

The family was demanding a sports utility vehicle ever since Himani’s wedding with Kashyap’s elder son, he said in his police complaint.

Himani, 29, was found dead in a bathroom of their Sanjay Nagar residence here at 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday with a gunshot injury to her head, police said.

“We have registered a criminal case on the complaint of Himani’s uncle Om Prakash, though arrests are yet to be made,” said Superintendent of Police (City) Salman Taj Patil.

Himani’s father and former state minister Hira Lal Kashyap threatened that if the BSP parliamentarian was not arrested, he would commit suicide in front of parliament.

He said he would seek an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding justice for his daughter.

Police said Himani was married to Sagar about two years ago. She had a year-old son from the marriage.

A licensed pistol registered in her husband’s name was found lying near her body.

Kashyap’s family allegedly rushed her to a hospital after the incident but doctors there declared her dead.

“The family did not inform police about the incident. Police came to know about it from the hospital memo,” Patil said, adding that the body has been sent for autopsy.

West Bengal polls: Seven candidates to contest with less than Rs 1,000 in pocket

Kolkata: At least seven candidates in the first phase of West Bengal Assembly polls own less than Rs 1,000, with one of them having zero net worth.

Pabitra Bauri, fighting from Para (SC) constituency in Purulia district on a ticket by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), has no money neither in cash nor in bank account, according to the affidavit he submitted before the Election Commission.

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The 32-year-old social worker owns no other assets too nor has any liabilities as mentioned in his self-sworn affidavit.

“I am unemployed and involved in social work. I don’t have any money,” Bauri told PTI admitting he was never active in politics till recently.

Four others from SUCI (C) and two from BSP have net worth less than a thousand rupees, according to their affidavits.

SUCI(C) candidate Tanushree Dalai who is fighting from West Midnapore’s Chandrakona (SC) constituency has shown cash in hand of Rs 500 only and claims to possess no other financial assets at all.

The 29-year-old who completed his MA in 2009 from Kharagpur College lives in Khudmarai village with her parents. A newcomer to politics, she has described her profession as social worker.

Lalmohan Malla, fighting on a BSP ticket from Bankura, has not declared any cash in hand and has a savings bank account with a meager balance of Rs 500.

He describes himself as a fishermen and has left the education column blank in his nomination papers.

Sadhan Chattaraj, a farmer from Onda seat, too has only 500 rupees in his pocket. He is fighting on a BSP ticket. None of them have PAN cards.

Similarly, Dipak Kumar and Suniti Mudi who are fighting on SUCI (C) tickets from Purulia district’s Manbazar and Balarampur seats have only Rs 500 with them.

Rajib Mudi fighting from West Midnapore’s Maoist-affected Binpur area is the richest amongst them having Rs 975 in his pocket.

Papers of all of these candidates have passed the scrutiny test of the Election Commission.

The first phase of the six-phase-long polling will be held in two parts – 4 and 11 April.

These “poor” candidates will be competing for votes against some “rich” candidates as the average assets of all candidates is Rs 48 lakh, according to analysis by West Bengal Election Watch.

Total 49 seats in West Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura and Burdwan districts are part of this phase where 296 candidates are trying their luck.

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BSP blames BJP, Samajwadi Party for release of accused in Muzaffarnagar rape

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Thursday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) for the release of the four accused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar rape case.”The rapists in Muzaffarnagar are released because the police did not carry out a proper investigation and there was failure to present concrete evidences. It is a conspiracy of the BJP and the Samajwadi Party,” BSP leader Sudheendra Bhadauria said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The victim is from minority. Muzaffarnagar has become an experiment lab for their political agenda. Many such incidents are taking place in Uttar Pradesh. This government has completely failed to prevent crime and it raises many questions on the government,” he added.The four accused of gangraping a woman during the riots in Muzaffarnagar, were acquitted on January 21 by a Muzaffarnagar fast track court after the victim and key witnesses, including her husband, mother-in-law and a neighbour, were declared hostile and did not support the prosecution during the trial.The SIT arrested and chargesheeted four accused Ramveer, Sanjeev, Rupesh and Pushpendra under different charges including rape, house trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint.On the court’s order, police also attached properties of the accused while they were on the run.

Man who vandalised Mayawati’s statue to cut 60 kg cake for her birthday

With the announcement, Jani who shot to fame after vandalising BSP supremo Mayawati’s statue in 2012, has given fuel to political rumours that his party might join hands with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena chief Amit Jani on Monday said he would hold a grand birthday celebration for BSP supremo Mayawati on January 15 by cutting a 60 kg cake for her at Muzaffarnagar.With the announcement, Jani who shot to fame after vandalising BSP supremo Mayawati’s statue in 2012, has given fuel to political rumours that his party might join hands with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). But Jani maintained that he has no plans to merge his party with the BSP.”I am still against building statues of political leaders. But I respect Mayawati on a personal level,” he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jani, who is getting ready for the by-elections from Muzaffarnagar Sadar seat, said that he would not allow communal forces to form government in the state.