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Rs 104 cr deposit | Centre misusing machinery to malign BSP, all deposits as per norms: Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday hit out at Modi government after the Enforcement Directorate detected cash deposits totalling over Rs. 104 crore in an account belonging to Mayawati-led party.Addressing the media, Mayawati alleged that the BJP was misusing the state machinery to malign the name of BSP party.”We have deposited the money collected as party funds honestly in the bank account. We have account of every rupee deposited in bank, but what about deposits by BJP,” she said.She also alleged that BJP is tarnishing image of BSP ahead of UP Assembly elections.The ED on Monday detected cash deposits totaling over Rs.104 crore in an account belonging to the BSP and Rs 1.43 crore in an account belonging to party Supremo Mayawati’s brother Anand in a branch of United Bank of India.Agency officials said the sleuths called for the records of the deposits made in the BSP account and found that while Rs 102 crore was deposited in Rs 1,000 notes, the rest Rs 3 crore was deposited in the old Rs 500 notes.The ED has also asked the bank to provide to it CCTV footage and KYC documents used to open the accounts, they said. With regard to Anands’s accounts, it is understood, that the agency will soon issue notices to him and also intimate the I-T sleuths for investigation under anti-tax evasion laws.

‘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.

It’s raining cash | Watch: Audience showers Rs 40 lakh on Gujarati folk singers

Mon, 26 Dec 2016-02:05pm , Navsari , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time when people are facing a cash crunch, residents in Gujarat’s Navsari district, showered Rs 40 lakh on folk singers during a musical event.The event was organised by the Shri Gurjar Kshatriya Kadia Samaj on Sunday night.The audience showered Rs 10 and Rs 20 currency notes on folk singers Farida Mir and Mayabai Ahir.The organizers, however, claimed that the money collected during the program will be used for social work.Earlier, new Rs 2000 notes were showered on folk singer Kirtidan Gadhvi in the Palanpur area of Gujarat’s Banaskantha district. The event was organised by the Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple.

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.

Pune: Four arrested in an attempt to deface Sharad Pawar picture

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four youth have been detained at Janawadi Police station in Gokhalenagar area of Pune city after they tried to blacken the photograph of NCP President Sharad Pawar displayed at Baramati Hostel in Pune.Police sources told DNA that the youth are from Rashtriya Samaj Party led by State Minister Mahadev Jankar. The reaction from RSP came after NCP workers ransacked Jankar’s office in Pune on Tuesday evening after Jankar made derogatory reference to Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar. The detained youth have been taken to Chatushrungi Police station for further inquiry.Jankar, during his speech at the foothills of Bhagwangad said that he would not rest until he destroys the empire of Baramati (meaning bringing an end to the Pawar rule in Baramati). He said that Dhananjay Munde, who is Pankaja Munde’s cousin and was blessed by none other than late Gopinath Munde, betrayed his mentor and joined NCP. Jankar said that Dhananjay is nothing but Ajit Pawar’s sycophant. During his speech, Jankar time and again used derogatory language while referring to Baramati and Pawars. This made NCP workers furious. NCP workers in Pune attacked Rashtriya Samaj Party’s office at Sinhgad road and ransacked it on Tuesday. NCP workers in Parali, mainly Dhananjay Munde supporters burnt Jankar’s effigy in the city and shouted slogans supporting Dhananjay Munde. Dhananjay Munde who is also the leader of Opposition in state legislative council, said that he knows when to give a befitting reply to Jankar.

Hyderabad girl’s death: Jain Samaj president blasts media for twisting facts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing grief over the death of a 13-year-old girl in Hyderabad last week after fasting for 68 days during the holy period of ‘Chaumasa’, Jain Samaj president Ashok Kumar Sanklecha on Monday said that she might have died due to some complications, adding that it would not be appropriate to hold the religion responsible for the same.”If someone is no more then it’s definitely sad news. But the manner in which it has been circulated in the media that her death was a conspiracy and a result of blindly following the Jain religion then I must tell you all that the Jain religion is a scientific religion, every step taken by us is scientific,” Sanklecha told the media.”We will prove this in a press conference tomorrow. We don’t force anyone to sit on a fast,” he added.Aradhana, a class 8 student, was admitted to the hospital two days after completing her fast where she died of cardiac arrest. However, certain reports claim that the girl was brought dead.Questions are being raised why the girl’s family allowed her to give up school and sit on a fast. The incident prompted city police to launch an inquiry into the incident after a child rights NGO sought a probe.

Marathas plan silent march in Nagpur on 25 October, Kunbis excluded

Nagpur: A “silent march” will be taken out in the city on 25 October 25 as part of state-wide mobilisation by Marathas for their demands like reservation in jobs and education, but the Kunbis, a dominant community in Vidarbha region, have been excluded from the agitation.

With cracks seem to be developing between the two factions of the community, the Sakal Maratha Samaj, which is organising the silent march in the city, has excluded the Kunbis from the protest.

On 25 October, the march will start from Reshimbagh and trek through Cotton Market, Tekdi Road and Sitabuldi to reach Kasturchand Park. From there, it will proceed to the district collector’s office with young girls carrying a memorandum of demands.

Representational image. PTIRepresentational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

It will be a silent march and follow all norms like being non-political and maintaining cleanliness that the community is adhering to in different cities, the organisers told reporters here last evening.

According to sources, the clubbing and naming the banner as Maratha-Kunbi Samaj March is apparently the point of discord between the two factions.

There is one section of Marathas (essentially the warrior clan) which has nothing to do with the Kunbi community having agriculture as occupation, they said.

The Maratha-Kunbi is a mix typical to Vidarbha region where the two seem to have assimilated.

Over six decades ago, this happened with the initiatives of stalwarts like late Panjabrao Deshmukh, the Agriculture Minister in the then Jawahralal Nehru Cabinet, allowing ‘roti-beti‘ (exchanging food and allowing marriages) relations between the two.

The descendants of the warrior community, tracing back to Chhatrapati Shivaji, want to assert their lineage and maintain separate identity, the sources said.

So far, the Maratha-Kunbi Samaj, that has overwhelming presence of members of Maratha Vidya Prasarak Mandal and Maratha Sewa Samiti, has been dominating the morcha scene.

It had earlier planned the march on 16 October, but later claimed that the state-level coordination committee instructed it to defer it till December when the winter session of the Legislature commences here, to put pressure on the state government, the sources added.

Haryana panchayat polls: BJP decides to support BSP candidates

In what may add a new twist to the ongoing political crisis in Uttarakhand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday decided to support the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidates in the upcoming Haridwar panchayat elections.Uttarakhand BJP chief Ajay Bhatt told ANI that his party has decided to support the BSP candidates in the Haridwar panchayat elections.Earlier in January, the BSP’s independent candidates secured the maximum number of seats in the zila panchayat elections in Haridwar district, thereby giving a major political blow to the Congress and BJP in Uttarakhand.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the BSP had won 16 of the 47 seats, the ruling Congress had to settle for a distant third position with 11 seats, while the BJP managed to win just three 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.

Uttarakhand crisis: 26 BJP MLAs, 9 rebel Congress MLAs fly to Delhi

After urging Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul to dismiss the incumbent Harish Rawat-led Congress Government, 26 BJP MLAs, along with nine rebel Congress MLAs, left for Delhi in a 72-seater charted flight.However, it was not immediately clear as to whom they would be meeting in the national capital.BJP leader Ajay Bhatt said that they would stake a claim to form a government after the Governor dismisses the present government.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have 35 MLAs and Congress has 32 MLAs. When the voting took place, our 26 and 9 Congress MLAs voted , while three were absent. Out of the three, one of our MLAs was arrested, so we have clear majority…We have not staked a claim yet. Let this government be dismissed first,” he said.When asked what they would do from now on, he said, “We will go to Delhi.”Echoing similar views, BJP leader Shyam Jaju said, “We have requested the Governor to immediately dismiss the government. We have 35 MLAs, 9 from Congress and 26 from BJP.”In the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly, the ruling Congress has 36 MLAs, while it has support of three Independents, two Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and one Uttarakhand Kranti Dal MLAs.If the BJP claim is to be believed: after nine rebel MLAs break away from the Congress, the ruling party will be reduced to 27; and if they join the BJP in its quest, their number will reach 35 – BJP 26 and nine Congress rebels.Besides 26, BJP has two more MLAs – Ganesh Joshi, who has been arrested by police in connection with the attack on a police horse and Bhim Lal Arya, who was suspended.

New Vaidik Education Board to be constituted in 2016: Ramdev

A new National Vaidik Education Board would be constituted this year as part of efforts to revive the ancient Indian tradition of learning, yoga guru Ramdev claimed on Sunday.Ramdev was speaking at Gurukul Kalwa, 25 km from here, during a programme to pay tributes to his guru Acharya Baldev, who passed away earlier this week. Ramdev said steps were needed to revive the Gurukul system of education.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Now efforts will be made to ensure that the Arya Samaj and Gurukal tradition of education do not face any neglect,” he said, claiming that a new National Vaidik Education Board would be constituted this year. Himachal Pradesh Governor Devvrat also paid tributes on the occasion and noted Baldev’s contributions in revival of the Arya Samaj.

Mahatma Gandhi thought India, in her impatience, created many anarchists, reveals new book

New Delhi: Nearly four decades before Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was put on trial for conspiracy, the two had shared stage for Dussehra celebrations in London where one praised pacifist Rama and the other the demon-slayer Durga.

On 24 October 1909, Gandhi was invited to preside over the celebrations by the local Indian community which he accepted on the condition that there would not be political content in the speeches. Veer Savarkar, who was then studying law in London, was also invited.

“In spite of their pledge, both Gandhi and Savarkar conveyed their political ideals concealed in religious speeches to the audience.

“While speaking about the festival, Gandhi praised the virtues of pacifist Lord Rama and Savarkar extolled Goddess Durga who eliminates evil – both referred to their political ideologies which were at variance when it came to methods, one peaceful and the other militant,” says Pramod Kapoor, author of Gandhi-An Illustrated Biography and publisher of Roli Books.

Addressing the audience, comprising both Hindus and Muslims, Savarkar, a staunch Hindu nationalist leader, said, “Hindus are the heart of Hindustan, adding that just as the beauty of the rainbow is enhanced by its varied hues, Hindustan will appear more beautiful if it assimilated all that was best in Muslim, Parsi, Jewish and other communities.”

“Gandhi agreed with his views,” says Kapoor.

39 years later on May 24, 1948, nine people, including Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse and Veer Savarkar would go on trial for killing the Mahatma, who would die with ‘He Ram’ on his lips. All except Savarkar were pronounced guilty.

A file photo of Mahatma Gandhi. AFPA file photo of Mahatma Gandhi. AFP

A file photo of Mahatma Gandhi. AFP

The 319-page book has snippets of the Mahatma’s life, his letters to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Nazi Dictator Adolf Hitler and several rare photographs.

It has an interesting story about a ceremony to mark grant of university status to Hindu College in Benaras, founded by Annie Besant, in 1916 where the Viceroy was to preside over the grand function.

Speaking at the event, Gandhi who had earned a name for himself in South Africa but was yet to assume any substantial leadership role in India, was critical of the Maharajas.

“He said there was no salvation for India unless they stripped themselves of the jewellery and held it in trust for the poor. Many princes walked out.

“Gandhi then commented on the heavy security in place for the Viceroy with policemen all around and posted on rooftops. ‘Why this distrust? Is it not better that even Lord Hardinge should die than live a living death’. He referred to the fact that India ‘in her impatience has produced an army of anarchists.

“‘I myself am an anarchist but of another type’. He then went on to make a positive reference to bomb-throwers, at which point Annie Besant told him to stop,” says Kapoor in the book.

The book has a chapter on Champaran revolution that put Gandhi firmly in a leadership role.

His Champaran revolution came about because of an unlettered indigo cultivator from the area Rajkumar Shukla, who had approached many Congress leaders to take up the cause of the farmers against British landlords and their militias.

Initially not even Gandhi paid any attention having never heard of Champaran. But Shukla persevered, following Gandhi everywhere he went, begging him to visit Champaran.

“Worn down by the man’s persistence, Gandhi arrived in Patna accompanied by Shukla in April 1917,” says Kapoor, narrating a interesting story when even the Mahatma was unwelcome at the house of Rajendra Prasad, who would go on to become independent India’s first President.

“As Prasad was away, Shukla convinced the servants that Gandhi should be permitted to stay in the house. The servants, however, were reluctant. Gandhi’s peasant-type dress had put them off and the servants refused to allow him use the toilet inside the house or draw water from the well which they themselves used,” says the book.

A livid Gandhi would write about Shukla in scathing terms. “The man who brought me here does not know anything. He has dumped me in some obscure place. The master of the house is away and the servants take us both to be beggars. They don’t even permit us the use of latrine, not to speak of inviting us for meals. I take care to provide for myself with the things I need so as to be able to maintain complete indifference,” Gandhi wrote.

Gandhi then shifted to the home of Maulana Mazharul Haq, a Muslim leader whom he had known in London. Prasad was to later join Gandhi in Champaran, marking the beginning of a long association.

There is another anecdote about how the Mahatma, sworn to non-violence, allowed a man charged with murder to join his Dandi march.

“The marchers also included, strangely enough, a man charged with murder. His name was Kharag Bahadur Singh, a commerce graduate and secretary of the Gurkha Samaj, an association of Gurkhas,” says Kapoor in the book.

Kharag Bahadur had stayed at the ashram earlier but on February 26, 1927, he had made headlines for stabbing a rich Marwari, Hiralal Agarwalla, in Calcutta.

The provocation was a young Nepali girl who had been sold into sex slavery. She was kept at Agarwalla’s house for five months where he and his friends raped her every night. She managed to escape and told the story of her torture to the Samaj. Kharag Bahadur met her in hospital and decided to avenge her. He went to Agarwalla’s house disguised as a trader and stabbed him with his Khukri.

In true Gandhian style, he pleaded for maximum sentence in the court. He was, however, freed after two years for good conduct.

“He wrote to Gandhi to allow him join the march. He wanted to atone for the sins committed by Gurkhas who opened fire at Jallianwala, killing hundreds of fellow Indians. Despite protests from some marchers about his past, Gandhi let him be part of the Dandi March,” Kapoor says.

The book also contains a 14-page ‘public letter’ written by Harilal Gandhi, the estranged eldest son of Gandhi, to his father.

The book also talks about Gandhi’s love for the game of cricket. Though very few would associate Gandhi with any sport, the book has a rare photograph of Gandhi with members of Greyville Cricket Club, Durban.

The author says historian Ramchandra Guha researched this aspect of Gandhi’s life and wrote an article for the Hindu in which he quotes a Gujarati journalist sharing that one of Gandhi’s schoolmates remembered him as a ‘dashing cricketer’ and an all-rounder, with an uncanny understanding of the game’s uncertainties. During a match played between Rajkot city and Rajkot cantonment, Gandhi had a strong intuition that a certain player would be out, and that is what exactly happened.

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