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BJP to launch ‘parivartan yatra’ in Uttar Pradesh next month


By: PTI | New Delhi |
Published:September 18, 2016 10:46 am


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BJP will launch four ‘parivartan yatra’ next month in Uttar Pradesh and it will stretch over 100 days and conclude with a likely rally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the party works to take on the might of ruling SP and Mayawati-led BSP in the poll bound state.

Party sources said the four yatras will start from Saharanpur, Lalitpur, Sonbhadra and either Gorakhpur or Balia and converge at one place, which could be Lucknow, after the inauspicious ‘Shradh’ period ends.

Top party leaders, including president Amit Shah and several Union ministers, will be addressing public meetings as the yatras move on.

Giving details of the campaign, they said the party has decided to hold a youth and woman meeting in each of the 91 organisation’s district committees of the state.

It hopes to connect with each of the estimated 52,000 panchayats in the state and also hold a meeting at the booth level.

Faced with tough competition from SP and BSP, both of which also led by formidable personalities, BJP is banking on its organisational machinery and its central leadership’s might as the party is unlikely to name a chief ministerial face like its rivals.

“Our developmental agenda, the good work of the Modi government and the mal-governance of SP and the previous Mayawati dispensation are at the centre of our campaign. So far the prevailing view is that we won’t have a chief ministerial face,” a party leader said.

With a strong section of Dalits strongly behind Mayawati and numerically strong Yadavs and a large chunk of Muslims supporting SP, BJP is working to make a social coalition of upper castes and other backward castes to pull off a victory in a state where it has been out of power for over 14 years.

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Shivpal Yadav sacked: Akhilesh Yadav makes new move in Samajwadi Parivar battle


By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 23, 2016 12:35 pm


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Amid growing rift between Samajwadi Party leaders in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday sacked four ministers from the cabinet including his uncle and senior party leader Shivpal Yadav. Akhilesh had called a meeting of legislators at party office in Lucknow after which the announcement was made, reported news agency ANI.

Mainpuri MLA Raju Yadav told the media that Akhilesh Yadav said in the meeting ‘anyone close to Amar Singh cannot be in my cabinet’.

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Immediately after the news surfaced, Shivpal Yadav reached party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence. Earlier on Friday, Akhilesh Yadav did not attend a meeting of party leaders called by Shivpal Yadav.

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Samajwadi Party row LIVE: Mulayam’s party on brink of split as CM sacks Shivpal; Ramgopal expelled


By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 24, 2016 11:39 am


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The turf war in Samajwadi Party took a new turn on Sunday after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav sacked his uncle and senior party leader Shivpal Yadav from the cabinet along with three others. The news came after Akhilesh called a meeting of legislators at party office in Lucknow at 11:00 am this  morning.

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Mainpuri MLA Raju Yadav spoke after attending the meeting saying: “Chief Minister said that whoever is close to Amar Singh cannot be a part of my cabinet.” News agency ANI reported that Shivpal Yadav reached party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence immediately after the news surfaced.

The rift in Samajwadi Party had become apparent after party’s mining minister Gayatri Prajapati was sacked by Akhilesh following which Mualayam Singh Yadav stripped him of the status of party president and appointed Shivpal Yadav to the position.

Two weeks after Prajapati’s expulsion, he was re inducted in the cabinet. Amar Singh – who shares a close relationship with Mulayam Singh Yadav – recently made a comeback to the party after six years and was given a Rajya Sabha seat.

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Rahul Gandhi writes to PM Modi, says govt decisions adversely affecting soldiers’ morale


By: ANI | New Delhi |
Updated: November 2, 2016 1:44 pm


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Coming down heavily on the Centre for hurting the sentiments of India’s Armed Forces, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to implement the One Rank One Pension (OROP) in a meaningful way, as soldiers should not struggle to claim what is due to them.

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, Rahul asserted that decisions taken over the last few weeks by the government have adversely affect the morale of the armed forces, adding that it was the government’s duty to show the soldiers, who risk their lives each day to defend the nation, that they are cared for.

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“Just days after our soldiers conducted the surgical strikes, the disability pension system was converted to a new slab system, that in many instances drastically reduces the pension received by these brave men in case of a disability. The roll out of the 7th Pay Commission continues to keep our defence forces at a disadvantage and further exacerbates the disparity between them and civil employees,” the letter read.

Further accusing the government of downgrading the status of military officers vis a vis their civilian counterparts in a letter dated 18th October 2016, Rahul stated that the OROP implemented by the government, does not fully meet the genuine demands of the ex-servicemen and they have been forced to come out on the streets to make their voice heard on this vital issue.

“As a responsible democracy we must make sure that the brave soldiers who put their lives on the line for each one of us, feel the love, support and gratitude of 125 crore people. I therefore urge you Prime Minister to ensure that our soldiers get their due whether it is regarding compensation, disability pension, or parity with civil employees,” he said.

The Congress vice president also emphasised that the anomalies in the 7th Pay Commission must be addressed at the earliest, as soldiers should not have to struggle to claim what is surely due to them on behalf of a grateful nation.

“As we celebrate Diwali, and rejoice in the victory of light over darkness, let us send this message to our soldiers that our gratitude is expressed both in words and in deed. This is the very least we owe to those who give up their today to secure our tomorrow,” the letter concluded.

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There is no rift, Samajwadi Party will unitedly fight elections: Akhilesh Yadav


By: IANS | Lucknow |
Published:November 5, 2016 2:02 pm


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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday denied any rift within the ruling Samajwadi Party and said all party leaders will ‘unitedly’ fight the 2017 assembly elections on the SP symbol.

“There is no rift in the party, and all of us will fight the elections on the party’s symbol ‘cycle’,” Akhilesh Yadav told reporters on the sidelines of the SP’s Silver Jubilee gala in Lucknow.

The Chief Minister’s remarks came after his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav earlier made an indirect attack on him at the event.

Asked if there were chances of an alliance with the Congress, the Chief Minister said, “I have left the decision of alliance with Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav).”

Emphasising on the 25th year celebrations of the party, Akhilesh said, “We are spreading the ideology of Samajwad (socialism) in the country.”

The Chief Minister also thanked former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav and noted Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani for attending the event.

Addressing the crowd earlier, Akhilesh’s uncle, Shivpal Yadav, referring to his dismissal twice from the state cabinet recently, said he was neither greedy for any post nor any ministry.

If required, the SP leader said he was ready to give even his blood and everything for the Samajwadi Party.

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High drama at SP event as Shivpal pushes Akhilesh supporter on stage


By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Published:November 5, 2016 2:40 pm


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The internal rift between Samajwadi Party leaders surfaced again on Saturday at the party’s silver jubilee celebrations in Lucknow. Senior party leaders Shivpal Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav made veiled attacks on each other while addressing the people at the event.

Soon high drama ensued when Shivpal shoved party leader Javed Abidi on stage interrupting him during his speech. Abidi was vociferously pitching for Akhilesh to be nominated as the chief ministerial candidate before elections.

Earlier, Shivpal announced on stage that he did not have any aspiration of becoming the CM of Uttar Pradesh. However he added that some outsiders had entered the party and there was a need to stay alert. Meanwhile, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav was seen playing a conciliatory role and urged the leaders to work together ahead of assembly elections in the state scheduled to be held next year.

JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, former Prime Minister HD Dewe Gowds and other senior politicians also marked their presence at the event.

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Telangana Congress opposes demolition of existing Secretariat


By: PTI | Hyderabad |
Published:November 7, 2016 2:26 pm


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Telangana Congress leaders on Monday met Governor E S L Narasimhan and submitted him a memorandum opposing the TRS government’s move to construct a new Secretariat demolishing the existing buildings. “We have conveyed our opposition to the Governor about the construction of a new Secretariat by demolishing the present buildings.

We urged him to tell the government that it is not a correct decision to demolish the building and construct a new one. We also told him that it will be a waste of Rs 350 crore (for construction of new building),” Telangana Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy told reporters after a meeting with the Governor.

The TRS government is planning to build a new Secretariat, reportedly after demolishing the existing buildings.

The state Congress president had earlier written a letter to the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao conveying his party’s opposition to the construction of new Secretariat after bringing down the existing structures.

“As President of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Party, I wish to convey that your government decision to demolish the present Secretariat complex and construct a new complex at a huge cost of hundreds of crores of rupees is not a judicious decision and is a mere waste of hundreds of crores of precious tax payers money,” Reddy had said in a letter to KCR last week.

Several blocks in the present Secretariat have been constructed in recent times, he had said. He had found fault with the state government allegedly citing ‘vaastu’ defects as the reason for allegedly deciding to demolish the buildings.

Reddy said it is astonishing that the Advocate General has submitted to the High Court that the present Secretariat complex doesn’t meet fire safety regulation.

How come Rao and the Chief Ministers in undivided Andhra Pradesh had functioned from the same Secretariat if the
buildings did not meet fire safety standards, he asked.

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CPI(M) stands for Indian nationalism, not Hindu nationalism: Sitaram Yechury


By: PTI | New Delhi |
Published:November 8, 2016 12:15 pm


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CPI(M) stands for Indian nationalism and not Hindu nationalism, its general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Tuesday as he launched a veiled attack on RSS over its alleged efforts to implement Hindutva agenda in an intensified manner.

“The CPI(M) stands not for Hindu nationalism but for Indian nationalism,” Yechury tweeted without naming the Sangh.

The comment from the Marxist leader follows his attack on RSS on Monday in Thiruvananthpuram, where he launched a year-long celebrations marking centenary of Great October Revolution.

During his address, the Rajya Sabha member had accused the Modi government of intensifying efforts to implement Hindutva agenda allegedly under the control of RSS.

“The situation has gone to an extent that the RSS is now issuing certificates of patriotism. They are propagating that Hindutva equates to Indian nationalism,” he had observed.

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Those politicising NDTV ban issue are playing with national security: Shiv Sena


By: PTI | Mumbai |
Updated: November 8, 2016 6:58 pm


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Those politicising the issue of one-day ban order on NDTV India are playing with national security, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday said even as it welcomed the I&B ministry’s decision to put on hold the order against the Hindi channel. “We welcome the decision taken to put on hold the ban order on NDTV India. The only concern is that those politicising this issue are playing with national security,” it said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

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“Some decisions are related to national security and thus should not be politicised. If they are, it cannot be supported. Bad behaviour cannot be excused for freedom,” the party said.

While some want the freedom to speak what they want, spit anywhere on the road, others want freedom to earn by corrupt practices and some want the freedom to shout pro-Pakistan slogans, it said.

“Such freedom will destabilise the nation,” it said. The Sena said that news channels nowadays do not seem to understand the level to which they come down to while competing to break news.

Taking a dig at the Congress, the editorial said that its leaders should not talk about freedom as during the Emergency period it ‘murdered’ all kinds of freedom. “Censorship was imposed in the name of national security and many editors were put behind bars. Many newspapers had to shut operation,” it said.

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Amid a major outcry, the Information and Broadcasting ministry had on Monday decided to ‘put on hold’ the November 2 order to impose a one-day ban on NDTV India, after the broadcaster requested that the decision be reviewed.

According to officials sources, NDTV co-chairman Prannoy Roy on Monday met I&B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and discussed the issue related to the order. The minister said the NDTV leadership presented an appeal to him, to which he said he will have a look and then decided that the government directive will be on hold till the process is completed.

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Mulayam Singh rules out alliance for UP elections


By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 10, 2016 6:36 pm


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The Samajwadi Party on Thursday ruled out possibility of an alliance ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections scheduled early next year. Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said that they will not enter into alliance with any party. He, however, clarified that he was not averse to merger of any party into the SP. “Samajwadi Party kisi bhi dal se alliance nahi karegi, jo koi party me merger karna chahe kar sakta hai,” the SP chief said.

The Samajwadi Party’s election campaign has begun on an ugly note with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav fighting a bitter battle publicly with his uncle and party state chief Shivpal Singh Yadav over control of the party. Mulayam, however, tried to broker peace between the two, but that does not seem to have an effect on the ground.

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There were reports that amid this family fight, Shival visited Delhi scouting for alliance. A tie-up with the Congress looked plausible as the Grand Old Party is aiming to regain its foothold in the crucial state. Congress party’s election strategist Prashant Kishore has also met Akhilesh.

On the Narendra Modi-led Central government’s move to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, Mulayam said, “If anybody has fought against black money after Ram Manohar Lohia, it is Samajwadi Party. We also want to bring back black money and utilise it in development of our nation, stop using black money in elections.”

Mulayam said the SP wanted the BJP government to ‘pull back this ban on currency for few days and let people arrange something.’ He, however, said his party was with the government. “BJP promised to bring back black money in their election campaigns, but after getting public pressure they ban Rs 500/1000 notes,” he said.

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Slamming the Centre, he said, “Government has spread anarchy in entire country, common man is not even able to buy daily products.”

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