Lucknow, Sep 21 : The Congress Saturday blamed the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the recent communal riots in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. It said the two parties were trying to communalise the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, at a press conference in Lucknow, said the riots in Muzaffarnagar seem to be the beginning of preparations for the 2014 general elections.
Lucknow, Sep 19 : Yoga guru Baba Ramdev Thursday predicted the Congress would split after a humiliating defeat in the forthcoming Lok Sabha (LS) elections.
Talking to reporters in the state capital, Ramdev said the tally of the ruling party would fall under 100.
"The Congress is on its death bed," he said, and predicted a handsome win for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance -- the combine would corner 300 seats across the country.
Lucknow, Aug 15 : Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Thursday warned the central government not to be soft on acts of aggression by Pakistan.
Addressing party leaders and workers here after hoisting the tricolour, Yadav said he had asked the government to bring out a motion in parliament condemning Pakistan for killing five Indian soldiers in Kashmir.
But the government did not pay heed, he complained.
"It was only when Pakistan passed a motion that the government woke up and acted," he said.
Lucknow, Aug 6 - Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi came in for sharp criticism Tuesday for saying that poverty was a "state of mind".
Political leaders here said the statement made in Allahabad showed how much the Gandhi scion was cut off from the ground reality.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Uttar Pradesh spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said Gandhi's statement smacked of arrogance.
"This is not only sad but also makes mockery of the poor," Pathak told IANS.
Lucknow, Aug 3 : With no letup in sectarian violence in the old parts of Lucknow, religious leaders Saturday slammed the Akhilesh Yadav's government for "failing to control" the outbreak.
"The district administration and the state government have failed miserably and we demand all Shia and Sunni processions be banned forthwith" Shaher Qazi and Idgah Imam Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali said.
Lucknow, August 1 : The Uttar Pradesh government Thursday firmed up its stand on the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav saying the administration "is within its right to suspend any errant official".
Talking to reporters after a cabinet meeting, Yadav said a unilateral decision of the suspended officer could have led to communal trouble and government would in no way tolerate any such action that risks communal harmony in the state.
Lucknow, July 27 : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Saturday criticised the Congress for "complete disrespect" to poor people in the country, saying that recent comments of its leaders indicated they did not know what being poor meant.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister told journalists that Congress leaders' comments that people can have a meal at Rs. 5 and Rs. 12 showed how much the party is cut off from ground realities in the country.
"On one hand while prices of essential commodities are sky-rocketing, the Congress is poking fun of the pitiable living conditions of the poor and the common man," she said.
Lucknow, July 19 : A city-based activist and a lawyer Friday shot off a letter to the chief justice of India (CJI), seeking a probe into various allegations levelled against former CJI Altamas Kabir.
In their letter, Ashok Pandey and Nutan Thakur have demanded that a probe be ordered into Justice Altamas Kabir's role in the alleged leakage of an order passed on his last day in office.
The duo have cited an article 'Into the Darkness' by Gopal Sankaranarayanan, an advocate with the apex court, published on the website Bar and Bench at 8:36 a. m. Thursday.
Justice Altamas Kabir demitted office of CJI Thursday July 18.
Lucknow, July 10 : Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Wednesday said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was free to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from anywhere in Uttar Pradesh.
Replying to questions on speculation that Modi would contest from Lucknow or Varanasi, Yadav said: "He is free to contest from anywhere in the state though he is unwelcome as the people of Uttar Pradesh are peace-loving and would not like to be divided on communal lines."
Lucknow, July 5 : Samajwadi Party (SP) Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Friday opposed the food security ordinance, saying it was "anti-farmer".
"There is a great risk that the law can prove dangerous for farmers," Mulayam Singh said.
"Wheat, rice and sugar are the biggest agricultural produce. If these are provided at low cost by the government, who will buy these from farmers? This is a major issue," the SP chief said.
He said that his party had received an assurance from the union government that the issue would be addressed.
Lucknow, June 27 : Accusing the Congress-led UPA government of all-round failure, BJP president Rajnath Singh Thursday said the people were yearning for a change and expressed hope that his party would bag 40 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 general elections.
Addressing a press conference here on the second day of his visit to the state, he also accused the Congress of trying to hoodwink the people with new schemes.
Lucknow, June 26 : Reaching out to Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Wednesday ordered the release of the pending Rs. 350.79 crore for disbursement of pension.
The amount was pending between the two neighbouring states for the last four years. A government spokesman told IANS that the entire sum would be given to Uttarakhand this month.
"The money would go a long way towards rehabilitation in Uttarakhand following the devastation there," the chief minister said.
Lucknow, June 24 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Monday gave away a month's salary for disaster relief in Uttarakhand.
He also urged ministers in his government and MPs and legislators of the Samajwadi Party to do likewise.
"I appeal to everyone in the spate, my party and people across the social and political spectrum to donate to the best of their abilities and help people devastated by the natural calamity," he said in a message.
The MPs and legislators have been asked to make their donation to the Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund.
Lucknow, June 7 : The army's Central Command Friday launched a unique 24x7 medical helpline for its personnel, their families, ex-servicemen and the public.
The Surya Medical Helpline is a toll-free number and will render expert first aid and life saving advice on a multitude of medical emergencies, including accident injuries, burn injuries, chest pain and seizures among others.
The patient and/or their kin can explain the symptoms or injury over the phone and can also send an MMS or photos of the patients' clinical condition directly to a specialist's mobile phone.
Lucknow, June 3 : Lashing out at the police for detaining its leaders and workers in Ghaziabad ahead of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's arrival, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday accused the government of trying to gag the voice of the opposition.
Reacting sharply to its party workers being attacked with police batons for protesting the hike in power tariff and spiralling crime, state BJP spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the chief minister was following the dictatorial attitude of his predecessor Mayawati.
Lucknow, May 28 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday sought support from the UPA government at the centre to effect a constitutional amendment to ensure reservations for Muslims as per the recommendations of the Sachar Committee.
Addressing a press conference along with union Minister for Minority Welfare K. Rahman Khan here, Yadav said if the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government made an effort in this direction, the Samajwadi Party
(SP) would support it.
He added that his government was working to improve social, educational and economic status of the Muslim community in the state.
Lucknow, May 18 : Voted to power with a promise to weed out corruption and send the guilty behind bars, the Akhilesh Yadav government has, a year-and-a-half later, not been able to take much action in cases involving high-ranking figures of the Mayawati regime despite damning evidence emerging out of the Lokayukta's investigations.
Lucknow, May 1 : Uttar Pradesh minister Shivpal Singh Yadav's letter to US President Barack Obama on cabinet colleague Azam Khan being detained at Boston airport has triggered a controversy with opposition parties and civil society activists terming it objectionable.
In a petition sent to Governor B. L. Joshi, activist Urvashi Sharma termed the letter written by the Public Works Department (PWD) minister as unconstitutional and against diplomatic norms under which external affairs is a central not a state subject.
"This is highly objectionable and cannot be wished away," Sharma told IANS.
Lucknow, April 17 : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati Wednesday said that her party was prepared for the Lok Sabha elections whenever they are held.
Addressing party workers here, the BSP supremo appreciated their efforts in spreading the philosophy of the Dalit movement and said they should now work to translate it into votes.
Pointing out that the Lok Sabha elections could be held anytime now, Mayawati said the people were fed up with the union government and a political uncertainty could necessitate the polls before they are scheduled in 2014.
Lucknow, April 11 : The Uttar Pradesh government Thursday announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs. 20 lakh each to the families of two of the five Indian soldiers killed in South Sudan.
Hawaldar Hira Lal and Naib Subedar Shiv Kumar Pal were from Uttar Pradesh. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav expressed his condolences to their families.
The two lost their lives in an ambush in South Sudan where they were part of a UN peacekeeping mission.
Earlier, the mortal remains of Pal, who hailed from Pratapgarh, arrived here by a special flight and was received by army and civil administration officials.
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