UP CM urged to help in getting 'Ram-Leela' title changed

ram-leela-posterLucknow, Nov 11: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was Monday petitioned against the soon-to-be released Bollywood film "Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela". In her representation made to Yadav, social activist Urvashi Sharma has urged him to "intervene in the matter related to public exhibition of the film".

Directed and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ranbeer Singh and Deepika Padukone starrer "Ram-Leela" is scheduled for Nov 15 release.

UP activist moves court for ban on 'Ram Leela'

ram-leela-movieLucknow, Sep 24 : A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed before the Allahabad High Court's Lucknow bench Wednesday for a ban on Bollywood film "Ram Leela", releasing Nov 15, if its makers did not change its name.

In her petition, social activist Nutan Thakur said that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film has been given the name "Ram Leela" while it has nothing to do with this pious Hindu religious event.

Congress blames SP, BJP for Muzaffarnagar riots

Jairam-RameshLucknow, 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.

Vanquished Congress will split after polls: Ramdev

Baba-RamdevLucknow, 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.

Don't be soft on Pakistan: Mulayam

mulayam-singh-yadaLucknow, 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.

Rahul's poverty remark draws flak

Rahul's poverty remark draws flakLucknow, 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.

Clerics slam Akhilesh for Lucknow sectarian violence

Akhilesh-YadavLucknow, 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.

Akhilesh defends IAS official's suspension

Akhilesh-YadavLucknow, 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.

Mayawati criticises Congress for 'disrespecting' poor

MayawatiLucknow, 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.

Probe sought against Altamas Kabir

Altamas-KabirLucknow, 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.

Modi free to contest from UP, says Mulayam

Mulayam-Singh-YadavLucknow, 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."

Food security ordinance anti-farmer: Mulayam Singh

Mulayam-SinghLucknow, 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.

BJP will win 40 seats in UP, says Rajnath

rajnath-singhLucknow, 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.

UP clears Rs.350.79 crore for Uttarakhand

Akhilesh-YadavLucknow, 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.

Akhilesh donates month's salary for Uttarakhand

Akhilesh-YadavLucknow, 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.

Army Central Command launches 24x7 medical helpline

Medical-HelplineLucknow, 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.

BJP slams Akhilesh for detaining its workers

Akhilesh-YadavLucknow, 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.

Akhilesh seeks UPA's support for Muslim reservation

Akhilesh-YadavLucknow, 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.

Akhilesh's officials stonewall probe against Mayawati's ministers

Akhilesh-YadavLucknow, 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.

Shivpal Yadav criticised for writing to Obama

Shivpal-Singh-YadavLucknow, 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.

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