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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.


BSP ready for Lok Sabha polls: Mayawati

MayawatiLucknow, 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.


UP announces Rs.20 lakh each for soldiers' families

Akhilesh-YadavLucknow, 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.


Akhilesh doles out free treatment sop to UP scribes

akhilesh-yadavLucknow, April 8 : In a major sop to the media, the Uttar Pradesh government Monday okayed a proposal for free treatment to all state accredited journalists at the multi-specialty Sanjay Gandhi Post-graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI).

The facility of free medical treatment was so far extended to journalists at all state government hospitals and health centres. With Monday's cabinet decision, the state accredited journalists would be entitled to free treatment at the premier SGPGI, considered to be out of reach because of the high cost of treatment there.


UP to set up infrastructure development fund

Akhilesh-YadavLucknow, April 2 : Uttar Pradesh will soon set up an infrastructure development fund (IDF), Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced here Tuesday.

Speaking in Lucknow while launching projects worth Rs. 3,337 crore for Noida, Greater Noida and the Yamuna Expressway Authority, Yadav said the fund would ensure all-round development in the state.

"Development has become the fiefdom of a few districts and cities like Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Lucknow. Our government wants development to be all inclusive," he said.


Five killed in bike collision

Five killed in bike collisionLucknow, March 30 - Five persons including a child were killed late Friday night in a head-on collision between two motor bikes, police said.

The accident took place at Bhadoiya village in Mallihabad area of the state capital, when 25-year-old Raju was returning from a relative's house. He was hit by a speeding bike coming from the opposite side at the Tikrihaar turn.

The impact of the collision was so severe that the bikes became a mangled heap of steel.


Union government committed to UP's progress: Chidambaram

P-ChidambaramLucknow, March 29 : Finance Minister P. Chidamabaram Friday said the central government was committed to the development of Uttar Pradesh and that it would look into the state government's request of financial assistance in this regard.

"UP is a very important state and I would like to assure Netaji (as Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh is referred to by his supporters) that the union government is committed to the development and progress of the state," Chidamabaram said while inaugurating 300 new bank branches in the state at a function here.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was also present at the opening ceremony.


Chidambaram, Akhilesh talk business over coffee and idli

Chidambaram-AkhileshLucknow, March 29 : Over cups of steaming coffee, idli and sambhar, union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav Friday talked business as speculation mounted over the future of the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Congress equation.

The meeting comes amid speculation that the SP and the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) are headed for a split.


300 new bank branches to open Friday in UP

300 new bank branches to open Friday in UPLucknow, March 28 : Efforts of the Uttar Pradesh government to increase the ratio of banks to population in the state are set to get a major boost Friday as union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram comes here to inaugurate
300 new bank branches.

The new bank branches, to be inaugurated in the presence of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, come up after months of lobbying by the state government with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) that the state needed at least 3,000 new branches to come at par with the all India ratio of banks per population.


Mulayam praises Advani, says BJP leader never lies

Mulayam-Singh-YadavLucknow, March 23 : Samajwadi Party (SP) president Mulayam Singh Yadav Saturday publicly heaped praise on Lal Krishna Advani here, saying the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader "does not lie".

"Advani ji told me that if law and order was not taken care of immediately, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav would be labelled as a failed administrator... I have known him for long and I know that he does not lie," the SP chief said at a function here to commemorate the 103rd birth anniversary of socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia.


Saif Ali Khan has tiff with CISF at airport

Saif-Ali-KhanLucknow, March 21 : Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan Thursday had a tiff with security personnel at the Chowdhary Charan Singh airport here after he was asked to vacate the VIP lounge.

An ugly row ensued when the actor sat in the VIP lounge and was asked to move out by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) as he was not in the list of VIPs entitled to the facility.

"When the actor refused to move out and tried to throw around his weight, he was forcibly evicted from the lounge," said an airport source.


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