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After J.P. Nadda’s letter, UPCC chief mounts attack on Yogi government



A day after BJP president J.P. Nadda wrote to Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi, objecting to ‘unwarranted’ statements being made by Congress leaders, Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu mounted a vicious attack on the Yogi Adityanath government in the state.

Lallu not only trashed the state government’s claims on managing the Covid pandemic but accused the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of fudging the statistics.

“A ‘tower of corpses’ has risen in the state. There are no vaccines, no oxygen, no medicines in the state. Due to the laxity of the government, there is a ‘minar’ (tower) of corpses, and it is getting praised,” he said in an apparent reference to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s appreciation of Covid management by the Yogi Adityanath government.

“Can’t the defence minister, who is praising the chief minister indulging in fudging the statistics, see the flames from the pyres in his own parliamentary constituency of Lucknow and other parts of the state. Can he not see the deaths caused by the shortage of oxygen and the shortage of medicines,” the Congress leader said.

He said that Singh showed a lack of sensitivity by praising the Chief Minister.

Earlier, Rajnath Singh had claimed that the World Health Organisation has praised the Uttar Pradesh government’s work. “It is not a small thing,” he said.

In a tweet on Monday, the WHO said, “In #India”s most populous state Uttar Pradesh, the state gov. has initiated house-to-house active case finding of #COVID19 in rural areas to contain transmission by testing people with symptoms for rapid isolation, disease management & contact tracing.”

Meanwhile, state Medical Education Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna dubbed Lallu’s statement as ‘irresponsible’.

He dubbed the Congress leaders as ‘habitual liars’ and said that the Congress leaders are only misleading the Covid patients rather than help them.

“Congress leaders sometimes spread confusion about the vaccine and other times they question the government’s testing campaign in villages. The public is getting confused due to irresponsible statements of Congress leaders,” he said.

The Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, on the other hand, has alleged that the state government is yet to accept the magnitude of the situation.

“The way Corona virus has affected Uttar Pradesh villages is worrying. The lives of people are at risk due to lack of medicines, oxygen and treatment. The BJP government is still not accepting the magnitude of the situation,” Akhilesh said.

He said the truth about deaths cannot be ‘hidden through lies’ of the BJP government.

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By giving clean chit to Agra hospital, UP govt did mock drill of inquiry: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra




Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government for giving a clean chit to an Agra hospital where 22 patients died after oxygen supply was allegedly cut during a drill.

She said that the government has closed all the doors of justice.

Priyanka, who is also the in-charge of UP Congress, tweeted: “What an irony. According to reports a hospital in Agra conducted mock drill by allegedly cutting the oxygen supply and the BJP government gave clean chit to the hospital doing mock drill of the inquiry. The paths of government and the hospital have been cleared. By not listening to the complaints of the patients families, the government has shut all hope of justice.”

She also attached a news report claiming that a clean chit was given to the Paeas Hospital, which was caught in a controversy after a video surfaced online.

In the video, a man was heard saying to conduct a mock drill on oxygen supply.

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Gurugram: FIR against ex-BJP MLA for forging court records




Following a complaint by the District Town Planner (DTP), the Gurugram police on Friday registered FIRs against three persons, including a former Gurugram BJP MLA for allegedly forging court records and circulating them on social media, the police said on Saturday.

According to the police, on May 16, former BJP MLA Umesh Aggarwal’s associates had filed a plea alleging contempt of court against the officials of the DTP team for carrying out demolition drive in an illegal colony in Sector-77 Kherki Daula, on June 10.

The District Town Planner R.S. Batth in his police complaint alleged that former MLA, Umesh Aggarwal had circulated forged court summons on social media, claiming that a contempt of court proceedings had been initiated against the officials of the DTP department by a court.

Following the complaint, an FIR has been registered against three under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Sector-14 police station.

“Before carrying out the demolition drive, all legal formalities were taken but the trio continue to develop an illegal colony,” Bhatt told IANS.

“In connection with the matter an FIR has been registered. Further probe is underway,” said a police officer.

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BJP demands attempt to murder case against Pinarayi Vijayan




Joining issue in the ongoing war of words between chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and new Congress president K. Sudhakaran, on Saturday, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan demanded that an attempt to murder case against Vijayan be lodged.

On Saturday, at Sudhakaran’s press conference, his party colleague K. Gopi, who hails from Vijayan’s village in Kannur, recalled an old incident, that in 1977 when 26 beedi workers were terminated from a society, they led a protest.

“I was leading the protest and then Vijayan with a sword led a group of people and he brandished his sword and it hit my hand and the injury mark is still there,” said Gopi showing his hand and adding that despite his complaint to the local police then, there was no further action in the case.

Muraleedharan told the media in the state capital that if the Congress party is serious in the allegation, they should register a police complaint.

“There is no time limit to an attempt to murder case and hence, Sudhakaran should ask Gopi to go forward and register a fresh complaint,” said Muraleedharan.

He also pointed out that in the past two days both these leaders have been revisiting their college days at the Government Brennen College and have been saying about their deeds then and it shows that both of them were goons and criminals.

“My appeal to both of them is not to portray a great institution like Brennen College by distorting its greatness, and lowering it as a place of goons,” said Muraleedharan.

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