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Final phase of Uttar Pradesh zila panchayat polls this month




The State Election Commission has informed the Panchayati Raj Department that it is ready to conduct zila panchayat polls between June 15 and July 3.

Additional chief secretary (Panchayati Raj) Manoj Singh issued the notification to this effect on Monday on behalf of the governor.

Sources said the department would soon seek inputs from the Panchayati raj directorate before issuing a notification.

The Zila panchayat chairpersons for 75 districts will be elected by 3,050 members in various districts.

Jaunpur has maximum 83 wards followed by Sitapur and Lakhimpur Kheri which have 79 and 72 wards, respectively.

Gorakhpur, the home turf of chief minister Yogi Adityanath, has 68 wards.

A formal notification for zila panchayat polls would be issued on Tuesday after which observers will be appointed.

The elections for zila panchayat chairpersons are a major prestige issue for all political parties, especially the BJP which has decided to field its functionaries in majority of the zila panchayat wards. The ruling party faces a stiff challenge from the Samajwadi Party.

The BJP seeks to maximize its footprint in rural parts of the state in order to counter the smaller, regional parties, SP and BSP, ahead of the state assembly elections next year.

The issue is said to be at the core of hectic activities in the BJP camp during the recent visits by party’s national general secretary (organization), B.L. Santhosh, and national vice-president, Radha Mohan Singh.

Both, SP and the BJP have opened back-channel negotiations with independent candidates who have won in a significant number of wards. Their support to candidates backed by various parties will hold significance in zila panchayat elections.

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Yogi Adityanath visits Kalyan Singh who remains critical




The health condition of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and ex-governor of Rajasthan, Kalyan Singh, remains critical.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the hospital on Tuesday to see the veteran leader and spoke to doctors about his medical condition.

According to the medical bulletin issued by the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) on Tuesday, Kalyan Singh has been on continuous dialysis. His clinical parameters are being closely monitored. He remains on life support system.

“The senior faculty of CCM, Cardiology, Nephrology, Neurology and Endocrinology are keeping a close watch on all aspects related to his health,” the bulletin said.

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Mamata Banerjee meets Kamal Nath in Delhi, discusses political situation in country




West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is working on a strategy for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls against the Modi government, met several opposition leaders in the national capital on Tuesday. Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Kamal Nath met the Bengal CM at 2 p.m. for nearly 40 minutes at the TMC office.

After the meeting, Kamal Nath said he had come to congratulate Mamataji for the election victory in Bengal and discussed the current situation in the country, including issues like inflation.

He said he had good relations with Mamataji going back a long time. Her victory in Bengal has given a clear message to the country and she stands firmly with the truth, Nath added.

Mamata Banerjee will also meet Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi soon. However, the meeting schedule has not been decided yet.

Even before her Delhi tour, Mamata Banerjee had made her presence felt in north India. For this special preparations were made for ‘Shaheed Diwas’ celebrated by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on July 21 this year. This was the first time that Mamata Banerjee’s speech was broadcast in other states as well.

Mamata Banerjee delivered a speech in Hindi which was heard on LED TVs outside the TMC headquarters in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. At the same time, leaders from other parties were also invited to the TMC’s Delhi event. This is being directly linked to the political battle between the TMC and the BJP ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

This is Mamata Banerjee’s first visit to Delhi after becoming the West Bengal Chief Minister for the third successive time.

This meeting between Mamata Banerjee and Congress leaders is being seen as an exercise to bring the opposition parties together. Earlier, election strategist Prashant Kishor had met Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar and several opposition leaders. Kishor also worked as a poll strategist with Banerjee during the recent Bengal Assembly elections. Recently, he met Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and Priyanka in Delhi.

Mamata Banerjee is also meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Tuesday to discuss development projects for West Bengal.

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Delhi government begins process for revising circle rates



Delhi government has initiated the process for revising the circle rates of properties in the national capital, sources said on Tuesday.

Sources also said that a committee of senior officials of the Revenue department has started evaluating the circle rates of different kinds of landed properties. The committee is likely to submit its report to the government within a month.

Landed property usually refers to a property that generates income for the owner without the owner having to do the actual work of the estate.

As per the information, the circle rates in the capital were last increased in 2014 and according to which, circle rates are fixed depending on the areas categorised in eight classes from A to H.

The circle rate in ‘A’ category areas like posh Vasant Vihar is Rs 7.74 lakh per square metre while in the least developed ‘H’ areas like Nand Nagri is Rs 23,280 per square metre.

In a public notice issued by East Delhi district, feedback including suggestions and objections from stakeholders has been sought from the stakeholders for circle rates of residential, commercial and industrial land and properties by July 31.

Amid lockdown and its impact on the economy of the city, the Delhi government earlier this year slashed circle rates for residential, commercial, industrial property by 20 per cent.

The circle rate of land or any property is its threshold rate below which its sale cannot be registered.

The secures said the revision in circle rate is expected to boost Delhi government’s revenue, which has witnessed a decline in stamp duty fee of property registration due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Against a target of over Rs 5,000 crore revenue from stamp duty fee in 2020-21, the department collected Rs 3,297 crore, mainly due to the slowed down economy during the pandemic and lockdown, said an official in the Delhi government.

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