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Muradnagar accident must be thoroughly probed by UP govt: BSP Chief Mayawati

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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati has expressed grief over the death of 25 people after part of the roof fell on them when they had assembled for attending the funeral rites of a person in Ghaziabad district’s Muradnagar area in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. Mayawati has demanded a proper and timely investigation into the matter.

Mayawati said on Twitter, “Nearly two dozen people in Uttar Pradesh died due to the collapse of the roof of the cremation ground in Muradnagar area of Ghaziabad district which is extremely painful and disturbing. I have full sympathy towards the families of the deceased victims and may God give them the strength to bear this loss.”

The BSP supremo said the UP government must investigate this accident and ensure strict punishment to the culprits. The state government should not save the culprits and also provide proper financial assistance to the victims’ families.

Nearly 25 persons were killed and 17 injured in the incident. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced a financial assistance of Rs two lakh each to the families of the deceased and also ordered a thorough investigation into the accident.

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Uttarakhand CM summoned to Delhi by BJP leadership

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The BJP high command on Monday called Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to New Delhi in the face of the serious discontent within a section of the state party MLAs and MPs who are bitterly opposed to his style of functioning, top party sources said here.

“The CM is going to New Delhi on Monday,” said a source close to the Chief Minister.

The high command’s decision came after it sent former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh to hold an unscheduled meeting of the core committee on Saturday in Dehradun when the Assembly session was discussing the state Budget at Garisain. This raised many eyebrows both in the Chief Minister’s camp as well as that of his opponents.

The Chief Minister along with the party MLAs was asked to fly to Dehradun by helicopter in the afternoon on Saturday soon after the Budget Session of the state Assembly was adjourned sine die in a hasty way.

State BJP President Bansidhar Bhagat when contacted had stated that the core committee meeting did not discuss anything related to the change of guard in the state.

“I have made it clear earlier also that there was no discussion on change of guard,” he said.

On March 18, Chief Minister Rawat will complete his four years in office, an event which will be celebrated in a big way in the state, Bhagat said.

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Ex-Rajasthan Governor Anshuman Singh passes away

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Former Rajasthan Governor Anshuman Singh passed away at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow on Monday at the age of 86.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed grief over his death.

The deceased leader’s mortal remains were being taken to Prayagraj for the last rites.

Anshuman Singh had been ailing for some time.

Justice (retired) Anshuman Singh took charge as the Governor of Rajasthan on January 16, 1999 and remained in office till May 2003.

Born in 1935 in Allahabad (now Prayagraj) he studied Arts and Law and became an advocate in Allahabad district court in 1957.

He was appointed judge of the Allahabad High Court in 1984 and later became acting Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court.

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Telangana movement activist K Chiranjeevi passes away

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Dr. Kolluri Chiranjeevi, one of the first activists of separate Telangana movement, passed away at a private hospital here on Monday following a brief illness. He was 74.

Convenor of the 1969 Telangana Movement Founders Forum, Kolluri Chiraneevi was admitted to the hospital a few days ago with respiratory problems.

As the family was facing difficulties in meeting the expenses for his treatment, the Telangana government on February 27 sanctioned Rs 10 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).

Health Minister Etela Rajendar and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader K. Kavitha had also visited the hospital and met Dr. Kolluri’s family.

Hailing from Warangal district, Dr. Kolluri played an active role in the 1969 Telangana movement when he was pursuing MBBS from the Kakatiya Medical College.

An activist and a historian, Kolluri was once associated with the People’s War movement, a far-Left communist outfit founded by Kondapalli Seetharamaiah in 1980. He remained underground for about five years but later left the group.

He was also associated with the Dalit movement in 1990s when he tried to bring Dalits together under the leadership of Kanshiram, the founder of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

Kolluri also played a key role in the second phase of Telangana movement which began in early 2000s. He served as a member of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) that led the movement.

In 2011, he re-published the book ‘Tragedy of Hyderabad’, a first person account of the tumultuous events leading up to the merger of Hyderabad with the Indian Union, penned by Mir Laiq Ali, the last Prime Minister of Hyderabad State.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and several of his cabinet colleagues expressed their condolences over the death of Dr. Kolluri Chiranjeevi.

The Chief Minister said that Chiranjeevi’s life is an ideal for society, as he was a qualified doctor who lived for the well being of the society. He conveyed his condolences to members of the bereaved family.

Minister K.T. Rama Rao, Eatala Rajender and T. Harish Rao also condoled the death of the leading activist.

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