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Samajwadi Party names 5 more candidates for Lok Sabha polls

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The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Thursday named five more Lok Sabha candidates in Uttar Pradesh.

Nasir Qureshi will contest from Moradabad, Bhagwat Sharan Gangwar from Bareilly, Puja Pal from Unnao, Shyam Sundar Singh Yadav from Jhansi and Nathuni Prasad Kushwaha from Kushinagar parliamentary seat, a senior party leader said.

So far the party has announced the names of 27 candidates in the 37 seats it is contesting in alliance with Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal.

The SP has fielded party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav from Mainpuri parliamentary constituency, party chief Akhilesh Yadav from Azamgarh, his cousin Akshay Yadav from Firozabad, and senior party leader Azam Khan from Rampur.

According to the seat-sharing formula, the SP is contesting from 37 seats, BSP from 38 seats and the RLD from three seats in the state. The SP-BSP-RLD alliance has left two seats for the Congress.

Uttar Pradesh will see a seven-phased polling, from April 11 to May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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28 ministers sworn in including 11 Scindia loyalists in Madhya Pradesh

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Twenty eight ministers have been sworn in at a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan in Bhopal on Thursday morning.

Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers.

Out of 28 ministers 20 are cabinet and 8 are state ministers.

Those who have been sworn in include Gopal Bhargava, Vijay Shah, Jagdish Deora, Bisahu Lal Singh, Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Bhupendra Singh, Edal Singh Kansana, Brijendra Pratap Singh, Vishwas Sarang, Imrati Devi, Prabhuram Chaudhary, Mahendra Singh Sisodia, Pradyuman Singh Tomar, Prem Singh Patel, Om Prakash Saklecha, Usha Thakur, Arvind Bhadoria, Mohan Yadav, Hardeep Singh Dung, Rajyavardhan Singh Dittigaon were sworn in.

Those present on the occasion include Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, BJP State President Vishnu Dutt Sharma among others.

Now the total number of ministers has increased to 33 with 28 members taking oath in the state cabinet.

The State ministers who were sworn in include Bharat Singh Kushwaha, Inder Singh Parmar, Ramkhilavan Patel, Ram Kishor Kanvera, Brijendra Singh Yadav, Girraj Dandotia, Suresh Dhakad and O.P.S. Bhadoria.

Out of the 28 ministers who were sworn in, 11 are Scindia loyalists who joined the BJP along with Jyotiraditya Scindia in March.

The cabinet expansion has been pending since March. The Shivraj government has been functioning with only five ministers since mid-April.

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Struggle against injustice is religion: Jyotiraditya Scindia

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Prior to the second expansion of Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s cabinet in Madhya Pradesh, former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday said the struggle against injustice is the religion.

Scindia is scheduled to attend the second expansion ceremony of the Chouhan cabinet in Bhopal and is likely to stay in the city for a couple of days. But, before that on Thursday, Scindia tweeted, “The struggle waged against injustice is the religion.”

The BJP government has been formed due to Scindia’s support in the state. This is the reason that adequate importance is being given to Scindia supporters in the Shivraj cabinet.

At the same time, the Congress has been making several allegations on Scindia. His tweet is being considered as a response to the Congress’ allegations.

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Frustrated attempt: Surjewala on eviction notice to Priyanka Gandhi

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The Congress on Wednesday hit back at the BJP-led Centre, terming the Union government’s decision to ask Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi to vacate her Lodhi Estate bungalow as a “frustrated attempt”.

Taking to Twitter, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “PM, Sh. Narendra Modi & his Govt are blinded by rage, hatred and revenge against the Congress leadership. Unnerved by political activism of Priyanka ji in UP, Modi Govt has stopped even further by issuing house vacation notice. Such frustrated attempts will not deter us.”

Surjewala is not the first Congressman to react to the news. Jitin Prasada, a Congress working committee member, said, “I fail to understand the timing of the government’s actions. However, Priyanka Gandhi is on a mission to fight and work for the people of UP and is unfazed and not bothered by these diversionary tactics.”

The government on Wednesday asked Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi to vacate her government accommodation at 35 Lodhi Estate within a month since she is no longer a Special Protection Group (SPG) protectee.

After being served the eviction notice by the government, sources close to Priyanka Gandhi said that she would vacate the house within the stipulated time period.

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