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UP Secretariat has become centre of corruption: Priyanka Gandhi




Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has hit out at the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for its functioning, saying that the state Secretariat has become a centre of corruption in the state.

In a tweet Priyanka Gandhi said, “In the government, the Secretariat has become centre of corruption, the scam in the Animal Husbandry department has exposed the system.”

“In the state secretariat, corruption has been going on. Are the chief minister and ministers not aware of it? If so, then there is a question mark on the government’s functioning,” added Priyanka Gandhi.

Her remark came after the UP Special Task Force (STF) arrested seven people, including the private secretary of a minister of state, for duping people for promising to award them contracts.

The STF said 14 people, including some journalists and staff of the Vidhan Sabha secretariat were involved in duping an Indore-based trader, Manjit Singh Bhatia, for a fodder supply contract. Bhatia was allegedly duped of Rs 9.72 crore by the conmen.

The STF official said the home guard and the driver and other staff helped Ashish Rai in misleading the complainant and procured Rs 9.72 crore with the promise to provide the contract.

The accused had easy access to the secretariat and even used a room there as their office, which made people believe that they were capable of awarding government contracts.

The STF official said they tried to threaten the complainant when he demanded his money back. The accused got an Azamgarh criminal to issue threats to Bhatia.

An FIR was lodged against the accused at the Hazratganj police station on Saturday night when the complainant’s allegation was found true during initial investigation.

They have been booked on charges of fraud, forgery, criminal breach of trust, impersonation and criminal conspiracy, as well as Prevention of Corruption Act.

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Babri demolition case: Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaat to protest against verdict



The Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaat (TNTJ) will protest across the state against the Lucknow CBI Special Court’s judgment acquitting the 32 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case for want of evidence, said an official.

“We will hold protest on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday the protest will be in Chennai where large number of people from our community will participate. On Friday the protests will be held in other parts of the state,” B. Abdul Rahman, Vice President told IANS.

He said that in Chennai the protest will be near the Collector’s office in Mannady.

On Wednesday a CBI court in Lucknow acquitted 32 persons in the Babri Masjid demolition case on that grounds that the demolition was spontaneous and not due to any conspiracy.

Rahman said that the judgement has shattered confidence in the courts.

Despite the self-confessions of perpetrators, numerous videos of the Babri Masjid demolition, the acquittal of all the culprits have shattered the confidence of the Indian courts, said TNTJ in a statement.

It is a great injustice for the courts to claim that there is insufficient evidence to convict the accused on Babri Masjid demolition, the organisation added.

Muslims living in India have always relied on the Constitution of India, democracy and the courts. But the verdicts in the courts are undermining the confidence over the courts for not only Muslims but the entire Indian population.

Also, the verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case has shattered Indian democracy and constitutional law, the organisation added.

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Yogi Adityanath wraps up review of works in 75 UP districts




Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has completed a review of the developmental projects in all 75 districts of the state.

The meetings, which had been happening for the past 27 days wrapped up on Wednesday night with the review of the Jhansi division. The Chief Minister carried out a review of the work done in all the divisions through virtual meetings during the pandemic.

Yogi Adityanath, while addressing the meetings, said that Uttar Pradesh was ready to write a new chapter in growth, progress, development and prosperity.

He said that the Purvanchal Expressway, Bundelkhand Expressway and the Defence Corridor would bring new opportunities for the jobless and the entrepreneurs.

He said that there are 22 mega-projects with a cost of over Rs 50 crore each in the divisions.

Yogi Adityanath directed officials to make ventilators in Jalaun district functional and train the technicians in this regard. He also asked to appoint two anesthetists in the district.

He said the mining work, commencing on October 1, requires some transparency in terms of decision making and functioning.

The Chief Minister underlined the need for following all Covid protocols as the protection against the Covid infection was important.

“Let us all understand it well that protection is the only option before us till some medicine or vaccine comes in the market. Effective surveillance system and contact tracing can save many lives from Covid besides spreading mass awareness at every level,” he stated.

Putting emphasis on maintaining the timeline of all the projects, he pointed out that the utilization certificate should be furnished only after physical verification of the project. He said that the focus should be on timely completion of the projects but at the same time there should not be any compromise with the quality of work.

The Chief Minister asserted that the money meant for development should not be used elsewhere otherwise it will invite stringent action from the government.

“Generate jobs under MGNREGS work and accommodate as many migrant labourers as possible,” he said.

The Chief Minister further directed conservation of water in every possible way and said that there is an urgent need to revive and conserve natural water bodies, ponds and wells.

He said that the repair of roads should be undertaken at a war-footing after the rains are over.

He also directed officials to facilitate loaning to the entrepreneurs to set up MSME units and asked the districts to showcase, develop and market the products under ‘One District One Product’ (ODOP) in an organized manner.

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BSP Chief Mayawati seeks President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh




Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati on Thursday demanded imposition of President’s rule in the state, following the rape and murder of another Dalit woman in Balrampur district.

Mayawati said that the Hathras incident had led to outrage across the nation and she thought that the Yogi Adityanath government would take steps to curb such incidents from taking place.

“I feel that anti-social elements have taken over the state completely and there is no rule of law left in Uttar Pradesh. The Balrampur incident is a replay of what happened in Hathras. In such circumstances I request that President’s rule should be imposed in the state,” she said.

The BSP leader further said that as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was unable to ensure law and order in Uttar Pradesh, it would be better if he returned to his ‘Gorakhnath Math’.

“The BJP should entrust the government to some another leader who can manage things better,” she added.

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