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Yogi Adityanath meets kin of dead cops, announces Rs 1-cr each to families




Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Kanpur on Friday afternoon and met the kin of eight police officials killed by gangster Vikas Dubey and his men, and also announced Rs 1 crore compensation to each of the bereaved families.

He also announced a government job to one member each of the bereaved families apart from pensions.

The Chief Minister visited the Regency Hospital and enquired after the health of the injured police personnel. He also had a word with the doctors treating them.

He then went to the Kanpur Police Lines where he paid homage to the eight police personnel who were fatally shot earlier in the day. He met the bereaved families and assured them of strict action against the culprits.

A number of BJP leaders were present on the occasion.

Talking to media persons, Yogi Adityanath assured that none of the culprits would be spared and that the policemen’s martyrdom would be avenged.

Meanwhile, police has seized an abandoned Mahindra Bolero vehicle in Etawah district. Area people told police that some people riding the vehicle on Friday had asked for directions but then abandoned it.

It is suspected that Vikas Dubey and his accomplices may have travelled to Etawah in this vehicle after committing the crime.

Etawah Superintendent of Police Akash Tomar said that efforts were on to vehicle owner and track those who had seen the vehicle passengers.

In Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Police raided Dubey’s residence in Krishna Nagar locality and carried out a thorough search.

The gangster’s mother present in the house claimed that she had no connection with her son. “If he has killed so many people, he deserves to be killed too,” she told reporters.

Raids were also carried out in cities where Dubey reportedly had links.

The eight police personnel, including a Circle Officer, were shot dead and six policemen seriously injured when criminal Vikas Dubey and his gang sprayed them with bullets in Vikru village under Chaubeypur police circle in Kanpur in the wee hours of Friday.

The deceased included Bilhaur circle officer Devendra Kumar, who was leading the team, three sub-inspectors and four constables.

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Congress has always towed the soft Hindutva line: Pinarayi Vijayan




Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday took pot shots on the Congress over its stand on the Bhumi Pujan ceremony in Ayodhya to start construction of the Ram temple.

Vijayan said the statement of party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, welcoming the event, is the least surprising as top Congress leaders, including Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi and P.V. Narashima Rao had a similar stand.

“If they had taken a proper stand on real secularism, then things would have been different for the country. The Congress has always towed the soft Hindutva line. Just look at Ayodhya, the Congress has done everything and even when the Babri Masjid was demolished, Rao remained silent. It’s best not to speak of such things now,” he said.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed the Bhumi Pujan for Ram temple in Ayodhya, laying its first brick.

Priyanka Gandhi, in her statement, said that “this programme with blessings of Lord Ram and his teachings should become a symbol of national unity, brotherhood and cultural amalgamation”.

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Dream come true: Karnataka CM on Ram Mandir Bhoomi Puja




On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said it was a dream come true for him to witness the moment and went nostalgic on Wednesday.

“It is a dream come true for me,” tweeted Yediyurappa.

Recalling the time he visited Ayodhya 28 years ago as a ‘kar sevak’, he expressed happiness at the historic movement which finally resulted in laying the foundation stone.

“From being a kar sevak in December 1992 Ramajanmabhoomi movement to living the moment witnessing the foundation being laid for a grand Sri Rama Mandira at Ayodhya by our Prime Minister,” he highlighted.

Despite the constant struggle and many sacrifices, Yediyurappa said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was committed to building the temple.

Though he tested Coronavirus positive and is receiving treatment in a hospital, that did not stop him from commemorating the occasion, as he reminisced by sharing some three-decade old photographs when he was a kar sevak at Ayodhya.

In the old pictures, a younger looking Yediyurappa was addressing a group of people at Ayodhya in white dress.

In one of the pictures he shared, the Babri Masjid could be seen in the background amid a sea of kar sevaks.

Karnataka is well connected to the Bhoomi Puja which took place on Wednesday with a priest, N.R. Vijayeendra Sharma, from the state’s northwestern town proposing the Wednesday muhurat (auspicious time) for the foundation stone laying ceremony and Modi also receiving an idol which came from the state.

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BJP leader Manoj Sinha appointed Lt. Governor of Jammu and Kashmir



Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manoj Sinha was on Thursday appointed the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, a day after G.C. Murmu in a surprise development resigned from the post exactly a year after the nullification of Article 370 in the erstwhile state, and barely nine months after he took over the reins of the newly created Union Territory.

President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of Murmu as Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, and appointed Sinha for the post.

“The President has been pleased to appoint Manoj Sinha to be the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office vice Girish Chandra Murmu,” a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement on Thursday announced.

Sinha has represented the parliamentary constituency of Ghazipur in eastern Uttar Pradesh thrice in the Lok Sabha. He was defeated by Bahujan Samaj Party’s Afzal Ansari in last year’s Lok Sabha polls.

Sinha has also served as junior Railway Minister.

Murmu had put in his papers on Wednesday.

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