UP Civic poll results 2017: BJP wins big; Maya’s BSP down but not out

  • Lucknow gets its 1st woman mayor in 100 years
  • Ayodhya votes for Lotus; Gets its 1stmayor
  • Lucky draw for settling tiebreaker between BJP-Congress in Mathura
  • Congress puts up a poor show in Amethi and Raebareli

Eight months after BJP’s landslide victory in the assembly election, the party soars high in the UP local body election. Considering BJP’s large-scale campaign throughout the state, their win seems no surprise. Interestingly, BSP emerged as a silent winner in Aligarh and Meerut despite having a low-key campaign.

Party chief Amit Shah said, winning the Uttar Pradesh civic polls is a reflection of the people’s unshakable faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision and the BJP’s politics of performance. The party bagged 14 out of 16 mayoral seats in municipal corporations in Uttar Pradesh.

BJP candidate Sanyukta Bhatia created history after being elected as the first mayor of Lucknow, defeating her nearest rival, Samajwadi Party candidate Meera Vardhan, by a sizable margin of 1,31,356 votes. The state capital has never had a woman as its mayor. The newly-elected mayor said she will prioritise civic issues such as garbage and traffic congestion, in her interaction with The Times of India.

Meanwhile in Ayodhya, Rishikesh Upadhayay, a BJP candidate got elected as the first mayor.In Mathura, where BJP and Congress both polled 874 votes in ward number 56, the win was to be decided by a lucky draw. Coincidently, luck favoured BJP’s, Meera Agarwal.

Congress faced huge disappointment in its strongholds. The party failed to win even a single seat of the chairperson in the four town areas or Nagar panchayats of Amethi, the parliamentary constituency of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Whereas in Rae Bareli, the parliamentary constituency of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the party candidate won municipality chairperson’s seat but lost in other eight town areas.

Sources – NDTV, The Times of India

 

 

BSP supremo Mayawati resigns from Rajya Sabha

Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati has resigned from the Rajya Sabha after she was not allowed to speak on atrocities towards Dalits and other minorities. Mayawati had threatened about the decision just hours before handing her resignation letter.

“I was speaking about the atrocities against Dalits since I belong to that community. But treasury benches did not allow me to speak about that. How can I continue in such an environment?”, Mayawati quoted as she handed over her resignation letter to the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

Speaking on the recent anti-Dalit violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur, Mayawati was asked by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to stop her speech when she exceeded the three-minute time limit. Angered by this, Mayawati blamed PJ Kurien for asking her to ‘sit down’ instead of asking the ruling party MPs who were interrupting her. Following which she threatened to resign and ultimately did so.

In her letter, Mayawati said that her reason was similar to that of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, when he resigned from the Nehru cabinet in 1951 over differences on Hindu Code Bill.

The BJP however, dismissed the resignation letter, with senior Dalit leader Bizay Sonkar Shastri claiming it as a desperate move to grab attention and support. The decision to accept the resignation lies with the Chairman and states that the letter should be brief and not have any reason of resignation, which Mayawati’s does not comply with.

 

Sources-

  1. Times of India-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/not-allowed-to-speak-on-anti-dalit-violence-mayawati-resigns-from-rajya-sabha/articleshow/59649861.cms

2. Mumbai Mirror-http://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/mayawati-quits-rajya-sabha-political-leaders-say-she-should-have-found-a-stronger-reason-to-quit/articleshow/59652979.cms

 

Image Source-

ANI – http://www.aninews.in/contentimages/detail/Mayawati1722.jpg

BSP may form alliance with BJP: Akhilesh Yadav

Unnao, Uttar Pradesh: Amidst the election heat in Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, was reported saying that the voter in the state should not trust Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) as it might join hands with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) after the assembly elections.

He added, “Buaji (Mayawati) is saying she will sit in the opposition if she is unable to form government. Elections are not over yet, but she is ready to sit in the opposition.”

He claimed in an election rally in Unnao that Mayawati cannot be trusted upon and she is capable to join hands with anyone. Sighting the example of her celebrating ‘Rakshabandhan’ with a BJP leader in the past, he said that it could happen again.

Yadav’s remarks came after the BSP leader said that she would rather be in opposition than form an alliance with BJP to form government in UP. She also had accused the saffron party of spreading rumours of an alliance with BJP.

Akhilesh Yadav made his stand on bribery clear by cautioning the policemen against taking bribe. All the policemen would be tracked if any complaint was received on “Dial UP 100” platform.

Sourced from NDTV and TOI

Akhilesh-Mulayam feud takes a new turn

Uttar Pradesh CM and Samajwadi Party National President Akhilesh Yadav had over 200 legislators sign affidavits in his favour for the upcoming U.P elections. Amidst the show of power in the SP camp, Akhilesh claimed to have backing of no less than 214 of the party’s 229 MLAs and several office-bearers, which is pivotal if the Akhilesh faction wants to gain the party’s famous symbol, the bicycle.

Hindustan Times quoted Sunil Singh, member of legislative council as saying, “team Akhilesh is meeting EC (Election Commission) tomorrow. Affidavits are being signed, as he was seen coming out of the meeting briefly before returning to the CM’s residence.

The Election Commission announced yesterday that polls in Uttar Pradesh will be conducted in seven phases between February 11 and March 8 where SP will be seen locking horns with the BJP, BSP and Congress.

One of the CM’s close aide SP MP Naresh Agarwal claimed that Akhilesh had the support of majority of the party’s MLAs, MLCs and MPs.

On the other hand, the Mulayam camp was prepared with signed affidavits of MLAs, MLCs and MPs which the party leader planned to furnish to the EC but their number was still unknown.

Assembling at his 5 Kalidas Marg residence, Akhilesh addressed reporters and told them to buckle up for the polls in ensuring a landslide for the party.

News Source- Hindustan Times, New Indian Express

Image Source- Newshunt

Former BJP MP Dayashankar Singh arrested by the Bihar Police

Former BJP Vice President for Uttar Pradesh Dayashankar Singh was finally arrested in Buxar, Bihar on July 29. The former BJP MP, who was expelled from the party for six years for having made offensive comments against BSP chief Mayawati, has been absconding ever since a Lucknow court issued a non-bailable warrant against him for the same reason. The arrest was made in a joint operation by state police departments of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, reported The Indian Express.

According to The Indian Express, Singh was hiding at an acquaintance’s residence in Buxar despite having his paternal home at the same place. The police have apparently been tracking his movements ever since he was photographed offering prayers at the Shiva Temple in Deogarh, Jharkhand. “As he belongs to Buxar, he has several relatives here and hence, we had been coordinating with UP STF. We raided one of his acquaintances’ residence at Chini Mil on a tip-off and arrested the suspended BJP leader”, a senior police officer told The Indian Express.

Dayashankar Singh has been on the receiving end of much outrage since he compared Mayawati to a prostitute, enraging the Parliament as well as the Dalit community and her supporters. In a controversy that has been going on since July 20, both parties have exchanged outrageous comments. According to India Today, Singh’s wife and mother have also filed an FIR against Mayawati for using foul language against their family.

FIR registered against Mayawati and top BSP brass over inflammatory speeches

Hearing a complaint filed by Ajit Singh, a Hajipur resident, a Bihar district court ordered the registration of FIR against the Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief, Mayawati and three other party leaders for allegedly making inflammatory speeches.

According to The Hindu, the Vaishali district court, presided over by Chief Judicial Magistrate Jairam Prasad ruled in favour of the complainant that the derogatory public speeches made by the BSP leaders incited hatred and affected the peace of the country.

 The case against BSP’s national general secretary Nasimuddin Siddiqui, Uttar Pradesh unit president Ram Achal Rajbhar and State secretary Mewa Lal was lodged under various Sections of the IPC including 153(a) (promoting enmity between groups), 295(a) (deliberate acts intended to outrage religious feelings), 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), and POSCO Act.
The disparaging remarks were made on July 21 at a public rally targeting expelled Bharatiya Janata Party leader Dayashankar Singh. Dayashankar Singh had previously compared Mayawati to a sex worker and alleged that she was giving away tickets of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections to anyone who paid her money.
This unsavory comment was highly criticized by BJP leaders and Dayashankar Singh was removed from the post of Vice-President of Uttar Pradesh unit and expelled from the party.

BJP criticises BSP for not expelling Naseemuddin for derogatory remark

On July 28, continuing the confrontation between the two parties,  BJP criticised Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati for not expelling its member Naseemuddin for the derogatory remark he made about Dayashankar Singh’s family.

The BSP leader had made a comment amounting to a sexual threat about Singh’s daughter. BJP leader Shrikanth Sharma pointed out that while they had been quick to react to Dayashankar’s misogynistic comments against Mayawati, BSP had not shown any such initiative. “We expelled Dayashankar who hurled abuses at Mayawati but she has not taken any action against Naseemuddin who demeaned a 12 year old girl. We want him to get expelled and she should herself tender an apology for the comments he made,” he told ANI.

The controversy that has been raging since July 21 has seen a flurry of abuses being hurled from both sides. Singh, who was expelled from BJP for six years after his invective against the Uttar Pradesh CM, also has an arrest warrant out for him. The absconding leader however has not yet been arrested, despite being photographed at the Deogarh temple on July 24 in BJP-ruled Jharkhand. This has prompted Rabri Devi, the CM of next-door Bihar to comment on the lack of seriousness on the part of BJP to arrest him, reported NDTV. Former BSP leader Ajay Prasad Maurya also criticised both parties for their actions, saying that in a democracy, such behavior is unacceptable.

 

Source: IndianExpress, TOI