Haj House painted Saffron by Yogi Adityanath Government

Image Courtesy: ANI                                                                                                                         The Haj House in Lucknow, used by Muslims as a transit place on their way to pilgrimage in Mecca, is now saffron in colour.

Lucknow, January 05: The exteriors of Haj House in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (UP), has been painted saffron by the state government. It houses the officials inspecting and regulating documents for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The house is used for customs and immigration checks and has also a prayer hall and residential facility for pilgrims.

However, Cabinet Minister Mohsin Raja of UP government dismissed any controversy regarding the move, reports ANI. He stated that the building has been coloured saffron as it is an energetic colour and adds to the beauty. Although a section of Muslims and opposition parties have objected to the move, the minister stated that since the opposition has no big issues, so they rake up inconsequential things.

Traditionally, saffron colour is associated with Hinduism and Sangh Parivar, the parent organisation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Since coming to power in March last year, the BJP government has been on a spree using saffron colour to paint buildings including the State Secretariat that houses the offices of Chief minister and top officials along with rolling out saffron coloured buses by the transport department. Furthermore,the department of information have changed the colour of their official site as well the booklet to saffron colour.

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



Kanpur journalist shot dead by unidentified assailants

In a shocking incidence at a market near Billhaur Nagar Palika in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh; a Hindi newspaper journalist was shot dead in broad daylight. The victim, identified as Naveen Gupta, worked for a Hindi daily in the area.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was quick to pay his condolences and order an immediate probe to investigate the murder. The Police have filed a case of murder and already questioned six to seven suspects for an early lead.

The incident occurred at 5:30 pm when three people riding a two-wheeler arrived at the family shop where Naveen was sitting. As soon as Naveen got up from the shop, the trio rushed on the motorbike and sprayed five bullets on Gupta. They immediately fled the spot.

Family members and local shopkeepers rushed Gupta to the hospital, but he was declared brought dead by the doctors. Police said that motive behind the murder is yet to be ascertained, but suspect some kind of enmity as the prime motive.

Naveen Gupta is now the second journalist to be killed in the past month. Sudip Datta Bhaumick, reporter of a Bengali daily ‘Syandan Patrika’, was shot dead on November 22. Another journalist, Santanu Bhowmick, was also killed he went to cover an agitation by the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT).

The most high profile murder came when senior journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in front of her house in Bengaluru on September 5, a crime that created massive outrage in public.

Yogi Adityanath, four others take oath as MLCs

On Monday, Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh took oath as a member of the State Legislative Council. Deputy Chief Ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya, Dinesh Sharma and ministers, Swantradev Singh and Mohsin Raza, also took oath today. Raza, a minister of state, is the only Muslim member of the 48-member council of ministers led by Adityanath. Four Samajwadi Party (SP) and one Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLCs had quit their seats in August following which these five were elected in by-polls.  Ramesh Yadav, Chairman of the Legislative Council, administered the oath at a function in Tilak Hall of the Legislative Building in Lucknow.

Candidates including CM are required to get elected to either of the two houses- Vidhana Sabha or Vidhana Parishad- to become a member of the council of ministers. Each of these five ministers had to get elected to either of the two houses before September 19th in order to continue their office.

This makes Adityanath the third successive Chief minister to choose the upper house after Akhilesh Yadav (SP) and Mayawati (BSP).

Sources: One India, Telangana Today 

Kanpur woman seeks President’s permission to euthanise son

Being unable to collect a sum of Rs 10,000 for the treatment of her son suffering from skin cancer, Kanpur woman, Janaki, wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday, seeking permission to euthanize her son. The woman informed ANI that she doesn’t have money for treatment of her son.

The doctor diagnosed her son with skin cancer and demanded a sum of Rs 10,000 for his treatment. When Janaki told him she doesn’t have that kind of money, the doctor refused to treat her son.

In order to receive some help, she contacted the District Magistrate, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, district officer, collector and MLA of UP, Nilima Katiyar. Out of all the people, she met, most ignored her situation but MLA Katiyar. She wrote a letter to Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath requesting him to help her from the state’s relief fund. However, the letter dated May 14, 2017, did not receive any response from the CM.

Janaki, has no source of income or even a house to live. She was given shelter by Mahant Amarnathpuri and has been supporting her for four years now.

“We have received no help from any government in the past five to six months. We are buying medicines by collecting money through charity,” Amarnathpuri told ANI.

President Kovind will soon visit his hometown Kanpur. Thus, Janaki wrote the letter requesting to euthanise her son. Janaki and Amarnathpuri wish to meet the President and convey their problem to him in person.


The Indian Express, ANI

19 killed as boat capsizes on the Yamuna

19 people are estimated to have died when an overladen boat capsized on the waters of the Yamuna on Thursday. The incident occurred in Baghpat, a western district of the state of Uttar Pradesh.

The District Magistrate Bhawani Singh estimated that the boat was carrying around 60 people when it capsized. Initial counts placed the death toll at 22, but authorities revised the figure and placed it at 19 after further investigation.

“The boat was ferrying passengers more than its capacity. Most of the passengers of the were women. As soon as the boat reached mid-stream, it capsized,” said Singh

The incident incited protests from the villagers, who accused authorities of mishandling rescue operations. The Delhi-Saranpur highway was briefly blocked by a mob of protesters, and reports of vehicles being torched in the area near the highway emerged. Union Minister and Baghpat MP Satyapal Singh travelled to the area and met with family members of the victims. In due course of time, he was able to convince the villagers to unblock the highway.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath promised remunerations of Rs. 2 lakhs to the families of victims, which will be taken from the CM’s relief fund.

Sources: Economic Times, Outlook India

UP suffers tragedy yet again as 49 infants die in Farrukhabad hospital

Less than a month after the death of 60 children in five days at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College and Hospital, news has emerged of a similar occurrence in Farrukhabad. In the last month, 49 newborn children reportedly lost their lives in the Special Newborn Care Unit ward of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital.

While 30 children died while receiving treatment at the Newborn Care Unit, the other 19 died shortly after being delivered. Several of the victims lost their lives due to a condition called perinatal asphyxia, which occurs when a child does not receive an adequate supply of oxygen.

The startling number of deaths were uncovered after a probe into the situation was ordered by Ravindra Kumar, the district magistrate of Farrukhabad. Kumar promptly fired the Chief Medical Officer(CMO) and the Chief Medical Superintendent(CMS) after an FIR was lodged against them and other doctors at the hospital, before being removed from his position as DM

Daya Nand Mishra, the Superintendent of Police, Farrukhabad, issued a statement saying, “we have lodged an FIR against chief medical officer Uma Kant Pandey, chief medical superintendent B P Pushkar and a few doctors of RML Hospital. The accused officers have been booked under IPC sections 176 (Omission to give notice or information to public servant by person legally bound to give it), 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), and 304 (Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder).”

The FIR and allegations of malpractice were met with hostility by the doctors of Uttar Pradesh’s Provincial Medical Services, who chose to go on strike to protest the termination of RML’s staff members.

Sources: Economic times, Hindustan Times

Image Source: PTI

Image Caption: Yogi Adityanath government faces added pressure after Gorakhpur tragedy