Katju says SP will defeat BJP in UP Elections; Demonetization, Akhilesh to aid

Former Supreme Court judge and a keen observer of Indian politics, Markandey Katju has predicted a win for the Samajwadi Party led by Akhilesh Yadav in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. BJP, which is seen as a strong contender by many, would be negatively impacted due to the impact of demonetization and the clean image projected by SP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, which is also seen as a likely contender, will also fail as it will not be able to attract the required Muslim votes,…

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UP POLLS: BSP gives most number of seats to Upper Castes; Muslims second

Bahujan Samaj Party has allocated the highest block of candidacies for the upcoming elections to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly to upper caste Hindus, followed by Muslims. Announcing the details, party supremo Mayawati said a total of 113 seats — amounting to 28% of the total 403 seats — have been given to candidates belonging to upper caste Hindus. Out of these, 66 were allocated to Brahmins — coming to around 16.4% of the total seats. Brahmins comprise about 5% of UP’s population. 36 seats went to Rajputs and Kshtriyas,…

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Mayawati warns Muslims: Akhilesh vs Mulayalam will bring BJP to power

Bahujan Samaj Party leader Kumari Mayawati has warned Muslim voters in Uttar Pradesh against continuing to vote for Samajwadi Party, claiming that the current fight between SP leader Mulayam Singh and his son Akhilesh would split their votes in two. “I urge you not to let your vote get divided between Akhilesh and Mulayalam groups. If you do that, the benefit will directly go to the BJP,” Mayawati said today. To drive home the point, Mayawati said she has allocated 97 candidates out of the total 403 candidates to the Muslim community,…

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UP Legislature starts digitization of records and proceedings

Uttar Pradesh Vidhaan Sabha, India’s largest state assembly, is to become the first state legislature in the country to embrace digitization of the proceedings of the State Legislature. SemanticBits, a Hyderabad-based company, partnered with Persistent as part of a consortium for implementing the initiative, Persistent said. The companies will scan, annotate and index books of proceedings stored in a secure and tamper proof digital vault, and make them available on the portal accessible from any device. The solution allows searches in English, Hindi and other official Indian languages. The “solution…

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Girl’s body found in drain near CM house in Lucknow

The body of a student missing for five days has been found in a ditch not far from the Chief Minister’s bungalow in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The girl, who was studying in 12th standard in city school, had been reported missing and an FIR had been filed in Janakipuram police station in Lucknow. Prima facie, the matter is one of rape, according to the police. The body has been identified by the relatives of the victim. The area where the body has been discovered is a high-security zone, which makes…

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