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IANS Interview: Do I look like a goonda or mafia to you, asks Dimple Yadav

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IANS Interview: Do I look like a goonda or mafia to you, asks Dimple Yadav

Mainpuri (UP), May 2 (IANS) Sitting MP and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav is seeking re-election from Samajwadi Party (SP) stronghold Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency, and is engaged in intensive campaigning as the seat is slated to go to polls in the third phase on May 7.

In an interview with IANS, Dimple Yadav, the daughter-in-law of former Chief Minister late Mulayam Singh Yadav, spoke on a range of topics concerning the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

On the BJP’s allegations of SP giving tickets to goondas and the mafia, she dismissed them by saying, “Do I look like a goon or mafia to you?”

Dimple Yadav said that people have faith in SP and hence the party’s victory is certain this time. Excerpts from the interview:

IANS: The BJP has accused you (SP) of being a supporter of nepotism, goonda-mafia. What is your take on it?

Dimple Yadav: Do I look like a goonda or the mafia to you? The BJP only tries to mislead. This time the BJP has welcomed the corrupt and goons in the entire country. They are also being fielded in the Lok Sabha elections. These people (BJP leaders) will not be able to list the achievements of their tenure. This double-engine government has failed in the country and in the state.

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IANS: The BJP is claiming that it will win all 80 seats in UP. How do you see this?

Dimple Yadav: The BJP’s claims of assured victory on all 80 seats in UP are false. These people have been telling lies even from forums. It is on this basis that they have been getting people’s votes, but this time women, farmers and soldiers are ready to dethrone them.

IANS: The Yogi Government is repeatedly claiming that the law and order situation is good. What do you say?

Dimple Yadav: When there is no employment and farmers do not get proper income, it will definitely affect the law and order situation in UP. It is very important to develop this state and provide employment to the people, which would then bring prosperity and stability.

IANS: The PM is repeatedly talking about ‘mangalsutras’ being snatched. How do you view this allegation? How much truth is there in it?

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Dimple Yadav: No such untoward incident has happened in 75 years. This accusation shows the warped thinking. That’s why they are saying such things.

IANS: It does not look like the polarisation card will work in this election. What is your view on it?

Dimple Yadav: The issue of polarisation does impact voting. The people get disturbed by it. Nothing has been done for employment generation, development and to curb inflation. So it is easier for them to indulge in diversionary tactics. The people are also troubled by this.

IANS: You won the bypoll. How are you viewing this Lok Sabha election? Is there a challenge?

Dimple Yadav: There is no challenge. This time, we will win with more votes than last time.

IANS: You come from a big political party of UP. What do you think about women’s participation?

Dimple Yadav: When the Nari Shakti Vandan Bill was introduced, our party supported it in Parliament. Now our demand is to ensure the participation of women from the backward, extremely backward and minority communities.

IANS: The SP has given tickets to many young women this time. What is the strategy behind this?

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Dimple Yadav: It is a good thing and the new generation should enter politics. They are making people aware of the latest things and events. Young women are full of energy, enthusiasm and can devote their full time.

IANS: How are you taking forward the legacy of Mainpuri?

Dimple Yadav: SP did a lot of work in this area. Whenever the SP Government comes to power, projects to develop the surrounding areas and generate employment are initiated. The efforts will continue for the people of this area.

IANS: Two phases of the elections have passed. How many seats is the INDIA bloc likely to get?

Dimple Yadav: Our performance in the first and second phases of elections will be better than last time. As the phases progress, our seats will also increase.

IANS: Your daughter is campaigning in this election. Will her next step be to enter politics?

Dimple Yadav: A vital part of a mother and daughter’s relationship is being supportive of each other. That’s why my daughter has come here to support me.

–IANS

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Sharad Pawar discusses Maratha-OBC quota, woes of milk, sugar producers with Maha CM

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Sharad Pawar discusses Maratha-OBC quota, woes of milk, sugar producers with Maha CM

Mumbai, July 22 (IANS) NCP(SP) chief Sharad Pawar on Monday met Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and held detailed discussions on issues relating to irrigation, milk prices and the problems faced by sugar producers in Maharashtra.

In addition, the senior Pawar reportedly raised the ongoing protests by Maratha and OBC communities over the contentious reservation issue.

The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) confirmed the meeting between Sharad Pawar and CM Shinde.

“They discussed issues concerning irrigation, milk prices, and sugar factories,” the CMO said.

These are critical issues currently faced by the agriculture and dairy sectors in the state.

Sharad Pawar last week had extended his support to the agitating milk producing farmers who are demanding Rs 40 per litre for milk, implementation of Fair and Remunerative Price and Revenue Sharing policies for the dairy sector, curbing milk adulteration and reducing the prices of cattle feed.

The NCP(SP) supremo had assured the agitating farmers that he would meet CM Shinde and take up these issues for an early resolution to their woes.

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Sharad Pawar has also sought the Maharashtra government’s intervention to help the sugarcane growers who are facing financial problems as they cannot export surplus sugar.

Sharad Pawar pressed the Mahayuti government to take up the matter on a priority basis with the Centre for an early resolution.

Meanwhile, Sharad Pawar is believed to have sought information with regard to the discussion between CM Shinde and pro-Maratha activist Manoj Jarange Patil on the Maratha reservation issue.

Besides, Sharad Pawar also asked for the details pertaining to the talks held between a group of ministers and OBC leaders with regard to the quota issue.

The senior Pawar’s move to raise the reservation issue comes days after NCP minister and Samta Parishad chief, Chhagan Bhujbal sought his mediation to address the present stalemate over the reservation issue.

Sharad Pawar had assured Bhujbal that he would discuss the issue with CM Shinde.

CM Shinde has briefed him about the line of action on Jarange-Patil’s demand for the execution of draft “sage-soyare” notification that recognises Kunbis as blood relatives of the Maratha community members.

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The discussion on the Maratha quota issue coincided with the fresh indefinite fast launched by Jarange Patil from last week.

–IANS

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Lalu Prasad demands Nitish Kumar’s resignation after Centre rejects Bihar’s special status

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Lalu Prasad demands Nitish Kumar’s resignation after Centre rejects Bihar’s special status

Patna, July 22 (IANS) After the Central government turned down the special status for Bihar, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

“Centre has refused to give the special status to Bihar so Nitish Kumar should resign from his post. We will fight for special status at any cost,” the RJD Chief said.

He also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over not granting special status to Bihar.

“PM Modi and Nitish Kumar shamelessly gave Bihar a ‘Jhunjhuna’ (toy). If not the status of a special state, then give anything to Bihar in the name of a special package! JD-U bowed down to BJP,” he wrote on X.

The demand for special status for Bihar has been a recurring issue, with various leaders from the Janata Dal (United) advocating for it.

JD-U Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Jha had brought up the issue in an all-party meeting, stating that the Central government should either grant special state status or arrange for a special package for Bihar.

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Similarly, JD-U MP Rampreet Mandal raised the issue in the Lok Sabha, emphasising that special state status is essential for promoting economic development and industrialisation in backward states.

Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, the Water Resource Minister of Bihar, said, “We have a longstanding demand of special status for Bihar but if any technicalities arise in it, Centre should consider at least a special package for a backward state like Bihar.”

–IANS

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Trinamool to move motions on NEET, 3 criminal laws during Assembly's Monsoon Session

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Kolkata, July 22 (IANS) The ruling Trinamool Congress will move two special motions on the floor of the West Bengal Assembly this week during the Monsoon Session.

The first motion will be for scrapping of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the second will be on the three new criminal laws introduced in India, confirmed the Assembly Speaker.

The decision to move these two special motions was taken at the Business Advisory Committee of the state Assembly on Monday, when the Monsoon Session resumed.

However, as per convention, on the first day the session was adjourned after obituary mention.

The Speaker said that the motion demanding scrapping of NEET and restoration of the previous system of individual state governments conducting such examinations, will be moved on the floor of the House on Tuesday and there will be debates on the matter on Wednesday.

Similarly, another motion on the three criminal laws in the country will be moved by the Treasury Bench on Friday and debates on the matter will be conducted on next Monday.

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24 raising the same demand on scrapping of NEET examination.

She had also written to the Prime Minister objecting to the implementation of the three new criminal laws without proper groundwork and preparation.

–IANS

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Divested of key portfolio, BJP Minister in MP threatens to quit

Bhopal, July 21(IANS) Upset after being divested of the key Forest and Environment portfolio, first-time Cabinet minister in Madhya Pradesh, Nagar Singh Chouhan, on Monday threatened to quit from the Council of Ministers in the next two days.

Chouhan, a four-time tribal MLA who is now left with the Scheduled Caste Welfare portfolio, said he would quit the ministerial post and serve the people of his community, adding that his wife Anita Nagar Singh Chouhan, who is a first-time Lok Sabha member, might also quit as an MP.

On Sunday, Nagar Singh Chouhan was divested of the Forest and Environment portfolio which was allotted to Ramnivas Rawat, a six-time Congress MLA who switched sides to the BJP on April 30.

“I have been associated with the BJP for over 25 years. Yet I wasn’t consulted before the decision to divest me of the Forest and Environment portfolio was taken. I have already discussed the issue with (state BJP chief) V.D. Sharma. I will announce my decision in the next two days,” Chouhan told mediapersons on Monday.

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The BJP leader also said what made him more upset was the fact that the ministry was allotted to someone who joined the party from the Congress only a few months back.

When asked if his ‘pressure tactic’ had anything to do with the possibility of him being dropped as a minister in a future Cabinet reshuffle, Chouhan said he never asked for any post in 25 years of his political career.

“I never asked for a ticket for my wife before the Lok Sabha polls. It was the party that chose my wife as its candidate, and we didn’t disappoint as she won by more than 2 lakh votes, the highest winning margin ever from the seat (Ratlam).

“Now if the party feels that two members from the same family cannot be bestowed with key responsibility, I’ll quit as a minister and remain just an MLA, while my wife will step down as an MP,” said Chouhan, considered a loyalist of former CM and current Union Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

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Notably, this is the first resentment shown by any BJP leader after Chief Minister Mohan Yadav assumed office in December last year.

–IANS

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JD(S) MLC Suraj Revanna gets conditional bail in unnatural sex case

Bengaluru, July 22 (IANS) A special court on Monday granted conditional bail to JD(S) MLC Suraj Revanna, the grandson of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, in connection with an unnatural sex case.

The Special Court for MPs/MLAs has instructed Suraj Revanna to appear before the investigating officer in the case whenever required and to sign in with the police authorities on every second Sunday.

He has also been ordered not to contact the complainants by any means, directly or indirectly. Two complaints have been lodged against Suraj Revanna by JD(S) workers, accusing him of forceful unnatural sex.

The case is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Suraj Revanna’s brother, Prajwal Revanna, is jailed in connection with an alleged sex video scandal. Their father, JD(S) MLA H.D. Revanna, was arrested in a kidnapping case linked to the sex video scandal but is out on conditional bail. H.D. Revanna’s wife, Bhavani Revanna, has also secured bail in the kidnapping case.

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Suraj Revanna was arrested on June 23. Earlier, the court had rejected his bail petition.

–IANS

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