December 8, 2021

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Priyanka takes on Yogi in his bastion as race for UP heats up

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Priyanka takes on Yogi in his bastion as race for UP heats up
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Priyanka takes on Yogi in his bastion as race for UP heats up
Priyanka takes on Yogi in his bastion as race for UP heats up

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi took on chief minister Yogi Adityanath in his bastion of Gorakhpur on Sunday while the BJP continued to focus on its mega membership drive. SP leader Akhilesh Yadav addressed a rally on Sunday while western UP-based RLD launched its poll manifesto.
Here is a look at the top political developments on a busy Sunday
Priyanka’s foray into Gorakhpur
Continuing her foray in the crucial north Indian state, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi visited Adityanath’s pocket borough of Gorakhpur where she launched blistering attacks on the chief minister.
Priyanka alleged that the Uttar Pradesh government was working against the teachings of Saint Gorakhnath, and made a slew of poll promises ranging from farm loan waiver, jobs to purchasing wheat and paddy at better prices.
Urging the people to bring a change, she said it is time they question their faith in leaders who have “played with their feelings in the name of religion and caste.”
“You take any section of society, be it Dalits, weavers or Brahmins, everybody has been exploited. The administration of Yogi Adityanath ji is working completely against the ‘vichaar’ (teachings) of Guru Gorakhnath,” she said at a rally.
Chief minister Adityanath is also the head of the prominent Mutt in Gorakhpur, which is dedicated to patron saint Gorakhnath.
Recalling the words of her grandmother, former prime minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary, Priyanka Gandhi said no one is above the country.
“Indira Gandhi showed that no one is above the country. She sacrificed her life for the faith which you had reposed in her, and she did not move a step back,” Priyanka Gandhi said, striking an emotional chord.
The Congress general secretary also reached out to farmers and members of the fishing community.
“If the Congress is voted to power, then fisheries will be given the status of agriculture, and it will get all the facilities like agriculture.
“The rights of people of the Nishad community will be restored in sand mining and fisheries. Apart from this, a university named after Guru Machendranath will also be set up,” she said.
The Congress general secretary added that government jobs will be given to 20 lakh youths, while contractual workers will be regularised.
In Ayodhya, Adityanath offers waters of Ganga and Kabul river at temple site
Meanwhile, chief minister Adityanath was in Ayodhya where he offered waters from the Ganga and Afghanistan’s Kabul river at the site where the temple of lord Ram is being constructed.
“A girl from Afghanistan capital Kabul had sent water of the Kabul river to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for offering it at the spot where the massive temple of lord Ram is being built,” the chief minister said.
Adityanath said it had been decided that waters of pious rivers from across the world will be offered at the temple construction site.
Mayawati directs ire at turncoats
BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday told her party members to keep away from “opportunistic” people. Six of her party’s suspended leaders had earlier joined rival Samajwadi Party.
“With UP assembly elections approaching, people have begun switching sides. This will, however, not increase the vote base of any political party but will only lead to losses. The BSP should keep such ‘rain frogs’ away,” she tweeted using the proverbial Hindi phrase, “barsaati mendak” (seasonal frogs).
In another tweet, Mayawati said people were smart enough to understand such gimmicks and the turncoats would have no effect on them.
“Change is constant,” she wrote.
SP MLA tenders resignation
Rakesh Pratap Singh, Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA from Gauriganj constituency in Amethi, on Sunday tendered his resignation from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, alleging non-fulfilment of promises by the state’s BJP government.
Speaking to PTI, Singh said, “Today I met Speaker of UP Legislative Assembly Hriday Narayan Dixit and tendered my resignation.”
Accusing the BJP government of peddling lies, Singh said he had raised some demands and the government had assured him of fulfilling them. However, the demands were not fulfilled.
When contacted, Speaker Dixit told PTI, “MLA Rakesh Pratap Singh met me today and submitted his resignation letter. The matter will be examined as per rules and a decision will be taken.”
He sat on an ‘anshan’ (protest fast) at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the state capital.
RLD promises one crore jobs
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Jayant Chaudhary on Sunday promised to provide jobs to one crore youth and also cancel the three farm laws if voted to power in the state.
Chaudhary launched the election campaign of his party with the release of a manifesto for the UP polls early next year on the birth anniversary of Sardar
Vallabhbhai Patel.
Taking a swipe at the BJP government in the state, he said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had promised to give 70 lakh jobs after taking oath in 2017 but “now as the term is ending, he is putting out hoardings that they have given four lakh jobs.”
Though there is no public announcement so far, the RLD is said to be in talks with the Samajwadi Party for a pre-poll alliance for the 2022 polls.
(With Agency inputs)

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