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Lucknow: Aimed at wooing Brahmin voters ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the BSP will organise a maha sammelan Sunday. The sammelan would cover three Parliamentary constituencies of Barabanki, Lucknow and Mohanlalganj, party MP, Brijesh Pathak said. BSP president Mayawati will be the chief guest at the sammelan, where she is expected to elaborate on her poll strategy, besides, highlighting the party's stand on the various issues concerning the upper castes, especially Brahmins. The party is leaving no stone unturned to stress that they have a hold on the Brahmin voters. It has organised a series of around 38 sammelans for the Brahmins criss-crossing the state in order to repeat its feat in the 2007 Assembly elections. This time BSP has given tickets to 20 Brahmins among the 71 candidates already declared for the Lok Sabha polls.

MP surrenders before court

Chandauli: Samajwadi Party MP from Chandauli Ram Kishun Yadav on Saturday surrendered before a local court in connection with a six-year-old case of violation of model code of conduct. Yadav surrendered before the Chief Judicial Magistrate court, which granted him bail.

The case pertains to violation of model code of conduct during the 2007 elections in UP. Yadav, who was contesting from Mughalsarai assembly seat had allegedly took out a procession in violation to the norms. The court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Yadav on July 3.

BSA held for financial bungling

Rampur: A Basic Siksha Adhikari (BSA), posted in Pratapgarh district, was arrested on the alleged charges of financial bungling to the tune of around Rs 8 lakh, police said Saturday.

The accused, Syed Tazammul Hussain, who was arrested Friday evening in the district, had purchased 146 sewing machines at an exorbitant rate to install in 73 schools of the district running under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan. Hussain had paid Rs 10,000 for each machine which were available at Rs 4,000 per machine in the market.

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