This Week Uttar Pradesh: Kalyan Singh on comeback trail
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- Kashmir unrest: Curfew lifted from parts of Srinagar
Kalyan Singh on comeback trail
In the BJP, everybody is waiting for the homecoming of former chief minister Kalyan Singh. Both BJP men and Kalyan Singh say the decks have been cleared, only a formal announcement remains to be made on a suitable occasion. The problem is that Kalyan Singh wants that given his stature — he has been chief minister twice and the BJP's national vice-president — party president Nitin Gadkari should be present on the occasion. However, Gadkari is too busy defending himself against various allegations. First, Arvind Kejriwal accused him to taking benefits from the Maharasthra government. Next, there was the controversy over the business dealings of his Purti group. Now, Gadkari is trying to fend off fresh attacks over his remark on the IQs of Swami Vivekanand and Dawood Ibrahim.
Gifts for all
Christmas may still be some time away, but Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is already playing Santa Claus. For the last few months, he has been travelling to districts, distributing thousands of cheques for unemployment allowance and the Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme under which girls who pass class XII are given a one-time financial assistance of Rs 30,000. At all these events, he makes it a point to tell the audiences that more goodies are on the way, such as free tablets and laptops for schoolchildren. Usually, his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is president of the Samajwadi Party but holds no position in the government, is with him, distributing cheques and making speeches. Mulayam's pictures are splashed in ads.
BSP a march ahead
While other parties are making noises about the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, with Mulayam Singh Yadav having even started claiming that his party will win in UP, the BSP has been engaged in quiet yet serious preparations. The party has already finalised candidates for nearly 50 of the 80 constituencies, and they have been told to stay in their areas and make efforts to reach out to various sections of the people. The party organisation is being galvanised at all levels. Booth committees are being activated, zonal co-ordinators are holding meetings with district office-bearers and state president Ram Achal Rajbhar is reviewing matters at division level. Mayawati regularly takes feedback.
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