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The various causes that led to alternative religions are:-
1. Kshatriya class’ resentment towards the domination of the priestly class (Brahmanas) -
The order of hierarchy in the Varna system was-Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras.
The
Kshatriyas who were ranked second strongly objected to the ritualistic
domination of the Brahmanas and the various privileges enjoyed by them.
It should also be noted that both Buddha and Mahavira belonged to the
Kshatriya varna. It is important to mention that the Buddhist Pali texts
at many places reject the Brahmanical claim to superiority and places
itself (Kshatriyas) higher than the Brahmanas.
2. Rise of the new agricultural economy that needed animal husbandry-
In
the sixth century BCE, there was a shift of the centre of economic and
political activity from Haryana and western U.P to eastern U.P and Bihar
where the land was more fertile due to abundant rainfall. It became
easier to utilize the iron reservoir of Bihar and its adjoining areas.
People started using more and more iron tools like ploughshare for
agricultural purposes. The use of iron ploughshare required the use of
bullocks, which meant that the age-old custom in the Vedic age of
killing animals as sacrifices would have to be abandoned for this
agricultural economy to stabilize. Furthermore, the flourishing of
animal husbandry became imminent to raise a potential animal population
to take up the work that was required to uphold the agricultural sector
development. Both Buddhism and Jainism were against any kind of
sacrifices, so the peasant class welcomed it.
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3. The Vaishyas and other mercantile groups favoured Buddhism and Jainism as they yearned for a better social and peaceful life-

The agricultural boom led to the increased production of food which
also helped in the development of trade, craft production and urban
centres. The discovery of thousands of silver and copper Punch-Marked
Coins (PMC) by the numismatists reflects the development of trade in
this era. This period is known as the era of second urbanisation. As
many as sixty towns and cities like Rajagriha, Shravasti, Varanasi,
Vaishali and Champa developed between 600 and 300 BCE. The Vaishyas and
other mercantile groups rose to a better economic position and preferred
to patronise non-Vedic religions like Buddhism and Jainism through
substantial donations. As both Buddhism and Jainism promoted peace and
non-violence, this could put an end to wars between different kingdoms
and consequently promote further trade and commerce, which was
beneficial for this economic class.
4. Acceptance of simple and peace centred principles of Buddhism and Jainism by people-
The
common masses welcomed the new religions as they preached peace and
social equality,simple and ascetic living. People wanted relief from the
growing social problems and yearned to live a peaceful and uncorrupt
life.
The early Buddhist literature is divided into canonical and non-canonical texts:
1.
Canonical texts: are believed to be the actual words of the Buddha.
Canonical texts are books which lay down the basic tenets and principles
of Buddhism such as the Tipitakas.
2.
Non-canonical texts or semi-canonical texts: these are commentaries and
observations on canonical texts, quotes, definitions, historical
information, grammars and other writings in Pali, Tibetian, Chinese and
other East Asian languages. Some important ones are:
a. Mahavastu (written in Sanskrit-Prakrit mixed) - it is about the sacred biography, i.e hagiography of the Buddha.
b. Nidanakatha - first connected life story of Buddha.
c. The Dipavamsa & the Mahavamsa (both in Pali) - both give historical and mythical accounts of
the Buddha’s life, Buddhist Councils, Asoka and the arrival of Buddhism to Sri Lanka.
d. Visuddhimagga (the path to purification written by Buddhaghosa) - deals with the development
from the purity of discipline to enlightenment (Nibbana).
e. Milindapanho (in Pali) - consists of a dialogue between the Indo-Greek king Milinda/Menander
and the monk Nagasena on various philosophical issues.
f. Nettipakarana (The book of guidance) - which gives a connected account of the Buddha’s
teachings.
The Tipitakas (Canonical Texts)
The
earliest compilation of Buddhist teachings which were written on long,
narrow leaves is “The Tipitakas” (in Pali) and “Tripitaka” (in
Sanskrit). All the branches of Buddhism have the Tripitakas (also called
three baskets/collections) as part of their core scriptures, which
comprise three books -
• The Sutta (conventional teaching)
• The Vinaya (disciplinary code)
• The Abhidhamma (moral psychology)
1.
The Sutta Pitaka (Basket of Discourses) - these texts are also known as
Buddha Vacana or the word of the Buddha. It contains Buddha’s discourse
on various doctrinal issues in dialogue form.
2.
The Vinaya Pitaka (Discipline Basket) - this contains rules for monks
and nuns of the monastic order (Sangha). It includes the Patimokka - a
list of transgressions against monastic discipline and atonements for
these. The Vinaya text also includes doctrinal expositions, ritual
texts, biographical stories and some elements of Jatakas or “birth
stories”.
3. The
Abhidhamma Pitaka (Basket of Higher Teachings) - this contains a
thorough study and systematisation of the teachings of the Sutta Pitaka
through summaries, questions and answers, lists, etc.
The Tipitakas are divided into Nikayas (books):
2. Majjhima Nikaya
3. Samyutta Nikaya
4. Anguttara Nikaya
5. Khuddaka Nikaya
1. Further subdivided into 15 books


1. Maha-Vibhanga
2. Bhikkuni-Vibhanga 2. Khandaka
1. Mahavagga
2. Cullavagga 3. Parivara
sangani
2. Vibhanga
3. Dhatu-katha
4. Puggala-pannati
5. Kayha-vatthu
6. Yamaka
7. Patthana
The Buddha - Biography
Hagiography
The
Gautama Buddha was born to Suddhodana (chief of republican Sakya clan)
as Siddhartha in 563 BCE on Vaishakha Poornima day at Lumbini (Nepal).
He lost his mother (Mahamaya) just a few days after his birth and was
brought up by his stepmother Gautami. There were 32 birthmarks on his
body and Brahmanas predicted that either he would be a world conqueror
or a world renouncer. He lived a life of luxury and comfort in his early
years.
• He was married
to Yashodhara at the early age of 16 and had a son named Rahula. At the
age of 29, he left his palace and decided to become a wanderer. He
along with Channa, his charioteer and his horse, Kanthaka, wandered for
six long years in search of truth (Mahabhinishkramana/Great
Renunciation).
• He
first meditated with Alara Kalama and then Uddaka Ramaputta. They were
considered to be the established teachers of that era but he was not
convinced with their teachings that liberation from sorrow can be
obtained by mental discipline and knowledge only.
•
The Buddha later joined five wandering ascetics - Assaji, Mahanama,
Vappa, Bhaddiya and Kondanna. He practised severe austerities until his
body was almost emaciated and realising that austerities could not lead
to realisation, he left them. He then moved towards the village of
Senani and took a seat under a peepal tree facing east. He then resolved
not to rise until enlightenment was achieved.
•
As Gautama sat in deep meditation - Mara, the Lord of illusions,
recognising that his power was about to be broken, tried to distract
him. The Buddha touched the earth, calling it to bear witness to the
countless lifetimes of virtue that had led him to this place of
enlightenment. The earth shook, on hearing the truth of Gautama’s words.
Mara then unleashed his army of demons. In the epic battle that ensued,
Gautama’s wisdom broke through the illusions and the power of his
compassion transformed the demon’s weapons into flowers. Mara and his
army fled in disarray. Thus, at the age of 35, he ultimately attained
Nirvana/enlightenment at Gaya, Magadha (Bihar) under a peepal tree
(Bodhi tree), on the banks of river Niranjana and came to be known as
the Buddha - the Enlightened One. It is believed that Ashoka’s queen was
envious of the Bodhi tree, and tried to kill it but it grew again. The
tree was cut down many times, but it grew again at the same place and is
still revered by Buddhists.
•
The Buddha delivered his first sermon on deliverance from sufferings to
his five former companions at Sarnath. This event is known as Dhamma
Chakka-Pavattana, which means turning the wheel of dharma. The Buddha
wandered about for over four decades, and established an order of monks
and nuns known as Sangha. He attained Parinirvana at the age of 80 at
Kusinara (of the Mallas). His last words were “All composite things
decay, strive diligently”.
• The five forms that represent Buddha are:
o Lotus and Bull - Birth
o Horse - Renunciationo Bodhi Tree - Mahabodhi
o Dhammachakra Pravartana - First sermon o Footprints - Nirvana
Doctrines of Buddhism
The
core of Buddha’s doctrine is expressed in the Ariya-Sacchani (four
noble truths), Ashtangika-Marga (Eight Fold Path), Middle Path, Social
Code of Conduct, and Attainment of Nibbana/Nirvana.
Buddha
urges that one should not cling to anything (including his teachings).
The teachings are only Upaya (skillful means or expedient tools) and are
not dogma. It is fingers pointing at the moon and one should not
confuse the finger for the moon.
The three pillars of his teachings are:
• Buddha - Founder/Teacher
• Dhamma - Teachings
• Sangha - Order of Buddhist Monks and Nuns (Upasakas)
The four noble truths form the core of the teachings of Buddhism, which are:
1.
Dukha (The truth of suffering) - As per Buddhism, everything is
suffering (Sabbam Dukham). It refers to the potential to experience pain
and not only the actual pain and sorrow experienced by an individual.
2. Samudaya (The truth of the cause of suffering) - Trishna (desire) is the main cause of suffering. Every
suffering has a reason and it is a part and parcel of living.
3. Nirodha (The truth of the end of suffering) - the pain/sorrow can be ended by the attainment of
Nibbana/Nirvana.
4. Ashtangika-Marga (The truth of the path leading to the end of suffering) - the end to the suffering is
contained in the eightfold path.
Eight-Fold Paths
The
Eight-Fold Path is more about unlearning rather than learning, i.e., to
learn in order to unlearn and uncover. The path consists of eight
interconnected activities and is a process that helps one to move beyond
the conditioned responses that obscure one’s nature. The
Ashtangika-Marga consists of the following:
1. Right Vision (Samma-Ditthi) - it is about understanding the nature of reality and the path of transformation.
2. Right Thought or Attitude (Samma-Sankappa) - it signifies having emotional intelligence and acting from love and compassion.
3. Right or Whole Speech (Samma-Vacca) - it signifies truthful, clear, uplifting and unharmful communications.
4.
Right or Integral Action (Samma-Kammanta) - it signifies an ethical
foundation of life, on the principles of non-exploitation of oneself and
others. It consists of five rules, which form the ethical code of
conduct for the members of the monastic order and the laity. These are:
• Do not commit violence.Do not covet the property of others.
• Do not indulge in corrupt practices or sensual behaviour.
• Do not speak a lie.
• Do not use intoxicants.
In addition to these, monks and nuns were strictly instructed to observe the following three additional precepts-
• To avoid eating after mid-day.
• To refrain from any sort of entertainment and use of ornaments to adorn oneself.
• To refrain from using high or luxurious beds, and from handling gold and silver (including money).
5.
Right or Proper Livelihood (Samma-Ajiva) - it lays emphasis on
livelihood based on correct action and on the ethical principles of
non-exploitation. It is believed that this forms the basis of an ideal
society.
6. Right Effort
or Energy (Samma-Vayama) - it signifies consciously directing our life
energy to the transformative path of creative and healing action that
fosters wholeness thus moving towards conscious evolution.
7.
Right Mindfulness or Thorough Awareness ( Samma-Sati) - it means
knowing one’s own self and watching self behaviour. There is a saying by
the Buddha, “If you hold yourself dear, watch yourself well”.
8.
Right Concentration or Meditation (Samma-Samadhi) - samadhi literally
means to be fixed, absorbed in. It means getting one’s whole being
absorbed in various levels or modes of consciousness and awareness.
The
teachings of the Buddha follow the middle path (the one between extreme
indulgence and extreme asceticism). Buddha has emphasised that if a
person follows the eightfold path, then he will reach his destination
(Nirvana) without the involvement of the monks/nuns. In the
above-eightfold path, the word “right” signifies “whole”,” integral”,
“complete”, “perfect”.
The
ultimate aim of the Buddha’s teachings is the attainment of
Nibbana/Nirvana. The Nibbana is a Pali word formed of ‘Ni’ and ‘vanna’,
ni means negative and vanna refers to lust or craving. So, Nirvana means
departure from cravings and lust. It signifies dying out or extinction
of desire, greed, hatred, ignorance, attachment and the sense of ego. In
Nibbana, nothing is eternalised nor is anything annihilated, other than
the suffering. It is a supramundane state and an attainment (Dhamma)
which is within the reach of all, even in this present life. The main
difference between the Buddhist conception of Nibbana and the
non-Buddhist concept is that Nibbana can be attained during life also.
In the non- Buddhist concept, eternal heaven is realised only after
death or union with God. When Nibbana is achieved in this life, it is
called Sopadisesa Nibbana-dhatu. When an Arhat attains parinibbana (used
for the death of enlightened beings such as Buddha), after the
dissolution of his body, it is called Anupadisesa Nibbana-dhatu.
The
philosophy of Buddha accepts impermanence and transmigration but denies
the existence of God and believes that the soul is a myth. Buddhism
teaches the existence of ten realms of being and one can be born as any
one of them. At the top is Buddha followed by Bodhisattva (an
enlightened being destined to be a Buddha but purposely remains on earth
to propagate teachings), Pratyeka Buddha (a Buddha on their own),
Sravaka (disciple of Buddha), heavenly beings (superhumans, angels),
human beings, Asura (fighting spirits), beasts, Preta (hungry ghosts)
and depraved men (hellish beings). These ten realms of existence are
“mutually immanent and mutually inclusive”, each one having in it the
remaining nine realms, e.g., the realm of human beings has all other
nine states - from hell to Buddhahood in it. A man can be selfish or can
rise to the enlightened state of Buddha. In Buddhism, karma is the
result of actions depending on the intentions more than the action
itself. Rebirth is the result of the karma of the previous life. Though
Buddhism lays emphasis on non-violence, it doesn’t forbid masses from
eating meat.
Other Important Aspects of Buddhism
Some other important aspects of Buddhism include:
• The Five Aggregates (Pancha-khanda or Panch skandha).
• The Law of Dependent Origination (Paticca- samuppada).
The Five Aggregates
The
Buddha believed that a human being is a collection of Five Aggregates
and a proper understanding of these is an essential step towards the
attainment of freedom from suffering:
1.
Material Form (Rupa) - It includes the five physical organs (ear, eye,
tongue, nose & body) and the corresponding objects of the sense
organs (sound, sight, taste, smell and tangible objects).
2.
Feeling or Sensation (Vedana) - The aggregate of feelings arising out
of contact with the objects of the senses is of three kinds-pleasant,
unpleasant and indifferent.
3.
Perception (Sanna) - This aggregate is the capacity to recognise &
conceptualize things by associating them with other things.
4.
Mental formation (Santharas) - This aggregate may be described as a
conditioned response to the object of experience. In this sense, it
partakes the meaning of habit as well. However, it not only has a static
value, but dynamic value as well.
5.
Consciousness (Vinnana) - The aggregate of consciousness is an
indispensable element in the prediction of experience. It is essential
to understand that consciousness depends on the other aggregates and
does not exist independently.
All
the Five Aggregates of experience are impermanent and constantly
changing, like our perceptions change over time. Buddha stresses that
the utility of the five aggregates is to make people understand them in
terms of impersonal processes and through this understanding, they can
get rid of the idea of self and can overcome hope and fear. They can
regard happiness and pain, praise and blame and everything with
equanimity, with even-mindedness and thus will then no longer be subject
to the imbalance of alternating between hope and fear.
The Law of Dependent Origination (Paticca- Samuppada)
The
Law of Dependent Origination explains the reason of suffering (Dukkha),
as well as the key to its liberation. The law is associated with twelve
links (Nidanas)-all arranged in a wheel and one leading to the next.
This principle can be given in a short formula of four lines-
When this is, that is This arising, that arises When this is not, that is not
This ceasing, that ceases.
This
law emphasizes an important principle that all phenomena in this
universe are relative, conditioned states and do not arise independently
of supportive conditions.
The twelve links of the Dependent Origination are:
1. Ignorance (Avija)
2. Mental formation (Sankhara)
3. Consciousness (Vinnana)
4. Name & Form (Nama-Rupa)
5. The six senses (Salayatana)
6. Contact (Phassa)
7. Feeling (Vedana)
8. Craving (Tanha)
9. Clinging (Upadana)
10. Becoming (Bhava)
11. Birth (Jati)
12. Aging & death (Jara-marana)
All the links are interrelated and dependent on each other, thus there is no starting point nor end point-a cyclic phenomenon.
Dividing the 12 links into three groups-
1. Defilement (Klesha)- ignorance, craving and clinging. Defilement is the impurities of mind resulting in actions.
2. Action (Karma)- mental formation and becoming.
3. Suffering (Dukkha)- consciousness, name & form, the six senses, feeling, birth, aging and death.
Together,
the defilements and actions explain the origin of suffering and
particular circumstances in which each one of us finds ourselves, or in
which we are born. The Buddha emphasizes that he who sees Dependent
Origination sees the Dharma and he who sees the Dharma sees the Buddha.
If one can see and understand the functioning of dependent origination,
he can then set about breaking this vicious circle of dependent
origination by removing the impurities of the mind - ignorance, craving
and clinging. Once these impurities are eliminated, actions will not be
performed, and habit-energy will not be produced. Once actions cease,
rebirth and suffering will also cease.
Reasons for Spread & Popularity of Buddhism
Buddhism
gained wide acceptance and popularity and spread like a wildfire
throughout India. With the support of emperor Ashoka, it spread its
wings to central Asia, west Asia and Sri Lanka. Various causes for the
rise and spread of Buddhism are:1. Liberal & democratic - Unlike
Brahmanism, it was far more liberal & democratic. It won the hearts
of the lower class as it attacked the varna system. It welcomed people
of all castes and even women were admitted to the Sangha. The people of
Magadha readily accepted Buddhism as they were looked down upon by the
orthodox Brahmanas.
2.
Simple language - The Buddha spread his message in the simple language
of the masses. The Pali language which Buddha used was the spoken
language of the masses. The Vedic religion was understood only with the
help of Sanskrit language which was the monopoly of the Brahmins.
3.
The personality of the Buddha - The personality of the Buddha endeared
him and his religion to the masses. He was kind and ego-less. His calm
composure, sweet words of simple philosophy and his life of renunciation
drew the masses to him. He had ready moral solutions for the problems
of the people.
4. Royal
patronage - Royal patronage of Buddhism also accounted for its rapid
rise. Kings like Prasenjit, Bimbisara, Ashoka, Kanishka patronised
Buddhism and helped its spread throughout India and outside as well.
Ashoka deputed his children to Sri Lanka for the spread of Buddhism.
5.
Inexpensive- Buddhism was inexpensive, without the expensive rituals
that characterised the Vedic religion. It advocated a spiritual path
without any material obligation of satisfying gods and Brahmins through
gifts and rituals.
Buddhism
tried to mitigate the evils resulting from the new material life of the
sixth century BCE. Since the Buddhists had a keen awareness of the
problems (social & economic disparities), they
presented
innovative solutions to these concerns. Buddhism asked people NOT to
accumulate wealth, indulge in cruelty or violence - ideas that were
welcomed by the people.
Important Terms in Buddhism
Key Terms
Meaning
Pavarana
A Buddhist holy day celebrated on the full moon (Aashvin) of the lunar month, at the end of the rainy season (Vassa)
Upasakas
Male followers of Buddhism
Upasikas
Female followers of Buddhism
Pavrajya
“Going forth” from home, the determination to renounce the world and undertake an ascetic path
Chaityas
Prayer hall of monks
Viharas
Monasteries
Parajika
It
includes four serious offences which result in expulsion from Sangha -
sexual intercourse, taking what is not given, killing someone and making
false claims of spiritual realisation
Upasampada
Ordination ceremony when the novice becomes a full-fledged member of the monastic community
Bodhisattva
An enlightened being who compassionately refrains from entering nirvana in order to save others and is worshipped as a deity
Bikkhu Sangha
Sangha of monks
Bhikkhuni Sangha
Sangha of nuns
Paribbajaka/ Parivrajaka
Wanderer
Shakra
God Indra
Sarvastivadin
One
of the popular schools of Theravada, which basically relies on the
dictum that “everything whether internal or external exists continuously
in all the three phases of time”
Sautrantika
Sautrantikas consider only the Sutras as valid (Teachings of
Buddhist Councils
Buddhist Council
Time
Place
Ruler
President
Specificity
First
483 BCE
Rajgriha
Ajatashatru
Mahakassappa
Buddha’s teachings were divided into 3 categories or baskets (Pitakas)
Second
383 BCE
Vaishali
Kalasoka
Sabbakami
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How To Promote Your Blog In 2022: The Complete Beginner’s Guide



How To Promote Your Blog Faster


How do you promote your blog? Do you share it on social media once and hope for the best?

Sadly, that’s not going to work. Unless you have millions of fans who
live and breathe your every word. But I’m guessing you’ve not reached
celebrity status … yet.

In the meantime, why not try some of these ideas. Most are free, so what have you got to lose?

We’ve arranged them into sections so you can pick one at a time.

Before you start, a word of warning. Don’t try all of these ideas
together. Pick one or two that you feel comfortable with and suit your
niche. Then evaluate your results.

In time, this will allow you to create a documented promotional process you can follow for every post you publish.

The result? More eyeballs on every blog post you publish!

Let’s get started:


Part 1 – Pre-promotion

Part 1 is all about getting your website and content in tip-top condition to give you the best possible chance of success.


1.1 – Site optimization (Technical SEO)

In this section, you’ll learn about the essential elements you need
to have in place to ensure your WordPress site is running smoothly.

  1. Visitors have an enjoyable experience finding their way around your site
  2. Search engines can find and index your site


Hosting

Selecting a reliable web host should not be taken lightly. If you
choose a poor web host (and there are plenty of them around), then
you’ll suffer setbacks and frustrations. And, more importantly, if your
visitors have a miserable experience, then they’ll move on to another
site.

Check out our managed WordPress hosting comparison.


Speed

Nobody likes hanging around for a slow loading website. Plus, Google
favors fast loading sites. Even if you have good hosting, there are
still a few tweaks you can make. For instance, WPX Hosting recommends
using the W3 Cache plugin to make your web pages load faster.

Check out these free speed enhancing plugins for WordPress.


Security

WordPress is the most popular blogging platform,
and with so many sites to target, it’s highly desirable for hackers. If
you don’t put some security measures in place, you will get attacked at
some point. Depending on your hosting service, you might already have
robust security measures in place. However, if you don’t, then there are
a couple of security plugins we recommend.

Check out our recommended security plugins for WordPress.


Indexing and crawling

Don’t be intimidated by the heading. You need to know that for your
blog to be successful it needs to be findable. And the way that happens
is through Google and other search engines being able to crawl and index
your site via a Robots.txt file. You can create your own or, guess what, use a plugin to help you.

Check out our recommended SEO plugins for WordPress.


Without external links the Internet wouldn’t exist – there’d be no
way to get from site to site. Likewise, without internal links, your
visitors wouldn’t be able to get from page to page on your site. So
here’s what you need to do:

  • Internal links – When you publish new content on your blog think
    about existing posts and pages you could link to. And also, think about
    existing posts and pages that could link to your new content.
  • External
    links – Include links to relevant pages on other sites from your
    content. There’s bound to be some high-quality, authoritative pages
    you’ve researched when writing your content, so link to them, and let
    the site owner know, too. (It’s the start of influencer marketing – more on that later.)
  • Broken
    links – Unfortunately, internal and external links don’t last forever –
    URLs change, content gets moved around, and sites disappear. So you
    need to make time to find and fix your broken links.
  • Redirects
    – Sometimes you need to change the URL of your pages or domain.
    WordPress sometimes implements redirects but they’re not always
    reliable. Instead you could use the free Redirection plugin. But, from a performance perspective it is worth adding redirects manually if you’re comfortable doing it.


Analytics tools

Analytics Tools are essential for any blog. They’ll help you
understand how people are interacting with your website. If you’re going
to spend time creating and promoting your content, you’ll want to know
which content is most popular and what promotion method drove visitors
to your site. Most bloggers use Google Analytics to track their website
data, but there are other tools available.

Check out these analytics tools.


1.2 – Content planning and research

In section two, you’ll learn about researching and planning the content for your audience.


Choose your niche

Before you start producing content for your blog, you need to have a clear idea of your niche,
or topic, and the four or five categories that support it. If you
choose a topic that nobody is interested in, then you’re going to have a
tough time promoting your content.

It’s worth checking Google Trends to see how interest in a topic is increasing or decreasing over time. Here’s an example for the term “content marketing”:


Google Trends Content Marketing


Research keywords and topics

When you’ve finalized your niche, you can start planning what content
to produce. Keyword research involves finding the keywords (or search
queries) that represent your blog.

Check out our keyword research guide

Once you’ve researched your keywords, you can sort them into topics aligned with your categories above.


Research your audience

Before you start producing content, you need to consider your
audience. Take some time to build a picture (sometimes called an avatar)
of who you are writing for and then tailor your content accordingly.


Decide on your brand voice

When you have an idea of your target audience, then think about your
tone of voice. How are you going to present your content to your
readers? Will you be serious or humorous? Casual or formal? Irreverent
or respectful? Find your brand voice with Portent’s Tone Of Voice Generator:


Portent Brand Voice


Consider content type

Now you have your niche and keyword topics arranged, you should consider what type of content you’re going to produce.

Research by BuzzSumo – published on Noah Kagan’s OkDork blog â€“ showed that infographics and list posts received more shares than other types of content:


Content Type

We’ve experienced this with our posts at Blogging Wizard. And for infographics, they perform especially well on Pinterest.

And Top 10 Lists were popular in print publications long before the web existed.

In short, people are fascinated with lists and data-driven graphics.


1.3 – Content optimization (OnPage SEO)

In this section, you’ll discover how to optimize your content on every page before you hit publish.


Add meta tags to your title, URL, and description

If you use the Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress, you’ll get prompted to complete these three fields:

  1. Title – Try to put your keyword at the beginning of your title, if possible.
  2. URL – Use short URLs that include your keyword
  3. Description – Write curiosity-inducing meta descriptions that suck people in


Yoast SEO Fields

The snippet preview shows how it’ll look in the actual SERPs:


SERPs


Include keywords on your page

Try and include your target keywords in some of the following places:

  • URL
  • Page Title
  • Main Heading (H1)
  • First paragraph of the page
  • Page subheadings (H2/H3 etc.)

It’s not necessary to have them in every location, (and you certainly
shouldn’t force your keyword into those places just for the sake of
it), but it will help to optimize your page.


Optimize your images

There are three things you need to optimize on your images:

  • Dimensions – Make your images the right size for your blog page.
    For example, on my blog, I make sure the images are 600px wide, so they
    fit in with the theme and design.
  • File size – Make sure you
    compress your image files with a tool like TinyPNG or Kraken before
    uploading to WordPress. These programs can reduce file sizes by as much
    as 65% and help to make your blog load and run faster.
  • Alt text –
    Always add a meaningful description to the Alt Text on your images.
    This helps visually impaired readers understand what the image relates
    to, and it also helps search engines index your images.


Image Optimization


Start building your list

Email marketing, as you’ll discover in Part 2, is one of the best
ways to promote your blog as you have a direct connection with your
fans. But first, you’ll need to build a list of subscribers. And for
that, you’ll need two essential things in place on your blog:

  1. An easy way for people to sign up to your list.
  2. A compelling reason to join your list, often referred to as a ‘lead magnet’.

Check out our ultimate list building guide for more details.


Encourage social sharing

Getting other people to share your content on social media is a bonus
for you. As well as having some awesome content to share, you need to
prompt users to share it. You can maximize your promotion efforts by
placing visually attractive Social Sharing Buttons and Click To Tweet
Widgets on your blog with a social sharing plugin.

  • Social Sharing Buttons – You don’t have to
    include every social network, only those appropriate to your blog. Look
    to your left to see an example of the buttons we use on Blogging Wizard.
  • Click To Tweet Widgets
    – You can highlight a quote or phrase so that it stands out and
    encourages readers to share it. Here’s a live example we added to the
    post using Social Warfare:


There are lots of social sharing plugins for WordPress, so we narrowed the options for you.

Check out our selection of the best social sharing plugins for WordPress.


Content presentation

Finally, we need to cover a few points about your content because
you’ll need to write quality content so that it’s easier to promote:


Headlines

The headline is the first thing a reader sees, on social media or
search results pages, so it has to make an impact. Start with an
attention-grabbing headline and then make sure your content stacks up to
what you promised. Take your time to create the best headline possible.


Content length

Several studies have concluded that longer blog posts get:

(a) More social shares:


Social Shares Word Count

(b) Higher search engine ranking:


SERPs Word Count

However, you need to take into account your niche and the goal of
your content. Longer content may appear to perform better but remember,
word count only matters when you write quality content – 5,000 words of
drivel doesn’t benefit anyone.


Note: Your content should be as long as it needs to be to get your point across, in the most effective way possible.


Content layout

You need to make your content easy to consume. Most readers scan web
pages, so you need to give them markers to stop them in their tracks and
highlight key points using subheadings and bullet points.

Make your content more visual by using relevant images, videos, screenshots, and diagrams. Research from Nielsen says:


Users pay attention to
information-carrying images that show content that’s relevant to the
task at hand. And users ignore purely decorative images that don’t add
real content to the page.



Part 2 – Blog promotion

In Part 2, we’ll take a look at the different ways you can promote
each blog post. This is not meant to be an exhaustive checklist that you
should follow religiously. Rather it’s a list of ideas you can try, and
see which works best for you.


Note: Before you start, it’s a good idea to prepare a
simple text file with information you can reuse on several platforms.
This will speed up the promotion process. The following is an example of
what we use at Blogging Wizard:

  • URL – start with your standard blog post URL.
  • Headline variations – write out 3-5 headline variations for your post.
  • Short
    social messages – write out several short social messages for use on
    Twitter. These can be quotes, questions, or based on headline
    variations.
  • Longer social messages – write out several slightly longer social messages for use on LinkedIn, and Facebook, etc. Popular copywriting formulas work well here.
  • Contact
    information – mentioned a person or brand in the post? Include their
    contact info – Twitter account, email address, etc. You’ll want to let
    them know they’ve been mentioned.
  • UTM tracking URL’s (optional) – use Google’s Campaign URL Builder to create a tracking link for each platform you promote your article on. This will help you track traffic more accurately.
  • Shortlinks (optional) – tracking links can look messy. Using a URL shortener will tidy them up.


2.1 – Email marketing

Despite all the latest marketing fads, email remains the most powerful and cost-effective.

Studies have shown email to offer an ROI of around 4200%.

It’s still the favorite means of communication for many people. Think
about it: every account you sign up for typically requires an email
address.


Email your list

In Part 1 we talked about list building. Now it’s time to use that list.

Emailing your list of subscribers is one of the best ways to start
driving traffic to your latest blog post. But don’t leave it there. Ask
them to comment, like, and share it with their community so that you can
reach a wider circle of people.

And it stands to reason that if someone is already a subscriber,
they’ll be more likely to share your content with their followers.


Use an email signature

Include a link to your latest blog post in your email signature. It’s
a simple and subtle way to promote your content. And you never know
which recipient might click and read. Try WiseStamp for a professional email signature with links to your social profiles and latest blog post:


Wisestamp Signature


Email your contacts

Now and then, email your contacts (friends, family, etc.) and ask
them to share your latest blog post. You never know how far the ripple
effect will spread. Always ask politely and offer to help them in some
way.


Note: If you use this tactic for every blog post, you’ll lose your contacts!


Ask a colleague to email their list

If you have friends and colleagues working in the same or a similar
niche, then you could ask them to email their list. Perhaps you could
agree to do the same for them in return. But again, don’t do this for
every post you publish.


2.2 – Social media marketing

Sharing your content on social media is still an excellent way to get
more visibility, and ultimately increase traffic and shares. But it’s
not just a case of posting once on Facebook and then moving onto
something else. You need to have a social media marketing strategy in place:

  • Focus on the most relevant social networks for your blog.
  • Engage with people on those platforms including influencers and brands.
  • Participate in social groups to grow your social media reach.


Maintain a regular presence on your chosen social networks and post
consistently. Don’t just turn up when you have a new blog post to share.
Social media is a two-way channel, so engage with other people by
liking and sharing their content.

Vary the message in your social media posts to suit each network. For example, tools like Blog2Social and Sendible
allow you to tailor your posts per network by using a long or short
message, adding relevant hashtags or mentions, and selecting a portrait
or landscape image.

Sendible also offers content recycling so you can continue to promote your content on a regular basis, as well as a social inbox so you can manage replies and engage with your audience.


Reciprocal sharing sites

These next social sites all work by reciprocal sharing. You earn
‘credits’ for sharing other people’s content, which then allows you to
post your content and get it shared by others.

  • Triberr
    is a powerful way to promote your blog. Each of your blog posts will be
    imported automatically (via RSS), but you can edit the import if you
    wish. For example, you can add your featured blog post image to make
    your post stand out in the stream. Remember to get engaged with your
    tribemates and share their content.
  • Viral Content Bee lets
    bloggers promote their content on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
    When you’ve earned enough credits by sharing other people’s content, you
    can add your post to get it promoted. For best results, connect with
    and share content from your niche.


Social bookmarking sites allow users to post their favorite stories,
images, and videos, and use tags to organize them. Other users can take
these ‘bookmarks’ and add them to their own collection or share them
with even more users. Most of these sites also have a voting system so
members can ‘upvote’ their favorite posts, which rise to the top and
gain more exposure.

  • Reddit was
    never intended to be a directory of links like other bookmarking sites.
    It consists of smaller interest-based communities called subreddits.
    Some subreddits don’t allow you to share links, in which case you’ll
    have to write original content for your community.
  • Flipboard is
    more of a social magazine-style app than a traditional bookmarking
    site. But you can also create your own magazines by selecting “flip it”
    to republish posts and share with your followers.


Niche social bookmarking sites

Sharing your content in niche-specific sites will generate more
relevant shares and traffic because your content has the right audience.

Here are a few examples to choose from:


Social groups, communities, and forums

Online communities give you the opportunity to contribute, build
relationships, and establish your authority. But, like Reddit, it won’t
work if you only drop links. You have to provide more value by getting
involved in discussions.

Look for established groups that are active and have good moderation. And use the platforms that suit your niche:

  • Facebook groups
  • Pinterest groups
  • LinkedIn groups
  • Web forums
  • Quora


Note:
Consider creating your own groups on one of these platforms. This will
help you develop your online presence further. Facebook is usually the
most popular option, but it can take a lot of effort to make your group successful.


2.3 – Content leverage

If you only write a blog post and publish it on your own blog, then
you’re missing out. But by leveraging your content, you can get it in
front of a larger audience.

Here are four ways you can try:


Content curation

Some sites allow you to curate your content into lists and
collections. For example, if you were in the gardening niche, you could
create a topic on ‘Hardy Bi-annuals’ and then save content to it that
includes some of your posts.

Here are a few sites where you can curate your content:


Content aggregators

Content aggregators collect content from other websites and
“aggregate” it into one easy-to-find location. It’s not classed as
copyright theft as long as the aggregation site clearly states and links
to the source, and doesn’t republish the content in full. Plus it’s a
win-win:

  • Visitors have access to all content in one place.
  • Creators get their content in front of a larger audience.

Here are some of the most popular content aggregators:


Content syndication (blog republishing)

According to Search Engine Watch:


Content syndication is the process
of pushing your blog post, article, video or any piece of web-based
content out to other third-parties who will then republish it on their
own sites.

Best practice is to publish on your blog first, wait a few days (minimum) until Google has indexed your post, and then republish on other platforms like Medium and LinkedIn.

Alternatively, you could post a snippet or a taster of your post on the syndication sites with a link to your full article.

Either way, it’s an opportunity to get your content in front of a larger audience.


Warning: Best practice is to add something called a rel=”canonical” tag to the republished piece of content.

A canonical tag is a piece of code (metadata) that includes a link to
the original piece of content. This helps Google to understand which
website originally published a piece of content.

If that’s not possible, it’s recommended to link back to your original content from the re-published version.

But, Google doesn’t always rank the website that originally publishes
a piece of content – even if they know who originally published it.
They typically rank the website they “think” visitors prefer to read on.
Or in some cases, the more authoritative website.

For this reason, you may be best only syndicating content that isn’t
targeting any specific keywords, or a snippet of your content.


Content repurposing

Content repurposing is all about turning your initial blog post into another format like an infographic, a video, a podcast or a Slideshare presentation.

For example, Adam turned his Expert Interview blog post – How To Stand Out Online: 43 Experts Share Their Top Tips â€“ into an Infographic.

What’s more, he published the infographic on another site so he could
reach an even wider audience. The initial blog post had over 5,000
visits and 2,000 social shares, while the infographic has brought in an
additional 35,000+ visitors.

There are a number of  ways to position your infographic. You can use
graphs, flow charts, tables, timelines, and more. And there are plenty
of other content types to explore.

For more, be sure to check out our in-depth content repurposing guide.


2.4 – Relationship marketing

Running a blog is doomed to failure if you try to do everything on
your own. There’s a whole blogosphere out there that you can tap into.
All it takes is for you to build relationships with the right people.
And like any relationship, that means you need to give and take.

Jason Quey, writing about his experience of working with 1000 influencers, summed it up perfectly:


Be a giver, not a taker.

In this section, you’ll learn how to promote your content with the help of other people.


Influencer marketing

Influencer marketing involves connecting with and asking individuals
that influence your target audience to help promote your content rather
than trying to reach that audience on your own.

Here are three ways you can use influencers to promote your content:

  • Mention influencers in your posts (individuals or expert roundups)

There’s no better way of letting an influencer know how much you
value their work than by including a relevant link to them in your blog
post. And as long as it’s high-quality content, they’ll be more than
happy to share it with their audience, which will undoubtedly be more
extensive than yours.

You don’t need to ask them to share it. Just let them know you
appreciate their work and you included a link. For instance, I let Andy
Crestodina know that I’d mentioned him and his book in my post, and he
was more than happy to share it with his followers. (Actually, it was a
republished article on LinkedIn, but it received over 700 views, 155
likes, 32 reshares, and 12 comments.)

  • Interview an influential blogger

Taking it one step further, why not ask an influential blogger for a
quote or two in your new blog post. It’s a great way to add some unique
content to your post that differentiates it from others. If you ask
politely, most bloggers will be happy to oblige. And, again, when it’s
published, they’ll share it with their followers.

  • Invite influential bloggers to contribute to your blog

One of the most overused blog promotion tactics is to write an Expert
Roundup. What started out as a valid idea has been overcooked. Now you
see posts like “143 Experts Tell You How to Boil an Egg.”

Along the way, the emphasis switched to getting as many experts as
possible involved so that the blog post would get shared by more people.

You don’t have to do that. Go for quality rather than quantity and
conduct a group interview with five to seven influencers who can add
real value to your post and share it with their audience.


Blogger outreach

Blogger outreach is similar to influencer marketing. It’s another way of asking for help from influential people in your niche.

The focus is not simply to have an influencer with a large audience plug your product.

Instead, blogger outreach is more focused on forming content partnerships, guest blogging, or backlink acquisition.

Blogger outreach is one of the most effective ways to promote your
content, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to conduct your
outreach.


Guest blogging

Guest Blogging is still one of the most effective ways to promote your blog.

The key to making it work is to write your best content on relevant
blogs in your niche that have a high volume of followers and
subscribers. Include a link in your author bio to a landing page on your
site where visitors can get an exclusive download or find more about
your services.

For example, Lily Ugbaja uses her author bio to direct visitors to her Hire Me page:


Lily Ugbaja Author Bio

You may not see overnight traffic flooding back to your website. But
it’s still a good way of building your authority and becoming recognized
in your niche.

Learn more in our guide to guest blogging strategy.


Blog commenting

When you start commenting on the top blogs in your niche, you’ll get
the attention of other commenters and the blog owner. If your comment is
useful, then other readers will go and check out your blog. And,
ultimately, you might even get an invitation from the blog owner to
write a guest post.

But, more than anything this is about relationship building – some
great connections and friendships can come out of it as a result.

It’s those friendships and connections that will help you promote
your content better in future. Just be sure to avoid dropping links to
your content within comment itself.


2.5 – Paid marketing

So far, we’ve used ‘free’ blog promotion tactics that have only
consumed your time. But there are some paid alternatives to promoting
your content, so let’s take a look at a few options.


Social media advertising

As social media organic (non-paid) reach declines, you may want to consider paid advertising.

Each social media platform has different demographics and advertising formats. For example, there’s:

So you need to consider:

  • the best social network for your campaign; i.e. where your audience hangs out
  • the best advert format; e.g. images, video, text
  • the costs per network and your budget

For more information, check out Sendible’s guide to social media advertising.

Aside from the leading social networks above you may want to consider:

  • Quuu Promote
    allows content creators to submit their content into the Quuu content
    curation system. Once the content is approved, it’s shared by other
    business owners on social media. Promotion costs vary depending on the
    content category.
  • Reddit
    is one of the biggest online communities, with an estimated 17 million
    monthly users. Its advertising costs are cheaper than traditional social
    sites.


Content discovery platforms

Content discovery platforms – sometimes called Native Advertising – like Outbrain and Taboola provide another option to promote your content.

The native ads are designed to look and feel like they belong on the
publisher’s website. They usually appear at the end of an article
presented as: “You May Like”, “Recommended For You” or “Promoted
Stories”.

Here’s how a Blogging Wizard post might look via Outbrain:


Outbrain Example


Search advertising

Search advertising places advertisements in search engine results.
It’s also referred to as PPC (Pay-Per-Click) advertising because you
have to pay a small fee every time somebody clicks on your ad. You’ll
see them at the top of Bing and Google SERPs denoted with an ‘Ad’ icon:


Google Adwords



Part 3 – Measuring your blog promotion

How do you know which blog promotion strategies work? By measuring results.


3.1 – Web analytics

Way back in Part 1 we mentioned installing and using some web
analytics tools. Now’s the time to see what data they have for you.
Whichever web analytics tool you use there’s going to be a lot of data
to work through.

In Google Analytics, you can check the ‘Acquisition’ section and ‘Channels’ to see where your blog visitors have arrived from:


Google Analytics Channel


Note: Traffic ends up in these various channels according to rules defined here. For a better understanding of channels, I recommend reading this article.

Here’s a brief overview of the different channels you are likely to come across in Google Analytics:

  • Organic Search – Visitors who come to your website from search engines; e.g. Google and Bing.
  • Direct
    – Visitors who come to your website without a traceable referral
    source; e.g. after typing your URL into their address bar or using a
    bookmark on their browser.
  • Social – Visitors who come to your website from a social network; e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Referral – Visitors who come to your website from another website by clicking on a link.
  • Other – Visitors from traffic sources where the UTM_Medium parameter is incorrect.
  • Paid Search – Visitors who come to your website from a paid search advert; e.g. Google AdWords
  • Email – Visitors who come to your website after clicking links in your email marketing campaigns.

Bottom line, Google Analytics is only as good as the data going in.
So if you want to track your data diligently, then you need to build your tracking parameters correctly on all the links you can control.


3.2 – Social media monitoring

As well as web analytics tools you can use social media monitoring
tools to check how your blog posts are performing. Google Analytics is
not brilliant at tracking social media. But there are plenty of other
tools available so you can see which platform is best for promoting your
blog content.

Check out this guide on the best social media monitoring tools.


Conclusion

With so many blog promotion tactics listed here, it’s impossible to use them all at once.

Our advice:

Start off with one or two blog promotion strategies and see what works best.

Then try adding another one. And then another. Until you find works for you.

It might be that one tactic works for one blog post and a different
tactic works for another, depending on your content and audience. Try
not to be too hasty when eliminating a strategy as some might take
longer to work than others.

Eventually, you can collate everything that works into a solid content promotion process. You can then use this process to get more traffic to each post you publish.








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are many different ways that you can meet new people and socialize
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and with digital objects.
VRChat
VRChat
is a game full of virtual worlds where people can upload avatars,
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non-adults that play this game as well, they can be muted or ignored
completely as you go through the world and meet like-minded people to
hang out with.
Once
you have your group, you can find a private server to chat or hang out.
VRChat is constantly being updated as people add more worlds, so you
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There
are endless events and worlds you can explore allowing you to attend
many a party (and after-party, and after-after party).
Rec Room
Rec
Room is a virtual reality social club where you can play mini-games,
create virtual worlds (without having to understand coding), and make
friends from around the world. This game hosts over a million different
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Altspace
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or give a class. You can attend concerts, watch improv comedy, and even
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daily basis and a place for everyone in this world.
Easily browse events and attend the ones you want. Connect with other people and make new friends along the way.
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Google
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BSP
supremo Mayawati charged the governments selected by fraud EVMs with
discriminating against Awakened Aboriginal icons like Kanshi Ram while
awarding Bharat Ratna to Atal Bihari Vajpayee,Tendulkar,Jyoti Basu,Madan
Mohan Malviya.People awarded Awakened Vishwa award for his contribution
towards creating social and political awareness among the crores of
Original Inhabitants of Jambudvipa i.e.,The Great Prabuddha Bharath .
Ms. Mayawati said Kanshi Ram deserved the honour as he had devoted his entire life for the uplift of the Aboriginal sections.
She
said he had instilled self-confidence in the Original Inhabitants of
Jambudvipa i.e.,The Great Prabuddha Bharath, deprived and backward
sections, who had been divided into several castes.

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Today, at 20/2/2022, at # Unnao and # Lucknow,
I will appeal votes for energetic candidates and will be present between you.

Write to every poling booth.
BSP is to be powered.

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‘Special gifts’




Meanwhile, some public welfare measures, she
referred to as “special gifts” for the people, would be announced on her
birthday on January 15.


Stating that her birthday would be celebrated
in a simple manner throughout the country, she said she had appealed to
her partymen to render financial help to poor widows, the elderly and
physically impaired persons of the “sarv saamaj” on the occasion. She
also appealed to her cadres to extend financial assistance to the party
on the day.


Big plans for Mayawati’s birthday













BANGALORE: On the occasion of Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Mayawati’s birthday on January 15, the Bahujan Samaj
Party (BSP) in the State has decided to distribute Rs. 5,000 each to
five women belonging to poor families in each Assembly constituency of
the State. BSP State unit president M. Muniyappa told presspersons here
on Saturday that the party would collect money from party workers to
celebrate their leader’s birthday in a grand manner on Tuesday. —
Special Correspondent


‘Pejawar seer wants to meet Mayawati’




Special Correspondent









Party not aware of the reasons behind the request

BSP to contest Assembly polls on its own





BANGALORE: The Bahujan Samaj Party State unit
on Wednesday claimed that Pejawar Math pontiff Vishvesha Thirtha Swamiji
has sought an appointment with party supremo Mayawati.


Addressing presspersons, BSP State unit
president Marasandra Muniyappa said the Pejawar seer was keen on meeting
Ms. Mayawati. However, he said the party was not aware of the exact
reasons behind such a meeting sought by him.


Mr. Muniyappa only said that the success of Ms.
Mayawati’s social engineering experiment in Uttar Pradesh in which the
party joined hands with the upper castes as well as the oppressed
communities had resulted in people from various communities, including
the upper castes, moving towards the BSP in Karnataka.


He said the party State unit was in an upbeat
mood ever since Ms. Mayawati addressed a convention in Bangalore
recently. More than 1,000 persons were joining the party every day from
various communities ever since Ms. Mayawati’s visit, he claimed. During
her Karnataka visit, Ms. Mayawati had assured poor people from upper
castes of providing 10 per cent reservation in private sector if her
party came to power at the Centre.


Mr. Muniyappa said the party would contest all
the 224 Assembly seats in the State on its own without entering into any
alliance with other political parties.


In a statement, the party said the former
Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences R.
Chandrashekhar would join its fold.


Meanwhile, the BSP State unit has decided to
celebrate Ms. Mayawati’s birthday on January 15 in a novel way by
providing financial aid of Rs. 5,000 each to five destitute women and
poor widows from every Assembly constituency in the State.


Mr. Muniyappa said about 1,300 persons would
receive the financial aid at a programme to be held on that day at the
Ambedkar Bhavan in Bangalore.


He said the funds for such an aid would be raised from the party members instead of collecting donations from industrialists


Contribute financially on my birthday, says Mayawati




BSP chief Mayawati said she has appealed to her
supporters to celebrate her birthday on Monday by ‘contributing
financially’ to the party and for welfare activities.


The UP Chief Minister, who will turn 52 on
January 14, said that she had asked ‘party workers and well-wishers to
undertake welfare activities for helpless widows, the old and
meritorious poor students’ on the occasion.


“This would be the most valuable and important
gift for me,” she said and asked BSP workers to celebrate the occasion
with simplicity in view.


Mayawati said a book My Story of Struggle:
BSP’s Journey - Part 3 would be released on the occasion in New Delhi
and also promised a slew of schemes for the people, but refused to
divulge them till then.


The Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa i.e.The
Great Prabuddha Bharath leader was earlier this week virtually given a
clean chit by the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal which said she received
gifts out of veneration and personal esteem.


Mass conversion held in Nellore district of Andhrapradesh under the banner of AMBEDKAR DHARMA PORATA SAMITHI(ADPS)


There was a big mass conversion held in Nellore
district of Andhrapradesh under the banner of AMBEDKAR DHARMA PORATA
SAMITHI(ADPS) , means Ambedkar’s Dharma Struggle Committee, the
organisation dedicated for spreading Babasaheb Ambedkar’s ideology
especially in spreading buddism.  Organisation’ s President Jnanabodhi
Sri. Ingilala Ramachandra Rao presided the programme.  Bangalore based
buddhist bhikku Sri. Bodhi Datta banteji gave panchseela and addressed
gathering and stressed to need to follow buddhist priniciples in daily
life and taught how to do Metta Meditation.  Later 22 precepts given to
the gathering by Sri. Ramachandra Rao and gave presidential speech.  The
programmed held in Nellore Town hall, on 25th December 2007, began
around 4.30Pm. and ended 6.30p.m after taking big rally in the streets
of Nellore town with Jaibheem and long live Buddhism slogans by
committed cadres of ADPS. Around 2000+ participated in proframme,
includes mainly dalits, few tribals, obc casts and interestingly some
muslims also got converted. The rural crowd mostly seemed to be very
serious about buddhist conversion.  The occasion they choose is on
December 25, on which day Babasaheb burnt Manusmuthi publicly , which is
based on inequality and cruelty on humanity. From Bangalore I attended
with Some BSP friends and translated Bhanteji.s english speech into
Telugu.

Regards,
Kodanda Rama
Bangalore


 

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DO GOOD😊PURIFY MIND- Path for All Societies to Attain Eternal Bliss by propagating BUDDHA’S OWN WORDS

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Grow Broccoli 🥦 capsicum 🫑 cucumber 🥒 carrot 🥕bean vegetables 🥗 & fruit 🍌 ğŸŽ 🍉 plants 🪴& trees 🌳🌲 all over the world 🌍 & be happy 😃& proud🥲 like an elephant 🐘
like what Sujata who fed hungry Buddha, Manimegali who fed the poor
with her Amudha Surabhi, Ashoka the Great who planted Fruit Bearing trees
all over his empire. Maha Mayawati said she will bring back Ashokan
rule
by changing  the face of the country first.
From

Kushinara Nibbana Bhumi Pagoda
sarvajan.ambedkar.org
944926443
White Home
An 18ft Dia Mindful Meditation Lab
668, 5A Main Road, 8th Cross, HAL III Stage,
Punya Bhumi Bengaluru
Magadhi Karnataka
Awakened Universe
Dr B.R.Ambedkar thundered “Main Bharat Baudhmay karunga.” (I will make this country Buddhist)
With a humble request to be your working partner and to visit Kushinara Nibbana Bhumi Pagoda to
propagate BUDDHA’S OWN WORDS




All Aboriginal Awakened Societies of the world  to Thunder ” Hum Prapanch Prabuddha Prapanchmay
karunge.” We will make the whole world Awakened Universe.

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On Fear

“There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.”



On Your Mind

There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.”

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”


“All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded
on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. If a man speak or act with
an evil thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of
the beast that draws the wagon…. If a man speak or act with a good
thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.”

“Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness.”


“Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.”


“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create
distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”


“Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering
follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that
draws it.”


“Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind.”


On Achieving Awakenment

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”


“A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he
is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.”


“Purity or impurity depends on oneself, no one can purify another.”


“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.”


“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”


“What is evil? Killing is evil, lying is evil, slandering is evil,
abuse is evil, gossip is evil, envy is evil, hatred is evil, to cling to
false doctrine is evil; all these things are evil. And what is the root
of evil? Desire is the root of evil, illusion is the root of evil.”


“To insist on a spiritual practice that served you in the past is to
carry the raft on your back after you have crossed the river.”


“If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone.”


“Stop, stop. Do not speak. The ultimate truth is not even to think.”


“The one in whom no longer exist the craving and thirst that
perpetuate becoming; how could you track that Awakened one, trackless,
and of limitless range.”


“Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.”


“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.”

“The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground”

On Living In The Present Moment


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On Compassion

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”


“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life
of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being
shared.”


“Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.”

“As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your
heart with judgement but rain your kindness equally on all.”


“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”


“If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?”


“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.”


“Give, even if you only have a little.”


“Life is so very difficult. How can we be anything but kind?”


“We will develop and cultivate the liberation of mind by loving
kindness, make it our vehicle, make it our basis, stabilize it, exercise
ourselves in it, and fully perfect it.”


“As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your
heart with judgments but rain your kindness equally on all.”


“Kindness should become the natural way of life, not the exception.”

On Your Words

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”


“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”


“The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.”


“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.”


“If you propose to speak always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind.”


“Like a fine flower, beautiful to look at but without scent, fine
words are fruitless in a man who does not act in accordance with them.”


“Speak only endearing speech, speech that is welcomed. Speech, when it brings no evil to others, is a pleasant thing.”

On Doubt

“There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt
separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and
breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it
is a sword that kills.”


“Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame.”

On Your Ideas

“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”


“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no
matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your
own common sense.”


“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”


“Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also
this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.”


“Long is the night to him who is awake; long is a mile to him who is
tired; long is life to the foolish who do not know the true law.”


“Our theories of the eternal are as valuable as are those which a
chick which has not broken its way through its shell might form of the
outside world.”


(Tired of commonplace advice to “think positively” and “dream big” to
achieve what you want in life? Check out our free video training on the
hidden trap of trying to improve yourself. Register here.)

On Suffering

“Pain is certain, suffering is optional.”


“Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.”


“The root of suffering is attachment.”


Thich Nhat Hanh retells the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha in the highly recommended book, Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha.



On Your Self

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

“Doubt everything. Find your own light.”


“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no
matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your
own common sense.”


“If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.”


“Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self.”


“There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.”


“Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.”


“Most problems, if you give them enough time and space, will eventually wear themselves out”


“Irrigators channel waters; fletchers straighten arrows; carpenters bend wood; the wise master themselves.”


“Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.”


“You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way.”


“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”


“She who knows life flows, feels no wear or tear, needs no mending or repair.”


“I am the miracle.”

On Gratitude


“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot at
least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we
didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us
all be thankful.”


“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”


“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.”


(Do you want to read a counter-intuitive perspective on why gratitude
isn’t as important as people think it is? Check out our interview with
the world-renowned shaman Rudá Iandê. Read it here.).

On Meditation


“Meditate… do not delay, lest you later regret it.”



On Death


“Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes.”


“Live every act fully, as if it were your last.”


“To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.”

On Happiness

“One who acts on truth is happy in this world and beyond.”


“Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.”


“A man asked Gautama Buddha, ‘I want happiness.’ Buddha said, ‘First
remove I, that’s Ego, then remove want, that’s Desire. See now you are
left with only Happiness.’ ”


“To support mother and father, to cherish wife and child and to have a simple livelihood; this is the good luck.”

On Changing the World

“One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world.”


(Do you want to change the world? You first need to embrace your
inner beast. Learn how to do this from the world-renowned shaman Rudá
Iandê in our free masterclass. Register here.)

On Friends and Relationships


“An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast;
a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your
mind.”


“Should a seeker not find a companion who is better or equal, let them resolutely pursue a solitary course.”


“He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.”

On Being Noble

“One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble.”


“Being deeply learned and skilled, being well trained and using well spoken words: this is good luck.”


To learn more about meditation techniques and Buddhist wisdom, check out our no-nonsense guide to using Buddhism and eastern philosophy for a better life here.


On Anger

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”


“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of
throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

“Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind.”


“Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.”

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A disciplined mind brings happiness.
Give, even if you only have a little.
Conquer anger with non-anger. Conquer badness with goodness.

Conquer meanness with generosity. Conquer dishonesty with truth

Conquer anger with non-anger. Conquer badness with goodness. Conquer meanness with generosity. Conquer dishonesty with truth



For The Gain of the Many and For the Welfare of the Many Sarvajan Hithaya Sarvajan Sukhaya Maha Mayawati as CM of UP herself regularly monitored development and progress of welfare programmes as  Centre was not cooperating with State ever since the BSP Government came into power in UP .

Apart from being a CM, she was also the national president of BSP. So she took care of the party in other states as well as
in UP.

She had no hassles handling UP. Forso many years, the state has been ruled
by non-BSP parties which is why it is so backward. In my first term as
the CM, in four months I did the work of four years.

All
Awakened Aboriginal societies consider her as the PM of this country
because she became eligible to be so because of her best governance of
UP by way of distributing the wealth of the State proportionately among
all societies as enshrined in our Marvellous Modern Constitution,  This
was not tolerated by just
0.1%
foreigners kicked out from Bene Israel, Tibet, Africa, Western Europe,
Western Germany South Russia, Eastern Europe, Hungary chitpavan brahmins
who are number one terrorists of the world who are violent, militant,
praciticing hatred, anger, jealousy delusion, stupidity remotely
controlling all the non-BSP parties which tdid not like BSP to acquire
the Master Key against  99.9% all awakened aboriginal societies. So they
tampered the fraud EVMs to gobble power. But they are not recognised by
the societies. They feel only the BSP movement can take care of them.
through

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like what Sujata who fed hungry Buddha, Manimegali who fed the poor
with her Amudha Surabhi, Ashoka the Great who planted Fruit Bearing trees
all over his empire. Maha Mayawati said she will bring back Ashokan
rule
by changing  the face of the country first.

All non-BSP parties  themselves are limited to a few states, As a Scheduled Caste’s 
daughter she claimed she was a hard-working girl. She said 
with the way BSP is racing ahead. Obviously, when BSP rushes
ahead, other parties will be hurt. First the Congress, then BJP. Non - BSP parties 
wanted a seat adjustment. and asked  for a national-level alliance but BSP was  not ready. She said 
people do not want it. 

She didn’t need anything from the Congress or BJP. Her party fights alone.
In 1996 with the Congress, it was they who needed BSP when they had an
alliance.BSP’s votes were transferred to them but their votes were not
transferred to BSP. That is when BSP decided that if they don’t gain
anything out of this, then why should they go in for an alliance? Everyone
gains from BSP but they  gained nothing from them..

BJP told Maha Mayawati in 2003 that it wanted to see her as CM
forever. She understood that they wanted her to remain in UP while they
ruled at the Centre. They wanted her to support them in 60 out of 80
seats in the state in the event of a mid-term poll. She said no. They put
political pressure on her and embroiled her in the Taj Corridor case.


They also lodged a disproportionate assets case
against her. Then BJP went out and the Congress came to power. Income tax appellate had given her a clean chit years ago
being held over since 2004. 

Vajpayee cheated BSP  in 1997, when BSP and BJP had a power-sharing arrangement in UP. They are dhokebaaz (not to be trusted) and jhoote
(liars). When Maha mayawati  was CM, she did not try to break their party and even
gave them the post of the speaker. But six months later, they tried to
break BSP’s  MLAs. Just as they cheated her, she cheated them. She said in
Parliament that she will abstain and then the next day voted against them
(NDA government in 1998). She said to herself, she will destroy them in the
entire country. If Vajpayee  can do it, so can she saam daam dand bhed ke saath (with affection, money, punishment and divide). Just as he did to her.

She said  she will make western UP,
Poorvanchal, Bundelkhand. BSP favours small states, it supported
Uttarakhand. Let the Central Government be ready, we will quickly pass
it in the state Assembly. When BSP forms the government at the Centre, It
will make small states.

BSP’s biggest enemy—All of them SP BJP Congress and their allies. She said BSP didn’t need an alliance with any party.



sukhino vaa khemino hontu
sabbe sattaa bhavantu sukhitattaa




may all beings be happy and secure
may their minds be wholesome


C.M. will herself regularly monitor development and progress of welfare programmes in N.O.I.D.A.


Lucknow : 08
January, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Km. Mayawati conducted
surprise check at the district hospital of Gautam Buddha Nagar
(N.O.I.D.A.) today. During her visit she received a number of complaints
regarding the maintenance and poor condition of the hospital. She found
that the surgical ward, dental/E.N.T./O.P.D. and other wards were in
poor condition and very dirty. The distribution of the medicines was not
up to the mark. There was no proper arrangement of treatment of the
patients at the hospital. Owing to the indifference of the doctors she
ordered immediate suspension of Chief Medical Superintendent Dr. H.M.
Kansal. Km. Mayawati also ordered suspension of A.D.M., Land
Acquisition, Mr. Manvendra Singh with immediate effect as a large number
of complaints had been received against him. The Chief Minister, after
conducting surprise check at the district hospital, inspected the under
construction campus of the Gautam Buddha University at the Greater
N.O.I.D.A. and took detailed stock of the situation from the Vice
Chancellor Mr. R.S. Nirjhar regarding the future shape and schemes of
the University. She also inspected the park situated in front of sector
15 A and 16 A. She was informed that earlier there was a beautiful park
here, which was in poor condition now and was also facing encroachment.
The local residents, present on the occasion, informed the C.M. that
since there was no boundary wall in this area the people were facing
difficulties while visiting park. They also demanded that beautification
of the park should also be carried out, on which the C.M. directed the
officers of N.O.I.D.A. to take immediate action. Thereafter, the C.M.
addressed a public gathering at sector 18 of N.O.I.D.A. and said that
the State Government was committed to the interests of the farmers. All
the sections of the society would be provided security, she stated. The
State Government had set up a committee headed by the Commissioner for
compensation, she added. She said that after consulting the people’s
representatives and farmers the appropriate rate of compensation would
be decided within a month’s time. She said that the villages would be
developed like sectors and facilities like sewer, drainage, water and
power supply would also be provided. She said that the quota of the
farmers in the developed sectors would be increased to 17.5 per cent
from existing 12.5 per cent. Referring to those villages where the
farmers were not provided residential plots; Km. Mayawati said that all
of them should be provided residential plots by March 31, 2008 by
launching a drive. She said that the officers had been directed to take
reasonable action by re-examining the cases where the farmers complain
that their locality had been acquired. The action should be taken by
March 2008, she emphasised. She said that in future the team of officers
would visit the villages before acquisition and discuss the matter with
the farmers and the people’s representatives and thereafter send the
proposal to the Government. Strict action would be initiated against
land mafias and officers if they tried to encroach upon the land of the
Authority, she warned. The Chief Minister said that Rs. One crore had
been sanctioned for the N.O.I.D.A. police administration with a view to
improving the law and order of the area and also to provide modern
equipment to the local police. She directed the officers to provide
modern equipment to the police within a month. She also directed the
officers to submit a work plan by 28 February 2008 for the modernisation
of traffic, parking, sanitation, beautification, transport, power and
water supply of N.O.I.D.A. She said that the work plan would be
effectively implemented from March 1, 2008. Km. Mayawati, in her
address, said that when she came into power people thought that she
would not visit N.O.I.D.A. and they would do their own things. She said
that she would herself monitor the development of N.O.I.D.A. She said
that the officers of the Authority had been directed regarding the
problems of the residents of the Atta rural area and said that the
proper action should be taken only after the disposal of the cases
pending in the court. She said that the State Government had been formed
on the basis of Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai therefore no decision
against the wishes of the people would be taken. The M.P./ Chairman U.P.
State Advisory Council Mr. Satish Chandra Mishra, Cabinet Secretary
Sashank Skekar Singh and other senior officers were present on the
occassion.


Centre not cooperating with State ever since the BSP Government came into power in UP : CM


New Delhi : 7
January 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Km. Mayawati said that
ever since the BSP Government had come into power in the State, the
Centre had not extended any cooperation. Because of that the State
Government was unable to accelerate the process of development in U.P.
and also because of the Centre’s apathy the interests of the people of
the State were being neglected. Terming the comments made by the Central
Government and people belonging to Congress Party regarding the State
Government as baseless and unnecessary, the C.M. cited those issues and
cases in detail through which the State Government had made several
requests and demands to the Centre during the last eight months. The
Centre had not taken any constructive step to consider these requests
and demands made by the State Government. The Chief Minister was
interacting with the media persons at the country’s capital here today.
Referring to the federal system of the country, she said that the states
had to rely upon the Centre to a large extent for their development.
She said that without the Centre’s cooperation no state could achieve
requisite development despite its all-possible efforts. Giving a
chronological description of the Government’s efforts for seeking
Centre’s cooperation regarding State’s development, Km. Mayawati said
that within a few days after coming into power, she had made a courtesy
call to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. During the meeting she
had apprised him of the conditions prevailing in the State. She had
sought Centre’s cooperation on several important issues which included
sanction of coal blocks for new power plants, urban development,
tourism, setting up of an international airport at Jewar (Aligarh) and
central assistance for financial balance. She said that despite the
assurances made by the Prime Minister, no constructive action had been
initiated so far on most of the requests of the State. Referring to the
efforts made by the Government to meet the challenge of power shortage
in the State, the C.M. said that despite constraints several power
projects had been initiated by the U.P. Government in public, private
and joint sectors. Owing to the non-cooperative attitude of the Central
Government, the energy crisis of the State could not be solved. Giving
proof to support her statement, she said that the Centre was setting up
eight ultra mega power projects of 4000 MW each in the country, but not
even a single plant was being sanctioned for U.P. Referring to the
letter written to the Prime Minister in this regard, she said that from
such kind of projects a state gets 50-60 per cent of power generated.
And this allocation of power solved energy blues of a State to a great
extent. Citing her request made to the Union Government for providing
1000 MW of power from the Central Pool to meet the power demand of the
State, Km. Mayawati said that the Centre did not pay any heed to it.
Referring to the demand of allotting separate blocks for coal linkage
for new power projects in the State, she said that the same was
allocated with three states jointly. Regarding Rajiv Gandhi Rural
Electrification Scheme, she said that the Centre had not provided any
amount last year. She said that for improving the power distribution
system of the State schemes costing Rs. 500 crore under the APDRP were
pending with the Centre. Reacting to the baseless and unnecessary
comments made by several Central Ministers and people belonging to the
Congress Party regarding the power shortage and deficiencies in other
areas, the C.M. said that it clearly indicated that the Central
Government and the Congress Party were not cooperating with the State on
one hand, while on the other both were acting irresponsibly. The Chief
Minister, mentioning her meeting with the Prime Minister of India
regarding her demand for Rs. 80,000 special package for allowing
development of Bundelkhand and eastern regions of Uttar Pradesh,
regretted that Central Government had so far not initiated any action
for sanction of the package. Pointing to the insensitive attitude of the
Central Government towards the demand of Rs. 7016 crore package for
relief and development of works in Bundelkhand region, the Chief
Minister said that this included Rs. 2049 crore for relief, employment
generation and other development works and Rs. 4867 crore for medium and
long term projects. Highlighting the negligent attitude of the Central
Government for safeguarding the interests of farmers, the Chief Minister
said that the Government of Uttar Pradesh initiated action for ensuring
availability of fertilisers according to the needs of the farmers as
soon as it came into power. The sequence of events started with her
first meeting with the Prime Minister after the formation of her
government in the state. But the negligent attitude of the Union
Government, which started with her meeting with the Prime Minister, was
still going on despite the commitment of State Government for
safeguarding the interest of the farmers. The Chief Minister said that
as against the demand of economic assistance of Rs. 16,000 crore a sum
of Rs. 6,500 crore was made available by the Central Government. A
demand of Rs. 1900 crore was made in the meeting of the National
Development Council held in the month of May last year, for agriculture,
irrigation, cooperative, fertiliser industry and adding to the income
of the farmers, the Central Government had yet not taken any action on
such important issues. She said that the assistance of Rs. 19,000 crore
which was to be received from Central Government has yet not been
received. The Chief Minister said that for checking out the devastation
caused by the floods of the rivers originating from Nepal in eastern
districts of Uttar Pradesh, a sum of Rs. 2200 crore was demanded from
Central Government by formulating action plan and for rehabilitation,
but the Union Government had so far not initiated any action in this
connection. Referring to the efforts made by the Government for the
development of the State and also for the welfare of various categories
of the country, the C.M. said that her government had written to the
Central Government to provide benefits of reservation to the Dalit
Christians, but the Centre had not responded so far. She had also
requested the Centre to fulfil the reservation backlog all over the
country, to make provision of reservation in the private sector, provide
reservation facility to the poor people of the upper caste, but the
Centre had not taken a constructive action in this regard. On the
occasion, the Chief Minister said that keeping the interests of the
Sarva Samaj, the State Government had taken a historic decision to
provide reservation facility in the units being set up in private sector
with the cooperation of the State Government. In the units being set up
in the private sector receiving special facilities from the Government,
10 per cent of the employment would be given to each of the SC, OBC and
religious minorities and poor people of the upper castes. Besides,
under the new practical and realistic economic policy, provisions have
been made to implement reservation policy applicable in the government
services to the disinvested enterprises/undertakings/institutions. The
Chief Minister said that the State Government had requested for CBI
inquiry in cases like food grains scam, Raju Pal murder case, Madarsa
case under Kareli police station, Allahabad and Shashi murder case of
Faizabad, from the Centre, but no action had been taken so far by the
Union Government. Besides, Km. Mayawati said that the State Government
was providing full cooperation to the Centre to deal with terrorism. She
said that the Union Government should also support the State Government
to deal with it. She said that since the Centre was unable to
effectively keep a vigil on the international borders, the terrorists
were infiltrating in the country. These terrorists were posing threats
to the internal security of the country. If the borders of the country
were effectively guarded then these terrorist could not have infiltrated
in the country. The C.M. said that the security and development were
the top priorities of any State or Socity and they should not be
compromised at any cost. These issues should be taken as of national
interest. She said if the Centre was serious towards the development of
Uttar Pradesh then it would have taken our proposals seriously and
approved them immedeately.


U.P. joins the economic mainstream of the country with the implementation of VAT : Chief Minister


Lucknow :
January 01, 2008 Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Km. Mayawati, while
providing information regarding the historical decision of VAT becoming
effective in the State from the very first day of the new year, has said
that with this the Government of Bahujan Samaj Party has ensured the
inclusion of Uttar Pradesh into the national economic mainstream. She
expressed confidence that the VAT regime of U.P. will yield best results
in India and will also play an important role in the development of
industry and commerce. Km. Mayawati was today addressing media
representatives at her official residence 5-Kalidas Marg, regarding the
decision of implementation of VAT system. She said that her Government,
by following the dictum of ‘Sarvajan Hitay-Sarvajan Sukhay’ is committed
to the welfare of Sarva Samaj. With this motive the Government accorded
sanction to the introduction of VAT, so that the common man gets
quality items of his daily need at minimum prices. The Chief Minister
expressed confidence that by introducing VAT and making the tax
structure of U.P. at par with other States, illegal transportation of
goods will be curbed and all, including the common public, farmers,
industries and traders will benefit. The Chief Minister made it clear
that with the implementation of VAT, tax rates have been reduced with
the motive of helping farmers, industry and common man. She has called
upon the manufacturers and the traders to pass on the benefit of this
tax reduction to the consumers. Chief Minister, Km. Mayawati also told
that keeping in view the needs of the common man, tax rate on 91 items
has been reduced in VAT. The tax applicable on kerosene oil distributed
under the public distribution has been reduced to four per cent from the
previous tax of 10 per cent. Tax on all milk products, medicines,
bicycles and matches has been reduced from 8 per cent to 4 per cent.
Traditional Chikan clothes, Banarasi Sarees as well as clothes prepared
from handloom have been totally exempted from tax. Pen, computers,
computer stationery- the items use by students have also been provided a
tax reduction. Bangles, vermilion (sindoor) and bindi have also been
made tax-free. The tax applicable on sewing machine has been reduced to 4
per cent from the previous rate of 10 per cent. Cosmetics, on which a
tax of 16 per cent was applicable under the previous tax structure will
now invite a reduced tax of 12 and half per cent. Under VAT, the State
Government has exempted all varieties of seeds and agriculture
implements from tax and has also reduced tax on chemical fertilizers,
insecticides, pesticides as well as water pumps where a reduced tax of 4
per cent will be applicable. Coarse food grains like Jwar, Bajra, Makka
and Jau have been totally exempted from tax. The tax on tractor and
tractor-trolley has been reduced to 4 per cent from the previous rate of
5 per cent. Tax on all industrial produce as well as in items used in
information technology have been reduced to 4 per cent. While referring
to the decision of her previous government to implement VAT in the
State, the Chief Minister said that her Government had made the
necessary preparations but the Centre did not take any decision at that
time. The result was that VAT could not be made effective in the State.
Km. Mayawati said that from 01 April, 2005 majority of States and Union
Territories opted for the VAT regime but the preceding government of the
State while succumbing to the pressure of certain selfish elements
failed to implement it in U.P., because this transparent system, capable
of curbing tax-evasion is completely in public interest. The result was
that the development of new industry was adversely affected and
industrialists as well as traders also suffered. In spite of concessions
being provided to the industries they had to pay it tax of two and a
half per cent on raw material which was affecting the industrial
production of the State. No new industries were being set up in U.P. and
the already established industries were also migrating to other states.
Only certain selfish elements benefited from the non-implementation of
VAT, while petty traders and consumers underwent exploitation. This
amply clarifies that why the previous government of the State hobnobbed
with these elements. While terming the behaviour of some trade leaders
and the bundh, dharna, agitation, hunger strike etc. sponsored by them
as totally wrong and irresponsible, the Chief Minister regretted that
these leaders were misguiding traders. The parties of these leaders were
ruling in those states where the VAT had already been implemented. Most
of the states of the country were governed either by the BJP or
Congress party or supported by these parties and VAT had been
implemented in all these states. Referring to the neighbouring states of
U.P., she said that in Delhi and Haryana, the Congress is at the helm
of affairs and BJP governments are ruling Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand,
Himanchal Pradesh and Rajasthan states. The governments of BJP alliance
are ruling in Punjab and Bihar states. She said that some elements are
publicising that tax rate in Uttar Pradesh is higher than neighbouring
states which is completely misleading and baseless. She made it clear
that in comparison with the neighbouring states these rates are much
less in U.P.. This is a conspiracy to malign the government of Uttar
Pradesh and confuse the common man, she added. The C.M. said that there
are arrangements under VAT rules, that if any problem arises after the
implementation of VAT, then a pragmatic and legal solution would be
found immediately. The Chief Minister said that her party’s government
was serious regarding the interests of small traders. Therefore, it had
increased the registration limit from Rs. 2 or 3 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh,
keeping in view to bailing out the small traders from the tax. For the
traders, having the sales up to Rs. 50 lakh, settlement scheme had been
implemented and the arrangements have been made for refunding the amount
into the bank accounts of the traders directly within 30 days. The one
per cent development tax levied on trading, having a turn over of more
than Rs. 50 lakh has been abolished She said that after the
implementation of VAT the self-tax assessment would be made in all cases
and all the tax rebate forms had been abolished. She said that her
government was committed for a transparent tax system in which the
honest taxpayers would get full protection and honour. Referring to the
historical decisions and arrangements for the all-round development of
industries and welfare of traders, the Chief Minister said that there
were many decisions, which were not implemented in other States. She
referred to the decisions of abolition of provision against prosecution
of traders, establishing a settlement commission for immediate disposal
of cases of more then Rs. one lakh tax and penalty amount, setting up of
State Tax Board for effective tax policy etc. Km. Mayawati said that
Commercial Tax Department had already set up modern computerised trader
facility centre and registration cell for the facility of taxpayers and
all the departmental works would be fully computerised in the next six
months. The Chief Minister said that commercial tax comprises about 58
per cent in the total revenue of the State. 10 per cent growth rate has
been fixed for the State under the 11th Five Year Plan for which heavy
capital is needed. This situation necessitated implementation for a
tax-system, having less rates of taxes and capable of collection of more
and more tax revenue. With the implementation of VAT, interest of each
and every section would be protected in the State.The Chief Minister
said that with the implementation of VAT, 15 rates of trade taxes were
reduced to four. Rates of taxes have been reduced on 91 articles. Tax
rates of 75 articles have remained unchanged.Only 20 articles are such
of which rates have increased but the option of reconsidering this rate
is still open.


Combined efforts of Centre and State necessary to deal with terrorism


Lucknow :
January 01, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Km. Mayawati, while
condemning the terrorist attack on the Group Centre of the Central
Reserve Police Force (CRPF) carried out this morning in Rampur district,
said that the combined efforts of the Centre and the State were needed
to deal with terrorism. She has announced an economic assistance of Rs. 1
lakh to the family members of the each deceased on behalf of the State
Government and directed the officers to take all precautionary measures
through out the State to check repeat of such incidents. It may be
recalled that some unknown persons entered the Group Centre of the CRPF
around 2:45 a.m. and opened firing at sentry post, guard room and
control room in which seven CRPF jawans and one unknown person were
killed. Besides, three CRPF jawans, one civil police constable of Civil
Lines police station and a home guard were seriously wounded in the
accident. Proper medical attention was being provided to the injured
persons. The senior officers had reached the spot and extensive search
was being conducted in the area. Km. Mayawati has condemned the
incident. She has directed the officers to arrest the guilty at the
earliest and provide better medical care to the injured person. She said
that the terrorists were trying to weaken the democracy by carrying out
such attack, but we would never allow their intentions to succeed. She
further said that the Centre had been requested to provide help to the
State so that it could tight the terrorism effectively.


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INTERVIEW WITH MAYAWATI

Dressed in a simple yellow salwar kameez, the glow on
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s face reflects her electoral
high. Fresh from her rallies in the faraway south, she spoke to India Today Editor Prabhu Chawla and Assistant Editor Priya Sahgal about her plans. Excerpts:

Q. Why are you going beyond UP and touring different parts of the country as well?
A.
Apart from being a chief minister, I am also the national president of
my party. So I have to take care of the party in other states as well as
in UP.

Q. But Uttar Pradesh is such a backward state. Shouldn’t you concentrate more on it?
A.
I have no hassles handling UP. For 57 years, the state has been ruled
by non-BSP parties which is why it is so backward. In my first term as
the chief minister, in four months I did the work of four years.

Q. Is the next prime minister going to be from the state?
A. (laughs) I will change the face of Uttar Pradesh first.

Mayawati: 'What's the blackmail in asking for SPG cover?'

Mayawati: ‘What’s the blackmail in asking for SPG cover?’
Q. Why are you now talking about your security? Are you scared?
A.
I am not scared while I am in Uttar Pradesh. But after BSP got an
absolute majority there and began making inroads in other states, the
other parties got unhappy. That’s why they keep telling me to stay in UP
where I have my own Government and I can be safe. But if I don’t go out
of UP how will my party increase its base? The Uttar Pradesh Government
wrote to the Central Government on the basis of intelligence reports
and asked for SPG (Special Protection Group) cover for me. The Centre in
turn asked why does she need the cover? She is the chief minister and
should stay in the state. Why do they forget that I am the national
president of a party as well?

Q. So you are saying your enemies want to limit you to UP?

A.
Yes, but they will soon themselves be limited to a few states. When I
ask the Centre for security they say yes, there is a need but we can’t
give it as it’s a rule that SPG can only be given to PMs, ex-PMs and
their families.

Q. Have you asked for the SPG Act to be amended?
A.
I am not a PM or an ex-PM or the child of an ex-PM. If they can make an
amendment for an ex-PM’s family, then why not for a Dalit’s daughter? I
am a hard-working girl.

Q. You talked about the danger from a Congress leader. Who is he?
A.

There is one Atiq Ahmad who is being protected by a Congress leader in
Delhi. I will reveal his name when the time is right. When there is a
warrant against Ahmad and we want to arrest him, why are they hiding
him?

Q. You are a popular Dalit leader. Why should anyone harm you?
A.

It’s to do with the way BSP is racing ahead. Obviously, when BSP rushes
ahead, other parties will be hurt. First the Congress, then BJP.

Q. Should Narendra Modi be given SPG cover too? You do concede he is more in danger than you are.
A.
That is for the Gujarat state intelligence and the Central Government to decide.

Q. In 2004, before the elections, Sonia Gandhi did come and ask you for seat adjustments.
A.

Yes, they wanted a seat adjustment. That is correct. Sonia did come and
ask for a national-level alliance but we were not ready. I said my
people do not want it. She was very samajhdaar (understanding), she did not grumble. She understood.

Q. What is your relationship with the Congress?
A.

I don’t need anything from the Congress or BJP. My party fights alone.
In 1996 with the Congress, it was they who needed us when we had an
alliance. Our votes were transferred to them but their votes were not
transferred to us. That is when we decided that if we don’t gain
anything out of this, then why should we go in for an alliance? Everyone
gains from us but we gain from none.

Q. But Rahul feels that the 1996 alliance
harmed the Congress. Do you feel that the Congress has become more
anti-BSP under Rahul?
A.
What difference does that make? Let it be. We all saw what happened back in May 2004.


Q. Some people accuse you of practising the politics of blackmail.
A.

Where is the blackmail in asking for SPG for my security? I am not
asking for money for myself, for a house or a bungalow. I have only
raised issues that are for the good of the people of UP. You call that
blackmail?

Financial aid is not blackmail. What reply will I give
to the people of my state who will ask us why are we supporting the
Centre that is not giving us any aid?

BJP told me in 2003 that it wanted to see me as CM
forever. I understood that they wanted me to remain in UP while they
ruled at the Centre. They wanted me to support them in 60 out of 80
seats in the state in the event of a mid-term poll. I said no. They put
political pressure on me and embroiled me in the Taj Corridor case.

They also lodged a disproportionate assets case
against me. Then BJP went out and the Congress came to power. You know
income tax appellate had given me a clean chit one-and-half years ago.
What has happened now is only the confirmation of the tribunal’s order.
Why was the clean chit being held over since 2004?


 

Q. In 1998, you promised Vajpayee your support and then changed your mind during the vote of confidence.
A.
They cheated me in 1997, when BSP and BJP had a power-sharing arrangement in UP. They are dhokebaaz (not to be trusted) and jhoote
(liars). When I was CM, I did not try to break their party and even
gave them the post of the speaker. But six months later, they tried to
break my MLAs. Just as they cheated me, I cheated them. I said in
Parliament that I will abstain and then the next day voted against them
(NDA government in 1998). I said to myself, I will destroy you in the
entire country. If Vajpayeeji can do it, so can I saam daam dand bhed ke saath (with affection, money, punishment and divide). Just as he did to me.

Q. Others states are improving, but UP stays where it is.
A.
Look at UP’s size and the population of other states. Himachal’s is only 55 lakh, while UP’s is 17 crore.

Q. So do you think UP should be divided into smaller states?
A.

I have no objections. If the Centre is ready, we will make western UP,
Poorvanchal, Bundelkhand. Our party favours small states, we supported
Uttarakhand. Let the Central Government be ready, we will quickly pass
it in the state Assembly. When we form the government at the Centre, we
will make small states.

Q. So who is your biggest enemy— Mulayam, BJP or the Congress?
A.
All of them and their allies.

Q. Will you not compromise with any of them?
A.
The question does not arise. We don’t need an alliance with any party.

Q. Tomorrow, to become PM you may need allies. But here you are fighting with everyone.
A.
BSP has no enemies.

Q. Who are your friends ?
A.
Desh ki aam junta (the public).

Q. Will you withdraw support from the Congress?
A.

We have put our demands in front of them. First, I will celebrate my
birthday, cut my cake, accept the wishes of the people and then decide.

Q. Don’t you think your birthday parties are rather extravagant?
A.

My birthday is celebrated in a way that no other leader’s is. People
donate money in my name. My birthday will be celebrated all over India,
in each state. And on this day, we will help widows, the handicapped and
the poor.

Q. They also collect money in your name for the party.
A.

Other parties ask big industrialists for help, I take help from my
workers. That’s the difference. I say openly I collect from our
membership drive.

Q. Even big industrialists don’t spend so much on their birthdays.
A.
I don’t spend. It’s the party that does all the celebrations.

Q. Is Sonia Gandhi invited?
A.
Does anyone send out invitations? People come on their own.


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Rampur terror attack: 2 CRPF men to be suspended
Friday, 11 January , 2008, 23:25
New Delhi: Two
senior officials of the Central Reserve Police Force are to be placed
under suspension in connection with the terror attack on the Rampur
recruitment centre of the force in Uttar Pradesh which left eight
persons dead.

 

The Home Ministry is understood to have given
its nod to the file seeking disciplinary action against the two
officials of the paramilitary force, sources said.

There was no official word either from the Ministry or from the CRPF on this.

On the New Year’s day, seven CRPF personnel and a civilian were killed when heavily armed militants stormed the centre.

The Uttar Pradesh government has charged a few CRPF
men with helping the militants to storm the camp while the paramilitary
force alleged a vehicle that ferried the ultras to the spot carried the
flag of a major political party.

The UP police questioned two CRPF personnel, including one from Jammu and Kashmir, in this connection.

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Airports alerted across state
9 Jan 2008, 0310 hrs IST,Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui ,TNN

LUCKNOW: A high alert has been sounded across all
airports in Uttar Pradesh following fresh intelligence inputs of a
terror strike on the lines of Kandhar hijacking. Once bitten twice shy,
the security agencies in the state this time are leaving no stone
unturned to eliminate all possibilities of a terror strike, especially
after the attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Group Centre
(GC) at Rampur.

After a foiled attempt to hold hostage, the All
India Congress Party national general secretary Rahul Gandhi - which
was grounded with the arrest of three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) fedayeens
(suicide bombers) by the Special Task Force (STF) in Lucknow in
November, the terror outfits are now believed to be planning another
attempt to rescue some of their important leaders lodged in different
jails across India. The arrested fedayeen had revealed during
interrogation that the plan was to hold Rahul hostage and demand release
of 45 LeT points men lodged in jails.

On the basis of this
lead, the intelligence agencies have sounded a high alert across all
airports, especially in Uttar Pradesh.

Confirming intelligence
inputs seeking alert at airports, director general of police (DGP)
Vikram Singh told TOI that directives had been issued to the authorities
concerned to initiate proper action in this regard. He however refused
to comment on whether the intelligence agencies had expressed
possibilities of a Kandhar type of hijacking originating from Uttar
Pradesh.

“We have advised the authorities to appraise us on
requirement of manpower for security purposes outside the periphery of
the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) manned area at the
airports. If required, we will make arrangements accordingly to provide
these installations with additional security personnel,” Vikram Singh
said. Sources in the civil aviation department (UP) said that all
airports which were presently operational had been asked to make special
arrangements to keep a constant watch on security arrangements around
their premises and also told to ensure that the security aspect was not
compromised at any cost.

“Additional PAC has been deployed on
the boundaries of the Amausi airport touching the civilian localities
from the runway end. Patrolling has been intensified in the area even
during the night even though there are usually no scheduled flights
during that part of the day,” Vikram Singh said talking to TOI.

Director
Amausi Airport SD Awasthi, who is in-charge of the CISF security
paraphernalia around the airport, when contacted on Tuesday said that
special arrangements had been made to foil any terror strike at the
airport. “We have enhanced surveillance inside and around the airport
premises and we are also keeping a close watch on vehicles approaching
the airport and closely monitoring the movement of the occupants inside
the premises on the slightest of suspicion,” Awasthi said.

Quick
Reaction Teams (QRTs), anti-sabotage squads (ASS) and bomb disposal
squads (BDS) of the CISF and UP Police have been put on standby in case
of an emergency, while senior officials are keeping a round-the-clock
vigil on the security arrangements on the premises.

 
Maya flooded with donations ahead of birthday bash

5 Jan 2008, 0000 hrs IST,TNN




 


LUCKNOW:
A day after income-tax appellate tribunal gave her a clean chit on
receiving cash and properties as gifts, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and
BSP chief Mayawati on Friday received huge donations from party MPs and
MLAs as part of the fund collection drive for her birthday on January
15.

The fund will be used
for expanding party’s base in “other parts of the country” and for the
next Lok Sabha elections. The donations were given when the MLAs and MPs
held a meeting with Mayawati to review BSP’s performance in the
recently concluded Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections and
Ballia Lok Sabha byelection.

Each MLA/MP has been asked to collect Rs 3 lakh, to be donated on Mayawati’s birthday for the party fund.

Her birthday will be celebrated as party’s financial assistance day.

The target, a BSP source said, is to collect at least Rs 12 crore, almost double the amount collected last year.

Sources
said while many legislators have made their contributions, some came
with just gifts on Thursday. The remaining MLAs and MPs will donate
their collections by January 15.



 



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Govt. to install computers in schools











Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Government
has decided to install computers in 2,500 schools in the State under the
information and communications technology scheme.


“Under the scheme, about 2,500
government and government aided secondary schools would receive a
financial aid of Rs. 6.70 lakh,” Principal Secretary Secondary Education
AK Mishra said here on Friday.


The students, undergoing computer training, would not be charged anything, he added.


U.P. sends reminder to Centre




Special Correspondent












LUCKNOW: The U.P. government has sent a
reminder to the Centre pressing for SPG cover to Chief Minister
Mayawati. A letter was sent last week.


Principal Secretary (Home), J.N. Chamber, said the demand was made after assessment of intelligence inputs on threat perception.


SPG cover a must: Mayawati




Special Correspondent





Party meet adopts motion censuring UPA government







— Photo: PTI

REITERATES DEMAND: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on her way to address a press conference, amid tight security, in Lucknow on Wednesday.


LUCKNOW: Having threatened to review
BSP support to the United Progressive Alliance government over its
refusal to extend her SPG cover, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati
on Wednesday reiterated her claim for enhanced security, even if the
relevant Parliament Act had to be amended.


In view of the terrorist threats to her
life, which were based on intelligence inputs, the Special Protection
Group cover was an absolute must, she told a press conference here.


Though her government was in power in
Uttar Pradesh, where security concerns were adequately addressed, it was
the Centre’s responsibility to provide her security in other States
which she visited for party work.


Earlier, a meeting of BSP legislators
and MPs not only condemned the attitude of the Congress and the UPA
government but also passed a censure motion.


The Chief Minster was authorised to
take the final decision on withdrawal of support. She said a decision
would be taken at a meeting, attended by all-India office-bearers of the
BSP, in New Delhi after January 15.


“They are trying to create terror”















— Photo: Subir Roy

Samajwadi
Party workers, under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav (centre), son of
Mulayam Singh, courting arrest during a demonstration against the
Mayawati government in Lucknow on Wednesday.


Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati on Wednesday charged the Samajwadi Party with trying to incite
violence in the State with the help of “goonda and criminal elements.”


Addressing a press conference in the
wake of Statewide violent protests by the SP activists, Ms. Mayawati
said: “SP workers still feel that it is their government which is ruling
the State. They should know that now a BSP government is in place in
the State.”


Investigation





The Chief Minister said she had directed the Kanpur Divisional Commissioner to investigate the entire matter.


She claimed that people arrested during protests included “goons and anti-socials who have serious criminal records.”


“Their [SP’s] people were trying to create terror and a number of goons were in that,” she alleged. — PTI


Mayawati raises pitch on SPG cover




Special Correspondent












NOIDA (Uttar Pradesh): Raising the
pitch on her demand for provision of the elite Special Protection Group
(SPG) cover for her, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Tuesday
alleged that the comments by some Congress leaders regarding the threat
to her life were symbolic of their “anti-Dalit” stance.


Addressing public functions in Noida,
near Delhi, Ms. Mayawati said SPG cover would have to be given to her by
the Centre but certain Congress leaders were opposing it in the guise
of “legal hurdles.”


As the Bahujan Samaj Party’s national
president, she needed to travel to different parts of the country and
the Uttar Pradesh police were not fully geared to extend security cover
in other States.


The party base was expanding rapidly,
and her travels were becoming a regular feature. She asked the Congress
why it was not able to amend the rules to enable her to get the SPG
cover.


Several former Prime Ministers and
their families, who did not have any mass base, were enjoying the SPG
cover. She asked why she was not entitled to it.


“It is clear that the Congress does not
want the poor, downtrodden, weaker sections, the Dalits and the
backward sections of society to unite because it will mean the end of
the road for the party.”


Approves grant





Ms. Mayawati visited the district
hospital, interacted with the villagers and approved a grant of Rs.1
crore for the modernisation of the Noida police.


Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa ie. the Great Prabuddha Bharath beaten up for entering temple













Kanpur: A Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa ie. the Great Prabuddha Bharath was allegedly beaten up and abused by a priest for entering into a temple in the district, the police said on Tuesday.


Shailendra Tiwari, the priest at
Mahadev temple in KDA colony stopped one Sudhir Naga and used “abusive
language” when he tried to enter the temple here on Monday night, Bidhnu
police station in charge Sanjay Gupta said.


Naga was also beaten up by the priest after he entered the temple forcibly, Mr. Gupta added.


An FIR has been registered against the duo, he said, adding the matter was being investigated. PTI


Mayawati threatens to withdraw support




Vinay Kumar





Sees conspiracy to eliminate her






NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
and Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati on Monday charged certain
Congress leaders with hatching a “deep conspiracy” to eliminate her, and
threatened to withdraw support to the United Progressive Alliance
government at the Centre anytime after January 15.


A meeting of the BSP officer-bearers,
MLAs and MPS would be convened to a take a final decision, she told a
press conference here. The party has 19 members in the Lok Sabha and
seven in the Rajya Sabha.


Ms. Mayawati said Central and State
intelligence agencies were in the know of the “political and social
reasons” behind the conspiracy to eliminate her. Following a heightened
threat perception, the State government wrote to the Centre requesting
Special Protection Group security for her but there was no response.


“The Congress will be responsible if
anything happens to me,” the Chief Minister said. However, in reply to a
question, she did not say anything against its president Sonia Gandhi.


U.P. has a new plan for food distribution




Special Correspondent












LUCKNOW: In an effort to arrest rampant
corruption in distribution of food grains to poor and needy persons,
the Uttar Pradesh Government has readied a proposal on “cash food
subsidy” from the Centre.


Government sources said here on Monday
that the proposal would be sent to the Centre in a couple of days. Aimed
at changing the system of distribution of food grains under the Public
Distribution System (PDS), the proposal would be taken up as a pilot
project in Lakhimpur-Kheri and Hardoi districts of Uttar Pradesh. To
implement the pilot project in the two districts, the Bahujan Samaj
Party government has demanded Rs.206 crore as cash food subsidy from the
Centre. Sources said the novel proposal could be implemented only with
Union Government approval.


Below Poverty Line and Antyodaya ration
cards holders stand to benefit from the cash food subsidy. Elaborating
on the proposal, official sources said the difference between the
subsidised price of the food grains available at the PDS shops and the
market price should be paid in cash to the ration card holders.


“The cash component can be an effective
check on the corruption in the PDS system and act as a deterrent on
hoarding and diversion of food grains. Besides, it would enable the
ration card holders to purchase the commodity at market price,” said a
Government official.


Direct transfer





The cash component would be transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.


Sources admitted that the proposal
aimed at bypassing the PDS system as experience had shown the government
machinery to be engrossed in procedural matters like checking the
diversion of grains and exposing the multi-crore food scandal which
rocked UP in 2004 and 2005. The food scam is being investigated by the
Special Investigation Team.


“The last man standing on the social ladder has been ignored,” the official said.


BSP will concede Telangana if voted to power in Centre: Mayawati




Special Correspondent





BSP president rules out admitting film actors into her party







— Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

Getting across: BSP president Mayawati waving to people at the party’s rally in Hyderabad on Sunday.


HYDERABAD: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati said here that her
party would create a separate Telangana if it was voted to power in the
Centre.


Addressing a public meeting at the
Nizam College grounds on Sunday, Ms. Mayawati said the BSP was committed
to Telangana as it was in favour of smaller States. She appealed to
people of the region to elect a good number of MPs on BSP ticket to pave
way for the victory of the party and thereby creation of a separate
State.


‘No’ to film stars





Referring to speculation about the
entry of film star Chiranjeevi and his brother Pavan Kalyan in BSP, she
said there was no place for cine stars in the party as they were
basically entertainers and had no inclination to serve people.


She asked people not to get into the
trap of film artistes. She also asked the State leadership of the BSP to
see that no film star was admitted into the party.


Ms. Mayawati traced the origin of
naxalism in AP and other States to pro-capitalist policies of successive
Governments led by the Congress, BJP and some ‘misguided’ regional
parties. The parties implemented programmes of capitalists having been
elected with the support of the latter. In fact, the parties were at the
command of capitalists. As a result, the interests of the poor were
neglected which gave rise to naxalism, she said. She maintained that BSP
was the only party which aimed at political power on the strength of
its own following so that the capitalists had no say in Government. The
party was committed to serving the poor irrespective of caste and
religion


BSP assurance on quota for upper castes




Special Correspondent












HYDERABAD: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati on Sunday said her Bahujan Samaj Party, if elected to power at
the Centre, would bring in a constitutional amendment to provide
reservation to the poor among upper castes based on their socio-economic
backwardness.


Addressing a rally here, she said she
had written to the Centre and requested national parties to ensure that
the amendment was introduced but none of them was interested.


The Uttar Pradesh government had
already provided the poor among upper castes a 10 per cent quota in
government departments that were privatised.


Charge against parties





Ms. Mayawati said the BSP was concerned
at privatisation of government departments as it eliminated the rule of
reservation. It was unfortunate that the Centre promoted privatisation
with a view to diluting the reservation policy.


She also regretted that the Centre was “indifferent” to the BSP’s demand to treat Dalit Christians as Scheduled Castes.


Many Dalits in Uttar Pradesh were converting to Christianity but they did not get social status and they remained poor.


The Congress, the BJP and other
national parties were not interested in improvement of the conditions of
weaker sections, she alleged.


Assails TV channels





Ms. Mayawati came down on a daily and
some TV channels for putting out false reports that the Uttar Pradesh
government had marginalised Brahmins by scrapping their caste
organisations. Such organisations no longer existed as they merged with
the BSP before the Assembly elections, attracted by the party’s
ideology, she said.


Buddhist priest’s death triggers tension













Mumbai: Tension prevailed in the northern suburb of Deonar here on Sunday following the alleged suicide of a Buddhist priest.


Trouble started when the body of Sahraj
Bheeru (75), priest of Sandesh Buddh Vihar was found hanging near the
Vihar in the morning.


The police said prima facie it looked like a suicide, but people in the area alleged that it was murder.


An angry mob resorted to stone-pelting,
damaging some government buses. The police resorted to a ‘mild’
lathicharge to disperse the crowd.


No arrests have been made. — PTI


New DIG appointed in U.P.













Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Government
has appointed senior IPS officer C D Tewari as DIG (Vital
Installations). “ Mr. Tewari, who was serving as DIG (Security), has
been transferred to the post of DIG (Vital Installations) which had been
lying vacant for years,” a Home Department spokesman said here on
Friday. R.P. Singh has been appointed as the new DIG (Security).- PTI


Mayawati revives bird sanctuary in Raja Bhaiya’s estate




Special Correspondent






Decision taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by U.P. Chief Minister








It was set up during Mayawati’s previous term

Decision reversed when Mulayam came to power







LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh Government
on Friday revived the Bhimrao Ambedkar Bird Sanctuary situated in former
State Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya’s Benti estate
in Pratapgarh district. The decision to revive the sanctuary was taken
at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Mayawati.


The bird sanctuary had been set up on
July 16, 2003, during Ms. Mayawati’s previous term as Chief Minister but
her decision was reversed through a notification issued on June 30,
2006, when Mr. Mulayam Singh was the Chief Minister. Raja Bhaiya was the
Minister of Food and Civil Supplies in the Mulayam Singh Cabinet.


Describing the decision of the previous
regime as illegal, Ms. Mayawati told a press conference here that the
move violated interim orders of the Supreme Court dated August 22, 1997,
and November 13, 2000. She said approval of the National Wildlife Board
is required for cancelling the notification on bird sanctuaries and
national parks and de-reservation of bird sanctuaries/national parks
cannot be done till further orders. She said the Cabinet on Friday
approved the cancellation of the previous Government’s notification.


Around 100 acres of land and the pond
in Benti had been acquired by the previous Mayawati regime for setting
up the bird sanctuary. During that period the former Minister and his
father, Uday Pratap Singh, were in jail under the Arms Act and POTA.
When Mulayam Singh returned to power on August 29, 2003, he lifted POTA
and later inducted Raja Bhaiya as a Cabinet Minister.


VAT modified





Meanwhile, the Value Added Tax (VAT) structure in relation to certain commodities was modified by the Cabinet .


Ms. Mayawati said while wheat flour,
jaggery, maida, bun, rusk, cotton and silk thread for weavers,
bio-fertilisers and DAP and newsprint had been exempted from VAT, four
per cent tax would be levied on diesel, naphtha, natural gas, school
bags and greeting cards. Four per cent tax would also be levied on
picture tubes, plastic mugs, molasses, contact lens, spectacle frames
and footwear up to Rs.300. VAT on pulses has been reduced to one per
cent but 12.5 per cent tax would be levied on CNG.


The Chief Minister said the decision to
modify the tax structure was taken after getting feedback from
different quarters following the imposition of VAT in UP from January 1
this year.


VAT comes into force in U.P. amid protests




Special Correspondent






State paid a heavy price due to non-implementation of VAT, says Mayawati








‘Tax rates in U.P. will now be similar to those in other VAT States’

Bandh by traders’ organisations evokes mixed response across State







LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh joined the Value
Added Tax (VAT) club on Tuesday amid protests by different traders’
organisations who downed shutters. The State bandh by traders, however,
drew a mixed response.


Describing the implementation of VAT in
Uttar Pradesh as a historic decision that would enable the State to
join the economic mainstream of the country, Chief Minister, Mayawati
said it would give a fillip to the development of trade and industry.
The Chief Minister pointed out that not only will the essential
commodities be available to the consumers at a fair price, the measure
would benefit the traders and the consumers as the tax rates in U.P.
would be similar to those prevalent in the other VAT States.


Addressing a Press conference to
announce the introduction of the new tax regime, the Chief Minister
attacked the previous Government which had refused to implement VAT as
it played up to the demands of the vested interests. Ms. Mayawati said
the State had paid a heavy price due to the non-implementation of VAT as
it left an adverse impact on trade and industry. Moreover, it resulted
in the flight of industries from U.P.


The Chief Minister assailed the
Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress for misleading the traders
despite the fact that VAT had been implemented in the States ruled by
these parties. She dubbed the dharna and bandh by traders as an
irresponsible act.


Stating that the Government would
address the problems of the traders, the Chief Minister said tax has
been reduced on 91 commodities with only four per cent tax levied on
milk products, drugs and tea. While ‘chikan’ products and Banarasi
sarees have been exempted from VAT, by raising the registration limit to
Rs. 5 lakh, relief has been given to small traders.


Constitution of a Settlement Commission and State Tax Board were the other features of the move to implement VAT.


Following the implementation of VAT,
the Trade Tax Department has been renamed Commercial Tax Department.
Commercial Tax was one of the highest revenue earners contributing 58
per cent to the State Exchequer. The Chief Minister added that to
achieve 10 per cent growth rate in the 11th Five Year Plan, U.P. needed
huge doses of investment and the new tax regime would augment the
State’s resources.


U.P. promulgates VAT ordinance













Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Governor T V
Rajeswar on Monday promulgated an ordinance for implementation of
value-added tax from Tuesday, even as the State Government has warned
traders against disrupting supply of essential commodities in protest.


After the Governor promulgated the
Ordinance on VAT, the State Government has geared up for its
implementation from Tuesday. With Uttar Pradesh deciding to implement
VAT, this tax system has now been adopted across the country.


In the wake of threats from various
traders’ organisations to protest the imposition of VAT, the State
Government has decided to invoke Essential Services Maintenance Act
(ESMA), Principal Secretary (Home) J N Chamber told reporters here. He
said that everyone has a right to demonstrate but it should be peaceful
and no one would be allowed to forcibly close shops and business
establishments.


PPP projects to have job quota in Uttar Pradesh




Atiq Khan






Will be similar to the system followed in government service: Mayawati











—Photo: Subir Roy

Chief Minister Mayawati at the press conference announcing the New Economic Policy at her residence in Lucknow on Monday.



LUCKNOW: With the public-private
partnership (PPP) model forming the core of the Uttar Pradesh’s new
economic policy, 2007, Chief Minister Mayawati announced on Monday that
the quota system would be introduced in the areas and projects to be
developed on the basis of the PPP model. The reservation would be
similar to the system applicable to the beneficiaries in government
service.


Rehabilitation policy





Simultaneously, the Chief Minister
announced a rehabilitation policy for those whose land will be acquired
for developing the 1,000-kilometre-long Ballia-Noida Ganga Expressway.


The package lays stress on compensation for the land and property that are to be acquired, besides certain other benefits.


Fifteen per cent of flats and plots to
be developed on the acquired land would be reserved for the oustees.
Besides, they would be entitled to a monthly allowance equivalent to
minimum farm wages for 25 days.


This arrangement would last one year from the date of acquisition. The policies were approved by the Cabinet.


Unveiling the new economic policy,
called the New Middle Path Economic Policy at a press conference here,
the Chief Minister said that though the global economic scenario was
fast changing, the fruits of economic development had not percolated
down to the last man on the socio-economic ladder.


She emphasised that her government had
endeavoured to introduce a system of holistic economic development whose
benefits would benefit the deprived and downtrodden sections in
society.


It was decided on August 10 to
introduce the system of voluntary reservation in the sectors where
special benefits would be given by the government to the private
players.


This arrangement envisaged 10 per cent
reservation for the Scheduled Castes, 10 per cent for OBCs and religious
minorities and 10 per cent for the economically poor in the upper
castes.


The absence of reservation in
privatisation initiatives taken by the Central and State governments,
besides the shrinking job scenario in government services, had resulted
in the decline in the representation of the poor sections in the private
sector.


The State’s equity would be a maximum
of 49 per cent and a minimum of 11 per cent in the schemes and projects
to be developed in the private sector, she said, while allaying the
fears of the employees working in the projects to be developed on the
basis of PPP model.


Infrastructure development, she said,
had been accorded top priority. Development of rural and urban
infrastructure, including power, drinking water, roads, transport,
health, and industries, had been identified under the new economic
policy.


In the Ganga Expressway rehabilitation
package, 250 square metres of land in urban areas and 150 square metres
of land in rural areas would be allotted free of cost to the families
whose houses would be acquired for building the eight- lane highway. The
Chief Minister also launched an e-procurement scheme in the State for
tenders. It is aimed at finishing mafia raj in contract business.


Gujarat verdict





Earlier, the Chief Minister pointed out
that though the Bahujan Samaj Party failed to open its account in the
Gujarat Assembly elections, four of its candidates lost only by a margin
of 300 to 400 votes.


PTI reports from New Delhi:


In an interview to the Hong Kong-based CFO Asia magazine Ms. Mayawati said she expected to become Prime Minister after the next general elections.


“I expect the Bahujan Samaj Party under
my leadership to take charge of governance in India.” “Chances are
bright for the BSP to catapult to power under my leadership,” the BSP
leader said when asked whether she would play a “central role” in the
formation of the next government


Quota system for PPP areas in U.P.: Mayawati




Atiq Khan






“It will be similar to that followed in government service”











Photo: Subir Roy

‘New Economic Policy’: Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati with State Advisory Council Chairman
Satish Chandra Mishra during a press conference at her residence in
Lucknow on Monday.



LUCKNOW: With the public-private
partnership (PPP) model forming the core of the State’s New Economic
Policy, 2007, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mayawati announced on Monday
that quota system would be introduced in the areas and projects to be
developed on the basis of the PPP model. The reservation would be
similar to the system applicable to the beneficiaries in government
service.


Simultaneously, the Chief Minister
announced a rehabilitation policy for those whose land would be acquired
for developing the 1,000-kilometre-long Ballia-Noida Ganga Expressway.
The package lays stress on compensation for the land and property which
would be acquired besides certain other benefits. Fifteen per cent of
flats and plots to be developed on the acquired land would be reserved
for the oustees. Besides, they would be entitled to a monthly allowance
equivalent to minimum farm wages for 25 days. This arrangement would
last one year from the date of land acquisition. The policies were
approved by the Cabinet.


New economic policy





Unfolding the new economic policy,
called the New Middle Path Economic Policy at a press conference here,
the Chief Minister said with the global economic scenario fast changing,
the fruits of economic development had not percolated down to the last
man on the socio-economic ladder. She emphasised that the Bahujan Samaj
Party Government had endeavoured to introduce a system of holistic
economic development whose benefit would accrue to the deprived and
downtrodden sections and the poor of the “sarv samaj”. Ms. Mayawati said
it had been decided on August 10 to introduce the system of voluntary
reservation in those sectors where special benefits would be given by
the Government to the private players. This arrangement envisaged 10 per
cent reservation for the Scheduled Castes, 10 per cent for OBCs and
religious minorities and 10 per cent for the economically poor in the
Upper Castes.


She stated that the absence of
reservation in privatisation initiatives taken by the Central and State
Governments, besides the shrinking job scenario in Government services,
had resulted in the decline in the representation of the poor sections
in the private sector.


Job security





The State’s equity would be a maximum
of 49 per cent and a minimum of 11 per cent in schemes and projects to
be developed in the private sector. The Chief Minister allayed the fears
of the employees working in the projects to be developed on the basis
of PPP model assuring them of complete job security. Infrastructure
development had been accorded the top priority. Development of rural and
urban infrastructure, including power, drinking water, roads,
transport, health, and industries, had been identified under the new
economic policy.


In the Ganga Expressway rehabilitation
package, 250 square metres of land in urban areas and 150 square metres
of land in rural areas would be allotted free of cost to the families
whose houses would be acquired for building the eight- lane highway. The
affected families would also be entitled to road, drinking water,
electricity, school, panchayat building and irrigation facilities in the
rehabilitated areas.


Financial aid





More importantly, the oustees would be
extended financial assistance to the minimum of Rs. 25,000 for building
shops and work sheds. The families given compensation have been given
the option of buying shares in the developer company which would be
equivalent to 10 per cent of the compensation money.


The Chief Minister also launched the
e-procurement scheme in the State for tenders. It is aimed at finishing
mafia raj in contract business.


Gujarat verdict





Earlier, in an informal chat with
newspersons, the Chief Minister pointed out that though the Bahujan
Samaj Party failed to open its account in the Gujarat Assembly
elections, four of its candidates lost only by a margin of 300 to 400
votes. The party’s campaign lasted about five to six months and the BSP
contested on 166 seats.


Regarding the party’s performance in
the Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, the Chief Minister said the verdict
would surprise everyone.


U.P. districts told to ensure cold relief













Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Government
has ordered district authorities to step up relief measures with 22
people dying due to the cold this winter even as people on Monday
enjoyed a respite from the weather as the mercury stayed near the 10
degree mark.


Lucknowites woke up to a warm and sunny
December morning after an overnight minimum of 9.9 degrees Celsius
while Sultanpur district was the coldest in the state at 8.9 C, the Met
office said. The weatherman has predicted partly cloudy skies with
minimum temperature at around 11 degrees Celcius for Tuesday. The
official death toll since the winter rolled in this year is 22 with six
people succumbing to the weather in the past three days.


Mayawati ‘targeted’












 



Lucknow: Two members of the
Lashkar-e-Taiba suicide squad, who apparently wanted to target Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, were on Sunday killed in an encounter. —
PTI


Mayawati promises quota for upper castes too in private sector




Special Correspondent











‘BSP is keen on implementing social welfare schemes in the State’

They will be based on the Uttar Pradesh model

of social change







BANGALORE: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday called
upon the people of the State to enable the BSP to replicate the Uttar
Pradesh model of social change and development here.


With the State set to go for the
Legislative Assembly elections in a few months, Ms. Mayawati, who was
here on a two-day visit to welcome former Minister P.G.R. Sindhia and
his followers to BSP, said the party was keen on implementing similar
social welfare schemes in the State if it received support from people.
Addressing a large convention of party workers, she said, if voted to
power at the Centre, the BSP would provide reservation in private sector
not only to Dalits, backward classes and minorities but also to the
economically weaker among the upper castes.


“There is a need to amend the
Constitution to provide such a reservation. We will amend the
Constitution if we come to power at the Centre,” she added. The 10 per
cent reservation accorded in the private sector in Uttar Pradesh would
be replicated across the country.


There was also the need to extend these
benefits to Dalits, who had converted to Christianity. Ms. Mayawati
said the oppressed sections were losing their reservation rights in
government jobs as the Congress, the BJP and other parties were on a
spree of privatisation of government undertakings. The main aim of the
BSP, she said, was to build a harmonious society, which would be free
from caste frictions and also provide equal opportunities to all
communities.


But this dream could not be realised
without convincing the upper castes to accept the BSP ideology, she said
and asked the party workers to join hands with members of all the
communities in the society.


The BSP received a boost with the entry
of Mr. P.G.R. Sindhia, who has served as MLA for about 35 years and as a
Minister for 16 years.


Quota for upper castes too in private sector, says Mayawati




Special Correspondent











‘BSP is keen on implementing social welfare schemes in Karnataka’

They will be based on the Uttar Pradesh model of social change







BANGALORE: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday called
upon the people of Karnataka to enable the BSP to replicate the Uttar
Pradesh model of social change and development here.


With the State set to go for the
Legislative Assembly elections in a few months, Ms. Mayawati, who was
here on a two-day visit to welcome former Minister P.G.R. Sindhia and
his followers to the BSP, said the party was keen on implementing
similar social welfare schemes in the State if it received support from
people.


Addressing a large convention of party
workers, she said, if voted to power at the Centre, the BSP would
provide reservation in private sector not only to Dalits, backward
classes and minorities but also to the economically weaker among the
upper castes. “There is a need to amend the Constitution to provide such
a reservation. We will amend the Constitution immediately if we come to
power at the Centre,” she added. The 10 per cent reservation accorded
in the private sector in Uttar Pradesh would be replicated across the
country. There was also the need to extend these benefits to Dalits, who
had converted to Christianity. Her proposal to the Centre in this
matter was yet to receive a response.


Ms. Mayawati said the oppressed
sections were losing their reservation rights in government jobs as the
Congress, the BJP and other parties were on a spree of privatisation of
government undertakings. The main aim of the BSP, she said, was to build
a harmonious society, which would be free from caste frictions and also
provide equal opportunities to all communities.


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Mayawati reconstitutes BSP State unit

M. Muniyappa is new State unit president









— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Welcome:
The former Minister P.G. R. Sindhia felicitating Bahujan Samaj Party
president Mayawati at a BSP convention in Bangalore on Sunday.



BANGALORE: The former Minister P.G.R.
Sindhia, who formally joined the Bahujan Samaj Party here on Sunday,
received a straight boost from the party’s president, Mayawati, who
appointed him national general secretary of the party.


Stating that the entry of a senior
leader like Mr. Sindhia had strengthened the party, Ms. Mayawati
announced his appointment as party national general secretary at the
rally in which he joined the party. He was also named one of the four
leaders from the party’s State unit who would co-ordinate with the
party’s central unit. In addition to this, his name was included in the
committee of four leaders which would select candidates for the coming
elections to the State Legislative Assembly, and the general elections.


Ms. Mayawati called upon Mr. Sindhia to
popularise the BSP ideology among upper castes in Karnataka in
particular and in south India as a whole.


Ahead of the elections to the State
Assembly, Ms Mayawati also reconstituted the party State unit by
appointing party State unit vice-president M. Muniyappa as its State
unit president. State president B. Gopal was elevated as party central
executive committee member. Mr. Sindhia, Mr. Gopal, Mr. Muniyappa and
party national general secretary Vir Singh were given the responsibility
of co-ordinating with the party central unit on State affairs.


Committee





A committee comprising these four
leaders was formed to select candidates for the Assembly elections. Ms.
Mayawati said while the committee would select candidates, she would
finalise their candidature after personally meeting them.


Contrary to the expectation that he
would hit out at Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Deve Gowda and his
sons, Mr. Sindhia desisted from making any such personal attacks. He
described the Janata Dal (Secular) as a divided house. “It is not
possible to patch up this time. Because the hearts are broken in the
Janata Dal (Secular),” he remarked.


Mr. Sindhia said the BSP was not a mere
political party, but a social movement. He was joining this party to
become a part of the efforts of Ms. Mayawati to bring about a social
change.


As many as 34 leaders including Janata
Dal (Secular-Surendra Mohan faction) general secretary Trishulpani
Patel, who is son of the former Chief M inister J. H. Patel, joined the
BSP along with Mr. Sindhia. Other leaders who joined the party included
former MLAs P.S. Prakash (Chickpet), B. Dharmappa (Sagar), Srinivas
(Yelahanka) and Krishnappa (Bannur).


All roads leading to the Palace
Grounds, the venue of the BSP convention addressed by Ms. Mayawati, on
Sunday witnessed traffic jams as a large number of party supporters from
different parts of the State as well as the city attended it. The
highlight of the convention was the presence of people from different
communities, especially youth.




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