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Republic Day celebrated with full fervour and enthusiasm Governor took salute at Vidhan Bhawan on Republic Day Several programmes highlighted feeling of Unity and Integrity Lucknow : January 27, 2009 Republic Day was celebrated with full fervour and enthusiasm in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh yesterday. The U.P. Governor, Mr. T.V. Rajeswar took the salute of Parade at Vidhan Bhawan. The U.P. Chief Minister, Ms. Mayawati greeted the Governor, Mr. T.V. Rajeswar and extended her good wishes on Republic Day. The main programme organised in front of Vidhan Bhawan seemed to be the projection of entire Country and State giving the message of unity in diversity. Republic Day celebrations and tableaux exhibited the feeling of facing the challenges of terrorism in united manner. It gave the message of peace, progress, commitment to ‘Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai’, welfare schemes for the development of weaker sections of Sarv Samaj, steps towards development, energy and awareness towards environment conservation in the State. Students of different schools presented attractive cultural programmes and several folk dances. The tableaux of Information & Public Relations Department which titled “Har Beti Ke Jivan Mein Khushiyon Bhara Savera” exhibited two schemes “Maha Maya Garib Balika Ashirwad Yojana” and “Savitri Bai Phule Balika Shiksha Madad Yojana” launched by Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati on January 15 in attractive manner. It may be mentioned that these schemes were launched in view of providing honour to girls in society and continuing their education. Republic Day cultural programmes presented in front of Vidhan Bhawan projected themes of freedom struggle, National Unity and Integrity, challenge of terrorism, social change, glorious traditions and rich cultural heritage of the country. The students of different schools presented cultural programmes such as Pragati Chakra, Jai Jawan Jai Kisan, Ekta Desh, Amader Desh Nritya, Hindi-Urdu Bhasha Nritya, Azadi ki Dulhan, Azadi ke Diwane, Rangilo Rajsthan, Salame Hind, Yuwa Shakti, Ab Jag Uthe Hain Hum, Maa Tujhe Salaam, Anekta me Ekta, Saksharta Drill, Bhangara, Shahide Watan, Garwali Lok Nritya, Peace Drill, Marshal art etc. The parade of Republic Day was led by Col. Navdeep Dahiya of 12th Kumaon Battalion. On this occasion, T-72 tank of Indian Army, Armed Engineer Vehicle, Combat Engineer Tractor, 105 MM Light Field Gun, PMS Bridge, NBC Protection and bomb disposal team, Anti Tank Guided Missile, 7.62 mm medium Machine Gun and VMP etc. were projected. Kumayun Regiment, 1/11 Gorakha Rifles, Ex. Soldiers Welfare Corporation, CRPF, ITBPF, SSB, 11th , 32nd , 35th battalion of PAC, UP Police, Home Guard, PRD took part in parade. The students of different schools and colleges of city also took part in March Past. On this occasion, U.P. Tourism Department, Horticulture and Food Processing Department, CMS, Ram Swaroop Memorial College of Engineering and Management, Aminabad Inter College, Forest Department, SBI, Rajya Suchana Shikska Sanchar Bureau, LPS, Eram Education Society, Akhil Vishwa Gayatri Pariwar, Alternative Energy Development Institute, UPPCL, SUDA and LDA, Information and Public Relations Department tableaux were exhibited. The Chairman of State Advisory Council Mr. Satish Chandra Mishra, several Ministers, MLAs, freedom fighters, eminent citizens were present besides, Cabinet Secretary Mr. Shashank Shekhar Singh, Chief Secretary Mr. Atul Kumar Gupta, Additional Cabinet Secretary Mr. Vijay Shankar Pandey including Senior Government and Police officers and eminent citizens in large numbers. ——–
CM Grieved Lucknow : January 27, 2009 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms. Mayawati has expressed profound grief over the demise of former President of India Mr. R. Venkatraman. In a condolence message, Ms. Mayawati said that in his death the country had lost an able and experienced statesman. She said that he had carried out his responsibilities in an efficient manner both as Vice President and a Union Minister. The country would always remember the services rendered by him, she said. The Chief Minister has conveyed her heartfelt condolences and deep sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul. It may be recalled that the 98-year-old Mr. Venkatraman was President of the country from 25 July 1987 to 25 July 1992. He had been ailing for the past some time and was being treated at the Army Hospital, New Delhi. *******
Colourful R-Day celebrations held in Uttar Pradesh
January 26th, 2009 - 3:34 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, Jan 26 (IANS) A march past by security forces, colourful
tableaux and dances by school students marked the Republic Day
celebrations held in the Uttar Pradesh capital Monday. The main
function was held at the Vidhan Sabha Marg where Governor T.V. Rajeswar
hoisted the national flag and took the salute at an impressive march
past in front of the state assembly. Chief Minister Mayawati was also
present at the nearly two-hour long function that started at 10 a.m.
Contingents of the Armed Constabulary, different wings of the Uttar
Pradesh police, Home Guards and National Cadet Corps participated in
The parade started from the Charbagh area, covering a five-km route
to reach the state assembly in Hazratganj in the heart of Lucknow.
Children from various city schools enacted scenes of security
personnel repulsing terrorist attacks. Students also presented lively
dances and showcased tableaux highlighting the rich cultural heritage
of the state.
The state was on high alert in the wake of two suspected Pakistani
terrorists being killed Sunday in Noida, a town adjoining New Delhi,
“Armed security personnel and snipers were deployed at important
vantage points (in Lucknow),” said district police chief Akhil Kumar.
Press Information Bureau (C.M. Information Campus) Information and Public Relations Department, U.P. C.M. requests P.M. to provide Visa to Haj pilgrims for 2009 on special passport C.M. demands withdrawal of new directives of Haj Committee of India and restoration of special passport system
U.P. Government Committed to ensure hassle-free Haj pilgrimage — Mayawati Lucknow : January 25, 2009 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati has requested the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to restore the provision of Visa on special passport to Haj pilgrims for 2009, so that Haj pilgrims do not face any difficulty. In a letter sent to Prime Minister today in this regard she referred to the letter sent by Haj Committee of India to Uttar Pradesh State Haj Committee, which states that the Committee has decided to replace the current provision of visa on special passport with visa on international passport for Haj pilgrims from the year 2009. The Chief Minister said that if this directive of Haj Committee of India, an institution of External Affairs Ministry, is not amended nor any alternate arrangement is made for providing visa and passport to Haj pilgrims in time, then Haj pilgrims would face extreme hardships and difficulties. She said that out of the total number of pilgrims from the country performing Haj, approximately 20 to 25 per cent Haj pilgrims belong to Uttar Pradesh. She said that the State Government is committed to ensure hassle-free Haj pilgrimage. She said that because of this new arrangement by the Government of India, the State Government would not be able to honour its commitment. In her letter, Ms. Mayawati has also stated that previously the facility of special passport was provided to Haj pilgrims, so as to exempt them from various procedures required for getting passport, so that they can perform Haj in least difficulties. She said that if passport and visa were not made available to Haj pilgrims in a convenient manner, then they would face maximum difficulty and a large number of people desirous of the holy Haj pilgrimage would be left out. She said that issuing such directives without making any alternate arrangement in the process of passport and visa, has caused discontent among citizens. The Chief Minister in her letter has also referred to the fact that for the Haj of 2008, Haj Committee of India had not timely provided the passports and visas due to which the Haj pilgrims of the State had to face numerous problems. She said that because of this situation the State Government had to sent its officers to Mumbai several times via special vehicle for solving the problems of visa and passport. In spite of it Haj pilgrims had faced difficulties. *******
Allahabad, Jan 24: Terming the Samajwadi Party’s
recent tie-up with Kalyan Singh as “an eye-opener for Muslims of the
country”, the Bahujan Samaj Party on Saturday asked the minority
community to “teach a befitting lesson” to the Mulayam Singh-led party
in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
“We have always been calling bluff the Mulayam Singh
Yadav’s claims of secularism. By joining hands with Kalyan
Singh, he has shown his true colours,” BSP national general
secretary and senior member of the Uttar Pradesh cabinet
Nasimudding Siddiqui said here.
He was addressing a party meeting organised with a view
to mobilising the minority community in favour of the BSP.
“Muslims must not forget that Kalyan Singh was the very
person during whose chief ministership Babri mosque was
demolished. Besides, although he has resigned from the BJP he
has never ever expressed regret over the incident of December
6, 1992,” Siddiqui said.
“Now, Yadav, the self-proclaimed champion of Muslims, has
rubbed salt into the community’s wounds by openly stating that
Mandir-Masjid is a non-issue. Muslims of Uttar Pradesh must
teach him and his party a befitting lesson in the Lok Sabha
elections,” Siddiqui added.
Speaking on the occasion, UP Social Welfare Minister
Indrajit Saroj, who also holds the party general secretary’s
post, said the BSP was the only party which was committed to
the interests of Muslims.
“Our Muslim brethren never had any doubts about the BJP.
The Congress has exposed its own weakness and so it has lost
your confidence as well.
“Now, Mulayam too has demonstrated the hollowness of his
so-called secular credentials. We, therefore, request our
Muslim brethren to strengthen themselves politically by voting
for behenji’s (Mayawati’s) party in the coming elections,” she
Election of 38 Madhya Pradesh legislators challenged
Jan 23 (IANS) The election of 38 legislators, including former
ministers and chairpersons of state-run corporations, in the November
2008 assembly polls has been challenged in the Madhya Pradesh High
Court, data compiled from court records show.
Manipulation in the counting of votes polled, both
through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and postal ballots, is the
major charge against the legislators, apart from their being accused to
corrupt practices, booth capturing and terrorising voters.
While 23 petitions have been filed in the Jabalpur bench of the
Madhya Pradesh High Court, eight have been filed in the Gwalior bench
and seven in the Indore bench.
Among those whose election has been challenged is Neena Verma of the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who beat her Congress rival Bal Mukund
Gautam in the Dhar constituency by just one vote. Gautam has alleged
irregularities in the counting of postal ballots to ensure her victory.
Congress legislator Brijendra Singh’s election from Prithvipur
(Tikamgarh) has also been challenged. BJP candidate Sunil Nayak, a
former minister, was killed Nov 27, 2008 soon after polling ended in
the constituency. Dinesh Nayak, a close relative of the vicitm, has
accused Singh and his supporters of booth capturing and terrorising
voters by firing in the air.
Congress leader Munnalal Goyal has challenged the election of Public
Health Engineering Minister Anoop Mishra (BJP) from Gwalior (East),
alleging manipulation in the counting of postal ballots.
Other petitions include that of Madan Lal (BJP), who has challenged
the election of Vijay Laxmi Sadho (Congress) from Maheshwar (Khargone
district), and of Rajesh Patel (Congress), who has challenged election
of the BJP’s Surendra Patwa from Bhojpur (Raisen district).
This apart, petitions have been filed challenging election of BJP
legislators Vishwas Sarang from Narela (Bhopal) and Dhruv Narayan Singh
from Bhopal (Central) under the Office of Profit Act.
Sarang and Singh are chairmen of state-run corporations.
Losing contestants from political parties that have little or no base have also knocked on the doors of the court.
Former legislator Rajendra Bharti, whose Bahujan Samaj Party failed
to make an impact despite speaking about social engineering on the
lines of that in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, has urged the court to set
aside the election of the former minister Narottam Mishra (BJP) from
Datia, saying he adopted corrupt practices to influence the outcome.
Mukesh Nayak of Uma Bharati’s Bharatiya Jan Shakti (BJS) party has
challenged the election of Brijendra Pratap Singh (BJP) from Pawai
(Panna) even though the party fared poorly.
Similarly, Doman Singh Nagpure of the Gondwana Ganatantra Party
(GGP) has challenged the election of Pradeep Jaiswal (Congress) from
Waraseoni (Balaghat). Nagpure’s party has a nominal presence in the
Joint rallies of ‘third alternative’ in State capitals
Mr. Deve Gowda denied that the poll tie-up of the “third alternative”
parties with the Bahujan Samaj Party led by Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Mayawati was a closed chapter. Though she had made it clear
that seat-sharing with her party was not possible in her State and in
some other States, she was very positive in fighting the BJP and the
Congress fronts in cooperation with the emerging new alliance. “There
is no doubt for us in this regard.”