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Akhilesh Yadav takes a dig at UP govt; says BJP insults Hindu gods

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Akhilesh Yadav criticized the BJP government on a number of issues from agrarian crisis to poor healthcare.

 

Former UP Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party patron Akhilesh Yadav took a jibe at the current Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Without mincing his words, he criticised the BJP government on a number of issues from farm crisis to poor road development in the state. Let’s have a look at the highlights from his speech:

  1. On Yogi breaking Noida Jinx:

Akhilesh while putting up a case for frequent transfers of IPS officers also sarcastically criticized Yogi Adityanath’s Noida visit. He said, while it is brave of Yogi Adityanath to go to Noida for the first time and break the taboo, its effects he believed, will be seen sooner.

  1. PM takes credit for all the developments

In a veiled jibe at PM Modi, Akhilesh Yadav said the BJP inaugurated metro project started by the Samajwadi government. However, he continued, “CM Yogi did not even get the chance to hoist the flag or press the inaugural button. That tells all.”

  1. Who paints Toilet with Saffron colour?

The UP government landed in trouble after the goof-up of painting the Haj house with saffron. Moreover, a case of painting the toilets saffron had come to fore as well. Taking a dig Akhilesh Yadav asked, “Who paints the toilets saffron? “Painting the toilet saffron is an insult to our religion,” he jeered.

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    Poor condition of patients at BRD hospital

The deaths of children in Gorakhpur’s BRD hospital due to lack of oxygen had exposed the poor health infrastructure of the state. Akhilesh Yadav attacked the Yogi government saying, “During the Samajwadi government, we had built the hospital with 500 beds. What are the facilities Yogi government is providing? Isn’t the government aware of the deaths?” He also demanded that government should reveal how much budget has been allocated for hospitals.

  1. No relief from Potholes on the roads

Mocking the poor roads in the state, Akhilesh Yadav said the roads in the state have become better than that of the expressway Samajwadi government built. Further mocking the government for not fulfilling its promise, he asked that all the roads have now become potholes-free.

  1. The state government lying about the agrarian crisis in the state.

Akhilesh Yadav also attacked UP government for not paying heed to the problems of potato farmers. Two days ago the potato farmers dumbed kilos of the produce in front of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly to protest the low prices for their crop.

  1. BJP has insulted the Hindu Gods

Targeting Yogi’s remarks “Ram Bhatak Gaye hai” i.e. Ram has lost its way; Akhilesh Yadav said it is sad that a sage Chief Minister is saying this. He asked if this is the language a sage use for its god. “BJP has insulted our gods,” Yadav said.

While asked about constant failure in the local body elections, Akhilesh Yadav said that the Samajwadi party is bracing itself for the general elections of 2019 and 2022. It will strengthen its booth management system and organizational structure. However, when asked about the alliance, he brushed the question aside saying he will focus on the party first.

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Central government not in favour of slashing excise duty on fuel prices

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As mentioned by a senior official on Monday, the finance ministry is not in favour of cutting excise duty on fuel prices even though petrol prices hit a 55-month high in the national capital today at Rs 74.50 per litre, while diesel rates reached Rs 65.75. The finance ministry instead wants states to cut sales tax or Value Added Tax (VAT) on fuel, he added.

It must be mentioned that the government wants to reduce fiscal deficit to 3.3% of the GDP in the current fiscal from 3.5% of the last fiscal. “Excise duty cut would be a political call, but is not advisable if we have to stick to the fiscal deficit glide path outlined in Budget,” he said.

“Every rupee cut of excise on fuel will result in a loss of Rs 13,000 crore to the government,” the official said, adding that the oil ministry has not yet officially asked for a cut in fuel excise duty.

State-owned oil firms, which have been since June last year revising auto fuel prices daily, today raised petrol and diesel rates by 10 paise per litre each in Delhi, according to a price notification.

India has the highest retail prices of petrol and diesel among South Asian nations as taxes account for half of the pump rates.

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Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry and 3 Northeastern states to rollout intra-State e-way bill from April 25

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Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Meghalaya are the 3 northeastern states to join

The GST council on Monday announced the third phase of the e-way bill system for the intra-state transport of goods. From April 25 this system will be further applied in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim, and Puducherry.

Till now the e-way bill system is applicable for intra-State transport in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.

The union government issued a release and said: “E-way bills are getting generated successfully and till 22nd April 2018, more than 1.84 crore e-way bills have been successfully generated which includes more than 22 lakh e-way bills for the intra-State movement of goods”.

“With the roll-out of e-way bill system in these States/union territory, it is expected that trade and industry will be further facilitated insofar as the transport of goods is concerned, thereby eventually paving the way for a nation-wide single e-waybill system,” the government further added.

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Home Ministry withdraws AFSPA from Meghalaya, eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh

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NEW DELHI: The Union Home Ministry on Monday in its gazette notification has withdrawn the contentious Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA) from the state of Meghalaya as well as eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh.

The ministry has issued a statement that AFSPA has been revoked from all parts of Meghalaya and has been reduced from 16 police stations to eight, with effect from March 31, 2018.

Till September 2017, 40 percent of Meghalaya was under AFSPA.

The Congress member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh Ninong Ering has been opposing the extension of the AFSPA in some parts of the state, saying it was “misused by the army”. Ering said that in the name of the Act, the army “harassed and tortured” villagers.

AFSPA is now applicable only to 8 police stations in Arunachal, down from 16 police stations in 2017. The Home Ministry has also enhanced the aid under the surrender-cum-rehabilitation policy for militants in the northeast from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 4 lakh. The policy will be applicable from April 1, 2018.

The government also relaxed the restricted area permit and protected area permit for foreigners visiting Manipur, Mizoram, and Nagaland. Restrictions, however, will remain for “countries of concern”, which include Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China.

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act was enacted in 1958 to bring under control what the government of India considered ‘disturbed’ areas.

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