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:
- 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.
- 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.”
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- 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.
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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Javed Akhtar could have called us: ‘PM Narendra Modi’ producer Sandip Ssingh on credit row
Apart from Javed Akhtar, another veteran lyricist, Sameer, had said that he was surprised to find his name in the credits.
Mumbai| Producer Sandip Singh, whose latest film “PM Narendra Modi” is embroiled in a controversy after Javed Akhtar expressed shock over getting credit for a song in the biopic, says the noted lyricist could have shared his grievance personally.
The 74-year-old writer’s name was mentioned in the credits of the film’s trailer alongside lyricists Prasoon Joshi, Sameer, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Sardar, Parry G and Lavraj.
“Javed sahab is a senior writer in our country. We have grown up listening to his songs. We have used one of his old songs ‘Ishwar Allah’ from ‘1947: Earth’ and gave him credit. T-series is our music partner.
“I did not get any call from him and so I also did not call him. He spoke about it on Twitter, so even I replied there. But he could have called us,” Singh told PTI.
Apart from Akhtar, another veteran lyricist, Sameer, had said that he was surprised to find his name in the credits.
In his response, Singh said on Saturday that they gave credit to Sameer because they had incorporated his song “Suno gaur se Duniya walon” from the film “Dus”.
The trailer of the Omung Kumar-directed film, featuring Vivek Oberoi in the lead, released on Wednesday.
When asked about the response to the trailer, Singh said, “We can’t always have everyone like our work. We welcome all the criticism and we will learn from it.”
The film, which also features Boman Irani, Manoj Joshi, Zarina Wahab and Prashant Narayanan, releases on April 5.
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The Vice-Admiral in his career spanning over 36 years has served as the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. He has also been Joint Director Naval Air Staff at the Naval Headquarters, Captain Air and Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Air Station at Mumbai and as a member of the Aircrew Instrument Rating and Categorisation Team (AIRCATS).
In the election month, 4.74 Cr farmers to get second installment of PM Kisan Scheme
Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Centre announced the Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM Kisan) scheme.
New Delhi| About 4.74 crore small and marginal farmers registered under the PM-Kisan scheme before the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for general election came into effect on March 10 will get the second instalment of Rs 2,000 each in their bank accounts, a senior government official said Saturday.
Of these 4.74 crore beneficiaries, 2.74 crore farmers have so far received the first instalment and the rest will be covered by month-end, he said.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has allowed the Union Agriculture Ministry to transfer the first and second tranche of the payment to all those beneficiaries registered under the scheme before March 10, the official added.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Centre announced the Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM Kisan) scheme under which Rs 6,000 per year would be disbursed in three instalments to around 12 crore farmers who hold cultivable land up to 2 hectares.
In the budget, the NDA government allocated a sum of Rs 20,000 crore, to transfer Rs 2,000 each to farmers in the first instalment by March-end, for the ongoing fiscal under the scheme.
The PM Kisan scheme was formally launched at the national level by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 24 at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh by transferring the first instalment to 1.01 crore farmers, amounting Rs 2,021 crore.
“We were hoping to have the data of 12 crore farmers from across the country. But the data of 4.74 crore farmers have come before the MCC was enforced,” the official told PTI.
The government has already released the first instalment of Rs 2,000 each to 2.74 crore beneficiaries and the remaining will be covered before this month-end, he said.
With regard to the payment of the second tranche to begin from April 1, the official said the ECI has allowed making the payment to all those beneficiaries registered before the MCC kicked in.
“We can go ahead and make the payment of the first instalment to the rest of the people whose names are on the portal. We can go ahead and make the payment for the second instalment as well,” the official said.
In Uttar Pradesh, the first instalment has been released to around one crore farmers so far and the Centre has received data of additional 66 lakh farmers.
The official further said that Punjab and Haryana are amongst the top beneficiary states as more than 80 per cent of the farmers registered under the PM Kisan scheme have received the first instalment.
While, some states including West Bengal, Delhi and Sikkim have yet not submitted the farmers’ data and therefore no money has been transferred.
The official also mentioned that no fresh data has come from states after the MCC came into effect.
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