Reacting on Priyanka Gandhi's tweet on farmers' situation, Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan said that Congress is behaving like vulture and wants to take benefit from farmers protest. On his meeting with people of Western UP, Balyan said, "The region doesn't have Mandi. There's only Gur Mandi that will be benefitting small-scale farmers with exemption of 2.5% tax over gur. In a way, contract farming already exists and APMC has no impact."
Large number of devotees visited Shri Bankey Bihari Temple in Mathura on April 09. They were seen flouting COVID-19 guidelines while offering prayers. Despite the priest urging devotees to wear face mask and maintain social distancing, they were seen violating the norms. Uttar Pradesh has reported 9,695 fresh COVID cases in last 24 hours.
Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in the Uttar Pradesh, administration took precautionary measures to contain the spread of virus. Lucknow administration imposed night curfew and restrictions on attendees at wedding ceremony. The announcement has adversely affected the wedding businesses which are still recovering from the aftermath of lockdown. The demand of wedding commodities has now fallen. The state government has imposed night curfew in parts of UP on April 08. Uttar Pradesh has registered 31,987 active cases so far.
Despite the rise in COVID-19 cases in UP's Morabadad, people were seen flouting COVID norms, they were neither wearing wearing masks nor following social distancing. District administration took an initiative to create awareness among people and tapped the services of Yamraj, the God of Death. A local artist, dressed as Yamraj, was seen creating awareness among people about COVID-19 pandemic, urging them to wear a mask and observe social distancing.He kept a piece of board along with lines, "Dharti wasio humara workload mat badhao, mask lagao aur distancing rakho", and kept saying "Mask lagao nahi to mai aa raha hun, Yum hai hum, hum hai Yum." Vicky, the artist said, "Corona is spreading rapidly so I request people of the city to wear masks and maintain social distancing wherever they go."
Government Railway Police (GRP) apprehended a fake TTE in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh on April 08. Fake TTE, Deep Shubham was caught on spot checking tickets in Northeast Express train. He also demanded money from without ticket passengers. Passengers raised doubt and inform the other TTE who was present in the train. Soon after, GRP took cognizance of the matter and arrested the fake TTE. He is a resident of Bihar who has done MPhil from JNU.
Ahead of Assembly elections for phase III in West Bengal, Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan held a roadshow in Tollygunge supporting TMC candidate Aroop Biswas. SP led by its chief Akhilesh Yadav has pledged support to the TMC for the ongoing assembly elections in West Bengal.
Amid election fever in West Bengal, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Jaya Bachchan visited the state on April 05, to extend party's support to All India Trinamool Congress (TMC). She praised Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for "single-handedly fighting and struggling during elections". "A single woman is fighting against all the atrocities. Head broken, leg broken but they have not been able to break her heart, brain, and her determination to move ahead and make Bengal one of the best in the world... That's why I am here because Mamata Banerjee, a single lady is fighting and struggling to preserve the rights of every individual of Bengal," said Jaya Bachchan.