A nine day Yajna is going on at Bagla Mukhi temple in Ujjain MP. UP CM had tested positive on the 14th of April. CM Yogi said all activities of the state government are being conducted normally and urged those who came in contact with him in recent days to get themselves tested.
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The residents of Vantangia villages, for the first time are casting their vote for the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat polls which commenced from April 15. These villages were declared revenue village by CM Yogi Adityanath in 2018. Polling of first phase will take place in 18 districts.
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. Taking to Twitter, Adityanath said he is in self-isolation and doing tasks virtually. On Tuesday, the CM isolated himself after some staffers in his office tested positive. Development comes shortly after the UP CM wrapped up his campaign for Bengal polls. Adityanath took the first jab of COVID-19 vaccine on April 05 at a Civil Hospital in Lucknow. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has tested positive for coronavirus. Yadav had recently visited Haridwar where Kumbh Mela is underway & met religious leaders. Uttar Pradesh urban development minister Ashutosh Tandon has also tested positive. UP govt has already announced restrictions on gatherings of people in view of Covid. Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday reported highest-ever single-day spike of 18,021 cases and 85 deaths. Adityanath govt has also imposed a night curfew in districts with over 500 active cases.
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'Jai Shree Ram' slogans echoed during Union Home Minister Amit Shah's address in South 24 Parganas. He accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of stopping 'Saraswati pujan' in schools. Amit Shah said, "Shouldn't Durga Puja take place in WB? Court permission needs to be obtained for it. Shouldn't Saraswati Puja take place? She had stopped it, only after BJP's pressure she was seen worshipping Goddess Saraswati. Didi, Bengal knows that you stopped 'Saraswati pujan' in schools."
Clash broke out between BJP and TMC workers near polling booth in Bidhannagar amid 5th phase of voting in West Bengal on April 17. Speaking to ANI on the clash, TMC leader Sujit Bose said, "Two of our people were injured in stone-pelting by BJP supporters at booth numbers 265 and 272. We have informed the election observer and police. The situation is normal now."
With the beginning of 5th phase of assembly elections in West Bengal, Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) president Mann Ghising on April 17 slammed TMC and said "that it looks like Khela shesh so far" and expressed desire to change the government. Ghising said, "It looks like 'khela shesh' so far. We're keeping a watch. As far as the Hills and our problems are concerned, we want that this government be changed; we want BJP govt, we want justice."
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath on March 02 during a public rally in poll-bound West Bengal took a jibe at Mamata Banerjee led TMC government accusing it to have 'anti-Hindu' sentiments. "Durga puja gets prohibited in Bengal today, cow slaughter is forcefully started during Eid. People's sentiments are toyed with through cow smuggling. The state government remains silent. Now it's attempted to ban slogan of 'Jai Sri Ram' and attacks are executed," said CM Yogi in Malda.
Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary of Health, Amit Mohan Prasad on April 16 informed that so far, 1,02,96,675 COVID vaccine doses have been administered in the state."Active cases at 1,50,676 while 9,583 deaths and 6,33,461 recoveries have been recorded so far in the state. 1,02,96,675 vaccine doses administered till now including 14,87,037 people who have received their second jab," Prasad said while addressing a virtual press conference over COVID situation in the state.
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) Chief Bimal Gurung slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) amid 5th phase of assembly elections in West Bengal by claiming that the party lacks influence on ground. "Politics is not possible through violence, vandalism, shooting. Politics should be simple," Gurung added.
BJP workers in Malda in West Bengal vandalised the party office and raised slogans demanding to nominate the candidate of their choice in the Assembly constituency for the upcoming assembly elections.
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BJP workers were seen vandalizing party office in Malda, West Bengal. Reportedly, workers demanded a change of candidate from assembly constituency. Party workers can be heard raising ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ slogans. In the video, workers can be seen throwing around office furniture. Earlier, BJP had released list of candidates for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th phase of elections.
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BJP workers vandalised their party office in West Bengal's Malda on March 19. They sloganeered, demanding a candidate of their choice in the Assembly constituency, for the West Bengal polls. Similar incident took place in Jalpaiguri on March 18. Minutes after this incident, a huge police force arrived at the spot to handle the situation.
Jharkhand Congress MLA Irfan Ansari stoked controversy by performing puja at a temple. Ansari performed puja at Deoghar's Baidyanath Dham temple, a sacred abode of Lord Shiva. BJP MP Dr Nishikant Dubey demanded arrest of Ansari after he offered prayers at temple. Dubey claimed that entry of non-Hindus is strictly not allowed at Baidyanath temple. The MP from Godda demanded that Jharkhand's JMM-led govt order arrest of Ansari. He also sought action against the deputy commissioner and SP of Deoghar. Meanwhile, Ansari accused Dubey of playing dirty politics in the name of religion. Ansari, MLA of Jamtara, had entered temple's sanctum sanctorum with his companions and performed puja. Ansari claimed that he has been coming to the temple since childhood to seek blessings.
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Nishikant Dubey on April 16 said that today it is a black day for Deoghar as Congress MLA Irfan Ansari entered the Baidyanath Dham temple besides being a non-Hindu. Dubey said, "Entry of non-Hindus is not allowed in Baidyanath Dham temple at Deoghar. But Congress MLA Irfan Ansari entered the temple. I've spoken to chief secretary, demanding suspension of DC and SP. I've also demanded that Ansari be booked under NSA."
Halfway through the West Bengal elections, a controversy over Trinamool Congress' poll strategist Prashant Kishor's leaked chat caused a storm. One of the statements made by Kishor, as released by BJP, involved a declaration that 'if there's a vote, it's for Hindus, for polarisation, and for Modi'. Pollster Yashwant Deshmukh decodes this statement, and how political parties in India have used appeasement and polarisation politics to win votes. Watch the full video for more.
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