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Mayawati Tweets, Claim Of BJP To Have Made Uttar Pradesh Riot-Free In Last Two Years A Farce

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s claim that the state has not seen a single riot in the past two years of the Bharatiya Janata Party government has failed to make an impression on Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati.

Mayawati said that the claim to have made Uttar Pradesh “riot-free” in the last two years is a “farce”. Writing on micro-blogging site Twitter, the BSP chief said the incidents of mob lynching in Uttar Pradesh have “brought bad name to the country”.

“BJP’s claim that UP remain riot-free in past 2 years is farce. During the period BJP leaders & ministers remain awfully busy in lifting of heinous cases against them. And what about mob lynching etc which brought bad name to the country and ultimately Hon court had to intervene,” she said.

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US Official Says, China Too Has Responsibility Not To Shield Pakistan; Expresses Disappointment Over Beijing’s Decision

New Delhi: A senior Trump administration official said that China has a responsibility not to shield Pakistan expressing deep disappointment over Beijing’s decision to block a bid in the UN to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”.

Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) led by Azhar claimed responsibility for the February 14 terrorist attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama district which killed 40 Indian security personnel.

“We think China has a responsibility to also not shield Pakistan and join the international community in calling on Pakistan to take action against terrorists operating on its soil,” the senior Trump administration official said on Wednesday.

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For Priyanka Gandhi Modi Raj Reminder To British Raj When People Were Tortured

New Delhi: The torrid Indian summer seemed to have come early in the holy city of Varanasi as Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers scuffled briefly during Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s visit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency.

Priyanka Gandhi launched a sharp attack on Modi, calling him an Indian dictator (“Hindustani tanashah”) and compared the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) rule to the British Raj during which people were tortured and no one allowed to raise their voice. She also garlanded a statue of India’s second prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri of the Congress party, who, along with Sardar Patel (India’s first home minister, also of the Congress) and Subhas Chandra Bose (a Congressman till he was ousted from the party in 1939), has been adopted by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which claims that none of them got the credit due to them from the Congress because they did not belong to the Nehru-Gandhi family.

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Assembly Elections In J&K Deferred As State Administration Asked For 70,000 Paramilitary Troops

New Delhi: Officials said that Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir were deferred as the state administration asked for over 70,000 paramilitary troops for conducting simultaneous polls, a demand which could not be acceded to.

A home ministry official said the Jammu and Kashmir administration’s demand of about 717 companies of paramilitary personnel could not be met as a large number of forces would be required across the country for general elections.

A company of paramilitary comprises about 100 personnel. The state elections may be held anytime after the Parliamentary polls, the officials said.

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NIA Court Acquits Four People Including Swami Aseemanand For Samjhauta Express Blast Case

New Delhi: A Panchkula special court acquitted four people including Swami Aseemanand for the deadly firebombing of the Samjhauta Express in 2007. In this attack 68 people - 42 of them Pakistani passengers - were killed when the bi-weekly train, connecting Delhi and Attari at India-Pakistan border in Punjab, on the night of 18 February 2007 was attacked.

Investigators had concluded that terrorists had used improved explosive devices and inflammable substances for the blasts and the fire in two coaches of the train near Panipat in Haryana. Two unexploded suitcase bombs were found in other compartments of the train.