Reject unholy SP-BSP deal: Adityanath

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday appealed to voters in Gorakhpur to reject the “unholy and corrupt alliance” of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party in the upcoming Lok Sabha bypolls to two seats. His remark came a day after BSP chief Mayawati said that though her party was not contesting the bypolls, her workers and supporters would vote for the “strongest candidate” in a position to defeat the BJP. The SP is the prime opponent of the BJP in the bypolls, and Ms. Mayawati’s call would mean that the BSP workers would support the SP candidates in Gorakhpur and Phulpur.Addressing a rally in Gorakhpur city, Mr. Adityanath said the SP and BSP had agreed on a “deal” to throw the State back into anarchy and corruption.Mr. Adityanath said the BSP was supporting the SP despite “the SP in the past promising to destroy the Ambedkar memorial in Lucknow if it came to power, and the State guest house incident [of 1995 in which SP leaders allegedly humiliated her]”.In another rally in Campierganj, Mr. Adityanath said the two rivals had been forced to come together to save themselves “just like the snake and the mole-rat take shelter in the same place to survive the floods”.”I pity them. But in reality, they are looteras (plunderers). They looted the State, messed with the future of the youth, pushed farmers to despair and defamed the State,” the Chief Minister said.Ms. Mayawati, however, has already clarified that her support to the SP in the bypolls or Rajya Sabha elections did not amount to a formal alliance with the party and the final decision in that regard would be taken after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are declared. Holi celebrationsIn his election rallies, Mr. Adityanath is also emphasising that on Holi festival, Muslims shifted their timings for Friday prayers so that the Hindu festival could be celebrated without any glitches.”Friday prayers come 52 times in a year, the timing can be changed. They changed it from noon to 2 p.m. And we gave full freedom to celebrate Holi with all the fun and frolic,” said Mr. Adityanath.The ruling BJP has picked its Gorakhpur region head Upendra Shukla, a Brahmin, to defend the political bastion of the Chief Minister, who held the seat from 1998 and exerts considerable influence in the region through the Gorakhnath temple of which he is head priest. The Gorakhnath Peeth has held the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat since 1989, with Mahant Avaidyanath, Yogi Adityanath’s guru, winning till 1998.If Mr. Shukla wins, Gorakhpur would get its first BJP MP in 28 years who is not directly from the temple. He faces a challenge from Praveen Nishad, the son of Nishad Party founder Sanjay Nishad. He is fighting on an SP ticket.last_img read more

Rep Hall takes action to block devastating Green New Deal

first_img13Mar Rep. Hall takes action to block ‘devastating’ Green New Deal The House Energy Committee today approved a resolution introduced by state Rep. Matt Hall to oppose the Green New Deal introduced at the federal level.Hall’s House Resolution 41 calls for Michigan to oppose the so-called Green New Deal outlined in U.S.  House Resolution 109 and U.S.  Senate Resolution 59. It was approved by the House Energy Committee, 9-7 votes.“Attempts to label this mandate an ‘economic stimulus package’ only demonstrate how out of touch congressional leadership is with the industries that keep our nation’s economy strong,” Hall said. “This plan would be devastating to the automotive and manufacturing economies Michigan depends on. Not only will this Green New Deal cost taxpayers as much as $93 trillion, it would also cost many of them their jobs.”The plan outlined in the Green New Deal calls for taxpayer dollars to be spent on public works projects to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years. In addition to climate goals, the plan includes far-reaching social promises, such as providing a basic income for able-bodied adults unwilling to work.“We need smarter, evidence-based regulatory practices that protect and promote our way of life here in Michigan,” Hall said. “Not only is this proposal based solely on lofty and unachievable goals, it’s patently hostile to traditional American principles.”Hall’s resolution next advances to the House floor for consideration. Categories: Hall Newslast_img read more