SP’s Lal Bihari Yadav becomes Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Parishad
Samajwadi Party’s (SP) Lal Bihari Yadav has been recognised as the Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Parishad, the Upper House of Uttar Pradesh Legislature, according to an order issued by Parishad chairman Kumwar Manvendra Singh here on Friday.
He replaces SP’s Sanjay Lathar whose tenure as a Member of Legislative Council (MLC) ended on Thursday. Lathar was appointed Leader of Opposition only a few days ago to fill the vacancy arising from the death of veteran SP leader Ahamad Hasan.
A resident of Azamgarh, Yadav is an MLC representing Varanasi teachers’ constituency since 2020. His tenure will end in 2026.
With the Eknath Shinde-led rebel faction of the Shiv Sena all set to announce a new party, the Shiv Sena Balasaheb, senior Congress leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan on Saturday said no such group would be recognised until it gets a legal authorisation from the Maharashtra assembly speaker. The incumbent deputy speaker of the Nationalist Congress Party, Narhari Zirwal, is overseeing the responsibilities of the speaker.
Shiv Sena legislator Tanaji Sawant's office in Pune was ransacked by party activists on Saturday amid the political crisis in Maharashtra caused due to the breaking away of a section of MLAs led by urban development minister Eknath Shinde from the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray-led party. Local corporator Vishal Dhanawade later told reporters that this was a reaction by Shiv Sainiks as Sawant has turned a rebel. Despite repeated attempts Sawant could not be contacted.
A bronze statue of the architect of Bengaluru city, Nadaprabhu Kempegowda, will be unveiled soon at the Kempegowda International Airport, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai told reporters on Friday, news agency PTI reported. The statue is said to be around 108 feet tall, weighing around 220 tons, i.e. 2,20,000 kilograms. Chief Minister Bommai was at KIA to inspect the progress of the installation work of the statue after he returned from his Delhi trip.
The Pragati Maidan tunnel, which was inaugurated on June 19, will be closed for vehicular movement on every Sunday as authorities have decided to allow people to visit the tunnel and see the artwork along its walls- a suggestion that was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while inaugurating the facility. The 1.3-km-long tunnel connects Mathura road to Ring road while passing under the Pagati Maidan.
The Karnataka high court on Friday reserved judgement on a suit pending before a Mangaluru court, which had sought a survey of the Malali mosque on the outskirts of the city after a Hindu temple-like architectural design was discovered underneath it during April renovation works, PTI reported. The single-judge bench of Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum had issued notice to mosque authorities and adjourned the hearing to June 17.