UP bypolls: Yogi credits 'double engine' govt as BJP breaches SP strongholds Azamgarh, Rampur
Uttar Pradesh chief minister and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath on Sunday hailed the party's ‘double engine’ government as the party breached the Samajwadi Party (SP) bastions, the Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha seats, for which byelections were held on June 23.
“The win on Rampur Lok Sabha seat reaffirms common people's faith in people-friendly policies of the BJP's ‘double engine’ government under prime minister Narendra Modi's leadership,” Adityanath wrote on Twitter, his post translated roughly from Hindi.
He further credited the leadership of the saffron party, its dedicated ‘karyakartas’, and thanked the people of Rampur.
On Azamgarh, the chief minister posted a similarly-worded tweet.
PM Modi and BJP leaders use the term ‘double engine’ government for a situation in which the BJP is in power both at the Centre and in a state; it already leads the Union government.
In Rampur, the BJP's Ghanshyam Singh Lodhi defeated his nearest rival, Mohd Asim Raja of the SP, by a margin of 42,192 votes, the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced. Bypolls here were necessitated after senior Samajwadi leader Azam Khan resigned from the seat earlier this year after being elected as a legislator from the assembly constituency, also named Rampur.
Meanwhile, Azamgarh witnessed a thrilling contest among the BJP, SP and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidates. Bhojpuri actor Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirahua’ was eventually victorious, edging out his nearest rivals, Dharmendra Yadav (cousin of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh) and BSP's Shah Alam, also known as ‘Guddu Jamali’.
The seat was vacated by Akhilesh Yadav after his election as an MLA from the Karhal assembly constituency.
The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority Wednesday evening held a meeting ahead of the flyover work at Savitribai Phule University chowk planned from August 17. The traffic police demanded that necessary changes be made to the traffic before starting the flyover work at the busy chowk. The PMRDA had demolished the flyover at the university chowk two years ago and now, the new flyover is coming up with the metro.
The India Meteorological Department has forecasted light rainfall in parts of Maharashtra, including Pune, till August 15. The weather department has released no warnings for Pune city and ghat regions from August 12 onwards. For August 12, IMD has forecasted light to moderate rainfall for Pune city and isolated heavy rainfall for ghat regions. From August 13 to August 15, light rains are very likely for Pune city.
With the city receiving continuous rain for the last two days, the water level in all four dams – Khadakwasla, Panshet, Temghar and Warasgaon has gone up. As a result, the state irrigation department has released water from Khadakwasala and Panshet dams as both have been filled to 100% capacity. Water from both dams was released at noon on Thursday. The irrigation department has advised citizens to stay away from the river bed.
Manoj Kumar, the constable from Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh, whose ordeal about poor quality of food being served at the police mess was being shared by widely, later spoke about how efforts were now being made to declare Kumar mentally unstable by taking him to a hospital in Agra. He said he was ready to shell out more from his pocket as part of the charges for good quality food.
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation veterinary department capturing and relocating six sterilised stray dogs from Seawoods Estates Limited has come under the scanner of animal lovers including the trustee of People for Animals (POA), Ambika Shukla. Individual complaints, too, have been raised by feeders with the Animal Welfare Board of India. Likewise, an affidavit is also to be filed with the Supreme Court. Municipal commissioner, Abhijit Bangar, has sought a reply from the officer.