BJP's Lalji Tandon to contest from Lucknow
Atal Bihari Vajpayee's protégé Lalji Tandon was on Friday declared as BJP's candidate for the Lok Sabha polls from the Lucknow constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Prime Minister and sitting MP from Lucknow, was called on by party chief Rajnath Singh before he announced the seat, according to BJP sources.
"Lalji Tandon would be the party's candidate from Lucknow seat," Singh said in a statement released from the party headquarters.
BJP had earlier made it clear that any announcement on a candidate form Vajpayee's sitting seat would only be taken as per the choice of the former Prime Minister.
Tandon, who has long been constituency in-charge for Vajpayee, became minister in Kalyan Singh government and was later appointed urban development minister in the Maywati regime of the BJP-BSP alliance.
The UP leader was in news prior to the 2004 Lok Sabha polls when a stampede killed more 20 people on his birthday function while distributing sarees to the "poor".
Tandon was also named in an FIR by the Election Commission for a controversial CD during the 2007 assembly polls in UP.
Three people have died after a landslide in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district, a senior police official told news agency ANI Thursday morning. A fourth is being treated in hospital, Rishikesh Sonawane, a police superintendent, said. Three people were rescued from amid the debris, Dr KV Rajendra, the deputy commissioner had said late last night. The Udupi district has called a holiday for anganwadi schools and colleges. Heavy showers are expected there till July 9.
A level-2 fire broke out in a supermarket in the Powai area of Mumbai Thursday morning, according to civic officials. The blaze was reported in the Haiko Supermarket on the main street of Hiranandani locality in Powai at around 6.05am. At least eight fire engines and five jumbo tankers were rushed to the site to douse the fire. There was no report of any casualty, the officials said.
Owing to continuous rain, educational institutions in several parts of Karnataka will remain shut on Thursday. Top officials in the 4 districts of Karnataka - namely Udupi, Kodagu, Hassan and Uttara Kannada -- have declared holiday for Anganwadi schools and colleges amid the 'red alert' issued by the weather department. The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted extremely heavy rain, ranging above 204.5 mm for these 4 cities.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.