Somnath Chatterjee role model as speaker: PM
Speaker Somnath Chatterjee had emerged as a role model in transacting the business of the house, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Thursday, the last day of the 14th Lok Sabha.
In a message read out by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the prime minister said: "In transacting the business of the parliament you have become the role model."
With his conduct, the speaker had raised the bar of standard of the office for others to follow, the prime minister, who is recuperating after a coronary by-pass surgery, added.
Thursday is the last day of Chatterjee as speaker in the last session of the 14th Lok Sabha. Chatterjee, an MP from Bolpur in West Bengal, has announced that he would not contest elections and was bowing out of political life.
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati is working on the Dalit-Muslim formula for the 2024 Lok Sabha election after her party's Dalit-Brahmin caste combination failed to click in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. The move comes as the support of Muslims, considered the vote bank of the rival Samajwadi Party, in the Azamgarh Lok Sabha bypoll buoyed the BSP.
Seven accused were arrested on Wednesday, hours after the gang rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl in Lakhimpur Kheri district on Tuesday, the police said. An elder sister of the victim was among those arrested. The young sister's opposition to the elder's relations with some of the accused was the motive for the crime, the police said. The elder sister of the girl abetted the accused in the crime, the SP said.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the state government's efforts in the last five years have led to a reduction in the number of districts vulnerable to floods in Uttar Pradesh. The Bhartiya Janta Party government had completed a record 830 flood control projects in various districts of Uttar Pradesh since 2017, Yogi Adityanath said. The chief minister was reviewing flood control preparedness at a meeting with officials on Wednesday.
Family members of a minor girl, who died about four days back in Diha village of Karchanna in trans-Yamuna area of Prayagraj, stayed with the body at home and tried to revive her through sorcery, police said. They said four siblings of the deceased were found to be sick as they didn't take any food for the past four days as part of some ritual.
Kolkata/Siliguri: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee consolidated her position on Wednesday when the Bharatiya Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha, which she describes as a friendly party, won the elections to the Gorkha Territorial Administration while the Trinamool Congress swept 19 of the 22 village panchayats under the Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad in north Bengal and four of the six municipal wards in the districts of North 24 Parganas, Hooghly and Purulia. Independent nominees wrested the remaining five.