Lucknow: Twenty people were arrested after they tried to enter the newly inaugurated Lulu Mall in Lucknow and recite the Hanuman Chalisa without permission, police said on Saturday, adding they were sent to judicial custody. Security outside the mall — which opened for public on July 11 a day after it was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath — was heightened to avert any trouble, a senior police officer said.
Referring to the continued ancient flow of Indian consciousness, PM Narendra Modi said that India is not just a land mass but is an expression of civilisation, culture, harmony and possibilities. Modi said many other civilisations perished as they could not adapt to the changing times, but Indian civilisation has endured for thousands of years.
Amid this controversy, SP Maurya met Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday and later told reporters that the former will “make a statement at the right time”, ANI quoted him as saying. Though Yadav has not spoken about the matter, it is believed that he is unhappy over Maurya's remarks. Several SP MLAs have distanced themselves from Maurya.