Muslims tilt towards BSP
Muslims in Uttar Pradesh appear to have heavily voted for the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), deserting the ruling Samajwadi Party, assembly election trends on Friday showed.
According to political pundits, BSP had made major gains in 22 constituencies heavily populated by Muslims- 12 more than in the outgoing assembly.
The Samajwadi Party was in the lead only in 13 such constituencies, 11 less than the previous election in 2002.
Interestingly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was likely to win in 16 Muslim populated seats- a gain of two seats over 2002.
Political analysts attributed Mayawati's gains in Uttar Pradesh, where her party could end up with 180 seats in the 403-member assembly, to Muslims and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) on top of the existing Dalit support base.
"It looks like Mayawati has made considerable gains in places where Muslims and non-Yadav OBCs dominate. A smaller per cent of Brahmins have also helped BSP," Congress general secretary BK Hariprasad said.
Accusing "some Muslim goondas" for communal tension in Shivamogga, Senior BJP leader K S Eshwarappa on Tuesday warned them stating that Hindu society should not be considered weak and if the whole community stands up together they will not be able to survive. Complementing police for swift action, he urged the elders of the Muslim community to guide their youngsters, who have chosen the wrong path.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday levelled serious allegations against the Bharatiya Janata Party, accusing the opposition party of misusing paramilitary and police forces to transport money to its party headquarters. Wherever the BJP has its government, paramilitary forces or police vehicles are used to bring money in boxes to their headquarters, he alleged.
Union minister Rao Inderjit Singh has slammed the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP-JJP coalition government in Haryana for discriminating against the Ahirwal region in allocating and carrying out development works in south Haryana. The Union minister praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to improve the Gross Domestic Product and said the benefits of the Centre's schemes were reaching the poor.
GURUGRAM: Three young techies who hired a cab to go to Udaipur for an outing over the weekend died on their way back after a speeding truck lost control, jumped over the road divider on the Jaipur-Delhi highway and landed on their vehicle on Tuesday. Their two friends who were also in the vehicle survived; one of them with multiple injuries, police said. The cab driver, Deepak Singh, 35, from Noida, died in the crash.
Parts of Delhi and Haryana have been experiencing strong winds, along with light rain in some areas, on Tuesday because of a depression over east Rajasthan and west Madhya Pradesh. According to the India Meteorological Department, strong winds of 20-30 kmph gusting to 40 kmph will prevail over east Rajasthan, west Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi today.