RLD disbands state unit after poll debacle
Humiliating defeat in the state assembly election on Saturday forced the Rashtriya Lok Dal President Ram Asre Verma to dissolve the state executive and zonal committees. The party, which had fielded 254 candidates, could win only 10 seats.
Verma told newsmen in Lucknow on Saturday that new committees would be constituted in consultation with RLD chief Chaudhury Ajit Singh, who reviewed the party’s dismal performance in Lucknow on Friday. While winning ten seats, four short of 2002 tally, in western UP, the party could not open account outside so-called "Harit Pradesh".
However the RLD General Secretary Anil Dubey said that its candidates ended runner up in 14 places and there was one per cent jump from 2.48 per cent in 2002. He said Satyabir Tyagi had been appointed as west zone president in place of Satpal Singh.
The party, which thrived over the years because of its "Jat-Muslim" combination in western UP faced difficult situation because the BSP also fielded nearly a dozen Jat candidates and made dent into its Muslim vote bank. "Mayawati succeeded in weaning away RLD’s vote bank," remarked the teachers’ group leader in Vidhan Parishad Om Prakash Sharma.
He said the "RLD also suffered because of anti-incumbency". The party was in power for five years. First it joined hands with the BJP to become partner in Mayawati government in 2002 and later switched over to Mulayam Singh Yadav in 2003.
However expressing concern over rampant casteism Ram Asre Verma said "the RLD leaders would be meeting here on May 30 to review the poll debacle". He said action would also be taken against dissidents in the party. He said former general secretary Shushil Sharma had already been sacked for anti-party activities. Verma said the party would launch fresh move to widen its base in the state.
Dubey said the party had fielded 138 candidates outside western UP. The party had even given ticket Piyari Devi mother of dreaded dacoit Ambika Patel alias Thokia from Naraini (Banda).
Three more witnesses, including two policemen, were examined in the Gauri Lankesh murder trial at the special court for Karnataka Control of Organised Crime on Thursday. Trial Judge CM Joshi presided over the trial. Police inspector Shiva Reddy, who arrived at the murder scene was examined by the special public prosecutor and also questioned by the defence. The second witness who was examined on Thursday was Public Works Department, assistant engineer, VN Kalageri.
Compensation against land acquired for the Ambala ring road project will be disbursed to land owners from next week, officials of the district administration said on Thursday. “NHAI has already released ₹150 crore for land compensation. Further process for disbursement will be initiated by the district revenue officer,” said Kuldeep Chand, an official from the technical branch of NHAI's Ambala zone office.
While the first decade of 2000s began with the launch of several self-financed courses at Panjab University, envisaging them as money-spinners, not all courses have managed financial viability in the long run. University Institute of Applied Management Sciences and University Institute of Legal Studies are generating surplus revenue. Even in the next near, the income of ₹7.05 crore fell short of the expenditure of ₹20.55 crore.
Thieves broke into a house in Sector 8-C while the family was away at Shimla, and decamped with ₹3.5 lakh in cash and some gold jewellery. On returning home on August 10, they found the cupboards in their house ransacked and ₹3.5 lakh in cash, along with gold jewellery, missing. On The complainant, a retired bank officer's complaint, Jagdeep Singh, police lodged an FIR under Sections 380 (theft) and 457 (house-trespass) of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector-3 police station.
Cheaper booze in Punjab has left the liquor contractors in Chandigarh in red, as Bacchus lovers have turned to neighbouring Mohali for their liquor fix. After the recent cut in liquor prices in Punjab under its new excise policy, liquor vend contractors in Chandigarh claim their sales have declined by 40% to 50% within days and unless, the tax rate in Chandigarh is brought on par with Punjab, the slump in their sales will continue.