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Shivpal vacates official residence as SP feud simmers

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Lucknow, Oct 26 : In a signal that rapprochement is unlikely between the warring factions of the Samajwadi Party, state unit President Shivpal Yadav on Wednesday started vacating his official residence here, three days after being booted out as minister for the second time.

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Mini trucks were standing outside Shivpal’s 7, Kalidas Marg, official residence to shift the belongings to his house. Shivpal’s official residence is just next to that of his nephew and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Earlier in the morning, in an indication that he does not want to be taken back in the state government, Shivpal’s staff began removing his ministerial name plate from his official residence.

Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has called his brother Shivpal to meet him.

In another development, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met Governor Ram Naik, in what was later described as a courtesy call.

Shivpal, the second most senior minister in the four-and-a-half years-old Samajwadi Party government, was removed last week from the ministry for the second time in the last one month. The red beacon atop his vehicle was taken away and he surrendered his official vehicle to the state’s ‘Rajya Sampatti Vibhag’ (state property division), an aide told IANS.

The move is being seen in political circles as Shivpal’s snub to attempts by his nephew Akhilesh to broker a deal with party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, in which he had reportedly sought revocation of Ram Gopal Yadav’s expulsion from the party in lieu of the re-entry of Shivpal and three others — Om Prakash Singh, Narad Rai and Shadab Fatima — into his cabinet.

While Mulayam had initially asked Akhilesh to reinstate the sacked ministers, the Chief Minister refused to yield to the diktat forcing the SP supremo to tell reporters that he had left the matter to Akhilesh.

Former Tourism Minister Om Prakash Singh, one of the ministers shown the door, who was sitting by the side of Mulayam during his presser on Tuesday, left in a huff when the SP chief made this statement.

In another development that all is not well between uncle and nephew, the Samajwadi Party on Wednesday expelled Minister of State for Forests Pawan Pandey for slapping a close aide of party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The announcement of the disciplinary action was taken by state party chief Shivpal Singh Yadav.

Pandey is known to be close to Akhilesh Yadav.

MLC Ashu Malik on Monday alleged that Pandey had slapped him at the Chief Minister’s residence.

Shivpal on Wednesday said that the party would not tolerate any form of indiscipline.

Shivpal however maintained that there was no difference in the party or the Yadav clan and that all was well.

“We are united and for now are preparing for the silver jubilee celebrations of the party on November 5 and thereafter for the state assembly polls,” he added.

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Situation in Delhi under control after COVID-19 lockdown 4 : Arvind Kejriwal

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New Delhi, 25 May : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday (May 25, 2020) said that the situation in the national capital is under control and his government is ready to deal with any kind of situation that comes in front of them.

Kejriwal, also stressed that even after several relaxations given in the fourth phase of COVID-19-induced lockdown the number of cases didn’t see any unusual rise.

Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal informed that around 3,500 COVID-19 cases were reported since the fourth-phase of the lockdown began.

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Cleared Shaheen Bagh, booked violators: Delhi Police

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New Delhi, 24 March : In view of the complete lockdown in the national capital to thwart the COVID-19 spread, Delhi Police cleared the protest site in Shaheen Bagh on Tuesday and detained some protesters.

Deputy Commissioner of Police R. P. Meena said, “Police requested them to vacate the place but they refused. So, police cleared the area and detained a few protesters.”

The Delhi Police also said, “All protest sites have been cleared — Jaffrabad, Jamia and Turkman Gate. Some persons detained in all these places as well.”

Sources in Delhi Police said, “A team of senior police officers reached the site at 6.45 a.m. First, they tried to pacify the protesters. At that time around a dozen persons were present. Usually, very few women protesters remain there during the mornings. And because of the lockdown, their number already was very less.”

The police arrived with trucks and JCB machines and dismantled all the structures and seized the tents.

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Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as CM for third time, Calls it Delhi’s WIN

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New Delhi, 16 Feb : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday took oath as Delhi Chief Minister for the third time at the Ramlila Maidan here.

Common man runs Delhi, not politicians: Kejriwal

Third time Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his swearing in ceremony on Sunday asserted he would work for the next five years in coordination with the Centre without discriminating against those who did not support his party during the recently-concluded Delhi Assembly polls.

Junior Kejriwal steals the show at swearing-in

While Arvind Kejriwal was busy taking oath for the third time as Delhi Chief Minister, ‘junior Kejriwal’ stole the show at Ramlila ground, drawing attention from the large crowd.

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