UP, Bihar will decide who gets Centre, says Tejaswi

Stressing the message of BSP-SP alliance has gone down well throughout the country, RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav on Monday said that Uttar Pradesh and Bihar will decide who will be in power at the Centre after the Lok Sabha polls.

Cong set to contest all 80 LS seats on its own

Left out of the SP-BSP pre-poll tie-up in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress on Sunday announced that it would go it alone on all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the 2019 general elections.

After a brainstorming session with senior party leaders, Congress general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad, however, said his party would accommodate any secular force that was capable of taking on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha polls.

Ruckus in UP House over demolition of temples in Varanasi

Congress members staged walkout from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Thursday, alleging demolition of temples in Varanasi for the Kashi Vishwanath corridor and "throwing away" of Lord Shiva statues by the state government.

In the state Legislative Council, SP member Shatrudra Prakash raised the matter alleging that 50 Shiv lingas were dismantled.

Another accused surfaces in video

A day after a Bajrang Dal activist appeared in a video claiming innocence in the Bulandshahr mob violence, another man wanted by police has surfaced in a similar manner.

In the video, local BJP leader Shikhar Agarwal, who is also named in the FIR, is heard blaming slain police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh for the violence which erupted around a police post over alleged cow slaughter.

Inspector Singh and 20-year-old Sumit Kumar were killed as a mob, which included right-wing activists, clashed with the police.

Rumblings of discontent: Bahraich MP Savitribai Phule quits BJP

BJP MP Savitribai Phule resigned from the primary membership of the party on Thursday, saying the party was playing “divisive politics” and was misusing money to construct temples and statues. The Dalit MP from Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh, who has long been critical of the party’s leadership and resigned from the party on the 62nd death anniversary of BR Ambedkar, said she wants to get the Constitution implemented in letter and spirit.

Next year's Kumbh mela will give a glimpse of good governance in UP: BJP

The ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh on Friday claimed that the Kumbh mela to be held in Allahabad next year will give a "glimpse" of its government's good governance in the state.

State BJP spokesperson Chandramohan also said an unprecedented positive atmosphere is building up for the Kumbh mela next year.

"The atmosphere of good governance in the state, which has been brought about by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has changed the picture and perception of people about Uttar Pradesh. This has attracted foreign investors as well as tourists," he told reporters.

Walmart to invest Rs 180 cr to improve farmers’ livelihood

As part of its initiative to support sustainable livelihood for farmers in India, the Walmart Foundation on Thursday announced investment of Rs 180 crore over the next five years in the country.

"The Walmart Foundation, working beyond the Walmart India supply chain, will invest approximately Rs 180 crore ($25 million) to improve farmers' livelihood over the next five years," Walmart International CEO Judith McKenna said. She was speaking at a meeting with local farmers in Kasimpur village on the outskirts of the state capital.

UP govt promises Rs 4,000 crore soft loans to sugar mills

The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to provide soft loans worth Rs 4,000 crore to sugar mills through the nationalised and other banks. A decision in this regard was taken in the Cabinet meeting presided over by chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

‘BSP to go it alone if seat share is not respectable’

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will be compelled to go it alone if it does not get a “respectable” number of seats in the anti-BJP alliance that is shaping up before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati said on Sunday.