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After 15 years BJP sets to retain power in Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow: Proving wrong fears of a hung assembly, the BJP was set to sweep back to power in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday after 15 long years, giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi his biggest victory after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Powered by an aggressive campaign spearheaded by Modi, BJP candidates were on the road to victory in a whopping 306 of the 403 constituencies as officials counted the millions of votes polled in the staggered election. The imminent victory triggered widespread celebrations all across the country’s most populous state as well as at the BJP headquarters in Delhi.

As the Samajwadi Party, the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) licked their wounds, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and central Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called the win in UP bigger than the 2014 victory.

 

 

“It is a tectonic shift in Indian politics,” he said. “UP is a laboratory of India. Demonetisation has worked and we are proud of Modi’s leadership. It is a bigger victory than the 2014 win in the Lok Sabha election.”

BJP candidates led in all major cities in particular, including in five of the eight seats in Lucknow, eight of the 10 seats in Kanpur, nine of the 12 seats in Allahabad and seven of the eight seats in Varanasi, Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency.

Even in Amethi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha seat, the BJP’s Garima Singh had forged ahead.

After more than three hours of vote count that began at 8 a.m., the Samajwadi-Congress alliance was in the lead in 71 constituencies while the BSP was gasping in just 17 seats.

There was no immediate reaction from Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is set to resign, but Congress leaders expressed shock.

 

 

“It is a monumental setback. We are disappointed with Uttar Pradesh,” Congress spokesman Sanjay Jha said. Added Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit, whose mother and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was originally to be the Congress Chief Ministerial candidate: “Our party is looking confused.”

BJP MP Yogi Adityanath told media persons: “Good work done by the Modi government and (BJP President) Amit Shah’s strategy has paid dividends.

“People have rejected the politics of appeasement and discrimination,” he said, in reference to the poor showing by the Samajwadi Party and the Congress as well as the Mayawati-led BSP.

 

 

Election officials said the BJP began taking strong leads right from the start of the counting and it became clear within an hour that it was set to comfortably take power in Uttar Pradesh.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra added: “The victory goes to Modi for his hard work, for his vision, for his pro-poor agenda. He is the first Prime Minister in contemporary times who really worked for the poor.”

Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said: “For the first time we are seeing people rising above caste in Uttar Pradesh. The voters have moved a step ahead of politicians.”

 

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Deepika, Sara, Shraddha in NCB net, being questioned in drugs case

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Hours after Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone appeared earlier than the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in a drugs case, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan additionally arrived on the workplace of the drug legislation enforcement company for questioning, on Saturday. Shraddha arrived on the NCB workplace right here round 11.45 a.m. whereas Sara got here at 12.15 p.m. on the NCB workplace in Ballard Pier space right here. Deepika’s former supervisor Karishma Prakash additionally joined the probe on the NCB visitor home in Colaba space right here for the second day.

Shraddha, daughter of Bollywood veteran actor Shakti Kapoor has been summoned for questioning after her alleged chats with Sushant’s former supervisor Jaya Saha got here to the fore through the NCB probe. According to NCB sources, Shraddha is prone to be quizzed if she allegedly procured drugs from Saha or another sources. The NCB may also ask for whom she procured the CBD oil and who the ‘SLB’ in her alleged chat was.

Shraddha, who starred in “Chichhore” with Sushant may be queried on how lengthy she knew the late actor and whether or not they reportedly joined any social gathering or gatherings the place drugs have been consumed.

She could also be requested to throw gentle on whether or not she ever went to the Pawna Resort the place the alleged events have been mentioned to be hosted by Sushant.

Besides, the NCB had final Wednesday additionally despatched summons to Sara for questioning.

Sara is the daughter of Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, and he or she had starred with Sushant in “Kedarnath”.

The NCB sources mentioned that Sara might be requested concerning the drug consumption by her, the place and the way she allegedly procured it, and many others.

During a tv interview Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty had claimed that the late actor began smoking marijuana through the taking pictures of the blockbuster movie “Kedarnath”.

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Earlier this morning, Deepika Pahukone arrived on the NCB visitor home for questioning after she was summoned for questioning on Wednesday.

Deepika is the daughter of badminton icon Prakash Padukone and is married to actor Ranveer Singh.

She has been requested to affix the probe as her alleged chats along with her former supervisor Karishma Prakash discussing drugs got here to the fore.

Deepika might be quizzed why she requested Karishma to convey drugs on the Koko Club in October 2017 and for a way lengthy she was consuming the drugs.

The NCB may also ask her if she sought the drugs for her personal consumption or for another person, who paid for it, how, and many others.

After Rhea, these three actresses are the largest ones to have come underneath the NCB radar, which is trying to unravel the alleged drug nexus in Bollywood for the reason that previous practically two months.

The NCB has additionally questioned Bollywood actor Rakul Preet Singh on Friday for over 4 hours after her identify got here to the fore in the alleged chats.

The NCB has registered a case after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a case of cash laundering into the demise of Sushant after which discovered the alleged chats of drugs on the telephones of Rhea, her brother Showik and Sushant’s home supervisor Samuel Miranda.

The ED wrote to NCB to probe the drug case. After registering the case, the NCB questioned a number of individuals and arrested Rhea, Showik, Miranda, Sushant’s private workers Dipesh Sawant and 16 others.

The NCB has additionally questioned Sushant’s former supervisor Shruti Modi, Dharma Productions former govt producer Kshitij Prasad Ravi, Kwan Talent Management Agency CEO Dhruv Chitgopekar, famous producer Madhu Mantena Varma and a number of other others in the case up to now.

Besides the NCB, the CBI and the ED are probing the separate instances into the demise of Sushant. Sushant was discovered useless on June 14 in his Bandra’s Mont Blanc Apartment.

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