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Unnao rape case: BJP expels accused Kuldeep Sengar



New Delhi: Facing public outrage, the BJP on Thursday expelled its jailed Uttar Pradesh lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused of raping a minor woman from Unnao in 2017 and threatening her family.

BJP Uttar Pradesh chief Swatantra Dev Singh confirmed the development. “The central leadership has expelled MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar from the party,” he said. The party had recently announced the expulsion of its Uttarakhand MLA Pranav Singh Champion on disciplinary grounds after a video of him dancing with firearms in hand surfaced.

The action against the four-time MLA comes days after the woman and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her aunts killed when their car collided with a speeding truck in Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh. The family alleges the accident on Sunday was an attempt to eliminate her and the family.

Sengar, who represents Bangermau in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, was arrested on April 13 last year in connection with the rape case.

There has been growing public anger following the incident, with several political parties coming down hard on the Yogi Adityanath-led government in UP.

The Supreme Court on Thursday set a 45-day deadline for trial in the five cases related to the Unnao rape survivor and directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the probe in the woman’s accident case within a week. It also directed the UP government to provide Rs 25 lakh to the rape survivor as interim compensation. The bench directed that the trial in the main case relating to the rape will have to be completed within 45 days from its commencement.

The CBI has booked 10 people so far for murder, including Sengar.


‘Love jihad’: Samajwadi Party to oppose law in UP Assembly, here’s why



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A day after Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel signed the ordinance on forced religious conversions, the Samajwadi Party announced that it will oppose the ‘love jihad’ law when it comes up in the Assembly next month.

Samajwadi Party (SP)President Akhilesh Yadav said his party is not in favour of such a law and will oppose it strongly.

“On one hand, the government offers Rs 50,000 to those opting for inter-caste and inter-religion marriages, and on the other, they have brought this law. We will ask the government to bring a law which guarantees doubling of farmers’ income instead,” he said.

The SP chief accused the BJP government of planning to sell a government-owned shopping mall worth Rs 1,000 crore to a private entity at throwaway prices. He further added that an expressway was also being sold in a similar fashion.

“This will be probed when time comes. We will expose the corruption this government is indulging in,” he said.

Akhilesh further said it is ironic that the government talks of zero tolerance for corruption but, in an international survey, the country has figured on the top of the list of nations where bribery is most prevalent.

Reacting to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s announcement of setting up 10,000 MW solar power units, Yadav said, “He does not know anything about a solar panel. During the SP government, we had set up a solar power unit. The unit produced enough power to meet the needs of an entire village, but this government snapped the supply saying the villagers have not paid bills.”

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