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Aparna Yadav supports NRC, embarrasses Akhilesh Yadav



Lucknow: Aparna Yadav, the younger daughter-in-law of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, has, once again, crossed the party line to announce her support to the Centre’s National Register of Citizens (NRC).

She has also raised questions on those who are opposing NRC.

It is noteworthy that Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav has opposed NRC, terming it as an exercise in ‘divisive politics’.

“NRC is another attempt by the BJP to frighten the people. This is the politics of division and fear,” he had said.

On her Facebook and Twitter accounts, Aparna has written, “Those who belong to India, why should they be afraid of NRC.”

This is not the first time that Aparna Yadav has supported the BJP, much to the chagrin of her own party leaders.

In the past, she lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Swachh Bharat” campaign. She then supported the abrogation of Article 370 by the Modi government even though her party opposed it.

Meanwhile, a close aide of Akhilesh Yadav said that Aparna had been consistently working against the party line and it was up to ‘Netaji’ (Mulayam Singh) to decide her future.

Aparna had contested the 2017 assembly elections from the Lucknow Cantt seat but lost the election.


Wrestler Bajrang Punia reclaims his number one spot in 65kg category



Just 30 seconds were left on the clock and India’s star wrestler Bajrang Punia was trailing 0-2 in his 65kg final against Mongolia’s Tulga Tumur Ochir at the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series tournament in Rome.

For the better part of 5 minutes, 30 seconds, Bajrang was concentrating on defending – especially his legs. There were attacking moves, but few and far between. With time running out, Bajrang went for the broke in the last 30 seconds. A lightning move that caught Ochir off-balance resulted in a takedown and handed Bajrang two points, levelling the score at 2-2. For the final few seconds, Bajrang defended well and the match ended in a tie. But since the last scoring point came from Bajrang, he was declared the winner on ‘criteria’.

With the win, Bajrang regained the world No. 1 ranking in the 65kg category. The 27-year-old was placed second in the world rankings before the event.

“I am happy to get some tournament competition under my belt. Wrestling is a contact sport; therefore during these times, I am feeling lucky to be able to compete,” Bajrang told TOI before embarking on the flight back to India.

“Overall, the tournament was very competitive. I had to work hard to win the matches. The Mongolian wrestler, who was my opponent in the final, has also qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. It was a tough match and I got to know the areas I need work on.”

Bajrang had crushed former cadet world champion Selim Kozan of Turkey 7-0 in his opening encounter. He faced stiff competition from USA’s Joseph Christopher McKenna in the semifinal but prevailed 6-3 in the end. In all three matches, Bajrang’s “improved” leg defence came to the fore. “During the lockdown phase as well as after it, I have worked hard on my leg defence. Also, my training at the Michigan University in USA late last year has really helped me,” he said.

Bajrang will now be back in the national camp but wants to train abroad before the Asian Wrestling Championships, scheduled to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from April 9 to 11.


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