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Yogi government plan to sell ex-UP CM Akhilesh Yadav dream project JP Centre.



In yet another development that is likely to trigger a war of words between the state’s ruling BJP and the Samajwadi Party, it has come to light that the Yogi Adityanath government is mulling plans to sell former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s ambitious project JP Centre.

According to reports, the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has sent a formal proposal to the Yogi government to sell the JP Center. LDA has valued the cost of JP Center project at Rs 1642.83 crore.

The construction of JP Centre began during the previous Samajwadi Party government led by Akhilesh Yadav. The UP government has so far spent Rs 881.36 crore on its construction. Currently, Rs 130.60 crores are needed to complete the project.

The Yogi government had directed the authorities to complete the remaining construction of the project under the budget approved by the erstwhile SP regime. However, the Lucknow Development Authority has expressed its inability to complete the project in the previous budget and sough more funds.

The LDA has now sent a proposal to sell it to the government.

The JP Centre boasts of 5-star facilities, which includes guest housesdormitory, health centers, restaurants, swimming pools and helipads. The JP construction of JP Centre began in 2012 and was nearly completed in 2017.

The guest house at JP Centre has 103 luxury rooms, 7 suites, health centers, restaurants, 7 feet outside hanging swimming pools and helipads. In addition, the Convention Block has a hall of seating capacity of 2000 persons. There is an auditorium of seating capacity of 1000 persons. Apart from these, there are many major seminars.

The JP Centre also includes an Olympic size swimming pool, lawn tennis court, squash court. In addition, 1000 trains have multi-level parking. The JP center is very spectacular.


J&K: Modi Govt’s New Land Policy for state Overturns 7 Decades of Land Reform.



Modi Govt. on Tuesday notified the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Adaptation of Central Laws) Third Order, enabling a host of new changes to the former state.

Under the new arrangements, no domicile or permanent resident certificate is required to purchase non-agricultural land in the UT. The Union home ministry has also notified the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, paving way for the acquisition of land in J&K by all Indian citizens. Previously, article 35-A of J&K Constitution, watered down on August 5, 2019, placed prohibitions on the sale of land to those who were not state subjects.

The latest order also empowers the government to declare any area in J&K as ‘strategic’ and intended for the direct operational and training requirement of the armed forces at the behest of an army officer of or above the rank of a corps commander.

If all of this is part of the BJP’s long-standing agenda of ending J&K’s ‘special status’, there is another change that many in the rest of India may not realise the significance of: the government’s order has also abolished the historic Big Land Estate Abolition Act, 1950 – under whose aegis the former state witnessed the radical redistribution of land which paved way for rural prosperity and ended landlordism in J&K.

The fresh enactments have provoked anger in the Union Territory, where suspicions abound that the Centre is gradually disempowering the local population and consolidating control through untrammeled executive power. For more than two years now, J&K has been without an elected government. All the changes being introduced in the UT have been steamrolled by Centre rather than being legislated by elected representatives of the people.

The MHA has revoked 12 state laws as a whole while another 26 have been adapted with changes or substitutes. Laws which are repealed as a whole include the Jammu and Kashmir Alienation of Land Act, Jammu and Kashmir Big Landed Estates Abolition Act, Jammu and Kashmir Common Lands (Regulation) Act 1956, Jammu and Kashmir Consolidation of Holdings Act 1962, Jammu and Kashmir Right of Prior Purchase Act, and the Jammu and Kashmir Utilization of Lands Act.

“The changes represent the operational aspect of the big measure taken in August last year,” said Sheikh Showkat Hussain, a Kashmiri political analyst. “They have taken the repealing of Article 370 and 35-A to its logical conclusion. It was bound to happen. The order is very long. It will take time even for experts to parse through it before they finally wrap their minds around the kind of alteration that has been wrought. But prima facie, the changes enunciated in the order seem to correspond to the larger objectives being plotted with respect to the demographics of J&K.”

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