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.

Shivpal floats Samajwadi Secular Morcha; Akhilesh, BJP dismissive

Sidelined Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav on Tuesday launched a new outfit —  Samajwadi Secular Morcha — and said he would try to unite smaller parties under it. However, Shivpal, the estranged uncle of Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, refused to answer whether the Morcha will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Centre can try legislative route for construction of Ram temple: UP Dy CM

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Sunday said he was hopeful that if the need arose and there was no way out, the Centre could opt for the legislative route in Parliament for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, when it has adequate numbers in both Houses.

“When such a need arises that there is no way out except bringing a Bill, I am fully confident that in such a situation and when we have adequate strength (in both Houses of Parliament), remember these two things,” he said without elaborating.

PM says not scared to be seen with industrialists, slams Oppn

Facing repeated attacks from the Congress for his alleged links with “corrupt” industrialists at the cost of farmers and the underprivileged, prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hit out saying he was not afraid of being seen with industrialists playing a key role in the nation’s development. Modi, who launched as many as 81 investment projects worth over Rs 60,000 crore here, said even Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi stayed with the Birla family but his intentions were pure. “You cannot have blot on you simply by standing with anyone if your intentions are good and clear.