Samajwadi Party Founder and Former UP CM Mulayam Singh Yadav Dies, Aged 82

Samajwadi Party Founder and Former UP CM Mulayam Singh Yadav Dies, Aged 82

Today morning, Samajwadi Party founder and three-time Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam Singh Yadav, died aged 82. Popularly referred to as Netaji by Samajwadi supporters and a key politician in opposition politics, Mulayam Singh Yadav has also served as India's Defence Minister. Due to his ill health, he has been out of the political limelight for two years now. Former wrestler Mulayam Singh Yadav rose to popularity in politics in the late 1980s during protests and agitations against Mandal Commission which was set up to identify the socially or educationally backward classes. In no time, Mulayam Singh Yadav became a key leader in Uttar Pradesh politics. The veteran politician was famous for not only partnering with his friends but also with enemies. Mulayam Singh Yadav's association with Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati for a short-lived alliance government in UP being a clear case in this point. In 2012, when Samajwadi Party returned to power in Uttar Pradesh, Mulayam Singh Yadav passed the baton to his son Akhilesh Yadav due to his ailing health. In 2016, everyone was shocked when the former UP CM expelled his own son from the Party. However, the father-son duo later patched up, with Akhilesh Yadav emerging as the vital element of the Samajwadi Party. https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/1579329448390037504 https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/1579328957404819457 https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/1579328694711365633

'Hindu Community Under Attack' Writes Suvendu Adhikari to MHA Amit Shah; Demands Central Forces Deployment

On Monday, West Bengal BJP Leader Suvendu Adhikari wrote to Home Minister Amit Shah to deploy central forces in Bengal, citing that the Hindu community is in danger in the state. Suvendu Adhikari wrote the letter after violence erupted in the Mominpur area on the eve of Lakshmi Puja and the ransacking of Ekbalpore Police Station. "The Hindu community has come under attack in the Khirodpur Mominpur area of Kolkata on the eve of Lakshmi Puja. The onslaught has similarities to the Panchla violence, which happened in June in the Uluberia area of the Howrah district. At that time, the violence spread across West Bengal, especially in Nadia and Murshidabad districts," wrote Adhikari. Hitting out at the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Adhikari said that the state government has quietly surrendered before those indulging in violence. Suvendu wrote that the West Bengal government is reluctant to act against the perpetrators because they belong to a particular community. On Sunday evening, tensions erupted in Mominpur after religious flags put up for the Milad-un-Nabi festival were allegedly torn up. The incident soon turned violent, with shops and vehicles vandalized. https://twitter.com/SuvenduWB/status/1579193419456745472

"There Are Certainly Aspects That Imply An Uneven Playing Field": Shashi Tharoor on Congress Presidential Polls

During an NDTV Townhall in Mumbai, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor suggested an uneven playing field in the Congress Presidential Polls, disclosing that some leaders had told him they are under pressure to back his opponent Mr Mallikarjun Kharge. Shashi Tharoor, during the interview, conceded that Congress' quest to find a new Chief was off to a shaky start with the introduction of a pro-establishment candidate in Mr Kharge. However, Shashi Tharoor very categorically refused to put any blame on interim chief Sonia Gandhi and son Rahul Gandhi. "The Gandhi family has made it very clear, also through the chief election authority Mr [Madhusudan] Mistry, that there's no official candidate. The Gandhi family is neutral in this race. And, Mistry added, if anybody goes around saying otherwise, it is not true. And he said it twice," said Mr Tharoor. "So, the fact is, I am assuming that there's no official candidate. But you are right in your question that some people in the party are implying otherwise and trying to influence voters with that theory," he further added. This would be the first time in over two decades that the Congress would have its first non-Gandhi boss. Clearing out the rumours that it would ultimately be Rahul Gandhi who will run the party via remote control, Shashi Tharoor said: "Rahul Gandhi answered that before I could. He's not going to attempt using a remote control... If Rahul Gandhi wanted to run the party, all he had to do was withdraw his letter of resignation." https://youtu.be/mbjhQgkFpE0

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 2,424 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.75%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has registered 2,424 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 28,079. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with recording 2,923 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have now reached 4,40,57,544. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 2.65% and 1.27%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 89.71 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 218.99 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. https://twitter.com/MoHFW_INDIA/status/1579326276929978368

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