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BSP leader quits party, attacks Mayawati

Lucknow : In a major development, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Swamy Prasad Maurya, leader of the opposition in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, quit the party on Wednesday saying he felt "suffocated".

He levelled a slew of charges against party chief Mayawati, saying he was deserting the party because Mayawati was "selling" party tickets.

Mayawati has mortgaged the principles and ideology of the party founded by the late Kanshi Ram, he added.

On average, 5 divorce cases adjudged every hour in Kerala

By Saumya Tewari

Family courts in the prosperous, southern state of Kerala ruled on just over five divorces every hour in 2014 - 130 every day - more than any of the 12 Indian states that compile such figures, according to government data.

Gulbarg Society Carnage: Who Cast the First Stone?

By Ram Puniyani,

Communal violence is the big bane of Indian society. While on one hand the innocents are killed the guilty mostly get away without any punishment. The rate of prosecution of riot cases is very low. Even where punishments are meted out the big fish are let off while the foot soldiers get punished. Apart from these observations what is popularized and what has become part of the ‘social common sense’ is that ‘it is Muslims who begin the riot and then they get killed’.

Mayawati rejigs organisation set up

Lucknow : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has rejigged its organisational set up once again, a party leader said on Wednesday.

Senior leader Ashok Siddhartha has been given additional charge of Aligarh and Agra zones. He is already in charge of Lucknow.

However, Kanpur's charge has been withdrawn from Siddhartha and given to old party hand Ram Kumar Kureel.

He has also been given charge of Chitrakoot and Jhansi zones.

Akhilesh slammed for denying CBI probe into Mathura violence

Lucknow : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday slammed Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for ruling out a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the violent Jawaharbagh incident in Mathura earlier this week.

The anti-encroachment drive which had gone awry and exposed the unpreparedness of the Mathura police and led to political mud-slinging, had left 29 persons dead, including the city SP and a police SHO.

Voting starts in Anantnag on low key

Anantnag : Voting for the by-elections to this south Kashmir assembly seat started Wednesday morning on a dull note.

An overcast sky and the urge to sleep longer than usual after the morning prayers during the ongoing month of Ramadan kept most people indoors.

Voters were seen in twos and fours walking leisurely towards the polling stations.

Reports from the rural areas also said early voter enthusiasm and queues of people outside polling stations were conspicuous by their absence.

Authorities, however, said voting was likely to pick up as the day progresses.

कैराना के लोग बदहाली का चाहते हैं पलायन

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

कैराना(उत्तर प्रदेश): इस नगर में में घुसते ही पलायन की वजहें साफ़ नज़र आती हैं. टूटी, जर्जर सड़कें, नदारद आधारभूत ढ़ांचा और ग़ायब स्कूल लेकिन वे सारी वजहें ढ़ूंढ़े भी नहीं मिलती, जिनका शोर मीडिया और साम्प्रदायिकता का कार्ड खेलने के लिए राजनीतिक दल और संगठन मचा रहे हैं.

A comprehensive look at the Gujarat Riot cases

By Nirjhari Sinha,,

BJP predicts early elections in Meghalaya

Shillong : The BJP on Tuesday said the the Congress government in Meghalaya headed by Mukul Sangma would not be able to last its full term until 2018.

"Given the trend what the people of Meghalaya are sending as a message, I don't think this government will last its full term. It will fall under the burden of its own power games and contradictions," BJP national spokesperson Nalin S. Kohli told journalists here.

His statement assumed significance in the wake of the infighting within the ruling party over the demand of the change of leadership.

Akhilesh sacks minister behind merger with Mukhtar Ansari's party

Lucknow : In a late night development, apparently a fall-out of the merger of the Quami Ekta Dal (QED) with the ruling Samajwadi party (SP), Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav sacked his cabinet colleague Balram Yadav, said to be instrumental in the decision.

Sources close to the chief minister told IANS that while he was miffed at the "ongoing parleys" between his party leaders and the party of don-turned-politician Mukhtaar Ansari, he decided to sack the Secondary Education Minister when the merger was sealed.