Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth, currently on an election campaign in Karnataka, is rushing back on May 4 night to visit storm-ravaged Agra, a senior official said on May 4.The Chief Minister will arrive in Agra on May 4 night and visit the calamity-hit areas on May 5 morning, Principal Secretary Information Avanish Awasthi said.Mr. Adityanath was criticised on May 3 by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for remaining in Karnataka even after his own State was hit by storm. “I am sorry your CM is needed here in Karnataka,” Mr. Siddaramaiah tweeted. “I am sure he will return soon & attend to his work there.”Also Read Mr. Adityanath will review the relief and restoration efforts in Agra district, the U.P. official said.The Chief Minister will later leave for Kanpur to monitor the relief work there and in nearby districts, Mr. Awasthi said.A high-intensity storm ravaged parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on May 2 night, leaving 73 people dead and 91 injured in Mr. Adityanath’s State alone.Agra district was the worst hit, accounting for 43 deaths and injuries to 51 others.Mr. Adityanath was earlier scheduled to campaign in poll-bound Karnataka till May 5. Fresh thunderstorm alert issued to U.P., West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal will celebrate Bengali author Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, who wrote the national song Vande Mataram, rather than Rabindranath Tagore. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said there is nothing new about Tagore to celebrate.“There is nothing new to celebrate about Rabindranath Tagore. Everything has been said and done and he is revered. We will rather celebrate the achievements of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay as he is not properly recognised in Bengal,” Mr. Ghosh told The Hindu on Sunday. The key reason for not engaging with Bengal’s favourite bard is however different. The Trinamool Congress has been over celebrating Tagore over the last years, he pointed out.“The Trinamool has been able to get involved in a big way in celebrating Tagore’s works. The ruling party is even utilising government funds to celebrate the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore,” said Mr. Ghosh. On the other hand, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s contribution to the “rise of Indian nationalism and the freedom struggle is hardly celebrated in Bengal”, he said. In fact, the BJP will hold a conference on Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay during national president Amit Shah’s Bengal visit later this month. Mr. Shah will be visiting Bengal on June 27 and 28, and he will visit Purulia district where two BJP workers died recently. The 19th century author’s novel Anandamath — which was set in the background of the Sanyashi Bidroho (rebellion of monks in late 18th century) — is considered to be one of key works on Bengal’s nationalism.Tagore and HindutvaAsked if ideological difference is the reason behind the State BJP’s decision to not celebrate Tagore, Mr. Ghosh clarified that Tagore also spoke positively of Hindutva.“Tagore also spoke of Hindutva and explained its meaning. He also said that Muslims and Christians of the country were originally Hindus who later changed their faith,” said Mr. Ghosh.A senior State BJP leader admitted that “Mamata Banerjee has found a successful way to reach out to people by celebrating Tagore. But Trinamool has largely ignored Bankim Chandra. We want to fill up that gap.”Moreover, “our Intellectual Cell has not been very active of late. Celebration of Bankim Chandra’s works will give fresh oxygen to the Cell’s effort to garner support of the civil society,” the BJP leader said.
Sunny Deol, BJP Parliamentarian from Punjab’s Gurdaspur, has stoked a controversy by appointing a “representative” to attend meetings and follow up important matters on his behalf. Opposition parties have termed the move an insult to voters. The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party criticised Mr. Deol’s decision on Tuesday, accusing him of making a “mockery of democracy.”Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar said in a democracy the voter is always right. “It’s their choice. One has to accept it. Even his voters knew they had it coming. Actually, they perhaps never expected anything more than a selfie with him,” said Mr. Jakhar. “What more can be expected of him? He himself admitted during canvassing that he didn’t know anything about politics. His voters probably never expected him to shift his base to Gurdaspur. You reap what you sow,” he told, The Hindu.AAP’s Harpal Singh Cheema, leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, said it was absurd for a “public representative” to appoint a “representative.”“It’s an insult to democracy. Mr. Deol’s decision goes to show his lack of seriousness towards the people of his constituency. He is trying to delegate his powers, but he needs to understand this is not the way things work in a democracy. Why did he contest election if he cannot serve his constituency?” wondered Mr. Cheema. “People have elected Sunny Deol and not someone he would like to appoint,” he said.Mr. Deol had recently issued a statement on his official letter-head, appointing his close aide Gurpreet Singh Palheri as his representative. “I hereby appoint Gurpreet Singh Palheri, son of Supinder Singh, resident of village Palheri, district Mohali, Punjab, as my representative to attend meetings and follow important matters pertaining to my Parliamentary constituency, Gurdaspur (Punjab), with concerned authorities,” read the letter dated June 26.‘A non-issue’The actor-turned-politician, meanwhile, said it was unfortunate that a controversy being created out of a non-issue. “I have appointed a personal assistant to represent my office in Gurdaspur. This appointment has been made to ensure smooth flow of work whenever I am out of Gurdaspur to attend Parliament or travelling on work. The intention is merely to ensure that no work is disrupted or delayed due to any reason whatsoever and to keep myself updated on a daily basis,” he tweeted from his official Twitter handle.He added that as an MP he was genuinely committed to the cause of Gurdaspur.
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