The trial run of the Uttar Pradesh government's much publicised Lucknow Metro was flagged off today by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav even as BSP chief Mayawati alleged the project was completed in haste to gain cheap popularity ahead of polls.
Amid talks among leaders of 'Janata Parivar' parties about a tie-up for the Uttar Pradesh polls, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today said achieving a coalition was not easy. The ruling Samajwadi Party could win the elections on its own, though an alliance could win 300 seats.
This Diwali, Samajwadi rockets and Mayawati bombs have flooded firecrackers market in Lucknow with traders seeking to cash in on the highly surcharged political atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the crucial Assembly elections.
In yet another indication of continuing infighting within the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday skipped a crucial party meeting convened by state unit chief and his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav.
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has rapped the Akhilesh Yadav government for poor work in controlling the menace of dengue, for not spending central funds and for faking statistics on the death toll in the vector borne disease.
The Uttar Pradesh government affected a major reshuffle in the police department late tonight, transferring 70 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, including police chiefs of more than 65 districts, an official said.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has written to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav directing him to take action against former legislator Krishna Kumar Sachan after he was found guilty in the Lokayukta report in a disproportionate assets case.
The services of suspended Vice chancellor of Kanpur's Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology Professor Munna Singh has been terminated with immediate effect by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik.