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      BSP won by-polls to 9 seats of the 11 assembly constituencies Lucknow: 10th Nov., 2009

      Bahujan Samaj Party won by-polls to 9 of the 11 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, including Etawah, the home district of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
      In Etawah, BSP candidate Mahendra Singh Rajput defeated SP candidate Vimal Bhadauria by a margin of over 32,000 votes. Rajput bagged 76,131 votes, while Bhadauria managed 43,318 votes.
      In Hainsar Bazar, BSP candidate Dashrath Singh Chauhan trounced his nearest rival Neelmani of Congress by over 8,000 votes. While Chauhan secured 47,815 votes, Neelmani got 39,018 votes. SP and BJP were placed on third and fourth place respectively.
      BSP's Chandra Bhadra Singh alias Sonu Singh defeated his nearest rival Jain Narain Tiwari of the Congress by a margin of over 49,000 votes in Isauli. Singh got 82,063 votes as compared to Tiwari, who could get 32,686 votes.
      BSP retained Lalitpur and Rari(Jaunpur) assembly seats respectively by defeating their rivals from Samajwadi Party. In Lalitpur, Suman Devi Khushwaha won by over 14,000 votes defeating SP candidate Chandra Bhushan Singh.
      In Rari, Rajedo Singh of BSP defeated Om Prakash Dubey of SP by a margin of 12,586 votes with Singh securing 74381 votes, and Dubey got 61395 votes.
      In Padrauna, BSP candidate and former state minister Swami Prasad Maurya defeated his nearest rival Shakir Ali of SP by a margin of over 50,000 votes. Maurya, who secured 81,039 votes got better of his nearest rival Shakir Ali of SP, who had to settle at 28,015 votes.
      The BSP also won Bharthana assembly seat, which was represented by Mulayam Singh Yadav in the last state assembly elections. BSP candidate Shiv Prasad Yadav defeated his nearest rival and SP nominee Pradeep Yadav by a margin of over 15,000 votes.
      Jhansi: Kailash Sahu also elected from Jhansi seat
      In Powayan assembly segment, BSP candidate Virendra Prasad defeated his nearest rival Chetram of Congress.

      Directorate of Enforcement, Government of India seeks details of economic fraud of crores of rupees involving Amar Singh Lucknow: 30th Oct., 2009

      Amar Singh gave government contracts worth crores of rupees to his industrialist friends, misused his post of Chairman U.P.D.C. during previous Government

      The Directorate of Enforcement, Government of India, after getting the information of economic fraud of crores of rupees involving Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha M.P. Mr. Amar Singh, through its letter No.-PMLA/MISC/ LZO/2009/760, dated 27 October 2009 has sought the details from the Economic Offence Wing (E.O.W.) in this regard. The details have been forwarded to the Enforcement Directorate.
      It may be recalled that Sri Shivakant Tripathi had lodged an F.I.R. on 15 October 2009 against Mr. Amar Singh and his associates under the Crime No.-458/09, under section-420/467/471/120/BIPC and 7/8/9/10/13 (1)(C)-PC Act and 3/4 PML Act at the Babupurwa Police Station in Kanpur Nagar. The F.I.R. mentions that Mr. Amar Singh and his associates prepared coded documents, amassed money wrongfully while they were public servant and forged income tax details. The Government directed the E.O.W. to investigate the matter. The F.I.R. has following allegations prima facie.
      Mr. Amar Singh, during the regime of the previous government, misused his post of Chairman U.P.D.C. and awarded Government contracts worth crores of rupees to select industrialists and in lieu of his services Mr. Singh got the commission delivered to such companies, which were either directly or indirectly held by him. Such companies were also given contracts.
      Between the years 2004-07, Mr. Amar Singh ensured that these companies got the contracts, even though they neither had any experience nor had resources to complete these contracts. Mr. Amar Singh opened several such companies with the assistance of economic experts, which had mutual share holding. He also posted his associates/friends in the board of directors of these companies.
      After a huge cash inflow in these companies, they were merged with two companies, viz.— Messrs. Sarvottam Caps Ltd. and Messrs. Pankaja Arts and Credit Private Ltd.
      It is worth mentioning that the share prices of those small companies where money was deposited from outside and which were merged with the two large companies, was artificially hiked for hundreds of times before the merger. For example, it is also alleged that the total income of Messrs. Shyam Dada Merchants Pvt. Ltd. for the year 2004-05 was Rs. 5.78 lakh and its profits stood at Rs. 1250 only before its merger with Messrs. Pankaja Arts and Credit Private Ltd. Still, the value of its shares, which was Rs. 81.77 lakh, was evaluated at Rs. 12.46 crore at the time of merger. Thus, while all small companies ceased to exist after merger, the entire money deposited in them was transferred to the two companies held by Mr. Amar Singh, his wife, friends and associates in a legal manner. Considering the serious allegations mentioned in the F.I.R., several new dimensions of the investigation have come to fore, which would be investigated by EOW and other special agencies.
      The EOW of the State Government has forwarded all the documents of this case to the Directorate of Enforcement. Besides, the E.O.W. has also referred the related points to the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) of the Ministry of Company Affairs and it has also requested to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to provide its report in this regard to investigate whether the regulatory provisions were violated or not and the share prices were also tampered or not. Moreover, the State Government had also forwarded all the documents of this case to the Revenue Department, which also includes Directorate of Enforcement, Government of India and the Ministry of Company Affairs of the Government of India as well.

      UP to set up detective training school Lucknow: 30th Oct., 2009

      In an effort to get well-trained investigators, the Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to set up a detective training institute here, an official said on Friday.
      "The Chief Minister at a meeting has directed the officers to arrange land for Central Detective Training School on Lucknow-Kanpur road," a senior Home Department official said.

      System of payment of sugarcane prices based on SAP should be kept intact Lucknow: 30th Oct., 2009

      Considering the larger interests of cane farmers, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati has requested the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to reconsider the arrangement of payment of difference between the fair and remunerative prices (FRP) and state advisory price (SAP) by the state government. She requested that the current system of the payment of sugar cane prices based on SAP should be kept intact.
      In her letter written to the Prime Minister today, the Chief Minister said that the state’s right to fix SAP was recognised by the decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. The Government of India did not take the state government into confidence before making all the amendments/arrangements related to FRP. Thus, the interests of about 40 lakh cane growers of U.P. were completely ignored, she pointed out.
      Ms. Mayawati said that the Government of India on the one hand increased the support prices of crops life wheat; paddy etc. continuously during the last few years, while on the other the statutory minimum price (SMP) registered minimum increase comparatively. Owing to crop prices policy of recent years, the area of sugar cane and its production and sugar production decreased continuously. She said that the FRP announced by the Government of India for the current crushing season had enraged and moved the farmers considerably. The Chief Minister said that the Government of India by amending the Essential Commodities Act and Sugar Cane Control Order 1966 for fixing remunerative prices of sugar cane had indirectly ended the rights of the state government for fixing SAP. She said that according to this new amendment if a state government fixes SAP in the excess of FRP then the same would have to bear the payment of the difference. Since, the sugar mills directly purchase sugar cane from the cane cooperative societies/cane growers; therefore, the same was sold/purchased on the mutual consent based on SAP announced by the state government. She said that in this perspective there was no question of bearing the difference between the FRP and SAP by the state government.
      Ms. Mayawati said that for the crushing season 2009-10, the Government of India had fixed FRP at Rs. 129.86 paise per quintal on the basis of 9.5 per cent of recovery. Till the crushing season 2008-09 the SMP was based on 9 per cent recovery. Thus, on the basis of 9 per cent recovery, the FRP for 2009-10 was estimated at Rs. 123 per quintal only, while the state government had announced SAP for general category sugar cane at Rs. 165 per quintal and for sugar cane of agaiti prajati it was fixed at Rs. 170 per quintal. The Chief Minister also informed the Prime Minister that the state government had been fixing SAP since the crushing season 1973-74 for ensuring remunerative prices to the cane growers of the state. She said that the SMP of the sugar cane was fixed by the Government of India keeping in view the prices of levy sugar and its quota from this year had been fixed at 20 per cent. The Government of India got sugar on the levy prices from the sugar mills for distributing sugar through the PDS so that the weaker sections of the society got sugar at cheaper rates. She said that denial of remunerative prices to the cane growers for getting sugar from limited levy quota was not correct.

      Full care of families of martyrs will be taken Lucknow: 21st Oct., 2009

      The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati paid warm tributes to police personnel who laid down their lives while performing duties. She paid floral tributes to the martyrs at a function organised at the police lines to mark the 'Police Smriti Diwas' here today. She called upon all the police officers and jawans to work with new enthusiasm to achieve the target of 'Sarvajan Hitai Sarvajan Sukhai' to set up example for others. She said that her government had taken full care of the family members of the martyrs and it had also ensured welfare of retired police personnel.
      Addressing the function, the Chief Minister said that the police personnel, who laid down their lives, had brought laurels to U.P. Government and police department through their supreme sacrifice. Assuring the family members of the martyrs, she said that the State Government had taken several steps for the welfare of the dependents of the martyrs and it would continue to do so in future as well.
      Ms. Mayawati said that the U.P. Police had a different image all over the country because of its efficacy. The achievements of the police jawans were noteworthy in the drives launched against dacoit gangs, notorious criminals and criminal elements during the past two and a half years. Few months ago, our police team succeeded in gunning down notorious dacoit Ghanshyam Kewat in an encounter in Chhitrakoot district, she reminded. He was carrying a cash award of Rs. 50,000 on his head. The company commander late Beni Madhav Singh and constable late Shamim Ali, who sacrificed their lives in this encounter, were given Mukhya Mantri Utkrisht Sewa Police Padak this year posthumously by the U.P. government on the occasion of Independence Day.
      The Chief Minister said that the police personnel, who had performed their duties with courage, were also given out of turn promotions and owing to it three SIs were promoted as inspectors and three constables were elevated to the post of head constables. She said that the dependents of the martyrs were provided economic assistance through various funds and insurance schemes and their pension cases were also being disposed of on priority basis. Besides, the dependents of the police personnel who had laid down their lives while performing duties, were also provided employment. Out of it, 29 dependents were appointed as SIs in civil police, 219 dependents were given appointment as constables and 68 dependents were appointed as fourth class employees. Ms. Mayawati said that as many as 49 police personnel were given 'Utkrisht Sewa Samman Chinh' and 192 police personnel were given 'Sarahniya Sewa Samman Chinh' so that such police personnel could be encouraged and their morale got a boost. Besides, Rs. 72.40 lakh were distributed among the dependents of 15 police personnel who had laid down their lives while performing duties, while Rs. 18.25 lakh were provided to police personnel receiving injuries while performing their duties.
      The Chief Minister said that the present government was committed to provide development oriented atmosphere free from injustice, crime, terror and corruption for which priority had been given to establish the "rule of law by law". She directed the policemen to maintain such law and order situation, in which criminals could fear and the poor, especially the people of weaker sections could be ensured justice, only then we would fulfil the commitment to provide better law and order to the people of the state.
      Ms. Mayawati said that police had been directed to face criminals without any fear and partiality adhering to law, owing to which it had become successful in encountering and arresting criminals belonging to other states also. Besides, directives had been issued to police to maintain law and order and take stringent action against the criminals, however powerful they may be. The Chief Minister said that with a view to strengthening the law and order of the state, the norms had been re-fixed and sanction had been given to fill 2,04,021 posts of different categories. An impartial and transparent system had been implemented for the promotion and recruitment on vacant posts in police force for which Uttar Pradesh Police Recruitment and Promotion Board had been constituted. This board had started the proceedings to recruit 35,000 police constables.
      Ms. Mayawati said that budgetary provision had been made to solve the administrative problems, residential and non-residential needs of policemen. Financial sanctions had been issued for the construction of residential and nonresidential buildings costing 30 crore 83 lakh rupees and 26 crore 79 lakh rupees respectively under modernisation scheme. An amount of Rs. 245 crore had been sanctioned by the state government for modern equipments, weapons, communication and anti-riot equipments, security and training equipments, purchase of vehicles, computerisation of police stations for the modernisation of police, she added.
      On this occasion, DGP Mr. Karamveer Singh while paying his tributes to martyrs said that 833 policemen had sacrificed their lives on duty, out of which 107 policemen belonged to Uttar Pradesh between the period of September 01, 2008 and August 31, 2009. During this period, among the martyrs of the U.P. police were-group leader 01, sub inspector 17, S.I.(M.)01, ASI(M)03, head constable 16, constables 65, fireman 2, constable(driver) 2. On this occasion, the Chief Minister honoured the widows of martyr policemen. The Cabinet Secretary Mr. Shashank Shekhar Singh, Chief Secretary Mr. Atul Kumar Gupta, Principal Secretary Home Kunwar Fateh Bahadur, Principal Secretary to C.M. Mr. Netram, Media advisor Mr. Jameel Akhtar were present besides, senior police and administrative officers.

      Mayawati hails Kanshi Ram as greatest Dalit messiah Lucknow: 8th Oct., 2009

      Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday hailed her mentor and ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) founder Kanshi Ram as the greatest messiah of Dalits.
      Speaking at a brief function here to mark his third death anniversary, Mayawati said, "There was no parallel to Kanshi Ram-ji in championing the cause of Dalits across the country."
      She first paid floral tributes at a statue of Kanshi Ram at the threshold of the .
      Then she offered flowers at another statue of the BSP founder in the Kanshi Ram Memorial cum eco park.

      Supreme Court observation misinterpreted by media Lucknow: 7th Oct., 2009

      Mr. Satish Chandra on Wednesday said the apex court was only making "observations" which has been misinterpreted and that it had not given any "verdict."
      He attacked the opposition parties for allegedly making an out of context references on the Court directions restraining construction works at all the sites of memorials and said it amounted to criminal contempt of the court. It also chided the media for its reportage of the court proceedings.
      "It would have been better if the media had gone through the judgement before reporting on the issue because certain observations made by the court during the course of arguments have been portrayed as if they were part of the verdict," said Satish Chandra Misra, a senior BSP leader and UP government's counsel in the apex court.
      "The court raised several queries during the course of proceedings to get a reply from different parties and court's observations cannot be construed as its verdict," he said.
      Taking a strong exception to the opposition's reaction on the court's verdict and comments directed at Chief Minister Mayawati, Misra said it amounted to criminal contempt and defamation and warned that the government would take appropriate action against such political leaders.
      The BSP leader was critical of the opposition parties giving statements in a matter, which was sub-judice saying that it was aimed at prejudicing the court.

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