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Agra: Around 250-odd members of the Indian diaspora received a warm welcome by the Uttar Pradesh government in the Taj city on Monday as the maiden ‘UP Pravasi Diwas’ took off to an impressive start.

Addressing the NRIs and PIOs, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said the meet was a beginning of a never-ending dialogue between them and the state government assured them of all help.

He said that the whole idea behind the UP Pravasi Diwas was to reconnect the diaspora with their roots in the state and work on a common and meaningful dialogue of development of the state. “I am overjoyed to see such large number of NRIs here and must admit that the gathering has exceeded my expectation,” he added.

Announcing that the event would now be an annual affair, Akhilesh Yadav said that only the venues will change and would rotate among the major cities of the state. “We are here not only to welcome you in the Taj city but also to make you partners as the state endeavours to get its rightful place in the country,” he added to a round of applause.

Earlier, Prisons Minister Balwant Singh Ramuwalia, who coordinated the NRI Diwas, heaped praise on Akhilesh Yadav, saying that it was for the first time that a Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh had thought about the descendants of people who lived in the state many centuries ago.

Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan detailed on various infrastructure and development projects undertaken by the state government and said that the state was undergoing a never before turnaround.

Later 16 eminent people with roots in Uttar Pradesh and now living abroad were given the ‘UP Ratna’ awards by the chief minister and his wife, Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav while 13 MoUs were also signed at the event. Also, present during the event, among others, were members of Bollywood that included film directors Sudhir Mishra, Muzaffar Ali, veteran actor Sanjay Khan and Zayed Khan.

Over the next two days, the NRIs and state ministers and officials would interact in order to have a composite dialogue on how and in which sectors, investment can be explored, said Principal Secretary (NRI) Sanjeev Saran.(IANS)

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Campaigning ends for third phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections

Districts where the polling would be held are Farukkhabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Hardoi, Kannauj, Kanpur rural, Kanpur city, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki, Auraiyya and Sitapur

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Voters in western UP, (File photo,image source- VOA)

17 Feb, 2017: Campaigning for the third phase of the Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections came to an end at 5 p.m. on Friday. There are 826 candidates contesting for 69 seats, spread across 12 districts.

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Polling will take place on February 19. The third phase will be a litmus test for the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), especially Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, since most seats were held by the party in 2012 and are in the Yadav pocket boroughs.

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Prominent personalities whose fate would be decided in the third phase include ministers Arvind Singh ‘Gop’, Fareed Mehfooz Kidwai, Vijay Bahadur Pal, Abhishek Mishra, Nitin Agarwal, Narendra Verma, Rajeev Kumar Singh and former minister Shivpal Singh Yadav.

Districts where the polling would be held are Farukkhabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Hardoi, Kannauj, Kanpur rural, Kanpur city, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki, Auraiyya and Sitapur. A total of 2.41 crore voters will decide the fate of 826 candidates.

There are 25,603 polling booths. (IANS)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi draws parallel with Hindu God Lord Krishna

Prime Minister considers himself to be the adopted son of Uttar Pradesh and just like Lord Krishna his roots are here but Gujarat is his 'Karma Bhoomi'

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Hardoi (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 16, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said despite being born in Gujarat he had chosen Uttar Pradesh as his land of vocation, drawing a parallel with Lord Krishna who was born in Uttar Pradesh but made Gujarat his “karma bhoomi”.

The Prime Minister said he was an adopted son of Uttar Pradesh and vowed not to ditch the people of the state. He also took a dig at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav over his rift with father Mulayam Singh Yadav.

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“Krishna was born in Uttar Pradesh but made Gujarat his karma bhoomi. I was born in Gujarat but Uttar Pradesh has adopted me. It is a privilege for me. Uttar Pradesh is like ‘mai-baap’. I am not a son who would ditch his mai-baap. I will always care about Uttar Pradesh.

“Despite being an adopted son, it is my duty to develop Uttar Pradesh,” Modi told an election rally here in Uttar Pradesh.

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Hardoi votes on Sunday in the third phase of the staggered elections to chose a new government in the country’s most populous state. (IANS)

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Time to end caste-driven Politics full of chaos and lawlessness in Uttar Pradesh, says PM Narendra Modi

Modi criticizes Akhilesh Yadav heavily by accusing him of leading a political pandemonium in Uttar Pradesh in a mass gathering in Budayun

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Budayun (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 11, 2017:  Prime Minister NarendraModi renewed his attack on Uttar PradeshChief Minister Akhilesh Yadavon Saturday and charged him with presiding over chaos and lawlessness in the state in the past five years.

Addressing a gathering in Budayun, a Yadav stronghold, the Prime Minister said time has come to reverse the caste and community-based policy making in the state and instead embrace the ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas’ policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Reminding people that in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the region had not elected a BJP legislator, Modi said it was the central government which has brought electricity to 500-plus villages in Budayun which never saw light in the past 70 years.

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“My focus is all-round development of an area and welfare of people, irrespective of caste, community and to which political alignment he or she is,” Modi said while stating his government was committed to the poor, farmers, labourers and marginalised sections of the society.

He also took a jibe at Akhilesh Yadav saying he is so rattled, that at his election rallies, the 43-year-old leader was asking people if ‘acche din’ (good times) has come.

“By merely copying my style of interaction with the people, you don’t achieve anything Akhilesh Yadavji, you should answer to the people of Uttar Pradeshif good days were ushered in during your five years’ governance,” he said.

Taking potshots at the local SP MP and Chief Minister’s cousin Dharmendra Yadav, Modi said a legislator of the ruling party himself has charged the MP of large scale ‘gadbad’ (irregularities) in the purchase of electricity wires and other contracts.

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“The SP people are not interested in whether electricity comes to your home or not, they have reached where they had to go,” Modi said in an apparent dig at the Yadav clan, which has more than 36 of its members holding political posts.

There is no electricity, no development, mis-governance and a complete lack of law and order in Uttar Pradeshand this will have to change, the Prime Minister said. He added that a month from now, on March 11, when election results would be declared, Uttar Pradeshwill be celebrating a BJP-led government in the state.

He also touched on local issues in a bid to connect emotionally to the people and sought the blessings of the voters in the Yadav pocket borough.

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Prime Minister Modi targeted the Congress-SP alliance and said leaders of these parties only a month ago were baying for each other’s blood but now had embraced each other only with a single aim of stopping the BJP from coming to power.

“However hard you may try, as many alliances you make, ‘Lotus’ will bloom in Uttar Pradeshthis time as people have decided to back a BJP government here for good governance,” Modi added. (IANS)