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Varanasi-Kathmandu ‘friendship’ bus service comes to a halt

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Lucknow: The ‘maitreya’ (friendship) bus service between Varanasi and Kathmandu, which started amid much fanfare, has been put to a halt, allegedly due to administrative and financial issues.

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The service, which was started around five months back by the Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) to strengthen bilateral ties through people-to-people contacts between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency and the Nepalese capital, has been “prematurely shelved” owing to “poor management and bad revenue,” the source said.

Despite the hype generated, not even a contract was signed with Kaushik Logistics, the company roped in to run the service, the source said. The service was launched by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and state Transport Minister Durga Prasad Yadav on March 4.

The bus ran into rough weather initially as the load factor was abysmal but slowly picked up and the bus started running to packed capacity until technical and operational glitches emerged as stumbling blocks.

While the service was hit briefly by the devastating April 25 Nepal earthquake, it started suffering as the company running it withdrew as neither “a written formal contract nor any parameters were set for (providing) diesel”.

Officials said that initially the file pertaining to these two issues was moved but then UPSRTC additional managing director K. Vijyendra Pandyan did not take a call and returned the file. He was soon transferred and even his successor, on emergency basis, Chief Principal Manager (Administration) Surendra Kumar, did not pay heed to the file.

Tired and disgusted at the callous attitude of the state-run transporter, Kaushik Logistics earlier this month sent it a letter throwing up its hands in despair and saying it could not run the service in these conditions.

Kaushik Logistics Manager Wadihul said that the company had given an August 20 deadline but the state government failed to respond. Hence they were forced to stop the service, “which had enough promise if handled well and seriously”.

With inputs from 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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Prime Minister Narendra Modi
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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)