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Howrah/Kolkata: Countering West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s demand for a neutral agency probe into Madhya Pradesh’s Vyapam scam, the BJP on Tuesday wondered if she would agree for such a probe into “irregularities and manslaughter” going on in her state.

Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary Siddhartha Nath Singh asked if Banerjee would allow a CBI probe into alleged irregularities surrounding Teachers Eligibility Test (TET).

“The Madhya Pradesh government has already recommended a CBI probe while a high court monitored SIT is also probing the Vyapam scam,” Singh told media persons on the sidelines of a party programme here.

“But we want to ask if Mamata ji will she agree for a CBI probe into the TET scam. Will she agree for a CBI or NIA probe into the mass killing going on in Birbhum district,” he asked.

Singh was referring to frequent clashes between the activists of the Trinamool and BJP in Birbhum. While Banerjee has been denying any such clashes, the BJP has claimed several of its activists have been killed, injured and driven away from the district by “Trinamool goons”.

Terming the series of deaths over the Vyapam scam as “cold-blooded murder”, Banerjee on Tuesday said she was in favour of a probe by a” neutral and capable agency”. On Monday too she had called for an independent agency probe asserting her Trinamool will raise the matter in parliament.

The Madhya Pardesh scam is related to irregularities in admission and recruitment conducted by the Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam). More than 40 people associated with the scam have lost their lives, including a Delhi-based TV journalist who was covering it.

(IANS)

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Yogi Plans Grand Memorial for BJP Ideologues along the Banks of Gomti River in Lucknow

The Sthal will have statues of Sardar Patel and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ideologues, including Shyama Prasad Mukhrejee, Deen Dayal Upadhayay

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The Sthal will have statues of Sardar Patel and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ideologues, including Shyama Prasad Mukhrejee, Deen Dayal Upadhayay and former prime minister. Pixabay

The Yogi Adityanath government will build a “Rashtriya Prerna Sthal” along the banks of the Gomti River in Lucknow, dedicated to the memory of ‘nationalist’ leaders.

The Rashtriya Prerna Sthal will be developed on 82 acres of land on Hardoi road in Vasantkunj area. It will also have a city forest park.

The Sthal will have statues of Sardar Patel and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ideologues, including Shyama Prasad Mukhrejee, Deen Dayal Upadhayay and former prime minister, late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

According to the government spokesman, the Sthal will also have a Jan Sabha Kendra that will accommodate over one lakh people.

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The Rashtriya Prerna Sthal will be developed on 82 acres of land on Hardoi road in Vasantkunj area. Pixabay

The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has been directed to prepare the blueprint for the project.

A herbal garden, a multi-activity centre and a cycle track will also be a part of the project. Sources said that a butterfly and a fruit garden, food court, craft bazaar, cafe, lotus and duck lake, Yoga zone, kids play area and an open theatre are also proposed in the Sthal.

An initial instalment of Rs 50 crore has been given to start the project, though the entire cost of the project is yet to be worked out.

This is the first time that the BJP government is building a project dedicated to its ideologues.

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The Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) government had built several memorials dedicated to its ideologues includes Ambedkar and late Kanshi Ram. These include the Kanshi Ram Eco Garden, Ambedkar Park and Samajik Parivartan Sthal.

The Samajwadi Party, during their tenure, came up with the Lohia Park, Lohia Path, Janeshwar Misra Park and the Jai Prakash Narain International Centre in Lucknow.

“This will be a one-of-its-kind project that will have something for everyone. It will emerge as one of the biggest tourist attractions in the state,” said a minister who is involved in the project. (IANS)