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Lucknow: Is all well in Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Samajwadi Party? While officially, party leaders scoff at reports of “naraazgi” (anger) between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his father, party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav (MSY), events over the last week suggest to the contrary.

And it all seems to have been triggered, in the long term, by the continuous “needling” of MSY, sources say and of late the expulsion of three closest party leaders of the chief minister – Anand Bhadauria, Sunil Yadav ‘Sajan’ and Subodh Yadav.

On Friday, as PWD minister and MSY’s younger brother Shivpal Singh Yadav signed the letter of the trio’s expulsion, the ruling party was jolted like never before.

While the official line was that the party leadership acted against the young leaders for their “anti-party acts in the gram pradhan polls”, insiders say it was a result of the power tussle between the two generations in the family. “It is a public humiliation of Bhaiyya Ji (as the chief minister is called) by the elders in the family and does not augur well for everyone”, said a close aide of Akhilesh Yadav.

Insiders admit that the chief minister was very miffed by the fact that the three leaders, who have been with him before the party stormed to power in 2012, were not suspended but expelled from the party. While the matter was discussed with Akhilesh by Shivpal and Mulayam, a source told IANS, the chief minister had walked out of the close door meeting when it was decided to boot the three young leaders out.

In fact, Akhilesh, known for his smiles and keeping calm publicly is so angry that for the first time since he was sworn in as the chief minister, he skipped the Saifai Mahotsava for two consecutive days. With the annual cultural jamboorie a family affair, the absence of Akhilesh has not been missed by old-timers and many feel that the 42-year-old might have finally thrown in his towel.

Sources say that while Akhilesh, like an obedient son, has been overlooking public reprimands of his father, much to his embarrassment, though, this time, the “wound is much deeper”.

“See, the chief minister is trying to do some good work, many development projects are on the roll, the general perception about the government is improving…in such circumstances, such developments bode ill for him and the party,” a close friend of Akhilesh said.

Mulayam in the past, on at least four occasions, has publicly chided the chief minister, leading to resentment in the rank and file. Many say, if there were indeed some issues between the two where they differ, the discourse should be at home rather than at public platforms.

“Such things hurt the party’s image and I am sure rattle the confidence of the young chief minister,” a senior minister said.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak saw it as a “tussle for power within the Yadav clan”.

“The knives are out in the open and the fight for supremacy has begun. There has always been simmering tension between the two camps, it’s just that now it is in open and very evident,” the BJP leader added.

A close associate of Mulayam however, claimed that ‘Neta-Ji’ was right in expelling the three young leaders as he has never tolerated anyone who is detrimental to the party.

“Netaji can never be wrong or against his son. Wasn’t he who appointed Akhilesh as the chief minister” the associate asked, adding that while there may be serious differences between the two, nothing was alarming!

Budayun MP and cousin Dharmendra Yadav claimed that the chief ministers “was just busy and not angry” and that he will soon be seen in Saifai. Close officials say it is all temporary and that “things will be sorted out soon.”

For now, however, these voices of sanity comes across as not very reassuring!(Mohit Dubey, IANS)

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What and how essential are 'essentials' that are not listed in the government's list of essentials in Uttar Pradesh? Pixabay

What and how essential are ‘essentials’ that are not listed in the government’s list of essentials in Uttar Pradesh? This is the latest news.

Online stores that are doing home delivery of essentials in the state are restricting themselves to flour, pulses, rice, and cooking oil while daily use items like toothpaste, soaps, detergents, biscuits, diapers, candles, mosquito repellant, tea are not in the list.

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“We have run out of toothpaste and the online stores do not show this as a shopping option. Two websites have put up the ‘not available’ sign on toothpastes. When we called up the store, they said that they are delivering only essentials till the lockdown is lifted. Now how do we manage without toothpaste? We will have to rub salt on teeth perhaps,” said Renu Saxena, homemaker from Prayagraj.

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Most of the essential items like diapers and shampoos are supplied from states other than UP and in view of the national lockdown. Pixabay

Most of the small grocery stores that cater to a particular locality have run out of items like detergents, mosquito repellants, tea, candles and batteries.

R.K. Agarwal, a grocery store owner in Indira Nagar in Lucknow, explained,

“Transportation of goods is a major problem in the lockdown. We are concentrating on supply of essential food items and the government is also focusing on this. Candles, mosquito repellents and diapers are not the priority right now.”

Neena, a student of Banaras Hindu University who is living in a paying guest accommodation in Sigra area, has run out of sanitary pads.

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“The medical stores in my area have sold out sanitary pads and the shopkeepers say that the supply chain has been affected and they are not getting supplies,” she said.

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Online stores that are doing home delivery of essential items in the state are restricting themselves to flour, pulses, rice, and cooking oil. Pixabay

Most of the stores have also run out of diapers and baby food which is a cause of concern for young mothers.

Navina Uttam, a cancer survivor, has been prescribed a gluten-free diet but is unable to get gluten free flour like bajra and ragi.

“My store tells me that bajra and ragi are not on their priority. I showed my doctor’s prescription to the helpline people but they simply expressed their helplessness,” she said.

Meanwhile, Rajendra Gupta, general secretary of UP Udyog Vypar Mandal admitted that the ‘essential’ list did not include items that could be termed ‘essential’.

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‘Most of the items like diapers and shampoos are supplied from states other than UP and in view of the national lockdown, the supply chain has been affected. We are in constant touch with concerned officials on the issue but the fact is to first ensure the availability of basic food items,” he said. (IANS)