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Lucknow: A day after a youth was killed in Kannauj,the constituency of Dimple Yadav, wife of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, violence flared up.The situation was averse on Friday as told by the police.

Amid heavy police deployment in the district, mobs vandalized many business establishments in some areas including Makrandnagar and looted some shops.

Many vehicles that were passing by were also targeted.

Violence broke out in Kannauj late Thursday when a youngster was accidentally sprayed with dry colour (gulaal). His friends bashed up the youth though he tried to explain that this had happened as colour was being thrown during the procession to immerse the idols of Goddess Durga.

Many in the crowd later told the police that soon after people from a community started harassing some girls and women when the procession was at Lakhan Tiraha.

To disperse the unruly mob, Police Inspector Bhullan Yadav told the police to move the procession at speed, prompting people to bash him up. Senior police officials then rushed to the spot to control the situation but by then some miscreants fired at the procession from roof tops in the Chudi Wali Gali.

Mahesh Kushwaha and Apoorva Gupta received gun shot wounds. Gupta is undergoing treatment, but Mahesh succumbed to his injuries. Following the incident, religious procession and prayers were stopped as a mark of protest.

Tension is high but the situation is under control,” a home department official told.

Some people have been arrested with regard to their role in the incident, the official added.

(IANS)

 

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If the BSP, SP and RLD join hands, it may emerge as a formidable alliance against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

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CM Akhilesh Yadav-UP Elections, Source- Wikimedia

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav will hold a joint press conference here on Saturday when the alliance between them for the coming Lok Sabha polls is likely to be announced.

An invitation, jointly signed by SP General Secretary Rajendra Chowdhary and BSP General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, has been circulated to the media for the press conference at a five-star hotel here.

Informed sources said that the two former Chief Ministers might formally announce the formation of the alliance for the Lok Sabha polls and also share the seat-sharing formula.

A tactical alliance between SP and BSP – once sworn enemies – helped them defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha by-elections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur last year. The two parties also backed the candidate of RLD-led by Ajit Singh to win the Kairana Lok Sabha constituency.

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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati (IANS)

Four-time Chief Minister Mayawati flew into Lucknow late on Thursday and is likely to deliberate with her party leaders on Friday before sealing the deal with SP.

A senior party leader said that while the SP and BSP will share 37 seats each, they will leave two for Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).

The alliance might also leave two seats, Amethi and Rae Bareli, for the Congress to enable Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi to contest from there.

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These were the only two seats the Congress won in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in which the BSP drew a blank and SP managed to win five seats, again won by members of the Samajwadi Party’s ‘first family’.

The BJP swept 71 seats while its ally Apna Dal got two seats in a four-way contest.

If the BSP, SP and RLD join hands, it may emerge as a formidable alliance against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. (IANS)