A group of senior party leaders, mostly above 60 years old, met in Lucknow on Thursday where they expressed their disappointment over being sidelined in the party and resolved to take up the issue with Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Tuesday pointed out how Sikh guru Guru Nanak Dev had stood against [Mughal emperor] Babur at a time the country was facing an invasion and religion was under threat. Adityanath was addressing a gathering during a function in Lucknow to celebrate the 550th Prakash Parv (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak Dev. […]
Nyas chief Mahant Nritya Gopal Das questioned the need for a new trust: “Kis liye banayenge, kaun banayega aur kaun usmein rahega? Kya jaroorat hai? (Why should it be formed? Who will form it? Who will be its members? What is the need?).”
At Ground Zero of the decades-old case, the day began with business as usual: Pilgrims started arriving at the makeshift Ramlalla temple and Hanuman Garhi, shops selling puja material opened on time, and the local priests were busy preparing for daily pujas.
Senior advocate and All India Muslim Personal Law Board secretary Zafaryab Jilani says, “If a girl and boy are minors, then the consent of parents is required. But if they are major, then they can decide to continue or end their marriage. However, the definition of ‘major’ or being ‘baalig’ is different here (in Muslim law) as it is linked to puberty.”
Dominated by Brahmin population, the constituency in the state Capital has been represented by Brahmin candidates many times, and it therefore except the Congress, all the three major parties — the BJP, Samajwadi Party and BSP — have fielded a Brahmin candidate.
Ajay Kumar Lallu after taking charge, told party leaders about his past, which he claimed was “full of struggles.” “There are 32 cases registered against me and I have gone to jail 18 times... I have done it for the people.”
Forty-year-old Ajay Kumar Lallu, a son of a marginal farmer and a product of student politics, is known more for his agitations and dharnas rather than for being a popular face with a strong political background.