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  • Amid a political storm over infant deaths in Kota, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday alleged that over a thousand children have died in the last 12 months in Gorakhpur and asked the UP government as to who was responsible for it.

    Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav also promised a sum of Rs 5 lakh to families of all those who died in the protests in UP that erupted since December 19 and have claimed 19 lives since. The 28-year old had died of a fire shot during the protests when he had stepped out to get medicines for his pregnant wife. He had not been a part of the protests.

    Akhilesh Yadav, who visited the residence of Mohammad Wakil killed during an anti-CAA protest in the state capital, said, "He was not involved in the agitation. The government should probe as to whose bullet hit him. They (police) have post-mortem report now."

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    State BJP president Swatantra Dev Singh was speaking at a public meeting of the party on the Citizenship Amendment Act at Baaljati Inter College here on Monday. "Why is she not going to Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh? Priyanka Gandhi wants to cause riots and violence in Uttar Pradesh. She is calling goondas from other states for throwing stones and disturbing peace," Singh said.

    "Akhilesh should stay in Pakistan for one month and pray in Hindu temples, then he will have first hand experience of atrocities committed on Hindus in Pakistan," the state BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh said.

    Short on organisational strength and reach in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress party under Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is adopting shock-and-awe tactics to steal the march over the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party in taking on the Yogi government.

    Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s act of defying police orders and marching for kilometres to the house of an arrested ex-IPS officer in Lucknow on Saturday, shortly after she told party workers that Congress could alone fight the 2022 elections in UP, left the SP and BSP to play catch-up.

    A four-member delegation of the Trinamool Congress was detained at the Lucknow airport on Sunday afternoon. They had arrived here to meet the families of those impacted by the December 19 protests.

    Uttar Pradesh has recorded the death of rape victim, fifth time now where the victim was allegedly burnt by the perpetrator in Fatehpur, UP. In yet another case, a rape victim had self-immolated outside the police chief ’s office in Unnao earlier this week alleging inaction and is presently struggling for her life in the hospital.

    Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said that his party would go ahead with the protests and asked party workers to participate in it in large numbers.

    The SP and the BSP came out openly against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday, describing it as a "historical mistake" and "divisive" respectively.

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