Nine SC candidates in the running for mayor, 1 candidate rejected. Nominations have been registered for the mayor post for the upcoming local elections, which will be held in three phases; on 22nd, 26th and 29th November. The nominees are as follows: The BJP candidate is Mukesh Arya Bandhu; the Congress candidate is Mohan Singh; the BSP candidate is Govardhan Singh; the SP candidate is Shyam Murari Chauhan; the Aam Aadmi Party candidate is Ganesh Mahaur; Ashok Kumar, Yogesh Chauhan, Pramod and Dinesh Maurya are running as independent candidates.
Kinnar Munna had his application rejected because he was unable to provide a caste certificate. Munna’s caste application is currently before the court, so he was unable to provide a certificate showing that he is a member of a scheduled caste. In this election, the Mayor seat is reserved for a SC candidate so all candidates must present a caste certificate. In the state of UP, SC persons make up 21% of the population. The caste includes Chamar (skinners), Dhobi (washer persons) as well as persons from minority religions. Read more (Hindi)
Lokraj Party President caught in Whats App scandal. Both the group admin as well as the person who posted offending remarks are being held accountable for comments in relation to yesterday’s communal riots in Olh village. A case has been filed against Manoj Chaudhary and Satish Singh for comments inciting racial hatred. Singh made the comment, “Hindus got beaten” (Hinduon ko pita gaya). In relation to the case, SSP Swapnil Mamgai said that anyone who speaks or acts in a way that disturbs the peace will not be spared. Read more (Hindi)
Winters first fog becomes a deathtrap. Today the media is full of stories of accidents caused by the fog. Most people you talk to have a ‘near miss’ or an ‘accident I saw’ story from yesterday, including a children’s school bus which went off the road, injuring several children. The worst accident happened on the Yamuna Expressway, at Baldev. Expressway manager, Major Manish told Amar Ujala reporters that 60 vehicles collided and 22 people were injured. Jagran reports that dozens were injured, including a foreign couple, and one person was killed. The pile up happened after a truck overturned. The vehicles were removed from the expressway by bulldozers and cranes.