Bharatiya Janata Party criticises Mulayam
A day after Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav met rape accused and former Uttar Pradesh Minister Gayatri Prajapati at the Lucknow District Jail and asserted that a 'false campaign' was being carried out against him, Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) MP and Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan said that since the former was a senior leader, he shouldn't be saying such things, stating that the judiciary was doing its job. Balyan said "He was slapped with charges and was declared absconding during the Samajwadi Party regime only. So, it's surprising that Mulayam Singh Yadav is saying so. The Government doesn't have any role to play in this. The judiciary is doing its job. And he is a senior leader. He shouldn't say such things,". Ealier, after meeting Prajapati, Mulayam said, "False campaign is being carried out against Gayatri Prajapati. He is being targetted as if he is a terrorist." Mulayam said he would meet the Director General Of Police (DGP) and complain. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister even questioned the possibility of a case of rape "when the woman did not even visit Prajapati's house."
Breaking up Coal India
Reuters had carried a report that the Niti Aayog had proposed that India should split the seven units of state-controlled Coal India Ltd into independent companies to make it more competitive.About 70 percent of India's power generation was fired by coal and India was the world's third-largest producer and third-biggest importer of coal. Niti Aayog said fresh coal production should come from private sector mines adding that the move called for reforms in allocating coal blocks to independent companies specialised in coal mining. Reuters reported in December that senior Indian government officials, tasked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with reviewing energy security, were recommending the break up of the world's largest coal miner within a year. Attempts to break up the world's biggest coal miner could expect resistance from powerful unions representing the firm's more than 350,000 employees. The government backed down from a similar proposal in the face of union protests in 2014. One of the unions, which was close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, was against the move and said it had the support of about half of Coal India's workers. "We are opposing the recommendations made by NITI Aayog," Baij Nath Rai, president of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, told Reuters. Coal India, the country's second-biggest employer, had been criticized for being bloated and inefficient. Its output-per-man shift was estimated at one-eighth of Peabody Energy, the world's largest private coal producer.
The parties are a “mismatch” says Bharatiya Janata Party
There had been speculation about a rift between the grand alliance of Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) because of their differences over the presidential nominee. Commenting on the issue the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the coalition of the two parties was a 'mismatch' adding that the disruption being witnessed was obvious. "Grand Alliance between RJD and JD (U) is a mismatch. Neither there is any connection in the ideology of both the parties nor is their working pattern similar. Dispute being witnessed in this alliance was obvious, because the RJD never accepted the concept of good governance," BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav told the media. Yadav said the few good initiatives being taken by the JD (U) in the state were making the RJD restless. He said it was just the greed for power which had kept both the parties together.
Muslims appreciate relaxation in Darjeeling
A report from Darjeeling said that Jama Masjid Imam, Ahmed Ali Kadri had hailed the decision of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) to levy 12 hours relaxation for the Muslim community to observe Eid and said that the demands of the agitators should be met. The GJM leadership had earlier announced that there would be partial relaxation for 12 hours today for the Muslim community to observe Eid. On Friday, GJM chief Bimal Gurung resigned from the post of chief executive of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). He demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI) inquiry into the police firing on the GJM supporters. This came after 43 members of the GJM resigned from the GTA. Gurung said, "Indefinite strike to continue. All-party meeting postponed to June 29. We will burn GTA agreement on June 27."