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intensifies stir against Sankaracharya's arrest
Delhi/ Amritsar: VHP activists today intensified their
stir against the arrest of Kanchi Sankaracharya Jyaendra
Saraswati. The seer has been under arrest for around three
weeks on charges of murdering a temple official Shankararaman.
VHP working president Ashok Singhal along with hundreds
of his supporters courted arrest in New Delhi while protesting
against the seer's arrest. "Jayendra Saraswathi is innocent.
He should be released at the earliest. People will not tolerate
the treatment meted out to seers. There will be revolution,"
he said. Thousands of VHP activists, including women, also
courted arrest in Amritsar demanding immediate release of
the seer. They raised slogans against the Centre and the
Tamil Nadu governments before courting arrest. Jayendra
Saraswathi, who heads a mutt in Chennai, was arrested last
month on charges of murder, abatement and conspiracy to
murder in a case that has largely shocked the Hindu country.
calls for anti-RJD alliance in Bihar polls (Go
The Samajwadi Party has asked for the formation of an
anti-RJD alliance to take on the ruling party in the coming
assembly elections in Bihar. Accusing the RJD of 'pushing
Bihar to backwardness' Samajwadi Party General Secretary
asked Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) to forge
an alliance with the Samajwadi and the Left parties to take
on the Laloo Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD). "The
SP welcomes Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief and Union Chemicals
and Fertiliser Minister Ram Vilas Paswan's appeal to forge
an anti-RJD alliance and will also talk to the Left parties
to fight the election together," Amar Singh was quoted as
saying. He further accused Laloo of hobnobbing with the
industrialists and corporates for his own personal benefit
and not the state's economic welfare. "I liasion with industrialists
and other bigwigs for the development of Uttar Pradesh and
not for any personal gain unlike Prasad who is ruining Bihar,
his home state," he added. Even former Bollywood star and
SP MP Jaya Prada lamented at the poor economic condition
and rising crime graph in Bihar and urged for an immediate
change in the state's political set-up to bring the state
back on the path of development. "Bihar and Uttar Pradesh
are neighbours, but there is a lot of difference in the
economic conditions of the two states. There is an urgent
need for bringing in a new government in Bihar to pull it
out of backwardness," she said.
floats parallel platform in West Bengal (Go
Dissident BJP leaders in West Bengal, led by former
Union Minister Tapan Sikdar, today floated a parallel platform
on grounds that the state BJP leadership had failed to take
up "burning" issues, including the Left front government's
"misrule" in the state. Accusing the state leadership of
failing to activate the party against the Left front's misrule,
Sikdar, while speaking at the launch of the Dr Syamaprasad
Jana Jagaran Manch said, that the party had also failed
to mobilise public opinion and create mass protests. He
further added that since the BJP leadership in the state
didn't raise up these issues, he deemed it fit to float
a parallel platform in the state to take up the matter in
right earnest. "I had wanted these programmes to be taken
up from the BJP platform and had sought formation of a movement
cell, but since that did not materialise, this platform
was floated to take up the burning issues in the state,"
Sikdar was quoted as saying. Refuting suggestions that the
formation of the platform was against the party, he said
that the forum rather than anything else would only "strengthen
the movement against the Left Front government in the state."
Spain, Holland beats India 5-4 (Go
Indian hockey team today suffered their second defeat
in succession when Holland beat them 5-4. India scored their
first goal in the 5th minute through Sandeep ,Michael but
Holland's Geert Jan Derikx levelled it in the 10th minute
via penalty corner. India's penalty corner specialist Taeke
Taekema increased the lead to 2-1 in the 16th minute, but
substitute VS Vinay restored parity in the 20th minute.
The Dutch converted four penalty corners from as many as
six they earned in the first half. Teun de Nooijer (24th)
and Karel Klaver (34th) also scored via drag flicks while
the Indian goal keeper Adrian d'Souza appeared puzzled.
The Indians put up an improved show in the second session
conceding only one goal to Holland. De Nooijer scored their
fifth goal in the 61st minute. Arjun Halappa (46th) and
Vikram Pillay (63rd) converted penalty corners in the second
half for India. Now, India plays their next match against
Germany on Tuesday.