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Mathura temple reopens after 2-day stir

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Mathura, Nov 30: A two-day stir by seers and temple managements here in Uttar Pradesh that was triggered by a green tribunal ordered demolition in which a portion of the Daan-Ghati temple was razed, has been called off, an official said on Friday.

A meeting between district officials and protesting priests late on Thursday broke the deadlock and it was decided that all the temples would be opened on Friday, an official informed IANS.

Angered by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered clearance exercise of major roads that brought down a portion of the prayer hall of Daan-Ghati in Govardhan, all temples in this pilgrim town were shut since Tuesday.

Hindu leaders and godmen had taken to streets after downing shutters on the temples and even targeted Mathura MP Hema Malini and BJP legislator and state Power Minister Srikant Sharma for failing to stop the sacrilege.

Anti-government slogans were raised forcing the district administration to stop the demolition drive.

District Magistrate Sarvagya Ram Mishra had to allay fears that no further temple structures would be razed.

“We have only demolished illegal structures in front of the Daan-Ghati temple, as was ordered by the NGT”,” he added.

A priest at the Daan-Ghati temple, Rameshwar Purohit, said the decision to reopen was taken as hundreds of pilgrims and devotees had been returning without paying obeisance at one of the two main temples in Govardhan.

Daan-Ghati is one of the two main temple structures in Govardhan, near here. The other temple structure is called Dasvisa. Daan-Ghati’s deity is in the form of a rock, which is said to be going down into earth by a few millimeters every year.

The other temples which had remained closed for the past two days included Laxmi Narayan temple, Mansi Ganga’s Mukharvind temple, Hargokul temple.

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Mayawati neither man nor woman: BJP MLA Sadhana Singh

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Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Mughalsarai Sadhana Singh sparked outrage after she used offensive language against former Chief Minister Mayawati.

During a public meeting, Singh said that Mayawati is neither a man nor a woman and added that in spite of being humiliated by the Samajwadi Party in the infamous 1995 Lucknow guest house incident she joined hands with the same party.

Singh said that Mayawati is a blot in the name of women and added that it was a BJP leader who saved her.

Reacting to Sadhana Singh’s comment BSP leader Satish Mishra said after the announcement of SP-BSP coalition the BJP leaders have lost their mental balance and they should be admitted to mental hospitals in Agra and Bareilly.

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FTII student missing since suspension orders

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Pune, Jan 19 : A student of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has been missing since January 13 after he was suspended by the college authorities.

The college authorities have lodged a missing complaint on January 17 with the local police.

The missing student was identified as Manoj Kumar. The FTII director B Kainthola on Kumar’s missing mentioned that the college has reported him missing and they are hopeful that he will return to the Campus soon.

Reportedly, the FIR stated that Manoj Kumar Verma was disturbed after being suspended and left without informing anybody.

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‘Felt like chopping off his hand’: Misa Bharti on Ram Kripal Yadav joining BJP

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Patna, Jan 19: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Misa Bharti has said that she wanted to chop off Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav’s hand when he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

While addressing RJD workers at Vikram near Patna on January 16, she said when she “heard that Yadav is joining the BJP, then I felt like chopping off his hand…I was so angry inside”, reports in the local media said on Saturday.

Yadav, once considered close to Lalu Prasad and his family, joined the BJP in 2014. He contested and won the Lok Sabha poll from Patliputra constituency of Bihar defeating RJD candidate Bharti.

Bharti, elder daughter of Lalu Prasad, said that she had great respect for Yadav but that respect was over after he joined the saffron party and stood with Sushil Kumar Modi, a BJP leader and the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

Doctor-turned-politician Bharti is likely to contest the general elections from the same seat again.

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