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Bhartiya Janta Party will end reservation if it forms govt. in Uttar Pradesh: Mayawati

Escalating her attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Thursday alleged that constant interference of the saffron party leaders in matters associated with the Muslim Personal Law Board like the Triple Talaq and Uniform Civil Code is a matter of serious concern.

"The way the BJP is interfering in matters associated with the Muslim Personal Law Board like the Triple Talaq, Uniform Civil Code, is a matter of serious concern," she said while addressing an election rally.

Accusing the opposition parties of using fake opinion poll surveys to turn things in their favour, the BSP supremo said such parties will be ousted once the election results are declared.

"Opposition parties are trying to turn things in their favour by using fake opinion polls. They will be soon exposed once the polls results are declared," she said.

Mayawati said if the BJP comes to power it will finish the reservations and facilities given to minorities by following the RSS agenda.

'Hum Saath Saath Hain' as Mulayam, Akhilesh 'Khatta Meetha' feud ends

The electoral battle in Uttar Pradesh has grabbed all eyeballs be it the electoral merger between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party or the infighting within the first family of this politically crucial state.

The people of the state seem more interested in the assertions made by politicians than the promises made by several parties through their election manifestos. The suspense is building up over who will eventually be the king of Lucknow continues.

Adding flavour to ongoing developments is none other than former chief minister and Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav. After giving the voters a 'Baghban' moment by stating that he would not campaign for his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and venting his ire at the newly-formed Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, Mulayam, popularly known as 'Netaji' in political circles, has added flavour to the high-voltage electoral battle by changing his heart and giving a thumbs up to the tie-up. With Akhilesh 'my son after all' remark, Mulayam has stated that he would not just campaign for his Samajwadi Party, but also the Congress.

Trump abruptly ends phone call with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull as things get ugly

President Donald Trump abruptly ended the phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as things got heated between the two leaders over the former's objection to an agreement about the U.S. receiving refugees.

According to CNN, Trump's apparent dispute with Turnbull on Saturday came on the same day that he held phone calls with four other world leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The disagreement came as the two leaders discussed an agreement, reached under the Barack Obama administration, for the US to accept refugees from Australia who are living on islands in detention centers off the mainland due to strict government policies. Many of them are from the seven countries affected by Trump's travel ban.

According to sources, the U.S. President insisted that it was a very bad deal for Washington to take 2,000 refugees and that one of them was going to be the next Boston bomber.


Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi enjoys 'dal-sabzi' with Punjab villagers

Attempting to reach out to the farmers, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday shared a meal of ' dal-sabzi' with the villagers and interacted with them in Punjab's Sangrur on the last day of campaigning for the state assembly polls.

Dressed in blue denims, white kurta and a half jacket, Gandhi sat on a wooden cot, flanked by the village headman and council members and interacted with the residents of Baliyan village.

Gandhi sat on the floor and shared a traditional meal with commoners and party leaders at the 'Sanjha Chulha' (common kitchen) put up by the villagers.

As the villagers highlighted their problems, Gandhi urged them to vote for the Congress to form the next government in the state, saying the grand old party cared for their needs and problems.

"Do not fall into the trap of parties, which are allied with radical elements," he said.