UP schools to remain open on birth anniversaries of great icons

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Apr. 14 (ANI): The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government on Friday made an announcement saying schools across state to remain open on birth anniversaries of great icons. Instead of giving students a holiday on birth anniversaries of legends, Uttar Pradesh schools will now have discussion on the life, work and ideology of that specific person on the legend's birth date. According to reports, the schools remain closed for 120 days in the name of jayantis and national holidays. Stressing on the commitment of the government to extend all possible help to the poor and maginalised people, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said will work for all sections of society without discrimination. For the first time ever, the BJP in Uttar Pradesh has ordered all primary government schools to celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr B.R. Ambedkar this week, in an attempt to build its image as that of a pro-dalit political force. All school children from Classes one to eight will celebrate the occasion with a discussion on his life, struggles an ideology. The celebrations began on April 13 since the following day has been declared a holiday. Earlier on Thursday, the Uttar Pradesh government made an announcement to end caste-based reservations in private medical and dental colleges across state. An order has been passed to do away with the quota for candidates belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories. (ANI) New Delhi [India], Apr. 14 (ANI): Mocking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the results to the recently conducted by-polls, senior Congress leader Chidambaram on Friday asserted that there is no real victory for the saffron party as it could win just five out of 10 seats and lost one to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh. "10 by-elections BJP wins 5, non-BJP parties win 5. Are not the honours even?," he said in a tweet.

In his second tweet, Chidambaram taunted the opposition stating that the real headline of the day is 'BJP loses ATER seat in MP to Congress'. "The real headline of the day is BJP loses ATER seat in MP to Congress", wrote Chidambaram.

Yesterday, out of the nine assembly by-polls held in the five states, the BJP registered victory at four places including Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Assam. However, down south in Karnataka, Congress' MC Mohan Kumari won the Gundlupet assembly by-poll with a margin of 10,877 votes. Meanwhile, the opposition on Wednesday met President Pranab Mukherjee raising concern over the tampering of the EVMs. The Election Commission yesterday issued a challenge to all political parties to prove that the EVMs can be tampered with. This came after the Congress, Left, AAP and others claimed that the EVMs were tampered with to favour the BJP. (ANI)