Days after releasing a separate manifesto, a Sankalp Patr, for the municipal polls, a first for any party in the state, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday kicked-off his poll campaign. His first stop was politically and symbolically significant, Ayodhya, which was elevated to the status of a municipal corporation after the BJP came to power in March.The Bharatiya Janata Party is going all out to campaign for the urban body polls in Uttar Pradesh in a bid to replicate the thumping win it registered in the Assembly elections eight months ago.Mr. Adityanath is expected to address more than three dozen rallies for the municipal polls, in a style similar to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign strategy.Addressing a rally in Ayodhya, Mr. Adityanath accused the previous Samajwadi Party government of neglecting it and of trying to restrict and tarnish the “pehchaan” (identity) and grandeur of the town in the eyes of the world. Those who “discriminated with your identity”, can never be forgiven, he told voters in Ayodhya.Mocking the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, Mr. Adityanath said the two parties were struck by “electric current” each time he visited Ayodhya.“Ayodhya is a symbol of faith for us. Ayodhya is the land of maryada purshottam Shri Ram…Ayodhya should get back its glory,” the Chief Minister said. Traditionally strong in urban areas, the BJP secured 10 of the 12 mayor posts in 2012.This time mayoral elections will be held for 16 posts, with the inclusion of four new seats including Mathura (Vrindavan) and Ayodhya, names emphasized by Mr. Adityanath in his speech.While mentioning that his government had already inaugurated development projects worth ₹ 137 crore in Ayodhya, Mr. Adityanath promised more schemes after the polls. He claimed credit for restoring grand Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya and said that his government’s priority was to make the town “shine” and bring a smile to the face of every person who visited it. “Ayodhya gave Diwali to the world but Diwali disappeared from Ayodhya. We restored it,” he said.While appealing for votes for the BJP candidates, Mr. Adityanath followed up on the promise made by his party in the manifesto and said that a gaushala would be built in all major cities cater to stray cattle.After Ayodhya, Mr. Adityanath is expected to hold campaign rallies in all major centres of UP, including Kanpur, Varanasi, Allahabad, Muzaffarnagar, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Lucknow and Mathura, with more than two rallies per day on average.Polls would be held for over 650 posts, including 16 Mayors and 200 Nagar Palika Parishads, starting November 22 in three phases. Results will be declared on December 1.
India beat the Netherlands by five wickets after being pushed to the wall by an inexperienced Dutch side in their World Cup Group B match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Score | PhotosChasing 190, India started off in an explosive fashion with openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag putting 69 for the first wicket.But Sehwag’s dismissal started a slide and at one stage India were 99/4 before Yuvraj Singh staged a revival and helped India home in the 37th over with 191/5 on board.After scoring a six and a four, Sehwag fell to left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar when he went for another big hit. He failed to clear Alexei Kervezee at point and India lost their first wicket on 69/1. He scored 39.But another wicket wasn’t far and the Dutch players got their man when Seelaar struck again to claim Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar on 27. He fell for 80/2 in the first ball of the 10th over. He too went for an aerial shot but failed to clear the man in the deep.More celebrations followed even as the shell-shocked Indian spectators didn’t understand what was happening at the Kotla. For a few minutes later big-hitter Yusuf Pathan too fell and against it was Seelaar to the fore. India were 82/3. So Seelaar sent back two big players in one over.Another wicket and India were reduced to 99/4 in the 14th over and this time it was the Dutch captain’s turn to show his bowling prowess. He landed the ball on the off and it turned in to take the insides edge of Virat Kohli’s bat and shatter his stumps. He scored a partly 12.advertisementFinally Yuvraj Singh, who had scripted India’s victory against Ireland in the last match, and Gautam Gambhir tried to steady the Indian innings. The two batted with caution rotating the strike and helping India inch closer to the target, which had assumed mammoth proportions following early attacks. But, just when the spectators thought that the two might bat on till the end, Gambhir fell.A regulation ball from the Dutch medium-pacer Mudassar Bukhari, pitched outside the leg stump but Gambhir tried to work it away but missed and in the process the ball made its way towards his stumps. He fell for 28 and India went down to 139/5 on the first ball of the 24th over.Finally, Yuvraj Singh and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put on an unbeaten 52 for the sixth wicket as India won the match by five wickets.The Netherlands inningsEarlier, after electing to bat the Netherlands scored 189 and batted on till the 47th over even as the India bowlers tried hard to get the opposition wickets.The Netherlands captain Peter Borren won the toss and elected to bat. But, the plan failed as ‘minnows’ Netherlands managed to put just 189 on board despite a decent start.Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi forged 56-run first wicket partnership before leggi Piyush Chawla decided to come up with a fine googly to send him packing on 28. Surprisingly, the Dutch team pushed Eric Szwarczynski up the order in place of regular opener Alexei Kervezee.Then it was the turn of Yuvraj Singh to show his bowling prowess. He scalped the other opener Wesley Barresi with a turner that rapped on his pads and Barresi was walking back with an LBW written against his initials. He fell on 26 and Netherlands fell to 64/2.Post Barresi’s dismissal, Tom Cooper and Ryan ten Doeschate got on with a partnership. However, Yuvraj wasn’t finished yet. He got the better of danger-man Ryan ten Doeschate to push the Netherlands to 99/3 on the first ball of the 29th over.The spinners and their day, so how could the paceman be far behind. Ashish Nehra took the strike in the 30th over to scalp Tom Cooper on 29. His away moving ball took the edge of Cooper’s bat to land in skipper M.S. Dhoni’s gloves behind the stumps and the Ntherlands team were down to 100/4.Taking cue, Zaheer Khan too went for the kill and was rewarded with Bas Zuiderent’s wicket. The length ball landed on the off and curved into the batsman to hit his pads. The umpire raised the finger but the Dutch went in for the review. But, they failed to en cash it as the ball was clearly striking on the top of the stumps. Zuiderent fell without opening his account and Netherlands went down to 101/5.Soon the Dutch team came under pressure and at such a stage, a run out isn’t far away. And that’s what happened when Tom de Grooth got run out on 5 in Yuvraj’s over. Grooth was short of his crease by a mile and keeper Dhoni used all the time in the world to take his bails off. And Netherlands went down to 108/6.advertisementPiyush Chawla had more reason to celebrate as he struck back to claim Alexei Kervezee on 11 and the Netherlands fell to 127/7 in the 39th over.Surprisingly, the Dutch decided to take the Batting Powerplay in the 43rd over after they had lost their seven wickets. But, it didn’t really go in their favour as in a bid to up the tempo the Netherlands lost another wicket with Bradley Kruger getting run out in 43rd over.At death skipper Peter Borren and Mudassar Bukhari tried their best to raise the run rate in the Powerplay by hitting a few shots across the fence but it was too late to script a revival. Skipper Borren top scored with 38 on board before he fell to Zaheer Khan.