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Computer Baba, Expelled From His Sect, May Set Up New Akhada

Computer Baba said he will mobilise saints and seers of India from December 22 to 30 in Allahabad (FILE)


Religious leader Computer Baba, who was recently expelled from the Digambar Ani Akhada, said he is mulling to set up a new “akhada“, or sect, when the Kumbh Mela takes places in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.

Computer Baba, a friend-turned-critic of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh, alleged the Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP) is working at the behest of the BJP.    

Computer Baba told news agency PTI that he was expelled from the Digambar Ani Akhara on an “improper order” of the Akhada Parishad.    

“I was expelled at a time when I was running a campaign to save Narmada river. The Akhada Parishad is working at the behest of BJP,” Computer Baba said.

The Akhada Parishad is the top organisation of Hindu seers and sadhus.

“Saints like Uma Bharti became Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and then a Union Minister. Mahant of Gorakhnath Math Yogi Adityanath became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. But, Akhada Parishad doesn’t like me because I speak openly against the BJP,” he said.

Computer Baba said he will mobilise saints and seers of India from December 22 to 30 in Allahabad and discuss the prospects of forming a new sect.

Meanwhile, Mahant Narendra Giri, president of the ABAP, rubbished Computer Baba’s allegations and said his organisation has no affiliation with any political party.    

On the new akhada plan of Computer Baba, Narendra Giri said, “According to traditions of the Sanatan Dharma, the Akhada Parishad recognises only 13 akhadas. We cannot recognise any new akhada.”    

In November, Computer Baba, whose original name is Namdeo Das Tyagi, was expelled by the ABAP from the Digambar Ani Akhada, a prominent denomination of the Vaishnava sect, for jumping into the political arena.    

Computer Baba was accorded the minister of state status by the Madhya Pradesh government in April this year and was appointed to a committee for the protection of Narmada river.    

He, however, resigned later from the panel, accusing CM Chouhan of not fulfilling his promises, alleging that his government did little to stop illegal sand mining in Narmada.

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Sena On Opposition Criticising Tie-Up With BJP

The BJP and Shiv Sena have agreed to a pre-poll alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls


Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s “development book” has improved much since 2014 and he has his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s support too, but they cannot be compared with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, the Shiv Sena said today.

The remarks by the Uddhav Thackeray-led party came two days after it sealed a pre-poll alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP after years of bickering and criticism of its policies and leaders.

Responding to opposition criticism of the seat-sharing agreement, the Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece ”Saamana”, said questions on tie-up are less in the minds of people but much more among political opponents as these “insects” will be crushed due to the alliance.

Referring to PM Modi’s leadership, it said, “Rahul Gandhi’s book of development has improved much since 2014 and he has Priyanka’s help. However, they can’t be compared with Modi’s leadership.”

Asserting that the party is not helpless for power, the editorial said there are several questions – like why did it ally with the BJP despite differences in 2014, will the Ram Temple be constructed, will there be Sena’s chief minister – and their answers are “positive”.

Instead of replying to questions on the alliance, it is better that the “arrangement” made for the benefit of Maharashtra is taken ahead, it said.

The Marathi daily said BJP president Amit Shah himself came to Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s suburban residence ”Matoshree”. Uddhav Thackeray told him what he had to and it was finally decided to give the alliance another chance.

Maintaining that there was no enmity between the Shiv Sena and the BJP, it said if (Bihar chief minister and JD-U head) Nitish Kumar could join the NDA despite differences of opinion with PM Modi and if the Congress could forge a “mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance), then the Sena has always been a part of the BJP-led coalition.

The Sena said there was resentment in 2014 against the Congress and its allies and there was a “wave” in favour of Narendra Modi.

However, in 2019, the wave has receded and elections have to be fought not on the back of the “wave”, but on ideology, development works and future, it added.

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Snowfall, Rain Destroy Houses In Jammu and Kashimr’s Udhampur

Landslides have affected around 2,500 hectares of land in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur.


Rain, snowfall over the last one month has destroyed at least nine houses in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district. Families who were living in those houses have sought shelter in nearby areas are demanding help from the administration.

Ghulam Hasan, whose house has been destroyed, told news agency ANI, “Due to continuous snowfall and rainfall since last week, a landslide occurred and our houses were completely destroyed. Nine families have been affected by this and we are taking shelter in nearby areas. We want to plead to higher authorities to provide us relief.”

Landslides have affected around 2,500 hectares of land.


Families are pleading for help from the administration.

Deputy Commissioner Ravinder Kumar has assured of speedy assistance to the adversely affected families.

Speaking to ANI, Mr Kumar said, many areas have been adversely affected due to rainfall and snowfall and their team is assessing the situation. “Electricity supply is affected; pipelines and roads are also damaged. The continuous spell has done much harm. We will provide immediate relief to the affected families.”

Heavy snowfall and rain had thrown daily life out of gear in many areas of the valley. On January 31, fresh snowfall and landslides had forced the Jammu-Srinagar highway, which is the only road link of the state to the rest of the country, to close for traffic.

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Earthquake Today: Tremors In Delhi After 4.0 Earthquake In Western Uttar Pradesh: US Geological Survey

New Delhi: 

Tremors were felt in Delhi and nearby areas this morning for a few seconds after a 4.0-magnitude earthquake was reported in western Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district and another one in faraway Tajikistan.

An earthquake of 4.6 magnitude struck Tajikistan at around 7:05 am, according to United States Geological Survey. Soon after, an earthquake was reported from Kandhla in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli, 90 km from Delhi.

People took to Twitter to Twitter tweeting that they felt the tremors. In minutes, #earthquake became the top trend on Twitter.


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