New Delhi: They are in themselves formidable power centres in India. And they are all women. Mayawati, J Jayalalithaa, Mamata Banerjee and Sheila Dikshit form the awesome female quartet who have not only defied the glass ceiling of India's politics marked by patriarchy and sycophancy, but have also proved to be larger-than-life figures within their parties. Despite their aura and popularity, all's not well in the powerful female quartet's camps.
As skeletons tumble out of the corruption cupboard in UP, ex-Chief Minister Mayawati finds herself pushed to a corner. Mayawati has been accused by CM Akhilesh Yadav of presiding over the plunder of the state to the tune of Rs 40,000 crore. And all this while her party, the BSP, was still smarting from the debacle in the state assembly polls two months ago when the BSP's tally slipped from 206 to a paltry 85.
The list of scams is long. To name a few - the multi-crore National Rural Health Mission scandal, the alleged misappropriation of funds to make gigantic statues of elephants, the BSP's election symbol, the mismanagement in the purchase of seeds, the Dalit Prerna Sthal park in Noida and more than a dozen others. Akhilesh has already directed officials to escalate the probe into the sprawling Dalit Prerna Sthal park in Noida, which was inaugurated by Mayawati at the fag end of her five-year term. The Lokayukta has already given his report against many ministers of the BSP government.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu
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Mumbai: Opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has lamented the lack of patience among young Indian batsmen, in the wake of India's back-to-back overseas whitewashes in Tests in England and Australia, and says the solution is to give under-19 players early exposure to bouncy tracks. Gambhir suggested that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) organise adequate overseas tours for U-19 teams, to give younger players the required exposure, which...
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