Saturday, January 29, 2022

Is “Noida Jinx” The New Fix???

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Mr. Akhilesh Yadav
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The news about the absence of the current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Akhilesh Yadav from the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi ‘s function in which he had to lay the foundation of Delhi-Meerut Expressway in Noida on December 31 has become an overnight sensation and has created the speculations that Mr. Akhilesh Yadav is trying to avoid the infamous “Noida jinx” to save himself from this omen, taking lessons from the history of the former Chief Minister’s and other ministers visit over these years to Noida and its after effects. Noida jinx, as per political circles, as in the past has  troubled  several former Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh as well as senior leaders, and Akhilesh Yadav is not ready to add his name to that list.

So, what is the notorious “Noida jinx”?

Noida, Uttar Pradesh
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Let me elaborate :

  • This superstition  started in 1988 when the former Chief Minister, Vir Bahadur Singh lost his chair within days of visiting the city in 1988.
  • Then it was his successor Mr.Narayan Dutt Tiwari’s turn in 1989 who also got dethroned, days after he had visited Noida.
  • The jinx has had its effect on the Samajwadi Party chief too, Akhilesh Yadav’s father, Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav having lost his power in 1995. When he was the Chief Minister of the state, he had lost the elections that were held just after he had visited Noida.
  • Then in 1997, BSP Supremo Ms. Mayavati too lost the power after visiting Noida
  • In 1999, again another minister was caught in the trap of the jinx. Kalayan Singh too got his chair claimed by the jinx.
  • The last chief minister of the state Ms. Mayavati who once had already fallen prey to the infamous jinx was caught in it’s trap again, when she flew to Noida in October in 2011, just days before her tenure was getting over to inaugurate the “Dalit Prerna Sthal”, after which she lost the 2012 assembly elections.
  • Even Former Prime Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi lost his chair after he visited the so called jinxed Noida in 1987 .
  • In 1990, the then Prime Minister V P Singh lost, after his Dadri visit.
  • Recently in 2014, Manmohan Singh participated in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Summit there and after that, he had to witness a poll debacle.

Well, this is not the first time that Mr. Akhilesh Yadav or any other political leader has avoided their visit to the city due to this superstition. This goes way way back from the day he has become the chief minister of this state. These are some of the sightings where the presence of CM was much expected but to no use:

  • Akhilesh Yadav has, again and again, proved his fear of this omen. The Noida-Expressway connecting Delhi, Noida and Greater Noida was inaugurated by him from Delhi along with the Delhi’s CM instead of inaugurating the dream project from his state.
  • In 2012 UP government came up with the development project worth 3,300 crores based in Noida and Greater Noida, that were inaugurated by him with a remote control from his Lucknow residence, which further fueled his submission to avoid Noida.
  • Though in 2013 even the then Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh attended the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Summit, held in Greater Noida but Mr. Akhilesh Yadav gave a slip to this big event and didn’t even come to welcome the Prime Minister being the CM of the state
Mr. Manmohan Singh
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  • The recent Dadri lynching case garnered much of an uproar among the public and the political parties. Many politicians visited the family of the deceased to offer their condolences, but Mr. Akhilesh Yadav  again preferred to stay away from the omen and instead sent one of his MLA s to bring Mohammad Ikhlaq’s wife and his daughter to Lucknow.

But not only the current CM of UP believes in this superstition. The former Chief Minister, and BJP leader  Mr. Rajnath Singh in 2001 had chosen to inaugurate the DND flyway from Delhi rather than from Noida. Also, Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav had avoided visiting the city after brutal Nithari killings, fearing the dubious “Noida jinx”.

But the question still remains:


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