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Even on the day of its inauguration, there was no clarity about the speed limit on the Yamuna Expressway. During the function in Greater Noida, Ram Gopal Yadav said it was 120 kmph. Half an hour later, in his address from Lucknow, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said, "For safety, people should not go beyond 100 kmph speed limit." An hour later, Jaypee officials told journalists that the limit was 110 kmph. Eventually, the speed limit was set to 100 kmph. An amused journalist said, "In UP, the Chief Minister has the last word."
No surprise checks
The Mayor of South corporation, Savita Gupta, had to give in to councillors' aversion to surprise inspection. BJP councillors were all for surprise checks, but their Congress counterparts said suck inspections were an infringement of their rights. Indu, a Congress councillor, said, "You cannot come to our area without informing us. We are the representatives of our wards and not even the Mayor can encroach upon our right to be informed." Gupta had to back down and agree to inform councillors one day in advance.
A fair compromise
As Ramdev returned to Ramlila Maidan 14 months after the police crackdown, the yoga guru praised the "efforts" of policemen in his speech. "They (police) have not repeated their mistake this time. So, we must laud their efforts to make things easier for us," he said. While he was saying this, a his aides were arguing with policemen manning the gate. "The police had kept the keys to the back gate, where all our guests were to enter from. A contingent of seven-eight sadhus had come and the police refused to open the gate for them. Senior members of our team requested the police to open it, but they refused. We were forced tor raise our voices. How can they keep the keys when we are the organisers?" one of the aides at the gate said. After senior police officers intervened, the policemen at the gate agreed to allow a representative of the organisers at the gate.
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