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Maharashtra: After taking charge as Health Services Commissioner, Tukaram Mundhe directs health officials to conduct surprise visits at PHCs, rural hospitals
The Indian Express | 33 minutes ago | 07-10-2022 | 02:45 pm
The Indian Express
33 minutes ago | 07-10-2022 | 02:45 pm

Top health officials across Maharashtra conducted surprise visits at the government-run primary health centres and rural hospitals in the wee hours of Friday to check whether emergencies were being attended to and the doctors and nurses were present on duty. Barring a few places like the Thane Primary Health Centre and some others where the doctors were not present, the functioning of the health facilities was as per routine, Dr Nitin Ambadekar, Director of Health, Maharashtra, told The Indian Express.This move to conduct surprise visits was an initiative of Tukaram Mundhe, who recently took charge as the Health Services Commissioner of Maharashtra. Mundhe instructed the district health officers, civil surgeons and deputy directors of health across Maharashtra to conduct surprise visits at the primary health centres and rural hospitals to check whether the staff was present at the health facilities and emergencies were being attended to during the late night hours.Mundhe, who is also Director, National Health Mission, Maharashtra, told The Indian Express that the main purpose was to check whether the medical and paramedical staff are present at the health facilities during the night hours. “I had instructed the deputy director, civil surgeons and district health officers to randomly visit any primary health centre or rural hospital without informing the staff on duty. These kinds of drives will now be regularly taken up,” he said.Pune-headquartered Director of Health Dr Ambadekar, who also visited the health facilities, said that emergency services were in place. Dr Ambadekar said that effort during the surprise visit was also to identify the lacunae so that the problem could be resolved.“While the performance has by and large been satisfactory, we wanted to ensure the focus is maintained also during the festive season,” he added.Dr Ambadekar said there are an approximate 19 lakh deliveries being performed annually and at least 50 per cent are done at the government set up.“There have been instances where non attendants have been reported in the past, but overall the performance has been satisfactory. These drives are a way of emphasizing that the situation is being monitored,” he added.Each primary health centre is required to have two medical officers, while three are posted at the rural hospitals. There are 1,839 primary health centres and 504 rural hospitals, including women’s hospital and sub district hospitals, in Maharashtra. The Collector of each district has been authorised to fill up contractual posts.Deputy Director, Health, Dr Sanjog Kadam visited the Alandi Rural Hospital in Pune, while Dr Bhagwan Pawar, District Health Officer, Pune, visited the primary health centre at Wagholi and found that a delivery was underway.Pune District Civil Surgeon Ashok Dr Nandapurkar made a surprise visit to the Rural Hospital at Vadgaon Maval. “I got a message at 11.15 pm and immediately went to the Rural Hospital at Vadgaon Maval at 12.15 am where there were doctors on duty,” he said.

Maharashtra: After taking charge as Health Services Commissioner, Tukaram Mundhe directs health officials to conduct surprise visits at PHCs, rural hospitals
No sign of October heat this year as sporadic spells of rain continue over Mumbai
The Indian Express | 33 minutes ago | 07-10-2022 | 02:45 pm
The Indian Express
33 minutes ago | 07-10-2022 | 02:45 pm

The October heat is known to be a common phenomenon in Maharashtra’s Mumbai city. From the first week of October every year, several areas in the city become uncomfortably hot with the daily temperature rising and ranging between mid 30 to 35 degrees Celsius.However, the scenario is slightly different this year. With sporadic spells of rain still lashing in several parts of the suburban belt and the island city, there does not seem to be a significant rise in temperature even though the first week of October is nearing its end.Mumbai’s maximum temperature is 30 degrees Celsius on Friday morning, while the average maximum temperature during the day last year varied between 33 degrees and 34 degrees Celsius, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).Meanwhile, the scientists and weather experts have attributed the current weather condition to the late withdrawal of monsoon from Mumbai and a low pressure developed in the Bay of Bengal.“Monsoon is still there in Mumbai and there is high rate of moisture presence in the air as well. Therefore, light to moderate rainfall will continue in the island city and suburban belt for the next few days since there is no clear forecast of monsoon retreat anytime now. This is directly affecting the daily temperature and as long as the rains are there an increase in temperature is unlikely,” IMD scientist Sushma Nair told The Indian Express.Nair also maintained that a rise in temperature may take place after the monsoon retreats from Mumbai.“After the monsoon withdrawal happens, the temperature may go up till 33 to 34 degrees Celsius, but this will be short-lived since the north-western part of India will start experiencing drop in daily temperature due to the arrival of winter and this will also affect Mumbai as well,” she said.Mahesh Palawat, the chief meteorologist at Skymet Weather, said the entire western and north-western part of India is experiencing an unusual weather pattern this year, which is not letting the temperature rise during October.“Parts of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Gujarat are experiencing light to moderate rainfall because of two successive low pressure that have been developed in the Bay of Bengal. There is also a trough seen in the coastal region of Maharashtra. These factors are creating an unusual pattern of rains which is not letting the temperature to rise in Mumbai,” he said.Palawat further said there is a chance of monsoon retreat post October 13.“Light to moderate rainfall will continue in Mumbai till October 12 and Mumbai may experience a slight rise in temperature after October 13,” he added.Meanwhile, the IMD bulletin Friday morning stated the sky will remain cloudy and light to moderate rainfall will continue to lash Mumbai for the next 48 hours. In the past 24 hours, the city has recorded 8.9 mm of rainfall, of which the Santacruz observatory has recorded 1.1 mm of rainfall and the Colaba observatory has recorded 7.8 mm of rainfall.The bulletin stated Mumbai’s relative humidity is 95 per cent.

No sign of October heat this year as sporadic spells of rain continue over Mumbai
  • Maharashtra likely to escape October heat this year
  • Times of India

    PUNE: Maharashtra may escape the typical October heat this year, with Met department's seasonal outlook for the month indicating higher chances of above-normal rainfall and below-normal day temperatures. As per the seasonal outlook for rainfall in October, there is higher probability for above-normal rainfall over central India, including Maharashtra. There is also higher probability for nights to be warmer than usual this month for the state, the seasonal outlook issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated. The amount of post-monsoon rainfall in Maharashtra could be relatively higher during October this year as the monsoon is yet to begin withdrawal from the state, KS Hosalikar, head, Climate Research and Services, IMD Pune, told TOI. Hosalikar said, "We expect some rainfall in Maharashtra after the next few days, with yellow alert being issued parts of the state from October 5-7. However, one thing must be kept in mind that the above-normal rainfall forecast for Maharashtra during October pertains to the average rainfall normally recorded during this month. But the normal values of rainfall during October in Maharashtra are lower than those in the monsoon season. So, any positive deviation from this normal could make the rainfall "above normal"- but it does not signify that rain will be in excessive amounts as seen during the monsoon months." The October normal rainfall for Konkan and Goa is 110.5mm, followed by Madhya Maharashtra (73.3mm), Marathwada (71.7mm), and Vidarbha (57.6mm). On the day temperatures during October, Hosalikar said Pune and other parts of Maharashtra might not see severe heat during the month as monsoon was yet to start retreating from the state. "As rain may cause cloudy skies, the day temperatures are also likely to be lower. When there is a possibility of intermittent rainfall, day temperatures are usually on the lower side due to the presence of cloud mass, which prevents direct penetration of solar radiation towards the surface," he said. Similarly, nights could be relatively warmer as the presence of clouds during the night usually push up minimum temperature.

MHT CET 2022 Counselling Provisional Merit List Released at cetcell.mahacet.org; Direct Link, Steps to Check Here
India | 1 hour ago | 07-10-2022 | 01:45 pm
India
1 hour ago | 07-10-2022 | 01:45 pm

MHT CET 2022 Counselling Latest Update: The State Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell, Maharashtra has declared the provisional merit list for MHT CET 2022 today, October 07, 2022. All those candidates who have registered for the centralised admission process (CAP) for admission to BE and BTECH(4 years) and Master of Engineering and Technology(Integrated 5 years) courses can download the MHT CET Counselling 2022 Provisional Merit List by visiting the official website at cetcell.mahacet.org and fe2022.mahacet.org. Candidates can raise objections, if any, against the merit status from October 08 to October 10, 2022.Also Read - KCET 2022 Counselling Document Verification, Web Option Entry Begins Today at kea.kar.nic.in. Check Schedule HereFor the convenience of the candidates, we have provided you with the steps and a direct link to check the Maharashtra MHT CET Counselling 2022 Provisional Merit List. Follow the steps given below. Also Read - SSC Answer Key 2022 Released For JHT, JT And SHT Exams at ssc.nic.in; Direct Link HEREIt is to be noted that the Final MHT CET 2022 merit list for round 1 and the seat matrix will be published on October 12. “All the eligible Candidates who have submitted Application Form on or before 04-10-2022 Up to 04:00 PM are considered for Provisional Merit List and assigned a Merit Number,” reads the statement on the official website. Candidates are advised to go through the official website cetcell.mahacet.org and fe2022.mahacet.org for the latest update. Also Read - UPSC Recruitment 2022: Apply for Assistant Professor, Other Posts at upsconline.nic.in. Check Pay Scale Here

MHT CET 2022 Counselling Provisional Merit List Released at cetcell.mahacet.org; Direct Link, Steps to Check Here
  • MHT CET 2022 Counselling: Provisional Merit List Tomorrow; 5 Key Points
  • Ndtv

  • MHT CET 2022 B.E/B. Tech Counselling Ends Today
  • Times of India

    Maharashtra Common Entrance Test MHT CET 2022 counseling process ends today, October 04, 2022. Candidates who want to apply for admission to B.E/ B.Tech courses in institutes of Maharashtra must hurry up and complete the MHT CET 2022 Counselling registration by 4 pm today. To apply, they must visit the official website – cetcell.mahacet.org. The online registration of MHT CET 2022 counseling and uploading of required documents for admission along with document verification and confirmation of the Application form began on Sept 21, 2022, and today is the last date for the entire process. Steps to apply for MHT CET 2022 Counselling:∙ Search the MHT CET 2022 official website ∙ On the homepage, you’ll see two Portal Links, press the one that reads – CAP Portal (Admission) A.Y.2022-23 ∙ A new page with open with the number of courses displayed on it, Click on B.E/ B.Tech under the ‘Under Graduate Courses’ section ∙ Now press the ‘New Registration Tab’ ∙ You will be asked whether you have appeared for MHT-CET 2022. If you press yes, then you will have to fill only the application no, Roll no, and DoB and upload the required documents ∙ In other cases, you must fill the other details as well like name, gender, parents' name, and more in the required field. ∙ On you have done the registration, pay the fees (It is to be noted that candidates who have registered for MHT-CET 2022 are not required to pay any fee) ∙ Submit the MHT CET 2022 Counselling form and do keep a copy for future use Candidates who will register for MHT CET 2022 counseling after the last date will be considered only for Non-CAP Seats. Moreover, if the application of any candidate is confirmed by Facilitation Centre after October 04, 2022, then also he/she will be considered for Non-CAP seats only. Authorities will display the MHT CET 2022 provisional merit list on October 07, 2022, and the final on October 12, 2022. For more details, candidates can read the official notification regarding admission to B.E/ B.Tech courses on cetcell.mahacet.org.

  • MHT CET 2022 Counselling: Registration Ends Today; Know What's Next
  • Ndtv

  • MH CET 3-Year LLB Counselling 2022 Registration Begins; List Of Documents Required
  • Ndtv

  • MAH CET LLB Counselling 2022 schedule released for 3 Yrs, registration opens tomorrow
  • Times of India

    MAH CET LLB: Maharashtra CET Cell has announced the schedule for 3 years LLB course. The registration for Round 1 counselling (CAP 1) is all set to begin tomorrow i.e., September 30, 2022. Eligible and interested candidates would be able to register themselves upon the activation of registration link on official website at cetcell.mahacet.org. MAH CET LLB exam was conducted on August 04, 2022. The state cell declared the result on September 10, 2022. As per the schedule, the provisional seat matrix will start from today i.e., September 29, 2022. Read AlsoBachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) Course - Course Details, Fees, Colleges, ScopeLLB, or Bachelor of Legislative Law, is a 3- or 5-year undergraduate law program that can be pursued after passing the 12th grade with an aggregate of 50%. The Bachelor of Legislative Law is a core legal course that instructs students on the practices that are used in the field. The course teachesThere will be a total of 3 rounds of counselling, namely CAP 1, CAP 2 and ACAP. The registration window for Round 1 will open on September 30, 2022 and conclude on October 10, 2022. The entire schedule for CET LLB 2022 admission is released on the official website. Direct link to MAH CET LLB counselling scheduleMAH CET LLB Counselling: Important dates for CAP 1 S. No Event Date 1 Provisional category-wise seats - Seat Matrix Sept 29, 2022 2 Candidate Registration for MS/OMS candidates along with options to colleges Sept 30, 2022 to Oct 10, 2022 3 Candidate Registration for NRI/OCI/PIO/FNS and CIWGC candidates along with options to colleges Sept 30, 2022 to Nov 5, 2022 4 Display of alphabetical merit list Oct 15, 2022 5 Final merit list (CAP 1) Oct 18, 2022 6 Seat allocation Oct 21, 2022 7 Candidates report to allocated college Oct 22 to 29, 2022 8 Display of filled and vacant seats Nov 11, 2022 Also Read: All India Law Entrance Test 2023 exam will be held on December 11For more details, candidates are advised to visit the official website at cetcell.mahacet.org.

Video of Women Passengers Fighting, Pulling Each Other's Hair Over Seat in Mumbai Local Train Goes Viral | WATCH
India | 2 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 01:00 pm
India
2 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 01:00 pm

Viral Video: Spread over 390 kilometres,  Mumbai local trains which are considered the lifeline of the financial capital operate 2,342  services and carries more than 7.5 million commuters daily. However, getting a seat on Mumbai local train is no less than a struggle. Recently, a massive fight broke out between a few women over a seat inside the ladies’ compartment of a Thane-Panvel local train.Also Read - Viral Video: People Play Music on Ola Electric Scooter After Power Cut Interrupts Dandiya Event in Gujarat | WatchThe video of the incident has been doing rounds on social media. In the video, women can be seen pulling each other’s hair inside the train. A woman constable tried to pacify the passengers, however, her efforts went in vain and she got hurt.Fight between two female passengers over a seat in #Local #TRAIN .The woman police constable who went to the rescue got hurt.Both women filed a case against each other at Vashi Railway Police Station.@Central_Railway #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/nFOKv7bOWv— Siraj Noorani (@sirajnoorani) October 6, 2022“Few women started hitting each other following a dispute over the seat, and a female staff was injured,” news agency ANI quoted S Katare, Senior Police Inspector, Vashi Railway Station as saying.Vashi, Navi Mumbai | Few women started hitting each other following dispute over seat, a female staff was injured: S Katare, Senior Police Inspector, Vashi Railway Station, on scuffle b/w 3 women in a local train running from Thane to Panvel, today(Pic 1:Screengrab;viral video) pic.twitter.com/A6bPR3phhA— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2022If reports are to be believed, an argument broke out between three women passengers over the seat. Soon after, the argument escalated which turned into an ugly fight.Narrating the incident, a police official informed that an elderly woman and her granddaughter, who had boarded the local train from Thane, and another woman who boarded the train at Koparkhairane were waiting for a seat to get vacant. When the seat got vacant, the elderly woman asked her granddaughter to take the seat. Simultaneously, the other woman also tried to grab the seat, following which the argument broke out.

Video of Women Passengers Fighting, Pulling Each Other's Hair Over Seat in Mumbai Local Train Goes Viral | WATCH
Changing City: Cable-stayed flyover to improve road connectivity in Mumbai’s western suburbs
The Indian Express | 3 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
3 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has come up with a project to build a cable-stayed flyover in a bid to improve the road connectivity between Versova, Malad and Marve regions in the western suburbs of Maharashtra’s Mumbai city.A look at the project: The cable-stayed flyover will connect Versova jetty with Madh island.Location: The bridge will originate from near the Versova jetty and end near the wharf adjoining the Madh island jetty, passing over the Versova Creek.Specifications: The bridge will be 1.5 kilometers long and 27.50 meters wide.Objective: The primary objective of this project is to improve road connectivity between Versova, Malad and Marve region in the western suburbs, which currently has patches of mangroves, mudflats and creeks between the locations. This bridge is expected to bring down the travel time between Versova and Madh island to 10 minutes. It currently takes at least one hour through SV Road and Link Road. The travel time during peak hours can go as high as two hours.Significance:– This project will improve the road connectivity till the extreme end of the western suburbs. Since there is no direct road network right now, the people are mostly dependent on a ferry service that runs between Versova and Madh.– The bridge will lead to uninterrupted transport system for 365 days. Since the ferry services often become non-operational during monsoon, the people are compelled to take the longer route of travel though bus, taxi or local train via Malad, which increases the travel time by several fold.– The bridge will also play a key role in uplifting the economy of the Madh and Marve area, which mainly houses the fishing community that travels to the fish markets in Andheri and Dadar areas and are mainly dependent on ferries. This bridge will open more travelling options for them, thus creating better connectivity.– With the Mumbai Coastal Road Project (MCRP) coming up and also with the Versova-Bandra Sea Link (VBSL) project being on pipeline, this flyover will create a smooth corridor for the north-south bound traffic that will be travelling from the extreme end of western suburbs to the island city or vice-versa.Present status:– The BMC had finalised a consultant for this project back in 2020 and recently an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and a survey on the mangroves have been completed.– The BMC had submitted the reports and a proposal for the final alignment of this bridge to the Maharashtra Coastal Zonal Management Authority (MCZMA) for final clearance of this project and is awaiting the clearance.– The civic officials are hopeful that the clearance certificate would come in next two months following which a tender will be floated.Cost: Approximately Rs 400 croreConstruction time: 12 months (excluding the monsoon) after the day of issuing work order.Authority speak: “The project has been in the pipeline for more than a decade and has been deferred for multiple reasons. The flyover will pass through a mangrove zone and coastal area, therefore we have already submitted our proposal to the MCZMA for clearance. They had provided some inputs in the previous application that we had made and have submitted a fresh proposal on the same. After the project gets cleared, tenders will be floated and contractor will be appointed for the project,” said an official from civic bridges department.Citizen speak: “The proposed Versova-Madh bridge is supposed to be a pivotal linkage between Versova and Madh island and with the coastal road nearing its deadline, this bridge is need of the hour. Since, not only it will declutter the traffic movement but also will save time, fuel and money for thousands of Mumbaikars every day,” said Dhaval Shah, a local resident and co-founder of the Lokhandwala Oshiwara Citizen’s Association (LOCA).

Changing City: Cable-stayed flyover to improve road connectivity in Mumbai’s western suburbs
Bharat Rashtra Samithi to convene Dalit Conclave in Hyderabad: KCR
The Indian Express | 3 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
3 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, whose 22-year-old Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has been rechristened as Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), announced to hold a Dalit Conclave soon in Hyderabad “with Dalit brothers from all over the country”, a statement from his office said.The Chief Minister announced the passing of a unanimous resolution for the party’s name change at their general body meeting Wednesday. Apart from Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy and his 20 MLAs, Tamil Nadu MP and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) chief Thirumavalavan were present on the occasion. Rao, also known as KCR, said former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav were to attend Wednesday’s meeting but were dissuaded given their situations.One of the key points during KCR’s address was his pet scheme ‘Dalit Bandhu’, which offers one-time financial aid of Rs 10 lakh to the Dalit families without any collateral.The VCK chief met KCR again Thursday at the latter’s official residence Pragathi Bhavan and commended him on the pro-Dalit schemes that he believed would be implemented nationwide.“The MP appreciated the Telangana government for introducing numerous schemes for Dalit empowerment and no state is implementing such a huge number of programmes in the country,” the statement said.During Wednesday’s address, KCR had said that it was “just an internal meeting” to change the name of the party.“They (Akhilesh and Tejaswi) will be invited to the launching function of the party. Leaders of many parties across the country are coming forward to move with us,” he said. KCR said that discussions were held with the economists and experts from various fields, adding their advice was taken while forming the BRS.“As the CM of Telangana, I will travel all over the country. No one should have any doubts about this. Radiant India needs to be made. India will grow better than America If the resources in the country are used at optimum level. We still have a good time. We will expand across the country,” he said. KCR said Maharashtra will be the first state to start the activities of the BRS. “The national party’s affiliated farmer association will be started from Maharashtra first,” he said.Hinting at the direction the BRS is set to take, KCR said: “We will move ahead through Dalit movement, peasant movement and tribal movement by taking these issues as the main agenda. We will remove many socio-political disorders in the country.”

Bharat Rashtra Samithi to convene Dalit Conclave in Hyderabad: KCR
MHT CET 2022: Provisional allotment list to release soon, steps to check
The Indian Express | 3 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
3 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am

MHT CET 2022: The State Common Entrance Test Cell, Maharashtra will today release the provisional allotment list for MHT CET 2022. Candidates can find the list at the official MHT CET website — cetcell.mahacet.org.Candidates have to participate in the counselling process to be considered for admission based on MHT CET 2022 result.This year, the MHT CET 2022 exam for PCM group was conducted between August 5 and August 11, and the PCB group exams were successfully held from August 12 till August 20 in an online mode as a Computer Based Test (CBT).MHT CET 2022: How to check provisional allotment list Step 1: Visit the official MHT CET website — cetcell.mahacet.org.Step 2: Click on the link for provisional allotment list available on the home page.Step 3: Key in your application number and date of birth to log in, if needed.Step 4: The list will be available on the screen.Step 5: Download and save the list for future reference.This year, in the PCM group, this year, a total 13 students have scored 100 percentile and 14 candidates have earned the perfect score in the PCB group.A total of 605944 (282070 in PCM and 323874 in PCB group) candidates registered for the MHT CET exam, which was much higher than last year’s number of registrations (517132). Out of 605944, 467379 (231264 in PCM and 236115 in PCB group) candidates appeared for the exams this year.

MHT CET 2022: Provisional allotment list to release soon, steps to check



Maharashtra Political News

How KCR’s national pitch differs from Stalin’s
The Indian Express | 9 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 05:45 am
The Indian Express
9 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 05:45 am

It is tempting to view K Chandrasekhar Rao’s decision to rename the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) as the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) as yet another sign of a regional pushback to the BJP’s unitarian governance agenda and its expansionist political goals. KCR seems to suggest that shedding his party’s provincial credentials and adopting a name that indicates a pan-Indian vision for it could provide him a platform to expand nationally and fulfill his national ambitions.This approach is very different from the federal politics signaled by his southern counterparts such as the DMK in Tamil Nadu, the CPM in Kerala, and the Congress in Karnataka, or even the recent coalition initiatives in Bihar and Maharashtra against the BJP.The southern leaders — M K Stalin, Pinarayi Vijayan, Siddaramaiah — have emphasised regional/linguistic pride and have been projecting a state-centric story to counter the BJP’s political narrative that is perceived to be focused on privileging Hindu, Hindi, Hindutva identities. KCR, however, seems to have decided to abandon his regional legacy and embark on a path similar to the one taken by Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal, which is to eye the political space that the Congress has been occupying. Ironically, in his bid to go national, KCR may have taken a big risk by dropping Telangana from his party’s name — will a communist party avoid Communism or a Dravidian outfit ignore Dravida while repositioning their respective organisations?So, what explains KCR’s national foray? Is it just the personal ambition for a national role? Or the presumption that expanding his party’s footprint could help him counter the BJP’s rise in his own backyard? Could it be an attempt to elevate himself above regional politics and entrust the party and the state to his son, K T Rama Rao?The BJP has been eyeing Telangana for some time though the TRS was focused more on marginalising the Congress, its mother ship, in the state. The BJP did spectacularly well in the last Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections in 2020 — it won 48 seats, up from four, whereas the TRS tally fell from 99 to 56; both had a vote share of around 36 per cent. The BJP won four of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state in 2019, and the last two assembly bypolls and seems to be the beneficiary of whatever anti-incumbency is in place against KCR, who has been CM since the state was formed in 2014.The fact is, also, that KCR, unlike the DMK in Tamil Nadu or the Left in Kerala, has no story to tell — the DMK now talks about the Dravidian Model whereas the Kerala Model has been in vogue in political debates for some time now. His party emerged from the debris of the Vishalandhra Movement in the 1950s that mobilised for a Telugu state. By taking up the case for a separate Telangana, the TRS had refuted the idea that a singular linguistic identity could be the binding factor for a state. Instead, it preferred a narrative of uneven development and spun a politics centred on the economic backwardness of Telangana. The cultural distinctiveness of the region may have been a powerful undercurrent in the broad Telangana statehood movement but has not resonated with the TRS in office.A wide range of welfare schemes for farmers (Rythu Bandhu and the Kaleshwaram lift-irrigation project, Mission Kakatiya), Dalits, etc that the TRS has implemented are popular, but it is the aura of having led the statehood battle on a nativist platform that lends credibility to KCR’s politics. The BJP, however, seems intent on shifting the terrain of state politics and is eyeing a potential fault line — Nizam rule and Hindu-Muslim relations — that it hopes to tailor with its Hindutva agenda. The TRS also has no access to the political legacies of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh — the national movement, peasant struggles, anti-Nizam agitation, the language movement — which could have provided the party with the cultural resources and memories to battle Hindutva.This is in sharp contrast, especially, to the DMK’s political stance, which projects the “Dravidian Model” as an alternative political worldview to that of the BJP. The Dravidian Model has a storied legacy and is rooted in the history of the Self-Respect Movement and the battles for social justice, linguistic identity, individual rights, provincial autonomy, and even self-determination of nationalities. Justice and equality have been key concepts in the Dravidian (and Left) political vocabulary: In the case of the DMK, it prioritised action against caste-based inequalities whereas the Left focused more on struggles against assets-centric inequalities. The DMK government’s stance on federalism and welfare, which it is vocal about, is influenced by this rich legacy of collective action, involving political mobilisation of intermediate and backward castes and classes. The DMK has also been quick to realise that the debate Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched on revdi culture could ultimately lead to the undermining and unravelling of the welfare state idea the Dravidian parties have promoted in Tamil Nadu. Recently, when Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin announced the launch of free breakfast for school children, an expansion of the mid-day meal scheme, he explained that the scheme was not a freebie but a part of his “duty” as CM.The federal coalition Stalin represents, and that is visible in Tamil Nadu, is an ideological front that broadly responds to ideas of secularism and social justice including protection of minority rights, federalism etc. The Maha Vikas Aghadi in Maharashtra and the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar are political coalitions more driven by the exigencies of the immediate political moment, primarily the threat posed by a BJP that wants complete domination over the polity. The Mahagathbandhan is also a social coalition that can claim the inheritance of Lohiaite social justice politics and the struggle against Emergency. Leaders of all three coalitions recognise the pivotal role the Congress — like the Janata Dal in the National Front in the 1980s — will need to play in turning them into viable electoral combines. KCR’s national ambitions have limited scope in this context.If at all, the BRS, in alliance with its steadfast ally, the AIMIM, can hope to undercut the prospects of the Congress (MVA in Maharashtra, for instance), just as the AAP is likely to do beyond its own strongholds.amrith.lal@expressindia.com

How KCR’s national pitch differs from Stalin’s
Pankaja Munde gets battle ready, but avoids naming top BJP leadership
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | 06-10-2022 | 02:45 pm
The Indian Express
1 day ago | 06-10-2022 | 02:45 pm

The BJP national secretary Pankaja Munde has once again expressed her disappointment with the organisation for forcing her to play secondary role. Yet, she has also indicated that she is not going to resort to any extreme step right now and will take right decision at appropriate time.At the annual Bhagwan Bhakti Gad rally in district Beed, Pankaja did not mince words to vent her anger and unhappiness. But she exercised great caution not to directly name any central or state BJP leaders. Thus, keeping herself within the “laxman rekha” which she had in recent past repeatedly crossed.संख्या प्रचंड… उत्साह अफाट .. मैदान अपुरे पडले… पण प्रेम आणि आशिर्वाद यांनी भरून पावले..(१/२)#AaplaDasraAapliParampara pic.twitter.com/Msj8W1877J— Pankaja Gopinath Munde (@Pankajamunde) October 5, 2022As a result Pankaja has given her political rivals reason to question her continuation in BJP. Meanwhile, both Thackeray’s Sena and NCP have given an open-offer to Pankaja to join their organization, rather than face humiliation in BJP.Daughter of late Gopinath Munde, Pankaja belongs to Vanjari community ( Denotified Tribe). The former minister in state BJP-Shiv Sena government had lost 2019 state assembly polls from her home constituency in Parli (Beed district). It came as a jolt andshe blamed BJP for her defeat at the hands of estranged cousin, Dhananjay Munde who is with NCP. She was hoping the party would offer her bigger role in state politics, instead, she was moved to Delhi as national secretary since 2020.” I have started massive preparations for 2024 polls. If the party gives ticket, I will contest 2024 polls, ” she herself announced. At the same time, “I am not someone who will bow before anybody. I don’t hanker for power and post,” she added.What am I today? I am not a minister or MLA, MP. Yet, “look at the mammoth crowd. Why have people gathered. What can I offer them? I have nothing to give them except dignity,” she asserted. Thus, trying to strike an emotive chord with the people who thronged to her public meeting.While declaring she was not afraid of struggle, Pankaja exhorted her supporters to once again put their heart and soul for 2024 preparations. In a candid admission she said in 2019 assembly elections she lost and said that while appointments of eight MLCs and four MPs were done after that, she was never considered. Now, I have no complaints. But my supporters talk about it. And I have no answer.Although she did not elaborate on it, she ensured the message was loud for one and all. At the same time she was quick to clarify, ” I am not unhappy.”The subtle attack on party leaders throughout her speech was difficult to ignore. This was substantiated when she said in Hindi, ” Maana Ke Auro ke mukable kuch jyada paya nahi humne, Par kush hu ki khud girta sambhalta raha par kisi ko Giraya nahi maine…” (I admit I may not have achieved more compared to others, but I am glad I fall and rise …but haven’t pulled down others.)Pankaja who has earned the tag of inhouse “rebel” was directing her ire against party for not considering her for bigger roles in state politics. It is no secret that Pankaja wants to work in Maharashtra. She was vying to become member of state legislative council and leader of Upper House. But state and crntre leaders refused to consider her candidature in state. Instead, she has been asked to focus on strengthening organisation in her own home pitch Parl, district Beed.At some point she makes a point that the moto organisation above individual appeals to her. At the same time she mentions ” it s her goodness that has cost her …” ( Jarrorat se jyada imandar hu, isiliye sab ki nazar mein gunehgar hoon main..”Although she has issued veiled warning to party to not test her patience, she stopped short of selling out her options outside BJP and she told her followers, ” I have embarked on 2024 preparations. We will show how we can create sea from drops of water.”The state BJP leaders dismissed her speech as “nothing unusual.” A senior BJP office bearer said, “From her language it is clear she is not in mood to revolt, provided she gets chance to contest 2024 polls.” The political rhetoric is her style to enthuse her followers.For instance she says, ” I know you think I will play Durga ( fiery) but I am not going to speak against any leader.” If we read between lines she is careful not to antagonize top leaders.

Pankaja Munde gets battle ready, but avoids naming top BJP leadership
Congress presidential poll: Son, daughter-in-law, grandkid, cousin, meet leaders voting from Haryana
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | 06-10-2022 | 02:45 pm
The Indian Express
1 day ago | 06-10-2022 | 02:45 pm

The Congress may be seeking to shed the family baggage with its presidential election, but here in Haryana, its list of delegates who will vote for the poll is generous when it comes to relatives.A total of 195 delegates will vote to choose the new Congress president, from between Mallikarjun Kharge and Shashi Tharoor. Officially the party stand is that people who have put in work into the party, have got new members enrolled or have been managing politicians’ work in their respective constituencies, have been picked as delegates.Unofficially, many of these delegates now see an opportunity to be considered for Assembly tickets in the 2024 polls.Some of the 195:* Anirudh Chaudhry, father Ranbir Mahendra: The grandson of former Haryana chief minister Bansi Lal, Chaudhry has had a long stint in the BCCI in various capacities. He was the manager of the Indian team for its tour of England in 2011, has been honorary secretary of the Haryana Cricket Association, manager of the Indian team for the ICC T20 World Cup in England in 2009, and manager of the India Under-19 team that took part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup held in New Zealand in 2010.During Chaudhry’s term, questions were raised on the expenditure of the offices held by him and the implementation of recommendations by a panel. Chaudhry maintained he was targeted because he was the one raising questions.Anirudh’s father Ranbir Mahendra has contested from Badhra constituency in Haryana earlier. A lawyer-turned-sports administrator-turned politician, he has had a long association with the Congress.Of the three Lal political dynasties of Haryana, Bansi Lal’s is the most shrunken. The most prominent now is daughter-in-law Kiran Chaudhry who, incidentally, had complained to the high command about rivals Bhupinder Singh Hooda and aide Udai Bhan stuffing the delegate list with their people.* Sudhir Choudhry: A close relative of Haryana PCC president Udai Bhan, Choudhry is a B.Tech who runs a factory manufacturing plastic parts for automobiles in Manesar, near Delhi. Defending his inclusion in the delegate list, Choudhry told The Indian Express: “I have been in several positions in the Congress since 2008. I worked as a Returning Officer for the party’s Assembly as well as Lok Sabha polls, Zonal Returning Officer and also Pradesh Returning Officer. I have worked in Delhi, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh as Pradesh Returning Officer for the Youth Congress. I have also been in the AICC and worked as an APRO (Additional Pradesh Returning Officer) for PCC delegates in East Uttar Pradesh in 2015. Then I became an AICC member and am the vice-chairman of the SC wing of the Haryana Congress.”* Sudeep Surjewala: The cousin of Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Randeep Surjewala, Sudeep is a farmer in Kaithal. While calling Sudeep “basically a farmer, who owns over 60-70 acres of land in Kaithal and nearby areas”, a close aide of Surjewala said: “Sudeep is the one who handles all the party affairs for Randeep Surjewala in Kaithal and neighbouring Assembly constituencies.”* Chanakya Sharma, father Kuldeep Sharma: A former Haryana Assembly Speaker, Kuldeep has for long been trying to launch Chanakya into politics. In the 2019 Assembly polls, he even pitched Chanakya as a candidate against Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar from Karnal. For 2024, Chanakya is considered almost sure to get a ticket.Chanakya told The Indian Express that he is a practising lawyer at the Punjab and Haryana High Court and District and Sessions Courts across Haryana. “But while on weekdays I am in Chandigarh, from Friday till Sunday, I stay in the constituencies of Karnal and Gannaur. It (politics) is not new to me. I have been helping the people, listening to their grievances and trying to help them in whichever way I can for a long time.”* Shelly Chaudhary, husband Ram Kishan Gujjar: The first woman MLA from Naraingarh, Chaudhary got the ticket after her in-laws had held the seat for 13 elections, since 1966. Of these 13 times, her father-in-law the late Lal Singh won on seven occasions, and her husband Ram Kishan Gujjar twice.

Congress presidential poll: Son, daughter-in-law, grandkid, cousin, meet leaders voting from Haryana
Hashtag Politics | Rain, rain come again: Like at Rahul Yatra, in politics, it helps to wet your feet
The Indian Express | 3 days ago | 03-10-2022 | 05:45 pm
The Indian Express
3 days ago | 03-10-2022 | 05:45 pm

As Rahul Gandhi’s viral photographs from his Bharat Jodo Yatra in Mysuru show, it often pays to have a little rain on your parade.On the 23rd day of his Kanyakumari to Kashmir padyatra, Rahul was in Mysuru when it started pouring. As the audience got up from their plastic chairs and held those above their heads against the rain, Rahul went on, underlining that “Neither ran, nor heat can stop this Yatra.”Thanking his supporters for listening to him despite the heavy downpour, Rahul added: “Just as Gandhiji fought the British Raj, we are today fighting a battle with the very ideology that killed Gandhi. This ideology has in the past eight years delivered inequality, divisiveness and the erosion of our hard-won freedoms.”The Congress put out videos of the supporters at the rally, clearly impressed, raising slogans. Party general secretary K C Venugopal tweeted calling Rahul “spirited, strong & tireless”, while the party’s communications in-charge Jairam Ramesh said Rahul had “electrified a sea of people”. “It (the event) was an unequivocal declaration. No force can stop the #BharatJodoYatra from uniting India against hate, from speaking up against unemployment and price rise.”The Congress’s official social media handle juxtaposed the photo of Rahul and the rain, against Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivering a speech under an umbrella held by a security personnel, saying: “Jan neta (mass leader), abineta (actor) – the difference is clear.”One of the first to react among non-Congress parties was, not surprisingly, the NCP. Its spokesperson Clyde Crasto tweeted, “Time has Proved and Time will Prove. When the Rain Gods decide to Bless you, there will soon be a Storm in the Opposition Camp”.Crasto attached a photo of a soaking NCP supremo Sharad Pawar carrying on with his speech in October 2019 at Satara in Western Maharashtra, ignoring a downpour.Pawar was canvassing for just an Assembly bypoll, for party candidate Shriniwas Partil, in an election necessitated by NCP leader Udayanraje Bhonsale joining the BJP. But the message sent by the then 79-year-old NCP patriarch, known to still be among the toughest political fighters in the ring, was larger, and loud and clear. He said he committed “a mistake” in selecting a candidate for the Lok Sabha earlier that year, and that people were now waiting to correct it.A stint in the rain has done other politicians good too, more so in foreign corners, even as those seen as shunning the heat and dust of the race have found themselves open to scorn:Just days prior to Rahul’s speech, Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi carried on with his address to an audience ignoring the rain in Anantapur in Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh. The occasion was a pre-release event for his much-awaited film Godfather, but much was read into his choice of Anantapur as the venue.Chiranjeevi’s brother, actor and politician Pawan Kalyan, has been touring the region meeting tenant farmers who are reported to have died by suicide. Chiranjeevi had earlier mentioned that while he wanted to be “away from politics”, politics was “not going away from” him.Referring to the rain, he said he was “surprised”. “I’m drenched in the rain after a long time… I want to remind you that it rains whenever I come to Rayalaseema… When I came here for political campaigning and to shoot a song for Indra, both the times it rained. I take today’s rain as a good omen.”Kejriwal was into the first 15 minutes of his 41-minute speech, at his first Independence Day as Delhi Chief Minister, when the clouds opened up. Kejriwal managed to read almost all that he wanted to say, shielded by just an umbrella dutifully held open by security escorts.The participants at the Independence Day parade, including many schoolchildren, remained seated in the open even as TV crews ran for cover. Once Kejriwal left, the children couldn’t resist swinging to the catchy beats of A R Rahman’s Jai Ho, as per a report by The Indian Express, with the stadium turning into a giant floor for an impromptu rain dance. Some of them made a dash for the tri-coloured helium balloons, grounded by the rain.Biden was in the midst of the political fight of his life, against Donald Trump seeking to make a comeback, against complaints that he was too old for the job, and seeking to fill the large shoes of his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.In October 2020, during the last leg of the presidential campaign, with three days left for the polls, Biden held a rally in Florida where rain started pouring. He continued to talk, later captioning a photo that showed him in the rain saying: “The storm will pass, a new day will come.”The same month, Biden’s Vice-President partner Kamala Harris, broke into an impromptu dance at another Florida rally, while holding an umbrella. As the video went viral, Harris shared a picture of hers from the event, tweeting: “Rain or shine, democracy waits for no one.”Obama had perhaps set the playbook for his Democratic colleagues at an event in July 2012, when he was the President. As per a Reuters report, he was “soaked to the skin as he rallied supporters during a downpour in the election battleground state of Virginia”. About 900 people heard him out in the rain, the report said.Obama told the cheering audience: “I know this from Michelle (his wife). Ladies, I do apologise for your hairdos getting messed up…We’re going to have to treat everybody to a little salon visit after this.”Their Republican rival and then US President Donald Trump, on the other hand, found himself in a sticky spot after he skipped a World War I memorial service about 50 miles from Paris because of the rainy weather, with White House officials stepping in on his behalf.The trip to Ainse-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial was cancelled “due to scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather”, the White House said in its official reason.Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, wasn’t the only one with raised eyebrows. Not taking any names, the French Army in a tweet said, “There is rain, but it does not matter… We remain motivated,” along with a picture of a soldier crawling under wire in the rain.Some reports drew a comparison to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who, in 2017, while at an event to honour those who fought during the Dieppe Raid of World War II, put down his umbrella amid rain and said, “As we sit here in the rain, thinking how uncomfortable we must be these minutes as our suits get wet and our hair gets wet and our shoes get wet, I think it’s all the more fitting that we remember on that day, in Dieppe, the rain wasn’t rain, it was bullets.”In her heartbreaking and bitter contest against Trump for the US Presidency, Hillary Clinton came closest to joy at one rain-hit rally. As The New York Times wrote, “The moment lasts about 45 seconds… But in it, so much of the cautious stagecraft that surrounds and inhibits Hillary Clinton appears to break away.”The report talks about how Clinton cut short a critique of Trump, flipping the page in her binder, and raced to her closing lines. “Here’s what I want you to remember,” she told the crowd at the rally in Florida. “I want to be the president for everybody: everybody who agrees with me, people who don’t agree with me, people who will vote for me, people who don’t vote for me.”Just before leaving the stage, writes the report, “she turns and raises both arms, giving herself up to the storm and the moment — and the looming end of this adventure”.While her start may have been rough, new UK Prime Minister Truss has handled at least one storm with aplomb. In her first address as PM, amid speculation that rain would halt her speech and force her to deliver it inside, Truss said the country’s citizens could “ride out the storm” of the worst economic crisis.With the pound plunging and forced to backtrack on a tax cut for the wealthy, many would say she spoke too soon.

Hashtag Politics | Rain, rain come again: Like at Rahul Yatra, in politics, it helps to wet your feet
‘If at all Saraswati taught, it was to those 3%’: Chhagan Bhujbal’s OBC politics hits a row
The Indian Express | 4 days ago | 03-10-2022 | 02:45 pm
The Indian Express
4 days ago | 03-10-2022 | 02:45 pm

Not unknown to controversy, senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal has this time ventured into a caste minefield, leaving not just him but also his party squirming.Last week, speaking at a meeting of the Samata Parishad (an OBC outfit founded by him in the early 1990s) in Mumbai, Bhujbal questioned the rationale behind putting up portraits of Goddess Saraswati in schools. Instead, he said, social reformers such as Jyotirao Phule should be honoured in schools and colleges.“In schools, we have portraits of Saraswati and Sharada. Have you seen Saraswati? Has she taught you? If at all Saraswati taught, it must be to those 3%… we were kept out,” Bhujbal said.While Bhujbal did not specify, the 3% remark was seen as directed at Brahmins. The upper caste community comprises 3% of Maharashtra’s population. The politically dominant community are the Marathas, forming 33%, while OBCs such as Bhujbal himself make up 40%. Dalits comprise 13%, tribals 8% and denotified tribes another 3%.In his speech, Bhujbal said: “Social reformers like Savtribai Phule, Jyotiba Phule, Dr B R Ambedkar opened the doors of education for OBS, Dalits.”Bhujbal’s remarks have been met with strong reaction by various right-wing student organisations and mainstream parties. Apart from this, a police case has been registered against the NCP leader under Section 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. A former aide, Lalitkumar Tekchandani, has accused Bhujbal and two other unidentified people of issuing death threats to him after he shared videos of Bhujbal’s speech.Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said, “We are not going to remove portraits of Saraswati from schools. We will go by public sentiments.”Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said Saraswati was the Goddess of learning. “Those who don’t subscribe to our culture, Hindutva make such statements.”The NCP has largely washed its hands of the statement of one of its most seasoned leaders, coming amidst the festive season, leaving it to Bhujbal to do damage control. On Sunday, the 74-year-old visited the Kalika Temple in Nashik, which has idols of Goddesses Kali, Laxmi and Saraswati, for aarti.Seeking to put the controversy behind him, Bhujbal said, “I was not asking anybody to bring down Saraswati portraits. My concern was as to why portraits of great social reformers were not put up in schools… How and whom one worships at home is an individual’s right and freedom, but why bring it to school?”An NCP leader regretted that Bhujbal used the wrong words to make his point, and while OBC leaders including him are known for anti-Brahminism, he should not have dragged the Goddess into the argument.“Social reformers in Maharashtra have always attacked casteism and religion. In that sense, Bhujbal has not done anything different. But then there are other ways to make your point. There are individuals who don’t believe in any religion or God. One can be an atheist. But why question someone else’s belief?” the leader said.Bhujbal insists his remarks have been wrongly perceived. “I am not against Hindu gods or goddesses, I have just suggested that social reformers should find a place in schools,” he said.His close aide in the Samata Parishad said, “The backward classes, Dalits and tribals have been subjected to atrocities by upper castes, landlords. Caste sentiments still prevail. So, what he said was not entirely wrong. But I admit he should not have named Saraswati.”A steadfast OBC leaderBhujbal, who belongs to the Mali (gardener) community and is an engineering diploma holder who once helped his grandmother sell vegetables, has often faced controversies in his political career spanning over four decades. However, among politicians with few lasting loyalties, his commitment to OBC politics has never wavered.Reflecting the contradiction of Maharashtra politics, where the Shiv Sena represents as much Maratha chauvinism as Hindutva politics, Bhujbal began his politics with the Sena in the 1960s, inspired by Bal Thackeray, and made his way slowly up the ranks – from BMC corporator to two-time mayor of Mumbai, to the lone Sena MLA in the Assembly in 1985 and 1990.In 1991, Bhujbal held true to his politics again when he quit the Sena to join the Congress citing Thackeray’s opposition to the Mandal Commission recommendations for OBC reservation. It was in the Congress that he found his new political master, Sharad Pawar. When Pawar formed the NCP, Bhujbal moved with him, reportedly even turning down promises of CM post if he stayed.Bhujbal was entrusted by Pawar with the NCP state president’s role to consolidate OBCs in 1999. Later, when the Congress-NCP came to power in 1999, he was made Deputy CM and given the Home portfolio.His politics came full circle when, as Home minister, Bhujbal did the unthinkable and ordered the arrest of the all-powerful Bal Thackeray for inflammatory writings in the Sena mouthpiece Saamna. Although Thackeray got bail immediately, Bhujbal had earned his stripes.In 2003, Bhujbal had his first brush with the law when he had to step down as Deputy CM following allegations against him in the multi-crore bogus stamp scam popularly known as the Telgi scam.Many at the time believed it would be the end of his political career. However, he survived and within a year, returned as PWD Minister. Later, he got a second shot as Deputy CM from 2008 to 2010.At the height of the Modi wave in 2014, the NCP fielded Bhujbal from the Nashik Lok Sabha seat. While he lost, he made it to the Assembly six months later from the Yeola constituency.In March 2016, he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on charges of receiving kickbacks to award government contracts as PWD Minister, including for the Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi built at a cost of Rs 870 crore. Bhujbal spent two years in jail before release. A year later, he contested from Yeola again in the Assembly polls, and retained the seat.While compared to his fiery past, Bhujbal is much more mellow now, he retains the streak when it comes to OBC politics, especially as a counter to the BJP. He has often taken on the BJP-RSS, accusing it of divisive politics and spreading communal hatred.NCP leaders admit they often advise him caution, but he is not intimidated on account of the cases against him, dismissing the same as “political vendetta”.

‘If at all Saraswati taught, it was to those 3%’: Chhagan Bhujbal’s OBC politics hits a row



Maharashtra Election News

Today in politics, October 7: Kharge in Gujarat, Shivakumar before ED, Shinde Sena at EC office
The Indian Express | 3 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
3 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am

From the latest developments in the Congress presidential poll, to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s faction meeting the Election Commission to stake claim to the party’s symbol ahead of a crucial bypoll, here are political developments to watch out for:Kharge begins campaign tour: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge will begin his multi-state tour in Ahmedabad today to gather support for his candidature in the Congress presidential poll, scheduled for October 17. The Indian Express reported that he will go to 10 state capitals in the next five days. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, his counterpart in the polls, has already visited Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala as part of his campaign tour. Meanwhile, leaders associated with the Tharoor campaign have approached Madhusudan Mistry, the head of the party’s election authority, with complaints regarding state presidents endorsing Kharge’s candidature, alleged “intimidation” faced by Tharoor’s proposers, and discrepancies in the list of state Congress delegates who constitute the electoral college in the polls.Amit Shah, Nadda in Assam: Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president J P Nadda will reach Guwahati this evening and attend a core meeting of the state’s party unit. They will inaugurate the new state office of the party on Saturday, which will be followed by an address at a rally with an estimated 40,000 to 45,000 booth workers. Nadda will leave on Saturday evening after attending a couple of meetings, while Shah will stay on till Sunday for other official engagements.Karnataka BJP meets, amid Bharat Jodo Yatra: After facing heat on corruption allegations through the PayCM campaign and with the Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra gaining political traction in the state, the ruling BJP is expected to draw up plans to counter the Congress at meetings today.D K Shivakumar summoned by ED: The ED has rejected Karnataka Congress chief D K Shivakumar’s plea seeking exemption – until October 21 in light of the Bharat Jodo Yatra in the state – from appearing before the agency in the National Herald money laundering case.Jairam Ramesh, the Congress’s general secretary in-charge communications, has termed the ED’s action “political vendetta Modi-style”.Shinde faction to meet Election Commission: Ahead of the Andheri East Assembly bypoll in Maharashtra on November 3, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena faction is set to meet the Election Commission today to argue its case for the party’s ‘bow and arrow’ poll symbol.In the bypoll, which will be the first major electoral battle between the two Senas since the developments in July, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s group has fielded Rutuja Latke, the wife of late MLA Ramesh Latke whose death necessitated the election. The BJP, the Shinde faction’s ally, has picked BMC corporator Murji Patel.(With inputs from PTI)

Today in politics, October 7: Kharge in Gujarat, Shivakumar before ED, Shinde Sena at EC office
  • Crowd At Eknath Shinde's Dussehra Rally Showed Which Is Real Shiv Sena: D Fadnavis
  • Ndtv

    Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde held a massive Dussehra rallyPune: The "huge" crowd at Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde's Dussehra rally in Mumbai showed who leads the real Shiv Sena, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here on Thursday.He also dubbed the other rally held by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday as "Shimga", a pejorative term used to describe abusive rhetoric.He himself did not listen to the speeches of both Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde when they were underway, the BJP leader said.He was busy with the Dhammachara Pravartan Din celebration in Nagpur but got the gist of the two speeches and listened to Mr Shinde's speech on YouTube later, Mr Fadnavis said."I will not give any reaction on Uddhav Thackeray's speech. No need to give reaction on 'Shimga', he told reporters.The Shimga celebration in parts of Maharashtra ahead of the Holi festival involves lighting of bonfires, but revellers using cuss words or obscene language in a light-hearted way was also customary during the festival once."There was nothing in the speech except Shimga," Mr Fadnavis said."There was a huge gathering at the BKC ground whose capacity is the double of that of Shivaji Park (where Uddhav Thackeray spoke), and the BKC ground was filled to the brim... Shiv Sainiks proved that Eknath Shinde's Sena is the real Shiv Sena and that is why I would like to congratulate him," the BJP leader further said.On opposition's jibe that Mr Shinde, who rebelled against Mr Thackeray's leadership in June this year and broke away to form a new government, read out the BJP's 'script' at the rally, Mr Fadnavis said those who say this should find a new writer."How many times you will say the same thing? Ask your writer to use creativity or get a new writer," he said.Mr Fadnavis, a former Chief Minister, asked a question about Mr Thackeray's assertion that he was ready to swear on his parents that the BJP had promised the CM's post to the Shiv Sena for half the term before the 2019 elections.He had already given his reaction, Mr Fadnavis said.The reason for the split in the Shiv Sena was that Mr Thackeray put Shiv Sena's ideology aside and accepted the NCP and Congress's ideology and sat beside people who had connections with the Mumbai blasts and those who abuse freedom fighter VD Savarkar', he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"I should congratulate Eknath Shinde as he talked about development. He talked about what we are doing and he talked about what we are planning to do. This was missing when Uddhav Thackeray was Chief Minister. He always spoke like a party chief," Mr Fadnavis said. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

  • After Dussehra, another battle looms between the Senas: for Andheri East bypoll
  • The Indian Express

    The moment dust settles on the Dussehra showdown between the two Shiv Senas Wednesday, they will have another battle on their hands: the one for Mumbai’s Andheri East Assembly seat bypoll, on November 3.The bypoll, necessitated due to the death of sitting Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke, will see the first major electoral contest between Uddhav Thackeray’s Sena and the BJP since the power equations between them changed. The Shinde Sena is unlikely to contest the bypoll, leaving the seat to its new partner.The result will be a considerable psychological boost for the winning side ahead of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections, due soon after. The bruised Uddhav camp desperately wants to retain its BMC stronghold, while the BJP with its new-found ally Eknath Shinde sees a chance to finally wrest India’s richest civic body.With its sizeable population of Marathi and North Indian voters, Andheri East has a good mix of electorate as an indicator of how Mumbai will vote. Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar has claimed that they will win the seat by over 50,000 votes.The Uddhav side, which continues to see an exodus of MLAs, MPs and leaders to the Shinde Sena, especially in areas outside Mumbai, has announced that it will field the late Latke’s wife Rutuja Latke for the bypoll. The BJP will field former corporator Murji Patel, who had contested from Andheri East in the 2019 Assembly polls as an Independent and come second.Both the NCP and Congress have announced support to the Uddhav Sena’s candidate. Uddhav, in fact, is counting on strong pockets of Congress voters scattered across the constituency to help it win. The bypoll will also be the first test of endurance of the MVA alliance after having lost power in Maharashtra.While it may not join the fight itself, the Shinde Sena will be battling on at least one front. Should the Uddhav faction contest on the Sena symbol of bow and arrow, it might strengthen its case before the Election Commission on claiming the same. The Supreme Court has left the matter to the EC and, sources said, the Shinde camp may approach the panel to stop the Uddhav group from using the symbol in the bypoll.

  • Shiv Sena Dussehra rally live updates: Dussehra rallies of Sena factions to kick off in Mumbai today
  • The Indian Express

  • Today in Politics: What to look out for | Dussehra as D-Day for KCR, Shiv Senas
  • The Indian Express

    From the announcement of a new national party, to the RSS Dussehra rally in Nagpur, here are political events and developments that are likely to make a splash today:KCR to announce national party: At the TRS’s general body meeting today, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR, is expected to launch a national political party.Sources said that at an “auspicious time”, the CM will announce the renaming of the party to ‘Bharata Rashtra Samiti’ (BRS). This could mark the beginning of the CM’s long-standing dream to float an anti-BJP national front for which he has been touring the country and gaining support this year.JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy and 20 MLAs of the party flew to Hyderabad Tuesday to attend the launch of the new national political party. As per a JD (S) insider, the BRS will be a conglomeration of various regional parties, “to put up a united fight against the BJP”.Meanwhile, Congress’s general secretary communications in-charge Jairam Ramesh in conversation with reporters in Hyderabad said “the BJP and the TRS were two sides of the same coin”. “If you have a Sultan in Delhi, you have a Nizam in Hyderabad,” he said yesterday.The Sena versus Sena showdown in Mumbai: Holding a Dussehra rally at the city’s Shivaji park has been of great significance to the Shiv Sena. All of its monumental decisions and milestones through the years – such as the launch of its youth wing under the leadership of then 20-year-old Aaditya Thackeray in 2010 – were taken here.With the split and the ensuing flight to assert who the “real” party is, it is looking like the final showdown will be the events that Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and CM Eknath Shinde have organised for today.The court may have asked the Uddhav faction to hold the rally at Shivaji park, but the Eknath Shinde side has pulled out all the stops for its rally at the MMRDA grounds in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) area in the city. Several thousand Thackeray supporters from rural Maharashtra have reached Mumbai in buses, trains, and private vehicles. The Shinde Camp claimed that around 400,000 Shiv Sainiks from across the state will be present at the rally and that it had organised around 4,000 buses to ferry them to the venue.All eyes and ears are on which event will attract more people and, more importantly, what will be said at the events.Bahubali actor Prabhas at Ramlila attended by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be the chief guest of the Dussehra ceremony at Red Fort today, organised by the Luv Kush Ramlila Committee, one of the oldest in Delhi. Accompanying him is actor Prabhas of Bahubali fame. In his latest film “Adipurush” – whose teaser was released this week – he is playing the role of Lord Ram. The film had its first run-in with controversy when MP Home minister Narottam Mishra on Tuesday warned the makers of legal action if “scenes that hurt religious sentiments” were not removed from the film.RSS rally at Nagpur: Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi, was the day the right-wing organisation was founded by KB Hegdewar in 1926. Every year, the RSS holds an annual rally to commemorate the same at its headquarters in Nagpur. The “sarsangchalak” or the head delivers a speech that holds importance for its members and affiliates.In 2020, for example, the current chief of the organisation, Mohan Bhagwat, threw his weight behind the central government on the three contentious farm laws and virtually endorsed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s theory of an “international conspiracy” against his state government.Last year, he called upon state governments to return all temple property under their control to “Hindu society” and repeated the organisation’s demand for a population policy to tackle what it claims is a “demographic imbalance”.(With PTI inputs)

  • Sena vs Sena: Fireworks Expected At Dussehra Rallies Of Rival Factions
  • Ndtv

    Mumbai: For first time since the Shiv Sena's inception 56 years ago, two Dussehra rallies will be held in Mumbai on Wednesday by the party's rival factions -- led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray -- in what is being billed as a show of strength by both camps after a change in government in June.The rallies have generated intense interest in political circles and also among common citizens and there will be more than just speeches by the two friends-turns-foes as the rival factions will seek to present themselves as the 'real' Shiv Sena and try to claim the legacy of party founder the late Bal Thackeray.While the Uddhav Thackeray faction will hold its rally at the historic Shivaji Park in Dadar in central Mumbai, a venue associated with the Shiv Sena since its inception in 1966, the rebel group led by Shinde has organised their event at the MMRDA ground at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in the suburbs The sprawling MMRDA ground is located close to 'Matoshree', the private residence of the Thackeray family in suburban Bandra.Both the camps have claimed they are taking forward the ideals of Bal Thackeray, who was known to make fiery speeches at the Dussehra rallies at Shivaji Park year after year till his death in 2012. Since then, his son Uddhav Thackeray, a former CM who lost power in June following rebellion by his once trusted aide Shinde, had been addressing the annual event.A Dussehra rally is being held at Shivaji Park after a gap of two years due to COVID-19 restrictions.Both sides have claimed their rallies will be a grand success with top leaders giving last minute touches to the preparations for the mega shows. On the ground, the areas in and around the two venues are awashed in saffron flags and banners.Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is expected to launch attacks on the Shinde faction and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), his former ally which is now part of the government in the state. In his address, the chief minister is likely to target Uddhav Thackeray for "deviating" from the path of Hindutva and joining hands with his once rivals Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in November 2019.Rebellion by Mr Shinde against Uddhav Thackeray's leadership brought down the MVA government in June-end.Meanwhile, stringent security measures are in place as there is a possibility of supporters of the two rival factions coming face to face in the metropolis, which may lead to law and order issues.Thousands of buses --- of the state road transport and also private operators -- have been booked by the rival Sena factions to ferry their supporters to the venues from all over the state.Sheetal Mhatre, a spokesperson for the Shinde camp, said 3.5 to 4 lakh people are expected to attend the rally at the MMRDA ground.Arrangements for food and vehicle parking for those coming from outside the city have been made.Both sides have claimed supporters of Mr Shinde and Mr Thackeray will come in large numbers from outside Mumbai for the high-profile events.The Mumbai traffic police have made necessary arrangements for the parking of scores of buses that will bring workers to the rallies.Buses carrying supporters from western and north Mumbai will be parked along Senapati Bapat Marg and Kamgar Maidan, while those arriving from Navi Mumbai and Thane will be parked at Five Gardens, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Edanwala Road, an official said.Cars will be parked at India Bulls Finance, IndiaBulls One Centre and Kohinoor Square.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comFor the BKC event, buses will be parked behind the family court in Bandra, near Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank, the MMRDA ground and near Jio garden in the vicinity.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Rethink within government on direct polls to APMCs?
Times of India | 7 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 08:01 am
Times of India
7 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 08:01 am

MUMBAI: One of the first decisions the Shinde government took after coming to power in the state was to allow farmers to vote directly in Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMC) polls, instead of through representative bodies. While direct elections by farmers in gram panchayats was enacted in July, the state is yet to implement the same move in APMCs. Sources said the prohibitive expense of direct polls by farmers in APMCs has forced a rethink within the government, with MLAs in the Shinde camp resisting the move. Shinde, who controls the marketing department which oversees APMCs, did not respond when asked to comment, but minister Deepak Kesarkar, who holds the school education portfolio, said: "This issue has not yet come before the cabinet. I cannot comment on it since it does not concern my department." Elections to 281 of the state's 306 APMCs have been declared in January, but these will remain indirect polls. The voters will be farmer representatives at primary agricultural credit societies and gram panchayats. In direct polls, farmers who sell their produce at the APMC would be allowed to vote. The Opposition said direct polls by farmers are expensive. "The last direct election in the Solapur APMC cost Rs 1.4 crore. The election has to be funded by APMCs and many are in bad financial shape. When the voter list includes farmers instead of their just representatives, the number of voters shoots up," said Dilip Mohite, NCP MLA and president of the Maharashtra State Federation of Market Committees. "More than 50% of the APMCs will not be able to hold direct polls because they do not have the funds," said a senior Congress leader. APMCs are massive market yards where farmers sell their produce to traders. They are part of the local body network with an elected leadership and are linked to the rural economy. Most of these are controlled by the Congress-NCP. Over the last few years, the BJP has tried to weaken their hold by trying to widen the voter base. In 2017, the BJP-Sena government had changed the rules to allow farmers selling their produce in APMCs to elect its leaders. This was reversed by the MVA government in 2020, to return to an indirect poll. As soon as the Shinde-Fadnavis government took charge, it took the decision of direct elections by farmers. However, the decision remains in limbo three months later. The state also did not introduce a bill on this in the July assembly session. Now, on the directions of the government, Maharashtra cooperative election commission has filed an application in court, seeking to postpone APMC polls. It has argued that the gram panchayat and APMC polls will overlap. Also, that elections to 1,700 primary agricultural credit societies, whose representatives vote for APMC poll, are yet to be completed. It has also said if the state enacts direct polling by farmers, the voter list will take longer to compile. The opposition claimed that the government is delaying the polls so that it can appoint administrators and control APMCs. "The ruling parties know they will do poorly if there is a poll. They want administrator bodies to run APMCs," alleged NCP leader Balasaheb Patil, who was cooperation minister in the MVA government.

Rethink within government on direct polls to APMCs?
Cong presidential poll: Kharge to begin tour of states tomorrow, starting from Gujarat
The Indian Express | 16 hours ago | 06-10-2022 | 10:45 pm
The Indian Express
16 hours ago | 06-10-2022 | 10:45 pm

Locked in a high-stakes battle with Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor for the Congress presidency, veteran Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge will begin his multi-state campaign tour from Gujarat on Friday. The Tharoor camp, meanwhile, has approached the party’s central election authority with multiple complaints.Sources close to Kharge said the 80-year-old will visit at least 10 state capitals over the next five days to interact with PCC delegates — the voters in the election – and seek their support. Tharoor has already visited Maharashtra, Telangana and Tamil Nadu besides his home state of Kerala as part of his campaign tour.Kharge will begin in Ahmedabad on Friday morning, where he will first visit the Sabarmati Ashram and then meet the PCC delegates at the party headquarters. He will then head to Mumbai. On Saturday, he will be in Hyderabad and Vijayawada, covering Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. On Sunday, he will campaign in Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi. He will then travel to West Bengal and Assam on Monday, and to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.Meanwhile, sources said the Tharoor camp has approached Madhusudan Mistry, the head of the election authority, with multiple complaints. Sources said two leaders who are working closely with the Tharoor campaign have drawn Mistry’s attention to some state Congress presidents violating guidelines by openly endorsing Kharge’s candidature, alleged “intimidation” faced by Tharoor’s proposers, and discrepancies in the list of PCC delegates who form the electoral college.K Sudhakaran, the president of the party’s Kerala unit, and his Telangana counterpart, A Revanth Reddy, had given statements which were seen as an endorsement of Kharge’s candidature. Earlier this week, Reddy called Kharge “Telangana Bidda” (son of Telangana) and referred to the sacrifices made by his family while fighting against the Nizam’s rule. His comments were seen as an endorsement of Kharge.Sudhakaran too had spoken highly of Kharge, referring to his long stint in parliamentary politics and organisational experience, saying this made him the most capable person to lead the Congress. “He is a leader who can engage with all generations of party workers. He has never compromised with the RSS and Sangh Parivar. Such a leader can identify the strengths and weaknesses of the party,” he had said.Sources said the Tharoor camp told Mistry that such statements are in violation of the guidelines issued by the election authority.In detailed guidelines issued earlier this week, the party’s central election authority had said the “AICC general secretaries/ in charges, secretaries/ joint secretaries, PCC presidents, CLP leaders, heads of frontal organisations, chiefs of departments/ cells and all official spokespersons shall not campaign for or against contesting candidates. If they wish to support any candidate they must first resign from their organisational post, after that they can participate in the campaign process.”The Tharoor camp also claimed that some of the proposers – party leaders who signed on Tharoor’s nomination papers – were facing “pressure” and “intimidation” from senior state leaders to change their positions. Sources said the letter to Mistry, however, has not named any leader.The Tharoor camp is also battling to reach out to the 9,100-plus PCC delegates. Sources alleged that there were discrepancies between the first list given to Tharoor on the day of nomination and the second list with telephone numbers which was provided on Wednesday. Sources said the list was incomplete, with the names of delegates of some of the states missing. “We have received 8,739 names but some states are missing,” said a source.

Cong presidential poll: Kharge to begin tour of states tomorrow, starting from Gujarat
Give Us Sena Symbol, Eknath Shinde Tells Election Body, Points To By-Polls
Ndtv | 18 hours ago | 06-10-2022 | 08:29 pm
Ndtv
18 hours ago | 06-10-2022 | 08:29 pm

Eknath Shinde has claimed the legacy of Bal Thackeray and Shiv Sena's bow and arrow poll symbol.Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has written to the Election Commission, asking it to urgently allot the Shiv Sena's bow and arrow symbol to his faction in view of the coming by-election in Andheri East. The BJP will contest the seat on behalf of the ruling alliance. But Mr Shinde has pointed out that the Uddhav Thackeray faction of the Sena might use the symbol in absence of any decision by the poll body.In his petition, Mr Shinde said the symbol is necessary for the upcoming by-election and he has concern that the Thackeray faction "will illegally and unlawfully make an attempt to field a candidate and claim the allotted symbol of SSPP".Under the circumstances, he asked that the Commission "urgently hear, dispose and allow the petition... and allot the symbol of Shiv Sena party of 'Bow and Arrow' to the group led by Petitioner, at the earliest".Mr Shinde, who claims to be the real Sena, has claimed the legacy of party founder Bal Thackeray along with the bow and arrow symbol.The matter is now pending with the Election Commission, which said it would apply the transparent process of the "rule of majority".The Supreme Court has refused to stop the poll body from deciding who was the "real" Shiv Sena which was sought by the Thackeray faction.The party had split in June after Mr Shinde led a rebellion against Uddhav Thackeray, accusing him of betraying Bal Thackeray and diluting the Sena's ideology.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAt the big Dussehra meeting held yesterday, Mr Shinde said: "Do you have any moral right to even stand and speak there? You used Shiv Sainiks for your personal reason and went ahead with Congress and NCP... Balasaheb Thackeray used to run the government on remote control and you gave this remote control to NCP".Mr Thackeray, who held another rally at the traditional venue of Shivaji Park, alleged that Mr Shinde was a "traitor" who is attempting to control the party out of "greed".

Give Us Sena Symbol, Eknath Shinde Tells Election Body, Points To By-Polls
The question at Vijayadashami rallies in Maharashtra: Who moved my Hindutva?
The Indian Express | 19 hours ago | 06-10-2022 | 07:45 pm
The Indian Express
19 hours ago | 06-10-2022 | 07:45 pm

In the impending winter of political discontent, saffron seems to be the colour of the season in Maharashtra. As Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his yet another loyalist-turned-rebel, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, are locked in a bitter battle over who represents the real Shiv Sena, it is amusing to note that both factions are grappling with the same question: Who moved my Hindutva?Ever since Eknath Shinde, supported by the BJP, pulled the rug from under Shiv Sena head Uddhav Thackeray’s feet, Maharashtra has been witnessing a fierce political battle that, at times, has bordered on absurdity. Vijayadashami rallies organised by both sides were spectacular examples of this farce.It started with a fight over the venue. Shivaji Park, an open space in the otherwise congested central Mumbai, has been a political barometer since pre-independence. A leader is considered worth his clout only if he earns full house at Shivaji Park. Actually, there is nothing that resembles a park. As its name suggests, Shivaji Park ground is the birthplace of the Shiv Sena. Even before that, soon after Independence, it was here that Prabodhankar Thackeray, Sena supremo Bal Thackeray’s father, along with many other eminent Maharashtrians, launched the ‘Samyukta Maharashtra Movement’ that thwarted the Centre’s plan to give away Mumbai to the state of Gujarat. The Shiv Sena is an extension of the ‘Samyukta Maharashtra Samiti’, a body formed to guard the interests of Marathi Manoos.Hence Shivaji Park, laced with this history, is an emotive place for the Sena. Having been a Sena man himself, Eknath Shinde thought of hitting the Sena where it could hurt most. He tried to snatch Shivaji Park away from the Sena by first delaying, and later refusing it permission to hold its Vijayadashami rally. The Sena, however, outsmarted Shinde by applying for permission well in advance and later by challenging the state government’s refusal in the Bombay High Court. The first round went to Uddhav Thackeray.There are two aspects to the Shiv Sena’s strength. First is the Sena supremo’s ability to bring young and lumpen elements under one umbrella to give them some political purpose, and the second is keeping the “teach-them-a-lesson” spirit alive in them. Both these “qualities” were in full display at Shivaji Park.Uddhav is in no way close to his father in vocabulary, vituperation or viciousness. Despite his inability to pepper his speech with the choicest abuse for political opponents, though, the Shivaji Park rally was very lively as compared to Shinde’s maiden public meeting held in the business district of Bandra. In terms of the size of the crowd, Shinde certainly had a better head-count than the Thackerays. But in terms of spirit, Uddhav’s rally stands out. In oratorical skills, if Uddhav is a pale shadow of his father, Shinde is no better. His first attempt to take on the Thackerays can be described as lacklustre at best.Both the rallies underlined the same point — the political narrative revolves around one party: The BJP. It seems almost impossible for any political outfit to bypass or ignore the BJP. As a result, what happened at these two rallies was that even as Uddhav Thackeray was seen trying to take his battle to the BJP, Chief Minister Shinde, instead of marketing himself, was seen defending the BJP.To consolidate his vote bank of Hindus and neo Hindus, the BJP is busy portraying Uddhav as a “sinner”. His sin: Breaking bread with “secular” Congress and the Sharad Pawar-led NCP. In an attempt to turn the tables on the BJP, Uddhav brought in RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat by mentioning his recent visit to a mosque and overtures to Muslims. “Should I say the RSS chief (by visiting a mosque) has compromised his Hindutva?” he asked. The reply came from Shinde who chastised Uddhav for criticising the RSS. Uddhav was keen on sending out a message of how he continues to adore Hindutva even today, and Shinde was seen making special efforts to portray him as “secular”. Of course, the Maharashtra Chief Minister was using “secular” as an accusation.By organising the Vijayadashami rally and attempting to challenge the Sena on its own turf, the Shiv Sena’s Shinde faction may have succeeded in attracting eye-balls. But its first real test will be in the state legislative assembly by-election being held in Andheri (E), one of Mumbai’s suburbs, as early as November 3. The seat fell vacant following the death of a Shiv Sena MLA and before the Shinde faction could lure the departed MLA’s wife as its candidate, the Sena declared her nomination. Since the election symbol issue is yet to be decided, the Shinde faction has let the BJP contest the said by-election. It was impossible that the perennially election-ready BJP would miss the opportunity.But in the end, whatever be the outcome, it will be the Shinde faction that will lose out. If the BJP wins, it will add one more MLA to its kitty. If it loses, it will be the Shinde faction which will be at the receiving end. The November 3 by-election will be followed by the most coveted Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation election, the real battleground which the BJP hopes to win and dislodge the Shiv Sena from. The November 3 by-poll outcome will set the tone for the BMC poll which in turn will prepare the ground for the battle royale of the state assembly elections, just two years away.Meanwhile, Maharashtra may end up becoming a land of Hindu heartthrobs (Hriday Samrats). Originally, the title was reserved for Bal Thackeray. Now, staking claim for it is his son Uddhav, and trying to wrest it from Uddhav is his cousin Raj. Add to them new entrant Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, not to mention the BJP’s home-grown Devendra Fadnavis. The list goes on.The writer is editor, Loksatta

The question at Vijayadashami rallies in Maharashtra: Who moved my Hindutva?



Maharashtra Education News

Maharashtra government doubles scholarship for minorities in higher education
Times of India | 7 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 08:04 am
Times of India
7 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 08:04 am

MUMBAI: The state government has doubled the scholarship for students of seven notified minority communities to pursue higher education in the current academic year. The scope of the minority scholarship has been increased to include students pursuing Art and full-time diploma programmes. Minority students - Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Jain, Sikh, Zoroastrain, Jew - pursing higher education are entitled to an annual scholarship of up to Rs 50,000 as against Rs 25,000. The annual income cap to avail the scholarship remains Rs 8 lakh a year as per a state government resolution issued on October 4. Students pursuing degree courses in arts, science and commerce will get up to Rs 5,000 a year this academic year. The amount will be deposited in the Aadhar card-linked bank account of the student in October and February. The scholarship amount has been doubled after over a decade.

Maharashtra government doubles scholarship for minorities in higher education
  • Scholarship doubled for students of minorities
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: The state government has doubled the scholarship for students of seven notified minority communities to pursue higher education in the current academic year. The scope of the minority scholarship has been increased to include students pursuing Art and full-time diploma programmes. Minority students - Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Jain, Sikh, Zoroastrain, Jew - pursing higher education are entitled to an annual scholarship of up to Rs 50,000 as against Rs 25,000. The annual income cap to avail the scholarship remains Rs 8 lakh a year as per a state government resolution issued on October 4. Students pursuing degree courses in arts, science and commerce will get up to Rs 5,000 a year this academic year. The amount will be deposited in the Aadhar card-linked bank account of the student in October and February. The scholarship amount has been doubled after over a decade.

HSC and SSC exams 2023: Candidates asked to pay more to submit forms for preferred institutions
The Indian Express | 11 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 03:45 am
The Indian Express
11 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 03:45 am

External and private student candidates registering for the HSC and SSC examinations in February-March 2023, which are to be conducted by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE), faced a hurdle while filling up their examination application forms after several of them were asked to pay additional fees by the contact centres at their preferred schools or junior colleges. External and private students can register for the examinations through Form no 17, which is also useful for ones who have left school because of social, economic, family or personal problems.“I had filled out the form online and also paid the required examination fees by visiting a cyber cafe. When I went to a junior college to submit my forms for the process of verification, I was asked to pay Rs 6,000 straight up. I could not pay the fee and ended up going to another junior college in Nana Peth. There too, they asked for Rs 500 but at least I got to submit my examination form,” said a 17-year-old student, requesting anonymity.Pratiksha Hawale, a mobiliser at Manodaya Centre, Shivajinagar, said many students were not allowed to submit their forms at schools or junior colleges. “There are many students who moved away from the education system due to social and economic problems. One such student, a 17-year-old who will be appearing for her 10th standard examination, was not allowed to submit her form, with the college citing unavailability of seats. The student was asked to try a college centre in Alandi. Her parents asked her to leave her studies. It is sad that while we try to bring such students back into the education system, such issues make access even more difficult.”Mandar Shinde, a child rights activist and convenor at Action for the Rights of the Child (ARC), said they approached the state board and the divisional board officer after receiving such complaints from students. “We had received several such complaints from various organisations and children that we work with. We tried to resolve the issue at the divisional board but they could not initiate action as the schools and junior colleges come under the education department… The authorities have assured us that they will take action against schools brought to their notice.”Sharad Gosavi, chairman of the MSBSHSE, said that an official letter has been issued to all divisional centres to ensure that no student is asked to pay an additional fee. “A complete inspection report will be sought with respect to this matter. Defaulting schools or junior colleges will have to face action.” “I had filled out the form online and also paid the required examination fees by visiting a cyber cafe. When I went to a junior college to submit my forms for the process of verification, I was asked to pay Rs 6,000 straight up. I could not pay the fee and ended up going to another junior college in Nana Peth. There too, they asked for Rs 500 but at least I got to submit my examination form,” said a 17-year-old student, requesting anonymity.Pratiksha Hawale, a mobiliser at Manodaya Centre, Shivajinagar, said many students were not allowed to submit their forms at schools or junior colleges. “There are many students who moved away from the education system due to social and economic problems. One such student, a 17-year-old who will be appearing for her 10th standard examination, was not allowed to submit her form, with the college citing unavailability of seats. The student was asked to try a college centre in Alandi. Her parents asked her to leave her studies. It is sad that while we try to bring such students back into the education system, such issues make access even more difficult.”Mandar Shinde, a child rights activist and convenor at Action for the Rights of the Child (ARC), said they approached the state board and the divisional board officer after receiving such complaints from students. “We had received several such complaints from various organisations and children that we work with. We tried to resolve the issue at the divisional board but they could not initiate action as the schools and junior colleges come under the education department… The authorities have assured us that they will take action against schools brought to their notice.”Sharad Gosavi, chairman of the MSBSHSE, said that an official letter has been issued to all divisional centres to ensure that no student is asked to pay an additional fee. “A complete inspection report will be sought with respect to this matter. Defaulting schools or junior colleges will have to face action.” Pratiksha Hawale, a mobiliser at Manodaya Centre, Shivajinagar, said many students were not allowed to submit their forms at schools or junior colleges. “There are many students who moved away from the education system due to social and economic problems. One such student, a 17-year-old who will be appearing for her 10th standard examination, was not allowed to submit her form, with the college citing unavailability of seats. The student was asked to try a college centre in Alandi. Her parents asked her to leave her studies. It is sad that while we try to bring such students back into the education system, such issues make access even more difficult.”Mandar Shinde, a child rights activist and convenor at Action for the Rights of the Child (ARC), said they approached the state board and the divisional board officer after receiving such complaints from students. “We had received several such complaints from various organisations and children that we work with. We tried to resolve the issue at the divisional board but they could not initiate action as the schools and junior colleges come under the education department… The authorities have assured us that they will take action against schools brought to their notice.”Sharad Gosavi, chairman of the MSBSHSE, said that an official letter has been issued to all divisional centres to ensure that no student is asked to pay an additional fee. “A complete inspection report will be sought with respect to this matter. Defaulting schools or junior colleges will have to face action.” Mandar Shinde, a child rights activist and convenor at Action for the Rights of the Child (ARC), said they approached the state board and the divisional board officer after receiving such complaints from students. “We had received several such complaints from various organisations and children that we work with. We tried to resolve the issue at the divisional board but they could not initiate action as the schools and junior colleges come under the education department… The authorities have assured us that they will take action against schools brought to their notice.”Sharad Gosavi, chairman of the MSBSHSE, said that an official letter has been issued to all divisional centres to ensure that no student is asked to pay an additional fee. “A complete inspection report will be sought with respect to this matter. Defaulting schools or junior colleges will have to face action.” Sharad Gosavi, chairman of the MSBSHSE, said that an official letter has been issued to all divisional centres to ensure that no student is asked to pay an additional fee. “A complete inspection report will be sought with respect to this matter. Defaulting schools or junior colleges will have to face action.”

HSC and SSC exams 2023: Candidates asked to pay more to submit forms for preferred institutions
Medical PG admissions: Candidates seek cancellation of 1st round of seat allotment
The Indian Express | 11 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 03:45 am
The Indian Express
11 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 03:45 am

Amid the ongoing chaos of post-graduation (PG) admissions for medical seats in Maharashtra conducted by the Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell, mass emails and letters have been sent by aggrieved candidates and their parents to authorities. They are demanding cancellation of the first round of allotment after discovering that as many as 400 seats were missing from the list.Demanding to scrap the first round of seat allotment, one of the letters by the candidates states, “Students have felt cheated and have doubts about fraud being played on them by authorities with hidden agenda of trying to fill seats in deemed and all-India quota first with high scorers by creating such artificial shortage of approved seats. It looks like it’s a ploy so state seats can be allocated to favour lower-scorers, once the round one cut-off date to withdraw seats ends on October 10.”The letter, by aggrieved students and parents, has been sent to the Commissioner of CET Cell, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), and Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan.However, CET Cell Commissioner Mahendra Warbhuvan said, “Medical PG admissions will continue as per schedule. The letter does not change anything.”When asked if the reduced 400 seats are going to be opened for round two, Warbhuvan said, “There is no clarity about it yet.”After the first round of seat allotment on Tuesday, candidates of medical PG admissions cried foul as the number of seats allotted in this round was lower than the number of seats declared under the seat matrix. There was no allotment for a total 400 seats, including government as well as private medical colleges. While the CET Cell issued a notice regarding this, stating that these seats have been removed from the total pool as they still await some necessary permissions, candidates said it was suspicious that a significant chunk of seats was kept out of allotments.Students had questioned the reasoning of the CET Cell, as most of those seats are in government medical colleges that already have required approvals. It has also led to added worry over securing a good medical PG seat, due to additional riders this year such as limited options to seek a better seat.

Medical PG admissions: Candidates seek cancellation of 1st round of seat allotment
  • Maharashtra: 400 seats missing in first round of PG medical allotment
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: The post-graduate medical counselling process in the state started on a chaotic note on Tuesday morning, when the first allotment list was announced, but did not include 400 seats. These seats were added in the seat matrix released by the state's CET cell last week and therefore students had opted for these while filling their choices. Some of the seats were even in sought-after colleges such as Grant Medical and B J Medical, and some were new seats to be added this year. Students have now asked the CET cell to scrap the allotment list and declare the round invalid. After the over 12-15-hour delay in the allotment list, the incomplete list stumped aspirants. When students raised an alarm and made frantic calls to the CET cell, a circular was issued, stating these seats are "awaiting necessary permissions and hence are not included in the first round of allotment". It added these seats will be considered during the subsequent rounds of allotment once all necessary permissions are received. The circular did not clarify which permissions were awaited. CET cell officials were unavailable for comment. This year, 2,212 government and private seats were available for admissions in the state quota. Of the 400 seats missing from the allotment list, 55 were from Grant Medical College, 38 were from B J Medical, and 21, 31 and 25 were from government medical colleges in Nagpur, Chandrapur and Gondia, respectively. Among private colleges, approval for 96 seats which were added at Palghar's Vedantaa Institute this year is awaited. Parent representative Sudha Shenoy said students fill their choices based on the seat matrix. "If these seats were not approved, why was it included in the seat matrix? It will not be fair for students who are eligible for these seats. The admission process was delayed by four months. Why did the government not take requisite permissions for so long?" she asked. A student said some of these seats are in top-rung colleges. "There will be confusion on whether we should take the seats allotted in this round or the all-India seats. There is no guarantee that these seats will be approved before the second round," he said. Last year, the state's CET cell issued the first allotment list for MBBS admissions with 670 seats missing. These seats did not have approval from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences then.

  • More than 2,200 PG medical seats up for grabs under Maharashtra quota
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: More than 2,200 MD/MS seats are up for grabs under the Maharashtra state quota for medical aspirants this year, almost an 18% rise from the previous year. Of these, 1,416 are in government- and civic-run colleges and the remaining 796 in private colleges. The first round of admissions commenced in the state with the CET cell releasing the seat matrix late on Friday. Almost three months after the NEET-PG results were announced on June 1, admissions to postgraduate medical courses commenced in the country. Over 4,200 aspirants have registered for the counselling process in the state. While the CET cell will release the allotment list on Monday, a section of students, who moved court against the 20% in-service quota, have sought a stay on the counselling process. The ma-tter will be heard on Monday. PG medical seats in government colleges in the state have almost doubled in the last six years to 2,832. Of these, 50% come under the state quota and the rest go to all-India quota. This year, under the Centre-sponsored scheme for 'strengthening and upgradation of medical colleges for starting new postgraduate disciplines and increasing seats', the state was to get 692 seats. The actual increase reflecting in the seat matrix is around 400 so far. Palghar's Vedantaa Institute of Medical Sciences, a private college started under the Company's Act, saw an increase of 96 PG seats, taking the total intake capacity in private colleges under state quota to 796, said parent representative Sudha Shenoy. The increase in seats, however, will mean little to aspirants due to the last-minute implementation of the 20% in-service quota across categories in the state, said a student. "Over 250 seats will be reserved for in-service candidates. While we do not have a problem with the quota per say, the implementation has come after the registration process ended. We have demanded a stay on the counselling process till a court decision," said an aspirant. In the provisional merit list out on Friday, only 50 in-service candidates regist-ered for counselling process.

DVET Answer Key of Craft Instructor Exam 2022 Released @dvet.gov.in
Times of India | 2 days ago | 05-10-2022 | 02:24 pm
Times of India
2 days ago | 05-10-2022 | 02:24 pm

The Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET), Maharashtra has released the answer key for the Recruitment Exam of Craft Instructors held on September 28 and 29, 2022. Candidates who have given the DVET Craft Instructor Exam can download the answer key from October 04, 2022, to October 06, 2022, from the official website – dvet.gov.in. Candidates are required to submit objections, if any, along with valid documents and an Objection handling fee (which is non-refundable) through online mode within the stipulated time. Objections submitted before October 4, 2022, or after October 06, 2022, will not be taken into account. Steps to check the DVET Craft Instructor Answer Key 2022:∙ Search for the official website of the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training ∙ On the homepage, click on the link that reads – Answer Key for Recruitment Exam of Craft Instructor held on 28 and 29-09-2022 ∙ A PDF file will open, as you will scroll down, you’ll find a Login Link ∙ When you’ll click on the Link, a new page will open ∙ After entering the User ID and password, the DVET Craft Instructor Answer Key 2022 will appear on your screen ∙ Check your answers and download the Answer Key for future reference With the help of the DVET Answer Key, you can calculate what your result of the Craft Instructor exam will probably be. The final result will be released after analyzing all the objections submitted by the candidates. The candidates who have qualified for the written examination will be called for the next round which is Skill Test. Through this recruitment process of the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training, Maharashtra, a total of 1457 Craft Instructor vacancies will be filled. For more details, candidates can check the official notification on the website of DVET - dvet.gov.in.

DVET Answer Key of Craft Instructor Exam 2022 Released @dvet.gov.in
Give women independence to work, equal rights: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at Dussehra event in Nagpur
The Indian Express | 2 days ago | 05-10-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
2 days ago | 05-10-2022 | 11:45 am

“It is imperative to give women independence to work and equal rights in all spheres,” Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Wednesday at its annual Dussehra event in Maharashtra’s Nagpur.“So, beginning with changes within our own families, we will have to take it to society through the organisation. Until women’s equal participation is ensured, the efforts aimed at the progress of the country will not be successful,” Bhagwat said in his speech.The RSS had invited mountaineer Santosh Yadav to be the chief guest at the event.“The presence of women who have been achievers, part of the intelligentsia and source of inspiration in RSS functions has been a norm in the Sangh since the time of Doctor Saab (Dr K B Hedgewar). Anusiyabai Kale was present at our event at that time. Then, the chief of the Indian Women’s Conference, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, has also been part of our shivir (camp). In December 1934 also, the chief guest was a woman and it has been going on since,” Bhagwat said. “After the Emergency, an Akola event of the RSS also had a woman as chief guest. I was a pracharak there at the time. Kumudtai Rangnekar from Aurangabad had been the chief guest at that Vijayadashami event,” he added.Bhagwat said that society is made up of both men and women, and “we don’t debate who is superior”. “Because we know that without either, society cannot exist, and nothing can be created. They are complementary; this is Indian philosophy,” he said.“So the work of nation-building is done by different sets of organisational units for men and women, but in all social work (taken up by the Sangh), men and women work together…During the time of Doctor Saab, for the objective of character building, two separate units were created. But in every work, men and women come together and complement each other,” Bhagwat said.If society has to be organised, women and their “maternal power” cannot be ignored, Bhagwat said. “We need to strengthen them. We call them mother, we imagine them as jagat janani (creators of the universe). But while imagining these things, I don’t know what crept into us that we limited their sphere of activity. And later when foreign invaders came, these restrictions got legitimacy. The invaders went away but we continued with the restrictions. We never liberated them,” he pointed out.“That we imagine them as creators of the universe is good. But because of that, we must keep them locked in the prayer room, [that] is not good,” Bhagwat said. “We either lock them in the prayer room or brand them as second class and shut them in the house. Doing away with this, we need to make them active by giving them equal rights in the domestic and public sphere and independence in decision-making,” he added.The RSS chief said that in 2017, its women workers conducted a survey of ‘maternal power’ in the country. The sample included women from all walks of life and the survey was inaugurated by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Bhagwat said. “The outcome of the survey was that whatever a man can do, a woman can do as well. But everything that women can do, men cannot. So it is imperative to give women independence to work and equal rights in all spheres. So, beginning with changes within our own families, we will have to take it to society, through the organisation. Until women’s equal participation is ensured, the efforts aimed at the progress of the country will not be successful,” Bhagwat added.#WATCH | Population imbalance leads to changes in geographical boundaries… Population control & religion-based population balance is an imp subject that can no longer be ignored…So a holistic population policy should be brought & should be equally applicable to all: RSS chief pic.twitter.com/hYU6itnO47— ANI (@ANI) October 5, 2022The RSS chief also flagged the need for a “comprehensive population control policy” that applies to all “equally”, adding it was in the national interest to keep an eye on “population imbalance”.“There should be a comprehensive population control policy, which should apply to all equally, and once it is put in motion, no one should get any concessions,” Bhagwat said.On why such a policy is needed, Bhagwat said, “A few years ago, the fertility rate was 2.1. We did better than the world expected and we have come down to 2. But coming further down could be detrimental. Children learn social behaviour in the family and for that, you need numbers in the family. You need people of your age, you need those elder to you, and also those younger. When population stops increasing, societies disappear, and languages disappear.”Elaborating on the need to make the New Education Policy (NEP) a success, he said: “We keep lamenting that our mother tongues are suffering. Now there is a New Education Policy that promotes education in mother tongues. But are we sending our children to institutes that offer education in our mother tongues? There is a myth that one requires English education to achieve a good career. That’s not true. If we observe the top people in the country, almost 80 per cent of them studied in institutes that offered education in their mother tongues till the completion of matriculation. Despite this and the NEP, if we don’t send our children to schools that teach in our mother tongues, will this policy ever succeed?”“As long as parents keep teaching their children that the aims of their lives are to study, whether they like it or not, and earn good money, we will not have cultured and responsible citizens in the country. They will just become money-making machines,” Bhagwat added.He also urged the people to focus on their health and wellness and maintain cleanliness around them rather than just expecting the government to provide better healthcare facilities after they fall ill.

Give women independence to work, equal rights: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at Dussehra event in Nagpur



Maharashtra Covid News

Post-Covid complications not being addressed: Expert
Times of India | 11 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 03:53 am
Times of India
11 hours ago | 07-10-2022 | 03:53 am

MUMBAI: Neither the government nor the private sector was doing enough to address post-Covid complications that people are grappling with, said Dr Sanjay Oak, head of the Maharashtra Covid-19 taskforce, on Thursday. He also said it would be “preposterous” to think that the pandemic was over, although there is certainly a decline in its severity. “Such a declaration can only come from the World Health Organisation. However, our current numbers are not alarming and are infinitely less than the last two years. The morbidity is less, and patients are no longer dying in front of our eyes,” said Dr Oak. Cautioning that health systems cannot take their eyes off the pandemic, he said the emerging variants have to be closely followed. Members of the state Covid taskforce and former additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani spoke at a panel discussion over the future of the pandemic and lessons learnt by the health systems. The event saw the launch of Kakani’s book on Covid-19 titled Mumbai Fights Back. Elaborating on post-Covid complications, Dr Oak said a rise in young cardiac deaths and orthopaedic problems is being reported from the world over. “We are not suggesting that Covid or vaccination is leading to more deaths in the young, but it surely needs to be studied and addressed,” he said. The doctors added that the incidence of hip replacements due to avascular necrosis, a known Covid complication, has seen a tremendous rise in youngsters. “People have become oxygen dependent for life. All these begs the question if we are doing enough post-Covid,” said Dr Oak. Intensivist and taskforce member Dr Rahul Pandit said the mental health toll of the pandemic is seldom talked about. “Now that we are in a lull phase, we must look into its scale,” he said. A Covid survivor himself, Dr Pandit said all health workers lived aloof for 8-9 months during the first wave despite their loved ones staying under the same roof. “Common people saw extreme events, including job losses to paying inflated hospital bills, which has taken a toll,” he said, adding that mental health checks have to be normalised like cardiac check-ups in the post-Covid world.

Post-Covid complications not being addressed: Expert
Maharashtra: New beginning awaits 25 differently-abled patients at Karjat rehab centre
The Indian Express | 21 hours ago | 06-10-2022 | 05:45 pm
The Indian Express
21 hours ago | 06-10-2022 | 05:45 pm

It is going to be a new dawn for the 25 differently-abled patients from government-run mental hospitals and other private healthcare facilities in Chennai who have travelled all the way to a Karjat-based rehabilitation centre, near Pune in Maharashtra.As they alighted from the train at Pune railway station Wednesday a bus from Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation was waiting outside to welcome the patients, who are on the recovery path. After a nearly two-hour drive, the patients, along with five social workers and support staff, reached the centre at Karjat.They will be reunited with their families soon, Dr Bharat Vatwani, founder trustee of Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation and Magsaysay award winner told The Indian Express.The foundation, set up in 1988, has reunited at least 9,000 differently-abled persons with their families in the last 15-16 years, said Dr Vatwani who added that this was for the first time a large group of patients have been shifted from a mental hospital to our rehabilitation centre.The centre was started to deal with differently-abled destitute persons wandering on the streets. Hence, the foundation does not admit patients brought by family members. It set up the Karjat project in 2006. Services at the foundation are free of charge.“These are unfortunate men and women whom you often see wandering on roads, lost in their own world, laughing and talking to themselves, with dirty long matted hair, half naked and skinny in appearance. They survive on gutter water and leftovers of food thrown at them by passers-by. With no one to look after them they are on the roads for weeks and months together,” Dr Vatwani said.The foundation has tied up with various mental institutions across the country. The latest batch of 25 patients is mainly from north India and they find it difficult to communicate due to limited knowledge of the language.“These patients were selected from different institutions in Tamil Nadu, including the government-run Institute of Mental Health Chennai and Emergency Care and Recovery Centre, Chennai, and others like Anbagam NGO Tamil Nadu and St Giuseppe Moscati Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Centre Tamil Nadu by our team. The social workers in Tamil Nadu find it a challenge to communicate with them due to language barriers. However, they are on their path to recovery and we will now try to reunite the 25 patients with their families,” Dr Vatwani said.Mental Health Day programmesMeanwhile, several organisations in Pune will host a series of programmes on the occasion of World Mental Health Day which falls on October 10 to create awareness about mental health. Dr Mridula Apte, a clinical psychologist who heads Vidula Psychological Consultancy, said her firm will conduct an awareness programme in association with the Pune Metro Rail to inform citizens of the facts related to mental health.World failing in ‘our duty of care’, says reportThis year’s theme of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) is to make mental health and well-being a global priority. A recent report shows that the world is failing in ‘our duty of care’ to protect the mental health, and well-being of healthcare workers. ‘Our duty of care’ is a global call for action to protect the mental health of health and care workers. It examines the impact of the Covid pandemic on the mental health of the health and care workforce and offers 10 policy actions as a framework for immediate follow-up by employers, organizations and policy-makers.A report by the Qatar Foundation, World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), in collaboration with the WHO finds that at least a quarter of health and care workers surveyed have reported anxiety, depression and burnout symptoms.The report found that 23 to 46 per cent of health and care workers reported symptoms of anxiety during the Covid pandemic and 20 to 37 per cent experienced depressive symptoms. Burnout among health and care workers during the pandemic ranged from 41 to 52 per cent in pooled estimates as per the report.

Maharashtra: New beginning awaits 25 differently-abled patients at Karjat rehab centre
India@75 looking at 100: The dream of a healthy nation
The Indian Express | 2 days ago | 05-10-2022 | 05:45 am
The Indian Express
2 days ago | 05-10-2022 | 05:45 am

“I wandered lonely as a cloud/ That floats on high o’er vales and hills/ When all at once I saw a crowd/ A host of children frail and ill…….”I woke up in a panic but felt relieved when I realised it was only a nightmare. I had gone back in time to being a young doctor, feeling helpless with the high infant and maternal mortality rates, a paediatric ward filled with children suffering from tuberculous meningitis, polio, severe malnutrition and diarrhoea.Today the scenario has vastly changed. The past 10 years especially, have seen rapid progress. We are now blessed with a growing economy and a huge, young population that is relatively healthy. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the world our capability to handle mega problems. With good leadership and active community participation we became self-sufficient in terms of PPE, ventilators and vaccines. India@100 may see people recount Covid nightmares like the one I woke up from today.Now, new challenges await us. These include climate change, the rising aspirations of people, inequitable access to resources and the biggest challenge of all: Health. India is predicted to be the capital of non-communicable diseases, cancers and deaths due to trauma. The challenges are humongous due to the huge population of 1.4 billion, juxtaposed against a relatively inadequate public health system and the deep crevice separating the haves and have-nots. However, I envision that India@100 will have addressed all these woes humanely, efficiently and adequately. The need of the day is a revolution to make India a world leader in health. Having spent nearly 40 years in the armed forces, with the motto of my life being, “Country First and Always”, I strongly feel that this is the opportunity of a lifetime for every Indian to give back to the nation.Provided we act now, the next 25 years will witness a big change in the health indices. For this, we need to collaborate and work together as a society and as a polity. The silos of medical education in colleges, life science research in laboratories and public health in government hospitals will need to be integrated and work in close collaboration, with appropriate linkages through the opportunities lent by NEP 2020, National Digital Health Mission and most importantly, in synchronisation with the central and state governments. India@100 will then see a smoothly oiled machine where public health drives education and research.Medical education today faces numerous challenges. The most critical of these are the mushrooming of medical, nursing and AYUSH colleges, and non-availability of dedicated faculty. We can overcome these drawbacks by using digital technology to reach the unreached students quickly and effectively. We can also align medical education to India’s healthcare needs through integrated courses and creating a bigger and better pool of paramedical and nursing personnel on priority. It is also important to absorb the trained human resources into the workforce by providing adequate compensation. The aspirations of students need to be met with innovative solutions. For example, the district residency programme can be expanded to provide district PG programmes with adjunct faculty from the public hospitals. This will improve the quality of care and also meet the aspirations of the students. Simultaneously, this will enhance the faculty pool with universities training additional adjunct faculty. Learning management systems (LMS) under various universities can provide equitable opportunities to students across the country. Students will have access to knowledge at their own time and pace. Collaborations with international universities for twinning, joint degree or dual degree programmes is a big opportunity that is available today.India with its huge and young population can become a provider of healthcare personnel to the world. Another change I can see happening is a blurring of the line between engineering and medicine. While engineering and science institutions are setting up medical colleges which take longer to nurture, medical universities can effectively utilise data science, computing tools and inputs from design schools to improve on innovations and bring problems from bedside to bench in a shorter time to find solutions. Thus, India @100 may provide multiple degrees under one roof.Research will slowly move out of the laboratories to the bedside. We may need to follow a policy of reserving most of the available funds for life science research towards finding solutions for the health problems of the country for a while till we reach our goals as envisaged by National Missions. With good infrastructure and capacity building, India@100 will have Nobel Prize-winning scientists.Most clinical, preventive and primary care will be taken over by technology-based solutions and paramedical personnel. Clinicians will need to be trained to provide secondary and tertiary care or carry out research to aid policy changes. India@100 will ensure equitable and the best healthcare to every citizen of the world. People will not need to spend out of pocket or travel long distances on foot to receive healthcare. Ambulatory care (care at home) will be the order of the day and point of care devices will ensure redundancy of big laboratories for medical tests. People will be empowered to make their own decisions. This will reduce medical litigation. Healthcare will see no geographical borders. Doctors will be friends who help people make decisions with empathy and the Indian systems of medicine will be globally lauded.I will then wake up to a pleasant dream of India@100: “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high/ Where health education is freely available/ Where healing has not been broken up into ’pathys/ Where health research springs from the depth of truth/ Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection.”Lt General Madhuri Kanitkar (Retd) is Vice Chancellor, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences

India@75 looking at 100: The dream of a healthy nation
Mumbai: FIR registered on court order against cop, lawyer and bank official for cheating
The Indian Express | 3 days ago | 04-10-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
3 days ago | 04-10-2022 | 11:45 am

The Charkop police on an order from a magistrate court in Maharashtra’s Mumbai city Saturday registered an FIR against a woman for allegedly misappropriating cash, costly materials and property related documents of her brother, who died due to Covid-19 last year.A bank official and a lawyer have also been booked in connection with the case, which is registered on a complaint by the deceased man’s wife, said a police officer.Jonofark Anthony, the complainant, had last month approached the magistrate court number 24 in Borivali against four people, including her sister-in-law alleging she with the help of a lawyer, a sub-inspector from the Charkop Police Station and a bank official usurped her husband’s money kept in the bank and other materials like his iPhone, Rado watch, gold ornaments, property and bank related documents.49-year-old Anthony told the police that she works as a teacher in a Middle East country. Her husband Ambrose too worked in a private company in the same country.In April 2021, her husband tested positive for Covid-19 and passed away at a hospital in Mumbai. The complainant after her husband’s death found out that her sister-in-law used his bank details and misappropriated Rs 34 lakh from his bank account.Anthony said that she approached the Charkop police through her lawyer and her complaint was being investigated by a sub-inspector. However, her lawyer betrayed her trust and connived with her sister-in-law and helped her to usurp the property.Anthony’s lawyer later allegedly connived with the sub-inspector to get the case closed without her knowledge. She said the sub-inspector did not even inform her that her complaint has been closed. She also alleged the bank official from a private bank helped her sister-in-law to siphon off the money after her husband’s death.The FIR has been registered under Sections 166 A B, 378, 404, 415, 416, 424 and 425 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 66C and 66D of the Information Technology (IT) Act.“We are investigating the case. No action has been taken so far,” said Manohar Shinde, Senior Inspector, Charkop Police Station.

Mumbai: FIR registered on court order against cop, lawyer and bank official for cheating
India reports 3,011 new Covid cases and 28 deaths in last 24 hours
Times of India | 3 days ago | 03-10-2022 | 04:45 pm
Times of India
3 days ago | 03-10-2022 | 04:45 pm

NEW DELHI: India logged 3,011 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 4,45,97,498, while the active cases dipped to 36,126, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. The death toll climbed to 5,28,701 with 28 fatalities which includes 20 deaths reconciled by Kerala, the data updated at 8 am stated. The active cases comprise 0.08 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate increased to 98.73 per cent, the ministry said. A decline of 1,318 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.23 per cent and the weekly positivity rate at 1.31 per cent, according to the ministry. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,40,32,671, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 per cent. According to the ministry, 218.77 crore doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. The country crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23 last year. It crossed the four-crore mark on January 25 this year. The eight fatalities reported in the last 24 hours include two from Kerala and one each from Assam, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha and West Bengal.

India reports 3,011 new Covid cases and 28 deaths in last 24 hours
  • Covid cases in hospitals below 100 across Pune Metropolitan Region
  • Times of India

    PUNE: Though a marginal increase has been seen, hospitalisations related to Covid-19 remained below 100 on Sunday in the Pune Metropolitan Region (PMR), with 93 patients admitted. The number of patients in hospitals was 60 on September 25 (last Sunday). Recoveries at 206 were higher than positive cases at 78. No death was reported, said the district administration. Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) areas saw 37 fresh cases, while Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) recorded 24 new cases; 14 fresh cases were seen in rural areas and 3 patients added in cantonments. No new cases were recorded in councils. Among recoveries, 119 were discharged under PMC, 54 under PCMC, 5 in cantonments, 2 in councils and 26 patients in rural areas recovered.

  • Maharashtra reports 379 new Covid-19 cases, one death
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: Maharashtra on Sunday reported 379 Covid-19 cases and one death, which took the state's tally to 81,22,252 and the toll to 1,48,347, a health official said. The addition to the tally on Saturday was 460 and the fatality count was three, he pointed out. Mumbai circle led with 171 of the new cases, followed by 95 in Pune circle, Latur (29), Nagpur (22), Nashik (20), Akola (17), Kolhapur (14) and Aurangabad (11). The lone death took place in Mumbai, the official added. The recovery count rose by 496 in the last 24 hours to touch 79,70,989, leaving the state with an active caseload of 2,916, he said. Pune leads with 954 active cases, followed by 699 in Mumbai and 327 in Thane. State health department data showed the recovery rate was 98.14 per cent and the fatality rate was 1.82 per cent. So far, 8,48,42,287 coronavirus tests have been conducted in Maharashtra, including 18,723 in the last 24 hours, as per official data. Coronavirus figures of Maharashtra are as follows: Positive cases 81,22,252; fresh cases 379; death toll 1,48,347; recoveries 79,70,989; active cases 2,916; total tests 8,48,42,287.

  • India reports 3,375 new Covid-19 cases and 18 deaths in last 24 hours
  • Times of India

    NEW DELHI: India logged 3,375 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 4,45,94,487, while the active cases declined to 37,444, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Sunday. The death toll climbed to 5,28,673 with 18 fatalities which includes 11 deaths reconciled by Kerala, the data updated at 8 am stated. The active cases comprise 0.08 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate increased to 98.73 per cent, the ministry said. A decline of 849 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.28 per cent while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 1.35 per cent, according to the ministry. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 4,40,28,370, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 per cent. According to the ministry, 218.75 crore doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. The country crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23 last year. It crossed the four-crore mark on January 25 this year. The seven fatalities reported in the last 24 hours include three from Maharashtra and one each from Kerala, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.