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Rajya Sabha polls: Maharashtra set to witness nail-biting finish
Deccan Herald | 8 months ago | |
Deccan Herald
8 months ago | |

Maharashtra is all set to witness a nail-biting finish in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections for six seats with an additional candidate in fray for the June 10 polls.Given the arithmetic in the 288-member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly - the electoral college - the BJP can win two seats, while the Maha Vikas Aghadi partners can win seats seats - two for Shiv Sena and one each for NCP and Congress.Mounting pressure on the MVA, the BJP has fielded three candidates - Piyush Goyal, who is the Commerce and Industry Minister in the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, Dr Anil Bonde, a party stalwart from Vidarbha region, and Dhananjay Mahadik, a former MP from Kolhapur.The Shiv Sena has renominated Sanjay Raut for a fourth term and Sanjay Pawar, party’s district chief from Kolhapur after Yuvraj SambhajiRaje Chhatrapati from the royal seat of Kolhapur remained firm on contesting as an Independent.The NCP has renominated Praful Patel, who was the Civil Aviation Minister in the erstwhile Dr Manmohan Singh-led UPA government and a close confidante of Pawar.Also Read: RS polls: Cong fields second candidate to checkmate JD(S) The Congress has sprung a surprise by bringing in Imran Pratapgarhi, a Uttar Pradesh-based Urdu poet.The electoral college is the 288-member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly - and a candidate needs 42 votes to win the berth to the House of Elders.The MVA has 170 MLAs - Shiv Sena (55), NCP (53), Congress (44), smaller parties/groups (10) and Independents (8). Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke had died recently.On the other hand, BJP has strength of 106 and has support of smaller parties/groups (2) and Independents (5).Given the arithmetic in the Vidhan Sabha, the BJP can get two members elected while the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, one each. The NCP and Congress will transfer its extra votes to Shiv Sena. 

Rajya Sabha polls: Maharashtra set to witness nail-biting finish
BJP fields three candidates for Rajya Sabha polls from Maharashtra; Fadnavis says all will win
The Economic Times | 8 months ago | |
The Economic Times
8 months ago | |

The BJP has fielded Union minister Piyush Goyal, as well as its senior leaders Anil Bonde and Dhananjay Mahadik for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections to six seats from Maharashtra, and senior party leader Devendra Fadnavis asserted that all of them will win. The three BJP leaders filed their nomination papers on Monday for the Rajya Sabha polls scheduled on June 10. The BJP has enough votes to win two seats on its own. Maharashtra's ruling alliance partners Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress have the votes to get one candidate each elected separately, but together they can get another candidate elected to the Upper House of Parliament. Banking on this arithmetic, the Sena has decided to field two candidates -Sanjay Raut and Sanjay Pawar - in the elections. With the BJP fielding a third candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls, Sena MP Raut accused their former ally of horse-trading. Responding to the charge, Fadnavis said, "We don't want to indulge in horse-trading. All our three candidates will win. They (the ruling alliance partners) have to decide." "If our three candidates and their three candidates will be in the fray, the question of horse-trading will not arise. But, even if they contest (on four seats), we will not indulge in any horse-trading and all our three candidates will win," the leader of opposition in the state Assembly said. The NCP has fielded senior leader Praful Patel, while the Congress has fielded Imran Pratapgarhi --- who hails from Uttar Pradesh and heads the party's minority cell. Taking a dig at the Congress, Fadnavis said, "All our candidates are from Maharashtra, all are politically active. So, I am confident that some will use their good sense and vote for our candidate." "When we have filed the nomination for the third candidate, it is evident that it has been a well-thought out decision," the former state chief minister said.

BJP fields three candidates for Rajya Sabha polls from Maharashtra; Fadnavis says all will win
Gandhis can't see beyond their coterie, remarks BJP on Congress' Rajya Sabha nominations
The Economic Times | 8 months ago | |
The Economic Times
8 months ago | |

The BJP on Monday hit out at Congress over its Rajya Sabha nominations and said the Gandhis can't see beyond their coterie.The BJP also claimed that the Congress has disappointed its Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh (both election bound) and Maharashtra units by denying nomination to locals for the Rajya Sabha.In-charge of BJP's National Information and Technology Department Amit Malviya tweeted, "The Chintan Shivir clearly didn't serve any purpose. Soon after, Congress saw high profile exits. Now it has disappointed it's Rajasthan, Chattisgarh (both election bound) and Maharashtra units by denying nomination to locals for RS. The Gandhis can't see beyond their coterie.""Congress couldn't find a single capable person from Rajasthan to represent it in Rajya Sabha? Has Ashok Gehlot pawned Rajasthan's interest to the Gandhis so that he can continue to remain the Chief Minister? This is an insult to the people of Rajasthan," Malviya added.Rajasthan BJP president Dr Satish Poonia said that Congress 'Chintan Shivir' took place in Rajasthan now after the brainstorming -- shortage of local candidates. "Without locals who will be vocal."After the announcement of Congress candidates for the Rajya Sabha, discontent in the poll-bound states of Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan is also brewing as the party chose outsiders for the nominations.The Congress has nominated Rajeev Shukla and Ranjeet Ranjan from Chhattisgarh. Imran Pratapgarhi has been fielded from Maharashtra, while Mukul Wasnik, Randeep Singh Surjewala and Pramod Tiwari have been nominated from Rajasthan.Biennial elections for the 57 Rajya Sabha seats will be held across 15 states on June 10.

Gandhis can't see beyond their coterie, remarks BJP on Congress' Rajya Sabha nominations
Who's more religious? A race is on among Maharashtra netas
The Economic Times | 8 months ago | |
The Economic Times
8 months ago | |

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar visited the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandir in Pune on Friday, accompanied by local party leaders and with media in tow.Pawar's visit to the temple and the wide media coverage it got show how Maharashtra's politics has changed. Political parties in the state and their leaders have suddenly discovered religion.Shiv Sena leaders like Aaditya Thackeray, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's Raj Thackeray and independent MLA Bachchu Kadu have announced trips to Ayodhya. Pawar's grandnephew, Rohit Pawar, went on a pilgrimage to several holy sites, including Ayodhya, early in May, though he had said the visits should not be seen from a political lens.Pawar's visit to the temple came after Raj Thackeray claimed in April that the NCP chief was an atheist and hence did not go to temples. Pawar retorted the next day saying that he does go to temples, but wouldn't make any fanfare around the visits like others. Friday's temple visit is seen as being aimed at countering the criticism against him.There seems to be a competition among politicians to show that they are more religious than the rest, said political analyst Yuvraj Mohite."I remember that Maharashtra did not bat an eyelid when Sharad Pawar, during one of his terms as the chief minister, did not perform the annual puja at Pandharpur during Ashadi Ekadashi, considered auspicious in the state. Pawar had remarked that he was preoccupied with solving the drought situation. He did go the next year after being egged on by his wife Pratibha," said Mohite.But now, politicians across the board are compelled to show that they are not irreligious, he said. "I think all the parties have fallen into the BJP trap and are worried that if they show that they are not religious, they would not be getting votes," he said. "It is very telling that someone like Pawar who never felt the need to show is now doing this."The NCP might claim that Pawar's visit to the temple was nothing out of the ordinary. However, the party seemed to go to the extra lengths to show Pawar was religious. For instance, Pawar took blessings of the idol from a distance, and NCP Pune leader Prashant Jagtap claimed that Pawar told him that he did not want to take blessing from close to the idol as he had consumed a non-vegetarian meal.Political parties like the Congress and NCP have been mulling taking the right turns after the BJP came to power. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited a number of temples during the party's election campaign in Gujarat.

Who's more religious? A race is on among Maharashtra netas
Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati opts out of Rajya Sabha race
Deccan Herald | 8 months ago | |
Deccan Herald
8 months ago | |

Yuvraj Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati, who hails from the Kolhapur royal family, has decided to opt out of the Rajya Sabha race. "I made it clear that I wish to contest as an Independent candidate and will not join any political party for the nomination... Now, I shall have nothing to do with the Rajya Sabha elections,” Sambhajiraje said in a decision made on expected lines.The 13th direct descendant of iconic Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Sambhajiraje is the grandson of legendary social reformer Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj.Raje decided to opt-out of the rat race after Shiv Sena asked him to join the party on a Rajya Sabha nomination while the BJP was not keen on repeating him.He was a President-nominee Rajya Sabha member from June 13, 2016, to May 3, 2022, and is keen on serving the House of Elders.Earlier, Raje had decided to contest as an Independent but looking at the arithmetic and politics, he has decided to back out.However, while backing out Sambhajiraje targeted the Shiv Sena for going away on the earlier promise.“I had an offer from the Shiv Sena for the Rajya Sabha seat but they put a condition that I should first join their party,” he said, adding that he had sought support from Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to contest as an Independent.“I have not backtracked. I have fought for my self-respect. I don’t want to compromise my self-respect. I will not join any political party and has nothing to do with the Rajya Sabha polls,” he said. The electoral college is the 288-member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly - and a candidate needs 42 votes to win a berth to the House of Elders.The MVA has 170 MLAs - Shiv Sena (55), NCP (53), Congress (44), smaller parties/groups (10) and Independents (8).On the other hand, BJP has the strength of 106 and has the support of smaller parties/groups (2) and Independents (5).Shiv Sena candidates Sanjay Raut and Sanjay Pawar, who is the party’s district President from Kolhapur, had filed their nominations.As per the present arithmetic in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, BJP can get 2 seats, and 1 each for NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena. However, the NCP has assured to transfer its extra votes to Shiv Sena.On the other hand, the BJP is keen to contest three seats, however, the state leadership is awaiting the nod of the high command.State BJP President Chandrakant Patil said: “Considering the party’s strength in the Assembly, BJP can easily win two seats of Rajya Sabha. Also, BJP can win even the third seat based on its additional votes. The party’s central leadership will take a decision in this regard and we will take action accordingly.”

Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati opts out of Rajya Sabha race
  • Sambhaji Chhatrapati Pulls Out of RS Poll Race in Maha; Blames Uddhav for No Support from Shiv Sena
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  • Sambhaji Raje Chhatrapati opts out of Rajya Sabha race
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    Yuvraj Sambhaji Raje Chhatrapati, who hails from the Kolhapur royal family, has decided to opt-out of the Rajya Sabha race. "I made it clear that I wish to contest as an Independent candidate and will not join any political party for the nomination... Now, I shall have nothing to do with the Rajya Sabha elections,” Sambhaji Raje said in a decision made on expected lines.The 13th direct descendant of iconic Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Sambhaji Raje is the grandson of legendary social reformer Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj.Raje decided to opt-out of the rat race after Shiv Sena asked him to join the party on a Rajya Sabha nomination while the BJP was not keen on repeating him.He was a President-nominee Rajya Sabha member from June 13, 2016, to May 3, 2022, and is keen on serving the House of Elders.Earlier, Raje had decided to contest as an Independent but looking at the arithmetic and politics, he has decided to back out.

  • SambhajiRaje withdraws from Rajya Sabha race
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    On anticipated lines, Yuvraj SambhajiRaje Chhatrapati, scion of the Kolhapur throne, withdrew from the Rajya Sabha race on Friday.He cited his decision as arising out of self-respect and concern for the masses.Earlier, Sambhajiraje had explained that since the BJP can get only two seats, and the Sena-NCP-Congress one each, he would contest that 'extra' sixth seat solo with the support of various major and smaller parties.

Maharashtra BJP chief under fire for 'go home and cook' remark aimed at Supriya Sule
Deccan Herald | 8 months ago | |
Deccan Herald
8 months ago | |

Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party President Chandrakant Patil has come under fire from all quarters following his “go home and cook” remark aimed at Baramati MP and senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Supriya Sule.Among the first ones to condemn Patil’s misogynistic comment was her husband, Sadanand Sule.“I am proud of my wife who is a homemaker, mother and a successful politician, one amongst many other hardworking and talented women in India…this is an insult to all women…I have always maintained that they (BJP) are misogynistic and demean women whenever they can…,” Sadanand, who is a businessman, tweeted.Patil’s statement has sparked outrage, with people across social media championing Sule, who is the daughter of NCP founder-president Sharad Pawar.Also read: Go home and cook, Maharashtra BJP chief tells Supriya Sule, stokes controversyPatil made the comment on Wednesday while addressing a protest march on the issue of political reservation for OBCs in Maharashtra, which had been rejected by the Supreme Court. The apex court had recently given a nod for OBC reservations for Madhya Pradesh local body elections.“Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister (Shivraj Singh Chauhan) came to Delhi and met 'someone'...I don't know what suddenly happened over the next two days and they got a go-ahead for OBC reservations,” Sule said at an NCP meeting.Patil, reacting to Sule’s comment, had said: “Why are you even in politics? Just go home and cook. Go to Delhi or to a cemetery but get us the OBC quota. Despite being a Lok Sabha member, how come you don't know how to get an appointment with a Chief Minister?”Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who is also Sule’s cousin, was also angered by Patil’s comment. “He has no right to speak that way about my sister….no one say such things…the Constitution has given her (the) right…similar(ly) I can’t tell him to go and sit to Kolhapur…in democracy, people decide,” Pawar said.DMK leader Kanimozhi wanted Patil to apologise. “The despicable comment made by the Maharashtra BJP President against a highly respected Member of Parliament and seasoned leader is an insult to every woman in the country. Such acts of misogyny should have no place in our political affairs,” she said.Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said: “Misogynistic, distasteful and shameful thought process of BJP in full display yet again. Supriya Sule has been a strong woman’s voice in the state and Parliament, has won accolades too, shame he reduces opposing her to this. Chandrakant ji owes an apology to the women of this country.”“We know you believe in Manusmriti, but we will not remain silent anymore…he should learn to make chapattis so that he can help his wife at home,” NCP’s state women wing president, Vidya Chavan, said.Congress spokesperson Dr Shama Mohamed said: “The vile and misogynistic. Such comments have no place in politics or society. Women are 50 per cent of India’s population, and BJP has, time and again, disrespected the women of this country.”She also wanted to know if Prime Minister Narendra Modi would take any action against Patil.

Maharashtra BJP chief under fire for 'go home and cook' remark aimed at Supriya Sule
  • "For Better Marriages...": Maharashtra Home Minister's Sexist Comment
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    NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil's sexist comment has raised a big controversyMumbai: A video has emerged of a top Maharashtra Nationalist Congress Party leader making a sexist comment amid a similar controversy involving a rival BJP leader.Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil, whose NCP is a member of the ruling alliance in the state, is seen addressing supporters at a public event when he made the sexist comment."For better marriages and to avoid domestic violence, men should stay outside, and women should do housework," Mr Patil is heard saying in Marathi in the video, which has been shared widely on social media.Mr Patil now finds himself firmly in the middle of the sexist comment controversy along with his rival and Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil.Targeting NCP leader Supriya Sule, the state BJP chief during a protest had told her, "If you don't understand politics, go home and cook."Chandrakant Patil made the sexist comment as the two parties sparred over reservations for Other Backward Classes, or OBC, in Maharashtra.Tweeting the video involving Dilip Walse Patil of the NCP, Andhra Pradesh BJP leader Vishnu Vardhan Reddy tagged and took a swipe at Priyanka Chaturvedi, a colleague of the Maharashtra Home Minister: "...Now waiting for you to take credit of his statement."Hello @priyankac19, Maharashtra's Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil ji is saying"Its better men stay outside their homes and women do housework, for better marriages and low domestic violence."Now waiting for you to take credit of his statement! pic.twitter.com/eGK1PHAb2T— Vishnu Vardhan Reddy (@SVishnuReddy) May 23, 2022Dilip Walse Patil hasn't yet responded to the criticism over the video.The BJP's Chandrakant Patil, facing a backlash, however, attempted damage control today saying he meant Ms Sule should "go to the villages and try to understand them" in politics."It is in my nature to respect women. What I meant was she should learn to live in rural areas where there are sayings like this. I respect Supriya-tai and we talk often," the BJP leader said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe NCP has slammed the comments, even asking Chandrakant Patil to "learn making chapattis so he can help his wife at home"."He has no right to speak like that. He has no right to speak that way about my sister," said Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Ms Sule's cousin.

  • Go home and cook, Maharashtra BJP chief tells Supriya Sule, stokes controversy
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    Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil has stirred a controversy with his comments asking NCP MP Supriya Sule to "go home and cook" instead of being in politics, drawing a sharp reaction from her party.Patil made the remarks on Wednesday during a protest by the state BJP unit in Mumbai for seeking reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in elections.After the Supreme Court recently allowed reservation for the OBCs in local body elections in Madhya Pradesh, Sule, whose party shares power with the Shiv Sena and Congress in Maharashtra, had said she had contacted MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan during his Delhi visit, but he did not divulge what he did to get nod for the reservation.On Wednesday, Patil, during the BJP's protest, hit out at Sule, who is NCP chief Sharad Pawar's daughter, saying, "Why are you (Sule) even in politics, just go home and cook. Go to Delhi or to a cemetery, but get us the OBC quota. Despite being a Lok Sabha member, how come you don't know how to get an appointment with chief minister."Taking a dim view of Patil's remarks, NCP's state women wing president Vidya Chavan, without taking his name, said a person who denied ticket to a sitting woman MLA and contested from her constituency is bad-mouthing an MP, who has been honoured with the Sansad Ratna award (for good performance) twice."We know you believe in Manusmriti, but we will not remain silent anymore," she said. "He should learn to make chapattis so that he can help his wife at home," the NCP leader quipped.Notably, Patil, who hails from Kolhapur, contested the 2019 state Assembly election from Pune's Kothrud seat, where sitting BJP MLA Medha Kulkarni was denied the ticket to make way for him.Supriya Sule's husband Sadanand Sule also in a social media post criticised Patil's remarks, saying, "This is the Maharashtra BJP president speaking about Supriya. I have always maintained that they (BJP) are misogynistic and demean women whenever they can." "I am proud of my wife who is a homemaker, mother and a successful politician, one amongst many other hardworking and talented women in India. This is an insult to all women,” he said. 

  • 'Go Home and Cook': Maha BJP Chief Draws Flak for Sexist Jibe at Supriya Sule; NCP Leader's Husband Says 'Proud of My Wife'
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  • "Go Home And Cook": Maharashtra BJP Leader's Sexist Jab At MP Supriya Sule
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    Supriya Sule husband posted the exchange on Twitter, calling out the BJP as a "misogynistic" party.New Delhi: Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil, targeting Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Supriya Sule on Wednesday, made a hugely controversial comment that has triggered outrage. "If you don't understand politics, go home and cook," he told the MP during a protest.The sexist comment was made as the two parties sparred over reservations for OBC (Other Backward Class) in Maharashtra jobs and education.The BJP leader was apparently reacting to Supriya Sule comparing Maharashtra's fight for OBC quota with that of Madhya Pradesh and questioning how the BJP-ruled state got the green signal from the Supreme Court."The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh came to Delhi and met 'someone'... I don't know what suddenly happened over the next two days and they got a go-ahead for OBC reservations," Ms Sule told a party meeting in Marathi.When the comment was relayed to the Maharashtra BJP president at his protest nearby, he snarked: "Why are you in politics? Go home and cook. You are in politics, and you don't understand how to meet a Chief Minister? You (also) go to Delhi or go to hell or wherever but give reservations."PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe BJP has been accusing Maharashtra's Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition of not doing enough for OBC quota, which was put on hold by the Supreme Court. The Maharashtra government, however, blames the Centre for not providing data.Ms Sule's husband Sadanand Sule posted the exchange on Twitter, calling out the BJP as a "misogynistic" party.This is the Maharashtra BJP President https://t.co/eu2TYNvsDZ speaking about Supriya….I have always maintained that they (BJP) are misogynistic and demean women whenever they can…- sadanandsule (@sadanandsule) May 25, 2022"I am proud of my wife who is a homemaker, mother and a SUCCESSFUL politician, one amongst many other hardworking and talented women in India...this is an insult to all women...," Mr Sule commented in a thread.

Central agencies should work transparently: Ajit Pawar on ED raids against Maharashtra minister Parab
Deccan Herald | 8 months ago | |
Deccan Herald
8 months ago | |

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday said central probe agencies should work in a transparent manner without any interference and not misuse their powers.He was replying to queries from reporters on the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) raids in Maharashtra on Thursday as part of a money-laundering probe against state Transport Minister Anil Parab and others linked to alleged irregularities in a land deal in the coastal Dapoli area of Ratnagiri district and other charges, officials said.The federal probe agency has filed a fresh case against Parab and others under criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). At least seven premises, including Parab's official residence in Mumbai, linked premises in Dapoli and Pune were being searched by the agency with a security escort provided by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).Talking to reporters here, Pawar said if the central agencies carry out their probe without interference, no one will oppose them. "Law has given these agencies some powers which they can use on getting complaints. We only want that those powers shouldn't be misused," the NCP leader said when asked about the ED raids against state Shiv Sena minister Parab.The NCP shares power with the Shiv Sena and Congress in Maharashtra. Pawar also lashed out at state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil for his comments, made during a protest on Wednesday, asking NCP MP Supriya Sule to "go home and cook" instead of being in politics."This is not Maharashtra's culture. Patil's statement hasn't been liked by his own party men. Political leaders must exercise restraint when speaking in public, and they should not say anything that will hurt sentiments," he said.Pawar also said that six Rajya Sabha seats from Maharashtra falling vacant soon will not fill without a contest. "(Former MP) Sambhaji Chhatrapati held discussions with all political parties, but the NCP doesn't have enough votes to get him elected. We can get only one seat given our numbers in the state Assembly," he said.Six Rajya Sabha seats from the state are scheduled for polls on June 10, with the opposition BJP having the numbers to get two of its candidates elected. The ruling Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress in Maharashtra have enough votes to secure one win each, while together they can win the sixth seat as well, for which the Sena has thrown its hat in the ring.The tenure of six Rajya Sabha members from Maharashtra — Piyush Goyal, Vinay Sahastrabuddhe and Vikas Mahatme (all three from the BJP), P Chidambaram (Congress), Praful Patel (NCP) and Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) – ends on July 4.The 288-member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly constitutes the electoral college Rajya Sabha elections, and a candidate needs 42 votes to win a seat. Pawar also defended the Maharashtra government's recent move to reduce the Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel (after the Centre cut excise duty on the fuels), saying the state will lose revenue worth Rs 2,400 crore."The opposition is demanding that there should have been more tax relief, but we have done all what we could," he said.

Central agencies should work transparently: Ajit Pawar on ED raids against Maharashtra minister Parab
An interesting turn in RS polls in Maharashtra chapter
Deccan Herald | 8 months ago | |
Deccan Herald
8 months ago | |

In what appears to be a snub to Yuvraj SambhajiRaje Chhatrapati, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday decided to field Sanjay Pawar, the saffron party’s district chief from Kolhapur for the Rajya Sabha polls.SambhajiRaje, who is part of the Kolhapur royal family, is the 13th direct descendent of the iconic Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and grandson of legendary social reformer Rajrishi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj.SambhajiRaje had planned to contest the RS polls as an Independent candidate and sought support of various political parties and had even met Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray.Also Read | Will support any candidate chosen by Shiv Sena for Rajya Sabha polls, says Sharad PawarThe Shiv Sena asked him to join the party and contest, an offer that SambhajiRaje declined.From June 13, 2016, to May 3, 2022, SambhajiRaje was the President-nominated Rajya Sabha member, and is keen to serve the House of Elders.“We respect him (SambhajiRaje), his family, and the throne, which is why we asked him to join the Shiv Sena so that he can contest as the sixth candidate for the polls…but kings are kings because of soldiers,” Raut said.“Sanjay Pawar is mavala (soldier) of Shiv Sena and party chief (Uddhav Thackeray) has decided to give him candidature. But the official announcement will be made very soon,” Shiv Sena chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut said.Raut said that the chapter for the sixth RS seat is now closed.The electoral college is the 288-member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, and a candidate needs 42 votes to win the berth to the House of Elders.The Maha Vikas Aghadi, the Shiv Sena-led alliance ruling Maharashtra, has 170 MLAs in the state Assembly. Shiv Sena leads the MVA with 55 seats, NCP close behind with 53 seats, Congress with 44, and the smaller parties/groups as well as Independents making up the rest of the coalition. The Bharatiya Janata Party, on the other hand, has 106 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly and has support of two seats from smaller parties/groups and five Independent candidates.Given the arithmetic in the Vidhan Sabha, the BJP can get two members elected while the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, one each.The contest would be for the sixth seat.If SambhajiRaje contests as an Independent, the battle could get interesting.

An interesting turn in RS polls in Maharashtra chapter
No Possibility Of 4th Covid Wave In Current Situation: Maharashtra Minister
Ndtv | 8 months ago | |
Ndtv
8 months ago | |

"The COVID-19 recovery rate is very good," Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said.Nagpur: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday said there is no possibility of a fourth wave of COVID-19 looking at the current situation. Talking to reporters, Mr Tope said nearly 200 to 250 cases were being reported in the state everyday and there was not much increase in these numbers."The COVID-19 recovery rate is very good and Maharashtra has seen very good vaccination results. Hence, I feel that in the present situation, there is no possibility of a fourth wave (of the viral infection)," the minister said. On Sunday, Maharashtra reported 326 COVID-19 cases, taking the state's tally to 78,82,802, while the death count stood at 1,47,856 as no fresh fatality was recorded.As per the state health department, 251 patients were discharged on Sunday, leaving the state with 1,903 active COVID-19 cases.Asked if the booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine was mandatory for everyone, Tope said there is no compulsion, but health and frontline workers, essential service employees and senior citizens were being given the booster shots as per the central government's guidelines."However, we have not made the booster dose mandatory for everyone as there are no such guidelines from the central government," he said.To a query on supporting Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls to six seats in Maharashtra, Tope said, "We respect Sambhajiraje, and a final decision on supporting him will be taken together by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, NCP president Sharad Pawar and senior Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat." The tenure of six Rajya Sabha members from Maharashtra — Piyush Goyal, Vinay Sahastrabuddhe and Vikas Mahatme (all three from the BJP), P Chidambaram (Congress), Praful Patel (NCP) and Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) ends on July 4.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe polls are scheduled on June 10. The BJP can win two Rajya Sabha seats with the number of MLAs it has, while the ruling allies Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP in Maharashtra can win a seat each. The contest will, therefore, be for the sixth seat. Sambhajiraje, a member of the Kolhapur royal family and descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, was earlier a President-nominated member of the Upper House of Parliament.He recently announced that he would contest the next election to the Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate, and appealed to all parties to back him.

No Possibility Of 4th Covid Wave In Current Situation: Maharashtra Minister
In Rajya Sabha Polls, Will Support Candidate Chosen By Shiv Sena: Sharad Pawar
Ndtv | 8 months ago | |
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Sharad Pawar was speaking to reporters in PunePune: NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said his party will support Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati or any other candidate chosen by the Shiv Sena in the upcoming polls to six Rajya Sabha seats in Maharashtra.Mr Pawar was talking to reporters after meeting representatives some Brahmin community organisations in Pune on Saturday.The tenure of six Rajya Sabha members from Maharashtra — Piyush Goyal, Vinay Sahastrabuddhe and Vikas Mahatme (all three from the BJP), P Chidambaram (Congress), Praful Patel (NCP) and Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) ends on July 4.The polls are scheduled on June 10. The BJP can win two Rajya Sabha seats with the number of MLAs it has, while the ruling allies Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP in Maharashtra can win a seat each. The contest will, therefore, be for the sixth seat.Sambhajiraje, a member of the Kolhapur royal family and descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, was earlier a President-nominated member of the Upper House of Parliament.He recently announced that he would contest the next election to the Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate, and appealed to all parties to back him.To a query from reporters here on Saturday, Mr Pawar said, "Two years ago, we had demanded two seats (in the Rajya Sabha) and we got those. But, this time, we will get one seat." "After supporting our candidate, we will have votes to support one candidate of the Shiv Sena. They may choose Sambhajiraje or any other candidate, we will support the candidate chosen by the Shiv Sena," the NCP chief said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comSome senior Shiv Sena leaders recently said the party will field a second candidate in the coming Rajya Sabha polls, a move that could then hamper the prospects of Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

In Rajya Sabha Polls, Will Support Candidate Chosen By Shiv Sena: Sharad Pawar
  • Will support any candidate chosen by Shiv Sena for Rajya Sabha polls, says Sharad Pawar
  • Deccan Herald

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said his party will support Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati or any other candidate chosen by the Shiv Sena in the upcoming polls to six Rajya Sabha seats in Maharashtra.Pawar was talking to reporters after meeting representatives some Brahmin community organisations in Pune on Saturday.The tenure of six Rajya Sabha members from Maharashtra — Piyush Goyal, Vinay Sahastrabuddhe and Vikas Mahatme (all three from the BJP), P Chidambaram (Congress), Praful Patel (NCP) and Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) ends on July 4.The polls are scheduled on June 10. The BJP can win two Rajya Sabha seats with the number of MLAs it has, while the ruling allies Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP can win a seat each. The contest will, therefore, be for the sixth seat.Sambhajiraje, a member of the Kolhapur royal family and descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, was earlier a President-nominated member of the Upper House of Parliament.He recently announced that he would contest the next election to the Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate, and appealed to all parties to back him.To a query from reporters here on Saturday, Pawar said, "Two years ago, we had demanded two seats (in the Rajya Sabha) and we got those. But, this time, we will get one seat.""After supporting our candidate, we will have votes to support one candidate of the Shiv Sena. They may choose Sambhajiraje or any other candidate, we will support the candidate chosen by the Shiv Sena," the NCP chief said.Some senior Shiv Sena leaders recently said the party will field a second candidate in the coming Rajya Sabha polls, a move that could then hamper the prospects of Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati.

Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel declares cancellation of river-link project in city
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

Surat: Even as the state government on Saturday announced the cancellation of Par-Tapi-Narmada river-link project, the Congress said that the planned protest rally by tribal groups on May 27 will be held. Chief minister Bhupendra Patel announced here on Saturday that the project had been scrapped. The CM held a press conference to announce this and later he was felicitated at a small gathering of elected representatives and BJP workers from the tribal region, on the premises of the circuit house. BJP’s tribal MLAs from Valsad and Navsari were present.The announcement has come nearly two months after state BJP president C R Paatil said that the project will not be given a go-ahead by the Centre, after meeting Union home minister Amit Shah and Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. “It was announced by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Union Budget to develop the Damanganga-Par-Tapi-Narmada river-link project for the development of tribals in the region. Some people have spread a message among tribals that the project is not in favour of tribals,” Patel told the media.The CM said the project was being opposed on wrong information. “The central and Gujarat governments have been implementing various projects that have benefited the tribal population. Any project of the central government is implemented only after the approval from the state government and the river-link project has not been given any approval by the state government,” he said.“This project will not continue. In a meeting with central and state ministers and elected representatives, all have agreed to declare it cancelled,” said Patel. Replying to a question about the demand of Congress leaders for a white paper on the issue, Patel said: “There is no need for any white paper since we have declared it cancelled.” Meanwhile, Congress leaders said that the protest will continue and the events announced earlier will take place. “They are declaring the project cancelled but I demand that the government come up with a white paper. The tribals will continue to protest till the government does not issue a white paper,” said Anant Patel, Congress MLA from Vansda. Congress and tribal groups have planned to hold a rally on May 27 in Vansda, where a large number of tribal people are likely to gather. “Maha Rally will be held as planned. A large number of tribals are going to attend the rally,” said the Congress MLA. In her budget speech, Sitharaman had said that the draft DPR of the five river-links had been finalised and consensus among beneficiary states was awaited. “The Centre will provide support only after a consensus is made among the states associated with the projects,” she had said.As per the India Water Resources Information System, the project had proposed to transfer water from the water surplus regions of the Western Ghats to deficit regions of Saurashtra and Kutch, involving seven reservoirs proposed in north Maharashtra and south Gujarat. Apart from seven dams, it envisaged three diversion weirs, two tunnels, 395km long canal, six power houses and a number of cross-drainage works.

Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel declares cancellation of river-link project in city
Congress neither national nor Indian, it's now party of 'bhai-bahan': Nadda
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

NEW DELHI: The Congress is neither national nor Indian and not democratic either and has become a "bhai-bahan" party, BJP president J P Nadda said on Thursday in a sharp attack on dynastic political parties. Addressing a seminar on "Threat of Dynastic Political Parties to Democratic Governance", Nadda said in dynastic parties, one person's interest reigns supreme and that such parties are a threat to democracy. While the Constitution bars any discrimination on the basis of birth, the leadership in these parties is decided on the basis of birth and others are ignored, he said, mentioning a host of dynasty-run regional parties in almost every state as well as the Congress in his attack. These parties lack any ideology and their sole aim is to grab power, Nadda alleged. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president blamed the Congress for the growth of regional parties, accusing the main opposition party of not giving space to regional aspirations during its dominance over national politics. The BJP, he said, believes in "unity among diversity" and gives space to regional aspirations while keeping the centre strong. As regional parties grow, personality cults become "overbearing and overwhelming" in these outfits, sidetracking ideology and local aspirations, Nadda said. "What is most saddening is that the Congress has become neither national nor Indian nor democratic. It is also standing now as a party of bhai-bahan," he said, in an apparent reference to Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra playing key roles in running the show in their party. The BJP is the only party where internal democracy is maintained, Nadda said. Citing the presence of dynastic parties from Jammu and Kashmir to Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, he said family interests are supreme in these parties, vitiating the election process. While the BJP, due to its ideological commitment and decades of struggle, does not find it difficult to deal with these parties, Nadda said political parties run in a healthy manner are important for a healthy democracy, adding that these parties are like monarchies within a democracy. Their sole aim is to grab power, he said. "Regional parties want to come to power by any means. So they will go to the extent of polarisation on the basis of caste or religion. Issues of national importance are put aside and polarisation is done to grab power," Nadda alleged. Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on the occasion that these regional parties are nothing short of a "private limited" company and blamed these outfits for cases of corruption, claiming that they need money for families to maintain their absolute power. Taking a swipe at the Congress, he said the "prince" does not want to be the president of the party but nor does he want anyone else to take over, and the party is functioning without a head. Sonia Gandhi is the interim president of the Congress. In his speech, BJP MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said only eight of the 54 political parties recognised by the Election Commission are free of a dynastic rule which, he added, was a frightening reality. Family-run parties are against the spirit of democracy, he said.

Congress neither national nor Indian, it's now party of 'bhai-bahan': Nadda
Maharashtra Government Will Go To Supreme Court On OBC Quota: Ajit Pawar
Ndtv | 8 months ago | |
Ndtv
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Maharashtra will approach Supreme Court once panel submits report on OBC quota, Ajit Pawar said.Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar today said the state government will approach the Supreme Court once the committee formed to collect empirical data for the OBC quota submits its report to the government next month.Noting that the Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Madhya Pradesh government to hold local body polls with the OBC quota, Mr Pawar said the Maharashtra government has also started taking steps to see if such a decision can be applicable to Maharashtra as well.Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said the state government should study the Madhya Pradesh Backward Class Commission's final report on the basis of which local body polls were allowed there with OBC quota, and that it could serve as a "guide" for the western state.Talking to reporters here, Pawar said the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA-comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress) government will make efforts till the last moment to see that the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) get representation in the coming local body polls in the state."The committee formed under (former chief secretary Jayant) Banthia to collate empirical data of the OBCs is working. When it submits its report in June, we will present our side before the court," Mr Pawar said.The Maharashtra government will not let the total reservation cross the ceiling of 50 per cent when it tries to ensure political quota for the OBCs, he said."We have started working in that direction. We have spoken to the officials concerned. They also seemed positive," the Deputy Chief Minister said.The Maharashtra government has studied the data as submitted by Madhya Pradesh before the Supreme Court, he said."They submitted data on reservation given earlier in the local body polls held there. The (Maharashtra) government will try till the last moment to see OBCs get representation in the polls. Our efforts will go on till the last day of filling form," the NCP leader said.Asked about Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole's allegation that all the MVA partners should have been taken into confidence while drafting the ward structure for the polls to civic bodies, Mr Pawar said he did not know how much substance was there in Mr Patole's comments."I don't want to talk more about it," he said.Ward structuring was done under the State Election Commission's leadership and suggestions and objections were also sought before the panel took a decision on it, Mr Pawar said.Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Sawant said Maharashtra should seek the Madhya Pradesh Backward Class Commission's final report on the basis of which local body polls were allowed there with the OBC quota."This divine report should be sought and studied as it will be a guide for Maharashtra," Mr Sawant tweeted.He said the MP Backward Class Commission was set up by the (previous) Kamal Nath government, hence (present Madhya Pradesh CM) Shivraj Singh Chouhan set up a separate three-member commission."It doesn't have its own office and staff. The first report was prepared on May 5," he said. Referring to some media reports, Mr Sawant pointed out that this commission's chairman had said more research and investigation work was pending.On May 10, the Supreme Court refused to see the report saying mere preparation of the first report cannot be regarded as complete compliance with the 'triple test' requirement, Mr Sawnat said referring to the court judgement.Two days later, the MP government submitted its final report. The top court did not say the report is correct, the Congress leader said in a tweet while tagging the Supreme Court order.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comHe claimed that in Madhya Pradesh political circles, there is criticism that the survey (for OBC population) was "invisible" as the report was not shown to anyone. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Maharashtra Government Will Go To Supreme Court On OBC Quota: Ajit Pawar
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Nana Patole targets Maha Vikas Aghadi partners on wards delimitation
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

NAGPUR: MPCC chief Nana Patole once again targeted the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) partners (NCP and Shiv Sena) over delimitation of wards in the state on Wednesday, warning them that Congress would knock judiciary’s doors, as the entire exercise was done as per their convenience. “When three parties are running the government, the delimitation should have been done while taking leaders from all constituents into confidence. Congress leaders in Mumbai and Pune had already approached the court as they were upset over the new boundaries that would suit to our partners. We had demanded two-member system, but they have finalized three members. If our partners are looking after their benefits and objections are not addressed, we will move the courts,” he told media. Indirectly taking a dig at Sena, which is ruling the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), over facing perennial waterlogging problems during monsoon, the Sakoli MLA said when Congress was in power there, the maximum city never faced such difficulties. On party’s preparations for forthcoming local body polls, the former speaker said they were always ready for it. “The BJP spends Rs40 crore on its social media team. It targets anyone questioning the central government by stooping at the low level. They have pushed the country 50 years back with their policies. We will never indulge in such tactics. We don’t want cheap persons to handle our social media handles.” Speaking on the NCP’s stand to support Sambhaji Raje for the Rajya Sabha seat, Patole said, the MVA had not discussed the issue, although the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s descendent was a well-respected figure. Avoiding to comment on Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque row, Patole said Congress ideology never brought the religion into politics to be in power. “Our objective is very clear, we want to serve the country, focus on the people’s issues, and try to make it a superpower.”

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Nana Patole targets Maha Vikas Aghadi partners on wards delimitation
What 'miracle' happened in last four days, asks Patole after SC order on OBC quota in MP polls
Deccan Herald | 8 months ago | |
Deccan Herald
8 months ago | |

Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole on Wednesday sought to know what "miracle" happened in the last four days that the Supreme Court allowed the Madhya Pradesh government to hold local bodies elections with reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).Speaking to reporters, Patole claimed that while Maharashtra has been fighting to restore political reservation of OBCs for the last two years, the Central government has been constantly creating obstructions and has refused to provide the empirical data required for reservation."The Supreme Court has allowed the Madhya Pradesh government to hold elections with OBC reservation, but it seems to have taken a different stance in Maharashtra's case. In the last hearing, instructions given to Maharashtra were also given to Madhya Pradesh," Patole said, asking what miracle had taken place in the last four days that the apex court gave permission to the neighbouring state.Also Read | Supreme Court nod to OBC quota in Madhya Pradesh civic pollsOn Wednesday, the apex court, which had passed an order on May 10 and noted that no reservation for OBCs can be provisioned until the triple test formality is completed “in all respects” by the state government, permitted Madhya Pradesh to notify the reservation pattern local body wise as delineated in the reports of the dedicated commission."What data did the Madhya Pradesh government provide that satisfied the Supreme Court? Did the Central government give that data to the Madhya Pradesh government?" the Congress leader asked.He further said that the party will study the copy of the Supreme Court order and decide on the next course of action. "The Congress has been constantly fighting for the reservation of the OBCs. Unfortunately, the BJP wants to politicise the issue and deprive the community in Maharashtra of the right to reservation. However, the elections in the state will be held with OBC reservation," Patole said.The Congress leader slammed the BJP, accusing it of sidestepping on burning issues such as unemployment, inflation and fuel price hike and raising communal tensions. "Why are people who react to issues like Gyanvapi mosque, hijab, halala, silent about unemployment, inflation and fuel price hike?" Patole asked.At a time when there are burning issues like unemployment and inflation across the country, it is unfortunate that issues like Gyanvapi mosque, halala, hijab are being raised, he said. The government must now focus on the real issues and to try to address them, and if it needs help from the Opposition, the Congress is ready to help, Patole said.

What 'miracle' happened in last four days, asks Patole after SC order on OBC quota in MP polls
Aurangzeb’s tomb turns epicentre for Maharashtra political storm
Deccan Herald | 8 months ago | |
Deccan Herald
8 months ago | |

Aurangzeb’s life and reign, over the years, have been a case study of criticism, analysis and multiple interpretations for critics and historians alike. His legacy, in Indian history, is at the very least, complicated.In modern politics, too, his ‘existence’ is creating complications. His tomb in Khuldabad has become the epicentre of a political storm in Maharashtra. When he died in 1707, he was buried near the dargah of Sheikh Zainuddin, a Sufi saint who was also Aurangzeb’s spiritual guide and religious teacher. His unmarked grave is situated around 24 km from Aurangabad city.Although dead for over four centuries now, his part in creating controversy in modern-day India has been remarkable. It became a political row when Telangana MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, brother of AIMIM president and Hyderabad Member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi, visited Aurangzeb’s grave to pay tribute.The visit prompted several right-wing parties—most notable of which were the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS)—to verbally attack the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government over the visit.Although the Maharashtra government increased the security arrangements at the dargah—which comes under the jurisdiction of the Archaeological Survey of India—Uddhav Thackeray’s party, the Shiv Sena, too, was not happy about Owaisi’s visit. “You are trying to challenge us…the Marathas put him there...Aurangzeb was not a Sufi saint…for 25 years Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Marathas fought him, Aurangzeb ordered the killing of Sambhaji Maharaj…he (Owaisi) too will have to go to the same place,” said Shiv Sena chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut.The MNS, and a section of BJP leaders, on their part, have questioned the need to protect Aurangzeb’s grave. “What is the need for Aurangzeb’s grave in the land of Shivaji Chhatrapati Maharaj? Demolish this grave…Even Balasaheb Thackeray had said the same, don’t you want to listen to anything by Balasaheb?” MNS spokesperson Gajanan Kale said.AIMIM, on the other hand, does not want to stir controversy. “There are many dargahs of spiritual leaders at Khuldabad. Anyone coming to Khuldabad comes to the resting place of Aurangzeb. There is no need to interpret this differently,” justified Aurangabad MP Imtiaz Jaleel (also an AIMIM member).Senior BJP leader and member of Maharashtra Legislative Council Prasad Lad asked about the necessity to protect the grave of Aurangzeb. “Is it the Hindutva of (late) Balasaheb Thackeray…or is this the Hindutva of (NCP President) Sharad Pawar and (Congress President) Sonia Gandhi…Aurangzeb is the one who destroyed temples…we will not rest till it is removed,” Lad announced.Targeting Uddhav Thackeray, Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, at a recent rally announced: “Balasaheb would have been pained to see that during his son's rule reciting Hanuman Chalisa would be sedition and going to Aurangzeb’s tomb would be protocol.”“Aurangzeb’s tomb is under jurisdiction of the ASI. The Modi government can control, restrict or even ban entry. Why does the Modi government not register a complaint against Akbaruddin Owaisi,” Maharashtra Congress General Secretary Sachin Sawant asked, while pointing out that other BJP leaders, as well as, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi had visited Aurangzeb’s tomb when Fadnavis was Chief Minister.“These people know the history of Maharashtra and India. What Aurangzeb did in his era is also known. It is not right for someone from outside Maharashtra to come to the state and create a new issue,” said Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar, who was also Maharashtra Chief Minister for multiple terms.

Aurangzeb’s tomb turns epicentre for Maharashtra political storm
  • Akbaruddin Owaisi's visit to Aurangzeb's tomb: Pawar wonders if the aim was to create new row in peaceful Maharashtra
  • Deccan Herald

    Days after AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi visited Mughal emperor Aurangzeb's tomb in Aurangabad, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday wondered if such an act was aimed at creating a new controversy in Maharashtra which is functioning peacefully.Owaisi's visit to the tomb of Aurangzeb on Thursday created a controversy in the state, with Shiv Sena and MNS condemning the incident in strong words."These people know the history of Maharashtra and India. What Aurangzeb did in his era is also known. It is not right for someone from outside Maharashtra to come to the state and create a new issue. This is being done to create a new controversy in the state which is functioning peacefully," Pawar told reporters in Nanded when asked about the incident.On the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, the NCP chief said his party and ally Shiv Sena each have surplus numbers than what is required to elect an MP. This additional strength can be used to help the third ally Congress in the event of a shortfall. Elections for six Rajya Sabha seats from Maharashtra will be held on June 10.“We (NCP) have 10 or so votes surplus than what is required to get a candidate elected. The Shiv Sena too has surplus votes. So, it too doesn't have any problem. And our ally Congress also has numbers. If there is any shortage (faced by Congress), then our people will help them,” he added.Pawar also said that Maha Vikas Aghadi constituents can think of allying in the next 10-15 days. An option of the post-poll alliance can also be thought of, he added.The former Union minister also said the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress is “running properly” and that he was satisfied with its performance.Asked whether the government will complete its five-year term, Pawar said, "There should be no problem in (the alliance) getting a mandate for another five years as well after its current five-year stint gets over.” To another question, Pawar made light of the reported deadlines given by BJP leaders to predict the fall of the MVA government.

Shiv Sena accuses Opposition of horse-trading for RS polls
Deccan Herald | 8 months ago | |
Deccan Herald
8 months ago | |

The Shiv Sena, which is seeking to get two candidates elected to the Rajya Sabha, on Wednesday alleged that its political opponents were resorting to horse-trading for the sixth seat from Maharashtra in the upcoming polls to the Upper House of Parliament.The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA-comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress) in Maharashtra has the arithmetic on its side to win the sixth seat, Sena's chief spokesperson and Sena MP Sanjay Raut asserted. "The jealousy of the opposition can be seen through the attempts of horse-trading for the sixth Rajya Sabha seat by the opposition. The money from corruption and the horse-trading through it...when will this vicious circle stop?" Raut said in a tweet.राज्यसभेच्या ६ व्या जागेसाठीमहाराष्ट्रात घोडेबाजार सुरू करण्याची विरोधकांची इर्षा दिसू लागलीय.. भ्रष्टाचारातून पैसा .. त्यातून घोडेबाजार!हे दुष्ट चक्र कधी थांबेल?सहावी जागा शिवसेना लढेल.कोणी कितीही आकडे मोड करावी.. आकडे आणि मोड दोन्ही महविकास आघाडीकडे आहे. लढेंगे . जितेंगे. pic.twitter.com/VOXRKRDzdk— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) May 18, 2022“The Shiv Sena will contest the sixth seat. Whatever anyone may do, the arithmetic is with the Maha Vikas Aghadi. We will fight and win," the Rajya Sabha member added. His assertion came a day after Sena leader and Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab said his party will field a second candidate in the Rajya Sabha polls and expressed confidence that the second candidate of the Sena will get elected.The tenure of six Rajya Sabha members from Maharashtra -- Piyush Goyal, Vinay Sahastrabuddhe and Vikas Mahatme (all three from the BJP), P Chidambaram (Congress), Praful Patel (NCP) and Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) ends on July 4. All four parties are yet to announce their candidates. The BJP can win two Rajya Sabha seats with the number of MLAs it has, while the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP can win a seat each.The contest will, therefore, be for the sixth seat. But the Shiv Sena stand could hamper the prospects of Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje, a member of the Kolhapur royal family and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's descendant, who was earlier a President-nominated member of the Rajya Sabha. Sambhajiraje recently announced that he would contest the next election to the Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate, and appealed to all parties to back him.He was earlier affiliated with the BJP. NCP president Sharad Pawar has hinted that his party may support Sambhajiraje's candidature, but, if the latter doesn't get votes of the other two MVA constituents, his election could be difficult. The notification for the Rajya Sabha elections will be issued on May 24. The entire process will be completed on June 13

Shiv Sena accuses Opposition of horse-trading for RS polls
  • Shiv Sena Accuses Opposition Of Horse-Trading For Rajya Sabha Polls
  • Ndtv

    Sanjay Raut said the Shiv Sena will contest the sixth Rajya Sabha seat in Maharashtra. (File)Mumbai: The Shiv Sena, which is seeking to get two candidates elected to the Rajya Sabha, on Wednesday alleged that its political opponents were resorting to horse-trading for the sixth seat from Maharashtra in the upcoming polls to the Upper House of Parliament.The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA-comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress) in Maharashtra has the arithmetic on its side to win the sixth seat, Sena's chief spokesperson and MP Sanjay Raut asserted."The jealousy of the opposition can be seen through the attempts of horse-trading for the sixth Rajya Sabha seat by the opposition. The money from corruption and the horse-trading through it...when will this vicious circle stop?" Mr Raut said in a tweet.“The Shiv Sena will contest the sixth seat. Whatever anyone may do, the arithmetic is with the Maha Vikas Aghadi. We will fight and win," the Rajya Sabha member added.His assertion came a day after Sena leader and Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab said his party will field a second candidate in the Rajya Sabha polls and expressed confidence that the second candidate of the Sena will get elected.The tenure of six Rajya Sabha members from Maharashtra -- Piyush Goyal, Vinay Sahastrabuddhe and Vikas Mahatme (all three from the BJP), P Chidambaram (Congress), Praful Patel (NCP) and Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) ends on July 4.All four parties are yet to announce their candidates.The BJP can win two Rajya Sabha seats with the number of MLAs it has, while the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP can win a seat each. The contest will, therefore, be for the sixth seat.But the Shiv Sena stand could hamper the prospects of Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje, a member of the Kolhapur royal family and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's descendant, who was earlier a President-nominated member of the Rajya Sabha.Mr Sambhajiraje recently announced that he would contest the next election to the Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate, and appealed to all parties to back him. He was earlier affiliated with the BJP.NCP president Sharad Pawar has hinted that his party may support Sambhajiraje's candidature, but, if the latter doesn't get votes of the other two MVA constituents, his election could be difficult.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe notification for the Rajya Sabha elections will be issued on May 24. The entire process will be completed on June 13.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Maharashtra's Rajya Sabha polls crucial for BJP, MVA government
Deccan Herald | 8 months ago | |
Deccan Herald
8 months ago | |

The Rajya Sabha elections next month for six seats from Maharashtra is set to be interesting with a contest in sight given the arithmetic in the state's Vidhan Sabha.The retiring members are Piyush Goyal, Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Dr Vikas Mahatme (all from BJP), P Chidambaram (Congress), Praful Patel (NCP) and Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena).With Yuvraj Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati - the 13th direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the iconic Maratha warrior, and great-grandson of Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, the legendary social reformer, deciding to contest as an Independent, the contest has becoming interesting.Sambhajiraje was the President-nominated Rajya Sabha member from June 13, 2016 to May 3, 2022.While, Sambhajiraje had decided to contest as an independent and seek support of all political parties, none of the parties have made any commitment.For both the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi and opposition BJP, the polls are crucial.While none of the parties have declared the candidates officially - the BJP is set to repeat Goyal, who Minister of Textiles, Minister of Commerce and Industry in the Narendra Modi-government, Shiv Sena would give nomination again to Raut, the party’s chief spokesperson and pointsman and NCP will field Patel, the close aide of NCP founder-President Sharad Pawar and the party’s General Secretary.The electoral college is the 288-member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly - and a candidate needs 42 votes to win the berth to the upper house.Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke had died recently.The MVA has 170 MLAs - Shiv Sena (55), NCP (53), Congress (44), smaller parties/groups (10) and Independents (8).On the other hand, BJP has strength of 106 and has support of smaller parties/groups (2) and Independents (5).Given the arithmetic in the Vidhan Sabha, the BJP can get two members elected while the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, one each.The contest would be for the sixth seat - and in case BJP decides to field a third candidate, it would be a sort of acid test for the MVA.Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar are in touch with each other on the issue of a fourth seat or the MVA. Thackeray had held informal meetings with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar of the NCP and state Revenue Minister and CLP leader Balasaheb Thorat.It may be mentioned, during the April, 2020 RS polls, NCP nominee Fauzia Khan had won because Shiv Sena transferred excess votes and the NCP will make a similar gesture to Shiv Sena this time.Last week, Sambhajiraje met Leader of Opposition and ex-Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis but the former said that it was to thank him and the BJP leadership for giving the opportunity for his term as Rajya Sabha member. But he made it clear that he would not contest as an Independent and expected that the big four parties, smaller parties and Independents would support him.

Maharashtra's Rajya Sabha polls crucial for BJP, MVA government
  • Conduct polls 1st in areas that see less rainfall, SC tells Maharashtra
  • Times of India

    NEW DELHI: Taking note of the arrival of monsoon in Maharashtra, which could create problems in holding local bodies elections, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said the government and the state election commission could proceed with holding polls in areas which normally receive less rainfall and rest of the elections could be conducted after monsoon. A bench headed by justice AM Khanwilkar allowed the plea of the state election commission, which was directed by the court to notify the election date without any delay. Observing that it is the constitutional mandate to hold polls after every five years and any delay can’t be brooked, the Supreme Court on May 4 directed the Maharashtra election commission to start the poll process for over 2,400 local bodies across the state and directed that notification be issued within two weeks.

  • Hold Maharashtra local polls where there's less rain, says Supreme Court
  • Times of India

    NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Taking note of the arrival of monsoon in Maharashtra, which could create problems in holding local body elections, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said the government and state election commission (SEC) could proceed with holding polls in areas which normally receive less rainfall and the rest of the elections could be conducted after monsoon. A bench headed by justice A M Khanwilkar allowed the plea of the SEC and directed it to notify the election date without any delay. Observing that it is the constitutional mandate to hold elections after every five years and any delay cannot be brooked, the SC had on May 4 directed the Maharashtra election commission to start the poll process for over 2,400 local bodies. Elections in Mumbai-Konkan belt likely only after monsoonThe Supreme Court had said there are more than 2,400 local bodies in Maharashtra for which elections have to be conducted and the election process could not be linked with the delimitation process. The court also made it clear there would be no OBC reservation in these elections. Sources in the state election commission or SEC said on Tuesday that the process of poll preparation itself would stretch till the end of July. After that, the India Meteorological Department and the local administration would have to be consulted about weather conditions during the monsoon before scheduling the local body polls. In any case, this would mean that in the Mumbai-Konkan belt, which faces a heavy monsoon, the polls would be held only after the rains. In the last hearing earlier this month, the SEC had already informed the apex court that the process of demarcating the ward boundaries, marking reservations and revising the electoral roll in local bodies would stretch till July. It had also informed the apex court that the polls would best be held after the monsoon months given the logistical hurdles and the low voter turnout. "In Maharashtra, floods and disasters have been experienced in different regions," pointed out a senior official who did not wish to be named. "The poll dates will be decided by the state election commission. We are ready to face elections at any time," said state parliamentary affairs minister Anil Parab. "The polls should now go ahead. The state stands exposed because it has not been able to provide for the OBC quota," said BJP MLC and leader of opposition in the legislative council Praveen Darekar. Maharashtra faces elections to a series of local bodies including 15 key municipal corporations, 25 zilla parishads and 284 panchayat samitis. Also 2,000 gram panchayats and 220 nagar panchayats and nagar parishads. (With inputs from TNN)

Rajya Sabha Polls: Sena's Snub To Kolhapur Royal, Party To Contest 6th Seat
Ndtv | 8 months ago | |
Ndtv
8 months ago | |

Sambhaji Raje is a member of the Kolhapur royal family and descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.Mumbai: Senior Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra minister Anil Parab on Tuesday said his party will field a second candidate in the coming Rajya Sabha polls, a move that could hamper the prospects of Sambhaji Raje Chhatrapati.The leaders of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress -- constituents of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition -- will sit together and decide the strategy for the elections, Mr Parab told reporters."The MVA's (second) candidate will be from the Shiv Sena's quota, and the leaders will decide the strategy as to how to get that candidate elected. But I am confident that the second candidate of the Sena will be elected," he said.The tenure of six Rajya Sabha members from Maharashtra -- Piyush Goyal, Vinay Sahastrabuddhe and Vikas Mahatme (all three from the BJP), P Chidambaram (Congress), Praful Patel (NCP) and Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) ends on July 4.All four parties are yet to announce their candidates.Sambhaji Raje, a member of the Kolhapur royal family and descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, was earlier a President-nominated member of the Upper House of Parliament.He recently announced that he would contest the next election to the Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate, and appealed to all parties to back him.He was earlier affiliated with the BJP.The BJP can win two RS seats with the number of MLAs it has, while the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP can win a seat each. The contest will, therefore, be for the sixth seat.NCP president Sharad Pawar has hinted that his party may support Sambhaji Raje's candidature. But if he doesn't get votes of the other two constituents of the MVA, his election could be difficult.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comNotification for Rajya Sabha elections will be issued on May 24. The entire process will be completed on June 13.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Rajya Sabha Polls: Sena's Snub To Kolhapur Royal, Party To Contest 6th Seat
Not just Owaisi, BJP leaders also visited Aurangzeb’s tomb: Congress
Deccan Herald | 8 months ago | |
Deccan Herald
8 months ago | |

Amidst the hue and cry over AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi’s visit to Aurangzeb’s tomb at Khuldabad near Aurangabad city and its subsequent the criticism by opposition parties, the Congress on Monday retorted that during Devendra Fadnavis’s tenure as Maharashtra Chief Minister between 2014-19, several BJP leaders have also visited the Mughal emperor’s tomb.State Congress General Secretary Sachin Sawant in a series of tweets, said it was unnecessary to blame the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government for no action against the Telengana MLA and All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen party president.“Aurangzeb’s tomb is under jurisdiction of the Archaeological Survey of India. The Modi government can control, restrict or even ban entry. Why does the Modi government not register a complaint against Akbaruddin Owaisi?औरंगजेबाची कबर भारत सरकारच्या पुरातत्त्व विभागाच्या अखत्यारीत आहे. मोदी सरकार प्रवेश नियंत्रित करु शकते वा बंदीही घालू शकते. मोदी सरकार ओवेसीविरोधात तक्रार का नोंदवत नाही?भाजपाचे अल्पसंख्याक विभागाचे उपाध्यक्ष खालीद बाबू कुरेशी फडणवीस साहेबांनी वर्णिलेले कार्य करताना पहा pic.twitter.com/J9o5efUU1J— Sachin Sawant सचिन सावंत (@sachin_inc) May 16, 2022“Watch Khalid Qureshi, Vice President of BJP's Minority Affairs, doing what Fadnavis ji described,” tweeted Sawant.In another tweet (done in Marathi as well as English), Sawant posted with photographs and videos: “Also, BJP national executive member and spokesperson, Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board president Dr Darakshan Andrabi had also visited Aurangzeb's tomb during the corona period (sic).“When Fadnavis was CM, AIMIM President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi had gone to the grave in 2019.  So why blame the MVA govt for no action?”Sawant also slammed the BJP, MNS and the Independent MP Navneet Kaur-Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana for blaming the MVA government for Akbaruddin Owaisi’s visit to Aurangzeb’s tomb last week.

Not just Owaisi, BJP leaders also visited Aurangzeb’s tomb: Congress
  • Row over Akbaruddin Owaisi's visit to Aurangzeb's tomb in Aurangabad
  • Times of India

    Mumbai: Both the BJP and Shiv Sena slammed AIMIM’s Akbaruddin Owaisi for offering tributes at the grave of Mughal ruler Auragazeb at Khuldabad in Aurangabad district on Thursday.Opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis said it was an insult to patriotic Muslim. Speaking to the media, Fadnavis said this would be unacceptable, not just to Hindus, but Muslims as well. Aurangazeb cannot be the leader of Indian Muslims, he said, reminding that it was Aurangazeb who had tortured Sambhaji Raje, the son of Shivaji Maharaj, and his glorification is unacceptable. Targeting the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, Fadnavis said, “Those who take action over little things like the tweeting of a photograph from Lilavati [hospital] why are they silent now? Even if they keep quiet, we will not. We shall show them their place.” The Sena warned that Owaisi would meet the same fate as the 17th century Mughal ruler. Sena MP and party spokesperson Sanjay Raut said Aurangzeb fought against Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and after his death, with the Marathas for 25 years.“He was an aggressor who invaded Maharashtra and destroyed its temples,” Raut told reporters. He added that by offering namaz at Aurangzeb’s tomb, the Owaisi brothers (Akbaruddin and Asaduddin) were challenging Maharashtra. “The Owaisis are doing politics with an aim to vitiate the atmosphere of Maharashtra. We have accepted this challenge. We buried Aurangzeb in this soil. His [Aurangzeb] followers, who want to do politics, will meet the same fate,” he warned. “You keep coming to Sambhajinagar [formerly Aurangabad] and pay obeisance to Aurangazeb, you needle us and Maharashtra. But I would like to say that the Marathas entombed Aurangzeb in the soil of Maharashtra. You [Owaisi] are now reading namaz on his tomb. Time will come that you will be in the same grave,” Raut added.Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant alleged the BJP is using Owaisi for political gains. He demanded to know what action was taken against BJP leader L K Advani and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for visiting Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s grave in Pakistan. “Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Godse was also glorified by BJP leaders. Do we put them in jail? Entire country knows the fundamentalism of Owaisi. Congress opposes Owaisi the same way it stands against the RSS and BJP,” he said.

  • Political row in Maharashtra over Akbaruddin Owaisi’s visit to Aurangzeb’s tomb
  • Deccan Herald

    A political row has sparked off in Maharashtra after the visit of controversial AIMIM leader Telangana MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi to Aurangabad during which he paid tributes at the tomb of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and later slammed politicians of the state.Aurangzeb’s tomb is located in Khuldabad near Aurangabad city.During the visit, Owaisi, who is brother of AIMIM President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s brother and was accompanied by AIMIM MLA from Aurangabad Imtiaz Jaleel and former MLA Waris Pathan.During a meeting, Owaisi, without naming MNS President Raj Thackeray while referring to the Azan-Hanuman Chalisa row, said: “I have not come here to answer anyone, nor to call anyone bad. I don't want to answer anyone. I have a MP and you are homeless, you are missing, you have been evicted from your own house. I would say that those who bark, let them bark.”When the party came under fire for visit to Aurangazeb’s tomb, Jaleel said: “There are many dargahs of spiritual leaders at Khuldabad. Anyone coming to Khuldabad comes to the resting place of Aurangzeb. There is no need to interpret this differently,” Jaleel said. The BJP, however, slammed the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi for not taking action against Owaisi.“You are trying to challenge us…we have put them…the Marathas have put him there..Aurangzeb was not a Sufi saint… for 25 years Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Marathas have fought him…he (Owaisi) too will have to go to the same place,” he said.BJP MLA Nitesh Rane said: “I am appealing, please keep the police out for 10 minutes, we will send him to the same place where Aurangzeb is.”Veteran politician and former Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire said ”No one, neither a Hindu nor a Muslim, visits the tomb as Aurangzeb was the cruellest Mughal emperor. But Owaisi and his people are trying to create a controversy for political benefit”.

Smriti Irani faces protests by Congress over price rise during Pune visit
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

PUNE: Congress workers staged protests and shouted slogans against the Centre over price rise at two different venues during the visit of Union Cabinet minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani to Pune on Monday. The first protest, by women Congress members, took place outside a hotel where Irani was attending a programme. "Around 12 noon, Pune city women Congress committee members staged a protest over inflation and rising prices of LPG. Since the central government has failed to check inflation in the country, the women members had gone to present bangles to Union minister Smriti Irani," said a party functionary. The protesting Congress members were detained by police and later released, he said. Workers of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), an ally of the Congress in Maharashtra's ruling coalition MVA, also organized a separate protest over the issue of price rise outside the hotel. Later in the evening, Congress activists held a demonstration over soaring prices of essential goods outside the Bal Gandharva auditorium when the Minister for Women and Child Development was attending a book release event. Pune city Congress president Ramesh Bagwe said, "We shouted slogans against the rising prices and showed placards standing outside the Bal Gandharv auditorium." Irani attended the release of Marathi version of a book on the political journey of Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah. The English version of the book is titled 'Amit Shah and the March of BJP'. PTI SPK RSY RSY

Smriti Irani faces protests by Congress over price rise during Pune visit
Strife brewing between Maha Vikas Aghadi’s allied members?
Deccan Herald | 8 months ago | |
Deccan Herald
8 months ago | |

There is tension building between two major partners—Indian National Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)—of Maharashtra’s ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition. The conflict comes at a time when Shiv Sena, the third major player in the MVA coalition, is going full throttle against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the municipal and local bodies elections.Over the last week, leaders of Congress and NCP have been at a war of words. During Congress’s Chintan Shivir in Rajasthan’s Udaipur, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President Nana Patole seemed to have made his displeasure about NCP’s “backstabbing” known to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.Patole accused NCP of “backstabbing” after the local NCP unit joined hands with the opposition BJP at the Gondia Zilla Parishad elections. After the polls, BJP’s Pankaj Rahangdale was elected president, while NCP’s Yashwant Ganvir was elected vice-president.The problems between Congress and NCP—the two parties had shared power in the state between 1999-2014 as Democratic Front—started in Vidarbha.“They have done so in the past, like Malegaon and Bhiwandi,” Patole said referring to the incidents when Congress corporators joined the NCP.The NCP, however, downplayed the incidents saying that the Gondia polls were a local issue.Meanwhile, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar said: “Patole’s statement is ridiculous. You all know he joined the Congress after quitting the BJP (in 2018). So, should the BJP allege that he backstabbed it to join the Congress?”Shiv Sena, on the other hand, had yet to comment on the issue.As the municipal elections near, Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray has sounded the bugle, while NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, said that state NCP President Jayant Patil will talk Shiv Sena and Congress leaders about electoral tie-ups.

Strife brewing between Maha Vikas Aghadi’s allied members?