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Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 1 year ago | |
Times of India
1 year ago | |

Kolhapur: The preparations for the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) election are gathering steam and the state election commission has directed the civic body to publish the ward formations immediately.Accordingly, the KMC said it will be publishing the ward formation details in the coming week. The elections are likely to be held in April this year.Chief election commissioner of Maharashtra Urvinder Pal Singh Madan has sent a letter to KMC chief Dr Kadambari Balkawade and, therefore, the civic officials have started with the election process.A senior KMC official said, “To wrap up the process within the set time, the primary work of ward formation will need to be completed first. Before the draws for reservations are held, a blueprint of ward formation needs to be published in the government gazette. Suggestions and objections will have to be produced with the election commission. The proceedings over the objections too will have to be shown to the official deployed by the election commission.”After the election commission gives its decision on the objections, only then can the KMC publish the final ward formation details. The orders for reservations to be applied on these wards will be taken independently. After that, the KMC will have to publish the notice regarding ward formation as per the given deadline by the state election commission.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 1 year ago | |
Times of India
1 year ago | |

THANE: The State Election Commission has okayed 47 multiple panel wards for the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) limits with over 18.4 lakhs eligible voters, civic officials said on Saturday. Officials said the SEC has approved the TMC plan revising the existing ward numbers from 33 to 47 and directed the civic administration to now start publicizing the revamped ward limits and seek public opinion on the same. While 46 wards will have three members, ward number 44 will have four corporators. The total number of representatives will increase to 142 from the existing 131 elected corporators of which 10 seats will be reserved for candidates from the Scheduled Caste and three from the Scheduled Tribes categories. As many as 64 seats from the general category and five from the SC and two from ST have been reserved for women. As per the plans, the revised ward limit maps will soon be published by the administration by February 1 and will invite objections and suggestions from the public till February 14 following which a designated officer will hear them on February 26 and submit a report to the SEC on March 2. The SEC informed the Thane administration that the caste-based reservation will be announced after the state backward commission submits its observation to the state election commission following Supreme Court orders. Meanwhile, with the elections likely to be scheduled in April-May, political parties from Thane have tightened their belts to wrest control on the corporation that is considered prestigious after Mumbai. The ongoing tussle between the MVA allies in Thane as become a topic for discussions in the power corridors as growing ambitions among the cadre is likely to exert pressure on leaders to give them an opportunity to contest for the seats. The tenure of the existing board will end in March following which the commissioner will be in-charge of the proceedings of the corporation till the next board is formed.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Deccan Herald | 1 year ago | |
Deccan Herald
1 year ago | |

With a series of elections lined up, Shiv Sena President and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has come out with a very clear, crisp and strong message for party workers: fight every election to win and spread wings. By saying that Shiv Sena has wasted 25 years with the BJP, Thackeray has kept its option open for alliance with regional parties in other states. Thackeray heads the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra which comprises Shiv Sena, Sharad Pawar-led NCP and Congress besides smaller parties and groups - a political formation after the 2019 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections that has kept BJP out of power. The Shiv Sena would also be contesting elections in other states regularly. “We have to fight every elections with the same zeal like we fight Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls….we have to fight the Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samitis, Nagar Panchayats and banks, cooperative bodies,” Thackeray said on Sunday night, coinciding with the 96th birth anniversary celebrations of Shiv Sena founder late Balasaheb Thackeray. Also Read: Bal Thackeray will be remembered forever, says PM ModiNotably, the Shiv Sena has come in No. 4 position in the recently-concluded Nagar Panchayat polls and also lost two seats in the Maharashtra Legislative Council. “It appears that we are not fighting elections as hard as we are contesting Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls. We are not fighting like other parties are fighting every single election. I am also responsible for this…. We should avoid this from now on,” Thackeray said, sharing the blame for outcomes. The message was very clear: consolidate at the Maharashtra level and also make a presence at the national level. “We have fielded candidates in Goa and Uttar Pradesh, and will also fight polls in other states in future too. One day, Shiv Sena will be victorious in other states too and make a presence in New Delhi,” Thackeray said on the party's pan-India agenda. "My only disappointment is that once upon a time, they were our friends. We nurtured them. As I said earlier, our 25 years in alliance with the BJP were wasted," Thackeray said speaking about the BJP.More than a dozen big Municipal Corporations of Maharashtra including Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Vasai-Virar, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nashik, Aurangabad, Nagpur and Amravati are set to go for polls - which would be mini-Assembly polls of sorts. Besides, several other local bodies including Municipal Councils, Zilla Parishads, Gram Panchayats and Panchayat Samitis would go for polls in the next few years. Last year, the Shiv Sena’s Kalaben Delkar won the by-elections to Dadra and Nagar Haveli seat - the first seat the party won outside Maharashtra.Watch the latest DH Videos here:

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Ndtv | 1 year ago | |
Ndtv
1 year ago | |

Everyone should be proud of their religion, but it's harmful if there is hatred for others: Nawab MalikMumbai: Backing Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for his comments on Hindutva, the NCP on Monday said everyone should be proud of the religion they profess, but it is wrong to spread hatred in its name and the Shiv Sena president has given the same message.In his address to Shiv Sainiks on Sunday, which was also the birth anniversary of his father and party founder Bal Thackeray, the chief minister said the Sena has left the BJP and not Hindutva.The Chief Minister had also said, "I believe that BJP's opportunistic Hindutva is only for power. The Shiv Sena had aligned with the BJP as it wanted power for Hindutva. The Sena never used Hindutva for the sake of power."Reacting to the comments, state minister and NCP's chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said, "Everyone should be proud of their religion, but it is harmful if there is hatred against others." "The Shiv Sena is trying to say the same thing that one must be proud of their religion and propagate it, but it is wrong to spread hatred against others. We think Uddhav Thackeray ji has said the same thing," said Mr Malik, whose party shares power with the Shiv Sena and Congress in Maharashtra.Hitting out at the Election Commission, Mr Malik said seeking votes in the name of religion is a violation of the Code of Conduct.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"But, since the last seven-eight years, the Election Commission has been mum when votes are being canvassed in the name of religion. This is the helplessness of the Election Commission. We feel the poll body should think about it or else it will lose its credibility," he said.Five states - Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur - are going to polls starting next month.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 1 year ago | |
Times of India
1 year ago | |

Aurangabad: The BJP and Shiv Sena backed panels won the maximum number of seats in the election to the Aurangabad district milk producers’ society held on Sunday. Of the total 14 seats, BJP and Sena supported candidates won six seats each. Senior BJP functionary and former Maharashtra assembly speaker Haribhau Bagde is slated to become the chairman of the prestigious milk producers’ society.Bagde, who contested the election, bagged 274 votes against his rival candidate Suresh Pathade, who secured only 65 votes, revealed the official data.Bagde and with Maharashtra minister of state and Sena’s Sillod MLA Abdul Sattar have been credited for the victory of their respective party-supported panels.Notably, Sattar, in the recent past, had hinted at a reunion between Sena and BJP. The parties had parted ways after the 2019 assembly elections paving way for the formation of a tri-party MVA government in Maharashtra.Speaking to reporters, the winning candidates said they would make efforts to improve the functioning of the Aurangabad district milk producers’ society for the benefit of farmers.“Setting up a milk powder plant and further widening the network of milk producers and suppliers are the top priorities for us. We will also focus on helping farmers overcome Covid-related challenges,” the candidates said.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Deccan Herald | 1 year ago | |
Deccan Herald
1 year ago | |

The Supreme Court on Wednesday told the Maharashtra to furnish data and information related to Other Backward Classes with the Maharashtra State Backward Classes Commission for the purpose of determining their representation in local bodies.A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and C T Ravikumar said that the panel may submit the interim report if so advised to the concerned authorities within two weeks after receipt of information or data from the state government.The court passed its order on an application filed by the state government to permit the election on the basis of information and data already available with the state with regard to OBCs.On December 15, the Supreme Court ordered the state election commission (SEC) and the state government to convert 27 per cent reserved seats for OBC into general category, for zila parishad and panchayat samitis, and issue fresh notification.On December 6, the Supreme Court stayed the Maharashtra government decision to grant 27 per cent reservation for the OBCs, which was brought by an ordinance, in the local body elections until further orders. It had said the OBC quota could not have been implemented without setting up a Commission and without collecting data regarding inadequacy of representation local government wise.A batch of pleas have been filed in the top court challenging the state government’s ordinance to provide 27 per cent reservation for OBCs.Watch latest videos by DH here:

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Ndtv | 1 year ago | |
Ndtv
1 year ago | |

Mumbai: Election results for 106 urban local bodies - nagar panchayats, or government bodies for areas with a small population - in Maharashtra are being declared today.Overall trends indicate Sharad Pawar's NCP will form the panchayat in 24 areas, with the BJP in 22, the Congress in 18 and the Shiv Sena in 14.The NCP (Nationalist Congress Party), the Congress and the Shiv Sena are part of Maharashtra's ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi.They are contesting jointly in some areas and independently in others, but combined they look set to defeat the BJP by a huge margin - winning control of over half of the nagar panchayats.The BJP is likely to emerge with the most seats across all 106 wards, having won 379 of 1,802. The BJP's state unit chief, Chandrakant Patil, claimed the party was therefore the single-largest political force in the state. Despite being out of power for nearly 26 months, the BJP had been successful, and this shows we can deliver good results without any government support, he said.So far results for 1,683 seats have been declared.The NCP has won 359, the Sena 297 and the Congress 281, meaning that combined the Maha Vikas Aghadi has again defeated the BJP by a massive margin.Last month the Supreme Court was approached by the Maharashtra government seeking a recall of the court's December 15 order that stayed 27 per cent reservation for OBC in local body elections.The Supreme Court had directed the State Election Commission to revert the 27 per cent reservation for OBC back to 'general category'.In March 2020 the court had said reservation in favour of OBCs in local bodies in Maharashtra cannot exceed a total of 50 per cent of all seats reserved for Scheduled Castes, Tribes and OBCs.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comA nagar panchayat is a form of urban local self-government established in towns that are not classified as either 'urban' or 'rural', and not have a functional municipality. They are composed of a certain number of Councillors which can be changed by the state government via notification.With input from PTI

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Ndtv | 1 year ago | |
Ndtv
1 year ago | |

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition by the BJP MLAs.New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday said suspension from Legislative Assembly for one year should be linked with some purpose and there has to be an "overpowering" reason that the member should not be allowed to even attend the next session.The top court, which was hearing the pleas filed by 12 BJP MLAs who have challenged their one-year suspension from Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for allegedly misbehaving with the presiding officer, observed that the real issue is the rationality of the decision.The top court had earlier said the suspension from the Legislative Assembly for one year is worse than expulsion as the consequences are so dreadful and the right of a constituency to remain represented in the House is affected.During the hearing on Tuesday, a three-judge bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar told senior advocate A Sundaram, appearing for Maharashtra, that "the decision should be linked with some purpose, the purpose can only be the orderly fashion of the house so that business can be completed. There has to be an overpowering reason that he should not be allowed to even attend the next session. The core issue is the principle of rational decision." Mr Sundaram argued on the issue of the limited scope for judicial review over the business within the state assembly.He said the judicial review of what is happening in the House will only be in case of gross illegality, otherwise, it will attack the core of separation of power."If I have the power to punish, the constitution, not any parliamentary law defines what the punishment can be. It is the power of the legislature to punish in a manner it deems fit, including expulsion. Suspension or expulsion depriving the constituency of representation is not a ground," Mr Sundaram submitted.The bench, also comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and C T Ravikumar, observed that the decision of the legislature cannot be untrammelled and there are limits within constitutional and legal parameters."When you say that action has to be rational, there should be some purpose of suspension and the purpose of suspension and the purpose is with regards to the session. It should not travel beyond that session. Anything other than this would be irrational. The real issue is about the rationality of the decision and the same should be for some purpose."There should be some overwhelming reason. Your decision of one year is irrational because of the deprivation of the constituency being unrepresented for more than six months. We are talking about the spirit of Parliamentary law now. It is the interpretation of the Constitution in the manner it ought to be dealt," the bench said.The top court also reiterated that it is the Supreme Court that is supreme in interpreting the constitution, not legislature."The Election Commission also got the role. Where a vacancy is there, they have to come into the picture and elections will have to be conducted. In case of suspension, there will not be an election but if a person is expelled then an election will be conducted. Another danger to democracy. Suppose there is a slender lead of the majority, and 15-20 people are suspended, what would be the fate of democracy? the bench said.The arguments remained inconclusive and will continue tomorrow.On December 14, the top court had sought responses from the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and the state government on the pleas filed by these 12 BJP MLAs.The top court had observed that issues raised in the matter and arguments advanced by the advocates appearing for the petitioners as well as the state are "debatable" and "require deeper consideration".These 12 BJP MLAs have filed petitions challenging the resolution passed by the Assembly to suspend them for one year.These MLAs were suspended on July 5 last year from the Assembly after the state government had accused them of "misbehaving" with presiding officer Bhaskar Jadhav in the Speaker's chamber.The 12 suspended members are Sanjay Kute, Ashish Shelar, Abhimanyu Pawar, Girish Mahajan, Atul Bhatkhalkar, Parag Alavani, Harish Pimpale, Yogesh Sagar, Jay Kumar Rawat, Narayan Kuche, Ram Satpute and Bunty Bhangdia.The motion to suspend these MLAs was moved by state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anil Parab and passed by a voice vote.Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis had termed the allegation as false, and said Mr Jadhav's account of the incident was "one-sided"."This is a false allegation and an attempt to reduce the numbers of opposition benches because we exposed the government's falsehood on the OBC quota in local bodies," Mr Fadnavis had said, adding that BJP members had not abused the presiding officer.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comHowever, Mr Jadhav had sought a probe into the allegation that some Shiv Sena members and he made uncharitable remarks, and said he was ready to face any punishment if it was proven true."Abusive words were directed at me. Some people are saying I made uncharitable remarks. Let there be a probe into it after checking the CCTV footage. If I have used any inappropriate language, I am ready to face any punishment," Mr Jadhav had said.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Deccan Herald | 1 year ago | |
Deccan Herald
1 year ago | |

The Supreme Court on Monday questioned the rationality of suspending 12 BJP MLAs from Maharashtra Assembly for one year, saying this would be dangerous for democracy for resulting in deprivation of representation to their constituencies."There should be some purpose of suspension and the purpose is with regards to the session. It should not travel beyond that session. Anything other than this would be irrational," a bench presided over by Justice A M Khanwilkar said.The bench also referred to the Parliamentary law which required that a constituency can't go unrepresented beyond six months and the role of Election Commission comes into play in such circumstances."In case of suspension, there will not be an election but if a person is expelled then election will be conducted. Another is danger to the democracy. Suppose there is a slender lead of the majority, and 15-20 people are suspended, what would be the fate of democracy," the bench asked senior advocate C A Sundaram, appearing for Maharashtra.The counsel emphasised on the limited scope of judicial review of the decision on punishment by the Assembly.The bench, also comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and C T Ravikumar, said there has to be some rational and constitutional principle behind suspension as  houses meet in sessions. The court was hearing the plea by 12 BJP MLAs against their suspension for one year on July 5.On January 11, the court had said suspension of the MLAs for allegedly misbehaving with the presiding officer in chair, both inside and outside the Assembly, was “worse than expulsion”.The court had then expressed an inclination to interfere with the resolution passed by the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.Watch the latest DH videos:

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 1 year ago | |
Times of India
1 year ago | |

MUMBAI: In a fresh escalation of tensions between the Maharashtra governor and MVA government, governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has in his reply to CM Uddhav Thackeray's letter on the issue of the state assembly speaker's election stated he is "pained and dismayed to see the intemperate tone and threatening tenor" of the CM's letter which he feels "has belittled and denigrated the high constitutional office of the governor." During the row over the speaker's election, there was an exchange of letters between the CM and Raj Bhavan. In the last letter written on Tuesday, the MVA apparently gave Raj Bhavan an ultimatum, saying if there was no response in a reasonable period, the legislature secretariat would proceed with the poll plan. According to reports, the CM had said legislature rules do not come within the governor's jurisdiction and that MVA is determined to hold the speaker's election. The governor has no powers to review legislature rules and he should not examine their legal validity, the letter had stated. In his reply, Koshyari said he was pained and dismayed by the tone and tenor of the CM's letter. He wrote, "It is noteworthy to mention you have taken nearly 11 months to initiate the process of election of speaker and Maharashtra Assembly rules 6 and 7 have been amended drastically. Thus, the impact of these far-reaching amendments needs to be examined legally. I have never questioned the prerogative of the house in the matter of its procedure/proceeding; however, I can't be pressurized to give consent to a process which prima facie appears to be unconstitutional and illegal as enshrined in Article 208 of the Constitution." Further, he said he has taken an oath to defend the Constitution.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 1 year ago | |
Times of India
1 year ago | |

PUNE: Many districts in the state have been unable to scale up the vaccine coverage and reach the desired numbers owing to duplicate names in voters’ list, and migration of people to cities. Officials said several districts in Marathwada, Vidarbha and even some parts of western Maharashtra were struggling to achieve the first dose vaccination target due to the absence of some of the beneficiaries — many of whom have taken vaccination in other cities. State health minister Rajesh Tope had said last week that local administration would be held responsible for slow vaccination. The voters’ list is being used as a reference point to target the number of eligible vaccine beneficiaries above the age of 18. Collectors of many of these districts such as Dhule, Hingoli, Nanded, Beed and Nandurbar, which is at the bottom in terms of vaccine coverage, have raised the issue, with many people not residing in these districts. “We conducted the Har Ghar Dastak programme. Some of the families said their members have moved to various cities. They had applied for cancellation of their names, but they continue to reflect in the list,” said an official. Duplicate names in both the districts is an issue and it can only be checked after reaching out to citizens and confirming that they have been inoculated. However, this is a time-consuming exercise, said a senior health official. A citizen said he had moved to Pune from Sangli, and re-registered as a voter here. He had applied for deletion of his name in the voters’ list in Sangli, but his name appears in the list in both the places. Election authorities said that there have been repeated announcements for deletion of names. “We have cleared a lot of applications for deletion. The state had even urged people to check and correct the names. Till November 30, the state had 8.9cr total electors, of which 4.68cr were male electors, and 4.27cr were female electors. “We had deleted over 24lakh names after scrutiny. It is the responsibility of citizens to delete the names if they are registered at two places,” said an election official. The local authorities had brought up this issue at the meeting with the state health minister. Officials have said the same needs to be checked during the door-to-door drive. The new voter list will be published on January 5.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Ndtv | 1 year ago | |
Ndtv
1 year ago | |

Maharashtra government deferred its decision to hold the state Legislative Assembly Speaker's electionMumbai: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday deferred its decision to hold the election of the state Legislative Assembly Speaker after a legal opinion that confrontation with the Raj Bhavan be avoided.The election will be held in the next session of the state legislature, said a senior minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA - comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress) government.Tuesday is the last day of the ongoing winter session of the legislature.The Speaker's post is lying vacant since February this year, after Nana Patole, who was elected to the constitutional position in end-2019, resigned to take charge as the state Congress chief.On Tuesday, sources told news agency PTI that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray spoke to NCP president Sharad Pawar over phone to seek his opinion on the Raj Bhavan's 'refusal' to give its nod for the Speaker's election schedule."(Sharad) Pawar also spoke to Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni and later the MVA leaders met in the Vidhan Bhavan to discuss the government's stand," a source told news agency PTI.The government wanted to hold the Speaker's election during the ongoing session.On Sunday, a delegation of MVA leaders met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari with a letter of CM Thackeray.Mr Koshyari had later conveyed to the government that its amendment in the legislative rules of holding the Speaker's election through voice vote instead of ballot was 'unconstitutional', and that he was checking its constitutional validity.The MVA had responded by saying it was within its rights to amend the existing rules as per changing times.The Shiv Sena-led MVA, which completed two years in power in November, enjoys majority in the 288-member House.Notably, 12 MLAs of the BJP are under suspension for a year since the monsoon session in July this year for allegedly misbehaving with the presiding officer in the Speaker's chamber On Monday, the state government had said it was firm on holding the election on Tuesday if the governor did not respond.The MVA had said if the governor did not reply to its second letter, it would be considered as his consent.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comBut, Mr Koshyari replied on Tuesday morning, sources told PTI, without elaborating on contents of the letter. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Deccan Herald | 1 year ago | |
Deccan Herald
1 year ago | |

Avoiding a confrontation with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and legal tangles, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government decided to put off the election to the post of Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. The MVA was contemplating holding the elections on Tuesday, the last day of the winter session, however, they decided to put it on hold.The elections to the Presiding Officer of the Lower House would now be taken in the budget session of the Maharashtra Legislature. According to available information, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had a word with NCP founder-President Sharad Pawar, the chief architect of the MVA, and took a final call. Thackeray and Pawar had also spoken to Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhkoni.The senior MVA leaders - from Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress also met at the Vidhan Bhavan complex. The MVA had earlier sent a letter to the Governor over the amendment in the Legislative rules  of holding the Speaker's election through voice vote instead of secret ballot. Koshyari, however, has not cleared it. 

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
  • Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
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    In a significant development, the Maharashtra Legislature on Monday unanimously passed a resolution postponing elections to the local bodies in the state in the absence of 27 per cent political reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).With the Treasury and Opposition benches unanimous on the issue, the resolution sailed through. The issue of OBCs political reservation is a major issue for both the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi constituents - Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress besides the opposition BJP.In the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, the resolution was tabled by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar which was seconded by Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis.Later, Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif tabled the resolution in the Maharashtra Legislative Council.Chairman Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar sought the opinion of the Upper House over the resolution. The Council members unanimously supported the resolution following which it was passed.The Supreme Court apex had maintained the reservation in favour of OBCs in local bodies in Maharashtra cannot exceed an aggregate of 50 per cent of the total seats reserved for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs taken together.Watch the latest DH videos:

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Ndtv | 1 year ago | |
Ndtv
1 year ago | |

Sanjay Raut said the governor is not appointed to reject the rights of the legislature/ (File photo)Mumbai: Amid the ongoing tussle between the Maharashtra government and the Raj Bhavan over the issue of state Assembly Speaker's election, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said the governor is not appointed to reject the rights of the legislature and government's recommendations.In sarcastic remarks, Mr Raut also said the Maharashtra governor seemed too studious and this could cause him "indigestion".“If the governor is acting contradictory to his constitutional duties, then the state will have to take some political steps as well,” the Shiv Sena's chief spokesperson said.The remarks came a day after the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra conveyed to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari that a delay in approving the schedule for election of the Legislative Assembly Speaker will be taken as his "consent".A delegation of MVA ministers had met the governor on Sunday with a letter of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, seeking approval to hold the Speaker's election in the ongoing legislature session.A senior minister later told PTI that the governor, in a letter to the CM on Monday morning, said the amendment in existing legislative rules to pave the way for holding the Speaker's election through a voice vote in the Assembly and not ballot was 'unconstitutional'.Talking to reporters on Tuesday, Raut said, “It seems that the Maharashra governor is too studious, it could cause him indigestion. His appointment is not for rejecting the rights of the legislative House, government's recommendations and people's will.” The Rajya Sabha member further said he will not speak on the governor's response to the letter sent by CM (over the election of new Speaker).PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"I have already said the governor should not study so much. If someone faces indigestion, it could lead to abdominal pains. The state health department can treat such ailments,” he said sarcastically.Asked if CM Thackeray, who underwent a cervical spine surgery sometime back, would attend the session, Raut said, "Wait and watch." Tuesday is the last day of the state legislature's winter session.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 1 year ago | |
Times of India
1 year ago | |

MUMBAI: In a fresh confrontation with the Raj Bhavan, the MVA government in Maharashtra on Monday conveyed to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari that a delay in approving the schedule for election of the Legislative assembly speaker will be taken as his "consent", sources said. The Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, which has been at loggerheads with the governor's office over a number of issues, appears firm on holding the speaker election on Tuesday, the last day of the ongoing winter session of the legislature, despite the Governor refusing to accept the ruling coalition's request for approval of the schedule. The Congress, a constituent of the MVA, has accused the opposition BJP of obstructing the speaker's election by using the governor's office. The post is lying vacant since February this year. Notably, 12 MLAs of the BJP are under suspension for a year since the monsoon session in July this year for allegedly misbehaving with the presiding officer in the speaker's chamber. A senior minister told PTI that the governor, in a letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday morning, said the amendment in existing legislative rules to pave the way for holding the speaker's election through a voice vote in the assembly and not ballot was "unconstitutional". A delegation of MVA ministers had met the governor on Sunday with a letter of the chief minister seeking approval to hold the speaker election in the ongoing legislature session itself. The minister said a second letter sent to the Raj Bhavan on Monday evening explained that the government was within its rights to amend the existing rules related to the speaker's election. "We are firm on holding the election tomorrow (Tuesday)," he said. The development comes amid reports that Koshyari has not accepted the state government's plea for holding the speaker's election during the winter session of the state legislature. Yesterday, the governor had told a government delegation comprising revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat, urban development minister Eknath Shinde and food and civil supplies minister Chhagan Bhujbal that he would seek legal opinion on the issue and get back to them. Later, Thorat had said the governor sought details of the amendments to the legislative rules about holding the election through a voice vote instead of ballot. Shinde also had said the change in procedure of holding the speaker's election was done as per the rules. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut took a swipe at the governor this morning saying "too much of study is not good in a democracy". "What matters in a democracy is listening to the voice of the people. As per Constitution, a governor has to abide by the recommendations of the state cabinet," he said. Maharashtra Congress president and MLA Nana Patole said the proposed election of the speaker by a voice vote is not unconstitutional. The post of speaker is lying vacant since February this year after Patole, who was elected to the constitutional position in end-2019, resigned to take charge as the state Congress chief. "Election of the speaker of the legislative assembly will be held by a voice vote (instead of through ballot) and the government has planned to hold this election tomorrow (Dec 28) itself," Patole told reporters. Patole was responding to a media query about a letter sent by the governor to the state government saying holding the election through a voice vote will be unconstitutional. The Congress MLA said the legislature has powers to amend rules related to election of speaker and they were amended accordingly in Maharashtra. There is a similar process in the Lok Sabha and Maharashtra has adopted the same process of electing the speaker by a voice vote, he said. The Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government and Koshyari have had constant face-offs since the three-party ruling coalition assumed office in November 2019. Koshyari had declined to nominate Thackeray (who is not an MLA) to the Legislative Council through the governor's quota after the biennial election to the Upper house of the legislature were put off during the Covid-19 lockdown last year. The governor's refusal had even threatened the survival of the MVA government as Thackeray had to get elected to either house of the Legislature before May 2020. He was not a member of the legislature when he was sworn in as chief minister in November 2019. Koshyari has also not accepted the state cabinet's recommendations to nominate 12 members to the Legislative Council through the governor's quota. Koshyari had also written a letter to Thackeray on the issue of delay in reopening of temples and questioned his Hindutva ideals. The state government had denied Koshyari permission to use the official plane to visit Uttarakhand, his home state. Meanwhile, senior advocate Shrihari Aney, a former advocate general of Maharashtra, told PTI that what the governor says may not have any legal implications when it comes to elections inside the House. "The basic position in law is that the elections are conducted in the House by the speaker. In this the governor has no role to play," Aney said. If the Governor wants to give any directions or has anything to say, then it has to be in private, Aney added. The senior advocate further said if the speaker (the Chair) says there will be a voice vote, instead of a secret ballot, and if there is a section of MLAs which does not like this process, then they can ask the speaker (presiding officer) for a division (of votes). "Then the speaker (the Chair) would have to take a decision on whether the elections would be held via voice vote or a ballot. While the governor may not have any legal rights but what he says can be considered as what a section of MLAs want," Aney said.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
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    The Maharashtra government is working on holding the Assembly speaker's election on Tuesday.Mumbai: The Maharashtra government is working on holding the Assembly speaker's election on Tuesday, the last day of the ongoing Winter Session, sources said on Monday.The development comes amid reports that Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has not accepted the state government's plea for holding the speaker's election during the Winter Session of the state legislature.However, the state government and the Raj Bhavan refused to confirm it.A delegation of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government met Mr Koshyari on Sunday and handed him a letter written by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, seeking the governor's approval for holding an election for the post of Assembly Speaker during the winter session of the state legislature.Later, state Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, who was part of the delegation, had said the governor sought details of the amendments to the legislative rules about holding the election through voice vote instead of ballot.Mr Thorat had also informed that Mr Koshyari said he will discuss and seek more information from legal experts and convey his decision by Monday.Sources on Monday said "a letter has been sent to the chief minister in a sealed envelope this morning".Asked about contents of the letter, a senior state minister on condition of anonymity said the state cabinet is meeting later in the day and "we are working to find a solution"."The speaker's election will be held tomorrow," he added.State minister Eknath Shinde, who was part of the delegation that met Mr Koshyari on Sunday, had said the change in procedure of holding the speaker's election was done as per the rules.The Assembly speaker's post has been lying vacant since February this year, after Nana Patole resigned to take charge as the state Congress chief.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe winter session of the state legislature began on December 22 and will end on December 28.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Deccan Herald | 1 year ago | |
Deccan Herald
1 year ago | |

A delegation of Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi called on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to seek his approval for the election of Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.The Speaker post has been vacant for eight months. The delegation consisted of Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat of the Congress, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal of the NCP and Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde of the Shiv Sena. The post of the Speaker has been vacant since February after Nana Patole resigned to take over as Maharashtra Congress President. Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal of the NCP is holding the fort officiating the Constitutional post. The name of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and three-term MLA from Bhor, Sangram Thopte is doing the rounds. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic and now the outbreak of Omicron, the MVA had scheduled only a week-long session, which was opposed by BJP and sought an extension. The Speaker’s election - by a voice vote - is expected to be held on Monday and Tuesday.Thorat, who is also the leader of Congress Legislature Party, said that the delegation handed over a letter by Thackeray to the Governor.According to him, the Governor had sought details of the amendment in legislative rules about holding the election through voice vote instead of the ballot. “The Governor has informed that he will discuss and seek more information from legal experts and convey his decision by Monday," Thorat said Shinde, who is a case aide of Thackeray, said the change in the procedure of holding the Speaker's election has been done as per rules and we are confident that the Governor will give his approval soon.Notably, last week, Chavan tabled the suggestions of the Legislative Rules Committee of Assembly to conduct the Speaker’s election by voice vote instead of secret ballot. Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis lead the BJP protest against reducing the time frame allocated for objections and suggestions on the report of the Legislative Rules Committee from 10 days to one.Fadnavis said, “The Supreme Court in its order had urged 12 MLAs who have been suspended in this House to submit an application to the (Deputy) Speaker to reconsider their suspension. As per the apex court’s directions, the 12 MLAs have submitted such an application to you. The session is going to end on the 28th. You want to conduct the Speaker's election. I urge you with all humility that you should give your verdict on the application of these 12 MLAs before the Speaker's election."Both Shinde and Thorat said the Governor had not discussed the issue of suspending 12 BJP MLAs or the long-pending nomination of 12 members to the Legislative Council from the Governor's quota. It has been for over a year that Koshyari had kept the nominations of MLCs pending.According to Article171(5) of the Constitution: “(5) The members to be nominated by the Governor under sub-clause (e) of clause (3) shall consist of persons having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as the following, namely: literature, science, art, co-operative movement and social service.” While the Governor has to go by the recommendations of the Cabinet, there is no deadline by which the Governor has to clear the nominations.Check out latest videos from DH:

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Ndtv | 1 year ago | |
Ndtv
1 year ago | |

The 12 legislators were suspended on July 5 this year. (Representational)Mumbai: Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Narhari Zirwal, on Friday asked the legislature secretary not to respond to the Supreme Court's notice on the plea filed by 12 BJP MLAs challenging their one-year suspension.The 12 legislators were suspended on July 5 this year after they allegedly misbehaved with presiding officer Bhaskar Jadhav in the Speaker's chamber.Mr Zirwal directed the government to apprise the top court of the developments that led to the suspension of these BJP members.BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar wondered how the government can hold the speaker's election by keeping 12 voters suspended.Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis said the 12 legislators have applied to the speaker's office requesting their suspension be reconsidered."I hope their suspension is revoked before the speaker's election next week," he said.Mr Zirwal said that the Supreme Court's notice was received by the legislature secretariat on December 21.The 12 suspended members are Sanjay Kute, Ashish Shelar, Abhimanyu Pawar, Girish Mahajan, Atul Bhatkhalkar, Parag Alavani, Harish Pimpale, Yogesh Sagar, Jay Kumar Rawal, Narayan Kuche, Ram Satpute and Bunty Bhangdia.On December 14, the Supreme Court had sought responses from the Maharashtra legislative assembly and the state government on the pleas filed by these MLAs, who have challenged their one-year suspension. The top court had observed that the issues raised in the matter and arguments advanced by the advocates appearing for the petitioners as well as the state are "debatable" and "require deeper consideration".Talking to PTI, former principal secretary of the Maharashtra legislature, Anant Kalse, said the decision of not accepting any notice from the Supreme Court or high courts had been taken during a conference in 2007 that was chaired by the then Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee.As per Article 212 of the Constitution, courts shall not inquire into the proceedings of the legislature and the validity of any proceedings in the legislature of a state shall not be called in question on the ground of any alleged irregularity of procedure, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe Article also mentions that no officer or member of the legislature, in whom powers are vested by or under the constitution, for regulating procedure or conduct of business or for maintaining order in the legislature, shall be subject to the jurisdiction of any court, he said.Last year, both the Houses of the Maharashtra legislature had passed resolutions that the presiding officers will not respond to any notice or summons issued by the Supreme Court in the privilege case against Republic Media Network's editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 1 year ago | |
Times of India
1 year ago | |

KOLHAPUR: Huge turnout was recorded for the newly created six municipal councils in Satara and three in Sangli district on Tuesday. In Satara, Lonand, Koregaon, Patan, Dahivadi, Waduj and Khandala went to polls, while in Sangli district polls and voting was done at Kadegaon, Khanapur and Kavathe Mahankal. Voter turnout of about 75% to 85% was reported. The campaign saw fierce battle between political parties and leaders for most of these municipal councils. The campaign for Kavathe Mahankal Municipal Council was led by the son of former deputy chief minister late R R Patil and sitting MLA Suman Patil’s son Rohit Patil. Against his panel, leaders across all parties formed their panel. If the results go in his favour, he is most likely to be NCP’s candidate for next assembly election. The election for these municipal councils was held without reservation for candidates from other backward category (OBC) after the Supreme Court stayed the ordinance issued by the state government granting political reservation to OBCs. The counting of votes will be on January 19.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 1 year ago | |
Times of India
1 year ago | |

MUMBAI: Following the Supreme Court’s verdict converting the 27% quota seats for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) into the general category for the upcoming local body polls, the Maharashtra State Election Commission (SEC) on Friday said that the election to the seats initially meant for the OBC category will now be held on January 18. Elections for 106 nagar panchayats, the zilla parishads of Bhandara and Gondia, and panchayat samitis under their jurisdiction are scheduled on December 21. And after the SC order, 413 seats, excluding the gram panchayat polls, which were reserved for OBCs will now be converted into general category. Counting of all seats will be done on January 19. Elections for the other seats will be held as per schedule. A senior official from the SEC said, “The seats meant for OBCs will now be treated as general category. Of these, 50% will have to be given to women. We have already issued directions to various collectors to ensure that reservation is kept for women on seats in the general category.” This is not the first time that local body polls in the state will be conducted without the OBC quota, which came into existence in 1994. The October bypolls for Akola, Washim, Dhule, Nandurbar, and Nagpur and Palghar zilla parishads were held without this quota. The state cabinet on Wednesday had resolved to write to the SEC to postpone the elections to allow for empirical data to be collected to restore the OBC quota. Officials said that since the SC had confirmed the election on December 21, the SEC did not have the power to postpone the elections. On December 6, the SC had stayed till further orders the local body elections in Maharashtra on seats reserved for OBCs and had made it clear that the poll process for the other seats would continue.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
The Economic Times | 1 year ago | |
The Economic Times
1 year ago | |

Maharashtra's Maha Vikas Aghadi government and the opposition BJP are on the same page with regard to the 'postponement' of the local body elections till the reservation issue for the Other Backward Classes is settled. While the NCP minister Nawab Malik has warned of a law-and-order problem if the State Election Commission goes ahead with the elections without giving political reservations to the OBCs, BJP leader Pankaja Munde in a memorandum urged state election commissioner UPS Madan to 'defer the local body polls till empirical data for the OBCs is completed'."There can be a law-and-order issue in the state if you hold the (local body) elections without restoring the OBC reservation. In a democracy you cannot hold elections by showing guns and creating fear," said Malik.Malik's comments came after another minister Vijay Wadettiwar said that the Maharashtra government has already written to the State Election Commission to postpone the local body polls. With OBC population estimated to be more than 52% in the state, no political party can afford to alienate the community. The State commission has said that the elections for the local body seats initially meant for the OBC category - which will now be treated as general category seats - will be held on January 18. Experts have opined that polls cannot be postponed unless there is a national emergency.The state government wants the polls to be postponed for at least three months so that it can come up with empirical data justifying political quota for OBCs. The SC had recently quashed the state's move to give 27% quota to OBCs in the local body polls.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
  • Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: Stung by the SC verdict converting the 27% quota seats for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) into the general category for the upcoming local body polls, the state cabinet on Wednesday resolved to write to the state election commission to postpone the election. This, to allow for empirical data to be collected in order to restore the OBC quota. The cabinet also agreed to appoint an IAS officer as a point-person to ensure the data collection on OBC representation takes place. And to approve funds required for the exercise in the upcoming state assembly session. However, the state election commission has said it will not be possible to postpone the local body scheduled for December 21st since the Supreme Court had confirmed the dates. “The state will have to approach the SC for any changes,” said an SEC official. The SEC also pointed out that since the OBC quota seats have been converted to the general category, elections for these seats cannot be held with the rest of the local body elections on December 21st. “We will have to call for nominations afresh from general category candidates. The entire process could take a month,” said an official. The SEC has declared elections for 106 nagar panchayats, the zilla parishads of Bhandara and Gondia, and 15 panchayat samitis on that date. The quota issue is important because the Maratha community and the OBCs, which are more numerous, are jostling for political dominance. Political parties do not want to risk alienating either group. The verdict escalated the blame-game between the MVA government and the Opposition BJP especially since the SC has dismissed the state’s plea seeking data gathered through the Centre’s Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011. The SC asked for empirical data on contemporary political representation of OBCs in local bodies to be collated by a dedicated commission. “Now they say the OBC data is not there and there are errors in the SECC. If it was absent, then why did former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis write multiple letters to the Centre asking for OBC data from the SECC?” asked food and civil supplies minister Chhagan Bhujbal from the NCP. He said the SC verdict would impact the OBC quota in political representation in other states as well. “This will have a national impact and OBCs will rise against it,” said Bhujbal. “It is obvious to OBCs that the BJP is anti-reservation,” said PWD Minister Ashok Chavan. The Opposition BJP said the OBC quota had been lost solely because of the MVA’s negligence. “The Supreme Court had first asked for empirical data on the electoral backwardness of OBCs in 2019. What was the state government doing for the last two years?” asked BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis. He said the state should collect the data in the next three months and seek to postpone the polls until the OBC quota is restored. “The BJP is clear that the polls should not be held without the OBC quota,” said Fadnavis. BJP leader Chandrashekhar Bawankule who belongs to the OBC community also said the state had not provided the State Backward Class Commission with funds to collect data. State Congress chief Nana Patole urged chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to provide all facilities to the Commission so that data collection can begin as early as possible and OBC reservation is sustained.

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  • The Economic Times

    The Maharashtra government has asked the state election commission to postpone local body polls till the empirical data on Other Backward Communities was prepared by the Backward Class Commission. However, its validity has been questioned by a legal expert."The issue was brought up in the Cabinet and it was unanimously agreed that the election commission should be asked to not hold local body polls in the state till it is able to collect the empirical data," food and civil supplies minister Chhagan Bhujbal said in Mumbai on Wednesday after the Supreme Court verdict struck down the state's 27% OBC quota for the local body polls. Bhujbal said the state would try to collect the empirical data of the OBC community within three months and the local body polls could be held after it.Two zilla parishads and 106 gram panchayats are set to go to polls on December 21, with more local body polls to follow.A legal expert said that the state could be getting into a bigger problem as the election commission is not bound by the state government's request. "I don't know who their legal advisors are. The elections cannot be postponed unless there is a national emergency. Under the Constitution, there is no provision to postpone elections once the term of the elected body is over," professor Ulhas Bapat, an expert in Constitution law, told ET.He also expressed doubts on the state's ability to collect OBC's empirical data in three months. "The Supreme Court judgment clearly says that the OBC data should be collated and compared, which means the state has to compare the backwardness of the OBC communities with other communities. This will mean that the state would not be able to collect the OBC data even if it takes six months," Bapat said.The state government has been under pressure since March this year after the SC struck down the 27% political quota for OBCs. The state had filed an appeal and even issued an ordinance which was also struck down. The request to the election commission could be a strategy to show that the state had done everything in its power to hold polls with the OBC quota. The political quota for the OBCs has become a hot potato for the state government as the BJP has been claiming that the state has been losing its arguments as it was 'incompetent' in handling the issue. OBC leaders like Bhujbal and Vijay Wadettiwar have, however, accused the Centre of deliberately creating hurdles for the state to implement the quota.

  • Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: Concerned about a backlash from the OBC community after the Supreme Court stayed the state’s 27% quota for the community in local body polls, the MVA government has decided to file an affidavit asking for the polls scheduled for December 21 to be held for all seats in all categories or postponed completely. “The view of the Mahavikas Aghadi government is clear. Elections should be conducted for all categories or all elections should be postponed. It will be wrong to hold elections for non-OBC category seats,” said deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar.The SC on Monday stayed local body polls in seats reserved for OBC candidates and allowed polls for the rest. A two-judge bench questioned the state for bypassing verdicts on OBC reservation by a Constitutional bench and a three-judge bench. It rapped the government for taking the ordinance route without fulfilling criteria as enumerated by the top court, under which a committee had to collect data on OBC representation and ensure reservation does not breach the 50% ceiling. The bench had said, “Your political compulsion cannot be the basis to undo our judgement” when the state’s counsel argued that no one from OBC community would get representation if the SC ordered a stay. The state election panel has now declared elections in non-OBC seats in 106 nagar panchayats, the zilla parishads of Bhandara and Gondia and 15 panchayat samitis. The next date for hearing in the apex court is December 13. “We will not wait for that date. Instead, we are in the process of filing an intervention application before the court. I am sure we will get justice,” Pawar said. Pawar said a similar situation was witnessed in four to five states, but then the SC had given a different verdict. Food and civil supplies Chhagan Bhujbal also demanded that the Centre provide the state with empirical data in regard to the OBC quota. “If data provided by the Centre can be used for Central schemes, then why can’t it be provided to the state?” he asked. He said it would take 6-8 months for the state backward class commission to gather empirical data on OBCs. Pawar said in a coalition government, one has to take all parties together and it would be wrong to exclude OBCs from the poll process.

  • Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
  • The Economic Times

    BJP MLA Ashish Shelar on Wednesday asked the Maharashtra State Election Commission to not go ahead with the polls in local bodies scheduled on December 21, saying conducting them will amount to doing injustice to Other Backward Classes (OBCs).Shelar's request came against the backdrop of the Supreme Court staying these polls on the seats where there is the reservation of up to 27 per cent for the OBCs.Maharashtra State Election Commissioner U P S Madan had on Tuesday announced that elections to zilla parishads, panchayat samiti and gram panchayats will be held as per schedule except on the seats reserved for OBCs in light of the Supreme Court verdict.This decision of the poll body has attracted criticism from various political parties.While staying these polls on the seats where there is the reservation of up to 27 per cent for the OBCs, the SC had also made it clear that the election process for the other seats would continue.Shelar, the BJP chief whip in the Maharashtra legislature and former minister, on Wednesday submitted a written request with the state election commissioner for staying the polls.“The election (in local bodies) is not going to be conducted on some seats because the OBC data is not available. Holding elections on remaining seats by excluding some would be an injustice to the OBC community. Hence we requested the commissioner to put the elections on hold till this issue is resolved,” he said.The tripartite MVA government of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress has announced that it will file an affidavit in the apex court requesting it to either allow polling on all seats in the local bodies on December 21 or to postpone it completely.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 1 year ago | |
Times of India
1 year ago | |

MUMBAI: In a jolt to the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance in Maharashtra, the BJP won four of the six seats in the state legislative council, including Nagpur, and wrested the Akola-Buldhana-Washim seat from the Shiv Sena. Reacting to BJP's victory, leader of opposition in the Maharashtra assembly Devendra Fadnavis said the BJP has busted the MVA's myth that the three parties (Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress) can win every election in the state by contesting together. The Election Commission had announced polling to six seats to the Maharashtra legislative council from five local constituencies on December 10. In the election for two seats in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Shiv Sena (Sunil Shinde) and the BJP (Rajhans Singh) bagged one seat each unopposed. In the Kolhapur and Nandurbar-Dhule MLC polls also, the Congress and the BJP respectively secured one seat each unopposed. Polling to the Nagpur and Akola-Buldhana-Washim seats was held on December 10. According to the district information office, in Nagpur, of the 554 votes polled, BJP candidate and former state energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule secured 362 votes, while Mangesh Deshmukh, the independent candidate who was supported by the MVA, got 186 votes. On the eve of polling, the Congress nominee, Ravindra Bhoyar, had expressed his inability to contest, following which the party backed Deshmukh. However, Bhoyar later contested the poll and got only one vote. In a major upset, Shiv Sena's three-time MLC Gopikishan Bajoria was defeated by BJP's Vasant Khandelwal in Akola-Washim-Buldhana. Of the total 808 votes, Khandelwal bagged 443 votes while Bajoria secured 334. “The MVA was claiming that they will win all the elections as three parties have come together. We have busted this myth and I feel that this victory has laid the foundation for our future wins,” Fadnavis said. Khandelwal attributed his victory to the successful strategy of his party. Speaking to reporters, Bawankule said the MVA had 240 votes. However, the MVA-supported candidate only got 186 votes. Bawankule attacked Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole and accused him of behaving in an autocratic manner and demanded his resignation. He said the Congress should introspect why their votes got split. "For two days, they indulged in horse trading, even then they could not keep their party together. This is in real sense the defeat of Congress leaders. The Congress leaders were behaving in an autocratic manner. Nana Patole is not suitable to work as the (state) party chief and he should resign," he said.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
  • Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
  • Times of India

    NAGPUR: The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) suffered its first major setback in Vidarbha since forming the government in Maharashtra in 2019. It lost both the Nagpur and Akola-Buldhana-Washim seats by crushing margins in the MLC local authority constituency biennial polls the results of which were announced on Tuesday. Earlier, the BJP had lost the graduates’ constituency and zilla parishad polls and bypolls to the three-party coalition of MVA. The BJP has won four out of six seats where elections were held on December 10. There were no polls for four seats after an unofficial pact between the rival factions. It included two seats in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) where BJP’s Rajhans Singh and Shiv Sen’s Sunil Shinde won. The Congress and BJP bagged one seat each at Kolhapur (minister of state Satej Patil) and Nandurbar-Dhule (Amrish Patel), respectively. Though it was an expected win for the saffron party’s Chandrashekhar Bawankule, in Akola-Buldhana-Washim constituency, it pulled a coup of sorts by defeating Shiv Sena’s Gopikishan Bajoria, a three-time MLC, by a margin of 109 votes even though MVA constituents had over 400 out of the 822 voters. As reported by TOI on December 12, Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) played a key role in ensuring BJP’s Vasant Khandelwal’s victory along with some independents. While Khandelwal secured 443 votes, Bajoria polled 334 out of the 808 valid votes. This means that the BJP bagged a big number of 157 votes from the other parties that probably included 86 of VBA, 77 independents and a few from MVA constituents – Sena, NCP and Congress. In Nagpur too, BJP received 44 votes from the three coalition partners and other parties in addition to its own tally of 318. The MVA backed independent Mangesh Deshmukh received 186 votes, while five were declared invalid. Former Congress candidate Ravindra Bhoyar, who was brought from the BJP, managed to get just one vote. On Friday, Bhoyar had told TOI that he toed the party line and voted for Deshmukh. Leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis hailed the twin victories of Bawankule and Khandewal stating that it was a ‘tight slap’ on the MVA partners’ faces. “Both these victories are special. It’s the result of the hard work of every karyakarta. With these victories by huge margins, once again, the BJP has proved its mettle in these MLC elections,” he tweeted. Fadnavis was in the city to greet Bawankule and joined party workers in the celebrations. “Political arithmetic does not mean MVA’s three parties coming together to secure victories. In fact, it’s the political chemistry which worked for us,” he told the media. Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Nana Patole blamed BJP for “horse-trading” in the polls to secure wins. “They resorted to undemocratic tactics to win the polls which is their modus operandi. We, however, welcome the people’s mandate,” he said. Bawankule, a three-time MLA who was denied a ticket for the 2019 assembly polls, thanked the party’s central and state parliamentary boards for reposing the faith in him. “It is indeed a big victory and I thank party leaders and workers, who supported me throughout. Even in Akola, the Shiv Sena won since last three terms just because they had the support of BJP. Now, after withdrawing from the saffron alliance, the voters there taught a befitting lesson to them.” Denying speculations about him being upset over denial of ticket to him earlier, the former energy minister in Fadnavis cabinet added party had given him everything and never ditched him. “I was heading Vidarbha and Marathwada. For some reason, the party wanted me to work at the ground level and I obliged. No one is above party. Even if declined a ticket, the leaders should always follow party’s orders,” he said.

  • Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
  • The Economic Times

  • Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
  • Deccan Herald

    In a jolt to the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance in Maharashtra, the BJP won four of the six seats in the state Legislative Council, including Nagpur, and wrested the Akola-Buldhana-Washim seat from the Shiv Sena.Reacting to BJP's victory, Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly Devendra Fadnavis said the BJP has busted the MVA's myth that the three parties (Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress) can win every election in the state by contesting together.The Election Commission had announced polling to six seats to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from five local constituencies on December 10.Also Read | Maharashtra council poll wins reflect faith in PM Modi, says NaddaIn the election for two seats in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Shiv Sena (Sunil Shinde) and the BJP (Rajhans Singh) bagged one seat each unopposed.In the Kolhapur and Nandurbar-Dhule MLC polls also, the Congress and the BJP respectively secured one seat each unopposed. Polling to the Nagpur and Akola-Buldhana-Washim seats was held on December 10.According to the District Information Office, in Nagpur, of the 554 votes polled, BJP candidate and former state energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule secured 362 votes, while Mangesh Deshmukh, the independent candidate who was supported by the MVA, got 186 votes.On the eve of polling, the Congress nominee, Ravindra Bhoyar, had expressed his inability to contest, following which the party-backed Deshmukh. However, Bhoyar later contested the poll and got only one vote.In a major upset, Shiv Sena's three-time MLC Gopikishan Bajoria was defeated by BJP's Vasant Khandelwal in Akola-Washim-Buldhana. Of the total 808 votes, Khandelwal bagged 443 votes while Bajoria secured 334.“The MVA was claiming that they will win all the elections as three parties have come together. We have busted this myth and I feel that this victory has laid the foundation for our future wins,” Fadnavis said.Khandelwal attributed his victory to the successful strategy of his party. Speaking to reporters, Bawankule said the MVA had 240 votes. However, the MVA-supported candidate only got 186 votes.Bawankule attacked Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole and accused him of behaving in an autocratic manner and demanded his resignation. He said the Congress should introspect why their votes got split."For two days, they indulged in horse trading, even then they could not keep their party together. This is in real sense the defeat of Congress leaders. The Congress leaders were behaving in an autocratic manner. Nana Patole is not suitable to work as the (state) party chief and he should resign," he said.Check out the latest videos from DH:

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  • Deccan Herald

    BJP chief JP Nadda on Tuesday said that the party winning four of six seats in Maharashtra Legislative Council reflects people's faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and policies.Taking to microblogging site Twitter, Naddu said: "BJP winning four out of six seats in Maharashtra Legislative Council elections, shows people's faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, policies and plans. I congratulate state president Chandrakant Patil, Devendra Fadnavis and all the workers of BJP Maharashtra."BJP National General Secretary and Maharashtra in-charge CT Ravi tweeted, "Heartiest Congratulations to Team BJP Maharashtra for the spectacular victory in the MLC elections. Thanks to the exceptional hard work by our karyakartas under the leadership of state president Sri Chandrakant Patil and former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, BJP has won 4 of the 6 seats."Also Read — Battlelines drawn for Maharashtra Legislative Council pollsAfter the results were declared, Fadnavis tweeted, "Both these victories are special and results of hard work of every karyakarta. With these victories from Nagpur & Akola by great margins, once again, BJP Maharashtra proves its mettle in these MLC elections. Of the total 6 seats, BJP won 4 seats of Maharashtra Vidhan Parishad."The saffron party bagged the local authority constituency polls in Akola and Nagpur seats, with Vasant Khandelwal and Chandrashekhar Bawankule winning the seats, respectively, in the elections held last Friday.Besides, the BJP and Sena bagged one seat each in Mumbai, the BJP also netted Dhule seat and Congress secured Kolhapur, all four unopposed owing to local-level political understandings in the biennial polls.Watch the latest DH Videos here:

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Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 1 year ago | |
Times of India
1 year ago | |

NEW DELHI: There will be no reservation of seats for Other Backward Classes in the upcoming municipal elections in Maharashtra as the Supreme Court has held that reservation cannot be granted because the state has failed to fulfill the ‘triple test’ criteria, including collecting data on OBCs. The SC has directed the state election commission to convert the 27% reserved seats into general category ones. A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and C T Ravikumar turned down the Maharashtra government’s plea seeking suspension of the entire election process for at least three months during which the commission set up by it could complete the task of collecting empirical data on OBCs and for the poll to be held thereafter with seats reserved for OBC candidates. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the state, contended that it would provide all facilities and resources to the commission to fast-track the proceedings to enable it to file a report within three months.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम