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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 | |

In a statement that sparked off a political controversy in Maharashtra, state BJP president Chandrakant Patil stated that the Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was the first to create a Hindu vote bank and leaders like Narendra Modi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani carried it forward. The three ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi allies - Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress - lashed out at Patil, who had also served as state revenue minister in the Devendra Fadnavis-government. “Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and several ‘sant’ and ‘mahant’ developed a Hindu vote bank….late (prime minister) Atal Bihari Vajpayee, (former deputy prime minister and home minister) Lal Krishna Advani and (prime minister) Narendra Modi cultivated and nursed it,” Patil said while speaking to reporters in Pune.Also Read: Carve a niche for your govt in some sector of governance: PM to BJP Chief MinistersPatil's statement came when he was driving home a point on tickets and vote banks. “…one must remember that a ticket (to contest an election) belongs to the party…the vote bank belongs to the party,” he said.Patil went on to add that Veer Savarkar and then Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray inculcated the ideology among the people. “That is why Balasaheb is called HindiHriday Samrat,” he said. Reacting to the statement, Shiv Sena chief spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut said: “….I do not know whether Shivaji Maharaj created a Hindu vote bank, but I am aware that he laid the foundation of the ‘Hindavi’ swaraj (self-rule of Hindu people).” Also Read: Maharashtra MLC polls: BJP wins 4 of 6 seats; wrests Akola-Buldhana-Washim seat from SenaHe said that Shiv Sena fought a bye-election in 1992 on Hindutva. “At that time, no one imagined that the Sena could contest the elections on the issue of Hindutva….we must recall that Shiv Sena MLAs Ramesh Prabhu, Suryakant Mahadik had even been disqualified for contesting elections on the issue of Hindutva. I don’t see any MP or MLA from BJP facing this,” he said. NCP MP Amol Kolhe said that it is a highly condemnable statement. “I think, Patil must brush up his history,” said Dr Kolhe, who had essayed the role of Shivaji Maharaj in a TV serial.“The way Patil made a statement shows the mentality of Sangh Parivar-BJP…they are trying to compare Shivaji Maharaj with Narendra Modi,” said Congress’s state general secretary Sachin Sawant.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
Deccan Herald | 1 year ago | |
Deccan Herald
1 year ago | |

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday said the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) is firm on its position that the December 21 elections to local bodies should either be held for all seats, including those reserved for OBCs, or be postponed altogether.Speaking to reporters here, Pawar said it “will not be fair” if the elections are held in seats reserved for SC, ST and general categories, but not in those meant for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).The Supreme Court on Monday stayed till further orders the local body elections in Maharashtra on seats where there is the reservation of up to 27 per cent for the OBCs. The apex court had made it clear that the election process for the other seats would continue. The top court passed the order while hearing two pleas, including the one assailing the provisions inserted/amended through an ordinance permitting reservation for the category of backward class of citizens up to 27 per cent uniformly throughout Maharashtra in the concerned local bodies.Also Read | SC stays 27% OBC quota in Maharashtra local body elections“The MVA government is firm on its view that either the elections should be held across all seats or postponed altogether,” Pawar said. Without naming any party, the senior NCP leader accused the opposition of “creating confusion for no reason” on the issue of political reservation for the OBCs.“Let any party be in power, it takes all the sections along. Hence, the government is not of the view that injustice is inflicted on anyone,” he said. In the light of the Supreme Court order, the Maharashtra State Election Commission on Tuesday said the elections to ZPs and panchayat samitis on all seats except for those reserved for OBCs will be held as per the schedule on December 21.Over 400 out of 1,200 seats reserved for the OBCs will now have to wait for the next orders of the apex court.Check out DH's latest 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 comprehensive ruling, the GST Authority for Advance Ruling (GST-AAR), Maharashtra bench, has addressed a host of issues, typically faced by co-operative housing societies. In response to questions raised by Bhandup-based, Mahindra Splendour Co-operative Housing Society (CHS), the GST-AAR bench stated that if monthly charges collected from members (flat owners) exceeds Rs. 7,500 per month, goods and services tax (GST) will be levied and collected on the entire sum and not on the differential value which is in excess of this threshold. To illustrate, if maintenance charges are Rs 9,000 per month, GST will be applicable on this amount and not the differential of Rs 1,500. The AAR bench pointed out that the GST authorities have challenged a decision of the Madras High Court that upheld applicability of GST on the differential sum. A larger bench has issued a stay order and the matter is not yet settled. The AAR added that charges collected by the CHS on account of property tax, electricity charges and other statutory levies that form part of monthly maintenance bills would be excluded while calculating the threshold limit of Rs 7,500 per month. Rulings given by the AAR have a persuasive value and are taken into cognisance by authorities during assessments. However, it should be noted that smaller CHS’ with an annual turnover of Rs 20 lakh or less do not have to register and consequently do not have to comply with GST obligations. Mahindra Splendour CHS submitted to the AAR bench that the basic objective of collecting amounts towards sinking fund, building repair fund, education and election fund is to meet future or unplanned major expenditure. Such contributions are in the nature of a ‘deposit’ and are used for the specific purpose as prescribed in by-laws. Thus, GST should not apply at the time of collection. The AAR bench pointed out that amounts towards sinking and repair funds are collected as per percentage fixed in the CHS’s by-laws and in accordance with circulars issued by the Registrar of Co-operatives. If a sum is a deposit, it can be refunded. However, such funds are not refundable to members. Thus, GST would be triggered on collection and not in the future when it is utilised (say, for painting the building). Likewise, it held that education and election funds are also not a deposit and GST applies at the time of collection. This CHS was suppling water received from the Mumbai municipal corporation through an elaborate storage and pumping system. Further, it had a sewage treatment plant which supplied recycled water to all flats for use in toilet flushing. The AAR bench held that the notification 2/2017 which provides for a nil GST rate pertains to goods supplied and not services supplied. Mahindra Splendour is providing a ‘service of supplying water’ –members are not charged based on the quantity of water supplied. Thus, the notification is not applicable and water supply charges are subject to GST. In the absence of specific details, the AAR bench did not give a categorical reply. However, it pointed out that major repairs involving large expenditure extend the useful life of an equipment – for eg: replacement of a motor in a lift. In accounting, such major repairs are capitalised as assets and depreciation (write-off) over a period of time is available. Input tax credit will not be available against expenses that are capitalised, it explained.

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: A special court in Nagpur handling cases against members of Parliament (MPs), members of legislative assembly (MLAs) framed charges against Maharashtra’s leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis in a 2014 complaint against him relating to his affidavit before a returning officer at the office of the Election Commission, Napur. When the court on Saturday, December 4, asked advocate U P Dable, for Fadnavis, what he pleads, he replied, “not guilty”. Judicial magistrate, first class, V M Deshmukh, explaining the “particulars of offence” to the advocate of the accused, stated that Fadnavis had concealed and not mentioned, despite having knowledge, two cases in which cognisance was taken prior to filing of the affidavit on September 26, 2014. An advocate, Satish Uke, had filed the complaint on October 20, 2014, against Fadnavis, former chief minister of Maharashtra. The court said that the disclosure of the two cases was “mandatory” under the Representation of People Act and Conduct of Election Rule It further stated that hence Fadnavis had committed an offence punishable under section 125-A of the Representation of People Act (penalty for filing false affidavit, concealing information etc is up to six months’ imprisonment or fine or both). The court has directed that Fadnavis be tried for the offence.

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: A special court in Nagpur handling cases against Members of Parliament (MPs), Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) framed charges against Maharashtra’s leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis in a 2014 complaint against him relating to his affidavit before a returning officer at the office of the election commission, Nagpur. When the court on Saturday, December 4, read over and explained to advocate U P Dable appearing for Fadnavis and asked what he pleads, he replied “not guilty'' and sought to be tried, on behalf of the accused. Judicial magistrate, first class, VM Deshmukh explaining the “particulars of offence’’ to the advocate of accused, stated that Fadnavis had concealed and not mentioned despite having knowledge of two cases in which cognizance was taken prior to filing of the affidavit on September 26, 2014. An advocate Satish Uke had filed the complaint on October 20, 2014, against Fadnavis, former chief minister of Maharashtra. The court said the disclosure of the two cases was “mandatory’’ under the Representation of People Act and Conduct of Election Rule and hence he committed an offence punishable under section 125-A of the Representation of People Act (penalty for filing false affidavit, concealing information etc is up to six months' imprisonment or fine or both) The court directed that Fadnavis be tried for the offence.

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

    A court has framed charges against former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in connection with a complaint of alleged non-disclosure of criminal cases registered against him in his election affidavit in 2014.Judicial Magistrate (First Class) VM Deshmukh framed the charges against Fadnavis on Saturday, but the BJP leader pleaded not guilty. The court was hearing an application filed by advocate Satish Uke, seeking criminal proceedings against Fadnavis for the "non-disclosure" of criminal cases in the poll affidavit.The court had heard both sides on November 24. The court had said that prima facie, an offence is made out against the accused (Fadnavis). It also heard whether the presence of the accused is needed for the hearing.Also Read — Why Savarkar's name is missing from Marathi literary meet, asks FadnavisFadnavis had filed an application under section 205 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and sought exemption from personal appearance in the court and gave an undertaking that his lawyer advocate Uday Dable will remain present and answer the allegations on his behalf. The court had allowed his application.When the court asked Fadnavis whether he wants to plead guilty, his lawyer said he is pleading not guilty. The court also directed Fadnavis to file an undertaking that he has properly understood the accusation and there is no prejudice caused in recording the plea and particulars in his absence, and he will not dispute the same in future.The court also asked the complainant in the case to submit a fresh list of witnesses.Uke has contended that the BJP leader filed a false affidavit in 2014 by not disclosing two pending criminal cases against him. The cases of cheating and forgery were filed against Fadnavis in 1996 and 1998.Watch the latest DH Videos here:

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 new Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly would be elected during the winter session to be held in Mumbai later this month.“The election for the post of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly will be held in the Winter Session in December and the Speaker will be from the Congress party,” Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President Nana Patole said.It may be recalled Patole, who is an MLA from Sakoli in Bhandara district, resigned in February to take over as the MPCC chief.Patole said that the duration of the sessions held so far were short due to Covid-19 restrictions.“The election process for the post of Speaker takes at least three days, so the election could not take place so far. In the Sinter Session, however, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly will be elected by voice vote,” Patole told reporters.“There is nothing wrong with the method of voice voting; it is being practiced in all the states across the country. The Legislative Assembly has made changes in their rules. In Maharashtra too, the election of the Chairman of the Legislative Council is done in the same manner, so there is no reason to object if it is being used for the Speaker's elections,” Patole added.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
Times of India | 1 year ago | |
Times of India
1 year ago | |

NEW DELHI: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee launched a frontal attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi by saying that he is abroad half the time. It is not the first time that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo has made a personal remark about the Congress leader. Mamata Banerjee is on a mission to expand the base of TMC outside West Bengal. During her three-day visit to Maharashtra earlier this week, she met NCP president Sharad Pawar on December 1. After her meeting, she questioned the existence of Congress-led UPA. “What is UPA? There is no UPA now,” she said and added, “we want a strong alternative." In an interaction with civil society the same day, Mamata mocked Rahul Gandhi. Without naming him, she said, “If one does nothing and is abroad half the time, then how will one do politics? For politics, there should be continuous endeavour.” Not just Mamata but her political adviser Prashant Kishor too targeted Rahul Gandhi a day later. In a tweet, he said, “The IDEA and SPACE that #Congress represents is vital for a strong opposition. But Congress’ leadership is not the DIVINE RIGHT of an individual especially, when the party has lost more than 90% elections in last 10 years. Let opposition leadership be decided Democratically.” The IDEA and SPACE that #Congress represents is vital for a strong opposition. But Congress’ leadership is not the… https://t.co/qc6DBHhMR7— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) 1638429373000Rahul Gandhi a ‘kid’In March this year, Mamata had called Rahul Gandhi a “kid”. It was in response to the Congress leader’s accusation that West Bengal was being run according to the “whims and fancies” of the West Bengal chief minister. “Bengal is being run by just one person… She neither talks to anyone nor takes anybody’s suggestion. She does whatever she feels like,” he had said. Mamata Banerjee retaliated by launching a personal attack on Rahul Gandhi and said, “He has said whatever he felt like… I won’t like to make any comment on it. He is just a kid. What will I say about it?” Rahul Gandhi an ‘upstart leader’, like ‘proverbial cuckoo’Similarly in March 2014, ahead of the Lok Sabha election, Mamata had called Rahul Gandhi one of the “upstart leaders from Delhi”. "Upstart leaders from Delhi are saying a lot of funds are provided to West Bengal. Do you know accounts? Did you ever do it and do you know what work is? Do you know how funds come and are spent and how they are returned," Mamata told an election rally in Naxalbari in West Bengal. The TMC chief said she did not want to take names because she felt ashamed. “I name such persons who are worthy to be named. I do not name those who are not worthy of it.” Mamata said these upstart leaders were the sons and daughters of “latsahebs and zamindars” who do not know about the poor and suffering. “You (Congress) were in power for 66 years," she said. The TMC chief also referred to Rahul as a “cuckoo” which was seen only at certain times of the year. "Throughout the year, I am with the people. I know their problems and they know me. I am not like the proverbial cuckoo that arrives in spring and disappears once the season is over," she 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 | 1 year ago | |
Times of India
1 year ago | |

PUNE: State election authorities have allowed voter enrolment for the upcoming civic polls till December 5. Earlier, November 30 was declared the last day for enrolment. The election authorities will ready the final list on January 5, ahead of the civic polls next year. New voter registration, change of names, addresses, or other corrections can be done till December 5, stated officials. Names can be re-filed by filling up voter form no. 6 with the concerned voter registration officer. Voters can correct errors regarding gender, name, age in the voter list by filling form no. 8. “Those who want to vote for the upcoming civic elections should do so by registering before December 5 to find their names in the voter list. Those who will turn 18 in January, too, can register as voters for the upcoming elections," said election officials. Officials stated that voters should check their names on the portal or have their queries addressed through the Maha Chatbot or the True Voter application on the mobile phone. As of now, the state has 8.9 crore voters and the updated list will be published on January 5 ahead of the civic polls. With missing voters or voters being unable to find their polling booths, the system has now been developed to display names with photo IDs, with the polling station, and members of the same family being able to vote at one polling booth. The election commission launched the Mahavoter Chatbot, a facility for voter registration as well as to check names on the voter list. The chatbot will help answer queries related to voter registration, said election officials.

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

    PUNE: Clearing the confusion among parents and teachers, the state’s school education department on Monday evening, issued a government resolution declaring the physical reopening of classes for Stds I to IV in rural areas and for Stds I to VII in urban areas from December 1. However, education commissioner Vishal Solanki clarified that the state education department has only given an in-principle approval for the reopening and if the local authorities feel that there is a Covid-19 threat in the area, they can withhold or postpone the decision to reopen. When the decision was announced, many parents had expressed anxiety about schools making it compulsory for students to attend the classes in person. Allaying their fears, school education minister, Varsha Gaikwad tweeted on Monday that the consent of the parents is of utmost importance. “Parents will have the final say on the physical presence of their wards in schools as attendance norms have been relaxed in schools. Schools will also work in shifts or on alternate days to ensure that only 15-20 students are present in class at a given time. One student will be seated per bench; a distance of 6 ft between benches will be maintained,” her tweet said. Amid fears about the new variant, state health minister Rajesh Tope, who spoke to reporters in Jalna, said that there is no change in the decision to reopen the schools as “Omicron variant has not been found in our state and there is no need for any fear of it at the moment”. Nashik Municipal Corporation has already decided to put the decision to reopen schools on hold till December 10. Education officer Sunita Dhangar cited the new strain of the Covid 19 virus as the reason. “We have little information about this new strain as of now. Following a discussion with the commissioner and deputy director of education for Nashik division, the decision to reopen has been deferred. However, this will not affect the classes from VIII onwards that have already reopened,” she added. Solanki said, “Till now the authorities could not have reopened the schools on their own. So, we gave a go-ahead which gives them an option to reopen the schools physically from Std I onwards. But they can always withhold or postpone the actual reopening depending on the Covid-19 cases or the likelihood of a new outbreak. That decision cannot be taken at the state level. The Covid-19 situation in every district, every taluka can change on a daily basis and accordingly the local authorities can decide for their own areas.” In her tweets, Gaikwad also said that only fully vaccinated staff will be allowed on premises including school transport operators. “School hours will be limited to 3-4 hours per day. No cultural or sporting events requiring a gathering will be permitted in schools. Schools will provide isolation facilities and need to tie up with the local health department for any emergency situation. In the event of the sickness of the student or a family member, the student is advised to stay at home. It will be the responsibility of the school to ensure such a student’s learning gap is compensated by the school,” she added in her tweets. Gaikwad also wrote that the focus in the first two weeks of school reopening will be to acclimatise and re-orient students towards attending physical classes. “Schools need to ease students into regular coursework. The government is sensitive to the possibility of a third wave of the pandemic and no laxity in implementation of SOPs will be permitted,” she added.

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: Citizens have only a week to register as voters if they want to exercise their franchise in the corporation elections in the state next year. State election commissioner UPS Madan told TOI on Monday that citizens should register before November 30 to ensure that they can vote in the civic elections. “Those who want to vote in the upcoming civic elections should register before November 30 to find their names in the voter list. Those who will turn 18 in January next year can also register as voters,” Madan told TOI on Monday. He urged voters to check their names on the portal and have their queries addressed through the Maha chatbot or through the True Voter application on the mobile phone. As of now, the state has 8.9crore voters and the updated list will be published on January 5 ahead of the civic polls. Voters can now check their names with photo IDs as well as the polling stations. On Monday, the state election commissioner launched the Mahavoter Chatbot, a facility for voter registration, as well as to check their names on the voter list. “Those who have not registered as a voter can use this facility to register and can even check their names and addresses of polling stations,” added officials. The State Election Commission and Gupshup institute have made available the facility for voter registration and answers to all the related queries through Mahavoter chatbot at the click of the button. The bot will help answer queries related to voter registration, said election officials Citizen activist Ravindra Sinha said that the Mahavoter chatbot service, available on the WhatsApp number of SEC, is a user-friendly method to guide voters on registration and name search. “It would provide locations of voter registration camps and electoral-ward wise contact officer details for any voter to reach out for further assistance,” said Sinha after accessing the chatbot. He said that the state election commission should have a city-wise ward wise info on the drop-down menu for municipal corporations going for elections next year, which will educate citizens and even help in registration of new voters.

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: Electoral wards were split and boundaries changed in 2017 for political gain, Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar said on Tuesday, responding to BJP’s allegations of “mischief” in the redrawing of ward boundaries ahead of the BMC elections. Pednekar, who is also a Shiv Sena corporator, said that each constituency or electoral ward should ideally have a population of around 50,000 so that citizens’ issues can be resolved and development works can be carried out. In 2017, Maharashtra government was led by BJP with Shiv Sena as the junior partner, but the two parties fought the BMC polls independently. Last week, the state cabinet had decided to add nine more electoral wards to the existing 227, raising the number to 236. The opposition, BJP, had called the decision politically motivated, saying the ruling parties have taken the step to better their electoral chances. “I don’t want to reply to any allegations since this is an election process which is being carried out officially under the State Election Commission, but it’s a fact that several wards were broken into two or three parts, and boundaries were altered for political gain in 2017. As a result, in some wards the population is 65,000, while in some wards in the suburbs it is just 40,000,” Pednekar told TOI. Election data analyst Hitesh Jain pointed out that many wards in the island city have 60,000-plus population. “The average population per ward should be around 50,000, but several electoral wards like 194, 199 and 198 in central Mumbai have over 60,000 population. There should be a uniform population across all 236 wards. A 10% difference is fine, but in some wards the population is 20% above or below average,” he added. Pednekar concurred: “Only if the average number of voters in each electoral ward is 50,000 will work get done...else it becomes physically impossible for the corporator to cater to 65,000 people... there has to be a readjustment of boundaries to end this current disparity in population in wards.” According to civic officials, five wards may be added in the western suburbs and four in the eastern suburbs. There could, however, be a readjustment in ward boundaries and population in the island city, they added. The last time electoral wards were increased in Mumbai was in 2002, when the number went up from 221 to 227. After the 2011 census came out, the BMC had redrawn electoral wards to account for a rise in population in the suburbs and a decline in the island city.

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 Indian Express | 1 year ago | |
The Indian Express
1 year ago | |

With polls for six Legislative Council seats set to take place on December 10, the two seats from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are likely to see new faces in place of the existing legislators due to the changed political scenarios.At present, Shiv Sena’s Ramdas Kadam and Congress’s Bhai Jagtap (Congress) are elected to the Legislative Council from the Mumbai Local Authorities Constituency.Sources in the Sena said that as a fallout of the current rift between Kadam and state Transport Minister Anil Parab, the party may not nominate Kadam again and instead field a fresh face ahead of the BMC polls.Last month, in a series of audio clips of conversations that Kadam purportedly had with one of his associates, Kadam allegedly expressed happiness over the action initiated by various authorities over the alleged illegal constructions of Parab in Ratnagiri and Mumbai. Kadam is also allegedly heard speaking about how he was planning to meet BJP leaders including Pravin Darekar and Kirit Somaiya, who has been relentlessly attacking the Sena. Subsequently, Kadam stayed away from the party’s annual Dussehra rally citing health reasons. Besides, with the number of corporators changed in the BMC in 2017, the BJP is likely to wrest the seat from the Congress based on the strength of their corporators in the BMC. In 2017, the Sena won 84 seats, BJP 82 and Congress 31. However, in 2012, the Sena had won 75 seats, BJP 31 seats and the Congress 52 seats.On Tuesday, the Election Commission of India announced elections for six seats of the Maharashtra Legislative Council that will be conducted from five local authorities constituencies.Two seats from the BMC and one each from Kolhapur, Dhule-Nandurbar, Akola-Buldhana-Washim, Nagpur local authorities’ constituencies will be elected to the Legislative Council.Currently, Ramdas Kadam (Shiv Sena) and Bhai Jagtap (Congress) represent Mumbai, while Satej Patil (Congress) were elected from Kolhapur, Amrish Patel (BJP) from Dhule-Nandurbar, Gopikishan Bajoria (Shiv Sena) from Akola-Buldhana-Washim and Girish Vyas (BJP) from Nagpur.Rajiv Nivatkar, Mumbai (City) district collector and district election officer, said that the election notification will be issued on November 16 and the last date of nomination is November 23. The last date to withdraw candidature is November 26 and the date of the poll is December 10. The code of conduct has come into force from November 9, said Nivatkar.

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 Indian Express | 1 year ago | |
The Indian Express
1 year ago | |

The Maharashtra state election commission has directed the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to prepare a draft delimitation of electoral panels for the civic body as it is headed for polls in the next few months. The draft has to be submitted to the election commission by November 30 so that further procedures to finalise the jurisdiction of each panel can be completed. How will the delimitation of electoral panels be carried out, and what criteria would it be based on?Need for delimitationThe state government recently issued an ordinance to amend the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1952, revising the number of corporators to be elected to civic bodies including the PMC. Citing the unavailability of 2021 census data, which has been delayed due to the ongoing pandemic, the state government has increased the number of corporators to be elected to civic bodies. Accordingly, the PMC will have 173 corporators for the next five-year term, as against the existing strength of 164. Also, the Maharashtra government has decided to hold civic elections on the basis of a three-member electoral panel, instead of the four-member electoral panel on the basis of which the 2017 civic elections were held by the then BJP-Shiv Sena alliance government.Besides, the extension of PMC’s boundaries by the state government has increased its jurisdiction, making it the largest civic body in Maharashtra. The state election commission has stated that 173 corporators would be elected from the 58 electoral panels in PMC – three corporators each would be elected from 57 electoral panels and two corporators from one electoral panel.Average population per electoral panelDividing the overall city population by the number of corporators to be elected will give the average population of an electoral panel. As per the 2011 census, the population of PMC is fixed at 35,56,824, which includes 4,80,017 citizens in the Scheduled Caste category and 41,561 in the Scheduled Tribe category.It has to be ensured that the population of each electoral panel is +/-10 per cent of the average population. If there are exceptions, with a panel having a population more or less than the given limit, then reasons should be mentioned for the same.The only electoral panel consisting of two members should be the last one in the list or, in exceptional cases, if it is in between other electoral panels owing to geographical conditions, then proper reasons have to be given for its positioning.Panel creation based on directionsThe constitution of electoral panels should begin from the northern part of the city, proceed to the northeast then head towards the east. Further, it should move towards the west and finally end in the southern part of the civic jurisdiction. The electoral panels should be numbered accordingly. It should be ensured that each electoral panel has geographical continuity. Boundaries of electoral panels should be decided after considering geographical boundaries arising due to large roads, lanes, rivers, nullahs, hills, roads and flyovers.It should be ensured that no building, chawl or house gets divided into two electoral panels under any circumstance. Also, the entire area of the civic body, including vacant plots, must be included in one electoral panel or the other. There should not be any scope for citizens to raise doubts over the delimitation process. The map of electoral panels should have the names of rivers, nullahs, roads and the city survey number.Exceptional circumstancesThough electoral panels have to be constituted considering the population and geographical boundaries, in public interest the localities should not be divided, especially that of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities. Also, the commutation of citizens of a particular area should be taken into consideration. Primary health centres, hospitals, crematoriums, markets, water supply and sewage treatment facilities should be retained in the electoral panel that includes its beneficiaries. Schools and playgrounds too should be retained in the same electoral panel that includes the children of the respective beneficiaries.Naming electoral panelsThe boundaries of each electoral panel should be defined in such a manner that they give a fair idea of its entire jurisdiction to citizens. The numbering of electoral panels can be done, but the possibility of naming it may also be explored. However, it is not mandatory and the Municipal Commissioner will take a decision on it. The names should be in such a manner that it easily identifies the entire electoral panel area and it can be based on a popular location or the area with the largest population.Mapping processThe mapping of an electoral panel has to be done on Google Earth map of the city. It should have a clear identification of important locations, roads, rivers, nullahs, railway lines and other structures. The electoral panel boundaries should be in red colour. Also, there should be a separate map for each electoral panel with clear boundaries and precise marking of roads, rivers, nullahs in it.Avoiding legal tanglesThe state election commission has noted from prior experience that ward officers are prone to making mistakes. The constitution of electoral panels is sometimes done under political pressure. This leads to citizens challenging it in the high court and causes delay in the election process. Thus, the election commission would verify the delimitation draft and if mistakes are noticed, the concerned authority will have to respond to it. Also, the draft delimitation map would be kept confidential till it is opened during allotment of reserved seats.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox

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 name of Aurangabad city BJP unit president Sanjay Kenekar has been by recommended by the state leadership for the upcoming MLC election in Maharashtra. Party state president Chandrakant Patil and leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis, along with core committee members have finalised the name of Kenekar and conveyed it to BJP national president J P Nadda for making an official call, said a party release. “Kenekar will file his nomination for MLC poll before November 16 once the central leadership approves his name. The BJP will fight the upcoming MLC poll with full might and register a win,” a release said, quoting BJP state president. Confirming that the state BJP has recommended his name for MLC ticket, Kenekar told media that he was awaiting official call from the top leadership in Delhi. Notably, Kenekar was recently in Delhi during Diwali. He had also shared his pictures of Bhaubeej celebrations with Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani. Irrespective of his winning probability considering more strength of MVA partners on card as compared to BJP, pitching Kenekar may help BJP in elevating the stature of its local leader in run-up for upcoming AMC elections. BJP camp is hopeful of a miraculous victory for Kenekar. Known as one of the aggressive leaders in local BJP camp, Kenekar has been at the forefront of many agitations launched by the party against the ruling MVA government. Earlier, Shiv Sena had made its Aurangabad city president Ambadas Danve an MLC before the formation of MVA government in Maharashtra. While the poll concerned had witnessed huge cross-voting, BJP is now eyeing for the same during upcoming MLC election.

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 election process has to be completed by December 16. (Representational)New Delhi: Biennial elections to the legislative councils in Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh from 42 local authorities' constituencies will be held on December 10, the Election Commission announced on Tuesday.The term of office of the eight sitting members of the Maharashtra Legislative Council from seven local authorities' constituencies is going to expire on January 1 next year, the poll panel said in a statement.With regard to local authorities' constituencies election, the commission has laid down the guidelines that if at least 75 per cent of the local authorities in a local authorities' constituency are functioning, and in addition at least 75 per cent of the electors out of the total electorate of the constituency are available, then electorate is treated as available for electing representatives to the legislative council, it said.According to the information received from the chief electoral officer (CEO) of Maharashtra, the existence of constituent local body functioning is more than 75 per cent in five out of the seven local authorities' constituencies, the Election Commission (EC) said.The commission has decided to hold biennial elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from five local authorities' constituencies for six seats, including two of Mumbai.In another statement, the EC said the term of office of the 12 sitting members of the Telangana Legislative Council from nine local authorities' constituencies is going to expire on January 4 next year.The commission has decided to hold biennial elections to the Telangana Legislative Council from the above mentioned nine local authorities' constituencies, it said.In another statement, the EC said the term of office of the 25 sitting members of the Karnataka Legislative Council from 20 local authorities' constituencies is going to expire on January 5 next year.Now, the commission has decided to hold biennial elections to Karnataka Legislative Council from the above-mentioned 20 local authorities' constituencies, it said.The term of office of 11 sitting members of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from eight local authorities' constituencies had expired on August 8 this year.The commission having re-assessed the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Andhra Pradesh and after taking into consideration all relevant facts, has now decided to conduct biennial election to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from eight local authorities' constituencies, the statement said.While the polls for all the legislative council seats will be held on December 10, the counting of votes will take place on December 14, the Election Commission said.The election process has to be completed by December 16.Broad guidelines of COVID-19 as already issued by Election Commission as well as the recent guidelines issued by it would be followed, wherever applicable, during the entire election process for all persons.The Model Code of Conduct concerning the said elections will come into force with immediate effect in the concerned Constituency, the Election Commission said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe chief secretaries of the states have also been directed to depute a senior officer to ensure that the extant instructions regarding COVID-19 containment measures are complied with while making arrangements for conducting the elections, it said.(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
Times of India | 1 year ago | |
Times of India
1 year ago | |

On January 9, 2021, 10 newborn infants were killed in government-run Bhandara hospital in a fire that broke out in the intensive care unit. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had taken serious note, saying it was the worst-ever tragedy and stern action will be taken against guilty officials. At the time, Thackeray had ordered fire audit of all government-run hospitals across the state. Bhandara tragedy, however, was followed by two major fire incidents near Mumbai, in which more than two dozen innocent persons lost their lives. Bombay high court Chief Justice Dipankar Datta had taken suo moto cognizance of the tragic incidences. The Chief Justice had observed that such incidents, which are happening quite frequently, were intolerable and called for immediate corrective action. The HC had called for fire audit of all the government and private hospitals. The public health department informed the high court that all the directives were complied with in keeping with the orders of the CM, and it was expected that all the directives for preventing fires in private and government hospitals are implemented in letter and spirit. Prima facie, it appears that the hospitals, particularly those run by the public health department, did not take government directives seriously. In view of the Ahmednagar hospital fire, in which 11 Corona patients lost their lives, Thackeray should fix the responsibility on the public health secretary, director public health as well as the district collector and civil surgeon. It was also the responsibility of the chief secretary to monitor the situation in hospitals across the state. A former chief secretary said the CM’s statement should not be taken as customary; the bureaucrats at the state and district level must act on it as top priority. Cong tightens its grip over NandedThe outcome of the Deglur assembly by-election has strengthened the political position of former CM and public works minister Ashok Chavan. Congress nominee Jeetendra Antapurkar defeated Shiv Sena candidate Subhash Sabane by a huge margin, in fact, the margin was more than the 2019 assembly elections when Raosaheb Antapurkar had defeated the Shiv Sena nominee. Ever since the by-election plan was declared, while the Congress has already decided its nominee — Jeetendra — there was a question mark over the BJP candidate as the party was in search of a nominee who has elective merit. Leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis had taken keen interest in the by-election. In the last round of talks, Fadnavis persuaded Shiv Sena leader Sabane to quit his party and join BJP on the condition that he will be given nomination. Sabane did join the BJP, and senior BJP leaders, including Fadnavis, campaigned for him, but luck did not favour him. Chavan left no stone unturned during the campaign and ensured that people of Nanded are still loyal to the Congress. People have confidence in the Congress, Chavan 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
The Indian Express | 1 year ago | |
The Indian Express
1 year ago | |

With elections to BMC and other civic bodies due early next year, the State Election Commission (SEC) has already begun preparations, State Election Commissioner U P S Madan tells The Indian Express in an interview.When will the municipal corporation elections in Mumbai be held? Does the SEC have enough time for demarcation of wards under the new rules so that elections can take place on time?The BMC elections are due by March next year. We are hopeful that the process will be completed in time. But there are some hiccups regarding other municipal bodies. In other municipal corporations and councils, single-member wards have been turned into multi member wards. Besides, the number of corporators and councillors has been increased in these urban local bodies (except in Mumbai).So it will take a little more time to revise the current delimitation plans.Earlier, OBC reservation was 27 per cent in all local bodies regardless of the quantum of total reservation of SC, ST and OBC. Now in view of the directions of the Supreme Court, the state government has passed an ordinance capping the total quantum at 50%. We will announce the elections in the pending municipalities also once their delimitation and reservation process is complete.Due to COVID-19, the election process in corporations of Navi Mumbai, Kalyan Dombivali, Aurangabad, Kolhapur and Vasai Virar will also be delayed.In the elections to urban local bodies, voters (in return for promising their votes) ask candidates to get their buildings painted, pay maintenance and cable TV charges. Can the Election Commission stop this?As a rule, we come into the picture only when elections are announced and the code of conduct becomes operational. So we can’t keep a track of such activities now.Besides, it is also the responsibility of voters to be sincere to themselves. If you are asking a candidate to spend from his own pocket for your personal needs, he is going to make up his loss, and perhaps multiply that manifold.No candidate is going to spend from own pocket. People can ask for public facilities but not for personal needs. They have to decide whether they want a coat of paint on their building or better governance. My appeal to citizens therefore is not to promote such activities.Since the stakes are very high in local polls, do you foresee increased tension between political parties in Mumbai? How will you monitor hate speech?As experience goes, local bodies are more closely fought than Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. Vote margins are less, so there is more tension. Now because of several factors, I can see more tension building up. We have to keep a closer watch on the whole process. The responsibility of the administration in the field and the police will increase. We are aware of all this and will handle the situation well.Do you feel that representation of women is good enough in Mumbai and satellite towns?In all municipal bodies, there is 50 per cent reservation for women. In Mumbai, women’s reservation is 33 per cent. This is a political issue. Governments in the past have continued with this decision of 33% reservation in BMC. In any case, now more and more women are coming forward in politics.How will you ensure that BMC, Thane MC, Navi Mumbai MC, Vasai Virar MC elections are conducted without disturbing Covid treatment facilities, treatment and management?Protocols have been well defined to tackle Covid issues. All governments, including central and state, and disaster management authorities have defined protocols for Covid. Directions issued by all such authorities will be followed in areas having elections.We generally follow EC guidelines for Covid. EC has conducted a number of elections in the last 1.5 years. There are also guidelines by governments. Closer to the elections, we will declare our guidelines. We will consider everything and try to not deny voting rights to people. We hope that the figures of COVID-19 patients will go down by then.It has been seen in the last several elections that local body elections in urban areas are conducted with the help of staff who are sympathetic to those in power. How will you to stop this?To some extent this can be true, but we can’t bring staff from outside. For that matter even for Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections, one can argue that the government staff is loyal to those in power. The staff on election duty knows that those in power may not remain in power. We have strict laws for those who are partial or helping a particular candidate or party. We will definitely take strict action against such offenders.In Mumbai and its satellite towns, there is usually a low turnout in local body polls. How will you ensure that more people vote?It does happen in bigger cities. The thumb rule is the bigger the city, the lower the turnout. It can be because several people are not registered, or they are not interested, or people go out for a picnic on the day of poll. In the last elections, the turnout was relatively high due to several efforts of the SEC.We are involving the youth in a big way. We have coordinated with universities and new students have to take an oath that they will register as voters once they turn 18.We asked universities to include one chapter on democracy and good governance in the first year. Many universities have responded well. We are also using social media and Facebook chat bot platform to promote awareness among citizens. Several NGOs are also helping us in this effort.ECI has already declared the programme of updating the rolls from November 1 to 30. My appeal to all citizens therefore is to get their names registered in electoral rolls now if they are not already registered. No addition or deletion of name will be done in the rolls after this. So make sure that your name is there to avoid disappointment on the day of poll.The ECI gets officers from the IRS and IAS as observers, do you feel that local body polls should have such kind of observers to check gross use of money?We will also have some observers. The kind of service from where the observers are to be requisitioned will be decided later. If we decide on Government of India officers, we will request them.You were the chief electoral officer of Maharashtra, represented the ECI and also worked as chief secretary. Do you feel the SEC needs to improve its performance?I think it is not the performance of the SEC that is any matter of concern. It is the matter of perception about us. We and ECI are on a par under the Constitution. Unfortunately the perception of people, political parties and even government officials is not the same. So sometimes they don’t take directions of SEC for taking disciplinary action or providing funds as seriously as is done for ECI. We require the same kind of treatment for SEC.As a voter based in Mumbai, what are your expectations from the BMC?I am a Mumbaikar now. My only expectation from the corporation as a citizen is good governance. If the governance is good, demands and expectations of people will be fulfilled to a great extent.

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 Now | 1 year ago | |
Times Now
1 year ago | |

Mumbai: Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athawale on Saturday predicted a victory of an alliance between his party and the BJP in the next year's Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).Before opining that Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) partners - Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress - will contest the BMC elections independently, he asserted that the next Deputy Mayor of the Corporation would be a BMC leader.Speaking at a gathering in Mumbai, he said, "I think Shiv Sena, Congres and NCP will contest independently in BMC polls. In such a situation, if BJP contests with RPI under an alliance, then there's a full possibility of us coming to power. Last time too BJP-RPI alliance got 82 seats and Shiv Sena won 84.""I won't speak about the post of Mayor but when we come to power (in BMC polls), the Deputy Mayor in Mumbai will be from RPI," he added.I think Shiv Sena, Congres & NCP will contest independently in BMC polls. In such situation, if BJP contests with RPI under an alliance, then there's full possibility of us coming to power. Last time too BJP-RPI alliance got 82 seats & Shiv Sena won 84: Union Min Ramdas Athawale pic.twitter.com/6nswPUEWl0It should be noted that RPI is an alliance partner of the BJP, both in Maharashtra and at the Centre. Athawale serves a union minister in the current NDA govt.Shifting focus to the growing dissent within his party, Ramdas Athawale said, "There are several factions of RPI and this is dividing the marginalised sections of society. I had tried on many occasions to unify all factions of RPI, even offered to make someone else the RPI President but it didn't happen.""I am ready to work under the leadership of Balasaheb Ambedkar (Prakash Ambedkar - the grandson of Babasaheb Ambedkar) and I am saying this with full responsibility," announced the RPI leader.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation election is an election of members to the BMC which governs Greater Mumbai, the largest city in India. The 2022 BMC election is scheduled to be held in February 2022.

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 Indian Express | 1 year ago | |
The Indian Express
1 year ago | |

With the state government amending the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act to change the strength of the elected representatives in the local civic bodies, the state election commission directed Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to restart the delimitation process to decide the electoral area for 58 panels to elect 173 members of the civic general body for the next five-year term starting 2022.The current five-year term comes to end on March 15 next year and it is necessary to hold elections for the next term on time as per the provisions of the law. Earlier, there were speculations that the civic elections might get delayed due to pandemic but the state election commission begun the process to complete the election on time.“The state government has amended the strength of corporators for PMC through an ordinance. Thus, the delimitation process for the multi-member electoral panels has to be carried out as per the revised numbers,” said a statement from the state election commission.On October 6, the state election commission had asked PMC to prepare to elect 166 corporators for the next five-year term through the three-member electoral panel system with a total of 55 electoral panels for PMC. In the current five-year term ending in the next few months, the strength of the general body members is 164.For PMC, the delimitation process should be started immediately for electing 173 corporators from 57 three-member panels and one two-member panel. The confidential draft should be submitted to the state election commission by November 30, it said.The state election commission has directed 22 municipal corporations, including PMC, to carry out a delimitation process based on the state government’s decision to hold the next civic polls in early 2022 on the basis of three-member wards.In 2017, the civic election was held in four-member wards. The PMC had a total of 162 members elected through 41 wards, that included 39 wards with four members and two wards with three members. Later, two more members were elected with inclusion of 11 new villages under the civic body’s jurisdiction, taking the total strength to 164 members in the current five-year term.The Maharashtra government recently merged 23 more villages in PMC limits, increasing its geographical area and population. However, the state election commission while directing the civic administration to undertake the delimitation process increased the number of seats to 166 for the next election based on the 2011 census figures as the 2021 census was delayed due to pandemic.As per 2011 census, the population of PMC is fixed at 35,56,824 which includes 4,80,017 under the Schedule Caste category and 41,561 population of Schedule Tribes. Thus, the number of panels have been fixed to 58 which would include 57 three-member wards and one two-member panel.The BJP had won full majority in 2012 by winning 97 of the total 162 seats. BJP had come to power for the first time in PMC by dislodging NCP out of power which had bagged 39 seats while Shiv Sena won 10 seats, Congress won nine seats, MNS won two seats, AIMIM won one seat. Meanwhile, four seats were won by Independents.

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Times of India | 1 year ago | |
Times of India
1 year ago | |

MUMBAI: As BMC polls near, BJP corporators and MLAs have launched a social media war against former alliance partner, Shiv Sena, with the hashtag #ShivsenaCheatsMumbaikar over the issue of corporator ward boundaries, a draft of which was submitted by the civic body to State Election Commission (SEC) few days back. BJP members alleged mischief in submission of ward boundaries draft prepared by BMC to SEC. Tweets by BJP workers on the issue have the hashtag. Andheri MLA Ameet Satam on Wednesday tweeted, “I have written a letter to the State Election Commissioner & Chief Election Commissioner regarding illegal submission of ward boundaries draft prepared by @mybmc to State Election Commission. Also, there’s a horrendous plan to remove names of voters from certain pockets across Mumbai from the voter list. #ShivsenaCheatsMumbaikar.” In the letter to chief election commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra and SEC U P S Madan, a copy of which is with TOI, Satam and corporator Vinod Mishra said there should be a forensic investigation into BMC’s draft. “A forensic audit of computers, laptops and email IDs of officials from BMC’s election and IT departments should be conducted. BMC officials must be asked to immediately freeze data they submitted to BMC chief Iqbal Chahal. An investigation should be ordered into the role of the civic chief in sharing demographic data with the chief minister,” they said. BJP also asked SEC not to act on data and draft boundaries submitted by BMC. “SEC must keep a strict watch on preparation of electoral rolls and ensure people are not deprived of their right to exercise their franchise. It is necessary to investigate the allegations against the BMC chief for manipulating data at the behest of his political masters,” the letter stated. BMC on October 26 submitted a final draft of the rectified electoral ward boundaries of Mumbai’s 227 electoral wards to SEC. BMC’s election department officials said they had completed rectification of boundaries of constituencies and around 20% boundaries have been changed. A senior official said, “During verification there were 15-20% changes depending on population migration in case it happened in the ward.”

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

MUMBAI: In its first ever Lok Sabha win outside Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena won the by-election to the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Lok Sabha seat on Tuesday. Kalaben Delkar, the widow of former MP Mohan Delkar, won the seat with a margin of 51,269 votes. Kalaben defeated BJP candidate Mahesh Gavit. Mohan was an independent MP from Dadra and Nagar Haveli who committed suicide in Mumbai in February. Kalaben joined the Shiv Sena recently. She dedicated her victory to the people of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Kalaben polled 1,18,035 votes and Gavit bagged 66,766 votes. Voting for the seat, which is part of the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, took place on October 30. Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who was the one of the party’s key election managers, said this was the Sena’s first step outside Maharashtra. “First step outside Maharashtra, giant leap towards Delhi via Dadra Nagar Haveli!” he tweeted soon after the results along with the photo of his with chief minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. The Sena had made the contest a prestige issue and decided to take the BJP head-on. Environment minister Aaditya Thackeray last week urged voters to end the BJP “dictatorship”. While the Shiv Sena has contested many elections outside Maharashtra, it has never won a Lok Sabha constituency outside the state. With this by-election victory, the Shiv Sena now has 19 MPs in the Lok Sabha. “Heartiest congratulations to Smt Kalaben Delkar ji, Shiv Sena’s newly elected Member of Parliament to the Lok Sabha from Dadra & Nagar Haveli. I humbly thank all the karyakartas for their efforts and the citizens for their faith to ensure this huge win. A special mention for the resolve of Smt Kalaben Delkar ji to contest the elections and win so as to give voice to her constituency. And of-course to Sanjay Raut ji’s efforts with Anil Desai ji, Abhinav Delkar and all those who campaigned for the Shiv Sena in the elections,” Aaditya Thackeray tweeted. Mohan Delkar, a seven-time MP, was found dead inside a room at Hotel Sea Green South in Marine Drive on February 22. The police said he had ended his life by hanging himself from the ceiling fan, and had also left behind a 14-page suicide note accusing government officials and others of forcing him to take the drastic step. There was a buzz that Kalaben or her son, Abhinav, would contest the by-election on a BJP ticket. But the two joined the Shiv Sena, which made its first foray in the union territory. Raut had played a key role in getting them into the Shiv Sena. Mohan Delkar had won six consecutive elections from the constituency between 1989 and 2009. He won the 1989, 1991 and 1996 elections as a Congress candidate and the 1998 election with the BJP. He won the 1999 and 2004 elections as an independent and a BNP candidate. He rejoined the Congress and unsuccessfully contested in 2009 and 2014. He won the seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an independent.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
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    Shiv Sena candidate Kalaben Delkar, widow of late MP Mohan Delkar, has won the bypoll from the Dadra and Nagar Haveli (DNH), defeating BJP’s Mahesh Gavit and Congress candidate Mahesh Dhodi.Delkar secured her win by a margin of 51,269 votes, marking the Shiv Sena’s first Lok Sabha victory outside Maharashtra.The Union Territory had recorded a voter turnout of around 76 per cent.The bypoll was necessitated after sitting MP Mohan Delkar was found dead in a Mumbai hotel in February this year.Kalaben, 50, and son Abhinav joined the Shiv Sena along with their supporters in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray last month.Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut and Aaditya Thackeray congratulated Delkar on her win.First step outside Maharashtra, giant leap towards Delhi via Dadra Nagar Haveli ! #ChaloDelhi pic.twitter.com/8sbqBgSbna— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) November 2, 2021Heartiest congratulations to Smt Kalaben Delkar ji, @ShivSena ’s newly elected Member of Parliament to the Lok Sabha from Dadra & Nagar Haveli.I humbly thank all the karyakartas for their efforts and the citizens for their faith to ensure this huge win.— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) November 2, 2021Maharashtra CM Udhav Thackeray had earlier said that he would visit Dadra and Nagar Haveli to congratulate Delkar if she won.The Delkar Family and their supporters had been camping at the counting centres since the morning.Mohan had been a member of both the Congress and the BJP at different times of his political career and was elected seven times to the Lok Sabha from Dadra and Nagar Haveli. In 2019, he won the seat as an independent.On March 9, on the basis of a note left behind by Delkar and after recording Abhinav’s statement, a case was registered against BJP leader Praful Patel, District Magistrate (DM) Sandeep Singh, superintendent of police (SP) Sharad Darade, deputy DM Apurva Sharma, Sub-divisional officer Manasvi Jain, police inspector Manoj Patel, DNH law secretary Rohit Yadav, BJP leader Fatehsinh Chauhan and a man called Dilip Patel (Talathi) at Marine Drive police station in Mumbai.The case is under investigation by the Mumbai police.

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 | |

Dadra and Nagar Havel bypoll: Sanjay Raut called it a "historic win" for Shiv Sena. (File)Silvassa/Mumbai: For the first time since its inception in the 1960s, the Shiv Sena will have an MP from outside Maharashtra with the party nominee Kalaben Delkar, wife of independent MP late Mohan Delkar, winning the bypoll to the Dadra and Nagar Haveli (ST) Lok Sabha seat on Tuesday with a margin of 51,269 votes by defeating her nearest BJP rival Mahesh Gavit.Riding on a sympathy wave post the death of her husband, who allegedly hanged himself in a hotel in Mumbai in February, Kalaben Delkar (50) bagged 1,18,035 votes. Mr Gavit has polled 66,766 votes.Congress candidate Mahesh Dhodi has polled 6,150 votes, said a statement by the Election Commission at the end of the counting on Tuesday evening.In Mumbai, Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut dedicated the party's first "historic" Lok Sabha victory outside Maharashtra to the late Bal Thackeray, the founder of the saffron party headquartered in Mumbai.Counting of votes was held in Silvassa city of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli district, which is a part of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.Kalaben Delkar maintained the lead since the counting of votes began in the morning.A voter turnout of nearly 75 per cent was recorded in this byelection held on October 30.Notably, Ms Delkar is a third member of the influential Delkar family to be elected as MP from the UT.While late Mohan Delkar had won the polls seven times during his political career, his father Sanjibhai Delkar was the first MP from the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Lok Sabha constituency, which came into existence in 1967.Mohan Delkar had won the 2019 election by defeating then sitting BJP MP Natubhai Patel by a thin margin of 9,001 votes.The late MP, who had been a member of Congress and BJP at different times of his political career, was elected in 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2019.Prima facie, factors like "sympathy wave" and the loyal vote bank went in the favour of Kalaben Delkar.The poll outcome came as an embarrassment for BJP which had left no stone unturned to win the seat. The saffron party had sent a host of Union ministers, including Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav, Smriti Irani, Bharati Pawar and Parshottam Rupala, to campaign for Mr Gavit.Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had also visited the constituency to support the BJP candidate.No prominent leader from Congress visited the UT during campaigning. The Shiv Sena had sent Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray and party MP Sanjay Raut to campaign for Ms Delkar.After winning the bypoll, Kalaben Delkar thanked the people of the UT and said her fight for "justice" will continue."I am thankful to my people as they stood by my family when we needed their support the most. I want to assure them that I will fight for the rights of the people of this region. Our fight to get justice for Mohanbhai will also continue," said Kalaben Delkar.In Mumbai, Mr Raut said, "It is a historic win for Shiv Sena. We would like to dedicate this victory to the late Balasaheb Thackeray. He always wanted to take Sena to other states and I can firmly say that this is a major first step in that direction."He recalled that late Bal Thackeray had unsuccessfully campaigned in 1998 for a candidate from Dadra and Nagar Haveli.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"With this victory, Shiv Sena will march ahead strongly in other states," Raut added.(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
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The Economic Times | 1 year ago | |
The Economic Times
1 year ago | |

The Shiv Sena has fielded Kalaben Delkar, wife of independent MP late Mohan Delkar, for the by-election to Dadra and Nagar Haveli Lok Sabha seat due later this month. The seat had fallen vacant following the death of Mohan Delkar, a seven-term MP, in February this year. The bypoll is scheduled on October 30 and the last date of filing nomination papers was October 8. The counting for votes will take place on November 2. Kalaben Delkar filed her nomination on Friday for the Scheduled Tribe (ST) reserved seat. She will contest against Mahesh Gavit of the BJP and Mahesh Dhodi of the Congress in the by-election, which will be held along with the by-elections to two other Lok Sabha and 30 Assembly constituencies in the country. On February 22, Delkar allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at a hotel in Marine Drive area of Mumbai. He had been a member of both the Congress and the BJP at different times of his political career, and was elected seven times to the Lok Sabha from the Dadra and Nagar Haveli constituency. Making an emotional appeal to the voters during her poll campaign, Kalaben Delkar said, "They compelled him to commit suicide, it was no less than a murder of a popular leader. We have to punish his murderers. The fight is for our justice. If we do not fight now, then even the god wil not pardon us. I have shed enough tears, but now is not time to shed tears but to give them resounding reply." "This is the first time that I have come before you without Mohanbhai. I assure you that I will be strong enough to not give you any scope for complaint. Mohanbhai won for seven terms because of the love of the people and his ideals. I will carry forward the same ideology that made him such a popular leader," she said. Delkar had won the 2019 Lok Sabha election by defeating the then sitting BJP MP Natubhai Patel by a margin of 9,001 votes. Patel had twice defeated Delkar, in 2009 and 2014, when the latter had contested on the Congress ticket. In March, the Mumbai police had registered an FIR on the charge of abetment to suicide in connection with Delkar's death on the basis of a suicide not recovered form his possession with some names. Delkar's wife and son had also met Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in this connection.

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