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Changing City: Cable-stayed flyover to improve road connectivity in Mumbai’s western suburbs
The Indian Express | 2 hours ago | |
The Indian Express
2 hours ago | |

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

Changing City: Cable-stayed flyover to improve road connectivity in Mumbai’s western suburbs
Maharashtra government doubles scholarship for minorities in higher education
Times of India | 6 hours ago | |
Times of India
6 hours ago | |

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

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

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

Post-Covid complications not being addressed: Expert
Times of India | 10 hours ago | |
Times of India
10 hours ago | |

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

Post-Covid complications not being addressed: Expert
4-day real estate expo from Oct 13
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago | |
The Indian Express
10 hours ago | |

Real estate body CREDAI-MCHI (Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India-Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry) has organised a four-day property exhibition of units worth Rs 50,000 crore, from October 13 to 16 at the Bandra-Kurla Complex exhibition ground. The exhibition is expected to host one lakh home buyers and over 100 developers from Mumbai Metropolitan Region will be participating in it.Nikunj Sanghavi, convenor of exhibitions, said the property expo will offer a wide range of projects across all segments – from premium, luxury, and ultra-luxury houses to affordable and mid-segment housing. A dedicated e-registration facility through the IGR Department of Government of Maharashtra will also be set up, where home buyers can do spot registration of properties on the same day.According to the organisers, home buyers and investors will have the opportunity to purchase properties from more than 50,000 units displayed from over 500 projects, all under one roof, at the exhibition.Boman Irani, president of CREDAI-MCHI, said, “The Covid-19 pandemic forced a two-year break on the much-anticipated property festival, which is now in its 30th edition. So this time, we turned this exhibition into a mega confluence of all stakeholders of MMR where, for the first time in India, the developers, the home buyers, the channel partners, the bankers and the architects, and many government agencies are coming under one roof.”

4-day real estate expo from Oct 13
The question at Vijayadashami rallies in Maharashtra: Who moved my Hindutva?
The Indian Express | 18 hours ago | |
The Indian Express
18 hours ago | |

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

The question at Vijayadashami rallies in Maharashtra: Who moved my Hindutva?
Param Bir, Waze acted in cahoots to save themselves, claims ex-Maha minister Deshmukh in bail plea in graft case
The Economic Times | 19 hours ago | |
The Economic Times
19 hours ago | |

Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh and dismissed cop Sachin Waze acted "in cahoots" and passed the buck to him to save their own skin, former Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh claimed in his bail plea filed in a court here in connection with a corruption case against him. In the petition submitted in the special CBI court on Thursday, the senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader also claimed that the entire set of accusations against him rests upon "mere whims and fancies" of the investigating agency, which raised questions about the credibility of the statements on which the Central Bureau of Investigation's case is based. The 73-year-old NCP leader was arrested in November last year in a money laundering case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). He is currently lodged in the city's Arthur Road Jail. The Bombay High Court had on Tuesday granted bail to him in the money laundering case registered by the ED, but stayed the order until October 13 to enable the agency to file an appeal. However, he is also facing a corruption case registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Deshmukh filed his bail application through advocates Aniket Nikam and Inderpal Singh before the special CBI court judge S H Gwalani in the corruption case being probed by the CBI. In the plea, Deshmukh claimed that the case against him rests upon mere whims and fancies of the investigating agency. The credibility of the statements on which the CBI's case rests is extremely doubtful and the credentials of all such people raise a question mark of serious nature, it said. "The entire case is based on the statements of Param Bir Singh and Sachin Waze, a tainted cop, against whom there is ample evidence available on record that he himself was in fact the sole person instrumental in the collection of illegal bribe money from the bar owners," the plea said. "It is further a matter of deep and grave concern that Sachin Waze, who had remained in suspension for so many years, was reinstated and then accorded a status of a blue-eyed boy by the then commissioner of police. "Both of them have acted in cahoots with each other and in order to save their own skin as well as to pass the buck on to the applicant (Deshmukh), absolutely false statements have been made having no credibility as well as evidentiary value," it said. On the allegation of corruption in transfer and posting of a police officer when he was the state home minister, the politician said it was not only "misfounded", but an "absolute anathema to law". The bail application said that the CBI, which claims to be a premier investigating agency, has blatantly acted in a partisan, biased and lopsided manner. The agency has proceeded to get the main/principal accused Sachin Waze declared as an approver, which itself demonstrates that there is absolutely no substance in the case, the plea claimed. In the plea, Deshmukh also talked about his medical condition. "The applicant is suffering from several serious ailments, which have virtually incapacitated him to undertake ordinary pursuits of life without adequate medical treatment, is beseeching for a benevolent indulgence of the court to admit him to regular bail," it said. Citing the Bombay High Court order granting him bail, Deshmukh urged the special court to rely on some "potent, pertinent and far-reaching observations made as well as inferences drawn by the HC. The court asked the CBI to file its reply on the bail plea on October 14. The CBI had registered a corruption case against him following allegations made by Param Bir Singh. Singh had alleged that Deshmukh, the then home minister, had directed police personnel to collect Rs 100 crore per month from restaurants and bars in Mumbai. Deshmukh had denied the allegations, but stepped down from his cabinet post in April 2021 after the high court directed the CBI to register a case against him. It was revealed during preliminary enquiry the accused and others allegedly attempted to obtain undue advantage for improper and dishonest performance of their public duties, the CBI has claimed. The other accused in the case are Deshmukh's former aides Sanjeev Palande and Kundan Shinde.

Param Bir, Waze acted in cahoots to save themselves, claims ex-Maha minister Deshmukh in bail plea in graft case
Mumbai: Yuva Sena circulates pics of liquor bottles, garbage on Kalina campus after CM Shinde’s Dussehra rally
The Indian Express | 20 hours ago | |
The Indian Express
20 hours ago | |

A day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s Dussehra rally, political feud continues to brew on the Mumbai University’s Kalina campus Thursday that provided the parking facility for the event. Yuva Sena, the youth wing of Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, has circulated photos and videos of liquor bottles strewn around apart from heaps of garbage dumped after the event held on Wednesday.Photos and videos of the messy varsity campus grounds, which were used for parking vehicles ahead of Shinde’s Dussehra rally at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s (MMRDA) BKC Ground, are being circulated widely.Even liquor bottles are seen lying around besides heaps of plastic bottles, thrown-away food, food packages, and other garbage, said Yuva Sena workers who have sought action against the organisers.Yuva Sena circulates pics of liquor bottles, garbage on Kalina campus after CM Shinde’s Dussehra rally pic.twitter.com/lvpjAuZXpB— Express Mumbai (@ie_mumbai) October 6, 2022 “Different grounds on the Kalina campus, including its helipad, were used for parking vehicles coming for the CM’s rally on Wednesday. This has caused a tremendous mess on campus. It is very unfortunate that some of the visitors consumed liquor on the premises of an educational institution. We want to know if the Deputy Chief Minister will be taking action against such irresponsible behaviour,” said Pradeep Sawant of the Yuva  Sena who has been a member of the Mumbai University Senate.Last week Yuva Sena and a few other students’ organisations raised objections to the varsity’s decision to allow parking of vehicles coming for CM’s Dussehra rally on Kalina campus grounds.

Mumbai: Yuva Sena circulates pics of liquor bottles, garbage on Kalina campus after CM Shinde’s Dussehra rally
Check petrol and diesel price in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru on October 6
Times of India | 21 hours ago | |
Times of India
21 hours ago | |

Petrol and diesel prices in Indian cities have remained constant again on Thursday, October 6 after over four months now. The central government had announced an excise duty cut on petrol by Rs 8 per litre and on diesel by Rs 6 per litre earlier on May 21. Following the same, Eknath Shinde, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra announced a Value-Added Tax cut on petrol and diesel by Rs 5 per litre and Rs 3 per litre respectively.On August 24, the Meghalaya government increased the petrol and diesel prices by Rs 1 and a half rupees per litre. Today, petrol price in Delhi is Rs 96.72 per litre, while diesel price is Rs 89.62 per litre. In Mumbai, petrol price is Rs 106.31 per litre, while diesel costs Rs 94.27 per litre. Petrol and diesel in Kolkata are priced at Rs 106.03 and Rs 92.76 per litre respectively.Petrol, diesel prices in Chennai, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Noida, Gurugram, Chandigarh CityPetrol price (per litre)Diesel price (per litre)DelhiRs 96.72Rs 89.62MumbaiRs 106.31Rs 94.27BengaluruRs 101.94Rs 87.89ChennaiRs 102.63Rs 94.24KolkataRs 106.03Rs 92.76LucknowRs 96.57Rs 89.76HyderabadRs 109.64Rs 97.8NoidaRs 96.65Rs 89.82GurugramRs 96.99Rs 89.86ChandigarhRs 96.20Rs 84.26Oil Marketing Companies, such as Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum set the petrol and diesel prices daily based on foreign exchange rates and international benchmark prices. Retail petrol and diesel prices vary depending on the regional taxes, such as Value-Added Tax (VAT) or freight charges.

Check petrol and diesel price in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru on October 6
Mumbai Local Train Services Disrupted on Main Line of Central Railway Route Due to Technical Glitch
India | 23 hours ago | |
India
23 hours ago | |

Mumbai: Services on the main line of Central Railway of Mumbai local train were disrupted due to a technical snag in overhead wires on Thursday afternoon, an official said. The technical glitch arose at Sandhurst Road station in south Mumbai around 1 pm, due to which CSMT-bound slow trains were held up, he said.Also Read - THIS Company Is Planning 12,000 'Quiet Layoffs' or 15% Of Its Global Workforce: ReportTaking to Twitter, Central Railway wrote, “Due to OHE problem at Sandhurst Road on Up slow line services are held up. Up slow locals are diverted on Up fast line and running behind schedule. Staff working on restoration. ” Also Read - LIVE | Lucknow Weather Updates, Ind vs SA 1st ODI: Covers Being PEELED Off NowDue to OHE problem at Sandhurst Road on Up slow line services are held up. Up slow locals are diverted on Up fast line and running behind schedule. Staff working on restoration.Inconvenience caused is regretted— Central Railway (@Central_Railway) October 6, 2022The services on the line have been diverted to the fast line and restoration work is in full swing, the CR official added. As trains came to a halt, commuters got down at many places and were seen walking on the tracks towards the next station. Also Read - LIVE | IND vs SA 1st ODI Score, Lucknow: Rain Stops, Covers Still onCentral Railway ferries nearly 40 lakh suburban commuters every day by operating 1,810 services.

Mumbai Local Train Services Disrupted on Main Line of Central Railway Route Due to Technical Glitch
Daily Briefing: Shah rules out dialogue with Pakistan in J&K; RSS chief calls for population control policy
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | |
The Indian Express
1 day ago | |

Good morning,The Big StoryIn his first public rally in the Valley since the abrogation of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Amit Shah used a large part of his 25-minute speech to hit out at the “three families that have ruled Kashmir for 70 years” – Abdullahs, Muftis and the Gandhis. He also ruled out any dialogue with Pakistan. Here’s what Shah said.Only in the ExpressResults of the National Achievement Survey (NAS) showed that one in three students of Class III in Maharashtra couldn’t answer basic questions related to language and mathematics as per their expected learning level. IAS officer Jitendra Dudi, the Chief Executive Officer of Sangli district, took it upon himself to improve the learning outcomes among the zila parishad school students in his district. Thus, began the ‘Learning Improvement Programme (LIP)’ in Sangli.From the Front PageRSS chief Mohan Bhagwat touched upon several themes in his annual address in Nagpur on Vijayadashami. While pitching for equal participation of women in the workforce to ensure the country’s progress, Bhagwat also flagged concerns over “population imbalance” and called for a comprehensive population control policy which “must apply to all without any exception”.“When saints go marching in…” The jazz of Louis Armstrong floated in Kartarpur on the Ravi river’s west bank outside Lahore when a great Indian Sikh spinner met his old friend and respected Pakistani Muslim captain at Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara on Tuesday. For Intikhab Alam, meeting Bishan Singh Bedi, who survived a heart surgery and stroke last year, was “five hours of bliss. Old memories dusted up. Laughter.”Dean of the Wildlife Institute of India, noted biologist Yadavendradev Vikramsinh Jhala, has not found a place in the government’s new Cheetah Task Force to monitor how the progress of eight cheetahs brought in from Namibia.🔴 Why has this raised questions? Jhala has been at the forefront of India’s cheetah project for more than 13 years, and escorted the first batch of animals from Namibia last month. He prepared the technical ground for the ambitious cheetah project under successive governments since 2009.🔴 While an official close to NTCA member-secretary SP Yadav said that Jhala’s presence could be a conflict of interest as “he (Jhala) cannot monitor his own work”, an expert cited that as a “thin reason”.Must ReadTwo grand Dussehra rallies were held in different parts of Mumbai on Wednesday — one was led by Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and the other by Maharashtra CM and rebel Sena leader Eknath Shinde. The evening turned into a contest between Uddhav and Shinde to claim the legacy of Shiv Sena founder late Bal Thackeray, with each one marked by a large gathering of saffron-clad Sena activists, where speakers aggressively took on the rival faction while making their respective claims of being the “true flag-bearers of Hindutva”. Here’s what happened.With the Congress’ presidential polls just weeks away, Sanjay Jha writes on how the party has failed itself with the ‘unofficial official’ candidature of Mallikarjun Kharge: “ Bottom-line: The Congress needs a Congress President who can help it win the 2024 general elections, and as many state elections before that. What it does not need is a pallbearer of bland homilies and darbari subservience.”All five victims in the Bandra Worli Sea Link accident in Mumbai died trying to save the lives of people involved in another accident on the sea link. Among them was 36-year-old Chetan Kadam, a security advisor. About a decade ago, he was felicitated by the police for saving the life of a girl after a road accident in Worli. Then in 2016, CCTV footage showed him pulling back a man dangling from the Bandra-Worli sea link trying to end his life.A revamp of the Standing Committees of Parliament on Tuesday could potentially worsen the relations between the government and opposition parties. Of the 22 committees announced on Tuesday, the Congress has the post of chairperson in only one, and the second largest opposition party, Trinamool Congress, none. What are these Committees and what are their roles in lawmaking? We explain.And Finally…An internal report by chess.com, the sport’s most popular digital platform, has revealed that US Grandmaster Hans Niemann cheated much more than he has publicly admitted. In an alarming observation that casts a shadow on over-the-board chess too, the report says that cheaters playing at elite level can always get the better of their rivals by indulging in “selective cheating”. As Carlsen is quoted in the report as saying: “I would have just needed to cheat one or two times during the match … That is all I would need in order to be almost invincible.” Based on the report, we explain how Carlsen would need to cheat just once in a game of chess to be invincible.🤫 Delhi confidential: Prataprao Jadhav who is set to replace Shashi Tharoor as the head of Communications and Information Technology, has a tough road ahead. This Standing Committee has been hitting the headlines for the bitter fight between the ruling BJP and Opposition over a number of issues. Several members, including Mahua Moitra, Karti Chidambaram and John Brittas seemed to have already decided to be more aggressive when the committee resumes its meetings.🎧 In today’s episode of the ‘3 things’ podcast, we discuss fodder inflation in the country and how the Centre’s blueprint to tackle the issue remains on paper.Until tomorrow,Rahel Philipose and Sonal Gupta

Daily Briefing: Shah rules out dialogue with Pakistan in J&K; RSS chief calls for population control policy
A tale of two Sena rallies: Trading fireworks, Uddhav Thackeray guns for BJP, Eknath Shinde claims Bal Thackeray legacy
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | |
The Indian Express
1 day ago | |

While Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at his party’s Dussehra rally in Mumbai, Maharashtra Chief Minister and rebel Sena leader Eknath Shinde chose to attack Uddhav at his faction’s rally held on the occasion in a different part of the city.The two grand Mumbai rallies on Wednesday evening turned into a contest between Uddhav and Shinde to claim the legacy of Shiv Sena founder late Bal Thackeray, with each one marked by a large gathering of saffron-clad Sena activists, where speakers aggressively took on the rival faction while making their respective claims of being the “true flag-bearers of Hindutva”.From a stage whose backdrop was framed by images of Bal Thackeray and Shinde’s political guru late Anand Dighe along with a slogan stating “Garv se kaho hum Hindu hain (Proudly say that we are Hindus)”, the CM, whose camp has staked claim on the Sena’s election symbol, bow and arrow, before the Election Commission of India (ECI) while projecting itself as the “real” Sena, addressed his Dussehra rally at the Bandra Kurla Complex’s MMRDA ground. A special empty chair was kept in the middle of the stage, symbolically honouring Bal Thackeray.For Uddhav, his party’s annual Dussehra rally was a congregation of “eknishtha (loyal)” workers. At the packed rally venue in Shivaji Park, he called the Shinde camp “parasites” that grew on trees’ branches. “Branches may fall, but the tree survives on roots and you (workers) are Sena’s roots,” he told the rally, adding that he will again help the Sena clinch the CM post if backed by party workers.Even as Uddhav referred to Shinde as a “contractual CM” and raked up his “betrayal”, the former’s larger target remained the BJP. In his 40-minute-long speech, Uddhav countered the BJP’s charge against him of “ditching Hindutva” to align with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) by referring to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s recent visit to a madrasa in Delhi. He questioned if this attempt to initiate a conversation with the other side is acceptable then what was wrong with his aligning with the Congress. He also raised the issue of remission granted to the Bilkis Bano case convicts who were also feted after their release from prison. “Is this the example of woman empowerment you are talking about?” he asked.By going after the BJP, Uddhav also sent out a political message that he could be a part of a larger anti-BJP front that may take shape ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.The BJP is going to be the main opponent of the Uddhav Sena in the upcoming Mumbai civic body polls. Uddhav’s bid to challenge Union Home minister Amit Shah and his attempt to make a distinction between the Hindutva propagated by both the parties is being seen as a clear sign that he is ready to lock horns with the BJP in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls.Shinde, on the other hand, chose to reply in his 90-minute long speech to every criticism made against him by Uddhav. The CM also sought to rise to the defence of the BJP and RSS leadership, which might give the handle to the Uddhav Sena to sharpen its allegation that he was “dancing to the BJP’s tunes”.The CM also tried to connect emotionally with his supporters by explaining how he toiled hard for the party and is an ardent follower of Bal Thackeray’s Hindutva. By restraining himself from making personal attacks on the Thackeray family, he seemed to have hoped to earn sympathy of the common Sena workers.Earlier in the day, in an apparent swipe at Uddhav, who has maintained that he being the son of Bal Thackeray is the true inheritor of his legacy, Shinde posted a tweet with a quote of noted Hindi writer Harivanshrai Bachchan, stating “My son, being a son will not be my heir, whoever will be my heir will be my son”. Shinde’s appeal to common Sena workers and his repeated claims that the Sena was not a “private limited company” was aimed at legitimising his rebellion against the Thackerays as he projected himself as the “true heir” of Bal Thackeray’s ideology.

A tale of two Sena rallies: Trading fireworks, Uddhav Thackeray guns for BJP, Eknath Shinde claims Bal Thackeray legacy
  • We are not traitors… you betrayed Bal Thackeray, Hindutva, your voters: Eknath Shinde
  • The Indian Express

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde Wednesday declared his faction of the Shiv Sena as the true inheritor of Bal Thackeray’s legacy and accused former chief minister Uddhav Thackery of betraying ideals of his father as well as the Hindutva ideology.“We are not gaddars (traitors). Everyone knows who the real traitors are. The betrayal took place in 2019 when you joined hands with Congress. You betrayed Bal Thackeray, Hindutva and your voters,” he said, addressing his faction’s Dussehra Rally at Bandra Kurla Complex, a show of strength countering the rival rally by the Uddhav faction at Shivaji Park.While Uddhav’s main thrust was on targeting the BJP, Shinde, in his 90-minute address, spoke largely about his rival.“You should introspect why we left, instead of calling us gaddars. Why did Raj Thackeray leave, and why did Narayan Rane leave? Were they all traitors?” Shinde said.“I will never digress from the thoughts of Bal Thackeray. True heirs of Bal Thackeray are those who have inherited his thoughts,” Shinde said, repeatedly invoking the Sena founder.I will never digress from the thoughts of Bal Thackeray. Today you called me Kattappa [the ‘Baahubali’ character who stabbed his king], but even he was self-respecting and not a two-faced politician like yoWith the Shinde faction failing to get the Sena’s traditional Shivaji Park venue for the rally, it used optics to reinforce its links to Bal Thackeray. The poster at the back of the stage read ‘Garv se kaho hum Hindu hain’, a statement Bal Thackeray made after the 1992 Mumbai riots. At the centre of the stage was a chair the Sena founder used during his visits to Thane in 2009-2010—Shinde paid tribute to the chair with a garland after he arrived on stage at 7.30 pm. At the beginning of the rally, snippets of Bal Thackeray’s speeches — criticising the Congress and the desire for the CM’s chair — were played as part of a musical video.Attacking Uddhav over his speech at Shivaji Park, which concluded a few minutes before his own speech began, Shinde said: “Today you called me Kattappa [the Baahubali character who stabbed his own king], but even he was self-respecting and not a two-faced politician like you.”Right at the beginning of his speech, Shinde kneeled on the stage and touched the ground with his forehead as tribute to the audience. He said: “I am one of you, I am like you. This will mark the end of dynasty politics in Shiv Sena.”Shinde added: “Shiv Sena is not your private limited company. It is the result of the sweat and blood of thousands of Shiv Sainiks, and you gave it away to Congress and NCP for personal gain. Bal Thackeray used to say he would rather retire than join hands with scoundrels [Congress], and you disrespected his thought.”He also targeted Uddhav over his party’s new tagline displayed at Shivaji Park — “Ekanishtha” meaning loyal. Shinde said: “What is loyal? Who are left? How many are left? Everyone will come here [to Shinde camp]. This is emotional blackmailing and it will not work.”Shinde’s speech also had praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The Prime Minister has made our country proud, and spread the name of our country far and wide. Everyone across the world respects him. When any country faces calamities, India is the first to help that country in abundance.”

  • Traitors conspired against me at my vulnerable state; leaving BJP does not mean leaving Hindutva: Uddhav Thackeray
  • The Indian Express

    Addressing his much-anticipated Dussehra rally, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday, without naming the Maharashtra Chief Minister, labelled the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction as traitors, accusing them of conspiring against him when he was at his “most vulnerable physical state after suffering a debilitating illness”.The former Chief Minister, while addressing his party cadre at the annual rally, launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), once again questioning its version of Hindutva, and stated that the idea of democracy was under threat under the dispensation at the Centre.“Breaking the alliance with the BJP does not mean that we have left the fold and ideology of Hindutva. I do not need to learn Hindutva from a party whose leaders have bowed their heads at the tomb of Jinnah and went uninvited to Pakistan to meet Nawaz Sharif,” Thackeray said during his 45-minute address to party workers at Shivaji Park, which was packed to capacity with Shiv Sainiks who had come to the state capital from across the state.Taking on the Central government, Thackeray said, “There is a genuine worry on whether democracy in this country can stay alive. This is a warning call for all citizens. There is a genuine fear that we, as a country, may get pushed into servitude. There is a need for all patriots to unite.”The Sena chief said the BJP was trying to cover up its shortcoming in ruling the country by evoking its version of Hindutva. “You (the BJP) speak about the cow, but why don’t you speak about the rising inflation in the country? Speak about it as well. But just to divert the attention of people, they speak about Hindutva,” Thackeray said.Thackeray also took a swipe at Union Home Minister Amit Shah and said that he was busy conspiring in toppling the governments in states ruled by Opposition parties instead of concentrating on the work assigned to a country’s Home Minister.In the Ankita Bhandari murder case, the resort where it happened belonged to a BJP leader. In the Bilkis Bano case, sentences of the convicts were waived. These are the values of the BJP“Instead of fulfilling his duties as the Home Minister, his task these days is visiting states ruled by the Opposition and toppling the governments there,” Thackeray said.He further challenged Shah to “bring back the land which has been occupied by Pakistan and China” instead of making statements of “showing Shiv Sena its place”, alluding to a recent remark made by Shah to BJP members during his visit to Mumbai.“You came here and said you will show us the ground. We are on the ground only. But I challenge you to retrieve the ground that we have lost to Pakistan in the form of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir as well as China. Do something about that first,” Thackeray said.He also took a swipe at the BJP over RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement that there was a need to empower women.“In the Ankita Bhandari murder case in Uttarakhand, the resort where it happened belonged to a BJP leader. In the Bilkis Bano case, men who raped her and killed her small child, men who were convicted, their sentences were waived off. These men were felicitated and welcomed. These are the values of the BJP,” Thackeray said.While the focus of Thackeray’s speech was targeting the BJP, he also took a swipe at the Sena’s breakaway faction, stating that they were traitors and would have to live with the “ignominy of being called traitors for the rest of their lives”.He said, “They are traitors only.. even if they have posts of ministers now, it won’t be the case for a long time.. but their identity of being traitors will be theirs forever and cannot be wiped out ever.” Thackeray further said, “They are duplicates and fake. They think that they have become Balasaheb themselves..”Without referring to Shinde by name, Thackeray said he was betrayed by people whom he had confided in. “I feel sad about only one thing. I had given responsibility for handling the affairs of the party(during the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi [MVA] government) to an individual. But when I was in hospital and in a vulnerable state, the same person was conspiring to break the party and finish me off forever,” he said.Thackeray made an emotional outreach to the Sainiks gathered at the rally, asking them to support the party while promising that the Shiv Sena will bounce back with double the force. “Today, I have nothing. We will have a difficult path ahead. But, with your support, the Shiv Sena will rise again. It will bounce back and I will make a Shiv Sainik the Chief Minister again. We have to defeat the traitors in every election,” Thackeray said.Thackeray also praised the Sena’s MVA coalition partners – the Congress and the NCP – stating they gave the party respect. “When we renamed Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar and Osmanabad as Dharashiv, the coalition immediately agreed. Still they (the BJP) say we left Hindutva? Where were they (Shinde faction) that time? Touring Guwahati and Surat?” the former CM said.The Shiv Sena’s Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park in Dadar came after a battle with its rival – the Shinde-led faction – over the venue which culminated in the Bombay High Court ruling in Thackeray’s favour in its verdict in the matter on September 23.

  • You are real betrayer, gave Shiv Sena’s remote to NCP-Congress: Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: Terming his faction as the real Shiv Sena and Uddhav Thackeray as "the real betrayer," CM Eknath Shinde went all out in defence of PM Modi and union home minister Amit Shah at his Dussehra rally. Addressing his first rally at BKC, he said it was Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray's dream that Article 370 be abrogated and the Ram Mandir be built in Ayodhya. "This was fulfilled by Modi and Shah and yet you (Uddhav) mock them," he said. Pointing to the huge gathering, Shinde said now no one would question which was the real Shiv Sena. Shinde said he was proud to be the handyman of Modi and Shah rather than being the handyman of those who support Dawood and Yakub Memon, reports Clara Lewis. Attacking Uddhav, Shinde said in his lust for power, he has destroyed the Sena. "We are not betrayers. You betrayed the mandate of the people in 2019. You got votes with hoardings that had pictures of Balasaheb Thackeray on one side and Modi on the other. Balasaheb used to run the government with a remote control. You handed over Shiv Sena's remote control to NCP-Congress," he said. Bal Thackeray's son and Uddhav's elder brother Jaidev, his estranged wife Smita and son Nihar made it a point to be present at the CM's rally. Shiv Sena not a Pvt Ltd Co, it belongs to Sainiks: CM Addressing his first rally at BKC, CM Eknath Shinde accused Uddhav Thackeray of ceasing to call Balasaheb 'Hinduhriday Samrat' and referring to him only as 'Shiv Sena chief' to please Congress. "We are ideologically opposed to Congress-NCP, yet you embraced them. Even when they moved to slit Sena's throat, you did nothing," Shinde said. He said Thackeray preferred to listen "only to Sanjay like in the Mahabharata", hence the rebellion. "If Sena and Sainiks would not have destroyed Congress bastions, you would not have reached where you have. You make fun of our livelihoods, calling us 'paan tapriwala,' 'rickshawwala.' Can only zamindars, capitalists, those born with a golden spoon become CM?" he asked. Shinde said Thackeray went to court to get Shivaji Park to hold his rally. As CM he could've intervened, but he did not as "it is my responsibility to maintain law and order." He added Uddhav had taken help of Congress to bring people for his rally, just as his people had taken part in the latter's Bharat Jodo Yatra. He accused Thackeray of "burning Balasaheb's ideology." "Do you have moral authority to stand on that ground and speak? Thousands of Shiv Sainiks shed their blood to make the Sena, and you handed over the party's remote control to NCP. Balasaheb called them scoundrels, and you tied Sena to them," Shinde said. Hence, said Shinde, Sainiks rebelled. For 3 months, the CM said he has been moving around and has got a huge response from people. "Had we made a mistake, people would not have come out in such numbers. Shiv Sena is not a private limited company. Sena does not belong to Uddhav or Eknath. It is the Sena of Balasaheb's thoughts and belongs only to Shiv Sainiks," he said. Shinde said two words have been used to describe them - "gaddar" (betrayer) and "khoke" (boxes). "The betrayal happened in 2019. We are not "gaddars" (betrayers) but "Gadar" (revolutionaries)," he said. Reacting to Thackeray's statement that they were a group stealing another's father, he said Uddhav has tried to sell off the father's ideology. "You have become helpless for power. To please Congress-NCP you said we rotted for 25 years with BJP. Yakub Memon was responsible for Mumbai blasts, yet you made an MLA who sought to get his death penalty revoked a minister. How much salt will you rub into Mumbaikars' wounds?" asked Shinde. He further said, "Now that you have lost power you remember the ordinary Shiv Sainik. You did work from home. We never did 'work from home' but 'work without home.'" On Thackeray demanding they resign and go with BJP, he questioned why Thackeray did not resign when he went against the people's will. Hitting out at Uddhav for calling his son Shrikant, an MP, as "kaarta" and that his grandson was in line for a councillor ticket, Shinde said on becoming CM, he made his son (Aaditya) a minister instead of giving an MLA from rural Maharashtra a chance. "My grandson is only 18 months old. Thackeray's downfall began after his birth," he said. He accused Uddhav of cutting down Sena leader Anand Dighe and others in the party. "After Dighe's death, I thought you'd ask me how to expand party in Thane. Instead you asked me about his property and who were holding it. By cutting the feet of those who were rising, you forgot you were cutting down Sena," said Shinde.

  • You Betrayed Balasaheb, Sainiks: Eknath Shinde Responds To "Traitor" Jibe
  • Ndtv

    "Balasaheb said he won't go with the Congress. You did that," Eknath Shinde said.Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde flipped Uddhav Thackeray's slur of "Gaddar (traitor)" today, declaring it was he who had betrayed the Sena by forming an alliance with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party. It was an insult not only to Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray who was against both parties, but also the ordinary Shiv Sainik who had worked for the party for years, he said."Balasaheb said he would close down the Shiv Sena but won't go with the Congress. You did that and this was against Balasaheb," he said."You don't want to even talk about Hindutva now... They keep opposing (VD) Savarkar and you did nothing... Savarkar is our God and we take his name with pride but due to Congress we were asked to be quiet," Mr Shinde said.Mr Thackeray, he alleged, "makes fun of the Prime Minister and calls Home Minister Amit Shah Afzal Khan". But they worked to fulfill Balasaheb Thackeray's dreams of scrapping Article 370 of the constitution and building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya."Modi and Amit Shah are fulfilling the dream and ideology of Balasaheb," he added."Did we take this decision in happiness? Even we were sad while taking this decision. But we were suffering for 2.5 years and that's why we had to do something. That's why in June we did what we did and 33 countries were continuously googling what we were doing," he said.Levelling tit-for-tat allegations of greed, he said, "This isn't a private limited company where you will do a partnership" for that.  Addressing a rally this evening at Mumbai's Shivaji Park -- the traditional venue for Sena's Dussehra rally, Mr Thackeray had accused the Chief Minister of being a "traitor" to fulfil his "greed".PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comCalling his move to split the party a "gadar" (rebellion), he compared it to the mutiny of 1857 against the British. "In 1857, when our people fought against the British, that wasn't 'gaddari', that was 'kranti' (rebellion)... this is also a 'kranti'," he said.The Sena split in June after which the two factions have been toe-to-toe claiming the legacy of founder Balasaheb Thackeray. The battle for the bow and arrow election symbol has reached the Election Commission.

  • ‘As time changes, Ravan’s face also changes’: Uddhav Thackeray calls Shinde ‘traitor’, CM hits back
  • The Indian Express

    Addressing the annual Dussehra rally at the iconic Shivaji Park ground in Mumbai, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Wednesday called his successor Eknath Shinde and his supporters “traitors” and insisted that this stamp will remain forever.“As time changes, Ravan’s face also changes. Today, it is the traitors (who are Ravan). When I was unwell and underwent a surgery, I had given the responsibility to him (Shinde). But he conspired against me thinking I will never stand up on my feet again,” Shiv Sena president Thackeray said while lashing out at Shinde, whose rebellion in June brought down the Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government in the state.Thackeray said that the Shiv Sena does not belong to one person but to all loyal Sena workers. He added, “If you feel I should not remain the Sena president, I will quit. There is a limit to lust for power. After the act of treachery, he (Shinde) now wants the party, its symbol and also wants to be called the party president.”Last month, the Supreme Court had rejected the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena’s prayer to stay proceedings pending before the Election Commission of India over a request by CM Shinde for recognition of his faction as the real Shiv Sena and permission to use the party’s ‘bow and arrow’ election symbol.The former chief minister further went to say that he formed a post-poll alliance with Congress and Nationalist Congress Party to teach the BJP a lesson for breaking its promises. “I swear on my parents that it had been decided that the BJP and Shiv Sena will share the chief minister’s post for two and a half years,” Thackeray said.Thackeray also said he did not need lessons on Hindutva from the BJP. “BJP leaders visited (then Pakistan prime minister) Nawaz Sharif on his birthday without invitation and bowed before Jinnah’s grave,” he said.Concluding his speech, Thackeray sought the support and strength from Sena cadre, saying the party will bounce back.“Today I have nothing. But with your support the Shiv Sena will rise again. I will make a Shiv Sena worker chief minister again. We have to defeat the traitors in every election,” he said.Our rebellion was not act of ‘betrayal’, but ‘revolt’ : CM ShindeMaharashtra CM Shinde, meanwhile, asserted his rebellion was not an act of “betrayal”, but a “revolt” and asked Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray to kneel down at party founder Bal Thackeray’s memorial and apologise for going against his ideals and aligning with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).Addressing a mega rally at the Bandra Kurla Complex’s MMRDA ground on the occasion of Dussehra, Shinde said voters in the state elected the Shiv Sena and the BJP in the 2019 Assembly elections, but Thackeray “betrayed” people by joining hands with the Congress and the NCP to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.The rally was attended by Jaidev Thackeray, brother of Uddhav Thackeray, and his estranged wife Smita Thackeray. Nihar Thackeray, grandson of late Bal Thackeray, also attended the rally besides Champa Singh Thapa, a long-time personal aide of the Sena founder.(With inputs from PTI)

1,000 ST buses from Aurangabad & Nashik divisions ferry Sena workers
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Times of India
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Aurangabad/Nashik: Roughly 1,000 state transport buses from the districts of Aurangabad, Beed, Nashik, Dhule and Jalgaon have been hired by Shiv Sena politicians — belonging to the Thackeray faction as well as the Shinde camp — to ferrying supporters to and from Mumbai to attend the Dasara rallies.As per the numbers obtained from the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) office, 350 buses have been hired from Aurangabad district, 100 from Beed, 200 from Nashik, 250 from Jalgaon, and 150 from Dhule. Apart from ST buses, there were many private buses and cars on their way to Mumbai as well.To prevent congestion, police units in different parts of the states, especially in Aurangabad city and rural areas, formed special corridors for the buses and private vehicles heading towards Mumbai. In Aurangabad city alone, 400 policemen were deployed to man the special corridor. The Nashik rural police too had set up bandobast at various points to regulate traffic.Along the Ghoti-Kasara section, the highway police said due to the flow of devotees coming to the Ghatandevi temple in Igatpuri, bandobast was already in place. However, given the rush of Shiv Sena functionaries and activists going to Mumbai on Wednesday, additional bandobast was deployed.Officials of the highway police added that the rush of vehicles moving towards Mumbai started early in the morning. Apart from the ST buses, a large number of private buses too had been booked to carry activists to the rallies at Shivaji Park and BKC ground.Meanwhile, the Thackeray camp criticised the MSRTC for giving away so many buses during the festive season. Leader of opposition Ambadas Danve warned of raising the issue of alleged misuse of government agencies, including MSRTC, Maharashtra state road development corporation (MSRDC) and the police in the assembly session.When contacted, MSRTC’s Nashik and Aurangabad division deputy general manager Nitin Maind said, “During Dasara, we usually see a dip in traffic flow to the extent that we have to call off services on certain routes. This time, as we have got orders to ferrying people to Mumbai and back, we are not cancelling any buses.”When asked about the difficulty being faced by common people heading home for the festive season, Maind said no inconvenience has been caused to commuters as the buses continue to ply on all important routes in each district.” Sources said the Aurangabad and Nashik divisions have roped in buses from different districts, so that commuter services are not hampered.

1,000 ST buses from Aurangabad & Nashik divisions ferry Sena workers
Shiv Sena Not A "Private Limited Company": Eknath Shinde At Mumbai Dussehra Rally
Ndtv | 1 day ago | |
Ndtv
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Uddhav Thackeray and Eknath Shinde both addressed people in Mumbai today on Dussehra.Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday bitterly traded charges and used caustic terms like "traitors" and "betrayer" as Shiv Sena groups headed by them held Dussehra rallies in Mumbai in what was a parallel show of strength by the rivals after the change of government three months ago.While Uddhav Thackeray branded Eknath Shinde and his supporters as "traitors" for teaming up with the BJP to wrest power, the CM said Mr Thackeray had "betrayed" people of Maharashtra who voted for the Sena and the national party to form an alliance government, by teaming up with the Congress and the NCP after the 2019 Assembly elections.Mr Thackeray made a 43-minute-long speech at Shivaji Park ground in central Mumbai, where his party has been holding the Dussehra rallies since its inception in 1966, while Mr Shinde addressed the crowd for an hour and a half at a bigger ground at Bandra Kurla Complex in the suburbs.Mr Shinde asserted his rebellion was not an act of "betrayal", but a "revolt" and asked Uddhav Thackeray to kneel down at party founder Bal Thackeray's memorial in Mumbai and apologise for going against his ideals and aligning with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).Mr Shinde said voters in the state elected the Shiv Sena and the BJP in the 2019 Assembly elections, but Mr Thackeray "betrayed" people by joining hands with the Congress and the NCP to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.He said massive crowds at his Dussehra rally was proof enough to show who are true inheritors of Bal Thackeray's legacy.Slamming Mr Thackeray, Eknath Shinde, who heads the rebel faction of the party, said the Shiv Sena was not a "private limited company" and maintained the 56-year-old outfit was built through hard work of common Sena workers.The chief minister stoutly defended his rebellion against Mr Thackeray's leadership in June that brought down the MVA government.Mr Shinde asserted his rebellion was not an act of "betrayal" (gaddari), but a revolt (gadar).The Thackeray-led faction of the Shiv Sena has often targeted rebels as "traitors"."We did not do 'gaddari' (betrayal), but this (rebellion) was 'gaddar' (revolt). We are not 'gaddar' (traitor), but soldiers of Balasaheb (Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray). You sold Balasaheb principles. Who are real traitors who betrayed Hindutva for the sake of power?" Mr Shinde said.The rally was attended by Jaidev Thackeray, brother of Uddhav Thackeray, and his estranged wife Smita Thackeray. Nihar Thackeray, grandson of late Bal Thackeray, also attended the rally besides Champa Singh Thapa, a long-time personal aide of the Sena founder.Mr Thackeray, who started his speech ahead of Mr Shinde, mounted a scathing attack on the chief minister and his supporters, saying their reputation as "traitors" will never be washed away."As time changes, Ravan's face also changes. Today, it is the traitors (who are Ravan). When I was unwell and underwent a surgery, I had given the responsibility to him (Shinde). But he conspired against me thinking I will never stand up on my feet again," the former chief minister said.The Shiv Sena does not belong to any one person, but it belongs to all loyal party workers, Mr Thackeray said, adding, "If you feel I should not remain the Sena president, I will quit." "There is a limit to lust for power...After the act of treachery, he now wants the party, its symbol and also wants to be called the party president," Thackeray said, targeting his one-time trusted aide who served under him in the MVA cabinet.He formed a post-poll alliance with the Congress and the NCP to teach the BJP, the Sena's former ally, a lesson for breaking its promises, Mr Thackeray maintained."I swear on my parents that it had been decided that the BJP and Shiv Sena will share the chief minister's post for two and a half years," Mr Thackeray said.The Sena had parted ways with the ally BJP after the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly polls following differences over the issue of sharing the post of chief minister.Mr Thackeray also said he did not need lessons on Hindutva from the BJP."BJP leaders visited (then-Pakistan prime minister) Nawaz Sharif on his birthday without invitation and bowed before Jinnah's grave," he said.He accused the BJP of raising the Hindutva issue to divert attention from poverty, unemployment and inflation."RSS general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale has shown BJP the mirror," he said, referring to Hosabale's statement about the challenges of rising income inequality and unemployment.Facing a grave challenge of retaining control over the party founded by his father late Bal Thackeray, Uddhav sought support and strength from the Sena cadre, saying the party will bounce back."Today I have nothing. But with your support the Shiv Sena will rise again. I will make a Shiv Sena worker chief minister again. We have to defeat the traitors in every election," he said, in apparent reference to the November 3 Assembly byelection in Andheri (East) in Mumbai Mr Thackeray took a 'Bahubali' jibe at Shinde and compared him to the character 'Katappa' in the superhit film.Uddhav Thackeray said, "The only thing I feel bad and angry about is that when I was admitted to the hospital, the people whom I gave the responsibility (of the state) became 'Katappa' and betrayed us... They were cutting me and thinking that I will never return from hospital." Mr Shinde said, "They call me 'Katappa'. I want to tell you, that even 'Katappa' had self-respect, and did not have double standard like you." Hitting back at Uddhav Thackeray for calling him "Katappa", a character portrayed as a betrayer in the movie 'Bahubali', the chief minister said he was not someone who practised double standards.Questioning Uddhav Thackeray's style of working, Mr Shinde asked how many times he visited Mantralaya, the state secretariat in south Mumbai, when he was the chief minister (November 2019-June 2022).Administrative works came to a virtual standstill in the two-and-a-half years of the MVA government led by Uddhav Thackeray, he claimed.Mr Shinde said while Uddhav Thackeray was "working from home", he, on becoming chief minister on June 30, resorted to "work without home".Although the chief minister hailed from the Shiv Sena, it was the NCP which ran the show in the previous dispensation, CM Shinde said.Eknath Shinde assured that the Maratha community, which has been demanding reservation in government jobs and education for long will get justice.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comHe said in the next two years, there will be a 'development model' of Maharashtra.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Shiv Sena Not A "Private Limited Company": Eknath Shinde At Mumbai Dussehra Rally
"This Time Ravan Is Different": Team Thackeray vs Team Shinde On Dussehra
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Mumbai: The big Sena versus Sena battle on the occasion of Dussehra today started off with a stern warning from former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. "Ravan will burn," Mr Thackeray told the Eknath Shinde camp, pointing to the huge crowds at Mumbai's Shivai Park -- the traditional venue for the party's Dussehra celebration.Mr Shinde, who held a parallel rally at the MMRDA grounds, launched a sharp counter-attack. "Do you have any moral right to even stand and speak there? You used Shiv Sainiks for your personal reason and went ahead with Congress and NCP… Balasaheb Thackeray used to run the government on remote control and you gave this remote control to NCP," he said.The two factions of Sena, eye-ball to eyeball since the split in June -- are holding what has been billed as a show of strength. For the first time since the Shiv Sena's inception 56 years ago, two Dussehra rallies are being held in Mumbai by the rival factions."What will happen to Shiv Sena? Seeing the crowd here, the question now is -- what will happen to the traitors? All have gathered together. Like every year, this time too Ravana will burn. But this time Ravana is different," Mr Thackeray told the crowd at Shivaji Park.The BJP, Mr Thackeray insisted, had betrayed the Sena and this was why the alliance broke. "I swear by my parents that there was talk of half-term. Then (Union home minister) Amit Shah said nothing of the sort was decided," Mr Thackeray said.The BJP, he added, is now in the situation they tried to avoid -- making Eknath Shinde the Chief Minister. "Why didn't you do it earlier?" he said.The majority of Mr Thackeray's wrath was reserved for Mr Shinde, who, he said, had betrayed the party."How much should a man's greed be? He was given the Chief Minister's post. Now he wants the party too," he said, accusing the new Chief Minister of "stealing" his father.Mr Shinde, who is fighting to claim the legacy of Balasaheb Thackeray – Uddhav Thackeray's father and the founder of Shiv Sena – had rubbed in the point quoting couplets from renowned poet Harivanshrai Bachchan."My son will not be my heir by being my son; whoever is my heir will be my son - Harivanshrai Bachchan," the Maharashtra Chief Minister tweeted, implying that legacy of a man need not necessarily be passed onto his son.At his parallel rally today, Mr Shinde insisted that the word is not "gaddar (traitor)" but "gadar (revolution)", implying that they are revolutionaries tying to take Sena back to its Hindutva roots.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMr Shinde had started his speech with chants of "Garv se kaho hum Hindu hai (Say proudly that we are Hindus)", underscoring his complaint that Uddhav Thackeray  had diluted the Sena ideology with tie-up with Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress.The fight over the Sena's bow and arrow symbol has reached the Election Commission. The poll body said it would apply the transparent process of the "rule of majority" after the Supreme Court refused to stop it from deciding who was the "real" Shiv Sena.

"This Time Ravan Is Different": Team Thackeray vs Team Shinde On Dussehra
Hashtag Politics | From PM Modi to Sonia Gandhi, here’s how political leaders celebrated Dussehra
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From Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Himachal Pradesh’s Bilaspur and Congress president Sonia Gandhi offering prayers at a temple in Karnataka to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) rechristening the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), as Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), here’s how political leaders in India celebrated Dussehra on Wednesday.PM Modi addresses rally in Himachal, says people gifted with development projectsOn the occasion of Dussehra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated AIIMS Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh, along with several other developmental projects. Sounding the poll bugle with a show of strength at a rally in Bilaspur, Modi said that on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami, people in the region have been gifted development projects worth hundreds of crores. The people of Bilaspur have been given dual gifts of education and health, he added.The iconic Dussehra celebrations in Kullu are underway. PM @narendramodi has joined the programme after his previous programme in Bilaspur. pic.twitter.com/CDWD0G9Dhu— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 5, 2022Post the inauguration, PM Modi participated in Kullu Dussehra celebrations.PM @narendramodi at the Rath of Bhagwan Shri Raghunath Ji during the Kullu Dussehra celebrations. pic.twitter.com/6bzd3XnGXo— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 5, 2022Earlier in the day, PM Modi, through his Twitter handle wished the people of India on Dussehra. “Many many congratulations to all the countrymen on Vijayadashami, the symbol of victory. I wish that this auspicious occasion brings courage, restraint and positive energy in everyone’s life,” he tweeted.Sonia Gandhi offers Dussehra prayers in Karnataka Congress president Sonia Gandhi offered Dussehra prayers at the Bheemanakolli temple in Begur village of HD Kote assembly segment in Karnataka. Earlier in the morning, Gandhi, who is in the state to take part in the ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra, prayed to the presiding deity at the old temple in the village near Nagarhole forest reserve. She was accompanied by village panchayat members and local MLA Anil Kumar C.The #Dusshera festival is about a resolve to walk on the path of truth, duty & fighting injustice in the footsteps of Lord Ram.Difference is clear –▪️56” holding vote garnering rallies in election going state of H.P.▪️Smt. Sonia Gandhi offering prayers with simplicity👇 pic.twitter.com/D2Urs2pPJ2— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) October 5, 2022AICC General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, “Smt. Sonia Gandhi offering #Dussehra Prayers at Bheemanakolli Temple in Begur Village in H.D.Kote Assembly, Karnataka today. Simple, serene & sincere – away from politicking & in the true spirit of #vijaydashami . #Dusshera2022.”Smt. Sonia Gandhi offering #Dussehra Prayers at Bheemanakolli Temple in Begur Village in H.D.Kote Assembly, Karnataka today.Simple, serene & sincere – away from politicking & in the true spirit of #vijaydashami .#Dusshera2022 pic.twitter.com/4lL0jNajWx— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) October 5, 2022Telangana CM KCR forays into national politicsOn the occasion of Vijayadashmi, Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) leader K Chandrashekar Rao launched a national political party, Bharat Rashtra Samithi, during a conclave of party leaders, ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs and district-level coordinators at the party headquarters Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad. With an eye on the 2024 Lok Sabha election, KCR read out the resolution and announced that the party’s general body meeting unanimously resolved to change the name from TRS to BRS.టీఆర్‌ఎస్‌ పార్టీ సర్వసభ్య సమావేశంలో మాట్లాడుతున్న పార్టీ అధినేత, ముఖ్యమంత్రి శ్రీ కల్వకుంట్ల చంద్రశేఖర్ ‌రావు.TRS Party President and CM Sri K Chandrashekar Rao speaking at the party’s general body meeting at Telangana Bhavan. pic.twitter.com/YfW1kr1CF5— TRS Party (@trspartyonline) October 5, 2022The Bharat Rashtra Samithi was launched on the occasion of Dasara at exactly 1.19 pm on Wednesday, which the party said was an “auspicious time”.At Dussehra rally, Uddhav calls CM Shinde ‘traitor’, says ‘this time Ravan is different’In a first for the 56-year-old Shiv Sena, two Dussehra rallies were held in Mumbai on Wednesday. In a scathing attack on Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his supporters, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said their reputation as “traitors” will never be washed away. Addressing the annual Dussehra rally at the Shivaji Park ground in Mumbai, Thackeray referred to an alleged offer of Rs 50 crore to MLAs to switch sides and said, “This year’s Ravan is different. Ravan used to have 10 heads. But this Ravan has 50.”Meanwhile, CM Eknath Shinde led a rally at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) grounds in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC).  During his speech, Shinde said that Shiv Sena “does not belong to Uddhav Thackeray or himself, but to the thoughts of Bal Thackeray. ” He said that true ‘gaddari’ (betrayal) happened in 2019 when then Sena put photos of Bal Thackeray and PM Narendra Modi side by side on banners and people voted thinking it will be a coalition.RSS chief bats for equal rights for women during annual Dussehra eventRashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat took part in the organisation’s annual Dussehra event in Nagpur in Maharashtra and said “It is imperative to give women independence to work and equal rights in all spheres.”  “So, beginning with changes within our own families, we will have to take it to society through the organisation. Until women’s equal participation is ensured, the efforts aimed at the progress of the country will not be successful,” Bhagwat said in his speech.The RSS chief also flagged the need for a “comprehensive population control policy” that applies to all “equally”, adding it was in the national interest to keep an eye on “population imbalance”. “There should be a comprehensive population control policy, which should apply to all equally, and once it is put in motion, no one should get any concessions,” Bhagwat said.MK Stalin: Contrary to the negative narrative aimed at tarnishing its image, the DMK is not against spiritualism but is opposed to using religion for political and selfish gains, said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Wednesday. While speaking at a function held under the aegis of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department, in Chennai, Stalin accused his detractors of launching a disinformation campaign against him and his party.கண்மூடி வழக்கமெலாம் மண்மூடிப் போக என்ற வழியே திராவிட இயக்கத்துக்கு மிக நெருக்கமானவர் வள்ளலார்!வள்ளலார் பிறந்தநாள் தனிப்பெரும் கருணை நாள்,ஓராண்டு தொடர்கொண்டாட்டமாக வள்ளலார் முப்பெரும் விழா, வடலூரில் ரூ.100 கோடியில் வள்ளலார் சர்வதேச மையம் என அவர் புகழ் பாடி மகிழ்கிறது கழக அரசு! pic.twitter.com/dzKt5Ph9AC— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) October 5, 2022“There is an organised campaign going online to portray that Dravidian Model governance is against spirituality and faithful sections,” he said. Taking a dig at right-wing Hindutva forces, Stalin said those who are spreading such lies are people who make use of religion and faith for their own living and vested interests.Rahul Gandhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, who is currently leading the party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Karnataka, tweeted: “Burn the Lanka of hate, erase the Meghnad of violence and end the ego of Ravan. May truth and justice prevail. Wishing everyone a very Happy Vijayadashami.” Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Shashi Tharoor, Ashok Gehlot and several others also wished the people on Dussehra.Bhupendra Patel:  Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel Wednesday performed “shastra-puja” (worship of weapons) at his residence in Gandhinagar on the occasion of Dussehra. Patel performed puja of weapons of his security guards, which included automatic guns and pistols, with traditional rituals amidst chanting of Vedic hymns. The tradition of weapons worship was started in Gujarat when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was Chief Minister of the state. Since then, other chief ministers have followed the tradition on Dussehra, PTI reported.વિજયાદશમીના પાવન અવસરે મુખ્યમંત્રી નિવાસસ્થાને સુરક્ષા કર્મીઓની સાથે વૈદિક મંત્રોચ્ચાર સાથે શસ્ત્રપૂજન કર્યું અને સૌ સુરક્ષાકર્મીઓને વિજયાદશમીની શુભેચ્છાઓ પાઠવી. pic.twitter.com/VeWRYHZEBy— Bhupendra Patel (@Bhupendrapbjp) October 5, 2022Arvind Kejriwal: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took part as the chief guest of the Dussehra ceremony at Red Fort, organised by the Luv Kush Ramlila Committee, one of the oldest in Delhi. Actor Prabhas of ‘Baahubali’ fame also attended the event.लालकिला मैदान पर लवकुश रामलीला के भव्य कार्यक्रम में दिल्लीवासियों के साथ दशहरा उत्सव | LIVE https://t.co/bs7MIa36mN— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 5, 2022Earlier in the morning, Kejriwal tweeted, “Hearty greetings to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of ‘Vijay Dashami’, symbolizing the victory of good over evil and truth over falsehood. Soon the people of the country will end poverty, unemployment, inflation and illiteracy of Ravan and take the country forward and make India the number one country in the world.”Shivraj Singh Chouhan: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited Ujjain on Dusshera and offered prayers at the Mahakaleshwar Temple Wednesday. The chief minister arrived in the holy city around 2.30 pm.  Chouhan also took part in the ‘Mahakal ki Sawari’ on Dusshera for some time, officials said, PTI reported. श्वेतदेहाय रुद्राय श्वेतगंगाधराय च श्वेतभस्माङ्गरागाय श्वेतस्वरूपिणे नमः।आज विजयादशमी के पावन पर्व के अवसर पर श्री महाकाल महाराज के चरणों में प्रणाम कर देश एवं प्रदेश तथा जनता की सुख, समृद्धि एवं प्रगति कि कामना की।श्री महाकाल महाराज की कृपा हम सब पर सर्वदा बनी रहे। pic.twitter.com/vfqLEqDg3K— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) October 5, 2022

Hashtag Politics | From PM Modi to Sonia Gandhi, here’s how political leaders celebrated Dussehra
Mumbai: Celebrating 75 years of Independence with 75 years of a Durga puja
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The Banga Naitri Sansad, a local community organisation in Mumbai, has been hosting a Durga puja in Santa Cruz for the past 75 years. While over 100 Durga pujas are performed in the city on Wednesday, the BNS can take pride in hosting the second oldest of its type in Maharashtra.In a wide-ranging affair, the community packs a month’s worth of festivities into five days. On the fourth day of celebrations, the community typically begins by holding pujas and aartis. Later it hands out food–a practice known as bhog distribution–to local families and other attendees. At night it hosts a cultural event showcasing Bengali culture, but it also features an amalgamation of practices from across the country.Given that the fifth day is typically reserved for the immersion of idols, the end of the night before was marked by a 45-minute long aarti–the last of the season. Part dance, part religious ceremony, the aarti was enthusiastically embraced by everyone present. Women were seen dancing until their bodies were coated in a veil of sweat from the unforgiving October heat, while more ambitious participants were observed dancing with the aarti in their mouths.The food, as one might expect, was also in abundance. According to Abhijit Dey, no Bengali celebration would be complete without special delicacies from the region, including fish fry, devilled eggs, Kolkata rolls and chicken cutlets. “It’s essentially the food you would have on a cheat day,” says Soumyakumar Deb, another organiser.Aishani Singh Rakhra adds, “In other cultures you have to become a vegetarian during Puja time, but in Bengali culture, you have to be strictly non-vegetarian.”At this year’s celebrations, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari also made a brief appearance. He paid his respects at the pandal and enjoyed some of the cultural events on display. As someone fluent in Bengali, the governor seemed to immerse himself in the evening’s activities.According to its organisers, the occasion is less religious and more cultural, a way of reconnecting with Bengali heritage.Gargi Deb, who has grown up attending this puja, says that the idea is to make people feel like they are at home. “Durga Puja might be called a puja,” she says, “but it is more a Met Gala festival for Bengalis.”However, while people tracing their ancestry to Bengal and Kolkata might make up the majority of attendees, it is clear that all are welcome. People from different backgrounds, faiths and socio-economic classes flock to the large grounds every year; estimates indicate that over 600 people attended this year.This unique approach extends across different avenues. The BNS organises blood donation camps for thalassaemia major patients and gives contributions to local orphanages. When Mumbai was struck by devastating rains in 2006, the community came together to help the victims.This dedication to the community is not surprising given the background of many BNS members. Some of their families have been hosting Durga pujas for over 600 years in their ancestral homes, while others have been part of this particular community since its inception 75 years ago. According to Rakhra, the yearly celebrations give the community an opportunity to reconnect, with some of the members travelling from Kolkata and Pune to attend the festivities.The BNS Durga puja is truly a cross-generational celebration. “We used to help set up the chairs,” says Dey, associated with the event since childhood. “Now we are part of the organising committee, giving the older people a chance to relax.”As for the next generation, there is no shortage of enthusiasm there either. Vaishali Chakraborty, another member of the organising committee, happily reports that the children fight with one another to hand out specific foods or perform certain songs and dances at the gatherings.Eventually, it all boils down to creating a sense of community. Dey, who identifies as an atheist, stresses that the celebrations are less about religion and more about participating in the community–a sort of extended, close-knit family in its own right. He does not participate in the pujas or the fasting but does help to organise them.As for what’s next, the members are unanimous in their response. Following the immersion, they will have a day or two to relax before the preparations for next year’s puja begin.

Mumbai: Celebrating 75 years of Independence with 75 years of a Durga puja
  • Durga puja festive fervour back in Pune city
  • The Indian Express

    After the Covid-triggered two-year hiatus, festivities are back in full vigour at Durga Puja venues in Pune city in Maharashtra. Besides the decorations and stalls, big pandals based on various themes are giving a tinge of Bengali tradition to the festive spirit.“We have been flooded with calls seeking details of stalls, location etc and we are so happy to entertain every devotee of Maa Durga,” said Arin Dubey, president of Nandanik Sanstha, a socio-cultural organisation. “We are very hopeful that many people will enjoy the much-awaited Durga Puja celebrations that we so badly missed for the last two years,” he said.Many committees across the city have invited artists from Kolkata to design the pandals from paper, wood, bamboo, fabric and other materials. Banga Bharti, an organisation of the Bengali community, has designed its Durga Puja pandal that features world peace and victory over the Coronavirus.While the Pune Kali Bari Durga Puja Association pandal is themed around the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) temple of Mayapur in West Bengal, the Bangiya Sanskriti Samsad, popularly known as the Congress Bhavan Durga Puja, is entering its 83rd year with the theme of a terracotta-palace style decoration. At the Paschim Pune Bangiya Parishad, the goddess looks upon devotees from a beautifully decorated ‘Thakurdalan’ or traditional puja mandap of Zamindar houses in Bengal.The ritual worship has begun and crowds are thronging the venues. At the Nandanik Sanstha, for instance, people can see the idol made from ‘shola’, representative of a folk art form of Bengal. Various cultural programmes such as dance drama, fair and magic shows are held at the pandals. Professional singers are invited to sing bhajans and stuti in praise of goddess Durga as well as modern songs.Another attraction is the delicacies offered at the pandal stalls. They range from the home-cooked ‘Ghugni’ to the food prepared by chefs from Bengal. “We have experts from Bengal helping with the prasad preparation,” says Aniket Pal, a member of the Banga Bharati Durga Puja.Various committees are also conducting general health checkups and blood donation camps. Free lunch and bhog packets are given to financially weaker sections as well as to old age homes. “This year, we are contributing an amount to the New Life Hospital at Kasarsai that treats pet animals,” said Anup Datta, president of Pune Kali Bari, Khadki.

  • Sunday Long Reads: How community Durga Puja started, consumption of Puja over the years, book review and more
  • The Indian Express

    What 12 men did three centuries ago to make Durga Puja accessible to allOn the way to Guptipara, a small town in Hooghly district, some three hours away from Kolkata, the white kash phool (flower) (Saccharum spontaneum) are in full bloom, signalling that the autumn festival of Durga Puja is just around the corner. Among the oldest towns in Bengal, Guptipara, is best known for its Vaishnava terracotta temples and gupo sandesh, one in the many kinds of mishti found in the state. But what is less well-known is that this town also gave the world Durga Puja in its most well-known form: the barowari puja or the community Durga Puja.READ MOREWhat makes the Durga Pujas of rural and suburban Bengal different from their Kolkata counterpartsEvery July, the Goswami household in Serampore Rajbari (Serampore royal-family home) comes alive in preparation for the most important festival of the year. Located about 30 km north of Kolkata across the Hooghly, Serampore is well known as the erstwhile Danish town of Bengal. Hyderabad-based businessman Debojyoti Goswami, 36, the ninth generation of the family, says that no matter where he is, Durga Puja means homecoming. Along with his cousins, Goswami is in charge of putting together the 328-year old Puja that was started by Lakshman Goswami, a staunch follower of the Vaishnav saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and that differs, in subtle ways, from the pujas in Kolkata. After all, it carries with it the whiff of a suburban character missing from the urban landscape of Kolkata.READ MOREHow our consumption of Durga Puja has changed over the yearsLong before Unesco was thinking of Durga Puja as part of humanity’s “intangible cultural heritage”, Niladri Chatterjee was collecting very tangible artefacts of Durga Pujas past. He has a black-and-white glossy print from 1979 of a Durga image from Tarun Sporting Club — a fairly traditional Goddess on a rearing lion, spearing Mahisasura while emaciated men in dhotis look on from behind bars. At the corner is the artist’s name — Aloke Sen.READ MORETucked away in the heart of Kolkata’s Cossipore area lies the city’s oldest Durga TempleThe road leading to Kolkata’s oldest temple has a distraction. The Sarba Mangala Temple, dedicated to a different form of the sublime goddess, is a few paces ahead of the Chitteswari Durga temple. It’s buzzing with activity, its dome is clearly visible from a distance and it can easily be mistaken for being the oldest temple of the area. Chitteswari Durga temple, built in 1610, in contrast, seems more like a residential quarter. It’s quieter, almost withdrawn from the busy stretch of road that also houses, most appropriately, one of India’s oldest weapon factories — Cossipore Gun and Shell factory. “This is in keeping with the history of the goddess here. For centuries, she remained hidden in the jungles before devotees found her again. When she calls out to you, you come here,” says Kashiswar Roy Chowdhuri, the current supervisor of the temple.READ MORECatching up with the mega fauna in Africa on the translocation of the cheetahsNow that the cheetahs have arrived and been released in Kuno, how have some of Africa’s other big mammals taken to the development? Down in Jungleland (DiJ) interviews a select few of Africa’s mega fauna and some of our own local fauna.READ MORE‘The Durga Puja ceased to be purely religious in its urban form a very long time ago’: Historian Tapati Guha-ThakurtaIn her 2015 book, In the Name of the Goddess: The Durga Pujas of Contemporary Kolkata (Primus), historian Tapati Guha-Thakurta traces the evolution of the traditional pujo to its modern form, that moves beyond religious aspects of Bengal’s most well-known festival to talk about its creative, cultural and social aspects. Little surprise then that Guha-Thakurta was chosen by the Ministry of Culture to put together a dossier highlighting the spirit of the festival for its inclusion in Unesco’s Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.READ MOREWho are the social leaders from Maharashtra holding up Mahatma Gandhi’s legacyWhat is selfless to one is selfish to another. Few can relate to that predicament more than the woman who remains homebound while her husband is out in the world, bringing home the bread and accruing social capital. For instance, it afflicts Yojana, the wife of Bandu Dhotre, 43, a prominent wildlife activist based in Chandrapur, Maharashtra, every day of her life. They were young when he wooed her. Bandu’s idealism and passion for social service inspired her. But now, years into their marriage, she recognises what she signed up for: a lifetime of sacrifice, struggle and patience, the last of which is tested whenever she has to answer to her children why their father is a celebrated figure in school but doesn’t have money to buy them ice cream.READ MORE

"Pushpa Says Jhukega Nahi, BJP Though...": Uddhav Thackeray's Top Quotes
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Dussehra rally of Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray at Shivaji Park in Mumbai (PTI)Mumbai: Uddhav Thackeray, who is fighting for control of the Shiv Sena, which Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde claims is his, today made a strong address from a Mumbai venue where the Shiv Sena has for long held its Dussehra rally. Here are 5 points from Uddhav Thackeray's speech"All employment is going to Gujarat. But Pushpa says jhukega nahi...""What will happen to Shiv Sena? Seeing the crowd here, the question now is - what will happen to the traitors? All have gathered together. Like every year, this time too Ravana will burn. But this time Ravana is different.""With time, Ravana also changes...He used to be 10-headed till now. How many heads does he have now? He is 50 times more betraying.""As long as you are there, I am the party chief of Shiv Sena. You will decide this, that I will be the party chief. If you say so, I will leave. But not at the behest of these traitors.""I can speak on Hindutva. But there is also inflation. I appreciate the courage of the Sangh, who dared to speak on inflation in the country. The rupee is falling. Who will speak on this?"Post a comment

"Pushpa Says Jhukega Nahi, BJP Though...": Uddhav Thackeray's Top Quotes
  • Hashtag Politics | Oppn on RSS gen secy Hosable’s statements: ‘Effect of Bharat Jodo Yatra’, ‘Where are Achhe Din’
  • The Indian Express

    THE Opposition parties have reacted to RSS general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale’s statement expressing concern over “rising income inequality” and unemployment in the country at a webinar on Sunday.The Congress called it an “effect of the Bharat Jodo Yatra”, saying Rahul Gandhi’s march has prompted “even Hosabaleji” to “see the unemployed”. Jairam Ramesh, the party’s general secretary in-charge communications, tweeted: “Look at the effect of #BharatJodoYatra. Those who break the country and spread poison in the society, today they are raising the issue of poverty, unemployment and inequality to increase their reach.”#BharatJodoYatra का असर देखिए। जो देश को तोड़ते हैं और समाज में ज़हर फैलाते हैं, वो आज अपनी पहुंच बढ़ाने के लिए ग़रीबी, बेरोज़गारी और असमानता का मुद्दा उठा रहे हैं। pic.twitter.com/xSTplWxwIP— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) October 3, 2022Replying to Ramesh’s tweet, Congress’s media and publicity chairman Pawan Khera said, “I have heard that the clouds of worry have started pouring over Nagpur (the RSS headquarters). Now even Hosabaleji has started seeing the unemployed. #Bharat Jodo Yatra”.सुना है चिंता के बादल नागपुर पर छाने लगे हैं ~ अब तो होस्बोले जी को भी बेरोज़गार नज़र आने लगे हैं… #भारत_जोड़ो_यात्रा https://t.co/AoV4V4vqQJ— Pawan Khera 🇮🇳 (@Pawankhera) October 3, 2022The Congress’s Data Analytics chairperson, Praveen Chakravarthy, took to Twitter to say: “Poverty, lack of jobs, wide inequality, India needs a new economic model” says Dattatreya Hosabale, RSS General Secretary… I agree entirely with the RSS on this. (a rarity).”Saying that there was “growing anger & despair against rising poverty, unemployment and rising income disparities”, Varsha Gaikwad, former Maharashtra Education Minister under the Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government, tweeted: “The Modi sarkar has only been trying to divert attention from these issues that concern the nation.”She added: “Now that the RSS has confirmed what @INCIndia has been saying, will PM Modi act?”In a series of tweets, JD(S) leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said the statement holds a mirror to the present condition in the country, and there were “big questions on the claims of Acche Din”.“BJP’s mother-root, RSS’s general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale’s statement that economic inequality, poverty and unemployment are very dangerous holds mirror to the present condition in India. Now, there are big questions on the claims of Achhe Din,” Kumaraswamy said.@BJP4India mother root @RSSorg General secretary Dattatreya Hosabale’s statement that economic inequality, poverty & unemployment are very dangerous holds mirror to the present condition in India. Now there are big question over claims of Achche Din.1/6 pic.twitter.com/8A20aXE9U1— ಹೆಚ್.ಡಿ.ಕುಮಾರಸ್ವಾಮಿ | H.D.Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) October 3, 2022He added: “One doesn’t require special expertise to say who have flourished, Who have lost everything in the last 7 years of @BJP4India rule”.Saying malnutrition was rampant across the country, Kumaraswamy said further: “When this is the truth, why is there fear to introspect ‘Achhe Din’? Hosable has spoken the truth of what surveys also say… “Achhe Din” is the ruling BJP’s slogan which has been used by the J P Nadda-led party and its leaders since the time the party came to power in 2014… In the year of Amrit Mahostsav of country’s Independence, there is black dot of economic inequality in India.”Saying that he was “shocked by the statistics provided by Hosabale”, he said, “Is it not a national shame that there are people struggling for one meal a day?”Kumaraswamy also said the country “getting caught in the web of ‘corporate world’ is not a good sign”. “People’s frustration and impatience is increasing day by day. It is time the BJP woke up,” he tweeted.On Sunday, speaking at a webinar organised by RSS-affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch as part of its Swawalambi Bharat Abhiyan, Hosabale said, “The poverty in the country is standing like a demon in front of us. It is important that we slay this demon. That 20 crore people are still below the poverty line is a figure that should make us very sad. As many as 23 crore people have less than Rs 375 income per day. There are four crore unemployed people in the country. The labour force survey says we have an unemployment rate of 7.6 per cent.”(With inputs from PTI)

  • #Politics | Gandhi Jayanti: As seen from a Yatra, a party contest, a PM
  • The Indian Express

    Amidst sharpened battlelines ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, all parties on Sunday, Gandhi Jayanti, raced to ensure they were seen on the same side of one person: Mahatma Gandhi.Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is in the Karnataka leg of his 3,400-km Bharat Jodo Yatra, clocked in a visit to the Khadi Cooperative in Badanavalu village near Mysuru, set up by Gandhi.In a Hindi tweet, he said, “Bapu taught us to walk on the path of truth and non-violence. He explained the meaning of love, compassion, harmony and humanity… Today on Gandhi Jayanti, we take a pledge that just as he united the country against injustice, we will unite our India.”Rahul has been emphasising that the aim of the yatra is to unite people, as opposed to the BJP’s agenda.Congress chief Sonia Gandhi paid tributes at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Raj Ghat in Delhi. Accompanying her incidentally was senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who is set to contest the Congress presidential polls.While the party has been denying so, Kharge is seen as the Gandhi family-backed candidate in the October 17 race, against Shashi Tharoor.Kharge also visited the Vijay Ghat to pay homage to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, who shares his birth anniversary with Gandhi. “One trait that both Gandhiji & Shastriji had in common was absolute resolve, which continues to inspire us,” Kharge said in a tweet.Tharoor made his Gandhi stop at Sevagram in Wardha, Maharashtra, the ashram where Gandhi spent his final years.“A moving experience to spend the morning of #GandhiJayanti in Sevagram, Wardha. Was awed to see his simple dwelling, the very cot in which he slept, the implements he used, the humble facilities there. Wrote my thoughts in the visitors’ book,” he tweeted. Tharoor also shared videos of bhajans being sung at the ashram.Earlier, in words carefully chosen to pay a tribute to Gandhi but also to hint at the increasingly uphill battle he is himself facing, Tharoor tweeted: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”In her tweet, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra referred to the Bharat Jodo Yatra, saying: “Bapu is a Bharat Yatri sharing the sufferings of the people of the country and uniting the whole of India…Today we are walking on the path shown by Bapu with the slogan of ‘Bharat Jodo’ and with determination and the torch of unity in hand.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose party and government accuse the Congress of honouring some national leaders to the exclusion of others, visited both the Raj Ghat and Vijay Ghat.Paying homage to Gandhi Jayanti, Modi talked about this year being “even more special because India is marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (the Modi government’s celebration of 75 years of Indian Independence)”. “May we always live up to Bapu’s ideals. I also urge you all to purchase Khadi and handicraft products as a tribute to Gandhi Ji,” he added.In a video shared by the AAP’s social media handle, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who spent the day in Gujarat, talked about Gandhi’s dreams for the country in the fields of education, healthcare, quality of life and brotherhood of people belonging to different religions, adding: “We have united people in Delhi and changed the country. We have made the Republic meet its strength.”Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin, who is an ally of the Congress and flagged off Rahul’s Yatra, said in a tweet: “On this day, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi who worked hard to overcome adversities and to create a society with Equality and Fraternity, let’s take an oath to say there is no place for the forces of hatred to thrive on this Gandhian soil.”(with inputs from PTI)

Why BJP only a spectator in the grand Sena shows
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As Mumbai, and Maharashtra, counted down to the mega battle of optics between the two Shiv Senas on Dussehra evening, one party played it absolutely cool: the BJP.While it is the senior partner in the ruling alliance with the Eknath Shinde-led Sena, the BJP is not participating in its show of strength at the Bandra Kurla Complex’s MMRDA grounds. The Shinde Sena didn’t extend an invite to any BJP leader, and none was expected, BJP sources said.“Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is in Nagpur. He had to attend the annual RSS Vijayadashmi Utsav,” a leader said, explaining the senior BJP leader’s absence from Mumbai Wednesday. Similarly, sources said, other BJP leaders too were busy with their Vijayadashmi celebrations.Moreover, BJP leaders said, the Mumbai Dussehra rally is a Sena tradition and a purely party function – not a government event or an election campaign rally.However, their moral support is fully with the Shinde Sena, the BJP leaders said; in their individual capacity, BJP leaders could help out the Shinde Sena if they wanted. Maharashtra party president Chandrashekhar Bawankule said, “Eknath Shinde is leading the real Shiv Sena. He is holding the Dussehra rally.”Another, unsaid, reason is that the BJP wants to not be publicly caught up in the Sena’s internal differences. Letting the Uddhav and Shinde Senas slug it out might even work in the BJP’s favour, ahead of the crucial BMC polls. The Sena has been dominant in the corporation for long, and its appearance as a house divided would go in the BJP’s favour.As a BJP vice-president, who did not wish to be named, noted: “For the first time, we are going to witness a divided Shiv Sena on Dussehra.”

Why BJP only a spectator in the grand Sena shows
Bandra Worli Sea Link accident: MSRDC to revise SOPs after accident that killed 5 persons
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The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which takes care of Mumbai’s iconic Bandra Worli Sea link, Wednesday said they have all safety protocols in place. Whenever an emergency takes place, their dedicated rescue team reaches the spot along with an ambulance. However, considering the severity of Wednesday morning’s accident, where five persons were killed, the MSRDC has decided to revise their standard operating procedure so that such accidents do not occur in the future, said officials.An official said, “Safety barricades and cones were set up around 500 metre ahead of the spot where the staffers were engaged in rescue works. The driver of the erring car not only overlooked the barriers but also rammed into the stationary vehicles and the people. The driver was drunk and driving at a high speed and lost control over the wheels.”Five people were killed and eight people were injured after an accident involving an ambulance and four cars on the southbound stretch of the Bandra Worli Sea Link in Mumbai early on Wednesday. The accident took place around 3:30 am Wednesday which claimed the lives of five persons, including staffers of the toll operating agency and a safety manager.A police official said during a probe into the incident they found that a car initially hit a divider on the bridge and an ambulance was rushed to the spot for assistance. The occupants of two other cars also halted their vehicles to provide help, he said. At the time, another car rammed into the three stationary cars and the ambulance, the official said.According to the MSRDC official, the erring driver got only minor injuries and is now in police custody.The officials further said, “Our rescue team went with an ambulance although the complaint was only that of vehicle breakdown. Ambulances are always sent since it may not be just a mechanical help that is needed, it could also be a medical emergency.”The 5.6-km Bandra Worli Sea Link is the iconic bridge of the city and caters almost exclusively to Mumbai’s privileged car-owners. It was officially named as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea-Link which is India’s first eight-lane freeway and was opened to the public for the first time in 2009.From 2009, the MEP Infrastructure had been collecting toll on the freeway but their tenure expired in January 2020. Since then, the Roadway Solutions India Infra Limited has been appointed in the role. The firm functions in association with the Fastgo Infra Private Limited.The directors of Roadways Solution are Ameet Harjinder Gadhoke, Sunita Jamkhande Gangadhar, Seema Nitin Bajaj, Teja Ranade Gadhoke and Navjeet Harjinder Singh Gadhoke. The directors of Fastgo Infra are Jayraj Sanjay Khotkar and Tejas Kirtikumar Thakkar.Roadways Solution has road construction experience whereas Fastgo Infra is just a year old. Sources said both the firms do not have toll management experience yet they were appointed.Sources said Fastgo Infra is owned by Shiv Sena leader Arjun Khotkar’s family. Khotkar hails from the Jalna district of Marathwada and is a former member of the legislative assembly. He is in support of chief minister Eknath Shinde.Interestingly, sources said, it is the same firms that have also been appointed for toll collection work on the Samruddhi corridor.

Bandra Worli Sea Link accident: MSRDC to revise SOPs after accident that killed 5 persons
Man Robs 12 Crores From Bank, Gets New Look, Caught In Pune Months Later
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The man was arrestedin a joint operation by Thane and Navi Mumbai police. (Representational)Mumbai: Police have arrested the main accused involved in the Rs 12 crore cash theft from ICICI Bank in Thane's Manpada area from Pune after more than two-and-a-half months, an official said on Wednesday.The police have also recovered around Rs 9 crore from the prime accused, identified as Altaf Shaikh, 43, he said.With Shaikh's arrest on Monday, the police have so far arrested five accused in the case, including his sister Neelofer. The theft had taken place on July 12."Shaikh, a resident of Mumbra, had been working with ICICI Bank as a custodian. As the custodian, he was the caretaker of the bank's locker keys. He spent a year planning the heist, studying the loopholes in the system, and gathering tools to pull it off," the official of Manpada police station said.During the probe, police found that Shaikh planned the entire heist by enlarging the AC duct to pass the cash to the garbage chute and tampering with the CCTV footage, he added."After deactivating the alarm system and sabotaging the CCTV, Shaikh had opened the bank vault and transferred the cash to the duct and below to the chute. The incident came to light after the bank realised that the security money was missing, as were the DVR of CCTVs, which prompted its personnel to call the inspection team," the official said.After the incident, Shaikh fled. He would change his looks and use burqa to hide his identity. Shaikh's sister Neelofer, who was aware of his movement, hid some cash in her home. She has been booked as co-accused in the case and arrested, police said.Shaikh was finally arrested from Pune on Monday. The police managed to recover around Rs nine crore, out of Rs 12.20 crore stolen from the bank, and the remaining amount would be recovered soon, he said.Shaikh was arrested in a joint operation by Thane and Navi Mumbai police. Earlier, the police had arrested Neelofer and three others - Abrar Qureshi (33), Ahmed Khan (33) and Anuj Giri (30).PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMore persons are likely to be arrested in the case and further investigation is underway, the official said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Man Robs 12 Crores From Bank, Gets New Look, Caught In Pune Months Later
Mumbai police on toes for Shiv Sena factions' Dussehra rallies in BKC and Shivaji Park
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The Mumbai police are keeping a close vigil at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and the Shivaji Park ground in Dadar, the venues where Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his predecessor Uddhav Thackeray will address the rallies of their respective Shiv Sena factions, officials said on Wednesday. While the Thackeray faction will hold its rally at the historic Shivaji Park in Dadar in central Mumbai, a venue associated with the Shiv Sena since its inception in 1966, the rebel group led by Shinde has organised the event at the MMRDA ground at BKC in the suburbs. Both the leaders will address the rallies soon. At the BKC venue, around 2,000 police personnel, including Deputy Commissioners of Police and Additional Commissioners of Police, have been deployed. The traffic police have made parking arrangements inside the Kalina University campus, a senior official said. At the Shivaji Park venue, around 1,000 police personnel, including some in plain clothes, are keeping a vigil, he added. Besides them, dog squads, Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) teams, and the personnel of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and Quick Response Team (QRT) have been deployed at both these places. At both the venues, hundreds of women police personnel as well as home guards are posted for security. "Several roads were either shut for traffic or the vehicles diverted in view of the rallies. Unclaimed vehicles were removed from the venues," the official said. Another top police official said that in view of these two rallies and the processions of Goddess Durga's idols at the end of the Navaratri festival, a total of 15,200 police personnel, 3,200 officers,1,500 personnel of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), 1,000 jawans of Home Guard, 20 QRT teams, 15 BDDS units have been deployed in the city. The Mumbai traffic police have made necessary arrangements for the parking of scores of buses and other vehicles that have brought workers to the Shiv Sena rallies.

Mumbai police on toes for Shiv Sena factions' Dussehra rallies in BKC and Shivaji Park
7 More From Team Uddhav To Join Shinde Camp, Says Sena Leader: Report
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The two MPs could be from Mumbai and Marathwada region, Krupal Tumane said. (File)Mumbai: Shiv Sena Lok Sabha member Krupal Tumane on Wednesday claimed two MPs and five MLAs from the Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena faction will join the group headed by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde at the latter's Dussehra rally in the evening.The two MPs could be from Mumbai and Marathwada region, Mr Tumane, who is part of the Shinde group, told a news channel."You will see in the evening," he added.Those who believe in the Shinde faction's ideology are themselves calling up and joining it, said Mr Tumane, the MP from Ramtek in Maharashtra.At present, the Shinde faction comprises 40 MLAs, including the CM, and 12 Lok Sabha members.The Thackeray faction is left with 15 MLAs and six Lok Sabha members.Before the split in June this year, the Shiv Sena had 18 Lok Sabha members from Maharashtra and one from Dadra and Nagar Haveli.The group led by Eknath Shinde will hold its Dussehra rally on Wednesday evening at the MMRDA ground at Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai.The Uddhav Thackeray faction will hold its rally at the historic Shivaji Park in Dadar in central Mumbai, a venue associated with the Shiv Sena since its inception in 1966.Eknath Shinde and 39 other Sena legislators had rebelled against the party leadership in June, following which the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government collapsed.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comOn June 30, Eknath Shinde was sworn in as the Chief Minister along with BJP's Devendra Fadnavis as his deputy. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

7 More From Team Uddhav To Join Shinde Camp, Says Sena Leader: Report