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With their party seemingly headed towards a vertical split, Shiv Sainiks in Pune have adopted a “wait and watch” attitude. While many in the party have expressed their support for minister Eknath Shinde as most felt the NCP leadership was “working overtime to erode Shiv Sena’s hold” in several areas of the district, they have expressed their inability to pick a side between the party and Shinde in the long run.The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Shiv Sena have traditionally been rivals in several parts of Pune, especially in the rural areas of the district. Several leaders had grown their clout by opposing the NCP in local bodies. However, formation of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government had put a number of these leaders in a dilemma.Attempts by NCP leaders at the local level to regain the ground lost to the Sena in the past did not make matters easy either. The past two years and a half have brought to light several incidents, which showed the uneasy ground-level relations shared by the NCP and the Shiv Sena. A majority of local bodies in Pune district, which the Sena has been trying to enter since long, are in control of the NCP. The conflicts were more pronounced in the industrial belt of Chakan, which the NCP had wrested from the Sena. A number of gram panchayats that went to polls earlier this year had seen the friction come out in open.When Shinde decided to revolt, a number of these leaders, at least begrudgingly, supported him. A senior leader from Pune told The Indian Express that one of the main catalysts for Shinde and other MLAs to revolt was their uneasiness with the NCP. “A vast majority of the Shiv Sainiks themselves share this and thus would support Shinde,” the leader said. Even if Shinde joins hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), one of the main conditions, this leader said, would be to keep the NCP away from power.However, the question of whether they would choose the party or Shinde in case of a split has left many leaders confused. Given the emotional attachment they have with the party, any such decision would be unthinkable. “We are confused: let’s wait and watch on how things unfurl,” seems to be the refrain.
The Pune Rural police have busted an interstate gang of cell phone thieves comprising six people, including three minors, from Jharkhand, who had come to Pune to target pilgrims during the Pandharpur Wari Palkhi processions, said officials Sunday.The three arrested suspects and three minors belong to a village in the Seraikela Kharsawan district of Jharkhand. The arrested suspects have been identified as Somra Nagar Mori, 26, Akash Dilip Mori, 25, and Chandan Nagar Mori, 22. According to the police, they have recovered as many as 101 stolen cell phones worth around Rs 14 lakh.On June 24, a team from the Daund police station responded to a call about a cell phone theft from the Amar Society in Daund taluka of Pune district. A team led by inspector Vinod Ghuge launched a probe based on the clues available from the theft.Over the next day, the police arrested three people and detained three minors who were believed to be part of the gang active in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Jharkhand.Inspector Ghuge said, “The arrested suspects have said that they had come to Pune particularly during the time period of Pandharpur Wari to steal cell phones from the Wakaris who participate in the Palkhi processions.”The police probe suggests that the suspects have also stolen cell phones from places like Itarsi in Madhya Pradesh and Bhusaval, Nagpur, Jalgaon, Nashik, and Amravati in Maharashtra and some places in Jharkhand.Before this, the Pimpri Chinchwad police arrested as many as 55 people, including 12 women, suspected to be involved in petty thefts and robberies which took place during the Palkhi processions. They were arrested by police teams comprising personnel who were disguised as Warkaris.
In view of the rally, the Mumbai police tightened security in the city.Mumbai/Pune: Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra following a rebellion by senior Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde and others, the loyalists of party president and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took out a two-wheeler rally in Mumbai and held protests in parts of Pune against the dissident leaders on Sunday.Sena workers and its local functionaries, led by the Pune city unit president Gajanan Tharkude, staged 'jode maro' (hit with footwear) protests at two places - outside Balgandharva auditorium and in Kothrud - and raised slogans against the rebels.The party workers were seen hitting Mr Shinde's photo with footwear."These protests are meant to put out a message that Shiv Sainiks will not forgive the traitors," Mr Tharkude said.Party corporators, local office-bearers and workers took part in the agitations, he said, adding that a two-wheeler rally was also organised in support of Mr Thackeray.On Saturday, Sena workers, led by corporator Vishal Dhanwade, had vandalised the office of rebel MLA Tanaji Sawant in Katraj area for "betryaing" chief minister Thackeray.Meanwhile, in Mumbai, a large number of party workers, including women, assembled outside the office of 'Saamana', Shiv Sena's mouthpiece, at Prabhadevi and took out a two-wheeler rally raising slogans against Mr Shinde and rebel MLAs.A Sena supporter, who took part in the rally, said, "Hindutva is with Uddhav Thackeray. If rebel MLAs have to say anything, then they should come to Mumbai instead of sitting in Guwahati.""Shiv Sena belongs to Balasaheb Thackeray. Nobody else can stake claim to it. We are here to support Uddhav Thackeray," another party worker said.In view of the rally, the Mumbai police tightened security in the area, an official said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMeanwhile, a signboard carrying the name of Byculla MLA Yamini Jadhav, who is one of the party rebels, was found blackened. The board is positioned under the Byculla bridge, a police official said.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Pune city police have initiated action against illegal hoardings and banners in the city. A press release issued Saturday stated that as many as 1,400 illegal hoardings and banners were identified in the Pune city limits.Pune News1Pune police begin crackdown on illegal banners, hoardings in city2Pune: A celebration of writing and reading at DAV Public School’s literature conclave3Pune Municipal Corporation elections: Woman voters outnumber men in 6 wardsMore from PuneThe city police, along with the Pune Municipal Corporation authorities, have initiated legal action against these illegal hoardings and banners, it said. Amitabh Gupta, Commissioner of Pune city police, has appealed to citizens to inform the police at control room number 112 if they find any illegal hoarding against which action hasn’t been taken. Express SubscriptionDo not hit the wall, subscribe for the best coverage out of India starting at just $5 per monthSubscribe NowThe city police, along with the Pune Municipal Corporation authorities, have initiated legal action against these illegal hoardings and banners, it said. Amitabh Gupta, Commissioner of Pune city police, has appealed to citizens to inform the police at control room number 112 if they find any illegal hoarding against which action hasn’t been taken. Express SubscriptionDo not hit the wall, subscribe for the best coverage out of India starting at just $5 per monthSubscribe Now
NEW DELHI: The Maharashtra assembly deputy speaker has summoned 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs on a disqualification petition. They have been asked to respond by Monday. But the rebel camp is confident that the ruling will go in its favour if the matter lands in court. The Shiv Sena in an executive committee meeting on Saturday authorised party chief Uddhav Thackeray to take action against the rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde. Both sides are doubling down on their respective positions, as Maharashtra stares at a protracted political turmoil. Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan met NCP chief Sharad Pawar in Mumbai this morning. Maharashtra political crisis live updatesHere are the latest developments from the unfolding political saga in Maharashtra: Sena activists demonstrate against rebels in Mumbai, Pune Despite prohibitory orders in place, Shiv Sena workers hit the streets in large numbers for a bike rally to protest against the rebel MLAs outside the Saamana office in Mumbai. In Pune too, Sena workers vented their anger against Eknath Shinde and his loyalist MLAs. Pune, Maharashtra | Shiv Sena workers hold 'joote maro andolan' against rebel Shiv Sena MLAs https://t.co/fFvLrtIJM2— ANI (@ANI) 1656223717000No provision for split, merger only option for Shinde: ExpertsFormer principal secretary (legislature secretariat) Anant Kalse felt that the Shinde camp’s homework on the anti-defection law was grossly inadequate, while retired Justice B G Kolse Patil said that the Shiv Sena leader has been trapped and it may not be possible for him to come out of it. Former speaker Arun Gujarathi and former minister Eknath Khadse said that in the days to come, Maharashtra will witness a long-drawn legal battle involving the deputy speaker, governor and the election commission. Read AlsoMaharashtra political crisis: Eknath Shinde, state may be staring at long-drawn legal battleA senior NCP leader said since merger is the only option before Shinde, it will not be a smooth affair.Rebel camp confident of a favourable court rulingRebel Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar, who is in Guwahati, told TOI that the group supporting Eknath Shinde will move the Bombay high court early next week to challenge the decision of Uddhav Thackeray to replace Shinde from the party chief whip’s post and to appoint a new MLA to the post. “We will be moving court by Monday or Tuesday. Our group has the backing of the majority of Sena legislators. We are confident the court would give its verdict in our favour,” Kesarkar added, stating the rebel group would also make a similar move if the 16 MLAs are disqualified. Read AlsoFighting to save Sena from MVA’s crocodile grip: Eknath ShindeAttempting to tighten the screws as reports emerged on Saturday that Shiv Sena’s rebel MLAs may have to merge with another party to escape anti-defection laws, Sena MP Sanjay Raut tweeted after the party resolution, “If they want to ask for votes it should be in their father’s name, not inProhibitory orders in Mumbai till July 10The prohibitory orders issued by the city police under section 37 of the Mumbai Police (MP) Act in the first week of June, ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections, will continue to remain in place till July 10. It bans the assembly of five or more persons at one place. With tempers running high among Shiv Sena workers following the rebellion by party leader Eknath Shinde, the Mumbai police have deployed its personnel at the city-based offices of various political parties and leaders, including ministers, MLAs and MPs, and their residences as a security measure, an official said on Saturday.
PUNE: Sixteen districts in Maharashtra continue to bank on Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits more than the RT-PCR tests despite the recent rise in Covid-19 cases and the weekly positivity rate touching 11%. The government had mandated that the RT-PCR kits should be used more for Covid tests. Unless the RT-PCR tests are conducted, the positive samples cannot be sent for genome sequencing. A state health official said genome sequencing was critical at the current situation when the Covid cases ware slowly and steadily rising. Though the spike in cases is largely restricted to Mumbai, Pune, Raigad, Palghar and Thane, all other districts of Maharashtra have been directed to step up testing to find out if the Omicron sub-variants were detected in samples from those districts. The official said data revealed that districts such as Ahmednagar, Nashik, Satara and Jalgaon were carrying out more RAT than RT-PCR tests this week (See graphic). Ahmednagar collector RB Bhosale told TOI that the district had “enough laboratories” to carry out RT-PCR tests. “Many citizens on their own are using the RAT test kits. We have directed officials and also the laboratories to ensure that citizens opt for RT-PCR tests if they have Covid symptoms,” he said. The official said people found Covid positive following the RAT tests should also carry out the RT-PCR tests. A periodic analysis of the cases was necessary with respect to time, location and person to help the authorities formulate localised action plans. “Geographical distribution of the cases is important to find out the clusters,” state surveillance expert Dr Pradip Awate said. State additional chief secretary health Dr Pradeep Vyas has sent out a letter to the districts to increase testing and follow the WHO mandate of 140 tests per million or 980 tests per million each week. Districts such as Amravati carried out 833 tests out in a week, while Nandurbar was way behind at 409. A Nandurbar official said the administration had sent out teams to vaccinate people and check for any Covid symptoms in them.