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BJP pushing Maharashtra towards President’s Rule, claims Sena

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Mumbai, Nov 7 : As the political crisis in Maharashtra continued for the 15th day and 48 hours remained before the state assembly’s tenure expires on November 9, the Shiv Sena on Thursday accused ally Bharatiya Janata Party of “pushing the state towards President’s Rule”.

“It (the BJP) is the single-largest party… If it is so confident, it should stake claim to form the government and submit a list of 145 supporting MLAs. If they can’t do it, they should publicly announce it and prepare to sit in Opposition,” Sena MP Sanjay Raut said.

“By not initiating any steps to form the government, the BJP is now allowing other options and deliberately pushing the state to President’s Rule. This is an insult to the people of Maharashtra. The times have changed. After you are out of power, the politics of ‘Saam, Daam, Dand and Bhed’ will not work,” he said in another sharp attack on BJP.

Asked about options, Raut – who claims the Sena has the support of 170 MLAs – shot back saying the Sena doesn’t speak of alternatives, and “we shall prove it on the floor of the assembly”.

“The Constitution is for the people of the country, not anybody’s private property… Constitutionally, a Shiv Sena CM should be there,” he added sternly.

In a day of fast-paced developments, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari categorically stated that he was not returning to state politics, implying he was not in the race for the post of Chief Minister, while Sena President Uddhav Thackeray addressed a meeting of all 56 party MLAs at his home and secured their endorsement for his stand and his future decisions on the issue of government formation.

“Let them call up. There can be discussions. The issue is not whether their CM or our CM will be first, it is about sharing the post for 30 months each, as per the understanding arrived earlier. We want nothing more,” Thackeray declared at the meeting amidst a resounding round of applause.

Contrary to indications, a BJP delegation led by party chief Chandrakant Patil and three other ministers called on Governor B. S. Koshyari seeking his advice on legal-constitutional aspects in the current stalemate.

Shortly thereafter, Advocate-General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni called on the Governor to discuss and advise him on the options available in the present scenario confronting the state.

Going by precedents and conventions, the Governor may invite the single-largest party – the BJP now – to explore possibilities of forming a stable government. Currently, the BJP-Sena are in a deadlock over the post of CM and equitable power sharing.

In another development, Maharashtra Congress President Balasahab Thorat alleged that the BJP was attempting to “poach” its MLAs in its desperate bid to form the government.

While the Congress has called a meeting of all its 44 MLAs, the Sena has taken a precautionary measure of herding all its 56 MLAs in a modest suburban hotel in Bandra.

The legislators, who are from Mumbai and different parts of Maharashtra, are expected to be at the Hotel Rangsharda near the Bandstand in Bandra West over the next two-three days.

Belying its image of the glamour and Bollywood hub of Mumbai, the locality where the hotel is situated is relatively quiet, unglamourous and middle-class on the southern corner of Bandra suburb.

On their part, the BJP said that the party which has 105 MLAs was not inclined to form a “minority government”, but minister Sudhir Mungantiwar assured that a government led by Fadnavis with all allies including the Sena would take office soon.

Claiming that the BJP’s stance has created political instability, Raut reinforced the party stand this evening saying that a Sena CM would be sworn-in and they would prove their strength on the floor of house.

Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief and legal expert Prakash Ambedkar called on the Governor and submitted a memorandum, seeking immediate steps towards government formation for avoiding a Constitutional crisis in the state.

Ranked amongst the most politically stable states in the country, in its entire 59-year history, Maharashtra has witnessed spells of President’s Rule only twice – for 112 days in February-June, 1980 and later for 33 days in September-October 2014.

Now, all eyes are on Raj Bhavan and the steps Governor Koshyari would initiate over the next couple of days before the assembly tenure ends on Saturday, to ensure a stable government in Maharashtra, as per its stellar past reputation.

(Quaid Najmi can be contacted at [email protected])

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Shankersinh Vaghela discharged after Covid treatment

Vaghela was found to be Coid positive ten days back. After three days of self quarantine at his residence ”Vasant Vagdo” in Gandhinagar, he had to be rushed to the hospital.

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Gandhinagar, July 6 : Former Nationalist Congress Party leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela, who had tested positive for coronavirus last month, was discharged from hospital on Monday.

The 81-year-old leader, fondly known as Bapu by his supporters, was discharged on Monday from the Sterling hospital in Ahmedabad after treatment for corona infection.

“I have been confident of my immune system, but the last 3-4 months were very hectic and had lot of travelling. I used to meet so many people. Especially, I visited so many hospitals during two months, so it was obvious that at some point of time, I would contract the virus,” Vaghela told the media.

“When I was admitted, my condition was bad, but thanks to the medical staff here, I am completely alright now,” he.

Vaghela was found to be Coid positive ten days back. After three days of self quarantine at his residence ”Vasant Vagdo” in Gandhinagar, he had to be rushed to the hospital.

He had recently tendered his resignation from the post of national General Secretary of the NCP as well as from the primary membership of the party.

He then formed his own political front called ”Praja Shakti Morcho”.

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‘Gujarat hub of Chinese investment’: Congress hits out at PM Modi

Citing the overarching anti-Chinese goods sentiment in the country and how several traders’ bodies have boycotted selling Chinese products, Khera asked the centre to articulate its own policy on the matter.

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New Delhi, July 6 : The Congress on Monday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging his home state Gujarat has become the ‘epicentre’ of Chinese investment in India.

This remark comes amid the India-China border tensions that saw 20 Indian soldiers get martyred in the Ladakh region following which the Centre brought curbs on Chinese investments.

“On the one hand, our brave army is pushing the PLA back from the Ladakh border, and on the other hand, PSUs continue to give contracts to Chinese companies,” Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said at a late night press conference here.

Calling Gujarat the “hub of Chinese investment”, Khera claimed that the process of Chinese investment in Gujarat continues. He also referred to 3 major MoUs signed in the last five years involving Rs 43,000 crore.

“One Industrial Park, the other is the Smart City Project and the Textile Park… Rs. 43,000 crore of MOUs in the last five years is fine, but, in the last 20 days also, the process doesn’t see any question mark, any comma, any full stop from the government. The Prime Minister comes from Gujarat, therefore the question will obviously be asked to the Prime Minister,” he said.

Using strong phrases like “special fondness for China”, the Congress asked the Prime Minister whether the Gujarat government will “reconsider” its approach.

Khera also asked about an alleged agreement with the China Association of Small and Medium Enterprises and whether it will be revoked or not. “We also want to know whether all those companies that you have given special status will be shown the door or not. People want to know, has there been any change in your policies?” he asked.

Citing the overarching anti-Chinese goods sentiment in the country and how several traders’ bodies have boycotted selling Chinese products, Khera asked the centre to articulate its own policy on the matter.

The Congress’s counter-offensive comes days after the ruling BJP had launched a scathing attack on the party and its interim President Sonia Gandhi for allegedly receiving funds from the Chinese government for the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, that she heads.

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Former Odisha Minister Bishnu Das passes away

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the death of Das. Patnaik said Das was a popular politician, one of the best organisers and administrators.

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Bhubaneswar, July 6 : Former Odisha Minister and senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Bishnu Das passed away at a private hospital here on Monday. He was 66. He was undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Das was elected to the State Legislative Assembly six times from Tirtol and Jagatsinghpur constituencies. He was the School and Mass Education Minister in 2006-07.

In the 2019 elections, he was elected to the Assembly from the Tirtol seat.

Das was elected as the Rajya Sabha member in 2016. He, however, resigned from the Rajya Sabha on March 2017 after being appointed as deputy chairman of the State Planning Board.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the death of Das. Patnaik said Das was a popular politician, one of the best organisers and administrators.

“Deeply saddened to know about the demise of MLA from Tirtol & veteran BJD leader, Shri Bishnu Charan Das. May Mahaprabhu Jagannath grant peace to the departed soul. Heartfelt condolences to his family & friends,” tweeted Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik.

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