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Maharashtra govt formation: Pawar to meet Sonia Gandhi at 5 pm

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New Delhi, Nov 18 Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar will meet Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Monday evening to hold discussions on forming the government in Maharashtra along with Shiv Sena .

“We fought the election with Congress, so I am meeting with Sonia Gandhi at 5pm. BJP and Shiv Sena had an alliance in Maharashtra. Ask BJP what they want to do ,” Pawar said.

“BJP-Shiv Sena had an alliance in Maharashtra, they have to choose their path there. NCP had an alliance with Congress, so I am going to meet Sonia today evening,”he added.

hiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut: There is no going back to BJP. Shiv Sena is in the process of government formation in Maharashtra. But there are three parties NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress. That is why it is taking some time but it is eventual. Shiv Sena will form the government by first week of December.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, ” There is no going back to BJP. Shiv Sena is in the process of government formation in Maharashtra. But there are three parties NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress. That is why it is taking some time but it is eventual. Shiv Sena will form the government by first week of December.”

Raut added, “The farmers of Maharashtra are being neglected. If there is President’s rule, why is BJP not acting.”.

The common minimum programme of the grand alliance for the government formation in Maharashtra has already been drafted.

He also said the NCP wants the Congress to be part of the government.

Pre-poll allies BJP and Shiv Sena contested the October 21 Assembly polls together. The BJP bagged 105 out of 288 seats while Shiv Sena managed to win 56 seats. However, the alliance fell apart after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackarey demanded rotational chief ministerial post, a demand denied by the BJP.

On the other hand, the Congress and the NCP won 44 and 54 seats, respectively in the state.

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Bombay HC confirms life sentence for mafia don Arun Gawli

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Mumbai, Dec 9 : The Bombay High Court has confirmed the life imprisonment awarded to mafia don Arun G. Gawli under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) by a trial court in 2012 for the murder of a Shiv Sena municipal corporator, here on Monday.

A division bench comprising Justice B.P. Dharmadhikari and Justice Swapna Joshi confirmed the sentence on Gawli – a former MLA – and some other associates involved in the crime.

In a sensational operation, some assailants sent by Gawli had barged into the Ghatkopar home of the Sena corporator, Kamlakar Jamsandekar in March 2008 and killed him.

After two months, Gawli – who had taken the contract to kill Jamsandekar – was arrested and a Special Court awarded him a life sentence in 2012, which has now been confirmed by the Bombay High Court.

The mafia don has been imprisoned since then and is currently lodged in Nagpur Central Jail.

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Delhi police shuts all JNU gates to stop students’ march

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New Delhi, Dec 9 : With barricadings set up and security forces deployed on every gate of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the students’ planned march to the President’s house has been contained in the varsity.

The students are though trying to convince the security forces to let them go ahead with the march.

A march from JNU to President’s house was called by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) after their month long protest failed to bear fruits as the administration rejected their demand of complete rollback of proposed hike in hostel charges.

The JNUSU has though emailed a letter of their demands to the President.

In the letter, the students have demanded complete rollback of proposed fee hike, resignation of the Vice-Chancellor, withdrawal of police cases on the agitating students.

Earlier in the day, the Delhi police along with other security forces sealed all gates of the varsity which could have been used by students to march to the President’s house to present their demands.

Heavy deployment of forces was seen outside the varsity gates as water cannons, forces with lathi and tear gases guarded the roads outside.

Meanwhile inside the campus, students scuffled with a section of teachers who the students alleged were supporting the university administration on the proposed fee hike issue.

A hostel draft manual, introduced by the varsity, has become a bone of contention between students and varsity administration since October 28 when the administration didn’t allow the JNUSU to attend the IHA committee meeting that was to clear it.

The varsity administration argued the JNUSU had not been notified due to flouting of election rules. The draft hostel manual proposed to hike hostel charges from Rs 10 for double occupancy to Rs 300, and Rs 600 for single occupancy from the earlier Rs 20.

However, after student protests, the varsity administration announced a 50 per cent concession for the BPL category students, but it failed to pacify students. The issue is being handled by a MHRD’s high-powered committee, which has given its recommendations to the varsity administration after several meetings with students and their representatives.

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Onion prices ease in Delhi amid increased arrivals

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New Delhi, Dec 9 : Wholesale prices of onion eased in Delhi on Monday after an increase in local produce arrivals as well as the bulb sourced from the overseas.

“Around 24,000 bags of onion, each containing 55 kg of the crop, arrived at the Azadpur Mandi that brought down the prices as compared to the previous week,” Rajendra Sharma, President Onion Merchant Association told IANS.

Azadpur Mandi is the biggest vegetable market in the country.

Apart from domestic produce, around 200 tonnes of imported onion also arrived at the Mandi on Monday, he added.

Wholesale prices of onion were quoted in between Rs 50-75 per kg at the mandi on Monday. Hence, prices were down by Rs 5 per kg against the previous week, a source said.

Onion from Afghanistan and Turkey was also arrived here, the source said.

“Over 80 trucks of onion came from Afghanistan in past two days. A large quantity of Afghani onion is being supplied in the border state of Punjab,” the source said.

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