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Shiv Sena will rule Maharashtra for 25 years: Sanjay Raut

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Mumbai: A day after the Common Minimum Programme of the upcoming allies — Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress — was finalized, Sena MP Sanjay Raut here on Friday asserted that his party “will rule Maharashtra for 25 years”.

In his media chat, Raut was asked about the crucial Chief Minister’s post, to which he declared: “Why only five years? We will rule Maharashtra for 25 years…”

Taking a jibe at acting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Raut, however said his party would not proclaim, ‘We will return, We will return, We will return’.

On the power-sharing formula being worked out with the Sena’s new allies, he said the Chief Minister will be from Shiv Sena, but the details of the CMP would be known soon.

Late on Thursday, after detailed discussions in a series of marathon meetings, the three prospective partners finalized their CMP, which has now been sent to the respective party high command of the Sena-NCP-Congress for approval.

According to unofficial indications, Sena would get the post of Chief Minister, but it is hazy whether it will be for half-term (30 months) or full term (five years), while NCP-Congress would get Deputy CM each, besides portfolios being shared at one per four legislators of each party.

NCP President Sharad Pawar will call on Sonia Gandhi later this week with the possibility of Sena President Uddhav Thackeray also going to meet her before a formal tie-up announcement is made from New Delhi on a priority this week or early next week, according to political sources.

A Congress leader said they would like to complete all formalities before November 18, when the Winter Session of Parliament begins, and also explore possibilities of the three prospective allies going to campaign for the Jharkhand Assembly elections after the government formation is completed in Maharashtra.

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Bengal BJP leader killed in road mishap

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Kolkata, Dec 7 (IANS) A day after his selection as the party’s Siliguri organisational district chief, BJP leader Abhijit Roy Choudhury was killed when his car collided with a truck at Baharampur in Murshidabad district, party sources said.

Roy Choudhury, who was coming from Kolkata to Siliguri in Darjeeling district, died on Saturday. On Friday, he was re-appointed as Siluguri district president of the party.

Senior party leaders including state organisational general secretary Subrato Chattopadhyay and state vice president Mafuza Khatun paid homage to Roy Choudhury.

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Rahul Gandhi returning to lead Congress again?

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New Delhi/Wayanad (Kerala), Dec 6 : Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi is all set to return to lead the party and is likely to take over after the Delhi assembly polls early next year. A hint to this effect was dropped by Congress General Secretary, Organisation, K.C. Venugopal who said that country wants his leadership more now.

Venugopal, who is accompanying Gandhi to his Kerala constituency Wayanad, told reporters: “The nation is going through a critical phase… The party needs his leadership and there is loud chorus from the workers to bring him again and we hope he will listen to them.”

A Congress session is scheduled in the next few months to ratify the appointment of interim President Sonia Gandhi. A source said that in the same meet, a chorus will grow to bring again Rahul Gandhi as planned by young leaders in the party.

Rahul Gandhi’s elevation to the party organisation was first demanded at the AICC’s Hyderabad session in 2006 where workers from UP raised slogans in his favour and he was made party General Secretary in 2007. After that, the demand to make him Vice President was raised at the brainstorming session in Jaipur in 2013.

He was elected President unopposed in 2017 after demand from different quarters of the party, but during the 2019 General Elections, the party was routed under his leadership and he resigned in May taking the responsibility of poll debacle and did not budge to the party’s repeated requests to reconsider. In August, Sonia Gandhi was appointed interim party chief.

Though he may not be the party chief, but Rahul Gandhi’s decisions are evident within the party’s decisions as evinced by appointment of Nitin Raut as minister in the Shiv Sena-Congress-Nationalist Congress Party coalition government in Maharashtra and of Nana Patole as the Assembly Speaker.

The party is finalising a venue for the AICC session, which could be held in the Congress-ruled states of Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan in January and February, a source said.

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Centre supplying inadequate, rotten onions, alleges Mamata

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Kolkata, Dec 6 : With the price of onions touching Rs 150 a kilo in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday put the onus on the centre accusing it of supplying inadequate and rotten stock of the vegetable and asked her party workers to hit the street on the issue.

“Price rise is a matter that depends on the Central government. A few months back, the Centre asked us to specify the quantity or onion we need. We asked for 200 metric tonnes,” Banerjee said a programme here.

The Centre, however, gave the state only 20 tonnes, she said.

“Out of that, ten tonnes were rotten,” she said at the Solidarity Day programme to commemorate the death anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar.

The Chief Minister said before her Trinamool Congress came to power in 2011, onions were not grown in the state.

“No initiatives were taken to grow onions in the state. But now we are now cultivating onions in some parts of the state,” she said.

“I ask Trinamool Congress workers to hit the streets against the spiralling onion prices,” she said.

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