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Watch: MNS activists attacks Nanar refinery complex office in Mumbai

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Mumbai, April 16: A group of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activists on Monday afternoon vandalized the offices of the proposed Nanar refinery project coming up in Ratnagiri district with Saudi Arabian collaboration, reported news agency IANS.

Around half a dozen MNS activists barged into the Nanar office in Tardeo, enquired whether they were at the correct address and then started vandalising the premises.

They targeted the furnitures and fitting, breaked glass doors, cabins and other things inside the office even as the security guards attempted to stop them.

After the brief attack lasting a few minutes, the MNS workers escaped, shouting the anti-Nanar slogans, even as a video on the incident went viral on social media networks.

The development came the day after MNS President Raj Thackeray categorically declared in a public meeting on Sunday night that his party would not permit the Nanar project to come up in the coastal Konkan region of Maharashtra.

He also questioned why Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was threatening that if protests against it continued, the project would be shifted to Gujarat.

“Why only Gujarat? Why not Goa or Kerala or Tamil Nadu or any other state in India? What is the reason for this?” he asked.

Earlier on Monday, the Shiv Sena also questioned Fadnavis’ “threats” and said instead of condemning the beautiful Konkan to such poisonous projects like earlier Enron, then Jaitapur and now Nanar, the state could consider setting it up in a backward region like Marathwada or Vidarbha.

On April 11, a consortium comprising three major Indian oil marketing companies – IOCL, BPCL and HPCL signed a MoU with Saudi Arabian Oil Co (Saudi Aramco) for setting up an integrated oil refinery and petroleum products complex in the eco-sensitive Ratnagiri.

When completed, the Rs 3 trillion complex at Nanar will be the world’s biggest single-location oil refinery project with a capacity to process 60 million tonnes annually.

The project however has elicited strong protests from locals united under the Konkan Refinery Shetkari-Machhimar Sangharsh Samiti and Refinery Virodhi Sangharsh Samiti, who have secured backing of all major political parties in the state barring the ruling BJP.

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State results won’t affect 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Jaitley

He insisted that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be fought around the performance of the Central government and the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, Dec 11 : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said that the results of the state Assembly elections where the BJP lost three major states were unlikely to have a bearing on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls which would be fought on “Central governments performance”.

He said that it was time for his party to “pause and introspect” but brushed aside the claims that the Congress won on account of Rahul Gandhi’s dynamic leadership.

“The issues in state elections are entirely different. We won all these three states (Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh) in December 2003 and we lost the general elections in 2004. So, there is no automatic transfer,” Jaitley said.

He insisted that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be fought around the performance of the Central government and the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The election issue will be whether we want a tried and tested leadership and government in place or we want an unstable, non-ideological coalition which is bound to splinter away sooner than later,” he said.

Stressing that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did quite well in all the three states despite a plethora of factors, such as anti-incumbency, going against it, Jaitley said his party could have done better.

“It was a tough fight but we had not speculated that the gap would be so large… Certainly we could have dome much better. I think it’s time for us to pause and introspect,” he said.

On Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, he said no election depends on an individual.

“An election is a combination of several factors. I don’t think anybody should mislead himself by thinking that the victory or defeat is due to one person,” he said.

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For 2019 final match game is clear, Results show end is near for BJP: Mamata Banerjee

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Mamata Banerjee

New Delhi, Dec 10:  West Bengal Chief Minister on Tuesday said that the assembly election results showed that end is near for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

“For 2019 final match game is clear, now we are just waiting for the elections. The countdown for 2019 has begun.This is the beginning of the end”, she told media.

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This is the victory of humanity, says Kapil Sibal on Assembly Election Results

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Kapil Sibal

New Delhi, Dec 11: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Tuesday said that the assembly election results is the victory of Party President Rahul Gandhi, workers, people, and humanity.

“This is the victory of Rahul Gandhi, our party, workers, people, and the fight against scams. This is the victory of humanity” Sibal told media.

On the opposition party meeting which was held yesterday, the Congress leader stated “Several party leaders met except from two parties. We will contest elections together; our first aim is to defeat BJP and today’s result is the first step in that direction”.

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