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As 2 Shinde Group MLAs kick up row, MVA slams CM’s ‘Goon Sena’, seeks action



The Opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi attacked Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde after two of his MLAs grabbed headlines — one for professing and the other for practicing — violence, here on Tuesday, ahead of the Maharashtra Legislature Session starting on Wednesday.

The two law-makers are: Prakash Surve from Magathane (Mumbai) and Santosh Bangar from Kalamnuri (Hingoli), whose fury in words and deeds have gone viral on social media evoking sharp reactions.

An aghast Nationalist Congress Party’s Leader of Opposition Ajit Pawar sarcastically asked why the regime — whose fate is still pending in Supreme Court — displays so much ‘masti’.

Shiv Sena Deputy Leader Raghunath Kuchik lashed out at the CM’s Group labelling it as “not Shinde Sena but Goonde Sena”, and even warned of retaliation after getting the green signal from the Sena President and former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole asked whether — after grabbing power illegally – ‘power has gone to their heads’ as they are now inciting violence and indulging in violent acts against a government servant, and said the party will raise it in the Legislature.

Flaying the ruling alliance of Shinde Group and Bharatiya Janata Party’s Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, Congress chief spokesperson Atul Londhe said lawmakers must never cross their limits or it will spell chaos for democracy.

“Today they are doing all this, tomorrow they will run ‘Kangaroo Courts’ to deliver instant justice, without trial as per their whims and fancies. The Congress demands strict exemplary action against the errant MLAs from the CM and DCM,” Londhe said.

Addressing a meeting on Sunday, Surve said while the (Shinde) Group will not get into a scrap with anyone, if someone antagonizes them, then they will not be spared, and added darkly — “nobody’s ‘dadagiri’ (bullying) would be tolerated… you bash them up, I will protect you”.

“If you can’t break their arms then break their legs… ‘Thok do’, show them their place. Don’t worry… I, Prakash Surve will get you out on bail the next day,” the Shinde Group MLA thundered, even as his band of supporters lustily cheered.

On Monday, Bangar went a step ahead to allegedly abuse, threaten and even assault a catering manager for reportedly dishing out sub-standard mid-day meals to unorganised labourers in the Hingoli district.

Bangar shouted and abused the unidentified manager and then slapped him for serving ‘burnt chapatis’, plain rice and bland vegetables, claiming he had received complaints in the matter.

He later called up another official and barked an earful, accusing him of corruption and warned he would “show them who is Bangar” as the person at the other end attempted to mollify him.

Pawar said he was shocked by the language of the Shinde Group MLAs Surve and Bangar, with the latter even vowing to continue in the same (violent) style, and pointedly asked: “They are displaying such ‘masti’… Is this acceptable to Shinde and Fadnavis and BJP?”

He made it clear that there is the Constitution, the courts and rule of law, but “some people think they are above the laws” and are blatantly taking the law into their hands.

“Balasaheb Thackeray always taught us to protect the helpless and needy people, but see what this ‘Goonde Sena’ is doing… The people will teach a lesson to the Goonde Sena through the ballot box,” Kuchik, who is also Bharatiya Kamgar Sena General Secretary, said in a strong reaction.

Meanwhile, taking strong umbrage over Surve’s threats, the local Shiv Sena unit has lodged a complaint with Dahisar Police Station, while Bangar declared he was not scared of the consequences and will discuss it with the CM and raise the matter in the legislature.

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First roza in Mumbai on 24th March: All india Sunni Jamiyat e ulama




Mumbai: Today was the 29th day of the month of Shaban al-Mu’zam and at the time of sunset, an attempt was made to see the moon of the month of Ramadan, but the moon was not seen. Although the sky was completely clear and there was not even a cloud of any kind of fog, despite this, the moon of the month of Ramadan (1444 Hijri) was not seen.

announcement by the All India Sunni Jamiat Ulama and Sunni Ruiyyatt Hilal Committee.

“Today dated 29th Sha’ban al-Mu’zam 1444 Hijri according to 22 March 2023, an attempt was made to see the moon of Ramadan after Maghrib prayer, but it could not be seen, nor was there a tradition from anywhere. The news of the crescent was received, so the Sunni Crescent Sighting Committee And it is announced by Sunni scholars that tomorrow 23rd March, Thursday 30th of Sha’ban is Shaban al-Mu’zam, and God willing, Friday 24th March will be the 1st of Ramadan, i.e. the first fast.”

Team Mumbai Press

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One-MLA-party MNS chief Raj Thackeray billed as ‘Future CM’




 Hours before the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) rally, banners proclaiming party President Raj Thackeray as a ‘future CM’ came up in the vicinity of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Park in Dadar, here on Wednesday.

Raj, the estranged cousin of Shiv Sena (UBT) President and former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, is scheduled to address a large rally this evening for which thousands of party workers have started trooping in from Nashik, Pune, Raigad and parts of Mumbai.

Setting the tone for the meeting on Gudi Padwa — the Maharashtra New Year, the MNS Dadar unit chief Laxman Patil has put up the banners conferring the status of ‘Hindu Jannayak’ and ‘The future CM in the minds of the people of Maharashtra!’

The posters have been put up opposite the Shiv Sena Bhavan — controlled by Uddhav Thackeray in what is considered a Shiv Sena (UBT) bastion.

The banners have started political tongues wagging, particularly since the 17-year-old MNS has only a lone MLA in the 288-member Assembly, despite being led by the fiery orator Raj Thackeray, the nephew of the legendary Balasaheb Thackeray.

With the entry of Raj Thackeray, 54, the wishful state ‘future CM’ platform has become more crowded and varied.

Earlier, there posters-banners heralding his nephew and Uddhav’s son, Aditya Thackeray as a ‘future CM’, then Nationalist Congress Party’s top leaders like Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar and Supriya Sule seen straddling posters with a ‘future CM’ tag, and other leaders from different parties, including the ruling ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Political circles say the latest MNS manoeuvres are intended to create a strong ‘pro-Hindutva’ impression ahead of the upcoming civic election, and the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in 2024.

Today’s Gudi Padwa rally comes a month after the split in the Shiv Sena — founded in June 1966 by the late Balasaheb Thackeray — was formalised with the original party name-symbol going to the breakaway faction headed by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

Though Raj Thackeray has been hobnobbing with Shinde and BJP top leaders, he has not declared his political strategy on any alliance with them so far.

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Bombay HC says 100% consent for redevelopment of unsafe buildings not must




The Bombay High Court has declared that clause 1.15 of the 2018 Guidelines issued by the BMC for declaring private and municipal buildings as “C-1 category (dangerous or unsafe)” does not mandate obtaining consent/ agreement from all (100%) tenants/ occupants.

It further observed that consent of 51-70% of the occupants/ tenants of the building, as applicable to the proposals made under Development Control and Promotion Regulation (DCPR)-2034, shall amount to sufficient compliance for processing development/ redevelopment proposal, for a commencement certificate (CC) to be issued.

Raj & Jain Ahuja moved court after BMC refused to grant CC for redvpt of a building saying all occupants have not agreed to sign PAAA

A bench of Justices Girish Kulkarni and RN Laddha was hearing a petition by developers Raj Ahuja and Jain Ahuja, challenging clause 1.15. They had approached the court after the BMC refused to grant CC saying that they had not signed a permanent alternate accommodation agreement (PAAA) with all the tenants.

“In our clear opinion, it was arbitrary for the MCGM to insist from the petitioners (developers), consent of 100% of the tenants and in its absence withhold the CC…,” said the bench.

Developers contended that not always will 100% tenants will agree to redvpt

Challenging the constitutional validity of the clause, the developers contended that it may not be always conceivable that 100% tenants agree to redevelopment. Having such a pre-condition would create serious consequences, including the project being brought to a standstill by a minority/minuscule number of tenants or members of a co-operative society.

However, the BMC justified the guidelines, stating that it’s incumbent on the corporation to safeguard the interest of the tenants.

HC’s observation in the matter

The judges emphasised, “It is a settled position in law that the interest of the minority occupants/tenants cannot be opposed to the interest of the majority occupants, as also such persons cannot foist on the owners a delay in commencement of the redevelopment work, resulting in the project cost being increased, which would be seriously prejudicial to the owners/developers and above all the majority of the occupants.”

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