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Democracy in peril due to BJP’s ‘monstrous’ political ambitions: Thackeray

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Shiv Sena President and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday warned that democracy in India is at peril owing to the “monstrous ambitions” of the Bharatiya Janata Party to control everything.

“A conspiracy to eliminate all the opposition and regional parties in the country is going on in full swing… The ruling party (BJP) is scared of the opposition. It indicates their inefficiency,” said Thackeray, in the concluding part of a marathon “birthday interview” to Sanjay Raut, Executive Editor of the Sena mouthpieces “Saamana” and “Dopahar Ka Saamana” newspapers.

He pointed out that democracy does not mean winning (elections) everytime, be it any party – Shiv Sena, Congress, NCP, BJP, etc – nobody gets consecutive victories, all have to win or lose, new parties keep emerging, shine for some time – “that is a real democracy”.

However, the gargantuan aspirations (of the BJP) of keeping everything under their heels coupled with whatever they say is right, makes them apprehensive of the opposition, he said.

Recalling the late Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s refrain – “Power comes and goes, but the country should remain”, Thackeray said: “I was the CM yesterday, I am not today and am sitting in front of you… What’s the difference? Power comes and goes… and returns, but it doesn’t matter to me.”

He emphasised the need for all political parties to unite and work for the country, or they shall be labelled as “enemies” of our nation, as there are stupendous problems like inflation, unemployment, etc, that confront the people.

Thackeray took a swipe at the BJP-government on how various central investigation agencies are harassing the Opposition, arresting their leaders first and framing the charges later, “defaming them in a dirty and perverted manner intended to ruin their careers”.

Referring to BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s statement that his party was like a “washing machine” which makes people facing allegations “virtuous”, Thackeray said this is not really the sign of a strong ruler, but one in fear.

To Raut’s query on how to overcome such oppression, Thackeray said that first all should have a desire to get out of it, as people did during the Emergency and united to form the Janata Party.

At that time, he said the Janata Party (1975-1977) did not even have election agents at polling booths, yet people of all classes voted for them overwhelmingly, and the party came to power.

“Later, due to infighting, the Janata Party government toppled itself. So, there must be a strong will to fight unitedly. Presently, the symptoms are not good and it seems the country is heading towards dictatorship, this is the opinion of many,” cautioned Thackeray.

He said the Shiv Sena is willing, but it cannot go alone and all the states of the country must join together for the struggle which will “awaken” the people, and without making too many enemies, must ensure healthy politics.

In this context, Thackeray mentioned the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress’s Maha Vikas Aghadi, and termed it as “a successful experiment, and supported by the masses”.

“The MVA was not wrong. The people have welcomed it. Many in the state cried when I left ‘Varsha’ (the CM’s official residence, on June 22). I will not allow those tears go in vain,” he said.

The Sena leader rued how the very same people (Eknath Shinde) who were opposed to joining hands with the BJP in 2014 have now allied with that party, and called him “a power-hungry” person.

Thackeray said he had offered Shinde the post of CM, after discussing with the NCP-Congress provided he could get some replies from the BJP, “but he had no guts”.

He again challenged the Shinde-Fadnavis government for elections and predicted that the “state will again get a Shiv Sena CM”.

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‘Govt Is Intent On Selling Off State’s Assets,’ Alleges Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole

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'Govt Is Intent On Selling Off State's Assets,' Alleges Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole

Mumbai: In preparation for the upcoming assembly elections, the Congress has organised a morcha in Ratnagiri to corner the Mahayuti. State Congress president Nana Patole targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah while addressing the rally on Monday.

He alleged that Modi and Shah are the masterminds of the fake narrative. “400 paar was the fake narrative set by them, why did they not declare 250 paar now for the assembly elections? asked Patole.

Allegations Made Against PM Modi & Amit Shah By Maharashtra State Congress President Nana Patole

Patole alleged that the government is selling the properties of Maharashtra. “Modi and Shah came to Maharashtra to see how much property remained in the state. The work of selling the pride of Maharashtra is going on through the government. Therefore, CM and DCM are constantly visiting Delhi. Therefore, Congress has organised morcha to condemn the government,” he said.

Patole alleged that BJP and Mahayuti had lied about ‘wagh nakh’ (tiger’s claw). Shivaji Maharaj memorial has not been constructed yet in the Arabian Sea. Patole said that the MVA seat-sharing for the assembly elections will be completed in August and candidates will be declared in September. He also said that senior leaders of Congress have taken action against traitors who cross-voted in state council elections.

“People will know during the assembly election what action we have taken against them,” he said.

Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole’s Appeal To Party Workers

Patole appealed to party workers to work together for Maha Vikas Aghadi. “Konkan follows Congress ideology. There are many gram panchayats won by the Congress. The party is in the minds of Konkan citizens but leaders should reach to them. People don’t give importance to gundagiri and the power of wealth,” he said.

He appealed to workers to make Congress strong in Konkan to win the assembly election.

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Mumbai Weather Update: IMD Issues Yellow Alert For City, Suburbs, Thane & Palghar Till July 24

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Mumbai: It has been raining cats and dogs since past two weeks in Mumbai, and the situation is expected to remain the same for a few days. BMC has confirmed that over 100 mm of rain was recorded in just 10 hours in Mumbai. IMD has said that Mumbai city and suburbs are very likely to experience intermittent light spells of rainfall during next 2-3 hours. Heavy to very heavy rain is expected in some parts of the city and suburbs. Possibility of extremely heavy rainfall persists at isolated places. Squally weather and rough Sea conditions along the coastal districts of Konkan (Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Mumbai, Palghar).

The Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar till July 24, while Raigad will have an orange alert till Tuesday. IMD has predicted that moderate rain will occur at isolated places over Mumbai, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Thane, and the Ghats of Satara in the next three hours.

NDRF teams on stand-by

The intensity of rain has increased in Mumbai city and suburbs since midnight on Sunday and in the early hours of this morning too, rain has made a strong presence in some areas. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has predicted that there will be moderate to heavy rain at isolated places in Mumbai in the next three to four hours.

NDRF teams have been deployed in Vasai (Palghar), Thane, Ghatkopar, Powai (Kurla), Mahad (Raigad), Khed and Chiplun (Ratnagiri), Kudal (Sindhudurg), Kolhapur, Sangli, and Satara as a precaution during the monsoon season.

“Apart from three teams in Mumbai and one team in Nagpur as regular deployment, teams are on alert for any emergency response at their locations, conducting reconnaissance in low-lying and landslide-prone areas,”

IMD says the following is expected due to heavy rains

1) Water logging/inundation in most parts of low-lying areas and river-banks Disruption to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

2) Major roads and local trains affected.

3) Possibility of flash floods coinciding with high tide.

4) Local disruption of municipal services (Water, electricity etc.)

5) Possibility of danger to very old buildings and unmaintained structures.

6) Occasional gusty winds with speed reaching 35-45 gusting to 55 kmph along and off the coast resulting in possibilities of damage to vulnerable /temporary structures.

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‘MVA Is Trying To Discredit MahaYuti’s Welfare Schemes,’ Claims BJP Leader Raosaheb Danve

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'MVA Is Trying To Discredit MahaYuti’s Welfare Schemes,' Claims BJP Leader Raosaheb Danve

Mumbai: Former union minister and BJP leader Raosaheb Danve on Saturday reiterated that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) is trying to discredit the Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin Yojana and appealed to the eligible women to submit the registration forms directly through the government machinery.

Statement Of BJP Leader Raosaheb Danve

“The MahaYuti government has taken many public welfare decisions during the monsoon session including Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin Yojana, free electricity up to 7.5 horsepower for agricultural pumps, compensation for the loss of farmers among others,” Danve said.

He said that, however, MVA leaders are criticising these schemes and they are involved in discrediting them. He further alleged that MVA was taking credit for these schemes by displaying posters and banners in its constituencies.

“So be aware of MVA’s duplicitous role and apply for Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin Yojana through the government system itself and not hand it over to MVA activists,” he urged the women.

Danve, who lost to Congress nominee Kailas Kale from Jalna constituency, expressed confidence that BJP, Shiv Sena and NCP will fight together as MahaYuti (grand alliance) in the upcoming state Assembly election and win. He said that the state BJP’s core committee met on July 18 and 19 in Mumbai and held a review of all 288 assembly seats, adding that it was decided that MahaYuti together will contest the upcoming assembly poll.

Raosaheb Danve Takes A Swipe At MVA

He took a swipe at MVA saying that its three constituents Shiv Sena UBT, NCP SP and Congress are naming their respective leaders as the future Chief Minister.

“It seems that everyone is in a hurry to become the Chief Minister and the public is already seeing the cracks in the alliance. The division in the MVA was not new as it was visible following the controversy over the Sangli Lok Sabha seat. How can the voters trust the MVA when all is not well there?” he asked.

He informed that Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will address the party’s convention slated for Sunday to be attended by 5,300 leaders and workers.

“These delegates will reach out to the voters taking up MahaYuti’s welfare schemes seeking votes for its reelection,” he said.

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