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Farm Laws: Maharashtra leaders hail SC stay, but slam panel




Political and farmer leaders in Maharashtra have welcomed the Supreme Court verdict on Tuesday staying the three farm laws, but many have raised doubts over the expert committee suggested by the top court to examine the farmers’ concerns.

In a major decision, the Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of all the three farm laws and also formed a committee comprising mostly agriculturists to hear the grievances of the farmers’ unions against the Central laws.

The ruling Shiv Sena’s farmer leader Kishore Tiwari supported the stay on the implementation of the three farm laws but slammed the appointment of the committee which will look into the farmers’ issues.

“The expert committee members appointed by the Chief Justice of India are puppets of the WTO and BJP who are notorious as blind advocates of market-economy and globalisation. Hence, CJI S.A. Bobde is working for the Prime Minister’s Office. It’s a hoax and betrayal of the agrarian community,” Tiwari said.

The President of Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission who has been accorded the status of Minister of State, Tiwari said that the farmers’ original demand of repealing the three laws has not changed and they will continue to agitate.

Nevertheless, the VNSSM head expressed cautious optimism that since “the CJI knows the issues of the farmers, he may show the mirror” to the BJP government and safeguard the interests of the peasantry.

Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar said that it was a welcome decision by the apex court to put on hold the implementation of the three farm laws and set up a four-member panel to resolve the issues.

“It’s a big relief for the farmers and I hope that a concrete dialogue between the Central government and the farmers will be initiated now, keeping the farmers’ interests and wellbeing in mind,” Pawar said.

NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik said that a ray of hope could be seen following the SC move to give justice to the farmers, but the Centre must drop its adamant attitude in the matter.

“It’s still not too late. The Centre should forthwith repeal the three farm laws and immediately start the framework for enacting new laws if it deems fit, but after consulting the farmers and the Opposition parties on all the issues and concerns raised by the farmers at the earliest,” Malik said.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana President Raju Shetti said that on Monday, when the SC had pulled up the government, there was an impression that finally the farmers’ grievances may be redressed amicably.

“However, today it has turned out to be a fraud and a pre-written script. The CJI has stayed the three farm laws which the farmers never asked, and has not said anything on MSP. Plus, the committee is of people who are openly supporting the three laws, so how will the farmers’ issues be resolved,” Shetti asked.

He said the farmers have not changed their stance on total repeal of the three farm laws, but without consulting them, the SC has stayed the implementation of the farm laws and even appointed a committee of those favouring the government, which would try to bulldoze the farmers later.

The Maharashtra Congress has reiterated its national stand that instead of confusing and misguiding the agitating farmer leaders in different directions, the government must accept their main demand to withdraw the three farm laws.


Maharashtra: MPCC expanded, Sanjay Nirupam bounces back




Three weeks after Congress President Sonia Gandhi reshuffled the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), four new vice-presidents and 3 additional Parliamentary Board members were appointed, here on Friday.

They are: Nana Gavande, Sachin Naik, Sanjay Rathod and Charulatha Tokas (MPCC Vice-Presidents), while Eknath Gaikwad, Sanjay Nirupam and Janardhan Chandurkar — all three ex-Mumbai Regional Congress Committee presidents – are named new Members of MPCC Parliamentary Board.

Sulking for nearly two years after he was removed as MRCC President in March 2019, the formidable Nirupam has apparently bounced back into favour with the party.

He had not campaigned for the party in the 2019 parliament and Assembly elections and had lost the Lok Sabha elections to Mumbai North-West constituency to Shiv Sena’s Gajanan Kirtikar.

The expansion comes three weeks after the party appointed Nana F. Patole, 57, as the new MPCC President, replacing Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat.

Besides Patole, the Congress named 6 Working Presidents, 10 Vice-Presidents and a jumbo 37-member Parliamentary Board in a widespread rejig of the party apparatus ahead of the crucial elections to various major civic bodies early next year, including BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation.

The 6 Working Presidents include leaders like Shivajirao Moghe, Basavaraj Patil, M. Arif Naseem Khan, Kunal Rohidas Patil, Chandrakant Handore and Pranati Sushilkumar Shinde.

The 10 Vice-Presidents are: Shirish Madhukarrao Chaudhari, Ramesh A. Bagwe, Hussain Dalwai, Mohan Joshi, Ranjit P. Kamble, Kailash K. Gorantyal, B. I. Nagrale, Sharad Aher, M. M. Shaikh, Manik M. Jagtap, and with 3 more – Nana Gavande, Sachin Naik, Sanjay Rathod and Charulatha Tokas – joining them, the strength has gone up to 14.

With the 3 latest additions – all senior leaders who have been former MPs or legislators – the strength of the 37-member Parliamentary Board has now gone up from 37 to 40.

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Mohan S. Delkar ended life in Maharashtra ‘to get justice after death’, alleges Congress




The Maharashtra Congress on Wednesday contended that the Independent MP Mohan S. Delkar was fed up with the harassment of the Bharatiya Janata Party and chose to end his life in this state “to get justice after death”.

Delkar, the 7-time MP from the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, hanged himself in a Mumbai hotel room on Monday, sending shockwaves in national political circles.

A delegation of state Congress led by spokesperson Sachin Sawant, Raju Waghmare, Vinay Khamkar and others held a video-conference chat with Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and demanded a thorough investigation into the circumstances and the alleged role of the BJP behind Delkar’s tragic end.

“Elected representatives have the responsibility to make the laws of the country But Delkar became so helpless and desperate that he was forced to end his life,” Sawant said to the Home Minister.

On his part, Deshmukh gave them a hearing, accepted a two-page memorandum and assured that he would direct the Mumbai Police to do the needful in the matter.

The Congress said that Delkar had himself released a detailed video last year and spoke in the Lok Sabha, wherein he highlighted the torture he allegedly underwent at the behest of the BJP.

“He had mentioned the names of some BJP leaders in his video, and in his detailed suicide note, it is learnt that he has named several BJP functionaries, including Praful K. Patel, the Administrator of the UT who is a former Gujarat BJP Minister of State for Home said to be very close to the RSS and BJP leadership,” Sawant said.

The trio urged Deshmukh that against this backdrop, Delkar’s death must be thoroughly probed, and he probably chose to come to Mumbai and end his life as he was unsure of getting justice in his own UT.

“He must have come to Mumbai with an expectation from the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Government that the culprits who compelled him to take the extreme step by harassing him would be punished by the law,” Sawant said.

Sawant, Waghmare and Khamkar also pointed out that many Opposition governments, prominent leaders, legislators and parliamentarians are being hounded in different states around the country, and the BJP at the Centre is also targeting the MVA government in the state by using Central investigating agencies against it.

“Incidents like Delkar’s suicide and the targeting of the Opposition raise questions whether there is democracy existing in the country now” they said.

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Maharashtra Congress seeks probe into MP’s ‘suicide’ in Mumbai




The Maharashtra Congress on Tuesday said it wants a probe into the role of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into the ‘suicide’ of Mohan S. Delkar, the Independent MP from the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli.

State Congress Spokesperson Sachin Sawant said: “I will soon call on Home Minister Anil Deshmukh with a demand to investigate the role of BJP in the death of MP Mohanbai Delkar.”

Delkar, 58, was found hanging in his room in a south Mumbai hotel on Monday afternoon in a case of ‘suicide’ and the police have recovered a purported suicide note from the spot.

While the Marine Drive police have lodged an accident death report, his body has been sent for an autopsy to confirm the exact causes of his death, even as a preliminary probe has been initiated into the case.

On his part, Deshmukh condoled the demise of Delkar, terming the incident as ‘very shocking.’

“The news of the demise of Delkar, 7-time MP from Dadra & Nagar Haveli Lok Sabha constituency, committing suicide at a hotel in Mumbai is very shocking,” the state home minister tweeted last night.

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