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Farmers’ protest: Maharashtra orders probe into tweets by celebs

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Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Monday ordered a probe into the tweets done by celebs like Bharat Ratnas Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar, Akshay Kumar, Saina Nehwal and others on the ongoing farmers’ protest.

Terming it a “serious” matter, Deshmukh ordered the Intelligence Department to go into the background of the tweets, many of which were similar in content and posted at the same time.

The development came after Maharashtra Congress Spokesperson Sachin Sawant and other leaders lodged a complaint, demanding to know if “these celebs are under any kind of pressure to post tweets in support of the BJP-led government at the Centre”.

After international pop star Rihanna and environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s posts on the farmers’ protest in India, many Indian celebrities like Bollywood actors and sportspersons, including cricketers, had called for unity through tweets.

Sawant contended that these tweets were a “coordinated effort” as many of them were similarly worded, posted around the same time with common hashtags, which raised suspicions as to whether they were posted under some external pressure.

The celebs used similar hashtags like #IndiaTogether, #IndiaAgainstPropagada etc to counter the tweets posted by foreign celebs, who came out in support of the Indian peasantry.

“Reactions on the farmers protest are coming from across the world and many celebrities have reacted. But you have a question about the timing of these tweets and whether these were made under pressures. The tweets by Akshay Kumar and Saina Nehwal look similar,” Deshmukh said.

Deshmukh pointed out that there was not even a single word that was different in some of the tweets, which was a serious matter.

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Atrocities on women highest in BJP-ruled states: Maharashtra Congress

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 The Maharashtra Congress on Wednesday said that atrocities against women are highest in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states and seconded Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s suggestion to convene a special four-day session of Parliament to discuss the issue.

Quoting the latest official data in the NCRB-2020 Report, Congress state Spokesperson and General Secretary Sachin Sawant said that the crimes against women were highest in Maharashtra during the tenure of BJP’s ex-Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis – who also handled the home department – but the atrocities have come down during the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) rule.

His comments came a day after a battle royale erupted over Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s letter to Thackeray urging him to call a special session of Maharashtra Legislature to discuss law & order and women’s safety issues in the wake of the brutal rape-cum-murder of a 32-year-old woman at Sakinaka on September 10.

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Maharashtra: Fresh ‘letter-war’ erupts between CMO-Raj Bhavan

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 Yet another ‘letter-war’ erupted between the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi and the state Raj Bhavan, this time a fallout of the recent Sakinaka brutal rape incident.

The Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had recently written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expressing concerns over the tragic incident and urged the latter to call a special session of Maharashtra Legislature to discuss the specific (Sakinana) issue and the safety of women in general.

Firing a stinger on Monday, Thackeray endorsed the Governor’s sentiments and pointed out that the question of women’s safety is not confined to Maharashtra alone but is a national issue.

He cited a string of incidents of atrocities on women in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Delhi where the police is controlled by the Centre and Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir under the central administration.

In view of these, Thackeray urged Koshyari to request the BJP-led Central government to convene a 4-day special session of Parliament to deliberate on women’s security in which even the Sakinaka incident could be included.

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Fadnavis arrives in Goa to meet MLAs, office bearers

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 Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday arrived in Goa on his first visit to the coastal state after his appointment as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Goa in-charge for the 2022 assembly polls.

“This is his first visit after he was appointed as in-charge of Goa for polls. He will be in Goa for two days. He will be meeting with ministers, party workers, office bearers and drawing up a strategy for the elections,” Urban Development Minister Milind Naik told reporters after receiving Fadnavis at Goa’s Dabolim international airport.

Fadnavis is also expected to meet the core members of the state BJP executive committee during his two-day visit, while also meeting with the members of the BJP legislature party.

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