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India reports 2,364 fresh Covid cases, 10 deaths,Maharashtra registered 307 new cases

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India reported 2,364 fresh Covid cases in a span of 24 hours, which is an increase over the previous day’s count of 1,829 infections, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday morning.

Maharashtra registered 307 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, the highest addition in a single day in the last 67 days. Daily detections for Mumbai too inched closer to 200 (194) on Wednesday. The state reported one death from Gadchiroli.The last time Maharashtra reported more than 300 cases in a single day was on March 12 (324). Mumbai, Pune and Thane are contributing to more than 90% of cases, said Dr Pradeep Vyas, state’s additional health secretary.

In the same period, the country has reported 10 Covid deaths, taking the nationwide toll to 5,24,303.

The active caseload has marginally declined to 15,419 cases, accounting for 0.04 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 2,582 patients in the span of 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,25,89,841 Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.75 per cent.

Meanwhile, India’s daily positivity rate has also reported a marginal rise at 0.50 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate in the country currently stands at 0.55 per cent.

Also in the same period, a total of 4,77,570 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall to 84.54 crore.

As of Thursday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 191.79 crore, achieved via 2,40,71,663 sessions.

Over 3.22 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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‘Will reply legally’, says rebel Sena MLA on removal of Eknath Shinde

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Reacting to the removal of Eknath Shinde, now Chief Minister of Maharashtra, as leader of party (Shiv Sena), rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar said that they will reply to it legally, but sender should introspect whether he is doing insult to the people of Maharashtra or not.

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray ‘removed’ Eknath Shinde as a ‘Shiv Sena Leader’ for allegedly indulging in ‘anti-party’ activities.

The letter said: “You have been indulging in anti-party activities and have voluntarily given up your membership of Shiv Sena.”

Kesarkar, who is still camping in Goa along with other rebel MLAs and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, on Saturday addressed a press conference and said that Shinde has received a letter saying he has been removed as leader of the party organisation.

“There is one tradition that the leader of the House, who gets elected and becomes chief minister, doesn’t limit to one party. He is the leader of all parties in the House. This is why he is called the leader of the house. When he enters assembly, ruckus or business taking place gets paused till he sits on his chair. This is the respect to that chair,” Kesarkar said.

“And when you say that you have removed the leader of the house from the party, you need to think of the people of Maharashtra, whether you are insulting them or not,” he said.

“We will not speak anything against Udhav Thackrey (as all respects him), but we will reply to the legal letter sent by him. We will take legal advice to reply to the legal letter,” Kesarkar said.

“Shinde is still our leader, all who had elected on the ticket of Shiv Sena had chosen him as leader of the organisation. Nobody can snatch it (right) from him, and those who tried it, we have approached the Supreme Court. I don’t want to comment on it. But again and again such things are taking place,” Kesarkar said.

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As BJP revelled, Deputy CM Fadnavis held key meetings with cops, others

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While the delirious Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) erupted in celebrations on Friday, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was closeted in a series of meetings including with top police officials, party sources said here on Saturday.

Fadnavis’ absence along with some other leaders, at the revelry became a point of discussion amid speculation that he was still in a dark mood after the post of DyCM was abruptly thrust on him by the party top leadership on Thursday (June 30).

An aide close to him claimed that on the contrary, Fadnavis had a series of meetings tied up with several top police brass, party leaders and officials as he could be handling several sensitive portfolios, including probably the home department.

The meetings were to chalk out strategies ahead of the Special Assembly Session of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on July 3-4 to elect the new Speaker and to seek the ‘vote of confidence’ for the new government headed by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

Late in the night, Shinde-Fadnavis also held a separate meeting to ensure the legislature session goes off smoothly and to strategise the crucial cabinet formation process, likely to be set in motion after the confidence vote.

On Friday, hundreds of BJP leaders and workers toasted the new regime of Shinde-Fadnavis taking oath on June 30 after the fall of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government headed by ex-CM Uddhav Thackeray – ending a 10-day long political crisis created by a rebellion in the Shiv Sena.

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Shinde govt, dethroned MVA to clash for Speaker’s election on Sunday

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The stage is set for the first major battle, the election of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Speaker to be held on Sunday, with the Shinde government and Maha Vikas Aghadi candidates filing their nominations here on Saturday.

The Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led government, which took office on June 30, has fielded Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Rahul Narwekar while the Opposition MVA alliance has nominated Shiv Sena MLA Rajan Salvi for the crucial post.

The Congress, which had claim to the post in the previous regime, has given it up in favour of the Shiv Sena after holding discussions among the three allies including Nationalist Congress Party.

“We have filed the nomination of Sena MLA Salvi and the decision was reached after consultations among the three parties,” said Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat.

On Friday, the Congress had strongly objected to the Speaker’ election on the basis of a letter by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari stating it could not be held due to a case pending in the court.

“We don’t understand the urgency to call a Special Assembly Session on Sunday. There is a case pending in the Supreme Court. When we were in the (MVA) government, the Governor kept telling us for months that since the matter is sub-judice, he cannot allow the Speaker elections. Then, how has he permitted it for the new government,” Thorat demanded.

BJP MLC Pravin Darekar expressed confidence that given the numbers, the party nominee Narwekar will easily win the Speaker elections.

Congress leader Nana Patole was the last Speaker, who was elected late in 2019 after the MVA government headed by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took over.

However, Patole quit the post in Feb. 2021 after he was appointed as the state Congress President and since then, NCP’s Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal was officiating.

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