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Mumbai: Andheri by-election pits Uddhav-led Sena against Shinde Gut and BJP



It will be the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena versus the BJP in the Andheri East Assembly by-election on November 3. The BJP will field Murji Patel, who had garnered 31.14 per cent votes as an independent to finish second to the Sena’s winner, the late Ramesh Latke, in 2019. It is learnt that the Eknath Shinde faction is not interested in contesting the by-poll because it does not have a candidate with good electoral prospects.The Shiv Sena factions’ petitions for the party’s official symbol of bow and arrow are pending before the Election Commission of India for the hearing which has been cleared by the Supreme Court.

The first big election to be held after June’s power shift will be watched for the EC’s decision, if any, before the by-poll nomination process ends on October 14. People in the know said they did not expect Thackeray’s candidate to get the official symbol. They said in similar cases in the past, the symbol was frozen and the warring factions told to pick new symbols. The Thackeray faction could be the one to forego the bow and arrow against the BJP’s established lotus.

Sources said the Sena was prepared to meet the challenge and has asked party workers to ensure victory even if they fight with a new symbol. Thackeray has decided to nominate Rujuta Latke, the former local MLA’ s widow who could get sympathy votes. Her husband had gained 42.67% votes against Patel’s 31.14%. The Congress’ Amin Kutty had finished third with 19% share.

The BJP expects to breach the gap, but the Sena sees its prospect better, not just because of sympathy votes, but also because the Congress has decided to not field its candidate expecting to shift its valuable share to the Sena nominee.State Congress chief spokesperson Atul Londhe told mid-day that it was the MVA’s policy to keep the seat with the respective winner. “We wonder why the Shinde group, which according to the BJP is the real Sena, has not been given the seat?” he asked, saying the Congress will be with the Sena. The Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) boss Sharad Pawar declared his party’s support to the Thackeray Sena on MondayThe unified Sena and BJP were in a pre-poll alliance in 2019 and yet Patel contested as an independent to prove his worth with tacit support from the party. His great finish landed him the official responsibility. He was asked to prepare much ahead of the by-poll announcement on Monday. The polling will be on a working day, Thursday, November 3, followed by the counting on November 6.

In 2019, the BJP had marched ahead of the Sena by winning 16 of 36 seats in Mumbai which was its best ever show in the metro that had voted it to win 82 seats in a close fight against the Sena (84) in the BMC polls two years before. The Sena won two short of the BJP’s Assembly tally in the city. The Congress was reduced to four seats. The NCP and Samajwadi Party got one each.

The by-poll comes ahead of the BMC election slated to be held this year end or early next year. It is expected to be a pilot in terms of the collaboration between the BJP and the Shinde group, which would also like to take credit if the rival group is defeated.


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



'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



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




'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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