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Mumbai University senate polls: Aaditya’s first big solo test



Aaditya Thackeray will face his first test since the Shiv Sena split, at the start of next year as Yuva Sena head. This is because the Mumbai University senate poll will be held in January or February. The Yuva Sena has always dominated this election. It is learnt that former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has himself started preparing for it.

The Mumbai University has started the registration of new graduate voters and old voters are being re-registered. This will continue till December. There were around 65,000 voters in the last election which was held in 2018. According to sources, for this election, Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting of former corporators at his residence Matoshree. Sources claim he has asked them to work for the senate election and registration of voters. Meetings of party office-bearers from each vibhag were also held. Arvind Bhosle, spokesperson for the Thackeray-led party confirmed there was a meeting on Friday regarding the Senate election.

A former corporator who was present at the meeting said that the responsibility of registering graduate voters has been specially entrusted to the corporators and shakha pramukhs of the party. “They have good contacts in their ward. So they were entrusted with this responsibility. The party chief has also asked other office-bearers to contribute their time for this work,”
he said.

After the split in the party, the Thackeray-led Shiv Sena got a big setback in Thane. However, party leaders claim they are supported by voters there. “Even if there is less voting from Thane, it will be compensated from Mumbai as well as other districts like Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg,” said a party office-bearer.
The Shiv Sena’s youth wing, Yuva Sena, won 10 out of 10 seats in the 2018 Senate elections as compared to 2010, when it had won eight of 10 seats. Yuva Sena has been Aaditya’s pet body as he was launched into politics as its head at the party’s Dussehra rally in 2010 by his grandfather late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. For the Mumbai University senate elections, a part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), Congress student wing National Students Union of India has also started parallel registration process. The registration is going on from NSUI, but the main Congress has not yet participated in it, a Congress office-bearer said. “We are going to contest the elections. Voter registration has started for that,” said Youth Congress Mumbai President Zeeshan Siddiqui.

Yuva Sena leaders also said that the focus at present was only on registration. It is obvious that the Yuva Sena has been keeping a low profile as Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his aides had claimed that political and administrative interference of a few Yuva Sena leaders during the MVA’s tenure had led to a lot of anger among the party’s rank and file. The Senate of the University is the watchdog of Mumbai University which has representatives of teachers, principals and the management. It is empowered to pass the university’s budget. Political observer Abhay Deshpande said that such elections are beneficial in attracting youth. It helps create the next generation of the main party. Another political observer said that if the Yuva Sena can maintain its dominance in this election, it will have a good effect on the morale of the party.

Leeladhar Bansod, deputy registrar of the Mumbai University, said, “The registration of voters—graduates—will continue online till December 13. After that, the draft list of voters will be published and suggestions and objections will be invited. After that the final list will be announced and the election programme declared.”


Maharashtra: Shinde-Fadnavis govt ‘erases’ Tipu Sultan’s name from Mumbai playground




Mumbai: In a potentially controversial move, the Maharashtra government has ordered the removal of Tipu Sultan, the ruler of the Mysore kingdom, now in Karnataka, given to a prominent suburban garden and playground by the erstwhile Maha Vikas Aghadi government.

Making the announcement, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Mumbai Suburban District Guardian Minister M.P. Lodha said the decision was taken recently at a meeting with the Collector.

“Finally, victory of the Right! Ordered removal of name Tipu Sultan from the park in Malad after considering protests by Sakal Hindu Samaj and demands by BJP MP Gopal Shetty,” said Lodha.

He said in the DPDC meeting last year, the previous MVA government had decided to name the park after Tipu Sultan and the BJP had protested the move.

However, after dropping Tipu Sultan’s name, the government of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis has not yet decided on its renaming, the Minister added.

The former MVA Minister Aslam Shaikh had revamped the park, included many amenities and sports facilities for the locals and it was named as ‘Shaheed Tipu Sultan Playground’ in January 2022, ahead of the BMC elections, which got postponed.

Sultan Fateh Ali Tipu (1751-1799), famed as just ‘Tipu Sultan’, ruled the Mysore kingdom from 1782 onwards till his rout and death in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War (1798-1799).

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Maharashtra: Going to buy a house soon? Here are 14 ‘must know’ points to keep in mind




Prior to stepping out to commence house hunting, the home buyers are supposed to do some homework. Usually, individuals either approach real estate agents or walk-in into a developer’s construction and sales site. What gets ignored is due diligence as prescribed by the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA).

A homebuyer should always be cautious on what they are verbally assured and promised by the builder and an agent vis-à-vis what is actually mentioned in the fine print of the documents signed. There have been numerous instances wherein there has been a mismatch in verbal promise and the legal conditions in an agreement for sale.

The Maharera has issued some basic guidelines for such home buyers as well as investors to prevent fraud and getting into trouble while transacting in a real estate deal.

Prior to sealing the deal, question oneself with:


1) Check only MahaRERA registered project

2) Verify developer mentioned completion date on MahaRERA’s website

3) Ink an agreement and allotment letter as per prescribed format

4) Don’t pay more than 10% payment prior to signing the agreement

5) Entertain only through MahaRERA registered real estate agents


6) Financial Discipline: 70% of funds collected to be used for construction

7) Transparency: Detailed project information on MahaRERA’s website

8) Quarterly progress reporting by promoters

9) Consent of two-third allottees must for any major project alteration or addition

10) Complaint filing & conciliation


11) Monitor the project’s progress through MahaRERA website

12) Only MahaRERA Carpet Area to be referred to for all transactions

13) Ensure documents are as per Model Agreement & Model Allotment Letter

14) Complaint against Promoter or Agent for breach of any promise

If the project is registered with MahaRERA, the developers have to fulfil several conditions under the RERA Act for the benefit of the customer. These conditions include maintaining an escrow account for the project. A total of 70% of the money received from the buyers for the project has to be kept in this account to undertake work on the same project. Moreover, the developer is required to update the project status on MahaRERA’s website every three months.

“Apart from this, starting January 1, MahaRERA will register new projects having the DIN Number of all the directors and promoters of the project. This is to make transparent the related interest that the promoter has other than the project that is under construction,” said a MahaRERA official.

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Bhayandar: Two youths die in accident while returning from ‘Pathaan’ night show




In a tragic incident, two youths died after their bike was hit by the driver of a rashly driven truck in Bhayandar late on Thursday night. The duo were returning home after watching the night show of the recently released movie ‘Pathaan’ at Rassaz Multiplex in Mira Road. According to the police, the mishap was reported at Golden Nest circle at around 12:30 am when the deceased who have been identified as-Abrar Ali Manihar (22) and his friend Tufail Shamim Shah (26)- both resident of Azad Nagar in Bhayandar (east) were returning home on the latter’s bike after watching the night show of the recently released movie ‘Pathaan’ at Rassaz Multiplex in Mira Road.

Declared dead on arrival by doctors

The truck was headed towards the Phatak road from the direction of Kashimira. Both who suffered severe head and other injuries were declared dead before admission by on-duty doctors of a nearby hospital. “We have arrested the 45-year-old truck driver identified as Usman and booked him under section 304 (a) of the IPC for causing death by negligence,” confirmed senior police inspector of Navghar police station- Milind Desai. Further investigations were under way.

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