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MVA, BJP pray for ‘political miracles’, 225 MLAs vote in MLC polls

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Voting for the biennial elections to 10 seats of Maharashtra Legislative Council continued with both the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi and Opposition Bharatiya Janta Party praying for a ‘political miracle’ for the one crucial seat on which there’s a main contest among 11 candidates, here on Monday.

Emerging from their five-star weekend retreats, the legislators of MVA allies Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress and BJP were driven in buses to the Maharashtra Legislature at Nariman Point with senior leaders keeping a close watch on their respective flocks.

Polling started on a brisk note with over 225 MLAs across party lines casting their votes under the eagle eyes of their respective polling agents by 1 p.m.

A total of 11 candidates are vying for the 10 MLC seats vide the electoral college comprising 288 MLAs, though effectively 285 shall vote in the elections on Monday (June 20).

The MLC elections are witnessing a thriller contest with the prime contest between Congress’ Bhai Jagtap and BJP’s Prasad Lad, both vying for the crucial 10th seat.

Jagtap, 66, is a trade unionist heading the Bharatiya Kamgar Karmachari Mahasangh (BKKM) and President of Mumbai Congress, while Lad, 51, is an ex-MLC and ex-chairman of Mumbai Buildings Repair and Reconstruction Board.

Of the 288-member strong lower house, one Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke died recently, while two NCP MLAs Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik – currently in jail – were denied permission by Bombay High Court to vote for the MLC polls and have now moved the Supreme Court.

The quota for winning – depending on the actual votes cast – would be 26 or 27 per candidate, and the votes of 29 MLAs of smaller parties or independents are expected to be the clinching factor.

The MVA has fielded Sachin Ahir and Amasha Padvi (Shiv Sena), Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar and Eknath Khadse (Nationalist Congress Party), Chandrakant Handore and Bhai Jagtap (Congress).

The BJP has nominated Pravin Darekar, Prof Ram Shinde, Shrikant Bhartiya, Uma Khapre and Prasad Lad.

With a strength of 106, the BJP can comfortably bag four of the five seats it is contesting and the battle will be for Lad’s candidature vis-A-vis Jagtap.

The Sena with 55 legislators and NCP with 51 MLAs can easily win their two seats respectively, while the Congress with 44 legislators would require around a dozen votes from the independents, smaller parties or its allies.

Both MVA and BJP are desperately wooing the independents and smaller parties though the Samajwadi Party, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen and Bahujan Vikas Aghadi have kept their strategies close to their chest.

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‘MVA Is Trying To Discredit MahaYuti’s Welfare Schemes,’ Claims BJP Leader Raosaheb Danve

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'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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Mira-Bhayandar: First Cashless Multi-Speciality Hospital In Kashimira Empanelled Under MPJAY After 5-Month Delay

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Mira-Bhayandar: First Cashless Multi-Speciality Hospital In Kashimira Empanelled Under MPJAY After 5-Month Delay

Mira-Bhayandar: More than five months after its inauguration by chief minister-Eknath Shinde on 14, February, the first cashless multi-speciality hospital in Kashimira, has finally been empanelled under the Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MPJAY) – a flagship state government health scheme, which provides end-to-end cashless services.

The empanelment process to cashless services was entangled in the model code of conduct (MCC) which had been imposed for the recently held Lok Sabha elections. An idea of Shiv Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik, the four-storeyed hospital building built by a private developer in exchange of Transfer Development Rights (TDR) stands next to the Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar Auditorium in Mahajanwadi.

Equipped with high-tech medical equipment, the services were restricted to primary health care in the hospital’s outpatient department (OPD) sans implementation of the MPJAY to conduct major treatment and surgeries. Named in memory of Matoshri Indirabai Baburai Sarnaik, the 100-bedded hospital has now geared up to offer quality medical services free of cost to yellow, orange and white ration card holders.

“The hospital received an approval to implement the MPJAY on 15, July, thus citizens are not required to worry about high-expenditure treatment as they will get access to free medical examinations, treatments and even medicines. The ‘no cash counter’ system at the hospital has started dispensing free treatment” informed Sarnaik.

Managed by a social service organisation having expertise in the medical field, the hospital offers super specialty treatments and surgeries, including cardiovascular screening and treatment, urology and other medical services. This is apart from pre-surgery outpatient department (OPD) services and pathology test facility.

After Thane and Ulhasnagar, this is the third such facility in the district which will offer cashless super speciality services. Notably, the state government has allocated funds amounting to Rs. 25 crore needed for procuring high-tech medical equipment and devices. Moreover, there will be no burden on the civic treasury as the government will shoulder the entire funding responsibility.

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Uddhav Thackeray: Will Scrap Dharavi Slum Redevelopment Project Tender After Coming To Power

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Mumbai: Shiv Sena (UBT Chief) Uddhav thackeray said that if his party comes to power, his government will will scrap the Dharavi slum redevelopment project in Mumbai. Uddhav Thackeray made the statement earlier on July 20, Saturday while addressing a press conference. Dharavi slum redevelopment project tender was awarded to industrialist Gautam Adani’s firm. Addressing a press conference, Thackeray said his party will ensure Dharavi residents and businesses are not uprooted, adding that people staying there must be given 500 square feet houses in the locality itself.

Uddhav Thackeray said in the press conference, “We will scrap Dharavi slum redevelopment project tender after coming to power. The government should give an answer as to why it should not be scrapped now itself. We will not allow Mumbai to be turned into Adani city,”

Dharavi redevelopment project is the project to rehabilitate residents of Dharavi which is the biggest slum in Asia.

Maharashtra State elections

Legislative Assembly elections are speculated to be held in Maharashtra in 2024 to elect the 288 members of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. The tenure of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly is scheduled to end on November 26. The previous Assembly elections in Maharashtra were held in October 2019.

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance achieved a majority to form the government, but due to internal conflict, Shiv Sena left the alliance to form a new alliance Maha Vikas Aghadi with Nationalist Congress Party and Indian National Congress. Maha Vikas Aghadi formed the state government with Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray becoming chief minister.

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