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NCP warns Shiv Sena rebels against criticising Pawars

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The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has warned the Shiv Sena rebels to watch their tongues while criticising its party President Sharad Pawar and senior leader Ajit Pawar, or “it will be difficult for them (rebels) to move around,” here on Tuesday.

NCP Chief Spokesperson Mahesh Tapase, NCP Youth President Suraj Chavan, and MLC Amol Mitkari strongly slammed former minister Ramdas Kadam, who was sacked as a Deputy Leader by Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Monday.

At a media briefing, Kadam, weeping uncontrollably before the mediapersons, alleged that he was “deeply grieved” to witness the Sena collapsing in this manner and squarely blamed NCP’s Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar for its decimation.

Kadam claimed that it was the machinations of the Pawars that has led to the current scenario and demanded to know “why Thackeray still wants their support” or remains with the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance.

Reacting to this, Tapase said the whole state and country knows “what are the compulsions, whose files were pending where, the investigations they were apprehending, the allurements or who is behind the Sena rebellion”.

In a sharp retort, Chavan warned the Sena leaders supporting Chief Minister Eknath Shinde group to ‘mind their language’ before speaking anything ill about the Pawars.

“They should be careful what they speak… Otherwise, it will become difficult for them to move around,” Chavan warned, even as the state government and the Centre beefed up security for around a dozen Sena MPs who are all set to join the Shinde Group.

Mitkari hit out at Kadam, asking him what he was doing in the party for so long that he is now hurling allegations at the NCP accusing it of destroying the Shiv Sena and asked them to watch out before targeting the Pawars.

The NCP leaders have slammed the rebels, especially the senior leaders who “grew big with the support of Balasaheb Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray” but now have dumped the Shiv Sena overnight.

Certain leaders of the Shinde Group have launched an attack on the NCP and the Pawar uncle-nephew duo, and charged them with ruining the 56-year-old Shiv Sena.

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BJP may lose K’taka in next Assembly polls: Sharad Pawar

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Karnataka is slipping out of the ruling BJP’s control and may see a change of power after the next Assembly elections, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar said here on Saturday.

“There are clear indications that the BJP will not retain power in Karnataka after the upcoming state electionsa We are making attempts to unite the Opposition parties and forge a united front, but all states have different local issues which need to be tackled,” said Pawar.

Addressing mediapersons in this erstwhile royalty town, Pawar said that the results of a recent public opinion survey have revealed that the mood of the masses is going against the BJP and it could suffer major setbacks in the next elections.

“The people will no longer vote on religious issues. The masses are being divided on religious lines, which will not work anymore.”

Commenting on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra (BJY), Pawar pointed out that it has secured the support of the ordinary citizens, as can be seen from the response he is getting.

Besides, the misleading image of the Congress leader (Rahul) that was sought to be created has been shattered through the nationwide march, he said.

Slamming the Centre’s decision to ban the BBC documentary, the NCP supremo and the leading light behind the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) termed it as an “assault” on democracy.

Referring to the comments of the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) President Prakash Ambedkar that the Centre is not misusing federal probe agencies like ED, CBI, Pawar countered that the government is targeting Opposition leaders and peoples’ rights are being crushed.

Reacting to the VBA, which recently allied with the Shiv Sena (UBT), having any talks on joining the MVA, Pawar shot back, saying that as “there’s no proposal, where’s the question of holding any discussions”, and reiterated that the MVA will contest the upcoming elections unitedly.

Pawar added that with Parliament session starting in New Delhi next week, the efforts to forge a national united Opposition front will resume with all the leaders.

“I am personally in touch with many Opposition leadersa There are some ticklish aspects issues as the different parties are on opposing sides in some states owing to their local or regional issues. We have to sort them out first.”

He made it clear that the MVA is fighting the upcoming MLC biennial elections and the MLA bypolls unitedly in the state and will continue in the same spirit in future.

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Mumbai: Estimated hike in electricity rates Proposal to increase electricity rates around 40% (MSEDCL)

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The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has proposed a 30%-40% tariff hike for residential and commercial consumers,

This means that consumers in the city are likely to pay more for electricity in the coming financial year.

A petition filed by MSEDCL before Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) to propose the hike for customers across the state from April 1 was made public recently.

Electricity consumers to pay more

At present, MSEDCL’s residential consumers currently pay a fixed cost of ₹105 per month, which is proposed to be hiked by ₹13.

The company has also suggested increasing the wheeling charge (the fees paid to transport electricity from a power plant to end customers) for residential consumers from ₹1.25 per unit to ₹1.43 per unit.

President of the state electricity consumers’ organisation Pratap Hogade said the main reason behind the tariff hike is the increase in thermal power costs.

The MERC has invited objections and suggestions to through a public notice.

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Mumbai: Minor boy detained for raping 5-year-old girl in Nagpada; victim to get free education till 10th std

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A minor boy was detained for allegedly raping a 5-year-old girl in Nagpada and sent to a juvenile correction centre.

He was detained within six hours of the crime.

Free education till 10th standard for victim

The Nagpada police officials have collected Rs 1.10 lakh for the victim and have made provisions for giving her free education till the 10th standard.

A case has been registered under sections of IPC and POCSO.

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