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Parrikar’s son to quit BJP, contest Goa polls as independent candidate

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Rejecting the BJP’s efforts to arrive at a compromise, former Chief Minister late Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal Parrikar said on Friday that he would resign from the saffron party and contest as an Independent candidate for the February 14 polls from the Panaji Assembly constituency, which was formerly represented by his father.

Addressing a press conference here, Utpal Parrikar also said that his candidature was rejected by the party during the 2019 Panaji bypolls — facilitated after his father’s death — despite support from his constituents, adding that the BJP no longer looks like the party of which his father was a part.

“People of Panaji did not vote for Manohar Parrikar just because he was an MP. They voted for him because he stood for some values. The time has come for me to also stand for those values,” Utpal Parrikar said, adding that he would be resigning from the party and contesting as an Independent candidate.

“Last time, the organisation rejected my candidature despite popular support due to some special reasons. People know the circumstances… Now it does not look like a decision of Parrikar’s party,” Utpal said.

Manohar Parrikar’s elder son’s candidature has been rejected twice by the BJP, in the 2019 bypolls and now in 2022. In the express instance, the BJP has offered a ticket to sitting MLA Atanasio Monserrate.

When Monserrate had contested the 2019 bypolls as a Congress candidate, BJP leaders had slammed him citing the list of criminal offences registered against him, which included a rape charge of a minor girl, extortion and leading a mob attack on a city police station.

Monserrate had won the polls on the Congress ticket, but had joined the BJP soon after.

“I feel embarrassed to talk about the candidate put up by the party. In Panaji, where the party has grown over 30 years, (the party) has given a ticket to someone who joined just two years ago. I have no choice now. I have to go to the people,” he said.

“As far as a political party is concerned, the only party available to me is the BJP. The other platform is Independent, my own platform which I had to do unfortunately in these circumstances for the values I believe in,” he said, adding that he would not be joining any other political outfit.

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Hindu Outfit Claims of Shivling under Ajmer Sharif Dargah, demand to conduct Gyanvapi like survey

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Amidst the claim of having temples on Gyanvapi, Mathura, Taj Mahal and Qutub Minar, now an organization named Maharana Pratap Sena has claimed there’s a temple in the spot of Dargah. Maharana Pratap Sena says that there are many Hindu symbols present in the dargah, on the basis of which it can be said that it is a temple. This matter should be surveyed; the organization has written a letter to the central government and the Congress government of the state, demanding an inquiry into this matter.

In the pictures sent by the founder of Maharana Pratap Sena, Rajbardhan Singh Parmar, along with the letter, said there are signs of swastika. Naka asked that what the work of Swastik in the Dargah is, earlier it was a Shiva temple, which has been demolished and a Dargah has been made on the spot. The Maharana Pratap Sena claims that if there is no progress in this direction, then there will be a big movement and if the need arises, the institution will also go to the court.

The Anjuman Committee has objected to this claim of the Hindu organization. Anjuman Committee’s sachiv said that no incorrect words will be spared for Dargah. If anyone tries to disturb the atmosphere, he will be punished legally.
Rajasthan government has increased the security of Ajmer Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s Dargah amid claims of Dargah being a temple and Ajmer district administration is on alert. A large number of police forces have been deployed around the dargah.

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Maharashtra’s daily Covid-19 case count crosses 500-mark, highest since March 5

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Maharashtra on Thursday recorded 511 fresh coronavirus positive cases, the highest single day count since March 5, and one fatality. With this addition, the state’s Covid-19 tally rose to 78,84,329 and toll to 1,47,858.

On Wednesday, the state had recorded 470 cases and zero fatality. On March 5, the state had witnessed 535 cases of the respiratory disease and the fresh tally of 511 was the highest in a 24-hour span since then.There are 2,361 active cases in the state at present, the department said.

India witnessed a marginal increase in Covid cases with 2,710 infections being recorded in the past 24 hours, against previous day’s 2,628, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

Also, 14 deaths were registered taking the nationwide death toll to 5,24,539.

Meanwhile, the active caseload rose to 15,814 cases, accounting for 0.04 per cent of the total positive cases.

The recovery of 2,296 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,26,07,177 Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.75 per cent.

Meanwhile, India’s Daily Positivity rate continues at 0.58 per cent, while the Weekly Positivity Rate in the country currently stands at 0.52 per cent.

In the same period, a total of 4,65,840 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall to 84.84 crore.

As of Friday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 192.97 crore, achieved via 2,44,01,227 sessions.

Over 3.34 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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Yuvraj Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje scion withdraws from Rajya Sabha race

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Citing ‘self-respect’ and to prevent ‘horse-trading’, Yuvraj Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje, the scion of the Kolhapur throne, opted out of the Rajya Sabha race here on Friday.

Sambhajiraje – who was hoping to contest as an independent with the support of the extra votes of various parties and independents – said his decision arose out of ‘self-respect’, to prevent ‘horse-trading’ and concern for the masses who are his real strength.

The 13th direct descendent of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj also attacked Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, accusing him of “not honouring” his word to support his solo candidature and insisting that he (Sambhajiraje) should first join Shiv Sena before getting a ticket.

“For me the RS seat is not the concern… The welfare of the masses is more important for me… I will go on a statewide tour to strengthen the idea of ‘Swarajya’ now and see my strength,” said Sambhajiraje with a tinge of disappointment in his voice.

He said that two Sena MPs had met him in a five-star hotel recently to discuss the issue and conveyed the CM’s desire that Sambhajiraje should become a Shiv Sena member and the party would immediately nominate him for RS.

“I made it clear that I wish to contest as an independent and will not join any party for the RS ticket… Now, I shall have nothing to do with the RS elections,” Sambhajiraje declared.

He made it clear that he had no ‘angst or ill-will’ against any party as they all had their respective agendas to pursue and he respected their stand.

Sena MP Arvind Sawant denied Sambhajiraje’s allegations against the CM and blamed him for not accepting the Sena’s offer and missing a ‘great opportunity’.

“He was earlier an NCP member then what prevented him from joining Sena… You stick to your views, we stand by our opinions” said Sawant.

BJP Leader of Opposition (Council) Pravin Darekar slammed the Sena for ‘insulting and humiliating’ Sambhajiraje and said the people of the state will not forgive them.

Congress President Nana Patole said it desired Sambhajiraje to enter the Rajya Sabha and whether he is an MP or not, the Congress will always stand with him.

A few days ago, the Chhatrapati had announced his plans to contest the RS polls solo with the backing of all other parties like the ruling Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress, the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, smaller parties and independents.

Though most parties kept silent, the Shiv Sena was prepared to offer him a ticket with a pre-condition that he should join the party as it wanted to increase its tally in the Upper House of Parliament.

Last week, the Sena invited him to CM’s residence to tie the ‘Shiv Bandhan’ and join the party, but Sambhajiraje spurned the offer.

A day later, Thackeray finalised the name of Shiv Sena Kolhapur District President Sanjay Pawar, who – along with Chief Spokesperson Sanjay Raut – filled their RS nomination papers on Thursday.

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