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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray blamed increasing Mumbai population for bridge collapse at CST

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Shiv Sena party leader Uddhav Thackeray said in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana about the Mumbai foot over bridge collapse which happened on March 14. He said that, that the expansion of Mumbai and its ever-increasing population has been causing infrastructure failure.

On Thursday evening around 7:30 Pm Mumbai foot over bridge collapse near CST railway station. In the incident claiming 6 people died and more than 30 people are injured.

A day later to Mumbai’s foot over bridge collapse incident, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) suspended the supervisor of the structural audit, which was conducted six months ago, and a supervisor of the repair work.

In its preliminary report released on Friday, the BMC stated that the structural audit, six months ago, was conducted irresponsibly and negligently and the audit failed to point out the impending failure. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), on Friday, suspended two officials, initiated a departmental inquiry and ordered a re-audit of all city bridges.

The party’s mouthpiece, however, raised questions on how bridges are not safe in Mumbai and people can be killed so easily. Blaming the increasing population in the city. The Shiv Sena party also said that there are several agencies and department both center and state working in Mumbai such as the BMC, MMRDA, MHADA and Mumbai Port Trust, due to which several works remain as they are and never get completed.  However, none of the departments take responsibility which also hampers the work.

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Maharashtra Oppn red-faced as probe dubs ‘naked dance’ incident false

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There were red faces in the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after a probe revealed that the alleged incident of cops forcing women to ‘dance naked’ in a Jalgaon hostel was false, here on Thursday.

After the probe by a 6-member women’s panel, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, Women & Child Development Minister Yashomati Thakur and Water Supply Minister Gulabrao Patil, who is Jalgaon Guardian Minister stated in the Maharashtra Assembly that “no such incident” ever happened there.

The House was shocked and rocked on Wednesday after BJP MLA Shweta Mahale raised the issue and was supported by Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, senior leader Sudhir Mungantiwar and others.

After a ruckus, Deshmukh had announced a probe into the purported incident that took place in the government-run Ashadeep Hoste, and its report would be submitted within 48 hours.

“The initial probe report is available. It was investigated by 6 women officers. There are 17 women inmates and statements of 41 witnesses have been recorded. The entry registered were scrutinized. It is found that there is no truth in the allegations. No male police official was present, it’s a women’s hostel and policemen are not permitted inside,” Deshmukh said.

He added that a woman who reportedly made the complaint was ‘mentally unstable’ and her husband and family members have complained about her medical condition.

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Uddhav Thackeray compared with Rahul Gandhi, inciting Owaisi

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A day after his thundering speech in the Maharashtra Assembly, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader compared Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, while a Congressman claimed it would serve to incite AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, here on Thursday.

Congress’ Sanjay Nirupam slammed Thackeray’s statements taking pride in the demolition of the disputed structure at the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, demanding what aspect of it was part of the Common Minimum Programme of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government.

“When the CM was ‘celebrating’ the razing of the Babri Mosque, the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party ministers and members present were enjoying his speech Doesn’t it (CM’s speech) have enough fertilizer to spur the growth of Owaisi’s poisonous saplings?” Nirupam asked.

Taking umbrage to Thackeray’s statement that the Centre puts nails on roads to stop the farmers’ protests, but flees when China comes before them, BJP Mumbai legislator Atul Bhatkalkar slammed the CM for “insulting” the Indian soldiers guarding the borders.

“Uddhavji has become the ‘Rahul Gandhi of Maharashtra’. The CM should apologise to the country for his slurs against the soldiers. The people will definitely teach him a lesson for this ‘Rahul Gandhi-giri’,” warned Bhatkalkar.

In the Assembly on Thursday, senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar warned that the MVA should not “cry” if President’s Rule is imposed in the state for its alleged failures on various fronts.

Soon after Thackeray’s speech on Wednesday evening where he took sharp potshots at the BJP and its top leaders, the state Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis retorted by accusing the Chief Minister of resorting to falsehoods on China, the demolition of the disputed structure in Ayodhya, and other issues, which were aimed at misleading the people.

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Congress admits 1975 Emergency ‘error’, now BJP’s turn: MVA

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Lauding Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s candid admission, that the Emergency imposed 45 years ago was a mistake, the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) jumped to its feet and said “now it’s the turn of the ruling party at the Centre to own up its mistakes”, here on Wednesday.

State Congress President Nana Patole, Nationalist Congress Party Spokesperson and Minister Nawab Malik, Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari and Samajwadi Party state President Abu Asim Azmi made near-identical demands from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after Gandhi’s surprise statement on Tuesday.

Patole said that the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has owned up that the 21-month long Emergency imposed in 1975 was a ‘mistake’.

“Now, will Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP also admit that the 2002 Gujarat riots were a blunder and own up their responsibility?” Patole demanded.

Malik said that after the Congress’ submission that somehow the Emergency was not the right step, it’s now the turn of the BJP to reciprocate and accept its own mistake of the Gujarat riots.

“Earlier, the Congress had even apologized for the anti-Sikh riots (1984) in Delhi and now they feel imposing the Emergency was wrong They are attempting to improve upon their mistakes. When will the BJP similarly admit and apologise for the Gujarat riots,” Malik asked.

Welcoming Gandhi’s assertion, Tiwari, accorded a Minister of State status, said that it was a magnanimous gesture on the part of the Congress and its time for BJP to follow suit in a democratic spirit.

“Not only should Modi say sorry, he should also make suitable amends towards all the affected people, if necessary, even resign to prove his sincerity The Congress has realized and trying to erase its past errors, the BJP must also do the same to improve its credibility with the masses,” said Tiwari.

Azmi said that the BJP has become a ‘Bharat Jalao Party’ and it is engaged in blatantly destroying the country on all fronts daily in the past 7 years.

“They must categorically apologise for the Gujarat riots, plus the manner in which minorities are being targeted, for the lynchings of Muslims, Dalits and other poor people, for the harassment of ‘love-jihad’ the list is long,” said Azmi.

The ruling parties’ reactions came after Gandhi – in conversation with Cornell University’s economic Kaushik Basu – termed the Emergency imposed by the then PM Indira Gandhi, as a ‘mistake’.

“I think that (the Emergency) was a mistake. Absolutely, that was a mistake. And my grandmother (Indira Gandhi) said as much.”

However, he also added that there was a fundamental difference between what happened during the Emergency which was wrong, and what is happening in the country currently.

Tweaking the Congress’ ears further, the SP leader (Azmi) said merely admitting mistakes or saying sorry after the irreparable damage wreaked for past errors or horrors, is not enough, and they (Congress) must go a step further to promise that such things will not recur in future.

“There were many riots even during the Congress rule, they failed to protect the Babri Mosque, and committed other atrocities against minorities or deprived sections of the society The Congress should categorically assure that if they return to power, they will not repeat such things and help to improve the lot of the downtrodden,” Azmi said grimly.

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