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Tejashwi will buy 10 lakh firearms to promote crime in Bihar: Devendra Fadnavis

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Taking a dig at RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav’s promise of 10 lakh jobs, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reacted sharply on Monday and said that Tejashwi will purchase 10 lakh tamanche (firearms) and will distribute them among his supporters and unemployed youths to promote kidnappings, looting and robberies in Bihar.

Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday said that there are over 10 lakh jobs vacant in various government departments. These posts will be filled at the first cabinet meeting if his party comes to power in Bihar.

“When I heard the 10 lakh job promise of Tejashwi Yadav I discussed it with my colleagues. I was informed that he will purchase 10 lakh tamanche and he will distribute them among unemployed youths and RJD members,” Fadnavis said during the BJP’s ‘Youth Town Hall’ event in Patna.

“He wants to push Bihar into the era of his father and mother of 15 years ago when they developed Jungle Raj. At that time, crime cases were at their highest. This is his real strategy,” Fadnavis said.

“The people of Bihar know that era and they also know the current law and order situation in Bihar. Now, women can freely go out at night. The people of Bihar will not give them a chance to flourish here and form the government,” Fadnavis said.

“In the last 15 years under the leadership of Nitish Kumar, the state has improved immensely. They (Lalu Prasad) had opened Charwaha Vidyalaya (shepherd school) and the combination of Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi is responsible for opening IIM and IIT. We have AIIMS in Patna and another opening in Darbhanga,” Fadnavis said.

Newly elected BJP youth wing (national) president Tejasvi Surya said that Tejashwi Yadav is talking about jobs but he doesn’t know how to earn money through work.

“He represents dynastic politics. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Hence, he does not know how to do labour. On the other hand our PM Narendra Modi belongs to the ground. He was a swayamsevak in the early stages and reached the highest level. Similarly, our home minister Amit Shah was a block level worker and is now occupying the office of home minister. They know the pain of the common people. It also reflects the democratic structure of the BJP,” Surya said.

“Tejashwi Yadav doesn’t have the moral right to talk about jobs. He is politically unemployed and wants to come to power. As far as vacant posts are concerned, they will be filled as soon as the next government under the leadership of Nitish Kumar is formed,” Surya said.

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CBI to now need Maharashtra government’s permission before probing cases

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In a potentially controversial decision, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday decreed that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would be required to take the state’s permission before probing cases here.

The order, through Home Department Under Secretary Kailas Gaikwad, has been issued under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946.

Vide the order, the state government has withdrawn the “general consent” given to the CBI since February 1989, and now the agency will need to approach the government for permission before initiating any investigations on a case by case basis.

The developments came a day after the CBI lodged a FIR in the Television Ratings Points (TRP) scam case following a recommendation by the Uttar Pradesh Police after a complaint was registered by an advertising agency at Lucknow’s Hazratganj Police Station.

However, official sources say the latest order would not affect any of the ongoing investigations like the death case probe of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, or the fresh TRP case lodged by Lucknow Police and other ongoing matters.

Earlier in October, the Mumbai Police had said it had busted a massive racket of alleged fraudulent manipulations of TRPs involving at least 3 private television channels — Republic TV, Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema.

Previously, certain other states ruled by Opposition parties like West Bengal and Rajasthan have yanked off the “general consent” to the CBI, which works under the Central government.

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I quit BJP only because of Devendra Fadnavis: Eknath Khadse

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Quitting the Bharatiya Janata Party, after remaining in political wilderness for over four years, senior leader Eknath Khadse on Wednesday said he was “leaving only because of Devendra Fadnavis”.

Set to join the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi partner Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Friday, Khadse said that he was targeted by the then Chief Minister and current Leader of Opposition Fadnavis on trumped up charges which have still not been proven.

“My family and I have been humiliated for four years… I had worked hard to build up the party in the state for 40 years and this is what I had to undergo,” Khadse told mediapersons shortly after resigning as a BJP primary member.

Making it clear that he had no grouse against the BJP central leadership, Khadse said that “except state President Chandrakant Patil, no BJP leader has called me up so far”.

Forced to quit as minister in June 2016 following corruption charges when he was the de facto No. 2 in the cabinet headed by Fadnavis, he was denied a BJP ticket in the 2019 Assembly elections.

Khadse pointed out that since then (his quitting), “no party, including Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party or Congress has ever demanded any investigations against me”, despite that he was humiliated for several years in the BJP.

“So many agencies probed me, but nothing came out… Then one lady levelled some molestation charges against me to which Fadnavis asked that a FIR should be lodged against me… This was the low-level politics played against me,” Khadse said.

Among the tallest BJP leaders in the state with huge grassroots support, Khadse, 68, hails from Muktainagar, Jalgaon, and his daughter-in-law Raksha Nikhil Khadse has been elected twice as BJP Lok Sabha MP (2014-2019) from Raver parliamentary seat.

Reputed as an efficient administrator and orator, Khadse was groomed by the late Pramod Mahajan and Gopinath Munde, and is now expected to deflect the Opposition Fadnavis-led BJP’s attacks on the MVA government headed by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Having once tutored Fadnavis in legislative politics, Khadse was ironically bypassed by the central leadership when the party swept the 2014 legislative elections and chose Fadnavis to lead the government.

Since then, they enjoyed an uneasy relationship which ultimately led to Fadnavis asking Khadse — who represented the Muktainagar assembly seat from 1989 till 2019 — to quit the cabinet in 2016.

State NCP President and Minister Jayant Patil announced that Khadse would join the party on Friday afternoon, and along with him many other BJP activists and legislators are likely to follow suit in the coming days.

Welcoming the development, Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari said: “Khadse is a very popular mass-based OBC leader and his departure will prove costly for the BJP and Fadnavis.”

“He is among the few leaders who served as a minister in the Shiv Sena-BJP government of 1995-1999, as Leader of Opposition from 2009-2014, and again as minister when the BJP-Sena regime took over in 2014, till his exit from the cabinet in mid-2016,” Tiwari pointed out.

Hoping to mollify him after denying a poll ticket, in 2019, the BJP fielded his daughter Rohini Khadse-Khevalkar, but she lost the polls, after which his (Khadse’s) supporters charged Fadnavis with engineering her debacle.

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Big jolt to Maharashtra BJP: Senior leader Eknath Khadse quits to join NCP

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In a huge jolt to the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), senior leader Eknath Khadse has quit the party to join the ruling Nationalist Congress Party, a top leader said here on Wednesday.

“He has quit the BJP after serving the party for over 35 years… He will join the NCP on Friday afternoon,” NCP State President and Minister Jayant Patil told mediapersons.

Besides, several other BJP leaders, including many activists at various levels, are likely to follow suit and shall be followed by other elected legislators later, said Patil.

“Khadse Saheb has expressed his willingness to work under the leadership of NCP President Sharad Pawar… He has been subjected to great injustice in his party… Other elected leaders would enter NCP at a subsequent stage…,” the NCP state chief said.

Earlier, Khadse informed newspersons that he had quit from the primary membership of the BJP.

However, state BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhye claimed that the party has not received his (Khadse’s) resignation letter so far.

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