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Voters in Maharashtra’s Satara make ‘bridge’ to reach polling booth

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Facing a tramp through muddy waters to go and cast their ballots in the Maharashtra Assembly elections on Monday, voters in a village in the state’s Satara ingeniously built a makeshift bridge of tractor-trolleys to reach the polling booth.

Kambleshwar village in Phaltan taluka was water-logged due to sporadically heavy rains in the Pune region for the past couple of days, and though the weather improved on Monday when polling began for the 288 Assembly seats, the muddy waters remained a hindrance.

To overcome the situation, the villagers in Kambleshwar, located 71 km east from district headquarters Satara and 232 km from Mumbai, constructed a temporary bridge by putting together six tractor-trollies to take voters to the polling station in a government-run primary school without getting their feet wet.

Two polling booth — number 351 and 352 — were established in the school for the voters.

The innovative method of the villagers, facilitated by the state administration, earned quick attention of the Election Commission and its spokesperson took to Twitter to post the image of the bridge being used by the voters.

“Despite heavy rains, voters being facilitated by innovative, available means! @ Polling stations 351 and 352. Kambleshwar village Maharashtra @CEO_Maharashtra,” Election Commission spokesperson Sheyphali Sharan tweeted.

In another tweet in Hindi, Sharan mentioned that the voters faced waterlogging problem in Kambleshwar village due to rains.

“As it was a difficult situation for the villagers to cast their votes due to waterlogging, the administration combined six tractor trolleys to make a bridge to ease out the situation for them,” Sharan tweeted.

Some videos, accessed by IANS, showed that polling officers were facilitated tractors to reach the polling station in the village where there was water-logging in front of the school building which consisted polling booths number 351 and 352.

Some presiding officers – responsible for the conduct of the ballot in the polling stations, police personnel and other supporting staff took help of villagers’ tractors to reach to the polling station in the morning, the video showed.

Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and other necessary items being used during the polling were also carried with the help of tractors.

Starting on a low-to-moderate note, voting in Maharashtra picked up as the day progressed, amid repeated appeals to the electorate to step out and vote.

As the weather cleared in many parts, people started trickling out individually or with families and queued up at polling stations to vote.

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Maharashtra Cabinet ‘outraged’ at Governor’s ‘interference in governance’

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In an unprecedented development in the country’s political history, Maharashtra’s Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government on Tuesday expressed strong “displeasure” over what it termed attempts by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to “create two power centres” and “interfere in the state administration”.

The 79-year-old Governor’s actions “led to outrage” at the Cabinet meeting, presided over by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and ministers of all three allies – Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress – present.

Minority Affairs Minister and NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik informed media persons that the Cabinet has directed Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte to personally visit Raj Bhavan on Tuesday itself and convey the MVA government’s “intense sentiments” on the issue to the Governor’s aides.

Kunte been asked to meet Koshyari’s Secretaries and brief them on the rights and duties of the Governor as per the Constitution, he added.

The fast-paced political development came even as NCP President Sharad Pawar shared moments of bonhomie with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.

“The Governor seems to have forgotten that he is no longer the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, but the Governor of Maharashtra,” Malik said without mincing words.

The provocation for the fresh war between the MVA government and the Raj Bhavan was the Governor’s plan for a 3-day visit to Nanded, Hingoli, and Parbhani districts later this week.

Among his engagements are inaugurating two hostels – one each for boys and girls – funded and constructed by the state government, which are completed, but not yet handed over to the local university.

“It is the prerogative of the state government to inaugurate it and hand over to the university. Hence, it was not appropriate on the part of the Governor to conduct the programme directly without asking the Minorities Department or the state administration. This is an infringement on the government’s rights as per the Constitution,” Malik said.

Besides, the Governor plans to hold review meetings at the Collectorates with the District Collectors of Nanded, and Hingoli on August 6 and Parbhani on August 7, which has irked the MVA government.

“We have no objections to any programmes of the Governor at the universities as planned since he is the Chancellor of all state varsities… But why the other meetings. Is the Governor trying to create ‘two power centres’ in state?” Malik asked.

The Minister pointed out that Koshyari frequently speaks of “how he climbed hills, did this or that” when he was the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand (2001-2002), but he must realise that he no longer holds the post, but is the Governor of Maharashtra.

He expressed the hope that after the Chief Secretary’s briefing, the Raj Bhavan will suitably modify the Governor’s programmes, especially those pertaining to the hostels’ inauguration and the series of review meetings with three District Collectors.

This is not the first time that the Governor has resorted to breaching the rights of the state government and had earlier started taking Covid-19 review meetings, which finally ended after the MVA government complained to the Centre, Malik added.

He said that the Governor has not taken a decision yet on the list of nominations of 12 MLCs from the Governor’s quota to the Legislative Council though the state cabinet has already cleared it in November 2020, as also the list of MPSC Members.

“We are very hopeful that the Governor will do the needful in these pending matters soon,” Malik said, optimistic of an end to the latest bout of friction.

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‘Missing’ former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh trending on Twitter

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ED (Enforcement Directorate) sources said that they do not know where he is after former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh did not appear in connection with the money laundering probe. . On the other hand, today the hearing in the Deshmukh case is to be held in the Supreme Court. ED hopes that the Supreme Court will deliver an important verdict today. Meanwhile, Deshmukh is trending on Twitter. Actually, Deshmukh did not appear before the ED again on Monday. Deshmukh, through his advocate Inderpal Singh, sent a two-page letter to the ED saying that he was sending his representative. The ED had earlier called Deshmukh thrice for questioning in the money laundering case, but he did not appear.

ED sources say, “We are unable to contact him (Deshmukh). We don’t know where he is. Their location is not known. We are waiting for the Supreme Court’s order today. We hope that after today’s order, he will cooperate in the investigation. The ED on Friday issued fresh summons to NCP leader Anil Deshmukh and his son Hrishikesh Deshmukh to appear before the probe agency’s office in south Mumbai, but they did not appear. Sources had earlier said that the ED had summoned Anil Deshmukh under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) as the agency wanted to record his statement in the case. The Supreme Court on Friday said it will hear on August 3 the plea of ​​Anil Deshmukh in the money laundering case registered by the ED. Anil Deshmukh had said in last month that he would appear before the ED to record his statement only after the Supreme Court’s decision on his plea. Deshmukh had sought protection from punitive action in the money laundering case.

Following the Bombay High Court’s order, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) launched a preliminary inquiry in the case, following which the ED registered a case against Deshmukh and others. The court had asked the CBI to probe the bribery allegations leveled against Anil Deshmukh by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh. Deshmukh, who resigned as Home Minister in April, had denied all allegations. On July 18, the ED had also raided Deshmukh’s house in Nagpur and some other places. A few weeks ago, the ED, taking a major action, also attached immovable properties worth 4.20 crores of Anil Deshmukh and his family.

In April, the CBI had registered a corruption FIR against Anil Deshmukh. About a month later, the ED registered a case under money laundering. The special thing in it is that the ED made the CBI FIR the basis for registering the case. The digital evidences submitted by the CBI against Anil Deshmukh, the ED itself investigated those evidences. Later, Deshmukh’s personal assistants were also arrested. Not only this, the sacked Inspector Sachin Wajhe, who was in jail, also went to jail and took the statement twice.

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Maharashtra Board 12th results released, 99.63 percent students passed

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Maharashtra Board Class 12 (Maharashtra HSC Result 2021) result has been declared today. Students can check Maharashtra Board HSC Result by entering their roll number and mother’s name. Online Maharashtra 12th Result 2021 will consist of Student Name, Roll Number, Marks and Grade.

According to the board, the 12th result 2021 has been announced. This time 99.63 percent students have been successful in Maharashtra HSC. This time the 12th exams were canceled due to corona virus infection, so the 12th result has been prepared on the basis of 30:30;40. However, students who do not get the passing marks are also given the passing marks.

Students can see their result on official website at 4 pm. The result link is not yet released on the official website. According to the information, the result link will be activated on the official website at 4 pm.

Result can be checked like this

  • Go to the official website. Click on Result. Enter your details and submit. Download a copy of the result and keep it with you.
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