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We made Eknath Shinde CM ‘with heavy heart’, says BJP Maharashtra chief



Creating a major flutter in Maharashtra politics, state Bharatiya Janata Party president Chandrakant Patil said that it was “with a heavy heart” that his party decided to make rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde the Chief Minister last month instead of Devendra Fadnavis.

His comments came at the BJP state executive meeting in Panvel town of Raigad district on Saturday, sparking a furore in political circles.

“We have made Shinde the CM, instead of Fadnavis (now the Deputy CM), with a heavy heart… We had to give a stable government and to convey a message. We have digest that agony and now move ahead with joy,” said Patil.

The Shinde faction of the Shiv Sena, with support from the BJP, toppled the Maha Vikas Aghadi government headed by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray last month.

Patil also lauded Fadnavis’ role as the ex-Leader of Opposition and how he constantly exposed the “misdoings” of the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress alliance for the past two and half years.

Attacking Patil, Shiv Sena spokesperson Kishore Tiwari said that the BJP has finally opened up about its dislike for Shinde and how they were compelled to support him owing to political compulsions.

“Shinde is clearly put on notice period. The BJP will tie a mill-stone around Shinde’s neck at the first opportunity, take away his rebel legislators and dump him unceremoniously. Then, the Shinde and rebels will view the true face of BJP,” he said.

NCP chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said Patil has blurted out the truth since he has realised that “this government of Shinde-Fadnavis” is illegal and unconstitutional.

“The future of this regime hinges on the Supreme Court verdict… It may fall later, that’s why BJP says it had to put a stone on its heart and make Shinde the CM,” said Tapase.

Targeting Patil, Congress chief spokesperson Atul Londhe said that its “the people of the state who are tolerating this illicit government with a heavy heart” and indicates that Shinde could face a bleak future.

“After the SC judgement, it’s quite possible that the masses will throw stones at this government, which is completely paralysed, with no cabinet expansion for 24 days and no relief in the rain havoc which has killed over 100 people so far,” he said sharply.

In his address, Fadnavis slammed the MVA government and accused it of an “undeclared Emergency” in the state with all development activities coming to a standstill during its tenure.

He alleged that the MVA only indulged in politics of vendetta against the opponents, and claimed that the government change was inevitable to help put the state back on the course of progress and development.


Navi Mumbai: CIDCO Gets New MD, Joint Managing Director




Anil Diggikar was appointed as the new vice Chairman and Managing Director of the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) on June 5, 2023. He accepted the post’s responsibilities from Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee, previous Vice Chairman and Managing Director of CIDCO at CIDCO’s Nirmal office in Mumbai. Sanjay Mukherjee has been appointed as the new MMRDA chief.

On this occasion Shantanu Goel, who was appointed as Joint Managing Director of CIDCO, also accepted his post’s responsibilities.

Anil Diggikar is a 1990 batch IAS officer

Anil Diggikar is a 1990 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Maharashtra cadre. He is a graduate in Civil Engineering and has done professional education in Effective Methods and Operations Research for Public Policy and Management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. He has completed advanced courses in World Trade Organisation from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, Ethics in Public Administration from Center for Governance, Pachagani, Leadership Development Program from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore.

Started career in 1990 as assistant collector in Ratnagiri

Diggikar started his career in 1990 as Assistant Collector in Ratnagiri. During the years 1992-1994, while working as Assistant Collector in Latur, he did valuable work for the rehabilitation of earthquake victims. He has held various important posts like Commissioner of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, Director General of Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (Mahaurja) in Pune, Additional Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Chairman of JNPT, Managing Director of MSRDC, Principal Secretary and Special Task Officer in Chief Minister’s Office.

Before accepting the charge of Managing Director of CIDCO, Diggikar was working as the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MHADA. He is known as a creative administrative officer due to various citizen-oriented characteristic work.

Shantanu Goel is a 2012 batch IAS officer

Shantanu Goel is a 2012 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Maharashtra cadre and was working as MGNREGA Commissioner in Nagpur before being appointed as Joint Managing Director of CIDCO.

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Maha CM Eknath Shinde to launch cluster development scheme in Thane today




The launch of the much-talked cluster development scheme will be held on Monday, June 5 in the presence of Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) said that this would be one of the biggest projects in the continent, and it is an ambitious project of CM Eknath Shinde.

The implementation of this plan, which has been on paper for many years, will finally fulfill the dream of the people in Thane who are staying in dilapidated and unauthorised buildings for a long time.The CM and the deputy CM on Monday will inaugurate the Kisan Nagar cluster, which is the home turf of CM Shinde. CIDCO will execute the project said an official from TMC.

Cluster development scheme will change lives

A cluster redevelopment office has also been constructed at Kashish Park near Teen Hath Naka to manage the operations of the cluster development scheme.

The officials from TMC said, “The integrated redevelopment project will be done on the lines of townships. The occupants will get a 323 Sq ft ownership house. Earlier CM said that the government is committed to rapid development of industrial corridors across the state even as the central committee on the National Industrial Corridor praised the infrastructure development work being carried out in Maharashtra at a review meeting last week.”

Redevelopment of dilapidated buildings

TMC officials said, “A cluster scheme will be implemented for the redevelopment of dilapidated dangerous unauthorised and official buildings in Thane city with well-planned and complete civic infrastructure. A total of 45 urban regeneration schemes have been prepared with a total area of 1500 hectares. A regulation was prepared from the concept of CM Shinde for the collective redevelopment of unauthorized and official dangerous buildings. The redeveloped township plan includes well-equipped health, educational, sports, recreational, parking, mandi and civic facilities.”

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Mumbai Weather: IMD predicts light rainfall over next 48 hours, AQI good at 39




Mumbai: The city and its suburbs are likely to remain partly cloudy today. However, the city may experience light rain/drizzle over the next two days.

Mumbai’s temperature on Monday morning is 31.4°C, while the humidity is 71%.

As per IMD’s district-wise forecast, partly cloudy skies with light to moderate rain are likely in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar on June 5.

Mumbai Weather

The IMD said that the city would witness partly cloudy skies on Monday. However, rain or thundershowers could occur towards the evening or night on June 5, and 6.

The weather agency said maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 34°C & 28°C.

Mumbai AQI

As per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the AQI in Mumbai is currently in the ‘good’ category, with a reading of 39.

For context, an AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 to 100 is ‘satisfactory’, 101 to 200 is ‘moderate’, 201 to 300 ‘poor’, 301 to 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 to 500 ‘severe’.

AQI of different areas in Mumbai

Colaba · 29 AQI Good

Mazgaon · 77 AQI Satisfactory

Malad · 33 AQI Good

Borivali· 50 AQI Good

Navi Mumbai · 92 AQI Satisfactory

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