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Screen Marathi film ‘Deva’ with ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena

Threatening the producers of Tiger Zinda Hai over the problems in the screening of the Marathi film Deva, the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has sought that licenses of cinema halls not screening Marathi movies be scrapped.Speaking to the media on Wednesday, MNS cine wing chief Ameya Khopkar said that single-screen theatres and multiplexes were not willing to screen Deva, which will release on December 22. “Yash Raj Films is indulging in dadagiri and has told multiplex and single-screen theatres that they are unwilling to share screens with others…. it is a tragedy that Marathi films are being forced to beg with theatres,” he charged.“We are not opposed to Tiger Zinda Hai but are against bullying,” said Khopkar, questioning if producers of Hindi films could behave likewise in other non-Hindi speaking states.“If Deva does not get theatres on December 22, then Yash Raj Films must keep in mind that their films are shot in Maharashtra,” he threatened. Khopkar demanded that theatres which did not screen Marathi films as was mandated by law. According to the Bombay Cinema (Regulation) Act, 1953, the single-screen theatres are supposed to show a Marathi movie for at least four weeks in a year. According to a policy framed in 2001, the multiplexes have to show Marathi films on one of its screens for at least one month in a year.Khopkar, who was accompanied by the cast of Deva, said he had spoken to cultural affairs minister Vinod Tawade who had promised to speak to multiplexes for the movie.“The producers of Tiger Zinda Hai have booked all five daily shows leaving us with no slot,” said Deva, lead actor Ankush Chaudhari.

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Congress party office attacked by MNS

On Friday morning, the Congress party office, situated near Azad Maidan, was vandalised by eight unidentified men, suspected to be Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activists. While no one was injured in the attack — it took place when the housekeeping staff was cleaning — Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam has vowed a befitting reply to MNS in their ‘own style’.The attackers smashed the glass cabins inside the office and left within minutes after launching the attack. The police has now beefed up the security around the office.Over the last few weeks, there had been increasing tension between the two political parties over the hawkers’ issue where the MNS had been vocal against ‘outsiders’, while the Congress had backed their right to livelihood. Days ago, an MNS officebearer was beaten up in Vikhroli.Following the incident, MNS chief Raj Thackeray had told his party that he didn’t like his followers getting beaten up.Meanwhile, escalating the feud, Nirupam, who is campaigning in Gujarat for the local assembly polls, claimed that the attack couldn’t have taken place without the blessings of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the Home ministry. “Azad Maidan police station is barely 25 metres away from our office. Yet, the MNS goons had the audacity to come and vandalise. There is round-the-clock vigil in this area; what were the police officers doing?” he said.He also termed the MNS ‘goons’ as impotent, who attacked the Congress party office in a cowardly manner. “If the CM fails to take proper action in this, our party will give a befitting reply to MNS in the coming days,” Nirupam warned.After the attack, former Mumbai Congress president Kripashankar Singh, ex-Union minister Milind Deora and Congress MLA Amin Patel visited the party office. Leader of Opposition in the state assembly and Congress MLA Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil also condemned the attack said the MNS had done this for publicity. “They have lost their political relevance and want to stay in limelight using these cheap tactics,” he said.
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Mumbai Congress office vandalised, MNS takes responsibility

Mumbai Congress office at Azad Maidan was vandalised on Friday morning. According to the local police, the few unidentified people entered the Mumbai Congress office in this morning. “When the housekeeping staff was cleaning and mopping the floors inside the office, that time few people barged and vandalised the glass facades and cabins. The images of unidentified are captured in the CCTV. We will carry the investigations and culprits will be booked soon,” police added requested anonymity.However, MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande took the responsibility of this attack on Mumbai Congress office. In his tweet, Deshpande said, “attack on Bhaiya Sanjay Nirupam party office is a surgical strike. Eet Ka Jabab Pattar Se,”. When called Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam, he was not available for comment. The tug of war between the MNS and Congress has been going for a long time over the hawker’s issue. Recently, the MNS workers were attacked in Vikaroli and earlier at Matunga. Raj Thackeray, MNS president told his workers in the closed-door meeting, “I do not want the party workers who get beaten but want who can beat.”Also readWant men who can batter, not get battered: Raj Thackeray“Once the Raj saheb has given us clear-cut directions so we have decided to teach a lesson to north Indians in Mumbai. We will not tolerate their arrogance anymore. In future, there will be more such attacks on Mumbai Congress offices across the city and on their leaders,” threatened MNS leaders refused to be named. NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad condemned the attack. He demanded strict actions against the goons.
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Want men who can batter, not get battered: Raj Thackeray

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after some of its members were attacked by hawkers in Vikhroli, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray told party’s office-bearers that he did not want his workers to get beaten up. “I want workers who will beat up others,” Thackeray told his men at a meeting on Monday.Raj exhorting his men to violence is likely to escalate the tension between MNS and the Congress party that has taken up hawkers’ cause.Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam warned Raj to stop ‘goondagardi’ or else his men will frequently get beaten up.”The Vikhroli incident is humiliating. I don’t want a repeat. If we can’t protect ourselves, how will we pick up people’s cause?” Raj is said to have asked his men during a closed-door meeting. His son Amit is said to have visited the injured party men at a hospital.Nirupam claimed Congress followers intervened only after MNS activists started vandalising shops. Cross complaints were registered with the Vikhroli police who arrested two Congress workers on Monday. They have been charged with attempt to murder. Four MNS workers were arrested on charges of rioting.According to the police, around 8:30 pm on Sunday, Vikhroli’s MNS ward chief Upendra Shewale, Vinod Shinde, Vishwajit Dholam and a few other party workers went to Kannamwar Nagar area in Vikhroli to distribute pamphlets.A few shopkeepers surrounded them and soon, a scuffle broke out between them.One of the shopkeepers hit Dholam with a paver block. Shinde, Dholam and Shewale were grievously injured, with one of them suffering a skull fracture. A few shopkeepers were also injured and were rushed to Sion Hospital. The five MNS workers were admitted to Fortis Hospital.”We have arrested Congress workers Abdul Ansari, the prime accused, and Rizwan Malik for attempt to murder and four MNS workers — J N Dandekar, Kisan Gavkar, Ashok Jadhav and Santosh Gawli — for rioting,” said Sanjay More, senior police inspector of Vikhroli police station.

Raj Thackeray-led MNS to fight illegal hawkers around stations through Whatsapp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Raj Thackeray-led MNS has a new weapon in its fight against illegal hawking around Railway stations, religious places, hospitals and educational institutions.MNS functionaries across Mumbai have created helplines and WhatsApp groups for citizens to complain about such illegal vendors. These complaints are then forwarded to the police and BMC for action. In case these agencies drag their feet, activists of the party take “appropriate action.”Yashwant Killedar, who heads the MNS unit in the Mahim assembly segment, said they had created a WhatsApp helpline for citizens to complain against illegal hawking in these no-go areas in the constituency. “If people see any hawking here, they can click photosand send them to the helpline. We get many complaints at the rate of around 15 to 20 per day… The purpose is to create awareness in the people,” added Killedar.The Mahim assembly seat covers Railway stations like Dadar, Mahim and Matunga.Akhil Chitre, MNS leader from Santacruz, said the party unit had started “Feriwale Hatao” (Drive hawkers away) WhatsApp groups which consisted of both, MNS office bearers and local residents who were not affiliated to any political party.”This covers an area of 150 meters around Railway stations, hospitals, and educational institutions and foot over bridges in Bandra, Santacruz and Khar,” added Chitre, stating that citizens could send photos of any illegal vending in these areas instead of taking “individual action.”The photos are then sent to the police and BMC for action. In case these agencies drag their feet, MNS leaders said their activists visited the spots to chase the encroachers away. “Each WhatsApp group sees around five to six complaints daily, mostly in the morning or evening,” said Chitre.The Bombay High Court had said hawking would be permitted only in 221 designated hawking zones and disallowed near schools, hospitals, religious places, railway stations and on foot overbridges (FOBs).After the stampede at the Elphinstone Road Railway station on September 29 which killed 23 people, Raj, who had organised a morcha on the Western Railway headquarters at Churchgate from the Metro Cinema had given the Railways a 15-day deadline to remove hawkers at stations, foot over bridges and premises. This would make stationssafer and easier to access for commuters.

MNS warns of protest against hosps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Raj Thackeray-led MNS has threatened protests against hospitals fleecing patients and their families.Earlier this month, MNS office bearers had put up posters in Pune against hospitals which insisted on taking security deposits from patients before admitting them. It had also warned of “MNS-style” action against those who fleeced patients.This led to Dr Amol Annadate, a doctor based at Vaijapur in Aurangabad, penning an open letter to Raj against attempts to coerce medical professionals. Raj then contacted Annadate and invited a delegation of doctors to Mumbai for discussions. “In the meeting, the doctors were asked to set up a self-regulatory mechanism as the answer (to malpractices) does not lie outside the system,” said MNS general secretary Anil Shidore. He added that this could be a helpline for people to seek second opinions or a medico friends’ circle which was once actively helmed by reputed professionals. Raj had said the posters would be removed and the doctors would not be targeted.”In case of complaints, we will inform the medical councils and the government, and if this does not work, we will launch an agitation,” warned Shidore, admitting that they had received “hundreds of complaints”. An MNS leader said they would discuss the issue with Raj before launching an agitation.

MNS chief meets Fadnavis over illegal hawking issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid his party’s confrontation with the Congress over illegal hawking in the city, MNS chief Raj Thackeray met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday.The meeting comes after the Congress and MNS workers clashed over a morcha organised by the former at Dadar in support of hawkers on Wednesday.After the one-and-half-hour-long meeting, MNS leaders said Raj, who was accompanied by son Amit and party functionaries Bala Nandgaonkar, Shirish Sawant and Abhijit Panse, had not discussed the hawking issue. However, an MNS leader said the two had met one-on-one after the meeting.Nandgaonkar said they had raised the issue of redevelopment of old and dilapidated buildings which had been constructed on the collector’s land in Kalyan and Dombivli, and the need for Maharashtra to have its own “start-up” policy which will create a favourable investment climate for young entrepreneurs.An MNS leader pointed to how the Bombay High Court had said hawking would be permitted only in 221 designated hawking zones but not near schools, hospitals, religious places, railway stations and on foot overbridges (FOBs).”For us, the issue of illegal hawking has ended. We have taken the agitation to a logical end. Lakhs of railway commuters will get relief,” he added.Activists of the MNS, which is known for its anti-migrant stance, had attacked and chased away hawkers from outside suburban railway stations after the Railway administration did not heed their party chief’s “ultimatum” to evict these encroachers.After the stampede at the Elphinstone Road Railway station on September 29 which killed 23 people, Raj, who had organised a morcha on the Western Railway headquarters at Churchgate from the Metro Cinema had given the Railways a 15-day deadline to remove hawkers at stations, foot over bridges and premises. This would make stations safer and easier to access for commuters.TAKING A STANDMNS activists had attacked and chased away hawkers from outside railway stations after the Railways did not heed their party chief’s “ultimatum” to evict these encroachers. After the stampede at the Elphinstone Road railway station, The MNS had given the Railways a 15-day deadline to remove hawkers at stations, FOBs and rail premises.

Now, MNS targets hawkers in Pune

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After targeting hawkers in Mumbai, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers attacked hawkers in Pune as well. The party workers forcefully evicted hawkers from Fergusson College and Sinhgad road area on Thursday.Taking aggressive stand against hawkers following the Elphinstone railway bridge stampede tragedy, the MNS party workers attacked hawkers occupying railway premises including the foot over bridges at several stations in Mumbai. After attacking hawkers in Mumbai, the Pune city unit of MNS had threatened to carry out similar agitation in Pune also. The local MNS leader had given two days time to officials of Pune municipal corporation to take action against the hawkers illegally occupying the public spaces and creating hurdles for commuters.The MNS party workers on Thursday threw away the fruits, vegetables and other items kept by the hawkers for sale near Rajaram bridge on Sinhgad road, Fergusson college road in Deccan area. Before throwing away the items, the party workers could be seen asking the hawkers if they are from Maharashtra and knows Marathi language.

Hawkers caught in political crossfire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another flashpoint between the Congress and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) over illegal hawking around railway stations, activists of the two parties clashed at Dadar on Wednesday. The Congress organised a morcha in support of hawkers who have been targeted by the Raj Thackeray-led MNS party.While the Congress had organised a ‘Sanman Morcha’ at Dadar West at around 11 am, the MNS workers arrived at morcha site before it began. This resulted in a confrontation between the activists of the two parties, and the MNS workers hurled potatoes at the Congress workers. The police had to resort to a mild lathi charge and take Congress and MNS workers in custody. The Congress morcha was called off.The MNS has blamed Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam for the assault on its Malad division chief Shashank Malavade by hawkers on Saturday.The party has charged that Nirupam asked the hawkers to retaliate. Later, the MNS activists also gathered near Nirupam’s residence at Andheri.Meanwhile, Shivaji Park Police on Wednesday arrested 15 MNS and eight Congress workers for allegedly holding rallies without police permission and booked them for unlawful assembly in Dadar.”Workers from both the parties were picked up before they could indulge in any clash and we deployed heavy police bandobast in the area. Those detained were released on bail. Nirupam was not present at the time of clash,” said Gangadhar Sonawane, Senior Police Inspector, Shivaji Park Police Station.Around 12 pm, a dozen unidentified suspected MNS workers vandalised a car and a Congress party banner at Dhanmill Naka in Parel. Dadar police have registered a rioting case in the matter, said Divakar Shelke, Senior Police Inspector of Dadar Police Station.Later in the day, Versova police detained five MNS workers and 29 Congress workers as a preventive measure. Congress workers had gathered outside Nirupam’s residence to protest in support of the hawkers.”The detained persons were let off after giving a notice,” said Paramjit Singh Dahiya, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone IX.

Crackdown on MNS workers, 20 held and released

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Versova police on Monday arrested eleven Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers after they protested outside the residence of Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam in Versova.According to police,the workers protested outside the house of Nirupam and raised slogans against him. The workers had set up vegetables and fruits’ stalls outside the his house, following which the Versova police had immediately reached the spot and detained eight MNS workers. In another incident, Dadar police on Monday also arrested four MNS workers who were earlier involved in the evicting hawkers forcefully. Later, all the workers were released on bail.Meanwhile Vashi police, too, arrested five MNS workers who on Sunday allegedly vandalised hawkers’ stalls outside the local railway station and assaulted few hawkers. In another incident, thirteen MNS workers, who were earlier arrested by Borivali and Dahisar polices, were exterened from city limits by the Borivali Court on Monday for the next three days. All the accused have been asked to be reach Solapur and Buldhana. The court had asked them to be present at the local police stations.

Charges framed against hawkers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the MNS Malad divisional head Sushant Malavade was grievously injured in an attack by hawkers, the Malad police have booked seven hawkers for attempted murder. The police have also registered a case against Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam for allegedly holding a rally in Malad without police permission.Mumbai Police spokesperson and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Deepak Devraj, said: “The rally created hurdle in traffic and it was held without permission; hence, a case for unlawful assembly and holding a rally without permission has been registered in Nirmal Nagar police station. Strict action will be taken against all who have taken law in their hand.”

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam booked for holding rally without prior police permission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam has been booked for addressing a rally of hawkers in suburban Malad yesterday without securing prior permission of the police, an official said today.After Nirupam addressed the rally of around 150 hawkers, workers of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) who were trying to evict hawkers from outside the Malad railway station were assaulted in afternoon.Police have arrested seven hawkers under various sections of the IPC, including 307 (attempt to murder).”A case has been registered against Sanjay Nirupam at Malad police station for holding the rally without a prior permission,” Mumbai Police spokesperson and DCP Deepak Devraj said.According to another official, Nirupam has been booked under sections 143 (whoever is a member of an unlawful assembly), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 37 (co-operation by doing one of several acts constituting an offence) of the IPC.In his address, the Congress leader had said that hawkers will not tolerate hooliganism of MNS activists.”I would not tolerate such high-handedness of MNS leaders against hawkers. The hawkers are capable enough to retaliate to any aggression from MNS,” he had said.After the rally, hawkers allegedly attacked MNS workers, in which one activist received head injuries.Heavy police bandobast was deployed in the area fearing backlash from the MNS.Police have also booked around 40 MNS workers for rioting and arrested 18 of them, an official said.Further investigation into the matter is underway and more arrests are likely, he added.After MNS chief Raj Thackeray addressed a rally in south Mumbai earlier this month over the death of 23 people in a stampede on the staircase of the foot overbridge (FOB) at suburban Elphinstone Road railway station last month, MNS workers took upon themselves the task of removing hawkers from station premises.

DNA Morning Must Reads | ISIS-Rohingya link; Twists and Turns of Bofors scam; Chidambaram’s DeMo dig and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Exclusive | ISIS handlers arrested from Gujarat used Rohingya to enlist, lured youths in name of Kashmir, Myanmar crisisPhone intercepts and Facebook posts of two ISIS head-hunters, recently arrested in Gujarat, indicate that they lured Indian Muslim youths by citing atrocities in Kashmir and the conflict in Myanmar, where Rohingya Muslims have been facing persecution. Read more here2. P Chidambaram terms DeMo as ‘biggest scam’Former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram alleged that the purpose of Narendra Modi government’s demonetization move was to convert black money into white money and termed the move as one of the ‘biggest scams’ in India. Read more here3. Bofors is Back: DNA revisits dramatic twists & turns and brazen cover-ups in India’s longest-running criminal investigationVishwanath Pratap Singh did not take long in earning popularity as an honest politician, but through his actions — high-profile tax raids. On January, 23, 1987, his boss shifted him to the Defence Ministry because of “border situations”. Read more here4. Mumbai: Tables turned, hawkers attack Raj Thackeray-led MNS men with rods and sticks in MaladHawkers paid back Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers in their own coin by beating them up on Saturday. Around 15 party workers, led by local divisional chief Sushant Malavade, had gone to the Malad Railway station to check for encroachment, when they were attacked by around 100 hawkers with rods and sticks when they tried to evacuate them, said police. Read more here5. Embracing Kashmiris is the objective: Dineshwar SharmaJ&K interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma talks about how he will bring Kashmiriyat and insaniyat back to the Valley. Read more here

BJP likely to play it quiet on defections to Sena

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Whether to respond by engineering defections in Shiv Sena or to deploy former Chief Minister Narayan Rane to get corporators from Congress to defect to the Bharatiya Janata Party? BJP has, at present, decided to go slow on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) front.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has been asked to take a final call on the issue. The surprise move by Shiv Sena, in which six corporators from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) defected, is being considered a significant blow to both the MNS and BJP. The blow was struck by Shiv Sena at a time when CM Fadnavis was not in the country.BJP city unit president, Ashish Shelar, had tweeted on Friday evening that the so-called `Dhamaka’ by Shiv Sena proved to be a firecracker, however, with dampened fuel.BJP city unit sources said that since the issue pertains to the BMC, the party’s state unit would not indulge in local politics. But there are two opinions within the party, especially after Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray’s statement that if Shiv Sena can do this in one day, BJP has understood what it can do in the state.One faction in BJP is of the view that former Congress leader Narayan Rane, who recently floated his own outfit Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh, can help the party to snatch corporators from both Congress and Shiv Sena.However, sources within the state unit told DNA that Chief Minister Fadnavis was not keen to go for any such defection at this juncture.Even though Fadnavis will take a final call, it is unlikely that BJP would play spoilsport and it is likely that it would allow Shiv Sena to enjoy the defection of the six MNS corporators. CM Fadnavis had assured the party leadership that he was ready to lead the party for snap polls in the state.Meanwhile, Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said in Pune that it was the BJP which was trying to snatch the corporators from Shiv Sena, but failed.CheckmateEven though Fadnavis will take a final call, it is unlikely that BJP would play spoilsport. It plans to allow Shiv Sena to enjoy the defection of the six MNS corporators.Meanwhile, Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said that it was the BJP which was trying to snatch corporators

Six councillors of Raj Thackeray’s MNS in BMC to join Uddhav’s Shiv Sena?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bypoll result of Bhandup civic body was begged by The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday. Shiv Sena lost the Bhandup bypoll, but Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) seems to be paying the price. According to reports, six out of seven MNS corporators in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are set to join the Shiv Sena. After Bhandup bypoll results, BJP seemed determined to challenge Shiv Sena’s number one position in BMC. As of now, the BJP has 82 corporators, while the Sena has 84 corporators, a lead of two councillors. The Sena further has the support of four independents and the BJP has the support of two independents.A slight change in numbers could change the fortunes of BJP and Shiv Sena. But Shiv Sena seemed to have made the first successful move. The group of six corporators led by Dilip Lande has written to the Konkan divisional commissioner to allow them to form a separate group in the BMC, the Hindustan Times reported.MNS has condemned the developments and vowed to teach the “traitors” a lesson. MNS will approach Konkan divisional commissioner to not allow this split, say media reports.BJP MP Kirit Somaiya has complained to the state election commission that a major political party in the Mumbai civic body was trying to buy corporators.

Uddhav takes credit for clearing hawkers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a protest march against the Railways by MNS on October 5, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday claimed that it was because of Shiv Sena that encroaching hawkers were being removed from foot-overbridges at railways stations across the city. He also claimed credit for the increase in honorarium of anganwadi workers.Addressing a press conference at Shiv Sena Bhavan, Thackeray said that whether it was the issue of anganwadi workers or hawkers — Shiv Sena ministers had raised their voices during cabinet meetings. He said that when they met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, they had raised both these issues along with the issue of security guards who had resorted to strike. He also thanked the state government for yielding to Sena’s demands, adding that Shiv Sena has never put pressure on the government for personal demands but it has always worked for people’s issues. Thackeray said that the chief minister had assured to sort out the issue of security guards and Sena believes that he would fulfil his promise.When reporters pointed out that the chief minister will be attending a program to mark NCP state unit president Sunil Tatkare’s 30 years in public life, Thackeray replied, “It is for the Chief Minister to say in this function that his own allegations against Tatkare were wrong.” While in Opposition, Fadnavis had levelled allegations against Tatkare about scams in irrigation projects.When asked about his reaction on Narayan Rane’s decision to join NDA, Thackeray did not wish to comment.

Elphinstone stampede: Raj Thackeray’s MNS to go ahead with protest march even after police denies permission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raj Thackeray led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) will on Thursday go ahead with protest march over the Elphinstone Road station stampede, even though the Mumbai police have denied permission.A one-km-long march will begin from Metro cinema and end at Churchgate station, to protest against the problems that Mumbai’s train commuters face.Several celebrities from Marathi film industry have also given their support for this rally.Earlier, Raj Thackeray had said that stampedes in Mumbai, will continue to occur till hordes of migrants continue to pour into the city.”There has been a collapse of infrastructure facilities due to the migrant influx from other regions,” he told reporters here.”Does one need a bullet train or improvement of basic rail infrastructure,” he asked.”Until present infrastructure of local railways is made better, not a single brick will be allowed to be placed for the bullet train in Mumbai,” Raj said.10:59 IST Thursday, 5 October 2017We cannot give permission due to High Courts’ orders. Appropriate action will be taken by police in case violation of law, said DCP PRO.9:58 IST Thursday, 5 October 2017► MNS leader Nitin Sardesai says party will go ahead with rally.9:57 IST Thursday, 5 October 2017Urging Mumbaikars to join the rally, Raj Thackeray also posted a message on his Facebook page.

After Sena, MNS protests against Jain monk

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Shiv Sena, it is the rival Raj Thackeray-led MNS which has launched an attack on Jain monk Naypadmasagar Maharajsaheb, for his aggressive promotion of vegetarianism and his support for the BJP in the recent Mira-Bhayandar civic polls.On Saturday, a day before the Jain monk was to arrive at Thakur Complex in Kandivli, MNS put up posters welcoming him on behalf of the ‘All India Non-veg Lovers Society’. These were pulled down by the police later.On Sunday, around 20 party workers went to the programme venue wearing garlands made of onions and garlic to protest against the Jain muni’s promotion of vegetarianism and support for the BJP, said Hemantkumar Kamble, MNS vibhag adhyaksha (division chief) . However, they were detained by the Samata Nagar police and released later.

Sunil Shitap not with Sena, claim partymen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sunil Shitap, who has been blamed for the collapse of the Sai Siddhi building in Ghatkopar, was the Lok Sabha constituency organiser of Shiv Sena’s wing for co-operatives bodies, the Shiv Sahakar Sena. Sena leaders, however, claim that Shitap was removed from his post in the organisation as he was inactive. On Tuesday, local Shiv Sena leaders had claimed that though Shitap’s wife Swati had contested the recent BMC polls from ward number 126 in Ghatkopar as a Sena nominee, they were not active Shiv Sainiks. Swati had however lost to Archana Bhalerao of the MNS, ending up at number three. Incidentally, Swati was counted as among the richest candidates in the elections with movable and immovable assets worth Rs 26 crore. “We fielded his wife as this was an OBC ward. We had little contact with him after his wife’s defeat in the elections. They did not even come to the local shakha. He is not a Shiv Sena worker though he does help our local activists,” the Shiv Sena leader had claimed. Meanwhile, Shitap’s facebook page has posts congratulating him for being selected as the Lok Sabha organizer of the Shiv Sahakar Sena. Shitap’s Facebook profile also has posts wishing Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray on his birthday and wishing Shiv Sainiks on the party’s foundation day on July 19. It also has posts congratulating him for being selected as the Lok Sabha organizer of the Shiv Sahakar Sena. Shitap, who hails from Srivardhan in Raigad, was the Lok Sabha constituency organiser of the Shiv Sena’s Shiv Sahakar Sena. Shitap was said to be in the MNS before switching over to the Shiv Sena. When contacted, Shilpa Sarpotdar, who heads the Shiv Sahakar Sena, admitted that Shitap had been an office bearer of the unit, which is a Shiv Sena affiliate working in the co-operative sector, but claimed he had been sacked from his post a month ago as he was inactive at the organizational level. “We terminated him last month along with those who did not spare time for the organization,” she added.

BJP made false promises to farmers to come to power: Raj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid farmers’ agitation in the state, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray today alleged that BJP came to power by making false promises, and is now reneging on them. “BJP had given false promises to farmers. That is how they came to power in Maharashtra, and now they have forgotten the farmers,” he said. “I support the cause of farmers….I am not opposing Anna Hazare or anyone who tries to lead this agitation, all I want is a solution to farmers’ problems,” Raj said. “BJP has a committee to come up with interesting names for government schemes, but the state coffers are empty. There are no funds for implementing these schemes. So I think the BJP has cheated the farmers,” he said. Both “jawans” (soldiers) and “kisan” (farmers) are unhappy in the country, the MNS chief said. “I find it incredible that we are playing against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy even when its Army keeps shooting at our jawans,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raj Thackeray hails Ramdev as ‘the biggest global evangelist of Hindu traditions of yoga and ayurveda’

Wed, 17 May 2017-01:03pm , Mumbai , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yoga guru Ramdev on Wednesday, met Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray at his residence. Though it was not known what they discussed during the meeting, Thackeray hailed Ramdev as “the biggest global evangelist of the Hindu traditions of yoga and ayurveda.” The MNS leader also lauded Ramdev’s efforts to promote yoga and also ayurveda globally, through his FMCG firm Patanjali Ayurved Ltd.The meeting took place at Thackeray’s residence ‘Krishna Kunj’ in Dadar at around 9.30 am.”It was great meeting Baba Ramdev. He is the biggest global evangelist of Hindu traditions of yoga and ayurveda that India has seen,” Thackeray said.No statement was issued by Ramdev or Patanjali about the meeting.

Raj Thackeray’s MNS threatens builders in Mumbai who discriminate against non-vegetarians

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Raj Thackeray-led MNS has alleged that some builders in Mumbai were not selling flats to buyers who were non-vegetarian and also bringing in caste and community considerations in the transaction. MNS functionary from Mahim, Sandip Deshpande, in a letter to a builder, said buyers are being deprived of flats for being non-vegetarian. “We have come across complaints that you refused to sell flats to certain buyers by discriminating against them on basis of caste, religion and dietary preferences (whether the buyer is vegetarian or non-vegetarian),” Deshpande said in a letter to a builder yesterday.The letter warned that builders not implementing the MNS diktat would face the party’s ire. MNS sources said the appeal had got prompt response, with a prominent builder giving a written assurance that there won’t be any discrimination. Last year, then MNS corporator Santosh Dhuri had filed a complaint against a builder at the Goregaon police station, after being denied flat for being a non-vegetarian. Dhuri, who was looking to buy two-BHK flat, was apparently told that the housing complex was for Gujaratis only, when he had called the builder’s office. There have been instances of housing societies in Mumbai ensuring that only vegetarians are allowed to move in.

Buyers denied flat in Mumbai for being non-vegetarian: MNS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Raj Thackeray-led MNS has alleged that some builders in Mumbai were not selling flats to buyers who were non-vegetarian and also bringing in caste and community considerations in the transaction. MNS functionary from Mahim, Sandip Deshpande, in a letter to a builder, said buyers are being deprived of flats for being non-vegetarian. “We have come across complaints that you refused to sell flats to certain buyers by discriminating against them on basis of caste, religion and dietary preferences (whether the buyer is vegetarian or non-vegetarian),” Deshpande said in a letter to a builder yesterday. The letter warned that builders not implementing the MNS diktat would face the party’s ire. MNS sources said the appeal had got prompt response, with a prominent builder giving a written assurance that there won’t be any discrimination. Last year, then MNS corporator Santosh Dhuri had filed a complaint against a builder at the Goregaon police station, after being denied flat for being a non-vegetarian. Dhuri, who was looking to buy two-BHK flat, was apparently told that the housing complex was for Gujaratis only, when he had called the builder’s office. There have been instances of housing societies in Mumbai ensuring that only vegetarians are allowed to move in.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MNS workers held for ruckus at shop selling ‘Pakistani brands’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 10 Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists were arrested for allegedly creating ruckus in a Zara showroom of apparel at Lower Parel area here to oppose the sale of ‘Pakistani brands’ of clothes. Those arrested included an MNS corporator Datta Narvankar and three women, who were later released on bail, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-III) Pravin Padwal today. The activists barged into the showroom inside Phoenix mall yesterday after coming to know of the outlet selling the apparel and accessories of ‘Pakistani brands,’ said the official. The activists shouted slogans against Pakistan and threw out the stock of Pakistani brand garments, he said. According to the officer, the activists also warned the shop management not to sell the cloths of Pakistani brands. The personnel from NM Joshi Marg police station rushed to the showroom and detained 10 MNS activists. They were brought to the police station and subsequently arrested, he said adding they were later released on bail. A case under section 143 (unlawful assembly) of IPC was lodged and the probe is on, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha Revenue minister ignores Sena as he hosts dinner

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil today organised a customary dinner for the BJP MLAs here which was attended by the members of the outfits like MNS and AIMIM, except Shiv Sena. No MLA or minister from Sena, which has been at the loggerheads with the senior alliance partner BJP, was invited for the dinner. On the other hand, the MLAs of Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) turned up at the banquet. The ties between the Sena and the BJP continue to remain frosty though the BJP-led NDA government in Maharashtra will be completing its half-term at the end of Budget session on April 7. Meanwhile, in a sign of growing thaw in ties, the leaders of the Congress and the NCP mingled with one another at the event. Remarkably, the Congress and the NCP had called off their alliance of 15 years ahead of elections in 2014. In a joint statement, Congress and NCP today declared that they want a complete loan waiver for farmers. “The state government can restrict its expenses and generate new sources of income, but loan waiver must be granted,” it stated.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Signature campaign to protest transfer of IAS officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Residents in adjoining Navi Mumbai have launched a signature campaign to protest the ‘arbitrary’ transfer of IAS officer Tukaram Mundhe, claiming he was removed as Navi Mumbai Municipal Commissioner as punishment for taking on the builders lobby. “We are part of the signature campaign to demand scrapping of Mundhe’s transfer. Navi Mumbai needs such honest and pro-people officers,” Gajanan Kale, Navi Mumbai chief of the Raj Thackeray-led MNS in Navi Mumbai said. “So far, we have received around 5000 signatures. Our target is to collect 50,000 signatures in Mundhe’s support and send them to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, seeking cancellation of the transfer order,” Kale told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nashik Mayoral poll: BJP’s Ranjana Bhanasi files nomination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP corporator from here Ranjana Bhanasi today filed her nomination for the Mayoral poll to be held on March 14. BJP’s Prathamesh Gite, who was elected in the recently-held Nashik Municipal Corporation polls, filed his papers for the post of Deputy Mayor, an official release said. In the polls, BJP emerged victorious bagging 66 seats of the total 122. Shiv Sena won 35 seats, while NCP and Congress bagged six seats each. MNS, which was in power in Nashik civic body, managed to get only 5 seats.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

19 pc of winners in BMC polls face criminal cases: report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 43 winners in the just concluded Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections are facing criminal cases, says a report. This implies that nearly 19 per cent of the newly elected corporators have criminal charges against them, including for offences like attempt to murder and rape, as per an analysis of the affidavits of 225 winners out of the total 227 in BMC polls recently done by NGOs Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Maharashtra Election Watch Maharashtra Election Watch’s state-cordinator Sharad Kumar said, “As long as people don’t go out to vote in large numbers, political parties will pick winning candidates who have money and muscle power.” According to the report compiled by the two NGOs, Shiv Sena’s Umesh Subhash Mane, who won from ward no. 115, has in his affidavit declared a case related to attempt to murder (Indian Penal Code section 307) against him. Besides, three of the winners have cases of rape (IPC section 376) and assault or criminal force to woman with an intent to outrage her modesty (IPC section 354) against them, the report said. Out of the 225 winners whose affidavits were analysed, 22 from Shiv Sena, 11 from BJP, 3 from MNS, 2 from Congress, one each from NCP, SP and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) and 2 independents are facing criminal cases, it said. The remaining two affidavits out of the total 227 winners were not analysed as they were not available at the time of making the report, the NGOs said in a statement. “This time the vote percentage has increased for the first time since the last 25 years. Similarly, the number of candidates with criminal background has also gone down,” Kumar said. “Ever since affidavits have been made compulsory for candidates, voters have become aware of their background. The number of candidates with criminal cases against them is also coming down,” he claimed, without elaborating on the figures. The report also mentioned that among the winners, 144 are crorepatis, while five winners have declared assets below Rs 4 lakh. Besides, seven winners have declared their total annual income to be over Rs 50 lakh. As per the affidavits, five winners have declared their ages to be between 21 and 24 years, 154 of the new corporators are aged between 25 and 50, while 66 are in the 51 to 80 years age bracket. In the recently concluded polls to the 227-member BMC, Shiv Sena won 84 seats, BJP-82, Congress-31, NCP-9, MNS-7, SP-6, MIM-3, Akhil Bharatiya Sena-1 and Independents-4.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP captures Nashik corporation, ruling MNS routed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP today secured simple majority in the Nashik Municipal Corporation in Maharashtra by winning 66 out of the 122 seats. The saffron party captured the NMC for the first time. MNS, which controlled the municipal corporation, faced a debacle, as it could win only five seats this time. Shiv Sena was at number two, winning 35 seats. NCP and Congress won six seats each, RPI won one seat and independent candidates won in three places.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nirupam someone too important to lose, says Congress post BMC polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress party spokesman Randeep Surjewala on Thursday said the grand old party has lost an important person post Sanjay Nirupam?s decision to resign as president of the Mumbai unit. ?On talking about the Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam?s resignation, the party has lost someone important and only after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) results, the fate of the party will be decided,? said Surjewala. ?During this BMC election, money has been lavishly spent. This phase is a testing time for the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who promise many things but don?t abide on any,? added Surjewala. The BJP and the Shiv Sena today secured substantial wins in the BMC election. In all ten municipal corporations and 25 zila parishads went to polls in Maharashtra. Parties that faced crushing defeats included the Congress, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and the nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Of the 227 seats up for grabs in Mumbai, the Shiv Sena has won 84 seats, the BJP 82, the Congress 31, the NCP nine and the MNS seven. Other candidates have won 13 seats. In Pune, the BJP has won 74 of the 162 seats, the NCP 34, the Shiv Sena eight, the MNS five and the Congress two. In Thane, the Shiv Sena won 42 of the 131 seats, the NCP 16, the BJP 14, while the MNS and the Congress won four and one seat respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BMC results: Shiv Sena victorious on 84 seats; BJP gets 80

MNS won 7 seats, AIMIM-3, SP-6, Akhil Bhartiya Sena-1 and others-4. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena today emerged as the single largest party in the cash-rich BMC winning 84 seats, closely followed by BJP which bagged 80 seats, as results for the 225 seats poured in. Congress was relegated to the third position in the civic body tally with 31 seats followed by NCP with 9 seats. MNS won 7 seats, AIMIM-3, SP-6, Akhil Bhartiya Sena-1 and others-4. However, the results for two seats in the 227-member House are still awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra civic polls: Fadnavis hails PM Modi and clean governance for BJP’s impressive performance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena is set to emerge as the largest party in Mumbai, while the BJP is ahead in other cities across Maharashtra in civic polls as trends showed the Congress and the NCP trailing far behind them. While the Shiv Sena finished with 84 seats, the BJP got 81. While the Sena improved from 75 to 84, BJP went from 31 to a staggering 81. Reacting to the win, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis addressed a press conference, claiming the huge victory for BJP is on the agenda of transparency. He thanked PM Modi for the strong showing and said: “The immense support we have received from the people of Maharashtra is the validation of their support. We are extremely thankful for PM Modi’s support… This is a huge victory for us.”He said: “We have jumped from 32 to 81 seats (in Mumbai). We were fighting on the plank of transparency. And people have accepted that. In eight other civic body polls in Maharashtra, we have been either victorious or reaching the number one spot… We have won almost everywhere in Maharashtra,”On the other hand, the Congress and NCP trailed far behind with Congress getting 31 and NCP ending up with 7. The Sena has been controlling the BMC for the last two decades with the backing of the BJP, but this time the two parties parted ways and decided to go it alone, leading to a high-voltage campaign for the civic election. Meanwhile, in Pune, Nashik and Nagpur civic bodies, the BJP is ahead of its rivals.In Pune, the BJP is set to make decisive gains at the cost of Sharad Pawar-led NCP. In Nagpur, the hometown of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, it is ahead of its rivals. The battle of the estranged allies has put a question mark on the stability of the BJP-led ministry in the state as the Sena had been tenacious in its attack on the senior partner and the Centre’s demonetisation policy. The stakes are high for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, who led their parties from the front and were involved in a high decibel and no-holds-barred campaign.Apart from Mumbai, the municipal corporations which went to the polls were Thane, Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur. The big poll focus is on the BMC, retaining control of which is vital for the Sena as the city has remained its prime political space ever since the party’s formation in 1966. It has been in power in the BMC for over two decades While congratulating Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for the outstanding result in the Municipality Maharashtra Civic polls, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said the result proves that the people have backed the decision of demonetisation of high-value currency taken by the government.‘I would like to congratulate Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the BJP workers for the tremendous support. Even after demonetisation the people have supported us in this election. The trust that has been shown by the people is due to the development work done by the BJP government,’ said Gadkari. He further said that the amazing result in the state civic polls proves that the people believe that the BJP Government can do much more for their betterment. The Shiv Sena seems to be marching ahead in the 2017 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation polls as the party has secured 84 seats out of 227. Apart from that, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has won seven seats, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has nine, and Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) secured five wards in the Solapur Municipal Corporation.Meanwhile, BJP leader Pankaja Munde has offered to resign after the party lost eight out of 10 seats in Parli, a stronghold of the BJP. Similarly, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has also tendered his resignation following the party’s loss in the Mumbai civic polls. Complete numbers: BMC elections 2017 (227 wards): Shiv Sena 84, BJP 81, Congress 31, NCP 10, MNS 7Thane (130): Shiv Sena 40, BJP 17, Congress 2, NCP 22, MNS 0Nashik (122): Shiv Sena 22, BJP 54, Congress 6, NCP 6, MNS 3Pune (162): Shiv Sena 10, BJP 74, Congress 16, NCP 36, MNS 6Pimpri Chinchwad (128): Shiv Sena 9, BJP 49, Congress 0, NCP 28, MNS 1Amravati (100): Shiv Sena 4, BJP 33, Congress 11, NCP 0, MNS 0Ulhasnagar (78): Shiv Sena 25, BJP 32, Congress 1 , NCP 4, MNS 0Akola (73): Shiv Sena 3, BJP 37, Congress 12, NCP 4, MNS 0Solapur (102): Shiv Sena 47, BJP 18, Congress 11, NCP 3, MNS 0Nagpur (145): Shiv Sena 1, BJP 72, Congress 18, NCP 0, MNS 0Zilla Parishad (25): Shiv Sena 3, BJP 9, Congress 6, NCP 6, Other 1With inputs from agencies

Sena maintains grip on Mumbai, BJP leads in other cities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena is set to emerge as the largest party in Mumbai, while the BJP is ahead in other cities across Maharashtra in civic polls as trends today showed the Congress and the NCP trailing far behind them. The Sena is leading in 93 seats and the BJP in 61 as trends of counting of votes for the 227-member Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, where the saffron allies are locked in a battle, poured in. The Congress and the NCP are trailing way behind the Sena and the BJP, leading in 22 and 7 seats, respectively. The MNS is leading in 10 seats, a State Election Commission official said. In the adjoining Thane civic body also, the Sena is maintaining its supremacy. The Sena has been controlling the BMC for the last two decades with the backing of the BJP, but this time the two parties parted ways and decided to go it alone, leading to a high-voltage campaign for the civic election. Meanwhile, in Pune, Nashik and Nagpur civic bodies, the BJP is ahead of its rivals. In Pune, the BJP is set to make decisive gains at the cost of Sharad Pawar-led NCP. In Nagpur, the hometown of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, it is ahead of its rivals. As per trends coming in from the other city corporations, zilla parishads and panchayat samitis, the BJP has won 15 seats and Shiv Sena 9 in the 122-member Nashik Municipal Corporation. Besides, the Shiv Sena was leading in 18 seats, BJP in 14, and MNS, NCP and Congress in 2 seats each in the Nashik civic body. The ruling MNS appeared to be in for a severe drubbing in Nashik. The civic polls, especially in the country’s financial hub Mumbai, have generated much political heat on account of the fierce fight between the BJP and the Sena, despite they sharing power in the state and at the Centre. The battle of the estranged allies has put a question mark on the stability of the BJP-led ministry in the state as the Sena had been tenacious in its attack on the senior partner and the Centre’s demonetisation policy. The stakes are high for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, who led their parties from the front and were involved in a high decibel and no-holds-barred campaign. Apart from Mumbai, the municipal corporations which went to the polls were Thane, Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur. The big poll focus is on the BMC, retaining control of which is vital for the Sena as the city has remained its prime political space ever since the party’s formation in 1966. It has been in power in the BMC for over two decades.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

#MaharashtraCivicpolls 2017: BJP dominates across state, Shiv Sena emerges as single largest party in BMC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Smashing long-held bastions of the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) surged to the dominant position in most of the urban civic bodies, results for which were declared on Thursday. However, despite its impressive gains in cities like Pune, Nagpur, Akola, Amravati and Solapur, the cherry on the cake—the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation—remained elusive for the party with its estranged ally the Shiv Sena poised to emerge as the single largest party in the country’s richest civic body.The BJP also fared poorly compared to the Shiv Sena in the Greater Mumbai urban agglomeration with the latter coming up trumps in Thane and Ulhasnagar, where the BJP had joined hands with controversial local strongman Pappu Kalani’s son Omi.The results come as a relief for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who led the charge almost single-handedly across the state, including in Mumbai and Thane. However, the Shiv Sena may use its dominance in Mumbai and Thane, which together account for 60 seats in the state assembly’s bench strength, to assert itself even more against its senior ally in the state government.The Sena, which is part of the Narendra Modi and Fadnavis-led dispensations, has already warned that it has put the BJP on “notice” in what is perceived to be a threat to quit the governments. While emerging as the single-largest political formation in Pune, the BJP, which was badly splintered among factions, almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. It also smashed the Raj Thackeray-led MNS to sail close to the half-way mark in Nashik.The party also made substantial gains in the Solapur municipal corporation, which is the stronghold of senior Congress leader and former chief minister Sushilkumar Shinde, and has a strong presence of the Muslim community. The BJP also won convincingly in Nagpur, which is the hometown of Fadnavis’ and union surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari, and captured other civic bodies in the Vidarbha region like Akola and Amravati.On the flip side, while the BJP made gains in Mumbai, it fell short in its ambition of unseating the Sena from power in the country’s largest civic body. The BJP, which had drawn many NCP leaders and defectors into its fold in Pimpri Chinchwad, also lost to the party which had seen former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar throw his weight into the contest.A senior BJP leader noted that the factor which had worked most for them was the lack of a strong, credible opposition, with the people yet to get over the anger against 15 years of rule by the Congress and NCP.“The opposition is weak so the people decide to trust us. Another factor which could have gone in our favour was the fact that people could have chosen the BJP at the local level since the party is in power at the Centre and the state,” he said, admitting that the results had belied their fears about the rural voters punishing the party over demonetisation.The internal fights and factionalism in the Congress and NCP could have also helped, said the BJP leader. Party leaders also claim that projecting Modi and Fadnavis may have helped draw in first-time, young, urban and aspirational voters who tend to side with those parties promising development rather than identity politics.The huge silent morchas organised by the Marathas for demands like quotas in jobs and education could also have led to a reverse polarisation by non-Marathas, especially the upwardly mobile and assertive OBCs, for the BJP.A Shiv Sena source admitted that the party was overtly fixated with Mumbai and Thane and had chosen to focus on the belt at the cost of expansion in other areas which may have led to some of its core and auxilliary voters drifting to the BJP. “The Congress and NCP leaders too were fixated on their pocket-boroughs. For instance, Ajit Pawar directed his attention to Pimpri- Chinchwad than other areas,” he noted.

Sena maintains hold on Mumbai, BJP has edge in Nashik

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena is maintaining its hold on Mumbai, leading on 72 seats followed by BJP on 40 seats as trends of counting of votes in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, where the saffron allies are locked in a battle, poured in. The Congress and the NCP are far behind the Sena and the BJP, leading on 14 and 4 seats, respectively, in the 227-member BMC. As per trends coming in from the other city corporations, zilla parishads and panchayat samitis, the BJP is ahead of its rivals on 18 seats and Shiv Sena on 7 seats in the Nashik civic body. The ruling MNS in Nashik, Congress and NCP were leading on 2 seats each. The civic polls, especially in the country’s financial hub Mumbai, have generated much political heat on account of the fierce fight between the BJP and the Sena, despite being partners in governments in the state and at the Centre. The battle of the estranged allies has put a question mark on the stability of the BJP-led ministry in the state as Sena had been tenacious in its attack on the senior partner and the Centre’s demonetisation policy. The results will determine the fate of 21,620 candidates for 5,777 seats up for grabs in the 10 municipal corporations, 25 zilla parishads and 283 panchayat samitis for which the elections were held in two phases. The stakes are high for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, who led their respective parties from the front and were involved in a high decibel and no-holds-barred campaign, relegating the opposition Congress, NCP and other players like the MNS and the AIMIM to the background. Apart from Mumbai, the municipal corporations which went to the polls were Thane, Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur. The big poll focus is on the BMC, retaining control of which is vital for Shiv Sena as the city has remained its prime political space ever since the party’s formation in 1966. The Sena has been in power in BMC for over two decades. In municipal corporations excluding Mumbai, there are multi member wards where the electorate cast their votes for each of the category in the panel. Each panel has more than two wards. The districts where elections to 283 panchayat samitis were held are – Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Beed, Buldhana, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Hingoli, Jalgaon, Jalna, Latur, Nanded, Osmanabad, Parbhani, Wardha, Yavatmal, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Pune, Solapur, Nashik, Amravati and Gadchiroli.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

#BMCpolls: BJP leader Shaina NC rides bicycle to polling both; casts vote

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shaina NC on Tuesday rode a bicycle to the polling both to cast her vote.Initially, she was not allowed to cast her vote in the 2017 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls as her name was missing from the voters list. However, with the help of the authorities, she was able to exercise her right.”Not true friends, I did vote. They (authorities) could not find my name as there was an error in the printed list, however authorities were helpful,” she said.She also clarified that authorities couldn’t be held responsible for the technical error.”We have been cycling all over Mumbai and the idea is to get maximum people to come out and vote, to realise that today is not a holiday but a day when one has to vote for a better India and a better Mumbai particularly,” She told ANI.She further said that it was important to be a legitimate part of democracy, which can only happen when everyone votes and exercises their franchise.The local body polls are set to witness a high pitch battle between the BJP, Shiv Sena, Congress, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Notably, Shiv Sena and BJP, allies at the Centre and Maharashtra state level, will be facing off after the former decided to part ways for the civic polls.(With ANI inputs)

BJP will change face of Nashik if voted to power: Fadnavis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Attacking both the Shiv Sena and MNS, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis today said BJP will “change the face” of Nashik if voted to power in the civic body here. “Trust me and vote for BJP. I am adopting Nashik and I will change the face of this city, if BJP is voted to power. People should vote for developmental works here,” Fadnavis said at an election meeting this evening at the Anant Kanhere ground here. He took a dig at MNS chief Raj Thackeray saying, every time his “mimicry” style will not help him in coming to power in the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC). Spelling out recent Central government decisions aimed at public welfare, Fadnavis said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured homes for the poor till 2022 and slashed prices of stents bringing a big relief for heart patients who are required to undergo angioplasty. On creation of employment opportunities, he said, Mahindra & Mahindra, managing director, Anand Mahindra has decided to invest Rs 1,500 crores in Nashik and Igatpuri plants, which will create more job options. “BJP also thinking of opening a food park and taking initiative to start air service from Ozar airport,” said the chief minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sena’s jibe at MNS: Merge & give unconditional support for

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After virtually rejecting Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s overtures for alliance for BMC polls, Shiv Sena today sought to add insult to injury asking the Raj Thackeray-led party to give unconditional support and not put up candidates for the sake of “Marahi manoos”. It also asked MNS to merge itself with Sena for the cause of sons-of-soil. “If MNS is offering unconditional support to us then it should not put up any candidates in the BMC polls and it should merge itself with Sena,” Sena’s media wing said. Referring to the unconditional support declared by MNS to the BJP and its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in 2014 elections, the Sena said MNS should do the same now “so that people will trust it or it will prove that MNS’ agenda is to take “supari” (contract) of BJP.” Turning down MNS’ argument that time is not yet run out for forging an alliance, Sena said, “time for MNS has already gone as it was still hopeful for an alliance with the BJP.” “The MNS proposal for alliance with the Sena was aimed at bringing its derailed engine (MNS’ election symbol) on tracks,” it said. Meanwhile, senior MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar said his party is lagging behind because of lack of dialogue. “No party does ever finish. Some times there is sun shine and some times shadow,” Nandgaonkar told a news channel while reacting on the large number of defections in his party. Expressing helplessness over the exodus of cadres, the former MLA said, “How can we stop those who are leaving the party? Those who want to leave shall go anyway. Those who have left have done so due to ego problems and rising expectations.” Citing his example, Nandgaonkar said, “I had left the Sena after telling so in person to late Sena chief Bal Thackeray.” On a query over why he approached Sena for a tie-up, the MNS leader said he got enraged with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ statement that BJP will show Sena its place in upcoming polls. Sena had declared to go solo in next month’s elections to ten municipal corporations, including BMC, and Zilla Parishads sans any alliance with BJP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MNS says Shiv Sena gave no response to its alliance offer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena said this evening that Shiv Sena rejected its overtures for tie-up for the civic elections in Mumbai. There was speculation about possible alliance between the estranged Thackeray cousins who parted ways over ten years ago after Shiv Sena’s talks for alliance with BJP fell through. MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar claimed this evening that Raj Thackeray made seven calls to his cousin and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray between January 22 and today, but the latter did not answer the calls or return them. “I personally visited Uddhav Thackeray’s residence yesterday with a message from Raj that our party is keen on alliance…there was no positive response to our proposal. “We also said that MNS will be a junior partner of Shiv Sena in the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. We proposed that MNS would contest the seats where we had won (last time) and rest can be contested by Shiv Sena. But there was no positive response,” said Nandgaonkar. “The alliance, if happens, can easily stop BJP from becoming the single largest party in MCGM,” he said. Sena leaders indicated that if the alliance was to happen, the party would seek all the seats in Dadar area where MNS had done very well last time, he said. A Sena leader had said earlier in the day that Uddhav Thackeray had made it clear that seat-sharing or tactical alliance with any party was now out of question, though “if anybody wants to support us, we will consider it sympathetically”. Nandgaonkar could not meet Uddhav, but handed over a letter containing the party’s proposal. (More)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Five years ago, riding on Raj’s charisma and anti-north

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indians agenda, MNS bagged 28 seats in Mumbai corporation. In Nashik, it cornered 40 seats and stormed to power. Party insiders say that majority of its corporators across cities, as well as former MLAs, have switched sides now, either to Sena or BJP. “Prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Raj supported the candidature of Narendra Modi for Prime Ministership. If he wanted Modi to be PM, why did he field candidates against the Sena-BJP then,” political observers noted, saying that he was facing a crisis of credibility. MNS’s detractors also alleged that it dropped mid-way several agitations it launched, including the ones against toll levy and Pakistani artistes. In the 2014 state polls, MNS’s strength in the Legislative Assembly nosedived from 13 to one. However, there has been no course correction and workers and leaders who stayed back were left to their fates, party sources said. Despite getting power in Nashik and a good number of corporators in other cities, the party has not been able to achieve much, observers say. In the municipal council and nagar panchayat polls held recently, MNS could bag only seven seats against 61 it secured five years ago. Refuting the negative perceptions, MNS vice president Vageesh Saraswat said his party will increase its tally in the urban civic bodies and Raj Thackeray is a charismatic leader who inspires Marathi youth. BJP leader Madhav Bhandari said Raj Thackeray’s style of functioning does not create confidence in people’s mind, and there was no chance of revival for the party. Raj has not been able to fulfil the expectations he created when he made a splash on the state’s political scene after breaking away from Shiv Sena, Bhandari said. Congress leader Ratnakar Mahajan said he did not see any possibility of MNS reviving by its espousal of “parochial and regional politics.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Struggling for space, MNS knocks at Sena’s door

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Struggling for political space, the Raj Thackeray-led MNS has knocked at the doors of Shiv Sena for a tactical adjustment in the upcoming civic polls in Maharashtra, but any truck between the two is unlikely to fructify with the latter showing little interest in it. Terming it as a “political move,” MNS sources said “efforts are being made” to cosy up with Sena, which is gearing up to battle it out with the BJP after deciding against a pre-poll pact. But, the Sena has shown no serious interest in MNS proposal. “We are fully ready for the polls. Unfortunately, we have to battle the BJP. Uddhavji has made it clear that he will not seek anybody’s support or alliance. If anybody wants to support us, we will consider it sympathetically. However, seat-sharing or any tactical understanding is ruled out,” Sena sources said. MNS sources, however, indicated that the party has not given up all hopes. Fuelling speculations of a covert understanding in the form of seat adjustment between the two parties, MNS’s former legislator Bala Nandgoankar had gone to Sena chief’s residence. Though he could not meet Uddhav, he handed over a letter containing the party’s proposal. Sena sources said the party chief has virtually spurned the overtures from the MNS. The Raj Thackeray-led MNS, an offshoot of Shiv Sena, which had bagged 111 seats in urban civic bodies in 2012, is now finding itself alone. According to political observers, MNS is suffering from some sort of “trust deficit” and “credibility crisis,” a perception its leaders and functionaries refuse to share. Five years ago, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, riding on Raj’s charisma and “anti-north Indian immigrant” agenda, had bagged 28 seats in Mumbai corporation, seven in Thane, 29 in Pune, four in Pimpri-Chinchwad, two in Nagpur and one in Akola. In Nashik, it cornered 40 seats and stormed to power, and got its candidate elected as mayor with the NCP support. Raj had supported Sena in Mayor election in Mumbai and expected the gesture to be reciprocated in Nashik. But his estranged cousin Uddhav did not yield. Party insiders say majority of the 111 corporators as well as former MLAs have switched sides either to Sena or BJP. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

"Prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Raj supported

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>the candidature of Narendra Modi for Prime Ministership. If he wanted Modi to be PM, why did he field candidates against the Sena-BJP then,” observers noted. Its detractors also charge that MNS had dropped mid-way several agitations that it launched, including the one against toll levy and Pakistani artistes. In the 2014 state polls, the MNS’s strength in the Legislative Assembly nosedived from 13 to one. However, there has been no course correction and workers and leaders who had stayed back were left to their fate, party sources said. Despite getting power in Nashik and a good number of corporators in other cities, the party has not been able to achieve much, observers say. In municipal council and nagar panchayat polls held recently, the MNS could bag only seven seats as against 61 seats it secured five years ago. Recently, Raj Thackeray had said he was willing to go for a pre-poll alliance for the civic polls next month, but there were no takers. Refuting the negative perceptions, MNS vice president Vageesh Saraswat said his party will increase its tally in the urban civic bodies and Raj Thackeray is a charismatic leader who inspires Marathi youth. “We will replicate our Nashik development model elsewhere, if given a chance,” he said. BJP leader Madhav Bhandari said Raj Thackeray’s style of functioning does not create confidence in the society’s mind and there is no chance of revival for the party. He said Raj has not been able to fulfil the expectations he aroused when he made a splash on the state’s political scene, after breaking away from the Shiv Sena. Congress leader Ratnakar Mahajan said he could not see any possibility of MNS reviving by its espousal of “parochial and regional politics.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raj Thackeray inaugurates party’s office in Thane

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray today inaugurate the central election office of the party built using latest technique. The office has a huge wall built of digital screen to display all the publicity materials during the elections to the Thane Municipal Corporation slated for February 21. MNS leaders Nitin Sardesai, Thane incharge Abhijeet Panse and city chief Avinash Jadhav were present on the occasion. Thackeray refused to speak to media, saying, he would surely talk at an appropriate time. “I talk much and will talk at appropriate time,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After snubbing BJP, Shiv Sena might join hands with MNS – Sources

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray precluding all chances of an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming civic polls, including Mumbai, in the state, there is a possibility of the party sewing an alliance with the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).Sources on high ranks of both parties have confirmed that talks between the two Marathi-dominated parties are on. No one, however, wants to go on record and speak about it as the discussion is still at a very nascent stage.Sources further say that the seat-sharing alliance can be worked out roughly on the formula of 177:50, while the MNS is desirous of 50 seats in the 227 seats of the BMC house.It is also speculated that if the alliance is formed at all, it will be for municipal polls outside Mumbai, including Nasik, Pune and Thane among others, and for local body elections for 25 zila panchayats.The final decision is expected to be announced in a day or two.This development comes a day after the Shiv Sena raised objection for using their supremo Bal Thackeray’s photo by an MNS corporator on his campaign. The corporator from Dadar used images of the late Bal Thackeray in order to woo the area’s traditional Marathi vote bank.Both the parties met last year too, to discuss possibilities of a tie-up for the civic polls, but to no avail.A day ago, Shiv Sena’s Thackeray, after a prolonged cold war with the BJP leadership, announced that they will contest elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and nine other municipal corporations in Maharashtra alone.Accusing the BJP of ‘back-stabbing’ their party, Shiv Sena chief Sanjay Raut said, “The decision is not only for Mumbai and BMC polls, but for the entire Maharashtra. We will contest the elections using our own strength and power. We want to bring stability to Maharashtra which has been hampered post demonetization.”Referring to the 25 years of alliance with the BJP, Uddhav Thackeray also said that his party wasted those years by sticking with the saffron alliance with the BJP.The Shiv Sena and the BJP reportedly had held discussions over sharing the seats over two weeks ago. The discussions disfigured into a deadlock when Sena offered only 60 seats to the BJP out of 227.Following the announcement, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, “Power is not an achievement but means of a development. Providing transparent administration is the key of our government. Those who want, are with them, those who do not want, are without them. Change would certainly take place.”The MNS, on the other hand, is struggling to salvage its reputation in the Maharashtra politics. It has secured just one seat in the last Assembly Elections in the state, out of a total of 288 seats.In the previous BMC elections, it had 27 corporators in the BMC house as compared with Sena’s tally of 72. An alliance at this stage, hence, can prove to be a measure to resurrect themselves in the political arena of the state.The BMC polls will be held on February 21 and the results will be announced on February 23.

Raj Thackeray, Sena Minister in Maha govt criticise demonetization

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray on Monday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetization.”On the day of announcement of demonetization, Modi was saying with great confidence and telling people to see what happens on December 30, but nothing has happened,” he told reporters here. The MNS chief also criticised the decision announced by Modi of giving Rs 6,000 to pregnant women. Thackeray was in the city to inaugurate party’s new office for coming civic elections Referring to Supreme Court’s ruling against seeking votes on the grounds of “religion, race, caste and community or language”, he said India is a huge country and ground reality should be checked before passing such a judgement.Thackeray also criticised BJP for naming a railway station in Mumbai as Ram Mandir and said that despite having power, they are not able to build actual Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. “They came to power using Ram Mandir issue, now they have changed the stand and when they have power, why can’t they build Ram Mandir and instead named a railway station as Ram Mandir,” he said.”Instead of erecting the memorial, if the same funds could be utilised to conserve the existing forts in the state, the next generations will get to learn who was Shivaji Maharaj and his valiant tenure,” he said on the memorial for the 17th century Maratha warrior king to be built, off Mumbai coast. Dismissing BJP’s victory in municipal council elections, Raj said the BJP did not have their own candidates.”Though they are claiming big victory in these elections, however, the reality is that it is victory of Congress and NCP as most of the BJP’s candidates were brought from these parties,” he alleged.Thackeray also said in the upcoming elections, MNS will fight the polls with complete strength.Sena Minister mocks demonetization: A Shiv Sena leader and a member of Devendra Fadnavis-led ministry in Maharashtra today ridiculed demonetization, saying the exercise only helped unearth `black money’ of housewives.”The common man is bearing the brunt of demonetization. Fifty days after the decision there is no respite for common man. It was said that black money will be unearthed. Where has that happened? “Only the `black money’ that housewives hid away from their husbands came out,” minister of state and Sena leader Gulabrao Patil said in a sarcastic tone, speaking at Jalgaon.”Farmers, labourers and common people were affected by demonetization. Only these people were seen in the queues in front of banks,” Patil said. “Farmers would have benefited had those with black money been allowed to deposit it in their (farmers’) bank accounts,” Patil said. Shiv Sena, though a ruling alliance partner, has been consistently attacking the Narendra Modi government over demonetization.

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