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Maha catches MNS bug, wants central agencies to use Marathi

The Maharashtra government on Tuesday evening issued a five-page notification about making the use of Marathi mandatory in all offices and establishments of the Central government, corporations and public undertakings in the state. This includes services in banking, telephone, post and telegraph, insurance, railway, metro, mono rail, airline, gas, petroleum and taxation. The notification, thus, attempts to implement the Centre’s tri-language formula, which requires making use of a regional language — in this case Marathi — compulsory by Central government establishments.The government’s move comes close on the heels of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s (MNS) recent campaign to press for the use of Marathi in all banking transactions and signboards in shops. Further, BJP’s ruling partner Shiv Sena was making a strong case for the use of Marathi in all entrance examinations being organised in the state by Central government departments and undertakings. Both Shiv Sena and MNS said the government notification should not remain on paper, but needs to be implemented in true letter and spirit.The government has asked all Central government departments to use Marathi along with English and Hindi in all written and oral examinations, conducted at the time of appointment of the various posts.Further, the Marathi language and Devnagari script will have to be used in all correspondences, communications and in oral and written transactions with people in the state. Besides, all the instructions, public notices, notice boards, indicators and name-plates will have to be displayed in Marathi language and Devnagri script.A senior Mantralaya official told DNA, “Marathi is Maharashtra’s official language under the Maharashtra Official Languages Act, 1964 and Ammendment Act, 2015, and its jurisdiction is the whole of the state. So, as per the tri-language formula, it should be mandatory to use the state’s regional language along with English and Hindi in all operations of the centre in state.”Furthermore, the government wants the Central government offices and other agencies to incorporate regional language in the Service Rules of their officers and employees and make provisions in recruitment rules about the mandatory qualification of Marathi language. These offices and agencies have been instructed to arrange language workshops and training programmes for the officers and employees to use Marathi for communication and interaction with local public.Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray’s media advisor Harshal Pradhan said the saffron party has been quite consistent in its demand. ”Marathi is the official language of the state, but the government was not serious in its implementation. Shiv Sena welcomes state government’s decision.”On its part, MNS leader Nitin Sardesai said his party has been running campaign for use of Marathi within the stipulated legal provisions. ”The onus now lies with the government for strict implementation of its notification by concerned departments and agencies in the state,” he said.JURISDICTION PUSHThe notification attempts to implement the tri-language formula, requires using a regional language — in this case Marathi — compulsory by Central government establishments
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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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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.

Sharmila Thackeray acquires property

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A file pertaining to the development of a property named Makhanwala bungalow located in Shivaji Park is under consideration at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s G-North ward office.The title of the property was assigned to Sharmila Thackeray, partner of Tathaastu Builders LLP and wife of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, in 2016 for Rs 7.5 crore.When contacted, Sharmila Thackeray said, “I do not talk about my business. You can get details from the BMC.”The file has an inward date of September 13, 2017, and the subject reads, “Development of property, situated at Shivaji Park, Keluskar (South) Road, Dadar (W), Makhanwala Bungalow.” Sharmila Thackeray refused to divulge details on the nature of development on this property.According to documents available with DNA, the assignment deed, for the property measuring 500.84 sqmts, was signed between Tathaasthu Builders LLP’s Partner Sharmila Raj Thackeray and Lopa Makhanwala, Ramila Bhatt and Ketan Makhanwala.The total consideration amount was Rs 7.50 crore, the plot measures 500.85 sqmts and has a bungalow named Makhanwala.The deed was signed in January 2016. This property is in the same lane as that of Raj Thackeray’s present residence Krushna Kunj.All permissions for the building have been issued to Sharmila Thackeray.

Hawkers can only operate from designated hawking zones: Bombay HC on illegal hawking in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Wednesday ruled that hawkers would not be allowed anywhere in the city except for designated hawking zones.”Hawkers are restricted from operating outside railway stations, on foot over bridges, road over bridges, outside education institutes, and hospitals,” the HC said.The court also ruled that hawkers outside religious places can sell wares that are only used for worship.The hawker association, alonh with Mumbai Congress chief sanjay Nirupam had three days earlier addressed a rally of around 150 hawkers, following which several members of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, who were trying to evict them, were assaulted.Several people were arrested and a case was registered against Nirupam for holding a rally without prior police permission. However, the Mumbai Congress chief accused the state government of shielding MNS chief Raj Thackeray, asking why a similar case was not registered against Raj when he led a rally on the hawker issue without permission, MNS threatened to “knock out” illegal hawkers from rail and road premises.Earlier, Nirupam and the hawkers’ association had approached the High Court against ‘illegal eviction drivers’. According to a Times of India report, the team said the Street Vendors’ (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act and HC orders protect hawkers carrying out business as on the date the law was enacted on May 1, 2014. “They argued that three years after the law was enforced, the state was yet to take steps to frame rules and form town vending committees comprising hawkers’ representatives. The committee, besides regulating hawking, has to conduct surveys of hawkers every five years. BMC said as per its survey there are around 99,000 registered hawkers but the petitioners insisted that as of May 2014 there were over 2.5 lakh,” the report added.

BMC to discuss power, water cut in bldgs without OC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During the standing committee meeting on Wednesday, the civic administration will table a proposal to disconnect water and electricity supply to newly constructed buildings that have not obtained occupation certificate (OC) from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).Dilip Lande, a corporator from Kurla and the then group leader of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), had put up the proposal during the general body meeting in March 2017. Lande had demanded that the BMC should not give water connection to buildings that have not obtained OC from the civic body. Apart from Lande, other corporators too had demanded the same during the meeting.Corporators had alleged that there are many buildings in the city which have not obtained OC from BMC, but are selling flats to gullible buyers. “Several builders sold flats to several buyers without obtaining OC and fled,” said Lande. He added that it is the flat buyers who face difficulty while getting civic facilities.According to civic officials, so far buildings constructed after getting permission from BMC’s building proposal department are given water connection on humanitarian grounds although they do not have OCs. But residents in those buildings have to pay double the charge for water connection.However, BMC has also its constitutional obligation to provide water on a community basis by laying water mains and water taps. “In keeping with Supreme Court and High Court order, and MCGM Act 1888, Government of Maharashtra has already given in principle approval to provide water through community basis by laying water mains and water taps,” said an official.But, if the civic body takes decision of disconnecting water supply, it will affect thousands residents of newly constructed buildings in the city which have not obtained OC.However, an official from the hydraulic department said that the civic body will continue to provide water to such buildings.

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.

FIR against me but why no action against Raj Thackeray, Sanjay Nirupam asks govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) worker was hit by hawkers, the police on Sunday booked Congress city president, Sanjay Nirupam, and this brought both parties to lock horns.While Nirupam accused the state government of shielding MNS chief Raj Thackeray, asking why a similar case was not registered against Raj when he led a rally on the hawker issue without permission, MNS threatened to “knock out” illegal hawkers from rail and road premises.“Sanjay Nirupam is politicising this hawker issue and instigating hawkers for political mileage. He also takes commission from the hawkers, and therefore, he is protecting the illegal hawkers even as they create problems.Commuters have no space to walk because of them. The government has failed to remove the hawkers across Mumbai except a few places. Therefore, we will continue with our drive,” said MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande adding: “In the coming days, we will intensify our drive.” “Raj Thackeray called his recent rally illegally but still there is no action against him. I showed sympathy, and an FIR has been registered against me. A few days ago, a BJP MLA had beaten hawkers and a video went viral, yet no action was taken against him. I had only told the hawkers to get ready for self-defence. MNS leaders are taking commission from hawkers to give them protection. We will not tolerate the MNS’s threatening language and vandalism,” Nirupam said.Demanding implementation of hawkers’ policy, Nirpuma said, “No committee has been set up to identify hawking zones. BJP is equally responsible for this hawkers’ mess. Very soon, I will reveal the names of the people who take commission from the hawkers.”Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said that the BJP and the MNS were hand in glove. “BJP is promoting the MNS to corner the Shiv Sena. All hawkers are not North Indians, Marathi people are also there. The government should give protection to these authorised hawkers,” said Sawant.

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.

Taking a convenient stand won’t help Sena: Devendra Fadnavis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who completes three years in the job at the end of this month, on Friday rejected suggestions of a resurgence of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, and hit out at coalition partner Shiv Sena for following a politics of convenience.Calling the Raj Thackeray-led MNS a dying party, Fadnavis said that the party’s members acting against hawkers was merely for show.Asked about the MNS success in getting rid of hawkers at suburban railway stations, something that has eluded the state machinery, Fadnavis said, “MNS is doing it for the sake of showing that it is there. This party is going to die and it is you (media) people who are blowing them up out of proportion.”Fadnavis maintained that government departments were also acting against hawkers on a daily basis. “BMC, Police department, Railway police and Railways are taking action jointly every day against hawkers but government agencies can never beat up hawkers and that is why you people show it,” he said.Referring to the almost-daily criticism by coalition partner Shiv Sena, he said, “One can either be in power or in Opposition but taking convenient stance would not help Sena in a longer run. I think it would be at receiving end with such a stance.’Fadnavis conceded there were problems in implementation of the loan waiver scheme because of discrepancies in figures from the state-level bankers committee and individual banks, but maintained that 70 per cent of farmers would receive their money by November 25.As for the defection of 6 MNS corporators to the BJP, Fadnavis said they had approached the party and he had decided from Day One to let them join the Shiv Sena. He also dismissed reports that the BJP had offered these corporators money to their decision.As for a cabinet reshuffle, Fadnavis said former CM Narayan Rane “would be given his due since he is now an NDA alliance partner”.

Hawker union leaders meet police chief demanding action against MNS workers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A delegation of 10 hawkers union leaders led by Congress leader Naseem Khan met Mumbai Commissioner of Police, Datta Padsalgikar on Tuesday afternoon to demand action against the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers for allegedly evicting hawkers forcefully.The delegation submitted a written application to the CP demanding action against the hooliganism of MNS workers who are forcefully evicting the hawkers from roads and vandalising the stalls.Naseem Khan and the other hawker leaders requested the Mumbai police chief to take action and stop the hooliganism of the MNS workers. A letter given to the police chief stated, “According to the orders of honorable Supreme Court and High Court, those hawkers doing business since May 1, 2014 are all protected. But the MNS workers are violating the orders by evicting them and somehow the police are also becoming part in the violation. The instances in the Western suburbs and eastern suburbs are example of it hence we are requesting you to take action against the violators.””We are not protecting or standing behind the illegal hawkers, a strict action should be taken against them but the action should be taken by the appropriate authorities and not MNS hooligans. We have met CP Padsalgikar and they have ensured us that they will not allow anyone to take law in their hands and the appropriate action would be taken against the violators and the orders have been given to the register an FIR in cases of forceful eviction,” said Naseem Khan.

Despite eviction, hawkers back on Rly premises; vigil intensified

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite the Elphinstone Road stampede in which 23 persons died, hawkers and vendors continue to encroach on railway station premises despite being evicted time and again.While the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers went on a rampage on Saturday to drive out hawkers outside railway stations, Railway authorities say they have already taken several steps to ramp up their vigil against hawkers.Both Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) claim that they have posted additional RPF staff whose job is to identify and evict hawkers from the rail premises. Since the Elphinstone Road stampede, the WR authorities have posted additional RPF staff to manage crowds and for removing hawkers at 34 locations while the CR has placed staff at 13 railway stations. Not just RPF staff but ticket collectors and staff from the commercial department too have been asked to identify spots where hawkers are present, block entry/exit points and even videograph them.”We are doing our best to remove the hawkers from the demarcated railway premises,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, CR.CR officials claim that they have registered 22,863 cases between January and September against hawkers and collected fines of up to Rs 1.14 crore. During the same period in 2016, the CR has registered 16,731 cases and collected fine to the tune of Rs 61.25 lakh.RPF officers claim that they have intensified checks time and again but hawkers return to the station premises — the concourse area on the FOB to sell their wares.Illegal hawkers make it difficult to walk and the passenger associations claim that it is nothing less than a sham.The Railways also requested a dynamic monitoring mechanism consisting centralised Control Room of the BMC with a helpline number so that complaints regarding hawkers can be immediately conveyed and resolved.

MNS tears down stalls at Thane, Vasai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Activists of the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) attacked and chased away hawkers from outside suburban Railway stations on Saturday after the Railway administration did not heed their party chief’s “ultimatum” to evict them. MNS leaders warned that in case authorities were not stirred into action, this protest would continue with the party visiting other stations on Sunday to check whether the hawkers have been evicted. If not, MNS has threatened to take the necessary “action” against them.After the stampede at the Elphinstone Road Railway station on September 29, which killed 23 people, Thackeray organised a morcha to the Western Railway headquarters at Churchgate from the Metro Cinema and gave the Railways a 15-day deadline to remove hawkers at stations, foot-over-bridges and railway premises. This would make stations safer and easier to access for commuters.Thackeray, whose party is at an ebb after successive electoral defeats and desertions from the rank-and-file, had threatened that in case this deadline, which ended on Friday, was not adhered to by the authorities, his party workers would do the needful.On Saturday, slogan-shouting MNS workers threatened hawkers outside Thane, Kalyan, Vasai Road and Nalasopara Railway stations, manhandled some vendors and broke stalls.”We had given them a memorandum 15 days ago,” said former MNS legislator from Mahim, Nitin Sardesai.”Since they did not listen to this, we had no option. If the (Railway) administration had performed their duty well, we would not have been forced to act.” Avinash Jadhav, the MNS city unit chief in Thane, who evicted hawkers at Thane West, said these protests had made vendors disappear from many railway stations on the Mumbai suburban network.”A case of rioting and vandalism has been registered against the accused in three different police stations in Thane city and we have identified the accused, who would be arrested soon,” said Sukhada Narkar, Thane police spokesperson. Sources said the arrests are likely to take place till late on Saturday night.In 2008, Raj had begun his anti-migrant, anti-outsider campaign by targeting hawkers from northern states and his party workers had also assaulted students from other states visiting Mumbai for a Railway recruitment examination. Raj alleged that the influx of outsiders deprived local Maharashtrian youth of employment opportunities and that the Railway recruitment process was biased in favour of candidates from north India.However, MNS leaders said they were demanding action against hawkers regardless of whether they were Maharashtrians or non-Maharashtrians.Meanwhile, Union minister of state for social justice and Republican Party of India (RPI-A) leader Ramdas Athavale criticised the MNS violence and warned of retaliation by his cadre in case “poor hawkers were attacked.”

Was offered money to defect to Shiv Sena, ACB should probe it: MNS corporator

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The lone MNS corporator in the BMC who did not cross over to the Shiv Sena has alleged that he was “indirectly offered money” to switch sides and demanded a probe by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) into the recent defection by six MNS corporators. However, Dilip Lande, who was among the six corporators who left the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), rejected the charge levelled by Sanjay Turde and said they were ready for the probe.He also threatened to sue Turde, who made the allegation in a letter written to the ACB on October 18, nearly a week after six of the seven corporators of the Raj Thackeray-led MNS joined the Shiv Sena.Turde said one of the then MNS corporators approached him on October 12 and “indirectly offered money” to switch sides. He also claimed that they promised him that such a move would boost his political career.”On the sidelines of a ward council meeting on October 12, Dilip Lande called me at around 1 pm and enquired whether I would want to join the Shiv Sena.”He told me that six corporators have decided to join the Shiv Sena and if I do so, then I would never fall short of money, besides it will give a boost to my political career,” Turde alleged in the letter.”I suspect that in this process there must have been illegal financial transactions involving huge amounts.Therefore, I request that a detailed investigation be conducted into it,” the corporator from ward no. 166 in Kurla said. When contacted, Lande said Turde was contradicting his own statement and that he would sue Tarde for “defaming” him and his party. “A few days back, Turde told reporters that he was not offered any money and now he is contradicting himself and making allegations that he was offered money.”I too request the ACB or any other agency to conduct a probe and when I come clean, I will sue him for defaming me and my party,” Lande said.On October 15, MNS chief Raj Thackeray had alleged that the Uddhav Thackeray-led party played “dirty politics of money” by paying Rs 5 crore to each of the corporators who switched sides. Meanwhile, BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, in a video message, today said he would meet the officials of the ACB and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and seek an investigation into the alleged “bribe case”. Jai Ho Foundation, a city-based NGO, had earlier written a letter to Maharashtra Lokayukta demanding a probe into the matter.

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.

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.

Won’t allow single brick for bullet train until Mumbai rail infrastructure is fixed: Raj Thackeray

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray raised the pitch for fixing railway infrastructure in Mumbai by threatening to stall work for the Centre’s upcoming bullet train project.”Until the present infrastructure of local railways is made better, not a single brick will be allowed to be placed for bullet train in Mumbai,” said Raj Thackeray.Reacting to the lament that the stampede at Elphinstone Road station on Friday was caused due to heavy rain, he said, “It is not the first time that it rained in Mumbai. And they (Railway) say it happened due to rains?”He added that he would lead a morcha on 5 October to the Western Railway headquarters in Mumbai at Churchgate and demand answers. “A list of issues related to Mumbai locals will be given to Railway on 5 Oct with a deadline. If things don’t get better, will see to it. We will also give a deadline to throw out illegal hawkers from station bridges. If it is not complied with, then we’ll act on our own,” Thackeray threatened.”Why do we need terrorists or enemies like Pakistan? It seems our own Railway is enough to kill people,” the MNS chief lashed out.

Watch: MNS workers vandalise Gujarati nameplate in Mumbai; 7 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least seven Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers have been detained by the Mumbai police for vandalising a jewellery store’s nameplate written in Gujarati, in Dadar.In a similar incident in April, at least 10 MNS activists were arrested for allegedly creating ruckus in a Zara showroom of apparel at Lower Parel area in Mumbai to oppose the sale of ‘Pakistani brands’ of clothes.Earlier in May at least eleven MNS party workers were arrested after they protested in front of Inorbit Mall in Malad against the sale of garments made in Pakistan in the H&M store.Enraged, the workers indulged in arson and set the Pakistani garments ablaze in front of the mall and shut down the H&M store, leaving customers panicked.

Mumbai | Is Sunil Shitap the one behind Ghatkopar building collapse?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was on Monday evening that the residents of Sai Siddhi building went to Sunil Shitap and requested him to not carry out renovation work of the nursing home as the building had started to tremble. “He simply showed us his revolver and told them that he knew how to use it. Scared, the residents left quietly,” sources told DNA. Now, there is hardly anyone left to complain.Shitap’s story is a typical rags-to-riches kind, except that his rise had not been achieved by legal means, people say. His wife, Swati, contested the civic polls in 2016 with a Shiv Sena ticket, but stood third with Archana Bhalerao of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena winning the polls. Shitap may not have been an official Sena member himself, but he helped the party in its activities at the local level.Born to a father who played tasha (a local percussion instrument), Shitap did odd jobs including that of delivering newspapers and hit pay dirt through local cable network. Slowly he expanded his so-called business activities and was soon known as the “badshah” of illegal constructions in the neighbourhood. He is said to own at least three restaurants and is also a director of a few listed companies. As part of his local political activities, Shitap used to organise local pilgrimage tours for the neighbourhood residents and often took them to Ekvira temple near Lonavla. “He hails from the Konkan region and was a strong leader in an otherwise Gujarati-dominated Ghatkopar,” said a Sena leader who did not wish to be named.Shitap had purchased three of the five flats on the ground floor of Sai Siddhi and turned it into a nursing home three years ago. Amalgamation of these flats was done without any permission from the BMC. Two months ago, he decided to turn it into a guest house – again without permissions. Sena leaders, however, claim he was merely renovating the nursing home.”The building was constructed in 1982 and was not considered as dangerous. He made structural changes to flats, even the usage was changed from residential to commercial. Removing pillars turned out to be the last straw,” said a civic official requesting anonymity.

Parents refuse hiked fee, kids barred entry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 40 students at Dadar’s Shardashram Vidyalaya were allegedly denied entry in the school premises on Monday morning after their parents refused to pay the hiked fees recently announced by the school. The school had reportedly announced its new fee structure on June 14 .Parents alleged that their children were not allowed to enter the school citing non payment of the revised fees. “The school recently hiked the annual fees from Rs 25,000 to Rs 42,000 which is a huge hike. The hike was announced after the new academic year started and parents were kept in the dark until recently. When we tried to oppose the hike, the school resorted to pressure tactics and denied entry to our children” said a parent of a senior KG student from the school.When DNA tried reaching the school, an official who answered the call said that the issue has been resolved.While a few local politicians from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena intervened and volunteered to pay a part of the fees on the behalf of the parents, parents said that they were not convinced about such an arrangement. “The school has imposed an unjust hike and we want the school to roll back the hike. We are not going to pay the hiked fees till the school justifies this last minute decision” said another parent.Meanwhile, the school management has allowed students to continue attending school until the issue is resolved.

Raj Thackeray’s wife to build 17-floor Dadar complex

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the face of it, there is nothing to set apart the under-construction building opposite Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray’s Shivaji Park residence ‘Krushna Kunj’ from other buildings in the area.However, delve a bit deeper and one will find that all the permissions secured for the building have been issued to MNS supremo’s wife Sharmila Thackeray.Named ‘Madhuwanti’, the 17-storey under-construction building will also have two flats that are under Sharmila Thackeray’s name.The total area of the plot on which the building is being constructed is 398.83 square meters.The permissible Floor Space Index for the plot is 3, and it is being redeveloped under development control rules 33 (7).As per the drawing submitted by the architect to the BMC, a copy of which DNA has accessed, the building will have parking areas till the 10th floor, and hence, the area of the apartments on different floors differ. The project has got a commencement certificate from the BMC and it is issued to Sharmila Thackeray, a copy of which DNA has accessed.There are two refuge areas, one on the seventh floor and another on the 14th floor. The apartments start from the second floor of the building. The two flats that Sharmila Thackeray will get in the new building are on the 11th floor and 16th floor. The flat on the lower floor measures 70.45 square meters carpet area excluding balcony, while the one on the 16th floor will be 268.04 square meters carpet area excluding balcony.Six tenants of an erstwhile building on the plot will be provided with bigger homes in the proposed building. The copy of the Intimation of Disapproval (IOD) issued by the BMC to Sharmila Thackeray has asked her to comply with 33 conditions, including that no broken bottle should be fixed over the boundary walls.The under-construction site has been walled off with metal sheets, with the name of Harsh Group displayed on it. When contacted, Harsh Group’s Suresh Gupta confirmed that the permissions have been issued to Sharmila Thackeray, and the company is the Project Management Consultant.”We are only handling the project. The project belongs to the owner, and even the sales will be decided by her,” Gupta told DNA. However, the project is referred to as ‘Harsh Group’s Madhuwanti’ on the firm’s Facebook page.A detailed message sent to Raj Thackeray elicited no response. Sharmila Thackeray, too, could not be reached for comment.

People who follow rules, decorum face consequences Shiv Sena

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rebutting Karnataka minister R. Roshan Baig?s objecting to the chanting of ?Jai Maharashtra?, Shiv Sena leader Neelam Ghore on Wednesday asserted that those who follow rules and decorum in life are the ones who face consequences. ?In this country, people who follow rules and decorum in life are the ones who face consequences, and the ones who do not even remain present for the national anthem in Srinagar, are free birds. Just because the state wants people to make Marathi compulsory, the opposition wants to isolate and punish them on their thinking. Sometimes, they also want to disrobe their prestige and honour,? Ghore told ANI. Taking a jibe at the Congress, Ghore said it is the responsibility of the grand old party to prevent its ministers from making unjustifiable statements or committing such acts. ?So whatever Baig has said is not at all legal, it is his vindictive nature that he has expressed. As a member of Shiv Sena- I request President and Prime Minister to look into this matter. The government of Maharashtra has already given letter to Chief Minister of Maharashtra but because K?taka CM and Baig belong to congress it is the responsibility of the grand old party?s high command to see to it that such an act should not be done by the ministers again,? Ghore said. Earlier this day, Baig had also allegedly said that Karnataka government was intending to bring in a new legislation to check ?anti-Karnataka activities? by elected representatives. The matter was raised in the Maharashtra Legislative Council on Monday by Shiv Sena legislator Dr. Neelam Gorhe following which the state government assured to take it up with Karnataka Chief Minister, K Siddaramaiah. The Leader of the Upper House Chandrakant Patil said that he had discussed the matter with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Meanwhile, political parties and organisations in Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur and other parts of state protested against Baig?s statement. Activists of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena in Thane painted ?Jai Maharashtra? on buses plying to Karnataka. Swabhiman Sanghtana workers defaced the board of Karnataka Sangha Hall and wrote ?Jai Maharashtra? on it. Shiv Sena activists in Pune?s Swargate, too, painted the slogan on buses plying to Karnataka. Sainiks in Kolhapur painted slogans ? ?Jai Maharashtra, Jai Shivaji, Jai Bhawani? ? on at least seven buses plying from Kolhapur to Belgaum.(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.)

Gadkari warns Shiv Sena, says Congress wants to destabilise government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should come together and work for the people of Maharashtra post the Maharashtra Civic polls. ?The numbers we have now show that the BJP and the Shiv Sena have been given a clear mandate by the people and if both the parties consider the number of seats they have acquired, it would be good if both parties work together. Both Chief Minister Fandnavis and Uddhav Thackrey must consider this,? Gadkari told ANI. Gadkari?s comment came as the BJP registered an emphatic win in the Maharashtra civic polls The BJP won 82 of the council’s 227 seats, while the Shiv Sena at 84 is marginally ahead. None of the parties could get near the majority mark of 114. When asked about the reports stating that the some of the Congress leaders have expressed their desire to back the Shiv Sena, Gadkari said, ?the Congress wants to destablise the government and that is why they want to support Shiv Sena. Their policy is not oriented towards betterment of Mumbai and its people. BJP and Shiv Sena must remain alert.? The BJP has emerged victorious at all the other eight municipal corporations barring Mumbai and Thane Municipal Corporations that went to polls this week. BJP also emerged as a clear choice in nine out of the 25 Zilla Parishads. The Congress was at the third position winning 31 seats, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) nine seats, AIMIM three seats and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) seven seats.(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 Polls: BJP confident of victory, says people voted against Sena’s ‘mafia raj’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing confidence over securing a majority in the 2017 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the aggressive voting by the people clearly shows they are voting against the Shiv Sena’s mafia raj.”It is for the first time that Mumbai had 55 to 60 percent polling across the city. And the aggressive voting means it is a voting against the Mumbai Shiv Sena’s mafia raj. And we are very much confident that BJP will be number one party. We will be able to do, perform and bring transparency in Mumbai Municipal Corporation,” said BJP leader Kirit Somaiya.Mumbai yesterday recorded 55 percent voting in the elections to the BMC, marking the highest in the last five times.Polling for 227 seats of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai concluded at 5:30 pm where a total of 17,331 candidates were in the fray for 3,210 seats in 10 municipal corporations.The civic body polls witnessed voters from political, Bollywood and sports fraternity.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena Party chief Uddhav Thackeray were among the many who cast their votes. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray also cast his vote earlier in the day.Bollywood stars including Anushka Sharma, John Abraham, Ranveer Singh, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Dhawan , veteran actress Rekha and director Subhash Ghai also stepped out to cast their vote.Former Indian cricketer and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar also cast his vote, along with his wife Anjali.The local body polls will be witnessing a high pitch battle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Shiv Sena, the Congress, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).The result of BMC election 2017 will be out on 23 February.

Mumbai records 41 percent voter turnout till 3.30 p.m. in BMC polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Mumbai recorded a voter turnout of 41.32 percent till 3.30 p.m. in the elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday. Earlier, around 32.1 percent turnout was recorded till 1.30 p.m. Polling for 227 seats of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai will continue till 5:30 pm where a total of 17,331 candidates are in the fray for 3,210 seats in 10 municipal corporations. The civic body polls witnessed voters from political, Bollywood and sports fraternity. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena Party chief Uddhav Thackeray were among the many who cast their votes. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray also cast his vote earlier in the day. The Bollywood stars including Anushka Sharma, John Abraham, Ranveer Singh, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Dhawan , veteran actress Rekha and director Subhash Ghai also stepped out to cast their vote. Former Indian cricketer and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar also cast his vote, along with his wife Anjali. The local body polls will be witnessing a high pitch battle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Shiv Sena, the Congress, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Meanwhile, police has beefed up security across the city ahead of the polls and are maintaining a strong vigil to avert any untoward incident across the 7,304 polling centers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BMC polls: Jains urged to shun Shiv Sena, MNS over meat protest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A WhatsApp message doing the rounds in the Jain community ahead of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections later this month is turning out to be a cause of concern for Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).The message, addressed to “all Jain, Gujarati, Terapanthi, Mandirmargi, Digambar/Sthanakwasis”, calls for defeating both parties for distributing meat outside Derasar (Jain temples) and non-religious Jain places during last year’s Paryushan, an up to 10-day Jain religious event that encourages forgiveness, introspection, and abstinence. Jains are prohibited by their faith from eating meat, and in some more conservative sections, even onion, garlic, and roots and tubers.”Now is the time to teach them a lesson…Those who think that Jains are weak need to be shown the door,” the message says.In the BMC, both Shiv Sena and MNS had raised objections last year when the BJP demanded closure of slaughterhouses during Paryushan. The two parochial parties also backed the Samajwadi Party’s demand to keep the slaughterhouses open during this period. The MNS corporator from Dadar Santosh Dhuri also raised the issue of a residential society not allowing him to purchase a flat in Goregaon since he is a non-vegetarian.A BJP leader had then asked Jain community members to take a pledge that they would not vote for the two parties thereafter.A resident from Borivli said that last year there was a minor skirmish in the neighbouring residential society over dietary practices that soon escalated after political interventions,.”A Shiv Sena leader from the area Vinod Ghoshalkar and his party men rushed to (the) scene and ensured that the ladies of the society were sent to prison for a couple of nights. To add insult to the injury, MNS workers started harassing society members. How can you expect someone to forget that and vote for these parties,” asks a Jain community member who has also received the WhatsApp message.But giving the community the benefit of the doubt, Sudhir Patni, a Jain who is active in community initiatives at Matunga, said “A political party may have started it. I do not think that Jains may have started it.”Another Jain, who lives in Malabar Hill and did not wish to be named, said: “The issue as such was started by one Jain monk. He is the one who took this forward through an organisation he had helped set up. However, nothing of him sending such a message is known.”The sadhu in question, Naypadmasagar Maharajsaheb, declined to respond to DNA queries.

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.)

Shiv Sena asks MNS not to field candidates in BMC polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Shiv Sena on Tuesday asked the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) not to field candidates in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections if it is offering ?unconditional? support to the BJP. ?If it doesn’t field candidates then we believe MNS is thinking for ‘Marathi manus’ else it’s apparent that MNS is BJP’s B team,? the Shiv Sena said in a statement. The Shiv Sena has ruled out any alliance with the MNS. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has indicated that he was not keen on any rapprochement with estranged cousin Raj Thackeray. A day after MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar went to Matoshree (Uddhav?s residence) seeking an alliance, the Sena chief said: ?I have not received any proposal. Anyway, the Sena is all prepared to go solo and we will win across Maharashtra.? The MNS leader, earlier on Sunday, was not granted an audience by Uddhav and hence he had to be content meeting Sena leaders like Anil Desai, to whom he proposed an informal alliance. The proposal would include the MNS not fielding any candidates in constituencies where the Sena is strong and in return the Sena would not field any candidates that had sitting MNS corporators.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uddhav snubs MNS, says Sena will go solo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the Raj Thackeray-led MNS knocked at the doors of Shiv Sena for a tie-up in the upcoming civic polls, Uddhav Thackeray today said he has not received any alliance proposal from anyone and reiterated that his party would fight the elections all alone. “We have entered the electoral battlefield with full resolve. No proposal for alliance has come to us from anyone. We will not have any alliance with anyone. We will contest on our own strength,” the Sena president said, putting to rest the speculations about joining of hands of the estranged cousins. Responding to Uddhav’s statement, MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar said, “I had personally gone to ‘Matoshree’ (Uddhav’s residence) and offered proposal for alliance in the interest of Mumbai. But if Uddhav Thackeray says that no proposal was given, then I am a liar.” Nandgaonkar met the MNS president at ‘Krishna Kunj’, the latter’s residence in Dadar. Meanwhile, an MNS source said that in the proposal, the party had asked Shiv Sena to give the party the seats that it currently holds in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). MNS currently has 28 corporators in the Sena-BJP ruled BMC. The MNS, 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. On January 26, Uddhav had announced that his party would contest the upcoming civic polls in the state all alone, putting to rest speculations about forging of ties with its ally BJP for upcoming civic polls.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shiv Sena ticket aspirant in Nashik hacked to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 36-year-old Shiv Sena worker, aspiring to contest the upcoming Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) polls, was allegedly hacked to death by unidentified persons at Triveni Park area on Nashik Road, police said on Saturday.The incident took place on Friday night, in which the victim, Surendra alias Gharya Shejval, a resident of Canal Road, located near Nashik Road Central Jail, died on the spot, police said. Police suspect that political rivalry could be the motive behind the murder.Shejval had recently quit the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and joined the Shiv Sena. He was aspiring to fight the NMC polls, scheduled to be held on February 21, on Shiv Sena ticket.”Shejval was returning home along with his friend on their two-wheeler after visiting a Shiv Sena corporator’s office around 9:30 pm. The accused followed them in a car and attacked Shejval with swords and sharp weapons in Triveni Park area, in which he died on the spot,” an officer of Nashik Road Police Station said.His body was sent to Nashik Civil Hospital for post mortem, police said. After the incident, tense situation prevailed in the area and police were deployed at the spot.A case has been registered at Nashik Road Police Station and the unidentified accused have been booked under IPC sections 302 (murder), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object).Further investigation into the case is on.

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