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Gujarat Elections: Congress-NCP likely to cement ‘broken alliance’ to take on BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a dramatic turn, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party has likely to cement its earlier broken alliance for the Gujarat assembly elections scheduled on December 9 and 14.Congress had already sealed the deal with JD(U) led by tribal leader and MLA Chhotu Vasava by giving them three seats mostly in the tribal belt in Gujarat. Congress wants a grand alliance with all secular parties in Gujarat elections.Congress already declared it’s first list of the candidates that had also included the NCP sitting MLA constituency. So, NCP had also declared to go solo by contesting all 182 seats of Gujarat assembly.However, according to sources, Congress did not want to split the secular and anti-government votes that can favour the BJP in the fierce and prestigious contest under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi.”As a course correction, senior NCP leader Praful Patel and Congress Gujarat president Bharatsinh met over seat sharing on Tuesday. In the meeting, Congress agreed to relent 8 to 9 seats to NCP against its earlier demand of 11 seats. Initially, Congress had only offered four seats,” said source who is privy to this backdoor development. NCP leader Praful Patel is already in Delhi while Bharatsinh Solanki would reach on Wednesday to take final approval from his party high command in Delhi.”We will address the joint press conference to declare the Congress-NCP and Sharad Yadav led (JD-U)grand alliance for Gujarat elections.Congress party has realised that in 2019 Lok Sabha elections not a single party would form the government. It is the collation era so all small and big secular parties have stuck to the grand alliance to fight against BJP. Congress has to take the lead and take all small parties together,” Senior NCP leader told DNA requested anonymity.Interestingly, after its formal break with Congress in 2014, the NCP chief Sharad Pawar first time addressing joint Congress -NCP workers rally on his birthday on December 12 in Nagpur.”Sharad Pawar is the senior most leader and astute politician. He understands in which way the political wind is blowing and accordingly, he takes the stand. Now, Pawar Saheb’s willingness to fight with Congress is a most welcoming stand for us. We want to capitalise the failure of BJP government. Besides, people have lost the trust in this incumbent government. Nagpur rally will be one of the biggest rally that will send the signal to a future grand alliance,” said Congress leader.

Delhi-Ahmedabad Go Air flight delayed by 2 hours, Praful Patel deboards as passengers wait in plane

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday, Delhi-Ahmedabad Go Air flight G8-717 was delayed over two hours. The flight was scheduled to leave at 2 PM and it still hadn’t left by 4:09 PM which left passengers aghast.Former civil aviation minister, NCP leader and AIFF president Praful Patel, who was among the passengers meanwhile de-boarded. On the other hand, the regular passengers who Shashi Tharoor once called the ‘cattle class’ are still waiting inside.According to the flight tracking site, flightware.com, G8-717 is en route and left at 16:11 hours and expected to arrive by 18:08 hours.

Leading bizmen eye party tickets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the election scene is heating up, names of top business representatives are doing the rounds as prospective candidates for party nominations. Top guns of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce are also in the fray. These include current president Shailesh Patwari, former presidents Bipin Patel and Shanker Patel as well as members like Praful Talsania and Vijay Purohit.Apart from Bipin Patel and Praful Talsaniya, who are prospective candidates of Congress party, the remaining are seen as prospectives of the Bharatiya Janata Party.Former president Bipin Patel had earlier contested on a Congress ticket and is close to families of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Bharat Solanki and Siddharth Patel. His name is doing the rounds for Vatva constituency. Patel said that he has an offer, but it is not very likely to contest. Coincidentally his younger sibling Shanker Patel is seen as a contester from BJP. Patel is very close to former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and had played a key role in negotiations with representatives of Patidaar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS).Sources said that the current president of GCCI is being pitched as a candidate of the prestigious Ellisbridge constituency. Patwari acknowledged that some of his well wishers are making efforts for his contesting the polls. It must be noted that even as a the protest against Goods and Services Tax (GST) was aggressive in business hubs like Surat and some part of Saurashtra, they remained fairly under control in Ahmedabad. Unlike the direct frontal confrontation approach of business leaders in Surat, Patwari’s approach was a mix of accommodation and petition which, according to him, has better chances of yielding results rather than an aggressive confrontational approach.Also with the state government Patwari is also credited of getting concessions for businessmen before the Model Code of Conduct was in place for elections. The most recent one is regarding abolishing health license of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation for food industry, a long standing demand of businessmen as they were facing dual licenses. He was in forefront in boycotting Chinese goods in wake of China’s support to Pakistan in its act against terrorist acts against India.Honorary secretary in the past body of GCCI, Praful Talsania has also pitched himself as a candidate from Vejalpur constituency for Congress party. He has been an active member of Congress party since long and was mayor of Kalol municipality. A leader from the wealthy and powerful Jain Community, Talsania told DNA that masses are disillusioned with BJP governments at the state and centre and are in mood of a change. Under such circumstances there are real chances of winning from even urban constituencies, considered as as stronghold of BJP.He is the most vocal of the lot with his posters appearing in Sarkhej and Vejalpur areas of Ahmedabad. Sources also said that Vijay Purohit, President of Gujarat Garment Manufacturers Association (GGMA) is also in fray for a BJP ticket.HIGH HOPESApart from Bipin Patel and Praful Talsaniya, who are prospective candidates of Congress party, the remaining are seen as prospectives of the BJP.
Former president Bipin Patel had earlier contested on a Congress ticket.

Navratri trip spins into tale of death for 4 of city family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four people of a family, settled in Mumbai, met with a fatal accident on Tarapur-Vataman highway in Gujarat on Sunday evening.The deceased included a couple, the husband’s aunt and her brother.The victims have been identified as Prafull and Usha Barad, Parfull’s aunt Manjhibhai, uncle Kanchan Babu Babani. According to police, another aunt of the deceased, Ramaben Kanti, escaped with minor injuries.According to relatives of the victims, while Manjhibhai worked as a carpenter and Praful drove a cab for Ola, a private company.Praful was behind the wheel when the accident took place, police said. The family was returning from Gujarat on Tuesday when the accident took place.”We were six people, staying here with my father Manjhibhai, my cousin brother Prafull and his wife Usha. They had planned to go to village as usual for Dussehra my aunt’s, Kanchan and Ramaben had also joined them as my mother did not want to travel due to her health. Our whole family has been wiped up,” said Mayur Barad, son of Manjhibhai.The bodies of all were brought to the city on Tuesday for a funeral.According to Gujarat police, the mishap took place when two trucks rammed into Prafull’s car near Kasbara village. According to police, all five were rushed to the nearby hospital where four of them were declared brought dead.

Rebel Guj JD(U) MLA syas he voted for Patel;counters NCP claim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rebel JD(U) MLA Chhotu Vasava today claimed that it was he and not the NCP MLA who had voted for Congress candidate Ahmed Patel in a tightly contested August 8 election to three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat. Earlier, NCP leader Praful Patel had claimed that one of his two MLAs voted for Congress nominee Patel in the poll. Patel had won with 44 votes, with 43 votes coming from the MLAs from his own party, and the decisive vote cast by the JD(U) MLA, Congress sources had said. Talking to reporters, Vasava said, “I had told Ahmed Bhai (Patel) when he submitted his nomination form that the NCP was not going to vote for him. (BJP) people do not like minorities and tribals, so there was no question of me voting for them.” “They (Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi) had hoped that I will vote for the BJP candidate. They tried to put pressure on me to vote for BJP…but I voted for Congress,” he said. Earlier also, Vasava had claimed that he had defied the party’s whip to vote for Patel, while NCP’s Praful Patel recently claimed that one of his two MLAs had voted for the Congress candidate–with the claim of only one likely to be correct given the numbers. Patel, who is also the party in-charge for Gujarat, had maintained that Jayant Patel voted for Ahmed Patel, while another party MLA Kandhal Jadeja had defied the party whip and cross voted. “The NCP was very much clear from the beginning that both of our MLAs will vote for Ahmed Patel, and the whip was issued accordingly. “However, Jadeja defied the whip and gave his vote to BJP while Jayant Patel stuck to the party directive and cast his vote for Ahmed Patel,” the former union minister had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prayed to God, had faith in my karma: Rajesh Doshi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The only thing Rajesh Doshi, 57, remembers about the building collapse is sleeping on his black bed and then being enveloped by a layer of darkness that lifted only over 12 hours later.It was 10.46 am on Tuesday morning when the fire brigade received the call about Ghatkopar’s Sai Siddhi Cooperative Housing Society.”I was sleeping on my bed one second and the next the building had collapsed,” said Doshi, whose business deals in finance. Doshi, a resident of the fourth floor of the building, lived there with his wife Rita and 23-year-old son Darshan. Being diabetic, he had been restricted to his bed for the past month due to pus formation in his right leg.Doshi found himself nestled against two pillars that kept him safe but also trapped. “There was complete darkness but there was close to two feet space around me. I could move my arms and my phone was right next to me,” Doshi said.He spent most part of the day in complete darkness, praying to be rescued safely. Initially, his phone did not have network but that changed at around 4 pm. “I called my son to inform him that I was safe,” Doshi said, whose son alerted the fire brigade after receiving his call. It was at 10 pm when Doshi was found and was given food and insulin shot to maintain his blood sugar levels. The rescue workers managed to drill through the pillar and help free Doshi after 1 am after which he was taken to the hospital.”I was sure I would be rescued. I believe in my karma and I kept praying to God,” Doshi said. “He has small fractures on his leg and a few scratches. The injuries are not major,” said Dr Praful Lokhande, who runs the 50-bed hospital.Timeline10.46 am: Fire brigade receives a call about building collapse4.00 pm Rajesh Doshi gets network on his phone, calls his son10.00 pm Rescue officials find Doshi trapped in the debris, give him food. They start trying to free him from below the pillars2.45 am Doshi finally freed after being rescued from under the pillar

Maha CM lauds Praful Patel’s contribution to aviation sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today recognised contribution of senior NCP leader and former Union minister Praful Patel for the face-lift of the aviation sector in the country. “The changed face of the country’s aviation sector is pushed by Praful Patel and people are thankful to him,” Fadnavis said after the launch of Patel’s photo-biography. Patel, a Rajya Sabha member, is a former Civil Aviation Minister. Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani also attended the function. “There was a time when landing at any Indian airport from an international flight was enough to notice that you have arrived in India. The odour and looks of the airport were disappointing. “Now, things have changed for better and world class airports that can handle millions of passengers are well managed by our companies. The decision of privatisation of airport development and management turned crucial and all are thankful to Patel,” said the Chief Minister. Praful Patel has achieved several things but his closeness to people is still intact and it is commendable, added Fadnavis. Uddhav said he and Patel represent different political parties but that did not affect their friendship. “We did represent different political parties but it never affected our friendship. His (Patel’s) public life has been decent and his commitment for society is admirable,” said the Sena chief. Patel said his friend Mukesh Gandhi was collecting his pictures and videos for a long time and finally he decided to come up with this book.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Big B releases ‘Udaan’, biography of NCP leader Praful Patel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Superstar Amitabh Bachchan on Sunday released a pictorial biography of Nationalist Communist Party (NCP) leader and former union minister of aviation Praful Patel. At the event, the 74-year-old thanked Patel for inviting him to release ?Udaan? and said, ?Thank you for giving me a pride of place amongst the illustrious dignitaries, the Honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, and Mukesh (Ambani) bhai.? Adding, ?As you glance through the pages of this wonderful book ?Udaan? you cannot but admire the great struggle and the effort that was made by his father Manoharbhai Patel, who did menial jobs to consolidate his family.? ?I definitely feel that Praful Bhai, you have not only honoured the legacy that your father left behind but added with great effort and large measures the inheritance that he has left for you.? ?I pray that you touch even greater heights,? the ?PINK? star concluded.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dadar and Nagar Haveli: At least 5 dead after boat capsizes with 25 on board in Silvassa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five people are believed to have been killed after a boat with 25 tourists capsized in Dudhni lake in Silvassa, in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, reports Outlook India.The rest of the people in the boat have been rescued, said Praful Patel, administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.The tourists are from Maharashtra and were going to a resort in Khanvel town. The lake is situated just outside the town. Patel said that the boat was newly-bought by the resort owner and he had invited his family and friends from Mumbai and other places in Maharashtra to take the first ride on the boat when the unfortunate incident took place.The rescued have been taken to a hospital in Silvassa.

Demand to allow oppn leaders at cabinet meeting laughable: NCP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NCP today termed the Shiv Sena’s demand to allow opposition leaders and journalists at the cabinet meetings of Maharashtra government as “laughable”. “Shiv Sena’s demand is laughable and is constitutionally wrong. For the past one month we were witnessing a `Mahabharat’ (the war of words between the ruling alliance partners BJP and Shiv Sena). Now we see this childishness,” the state NCP chief Sunil Tatkare said here. In yesterday’s cabinet meeting, the first after the Mumbai civic elections, Sena ministers demanded that opposition leaders and journalists should be allowed to attend these meetings for more “transparency”. “For the first time in 30 years the state has a government which has the strength in numbers, with 190 legislators supporting it. But its weakness otherwise is evident,” Tatkare said, when asked if the opposition would bring a no-confidence motion in the coming Budget session. Congress and NCP will join hands for the elections for Zilla Parishad presidents on March 21, he said. “Congress will have to have a tie-up with us in Osmanabad and Raigad. It had a pre-poll alliance with Shiv Sena in these two districts,” Tatkare said. At a meeting of NCP leaders chaired by the party president Sharad Pawar here today, it was decided that party organisation should be strengthened at the booth level, Tatkare said. Claiming that NCP emerged as the second-largest party in the ZP and municipal elections of last month, he said it had “done fairly well compared to the performance in the 2014 Assembly polls”. Party MPs Supriya Sule and Praful Patel were among those who attended today’s meeting.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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