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Aditya Thackeray Attacks Eknath Shinde Govt on Foreign Tours, BJP Corrects Him on Fadnavis’s Japan Trip

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Aditya Thackeray first targeted Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s tour of the UK and Germany, which was initially scheduled for October 1-8, but was postponed on Tuesday. (PTI/File)

Aditya Thackeray first targeted Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s tour of the UK and Germany, which was initially scheduled for October 1-8, but was postponed on Tuesday. (PTI/File)

Shiv Sena-UBT leader Aditya Thackeray claimed some of these foreign visits were cancelled after he highlighted them. He alleged that the government falsely cited droughts and floods as the reason for cancellation

Shiv Sena-UBT leader and former minister Aditya Thackeray on Saturday launched a scathing attack on foreign trips by ministers of the Eknath Shinde government, claiming some of these visits were cancelled after he highlighted them. He alleged that the government falsely cited droughts and floods as the reason for cancellation.

Thackeray first targeted Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s tour of the UK and Germany, which was initially scheduled for October 1-8, but was postponed on Tuesday. The new dates are yet to be announced.

“After I raised questions about this tour, it was cancelled. But now, the government is claiming the tour was postponed due to drought-like situation and excessive rain in parts of Maharashtra,” Aditya Thackeray said at a press conference at Shiv Sena-UBT headquarters in Mumbai.

The former minister said he had similarly objected to a proposed visit to Ghana by Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar. The Speaker was scheduled to attend the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Ghana next week.

“The Speaker was to travel to Ghana to deliver a speech on parliamentary democracy. But he is also supposed to decide various disqualification petitions that he is hearing. The Supreme Court has already said that hearings should happen in a time-bound manner. So what was he going to speak about in Ghana when he is delaying the hearings here. After I raised this issue, his trip was cancelled,” said Thackeray.

He also targeted industries minister Uday Samant for trips to Germany and UK. “The World Economic Forum happened in Davos in January. Davos is back to being just a small town now. So why is the minister going there now? Is it not wasting people’s money?”

“Unconstitutional CM was there for 28 hours and the government spent more than Rs 40 crore. When we were in power, even we had gone for the same event, but each and every detail was planned minutely and everything was announced on social media. We can’t see the same about foreign trips of this government,” he added.

Commenting on Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s trip to Japan where he received an honorary doctorate, the Shiv Sena-UBT leader said: “Was the expenditure for Japan trip borne by the Japanese government? No, it is to be paid by MIDC as post-facto approval. I have no problem if anyone wants to travel abroad, but please travel on your own money,” he said.

Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar countered Thackeray’s criticism of Fadnavis’s Japan tour, saying the expenses were borne by the Japanese government.

“Devendra Fadnavis was invited as the guest for this tour, hence the entire expense was taken care of by their government. Maharashtra government had taken care of expenses of officials who had gone on tour with the Deputy Chief Minister. Details of how much investment he brought to the state are there on his (social media) timeline. If you missed it, kindly go through it again. Someone who went on a foreign tour when his own father was hospitalised should not comment,” Shelar said.

Aditya Thackeray had also questioned a trip to Australia and New Zealand by the deputy chairman of Legislative Council and 50 other members of the Assembly. “What did they learn? Will this tour help us have good quality roads? Finance department of the government should tell us.”

He questioned the government for allegedly not providing timely financial help to farmers of the state. “The Maharashtra CM was seen with Bollywood celebrities during Ganesh festival, but he couldn’t find the time to go to Nagpur and meet the flood-affected people.”



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Lok Sabha Polls Will Be Dynastic Politics & Corruption Versus Development Fight: Nadda

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BJP national president JP Nadda. (PTI/File)

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the LS polls

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda has said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be a battle between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Addressing party workers from Mumbai’s western suburbs during his visit to the metropolis on Wednesday, Nadda said under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India is well on its way to become the third largest economy in the world from fifth now.

Attacking anti-BJP opposition parties, he alleged that they were either dynastic or steeped in corruption.

“You have to reach out to voters and seek their support for a fresh mandate (for BJP at the Centre). First-time voters in the last ten years have seen only development and not corruption like previous governments,” Nadda asserted, referring to the decade-long rule of the Modi administration that started in 2014.

He said the Lok Sabha elections, likely to be held in April-May, will be a fight between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Dynastic politics and corruption will lead to destruction, Nadda said and highlighted the BJP’s development agenda.

Earlier in the day, Nadda met BJP office-bearers from all the 36 assembly constituencies in Mumbai besides party MPs and MLAs from the metropolis.

In his address, Nadda asked BJP leaders from Mumbai to ensure the party ideology reaches the last person in society and urged them to give a befitting reply to opposition attacks on the saffron outfit and its government.

He advised BJP leaders to extensively use social media and seek support of prominent personalities on issues of public interest.

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the national polls.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP and its then-ally, the undivided Shiv Sena, won three seats each in Mumbai. In the Maharashtra assembly polls held in October that year, the BJP won 16 of the 36 seats in the city, while 14 were bagged by the Sena.

The state, where the BJP is in power in alliance with the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the Ajit Pawar-headed NCP, has a 288-member legislative assembly.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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BJP to Release Documentary on Alleged Atrocities Against Women in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali

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The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am (Image: X/BJP)

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections

The BJP is set to release a documentary on Sandeshkhali on Thursday with the party intensifying its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government over the alleged incidents of atrocities and sexual assault on women there.

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am, the BJP said in post on X, asking Banerjee in Bangla, “Didi ke bolo aaro koto ‘Sandeshkhali’ (Tell didi how many more Sandeshkhali like incidents)”.

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The riverine Sandeshkhali area — situated on the borders of the Sunderbans, about 100 kilometres from Kolkata — has been witnessing protests after the local women accused absconding Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his supporters of land grab and sexual assault under coercion.

Interestingly, ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ is a campaign launched by the TMC after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to provide a platform for the people of West Bengal to directly raise their concerns or lodge complaints with Chief Minister Banerjee.

The TMC’s move was reportedly aimed at countering the BJP in the state.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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