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Cross-examination Over Disqualification Pleas of Sena MLAs to Take Place from Nov 23

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As per the schedule issued by Maharashtra legislative assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar, the cross-examination will be conducted twice a week. (Image: PTI/File)

As per the schedule issued by Maharashtra legislative assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar, the cross-examination will be conducted twice a week. (Image: PTI/File)

The schedule issued by Maharashtra assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar was dubbed as a delaying tactic by the Shiv Sena (UBT)

The cross-examination in connection with the disqualification petitions filed by Shiv Sena MLAs will start from November 23, according to a schedule issued by Maharashtra assembly speaker Rahul Narwekar, a move dubbed a delaying tactic by the Shiv Sena (UBT).

As per the schedule, the cross-examination will be conducted twice a week. Last week, the Supreme Court directed Narwekar to spell out the timeline within a week for adjudication of the disqualification petitions filed against Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Shiv Sena MLAs loyal to him, saying apparently nothing has been done so far despite its direction for deciding the pleas within a reasonable time.

Two rival factions of Sena had filed disqualification pleas against each other after Shinde and 39 MLAs broke away from the original party last year. The breakaway faction under Shinde then tied up with the BJP to form a new government in June 2022.

The schedule drawn up by the speaker has invited sharp criticism from the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT). Sena (UBT) leader and former minister Anil Parab called it a delaying tactic and said the speaker could finish the hearing of the disqualification pleas within a month.

Parab said many developments in the case are “admitted facts” so there is no reason to delay the hearing. “The matter should end in a month. This is our request. Whenever this schedule is placed before the Supreme Court, we will put forth views,” he said.

After November 23, he said, there will be a winter session of the state legislature. So, hearings will not take place during that time as well, he added.

MLA Sunil Prabhu, in his capacity as chief whip of the undivided Shiv Sena, had filed the disqualification petitions last year against Shinde and 15 MLAs loyal to him after the split in the original party in June 2022.

On May 11 this year, the Supreme Court ruled that Shinde would continue to be the chief minister of Maharashtra. It also said that it cannot reinstate the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government headed by Uddhav Thackeray as the latter chose to resign without facing a floor test in the wake of Shinde’s rebellion.

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



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Lok Sabha Elections 2024 | ‘BJP Will Face Music Of Janta And United Opposition’ Sujata Paul | News18

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Lok Sabha Elections 2024 | ‘BJP Will Face Music Of Janta And United Opposition’ Sujata Paul | News18″We’re happy that seat-sharing arrangement (between SP and Congress) is in place. BJP has to face the music of the janta and a united opposition” Congress Sujata Paul. “It’s a good decision (giving 17 seats to Congress). I’m sure people of UP are looking forward to I.N.D.I.A alliance”: SP’s Abba Shaider.



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‘BJP Will Be Defeated’: Akhilesh Yadav’s Big Claim After Confirming Alliance With INDIA Bloc In UP

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Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. (Image: PTI file)

He added that his party will fight on maximum seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday confirmed his party’s alliance with the INDIA bloc for the upcoming general elections in Uttar Pradesh. He said that there are no issues with the alliance.

“We will partner with Congress, there are no issues in the alliance,” Yadav told reporters, adding that, “Ant bhala toh sab bhala” (All’s well if the end’s well).

Exuding confidence, the SP chief said that the Bharatiya Janata Party “will be defeated”. He added that his party will fight on maximum seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

This comes a day after the Samajwadi Party released its third list of five candidates for the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh. The party fielded senior leader Shivpal Yadav from Budaun parliamentary constituency.

Party president Akhilesh Yadav’s uncle, Shivpal Yadav, is an MLA from the Jaswantnagar assembly constituency in Etawah district.

On the same day, former national general secretary of the party Swami Prasad Maurya quit the party and resigned from the post of MLC.

“I got an opportunity to work with you. But after our talks on February 12 and my resignation (as national general secretary) on February 13, no initiative of any talks with me was taken due to which I am resigning from the primary membership of the party,” Maurya said in his resignation letter to party chief Akhilesh Yadav.

Meanwhile, during seat sharing talks with the Congress, SP offered 17 Lok Sabha seats in UP to the grand-old party. ““We have given a final offer of 17 Lok Sabha seats to the Congress. Akhilesh Yadav’s participation in the Nyay Yatra in Raebareli on Tuesday will depend on their acceptance,” Rajendra Chaudhary, the Samajwadi Party’s chief spokesperson said.

Earlier on Monday, Akhilesh Yadav had said that his party will not join Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in the state unless seat-sharing between the two parties is finalised.

“Right now talks are going on, lists have come from them, we have also given them the list. The moment, seat distribution is done, Samajwadi Party will join their Nyaya Yatra,” party’s chief spokesperson said.



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Poll Swaps: Congress’s Rahul Gandhi Flirts With Lost Bastion Amethi, BJP’s Bhupender Yadav Camps in Wayanad

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At a time when Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra reached his former constituency, Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, Union Environment Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Bhupender Yadav is set to visit Gandhi’s present constituency — Wayanad in Kerala — and camp there for two days.

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On Tuesday, Yadav held a meeting at his ministry to “review the recent incidents of man-animal conflict at Pulpally in Wayanad district of Kerala”, saying he would “personally visit Wayanad” to “find solutions”. The trigger seems to be public protests that have erupted in Pulpally, after a 52-year-old ecotourism guide was killed in an elephant attack, the second human fatality in such an attack in the district within a week.

But there’s more to it than meets the eye.

TIMING IS KEY

Man-animal conflict is not new in Wayanad. At least 44 people has been killed and hundreds injured in wild animal attacks in Wayanad since 2014. Yadav has been heading the ministry since July 2021. Like the current protest, there have been numerous protests in the past. But the fact that he chose precisely this time to not only convene an urgent meeting, go to Wayanad and camp there for two days seems more than coincidental at a time when Wayanad MP Gandhi is making overtures in Amethi.

With a fleet of around 50 cars, Gandhi arrived in Amethi, where he lost by 55,000 votes to BJP’s Smriti Irani. Traversing across Kakwa Road, Sagra Tiraha, Raipur Phulawari, Gauriganj and Babuganj, Gandhi has been desperately trying to make a connection with the people of Amethi. “I have come to Amethi and you have welcomed me with love. Our relationship is long-standing, one of love. I thank you all from my heart,” he said.

Yadav, who was till not so long ago a powerful BJP General Secretary, continues to be a National Executive Member and the select Central Election Committee (CEC) of the party. He was in-charge of the BJP’s recently concluded Madhya Pradesh election and Gujarat election in 2022. Will this dent Gandhi’s fortune should Congress renominate him from Wayanad?

“Well, things aren’t looking so bright for Gandhi in Wayanad. You can’t be a tourist and expect to win,” BJP leader Tom Vadakkan, who has worked closely with Gandhi while in the Congress, told News18, “Mr Yadav is duty-bound to listen to the people of Wayanad and he is doing so. But so is Mr Gandhi. But where is he?”

A BJP source told News18, “With such a senior BJP leader camping in Wayanad, it is bound to unsettle Gandhi who isn’t getting great crowds in Uttar Pradesh anyway.” The source added, “Don’t be surprised if the yatra is preponed further.”

The yatra that was to culminate on March 20 will now end around March 10, giving Gandhi and the Congress machinery more time for the Lok Sabha campaign.

THE MAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT

Public protests have erupted in Wayanad after a radio-collared wild elephant strayed into the residential area in Pulpally town on February 10 and trampled over a 47-year-old farmer. “We remain committed to do everything it takes to protect human lives and maintain ecological balance. We will visit Wayanad on Wednesday to review the situation and find solutions,” he tweeted.

Human-elephant conflict has been a major conservation issue in all forest divisions of Kerala, especially in the northern, and mitigation measures have been just partially effective. Wayanad alone has lost about 44 people in such human-animal conflicts in the past 10 years. Of late, the issue has become graver with increasing cases of such conflict due to habitat loss and fragmentation, say officials.

The environment ministry had earlier also issued detailed advisory followed by guidelines to all states and UTs to deal with human-wildlife conflict situations. It included setting up rapid response teams, as well as provision of adequate funds for a suitable portion of ex-gratia relief to be paid within 24 hours to the affected persons in case of death and injury to persons.

While the states/union territories pay compensation as per their norms, the environment ministry also releases funds under its Centrally Sponsored Schemes to curb human-wildlife conflict. It had recently increased the ex-gratia payment in case of human-widlife conflict to Rs 10 lakh. As per the government data, around Rs 921 crore was released to Kerala in the current financial year under the scheme.





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