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Maharashtra Govt Won’t Take a Stand That May Create OBC-Maratha Conflict While Providing Reservations: Fadnavis

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Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. (File photo/News18)

The deputy chief minister met Ravindra Tonge, head of the students’ wing of the Rashtriya OBC Mahasangh, who has been staging a hunger strike for the last 19 days

The Maharashtra government will not take a stand which will create conflict between the Other Backward Classes and the Maratha community while providing reservations, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday.

Fadnavis arrived in Chandrapur and interacted with members of the OBC community who have been staging an agitation demanding that Marathas not be included in the OBC segment for reservation purposes.

The deputy chief minister met Ravindra Tonge, head of the students’ wing of the Rashtriya OBC Mahasangh, who has been staging a hunger strike for the last 19 days.

Tonge called off his strike after Fadnavis offered him juice in front of the Collectorate.

Fadnavis was accompanied by Cabinet Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, MLA Kishore Jorgewar, MLA Kirtikumar Bhangadiya, President of Rashtriya OBC Mahasangh Babanrao Taywade, and others.

Addressing the protestors, Fadnavis said, “Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is very positive about providing reservations for Marathas and OBCs. The government will not do injustice to either community and will not create conflict between them.”

He further asserted the state government is fully committed to fulfilling the promises it made to the OBCs and funds will be provided for the development of the community, he said.

The state government has taken decisions in favour of the OBCs, including scholarships for education abroad and hostels for the youth of the community, he said, adding that buildings will be taken on lease for hostels.

“A separate OBC ministry was established. The government is making every effort to ensure schemes for OBCs are run in a focused manner. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also taken decisions in the interest of the community,” the deputy chief minister said.

Earlier, there was no reservation for OBCs in government medical colleges, but for the first time after 70 years, Modi has given 27 per cent reservation to the community, he said.

A scheme of 10 lakh houses has been planned for OBCs. The state government has plans to provide houses to the homeless and poor OBCs in the state, Fadnavis said.

He urged the Rashtriya OBC Mahasangh to coordinate with the government.

(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 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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Last Updated: February 21, 2024, 23:05 IST

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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