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Cracks Have Started to Show Within Oppn INDIA Alliance. These 5 States Show Why | EXPLAINED

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The INDIA alliance formed by the opposition to take on the BJP in the upcoming assembly polls in five states and Lok Sabha elections next year is in troubled waters months before the crucial elections. The constituent parties that formed the alliance earlier this year have not only differed on several key issues but also drawn swords against each other, putting the fate of the opposition front in jeopardy.

Punjab

The arrest of Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira in Punjab has put two major parties of INDIA alliance- AAP and Congress against each other. Khaira was arrested on Thursday by the APP government in Punjab and sent to a two-day police remand in connection with the 2015 drugs case.

Congress’ State chief Amarinder Warring has called the arrest “an attempt to intimidate the opposition” and “a ploy of the AAP government.”

Before arresting Sukhpal Singh Khaira, AAP has also been on an overdrive against former Congress leaders – targeting three former Congress Ministers and senior party leaders. Former Congress minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu was earlier arrested in a corruption case and now he is out on bail. Former Congress Deputy CM OP Saini was also arrested in a disproportionate assets case and former minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot was also arrested by the AAP government.

CM Bhagwant Mann has also warned of action against Congress State Chief Amarinder Raja Singh Warring in a transport scam case.

The frosty relations between the two parties have also led to speculation about whether the two parties would agree on seat-sharing and overcome differences to fight in Punjab’s 13 Lok Sabha seats. The Congress state leadership has told party’s high command that there can be no alliance with AAP as it is targeting senior Congress leadership in the state.

West Bengal

In West Bengal, State Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary has been on a warpath against TMC chief and CM Mamata Banerjee questioning her on law and order as well as her recent foreign visit.

Chowdhury alleged that Mamata Banerjee’s recent trip abroad was nothing but a vacation, misusing the taxpayers’ money on the pretext of attracting investment to the state.

Adhir has reiterated that he is not a leader of the INDIA alliance but the leader of Congress in Lok Sabha fighting against TMC in West Bengal. The state unit of the Congress has asked the high command to not back Abhishek Banerjee who is being repeatedly summoned and questioned by the ED.

The Left has decided not to be part of the coordination committee where Abhishek Banerjee is a member. In the 42 seats of the state, a TMC-Congress-Left alliance looks unlikely with each party trying to safeguard its turf after the Congress and Left were wiped away in the last assembly elections.

Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, there were differences in the INDIA bloc after the Shiv Sena faction of Uddhav Thackeray denounced DMK’s Udhayanidhi Stalin’s ‘Sanatan Dharma’ remarks and asked the Congress to do the same.

“Not a single religion in the world is perfect, but it is also true that Hinduism took the reformist path and changed the wrong traditions. Our stand remains the same ‘Garva Se Kaho Hum Hindu Hain,’ and criticism by Udhayanidhi has hurt the 90 crores Hindus,” the party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said in its editorial.

Though the issue will not complicate the existing alliance in Maharashtra where the Shiv Sena, Congress and Sharad Pawar’s NCP faction are working together, but Thackeray cannot afford to be seen on the same platform as the DMK.

Karnataka

The ongoing legal and political battle between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over the water sharing of the Cauvery River has also put a strain on the INDIA alliance as both governments are ruled either by Congress or its coalition ally.

BJP leaders and former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy and Basavaraj Bommai have criticised the Congress government in the state for prioritising politics over the people’s welfare.

The BJP alleges that the Congress government is releasing Cauvery water to support their ally DMK in Tamil Nadu ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

If Karnataka releases water, the state government can face repercussions, especially at a time when there are ongoing bandhs being called in the state on the issue.

Bihar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a key constituent of INDIA alliance, has also given signs of returning to the NDA fold. Though Nitish has rubbished the rumours of his return to NDA, he had attended several major events called by the BJP in the state and the national level giving rise of speculations about his split with INDIA bloc.

Nitish not only participated in the G20 meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi but also paid his tributes to Deen Dayal Upadhayay on his birth anniversary at Patna on September 25. The BJP in Bihar, which was vocally against Nitish, has also softened its stance against the Bihar government and some of the ministers.

As per reports, there has not been a consensus between the RJD and JD(U) over seat sharing for the Lok Sabha elections.

(With inputs from Aman Sharma)



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‘Told Him Not To Succumb To Political Pressure’: What Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar Told Pune Top Cop After Porsche Crash

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The deputy CM said he has instructed officials to take strict action in the “Pune, Jalgaon and Nagpur incidents”. (File image: X)

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, also the guardian minister of Pune district, was speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Monday blamed the parents of the teenager allegedly involved in the Pune car crash saying they ignored his behaviour which resulted in the death of two young professionals.

Pawar, also the guardian minister of Pune district, was speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

“The minor’s conduct in the Pune accident is highly irresponsible. It happened because the teenager’s parents ignored his behaviour. The son is in an observation home and his father and grandfather have been arrested,” he said.

The deputy CM said he has instructed officials to take strict action in the “Pune, Jalgaon and Nagpur incidents”.

A day before a Porsche allegedly driven by the Pune teenager, son of builder Vishal Agarwal, hit a motorcycle, leaving two techies dead in the city on May 19, one woman and three children were killed in Jalgaon after a car carrying four young men dashed a two-wheeler.

On May 24, an intoxicated person driving a car crashed into pedestrians and two-wheelers in Nagpur, injuring seven persons, including a three-month-old baby.

Anjali Damania, a social activist, had claimed that Ajit Pawar had called the Pune police commissioner after the Porsche accident.

Asked about her claim, Pawar said, “As a people’s representative, we receive calls regarding such accidents. I police commissioner and told him that the accused boy was from a wealthy family and there was a chance police might be pressured. I told him not to succumb to any political pressure.” Pawar said CM Eknath Shinde and his peer Devendra Fadnavis have already clarified their positions in this matter.

About the opposition alleging political pressure in the Pune case, Pawar said when someone is in opposition they allege political pressure behind every probe.

He said, “A ‘responsible’ MLA has accused the Pune police commissioner of accepting bribes from bar operators in the city. He should give proof…if proof is given the state will definitely probe into it.” Asked about his party MLA Sunil Tingare, who had visited Pune’s Yerawada police station hours after the accident in the Kalyani Nagar area, Pawar said, “Tingare himself has clarified his stand. He later met me in Pune and presented his version. I have asked top police officials to take strict action against cops or doctors who tried to dilute the probe.” Meanwhile, Deputy CM Fadnavis said in Nagpur that the police won’t stop until they get to the bottom of the Pune car crash case.

The police on Monday arrested two doctors and an employee of Sassoon General Hospital over alleged manipulation of blood samples and destruction of evidence in the case.

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‘Many of Us Felt Bhujbal Deserved to Be CM’: Ajit Pawar Counters Sharad Pawar’s Remarks on 2004 Deal with Congress

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Had the NCP taken the Maharashtra chief minister’s post in 2004, it would have maintained that position throughout its coalition with the Congress, Ajit Pawar added

Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar in a recent statement strongly contested Nationalist Congress Party founder Sharad Pawar’s claim regarding the 2004 assembly elections. Despite the NCP securing 71 seats and the Congress 69, the chief ministerial post was given to the latter. Ajit Pawar stated the “underlying reasons” behind this decision, shedding light on the then internal party dynamics.

Reflecting on Sharad Pawar’s comments, Ajit Pawar said, “A few days ago, Sharad Pawar remarked that had the NCP taken the chief minister’s position in 2004, the party would have split. This statement is entirely false. During discussions with Sharad Pawar at the time, senior leaders like Chhagan Bhujbal, Praful Patel, and Sunil Tatkare were present. We all believed that the chief minister should be from our party. Personally, I was not interested in the position then; I thought Chhagan Bhujbal should be the chief minister because he played a crucial role in expanding our party across Maharashtra. None of us could deny his contribution.”

Ajit Pawar then spoke on why Chhagan Bhujbal was not picked. “Many of us felt Bhujbal deserved to be the chief minister. However, I have a different understanding of why Sharad Pawar did not make him the chief minister. According to my reliable information, after making Sudhakarrao Naik the chief minister, Naik stopped listening to Sharad Pawar within a year. Naik even made bold statements, implying that he could handle any challenges independently. This led to the removal of 17 leaders, including Bhujbal, from the cabinet. Vijay Singh Mohite-Patil informed us at the time that we were being excluded from the cabinet, sparking a series of disruptions,” he said.

Had the NCP taken the chief minister’s post in 2004, it would have maintained that position throughout its coalition with the Congress, the deputy CM added. “Any leader from our party could have become the chief minister, potentially Bhujbal, followed by leaders like RR Patil,” he said.

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‘Write Articles After Smoking Marijuana’: Fadnavis React To Sanjay Raut’s Comment On Nitin Gadkari

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Raut claimed that ‘Modi, Shah and Fadnavis’ conspired against their own party leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to ensure his defeat in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections from Nagpur

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday rebuked at Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut’s claims that top BJP leaders, including PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and Fadnavis himself, conspired against their own party leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to ensure his defeat in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections from Nagpur.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Fadnavis dismissed Raut’s allegations, saying, “I have repeatedly said not to ask me questions about Sanjay Raut. I don’t speak about people who write articles after smoking marijuana. I think he is in London, where there is good mental treatment available. He should take the appropriate medications.”

On Sunday, Raut, who is also the spokesperson for Shiv Sena (UBT), alleged in the party’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ that Fadnavis had unwillingly campaigned for Gadkari in Nagpur only after realising that Gadkari could not be defeated. Nagpur is the hometown of both BJP leaders.

“Modi, Shah and Fadnavis worked for Gadkari’s defeat in Nagpur. Fadnavis unwillingly joined the campaign for Gadkari when he realised he couldn’t be defeated. The RSS people in Nagpur are openly saying Fadnavis helped the opposition to get Gadkari defeated,” Raut wrote.

Raut further claimed that Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had distributed Rs 25-30 crore in every constituency and used his resources to defeat candidates from the NCP, led by Ajit Pawar.

He further took a swipe at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, suggesting that Adityanath would be replaced if the Modi-Shah government returned to power after the Lok Sabha elections.

(With inputs from agencies)

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