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Ashok Chavan has rejected suggestions that he exited the Congress under pressure, saying he chose the better option rather than waste his time and effort
Seven MLAs, including close aides of former chief minister Ashok Chavan, skipped a meeting of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) in Mumbai. Speculation suggests some may join the BJP or NCP.
The speaker – who had been asked by the apex court to announce his decision by February 15 -- dismissed disqualification petitions filed by either faction.
Narwekar also dismissed disqualification petitions filed against MLAs by both NCP factions, saying they do not fall under the jurisdiction of the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, which deals with the defection of elected representatives—MLAs and MPs
Three of the lawmakers are known to be close to former chief minister Ashok Chavan, who defected to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) this week
According to NCP insiders, the reason for the curious turn of event was to avoid friction among party leaders over the RS candidature. Sunil Tatkare, state NCP chief, however said the decision hinged on legal issues around the disqualification petition filed against Patel by the Sharad Pawar-led faction of NCP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has nominated only three candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections in Maharashtra, potentially leading to uncontested seats. The ruling party has denied a nomination to Union Minister Narayan Rane, sparking speculation about his potential candidacy in the Lok Sabha elections. The BJP dropped the idea of contesting one more seat after realizing it couldn't manage the votes required. The Shiv Sena and NCP have also announced their candidates for the elections.
Two former Congress leaders, Ashok Chavan and Milind Deora, have been named by the BJP, and Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena, as the party candidates for the Rajya Sabha
The equations in the Rajya Sabha (RS) are expected to change for the Congress as more than a dozen of its MLAs are in touch with Ashok Chavan. The ruling camp aims to win all six seats with Chavan's supporters, while the opposition coalition is looking to secure at least one seat. The election for the RS seats is scheduled for February 27. The BJP and its supporting independents can win three seats, while the Shiv Sena and NCP can win one seat each. The Congress is the only opposition party with sizable strength to win a seat.
Congress insiders said that the exercise is not only aimed at understanding who might leave the party but also at conveying to leaders and office-bearers that the Congress has not weakened to the extent it is being projected and together, they can turn the tide around
The Hindustan Times had on February 3 reported that about 15 Congress MLAs would possibly leave the party ahead of the upcoming elections
Chavan informed the Congress leadership about his decision two days ago, saying he was under tremendous pressure to quit the Congress. “He met Sonia Gandhi and party president Mallikarjun Kharge in New Delhi and explained the pressure on him that was forcing him to call it quits,” said a Congress insider
Ashok Chavan is the third prominent Congress leader in Maharashtra to quit the party after Milind Deora and Baba Siddique over the last month.
Former minister Baba Siddique criticized the Congress for using the Muslim community for their own benefit and announced his induction into the NCP.
After the Election Commission declared the Ajit Pawar-led NCP as the real party, a tussle has begun over party offices in Maharashtra. The two factions are disputing control, with the Sharad Pawar faction claiming that most of the offices are owned by the Rashtrawadi Welfare Trust led by Sharad Pawar. The conflict has already resulted in a dispute over the NCP office in Pune, where followers of Sharad Pawar removed Ajit Pawar's name and symbols. The Ajit Pawar faction has threatened to take possession of the office.
His son Zeeshan Siddiqui, currently Congress MLA from Bandra East (official name Vandre East), is also likely to leave the party for Ajit Pawar-led NCP closer to the Lok Sabha polls
Sharad Pawar's faction, under Nationalist Congress Party (Sharadchandra Pawar), will contest six Rajya Sabha seats in the state, declared Election Commission.
Baba Siddiquie announced his exit from the Congress on X, formerly Twitter, recalling his 48-year-long association with the Congress that started when he was still a teenager
Siddique is a three-term MLA from Bandra West assembly constituency but lost the seat to Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Ashish Shelar in 2014 assembly polls
BJP’s strategy for splitting the Shiv Sena, NCP was the same, but Ajit’s problem is more acute than Eknath Shinde's since Sharad Pawar is alive and very active.
The MCA, however, has contended that the government is overcharging it and not taking into consideration certain facts, for instance that the ground is a reserved one under the recreation ground (RG) and playing ground (PG) categories and, besides, has limited potential for development as it falls under the Coastal Regulation Zone II rules
The faction led by Sharad Pawar in the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) plans to challenge the Election Commission's order in the Supreme Court. They will also apply for interim allotment of a new name and symbol as directed by the poll panel. The Pawar camp is likely to give priority to the 'rising sun' symbol. Sharad Pawar and his daughter held a closed-door meeting with their lawyers and will study the judgment before approaching the court. They are also considering requesting the apex court to club their petition with Shiv Sena's on similar grounds.
In January 2022, the erstwhile government led by Uddhav Thackeray declared to establish an international music college as a tribute to the legendary singer. The proposed institution was named, ‘Bharat Ratna Lata Dinanath Mangeshkar International College of Music and Museum’
Speculation of former minister and Bandra MLA Baba Siddiqui and son Zeeshan, who is an MLA, jumping ship
The Siddique family’s effusive praise for deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar after meeting him has fuelled rumours of their possible exit
A petition has been filed in the Bombay High Court challenging the Maharashtra government's decision to give Kunbi certificates to Marathas and their blood relatives. The petition also challenges all resolutions issued by the state government for Maratha reservation. The petitioner argues that these decisions contravene the law and deprive the OBC community of its rights. The High Court has admitted the petition, and a caveat has been filed by Maratha outfits in response.
“Our demand was issuance of Kunbi certificates to the blood relatives of Maratha community members having Kunbi antecedents. An ordinance (draft notification) to this effect has been issued,” he said at a press conference in Navi Mumbai’s Vashi, while showing a copy of the draft notification
Before launching the third leg of his agitation, Jarange-Patil had held two hunger strikes last year – the first one on August 29 and the second on October 25.
Several OBC leaders from various political parties and outfits have come together and opposed the inclusion of Marathas in the OBC quota.