Maharashtra polls: Congress screening committee to discuss Mumbai candidates today
The Congress screening committee, headed by the party’s general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia, discussed the party prospects in Mumbai and is expected to finalise the candidates from the city on Wednesday. The party has already finalised its first list of more than 50 candidates from other parts of the states in two earlier meetings.
After finalising its seat-sharing with Nationalist Congress Party by conceding to give the latter seven seats, the Congress has decided to fight the remaining 29 seats in Mumbai. The city unit of the party has submitted the shortlisted names to the screening committee with the number of aspirants ranging from one to three.
“The committee heard all senior leaders including Sanjay Niruipam, Arif Naseem Khan, Kripashankar Singh about the party prospects in the financial capital of the country. The leaders expressed their views about the need to fight the elections unitedly. We are meeting again on Wednesday to discuss the constituency-wise candidates. The screening committee will finalise the names of the candidates on Wednesday,” said Eknath Gaikwad, acting Mumbai Congress president.
Congress had won five of the 36 seats in Mumbai in 2014. Its Wadala MLA Kalidas Kolambkar recently joined the BJP, while Malad MLA Aslam Shaikh is reportedly on the verge of quitting the party. Besides the sitting MLAs, the Congress is considering fielding a few Mumbai corporators in the fray.
It has already finalised more than 50 names from across the state for Assembly polls. “Besides our sitting MLAs, there are about 15-20 constituencies with no dispute over the names. The list of the candidates in such constituencies has been finalised though it will be announced only after the elections are announced,” said a senior party leader.
The Supreme Court last Tuesday ordered that all states and union territories must hold pending elections to their local bodies before May 20 while hearing a case pertaining to Madhya Pradesh. Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bengaluru's local municipal corporation responsible for the administration of the city, has been functioning without an elected council ever since September 2020 after its term expired.
Amongst various medieval institutions of Pune, the prominent institution for encouraging physical capacities and wrestling were “talims” of Pune. Few older talims were renovated and expanded during Peshwa Madhavrao I reign. The vastads/ustads were masters appointed for the training of wrestlers or pugilists. Wrestlers from north India would come to Peshwa darbar and challenge the wrestlers in Pune; it was known as “Khamb Thokne”. Dasra award was ₹150 for the winning champion, according to one record.
An increasing number of farmers and BPL (below poverty line) card holders in Karnataka are falling into a debt trap after failing to receive compensation under various government schemes that promise payment after they build pakka houses with their own money. Beneficiaries under these schemes are promised 100 per cent of the cost of building a pakka house. Payments have been pending since July last year for 919 people in Bengaluru (Urban) district alone.
The Karnataka High Court has quashed the notice of ₹69 lakh in betterment charge the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) demanded from the 150-year-old Good Shepherd Convent here. The school sought to build an additional four floors on an existing 100-year-old building on its campus. But the BBMP calculated betterment charge on the entire 23 acres of land. The Good Shepard Society/ School stands on 23 acres “in the heart of the city.”
Senior politician Basavaraj Horatti, who recently resigned as the Chairman of Karnataka Legislative Council and MLC, on Wednesday joined the BJP. He joined the party in the presence of C C Patil among others, former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, BJP national General Secretary C T Ravi, Ministers R Ashoka, Govind Karjol, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. He is likely to be fielded as the BJP's candidate for the upcoming MLC polls from West Teachers' constituency.