Ex-Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan says this on new party to be floated by Sena rebels: 'It will not be authorised till...'
With the Eknath Shinde-led rebel faction of the Shiv Sena all set to announce a new party, the Shiv Sena Balasaheb, senior Congress leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan on Saturday said no such group would be recognised until it gets legal authorisation from the Maharashtra assembly speaker.
“Until it gets legal authorisation from the speaker, such types of groups will not be authorised,” Chavan said, according to news agency ANI.
The state assembly is without a speaker since February last year; the previous occupant, Congress leader Nana Patole, resigned from the post after being appointed as the Maharashtra unit president of the party. Narhari Zirwal of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the incumbent deputy speaker, is overseeing the responsibilities of the vacant position.
The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress together govern the western state, with their alliance known as the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA).
Meanwhile, the Shinde-led rebel camp is scheduled to address a press conference at 4pm from the Radisson Blue Hotel in Assam’s Guwahati, where they are camping, and announce the formation of their new party. The briefing will be addressed by rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar, who is likely to be named the spokesperson of the soon-to-be-launched outfit.
The Shiv Sena has 55 MLAs, including Eknath Shinde, in the Maharashtra legislative assembly. Among these, at least 37 are with Shinde in Guwahati, taking the total number of the party’s rebel MLAs to 38 (the group is also supported by some independent MLAs). This is one more than the minimum number of Sena legislators the faction needs to not be in violation of the anti-defection law.
At least two-thirds of a party’s total strength in a state legislative assembly is needed to avoid the anti-defection law.
The manager of Club Casa Danza in Udyog Vihar was arrested by Gurugram police after a late-night brawl that took place on the intervening night of August 7-8 between the bouncers and a group of friends who had visited the club. Bouncers Sonu, Mandeep, Sumit, Nitin, Ram Singh & Rakesh -- also accused of snatching cash -- were arrested, as reported by news agency ANI.
Over 3,500kg of explosives will be filled within 9,400 holes drilled in the columns and shears of the nearly 100m-tall twin towers. Holes have been drilled in nearly every column of the tower on every floor, adding upto a total of over 15km in length, the status report by Edifice Engineering said.
RK Jenamani, scientist at IMD, said the monsoon trough was in central India and fairly south of Delhi at present; however, two active weather systems – one on the Gujarat coast and the other over central MP--were leading to a low-pressure area and the movement of easterly winds towards Delhi.
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Vijaypal Yadav, joint commissioner of MCG, said that the 35 teams, comprising four members each, will be deployed across as many municipal wards in the city, adding that anyone found violating the order will have to pay a penalty of ₹5,000.