Eye on floor test, leaders huddle, Uddhav reaches ‘Mantralaya’ for cabinet meet
- A meeting of Congress leaders was underway in Mumbai to discuss their strategy ahead of the scheduled floor test. BJP leaders are also holding talks at the official residence of Devendra Fadnavis, leader of Opposition in the Assembly.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray chaired a meeting of the state cabinet on Wednesday ahead of the crucial floor test set to be held a day later. Around the same time, the Supreme Court heard petitions of the Shiv Sena against governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's order to Thackeray to prove his majority in the Assembly.
A meeting of Congress leaders was held in Mumbai to discuss their strategy ahead of the scheduled floor test. Party leaders, including Ashok Chavan, Nana Patole, Balasaheb Thorat, Sunil Kedar, Charan Singh Sapra and Nitin Raut are attending the meeting.
BJP leaders are also holding talks at the official residence of Devendra Fadnavis, leader of Opposition in the Assembly.
According to reports, Fadnavis spoke to MNS chief Raj Thackeray over the phone and sought help in the floor test scheduled for tomorrow. The MNS leader is said to have agreed to cast the outfit's vote accordingly. The MNS has one MLA in the Assembly.
Regarding the meeting Thackeray is set to hold later in the day, BJP's Sudhir Mungantiwar a cabinet meeting of a minority government is utterly wrong. “It's akin to a political sin,” Mungantiwar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Meanwhile, rebel lawmakers, led by Eknath Shinde are set to leave for Goa from Guwahati to take part in the Assembly proceedings on Thursday. According to latest reports, the leaders were set to leave from Guwahati after paying their obeisance at the Kamakhya temple, but a sudden change of plan led to their camping at the luxury hotel in the city for a few more hours, before finally leaving around 5pm.
Shinde has said he is not worried about the floor test as he claimed to have 50 legislators, including Independents, with him. "We will pass the test because in democracy majority is supreme."
BJP MLAs are also set to camp together at Taj President, Cuffe Parade. More than 110 rooms booked from Wednesday afternoon. All MLAs of the saffron camp are likely to reach Mumbai by evening.
The Supreme Court will also hear pleas of jailed Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLAs Nawab Malik and Anil Deshmukh seeking permission to participate in the floor test.
Lucknow: The Bharatiya Janata Party will observe Partition Horror Memorial Day on August 14 across Uttar Pradesh as part of its national campaign. In a press statement, programme in-charge and state BJP general secretary, Anoop Gupta said the party would observe Partition Horror Memorial Day in all the 1918 organization circles in the state in memory of the sad occurrence of partition of the country in 1947.
A row broke out in a Christian missionary school here over alleged forcible removal of bands tied on some students' wrists and throwing them in the dustbin. Following the alleged incident, some parents of the students along with a few Hindu activists stormed the Infant Mary English Medium High School at Katipalla on Friday, questioning the action. The police too reached there to calm the situation.
Traders of the city and the district administration are collaborating with each other to deck up 75 markets of the city on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Indian independence. This programme will be organised at the Maharaja Agrasen College in Aishbagh.” City traders will put up more than 75,000 flags, decorate markets with tricolour lights. Not only that, traders would distribute food and sweets in orphanages, old age homes and hospitals.”
There is a code laid down for the proper disposal of the Indian national flag, one which many people are not aware of. The national flag is a symbol of pride and its dignity should be maintained even while disposing of it, Lucknow Municipal Corporation officials said. When the national flag is damaged, it must be destroyed in whole, in private. Flags made of paper must also be discarded privately with due dignity.
There is a lot of behind-the-scenes enablement by the government and private organisations that has led to this change. Television broadcasters across the board have really pulled up their socks and are now in the habit of having a splendid combination of sportspersons (young and experienced) leading if not anchoring the reporting, analysis and commentary - the result is gripping television. Today's column is about sports culture at the grassroots, and especially in Pune.