Son of Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde slams Sanjay Raut: 'What does he mean by...'
Shrikant Shinde, the son of rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, on Monday hit out at senior party leader Sanjay Raut, who has, in recent days, used threatening language when talking about the dissenting faction of the Uddhav Thackeray-led outfit.
“It's not a rebellion but what what the people of Maharashtra want. What does he mean by ‘bringing bodies from Guwahati’? This is not the culture of our state. He may threaten other people, but not us,” Shrikant Shinde said, as quoted by news agency ANI.
Shrikant's remarks came amid a show of strength by the pro-Shinde Sena workers in the family's stronghold of Thane. The 35-year-old Sena MP from Maharashtra's Kalyan Lok Sabha constituency was reacting to Raut's statement on Sunday, in which the latter described the rebel legislators as ‘living corpses’.
Initially, the Rajya Sabha MP used conciliatory tone when talking about the rebels. However, in recent days, he has upped the ante, going to the extent of making the aforementioned remark, and repeatedly daring them to return to Mumbai from Assam's Guwahati, where they are camping.
Maharashtra has been put on high alert, and Section 144 imposed till July 10 in its capital, Mumbai, as Shiv Sena workers, supporting party supremo and chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, have taken to streets in protests against Shinde's betrayal.
In some places, offices of rebels were vandalised; Shrikant Shinde's office was targeted as well. On Sunday, the Union government announced protection under the Y+ category to 15 of the dissenting MLAs.
Over 30 people were feared drowned when a boat carrying 45 people, including 25 women and children, capsized in the Yamuna, in Banda district, on Thursday. Locals said most people were going to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with their siblings. SHO Marka Hemraj said that four people are confirmed dead while 13 managed to swim to safety, while 28 people are still missing. He said around 45 people were on the boat.
Indian actor Jennifer Winget is at the Elephant Conservation & Care Centre, run by wildlife conservation NGO, Wildlife SOS, in Mathura, and will celebrate 'World Elephant Day' there, on Friday. She reached the centre on Thursday. Every year, August 12 is celebrated as World Elephant Day to raise awareness about the world's declining elephant population. Breaking a sweat, Winget helped in creating and distributing enrichments that keep elephants physically and mentally stimulated.
Mumbai The Social Service Branch of the Mumbai police raided four flats in Navi Mumbai and rescued 17 women who were brought to the city from West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and forced into prostitution. The SSB has arrested nine people of the syndicate and are looking for two main culprits who were running the prostitution racket for several years.
Mumbai Following Hindustan Times reports, the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority has asked City and Industrial Development Corporation, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and the Thane district administration to submit a report over the proposed auction of a 25,000 square metre plot of land in Nerul. The MCZMA had been instructed earlier this week to probe the matter by the union environment ministry, on the basis of complaints by Navi Mumbai residents.
Arrested Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mondal on Thursday faced massive sloganeering as a group of protesters surrounded Mr Mondal's while he was being produced in a special CBI court in the cattle smuggling case. Those present at the spot shouted 'chor' (thief), while some waved slippers at him as the TMC leader left the car and made his way to the court with CBI officers.