Sanjay Raut says BJP will go crazy without power, Danve hits back
Days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed the government in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut took on the national party, saying its leaders would go “crazy” if they remain without power. Senior BJP leader Raosaheb Danve, however, hit back at Raut, saying “he has lost his balance owing to the endless wait for power”.
Raut on Monday said mental health clinics will be formed in various parts of Maharashtra after the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine comes to power in the state.
“The BJP leaders will go crazy if they are thrown out of power. They will lose their mental balance, as we are going to prove our majority during the floor test. Once we form the government, we will build a special hospital to treat BJP leaders,” he said.
“I have information that there is an understanding between Fadnavis and Pawar over sharing the CM post for two-and-a-half years. Fadnavis and BJP went back on a similar promise to us. But now the BJP has offered 20 prominent portfolios and chief minister’s post to Ajit Pawar for 2.5 years,” Raut claimed on Monday.
Even as the Supreme Court pushed the hearing to Tuesday, the Sena is confident of winning the joint plea that has sought immediate floor test.
Raut asserted that the three parties are on the side of the “truth” and they would prevail in the legal battle against the BJP. “We will win in the court and in Vidhan Bhavan… The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress will have at least 10 MLAs more than the BJP when the floor test will be done in the Assembly,” Raut said. BJP leader Raosaheb Danve said Raut had gone crazy. “He has been endlessly waiting for power and needs treatment,” he said. The Sena, meanwhile, has shifted their legislators to another hotel in Mumbai. According to a Sena functionary, extending the booking at Hotel Lalit, where they were kept, was not possible due to prior bookings. The legislators have now been moved to Hotel Lemon Tree in Andheri East near airport.
An FIR has been lodged against three former chief fire officers (CFOs) of Gautam Buddh Nagar over alleged irregularities in providing no objection certificate to Supertech's illegal twin towers in Noida. The FIR has been lodged at the Phase 2 police station on the complaint of a current fire department official in the wake of an inquiry conducted by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Fire Service Headquarters (Lucknow).
The West Bengal government's decision to carve out seven new districts from the state's existing 23 has sparked protests in Murshidabad and Nadia, where residents and political parties have objected to the proposed names of the districts. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced that within six months, the new districts will be carved out of Nadia, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Bankura, while Murshidabad will be split into two new districts.
In a tragic incident, a tehsildar and a patwari (village accountant) were washed away while crossing a bridge of the swollen Siwan river in a car on Tuesday night, said police. Police recovered the body of patwari Mahendra Rajak and the car about 4km away but tehsildar Narendra Singh Thakur remains missing. The rescue teams are trying to locate tehsildar. Rescue teams continue looking for Thakur across the river.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said his government will provide two per cent reservation in all state departments to sportspersons on the lines of the existing quota in the police and forest department. "The Karnataka government has given 2 per cent reservation for the sports persons in Police and Forest Departments. A file about extending this reservation to other departments will be approved," said Bommai.
The Bengaluru International Short Film Festival (BISFF) - the 12th edition ran from August 4 to 14 this year in theatres as well as OTT platforms, has declared winners from the International, Animation, Women's Cinema Collective and Lets Include categories. “Congratulations to all the Winners!” the festival's official Twitter page posted. There were 23 entries in the international section, 22 in the Indian, and 20 in Karnataka.