Munde still keen on alliance with MNS
Bharatiya Janata Party deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde reiterated on Tuesday that his party was keen to broaden its alliance with the Shiv Sena Maharashtra by arriving at an understanding with Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).
Munde’s statement comes soon after party president Nitin Gadkari said that the BJP was considering joining hands with the MNS.
Munde was the one to moot the idea first.
Munde reiterated that the BJP’s 22-year alliance with the Sena would stay and that any understanding with the MNS would be subject to the Sena agreeing to it.
“We’re just saying that if the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party have to be defeated, we have to prevent the splitting of votes by the MNS,” Munde said.
“Our alliance with the Sena stays firm. We have just mooted the idea of trying to broaden it.” Munde, however, said that the Sena has still not agreed.
He said that the BJP had lost 43 seats in the 2009 Assembly polls because of the MNS, while the latter had won 13 seats.
The conclusion: the BJP-Sena alliance would have had another 56 seats if the MNS was with it.
The BJP would gain in Maharashtra with such an alliance in place, but would have to watch out for potential damage in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar if they joined hands with Raj Thackeray, and the negative image fallout of an aggressively “nationalist” party joining hands with a party seen as a regionalist force.
Kannada TV actor Chethana Raj has died after complications from a cosmetic surgery she had undergone at a private hospital in Bengaluru's Rajajinagar. The 21-year-old actor's family alleged she died due to negligence by Dr Shetty's Cosmetic Centre where she had undergone the surgery. Local media reports suggest that fluid had accumulated in her lungs, causing her to become breathless. However, there was no ICU available at the cosmetic hospital she got operated in.
Five members of a family, including two women, were killed and 12 others were injured when the multi-utility vehicle (MUV) they were travelling in rammed into a stationary truck on the Delhi-Jaipur highway early on Tuesday, police said.
A fraudster duped a naval officer of ₹1.25 lakh by sending him an SMS saying that his account would soon be blocked as he had not updated his Know Your Customer details. To update the details, the officer clicked the link in January. Since the complainant was out working on a ship, he was unavailable to record his statement for five months. A First Information Report was later registered against the unidentified fraudster.
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday stayed the arrest of senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka in a case registered against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act in Panchkula. The FIR was registered on the complaint of the managing director of the Haryana State Warehousing Corporation, Sanjeev Verma, on April 26 at the Sector-5 police station in Panchkula.
Members of 23 farmer unions of Punjab gathered at Amb Sahib Gurudwara in Phase-8 in Mohali on Tuesday morning to march towards Chandigarh as part of their protest against the paddy-sowing schedule announced by the Bhagwant Mann-led Aam Aadmi Party government. Also read: Farmer unions in Punjab slam wheat export ban All Mohali-Chandigarh borders, including the Yadavindra Public School roundabout, have been sealed as a precautionary measure since Monday night.