Fadnavis-Ajit Pawar alliance not popular in Pune; political workers, citizens welcome resignations
The evolving political situation in Maharashtra finally gained some solid ground with the resignation of the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Tuesday.
Political workers across party lines and common citizens welcomed the decision of Ajit Pawar returning to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) fold and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) not entering into an alliance with the NCP.
A BJP office-bearer on condition of anonymity, said, “It is a relief that the BJP-NCP alliance didn’t come through as during the 2014 and 2019 elections, BJP came to power by strongly criticising Ajit Pawar and his party. The BJP portrays Ajit Pawar’s image as a corrupt politician and forming the government with his support would hurt our image as a party. It was becoming difficult to answer questions raised by our common workers.”
Sachin Pathak, a Pune resident, said, “I support the BJP, but I personally did not like BJP’s decision to join hands with Ajit Pawar. It is good that the BJP took a decision to remain in the opposition.”
NCP leader Pradip Deshmukh, said, “It is a great victory of democracy. The way the BJP formed the government was wrong. Senior leader Sharad Pawar proved that he is the true leader of Maharashtra.”
Manisha Patil, another citizen, said, “I do not follow politics, but the political dram over the past week has been so interesting that I kept myself updated. I cannot comment on the alliance, if they are right or wrong, but the way the government was formed by taking oath early in the morning, was not right.”
Competitive examination aspirant Santosh Bhosale said, “The political development over the past few days has been very interesting and though many people are upset with the political drama, it has helped us discuss many things related to the constitution, role of the governor and how the assembly functions.”
Senior citizen Avinash Kango said that despite being the largest party, the BJP could not come to power. Instead of an alliance with Ajit Pawar, the BJP should have gone for an alliance with its pre-poll partner, Shiv Sena, he added.
Vishal Chandekar, a citizen, said, “I respect the Supreme Court for giving clear instructions on Tuesday to conduct a floor test immediately and that it should be transparent. It finally resolved the political turmoil in the state.”
Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Ajit Pawar came down heavily on Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for restructuring the wards and delaying the local body elections in Maharashtra. “As the opposition Congress, Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party will challenge government's decision on local polls when the bill will come before the house in the assembly session,” he said.
Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena on Saturday inaugurated 15 model smart schools of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and also handed over regularisation letters to 187 contractual sanitation workers of the civic body. Saxena reiterated his commitment to ensure upgradation of all primary schools run by the civic body by the year-end. He also flagged off a 'Tiranga Rally' to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav commemorating 75 years of India's independence.
Mumbai Over 200 housing societies of Thakur Village in Kandivali (East) have come together and collected ₹20 lakh for the occasion of Independence Day. What is even more interesting is that they have refrained from calling politicians or celebrities to hoist the national flag on Monday. Rather, they have decided that the flag will be unfurled by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation sweepers and conservancy workers from Thakur village.
The World Tribal Day is observed on August 9. However, for the tribals of Shahapur, the day was nothing more than a sham. The school children of three tribal hamlets of Shahapur in Thane district cannot attend school during monsoon as the only way to reach it is by crossing a river. Over 25 children from Bhitarwadi and Kothewadi hamlets of Shahapur lose connectivity to the other villages and the main road during the monsoon.
Over six lakh traffic violators who failed to pay the fine for flouting traffic rules have been served notice by the Thane Traffic Police. The police have asked these rule violators to pay the fine before August 15 or they would be called to the Lok Adalat to be held on August 16. The six lakh violators are from Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi and Mumbra.