Alliance with SAD to continue, says BJP spokesperson
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Nalin Kohli on Friday said the party’s alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was old and would continue in Punjab.
Kohli, who was here to highlight the achievements of the one-year-old Narendra Modi government, said there were always ideological differences between any two parties, “but that doesn’t mean that they can’t work together”.
Addressing a press conference, where he was accompanied by former state BJP president Rajinder Bhandari and Ludhiana district unit president Praveen Bansal, Kohli said the BJP-led central government was aware of the drug menace in Punjab and steps were being taken to eliminate it as soon as possible.
On the alliance between the BJP and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir, Kohli said both parties, despite their ideological differences, were working for the welfare of the people of the terror-torn state. “J&K chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has taken a stand against terrorism and is working in coordination with the BJP,” he added.
On the Ram Mandir, Kohli said it was an issue of faith, not a political one. The BJP cannot interfere as the matter is still sub judice, he observed.
Listing the achievements of the Modi government, the BJP spokesperson said: “The credibility of the central government as well as India has increased. During the UPA regime, there was an atmosphere of despair, but now faith in the institution of the prime minister has been restored.”
“India is exhibiting new confidence. Whenever a countryman has faced problems abroad, India has sent teams to initiate rescue operations. India has also helped other countries, be it Iraq, Ukraine, Libya or Nepal,” said Kohli.
Thursday was a nightmare for commuters travelling in and out of Thane city as there was choc-a-bloc traffic for over nine hours along the stretch from Majiwada towards Mumbai and Nashik. The Eastern Express Highway had a 45-minute delay all through the day on Thursday. Ghodbunder Road experiences the most traffic snarls. Commuters entering Thane through the Eastern Express Highway over the one-year-old Kopri Bridge are also experiencing traffic issues.
A 20-year-old youth from Borivali West, who used to steal mobile phones and later sell them on the black market, had successfully stayed off the radar for four years. Senior police inspector of MHB police station, Sudhir Kudalkar, said they had received 10 mobile phone theft complaints in the last three months, and in all cases, the handsets were taken away while they were connected to the charging points near windows or doors.
Mumbai After registering zero deaths after a gap of 22 days on Wednesday, Mumbai reported two fatalities on Thursday, taking the July toll to 10. Far, since the beginning of the pandemic, the city has seen 68 Covid deaths in the age group of 0-18, out of which 28 were in the age group 0-9. However, the city saw a dip in new Covid cases on Thursday as compared to July 6.
Mumbai A recent analysis has revealed that while more than 35% of the city's population is estimated to be living within 250 metres of known chronic flooding hotspots, less than half of the city's population has easy access to flood shelters. In Mumbai, as with other cities, flood shelters are repurposed from existing structures like public schools, hospitals, sports grounds, marketplaces, marriage halls, shelters for the homeless, and offices.
In a tragic incident, a 24-year-old biker was mowed down after being hit by a trailer at Mankoli, Bhiwandi, Thane on Wednesday night. Police has lodged a case against an unknown truck driver on Wednesday. The driver of the trailer is absconding after the accident. The incident took place at Mankoli Naka near the bridge in Bhiwandi on Wednesday night, when the biker was on his way to Thane.