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Pawar to meet Sonia over Maharashtra government formation

Amid an impasse over government formation in Maharashtra, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar will meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on November 4, senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar has said.

Mr. Ajit Pawar, who was Deputy Chief Minister in the previous Congress-NCP government, also said on November 2 that the two parties have maintained right from the day of Assembly poll results (October 24) that they will sit in opposition.

“Sharad Pawar will visit Delhi on Monday (November 4). I have information that he and Sonia Gandhi had spoken over phone recently...he will speak to her (in Delhi)....A lot depends on what they discuss,” Mr. Ajit Pawar told reporters.

“But the Congress and NCP have maintained right from the day of results that they have been mandated to sit in opposition. We have prepared ourselves to sit in opposition,” he added.

There was also speculation that the Shiv Sena may join hands with the NCP and form government with outside support from the Congress.

Some State Congress leaders have said the party should back the Sena to keep the BJP out of power.

Mr. Sharad Pawar, though, has maintained his party will occupy opposition benches in the Assembly.




Prakash Javadekar says Kejriwal indulging in blame game

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked school students to write letters to his Punjab and Haryana counterparts on the pollution caused by stubble burning, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar slammed him for “politicising” the issue and said it was “unfortunate” that he was indulging in the blame game.

Mr. Javadekar said by bringing students on board the issue, the Chief Minister was presenting the Chief Ministers as “villains”.

“I feel it is very unfortunate that the Delhi Chief Minister is politicising the issue of pollution and indulging in the blame game instead of finding a solution. He is instigating children to send letters to the Haryana and Punjab Chief Ministers to present them in a bad light and as villains,” the Minister said on Saturday.

Mr. Javadekar said air pollution is a problem which has aggravated in the past 15 years and is now being remedied by the Narendra Modi government.

“We have started holding inter-State meetings of the NCR Ministers and officials. All stakeholders need to act together and not blame each other,” he said.

“The solution to air pollution does not come with a ‘switch on’ and ‘switch off’ mode. It is with sustained efforts that pollution will be brought down. All State agencies and people need to participate in this effort to combat it,” the Minister said. -PTI


RCEP pact will prove to be ‘farmers’ destruction agreement’: Priyanka

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra claimed on Saturday that if India signs the RCEP pact it will prove to be “farmers’ destruction agreement” as in times of economic slowdown, Indian markets should provide maximum help to domestic farmers.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), comprising the 10-member ASEAN bloc and six other countries -- India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand -- is engaged in negotiations for a free-trade pact.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Bangkok on a three-day visit to attend the annual ASEAN-India Summit, the East Asia Summit and the RCEP Summit.

In a tweet, Priyanka Gandhi said, “There is an economic slowdown in the country. Our policy right now should be such that our markets provide maximum help to our farmers.”

In this environment, the RCEP will prove to be “farmers’ destruction agreement”, she said. - PTI



Congress leader Hussain Dalwai writes to Sonia requesting support for Shiv Sena

At a time when the BJP and the Shiv Sena are unable to arrive at a consensus on sharing of power in Maharashtra, a Congress leader on Saturday wrote to party chief Sonia Gandhi, requesting her the Shiv Sena be given support to form the next government if it comes up with such a proposal.

The Sena lost no time in welcoming the stand of the Congress leader Hussain Dalwai, a Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra, who has written the letter.

Mr. Dalwai recalled the Sena had supported Congress nominees Pratibha Patil and later Pranab Mukherjee for the post of President of India in the past.

“Shiv Sena and BJP are different. The Sena had supported Pratibha Patil, Pranab Mukherjee for the President’s post. Shiv Sena politics has become all-inclusive unlike that of the BJP which is extreme. We must support the Sena to keep the BJP out of power,” Mr. Dalwai told reporters while quoting his letter.

He said a cross-section of the Muslim community in the State would prefer the Sena over the BJP.

The Congress seems to be divided over supporting the Sena, which is one of the founding members of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Leaders like AICC general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Sanjay Nirupam are against extending support to the Sena.

When asked about Mr. Dalwai’s letter, senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut has said, “Dalwai belongs to the socialist ideology. He comes from a family of progressive Muslims. We welcome his stand. But, Sena fought the elections in an alliance and we will adhere to the coalition dharma till the end.”

Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had reportedly said that other options (NCP and Congress) are available for his party.

Top Congress leaders from Maharashtra on Friday held meetings in Delhi and discussed the political situation with Sonia Gandhi.




Will support even Siddaramaiah if he does good for farmers: Kumaraswamy

Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy meeting coalition coordination committee chairman Siddaramaiah at the latter’s residence in Bengaluru on Friday.

Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy meeting coalition coordination committee chairman Siddaramaiah at the latter’s residence in Bengaluru on Friday.   | Photo Credit: Handout E Mail


Former Chief Minister and JDS leader H.D. Kumaraswamy said that he will support anyone in forming the government  “be it even Siddaramaiah”  — whoever  does good for the farmers.

“I am concerned about the people's welfare, especially farmers. Whoever does good for the farmers and ensure their welfare, we will support them,” he said interacting with media persons at a meet-the-press programme.

Asked if he was ready to support Siddaramaiah, he said: “Yes, whoever does good.”

However, his party will go alone and field candidates in all 15 seats going for bypolls. "According  to the BJP ministers themselves, the State may face polls anytime. If there are polls, we will not enter into an alliance with anyone,” he asserted.

He hit out at the BJP government in the State saying that people are not happy with the relief work being carried out in flood-affected districts.

"We are going to field candidates in all 15 seats going to by-election. My top priority is to help the people out on the street because of this flood situation. The flood situation is worst in 13 districts. I will support that party which will work for these people. Till now, people are not happy with flood-relief work carried out by the State government," he said.




Sena mouthpiece slams BJP leader's remarks on President's rule in Maharashtra

The Shiv Sena slammed senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar for his statement that Maharashtra may head for President’s rule if new government is not put in place by November 7 and sarcastically questionned the senior ally whether the President’s seal was lying at its office in the State.

The Sena, which is locked in a bitter battle with the BJP over sharing of power since the results of the Assembly elections were declared on October 24, also dared its senior ally to stake claim to form the next government.

The tenure of the current Legislative Assembly ends on November 8.

Terming the the Sena’s demand for Chief Minister’s post on a rotational basis with the BJP as the “main hurdle” in government formation, Mungantiwar had said, “A new government will have to be in place within the stipulated time, or else the President will have to intervene. President’s rule will be imposed if the government formation doesn’t happen in the given time.”

Attacking Mungantiwar, the Finance Minister in the outgoing government, Sena said he issued the “threat” of imposing the President’s rule, as other “intimidation tactics” like using investigating agencies for settling political scores have fallen flat in Maharashtra.

“What the common people have to make out of the threat given by Mungantiwar? Is that supposed to mean that President of India is in our (BJP’s) pocket or that the seal of the President is lying in the office of the BJP in Maharashtra?" it asked.

“Are these people trying to convey that the BJP could impose the President’s rule in Maharashtra using that seal in the event of that party not able to form its government?” the Sena questionned in the edit in the party mouthpiece Saamna.

The Marathi editorial titled Insult to Maharashtra, Is President in your pocket? described Mungantiwar’s comments as “undemocratic and unconstitutional.”

“The statement shows the lack of knowledge about the Constitution and the rule of law. This threat might be a move to sidestep the established norms and get things done the way one wants. This statement is an insult to the mandate of the people,” the party said.

“The attitude that only we will rule irrespective of numbers and no one else can attempt formation of the government was defeated in the recent elections,” the Sena said.

The edit further said that those talking about the President’s rule should first stake claim to form the government in the State.

“The President is the supreme authority in the Constitution. It is not about individual but the country. The country is not in anybody’s pocket,” the editorial said.

The Sena also said it should not be blamed for the present impasse over formation of the government. “There is no morality left in public life,” it said.

Interestingly, Sharad Pawar-led NCP too on Friday criticised Mungantiwar’s statement as a “kind of threat.”

The Sena’s fresh attack on the BJP on Saturday is likely to further strain the soured relations between both the parties.




Nothing political about Raut’s visit, says Pawar

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Friday said there was nothing political about his meeting with Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday night.

“Our meeting was not political. It was to exchange Deepavali greetings,” said Mr. Pawar, who is touring Nashik to assess the crop losses suffered by farmers owing to unseasonal rain. Mr. Pawar called the BJP ‘childish’ for delaying government formation in the State.

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BJP likely to go ‘local in Jharkhand polls

With the announcement of a five-phase Jharkhand Assembly elections from November 30 to December 20, the BJP is girding itself for not only a campaign that will be akin to a man-to-man marking but also one that will reflect the impact of the recent Maharashtra and Haryana polls.

In Haryana and Maharashtra, the BJP projected national issues such as the abrogation of Article 370 and plans to implement a nationwide National Registry of Citizenship (NRC) to weed out illegal immigrants, but fell short of the majority mark in both the States. And that strategy is under review now.

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Yediyurappa’s claim on Shah in video clip creates flutter

A video clip purportedly of Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, in which he is heard as saying that BJP national president Amit Shah oversaw the resignations of 17 MLAs in Karnataka, surfaced on Friday, creating a flutter in political circles. This came on the eve of the Chief Minister completing 100 days in office.

The video, reportedly shot by a participant during the meeting to hear opinions of party leaders prior to the core committee meeting held in Hubballi recently, captures the audio but does not show the Chief Minister clearly.

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Lynchings to be Congress campaign issue in Jharkhand

With Jharkhand reporting one of the highest incidents of mob-lynching, the Congress manifesto for the upcoming Assembly election in the State is likely to propose an anti-lynching law on the lines of the recent law cleared by the Congress government in Rajasthan.

The Rajasthan Assembly in August this year cleared “The Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019” which provides for life imprisonment and a fine up to ₹5 lakh to convicts in cases of mob lynching. The Bill proposes imprisonment of up to seven years and a fine of up to ₹1 lakh in case of the victim suffering simple injuries.

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