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For Maratha Morcha, house was made to adjourn, but nobody paid heed to Muslim reservation protest: Abu Azmi

Mumbai MLA Abu Azmi spoke about the political leaders' discrimination between the Maratha Morcha and the Muslim reservation protest in Nagpur.
Abu Azmi, Mumbai MLA and President of Maharashtra Unit of Samajwadi Party. (Photo: Nation Next)

Mumbai MLA and President of Maharashtra Unit of Samajwadi Party Abu Azmi on Thursday, during the Maharashtra Legislature winter session 2016 in Nagpur, raised the issue of reports of various commissions not reaching to the public. He also spoke about the political leaders’ discrimination between the Maratha Morcha and the Muslim reservation protest in Nagpur.

Azmi said, “Whenever there is bomb blast or a riot, there are some people who tag a Muslim as a rioter, a terrorist or  a traitor. These views are then showed all over the television in such a way that it seems that Muslims are the ones who are wrong all the time.

In 2001, when America attacked Afghanistan wrongly, Muslims in Malegaon decided that they will weaken America’s economy. They chose  Gandhiji’s way of foreign goods boycott. They felt that only the product of our country should sell in our country. They also printed a hand bill which the police tried to snatch. When the Muslims did not give that to the police, there was a firing and 12 Muslims were killed.

The same way in 2006 in Dhulia, six Muslims were killed and three were handicapped for life. The government announced a compensation of Rs 5 lac for the victims’ families which was never given to them. The government formed the N K Patil commission in 2001 in Malegaon and the Malte commission in Dhulia in 2006 to probe the incidents. When the Malte commission did not finish their work, Chandiwal commission was set up. My point is – If crores of rupees are spent on setting up a commission, the commission report should be revealed to the people of the country so that they get to know who the real culprits were. It’s the right of the people. But be it be Congress government or BJP government, the commission reports are always thrown away in a locker and never brought to the fore and hence the culprits remain unpunished.

That’s the reason I have requested in the house today that the commission reports should be tabled so that everything becomes clear. Whoever the culprit is, be it be of any caste, should be punished so that next time there’s no riot.”

Azmi also expressed disappointment over the fact that political leaders did not speak about anything about the Muslim Morcha as they did for the Maratha Morcha the previous day. He said, “It’s unfortunate that when there was a rally of lakhs of Muslims in the city today, there’s nobody in the house who spoke about it. This is a secular country and one should stand with people who are facing problems. But it doesn’t happen because the communalism in our country has increased a lot. When yesterday there was a Maratha Morcha in Nagpur, many leaders spoke to the speaker of the house and gave some or the other reasons to adjourn the house because all of them wanted to join the Maratha Morcha. The house was closed till 3pm yesterday. But when today there was a Muslim Morcha, nobody spoke about it. And this in spite of the fact that a court has already ruled that Muslims should be given 5% reservation in the education sector and they still haven’t got that.”

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Virat Kohli complains of losing his unboxed phone in Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli took to twitter to inform netizens that he had lost his brand new unboxed phone in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Kohli, who is in the city for first test match against Australia on Thursday,  said, “Nothing beats the sad feeling of losing your new phone without even unboxing it  Has anyone seen it?”

Food delivery app Zomato was quick to respond by asking the ace cricketer to ‘feel free to order an ice cream from his wife and actor Anushka Sharma’s phone.’ 

The tweet read, “feel free to order ice cream from bhabhi’s phone if that will help.” However, many users anticipated Kohli’s tweet to be an advertisement for a brand.

Also read: Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai




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Bombay High Court rejected stay plea filed by CBI paving way for the release of ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Ex-Home Ministe Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday. Deshmukh had sought permission to visit his constituency, which is also his hometown, Nagpur. 

The application was filed by Deshmukh through his lawyer, Inderpal Singh, stating that he is a native of Nagpur with deep family roots in the city apart from being an elected representative of his constituency. 

“The applicant craves a benevolent indulgence of this court to permit him to travel outside Greater Mumbai, including District Nagpur, for a limited duration of about four weeks so as to maintain continuity in his social and family ties and also visit his original and permanent home/constituency,” the plea stated.

The plea further added that “the applicant needs to have due legal consultation with his lawyers in New Delhi for further course of strategy in the present and connected cases.”

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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Interesting facts you didn’t know about Union Budget | Must Read




Radhika Dhawad | Bombuflat


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her fifth straight Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Here are some lesser known facts about Union Budget…

The British government presented India’s first ever Union Budget on April 7, 1860.

The first budget of independent India was presented by country’s first Finance Minister RK Shanmukham Chetty on November 26, 1947.

Even though traditionally, the finance ministers present the budget, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are the only Prime Ministers to have presented the Union Budget instead of Finance Ministers.

Until 1955, the Union Budget was presented in English. However, the Congress government then decided to print the Budget papers in both Hindi and English.

In 2019, Sitharaman became the second woman to table the budget after Indira Gandhi who presented the budget for the year 1970-71.

Earlier, the government tabled the rail budget separately for 92 years but since 2017, the rail budget was merged with the Union Budget.

Until 1999, the government tabled the Union Budget at 5 pm on the last working day of February as per British era practice but 

former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha changed the timing to 11 am. Years after, late Finance Minister Arun Jaitely changed the budget presentation to February 1. 

There’s a customary event called the ‘halwa ceremony’ that is held every year ahead of the Union Budget. It is considered as a gesture of appreciation for all people who have worked on the Union Budget. 

To ensure the secrecy of the budget document, a lock-in process is followed – in which all the officials involved 

in preparing the Budget come out of Parliament’s North Block only after the Finance Minister has presented the budget.

In 2021, Sitharaman became the first to table paperless Union Budget.

Former Prime Minister Moraraji Desai holds the record of presenting 10 budgets as finance minister, which is the maximum so far.

Also read: Not a populist but a fiscal consolidation budget: CAMIT Chief Dr Dipen Agrawal

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