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Mr CM, go and sulk like a petulant child in front of Modi, but please save us from demonetisation trouble: Ajit Pawar

Ajit Pawar at Vidhan Bhavan during Maharashtra Assembly at Nagpur

Ajit Pawar, former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, on the third day of Maharashtra Assembly, chaired by Speaker Haribhau Bagde, raised concerns about the problems being faced by rural Indians and farmers. He was of the view that the common man has been whole-heartedly supporting demonetisation but they are still at the suffering end. Pawar during his speech requested CM Devendra Fadnavis to not to come back from 7, Lok Kalyan Marg (PM’s residence) unless PM Modi addresses the common man’s concerns arising out of demonetisation. Here’s Ajit Pawars first person account of his speech at Maharashtra Assembly?

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When PM Modi announced demonetisation on November 8, 2016, Indians unanimously supported him. I too have been actively involved in politics but I don’t know what magic spell has PM Modi cast on Indians. I know India would become corruption free and Pakistan would stop its illegal activities because of demonetisation. When you ask a poor man or a farmer about the demonetisation drive, they say that they are ready to face difficulties if it’s really helpful for the nation. Now, if Maharashtra is allotted Rs 1000 crores, the rural banks are allotted a mere Rs 100 crores whereas urban banks are allotted 900 crores. This is what pinches me!

Even when there is an electricity crunch in Maharashtra, cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad, etc, have a continuous supply of electricity as compared to rural areas. This is only because these cities are more populated so their residents should be kept happy. So, the rural people face the brunt; they tolerate load shedding for hours.

Banks, whose CRR ratio (Cash Reserve Ratio) should be 4%, now have a CRR ratio of 10.34%. Moreover RBI keeps issuing new guidelines everyday. Despite banks not being cash strapped, they aren’t accepting cash from rural people. I have learnt from sources that RBI governor Urjit Patel himself doesn’t support demonetisation. Our farmers and poor people from rural areas are going through terrible times. Most of them don’t even have bank accounts. Farmers are paid in cash on a regular basis; so people who are working as labourers and workers are not being paid their money. Poor people aren’t getting their payments because there’s no money in the banks!

The common man has been extremely patient so far. Once, this patience is lost, no matter how much the government tries to control the situation, it’s going to be disastrous. I request CM Devendra Fadnavis to skip the on-going assembly if needed and meet PM Modi and Amit Shah. We have seen how much weightage he holds in front of both PM Modi and Amit Shah, both! He (Devendra Fadnavis) very conveniently sidelined the people he wanted to and kept the people he wanted to be close to! Chandrababu Naidu and Jayalalithaa proved their efficiency by making sure they solve their states issues. Likewise, we too should do the same. CM should not move from 7 Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi unless and until PM Modi addresses our concerns. Please give us justice!

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Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal issues disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs

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Narhari Zirwal – the Deputy Speaker in Maharashtra Assembly – on Saturday (June 25) issued disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs.

Narhari Zirwal, Deputy Speaker, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly

Narhari Zirwal – the Deputy Speaker in Maharashtra Assembly – on Saturday (June 25) issued disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs.

The MLAs, who are being led by Eknath Shinde, are currently staying at Guwahati in Assam. These MLAs are supposed to file their written replies by 5:30 pm on Monday (June 27).  If the MLAs are disqualified, Shinde will lose his legislator’s post and that, crucially, will see his revolt fail.

The Shiv Sena had moved the original notice against 12 rebel MLAs, including Shinde, late Thursday evening and added another four names on Friday.

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As Maharashtra political crisis intensifies, police impose section 144 in Mumbai

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The Mumbai Police on June 25 imposed Section 144 in Mumbai, which disallows the gathering of five or more persons.

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The Mumbai Police on June 25 imposed Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in the city, which disallows the gathering of five or more persons. The prohibitory orders will remain in force till July 10.

Owing to escalating tensions between Maharashtra’s ruling coalition partner Shiv Sena and its internal rebel group, earlier in the day, the police in neighbouring Thane district, which is a bastion of Shiv Sena’s rebel leader Eknath Shinde, imposed Section 144. The order in Thane will remain in force till June 30.

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Yesterday Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s key aide and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut issued a warning to the rebel MLAs, suggesting that they would have to face the fury of party workers after returning to Mumbai.

He said: “Outside Maharashtra, you are eagles. But the people’s patience is wearing thin. Right now, Shiv Sainiks have not come out on the streets. If they do, the streets will be on fire.”

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Eknath Shinde-led rebel group to call itself ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’

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The rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde, who are camping in Guwahati, on Saturday (June 25) named their group as ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb.’

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Even as Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena is seeking disqualification of its rebel MLAs from the assembly, the rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde on Saturday (June 25) named their group as ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb.’

Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Keserkar said: “Our group will be called Shiv Sena Balasaheb. We will not merge with any party.” Kesarkar has also hinted at a possible alliance with the BJP. “We have only two options remaining in Maharashtra; to go with either the NCP-Congress or the BJP, otherwise the government cannot be formed. However, the question of allying with the BJP will be decided by Eknath Shinde. Whatever decision he takes, we will support it.”

Meanwhile Maharashtra Congress leader Ashok Chavan said: “Until it gets legal authorisation from the speaker, such type of groups will not be authorized.”

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