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Shreehari Aney declares ViRA’s candidates for forthcoming Vidarbha municipal elections

Shreehari Aney
Former Advocate General and the founder president of Vidarbha Rajya Aghadi (ViRA) Shreehari Aney

Former Advocate General and the founder president of Vidarbha Rajya Aghadi (ViRA) Shreehari Aney declared the names of five of the prospective ViRA candidates for upcoming municipal elections in Vidarbha during a recent press conference. He was addressing the city journalists at Meet the Press organised jointly by Nagpur Union of Working Journalist (NUWJ) and Tilak Patrakar Bhavan Trust (TPBT).

Aney started his address by saying, Nagpur’s few senior journalists recently told me that I might have committed a mistake by launching ViRA (Vidarbha Rajya Aghadi) because the difficulties faced by the party would be more than the achievements. I explained to them my reasons for launching the party. Also, according to me, politicisation of the Vidarbha issue and its impact has to be explained to the people because most people don’t know why politics is needed for the formation of a separate Vidarbha. And, this is the reason why we formed our party – ViRA.

“Despite such huge movements for Vidarbha and the fact that BJP got elected because it had promised us a separate Vidarbha, why isn’t a separate Vidarbha still not formed” Aney asked the journalists, adding, We have to politicise the Vidarbha movement to mount pressure on the government by becoming a threat to the Central and the State government.”

Speaking about the recent silent Maratha protest and the Gujarat protests, Aney said that these protests failed to make a mark amongst the people and the end results are zero even today. We have been listening since 60 years that a separate Vidarbha would be formed but to no avail. We must realise that movements are always short term. The movement for Telangana succeeded; 1500 youth sacrificed their lives. Likewise, even Jharkhand was declared as a separate state. So, we are going to make ViRA a political force so that our demand for a separate Vidarbha is fulfilled, said Aney.

Anna Hazare is a big man but still he couldn’t eradicate corruption. Leaders like Loknayak Bapuji Aney and Brijlal Biyani fought for separate Vidarbha during Sanyukta Maharashtra agitation. But, their movement couldn’t be fruitful, as other politicians didn’t pay much heed to the issue because it was non-political in nature. Jambuwantrao Dhote, under the aegis of political party ‘Forward Block,’ had successfully conducted a separate Vidarbha movement, but due to some reasons, even he couldn’t create a separate Vidarbha. Various social organisations like Janmanch Vidarbha Rajya Andolan Samiti and political parties like ViRA, Republican Party of India (RPI), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) too carried out their separate Vidarbha movements but the government didn’t really acknowledge their movements. So, now all the pro-Vidarbha political parties and social organisations will come together for the agenda of a separate Vidarbha, he said.

He concluded the press conference by declaring the names of five ViRA members who would be contesting the upcoming local body elections of Municipal Councils across Vidarbha cities in February 2017. Following are the five shortlisted names:

Prof Sanjay Wankhede (Arvi)

Sitaram Bhute (Hinganghat)

Chailbihari Agrawal (Gondia)

Mohan Chaudhari (Wardha)

?Jayshree Bhaskar (Sakoli)

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Nitin Gadkari graces screening of ‘Me Vasantrao’ at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari graced the special screening of Marathi movie ‘Me Vasantrao’ – a movie based on the life of Hindustani classical singer and violinist Vasantrao Deshpande.

The screening was held at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur on Sunday evening in the presence family members, friends and the cast of the movie.

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Mayor Dayashankari Tiwari kicks off polio drive in Nagpur

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Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, on Sunday, launched Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) door-to-door polio campaign drive. He, along with Deputy Mayor Manisha Dhawade visited Rognidan Centre in Mahal, Nagpur and inaugurated the campaign by giving polio drops to a toddler.
As per NMC officials, ten Zonal Medical Officers and Ten Health inspectors would visit every house in their respective zones, in order to vaccinate children between the ages of zero-five to immune them against polio.
NMC had recognised Sunday as the official day for polio vaccination. Under Polio Ravivar, they plan to vaccinate more than three lakh kids in Nagpur. They also urged Nagpurkars to vaccinate their children at pulse Polio Booths near their homes from 8 am- 5 pm, on Sunday.
NMC Standing Committee Chief, Corporator Vijay Zalke spoke to Nation Next regarding this campaign and said, This year’s polio drive is going to be bigger than last year. We are planning to vaccinate around 3- 3.15 lakh kids. NMC is bearing the cost of infrastructure and execution. The state government provided us with the doses.
He further stated that there were special teams to vaccinate the homeless during night. ?When it comes to the health of Nagpurkars, money is not a factor we should think about, said Zalke when asked about NMC’s current financial crunch.
As per Zalke, vaccination facility would also be available in slums,, factory areas and other outskirts of Nagpur.

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Congress legislator caught watching porn in Karnataka Assembly

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Congress leader Prakash Rathod, on Friday, was caught on camera while allegedly scrolling through few adult content clips in the State Assembly. This turned out to be a huge embarrassment for both, Congress and Rathod as regional channels aired the video, in which he was ?caught in the act.
The MLC member was present in the house during the proceedings of the legislative council. While the house was in session, Rathod was watching adult content on his smartphone.
However, he threw these charges under the bus and said, I was looking for materials for a question I wanted to ask the government in question hour.
?When I was looking for question material, I deleted too many messages as my phone storage was full. What the media has shown or seen, I don’t know. I would never do such things or see such things, he added.
This was not the first time in Karnataka that such an incident had happened. Back in 2012, three Bharatiya Janata Party ministers were caught on camera allegedly watching adult content in the State Assembly. Following the scandal, they resigned from the state government due to public embarrassment.

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