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Audio leak: Nagpur BJP netas abuse Gadkari, claim Congress chief Vikas Thakre may switch to BJP

Two BJP leaders from Nagpur got into troubled waters for discussing Nitin Gadkari and Vikas Thakre during a phone conversation.
L to R: Nitin Gadkari, Vikas Thakre

Two BJP leaders from Nagpur got into troubled waters for reportedly abusing? Union Minister Nitin Gadkari during a conversation over the phone before 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The leaders identified are Jaihari Singh Thakur (Vice President of BJP’s Nagpur unit) and Abhay Tidke (Nagpur executive committee member). In no time the audio clip of the same went viral on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.

Listen to the leaked audio tape below:

During the conversation, the duo said that the Union Minister would eventually lose the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The leaders even abused Gadkari and accused him of neglecting the grass root party workers like them.

The leaders further said that current MLA from Nagpur West Sudhakar Deshmukh in 2024 would contest for the Lok Sabha elections from the BJP, as Gadkari would lose this year. They even said that Deshmukh wasn’t keen on contesting the upcoming assembly elections, stated for later this year in October.

Also read: Vikas Thakre calls for action against Satish Chaturvedi; Thakre has lost his mental balance, says Chaturvedi

In a surprising claim, the two leaders said that Congress chief Vikas Thakre might switch to the BJP and contest the upcoming assembly elections from Nagpur West constituency as hes close to Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis.

When Nation Next spoke to city BJP chief Sudhakar Kohale about the audio clip, he said, Party detractors and miscreants wouldn’t be spared under any circumstances. I received a letter from Jaihari, in which hes apologised.

As per Kohale, Jaiharis letter read, I’m extremely apologetic and ashamed for whatever I spoke. I was clueless that Abhay would ever record the conversation and make it viral. I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself for this behaviour and I’ll regret this for my entire life. I don’t have the courage to face you. I had no intentions to work against the party (BJP). I will resign and repent this forever.

Vikas Thakre, speaking about his closeness to Fadnavis, told Nation Next, I’ve been close to Devendra since 1997! Had I wanted, I would have switched the party long back. Neither Devendra nor me have spoken about this ?proximity? of ours. You should in fact ask the two leaders about their source of information. Once I get the audio clipping, I’m for sure going to speak to the two of them.

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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.

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

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.’

Eknath Shinde

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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