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Government in Maharashtra to change in 2019: BJP minister Girish Bapat

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Girish Bapat (Photo by: Himanshu Pal)

Senior BJP minister from Maharashtra Girish Bapat addressing farmers meet in Pune on January 6 said that the government in Maharashtra would change next year. He also said that people, who want to get any sort of work done from the BJP, should religiously follow up for the same.

According to a report in a leading newspaper, Bapat said, ?Ek varshanantar sarkar badalnar aahe, kay ghyayache asel tar attach amchya pathi-magey laga (Whatever you want, ask for it now because the government is going to change next year). I won’t discuss whats going to happen next at this meeting, but I know whats going to happen.

Sudhir Mungantiwar, Maharashtra’s finance minister, said, I had a word with Bapat about what he said. He just wanted the work to get speedup. In fact, Amit Shah said the BJP would be in power for the coming 50 years.

While it came as a shock for many of Bapats supporters, he was also congratulated on social media for his ?bold statement. The Congress and NCP too lauded Bapat, who happens to be the cabinet minister for food and civil supplies, consumer protection, food and drug administration and parliamentary affairs in the Fadnavis led government. Bapat, who’s a six-time MLA from Pune, is also the guardian minister of Pune.

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Prithviraj Chavan, senior Congress leader and former chief minister of Maharashtra, said, I’ve interacted with quite many ministers of Maharashtra. Though privately, most ministers confess that they feel depressed, it’s Bapat who dared to speak in public. They are aware of the fact that the BJP would lose the 2019 elections in Maharashtra due to the government’s failure in creating new jobs. There’s a lot of growing unrest among people here.

NCP leader Supriya Sule while speaking to a Marathi news channel, said, I welcome Bapat’s statement. He is the only leader in the BJP who is aware of the ground reality.

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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.’

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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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