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Muttemwar and Thakre are acting as BJP’s B team in Nagpur, writes Gev Awari in a letter to Rahul Gandhi

Gev Awari
Gev Awari

Senior Congress leader from Nagpur Gev Awari has sent a complaint letter to the Congress President Rahul Gandhi blaming former union minister Vilas Muttemwar and city Congress chief Vikas Thakre for the decimation of the party in the city. In his explosive letter to the Congress president, blasting off Muttemwar and Thakre, Awari has written, “I am surprised and pained that in spite the anti-party activities of the two leaders, nothing has been done to restrain them.”

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Vilas Muttemwar

Blaming Muttemwar and Thakre for “successive defeats of Congress in the Municipal Elections in 2007, 2012 and 2017,” Awari writes, “I wonder whether these two leaders are working as a B team of the BJP in the Congress Party.”

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Vikas Thakre

In his letter, Awari has requested Gandhi to “immediately dismiss Vikas Thakre as the District Congress Committee (DCC) chief and to put some impartial leader to look after the affairs of Nagpur DCC till fresh elections are ordered.”

Interestingly, besides levelling allegations of anti-party activities against Muttemwar and Thakre, Awari’s letter refers to the show cause notice given to another senior Congress leader Dr Satish Chaturvedi by Thakre, where Chaturvedi was accused of indulging in anti-party activities. “The DCC chief (Thakre) has been issuing show cause notices to senior leaders without having any authority,” writes Awari in his letter.

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

The recent developments clearly indicate that the factionalism in Nagpur Congress is on the rise, which is bound to give senior party leadership sleepless nights as 2019 elections are approaching.

Nation Next is in the possession of the Awari’s letter to Gandhi (which has been written in English, Hindi and Marathi). Check the letter below. 

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Here’s the letter sent to Rahul Gandhi by Gev Awari
Gev Awari
Here’s the letter sent to Rahul Gandhi by Gev Awari
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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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