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Satish Chaturvedi is a billionaire, who’s beyond his voters’ reach, says Krishna Khopde

Krishna Khopde

In the crowded area of Satranjipura in old Nagpur, BJP MLA Krishna Khopdes office is bustling with people from all over. While the phones are constantly ringing, we try to settle down in the hustle-bustle, waiting for Khopde to arrive. As he reaches, he greets everybody around and immediately orders tea for us. As Khopde, who hails from a humble background, shares with us, his tryst with politics, he is quick to lambast his opponent Satish Chaturvedi at the mere mention of him in the conversation. Excerpts of the interview:

How did you embark on your journey in politics When and where did it start?

I started my political career almost 40 years back. Initially, I would participate in numerous social gatherings, agitations and protests. I have continuously fought six elections in NMC and two in Vidhan Sabha. I emerged victorious in all the elections I contested. I have been associated with the BJP for long and have served as its city president too. Working for the common man and delivering what has been promised has been my agenda since the beginning of my political career. East Nagpur is a constituency that needs a lot of development that includes unauthorised layouts, which comprise almost 60% of the total east Nagpur area. 

In 2014 assembly elections, you won by the second highest margin (after Devendra Fadnavis). What went in your favour? Would you attribute it to the Modi wave?

When I contested the 2009 Vidhan Sabha elections, I faced stiff competition from Satish Chaturvedi, who was a sitting MLA for five terms and a minister in the then Congress governement. Congress always had Shiv Sena as its competitor in the east Nagpur constituency. For the first time, a BJP candidate was pitched against Chaturvedi, and that proved to be extremely challenging for him. All the political pundits, analysts and media believed that it would get difficult for me to survive against Satish Chaturvedi because he’s one of the billionaires of the country with abundance of money. Despite all such assumptions, in 2009, I defeated him by a margin of 36,000 votes! In 2014 assembly elections, I improved my tally by winning people’s heart and won by almost 50,000 votes against Chaturvedi. I feel that because of Nitin Gadkariji and the BJP, I have been continuously winning my elections.

Your constituency – east Nagpur – is one of the most underdeveloped area in the city…

I feel you need to have the will power to work for people. Since 1980, Satish Chaturvedi had been entrusted with the responsibility of east Nagpur constituency. Had he been wanting, in 25 years, he could have changed the face of east Nagpur through development. Also, he had served as the Cabinet Minister in the state for 18 years. But, he was of the mindset that if he developed this area, people wouldn’t approach him frequently with their problems; and in turn they would eventually forget him. In fact, this has been Congress mentality. They (Congress) could have easily solved all the problems, if they really wanted to. Resorting to corruption, fooling the people and misusing public money was their only priority. This was the major reason why people didn’t vote for Chaturvedi. Today, gradually people are forgetting who he is.

He always knew that he would face stiff competition from me so he resorted to all sorts of malpractices to scare me but to no avail. Today, he owns 53 colleges in Nagpur and owns thousands of acres of land. He is so rich that he might not even be aware of the properties that he possesses. He has been misusing his wealth in politics. He’s beyond his voters’ approach as as he resides in a 400 crore palatial mansion in Crorepati lane (Civil Lines). ?Unke ghar par pehle kuttey ke darshan ya fir guard ke darshan hote hain. First you have to meet his dog or his guard at his place, unlike my office, which is flooded with people all day long.

When Nitin Gadkari was being touted as one of the frontrunners for Maharashtra’s chief minister’s position, after the 2014 assembly elections, you had offered to vacate your seat for him. Party insiders say that Devendra Fadnavis was miffed with you because of the same. Whats your equation with the CM now?

My professional and personal relations with both of them (Gadkari and Fadnavis) are very good. Fadnavisji and I started our political career at the same time. No matter what, Nitin Gadkariji has proved his mettle time and again. Hes created many bigwigs in politics. He has always motivated all the party workers including Devendra Fadnavis. So, there was a common feeling among the party workers to consider Gadkari as the frontrunner. Having said that, Devendra Fadnavis is equally capable and deserving. 

As per the election affidavit, you have studied till fifth standard. But initially, you had claimed to have studied up to B.Com first year. Then, in your 2014 election affidavit, you claimed to have cleared exams till eighth standard. Why this discrepancy?

Before the elections, we had given charge to a single person for the documentation in the city. So, while feeding my details in the computer, an error took place; somebody elses B.Com qualification was mistakenly mentioned as mine in my election affidavit form. Unfortunately, I signed the form hurriedly, without going through the details. When I came across this discrepancy, I apologised to the public and thanked the media for bringing the same to my notice.

You plan to make Lakadganj police station the states first smart police station. How do you plan to go about it?

The Britishers had built the Lakadgang Police Station and its quarters ages back. The quarters were so small that the families of the police personnel  couldn’t get accommodated in them.

I got the roads cemented and solved the quarters water problem too. I took all possible efforts to make the accommodation operational for them. When I got the opportunity to become an MLA, I decided to revamp the police station and build good housing societies. Former Home Minster RR Patil had even conducted a meeting and appointed a nodal agency at NIT (Nagpur Improvement Trust) in 2011 for the same. The project went through a lot of problems then because of the Congress. Fortunately, after BJP government came into power, the project sped up.

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller

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