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Nagpurians protest after Congress leaders demand transfer of NMC Chief Tukaram Mundhe

Tukaram Mundhe

Congress leaders including Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Nana Patole and MLA for West Nagpur Vikas Thakre demanded the transfer of Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe. As soon as various reports on social media of Mundhe getting transferred anytime soon surfaced, Nagpur residents started an online petition ‘People’s Confidence Motion’ on social media to show solidarity towards the NMC Chief. However, we couldn’t get Patole’s comments on the same as his phone was switched off. Apart from Congress leaders, Nagpur Mayor Sandip Joshi too had earlier lashed out at Mundhe.

When we spoke to Vikas Thakre, he said, More than transfer, I feel whatever issues we have against him, should be discussed in the Legislative Assembly; he should be punished.

Thakre further said, Before declaring an area as a containment zone in Nagpur, he should ensure hes providing facilities to the residents. He just deploys police outside the areas but what about their roles and responsibilities Is he providing the residents with ration? If people aren’t allowed to visit ATM, is there any mobile ATM? People are suffering great deal because of his attitude. Are we going to get scared of Mundhe and sit at home? He has to take into consideration every concerned persons opinion. Hes just washing his hands off his responsibility.

Soniya Pohare Patil, a homemaker from Nagpur, is of the opinion that Munde has proved himself to be an able administrator especially in COVID-19 pandemic. She said, His vigilant attitude towards every alarming situation has certainly helped Nagpur stay safe especially for mothers like me. His skill to trace chain of positive patients is commendable. Hes been proactive in making quarantine centres ready at the right time. His discipline speaks volumes about his attitude and work ethics. His transfer will only topple a steady structure; not to forget, it will create panic among residents. Moreover, his ability to not to succumb to any political pressure makes him respect worthy.

Shailaja Prasad, who runs Rags Boutique in Nagpur, said, I’m grateful to Mundhe for ensuring we don’t become another Mumbai or Pune vis-à-vis number of COVID-19 cases; hes the right person to tackle this pandemic. Though my staff did face financial difficulties during lockdown, but they still feel Mundhe did the right thing. He ensured there was a complete shutdown. No two ways about it; he has saved us, for sure!

Nagpur businessman Rahul Gupta said, I don’t think he should be transferred. I’ve met him a couple times; he comes across sincere. Moreover, if hes transferred, it will lead to huge panic among residents. People have to realise hes been relentlessly working since months. A lot of planning and hard work has gone into the controlling the COVID-19 situation in Nagpur. We’ve seen results; waiting for more!

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Dance enthusiasts, friends pay tribute in loving memory of Tiki Peters in Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Dance enthusiasts, friends and students came together and paid a heartfelt tribute in the loving memory of renowned western dance teacher late Benedict Peters fondly called as Tiki Peters. Moreover, the get-together also gave a chance to enthusiasts who wished to express their love for dance. The get together was held at Money Plant Terrace in Laxmi Nagar on March 13.

Hosts – businessman Dhananjay Sakharkar and Deputy Executive Editor at ABP Majha Sarita Kaushik – along with other guests, reminisced some memorable anecdotes of Tiki that lifted spirits of all as they went down the memory lane. 

Fondly remembering Peters, Sarita Kaushik told Nation Next, “Tiki was a dear friend for whom Dhananjay and I arranged this small get-together. He was a gifted teacher who danced like no one else. His moves were fabulous; no body could teach better than him. He had a commendable sense of aesthetics when it came to dance. I’m glad his elder sister and brother are equally talented and will continue Tiki’s legacy of excellence.”

Dhananjay, who had known Peters for nearly four decades, said, “My association Tiki dates back to over 40 years. He taught  us many dance forms including Jive, Salsa, Disco, Ballroom, Waltz, Cha Cha Cha. More than anything else, Tiki was an exceptional human being – with amazing sense of humour! When Tiki passed away, Sarita and I arranged a small party where we served everything that he loved  – veg puff, macarons, cakes, soft drinks and of course music to dance! This was our small gesture for our dear friend who, I’m certain, was smiling from the heavens that evening!”

Tiki Peters, who was brought up in an Anglo-Indian culture – something that was predominant in city’s Mohan Nagar area, passed away in November last year. 

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Never thought I’d get such warmth, love after leaving Congress, says Ghulam Nabi Azad




Radhika Dhawad | Srinagar

Never thought I’d get such warmth, love after leaving Congress, says Ghulam Nabi Azad…

DPAP Chief and ex-Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said he never imagined he would receive such love and warmth after quitting Congress.

Ghulam Nabi Azad addressing public meeting at Banihal

Chairman of Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said he never imagined he would receive such love and warmth after quitting the Congress party. Azad, on Saturday, remarked, “I had never thought that after leaving Congress, the people of Jammu and Kashmir would receive me with this kind of warmth and love.”

Azad said that after quitting the grand old party, more and more people were joining his new party; they have faith in him. He said, “It gives me more responsibilities and challenges to meet the expectations of people. People feel dejected and disappointed with the present governing system.” 

Azad said he aimed to build a better and progressive Jammu Kashmir where the future of youth is secure. He said if his party came to power, he would bring the massive developmental revolution across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Azad also asserted that his politics was based on inclusiveness, development and peace. Speaking at the public meeting in Eidgah at Srinagar, Azad, said that unlike other parties who try to divide people for political benefit, he aimed to develop Jammu and Kashmir inclusively where each person irrespective of religion, caste and creed felt politically and socially empowered.

Azad concluded, “Be it statehood, land or jobs, I will lead my people from the front to secure their rights. My people are my priority. I have come back to Jammu Kashmir only for my people otherwise, I had all the opportunities I could desire ever in my life.” 

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BREAKING: Gadkari again receives death threat calls from same caller




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
The Public Relations Officer of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari again received two death threat calls  today morning (March 21).

Nitin Gadkari

In a rather shocking incident amid the high security C20 conference in Nagpur, the Public Relations Office of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari again received two death threat calls  today morning (March 21). According to the information received, once again there have been threatening calls received in the name of a criminal named Jayesh Pujari alias Jayesh Kantha.

Employees of the senior BJP leader’s office alerted Nagpur Police and security has been beefed up outside the office in Khamla and the leader’s residence on Wardha Road. However, cops are yet to ascertain whether the call was actually made by the same person who had issued death threats to Gadkari in January. 

On January 14 this year, an unidentified extortionist, claiming to speak on behalf of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, threatened to kill Gadkari in an explosion if he didn’t pay him ₹100 crore.

The caller threatened Gadkari though a phone call on the landline number of his Public Relations Office (PRO) at Khamla in Nagpur (around one kilometre away from his residence) at 11:25 am, 11:32 am, and 12:30 pm.

The employees of the office alerted the police after the threat call, where in the caller also threatened to blow up Gadkari’s office. Nagpur Police immediately beefed up the security outside Gadkari’s office and residence. 

It was later revealed that a notorious gangster named Jayesh Pujari had threatened to kill Gadkari by allegedly making the three threat calls illegally using a cellphone while he was lodged in Belgaum Jail at Karnataka. 

In 2016, Pujari had even escaped after breaking the jail. The gangster, in the past too, had threatened several senior officers and other people in a similar manner. 

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