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Thousands attend Nitin Gadkaris 60th birthday bash at a jam-packed Kasturchand Park

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Nitin Gadkaris 60th birthday bash at Kasturchand Park in Nagpur (Photo by: Himanshu Pal)

An estimated 40,000 people, braving the scorching heat, were present at Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping  Nitin Gadkaris 60th birthday bash held at Kasturchand Park, Nagpur. Apart from Gadkaris family and many Nagpurians, several bigwigs who attended the do included were Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis along with his wife Amruta, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Chhatisgarh CM Raman Singh, Former Chief Ministers of Maharashtra Narayan Rane and Sushilkumar Shinde, Governor of Assam Banwarilal Purohit, Minister of Rural Development, Women and Child Welfare Pankaja Munde, Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, Former MP Vijay Darda, Minister for Energy, New and Renewable Energy Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Nagpur Mayor Nandatai Jichkar, Patanjali founder Acharya Balkrishna, among many others.

 Nitin Gadkaris 60th birthday
Nitin Gadkaris 60th birthday bash at Kasturchand Park in Nagpur (Photo by: Himanshu Pal)

Nitin Gadkari, while addressing the massive gathering, shared his life story, which revolved around his political career and personal life. Speaking about Rs 1.01 crore presented to him by BJP MPs and MLA, to be donated to 100 charitable institutions, Gadkari said that he would add his own money as well to donate the amount for social causes. Gadkari even inaugurated his biography Sansad mein Nitin Gadkari.

Nitin Gadkaris 60th birthday
Nitin Gadkaris 60th birthday bash at Kasturchand Park in Nagpur (Photo by: Himanshu Pal)

Earlier during the day, Gadkari unveiled his wax statue at his residence in Mahal. The statue would now be a part of wax museum at Lonavala.

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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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