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Praful Gudadhe Patil hits out at newly elected leader of opposition Sanjay Mahakalkar

Senior Congress corporator Praful Gudadhe Patil during a press conference lashed out at the newly elected Leader of Opposition Sanjay Mahakalkar.
Praful Gudadhe Patil (Photo by: Suyash Sethiya)

Senior Congress corporator Praful Gudadhe Patil during a press conference held recently lashed out at the newly elected Leader of Opposition (LOP) in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) – Sanjay Mahakalkar – who was elected as LOP over Gudadhe. He said, “By appointing Mahakalkar, Congress have given BJP a walkover! I don’t want to question anybody’s capability but common people are witness to what he has done in the NMC house in the last ten years. They also know about my performance in the last 15 years.”

Gudadhe also claimed that even though most corporators were in his favour and others left the decision to the party, MPCC (Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee) chose Mahakalkar over him. Gudadhe said, “Not a single corporator opposed my name but under the influence of certain local leaders, MPCC denied me the post.”

Against the backdrop of the congress’ humiliating defeat in the recently concluded NMC elections, when Gudadhe was asked whether senior Congress leaders like Vilas Muttemwar and Vikas Thakre should retire, Gudadhe said that these leaders should retire from active politics taking responsibility of the party’s poor performance in the civic polls. Gudadhe further added, “Congress party is facing a serious leadership crisis and there are no credible faces at the local level. Congress is still very popular but voters have rejected the party due to internal fights within the party. Earlier as well, Congress could not play the role of opposition party properly and stop BJP to misuse its powers in the civic body. Gudadhe also advised the local leaders to learn from young Congress corporator Bunty Shelke who won from a ward where union transport minister Nitin Gadkari is a voter.

Meanwhile, the city Congress unit backed Mahakalkar when he assumed charge as LOP and demanded action against Gudadhe for targeting seniors leaders like Vikas Thakre and Vilas Muttemwar. The Nagpur City Congress Committee (NCCC) has lodged a complaint with the MPCC regarding the same.

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Virat Kohli complains of losing his unboxed phone in Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli took to twitter to inform netizens that he had lost his brand new unboxed phone in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Kohli, who is in the city for first test match against Australia on Thursday,  said, “Nothing beats the sad feeling of losing your new phone without even unboxing it  Has anyone seen it?”

Food delivery app Zomato was quick to respond by asking the ace cricketer to ‘feel free to order an ice cream from his wife and actor Anushka Sharma’s phone.’ 

The tweet read, “feel free to order ice cream from bhabhi’s phone if that will help.” However, many users anticipated Kohli’s tweet to be an advertisement for a brand.

Also read: Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai




Radhika Dhawad | Bombuflat
Bombay High Court rejected stay plea filed by CBI paving way for the release of ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Ex-Home Ministe Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday. Deshmukh had sought permission to visit his constituency, which is also his hometown, Nagpur. 

The application was filed by Deshmukh through his lawyer, Inderpal Singh, stating that he is a native of Nagpur with deep family roots in the city apart from being an elected representative of his constituency. 

“The applicant craves a benevolent indulgence of this court to permit him to travel outside Greater Mumbai, including District Nagpur, for a limited duration of about four weeks so as to maintain continuity in his social and family ties and also visit his original and permanent home/constituency,” the plea stated.

The plea further added that “the applicant needs to have due legal consultation with his lawyers in New Delhi for further course of strategy in the present and connected cases.”

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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Interesting facts you didn’t know about Union Budget | Must Read




Radhika Dhawad | Bombuflat


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her fifth straight Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Here are some lesser known facts about Union Budget…

The British government presented India’s first ever Union Budget on April 7, 1860.

The first budget of independent India was presented by country’s first Finance Minister RK Shanmukham Chetty on November 26, 1947.

Even though traditionally, the finance ministers present the budget, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are the only Prime Ministers to have presented the Union Budget instead of Finance Ministers.

Until 1955, the Union Budget was presented in English. However, the Congress government then decided to print the Budget papers in both Hindi and English.

In 2019, Sitharaman became the second woman to table the budget after Indira Gandhi who presented the budget for the year 1970-71.

Earlier, the government tabled the rail budget separately for 92 years but since 2017, the rail budget was merged with the Union Budget.

Until 1999, the government tabled the Union Budget at 5 pm on the last working day of February as per British era practice but 

former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha changed the timing to 11 am. Years after, late Finance Minister Arun Jaitely changed the budget presentation to February 1. 

There’s a customary event called the ‘halwa ceremony’ that is held every year ahead of the Union Budget. It is considered as a gesture of appreciation for all people who have worked on the Union Budget. 

To ensure the secrecy of the budget document, a lock-in process is followed – in which all the officials involved 

in preparing the Budget come out of Parliament’s North Block only after the Finance Minister has presented the budget.

In 2021, Sitharaman became the first to table paperless Union Budget.

Former Prime Minister Moraraji Desai holds the record of presenting 10 budgets as finance minister, which is the maximum so far.

Also read: Not a populist but a fiscal consolidation budget: CAMIT Chief Dr Dipen Agrawal

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