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Rahul Gandhi wins hearts at Bapus land on Gandhi Jayanti

Congress President Rahul Gandhi won hearts of his supporters when he visited Sevagram in Maharashtra's Wardha district on October 2 ? Gandhi Jayanti.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi posing with a three-year-old kid outside Mahadev Bhavan, Sevagram, Wardha.

Congress President and Lok Sabha MP Rahul Gandhi won hearts of his supporters when he visited Sevagram in Maharashtra’s Wardha district on October 2 ? the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Rahul, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, was accompanied by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi taking a three-year-old boy in his arms outside Mahadev Bhavan, Sevagram, Wardha.

After attending a prayer meeting at Sevagram Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi spent the final years of his life, Rahul along with Sonia Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh attended the Congress Working Committee meeting at Mahadev Bhavan at Sevagram. While Rahul did not brief the media post the meeting and gave the charge of briefing to Congress MLA from Haryana Randeep Surjewala, he did indulge his supporters after coming out of the venue.

A young supporter of Congress President Rahul Gandhi clicks a selfie with him outside Mahadev Bhavan, Sevagram, Wardha.

As Rahul came out of the venue, young girls screamed his name and requested for selfies and Rahul obliged. When Akshep Ramteke, who works as a Senior Cath Lab Technologist at Kasturba Hospital in Sevagram approached Rahul for a picture with Aksheps three year old son Ryan, Rahul took the little boy in his arms and posed for a picture!

A young boy clicks a selfie with Congress President Rahul Gandhi at Sevagram, Wardha.

After leaving from Mahadev Bhavan, Rahul took part in a ?padhyatra? and the addressed a huge gathering at a ‘Jahir Sabha’ held at Circus Ground in Wardha.

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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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