Passing through a battery of servants, as we are escorted to a grand living room of the palatial Meghe House (at Khamla in Nagpur), a suave and svelte Sameer Meghe, dressed in a crisp white shirt and black trousers, greets us with utmost humility. The scion of Meghe family, who is the sitting BJP MLA from Hingna, is a man of few words. Maintaining the brevity of his answers, a calm and composed Sameer Meghe speaks to Nation Next about his father Datta Meghe’s personal rapport with political biggies, the division of labour between him and his elder brother Sagar Meghe and why his joining the BJP was not opportunism.
You contested first time from Hingna and defeated a senior leader like Ramesh Bang by securing 84,139 votes in the assembly elections in 2014. Do you think your association with the Congress would have led to a similar victory?
People were frustrated because of Congress due to corruption, which was prevalent on a large scale. No work was really done for the people. The politicians carried out their routine work only. Definitely Modi wave did exist but several other factors like anti incumbency, my father Datta Meghes reputation, our education institutions and youth factor too contributed to my victory. So, only after considering all these aspects carefully, people voted for me.
You, along with your father Datta Meghe and your brother Sagar Meghe, quit Congress citing political differences with some of the senior leaders before the last assembly elections. How would you respond to the accusations of opportunism?
People will eventually say what they want to. We should just focus on our work. Our relations with Nitin Gadkari and Devendra Fadnavis go back a long way. My father shared a very close bond with Devendrajis father Gangadharrao Fadnavis. Similarly, my fathers relation with Nitin Gadkari traces back to almost 40 years. I thank all the party members of the BJP because only after seeing some caliber in us they gave us this opportunity.
It is being said that Sagar has quit politics because he thinks if one brother is into politics, other should concentrate on family business
Its true! Sagar has to take care of our family business, as it’s our livelihood! I have barely visited our institutes of late, because I am constantly busy serving my people in Hingna.
In the last assembly elections in 2014, you were apparently about to get pitched against Sagars brother-in-law Rajendra Mulak over west Nagpur seat, which the latter had been eyeing since a long time…
I had wished for the seat and so had Rajendra. Some newspapers had even published stories about this. I took a stand by saying that we both have asked for the ticket but no one really knows what would happen. At the end, none of us got the ticket.
How is your fathers rapport with Sharad Pawar after disassociating with the NCP?
My father still shares extremely cordial relations with him. Election is just for 20 days but your relation with people is forever. We would always be there for each other.
If reports are to be believed, Sagar Meghe had shifted his base to Dubai, saying that he wanted to expand his educational empire. Was it because he couldn’t face the political tug of war here?
These are rumours. People can create rumours out of anything. You never know what they will talk and what they will come up with. Dubai has lot of opportunities; just because we (our family) shouldn’t lack behind, Sagar had taken such a step for everybody. He always had plans to come back soon after establishing his business there.
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 .
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.
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.