Pranab Mukherjee said he had asked both Gandhi and Pawar, who was instrumental in influencing Bal Thackeray towards him, whether he should meet the Sena leader during his visit to Mumbai.
“From time to time, they are raising the issue of mid-term elections… Instead of resorting to such tactics, they should hold mid-term elections. The Sena will fight on its own and is geared up for it,” he said.
Former CM has notched up impressive victories, even as others around him have fallen; among party’s best bets now
BJP candidate in Mumbai, Jagruti Patel defeated Shiv Sena’s Minakshi Patil by polling 11,129 votes in ward no. 116. The BJP snatched the seat from Congress.
The SUV is registered in the name of a relative of Shiv Sena leader Pappu Mane, who often uses it, but was not inside the vehicle on Thursday
On Tuesday, Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam said the state government had no plan to ban firecrackers in the state. Kadam said Sena would never support any restrictions on Hindu festivals and would not take a decision on firecracker ban.
On Monday, Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana published an article claiming the six Shiv Sainiks had come to KEM for blood donation and were falsely charged with attacking Dr Pathak.
Gadhve said while the elected MPs and MLAs were not allowed to construct toilets or erect streetlights for people, the government has gone ahead with its plans.
Shiv Sena claimed that PM Modi was of the view that inflation will increase and the economy will be in doldrums if the GST was implemented and that he had vehemently opposed this tax while he was the Gujarat chief minister.
While the MNS claimed that it was the party’s ultimatum that led to the action, Uddhav, speaking to newspersons at the Shiv Sena Bhavan on Saturday, claimed that the action had come after the demand was raised by his party’s ministers before the CM Fadnavis earlier this week.
‘Personal appeal unlikely to translate into votes in absence of organisational base’
“Despite the fall in crude oil prices, the rates of petrol and diesel simply did not come down from Rs 80 and Rs 63 respectively. It seems that the Centre and the state governments were just not mentally prepared to reduce soaring rates,” it said.
“For us, he is like Ramdas Athawale and Mahadeo Jankar, who are part of the NDA. There is nothing more into it. And since we haven’t reacted on Athawale or Jankar, there is no need for us to react on Rane’s induction too,” said a senior Sena leader.
Before the cabinet meeting began, Sena ministers met the CM to convey their concerns over the stampede. They demanded wider foot overbridges and removal of hawkers from all bridges and railway stations.
On Saturday, angered by the hospital’s decision to put numbers on the foreheads of those killed in the stampede on a foot overbridge at the Elphinstone Road railway station for speedy identification by their kin, at least six Shiv Sainiks tried to attack Dr Pathak inside the hospital.