"It is sad that those who never bothered to inquire about my father when he was putting up a brave fight against illness have begun invoking his name to indulge in political mudslinging," the letter mentioned.
Poonawalla, fondly known as one of the ‘seven vaccine heroes of the world’, is the pioneer of vaccination in India. Among those present at the event were members of Poonawalla family, actors Sanjay Dutt, Sanjay Kapoor and Mallika Sherawat.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s directive to the Pune unit of the party, to replace the Puneri pagadi used for felicitation with the turban that was used by social reformer Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, has sparked a political controversy, with the Shiv Sena alleging that the NCP has insulted the “Puneri pagadi, a symbol of the pride […]
Last Sunday, at the foundation day function of the party in Pune, the NCP chief Sharad Pawar had instructed his party cadre to gift him the turban of Mahatma Phule during the felicitation event, instead of the Puneri pagadi.
At an event last year, PM Modi expressed his respect for Pawar, who, he said, had helped him in his initial years in politics. There has been talk of an imminent cabinet expansion, especially in view of vacancies in defence and Urban Development.
The Devendra Fadnavis government unveiled a mega Rs 34,020 crore farm loan waiver scheme that will see debt of up to Rs 1.5 lakh per farmer being written off. The loan waiver scheme, being touted as the "biggest ever" such measure by any state in the country, is expected to make 40 lakh farmers "debt-free" and will provide relief to 49 lakh others.