“Mahatma Phule was from the city and he was a great social reformer who fought for social justice for the poor and those from the backward class. His turban should be considered a symbol of the revolution and reforms that are associated with the identity of the city,” NCP said.
The demand comes three days after the Sakal Maratha Samaj, a Maratha group, launched a campaign seeking that Pune University be renamed after Chhatrapati Shivaji’s son Sambhaji.
Under the cluster redevelopment scheme, dilapidated and dangerous buildings in an area will be clubbed together to form a cluster. The residents of these buildings will be given houses in newly built buildings of the cluster.
Sena’s comments, in an editorial in the party’s mouthpiece in Saamana, came after Pawar’s comment that the government is taking action against those people who have nothing to do with the Bhima Koregoan violence.
“Everyone knows who were behind the Bhima-Koregaon (violence) but instead of arresting them, those who have no connection, have been arrested and this is called the misuse of power,” former union minister Sharad Pawar had said.
Sena leaders said after the Sena-BJP government came to power in the state, the ministerial posts and the state-run corporations were distributed.
Both Sena and BJP leaders have revealed the Shah-Thackeray pre-poll talks are inconclusive but positive.
“Fadnavis has fortified the Mantralaya that has forced the common people to stop visiting it. In this background, a plot has been uncovered and it is like a story of a mysterious, horror cinema,” stated the Sena.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday said the BJP was playing a “threat letter card” to gain sympathy. However, slamming Pawar for his remarks, Fadnavis said the Rajya Sabha member was not expected to “stoop down to this level”.
Sena’s remarks come days after BJP chief Amit Shah and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s marathon meeting at the latter’s residence Matoshree in Mumbai amid strained relationship between the two allies.
After holding talks with Uddhav Thackeray, Amit Shah held a meeting with top leadership of the BJP to discuss the political challenges and strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls
Earlier the Shiv Sena — distraught at the second-hand treatment in the hands of the BJP — had heavily criticised Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi and the policies of the Centre.
On the day BJP chief Amit Shah is slated to meet Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena has mocked the BJP’s ‘Sampark Abhiyan’ programme and reiterated that it would contest 2019 polls solo.
Political observers say the bypoll results, as well as the Opposition unity exhibited in Karnataka, made the BJP decide to mend its ties with its allies.
“It is true that we don’t have a prominent North Indian face in the party. But, we fight elections with party president Uddhav Thackeray as our only face and all of us as Sainiks,” said Vinay Shukla, Sena coordinator who campaigned in the north Indian belt of the constituency.