Maharashtra is witnessing one of its worst water emergencies in years, with the government deploying 6,597 tankers to supply water to 5,243 villages and 11,293 hamlets. SANDEEP ASHAR spends a day with MH 09A 9646 and its driver as they travel 148 km to deliver water to some of the most parched villages of Palghar district.
Nagpur has been registering temperatures above 46 degree Celsius over the past six days. With no sign of respite, the city might break its own record of its highest temperature, 47.9 degrees Celsius, recorded on May 22, 2013.
Congress candidate Suresh alias Balu Dhanorkar defeated BJP bigwig and Union Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Ahir, by a margin of 44,822 votes. Dhanorkar was the only Congress candidate to emerge victorious in the state.
Sources said Pawar urged Fadnavis to look into the demands for water tankers and cattle camps. He also highlighted the need to provide crop loss compensation to farmers and ensuring that their power supply is not disconnected.
The Buldhana Lok Sabha seat has 17.45 lakh voters. Muslims account for 2.23 lakh; Dalits 2.30 lakh; Malli 2.44 lakh; Marathas and Kunbhi together 5.5 lakh. The rest of the voters are Banjaras, Brahmins, Rajputs and Jains, among others.
In Nagpur (overall 54.67 per cent voting, down from 57.12 per cent in 2014), where Union minister Nitin Gadkari is looking to retain the seat, voting in all the Assembly segments was more or less the same.