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Mumbai News Highlights: Former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh likely to be next Maharashtra Governor

Mumbai News Highlights Today: Meanwhile, cracks appear to have surfaced in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in Maharashtra even as Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar has alleged that NCP chief Sharad Pawar was siding with the BJP

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Mumbai | Updated: January 28, 2023 09:31 IST
Maharashtra GovernorFormer Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh (File)

Mumbai News Highlights, January 27, 2023: Former Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh is likely to replace Bhagat Singh Koshyari as the Maharashtra Governor days after the latter conveyed his desire to step down from the position to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Koshyari’s tenure in the state since his appointment in September 2019 has been marred by controversies, leading to protests from the Opposition and demands for his ouster accusing him of disrespecting Maharashtra’s idols and distorting history.

Meanwhile, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi president Prakash Ambedkar’s remark against NCP president Sharad Pawar on Friday evoked angry reactions from Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). “Sharad Pawar is with BJP,” Ambedkar had said while talking to the media, following which Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut cautioned Ambedkar against such adverse comments on Pawar. Raut said, “Ambedkar should mind his words. If he wants to continue the alliance, he should stop criticizing Pawar.” NCP (MLA) Jeetendra Awadh also sharply retorted, “We will not tolerate such criticism against Pawar.” “You cannot make any loose comment and get away,” he added.

In other news, a massive fire broke out on the 42nd floor of a 45-storey building in Dadar on Thursday night. The Level-4 fire was reported at RA Residency Tower, on the Babasaheb Ambedkar Road in Dadar East in central Mumbai. No injuries were reported.

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22:45 (IST)27 Jan 2023
BJP Mumbai unit chief Ashish Shelar gets 'death threat' by letter

The Mumbai unit chief of BJP Ashish Shelar on Friday received a death threat by a letter that was received at his office in Bandra.

An officer said that the letter, written in crude language was received via post. The letter sent by an unidentified person asked the BJP MLA to keep quiet and not talk much failing which he and his family would face the consequences.

The officer said that an FIR has been registered against unidentified persons under section 506 of the Indian Penal Code for criminal intimidation and other offences  at the Bandra police station. 

An officer said that they are checking CCTV cameras and trying to trace from where the letter was posted to track down the perpetrators.

21:39 (IST)27 Jan 2023
Man alleged to be involved in nearly 400 cybercrimes held in Mumbai

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch arrested a man alleged to be involved in nearly 400 cybercrimes across the country.

Thanks to the National Cybercrime Reporting Portal, where citizens can upload complaints and phone numbers used in the crimes, when the police entered the accused’s number, they found out that 39 FIRs and 326 online complaints were filed against him. Most of the complaints were filed from Telangana.

An officer from Unit IV of the crime branch said that they received information about a cybercriminal who often came to a hotel on the Andheri Ghatkopar Highway and laid a trap. Read More

21:38 (IST)27 Jan 2023
Tipu Sultan’s name removed from Malad garden: BJP minister

The Maharashtra government has stripped the title of a public garden named after 18th-century ruler Tipu Sultan, a year after the renovated garden in Malad West was inaugurated by the previous government led by the Shiv Sena.

The decision was announced by the guardian minister for Mumbai suburbs, Mangal Prabhat Lodha, on Friday afternoon. Lodha said the decision was taken in a DPDC meeting last week, following demands from the local public and from their elected representatives; and that the board at its entrance identifying the garden by this name was removed two days ago with the initiative of the locals from the area.

On Friday afternoon, Lodha took to social media and said, “Finally, victory of the Right! Ordered removal of name Tipu Sultan from the park in Malad after considering the protests by Sakal Hindu Samaj & demand by @iGopalShetty Ji in the DPDC meeting. Last year MVA govt had named the ground after Tipu Sultan and we had to protest it!” Read More

20:07 (IST)27 Jan 2023
Notice on removal of 177 Aarey trees for metro project questioned in Bombay HC

Environmental activist Zoru Bhathena has moved the Bombay High Court against a notice issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s Tree Authority that invited feedback on the plan to remove 177 trees at Aarey, describing it to be “in breach of a Supreme Court order”.

In his public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking the quashing of the notice, Bhathena claimed on January 21 that the notice was issued on the basis of an application from the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL).

Refusing to stay the Maharashtra government decision to allow a car depot for the metro’s Line 3 to be set up in the Aarey region, the apex court on November 29, 2022, let the MMRCL pursue its application before the Tree Authority for felling 84 trees to construct a ramp for the project. Read More

16:07 (IST)27 Jan 2023
Honour killing: Medical student strangled, set ablaze by family in Maharashtra; five held

A 22-year-old medical student was strangled to death and set ablaze allegedly by her father, brother and three other male relatives over her love affair in Maharashtra's Nanded district, an official said.

The police on Friday arrested the five for the killing that took place on January 22 in Pimpri Mahipal village under Limbgaon police station, around 600 km from Mumbai, an official said.

Shubhangi Jogdand was strangled to death with a rope by her family members, who later set her ablaze and threw her remains in a stream to destroy the evidence, he said. The victim was a third year student of Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) and her marriage had been fixed. However, she informed the man chosen by her family that she was in love with another man from her village, the official said. The victim's family had been upset after the wedding was called off, he said. (PTI)

15:01 (IST)27 Jan 2023
State dept of tourism to organise Shivaji Maharaj Janm Utsav in February

The Maharashtra government's Department of Tourism will organise a Shivaji Maharaj Janm Utsav at Shivneri Fort in Junnar between February 18 and 23.

The Utsav will entail open markets, fetes, and plays along with a museum showcasing weapons and items that were used during the time of Maharaja Chhatrapati Shivaji. The play Jaanta Raja will also be enacted during the festival.

14:20 (IST)27 Jan 2023
MLC polls: ‘Long ban on liquor sale against Article 21’, says Bombay HC; limits prohibition to election day

The Bombay High Court recently observed that “imposing a prohibitory ban for a long period on merchant establishments and establishments which provide livelihood is contrary to principles under Article 21 of the Constitution and whenever such a thing happens, the authorities need to be thoughtful.”

The bench directed that the prohibitory ban imposed on liquor sale in Thane, Palghar, Raigad, and Nashik districts during elections for Maharashtra Legislative Council seats for graduates’ and teachers’ constituencies, shall be restricted to January 30, the election day, and all other days stand exempted. Read the full story by Omkar Gokhale here.

14:17 (IST)27 Jan 2023
Maha govt orders removal of the name of Mysore king Tipu Sultan from park in Malad

The Maharashtra government Friday reversed the decision of the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to name a garden in Malad after Mysore king Tipu Sultan. The state government ordered the removal of the name of Tipu Sultan which had earlier been given to a garden in Malad. 

Guardian Minister for Mumbai Suburbs, Mangal Prabhat Lodha on Friday afternoon tweeted, 'Finally, victory of the Right! Ordered removal of name Tipu Sultan from the park in Malad after considering the protests by Sakal Hindu Samaj & demand by @iGopalShetty Ji in the DPDC meeting. Last year MVA govt had named the ground after Tipu Sultan and we had to protest it!'

Lodha, in a statement said, "Last year, we protested the name of Tipu Sultan for the garden. We were even arrested by at the behest of government (MVA). I was there, Gopal Shetty was there. We were taken in police custody and even detained for a long time." "Last week, DPDC meeting happened and I immediately decided that the name should be removed. Day before yesterday, the people themselves from the area came forward and removed the name of the board," he continued.

Ashfaqulla Khan, Ramprasad Bismil are other names that are being considered for the garden. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the state government are likely to take a call on the matter soon. Emphasising his order, Lodha said "Tipu Sultan name was never there. There is no record in any government document of this park names such. So the board was removed because the name didn't exist."

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13:25 (IST)27 Jan 2023
Amarinder Singh likely to replace Bhagat Singh Koshyari as Maharashtra Governor

Amarinder Singh, former chief minister of Punjab, is likely to be appointed as the new Governor of Maharashtra. The development comes days after incumbent Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari expressed his desire to step down from the position.

Koshyari, who has faced Opposition criticism and demands for his resignation over various issues throughout his tenure, had said on Monday that he had conveyed his desire to step down to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Read here.

11:46 (IST)27 Jan 2023
VBA president Prakash Ambedkar's remarks against NCP's Sharad Pawar evokes anger from Shiv Sena, NCP

VBA president Prakash Ambedkar's remark against NCP president Sharad Pawar Friday evoked angry reactions from Shiv Sena and the NCP. 'Sharad Pawar is with BJP,' said Prakash Ambedkar, while talking to the media. 

Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut cautioned Ambedkar against such adverse comments on Pawar. Raut said, "Ambedkar should mind his words. If he wants to continue the alliance, he should stop criticizing Pawar."

NCP (MLA) Jeetendra Awadh also sharply retorted, "We will not tolerate such criticism against Pawar." "You cannot make any loose comment and get away," he said. Read the full story here.

11:39 (IST)27 Jan 2023
'VBA and Sena (UBT) alliance not connected with MVA', says Maharashtra Cong President Nana Patole

Days after Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena and Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi announced their alliance and made it clear the VBA will be part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), the Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole Friday said that the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) and Shiv Sena (UBT) alliance has no connection with the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) led by Ambedkar.

While speaking at a function in Gondia on Friday, Patole said that the Congress has not received any proposal about the VBA's wish to join MVA.

11:27 (IST)27 Jan 2023
Major fire in 45-storey Dadar residential high-rise, no injuries reported

A massive (level 4) fire was reported on the 42nd floor of the 45-storey R A Residency tower on Babasaheb Ambedkar Road in Dadar East in central Mumbai, at 8.32 pm on Thursday. No injuries have been reported in the fire.

According to Sanjay Manjrekar, chief fire officer (CFO) of the Mumbai Fire Brigade, the internal firefighting system of the building was not operational. It took the Mumbai Fire Brigade almost 7.5 hours to douse the fire, which was declared level 4 by the fire brigade at 11.10 pm on Thursday. Read the full story by Eeshanpriya MS here.

10:55 (IST)27 Jan 2023
Mumbai records 'very poor' AQI once again

Mumbai once again recorded very poor air quality index on Friday. The AQI of the city was 310, in the 'very poor' category.

At 351, the AQI was reportedly the worst at Chembur. Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) recorded an AQI of 334, followed by 328 in Andheri, and 312 in Borivali, all falling under the 'very poor' category. According to SAFAR’s AQI monitoring chart, an AQI between 301-400 is termed as ‘very poor’.

Colaba reported an AQI of 280, followed by 269 in Malad, and 239 in Mazgaon, all falling under the 'poor' category. Further, AQI in Worli (180) and Bhandup (193) stayed in the 'moderate' category.

20:56 (IST)26 Jan 2023
On his first visit to Thane after MVA’s fall, Uddhav Thackeray launches scathing attack on Eknath Shinde

For the first time after a split in his party, Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackeray visited Thane, the home turf of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and launched an attack on Shinde and the faction led by him. He also paid tribute at the memorial of Aanand Dighe, the late Sena leader who is also considered to be Shinde’s mentor.

Thackeray also announced that soon he will hold a massive gathering in Thane and said the Shinde faction got “sold out”. Read more

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray, who visited Thane on Thursday, paid floral tributes to late Sena leader Anand Dighe at his bust at Tembi Naka.
18:51 (IST)26 Jan 2023
Changing City: Revamping Byculla zoo to create a special ‘exotic zone’

Adding 10 acres to the open green space of Mumbai city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to expand the Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Vanaspati Udyan and Zoo, popularly known as the Byculla zoo.

The zoo is spread across about 53 acres, and the BMC will add another 10 acres—seven acres of the newly acquired pocket of the Mafatlal Compound and the rest in the Poddar area.

Read the full story here

15:43 (IST)26 Jan 2023
Maharashtra recovers Rs 1 crore from kin of Covid victims

Maharashtra’s disaster management department has recovered around Rs 1 crore so far from the kin of Covid-19 victims who filed duplicate claims — more than one claim was filed for the same victim — for ex-gratia. The recovered sum is likely to cross Rs 10 crore as more duplicate claims are detected, the department said.

The state government has warned of stringent action against the kin of Covid-19 victims filing duplicate compensation claims. The kin of victims are given Rs 50,000 each as compensation. Read more

15:36 (IST)26 Jan 2023
NCP not to share seats with VBA outside Mumbai

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has conveyed to Sena (UBT) that the latter’s alliance with Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) is essentially about Mumbai and the party is unlikely to spare seats for VBA outside Mumbai.

Senior NCP leaders, including Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil and Sunil Tatkare held a meeting with Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday night to discuss the party’s alliance with the VBA. Read more

14:28 (IST)26 Jan 2023
189 prisoners released from Maharashtra jails on Republic Day

A total of 189 inmates were released from various prisons in Maharashtra on the occasion of the Republic Day on Thursday, an official said.

The state government had issued an order to give special remission to the 189 prisoners.

The prisoners who were released included 35 each from central prisons in Nashik and Nagpur, 20 from Yerwada Central Jail in Pune, 16 from Taloja Central Jail in Navi Mumbai, 11 from Thane Central Jail and four from Mumbai Central Prison (Arthur Road Jail), a prisons department spokesperson said. (PTI)

13:21 (IST)26 Jan 2023
8 persons detained in Dhule for immolation bid to get land papers in their names

Police detained eight persons after they tried to set themselves ablaze to press for the demand for getting their house land title documents in their names in Maharashtra's Dhule district Thursday, police said.

The incident took place near Dhule district collector's office after the national flag was unfurled on the occasion of the Republic Day, an official said. The police seized kerosene bottles from the agitators and detained them, he said.

These people have been residing in Chitod Road Mill area of Dhule city for more than 30 years and demanding registration of their houses as well as the 7/12 extract (land title document) in their names, the official said. (PTI)

12:15 (IST)26 Jan 2023
In photos: CM Shinde unfurls national flag at residence

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde unfurled the national flag at his residence on Thursday.

Maharashtra may witness early elections: Supriya Sule

Assembly elections in Maharashtra may take place even before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and the anxiety and mistrust within the present state government is evident, said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule. She was speaking at the Townhall organised by The Indian Express.

“State elections can happen even before Lok Sabha. Anything is possible. I don’t see happiness in what’s going on. I see a lot of discontent,” she said, adding that the unhappiness is clearly visible in the administration.

“There is a parallel organisation that does transfers and decision-making, including visibility of some people in Davos. I hear from the press that secretaries are going to people for transfers. Six departments are being run by one person. There is consolidation of power at one end and the anxiety and mistrust among them is evident,” she said.

On Maharashtra Governor Koshyari’s decision to step down, Devendra Fadnavis says ‘could continue for five years if he wishes’

The decision of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to step down from his post is his personal choice and nobody asked him to resign, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Tuesday.

Koshyari had said, in a statement released by Raj Bhavan Monday, he has conveyed his desire to step down to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“I have always received love and affection from the Hon’ble Prime Minister and I hope to receive the same in this regard. It was an absolute honour and privilege for me to serve as the Rajya Sevak or Rajyapal of a great state like Maharashtra – the land of saints, social reformers and valiant fighters… I can never forget the love and affection I have received from the people of Maharashtra during the last little more than three years,” Koshyari said in the statement.

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First published on: 25-01-2023 at 10:36 IST
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