When Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan leads a delegation of his ministers to New Delhi to present Maharashtras case to the Empowered Group of Ministers on Drought,the thrust will be not just on getting an assurance from the Centre for assistance,but also on long-term risk reduction.
After the Mumbai Police served summons to 17 Muslim leaders who were on the stage at Azad Maidan on Saturday when violence broke out outside the venue,others in the community are now alleging that their spiritual and political leaders have been defamed and the police misled owing to deep rivalries between community leaders.
Latur,home base of Vilasrao Deshmukh,may not be on tourist maps,but the late CM is credited with singlehandedly turning the sleepy town known only to oilseed merchants into a Tier-2 city that got a multiplex long before some of Mumbais more distant suburbs did.
lobbying has resumed for the Maharashtra Pradesh and Mumbai Region Congress Committee president posts,with three MPs from Mumbai reportedly seeking a meeting with party president Sonia Gandhi to discuss their candidature.
Among the issues NCP chief Sharad Pawar reportedly raised with Congress president Sonia Gandhi at their meeting Friday was the poor treatment given to his partys ministers by the Prithviraj Chavan government in Maharashtra.
Starting at a serious water crisis in 2012-13 coming on the back of a drought-like situation persisting in some parts of the state,the state government has announced a Rs 2,625-crore package for water supply.
A Congress legislature party meeting on Monday ended with supporters of former chief minister Ashok Chavan walking out in a huff over what they said was the partys poor support to the senior Congressman since he was named in the Central Bureau of Investigations chargesheet in the Adarsh scam.
Despite Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavans hope that data from damaged hard disks can be recovered,officials revealed that experts expect successful data recovery only from five to 15 hard disks from among the 50-odd half-burnt computers recovered from floors gutted in the blaze.
Notwithstanding the officials sweating furiously in the absence of air conditioning,the elevators not working,some offices on upper floors of the annexe building smelling distinctly of soot and scrap workers dismantling mangled remains of metal cupboards and shelving,the seat of the Maharashtra government wore a fresh coat of whitewash and newly shined metallic letters proclaiming Mantralaya on its facade on Monday.
Even as the Maharashtra state government starts to rebuild its machinery following Thursdays inferno that gutted three entire floors of the states central secretariat building leaving little more than a blackened shell of the building facade,senior bureaucrats claimed burnt files and records would not hamper governance and routine administration.
Alongside the expected lobbying for nominations as polls to some seats being vacated in the Legislative Council near,the Congress is also facing a rising unrest against senior leaders nominating their aides,leaving deserving party workers with a track record of organisational work out in the cold.