The Congress had taken objection to characters in the two TV serials praising government schemes like Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana. The two production houses had subsequently replied to the notice.
Even as the MNS’s ties with the BJP have been strained, Thackeray and Modi have shared good personal equations. The attacks seem dictated by the MNS chief’s need to keep himself relevant at a time when his party’s political fortunes are dwindling.
With WhatsApp blocking its users from forwarding messages to more than five individuals or groups, some have started sending messages by copy-pasting while others have appointed more people to distribute the messages.
“Will there be rain this year? Will Namya’s buffalo get pregnant this year? Will the son-in-law come for Diwali? Will there be mobile coverage in the village square? Will (Donald) Trump come to our village?” asks a worried farmer in the video.
Another leader, not wishing to be named, claimed that due to the delay in sending the list to Delhi, some of the candidates, who were on the party's probables list, had joined the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) and received tickets to contest.
Nitin Dhage, the commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, issued a letter to all districts heads on March 30, asking to submit the names of the persons and addresses with details of subjects of the applications and whether information was given to them.
In an interview with The Indian Express, Shiv Sena leader and MP from Mumbai South Central seat Rahul Shewale says there is a lot of unrest among the Dalit community over to 2018 Bhima-Koregaon violence which, he says, will certainly have an impact on the poll results.
Information obtained by The Indian Express under the Right to Information Act shows that the Divisional Accounts Officer (DAO) of the Memorial Project division wrote to the office of Principal Accountant General requesting a special audit of the project.
Ironically, the Sena’s toughest challenge in the region won’t come from the Opposition ranks, but from NDA’s own — the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha led by former Maharashtra CM and sitting BJP Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Rane.
Last month, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP chief Amit Shah had announced a pre-poll alliance and seat-sharing formula for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the Assembly polls, scheduled later in the year.