BJP won’t ally with Congress at any cost, Fadnavis

BMC hung verdict: BJP won’t ally with Congress at any cost, says Devendra Fadnavis

BJP is a party which fights ideology with ideology. Whether we bag power (in BMC) or not, we will never go with the Congress


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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday categorically stated that Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ) won’t ally with Congress at any cost for taking control over Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

In an apparent reference to Shiv Sena, Fadnavis said if any party wants to align with the Congress, it’s is free to go, BJP will not say a single word.

“We will take along those who come with us, but proceed without those who don’t come with us,” he said, addressing a rally at the state BJP office.

“We (BJP) will go as per our path, taking along those who come with us,” he said.

“BJP is a party which fights ideology with ideology. Whether we bag power (in BMC) or not, we will never go with the Congress,” the CM said.

Fadnavis’ statement comes a day after a Congress leader leader confirmed to IANS that the Shiv Sena did approach the party for an alliance in Mumbai, but the party did not show interest.

In the fiercely contested BMC polls, the ruling BJP finished close second to Shiv Sena, while it pulled off a stellar performance in other civic and local bodies polls winning in eight out of the 10 municipal corporations.

While the Shiv Sena emerged on the top with 84 seats, the BJP was a close second at 82, and claiming the support of at least four independents, announced it would stake claim to the key post of Mayor.

The tally of Shiv Sena, which emerged as the single largest party after the counting on Thursday, has risen to 87 corporators with three party rebels who won as Independent nominees returning to its fold yesterday.

The BJP gained hugely in nine other major civic bodies of Maharashtra as well.

With BJP and Shiv Sena finishing neck-to-neck in the BMC elections, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that both parties have no option but to come together again.

Speaking to a Marathi TV channel. Gadkari said, “there is no option for his party and Shiv Sena, but to come together,” adding that the decision, however, would have to be taken by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

Meanwhile, differences in the Congress over considering the option of enabling a Shiv Sena candidate to become mayor of Mumbai today came to the fore as a senior party leader strongly opposed the idea.

“I take strong objection to any discussion even of having any tie up or indirect support to the Shiv Sena in the BMC,” party’s former city chief Gurudas Kamat said, adding he has informed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi of his opinion.

With the bitterly fought elections to BMC resulting in a fractured verdict, thinking is strong in the Maharashstra Congress that it should consider the option of enabling the Shiv Sena to foist its candidate as mayor of the city, as a tactical move to sharpen the rift in the saffron camp.

Sena continued to maintain that the coveted Mayor’s post will be held by it only, discounting the chances of a post-poll pact with the BJP.

-February 25, 2017, Mumbai


BJP’s win in civic polls a mandate on transparency: Fadnavis

BJP’s win in civic polls a mandate on transparency: Fadnavis

As it put up a sterling performance in civic polls across Maharashtra including the cash-rich BMC, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said BJP’s victory resulted from a vote for transparency and demonetisation.

A jubilant Fadnavis, who spearheaded BJP’s poll campaign, said the party’s core committee will decide the future course of action in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

“All decisions for the party are taken by its core committee. Whether or not to go for an alliance will be decided when I, (Maharashtra BJP President) Raosaheb Danve, (Mumbai BJP chief) Ashish Shelar sit and look at the prevailing situation,” Fadnavis told reporters here.

BJP came a close second to the Shiv Sena bagging 80 seats in the 227-member BMC, while the Uddhav Thackeray-led party emerged victorious with 84 seats.

The BJP is also set to gain control of at least six civic bodies — Pune, Nashik, Ulhasnagar, Akola, Nagpur and Amravati — out of the 10 corporations for which the elections were held on Tuesday. The party is also doing well in the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, as per the latest trends.

The BJP also appeared to have expanded its base in Pimpri Chinchwad, despite fierce competition from the NCP.

Fadnavis said the results are an ample indication that people have accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s note ban move and the state government’s transparency plank.

“Our politics consists of trust and transparency. This result is a reflection that people have accepted our style of governance. No other party in the last 25 years has got such a wonderful result,” he said.

“In BMC, we have got an amazing response. Our agenda of transparency and accountability been accepted by people,” he said.

Fadnavis said the results of BMC and other municipal corporations has made the BJP more humble and that instead of indulging in mere talk, they would concentrate on good governance.

“This is a victory of demonetisation. The move was to end corruption and weed out black money. The results have proven people have faith in Modi ji’s governance,” he said.

The party’s state unit chief, Danve, said they had all along known BJP would emerge as the single largest party.

“We had all along known that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party. It was (PM Narendra) Modi ji and (BJP National President) Amit Shah ji’s dream that BJP should be from government from panchayat to Parliament. This dream has been brought true by Maharashtra BJP workers,” he said.

“This result is only due to the work done by Modi ji at the Centre and Fadnavis here,” he added.

BJP MP Kirit Somaiya sought to know if the Congress will provide outside support to the Sena to help them stake claim to power in the BMC.

Mumbai -Goa highway bridge collapse: 2 dead, 44 missing

Mumbai -Goa highway bridge collapse: 2 dead, 44 missing; CM reviews rescue ops, Opposition seeks probe

Mumbai-Goa highway bridge collapse: 2 dead, 44 missing; CM reviews rescue ops, Opposition seeks probe

A British era bridge on the Mumbai-Goa National Highway collapsed in the wee hours of Wednesday due to excessive rains in the Konkan region in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis also arrived at the bridge collapse site to review the relief and rescue work.Mumbai-Goa bridge collapse: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis at the spot.

The rescuers have recovered two dead bodies from the overflowing Savitri river and a massive search is on for others who are missing, Raigad Collector Sheetal Ugale had confirmed.

At least 44 people, two buses and several other vehicles went missing near Mahad city after the bridge, more than seven decades old and a critical link to the Mumbai-Goa National Highway, crashed around 1 am due to the flood waters rushing into the river.

 Two state transport buses with 11 passengers each are also missing and there was no contact with either their drivers or the passengers, Raigad Collector Sheetal Ugale said.

Since the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation buses, which started from Mumbai, did not arrive at their scheduled Mahad depot, Ugale appealed people to get in touch with the concerned authorities about their missing relatives. Locals said that around five to six private vehicles were also missing and they were feared to be washed away in the floods.

The ICG has meanwhile pressed Chetak Helicopters into search operations for tracing missing vehicles. Sea king 42C all weather aircraft with diving team has also been pressed into service by the Indian Navy. A massive search operation have been initiated, Ugale confirmed

“The bridge was built during the British era. After discussion with the National Highways Authority, we have shifted traffic to the new parallel bridge nearby. We are trying to confirm reports of other missing vehicles,” Ugale said.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today informed Lok Sabha that 4 NDRF teams comprising 115 personnel including divers along with 12 boats were immediately rushed to Maharashtra bridge collapse site. Centre stands with Maharashtra government in this hour of crisis and assures all possible help, Singh added.

Meanwhile, the Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly today sought a judicial probe into the Mahad bridge collapse tragedy. Raising the issue in the Assembly, former CM Prithviraj Chavan said a judicial probe should be conducted and action taken against those guilty of allowing the old bridge to remain open for traffic.

A case of IPC 302 should also be filed against PWD minister Chandrakant Patil, he added.

Meanwhile, a 45-member National Disaster Response Force team has reached Raigad from Pune to assist in the rescue operations.

Maharashtra CM Fadnavis said that PM Narendra Modi had called him in the morning and assured all help from Centre. NDRF teams have reached and carrying out search operations, the Maharashtra CM added.

As of now we have reports of two state transport buses missing with 22 people onboard, Fadnavis said. He also added that primary reason seems to be high pressure caused due to flooding of river Savitri as heavy rains continue to lash the catchment of Mahabaleshwar.

Raigad Collector also confirmed that one way traffic has now resumed on the new bridge, he added.

Incessant rains continue to lash the coastal Konkan, northern and western Maharashtra since past five days.

– August 3, 2016, Mumbai

Maharashtra govt orders probe into Zakir Naik’s documents

Maharashtra govt orders probe into Zakir Naik’s public documents


  • Devendra Fadnavis has ordered an inquiry into Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s public documents
  • Earlier, cops were deployed outside the Mumbai office of a foundation run by him
  • Naik’s ‘hate speech’ is reported to have inspired one of the five Bangladeshi militants

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday directed the Mumbai Police to initiate an inquiry into Islamic preacher Zakir Naik ‘s public documents. Earlier in the day, the Centre had called his speeches ‘highly objectionable’ and hinted at ‘appropriate action’ against him.
Zakir Naik
“The home ministry will study (his speeches). It will take appropriate action after studying them. His speeches, as being reported in the media, are highly objectionable,” Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters in Delhi.

Naidu’s remarks came a day after Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju hinted at action against the preacher after looking into whether Naik through his speeches glorifies terrorist acts by Muslims. Naik, on Wednesday, had asserted that his speech on Islam and terror has been taken out of context and claimed that he had only said Muslims should terrorise anti-social elements.

“I have asked the Mumbai Police Commissioner to conduct a probe (into Naik’s speeches) and submit a report,” chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Thursday.”Everything, including Naik’s speeches, his social media accounts, sources of funding (of a foundation run by him in Mumbai) will be scrutinised, he added.

On Thursday, cops were deployed outside the Mumbai office of a foundation run by Naik as a precautionary measure in the wake of the recent developments.

Zakir Naik’s ‘hate speech’ is reported to have inspired one of the five Bangladeshi militants involved in the recent Dhaka carnage. Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ had reported that militant Rohan Imtiaz, son of an Awami League leader, ran a propaganda on Facebook last year quoting Naik. Naik, in his lecture aired on Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists”.
The controversial Islamic orator and founder of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation is banned in the UK and Canada for his ‘hate speech’ aimed at other religions. He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia.

He is known in Bangladesh through his Peace TV, although his preachings often demean other religions and even other Muslim sects, the report said.
Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju had on Wednesday told reporters in Delhi that, “Zakir Naik’s speech is a matter of concern for us. Our agencies are working on this. But as a minister, I will not comment what action will be taken.”
 -TNN | Jul 7, 2016

No potable water to maintain cricket grounds: Devendra Fadnavis

No potable water to maintain cricket grounds: Devendra Fadnavis

Faced with criticism over large quantity of water usage for pitches for IPL, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said Maharashtra is fine with the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches being shifted out of the state, but will not provide potable water for maintaining cricket grounds.
“Even if IPL is shifted from Maharashtra this season, we do not have any problem. No potable water will be provided for IPL this season,” Fadnavis told reporters on sidelines of an event here.
His comments came a day after the Bombay High Court refused to grant a stay on the first of the IPL cricket matches scheduled tomorrow here.
The court had also sought to know from the state government and the municipal body whether the water supplied to the stadiums in tankers was potable or non-potable.
A city-based NGO had petitioned the court challenging the use of over 60 lakh litres of water to maintain pitches and sought shifting of IPL matches out of the state given the second successive drought it is experiencing.
Altogether 20 matches will be played in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur and all these cities are facing grim water crisis, said the petition.
On two consecutive days, the High Court had come down heavily on the state government, IPL organiser Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and other cricket associations for “criminal wastage of water”.
The court had suggested for the IPL matches to be shifted to a state where water is in abundance and had asked “is your cricket match more important than people”.
The court was informed by BCCI that they purchase water to maintain the grounds and it is non-potable and cannot be used for drinking purposes.
-08 April 2016 | PTI | Mumbai

Govt. will complete full term: Devendra Fadnavis

Govt. will complete full term: Devendra Fadnavis

Amid bitterness in ties with ally Shiv Sena, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has fired a fresh salvo questioning the opposition to his decision to provide security to Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali when Sena Chief’s family had hosted cricketer Javed Miandad.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis (L) seen with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. File photo.

Mr. Fadnavis, who had disapproved of the Sena’s protests against Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali, said, “I told [Sena] that there can’t be different contours to denote who is patriotic. Did Ghulam Ali ever give a statement against India? He was scheduled to pay tributes to Jagjit Singh. If by providing him security we become Pakistanis, then does that mean that those who hosted Javed Miandad at their home, also become Pakistanis,” he asked.

He was referring to Miandad’s visit to Sena founder Bal Thackeray’s family residence Matoshree in Bandra in 2004. Bal Thackeray, in 2004, said that the meeting was to request that Pakistan players be allowed to play in India which he “rejected”.

‘My govt. will complete term’

The Chief Minister, at the same time, asserted that that the BJP-led government in Maharashtra will last the five-year term. “I am confident Sena will continue to be a part of the BJP-led government despite their recent postures and we will also contest the Mumbai municipal corporation election together.”

“We are two separate parties and there’s a difference in our thinking and working style. We fought against each other in last year’s Assembly polls but the mandate we got was against Congress-NCP,” Mr. Fadnavis said, adding, “had we got 20-22 seats more, we would have been the only party in power.”

“There will be agreement on some things and disagreement on some other items,” he said.

“There’s bound to be some bickering. But both the parties understand that this is bound to happen in a coalition government,” Mr. Fadnavis said, who a few hours earlier had launched a scathing attack on Sena at a civic poll rally in adjoining Thane district.

To a query on the intense verbal duel between leaders of both the parties during campaign for Kalyan Dombivli and Kolhapur civic elections scheduled for tomorrow, he said “these are local elections and won’t have any bearing on State politics.”