Priyanka Chaturvedi quits party, joins Shiv Sena

Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi quits party, joins Shiv Sena

Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi, who had expressed her displeasurView image on Twittere against the party in a tweet, on Friday joined the Shiv Sena. She sent her resignation to Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday evening.

At a press conference she addressed along with Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai, Ms Chaturvedi said, “Happy that the Sena has taken me in as a family member. I am thankful to Uddhavji and Adityaji.”

Two days ago, in a tweet, Priyanka Chaturvedi expressed her displeasure over reinstatement by the Congress on April 15 of some party workers in Mathura who had misbehaved with her at a recent press conference.

Mr. Thackeray said, “No need to introduce Priyankaji. She confidently defended her party. She thought that the Sena is best choice. I welcome you to the Sena family.” Earlier, as Ms Chaturvedi put her resignation letter on her Twitter handle, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Rout told reporters that the former Congress spokesperson from Mumbai would be joining their party.

In her resignation letter, Ms Chaturvedi said, “In the last few weeks, certain things have convinced me that my services are not valued in the organization and I have reached the end of the road. At the same time, I also feel the more time I spend in the organization will be at the cost of my own self respect and dignity.”

The letter, copied to K.C. Venugopal and Randeep Surjewala, read, “What saddens me is that despite the safety, dignity, empowerment of women being promoted by the party and has been your call to action the same is not reflected in the action of some of the members of the party.”

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I am absolutely overwhelmed and grateful with the love and support I have got across board from the nation in the past 3 days. 
I consider myself blessed with this immense outpouring of support. Thank you to all who have been a part of this journey.

The trigger for her action is stated to be the reinstatement by the party on April 15 of some party workers in Mathura who had misbehaved with her at a recent press conference. They were subjected to disciplinary action, initially.

Misbehaviour by party workers

“Deeply saddened that lumpen goons get prefence in @incindia over those who have given their sweat&blood. Having faced brickbats&abuse across board for the party but yet those who threatened me within the party getting away with not even a rap on their knuckles is unfortunate,” Ms. Chaturvedi tweeted on Wednesday. She has removed all the reference to the Congress from her Twitter bio.

Ms Chaturvedi was also upset over being passed over in allotment of party ticket to actor Urmila Matondkar for the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency.

“I have not asked, sought rewards or returns for  myself in the hope that the party and it’s leadership would take care of my aspirations,”she wrote in her letter without clearly spelling out her disappointment over being denied a Lok Sabha ticket.


Goa election results 2017: Congress 17 seats, BJP bags 13

Goa election results 2017: Congress finishes with 17 seats, BJP bags 13




Goa today appeared heading for a hung Assembly with ruling BJP and opposition Congress unlikely to cross the half-way mark in the 40-member House, putting the spotlight on smaller parties in government formation.

Regional outfits Goa Forward and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP)  ..have won three seats each. While NCP emerged victorious in one seat, Independents won two constituencies.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which entered the fray with much fanfare, failed to make any impact at the hustings. The Goa Suraksha Manch, floated by RSS rebel Subhash Velingkar, and Shiv Sena, also failed to make any breakthrough though their alliance partner MGP romped home in three seats.

MGP had severed ties with BJP just before the February 4 polls and became part of the three-party front.

Latest Trends: Congress now leading with 17 , BJP has 13, Others 10

• Laxmikant Parsekar submits resignation to Governor from position of Goa CM.

• Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar (BJP) loses to Congress’ Dayanand Sopte in Mandrem constituency.

• Dy CM Francis D’Souza wins from Mapusa .

• Goa Forward Party (GFP), floated just a year ago, emerged a force to reckon with, winning three seats – Fatorda, Siolim and Saligao.

• GFP candidates defeated two BJP ministers Dayanand Mandrekar (Siolim) and Dilip Parulekar (Saligao).

• MGP won in three constituencies, but lost two sitting seats Ponda – represented by Lavoo Mamlatdar – and Priol.

One is BJP & we’ve been against them;other is Cong that has setting with BJP. Will think on alliance partner-Vijay Sardesia,GoaForwardParty .

• The regional party, however, retained Madkai , where its leader Sudin Dhavalikar won with a margin of more than 10,000 votes.

• MGP won two new constituencies – Pernem where its candidate Manohar Asgaonkar defeated BJP Minister Rajendra Arlekar and Sanvordem where its nominee Dipak Pawaskar trounced BJP’s sitting MLA Ganesh Gaonkar.

• Former State Minister Churchill Alemao made a ..

• The regional party, however, retained Madkai , where its leader Sudin Dhavalikar won with a margin of more than 10,000 votes.

• MGP won two new constituencies – Pernem where its candidate Manohar Asgaonkar defeated BJP Minister Rajendra Arlekar and Sanvordem where its nominee Dipak Pawaskar trounced BJP’s sitting MLA Ganesh Gaonkar.

• Former State Minister Churchill Alemao made a comeback in the assembly winning from Benaulim on a NCP ticket.

• Two Independent candidates – Govind Gawade ( Priol ) and Prasad Gaonkar (Sanguem) – also made it to the Assembly.

• Congress has called a meeting of its elected candidates in the evening which would be chaired by All India Congress Committee General Secretary Digvijay Singh.

• Former Goa CM Digambar Kamat of the Congress wins from Margao.

• Former Goa CM and Congress leader Pratapsingh Rane wins from Poriem constituency.

• Goa has come out on the top when it comes to voters pressing the NOTA button in the latest around of assembly polls, closely followed by Uttarakhand.

-Saturday, Mar 11, 2017, New Delhi


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.

Azam Khan more dangerous than Dawood Ibrahim: Sena

Azam Khan more dangerous than Dawood Ibrahim: Sena

Referring to Azam Khan’s reported statements on Paris attack and Babri mosque, Shiv Sena today alleged the SP leader was more dangerous than Dawood Ibrahim, as it asked him to “learn a lesson” from AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi who the party said has never spoken against the interest of the country.

“Azam Khan had said that if Babri Masjid was not ‘martyred’, bomb blasts would not have taken place in Mumbai. This means he supported the Mumbai bomb blasts. Even at the time of Paris carnage, Khan had supported terrorists by saying it is a result of action taken by European nations in Syria,” the party said in an edit in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

“If we have such snakes and scorpions within our country, we do not need external enemies. Before talking about fighting Pakistan, people like Azam Khan should be straightened. Dawood will be brought back from Pakistan sometime or the other, but people like Azam Khan are doing more dangerous activities in the country than the underworld don,” it said.

The Sena said that AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi is more temperate than Khan and that Owaisi has never spoken against the interest of the country.

“Owaisi takes a balanced approach to situations and Azam Khan should learn a lesson from him. He should make it clear what does he mean when he say Babri Masjid was martyred. Babar was a foreign attacker who destroyed the Ram mandir. Even Azam Khan will not be able to answer from when Ram’s Ayodhya became Babar’s,” it said.

-08 December 2015 | 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.”

Engage in debate, not vandalism to express views: Arun Jaitley

Engage in debate, not vandalism to express views: Arun Jaitley

“All right-thinking sections will have to distance themselves from these methodologies,” he said.

Union minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday came out strongly against the “extremely disturbing trend” of people resorting to vandalism to register contrarian views. He said there had to be a proper “civilised mode” of discussing and debating issues.

“All right thinking sections will have to distance themselves from these kind of methodologies,” he said in the backdrop of a series of incidents, including the one where BJP ally Shiv Sena stormed the BCCI headquarters and blackened the face of Sudheendra Kulkarni in Mumbai.

Asked about the tactics employed by the Shiv Sena to register protests, he said the same standard of civility applies to all.

He also said the BJP president has “strongly” taken up the matter with “few leaders” in his party, who had made statements on sensitive issues, adding that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had conveyed his views.

Mr. Jaitley said those using these methods must also “introspect” whether they are adding to the quality of Indian democracy or are they really reducing the credibility of India as a country before the eyes of the world itself.

Noting that it was “an extremely disturbing trend” where some people have been resorting to vandalism as an instrument of registering their protest or conveying their views, the Minister said it is quite possible that in a large country like India there may be “divergent views” on many subjects.

“But we had a tradition of civility in conveying those different opinions. Also particularly because some of these issues are extremely serious,” the Finance Minister told reporters in his office.

He said some issues can reflect on inter-community relations while others can reflect on sensitive areas such as Jammu and Kashmir.

“There are issues which impinge on our relations with our neighbouring countries and therefore there has to be a proper civilised mode of discussing and debating these issues,” he said.

Mr. Jaitley said he has no problem if people convey contrarian views because that is the essence of democracy and debate.

“But the debate will have to be conducted in a manner in which we are able to raise the level of debate rather than use vandalism as an instrument for registering our opinion or protests,” he said.

-PTI, NEW DELHI, October 20, 2015