54 - the number that stopped Sharad Pawar from becoming PM in 1991 but made him kingmaker in 2019


54 - the number that stopped Sharad Pawar from becoming PM in 1991 but made him kingmaker in 2019

As the political rollercoaster comes to a stop today in Maharashtra, it is important to mention the crucial role played by Shard Pawar, the scriptwriter of the Maha game plan. It is only right to say that after Balasaheb Thackeray, the mighty Pawar has emerged as the superstar of Indian politics.

Pawar remained the central figure throughout the political scuffle in Maharashtra that started soon after the Assembly elections results were out on 24th October 2019. Though the fight that ended officially today with the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance taking over the government and Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief Minister, Pawar was shining right from the time of campaigning. His iconic speech in Satara in the rain, became the landmark event of 2019.

Sharad Pawar, who exited Congress after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination which led to Sonia Gandhi taking the lead, is highly respected by Sonia. While the Sena-NCP-Congress alliance talks were on, Sonia made it very clear to her party members that she won’t take any decision without Pawar’s consent.

While Pawar was still in Congress, in 1991 when the congress party had regained power in the post-Rajiv Gandhi era, Pawar faced a mere miss from being the Prime Minister of India. During that time, Sonia had refused to make any direct intervention and Sharad Pawar took charge of the situation.

He became pro-active and held several dinners with the help of the likes of Suresh Kalmadi. However, the will to take the party forward in the hour of grief backfired on Pawar and he was left with the support of barely 54 MPs. In the prolonged tug-of-war, Pawar fought against Arjun Singh but the party ended up naming P.V Narsimha Rao as Prime Minister.

Sharad Pawar’s NCP secured 54 seats in the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections as well. Though the Maratha warrior could have sidelined with BJP post its fallout with Sena, Pawar, as usual, took a more difficult route and shook hands with Shiv Sena and Congress.

Pawar had picked up on the signs from the ground, the common discontent with the Modi-Shah led government with former CM Devendra Fadnavis in lead in Maharashtra, he managed to pull off a non-BJP government in Maharashtra.

With Ajit Pawar’s betrayal and ‘Ghar Wapsi’ scenes, and him being the mastermind behind the unimagined alliance between Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, the future of Maharashtra politics is yet again in the hands of the 78-year-old Maratha strongman.

 
 
 



UP cop suspended for objectionable posts against PM Modi, RSS


UP cop suspended for objectionable posts against PM Modi, RSS

Sultanpur: A police sub-inspector was suspended for posting objectionable comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on social media, the police said.

The sub-inspector Anand Gautam, posted at the Kadipur police station here, had written the comments between 2016 and 2018, and had not deleted them despite warning.

Sultanpur Superintendent of Police (SP) Himanshu Kumar has suspended the sub- inspector with immediate effect and has also ordered an inquiry into the matter.

 
 

A Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) rank officer has been asked to review Gautam's Twitter and Facebook posts, including six against the Prime Minister and four against the RSS and BJP, before initiating legal action.

"The suspended officer has been asked to explain his conduct. The social media cell of the district police will review the social media accounts of all police personnel. A warning has been issued to all to refrain from objectionable posts," the SP said.

The suspended sub-inspector's posts were brought to the notice of Kadipur SHO Om Veer Singh by local BJP leaders who claimed that he had also maligned the chief minister.

 
 
 



'Greedy politics': Shatrughan Sinha on political situation in Maharashtra


'Greedy politics': Shatrughan Sinha on political situation in Maharashtra

On Tuesday, Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha called the political situation in Maharashtra as "greedy politics".

In a veiled attack at the BJP after its government collapsed in Maharashtra, Sinha said the Constitution was taken for granted. "Finally, after the SC verdict good sense seems to have prevailed. The greedy politics which had taken the Constitution for granted, abided by the SC orders keeping democracy & faith intact. Long Live Constitution! Long Live SC! Satyamev Jayate! #ConstitutionDay#MaharashtraCrisis," Shatrughan Sinha tweeted.

 

Remembering with solemn gratitudes, the architect of India’s Constitution, social reformist, politician, economist .B.R.Ambedkar, .Rajendra Prasad & other nation builders for their contributions in framing the Constitution of India.

 

Finally, after the SC verdict good sense seems to have prevailed. The greedy politics which had taken the Constitution for granted, abided by the SC orders keeping democracy & faith intact. Long Live Constitution! Long Live SC! Satyamev Jayate!

 
 
 

Devendra Fadnavis resigned as Maharashtra chief minister on Tuesday ahead of the floor test shortly after rebel NCP leader Ajit Pawar did a u-turn and quit as his deputy, in another dramatic twist to the month-long political saga that will see Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray being sworn in as the BJP leader's successor on November 28.

Admitting he does not have the majority hours after the Supreme Court ordered the floor test for Wednesday, Fadnavis was back in Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari just three days after he was sworn in at a hush-hush ceremony last Saturday. His return for a second term followed stunning midnight developments where Ajit Pawar revolted and propped up the BJP government. Hours after 49-year-old Fadnavis quit, a post-poll alliance of the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) and the Congress, picked Uddhav Thackeray, 59, as its nominee for the chief minister's post.

 
 
 



Chhattisgarh: CRPF soldier sustains injuries in IED blast by Naxals


Chhattisgarh: CRPF soldier sustains injuries in IED blast by Naxals

Basaguda: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldier sustained injuries in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast planted by Naxals under Basaguda police station limits.

"A CRPF jawan of 168 battalions got injured in an IED blast planted by ultras under Basaguda police station limits," P Sundar Raj, inspector-general of Bastar police, said.

The injured soldier has been taken to the hospital, he said. The area where the blast occurred has been cordoned off by police.

 
 
 



Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina arrives in India, will inaugurate first day-night test match at Eden Gardens


Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina arrives in India, will inaugurate first day-night test match at Eden Gardens

Kolkata: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Kolkata around 10.30 am on Friday to inaugurate India's maiden Day/Night Test match at the iconic Eden Gardens stadium.

India is taking on Bangladesh in its first-ever pink- ball Test match, seven years after the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave its approval to the format.

Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly received Hasina at the airport.

Several former leading cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar, have arrived in the city to witness the historic match, which will kick off with Army paratroopers flying into the Eden Gardens to hand over a pink ball each to the two captains, just before the toss.

This will be followed by ringing of the customary Eden Bell by Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Hasina and Banerjee are scheduled to hold a brief one-on-one meeting on the sidelines of the match.

 
 
 



Girl dies after being bit by snake inside classroom


Girl dies after being bit by snake inside classroom

Kochi: In the highly literate state of Kerala, the plight and appalling condition of classrooms was revealed when a snake wriggled out of the floor, bit 10-year-old Shehala and took her life.

The incident took place in a government school in Sulthan Bathery in Congress MP Rahul Gandhi's constituency of Wayanad in north Kerala.

The girl's life could have been saved had the teacher been more alert and rushed her to a hospital. Instead, he chose to go ahead with the class and wanted the girl's parents to take her to a hospital.

Reports indicated that Shehala, a Class 5 student, had placed her feet unknowingly on a hole in the classroom's floor that had a snake in it.

The girl did not know that a snake had bit her. But when her classmates noticed her leg turning blue around two spots that indicated a snake bite. They told their teacher that she may have been bitten by a snake. But the teachers dismissed the incident.

"We asked the teacher on the spot when this happened why she could not be taken to a doctor," one of the students told reporters.

"After almost an hour, we saw her feet turn into a blue colour. It was only after that that her father reached the school and took her to the hospital," another student told local regional channels.

A teacher has been suspended for alleged lapses and a probe has been ordered. The girl was taken to three hospitals before she was declared brought dead at the last hospital.

Reacting to the death, Rahul Gandhi dashed off a letter to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urging the Kerala government to pay compensation to the family of the girl

"I would like to draw your attention to the untimely demise of Shehla Sherin, a Class 5 student of Sarvajana Higher Secondary School in Sulthan Bathery due to snakebite. The incident occurred when a snake hidden in the burrow of her classroom wall bit her. A promising life was tragically cut short at a place of learning.

"The absence of a conducive learning environment demoralizes students and parents alike. Given that the State of Kerala has been a pioneer in establishing quality public schools, I request the state government and the general education department to conduct an infrastructure audit of public schools in Wayanad parliamentary constituency," he said in his letter.




Jharkhand polls: Amit Shah invokes Vajpayee


Jharkhand polls: Amit Shah invokes Vajpayee

Shah recalled in 2014 elections too, he had his first election meeting at Lohadragga which is the constituency of the former PCC president, Sukhdeo Bhagat, who had joined BJP last week.

Contrary to the chrages levelled by the rebel BJP leader, Saryu Rai who is contesting as an independent from Jamshedpur East, BJP president praised Raghubar Das and said an honest and development-oriented government was led for the last five years by Raghubar who fulfilled the wishes of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, creator of Jharkhand state.

"People of Jharkhand should return the debt to Vajpayee with gratitude by voting BJP to power with an absolute majority." In 2014 assembly elections, BJP could form government with the support of AJSU and rebel MLAs of JVM.




Indian Navy comes to rescue of woman in emergency labour in remote Andaman village


Indian Navy comes to rescue of woman in emergency labour in remote Andaman village

New Delhi: Indian Navy, in a swift rescue operation, safely evacuated a pregnant woman in emergency labour from Daring, a remote village in Nicobar Islands.

"The crisis call was made after civil administration found that it was nearly impossible for them to carry the patient through 20 km treacherous terrain in such a medical condition," said a senior Indian Navy officer.

Immediately, a fast intercepter craft (FIC) of Indian Navy Ship Kardip in Kamorta island, swung into action. A team of Indian Navy, including medical officer first took the Community Health Centre staff and reached Daring Village at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

 
 

Indian Navy y'day safely evacuated a pregnant lady in emergency labour from Daring - a remote village in Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Nicobar Island). The baby was delivered on the Fast Intercepter Craft (FIC) itself, which had left from INS Kardip in Kamorta island. (1/2)

 
 
 

Post embarkation of the patient, the boat left the village late in the evening.

While in the boat, which was moving bit slowly because of patient's condition, the woman delivered a baby. Thereafter, both mother and baby were transferred to the Community Health Centre on arrival in Kamorta Jetty.

"Both mother and baby are safe and in good health," the officer said.

The whole operation, owing to the nature of emergency, required delicate handling of the fast interceptor craft throughout the travel of approximately 20 km by sea from Daring to the Kamorta Jetty.

 
 



Varanasi: Devotees take early morning dip in Ganges on Kartik Purnima


Varanasi: Devotees take early morning dip in Ganges on Kartik Purnima

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh): Hundreds of devotees took a holy dip at the Dashashwamedh Ghat on the banks of river Ganga here on the occasion of Kartik Purnima on Tuesday early morning.

 
 

Devotees take holy dip at the Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi, as the sun rises, on 'Dev Deepawali', the festival of .

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The festival of Kartik Purnima is also known as Dev Deepawali. On the occasion of Kartik Purnima, devotees take a holy dip in the river Sarayu and other holy rivers and lit earthen lamps at temples as well as banks of rivers. The month is considered as auspicious by Hindus.

 
 
 



How did Hyderabad train collision actually take place?


How did Hyderabad train collision actually take place?

Several people have been injured after two trains collided at the Kavheguda railway station in Hyderabad on Monday morning. Two slow-moving trains collided at Kacheguda Railway station here on Monday, leaving 16 people injured, including a driver who was trapped in his badly mangled cabin for eight hours.

The Lingampalli-Falaknuma multi-modal transport system (MMTS) apparently overshot the signal and collided with the Kurnool-Secunderabad Hundry Intercity Express (17028) at 10.41 am. The CCTV footage of the collision between Lingampalli-Falaknuma train & Kurnool City-Secunderabad Hundry Express at Kacheguda railway station is now doing rounds on social media.

 
 

The video shows the two trains moving towards each other on the same track, before ramming into each other. The impact of the collision was such that it lifted several bogies of the MMTS trains off the tracks. Later, passengers are seen running out of the derailed train after the accident.

 
 

: CCTV footage of the collision between Lingampalli-Falaknuma train & Kurnool City-Secunderabad Hundry Express at Kacheguda railway station, earlier today. 12 people were injured in the accident.

 
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According to the News Minute, though technical error in signalling system was initially believed to have caused the accident, South Central Railway officials later ruled out the possibility. They blamed human error for the collision, with preliminary investigation revealing it was the MMTS locopilot’s fault.

As per the report, the South Central Railway has said that the MMTS train that was travelling from Lingampally to Falaknuma was on Platform 2 of Kacheguda Station. Per the schedule, once the Hundry Express (from Secunderabad to Kurnool) reached the station, it would be taken on Platform 4 and then the MMTS train would be given the signal to depart. The Hundry Express train was given the signal and was entering the station. However, the loco pilot of the MMTS train also started moving, although it was given the signal.

The driver of the MMTS train, who sustained serious injuries, was initially trapped in his cabin, which was badly mangled, but was rescued after a couple of hours. Oxygen and other life-saving medical aid were provided to him during the operation, they said adding he has suffered severe leg injuries. He was rushed to a private hospital, where his condition is stated to be stable.

Several train services were cancelled either fully or partially due to the incident. Railways said that it had taken the accident very seriously and Member (Traction), Additional Member (Signal & Telecom) and Executive Director, Safety, Railway Board will visit the site.

A high-level inquiry at the level of Commissioner, Railway Safety, South Central circle, has been ordered to investigate into the reasons for the incident, a railway release said. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy visited the spot and made enquiries with the officials. The Railway Ministry has announced ex-gratia of Rs 5,000 each to passengers with minor injuries and Rs 25,000 each to passengers having grievous injuries.

(Inputs from PTI)

 
 
 



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