Uddhav calls Sena meet today
Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has called a meeting of his party office-bearers and Lok Sabha candidates here on Tuesday, party sources said. In the meeting, the Sena leader is expected to discuss the poll strategy with his party leaders following MNS president Raj Thackeray’s decision to contest the polls. Party district presidents, officer-bearers and all senior leaders have been asked to attend the meeting which will be held at the Shiv Sena Bhawan, sources close to Thackeray said. Uddhav is also expected to speak on the recent political developments, including the meeting between BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and Raj Thackeray, which has led to tension between the two-decade old alliance partners.
CM casts jibe on MNS
Mumbai: A day after MNS chief Raj Thackeray endorsed BJP’s PM nominee Narendra Modi and announced his party’s decision to contest Lok Sabha polls, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said MNS entered the electoral fray because its political survival is at stake. “It’s a question of their (MNS’) survival, because of which they had to take the decision on contesting Lok Sabha polls,” Chavan told reporters.”It would have been surprising had MNS not contested Lok Sabha elections,” Chavan said.
Athawale also derides Raj Thackeray
Thane: RPI (A) leader Ramdas Athawale on Monday downplayed MNS’ endorsement of Narendra Modi as the Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP and said Raj Thackeray’s support for Modi is immaterial.
“BJP does not need support of MNS for Modi’s PM bid. We know how MNS is going to perform in elections this time and the issue of Raj’s support to Modi does not arise at all,” Athawale told reporters here. Athawale, whose party is one of the constituents of ‘Mahayuti’, the grand alliance of Sena, BJP and other outfits, said by backing Modi, Raj Thackeray wanted to create a rift between Shiv Sena and BJP. “Till recently, Raj was opposing Modi as PM candidate…What made him change his mind is interesting to know,” the Dalit leader said. – PTI
BJP’s second list on Thursday
Mumbai: The second list of Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidates for Lok Sabha elections will be declared on Thursday. The likely candidates for Mumbai are Poonam Mahajan from North-Central, which is against Priya Dutt of Congress. Along with Mahajan, the other probable names making rounds for the same constituency are Mohit Kambhoj the vice president of Mumbai BJP, Ashish Shelar and former deputy mayor Arun Deo. The first list was declared last week. This included, Kirit Somaiya from North-East and Gopal Shetty from North Mumbai.
Pune blast: Final hearing of Baig’s plea on April 8
MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Monday posted for commencement of final hearing of proceedings in the plea filed by German Bakery blast lone convict Himayat Baig who was awarded death by the Pune sessions court on April 8. The HC will also commence hearing proceedings in the confirmation of his death sentence and intervention applications on the same day. The Pune Sessions Court on April 18 last year had awarded him death penalty for his involvement in the 2010 German Bakery blast case, after the ATS investigated and filed a chargesheet against him. Claiming that the death sentence handed out to Baig may lead to miscarriage of justice, journalist Ashish Khetan had in September last year filed an intervention application in the proceedings pending before the court. Khetan, who conducted a sting operation on prosecution witnesses whose testimonies were relied on by the trial court while convicting Baig, said he had gathered footage of these witnesses saying they were manipulated by the Maharashtra ATS and forced to depose against Baig.
PIL against AAP on flag misuse
MUMBAI: A public interest litigation has been filed in the Bombay High Court against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), its leader Arvind Kejriwal and members Mayank Gandhi and Anjali Damania for allegedly misusing the national flag and emblem to gain political mileage. The petition came up before a division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha, which posted it for hearing on March 12. The petition has sought a direction to the political party and its members not to misuse the flag and emblem.
The public interest litigation filed by one Ram Samudre claims that the party was using the national flag and emblem on its websites during political rallies and trying to pass it off as its party symbol.
“The respondents have been using the national flag and emblem to gain political mileage. This is a violation under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act and the State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act,” the petition said.
Premium trains for Holi
Mumbai: With the festival season round the corner, Western Railway will be running two trips of premium trains from Mumbai to Delhi. The trains will depart form Mumbai Central at 4 pm on March 15 and 17 and reach Delhi at 7:55 am. Similarly it will depart for Delhi at 2 pm on March 14 and 16. The train will not have any commercial stoppage between Mumbai and Delhi. The train consisting of AC-3 tier and AC-2 tier will have catering on board and the booking can be done only through internet. The booking for the train is to open from March 10 and the fares for the day will be indicated at the time of booking.
HC curbs on Mumbai, Pune RTOs
MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Monday restrained the RTOs of Mumbai Central, Nashik, Pune and Latur to issue fitness certificate to vehicles. A bench headed by Justice Abhay Oak was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Srikant Karve, who had sought direction to RTOs to follow procedures laid down under the Act. During the last hearing the court had expressed its shock over issuance of fitness certificates to vehicles by RTOs in Maharashtra without mandatory checks stipulated under the Motor Vehicles Act and directed to comply its earlier order directing to follow rule 62 of the Motor Vehicle act and file a compliance report on March 10,2014. On Monday, The court was informed that to conduct the test certain machinery is required which is not available with the state government at present. Following that the court ordered to stop issuance of the fitness certificate. The court has posted the matter on March 18 for further hearing.
Women’s Day programme telecast
Mumbai: ‘Celebrating Woman’ a programme organised by the Free Press Journal and Navshakti on the International Women’s Day on March 8 will be telecast on Doordarshan on Tuesday at 8.15 am.
Protest over AI cabin crew sacking
Mumbai: Air India’s cabin crew union on Mondday protested the recent dismissal of 17 of their colleagues, terming it illegal, and sought an amicable solution to the issue through negotiations with the management. The All India Cabin Crew Association (AICCA), which claims to represent the 3,600 cabin crew members in the national carrier, however, disfavoured resorting to industrial action. “Air India is on its way to recovery and the summer holiday season is just ahead. (FPJ/Agencies)