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‘Shift Aurangzeb’s grave to Hyderabad’, demands Shiv Sena MLA


The ruling Shiv Sena legislator Sanjay Shirshat on Monday demanded that the grave of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in Maharashtra’s Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar should be shifted to Hyderabad.

The city MLA Shirsat’s quirky call came in response to the indefinite agitation launched by All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) on Saturday protesting the name change of Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar and reverting to the old ‘Aurangabad’.

“If they have so much love for Aurangzeb, then shift his grave to Hyderabad… Let them build a memorial there or do whatever they want, nobody will bother, but stop this agitation,” declared Shirsat, who belongs to the faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

Reacting, the local AIMIM President Shareq Naqshbandi dismissed the SS leader’s demand as “only politics and intended to create disharmony among communities to consolidate their position”.

“If they have so much hatred for Emperor Aurangzeb, then why did they take the G20 delegates on a tour to view his wife Rabia-ul-Daurani’s tomb, the ‘Bibi Ka Maqbara’, built in 1668, by their son Muhammad Azam Shah,” Naqshbandi countered.

Going further, he asked, with so much animosity for the past rulers, why the Bharatiya Janata Party government wants to earn revenues from the Taj Mahal (Agra) and other monuments for its coffers.

Naqshbandi said that since the BJP and its allies have no issues left to take to the people they are resorting to such politics and driving a wedge among different sections of society.

Last month, the Centre okayed a state government proposal to rename Aurangabad to ‘Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar’ and Osmanabad to ‘Dharashiv’.

However, other parties like Shiv Sena (UBT), Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, have not yet responded to Shirsat’s outburst.

Meanwhile, last week the AIMIM state President Syed Imtiaz Jaleel, MP, demanded that the names of Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Kolhapur and Malegaon must also be changed in honour of prominent icons.

He has suggested Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Mahanagar (Mumbai), Jyotiba-Savitri Phule Nagar (Pune), Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Nagar (Nagpur), Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Nagar (Kolhapur) and Maulana Azad Nagar (Malegaon).

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Maha political strife: Rebels claim support of 40 Shiv Sena MLAs

As the political crisis entered the fourth day, the rebel Shiv Sena Minister Eknath Shinde claimed the support of “40-plus MLAs”, besides around 12 independents and smaller parties, on Friday.

Speaking to the media from Guwahati, Shinde also dismissed the ‘warning’ issued by Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar that the rebel legislators would have to come to Mumbai before the Governor or the Legislature to prove their strength.

“We are not scared by such threats… Whatever we are doing is absolutely legal. We have the affidavits of all the MLAs that they have joined us voluntarily. The majority numbers are with us, more than 40 Sena MLAs plus 12 independents and others,” Shinde asserted.

A day after telling his supporters that they would join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the breakaway group leader on Friday denied meeting any BJP leaders in Guwahati.

The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress has accused the BJP of instigating the revolt to topple the 30-month-old Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) as the three alliance partners decided to stick together till the end.

State Congress Minister Dr. Nitin Raut on Friday accused the BJP of “murdering democracy” by engineering the rebellion in the Sena ranks.

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Shiv Sena & BJP relation is like Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao: Shiva Sena MP


Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut made some interesting comments regarding the BJP and Shiva Sena relationship and told, it is like that of Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. He made these comments while reacting to BJP leader and former CM Devendra Fadnavis’s comments. Details as follows.

Shiva Sena and BJP relationship till date.

Shiva Sena was an all weather ally for BJP till 2019, the year in which Thackeray broke the decades old bond to join hands with Sharad Pawar. The reason for breaking up the alliance was the question of who would be taking up the CM chair. Uddhav Thackeray felt at that time that BJP was trying to reduce their party’s prominence and confine them to secondary role in politics.

After breaking up with BJP, Shiva Sena joined hands with Sharad Pawar and Congress and he was allowed to take the CM post. However, reportedly, he is now vexed with Sharad Pawar style of politics where he is playing the role of super CM. CM Thackeray was also irked with the frequent irresponsible comments made by Congress ministers. In this backdrop, Shivasena leaders as well as Thackeray himself started coming in touch with BJP again. He met Modi in June.

Now, as per the grapevine, in a month or two, Shiva Sena will come back to BJP fold as Modi has assured Thackeray of retaining CM post.

BJP leader Fadnavis comments gone viral:

Former chief minister and present opposition leader Fadnavis made some interesting comments on the relationship between the two parties. On Sunday, Devendra Fadnavis, the former CM, made interesting comments and said, “There are no ifs and buts in politics. There might be some differences with Shiv Sena but we are not enemies”. He made these comments while answering to a question on the possibilities of BJP and Shiv Sena joining hands again. He added, appropriate decisions will be taken at appropriate time.

Shiva Sena MP compares their relation with Aamir and Kiran Rao.

It is known news that Amir Khan and Kiran Rao recently announced their divorce but said that they will remain friends and also take care of their son together.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut compared the relationship between the two parties with that of Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. He said, “We are not India-Pakistan. Our relation is also like that of Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. Our political ways are different but the friendship will remain intact,” said Sanjay Raut. He is Rajya Sabha MP representing Maharashtra from Shiva Sena party.

We need to wait and see whether BJP and Shiva Sena will join hands again soon

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Shiv Sena calls for ban on burqa in public places


The Shiv Sena on Wednesday called for a ban on the use of burqa by women of a particular community as it threw its weight behind a similar plan being mulled by the Sri Lankan government in the wake of the Easter terror strikes which claimed over 250 lives.

“This restriction has been recommended as an emergency measure to ensure the security forces do not encounter difficulties in identifying anybody. People wearing face-masks or burqas could pose a threat to national security,” said the Sena in an editorial in the party mouthpieces, “Saamana” and “Dopahar Ka Saamana”.

The Daily Mirror had quoted sources on Tuesday saying the Sri Lankan government was planning to implement the move in consultation with the mosque authorities and that several Ministers had spoken to President Maithripala Sirisena on the matter.

It had been pointed out that ‘burqa’ and ‘niqab’ were never part of the traditional attire of Muslim women in Sri Lanka until the Gulf war in the early 1990s “which saw extremist elements introducing the garb to Muslim women”, the daily said.

A number of female accomplices of the suicide bombers in Dematagoda, a Colombo neighbourhood, where three policemen were killed, too had escaped wearing burqas, reports had said.

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Why do BJP link TDP’s fate with Shiv Sena?


The BJP AP leaders are a worried lot these days on what happens to their party’s fate in the state. They are attacking TDP since CM Chandrababu Naidu has taken a total aggressive stand against the Modi government. BJP MLC Somu Veerraju says if the TDP continues this kind of anti-BJP politics, it will meet with the same fate as that of Shiv Sena.

In the highly competitive politics of Maharashtra, Shiv Sena has dominated for several decades but in 2014 this party broke its long ties with the BJP and contested separately. In the results, BJP emerged the single largest party while Sena got the second position. Finally, Shiv Sena had to give support to the BJP to form the government and also joined it later. Initially, Sena used to be a stronger party but slowly the BJP got greater strength there.

Veerraju’s calculations have gone wrong in this aspect. For decades, the BJP has tried to strengthen itself in Andhra but it has failed considerably. After NTR formed the TDP on the plank of Telugu self-respect, there was little scope for a non-Congress national party to capture space in AP. The BJP could never emerge as a contender for power in AP. Now, the BJP is at its lowest point as it is being accused of denying funds and support to AP’s projects like Polavaram and Capital City. The BJP is also facing criticism for not giving special status. But BJP leaders feel they can play a role to reduce TDP to the position of Shiv Sena by helping opposition parties YCP and Jana Sena.


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Shiv Sena non-committal on TDP’s no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha


Maintaining suspense, the Shiv Sena – a NDA constituent and oldest ally of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – remained non-committal on the Telugu Desam Party’s (TDP) proposed no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government in the Lok Sabha.

While Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray has chosen to keep mum on the political developments in the national capital, party circles indicated he may soon convene a meeting of top party leaders, its MPs, MLAs and MLCs before finalizing its stand. The party has 18 Lok Sabha MPs.

“No decision on the issue has been taken by the Shiv Sena. Whatever decision has to be taken, will be done by Uddhav (ji),” said senior party leader and Union Heavy Industries Minister Anant Geete who was in Mumbai on Friday.

In fact, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP President Chandrababu Naidu had on February 3 called up Thackeray and expressed his grouse with the BJP over many issues, including the Union Budget, the “step-motherly treatment” meted out to Andhra Pradesh, and the party’s mood to quit NDA and go alone.

Like the TDP, the Sena has nursed an old grudge since 2014 for not being allotted additional ministerial berths in the Union Cabinet and for being allocated unimportant portfolios in Maharashtra cabinet where it is a coalition partner, besides its unhappiness over its bete noire, Maharashtra Swabhimana Party chief Narayan Rane joining the NDA and being given a BJP ticket for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls.

Earlier, Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had met Thackeray in Mumbai on November 2, and the duo are known to have built up a rapport then.

In a sharp critique after the outcome of the recent bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the Shiv Sena on Friday predicted that BJP’s tally would fall by 100-110 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from its current strength of around 272.

Prior to this, on January 23 on the 5th death anniversary of the Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, Uddhav Thackeray had announced that hisparty would independently contest the 2019 parliament and Maharashtra assembly elections, besides spreading wings to fight elections in other states around the country.

Attempting to mollify its partner, BJP’s Finance Minister Suhir Mungantiwar this week claimed that the BJP and Sena would jointly contest the next elections “in the interest of the people of the state”.

However, he was snubbed by his cabinet colleague and Sena’s Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam who said that while Thackeray has already declared the party would go solo in next elections, any decision in this regard would be taken only by him (Thackeray) and not the BJP.

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Shiv Sena – Our Missiles are just showcase exhibits


Shiv Sena, MP Sanjay Raut came very hard at the government after four Indian jawans got killed in mortar shelling in Bhimber Gali sector on Sunday. The Shiv Sena MP demanded the Centre to show the nation’s force against Pakistan. ‘They used missiles in attacking our jawans on Sunday. Where are our missiles? In the Rajpat Exhibition grounds? Are they mere showcase exhibits for International heads on January 26th?’, asked Sanjay Raut.

Keeping in view of the recent attacks across the line of control in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir, Sanjay Raut further added, ‘A young army Captain and three other army soldiers were martyred. Another four civilians were injured after Pakistan troops resorted to heavy shelling across the border.

It is the second time in three days that Pakistan Army has targeted Poonch, using automatic weapons and mortars. They also targeted our military and civilian facilities in more than a dozen locations of the Balakote sector last week which is unpardonable.’

The Indian forces claim of 130 ceasefire violations by Pakistan last month, is the highest so far since 2014. In 2017, there were 860 ceasefire violations, including 147 alone in December. There were 271 ceasefire violations in 2016, a fall from 387 violations in 2015.

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