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Horoscope today, July 25: Check astrological predictions for all zodiac signs

Do you know what the stars hold for you in terms of love life, career, business and personal wellness today? Well, read on to know your astrological predictions as per your zodiac sign for July 25. Aries   March 21 – April 20Recognition in your chosen field spurs you on to do even better as time goes by. Some transformations are coming soon. Cosmic tip: Don’t be afraid to reveal the vulnerable side of your personality. Taurus   April 21 – May 20Reaching the right balance in life is what you’ve aimed at always: now it finally materialises.Cosmic tip: Ask what is wrong instead of doing guessing games when a family member is unusually quiet. GeminiMay 21 – June 21A relationship flounders. Patiently wait for the karmic cycle to change. Health is good. Cosmic tip: Reluctantly let go of unavailable friends. Calls being avoided, being silent has been going on for too long. Cancer June 22 – July 23Booking is done for a business travel next week. Set down past hurts and burdens while holding onto love and lessons learnt. Pursue further studies if possible.Cosmic tip: Plan to refurnish the home.  Leo July 24 - Aug 23A difference of opinion at work is fine as long as personalities don’t get involved. Health is good. Cosmic tip: Make investments after studying the market minutely, taking advice to help make better choices. Virgo Aug 24 – Sept 23Reaping abundance from the universe is a reward for good works done, helping as many people as is possible. Do get enough sleep.Cosmic tip: Do some charitable work without expecting anything in return. Libra Sept 24 – Oct 22Self-employed Librans can diversify the business if they’ve considered this.Cosmic tip: Enjoy getting back to a loving relationship but without trying to pin the blame on each other. Scorpio  Oct 23 – Nov 22A prayer is answered but by now it’s no longer important. What appears to be a problem is the universe’s way of making you think carefully.Cosmic tip: Meet friends and have a good time. Sagittarius Nov 23 – Dec 22Love deepens over a period of time: for the moment enjoy it as it unfolds.Cosmic tip: Accept walking down the karmic path alone, imbibing what needs to be learnt and consciously incurring positive karmas. Capricorn Dec 23 – Jan 20Those seeking employment find immediate financial requirements are taken care of by a friend offering a temporary job.Cosmic tip: Make sure your driver drives carefully, following traffic rules. Aquarius Jan 21 – Feb 19Enjoying perfect health keeps the mind and heart peaceful: so peaceful in fact that a temporary argument at home doesn’t trip you up. Cosmic tip: Make time for a visiting friend who lives overseas. Pisces Feb 20 – March 20Stop yourself from getting involved in a brainless argument with a friend who only finds fault. Cosmic tip: Nurture the inner child by eating something that you loved and was comfort food at that time.

25 July,2024 12:46 AM IST | Mumbai | Shirley Bose
Arsh Yusuf Malik at the spot where the fire broke out. Pic/Anurag Ahire

Teen hero's quick thinking saves high-rise from disaster

A 19-year-old, Arsh Yusuf Malik, averted a major disaster on Wednesday morning at the EE High Tower in Jogeshwari West. Arsh managed to control the fire using fire extinguishers until the fire brigade arrived. The fire broke out in the wire duct on the 11th floor of the EE High Tower at 9 am. Arsh, who lives in Malad, was visiting his uncle's house on the 15th floor. Residents noticed dense smoke above the 11th floor. When Arsh saw the fire in the duct, he began using fire extinguishers to contain it. "I saw dense smoke coming from the duct. I took a fire extinguisher and started spraying it on the fire. I ran to the 11th floor and began extinguishing the fire on each floor," Arsh said. "It was my spontaneous reaction. I didn't think about it before doing it. I wasn't afraid of the situation." A pharma student, Arsh added, "I never received any formal training in firefighting, but I had seen videos on social media about using extinguishers. It worked." He stayed on the scene until the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) team arrived. A #fire erupted in a high-rise building in the #Jogeshwari area of #Mumbai on Wednesday. Firefighters have been deployed to the scene to control the blaze.The incident took place at the EE Height Tower in Jogeshwari West on SV Road. The blaze, which began on Wednesday morning… pic.twitter.com/TohhICSBDq — Mid Day (@mid_day) July 24, 2024 Arsh's prompt response prevented a major disaster. "This youth acted like a trained firefighter, running up the staircase and trying to extinguish the fire on every floor," said a resident. The fire, which started on the 11th floor, spread to all 20 floors of the building due to burning electrical wires, creating dense smoke on every floor. Meanwhile, four residents of the building were admitted to a private hospital due to suffocation. Minaj Menon, 41, and Imran Memon, 40, were admitted to SBS hospital, and Nazima Chauhan, 47, and Iqbal Chunawala, 71, were discharged from the hospital. According to MFB officials, the fire was extinguished by 11.50 am. Two fire engines, two jet sprays, one quick response vehicle, and other equipment were deployed to the scene. The cause of the fire has not yet been identified, and officials will also investigate whether the internal firefighting system was functioning properly. The building has three commercial floors, two podiums, and 20 residential floors. The fire spread due to the electrical cables, officials added.

24 July,2024 10:54 PM IST | Mumbai | A Correspondent
Ashwini Vaishnaw. File Pic/PTI

Allocation for Maharashtra railways 13.5 times what UPA did, says Vaishnaw

Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Wednesday said that Rs 15,940 crore has been allocated for Maharashtra railways in the Union Budget 2024. He claimed that this amount is 13.5 times the average outlay during the UPA years. Addressing a press conference through a video link from Delhi, Vaishnaw stated Prime Minister Narendra Modi has increased the railway allocation for the state by 13.5 times in the Union Budget 2024, compared to the average of Rs 1,171 crore when the Congress-led UPA was in power, according to PTI. "It is almost a proper special package," the railway minister said, reported PTI. As per the PTI report, Vaishnaw stated that nearly Rs 1,30,000 crore has been invested in railway projects across Maharashtra, describing their advancement in the state as "very nice". He mentioned that Rs 81,500 crore is allocated for new railway lines, track doubling, and Gati Shakti initiatives. He emphasized that the 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project should not be viewed merely as a typical transportation project. He highlighted its potential to significantly boost the economies of the cities along its route, according to PTI. He noted that the work on the 21-km-long undersea tunnel and the underground station at Mumbai's Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) is going on at full pace while about 320 kilometres of viaducts for the bullet train project are ready. According to the news agency report, the railway minister said they have planned to add 250 more services to Mumbai's suburban system in the next five years. The Central Railway and Western Railway now run 3,200 services daily in the metropolis and ferry more than 70 lakh commuters. Vaishnaw said the increase in the number of services would be achieved through 10 projects. These projects aim to shorten the time between trains from 180 seconds to 150 seconds, reduce train crossings, and segregate suburban trains from long-distance trains, according to the news agency. Meanwhile, in the Interim Budget 2024, the Mumbai Urban Transport Projects (MUTP) were allocated a budget of Rs 789 crore, signaling a boost for the expansion of Mumbai's suburban railway network. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had specified the allocation distribution, with Rs 100 crore for MUTP (second phase), Rs 300 crore for MUTP-III, and Rs 389 crore for MUTP-IIIA. (With inputs from PTI)

24 July,2024 09:58 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Was asked to sign affidavits against Thackerays, Sharad Pawar: Anil Deshmukh

Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday alleged that he was asked to sign affidavits against Thackerays, Sharad Pawar to avoid trouble, reported the PTI. Deshmukh alleged that an 'intermediary' of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis had asked him to provide affidavits against important figures in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government to avoid getting embroiled in litigation himself, an allegation Devendra Fadnavis denied. Anil Deshmukh, an NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar) leader, stepped down as home minister in April 2021 after then Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh accused him of asking police to collect money from hotel and bar owners in the city. Singh had then written a letter addressed to the then Maharashtra CM and other high-ranking officials and accused Deshmukh of running an extortion racket wherein he had asked police officers to collect Rs 100 crore from bar and restaurant owners every month. According to the PTI, while speaking to news channels, the NCP (SP) leader said that a person allegedly sent by Devendra Fadnavis (who was then in opposition) met him, carrying with him affidavits implicating then chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, his son and cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray, then finance Minister Ajit Pawar and then transport minister Anil Parab. Anil Deshmukh should sign the affidavits to avoid potential litigation against himself, the man told him, but he refused to oblige, the former Maharashtra minister claimed, as per the PTI. Meanwhile, while reacting to the allegation, Maharashtra deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the home department portfolio, said that the allegations were baseless. "Anil Deshmukh should know that his own party leaders have provided me with multiple pieces of audio-visual evidence of his comments about then CM Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar, or the controversial police officer Sachin Waze. If false accusations are levelled against me, I will have no choice but to make this evidence public," Devendra Fadnavis said elsewhere while reacting to the allegations made by Anil Deshmukh, the news agency reported on Wednesday. Anil Deshmukh was not discharged in the case where he was accused of asking police officials to collect Rs 100 crore, but he was only out on bail, the senior Maharashtra BJP leader further said. (with PTI inputs)

24 July,2024 08:56 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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President Murmu to address Maharashtra legislators at Vidhan Bhavan on July 29

President Droupadi Murmu will address the Maharashtra legislature on July 29 to mark the centenary celebration of the state legislative council, Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar and Deputy Chairperson of the Upper House Neelam Gorhe told reporters on Wednesday. According to the PTI report, as many as 172 former council members, along with current MLAs and MLCs, will attend the function at the central hall of Vidhan Bhavan, they said. A book will be released on the occasion to commemorate the history of the legislative council, which came into being on February 19, 1921, said Narwekar and Gorhe. Additionally, they noted, 'Best Speech' and 'Best Legislator' awards, presented by the Maharashtra branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, will be given away. The awards have been reportedly pending since 2018. As per the PTI report, the presiding officers, Narwekar and Gorhe, expressed confidence that the function will add a 'golden chapter to the illustrious legacy of the state legislature'. Speaking about the delay in filling the vacant post of legislative council chairperson, speaker Narwekar said efforts are being made on that front, according to PTI. Earlier this month, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar addressed a joint sitting of both houses to mark the centenary of the Maharashtra legislative council. Maharashtra not mentioned even once in FM's speech, says Aaditya Thackeray Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday said Maharashtra was not mentioned even once by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Union Budget 2024 speech and alleged bias against the state despite being the largest taxpayer. In a post on X, Thackeray also accused the Centre of looting Maharashtra by installing a "corrupt regime" and then through taxes. "I can understand the BJP wanting to save its government and giving Bihar and Andhra Pradesh a huge sum of the budget. But what is Maharashtra's fault? That we are the largest taxpayers? What did we get for what we contributed?" "Was Maharashtra mentioned even once in the budget? Why does the BJP hate and insult Maharashtra so much? This isn't the first time, through the entire past decade of BJP's government, we have seen this bias against Maharashtra," Thackeray claimed. (With inputs from PTI)

24 July,2024 08:04 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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BEST opens application for obtaining electricity connection for Ganesh pandals

Ahead of Ganesh Utsav 2024, BEST has initiated the facility to accept applications for the provision of electricity for Ganesh pandal organizers in every customer service department in Mumbai. Pandal organizers can apply online for the provision of electricity by visiting the Best Undertaking's website www.bestundertaking.com and register the application. Additionally, a printout of the application has to be submitted to to the related Customer Service Department and complete the following items - The current request application must include the Mandal's name, complete address, required provision period, as well as the name and contact number of the Mandal's responsible representative.  It is necessary to provide the information of the Mandal's bank account (name of the bank, account number, bank branch etc.) in the application. The refund form also has to be filled out. It is necessary for the Mandal to have a rubber stamp on the request application. The Mandal should accept responsibility for the security of the mandap and submit the undertaking letter. According to actual electricity bill adjustment after the arrangement, the refund amount on unnamed charges will be deposited into your Mandal's bank account within a month through NEFT (National Electronic Fund Transfer). It is necessary to submit the prescribed form (available at all Customer Service Department offices) for the current form. If the current form is not filled out, the refund amount will be deposited within 90 days through money order. Permission from the property owner / construction company is required where arrangements for 'Shree' Mandap are made. Submit the application submitted to the electricity inspector or the application submitted to that department. Auditors should evaluate the electricity use by placing all the electricity equipment in the service department's value-applicable contract. The applicant must accept the accepted electricity contractor's claim, and also provide all the electricity equipment in the form. The electricity risk cannot be used to put wire on road lighting Include with the application any current electricity bill for any meter in the cabin where electricity supply is needed. The Electricity Supply Confirmation Letter must be signed by individuals responsible for Ganesh Festival committees or regular electricity bills. Ganesh Utsav committees should pay the specified charges as per the instructions provided. Fee for Application Registration Single Phase: Rs. 50/-Three Phase: Rs. 75/- Connection Fees Single Phase: Rs. 150/-Three Phase: Rs. 200/- Unnamed Amount a) Outstanding electricity bill amount from Ganesh Festival 2023 orb) Rs. 20/- per day per kilowatt (only for new committees) exceeding the limit. Meter Unnamed Amount Rs. 1000/- for Single Phase MeterRs. 3000/- for Three Phase Meter (up to 60 kilowatts) Rs. 4000/- for City Meter (more than 60 kilowatts)

24 July,2024 06:22 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Activists of NCP Sharad Pawar group protest against the budget. Pic/Shadab Khan

NCP (SP) protests against 'anti-Maharashtra bias' in Union Budget 2024

Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party staged a protest in Mumbai on Wednesday, alleging discrimination against Maharashtra in the Union Budget 2024, despite the western state being the highest tax-payer. As per the PTI report, NCP (SP) workers led by city unit president Rakhi Jadhav held placards and shouted slogans against the Union government. "Despite being the highest generator of tax revenue for the exchequer Maharashtra was ignored in the Budget and got nothing in allocations," Jadhav told reporters, according to PTI. The leader of the NCP (SP) questioned if Maharashtra was treated unfairly because of the BJP's poor performance in the state during the recent Lok Sabha elections, reported PTI. Meanwhile, Raju Shetti, the chief of Swabhimani Party, criticized the government for neglecting to build infrastructure for agriculture and focusing instead on digital platforms. He argued that importing oilseeds and pulses is anti-farmer, and only six per cent of crops receive Minimum Support Price (MSP) protection. Opposition parties have accused the Centre of showing anti-Maharashtra bias in the Union Budget 2024 and favouring NDA allies, TDP and JD (U). Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday dismissed the opposition's claims and stated that the state had received 'substantial allocations' in the annual financial statement. Maharashtra not mentioned even once in FM's speech, says Aaditya Thackeray The opposition in Maharashtra slammed the Union Budget 2024 claiming it did not even mention the word 'Maharashtra' during FM Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget speech. Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday said Maharashtra was not mentioned even once by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Union Budget 2024 speech, and alleged bias against the state despite being the largest taxpayer. In a post on X, Thackeray also accused the Centre of looting Maharashtra by installing a "corrupt regime" and then through taxes. "I can understand the BJP wanting to save its government and giving Bihar and Andhra Pradesh a huge sum of the budget. But what is Maharashtra's fault? That we are the largest taxpayer? What did we get against what we contributed?" "Was Maharashtra mentioned even once in the budget? Why does the BJP hate and insult Maharashtra so much? This isn't the first time, through the entire past decade of BJP's government, we have seen this bias against Maharashtra," Thackeray claimed. (With inputs from PTI)

24 July,2024 05:41 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Tansa Dam. File Pic/BMC

Tansa Dam overflows after reaching its full capacity

Amid intense spells of Mumbai rains, the Tansa Dam in Thane district of Maharashtra overflows after reaching its full capacity, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Wednesday. The civic body said that, three gates of the Tansa Dam were opened to release excess water. "On Wednesday at around 4:16 pm Tansa Dam reached its full capacity. Three gates have been opened and 3,315 cusecs of water was being released from the dam," the BMC said. The BMC-managed dam on the Tansa Dam is one of the key sources of drinking water for the metropolis and is located in the adjoining Thane district in Maharashtra. Watch Video Tansa Dam overflows after reaching full capacity; gates open to release excess water Read more: https://t.co/p0s8mWFxQO #TansaDam #DamOverflow #WaterRelease #MumbaiNews #DamGates pic.twitter.com/HaSafbWW3r — Mid Day (@mid_day) July 24, 2024 The water level in Tansa dam, which caters to Mumbai, had on Monday reached 127.51 meters and was just shy of its overflow mark of 128.63 meters. Meanwhile, the collective Mumbai lake levels in the seven reservoirs that supply drinking water to the city are now at 58 per cent, as per the BMC data. According to the BMC data, on Wednesday, the collective lake levels or water stock in Mumbai lakes is now at 8,41,396 million litres of water or 58.13 per cent. Mumbai draws water from Tulsi, Tansa, Vihar, Bhatsa, Modak Sagar, Upper Vaitarna, and Middle Vaitarna. As per the data, the water level in Tansa is at 96.26 per cent. At Modak-Sagar, 82.98 per cent of water stock is available. In Middle Vaitarna 53.01 per cent, Upper Vaitarna 25.40 per cent, Bhatsa 55.88 per cent, Vehar 93.14 per cent and Tulsi 100 per cent of useful water level is available. Tulsi Lake, one of two lakes that supplies water to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) area, began overflowing at 8:30 am today. This is a replay of last year's occurrence, when the lake began overflowing on July 20, 2023, at 1:28 pm, said the civic agency in a communique. Tulsi Lake, built in 1879 at Rs 40 lakh, is the smallest of the lakes that provide water to Mumbai. The lake has a useful water storage capacity of 804.6 crore litres (8046 million litres) and provides an average of 18 million litres (1.8 crore litres) of water each day. The lake is roughly 35 km from the BMC headquarters. "The 'Tulsi lake' of the BMC, one of the two lakes that supply water to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation area and are located within the BMC area, has started overflowing at 8:30 am today, July 20, 2024. Last year also, on July 20, 2023, itself, the lake had started overflowing at around 1.28 pm," BMC said in its statement. 

24 July,2024 05:28 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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IMD issues orange alert for Mumbai and Thane, red alert for Palghar

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday, while sharing Maharashtra rains update, issued an orange alert for Mumbai and Thane. A red alert was issued for neighbouring Palghar district. The IMD stated that heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places were very likely in Mumbai and Thane. According to the IMD's latest weather bulletin, "Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places were very likely in Palghar." A similar alert was issued for Raigad, Pune and Satara districts in Maharashtra. Earlier, the IMD had on Tuesday predicted moderate to heavy rains in Mumbai on July 24. According to the IMD's weather bulletin on Tuesday evening, moderate to heavy rains in city and suburbs were very likely and there was a possibility of very heavy rain at isolated places in city and suburbs on Wednesday. The IMD had earlier said, "Occasional gusty winds reaching 50-60 kmph were very likely." The weather department had stated that the maximum and minimum temperatures were likely to be around 28 degree Celsius and 24 degree Celsius respectively. Mumbai has been witnessing moderate to heavy rainfall since last week. On Tuesday, the city woke up to overcast skies and light rainfall at several places. On Monday, as Mumbai rains continued to batter the city, with some areas receiving up to 34 mm of rainfall in just an hour in the morning, caused a deluge in low-lying pockets of the city affecting local train services for an hour during the morning peak hour. As a precautionary measure, three teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed to handle any emergency situations. The IMD had on July 22 issued a red alert for Maharashtra's Raigad district and predicted heavy rainfall in the district. In view of heavy rains in Mumbai and several parts of Maharashtra, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had on Sunday asked officials to be on high alert. Accident-prone areas should be surveyed, flood control methods should be adopted and traffic must be diverted as required, CM Shinde had earlier said.

24 July,2024 03:09 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Elderly woman, her son injured after ceiling plaster of Thane house collapses

The civic officials said that a 63-year-old woman was seriously injured and her son was also wounded after the ceiling plaster of their Thane house collapsed in the wee hours of Wednesday, reported news agency PTI. The incident took place located in their ground floor residential structure in Lokmanya Nagar area shortly after midnight on Wednesday, chief of the Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) of Thane Municipal Corporation, Yasin Tadvi, told PTI. Yasin Tadvi said that following the incident, the injured woman from the Thane house, Sunanda Warang, was first admitted to a civic hospital in Kalwa, but as her condition deteriorated, she was transferred to Sion Hospital in Mumbai, reported PTI. The woman's 38-year-old son was discharged from hospital after treatment, Tadvi said. Earlier, three persons, including two children, were injured when a wall of an under- construction building collapsed on an adjacent house in Mumbai's Dharavi area on Monday evening amid rains, civic officials said, reported PTI. The three -- a nine-month-old boy, Kiyansh Patwal, five-year-old girl Manpreet Singh and a woman identified as Anita Singh (28) -- were rushed to nearby Sion Hospital, where their condition is stated to be stable, an official said, reported PTI. He said the wall of the under-construction building crashed on an adjacent house in Patra Chawl in Laxmi Baug area of Dharavi, a sprawling slum colony in the metropolis, at around 7.15 pm. Chawls are rows of tenements/tiny apartments. The official said personnel from the Fire Brigade, police, Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST), local ward office and other agencies were mobilised immediately. Meanwhile, Thane civic chief Saurabh Rao chaired a meeting on Monday to assess the status of buildings declared dangerous amid heavy rains in the area. Rao said preventing loss of life was paramount and reiterated Chief Minister Eknath Shinde's warning that officials will be held accountable for untoward incidents like collapses resulting in fatalities. "Occupants of such buildings must proactively carry out repairs, document and submit photographs to their respective ward offices. Buildings categorised as most dangerous must be immediately evacuated even if legal proceedings are underway," Rao said. According to a Thane Municipal Corporation release, the city has 96 buildings identified as most dangerous, of which 47 have already been evacuated. Upper floors of 29 buildings have been demolished, while 20 buildings remain partially occupied, the TMC release added. (With inputs from PTI)

24 July,2024 12:58 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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Manoj Jarange suspends indefinite fast over Maratha quota issue

Maratha activist Manoj Jarange on Wednesday suspended his indefinite fast, which he began five days ago over the Maratha quota issue, reported news agency PTI. While suspending his fast, Manoj Jarange said that his community members say they want him alive to fight for the cause. He announced the decision while addressing media persons at his native Antarwali Sarati village in Jalna district of Maharashtra. Manoj Jarange had launched his latest fast on July 20 in support of his demands, including implementation of the draft notification that recognises Kunbis as 'sage soyare' (blood relatives) of Maratha community members and granting reservation to the latter under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category. The activist, who had been refusing intravenous fluids, agreed to receive them from Tuesday night. Talking to reporters this morning on the Maratha quota issue, he said, "My community says they want me alive. There is tremendous pressure from the community. If I die, it would cause a division within the community. Therefore, I have decided to suspend my fast," reported PTI. Manoj Jarange criticised BJP MLC Pravin Darekar and Maharashtra minister Chhagan Bhujbal, alleging that they were opposed to reservation for the Maratha community. This opposition could lead to the Maratha community going away from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said while hinting at potential electoral consequences in the upcoming assembly elections. He also appealed to the Maratha community members to defeat the BJP. Jarange accused Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, who is also the state Home Minister, of trying to implicate him in a false case. This allegation comes in the wake of a Pune court issuing a fresh non-bailable warrant in a 2013 cheating case. Dhananjay Ghorpade, the producer-director of Marathi play 'Shambhuraje' (based on the life of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj) has alleged that Jarange and his associates failed to pay Rs 13.21 lakh after organising six shows of the play in Jalna. Jarange said he was ready to go to jail for presenting before people the life of Sambhaji Maharaj. "I am ready to die for the Maratha community...," he said, reported PTI. He accused Fadnavis of playing low level politics to bring his party in power by using government machinery against the opponents, reported PTI. He criticised the state government over its "discriminatory funding practices", and claimed that substantial funds were given to veteran social worker Appasaheb Dharamadhikari while financial help to the Maratha youth was denied, reported PTI. Jarange announced that meetings of the Maratha community will be held across various districts between August 7 to 13. After that, a critical meeting will be held on August 29 to decide the future course of action on the Maratha quota issue. (With inputs from PTI)

24 July,2024 12:23 PM IST | Jalna | mid-day online correspondent
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