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Sharad Pawar: Now the days of one-person rule at centre are gone

Sharad Pawar, the chief of the NCP (SP), on Wednesday said that the days of one-person rule are gone, citing the BJP's inability to form the new government at the center without the support of other parties. The Modi guarantee is no longer in effect, he said. Pawar continued, the formation of the coalition government at the Center was only possible beacause of the power of the voters, according to reports from PTI. Pawar was speaking during a meeting in Pune's Purandar tehsil, a part of Baramati Lok Sabha constituency. He had come there to review the water scarcity situation. "Elections are over and a government has been formed (at the Centre). Last 10 years, the government was one person, but now it has been freed from it (that system). This time, the government has been formed with the help of others," he said. "The situation was such that the government would not have been formed without the help of the chief ministers of Bihar (Nitish Kumar) and Andhra Pradesh (N Chandrababu Naidu). The government has been formed with their help, which means gone are the days of one person running the government. It also means that Modi's guarantee, about which we used to hear, is over and power to end it (this guarantee) lies with you," the former Union minister said. As per reports from PTI, Pawar claimed that the Lok Sabha election outcome showed that a similar result will be seen in the state assembly polls. "After the Lok Sabha poll results are replicated in the state assembly polls, I will give the reins of the state in your hands. The power in the state will come in the hands of our people and this power will be used to address critical issues and for that I need your cooperation," Pawar told the gathering. In the recently-held Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won 240 seats, falling short of the 272 majority mark. BJP had to take support from the allies in the party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for government formation at center.  A far cry from the 303 and 282 seats it had won in 2019 and 2014, respectively, to have a majority on its own.  The NDA passed the halfway point with the help of Nitish Kumar's JD(U) and Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which secured 16 and 12 seats in Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, respectively, as well as other alliance members. However, the opposition alliance, INDIA had won 233 seats, with the Congress claiming 99 of them.

12 June,2024 06:12 PM IST | Pune | mid-day online correspondent
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Security increased at Devendra Fadnavis' Nagpur homes amid protest in vicinity

Security was beefed up at Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' residences in Nagpur following a neighbouring protest organised by a local organisation over the installation of pre-paid energy metres, according to officials. Fadnavis, who also manages the state energy department, has two residences in Nagpur: Devgiri in Civil Lines and Trikoni Park in the Dharampath region, both about 3 to 4 kilometres from the protest site at Variety Square, reported PTI.  According to the report, members of the Jai Vidarbha party gathered at Variety Square to protest the government's decision to install pre-paid metres through the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL). A senior police official acknowledged that security was increased at both of Fadnavis' properties as a precaution in response to the demonstration, the report added.  Meanwhile, after the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 results, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis had offered to quit taking responsibility for the results. However, when he was requested to stay, Fadnavis said that he had not asked me to relieve me out of frustration.  "We were deficient in the political arithmetic in the LS polls. I didn’t ask (party leadership) to relieve me out of frustration. I am not an individual who will run away without fighting. Our inspiration is Shivrai (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj) who, when cornered from all sides made a treaty and later won all the forts he had lost,” he had said.  "If somebody felt I was frustrated and spoke emotionally, that is incorrect. I had a strategy in mind. I met Amit Shah and told him about my plans. He informed me that we would create a plan," he added, adding that he would not take a break while preparing for the next battle. Fadnavis stated that the BJP was competing against four parties, not just three, in the MVA. The fourth was a misleading tale regarding the BJP's proposal to amend the Constitution."The narrative did not work." If it had succeeded, the BJP would not have received 44 per cent of the votes, which is greater than in 2019," he said.

12 June,2024 05:26 PM IST | Nagpur | mid-day online correspondent
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NCP (SP) leader Bajrang Sonawane denies contacting Ajit Pawar

Bajrang Sonawane, a leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) (Sharad Pawar faction) and recent Lok Sabha election winner from Beed, has strenuously denied contacting Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. Sonawane responded to NCP MLC Amol Mitkari's charges by dismissing them and expressing surprise. Mitkari tweeted, "Beed's Bappa called Dada," implying Sonawane had contacted Ajit Pawar. बीडच्या बप्पाचा दादांना फोन #मोठ्यामनाचादादा — आ. अमोल गोदावरी रामकृष्ण मिटकरी (@amolmitkari22) June 11, 2024 Sonawane, lovingly known as Bajrang Bappa by his admirers, reaffirmed his commitment to Sharad Pawar. He questioned Mitkari's position and said, "Who is Amol Mitkari? Is he an operator at the bungalow of Dada (Ajit Pawar)? I don't know, we should ask (him). The (call) record of who called Ajit Pawar will be with the operator." Sonawane emphasised his loyalty to Sharad Pawar, adding, "Eight MPs of Sharad Pawar were elected in Lok Sabha elections from Maharashtra. If an MP like me remains in contact with someone, people will beat him. Even my wife and father will beat me. But those with just one MP can contact Sharad Pawar." Sonawane defeated BJP candidate Pankaja Munde from Beed, one of eight NCP MPs from Maharashtra who won under Sharad Pawar's leadership. The Ajit Pawar-led NCP gained only one seat in the elections. Who is Bajrang Sonawane? NCP (SP) leader Bajrang Sonawane had contested the Lok Sabha election in 2019 as well however he lost to Dr Pritam Munde who had secured 6.78 lakh votes.  Sonawane, who is chairman of the Yesdeshwar Cooperative Sugar Mill and is part of a cooperative movement in the district, has also been a member of the District Council of Beed. In an earlier interview, Sonawane told, "I will work on increasing the income of farmers. I will also work on irrigation and on provision of drinking water. Employment is another issue that needs to be urgently addressed. I will work to start industries in Beed. This constituency needs a mega-dam project which will give water for irrigation, drinking and industries, too. To start businesses, we need a rail network, which I will work on. I want to see that the youth of Beed don’t migrate for jobs. If they get a good income from agriculture and get a job here, why will they move?"

12 June,2024 05:26 PM IST | Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar | mid-day online correspondent
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Rahul Gandhi: Not decided whether I will retain Wayanad or Rae Bareli

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who won both the Wayanad and Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seats in the 2024 general elections, said on Wednesday that he is unsure which seat to keep. Gandhi promised that whichever decision he made, both constituencies would be happy. He thanked the Wayanad people for re-electing him and stated, "I look forward to seeing you soon." Per a PTI report, Gandhi stated at a public address, "I am torn between serving as MP for Wayanad and Rae Bareli. I promise that both constituencies will be pleased with my decision." This was Gandhi's first visit to Kerala after winning the Wayanad seat for the second time by a considerable margin. During his speech, Gandhi made a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the news agency stated. He said, "I do not receive divine instructions on what to do, unlike the Prime Minister." He mocked Modi for asserting during the election campaign that God directs his decisions, writing, "Modi's God appears to favour Adani and Ambani." Gandhi accused Modi of being commanded by God to hand over critical assets such as airports and power plants to Adani, as well as to promote policies such as Agniveer, which supposedly benefit industrialists in the defence sector, the report added.  "I, unfortunately, do not have this luxury as I am a human being and God does not order me. For me, it is much simpler. My God is the poor people of India. My gods are the people of Wayanad," Gandhi said, adding that he listens to the people for guidance. He highlighted that Lok Sabha Elections 2024 was about defending the Indian Constitution, claiming that love and humility have triumphed over hatred and arrogance. Gandhi claimed that the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have a "fundamental misunderstanding" of their position, believing that political influence and control over institutions such as the ED, CBI, and Income Tax Department enable them to dictate terms to the people, the PTI report stated.  "The people of Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, and other states have shown the PM that you cannot dictate to us. The Constitution serves as our collective voice. "Do not touch the Constitution," he stated. Gandhi said that the Prime Minister narrowly avoided defeat in Varanasi and used the BJP's loss in Ayodhya as a powerful warning against intolerance and violence. He underlined the importance of respecting India's many customs, languages, and civilizations. He continued by describing the newly constituted administration at the Centre as "crippled" and claiming that the opposition has inflicted a significant blow to the BJP. "We will continue to fight for a pro-poor, compassionate vision and strive to make India a fairer, more productive society," he added. With PTI inputs

12 June,2024 04:29 PM IST | Malappuram | mid-day online correspondent
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Congress declares RSS 'irrelevant' following Mohan Bhagwat's remarks

On Wednesday, the Congress party said that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has become "irrelevant" and that the Constitution, democracy, and society can protect themselves without the RSS or its president Mohan Bhagwat. The declaration from the opposition party followed Bhagwat's remarks on a variety of matters, including the violence in Manipur and the Lok Sabha Elections 2024.  Pawan Khera, Congress' media and publicity chief, said, "Mohan Bhagwat ji, you reap what you sow." The error lies with the gardener, not the soil." According to the PTI report, Khera questioned Bhagwat's silence on several crucial topics, saying, "When farmers experienced bad weather and police action outside the capital, you remained silent. You remained silent as a Dalit girl who was raped and murdered in Hathras; when the rapists of Bilkis Bano were released and welcomed, you remained silent. When Dalits were urinated on, you remained silent. You remained silent when Pehlu Khan and Akhlaq were slain. When Kanhaiya Lal's killers' links to the BJP were revealed, you remained silent." "Your silence, combined with Narendra Modi's, has rendered you and the Sangh irrelevant. Amit Shah and the BJP have sidelined you. Your last chance came when BJP leaders contemplated amending the Constitution, but you stayed silent," Khera said. "What is the use of speaking now?" He said that the Constitution, democracy, and society do not require the RSS or Bhagwat since they can "protect and reboot" themselves, the PTI report stated.  According to the report, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh also chastised Bhagwat, invoking a Hindi couplet by Kabir: "Karta raha so kyon kiya, ab kari kyon pachtaye, boye pedh babool ka, amua kahan se paye" (loosely translated to 'you must reap what you sow'). Bhagwat previously expressed alarm about the ongoing violence in Manipur, adding that the situation must be prioritised. Speaking at an RSS gathering in Nagpur, he emphasised the significance of unity among all Indian communities, as well as the need to go beyond political hyperbole to confront national challenges, the report added.  He, per the news agency report, stated that while the RSS does not participate in electoral discussions, it does focus on spreading awareness about the necessity of voting. Bhagwat also advocated for cooperation between the ruling party and the opposition to work for the common good, underlining the importance of conducting elections with dignity and without resorting to lies, which he blamed on technology manipulations such as deepfakes.

12 June,2024 03:58 PM IST | Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
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Pune: Man allegedly killed his neighbour over request for water

A man was allegedly killed by his neighbour after his request for water in the Mundhwa area of Pune, police said on Wednesday. The officials on Tuesday said, accused Rakesh Tukaram Gaikwad (35) has been apprehended by the police. The man was allegedly hit with a cement block and an iron rod by his accused neighbour after the request for water turned into a violent argument. The deceased has been identified as Shrikant Alhat, a resident of Pune. He died due to excessive bleeding. A police official said, "The incident took place on Monday night when Alhat, who lived alone, asked for water from Gaikwad. This seemingly innocent request angered Gaikwad, leading to a heated argument between the two. The argument quickly turned violent, with Gaikwad attacking Alhat with deadly weapons." "The relationship between Gaikwad and Alhat wasn't up to par due to Alhat's alcoholic habits. The request for water at midnight night was the tipping point that led to the tragic outcome. Alhat lost consciousness and succumbed to his injuries," he added. According to the reports from ANI, Rakesh was apprehended following the victim's brother police complaint. Santosh Alhat, victim's brother filed a complaint with the police on Monday. The FIR (First Information Report) was lodged under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code at Mundhwa Police Station on Monday. Further investigation is underway in the case. Pune city had been in news for over weeks now due to the Pune car crash case. As per the PTI report, the car, a Porsche, allegedly driven by the minor accused, fatally knocked down two bike-borne IT professionals--Ashwini Koshta and Aneesh Awadhiya--in Kalyani Nagar area of Pune city in the early hours of Sunday. The police believe that the accused was under the influence of alcohol when Pune car crash happened.  Both Koshta and Awadhiya were from Madhya Pradesh and working in Pune. Reportedly, following the Pune car crash, the police registered a case against the teenager's father under Sections 75 and 77 of the Juvenile Justice Act and relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).  A court on Sunday remanded parents of a 17-year-old boy allegedly involved in the Pune car crash in police custody till June 5 in a case pertaining to destruction of evidence, reported the PTI. According to the PTI, the duo is being probed for their alleged role in tampering with the blood sample of the minor following the car accident on May 19 in Maharashtra's Pune city, which claimed the lives of two IT professionals.

12 June,2024 03:26 PM IST | Pune | mid-day online correspondent
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Congress questions PM Modi's silence on terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir

Pawan Khera, Congress leader and in-charge of media and publicity department said, three terror attacks have been observed in the past three days in the J&K region. He said, on Wednesday, these incidents exposed BJP's chest-thumping and hollow claims of return of peace and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir. Khera also questioned the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter. According to the reports from PTI, he claimed that PM Modi has time to respond to Pakistani leaders, but no time to condemn the brutal terror attacks. "BJP's loudmouth chest-thumping and hollow claims of return of peace and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir have been thoroughly exposed. The fact that BJP did not even bother to fight elections in Kashmir valley is a testament to the fact that their 'Naya Kashmir' policy is an abject failure," Khera said in a statement. His remarks come amid a rise in terror incidents in the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch. Khera claimed that in the past 10 years, "loud chest-thumping" by the Modi government has made national security a "casualty." He said, the business continues as usual, while innocents suffer the consequences of cowardly terror attacks. Khera said, "Even as Shri Narendra Modi and his NDA Government was swearing in, and heads of states were visiting the country, India suffered a horrific and gruesome terror attack in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, where 9 precious lives were lost and at least 33 people were injured, when terrorist fired upon a bus filled with pilgrims from Shiv Khori Temple to Katra." "Not even innocent children were spared." Khera asked, "Did the victims not deserve a word of sympathy from the self-proclaimed 'divine' prime minister." As per reports from PTI, the Congress leader further brought up another terror attack that took place in Kathua. One civilian was reportedly injured in the Kathua attack. On June 11, six security personnel and a civilian were injured in an encounter with terrorists at Chhatrakala, Doda, Jammu, he said. Terrorists opened fire on a joint checkpoint manned by the 4 Rashtriya Rifles and police in Chattergalla area along Bhadarwah-Pathankot, the officials said. "A spate of terror attacks has gripped Jammu and Kashmir in the past three days, whilst PM Modi is busy posting responses to congratulatory tweets by Pakistani leaders ? Nawaz Sharif and Pak PM Shahbaz Sharif." "Why has he not spoken a single word on the dastardly terror attacks? Why has he maintained a stoic silence," Khera asked. He added, "Is it not a fact that Pir Panjal Range Rajouri and Poonch has now become a hotbed of cross-border terrorism in the past 2 years, as over 35 soldiers have been martyred, following terror attacks in these areas in the past two years, alone? And now terror has also spread to neighbouring Reasi district, which was considered relatively peaceful." According to PTI, the Congress leader noted that at least 19 major terror attacks have taken place on security installations under the Modi government. The list includes attacks on military stations, Air Force station, army camps and CRPF camps in Pulwama, Pathankot, Uri, Pampore, Gurdaspur, Sunjwan Army camp. Adding the Amarnath Yatra attack and Poonch terror attacks to the list, number of precious lives have been lost in these attcaks. "Is it not true that Modi Government invited the rogue ISI to investigate the Pathankot attack in 2016," he asked. According to reports from PTI, Khera continued, is it not true that the Modi government endangered national security while 2,262 terror attacks occurred in J&K, resulting in the deaths of 363 civilians and the martyrdom of 596 jawans.

12 June,2024 02:33 PM IST | New Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
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Reasi Terror Attack: VHP holds protest against J&K bus attack

Vishwa Hindu Parishad, on Wednesday, held a protest against Reasi terror attack in the national capital--New Delhi. The VHP had announced on Tuesday that they would be holding a protest against attack on bus carrying pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district resulting in nine deaths. A functionary of the VHP said, "Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal held a protest demanding strict action against terrorists. Those who died and were injured were going to Vaishno Devi for darshan." According to PTI, he said that the protesters would hand over a memorandum to senior officials. It would be addressed to the President of India, Droupadi Murmu, demanding strict action against those behind the Reasi terror attack. A senior Vishva Hindu Parishad functionary announced on Tuesday that the Bajrang Dal will hold a nation-wide demonstration against a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi on Wednesday. The incident killed nine people, including a two-year-old, and injured several others. Condemning the incident, Milind Parande, VHP general secretary (organization), said, "It was a cowardly attack by Islamic terrorists backed by Pakistan." As per reports from PTI, the VHP leader paid tribute to the pilgrims who were killed in the Reasi terror attack. He wished for the speedy recovery of those left injured in the incident. On the other hand, Ranjeet Singh, Manager of the Bus Booking Company, recounted the harrowing tale of the Reasi terror attack, highlighting the heroic sacrifice of the bus driver for the 40 passengers onboard. Singh expressed disbelief that such an incident could happen in an area that was thought to be safe. The driver's bravery and quick thinking saved the passengers from further tragedy. Ranjeet said that the bus driver disobeyed the millitants' commands and ultimately gave his life to protect the passengers. Ranjeet told ANI, "If the driver had not shown courage and sped up the bus, not a single passenger would have been safe." On Sunday evening, the terrorists opened fire at the 53-seater bus, which killed nine people and left 41 injured. The bus was on its way from the Shiv Khori temple to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra, causing it to veer off the road and fall into a deep gorge near the Teryath village in Reasi. The bus was ferrying pilgrims from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Delhi on Sunday, as reported by PTI. Extensive efforts to track down the terrorists involved in the attack on pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district continued on Tuesday.  Officials said on Tuesday, 11 teams of security personnel are working on the ground and a multi-directional cordon is laid around the Poni-Treyath belt.

12 June,2024 01:56 PM IST | New Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
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First session of 18th Lok Sabha to begin from June 24, says Kiren Rijiju

The first session of 18th Lok Sabha will begin on June 24 for oath or affirmation of the newly elected members, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Wednesday. The first three days of the first session of 18th Lok Sabha will see the newly elected leaders taking oath or making affirmation of their membership of the Lok Sabha and electing the Speaker of the House. The session will conclude on July 3. President Droupadi Murmu will address a joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on June 27 and is likely to outline the new government's roadmap for the next five years. "First session of 18th Lok Sabha is being summoned from 24/6/24 to 3/7/24 for oath/affirmation of newly elected members, election of Speaker, President's address and discussion thereon," Rijiju said in a post on X. First Session of 18th Lok Sabha is being summoned from 24.6.24 to 3.7.24 for oath/affirmation of newly elected Members, Election of Speaker, President’s Address and discussion thereon. 264th Session of Rajya Sabha will commence on 27.6.24 and conclude on 3.7.24. — Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) June 12, 2024 He said the 264th Session of Rajya Sabha will also commence on June 27 and conclude on July 3. Prime Minister Modi is expected to introduce his council of ministers to Parliament after the President's address on June 27. The debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President's address is expected to see an aggressive opposition trying to corner the NDA government on various issues. The prime minister will respond to the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President's address in both the Houses of Parliament.  The last session of the 17th Lok Sabha (Budget session) was held between January 31 and February 10, 2024. Lok Sabha had 274 sittings in which 202 Bills were introduced and 222 bills were passed. Rajya Sabha had 271 sittings, in which 31 Bills were introduced and 220 bills were passed. In total 221 Bills were passed by both the Houses and became Acts, during the term of the 17th Lok Sabha. During the 17th Lok Sabha one of the most important business transacted was the abrogation of certain provisions from Article 370 and Presidential Orders thereunder for ensuring equal opportunities to all sections of Society in Jammu & Kashmir particularly with the restoration of applicability of the provisions of the Constitution of India and all socio-economic legislations thereby ensuring rule of law and equity. Further for ensuring better administration and for curbing terrorism, the State of Jammu & Kashmir was reorganized with the formation of two Union Territories - Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Also, three landmark Bills relating to the criminal justice system to ensure victim-centric justice namely the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, 2023, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023 and the Bharatiya Sakshya Bill, 2023 replacing the Indian Penal Code, 1860, the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 were passed by both the Houses of Parliament.

12 June,2024 01:56 PM IST | New Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
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Maharashtra MSME director arrested in connection with murder of businessman

Prashant Parlewar, Director of the Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the Maharashtra government, was arrested by the Nagpur Crime Branch on Tuesday night in connection with the alleged contract killing of businessman Puroshattam Puttewar, a senior police officer said, reported news agency PTI. The police also detained the personal assistant of the Maharashtra MSME director and Puttewar's daughter-in-law, Archana Manish Puttewar (53), who serves as Assistant Director in the Town Planning Department in Gadchiroli, he said, reported PTI. Identified as Payal Nageshwar, the personal assistant hails from Bayramji town, said the official, reported PTI. The Maharashtra MSME director was arrested and will be produced in court on Wednesday for remand, said DCP (Detection) Nimit Goyal. The investigation has led to a total of six arrests, including Archana Puttewar, and several others allegedly involved in the conspiracy, reported PTI. Officials said incident dates back to May 22 when Puttewar (82) was fatally hit by a car. Initially registered as a fatal accident, further investigation uncovered evidence of a premeditated murder and alleged contract killing, reported PTI. The murder appears to be linked to a property dispute. In another case, a man was killed in Nagpur during an argument over speeding and reckless driving, a police official said on Monday, reported PTI. Dilip Shahu (34) was confronted by his brother-in-law Ganesh Shahu (29) on Sunday night, which led to the former being stabbed to death, the Beltarodi police station official said, reported PTI. "Ganesh asked Dilip why he had driven his motorcycle recklessly in front of the former's house. As the argument escalated, Ganesh stabbed Dilip to death and injured a man who was with the deceased," the official said. Meanwhile, a man was attacked and killed by three persons in a dispute over a woman in Maharashtra's Nagpur city, police said on Sunday, reported PTI. The police have arrested a 19-year-old man and detained two juveniles in connection with the attack that took place in the MIDC area late on Saturday night, an official said. The accused attacked the victim, Badal Bhaurao Nimbarte (27), a labour contractor, with sharp-edged weapons and killed him on the spot, he said, reported PTI. Nimbarte had allegedly made advances at the accused, Raj Anil Patil's girlfriend, and the latter had warned him to stay away from her, the official said, reported PTI. A case has been registered against the accused under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code, he said. (With inputs from PTI)

12 June,2024 01:35 PM IST | Nagpur | mid-day online correspondent
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Odisha CM-designate Majhi meets Patnaik, invites him to swearing-in ceremony

Hours before the BJP government takes oath of office, Odisha's chief minister-designate Mohan Charan Majhi met former CM Naveen Patnaik here on Wednesday and invited him to the swearing-in ceremony. Majhi drove to Naveen Niwas, Patnaik's residence, where he formally extended the invitation. "I came to Naveen Niwas and invited former Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to attend the swearing-in ceremony, which will also be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I also requested Patnaik to bless the newly formed BJP government in the state," Majhi told reporters outside Naveen Niwas. Majhi mentioned that Patnaik assured him he would attend the ceremony. On Tuesday, a five-member BJP delegation led by its state president Manmohan Samal also visited Naveen Niwas to invite Patnaik to the swearing-in ceremony.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

12 June,2024 01:05 PM IST | Bhubaneswar | PTI
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