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Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the water resources portfolio, on Saturday slammed the Congress’ claims that the state government has increased the water supply rates by 10 times.

In a scathing post on X, Fadnavis denied Congress’ claims as he called the party a “factory of fake news and fake narrative”.’

“Congress is spreading the news that the Maharashtra government has increased the water supply rate by 10 times. But, who made this increase,” asked Fadnavis.

“’On March 29, 2022, the Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) issued an order and accordingly the rate hike took place. This entire rate hike happened during the Maha Vikas Aghadi rule and now they are accusing us,” Fadnavis said.

In 2018, the rates for run-off and private pump irrigation were different. However, in 2022, flow-through rates were introduced instead of separate rates for private drawals. So it was increased from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000.

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“This sin belongs to the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi government. Since the farmers should not be penalised, the work to suspend the rate hike is in its final stage. The proceedings will be completed next week,” Fadnavis said.

“I also request the media to check the fake narratives being spread by the opposition ahead of the Assembly elections. The people of the state should now decide which was the ‘Sultani’ government,” he added.

–IANS

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Bhopal, July 21(IANS) Upset after being divested of the key Forest and Environment portfolio, first-time Cabinet minister in Madhya Pradesh, Nagar Singh Chouhan, on Monday threatened to quit from the Council of Ministers in the next two days.

Chouhan, a four-time tribal MLA who is now left with the Scheduled Caste Welfare portfolio, said he would quit the ministerial post and serve the people of his community, adding that his wife Anita Nagar Singh Chouhan, who is a first-time Lok Sabha member, might also quit as an MP.

On Sunday, Nagar Singh Chouhan was divested of the Forest and Environment portfolio which was allotted to Ramnivas Rawat, a six-time Congress MLA who switched sides to the BJP on April 30.

“I have been associated with the BJP for over 25 years. Yet I wasn’t consulted before the decision to divest me of the Forest and Environment portfolio was taken. I have already discussed the issue with (state BJP chief) V.D. Sharma. I will announce my decision in the next two days,” Chouhan told mediapersons on Monday.

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The BJP leader also said what made him more upset was the fact that the ministry was allotted to someone who joined the party from the Congress only a few months back.

When asked if his ‘pressure tactic’ had anything to do with the possibility of him being dropped as a minister in a future Cabinet reshuffle, Chouhan said he never asked for any post in 25 years of his political career.

“I never asked for a ticket for my wife before the Lok Sabha polls. It was the party that chose my wife as its candidate, and we didn’t disappoint as she won by more than 2 lakh votes, the highest winning margin ever from the seat (Ratlam).

“Now if the party feels that two members from the same family cannot be bestowed with key responsibility, I’ll quit as a minister and remain just an MLA, while my wife will step down as an MP,” said Chouhan, considered a loyalist of former CM and current Union Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

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Notably, this is the first resentment shown by any BJP leader after Chief Minister Mohan Yadav assumed office in December last year.

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JD(S) MLC Suraj Revanna gets conditional bail in unnatural sex case

Bengaluru, July 22 (IANS) A special court on Monday granted conditional bail to JD(S) MLC Suraj Revanna, the grandson of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, in connection with an unnatural sex case.

The Special Court for MPs/MLAs has instructed Suraj Revanna to appear before the investigating officer in the case whenever required and to sign in with the police authorities on every second Sunday.

He has also been ordered not to contact the complainants by any means, directly or indirectly. Two complaints have been lodged against Suraj Revanna by JD(S) workers, accusing him of forceful unnatural sex.

The case is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Suraj Revanna’s brother, Prajwal Revanna, is jailed in connection with an alleged sex video scandal. Their father, JD(S) MLA H.D. Revanna, was arrested in a kidnapping case linked to the sex video scandal but is out on conditional bail. H.D. Revanna’s wife, Bhavani Revanna, has also secured bail in the kidnapping case.

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Suraj Revanna was arrested on June 23. Earlier, the court had rejected his bail petition.

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Regional industry conclave opened new doors for industrial revolution in MP: CM

Bhopal, July 22 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav on Monday said that the initiative to organise the ‘Regional Industry Conclave’ in different parts of the state has opened new doors of the industrial revolution in the state.

“During the Regional Industry Conclave in Jabalpur on July 20, the investors gave investment proposals worth about Rs 22,000 crore for setting up large units as well as MSME units. This investment will generate a large number of jobs,” the Chief Minister said.

He said that more proposals are likely to come in the coming months as the communication with leading industrialists and business houses is still in process.

He said that the state government has taken concrete initiatives for the development of industries at the regional level.

“The use of a new mantra has been started effectively. This was the second Regional Industries Conclave. The first was held in Ujjain in March this year and the government had then received the investment proposal of more than Rs 15,000 crore,” he said.

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He said that there is a plan to organise a regional industry conclave in other big cities of the state in the coming months.

“These include Sagar, Rewa, and Gwalior. This will help in encouraging local entrepreneurs to invest in the Bundelkhand, Vindhya, and Chambal regions,” he said.

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Bengal Guv warns two Trinamool MLAs of fiscal penalty on attending Assembly session

Kolkata, July 22 (IANS) The office of West Bengal Governor, CV Ananda Bose, on Monday, shot off letters to the two new Trinamool Congress legislators Sayantika Banerjee and Reyat Houssen Sarkar cautioning them of financial penalties if they take part in the proceedings of the House.

After taking oath administered by Speaker Biman Bandopadhyay, the two MLAs reached the Assembly premises to participate in the Monsoon Session that started from Monday.

However, they received emails from the office of the Governor asking them to clarify who had administered their oath.

The notice reminded the two MLAS that as the oath was administered by the Speaker instead of the Deputy Speaker of the House who had been nominated by Governor Bose to do so, the oath is unconstitutional.

Article 193 of the Indian Constitution gives the power to the Governor to impose a financial penalty on the two MLAs if they participate in the proceedings or even occupy the chair allotted on the floor of the House, without the approval of the constitutional head of the state.

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“If a person sits or votes as a member of the Legislative Assembly or the Legislative Council of a State before he has complied with the requirements of Article 188, or when he knows that he is not qualified or that he is disqualified for membership thereof, or that he is prohibited from so doing by the provisions of any law made by Parliament or the Legislature of the State, he shall be liable in respect of each day on which he so sits or votes to a penalty of five hundred rupees to be recovered as a debt due to the State,” reads Article 193.

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27 Jharkhand labourers stranded in Cameroon return home safely

Ranchi, July 22 (IANS) Twenty-seven labourers from Jharkhand, who were stranded in Cameroon, have returned safely to their home state.

The labourers from Giridih, Hazaribag, and Bokaro districts were working on a construction project in Cameroon since March 29, but were not paid their wages and were forced to work against their will.

After a video message from the labourers seeking intervention from the Jharkhand and Central governments, the state Labour Department wrote to the Ministry of External Affairs, which intervened to resolve the issue.

The company paid the pending wages to the labourers and allowed them to return home.

The labourers arrived in Mumbai on Sunday night and returned to their respective homes on Monday. They also expressed gratitude to the Central and state governments for their safe return and payment of pending wages.

The labourers who returned home include Shukra Mahto, Ramesh Mahto, Vijay Kumar Mahto, Daulat Kumar Mahto, Teklal Mahto, Chhatradhari Mahto, Bhikhan Mahto, Chintamani Mahto, Mohan Mahto, Deglal Mahto, Govind Mahto, Churaman Mahto, Jagdish Mahto, Murari Mahto, Lakhiram, Pusan Mahto, Kamlesh Kumar Mahto, Mahesh Kumar Mahto, Damodar Mahto, Mukund Kumar Nayak, Parmeshwar Mahto, Anu Mahto, Dhaneshwar Mahto, and Shital Mahto.

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