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'They tried but failed to lure Sharad Pawar': Jayant Patil on Praful Patel's claims

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Mumbai, April 12 (IANS) Nationalist Congress Party (SP) state President Jayant Patil on Friday said that the rival Ajit Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party made attempts to lure Sharad Pawar on its side, but failed.

Patil said that Sharad Pawar did not compromise on his ideology and principles and hence he would never side with the Bharatiya Janata Party or the ruling MahaYuti.

“They tried a lot to take him (Sharad Pawar). But he has always been clear on his ideological principles and would never support the BJP. Despite the claims by the (rival) NCP, has anybody gone there,” asked Patil.

On the BJP’s claims that the NCP (SP) is a “fake”, Patil laughed and said it was strange that first they break a party and then call the original party a fake, as they did with the (undivided) Shiv Sena which split in June 2022, followed by the (undivided) NCP that broke up in July 2023.

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In this context, he referred to certain statements made by (ruling) Shiv Sena MP Gajanand Kirtikar’s claims about why the party broke up, and said the people must take cognisance of the same.

Patil’s statements came after NCP’s Working President Praful Patel, MP, claimed that in July 2023, Sharad Pawar was “50 per cent” prepared to extend support to the BJP after his nephew Ajit Pawar split the party to join the ruling MahaYuti government.

However, Sharad Pawar dithered at the last minute and it did not materialise, contended Patel.

He added that while Ajit Pawar took oath as Deputy CM on July 2, 2023, a fortnight later, the breakaway faction leaders met Sharad Pawar in Mumbai and Pune, but the latter was reluctant at the last minute.

Top NCP (SP) leaders, including Sharad Pawar, Jayant Patil, Clyde Crasto, Mahesh Tapase and others, dismissed Patel’s statements as “blatant lies” terming it as a deliberate attempt by the rival NCP leader to sow confusion in the minds of the people ahead of the Lok Sabha 2024 elections.

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The NCP (SP) has cautioned that the people of the state are observing all these things very closely and as the polls approach, the party remains committed to public welfare under Sharad Pawar Saheb’s leadership and “the voters will choose wisely”, Patil said.

–IANS

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Telangana's new emblem to reflect statehood movement

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Hyderabad, May 27 (IANS) A decade after its formation, Telangana will have a new official emblem reflecting the statehood movement.

The new emblem will replace the one adopted in 2014 when Telangana came into being as the 29th state.

The new emblem will be unveiled on 10th state formation day celebrations on June 2.

The Congress government, which came to power in December 2023, decided to replace the existing emblem which depicts Kakatiya Kala Thoranam and Charminar, the symbols of Kakatiya and Qutb Shahi dynasties.

Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy decided to change the emblem as he believes that the existing one symbolises the aristocracy and dictatorship of past rulers.

As part of this exercise, he had a meeting with noted artist Rudra Rajesham, who presented 12 draft designs.

During the meeting held on Monday, the Chief Minister reportedly suggested a few more changes to the emblem design.

Revanth Reddy wants a design which reflects the Telangana movement and the sacrifice of martyrs.

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Change of emblem was one of the key decisions taken by the Congress government, reversing the decisions of the previous BRS government.

It replaced ‘TS’ with ‘TG’ as the state abbreviation. The earlier BRS government had adopted ‘TS’ as the abbreviation.

The new government also decided to change Telangana Talli statue to reflect the sentiments of the Telangana people.

The government also adopted Ande Sri’s ‘Jaya Jaya He Telangana’ as the state anthem.

Revanth Reddy has roped in Oscar-winning music composer M.M. Keeravani to compose music for the state song which will be unveiled on June 2.

The Chief Minister had a meeting with Keeravani and Ande Sri on Sunday and suggested a few changes to the anthem.

–IANS

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Rajasthan: Transgender community included in OBC category, first certificate issued

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Jaipur, May 27 (IANS) The first Other Backward Class (OBC) certificate was issued to a transgender in Jaipur on Monday after the Rajasthan transgender community was included in the list of Other Backward Classes.

Sub Divisional Officer, Jaipur Rajesh Jakhar handed over the certificate to Noor Shekhawat.

Noor (30) was the first person in Rajasthan to have been issued a birth certificate with gender as transgender on it.

Jakhar said that the Rajasthan government has included transgenders at number 92 in the Other Backward Class category following which people of the transgender community can get their backward class certificate made as per the rules.

–IANS

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Rajkot game zone fire: Three arrested individuals sent to 14-day police remand

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Rajkot, May 28 (IANS) Three persons arrested in connection with the May 25 fire incident at a game zone here in which at least 35 people including children were killed have been sent to a 14-day police remand by a court, an official said on Monday.

Yuvraj Singh Solanki, Nitin Jain and Rahul Rathod were sent to 14-day police custody by the court.

Meanwhile, seven officials were suspended on Monday while Rajkot Police Commissioner Raju Bhargav has been transferred.

Brijesh Kumar Jha has been appointed as the new Police Commissioner of Rajkot.

The victims’ families have been waiting for the DNA identification of their loved ones.

On Monday, Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi visited the Gandhinagar Forensic Science Laboratory to oversee the ongoing DNA testing.

–IANS

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Odisha: 348 Assembly candidates face criminal charges

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Bhubaneswar, May 28 (IANS) A joint report of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Odisha Election Watch has revealed that 348 candidates out of the 1283 candidates who are contesting the ongoing Assembly election in Odisha face criminal cases.

The report reveals that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), among all the major political parties in the state, has fielded the highest number of candidates facing various different criminal cases.

As per the report, a staggering 68 per cent of BJP’s candidates (100 out of 147) have criminal cases against them. Meanwhile, the report claims that 58 per cent of candidates fielded by the BJP are facing serious criminal charges including kidnap, assault, rape, murder and Offence for which the maximum punishment is of 5 years or more etc.

Similarly, 41 per cent (60 of the 145) candidates of Congress have declared criminal cases against them. The ruling Biju Janata Dal has fielded 46 (31 per cent) of the 147 candidates facing criminal charges.

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“The role of money power in our elections is evident from the fact that all major political parties give tickets to wealthy candidates. Among the major parties 128 (87 per cent) out of 147 candidates analysed from BJD, 96 (65 per cent) out of 147 candidates analysed from BJP, 88 (61 per cent) out of 145 candidates analysed from INC and 11 (27 per cent) out of 41 candidates analysed from AAP have declared assets valued more than Rs 1 crore,” reads the report.

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Rajasthan: Under-trial prisoner hurls slipper at magistrate

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Jaipur, May 28 (IANS) An under-trial prisoner in Rajasthan awaiting a verdict for the last two years in a case of theft hurled slippers at the magistrate after the hearing into the matter was deferred to another date.

The incident happened at the Court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Bhilwara on Monday.

The individual, identified as Ismail, was, however, overpowered by the police personnel.

Magistrate Rupendra Singh was hearing the case. Ismail, according to sources, was demanding the verdict on Monday itself and when the magistrate announced the next date for the hearing, he threw his slipper at Singh, which hit his hands.

Ismail has been in jail for the last two years.

Now, another case has been registered against him.

Ismail had earlier also tried to throw slippers at a woman judge.

–IANS

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