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Mumbai development plan: Shiv Sena against opening of salt pans for housing

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Mumbai: Shiv Sena ministers today opposed at the Maharashtra cabinet meeting the state government’s decision to open salt pans in Mumbai for affordable housing, according to a party source.

The decision on the salt pan land is a part of the just-released Mumbai’s Development Plan (DP) 2034.

Environment minister Ramdas Kadam (of Shiv Sena) raised the issue of opening the salt pans for development in the cabinet meeting held here and the other Sena ministers also voiced their concern over it, the source told PTI.

“The Sena ministers strongly voiced their opposition and conveyed to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that under no circumstances will their party allow the salt pans to be used for construction purposes,” the source said.

Kadam told Fadnavis that the poor were being used as a “shield” to unduly favour builders, said the source who claimed to be privy to the discussions at the meeting.

“The opening of salt pans (for the housing sector) will further put stress on the ecology of Mumbai, which is already facing problems of excessive population, traffic and climate change,” the source said.

Last week, Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam had also said that the city cannot afford to have salt pans and no-development zones, which are the last remaining open spaces in the city, fall prey to the builder lobby.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nirupam had urged him to intervene in the Fadnavis government’s decision on the issue.

According to the DP 2034 for Mumbai, 300 hectares of salt pan lands, which serve as natural buffers during heavy rains and high tides, will be utilised for affordable housing. This will destroy the regions bio-diversity and increase the chances of a similar deluge in future, Nirupam had said.

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Karnataka’s Deputy CM G. Parameshwara accuses BJP of EVM tampering

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Bengaluru: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G.Parmeshwara on Thursday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of manipulating the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in the recently culminated assembly polls.

“Some of our leaders and I personally feel EVMs have been manipulated by BJP. Many Congress leaders lost at places even where Congress had a stronghold. We will complain to the Election Commission,” said Parmeshwara while addressing the media. “The Congress Party will approach the Election Commision regarding this,” added the newly appointed Deputy Chief Minister.

When asked about the Congress forming the government in Karnataka in coalition with JD(s),he said the party high command took the decision to restrict the “dictatorship of the prime minister”.

He claimed that the Congress- JD (S) alliance will mark the beginning of a new era.

G. Parmeshwara also informed the media that Congress leader Rakesh Kumar will be appointed as the speaker of the Karnataka assembly.

Congress leader G. Parmeshwara on Wednesday took oath as the deputy chief minister of deputy chief minister along with HD Kumaraswamy who took oath as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka.

 

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Yeddyurappa accuses Kumaraswamy of ‘arrogant, authoritative’ behaviour

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BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa today accused Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy of “arrogant and authoritative behaviour”, claiming that he did not seem to have faith or trust in the Congress, the coalition partner of his party JD(S).

Questioning Kumaraswamy for not allowing Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara from the Congress to speak in his maiden press conference, Yeddyurappa said it indicated his lack of camaraderie towards the coalition partner.

“Kumaraswamy’s arrogant and authoritative behaviour makes it clear to the people of the state that he does not have faith or trust in the Congress party,” Yeddyurappa claimed in a statement here.

“What can people expect from such an unholy alliance? It also indicates lack of camaraderie in him,” he alleged.

In addition, his behaviour with a sober politician like Parmeshwara was an insult to the political community itself, Yeddyurappa claimed.

The BJP leader said Kumaraswamy’s remark against Lingayat pontiff Panditaradhya Shivacharya Swamiji, asking the latter not to poke his nose in politics was “unfortunate and unwarranted”.

“Such derogatory remarks from him on first day of his becoming chief minister are both surprising and shocking,” he added.

“Kumaraswamy’s comments about Swamijis who are a guiding spirit for the people are in poor taste and had hurt the feelings of crores of followers and disciples,” he claimed.

Kumaraswamy’s remarks exposed his bent of mind besides indicating his “arrogance of power,” Yeddyurappa claimed.

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Why is our tweet-a-minute PM silent on terrible disaster of Tuticorin: Congress

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New Delhi: The Congress Party on Thursday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence on the police firing in Tuticorin in which around 13 people died and more than 100 were injured.

Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi in a press conference criticized PM Modi and said that”The fitness challenge has time enough for the PM to respond. You are all running on a treadmill but getting nowhere. You are fit for a camera but not fit for governance.”


Attacking the BJP, Singhvi said that If a plant is located in an Industrial Zone, it requires no environmental clearance merely cause of the fact that it is situated in an Industrial Zone. This was a major change made by the BJP. There is no requirement of public consultation anymore.

“There has not been a single suspension despite the firings in which nine people have lost their lives, No enquiry has yet been formally called for.” added the Congress leader.

Questioning Chief Minister E Palaniswami, he asked that will the CM explain why he has not visited the site till date? “Who ordered the firing? There is a protocol. Under whose authority or supervision did it happen? he added.

He also stated that the Tamil Nadu Govt. has forfeited the moral right to rule.

On Tuesday, the police fired at the protest rally demanding the closure of the Sterlite Copper’s smelting unit in Thoothukudi. Around 13 people died in the firing while 60 persons, including police, suffered injuries in stone pelting and have been admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital in Thoothukudi.

 

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