Virar: Launching a direct attack against its ally Shiv Sena, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday that late Bal Thackeray would have been hurt seeing the way his party has indulged in backstabbing. “I have immense respect for Balasaheb Thackeray. But his soul would have been hurt today seeing the behaviour of Shiv Sena. He never backstabbed his friends. He fought from the front,” said the UP CM addressing a public rally in Virar to campaign for the BJP’s candidate Rajendra Gavit for the May 28 Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll. Claims on candidateThe Shiv Sena is contesting the bypoll independently and has fielded late BJP MP Chintaman Wanga’s son Shrinivas Wanga. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has said earlier that he had informed the Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray of his party’s decision to field a member of the Wanga family, despite which Sena acted in this manner. Mr. Adityanath said on Wednesday, “I ask people to have no sympathy for those who take Shivaji Maharaj’s name but work like Afzal,” he said, without naming the Shiv Sena. Mr. Adityanath said the example of Congress is there for everyone to see. It is a sign of God that Congress is out of the equation, he said. “Whoever opposed the BJP’s vision of development and good governance was reduced to dust. The people will ensure that whoever opposes the BJP will meet with the same fate,” he added. Wooing the northWith Wednesday’s rally, the BJP hopes to make an impact on the sizeable north Indian community in the urban areas of Palghar constituency such as Nalasopara, Vasai and Virar. Incidentally, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) which won three out of the six Assembly segments in the Palghar LS seat had garnered maximum votes from this area last time.The UP CM appealed to people from north India to vote for BJP to counter lawlessness and goondaism, and ensure development. BJP has decided to deploy leaders from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Rajasthan in Palghar till May 28. Former Congress leader and now a minister in the U.P. cabinet, Rita Bahuguna-Joshi, was among those who were present at the rally today. Nine MLAs from UP are permanently stationed in here to ensure north Indian votes. Others who addressed the rally today included MLAs Sushil Singh, Avadhesh Singh, and minister Anil Rajbhar.Smriti to campaignOn Thursday, Union minister Smriti Irani is scheduled to campaign in Dahanu. A team of BJP officials is stationed in Palghar to coordinate the election campaign. Corporators from Mumbai, and neighbouring Mira-Bhayander are being given specific responsibilities and have been asked to handle particular set of voters. While concentrating on urban area, the BJP has lured Vivek Pandit of Shramajivi Sanghatana to work on tribal voters.
The loss of crops due to floods in the State has been put at ₹125 crore, according to preliminary assessment by the government. Even as the exact extent of the damage will be known only after flood waters have fully receded, senior officials said around 27,468 hectare of agriculture land has been completely destroyed. This could even cross one lakh hectares when the panchnama is complete, senior officials said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday that the total length of road damaged is 484 km, while 2,615 transformers were damaged partially or fully. The destruction to agriculture land will cross over 1.5 lakh hectares, state Minister of Employment Guarantee and Horticulture of Maharashtra, Jaydutt Kshirsagar said on Saturday. Chief Secretary of the state Ajoy Mehta too has confirmed that crops across one lakh hectares could be affected. The State horticulture department has said they are drawing up the estimates with the help of satellite images, and the panchnama has been started with the help of Department of Revenue and Agriculture. “We expect major damage of agriculture crop to spread across 11 districts, while the centre of the destruction is Kolhapur where 30% of this damaged crop is located,” said an official of the Department of Revenue and Agriculture.Mr. Fadnavis said the government will not only compensate damaged crops but also help in removing silt from the farms, and provide assistance of ₹13,000 per hectare to the farmers. The work will be assisted by many organisations like Art of Living, Siddhivinayak temple, and Pandharpur temple, who have promised to come forward to help, he said.
Mumbai: Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex rallied over 300 points in early trade on Thursday tracking gains in HDFC twins and Infosys ahead of July derivatives expiry, amid positive global cues. The 30-share index was trading 309.16 points or 0.82 per cent higher at 38,156.81 at 0945 hours; and the broader Nifty also surged 81.15 points or 0.72 per cent to 11,352.45.In the previous session, the 30-share index tumbled 135.09 points or 0.36 per cent to close at an over two-month low of 37,847.65. Similarly, the Nifty dropped 59.75 points or 0.53 per cent to 11,271.30. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn early trade, IndusInd Bank, HDFC Bank, Sun Pharma, Vedanta, HDFC, Axis Bank, Infosys and Maruti led the gains on Sensex, rising up to 2.35 per cent.On the other hand, Tata Motors, Kotak Bank, Yes Bank, Asian Paints, ONGC and M&M fell up to 2.28 per cent.According to traders, besides tracking firm global cues, benchmark indices rallied on gains in index heavyweight HDFC and HDFC Bank stocks. Investors are also upbeat ahead of the expiry of July futures and derivatives contracts, they said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOn a net basis, foreign institutional investors sold equities worth Rs 1,393.71 crore, while domestic institutional investors purchased shares to the tune of Rs 2,140.26 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed on Wednesday.Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index, Hang Seng, Nikkei and Kospi were trading in the green in their respective early sessions.Equities on Wall Street too ended on a positive note on Wednesday.Meanwhile, the Indian rupee appreciated marginally to 68.96 against the US dollar (intra-day).The global oil benchmark Brent crude futures were trading 0.17 per cent higher at 63.29 per barrel.