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Uddhav Thackeray takes oath tomorrow, no decision on his deputy yet



Uddhav Thackeray

All roadblocks cleared, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray is all set to take oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra tomorrow at Mumbai’s sprawling Shivaji Park.  While no decision has yet been taken on who will be Thackeray’s deputy or deputies, names of Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat and NCP’s Jayant Patil have been doing the rounds.

After staking claim to form the government last evening, Uddhav Thackeray along with his wife Rashmi met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari at Raj Bhavan this morning.

The Sena chief will lead the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-Congress) government after Devendra Fadnavis resigned as Chief Minister soon after Ajit Pawar’s exit from the newly formed BJP government.

“I had never dreamed of leading the state. I would like to thank (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi and others,” Uddhav Thackeray had said on Tuesday evening.

While the three alliance partners were busy ironing out their ideological differences and discussing power share, Ajit Pawar, who was part of these meetings, went to Fadnavis and promised 54 NCP MLAs to the BJP.

With 105 MLAs of its own and 54 from the NCP, the BJP comfortably crossed the majority mark in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly.

Accordingly, President’s rule was revoked at 5.47 am on Saturday and a quick oath ceremony was arranged at the Raj Bhavan. Visuals of Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar’s unannounced swearing in gave a jolt to the new coalition which then approached the Supreme Court.

After an urgent hearing on Sunday, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Devendra Fadnavis to prove his majority within 24 hours. The trust vote had to be telecast live, the court said.

“If the floor test is delayed, there is a possibility of horse trading. An immediate floor test might be the most effective mechanism to do so,” the court had said.

But all NCP MLAs, who had apparently sided with Ajit Pawar, had by now returned to his uncle and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, forcing rebel Pawar to resign and leading to the collapse of the three-day-old BJP government.

Meanwhile, he was persuaded to return to the family. Sharad Pawar has, in fact, forgiven his nephew, party leader Nawab Malik said today.

“In the end, he admitted his mistake. It is a family matter and Pawar sahib has forgiven him. He is very much in the party and his position in the party has not changed,” Mr Malik told reporters.

This morning, Ajit Pawar had a grand “ghar wapsi” or homecoming when he received a warm hug from his cousin Supriya Sule as she welcomed NCP MLAs before their oath in the Maharashtra assembly this morning.

The MLAs were sworn in over a month since the Maharashtra election results in which no party won a majority. The Supreme Court had on Tuesday ordered the Governor to arrange their oath immediately and appoint a pro-tem or interim Speaker for the proceedings. Interim Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar, who was appointed last evening, administered oath to the MLAs.

The allocation of ministries in the new Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition will be decided in a couple of days, party sources said.

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Rajasthan High Court acquits 4 accused in 2008 Jaipur serial blasts

The four accused are Sarwar Azmi, Mohammed Salman, Mohammed Said, and Saifurehman Ansari and were found guilty by a trial court in 2019.



2008 Jaipur serial blasts

The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday sentenced all 4 accused people to death in connection with the deadly serial blasts in Jaipur in 2008. The blasts took 71 lives and left more than 180 people injured.

The four accused are Sarwar Azmi, Mohammed Salman, Mohammed Said, and Saifurehman Ansari and were found guilty by a trial court in 2019.

The accused men were convicted and awarded the death penalty by a sessions court on August 8, 2020, for the nine ammonium nitrate-based bombs that were blasted within a span of twenty minutes.

A division bench of Justices Pankaj Bhandari and Sameer Jain pronounced the verdict after approving 28 appeals. The High Court also upheld the decision of the lower court to release one of the accused, Shahbaz.

The 4 accused were convicted and were found guilty of murder, attempt to murder, voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means, conspiracy and under relevant sections of the Explosive Substances Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

While Mohammed Saif was arrested in the blast at Manak Chowk police station, Mohammad Salman was nabbed for blasts in Sanganeri Hanuman temple. Sarwar Azmi was arrested for carrying out a blast at the Chandpole Hanuman temple and Saifurehman Ansari was found guilty of planting bombs at five different places in Jaipur.

Reports said 13 people were arrested by police, out of which three are in Hyderabad and Delhi jails and the other three are still absconding. 2 were shot in the Batla House encounter while four others were sent to Jaipur jail.

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Amritpal Singh releases first video amid manhunt, mocks Punjab Police | WATCH

Amritpal Singh, who returned from Dubai in 2022 and took over Waris De Chief, is on the run since March 18.



Amritpal Singh

Pro-Khalistani leader and Waris De Chief Amritpal Singh released his first video message amid the high-voltage drama of Punjab Police to nab him.

In the viral video, Singh can be heard mocking the efforts made by the Bhagwant Mann’s police and saying he managed to escape despite their best efforts. He put a full stop to the media reports speculating that he would surrender.

He also said if the Punjab government had the intention to arrest him, the police could have arrested him from his house.

Singh continued that his aides have been arrested in false cases and had been sent to the Assam jail just for preaching the Sikh religion. Further, he urged his supporters to keep fighting for him and support him.

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The Punjab government on Wednesday informed the Haryana and Punjab High Court that they failed to arrest the radical preacher despite their best efforts.

The cops also carried out a flag march around the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Multiple media reports stated that Singh will surrender at the Golden Temple in public in the presence of the media.

Amritpal Singh, who returned from Dubai in 2022 and took over Waris De Chief, is on the run since March 18. The Punjab government declared him a fugitive and is in search of the pro-khalistani leader.

On Wednesday, Singh along with his close aide Papalpreet Singh managed to dodge the police and escape. Reports said an Innova vehicle with three people onboard was stopped by the police on Tuesday night at a checkpoint, however, they managed to escape in the dark.

Multiple videos of Singh are being circulated on social media. In one of the videos, Singh was seen walking in a street in Delhi market without a turban and covering his mouth with a mask.

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Video of UP policemen trampling, kicking man sleeping on train platform goes viral, users enraged | WATCH

The video also shows the policemen and the man exchanging words, however, one of the policemen can again be seen trampling the man’s feet by stepping on it.



Policemen kicking sleeping man at mathura Railway staton

A bizarre video has come to light from Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura Railway station where 2 policemen can be seen misbehaving with a man sleeping on the railway platform as he waits for the train. After the video went viral, many user came forward to condemn Police’s actions.

In the video, two policemen can be seen harassing a man lying on the railway platform as he waits for his train. In the video, one policeman can be seen blinding the man with torch, whereas another can be seen kicking him.

The video also shows the policemen and the man exchanging words, however, one of the policemen can again be seen trampling the man’s feet by stepping on it. The man can be seen continuing to talk to the policemen despite being harassed.

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User’s reaction

After the video of the incident went viral on social media, many users came forward to add their take on the incident as one user sarcastically wrote and urged the authorities to award them with bravery award, sarcastically implying at the way they behaved with man in a cowardly manner.

One user wrote and also urged other followers to share the video to make it go viral so the unruly policemen can be held accountable by the authorities.

One user wrote and added a quippy take on the narrative of new india put forth by the BJP as they wrote that they never thought that the new india will function like this, implying that the new India is even a step back from the prevailing situation in the nation.

One user wrote and said that such policemen never treat bigwig mafias or goons in such manner of hostility, implying that the police only use their arbitrary powers against the helpless and never against the people who actually deserve them.

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