Vol. 33 No. 60 | SUNDAY | JUNE 26, 2022 | 16 Pages | ` 5 Reg. No. MCS/048/2021-23; RNI No. 46955/1988 M.p.c.s. office Mumbai-400001 ‘INHERITORS’ V. ‘PRETENDERS’ Notices to For the want of love EDITIONS: MUMBAI*, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, Konkan, E-paper Two sisters, Priyanka Ghura and Tanisha Kanani, reveal why they started an online dating site Time to unfreeze the pain Timely intervention and exercises can help one manage frozen shoulder The boy still lives! On this date, 25 years ago, Harry Potter took the world on a magical ride. Cut to 2022. He is still a talking point DISQUALIFICATION PLEA SENA MOVES ELECTION COMMISSION AGAINST ‘MISUSE’ OF BALASAHEB'S NAME SANJAY JOG MUMBAI As the political crisis in Maharashtra deepens in the wake of the rebellion staged by over 40 Shiv Sena legislators led by the urban development minister, Eknath Shinde, it is now amply clear that it is a battle between the ‘inheritors’ and ‘pretenders’. Shiv Sena President and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in his address at the party’s national executive meeting on Saturday claimed that the party founded by his father, Balasaheb BETWEEN THE LINES IN 25 DAYS, CITY’S CRITICAL PATIENTS UP FROM 3 TO 18 T Thackeray, was the real one and after his demise, Uddhav had assumed its leadership. He asked the Shinde camp not to use Balasaheb’s name for its outfit and dared them to get elected in its name and that of his father. Taking an aggressive stance, Thackeray said, “If you (rebel camp) have the courage, seek votes in the Gujarat ATS arrests activist Teesta Held 24 hrs after SC clean chit to Modi Activist Teesta Setalvad at Santacruz police station after being detained by Gujarat ATS in Mumbai on Saturday. – PTI Post attacks, Sec144 in Mumbai, Thane SANJAY JOG MUMBAI In view of the Shiv Sainiks hitting the road and targeting the offices of rebel MLAs, the home department has sounded an alert across Maharashtra with instructions to the police to avoid any untoward incident. Section 144, too, has invoked in Thane and Mumbai to prohibit the gathering of more than five persons. The offices of rebel Shiv Sena leaders were attacked in Mumbai, Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Pune and a couple of other places. In Mumbai, a group of targeted the office of party legislator Mangesh Kudalkar from Nehrunagar; in Ulhasnagar, the office of party MP from Kalyan, Shrikant Shinde, who is the son of rebel minister Eknath Shinde, was damaged. Besides, the office of another rebel legislator from Marathwada region, Tanaji Sawant’s office in Pune, was damaged. Further, a group in Nashik blackened banners featuring Shinde and legislator Dilip Lande, who represents the Chandivali assembly seat in Mumbai. A senior Shiv Sena minister put the Home Ministry’s action in perspective. ‘‘ section A of the BJP wants to project a collapse of law and order situation in the state; that will give them a handle to demand imposition of President’s rule.’’ However, the action was at variance with remarks of Sanjay Raut who told a TV channel: ‘‘This is the anger of the Shiv Sainiks. Fire once lit will not be doused. Shiv Sena will fight till the end. Picture abhi baaki hai.’’ Explaining the prohibitory orders in Mumbai, deputy commissioner of police (operations) Sanjay Latkar said, "Based on the information received from various sources, it is apprehended that there is likelihood of breach of peace.” CONTD. ON NATION PAGE CONTD. ON NATION PAGE JK TO HOST G-20 MEET I n a significant development, Jammu and Kashmir will be hosting the 2023 meetings of G-20, an influential grouping that brings together the world’s major economies. This will be the first major international summit to be held in Jammu and Kashmir after the erstwhile state’s special status guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution was withdrawn and it was divided into two union territories in August 2019. In September last year, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal was appointed as India’s Sherpa for the G20. The Ministry of External Affairs had said that India will hold the G20 presidency from December 1, 2022 and convene the G20 leaders’ summit in 2023 for the first time. S hiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut announced that all those ministers who rebelled, including the urban development minister, Eknath Shinde, would lose their ministerial positions in 24 hours. The ministers included Gulabrao Patil, Dadaji Bhuse, Sandipan Bhumre, Shambhuraj Desai, Abdul Sattar, Bacchu Kadu (Independent) and Rajendra Patil Yadravkar, apart from Shinde. The government will recommend their ouster to Governor B S Koshyari. name of your fathers. Balasaheb’s name cannot be used by others. The Shiv Sena is like fire, do not put your feet in it, you will be scorched.” Thackeray recalled his election as party chief and spoke about the role played by his father while talking about party discontent. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE SWAPNIL MISHRA MUMBAI here has been a six-fold rise in the number of critical and symptomatic Covid patients in the city in the last 25 days. According to the dashboard, until June 1, there were three critical patients admitted to Covid hospitals, and this number had increased to 18 by June 25. Similarly, the number of symptomatic Covid patients has now increased to 3,250, almost six times the number as on June 1 - 574. Health officials are saying that currently, seasonal and Covid flu are going hand-in-hand, causing people to come down with symptoms ranging from mild to moderate and the numbers of those afflicted are increasing. However, patients are recovering in three to four days, except for those with comorbidities. Senior doctors from the jumbo covid centres have attributed this surge to the negligence of Covid-19 appropriate behaviours like masking and social distancing. Most patients are being diagnosed with Covid-19 while undergoing treatment for other ailments. “Unlike the second wave, in recent patients, there is limited involvement of the lungs. Most patients requiring ICU admission are those who are immunocompromised, aged and have comorbidities,” he said. Dr Lancelot Pinto, consultant pulmonologist and epidemiologist, P D Hinduja Hospital, said waning immunity before and after infection and vaccination, increased social interaction/ overcrowding, increased travel and reduced precautions (masking, sanitizing) have all possibly contributed to the surge that we are presently experiencing. “Fortunately, it does appear that despite increasing numbers, the proportion of those severely infected is low, and we are likely to experience a surge similar to what we witnessed in January,” he said. REBEL MINISTERS TO LOSE POSTS: R AUT “If you (rebel camp) have the courage, seek votes in the name of your father. Balasaheb’s name cannot be used by others. The Shiv Sena is like fire, do not put your feet in it, you will be scorched.” FPJ BUREAU MUMBAI/AHMEDABAD The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Saturday morning arrested human rights activist Teesta Setalvad from her home in Mumbai, in less than 24 hours of the Supreme Court calling for action against those who had made false allegations against the Narendra Modi Government during the 2002 communal riots. Giving a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the then chief minister of Gujarat, the Supreme Court on Friday passed serious strictures against Setalvad as well as former Gujarat police officials RB Sreekumar and Sanjiv Bhatt in its judgment. The arrest of Setalvad, who had taken up cudgels on behalf of the 2002 riot victims, followed a complaint by a police officer at Ahmedabad Crime Branch, who accused Setalvad along with certain police officials and unknown others of conspiring, forging records and creating false evidence. Setalvad was arrested and detained at the Santacruz police station in Mumbai. She will be brought to Gujarat and produced before a Judicial Magistrate. She and other two officials have been charged under Sections 194 (giving or fabricating false evidence), 211 (false charge of offence), 218 (Public servant framing incorrect record), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using forged document as genuine) and 120B (Criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The action follows the apex court on Friday dismissing a petition by Zakia Jafri, wife of slain former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed in the riots; she had challenged the Gujarat High Court’s decision of 2017 upholding the a lower court’s decision to accept the closure report filed by the SIT in the case, thereby giving a clean chit to Narendra Modi. Dismissing her petition, the Supreme Court had called a section of Gujarat IPS officials, including former Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence) RB Sreekumar "disgruntled". The apex court observed that there was a coalesced effort by these “disgruntled officials” to create sensation by making revelations that they themselves knew were false. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE 16 MLAs SANJAY JOG MUMBAI The Maharashtra Legislature Secretariat has sent notices to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, including Eknath Shinde, to submit their replies to the Shiv Sena’s petition seeking their disqualification for breach of whip. The petition was submitted by the Shiv Sena to the deputy speaker, Narhari Zirwal, after the rebels failed to turn up at the meeting convened by the party president and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray The . notices were served after a marathon meeting chaired by Zirwal with Shiv Sena MPs Arvind Sawant and Anil Desai and Maharashtra Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni late on Friday night. The notice signed by the state legislative secretary, Rajendra Bhagwat, reads, “As per The Members of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly VERACITY OF EMAIL IN QUESTION On rebels’ no confidence motion against deputy speaker SANJAY JOG MUMBAI The Maharashtra Legislature Secretariat has questioned the authenticity of the communication purportedly mailed on the Shiv Sena letterhead seeking the no confidence motion against Deputy speaker Narhari Zirwal. A senior officer from the legislature secretariat told the Free Press Journal, ‘‘Though 34 rebel MLAs had signed the no-confidence motion, none of the ‘Malicious’ withdrawal of security SANJAY JOG MUMBAI Amid attacks on the offices of rebel legislators, Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde on Saturday alleged that the Maharashtra government has withdrawn the security cover provided at the residences of 16 rebel legislators, including himself, and dubbed the action as “political vendetta". Shinde, who led the revolt against Chief Minister and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray is currently camp, ing in Guwahati with the rebel legislators. He tweeted a letter signed by the 16 MLAs that was addressed to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray , Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil and the Commissioners of Police. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE MLAs submitted it to the Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal's office, choosing instead to send it through an anonymous email ID on June 22 at 11:30 AM. The email’s authenticity is under scanner. In view of the gravity of the subject matter, the legislature secretariat in consultation with the legal team is of the firm view that the genuineness of the e mail communication will be certified and ascertained before taking it on record.’’ CONTD. ON NATION PAGE OPINION ABHAY MOKASHI T he rebel Shiv Sena legislators led by Eknath Shinde have cited various issues that have constrained them to take the present stand. The main grouse is that party chief, Uddhav Thackeray was not , accessible to the defectors, in his capacity as the chief minister. When Chhagan Bhujbal walked out of the party in 1991, along with 18 legislators, the defection was crushed by the Sena supremo Bal Thackeray Bal Thackeray . could quell the rebellion and get 12 of the legislators back in the party fold by the end of the day This was possible because of the . clout and respect that the senior Thackeray S hiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam has denied rebelling against Shiv Sena president and CM Uddhav Thackeray. The former legislator from Khed legislative assembly constituency in Ratnagiri is amongst the several rebel leaders seen siding with Urban Development minister Eknath Shinde. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE ‘Failure of intelligence to alert CM about Shinde rebellion’ DHARMESH THAKKAR MUMBAI wielded. Apart from love and respect, there was a sense of awe and fear that permeated all party layers. That is not the case with his son and present-day party chief Uddhav Thackeray . Uddhav has always stood out as a gentleman -- a misfit in the political situation that has persisted for the last few decades. Though not as popular as his father, Uddhav has earned the love and support of a large majority of party members, supporters and well-wishers, but that does not make him a successful politician. There is no doubt that the onslaught of COVID-19 and the lockdown made it diffi- It is a failure on all fronts. Political and economic intelligence failure. The planning for the coup must have taken a few weeks and involved movement of huge funds. Both the state intelligence and anti-corruption bureau failed to report the unusual movement. – opined former IPS turned lawyer YP Singh state with rebel MLAs without rousing suspicion. The state home department had called an emergency meeting with senior IPS officials on Friday to take stock What CM Uddhav needs to do to retrieve his party and reclaim the pre-eminent position of Thackerays cult for people to connect with each other. While this is true of ordinary people, it cannot be an excuse for those in power. Connect with people at all levels is the foundation of electoral politics. Those in power must be with the people during times of crisis. It is not enough to do good work; in these days of social media domination, people should be- hiv Sena rebel MLA Eknath Shinde and BJP's Devendra Fadnavis met in Vadodara on Saturday night to discuss possible government formation in Maharashtra, sources have said. Home Minister Amit Shah was also in Vadodara last night, people with direct knowledge of the matter said, reports NDTV. Shinde came to Vadodara on a special flight from Guwahati. (Disqualification on Grounds of Defection) Rules, 1986, send in your written submissions by 5.30pm on June 27 to Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal. Also, carry the necessary papers and documents on the basis of which you will make your arguments.” CONTD. ON NATION PAGE KADAM DENIES HE IS A REBEL of the law-and-order situation in the wake of the rebellion and possible street violence in the event of the Shiv Sainiks taking to the streets. CONTD. ON NATION PAGE Being a gentleman not good enough in politics FEARLESS TALK S Rebel Shinde camp has extended its stay in Guwahati till June 30. BLAME GAME BEGINS The blame game over the failure of state intelligence on the Eknath Shinde rebellion has begun, with the Shiv Sena pointing fingers at the home department held by the NCP’s Dilip Walse Patil. “It is impossible that the home minister was in the dark about the threat to the MVA government and dozens of elected representatives along with cabinet ministers leaving Maharashtra for Surat. Most of them have police security and cabinet ministers have police escorts which alert the control room about the VIP movement,” fumed a senior Shiv Sena functionary tasked with finding the lapses which led to the Eknath Shinde faction escaping to the neighbouring NIGHT-TIME DASH TO MEET FADNAVIS lieve that work has been done for their welfare. His health issues also kept him indoors, leading to a disconnect with party officials and elected representatives, the most important sections in a party Human con. nect comes in handy during times of crisis and his connect with the public at large was only through video talks. Bal Thackeray and Sharad Pawar were known to be each other’s detractors in public life but had excellent personal relations. Both these leaders have track record of being in touch with their supporters and detractors. On this count, too, Uddhav ThackCONTD. ON NATION PAGE eray failed. THREATS & SECURITY LAW & ORDER CM's JOB Rebel Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar insists that it's the CM's responsibility to maintain law and order in Maharashtra. He said Uddhav Saheb thinks he is a strict administrator and he will be able to control what is happening on the streets. RANA SOS TO SHAH Amid the ongoing political crisis, Amravati MP Navneet Rana said, "I request Amit Shah to provide security to families of MLAs who are leaving Uddhav Thackeray and making their own decisions to stay connected with Balasaheb's ideology. Uddhav Thackeray's goondaism should end... I request for President's Rule in the state." ASK CENTRE The MLAs will not be able to walk on roads. If they (rebels) need security, they will have to seek security from central forces and not Maharashtra. In Maharashtra, it is the government of the Shiv Sena – A Shiv Sainik STREETS ON FIRE Outside Maharashtra, you are eagles. But people's patience is wearing thin. Right now Shiv Sainiks have not come out on the streets. If they do, the streets will be on fire, said Sanjay Raut SECURITY REVOKED? Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde claimed on Twitter the protection of Shiv Sena MLAs "has been withdrawn by the order of the Chief Minister and the Home Minister. The government is responsible for protecting them and their families".