Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have assured him full support for the development and growth of the state.Addressing hundreds of Shiv Sainiks on Monday night during his first visit to his hometown Thane after taking over as the CM, Shinde said the risk that he took (referring to political developments over the last fortnight) has been appreciated by people, despite criticism from certain quarters.“I am going to undertake a tour of the entire state and allot projects in every constituency. There will be a total transformation of the state. I do not exaggerate much, I do work and then speak,” he said.He said Prime Minister Modi has told him to work for the development and growth of the state.“He (the PM) told me that he and the central government would support me. Even Union Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed his full support. They said I am good work for Hindutva,” Shinde said.Referring to the political developments of the last fortnight when he along with some Sena MLAs left for Surat, later stayed in Guwahati and then in Goa before returning to Mumbai, Shinde said 50 legislators had faith and confidence in him.“We had stood up against injustice and not revolted. (Shiv Sena founder) Balasaheb Thackeray had asked us to rise against injustice, this was his teaching and also of (Shinde’s mentor) Anand Dighe,” he said, adding that it was due to the blessings of the two leaders and good wishes of citizens that he became the CM.“We were out for 15 days, and as much as you wanted to meet me, I was also eager to meet my Shiv Sainiks and activists. Even now I don’t feel like I am the CM. I am one among you. Henceforth also, I will be a ‘karyakarta’ among you all,” he said.Shinde said no matter how big his stature may grow, the Shiv Sainik in him will always remain.The CM also said he has given a commitment to the 50 MLAs who supported him that none of them will face defeat in the next elections.“If I give a commitment once, I never listen to even myself till it is fulfilled,” he said.Referring to some strong critical remarks made by Sena leaders after he had left Mumbai with some MLAs, Shinde said “Kamakhyadevi (the deity of a famous temple in Guwahati) gave her blessings to us.” “Truth always wins. We will make the best use of the golden opportunity we have got now to lead the state,” he said.“We have to make our mission successful and honour Hindutva, which also means respect every religion,” he said.Shinde said every caste, creed, and region will get due respect and everyone, including farmers and the poor people, will get justice in his government.In his speech in the Assembly after the floor test, he said, “Everything was spontaneous, whatever I spoke was an expression of my feelings. I could not believe that I could deliver such a speech.” “I have contributed to the Shiv Sena all my life at the cost of my family,” Shinde said while lauding his supporters who gathered in a large number during his address braving the heavy rain.The CM also visited the BJP office here and was greeted by BJP city president and MLC Niranjan Davkhare.
Investigation into sexual offences against women and children should be expedited and states should appoint an officer of Additional Director General of police (ADGP) rank, preferably a woman, to monitor such cases, said Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah on Saturday.He was addressing the 25th meeting of the Western Zonal Council, the inter-state forum comprising the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and the Union Territories of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Diu & Daman (UT of DNH and DD) in Diu.“Honourable Union Home Minister & Cooperation Minister Shri Amit Shah stressed the need for early investigation of rape/sexual offences against women & children and the need for stringent punishment in a time-bound manner. He desired that an Addl. DGP level officer, preferably a lady officer, be assigned the responsibility in the Police Headquarters of each state for monitoring all such cases,” an official release from the Press Information Bureau said.The Western Zonal Council discussed over 36 issues, of which six have been identified as significant at national level, the release said. They are improvement of banking services in rural areas, monitoring of rape and sexual offences cases against women and children, implementation of fast track courts for such cases, verification of identity of marine fishermen in high seas, development of local contingency plan by coastal states for mass rescue operation in high seas and encouragement of Make in India initiative through preference in public procurement.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox“While expressing satisfaction over the progress made on the issue of (distribution of) QR code based PVC Aadhaar cards to marine fishermen, the Union Home and Cooperation Minister urged the coastal states to make efforts to ensure that 100 per cent sea-goers, including migrants and seasonal fishermen, have Aadhaar cards which can be easily verified,” stated the release.Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, his Goa counterpart Pramod Sawant, Maharashtra’s Industries Minister Subhash Desai, DNH & DD UT administrator Praful Patel and senior officers from these states and UTs as well as the Union Home Ministry attended the meeting.“The Council in the meeting at Diu also resolved the issue of rate of tariff for water supplied to the UT of DNH & DD by the Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board. Further, the deliberations provided a meeting ground between the Railways and the Government of Maharashtra on the issue of pending Forest and Wildlife clearances for the two important ongoing railway projects for gauge conversion on the Akola-Khandwa Section and the new third line Project of the Bortalao-Gondia section,” the release further said.Shah also advised that banks including cooperative banks and the India Post Payments Bank, should ensure that each of the unbanked villages of the Western Zone are provided banking facilities within five kilometres in the next year.
Panaji: Chief minister Pramod Sawant’s decision to approach Union home minister Amit Shah has proven the Goa government’s inability to control sex trafficking and prostitution in the state, TMC said here on Thursday. TMC’s Goa unit said that Sawant has abdicated his responsibility and has failed to protect the people of Goa. “The failure of the BJP government in Goa is yet again brought to the fore Sawant’s inability to address the issue of increasing sex trafficking in Goa,” TMC’s Goa state in-charge Kirti Azad said. Sawant held a meeting with NGO Anyay Rahit Zindagi (ARZ) regarding sex trafficking during which he said that he will take up the issue with Shah during his next visit to New Delhi. Azad and former TMC vice-president Rajendra Kakodkar said that Sawant is passing the buck to the Centre instead of taking decisive steps to prevent prostitution in Goa. “Is it right for Sawant to pass the buck to the Union home minister for what is happening in the state? One wonders as to how Amit Shah sitting in Delhi is supposed to combat the issue of sex trafficking that is plaguing Goa,” Kakodkar said. “Goa TMC seeks accountability from the chief minister for the worsening condition of law and order in the state. It’s high time the chief minister takes stock of the situation,” Azad said.
Panaji: Agriculture minister Ravi Naik said the price of water has risen and will continue to rise. When home minister Amit Shah visited some time ago, “a bottle of water provided to him cost Rs 850, and it was bought from Mapusa”, Naik said at a function in Ponda on Tuesday. Citing a news report, he said that the time is not far when the price of water will be at par with that of gold, and hence, a state like Goa which receives ample rainfall must conserve water.
New Delhi: As exit polls predicted hung assembly in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and briefed him about party’s electoral chances.Sawant reached national capital on Monday night and met Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday morning. Sources said that meeting lasted for about half an hour.“Chief Minister Sawant met Prime Minister and briefed him about BJP’s chances in the just concluded assembly polls in the state. The Prime Minister and the Chief Minister held a detailed discussion over Goa assembly polls. Prime Minister wished Sawant electoral success in Goa,” sources said.Sawant also met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.Party insiders said that the discussion of Sawant and central leadership was to find out ways to cross the halfway mark in case the BJP falls short of majority.Sources said that later Sawant went to Mumbai to meet party’s election in-charge for Goa Devendra Fadnavis and its desk in-charge C.T. Ravi.“After meeting Fadnavis and Ravi, Sawant will come back to Delhi. The Goa Chief Minister is likely to meet party chief J. P. Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday to discuss the strategy to form the government in the state if the BJP fails to get a simple majority,” the sources said.“After elections, I had not met PM Modi to brief him about the elections. The exit polls are also out, we have our survey too. So, I will give the detailed idea about the result and what can be done. We will also be discussing about formation of our government with the PM,” Sawant told reporters in Goa before leaving for Delhi.“We are fully confident that we are getting a majority and the BJP will form a government. Even if we fall short of one or two seats, I feel winning independent candidates will support us,” he also said.
Panaji: Union Home minister Amit Shah has insulted Goans and has failed to address the key concerns of the state, particularly unemployment, resumption of mining and the three linear projects coming up in Mollem, Congress said on Sunday. The party also said that Shah needs to know the three Cs of the BJP government — Covid mismanagement, corruption, and compromise on morals and principles. “BJP has been in Goa for 10 years and in these 10 years they have destroyed mining completely from Saptakoteshwar to Tambdi Surla, where people are completely jobless and thrown into poverty,” state Congress general secretary Sunil Kawthankar said. He said that Shah has come to hoodwink Goans ahead of the assembly elections slated for February 14. Kawthankar demanded an apology from Shah for disrespecting the people of Goa. “It was Amit Shah who said that the Prime Minister’s promise of Rs 15 lakh was a ‘chunavi jumla’ and if that is the seriousness that BJP shows about a promise made by the PM then we can understand how serious we should take the promises made by Amit Shah,” he said. He said that while Shah talks about a Golden Goa, BJP is out to destroy forests, destroy homes through the double tracking project and enhance coal transportation. “Congress has never harassed the poor and even those projects that were objected to were taken back. Here BJP is bulldozing projects and using lathi charge to suppress dissent.” AICC co-ordinator Taufik Mullani said that BJP is paying lip service to former defence minister Manohar Parrikar. “The former Maharashtra CM asks for votes in Parrikar’s name. Shah praises Parrikar and speaks about his legacy but today Shah has no time to meet Parrikar’s son and talk to him,” Mullani said.
Staff ReporterMapusaThe president of Goa All India Trinamool Congress unit and Aldona candidate Kiran Kandolkar, on Friday, hit out at the BJP over the fuel prices.Addressing the media, Kandolkar said, “Union Home Minister Amit Shah is coming to Goa on January 30 for the election campaign. I would like him to reply to a question of the people of Goa – whether prices of fuel and gas will again increase after the elections.”“The rates of fuel and gas cylindershave been stable for over the last two and a half months in view of the assembly elections. So, the people want to know whether these rates will continue to be the same even after the assembly elections. And, the Union Minister Amit Shah should give an answer during his visit to Goa,” he said. He said, “People of Goa are accepting Mamata’s leadership because they are upset with the leadership of Narendra Modi, and Congress is not serious, so the TMC is the only option,” he said.