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Drive out Bangladeshi & Pak Muslim infiltrators: Shiv Sena

"The Muslim infiltrators from Pakistan and Bangladesh should be driven out of India. There should be no doubt about that. But it is amusing to see a party changing its flag for it," the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'. It added that the MNS is unlikely to achieve anything from its new Hindutva stand as Shiv Sena had never shed its saffron colour.

Nitin Gadkari accuses Shiv Sena of betraying BJP in Maharashtra

Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said the BJP did not lose last year'...

Uddhav Thackeray to visit Ayodhya on March 7: Sanjay Raut

Raut had announced on Wednesday that Uddhav Thackeray, who heads the Maharashtra Vi...

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  • The Shiv Sena and BJP contested the state assembly polls together in October last year, but parted ways following disagreement over sharing the chief ministerial post for two- and-half years on rotational basis. The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress then came together and formed government in the state after many deliberations.

    “The cyber cell of the Maharashtra police has been asked to look into complaints from different quarters on the phone tapping/snooping," home minister Anil Deshmukh told. However, the Centre chose NIA to pursue the Bhima-Koregaon case, where activists and lawyers have been charged with sedition and left-wing extremism.

    Uddhav's remark also followed a barb from his estranged cousin and MNS chief Raj Thackeray, who, speaking at his party's function earlier in the evening, said "I don't change the colour of my party to form the government." Hitting out at the BJP, Uddhav alleged that the former ally broke its pre-poll promise (to share the chief minister's post) and tried to label him as a liar.

    India slipped 10 places to 51st position in the 2019 Democracy Index's global ranking, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit, which cited "erosion of civil liberties" in the country as the primary cause for the downtrend. The EIU report was released earlier this week.

    The announcement is designed and timed as part of the Shiva Sena’s plan to face MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s political relaunch bid on Thursday, the birth anniversary of Bal Thackeray. Raj is supposed to address a rally in Mumbai where he is expected to take a hard Hindutva stand and jibe at Sena’s recent split with BJP to align with NCP and Congress.

    Deshmukh tweeted on Friday evening that the Centre took this decision after the new Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government in Maharashtra decided to "go to the root of the matter...I condemn this decision. This is against the Constitution," the minister, who belongs to the NCP, added.

    Speaking to reporters here, Raut said Thackeray did not hold any government post, but he conducted himself like Greek king Alexander. "He united people and inspired them to fight. After Veer Savarkar, it was Bal Thackeray who lit the flame of hardline Hindutva," he said.

    The Shiv Sena denied Congress' claim that the Uddhav Thackeray-led party approached the Congress after the 2014 state polls to form a coalition to keep the BJP out of power. The Sena also said that its tie-up with the Congress and NCP after the last year's Assembly elections materalised because Sharad Pawar did not support "BJP's political machinations".

    Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis refuted the allegations on BJP during his tenure about phone-tapping. He also said that the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government was free to conduct an inquiry into the phone- tapping charges against the previous BJP-led dispensation.

    "Tributes to the great Balasaheb Thackeray on his jayanti. Courageous and indomitable, he never hesitated from raising issues of public welfare," the prime minister wrote on Twitter.

    Thackeray unveiled the new flag, which in the centre bears a 'rajmudra' (royal seal used during the times of warrior King Shivaji), at the party's plenary meeting in suburban Goregaon.

    Sanjay Raut said that offering prayers to Lord Ram has got nothing to do with the common minimum programme, on the basis of which the three ideologically different parties came together to form govt in Maharashtra. It will be the first visit of Sena chief Thackeray to Ayodhya in UP since his party severed ties with the BJP over sharing of power in Maharashtra.

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