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“Why only five years? We will rule Maharashtra for 25 years,” says Sanjay Raut

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Mumbai: Sena MP Sanjay Raut here on Friday asserted that his party “will rule Maharashtra for 25 years”, a day after the Common Minimum Programme of the upcoming allies Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress was finalized.

In his media interaction, Raut was asked about the crucial Chief Minister’s post, to which he declared: “Why only five years? We will rule Maharashtra for 25 years…”

Taking a jibe at acting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Raut, however said his party would not proclaim, ”We will return, We will return, We will return”.

On the power-sharing formula being worked out with the Sena”s new allies, he said the Chief Minister will be from Shiv Sena, but the details of the CMP would be known soon.

Late on Thursday, after detailed discussions in a series of marathon meetings, the three prospective partners finalized their CMP, which has now been sent to the respective party high command of the Sena-NCP-Congress for approval.

According to unofficial indications, Sena would get the post of Chief Minister, but it is hazy whether it will be for half-term (30 months) or full term (five years), while NCP-Congress would get Deputy CM each, besides portfolios being shared at one per four legislators of each party.

NCP President Sharad Pawar will call on Sonia Gandhi later this week with the possibility of Sena President Uddhav Thackeray also going to meet her before a formal tie-up announcement is made from New Delhi on a priority this week or early next week, according to political sources.

A Congress leader said they would like to complete all formalities before November 18, when the Winter Session of Parliament begins, and also explore possibilities of the three prospective allies going to campaign for the Jharkhand Assembly elections after the government formation is completed in Maharashtra.

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Prithvi Shaw needs to reduce his weight in order to get selected: BCCI official

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Young Indian opener Prithvi Shaw has been asked to reduce his weight by the selectors as they chose the 30-man squad for India’s tour to England which will also include the WTC final in June. A lot of Indian fans were wondering why Shaw was not in India’s Test squad despite performing exceedingly well in IPL 2021, well he is overweight.

A report in Times of India says Shaw is slow between the wickets and still has weight issues. A selector has also asked the Mumbaikar to learn from Rishabh Pant who had his own issues once. “Prithvi is still very slow across the turf for a 21-year-old. He needs to shed a few more kilos. He also had concentration issues while fielding in Australia. Shaw has been working hard since he returned from Australia. He has the example of Rishabh Pant right in front of him. If Pant can turn things around in a few months, Prithvi too can do it,” the BCCI source was quoted as saying.

He was also told to be a bit consistent and sustain the form in a couple of series as he has often failed to justify the faith shown in him by the selectors. “He has to sustain this form for a few more tournaments. He has often been picked on the basis of one good series and then he has struggled in international cricket, He is too good a player to be ignored for long,” the source added.

Shaw was dropped from India’s Test squad right after Adelaide Test where India were bundled out for 36–their lowest ever Test score. Shaw himself scored ducks in both the innings. He also dropped a catch which made his skipper Virat Kohli visibly angry. Although, the 21-year-old came back really hard smashing more than 800 runs in Vijay Hazare Trophy. He also accounted for 308 runs in IPL 2021. But as it turned out, selectors have something else playing on their minds.

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