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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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President Ram Nath Kovind Tweet “Congratulations to all on the inauguration of Ram Mandir construction!, it become a symbol of modern India based on the ideals of Ramrajya.”

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President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday congratulated everyone on the inauguration of the Ram Temple construction work, saying that the temple complex will become a symbol of modern India based on the ideas of Ramrajya

Kovind wrote (translated from Hindi), “Congratulations to all on the inauguration of Ram Mandir construction! The temple of Maryada Purushottam Prabhu Ram is being constructed in accordance with the process of justice and with the enthusiasm of public and social harmony. Temple complex, I believe, will become a symbol of modern India based on the ideals of Ramrajya.”

Taking to Twitter, Kovind wrote (translated from Hindi), “Congratulations to all on the inauguration of Ram Mandir construction! The temple of Maryada Purushottam Prabhu Ram is being constructed in accordance with the process of justice and with the enthusiasm of public and social harmony. Temple complex, I believe, will become a symbol of modern India based on the ideals of Ramrajya.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed Ram Temple ‘bhoomi pujan’ at Ayodhya on Wednesday.

In Ayodhya, PM Modi’s first halt was at Hanuman Garhi temple, marking the first-ever visit by any Prime Minister to this temple. He is also the first Prime Minister to visit the Ram Janmabhoomi site.

The Prime Minister is also scheduled to unveil a plaque to mark the occasion and also release a commemorative postage stamp on ‘Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir’.

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