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Shiv Sena takes pot shots at BJP, says saffron party drifting to insanity

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Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Saturday cautioned its former ally Bharatiya Janata Party against taking its defeat in Maharashtra to heart, or it would lose mental balance and slide to ”insanity”.

The Sena said that with efforts currently underway in Maharashtra to form a stable government minus the single-largest party BJP, it (BJP) is raving and ranting against the second-largest party (Sena’s) upcoming alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party and Congress, the third and fourth-largest party respectively.

“The BJP is now confidently claiming that despite having 105 MLAs, it will form the next government. It is also predicting that even if any other government comes to power, it would not last too long, or beyond six months,” the Sena said in sharp edits in the party mouthpieces ”Saamana” and ”Dopahar Ka Saamana” on Saturday.

Ridiculing the BJP, the Sena pointed out that “the tall claim is coming from the very same party which had gone to the Governor (B.S. Koshyari) and expressed inability to form the government”.

This is despite the BJP President and Union Home Minister’s assertion two days ago that the party which can prove support of 145 MLAs will be the claimant and that would be a Constitutional government, but the Maharashtra BJP leaders seem to have discarded it.

“Now, Fadnavis is telling his legislators to remain ”bindaas” (carefree) as they would form the government… Under the cover of President”s Rule, attempts are being made at ”horse-trading”,” the Sena edit said.

Reminding the BJP and Fadnavis that “nobody is born to rule or become the CM or is invincible”, the Sena said that while Lord Ram had to leave his kingdom, the conquerors of the world like Alexander and Napoleon also came and went, and Aurangzeb also was finally buried.

Urging the BJP not to scream that “it will form the government”, the Sena warned that it would lose its mental stability and it would not augur well for the state if the number of amad people” goes up.

“Better accept the reality that nobody is invincible… The saffron flag of truth will flutter again in Maharashtra,” the Sena said.

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Ajit Doval pats Yogi govt’s back for handling Ayodhya verdict

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Lucknow: National Security advisor Ajit Doval has sent a letter of appreciation to Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary R.K. Tiwari for his “commendable effort in handling the situation in Uttar Pradesh, following the Ayodhya verdict”.

The letter dated November 28, was released to the media on Wednesday.

Doval, in his letter, has appreciated the pivotal role played by the chief secretary in maintaining synergy with all organs of the state and central government and ensuring coordination with the police in maintaining peace and communal harmony.

He further said that it was the cumulative efforts of all agencies and organs of the government that resulted in an incident-free and amicable atmosphere in the state.

The verdict on Ayodhya was delivered on November 9, giving the disputed plot of land to Hindus for construction of a grand Ram temple and the Muslim side was to be given an alternative five acre plot for building a mosque.

Doval himself convened an inter-faith meeting to build confidence within communities where all the representatives of all the religions were called.

A group of 40 historians, academics and activists has since the November 9 judgement moved the Supreme Court seeking a full-bench review of its final verdict.

“The faith of one of the communities was consequently regarded higher than the other, thereby violating the secular principle embedded in the Constitution,” said the petitioners.

The review petition urged the apex court to institute a full bench for hearing the review petition, as this is not merely a title dispute but “a contestation about the core of India’s constitutional morality, and the principles of equal citizenship, secularism, justice, rule of law and fraternity”.

The petition contended that the balance of probabilities was erroneously observed to be in favour of the Hindu parties by the apex court.

The petition said the top court erred in coming to a conclusion based on the fact that Hindus had proved to be worshipping in the outer courtyard since 1857, but also proved to worship in the inner courtyard prior to 1857, and the Muslim parties failed to prove exclusive possession of the inner courtyard.

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