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Devendra Fadnavis must quit as Maharashtra Chief Minister, demands Shiv Sena

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Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday demanded that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis must quit immediately since he does not have support and is heading a “minority government”.

“We have the numbers. We have 165 legislators’ support with us. We can prove our majority right away, in any manner. We can take our legislators for a headcount by the Governor, or voting on the floor of the Assembly in any form, voice-vote or secret ballot,” asserted Shiv Sena Legislative Party leader Eknath Shinde.

He challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party, that if it has sufficient numbers, then it must prove its majority without resorting to any delaying tactics.

“They are in a minority and we shall prove it in the legislature. If they are so confident of their support, then they must show the numbers to the people of the state,” Shinde told mediapersons here.

His statement came a day after Nationalist Congress Party National Spokesperson Nawab Malik and other leaders demanded that Fadnavis should resign forthwith, claiming he doesn’t have the numbers.

The Congress has also demanded a floor test on priority to prove the BJP’s claim of its majority strength.

Cementing their contentions, the three parties of the proposed Maha Vikas Aghadi submitted a joint letter with over 163 signatures of legislators, staking claim to form the government, on Monday morning.

The letter in Marathi, which mentions it was submitted at 10.20 a.m., said: “On 23/11/2019, Devendra Fadnavis took the oath as Chief Minister. But, earlier, he had expressed inability to form the government as he did not have sufficient strength. However, he will be required to prove his majority even now.”

“Presently, he does not have sufficient numbers and will not be in a position to prove his majority. In such an eventuality, we are staking our claim to form the government,” the letter added.

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Crime against women: Posters of guilty to be displayed in UP

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Eve-teasers, those guilty of crime against women and habitual offenders in cases of sex-related crimes will now find their posters on road crossings in Uttar Pradesh.

According to the government spokesman, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to launch ‘Operation Durachari’ to check crime against women.

“The Chief Minister has directed that women police personnel should be asked to take firm action against such offenders and their photographs should be pasted on crossings in order to name and shame them,” the spokesman said.

The Chief Minister further said that people should know who are the persons who are vitiating the atmosphere in society and indulging in crime against women.

He further said that in case any incident related to crime against women takes place, the beat in-charge, chowki in-charge, station officer and the circle officer would be held responsible.

The Chief Minister also ordered that anti-Romeo squads should be further activated and strengthened so that the strategy to check crime against women becomes increasingly effective.

It may be recalled that the Yogi Adityanath government had pasted photographs of anti-CAA protesters on crossings in Lucknow in an attempt to name and shame them just before the national lockdown was announced.

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