Sena to con­test 25 seats in Gu­jarat polls

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se­nior Sena leader.

The Sena has al­ready con­tested Goa, Ut­tar Pradesh and Delhi as­sem­bly polls on its own since the 25-year-old al­liance broke.

“Ud­dhavji has de­cided to con­sol­i­date party’s po­si­tion not only in Ma­ha­rash­tra but across In­dia, as the BJP has set aside Hin­dutva and is en­gag­ing in caste pol­i­tics. The peo­ple are stressed be­cause of in­fla­tion, and the BJP is more con­cerned about its own pub­lic­ity,” the leader said.

The Sena will high­light is­sues rang­ing from the im­pact of de­mon­eti­sa­tion and Goods & Ser­vices Tax and the al­leged use of gov­ern­ment ma­chin­ery by BJP to win elec­tions. The Sena will fo­cus on fal­ter­ing growth, ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment and dip in pri­vate in­vest­ment.

Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis on Mon­day said there was no rea­son for the Shiv Sena to be an­noyed with pos­si­ble in­duc­tion of for­mer chief min­is­ter Narayan Rane in the cabi­net, since Rane had been an NDA al­liance part­ner and would be in­ducted on the BJP quota.

Ear­lier in the day, Sena min­is­ter Deepak Ke­sarkar had ques­tioned Rane’s pos­si­ble in­duc­tion point­ing out in­quiry against Rane by the En­force­ment Direc­torate. Ke­sarkar hails from Rane’s bas­tion Sind­hudurg dis­trict and is also the guardian min­is­ter of the same. Sena MP Vi­nayak Raut too had raised the same ques­tion.

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s (WHO) an­nual TB re­port 2017, which was re­leased on Mon­day, has proven to be dis­mal for the na­tion. In­dia tops the list of coun­tries with the high­est num­ber of pa­tients in­fected by Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis with an es­ti­mate of 27.9 lakh pa­tients reel­ing un­der TB in 2016 and up to 4.23 lakh pa­tients have been es­ti­mated to have died. Am­bi­tious an­nounce­ments of wip­ing off tu­ber­cu­lo­sis from In­dia by 2025 apart, the pro­jec­tions high­light the dan­ger of this in­fec­tious killer dis­ease.

In­dia has the largest bur­den of TB cases in the world, which means that more pa­tients with TB live in In­dia than any­where in the

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