Sena to contest 25 seats in Gujarat polls
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