Intolerance unfortunate, but why blame us: Modi Sena, BJP stop sparring as Pawar enters the fray FADNAVIS, THE PEACEMAKER BMC TO HC: WILL SET UP CELL TO HANDLE POTHOLE COMPLAINTS
ALLY BARB Shiv Sena unhappy after PM calls Ghulam Ali incident ‘really sad’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke out for the first time on the lynching of a Muslim man in UP and the cancellation of Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concerts in Maharashtra, but said his government had no role in the incidents which he dubbed “unfortunate” and “undesirable”.
Modi also hit out at the opposition for its “disinformation campaign” that targeted his “deafening silence” on the mob killing of 55-year-old Muhammad Ikhlaq in Dadri’s Bisada village over cow-slaughter rumours, an attack that transfixed the nation and raised sectarian concerns.
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After a week-long public spat, the saffron allies on Wednesday took steps to tone down hostilities. Shiv Sena ministers participated in the state cabinet meeting, after which chief minister Devendra Fadnavis gave a patient hearing to all their complaints.
It was business as usual at the state secretariat: Sena ministers marked their attendance in the state cabinet and no sparks flew; the Sena took the conciliatory route and met Fadnavis later to complain about the snub their party chief Uddhav Thackeray got last week, when he was invited, only at the last minute, for the Indu Mill function where PM Narendra Modi was present.
The step down by both allies, interestingly, coincided with NCP chief Sharad Pawar queering the pitch for the BJP by saying his party will no longer support the Fadnavis government, if the Sena walked out. BJP leaders have so far been relying on the NCP for outside support, in the worst case scenario of Sena walking out of the government.
A separate cell to handle complaints about potholes in the city will soon be set up, the BMC told the Bombay high court on Wednesday.
Senior advocate Anil Sakhare, who represented the BMC, told a division bench of justice Abhay Oka and justice VL Achliya that the civic body has received 5,900 online complaints and 47 complaints by telephone about potholes and almost all complaints have been addressed. He said considering the large number of complaints, the BMC has decided to set up a separate cell to handle them and monitor the remedial mechanism.
The court was hearing a suo-motu PIL based on a note forwarded by a judge of the court, justice Gautam Patel, to the chief justice last year highlighting the pathetic condition of roads in and around Mumbai. In his letter, the judge had also highlighted that the potholes and ditches on roads not only cause hardship and inconvenience to the people at large but they also result in casualties, especially of those who ride two-wheelers.
Acting on the PIL, the court had on May 20, held that the right to have roads in proper conditions was a fundamental right and the poor condition of roads, the existence of potholes, failure to level the roads properly, and the lack of proper amenities for pedestrians were the major factors that cause a large number of road accidents, resulting in loss of life or serious injuries.