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Devendra Fadnavis Takes Responsibility for BJP’s Maharashtra Election Setback, Offers Resignation as Deputy CM

Devendra Fadnavis

Devendra Fadnavis Takes Responsibility for BJP’s Maharashtra Election Setback, Offers Resignation as Deputy CM

Devendra Fadnavis, a key politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, is expected to ask the party leadership to remove him from his deputy CM duties. The party’s dismal showing in the most recent Lok Sabha elections, where its representation in Maharashtra fell sharply from 23 seats in 2019 to just nine seats this year, is the reason behind this action.

Principally responsible for the BJP’s electoral defeat, Fadnavis accepted entire responsibility for the party’s loss. To help the party perform better in the next Assembly elections, I want to work at the organizational level. Developing the organization is what I want to focus on full-time. “I intend to ask my higher authority to release me from my state government position,” Fadnavis declared at a press conference following a meeting to evaluate the Lok Sabha results.

Prominent BJP figures, including state unit chairman Chandrashekhar Bawankule, attended the conference, which was called a day after the election results were declared. The primary items on the agenda were discussing future strategies and evaluating the party’s performance. The result was seen as a sharp decline from the 2019 elections, even though the BJP and its allies won 17 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra.

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In the previous Lok Sabha elections, Maharashtra saw 23 seats won by the BJP. However, this time, the Congress, the UBT, and the NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar) together form the opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), outperforming the party. The alliance saw a significant win as the MVA as a whole took home 30 seats. Compared to just one seat in 2019, Congress saw a stunning surge, gaining 13 members. Shiv Sena (UBT) won nine seats, while Rakesh Sharma’s NCP (National Congress Party) won eight. After Fadnavis was sworn in as deputy chief minister, Eknath Shinde assumed leadership of the government on June 30, 2022.

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Opposition MPs Led by Rahul Gandhi Wave Constitution Copies as PM Modi Takes Oath | WATCH

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Opposition MPs Led by Rahul Gandhi Wave Constitution Copies as PM Modi Takes Oath | WATCH

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepared to take the oath of office as a member of the 18th Lok Sabha, opposition MPs led by Congressman Rahul Gandhi presented him copies of the Constitution. Similar greetings were extended to Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Leaders of the Samajwadi Party Akhilesh Yadav and Awadhesh Prasad, Congressman Rahul Gandhi, and Trinamool politician Kalyan Banerjee occupied the front row in the opposition benches.

The INDIA group, which is made up of the Congress party and its pre-election allies, waged a fierce campaign against Prime Minister Modi, threatening to abolish the Constitution if the BJP is returned to power with a two-thirds majority. Political analysts speculate that statements made by certain BJP candidates and their slogan, “400 paar,” aided the opposition’s narrative. Rahul Gandhi declared that they were not at all comfortable with Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah undermining the Constitution.

In the Parliament complex, he told reporters, “We would not allow the attack on the Constitution that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are doing.” Gandhi declared, “We will not stand for this attack.” On being asked if the opposition’s message was getting through to the public, the former president of the Congress responded, “Our message is reaching the public and no power can touch the Constitution of India and we will protect it.”

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“Copy of the Constitution in hands, its values in hearts!” Gandhi wrote beside the video of their symbolic protest that they shared on social media. “India will defend it with all of its might; no power in the world can destroy it.” Monday marked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath of office as a member of the 18th Lok Sabha, following his return to power earlier this month for a record third term. In the Lok Sabha, Modi has held three terms. He kept his seat in Varanasi, which he has been winning since 2014. He took the oath of office first, in his capacity as Leader of the House.

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Kharge Criticizes PM Modi for Bringing Up ‘Emergency’: “How Long Do You Plan to Rule?”

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Kharge Criticizes PM Modi for Bringing Up ‘Emergency’: “How Long Do You Plan to Rule?”

In response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on Monday concerning emergencies, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge questioned how long the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) intended to remain in power. “He’ll repeat this one hundred times. You are doing this without formally declaring an emergency. How much longer do you want to dominate by discussing this? It was reported that Kharge said

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the media outside the new Parliament building earlier today and discussed the emergency before taking the oath of office as an MP. Speaking of the 21 months of emergency that were imposed during Indira Gandhi’s presidency, Modi said that the younger generation in India would never forget that period when the nation was turned into a jail and that they would take steps to create a vibrant democracy to ensure that such actions are never taken in India again.

Tomorrow is June 25th. June 25th marks the 50th anniversary of the stain placed on India’s democracy. The new Indian generation will never forget that democracy was stifled, the nation was converted into a prison, and the Indian Constitution was utterly rejected,” he declared. Kharge later claimed in a different tweet that while Prime Minister Modi was reminding people about the 50-year-old emergency, they had forgotten about the previous ten years’ “undeclared emergency.”

“You remind us of the 50-year-old Emergency, but have forgotten the recent 10-year Undeclared Emergency, which was ended by the people,” Kharge said on X. “The public has spoken out against Modi ji. In spite of this, he ought to work if he is to become prime minister.People want content, not catchphrases; keep this in mind for yourself.

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According to Kharge, Modi gave a lengthier than usual traditional speech, but “the arrogance remains, even after the moral and political defeat.” The country was hoping that Modi would address some of the major challenges, he continued. According to Kharge, “He did not take any responsibility for the massive rigging and corruption of his government, but he will show some sympathy towards the youth regarding the paper leak in NEET and other recruitment examinations.”

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Supreme Court Delays Decision on Arvind Kejriwal Bail Pending Delhi HC Order

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Supreme Court Delays Decision on Arvind Kejriwal Bail Pending Delhi HC Order

Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, moved against the High Court’s temporary stay of a trial court ruling giving him bail in a money laundering case related to the purported excise scam, but the Supreme Court on Monday denied him relief. The highest court stated, “We will be prejudging the issue if we pass an order now.” Following Kejriwal’s bail award from the trial court on June 20, the Delhi High Court on Friday postponed his release. If the federal anti-money laundering agency hadn’t received an interim stay of action from the high court, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener, who was detained by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 21, would have been able to leave Tihar jail on Friday.

A high court vacation bench had stated, “Until the pronouncement of this order, the operation of the impugned order shall remain stayed,” and requested written responses from the parties by June 24. The plea hearing was scheduled for July 10 by the top court. In order to review all of the case files, the court had stated that it would be delaying the order for two to three days. It also sent Kejriwal a notice asking him to reply to the ED’s plea contesting the trial court’s June 20 bail decision.

In his high court appearance, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) S V Raju argued on behalf of the ED that the trial court’s ruling was “perverse,” “one-sided,” and “wrong-sided,” and that the conclusions were based on unrelated evidence. He asserted that the special judge disregarded the pertinent information. Raju had argued that the ED was not given enough time to present its case and was seeking a stay of the trial court’s judgment.

Senior attorneys Abhishek Singhvi and Vikram Chaudhari, who were defending Kejriwal, fiercely fought the ED’s request for a stay of execution. They had argued that the ED, for which an individual’s liberty is a low priority, is not covered by Article 21 of the Constitution, which guarantees protection of life and personal liberty.

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In granting bail, the trial judge determined that Kejriwal’s guilt was not yet proven and that the ED had not shown concrete evidence connecting him to the money laundering case’s proceeds of crime. The excise policy was discontinued in 2022 as a result of the lieutenant governor of Delhi requesting that the CBI look into claims of corruption and irregularities in its creation and implementation.

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