QMumbai: Ajit Pawar Quits as MLA; BJP, Sena in Seat-Share Conflict
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1. Ajit Pawar Quits as NCP Legislator, Goes Incommunicado
Five-time NCP MLA and nephew of Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar resigned as the Baramati legislator on Friday. Even as there was speculation about Ajit’s move, Pawar claimed that his nephew — who has since gone incommunicado — may have resigned because he was hurt that the NCP chief has been named in the ED case related to the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank scam.
Ajit rang up Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde around 5.40 pm, informing him that he had submitted his resignation to the Speaker’s office in Mumbai and requested Bagde to immediately accept it.
(Source: The Indian Express)
2. BJP-Sena Alliance: Sena Wants at Least 126 Seats, BJP Says No More Than 120
Ahead of the Assembly polls, BJP chief Amit Shah held a marathon meeting with CM Devendra Fadnavis, state party chief Chandrakant Patil and other state core committee members in New Delhi on Thursday. The alliance formula will be finalised after the CM conveys Shah’s decision to Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. It will be announced only after September 28.
The meeting, which went on for nearly nine hours from Thursday afternoon, was to finalise candidates. Fadnavis is also learnt to have conveyed and discussed the saffron seat-sharing negotiations with the Sena with Shah. The formula discussed includes 126 seats for the Sena and 162 seats for the BJP and its smaller allies.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
3. Southwest Monsoon Withdrawal Delayed Till October 7: IMD
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday said the withdrawal of the southwest monsoon is likely to take place in the first week of October or even later, a month after its normal schedule.
“There is no indication of monsoon’s withdrawal in our weather models till October 7. The west Rajasthan region is likely to receive some more rain over the next few days,” said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, IMD’s director general of meteorology. Normally, the withdrawal starts on September 1 and reaches Maharashtra by October.
(Source: The Indian Express)
4. More Than 470 Died in Mumbai Road Accidents in 2018: Report
As many as 475 people, half of them pedestrians, lost their lives in "preventable" road mishaps in Mumbai in 2018, representing a 22 per cent decline in fatalities since 2015, according to a report by the traffic police department.
The largest proportion of deaths was among young men aged between 20-29 years. Also, road crash deaths were more or less equally distributed among all female victims, according to the Mumbai Road Safety Annual Report 2018.
5. Civil Body Worker Ends Life by Jumping off Office Building in Mumbai
A 23-year-old employee of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) allegedly committed suicide by jumping from his office building in Dadar area on Thursday, a police official said.
Sumit Kurale, a peon with the BMC, jumped from the terrace on the sixth floor of the civic body's superintendent office building, located at the Sewage Treatment Centre on Senapati Bapat Road, around 10.20 am, he said.
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