The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday kickstarted a drive to enrol nearly one crore new members into the party in the run up to the upcoming Assembly elections in October. Senior leaders present during the launch said the party is set to rule for the next 25 years with a strong member base and would receive 50% votes in Maharashtra in the next elections. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the party once strengthened would go on to scrap Article 370, which gives special powers to Kashmir, within the next five years. Other senior BJP leaders present on the occasion said they had already achieved 25 lakh of the the one crore target in a previous drive launched before the Lok Sabha polls. About 18 lakh of those members have already been verified. “The total voters for Lok Sabha polls were 5.5 crore. If we register 1 crore families, we will secure half of State’s vote share (2.5 crore). Our ambition to achieve the 50% target of vote share will give us a sound base for the future,” said Mr Fadnavis said adding that Kashmir is an integral part of the India and about time it is fully made part of the country. Former cabinet minister and senior BJP leader Suresh Prabhu said the party is set to rule the country for the next 25 years. Mr. Fadnavis used the occasion to enlist the achievements of his government, including Metro works worth ₹1.10 lakh crores and development of Dharavi slums. “I request all workers to participate in this induction drive with full heart. Amitbhai Shah (party president) has also directed workers to participate in a plantation drive and other measures to help party secure a second term in Maharashtra ,” Mr Fadnavis said. “We will come back to power again in Maharashtra and win by a record margin,” he asserted.
The Maharashtra government will put in place a framework to resolve all complaints related to non-payment of insurance claims to farmers. The Cabinet on Tuesday reviewed the financial situation of private insurance companies and their pending claims following the announcement by ally Shiv Sena to protest against them. Senior ministers said a payment of more than ₹15,000 crore has been made to farmers who have paid over ₹2,300 crore in premiums in the past four years.“During the the previous government’s tenure, the compensation amount never exceeded ₹300 crore a year. But the expenditure of companies this year alone is over ₹3,200 crore,” said a senior minister the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena government. Confirming that the Cabinet reviewed the insurance scheme and held a presentation, new State BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said the party had no problem with the Sena’s stand. “The companies will only pay farmers who have suffered losses. We understand the Sena’s stand and are fine even if our own party workers will hold a protest. If by holding protests the issue can be resolved, then everyone is more than welcome to do so,” he said.Earlier, the government set up a 10-member committee to scrutinise complaints from farmers and public representatives against the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, a government-sponsored crop insurance scheme, at the taluka level. “The government has been receiving a slew of complaints from villages and districts. We have set up the committee, headed by the local tehsildar, among nine other members, to look into complaints of mismanagement in the scheme,” said a government directive.
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Team India must bring back match-winner Virender Sehwag for the must-win game against Pakistan in Colombo on Sunday, but the swashbuckling batsman would be under pressure, if he is included in the XI after being axed for the tie versus Australia, says former Pakistan tearaway Shoaib Akhtar.Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni chose to drop Sehwag for India’s first World T20 Super Eights game, against Australia on Friday, and the team got walloped by nine wickets, thus making the game against Pakistan a do-or-die battle. Although India have another game to go against South Africa, a win against Pakistan is a must to progress in the tournament.”If I were India captain I would bring back Sehwag. He creates pressure on the opposition. If he hits out Dhoni (too) will benefit (and not just Sehwag). But the pressure will be on Sehwag and not on Dhoni,” Shoaib told Mail Today in an exclusive interview. Shoaib Akhtar at the India Today Mediaplex where he will be an expert on the TV Today Network during the T20 World Cup.Dhoni dropped Sehwag against Australia, and instead picked a third spinner, leggie Piyush Chawla, but surprisingly gave him only one over, in which he conceded 14 runs.Sehwag has played just one Twenty20 International against Pakistan and scored five runs.The ‘Rawalpindi Express’, as Shoaib is often called, felt that Dhoni should have picked Sehwag against Australia. “If he had played him, he would have known whether to persist with him for the match against Pakistan,” he opined.However, the Pakistani advised Dhoni to not to pay “attention to the ongoing issues” and concentrate on the upcoming match. “He is Dhoni and he should remain Dhoni. He is a ‘diler’ (brave) and he should remain just that. When a ‘diler’ takes a wrong decision, even that, at times, turns out to be a right one, eventually,” he said.Shoaib, 37, said that winning the toss could be decisive, but it would not be the be-all-and-end-all in the crucial game. While lauding Pakistan for playing fearless cricket so far in Sri Lanka, Shoaib said that if captain Mohammad Hafeez’s team chases the target, it should not panic or play reckless shots.”Pakistan should chase maturity and sensibly. They should not panic. That’s a problem with them; they, at times, play irresponsible shots. They should play natural cricket,” he emphasised. “We don’t know any other way to play cricket; we have been taught to play the game that way since beginning. And this Twenty20 format suits Pakistan cricketers.”The former Pakistani speedster particularly want hard-hitting batsman Shahid Afridi to succeed against India. “I want him to perform and he should first stay at the wicket and then hit out in the crunch game,” he said.Shoaib, who has shifted his base back to his home city Rawalpindi from Lahore, said that Pakistan should play the same XI that held its nerves to edge past South Africa by two wickets with two balls remaining at the same venue where they will clash with India, R Premadasa Stadium.The Pakistani advised the two captains to enjoy the game in front of a ‘neutral’ ground. “Both captains don’t need to worry. They might as well enjoy the pressure of the game,” he said.advertisement