Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said the Shiv Sena is contesting the Nanded-Waghala polls at the behest of the Congress. Speaking in Nanded on the last day of poll campaigning, Mr. Fadnavis accused the Sena of “dancing to the tune” of State Congress president Ashok Chavan. Mr. Fadnavis said the Sena had entered the polls with the sole intention of “humiliating and defeating the BJP”.He said, “They [the Sena] are nothing but the stooges of the Congress. All these years, the Congress ruled Nanded and their leaders filled their own pockets. Now they are worried about a possible BJP win. They are using the Sena as a weapon to suppress the BJP. They will not succeed.”The Chief Minister was reacting to Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s outburst against the BJP-led governments at State and Centre. The Sena president had criticised the BJP for failing to fulfil their poll promises. Mr. Thackeray mocked the BJP for allegedly seeking help after failing to find suitable candidates for the polls.Close contestThe elections are expected to be a closely fought affair with candidates from the BJP, the Congress and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) in the fray. the AIMIM is expected to eat into the Congress’s minority vote-share.The election has also cast a shadow on the political future of Mr. Chavan and his fiefdom, Nanded. The Congress leader was elected the chief of the State unit in 2016 after he managed to win the Nanded parliamentary seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls despite the ‘Modi wave’. A BJP sweep in the Nanded would be a severe loss of face for Mr. Chavan and deal a big blow to the Congress’s waning presence in the State. The BJP had secured just two seats in the 2012 polls to the Nanded Municipal Corporation. In 2012, the Congress bagged 41 seats, the Shiv Sena won 14 and AIMIM secured 10 seats. This time, the BJP has engineered a coup ahead of polls. Thirteen corporators from the Congress, the NCP and the Shiv Sena have defected to the party. The BJP is expecting to repeat its performance in the 2017 civic polls where it swept Western Maharashtra by routing the Congress and the NCP. It emerged as the single-largest party in four crucial civic bodies: Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nashik and Solapur.The party broke the decade-long stranglehold of Sharad Pawar’s NCP and won 78 of the 128 seats in the PCMC. In the 2012 PCMC polls, the BJP had won a mere three seats. The BJP scripted the turnaround by fielding heavyweight politicians who defected from opposition parties, especially the NCP. The BJP will be hoping for similar gains in Nanded as well.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve been trying to change the environment for the most part. You can still see the immaturity in our team. I think now that we’ve been able to compete not just with NCAA teams, but also the UAAP teams, we’re not letting them get an easy win from us,” he said.Tang shared that it’s been hard to get the shift in mentality without the team tasting victory. But he’s willing to play the long game with a brighter future of St. Benilde in mind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For the most part, the change of environment and culture has to be evident with us getting wins. If you don’t get wins, there’s no change in whatever you’re trying to build up with. But at the same time, the question for us is how are we’ll be able to get there? It’s a process wherein we got to keep explaining to them the small details, up to the nitty-gritty ones where we’re telling them why weren’t we able to get over that hump,” he said.Despite the Blazers bowing out of the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup with a paltry 1-7 record, Tang believes that the foundation has already been laid out and it’s now up to the players to continue staying on the path the coaches have paved for them. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSt. Benilde coach TY Tang knows the challenge that awaits him with the Blazers.With the team in the cellar for the past two seasons, the rookie mentor knows that the goal for him this NCAA Season 93 is to take away the squad’s losing culture.ADVERTISEMENT Bolick leads San Beda past rival Letran MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “The challenge is making them respond to that. That’s something that us coaches, the whole coaching staff, has been trying to do for the longest time, for the last six months,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to polish it given a few more weeks entering the NCAA season.”
The Delhi Commonwealth Games Organising Committee on Tuesday claimed that it has cleared dues amounting to Rs 111.84 crore to 36 of the 45 foreign companies involved in the Games last year.The remaining nine companies have already been paid Rs 191.11 crore and a balance amount to the tune of Rs 17.80 crore has been withheld owing to non-performance of contractual obligations, the OC, which is facing allegations of widescale corruption, said in a press release.The companies which have got their dues include eight vendors to whom payments have been made between January 24 to January 31.In addition, there are 71 Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) to whom a total travel grant to the tune of Rs 16.74 crore was payable. Out of these, the OC said, 64 CGAs have been paid Rs 14.95 crore, and the balance payment of Rs 1.79 crore to the seven remaining associations will be released by February 7.Quite a few companies from Australia and England threatened to sue the CWG organisers for non-payment of pending dues running into millions of dollars.Reports of a USD three million-plus class action emerged at a time when India’s foreign minister S M Krishna visited Australia and the issue figured prominently in Krishna’s talks with his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd.The claims were largely linked to the opening and closing ceremonies and Australian firms said they were upset with the OC’s refusal to settle disputes.The OC countered that most payments were complete and those awaiting disposal had to do with “under performance and contractual obligations”.Newly elected sports minister Ajay Maken then directed government nominees in the OC to thoroughly verify unpaid dues and make all the legitimate payments within 10 days.advertisementThe payment disputes lingered for more than three months after the October 3 to 14 Games. Australian firms such as Howard and Sons, Norwest and a consultant for the ceremonies had claimed that doing business in India was an arbitrary and risk-laden affair.Agency reports said events organiser Ric Birch had commissioned a law firm for a multi-million dollar lawsuit that would involve four large Australian firms including his Spectak Productions and fireworks company Howard & Sons.The companies whose payments have been withheld are Swiss Timing, Infostrada Sports, K Events SRL, Mark Fisher, Great Big Event, Spectek Production, Production Resource Group, EKS Workforce and E&Y Workforce (Consortium with EKS).