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During Shiv Sena’s first mega rally on Saturday since the pandemic broke out, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is expected to take on political opponents such as MNS and BJP over Hindutva and other issues.

Sena leaders said this would be Thackeray’s first physical political rally after he became the chief minister and the pandemic broke out. Thackeray has addressed many virtual rallies, along with party’s foundation day ceremony and the annual Dussehra rally in the last two years, but this will be his first political rally.

Akbaruddin Owaisi faces flak for visiting Aurangzeb tomb in Aurangabad

AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi on Thursday drew the ire of political parties for visiting the tomb of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in Khuldabad, Aurangabad. Owaisi was in the district days after MNS chief Raj Thackeray held a public rally there demanding removal of loudspeakers from atop mosques.

It was his visit to Aurangzeb’s tomb that prompted former MP and Shiv Sena leader Chandrakant Khaire to allege that Owaisi was trying to create a political controversy. “No one, neither a Hindu or a Muslim, visits the tomb as Aurangzeb was the cruelest Mughal emperor. But Owaisi and his party leaders are trying to create a controversy for political benefit,” Khaire said.

As pilot project in Matheran, SC allows e-rickshaws in Maharashtra

The Supreme Court on Thursday permitted Maharashtra to introduce eco-friendly e-rickshaw in the Matheran eco-sensitive zone on an experimental basis to check its feasibility to replace the hand-pulled rickshaws plying in the area.

As the hill station does not allow cars since the British era, to commute within Matheran, people have to either walk or use one of the 460 horses or 94 hand-pulled rickshaws available for transportation.


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