Shiv Sena, the second largest constituent of the NDA with 18 Lok Sabha MPs, was upset over poor representation it got in the Modi government as well as the heavy industries portfolio Geete had received
Anant Geete, Shiv Sena’s lone member in the Narendra Modi Cabinet, will resign, party chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Monday, four days after the split in the saffron alliance.
“After Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns from the US, Geete will go to him and submit his resignation,” he said.
Shiv Sena sources said the party was also likely to quit from National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Uddhav’s announcement followed estranged cousin and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray riling him at a poll rally Sunday for the Shiv Sena “sticking to” power in Delhi despite breaking up with BJP.
Raj had said that Uddhav should immediately ask Geete to resign as a mark of protest against the insult meted out to Shiv Sena.
Attacking BJP for ending its 25-year-old alliance with Shiv Sena, Raj had said that had party patriarch Balasaheb Thackeray been alive he would have ended the association a month ago.
Shiv Sena, ruling NDA’s second largest constituent with 18 Lok Sabha MPs, was upset over poor representation it got in the Modi government as well as Geete’s heavy industries portfolio, which it considered light weight. Geete, a sixth-time MP from Raigad in Konkan, had taken charge of the ministry after a delay of several days.
In the NDA government, during 1999, headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Shiv Sena had three Cabinet Ministers despite having fewer MPs. In 2002, it even got the coveted post of Lok Sabha speaker for senior leader Manohar Joshi.
Geete, however, said that he has not been given any instruction so far and therefore the question of his resigning does not arise.
“This is false news as I have not been given any instruction so far. So how does the question of my resignation arise,” said the Union Minister, who is at present in Mumbai.
He said any reports of his resignation are not true and noted that Shiv Sena contested the Lok Sabha polls as part of the NDA.
Having its own commercial bank will allow Alibaba greater control over many of its key services, including online payment and wealth management products
China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, which completed the world’s largest ever initial public offering (IPO) this month, has won approval from Chinese authorities to establish a private bank as it diversifies into financial services.
Alibaba, through its subsidiary Zhejiang Ant Small and Micro Financial Services Group Co, will hold 30% of share capital of the new bank, the China Banking Regulatory Commission said.
Having its own commercial bank will allow Alibaba greater control over many of its key services, including online payment and wealth management products.
Alibaba is the latest company outside the financial sphere to win approval to start a bank in China. Beijing hopes private banks will help in its drive to open up the economy to more competition and get private capital to more parts of the economy.
Alibaba completed the biggest initial public offering ever this month by selling $25 billion of stock to investors keen to tap into the world’s biggest pool of Internet users.
Shanghai JuneYao Group, the parent of Juneyao Airlines, also received regulatory approval to set up its own bank and will own a 30% stake.
The CBRC made public in March to create five privately owned banks focused on smaller businesses that have limited access to credit.
On 25th July, the CBRC approved the establishment of three private banks, including Webank, funded by Chinese Internet giant Tencent.
Currently, China has only one private bank in service, China Minsheng Bank, which was founded in 1996 in Beijing.
Minsheng, listed in both Shanghai and Hong Kong, is the country’s first national bank founded by private capital.
Kavita Karkare, wife of slain ATS Chief Hemant Karkare, who was killed in the 26/11 terror attack, was a saviour to widows of constables as she took up their causes and fought for justice by visiting Mantralaya corridors
Kavita Karkare, wife of slain Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) Chief of Maharashtra, Hemant Karkare, passed away on Monday afternoon. She suffered brain hemorrhage after she collapsed, while having breakfast on Saturday morning. She slipped into a coma and was declared brain dead on arrival at the hospital. She was on artificial ventilation until this afternoon, before breathing her last.
Kavita transformed herself into a crusader for the wives and widows of the police constabulary fraternity; as she fought for their rights, be it their children’s education;
pension or any personal grievances. In fact, she played the role of an elder sister to Vinita Kamte, wife of Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ashok Kamte who was also killed in the 26/11 terror attack along with Karkare and Vijay Salaskar.
Vinita, who is very upset with the news, said, “She (Kavita) gave me the moral courage to go ahead with my investigations of the call log records of the 26/11 attack, which pointed to criminal negligence by the Control Room in not responding to the requests of the three officers on Ground Zero. In fact, she was a friend and crusader for hundreds of wives of police personnel, pro-actively addressing their problems. Kavita helped Tukaram Ombale’s wife and family to get the appropriate pension and other promises that was made to them after Constable Ombale was killed after he caught Ajmal Kasab alive.’’
Kavita Karkare, shed all her inhibitions of having been a wife of a senior police officer and picked up the gauntlet to ensure justice for the wives and widows of constables by knocking at various government offices. She along with Smita Salaskar, wife of encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar, had also approached Congress President Sonia Gandhi to sort out indifference meted out to them by the Mumbai Police and the state government on certain issues.
Kavita had penned a foreword for the best seller book “To the last bullet” penned by Vinita Kamte and co-authored by this writer. Her opening line was, “Being a police officer’s wife, I have always believed that it is a crime to suffer injustice.” She indeed walked the talk.
Kavita was very proud at the guts shown by Vinita and stated, “Vinita Kamte, who, with undaunted tenacity and perseverance uncovered the truth behind the death of her brave husband, Ashok Kamte – and how he fell to terrorists’ bullets on 26/11 - has lived up to this belief (of not suffering injustice.)”
Kavita was very agitated when her husband’s valour was questioned during the 26/11 attack on him by the terrorists, along with Kamte and Salaskar. She had tenaciously pursued the case of `rejected’ bullet proof jackets, one of them which was finally used by her husband, leading to his inability to defend himself from the series of bullets fired on him. Kavita had then said she got her inspiration from Vinita. “It was her (Vinita Kamte’s) courage that gave me the impetus to raise my voice against the sub-standard bullet-proof jackets provided to the police and which Hemant wore on that fateful night.
Would he have been saved if the jacket was of international standards is a question that will haunt me for the rest of my life.’’ However, the state Home Ministry and the Mumbai Police ensured that her campaign met with a feeble end, as they have allegedly covered up the incident. Kavita was most distressed when a section of the media and a top bureaucrat in the Home Ministry belittled her campaign, asking her to go ahead in life.
Thanking Vinita for her investigations, she has stated in her Foreword, “I have always seen my husband’s leadership through the years and was therefore surprised when doubts were raised in this particular incident, wherein he along with Ashok and Mr Salaskar dared to take on terrorists, without support of reinforcement from the Mumbai Police, despite repeated requests by him. For several days, I was being fed with misinformation regarding the death of my husband. It was made to appear that my husband walked into the lane, sat inside a vehicle and was shot dead by terrorists. To Vinita and her twin sister Revati goes the credit of exposing one of the most shameful acts of cover-up attempted by the authorities to dismiss the officers’ bravery as foolhardiness.’”
Kavita leaves behind two daughters and a son. She will be remembered for her compassion and courage. Moneylife salutes her.