2012 yearender: The year Maharashtra lost Bal Thackeray, Vilasrao Deshmukh

Dec 25 2012, 11:31 IST
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Maharashtra lost former CM Vilasrao Deshmukh and Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray. Maharashtra lost former CM Vilasrao Deshmukh and Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray.
SummaryYear saw massive fire broke out in Mantralaya, Ajit Pawar resigning only to rejoin 72 days later.

of the Constitution.

The development led to a race among political parties and leaders to claim credit, and several Dalit leaders sought to make the most of the significant decision. Ambedkar's ashes are interred at Chaityabhoomi, situated in the vicinity of the 12.5 acre land of the Indu Mill.

Dalit groups had set Ambedkar's death anniversary as the deadline for the announcement, threatening to forcibly occupy the mill premises if this was not done.

A year after hogging national limelight, Anna Hazare spent 2012 concentrating on issues closer home, be it the opposition to toll tax or backing farmers issues in the state.

Hazare extended his support to the “just” cause of sugarcane growers in Maharashtra, led by Independent MP Raju Shetty. He also alleged that Shiv Sena MLA Suresh Jain, who was arrested in connection with the Jalgaon Housing scam, was getting “five star treatment” while in hospital.

At a joint press conference in October, Hazare and former Army chief Gen V K Singh targeted the UPA government over decisions like FDI in multi-brand retail and sought immediate dissolution of Parliament, saying the two pillars of democracy were not acting in the manner enshrined in the Constitution.

Arvind Kejriwal also joined Shetty for a farmers rally in Sangli. The Aam Aadmi Party pledged to work for fair pricing of farm produce and opposed “suppression” of farmers protests. Two farmers were killed on November 12 during the protest for fair sugarcane pricing.

As the year drew to a close, senior Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi indicated the shape of things to come by inviting NCP president Sharad Pawar to join NDA, saying, “He would be able to end quarrels within the BJP-led alliance and could also become PM.”

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