Taking a dig at the BJP which has emerged as a major gainer in the first phase of municipal council polls, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray today dubbed the ruling party’s performance as the “victory of old notes and not of the note ban.”
“Ha notabandicha vijay nasun junya notancha ahe (This is the victory of old notes and not of the note ban),” Thackeray said in a brief statement, apparently trying to convey that BJP’s political plank of demonetisation of high value tenders didn’t work for the party in polls.
Out of 3,705 seats, spread over 147 municipal councils and 17 nagar panchayats, that went to polls yesterday, the results for 3,510 seats have been declared so far. Counting for rest of the seats was still on.
While BJP has won 851 seats, Shiv Sena won 514, NCP 638, Congress 643, MNS 16, BSP 9, local coalitions 384, CPM 12 and Independents 324 seats.
MNS was not a serious contender in the polls and Thackeray had kept himself away from any campaigns.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the result as the “win for pro-poor and development politics of BJP”, party president Amit Shah has said that “the result should be a wake up call for opposition attempting to mislead people on demonetisation.” PTI ND NSK TIR 11290001
HUNGRY-MUSLIMS Muslim outcry over Hungarian town’s anti-Islam decree
Budapest, Nov 28 (AFP) One of Hungary’s main Muslim organisations decried today what it said were “xenophobic” steps taken by an ultra-nationalist town mayor to preserve traditional Christian values and prevent immigration.
Asothalom, close to the Serbian border, last week banned mosque construction, the use of a muezzin at prayer times and the wearing of clothes such as the niqab and the burkini.
The Hungarian Islamic Community (MIK) said in a statement it was “shocked by the increasing xenophobia and serious Islamophobia in Hungary which has now peaked with the decree”.
The steps were taken to “protect the community and its traditions from any mass settlement from outside,” said Mayor Laszlo Toroczkai, who is also a vice-president of the radical-right Jobbik party.
Toroczkai gained prominence in 2015 when he filmed an action movie-style video at a fence on the Serbian border warning migrants not to enter Hungary. Asothalom has few refugees.
MIK, set up in 1990, is the oldest group representing Hungary’s Muslim community, and is estimated to have 40,000 members.