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Maharashtra ministers inaugurate liqour bar in Ahmednagar, spark controversy

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The involvement of Maharashtra’s two ministers in the inauguration of a liquor bar in Ahmednagar has landed them in a great controversy.

According to a report, Ram Shinde, BJP’s Minister of State for Home, did the honor of cutting the ceremonial ribbon of a bar while Deepak Kesarkar, Shiv Sena Minister of Finance for Home, was present at the occasion.

Reportedly, Ahmednagar is soon to be declared an alcohol free district following the suit of Wardha, Gadchiroli and Chandrapur districts.

Many political leaders of opposition have criticized this act of the two ministers.

A news agency reported Sachin Sawant, a Congress spokesperson, as saying, “It is unfortunate that a minister of the government inaugurates a beer bar.”

Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson, Nawab Malik, stated that although it was not illegal, the ministers should have refrained from the event.

“There is already a ban on liquor advertisements…If ministers attend such events, it amounts to advertising liquor,” Malik said.

However, following these sparks of debate, Shinde and Kesarkar justified themselves by saying that they had gone to the opening of a family restaurant and not a liquor bar.

According to IANS, Shinde clarified himself by stating, “I have done nothing wrong; It’s a family restaurant and has all the necessary permissions. The bar is owned by the previous owner where this restaurant is situated”.

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Now Keen to Develop Young Leaders

The first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi

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The RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders. Pixabay

With most senior leaders in the BJP having retired from active politics, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Later this month, the RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders.

According to a senior RSS functionary in Lucknow, the first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi, possibly on June 29 and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be attending it. Another camp is scheduled to be held in Lucknow.

“After Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, there seems to be a dearth of second rung leadership in the bhBJP. There is a need to develop leadership that will carry forward the work initiated by these two leaders.

“Rajnath Singh is a senior leader, but his age is 67. He would have crossed 70 by the time the next general elections are held in 2024. We have to identify and inculcate leadership qualities in the younger lot,” the functionary said.

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The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Pixabay

He further said that identifying young talent that could be groomed for greater responsibilities was a continuous process in the organisation and it never stopped.

“It is not a sudden decision but the RSS leadership always has a vision for the future and thinks ahead. We keep finding young people with leadership skills,” the functionary added.

Earlier this month, the RSS chief had underlined the need for checking misuse of power at a four-day camp that he addressed in Kanpur.

“Those getting elected in a democratic set-up have immense power, but this does not mean that it should be misused. If the government falters at any point of time, the Sangh will give it advice and suggestions with a positive point of view,” he had said.

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The RSS chief had also discussed the topics of nationalism, social equality and service in his interaction with over 600 volunteers. He also focused on qualitative development of the Sangh volunteers and apprised them of his views on dedication towards society.

The RSS leadership is also expected to come to Lucknow for a separate camp at the end of this month. In Lucknow, the RSS leaders will pay homage to senior journalist Rajnath Singh Surya, who passed away earlier this month. Surya was also a senior RSS functionary.

Officially, however, the RSS office bearers said that they had yet to receive any programme of Bhagwat and said that such camps were a ‘routine affair’. (IANS)