Sunday, October 19, 2014

Congress' Shaikh Asif wins Malegaon assembly seat

A legislative assembly election was held on 15 October 2014, in a single phase, to select the 288 members of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in India. The result was announced on 19 October,2014, with the BJP getting a majority.

BJP for the first time secured 122 seats, Shiv Sena bagged 63, while Congress could managed only 42 seats, followed by Sharad Pawar-led NCP with 41 seats. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) reduced from 13 seats to just one while Hyderabad's All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) made its debut in Maharashtra assembly elections by winning two seats; one from Aurangabad and another from Mumbai south-cenral.

In Malegaon central constituency, amidst a tough competition between Mufti Mohammed Ismail, the sitting MLA from Lok Jan Shakti Party, and Congress' Shaikh Asif, the first timer Asif managed to win the election with a 13,000 plus vote margin. Asif has been mayor in Malegaon municipal corporation. He is said to be the young face of Malegaon's politics.

In Maleagon outer constituency, Dada Bhuse (below in the pic)of Shiv Sena won the election. He won the assembly poll for the third consecutive time. (Pics:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Malegaon Assembly Election - a war for political survival

While the sitting MLA Mufti Mohammed Ismail, the Chief Imam of city's Jama mosque, joined sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party, Congress declared Shaikh Asif, city's former Mayor, as its candidate. The war, for each one's political survival became tough soon after Abdul Malik Isa Shaikh, a former mayor, was announced an assembly ticket by the Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).

Through there are over a dozen candidates contesting the election, the fight is going to take place among Ismail, Asif and Shaikh. Malegaon, which has around 1.75 lakh voters, will be using its right to franchise on October 15.


September 30, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

BJP bags Dhule Malegaon Lok Sabha seat

Bhartiya Janata Party's Bhamre Ramrao won the Lok Sabha election from the Dhule-Malegaon Parliamentary constituency. He secured 5,29,450 votes while the runner up, Congress' Ambrish Bhai Patel, could manage 3,98,727 votes.

Ramrao won with a margine of 1,30,723 votes. There were 19 candidates in this Lok Sabha constituency.

Friday, August 30, 2013

9 accused get NIA clean chit

Malegaon 2006 blasts

Rebecca Samervel TNN

: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) did not oppose the discharge pleas filed by nine accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case, in its reply filed before the special court on Thursday.

“It is submitted that the evidence collected by the NIA in further investigations is not in consonance with the evidence collected earlier by the ATS and the CBI. No evidence was found in support of the conclusion drawn in the final report filed by the ATS and a supplementary final report submitted by CBI recommending prosecution of …nine accused,” the reply stated. The court will pass
orders on the discharge applications on September 7. While two accused—Shaikh Mohammed Ali Alam Shaikh and Asif Khan—are also facing trial in the 2006 Mumbai train blasts case, the rest are out on bail.

On November 5, 2011, all nine were granted bail by special judge Yatin Shinde after the NIA did not oppose it. The state ATS had nabbed them claiming that they belonged to the banned Students Islamic Movement of India and aided a Pakistani national in executing the strike. The NIA took over the probe after Swami Aseemanand’s confession that a right-wing group was behind the blasts.

On September 8, 2006, three bombs go off as people gather at a cemetery for prayers. Another blast takes place at a residential area nearby

Explosions kill 31 and injure 297. ATS probes the case followed by CBI

Both agencies accuse nine persons—Noor-ul-Huda, Shabbir Masiullah, Raees Ahmed Ali, Salman Farsi, Farog Makhdoomi, Mohammed Ali,

Asif Bashir Khan, Zahid Majeed and Abrar Ahmed Saeed—of the blasts

The Times of India, August 30, 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013

`Express Post Service’ started at Malegaon post office

Malegaon: To compete the private angariyas and courier firms, the Malegoan head post office on Saturday announced to start Express post service that will help consumers in sending their stuff, parcels, money order, documents and other belongings through government officials. B S Lingayat, head post superintendent said that similarly stuff sent from anywhere in the country/world to anyone in Malegaon will be delivered to the recipient in the minimal time.

Moreover, a railway ticket booking counter has also been started at Malegaon head post office. “The ticket counter facility is helping hundreds of citizens on a daily basis. We will bring changes and make our system more sophisticated to provide the latest facilities to our customers,” said Mohammed Ishaque Abdul Aziz, a post master.

Saturday July 27, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

5 Malegaon blasts accused file discharge plea

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Five Muslim youth, who spent five-and-a-half years in prison for the 2006 Malegaon bombings, on Friday filed a discharge application before the special MCOCA court. The accused, all on bail, stated that the state ATS has falsely implicated them in the cases.

Advocate Shareef Shaikh, who is representing the accused, filed a discharge application stating that Noor-ul-Huda, Shabbir Masiullah, Raees Rajjab Ali, Zahid Majeed and Abrar Ahmed be discharged from the serial bombing cases.

Citing NIA’s supplementary chargesheet, the application stated, “Baburao Mukhtaji Joshi, in his statement to NIA, said that on October 11, 2006, Huda was taken for narco analysis test to Bangalore, but the police team returned without conducting a narco test.” Two days later, a senior Malegaon police officer asked Joshi to take Huda to Bangalore for narco test. Joshi told NIA that Subodh Jaiswal, additional commissioner of police (ATS) was already present at Bangalore’s FSL, even before they reached. Quoting Joshi from NIA’s report, the application said that when Huda was taken into the laboratory, Jaiswal was present in the lab too, and that Huda’s statement was edited in the lab. “Dr Malini who conducted the test has been suspended since she was practicing on a bogus certificate,” the application said.

The Times of India, July 20, 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Chargesheet by NIA illegal, says accused


Mateen Hafeez TNN

: The discharge applications filed by two accused in the 2006 Malegaon mosque blasts case was on Saturday opposed by a co-accused, Dhan Singh, who has also challenged the legality of a chargesheet filed against him and three others.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on May 22 filed a chargesheet against four persons suspected to be belonging to a right wing outfit, blaming them to be the engineers of Malegaon serial blasts that killed 31.

While moving the application before the designated judge Y D Shinde, Singh stated that the ‘further investigation’ done by NIA is illegal and bad in law. The NIA is likely to file its reply on July 22.

Shinde terror remark: A trial court has given a last opportunity to a person to file an affidavit to show why he wants the court to summon PM Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi as witnesses in his complaint against Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for his alleged “Hindu terror” remarks made at Jaipur early this year. TNN

The Times of India, June 30, 2013