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  • Aarhus, the first night of the ‘Tiki Taka’

    first_imgIn this environment, further thinned by a few words from the coach about Raúl in the previous days (see support), Spain was risking much of its chances of qualifying for Euro 2008 in Aarhus, Denmark’s second city. The first thing that caught my attention was the scene of the crash. Typically, the red dynamite played their matches at the Parken Stadion in Copenhagen, but a UEFA sanction did not allow it. In the course of Denmark-Sweden, a fan had jumped onto the field attacking the referee. Four games of sanction to the stadium and obligation to play 250 kilometers from the capital. Appeal reduced the sanction to two games and 140 kilometers, but could not play in Brondby, the country’s second stadium by capacity, which is 20 kilometers from the capital, so the third option was Aarhus, the second most populous city, where the Selection had already played some friendly, but with a venue that did not exceed 20,000 seats.(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvR5y3N9oW4 (/ embed) During the week he had doubted whether to include Silva in the starting lineup to the detriment of Joaquín, but he saw the canary very tired. “He has a lot of bullshit on him. I’ll get you out in the second part. Joaquín is going to give us play by the band and overflow. But it has to tighten a little more ”. In the end, the circumstances of the meeting prevented the coach’s plans. Silva did not play, but made Riera debut in the last minutes and scored a great goal.Puyol did not play either. A fixed for Luis. He had just come out of a long injury and thought he was not yet physically complete. In addition it was within a penalty shot and the Danes were going to play long and through the sky. There Albiol defended himself well. It was one of the few times that the coach had advanced the line-up 48 hours in advance, although then he had to make the obligatory change of Tamudo for the injured Torres. Best for Spain. Less pressure. Less screaming. The date scheduled for October 13, 2007. The day after Hispanic Day. Neither the precedents that had with the Danes brightened the face of a serious Luis Aragonese and more distant than normal. They were all fond memories in the engagements with the Vikings. The first game in the history of the National Team was against them … and victory. In the semifinals of Euro 84, victory in the penalty shootout and in the final. In Mexico 86, the four goals of Butragueño. In the qualifying phase for the US 94 World Cup, the Iron goal at Sánchez Pizjuán… Without Villa, or Torres, or Puyol Tamudo opened the scoring with a header from Iniesta.CHEMA DIAZ (DAILY AS) The “noisemaker” hunts LuisHe had finished an afternoon training and Luis Aragonés, with the folder in his hand, was heading from the fields to the Residence. Fans, almost all young kids, ask for autographs and photos. Coincidentally among them is Jordi Evole, who then played the roles of ‘el follonero’ in the Buenafuente program, and whom they did not officially accredit.Between signature and signature, a boy asks about Raúl. Luis raises his head. “I am too old to be listening to these things that you say. You guys have fun, laugh. I politely sign you all, I am with you, ”he is heard saying on Evole’s recording. The name of Raúl and Luis sounds again, which should not capture the presence of the camera, he says in a very relaxed tone.-Do you know how many World Cups Raúl has gone to? To three.-Do you know how many European Cups Raúl has gone to? Two.-Tell me the ones we’ve won. Tell me the ones we have won, tell me the ones we have won?The interlocutor responds: “But it won’t be because of Raúl alone”And Luis, who was leaving and in a very understanding tone, responds.– I do not say that it is by anybody. I’ve said how many he’s gone to. At three and two five. It seems very good to me, it has gone and has done and such. And that comes and does not come and such. What you can not pay attention to is what the press says. You are wrong.How could it be otherwise, these captured words come to light and the controversy Luis-Raúl reaches a new chapter. A diagonal from Iniesta, Luis asked him to do that, and a measured center for Tamudo’s header. The technician, standing in his area, clenches his fists. A gesture very yours. At the quarter of an hour, the goal that should reassure everyone and revolutionize the Danes who were losing were out. Spain did not lose the ball. What Luis was asking for. On such a difficult day, he wanted his team to be more his than ever. Clear ideas. Long runs, lots of possession, endless rounds from side to side. The three tenors of SpainIn a calm moment, Luis talks to the three tenors. “Gentlemen, I want you to reach the opposite area. I want you to look for the auction, the last pass. You Andrés pull diagonals, join Xavi and Cesc. Come, come … Someday you have to score a goal. There were many open fronts at that time and could negatively influence the party itself. The press conference the day before had been tense. Raúl’s shadow was long. Casillas, as captain, supported the coach with his words and defends the team’s unity. Against this, those men dressed in white had to fight that night. The 1-4-1-4-1 is drawn sharp on the ground. The Danes want to scare with three forwards, but they don’t smell the ball. The team suffered in the second half with the entry of young Bendter and Luis moved pieces. Pablo, with half an hour ahead, enters for Albelda and takes center position at Albiol’s lardo to help in the aerial game. Marchena becomes a midfielder with the vocation of third center back. Riera comes to the rescue of an exhausted Joaquín, passing Iniesta to the right. In the last ten minutes Luis García for Cesc, to stretch the team and not get so far behind. Tomasson scores in 87, but before the locals could imagine the machado, Riera closed the game. … but Riera scored the 3-1 of tranquility two minutes later.DAILY AS (DAILY AS) The goal of the Danish Jon Dahl Tomasson in the 87th minute left the score 2-1 …STR (REUTERS) 75 seconds that changed Spanish footballToques, 65; passes, 28; time, 75 seconds; players participating, nine: Marchena, Ramos, Capdevila, Albiol, Xavi, Iniesta, Joaquín. Cesc and Tamudo. All except Albelda and Casillas. The one who intervened the most in the play was Xavi, 17 touches and 7 passes.Capdevila recovers the ball, a pass from Andreasen to Rommedhal, he gave it to Xavi, this to Joaquín, who made the longest drive with the ball and after eight touches he gave it again to Xavi. Double yours-mine with Iniesta, they crossed three passes without ever giving more than three touches. Iniesta passed to Cesc who first gave to Marchena and this in turn to Capdevila.The side finds Iniesta, who leans on Cesc. Tamudo goes into action delaying his position. Play first for Xavi. Opening for Joaquín attached to the band. Delay for Sergio Ramos. The ball passes through Cesc and ends again in Capdevila which passes to Marchena. From central to central. Albiol receives the pass to Xavi, who intervenes for the fifth time in the play. Find Joaquin. Return for Xavi. Heel for Joaquín. That advances towards Iniesta. Ramos enters the game, playing first for Xavi and goes deep on the outside. Xavi controls and passes Tamudo who first sees the acceleration of Ramos by his band. Find it with an in-depth shipment. Sergio controls and saves the goalkeeper’s exit with a mince with the instep. Three gold points with two games ahead against Sweden (3-0) and Northern Ireland (1-0), both in homeland. Only one point was missing to ensure the classification. Those ninety-something minutes from Aarhus were vital to the soul of that Luis team. That’s where it all started. Then she won the next two games and ended up ranking first in the group with 28 points.After the match, Luis expressed his happiness for the game and the victory and sent another message to the navigators. “Sergio’s goal is an example of what we want to do with these players. It is their merit. They know how to touch, create and arrive. We lack a bit of knowing how to compete, but we have known how to win. There can always be a debate about the coach. In those analyzes there have even been insults. And I don’t accept that. I wish there were no insults. Respect? I don’t have to ask for anything. Respect must be in the professional and in the critic. It is not difficult for me to work. Yes for the boys. I am their boss and it affects them. I live it with the tranquility that the experience gives me, but the people closest to me have had a pretty bad time. Raúl? I’m not going to get into those things. I do not understand them. What I do is work, period “. Fernando Torres was injured during previous training and was unable to play the match.STR (REUTERS) By That selection of Luis Aragonés was going through its most delicate moment. Thirteen months had passed and the majority criticism against the coach for having left captain Raúl González out of the team had not calmed down. The game did not help either, nor what happened in the last meeting, in Oviedo, against Latvia (2-0), in which Luis, hurt by the comments, had not wanted to speak to the media after the match. To the ‘mister’ all that was worth nothing. He knew he had to win to at least secure second place in the group. A draw wasn’t bad either. Losing could have cost him the position as it was the temperature of the tensions. Villa was missing, injured. One of its fixed. In the training of the day before in the stadium, cold night, Fernando Torres, then in Liverpool, gives the alarm signal. Dr. Jenaro Borrás pouts. The player forces a little more. It is not the cold, it is injured. Small right leg abductor tear. Minimum withdrawal for 10 days.Luis does not leave long veins. Play Tamudo. It is ready for how I want to play. Will help us. He knows how to get in and out, play between the lines. I know him well. ” And how did Luis want to play on such an important date? With all the gamers. It was clear to him. It was a day to have the ball, to play at grass level. With the humidity the ball was going to run and the best thing for it was to gather Xavi, Cesc and Iniesta, heeled on the left, but with freedom to enter the rondo. To the right Joaquín, another defender of the ball at the foot. Behind them: Albelda. The both told by its author“The merit is from the team. I just had to give the last touch. Those of Tamudo and Xavi were also decisive. I stay with the group work. I was just another piece of the play. I could not do otherwise. When I saw Sorensen it was very clear to me. As he was a little heeled and he covered a lot of goal the only way to beat him was with that little touch. Every day I learn new things from my colleagues with whom I train. I look closely at those who define, such as Ronaldo, Raúl, Messi, Rooney, Zidane, Van Nistelrooy, Tamudo, Villa … It is a luxury to be able to participate in a rondo or in a match with these players ”. It was lacking a bit of depth, it is true, but the action of the second goal, almost on the brink of rest, erased everything. A masterpiece, an eternal rondo. Nine footballers participated in the action, 28 passes in 75 seconds … and Sergio Ramos who finishes off Van Basten. It deserves a separate chapter. With those two goals ahead the game could not escape.last_img read more

  • True grit Sharapova back at French Open with point to prove

    first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Injury then ruled her out of Wimbledon before she made a stunning Grand Slam return at the US Open under the lights of Arthur Ashe Court in August.“Behind this little black dress and the Swarovski crystals, there is a girl with a lot of grit and she’s not going anywhere,” said Sharapova after seeing off second seed Simona Halep in her New York opener.It could just as well have been a riposte to Roland Garros three months earlier.Back then the former world number one had seen her ranking slump to 173 as she started to rebuild a career which also doubles as a multi-million dollar brand empire.Now, thanks to the characteristic cussedness that has served her well since her tennis odyssey began in Russia before being honed in Florida, the 31-year-old Sharapova is back in the top 30 and guaranteed a seeded place when the 2018 French Open starts on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial After leaving UST, Sta. Ana mulling offers from other schools, MPBL teams Only the very brave would write off the title chances of a player who was champion in 2012 and 2014, runner-up in 2013 and semi-finalist in 2011.She is also hitting form at the right time.Having endured a four-match losing streak for the first time since 2003, Sharapova arrives in the French capital on the back of a last-eight run in Madrid and semi-final spot in Rome where she took the first set off world number one Halep before drowning in a sea of errors.– ‘So excited’ –Reunited with former coach Thomas Hogstedt, her performance in Rome was her best run at such a level since the 2015 WTA Tour Finals.“I like the way I’m competing and the way I feel out there. It’s an inner feeling. I like the attitude that I’m playing with,” said Sharapova, who added she was “going be so excited” to be heading back to Paris after “a tough period” in her life.“I’ve had an incredible amount of memories there. Being in that environment, just even the practice and getting there on the first day, practicing on center court for the first time … I love it.“There’s nothing that can replicate it. As long as I can continue to feel motivated by that moment, I’ll keep loving it and playing there.”Fans and sponsors will be delighted to see Sharapova back on Court Philippe Chatrier, such is her pulling power.Even when she was off tour in 2016, and saw her 11-year streak as the world’s richest sportswoman end, she was still commercial gold.According to Forbes magazine, Sharapova saw her income during her suspension slashed by around $8 million.center_img It can only mean one thing — Maria Sharapova is about to play in a Grand Slam event.But not just any Grand Slam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThis is the French Open where she has won two of her five career majors but where, 12 months ago, Roland Garros chiefs took to the moral high ground.From there, they told the Russian icon that she was not welcome, her recently-concluded 15-month doping ban considered too raw to allow her the convenience of a wildcard into the clay court showpiece. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Russia’s Maria Sharapova catches a ball to serve during her quarter final match against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko during Rome’s WTA Tennis Open tournament at the Foro Italico, on May 18, 2018 in Rome./ AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTEThere will be questions about suspensions, favoritism and rivalries, and fashion, parties and candy lines.There will be accusations of slights — real or imagined — greeted either with a giggle, an icy stare or a pitch-perfect, withering put down.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments However, she still pulled in a tidy $21.9 million with only longtime rival Serena Williams able to boast a healthier bank balance.Her appearance in Paris will still rankle with some of her rivals.Last year, former golden girl Eugenie Bouchard described Sharapova as “a cheater” who should have been banned for life.However, this week, former world number five Bouchard, a Wimbledon runner-up in 2014, is down at 167 in the rankings and having to play qualifiers at Roland Garros.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

  • Mother Wants Death Sentence for Daughter’s Killer

    first_imgThe premises of the Temple of Justice was a scene of mourning and weeping, after the jury of Criminal Court ‘A’ yesterday brought down a guilty verdict against Sylvester Tarpeh Davies, the man who killed his fiancée, Sianneh Tipayson, last November and folded her lifeless body into a blue barrel in an unfinished room in the home of her parents.The verdict came after Davies earlier informed the court that he was not willing to testify on his own behalf, lamenting, “The devil fooled me to kill my girlfriend and I don’t want to say anything about the killing.”He was accused of killing his 23 year-old fiancée, Sianneh on November 30, 2014, in their Paity Town Community, in Clara Town, Monrovia, after which he fled to Grand Cape Mount County where he was arrested on December 7 by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP).Sianneh was a mother of two children and was four months pregnant when she was killed.Interestingly, at yesterday’s hearing, Davies, dressed in an orange prison jump suit, held his hand folded as he stood for over seven hours, while the jury was reminded by Judge Roosevelt Willie about the facts surrounding the case.He was later escorted back to his cell at the Monrovia Central Prison where he will await his sentence within four days, Friday, March 6.Immediately after the verdict, the victim’s mother, Mrs. Oretha Tipayson, tearfully told journalists outside the courtroom that her daughter would rest in peace, praising the jury for its unanimous verdict.Mrs. Tipayson, however, pleaded with the court to punish Davies by hanging.  ‘The verdict is not enough.  What I want to see is for Sylvester to be killed and not to get a long prison term,” Madam Tipayson stated in tears.According to her, this would serve as a deterrent to other men that would consider killing their fiancées. But Mrs. Tipayson was quick to recognize that the penalty does not exist under Liberian law.“We need to go back to our old law, because if we don’t go back, most of our women will be killed by men. They will say if we kill her, we will only go to jail for some time and afterwards the government will release us,” said the distressed Madam Tipayson.Mourning her daughter, Madam Tipayson said, “She was more than a daughter to me. She was everything that I had on this earth. She was my friend and my husband and the person whom I used to share my secrets with.“She was my oldest daughter and see how she was (horribly) murdered by this cruel man,” she added in agony. “My daughter will not rest; she will torment him until he is also dead.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Power woes worsen in Region 2

    first_img…protest action erupts at Anna Regina sub-stationSeveral residents on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Friday protested in front of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), Anna Regina sub-station as they express their frustration with the frequent power outages in the region.Representatives from the regional administration – led by Vice Chairman and acting Chairman of Region Two, Nandranie Coonjah; Councillors of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC); Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (RCD); Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI); and residents – joined in protest action on Friday to demand answers from GPL. According to residents, GPL has left them in the dark and has been reluctant to give answers about theSome of the protesters outside GPL’s Anna Regina, Region Two substationpower woes in the region.Speaking at the protest on Friday, Coonjah said GPL is very disrespectful to the residents of the region. She said the company is yet to reach out to residents to give a proper explanation for the prolonged power outages over the past two weeks.Also voicing his disgust was Councillor Arnold Adams who added that he has to buy ice from as far as Parika, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), just to keep his cool storage going. The entire region is suffering from a total shut down of electricity for long hours.While the protesters were making their way to the main office in Anna Regina, security guards were placed at the gates securing the compound. The protesters were protesting for answers from GPL but no one from the head office came out to address their concerns. The protest action will continue on Monday.Meanwhile, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said electricity distribution along the Essequibo Coast is expected to return to normalcy by Friday evening.Earlier this week, the ECCI called on the Government to immediately intervene and bring some relief to the residents of Region Two.According to Chamber President, Suean Seewnarayan, the region is suffering tremendously due to the failing power company.She added that the region’s commerce is collapsing due to the poor service offered by GPL. Seewnarayan added that residents, especially the business sector, are in great danger of losing millions of dollars in cool storage items.Businesses are already dumping products and those who have standby generators are pumping thousands of dollars into fuel and maintenance costs.The Chamber said it has noted Government’s silence on this very important issue. “No one is saying anything about the new power plant at Anna Regina which is far from completion and residents are losing confidence in the Government for not providing answers. If this power failure is not given immediate attention, the entire economy of the region will collapse,” the Chamber President noted.Last week, GPL had said that it will rush a generator into the region by Monday, August 20.The power company on August 18 had admitted that the region has been experiencing frequent service interruptions since August 13 as a result of two of its units – the Number 3 and Number 8 – with an aggregate capacity of 2.8 MWs becoming inoperable, due to major mechanical and electrical issues respectively.Just recently, a single mother struggling to make ends meet for her family was forced to dump over $200,000 worth of meat and fish owing to GPL’s faulty service.Eresha Prashad, of La Belle Alliance, Essequibo Coast, a meat and fish vendor at the Anna Regina Market, said she stocked her freezer as she prepared for the busy weekend about two weeks ago.The single mother is laying the blame for her losses at the feet of GPL.Residents have since called on the power company to educate customers on the cycle change and how it can affect appliances which are not compatible.last_img read more

  • Everton and Leicester ready to step up interest in Turkey midfielder

    first_img Selcuk Inan 1 Everton and Leicester are ready to step up their interest in Turkey midfielder Selcuk Inan after reports stated that Galatasaray are ready to put their club captain on the transfer list.Inan has come under fire following some poor performances this season and received a red card during Galatasaray’s 2-0 defeat against Anderlecht in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Both Roberto Martinez and Nigel Pearson have been linked with a move for the 29-year-old who has a wealth of experience for both club and country and could be ready for a big money move.Turkish-football.com is reporting that Galatasaray are now ready to cash in on their star midfielder in January which could start a bidding war for his signature.The only stumbling block for both clubs could be his high wages while Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini is also believed to be a big admirer having worked with him when he was in charge of the Turkish giants.last_img read more

  • LETTERKENNY’S RADISSON BLU TURNS GREEN FOR PADDY’S DAY AND 1916 COMMEMORATIONS

    first_imgThe Radisson Blu, LetterkennyThe family owned Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny will be carrying out a green initiative for the month of March to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day & to commemorate the 1916 rising.For the occasion the hotel will be transformed from Radisson ‘Blu’ to ‘Green’!The lighting in the hotel from the reception area to outdoors will change to the traditional colour to celebrate the upcoming events. St Patrick’s Day in the Port Bar & Grill will be full of entertainment for everyone with live traditional music.The hotel will be serving a St Patrick’s Day themed cocktail, pints of the black stuff, and a special menu (including a tricolour cheesecake!) all of St Patrick’s week, from Monday the 14th – Sunday the 20th.LETTERKENNY’S RADISSON BLU TURNS GREEN FOR PADDY’S DAY AND 1916 COMMEMORATIONS was last modified: March 15th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyRadisson Blulast_img read more

  • Duo could be set for Leeds move – report

    first_imgNeil Warnock could take Jermaine Beckford back to Leeds and is keen to sign Jerome Thomas on a permanent basis, according to The Sun.United boss Warnock has told new Leeds owners GFH Capital what he requires during next month’s transfer window.The Wembley-born Thomas has been on loan at the Championship club from West Brom and Warnock has made it clear he would like to keep him.And it is claimed that former Wealdstone striker Beckford may return to Elland Road, where he scored more than 70 league goals during a five-year spell.Beckford, from Ealing, is currently on loan at Huddersfield from Leicester but could be available in January.Meanwhile, QPR boss Harry Redknapp is considering signing Titus Bramble from Sunderland, according to the Daily Telegraph.It is claimed that Redknapp is interested in the defender, who is said to be keen to leave the Stadium of Light after falling out of manager Martin O’Neill’s plans.The 31 year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the season, would apparently prefer a move to London to be nearer his family.The Sun have an interview with Julio Cesar in which the keeper insists he can still enjoy success at QPR despite their dismal first half of the season.“There is so much to look forward to with the new training ground and stadium and we want to get QPR respected internationally,” he said.“If you talk about Chelsea 10 years ago or Manchester City five years ago, nobody round the world knew these clubs.“If I ask you to bet five years ago that Manchester City would win the Premier League would you have done that?“They showed how clubs can change and I still believe in the project at QPR.”This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • Indians to enjoy full benefits of MIB

    first_imgGood governance will ensure all sections of the Indian community in Malaysia enjoy the benefits of policies in the Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB), said Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.The Health Minister, who is also the chairman of the Cabinet committee on Indian community (CCIC), said every ringgit alloca­ted to help the Indians would be enjoyed by the rightful recipients. Read it at The Star Related Itemslast_img

  • Prakash Ambedkar should look beyond personal political gain: Raju Shetti

    first_imgAttributing his defeat in the Hatkanangale Lok Sabha constituency to Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), Swabhimani Paksha chief Raju Shetti on Monday said that vital issues affecting farmers and their future were all swept aside in this year’s general elections.He said Mr. Ambedkar, whose front severely undercut the chances of NCP-Congress and their allies, should look “beyond personal political gain” in the Assembly elections due later this year.“I concur with Mr. Ambedkar’s sentiments on the need to fight Mr. Modi and the ruling BJP to save the Constitution. But if that indeed was his intent, then why is it that his vote-splitting tactics have ended up benefiting the BJP-Sena in Maharashtra?” Mr. Shetti aked. A two-time MP from Hatkanangale in Kolhapur, Mr. Shetti, who secured 4.87 lakhs votes, lost to the Shiv Sena’s Dhairyasheel Mane by a margin of 96,000 votes in what turned out to be one of the biggest upsets in the State and in the ‘sugar heartland’ of western Maharashtra.The key factor here proved to be the presence of the VBA candidate Sayyad Aslam who secured 1.23 lakh votes, thus depriving Mr. Shetti of the crucial support of the backward castes.Mr. Shetti, who severed ties with the BJP-led NDA in 2017, told The Hindu that the VBA’s candidates, by cannibalizing the Congress-NCP’s traditional vote bases had indirectly helped the BJP-Sena to win on at least eight or nine crucial Lok Sabha seats including Hatkanangale.Gopichand Padalkar of VBA also played spoilsport to Swabhimani Paksha’s Vishal Patil in Sangli. Mr. Shetti’s loss is being viewed by his supporters and well-wishers as being detrimental to the interests of the farmers as they have now lost an ‘authentic’ leader who could take up their cause in Parliament.“A number of factors contributed to my defeat, not least the entry of the VBA which only queered my pitch and benefited the BJP. The other factor was that while the farmers in this region voted for me, their children veered towards Mr. Modi, chiefly owing to the aura of hyper-patriotism, post the Balakot airstrikes,” said Mr. Shetti.He however stressed that while he had lost an election, he was far from defeated and would continue to fight for farmers and address their problems.His immediate objective, he said, was to help the farmers and their families in the drought-afflicted hinterland.“I am going to visit every fodder camp and take stock of the situation. This government [BJP-Sena govt.] was not sensitive about farmers’ issues in the past and will be even more apathetic in the coming term, now that they have secured absolute majority. The reports of a deficient rainfall this time means that farmers’ problems will only multiply and they will have a hard time securing a fair price for their produce,” Mr. Shetti said.Some observers feel that Mr. Shetti’s alliance with Sharad Pawar’s NCP and the Congress cost him Hatkanangale as he was, until recently, the avowed nemesis of Mr. Pawar and the ‘sugar lobby’ in western Maharashtra headed by NCP and Congress politicians.But Swabhimani Paksha leaders and workers say Mr. Shetti was defeated because the contest in Hatkanangale was fought on caste factors.“The BJP and RSS indulged in vicious campaigning, particularly on social media. Right from spreading canards that Mr. Shetti was partial towards the Jain community in the Sangli-Kolhapur belt to projecting him as an ‘arrogant’ and ‘privileged’ leader, they completely diverted issues plaguing farmers,” said Swabhimani Paksha leader Anil Pawar.Mr. Pawar further said despite the Paksha having a stronger ground-level organisation owing to Mr. Shetti’s origins as a grassroot leader, the BJP shrewdly manoeuvred the campaign with their ‘negative’ propaganda of Mr. Shetti via social media. “In the end, Hatkanangale witnessed something unprecedented in the past 15 years in that it was fought entirely on caste lines and not on farmers’ issues,” said Mr. Shetti.He further said that Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) should be accommodated into the Congress-NCP coalition and that he would be meeting MNS chief on Tuesday to discuss preparations for the Assembly elections.last_img read more

  • Centre will consider our plea on temple issue: SAD

    first_imgShiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday claimed that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had assured the party that the Centre would sympathetically consider its appeal to reconstruct the Guru Ravidas temple at its original location in Delhi’s Tughlakhabad.Demolished by DDA The temple was demolished by the Delhi Development Authority on 10 August on the orders of the Supreme Court.Mr. Badal, who along with Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, met Mr. Shah, said that the Home Minister had assured the Akali Dal that he would look into the matter and that the Centre would take action keeping in mind the sentiments of the Ravidasia community.“This includes taking up the case with the Supreme Court also,” he said in a statement.Mr. Badal said as per historical record, the land for the temple was granted to the community by Sultan Sikander Lodhi. He said it seemed the temple managing committee could not represent itself adequately in the court due to which it lost the case.Meanwhile, Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar approached the Supreme Court seeking to rebuild the Sant Ravidas temple in Tughlakhabad.Right to WorshipThe petition, which was filed by Ashok Tanwar and former Haryana Minister Pradeep Jain Aditya, has sought enforcement of the Right to Worship, which petitioners submitted had been denied to them due to the demolishing of the Ravidas temple.The petition said: “The land at the site is of utmost historical and religious importance to all followers of Guru Ravidas as the Guru himself had lived at the site.”last_img read more