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Raksha Khadse, youngest Lok Sabha MP from Maharashtra

By Vijay Satokar
Jul 28, 2016
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 One of the complaints of Marathi population in the national capital against MPs from Maharashtra is that they rarely interact or are in touch with Delhi’s Maharashtrian population- estimated anywhere around ten lakhs. Organisations like the Brihan Maharashtra Mandal that have long history in the city hold programmes but are disappointed that the MPs generally do not turn up.


Another problem with the Marathi MPs that they do not grow beyond Maharashtra when it comes to interacting with the media. Very few ministers- Nitin Gadkari and Prakash Javdekar are friendly with the national media. Not others.


It was, therefore, heartening to see aamchidilli receiving an e-mail from New Delhi’s newest Hindi newspaper New Observer Post carrying an interview with Raksha Khadse, Lok Sabha MP from Maharashtra. The Observer interviewed Raksha- the youngest member of parliament- on various issues: links to the interview-





That brings us to see how active even in Parliament MPs from Maharashtra are. The Maharashtra Information Centre (MIC) keeps the Maharashtra media in the capital informed on the issues raised by parliamentarians. Some of the MPs make use of this facility. They also visit the MIC and get acquainted with the officials. Among those about whom the MIC sent information to the media in the recent months were Ahmednagar MP Dilip Gandhi, Sangli MP Sanjay Kaka Patil, Parbhani MP Sanjay Jadhav. The MIC also sent press releases on issues raised by MP Nana Patil of Jalgaon and Nana Patole of Bhandara.


Ministers from Maharashtra in the Union Council of Ministers usually keep in touch with the Marathi media in Delhi but are rarely to be seen socially mingling with the Marathi population in the capital.

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