Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday said that November 23 was a “black Saturday” and maintained that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (the Sena, the Congress, the NCP) still had a majority with 165 legislators. Speaking to the media on Sunday morning, Mr. Raut said, “[NCP chief] Sharad Pawar is a national leader, if the BJP is trying to break his party, this will boomerang on the BJP. Even before the Assembly election, there was an attempt to break the NCP when the BJP poached people from the NCP. Poaching Ajit Pawar was their last move which has boomeranged. They were expecting around 25 MLAs to support Ajit Pawar. I hope the BJP has come out of that delusion now. Nearly all the NCP MLAs have returned, barely five MLAs may have stayed, and in return of five MLAs, the BJP has given Ajit Pawar Deputy CM position? They were supposed to be good at business but now are struggling,” said Mr. Raut. He went on to say that the three parties together still had the numbers. “All Congress-NCP, Sena MLAs are with their respective parties. We now have a majority of 165 MLAs, I had said 170 in the past but now five are missing, some of them will return too. They have been kept somewhere,” said Mr. Raut and added that 49 NCP MLAs were still with Mr. Sharad Pawar. He equate Saturday’s developments “to be worse than Indira Gandhi’s Emergency”. “This is low-level politics. The CM of Maharashtra was sworn in and Maharashtra did not know. This is a black day for the country. The BJP has done black-marketing of the Raj Bhavan. Indira Gandhi’s Emergency should not be called black day any more because this act is even worse. If you [BJP] had majority, why did you do swearing-in secretly? Also, if you [BJP] have majority, why wait till November 30? The Governor has used one rule for us and another for the BJP. Narendra Modi’s image has been shattered by his own party. Our MahaVikas Aghadhi will prove majority in Assembly. Even if we are invited by the Governor right now, we can prove majority,” said Mr. Raut. He also criticised Mr. Ajit Pawar saying, “It is not true that Sharad Pawar knew about this. Ajit Pawar took a fake document to the Governor which he accepted and gave him the oath. BJP thought Ajit Pawar will bring 40-50 MLAs, he betrayed his party and BJP betrayed him. This is the worst act of Ajit Pawar’s life by betraying Sharad Pawar.”
RED DEER, Alta. – The trial of a central Alberta man accused of killing his family heard evidence Thursday that was gathered during an elaborate RCMP undercover operation where Mounties posed as members of a crime organization.Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank are each charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Gordon, Sandra and Monica Klaus four years ago.The RCMP “Mr. Big” sting operation was aimed at coaxing Klaus into admitting he was responsible for their deaths.In the end, he insisted it was Joshua Frank who shot his family at a farmhouse near Castor on Dec. 8, 2013.Court heard that undercover Mounties spent four months building up trust with Klaus by making him an active part of what he thought was a crime ring.The whole time they drove home one underlying message – if Klaus was honest, the crime organization could make his troubles go away.One officer who testified said that the operation progressed quickly and that Klaus was enthusiastic. During the sting operation Klaus was paid more than $13,000 for the work he did for the crime organization.The Mounties involved in the sting can’t be named under a court-ordered publication ban.Justice Eric Macklin, who is hearing the case without a jury, is to determine if the evidence is admissable.To prevent Klaus from becoming suspicious, RCMP presented a dramatic scenario in which one of the gang members had beaten a prostitute nearly to death.A female Mountie played the role of the prostitute on June 2, 2014. She was put in the trunk of a car, apparenty unconscious.A Mountie testified that later that night Klaus confessed that he helped plan the murder of his family.After saying it was Frank who pulled the trigger of the gun that killed his parents and sister, Klaus said they could pay Frank to disappear.Nine days later, Klaus recanted his confession in a text message to his supposed friend.“Hey man, to be perfectly honest I don’t have a clue what happened at my parents’ house,” the late night message read.“[I’m] not going to put you guys at risk … for some reason the heat is on and I didn’t have any part of this.”However, after more time had passed, Klaus went back to his original story and told it to Mr. Big himself during a meeting in Calgary.Court heard that Mr. Big wasn’t entirely convinced and asked to meet with Frank.That’s when Klaus arranged a meeting in a parking lot.A Mountie testified that after being introduced to the group by Klaus, Frank met privately with one of the undercover officers and confessed to shooting the Klaus family before burning their house to the ground.Frank went further by taking them to where he threw the murder weapon, a pistol, into the Battle River. He also claimed that he still had the lighter used to start the fire along with one of the bullets from the gun.A police dive team from B.C. recovered the gun from the river. Klaus and Frank were arrested on Aug. 15, 2014.The Crown is expected to finish presenting its case Friday.