BJP MP’s PSO kills self on first day of posting

ON THE first day of his posting, the Personal Security Officer of a BJP MP allegedly shot himself with his service pistol on Thursday, police said. Head Constable Unish Kumar (46), a resident of Narela, was posted with the Delhi Police’s security unit and had joined as the PSO of BJP MP Braj Bhushan Sharan Singh on Thursday morning. He has been serving with the Delhi Police since 1993. Kumar, was posted in the security unit’s Visiting VVIP Protectee Cell...

Mah portfolios: Sena gets Home, NCP Finance, Congress Revenue

PORTFOLIOS in the Mahavikas Aghadi Government in Maharashtra were allotted on Thursday, two weeks after Uddhav Thackeray was sworn-in as Chief Minister, with his party, Shiv Sena, getting the important Home Ministry. Thackeray, alongwith six ministers -- two each from Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress -- took oath of office on November 28...

62 pc voting in third phase of J’khand polls

JHARKHAND recorded around 62 per cent voting for 17 seats which went to the polls in the third phase of Assembly elections on Thursday. According to Election Commission data, the State recorded 61.93 per cent polling in the third phase. The highest polling was recorded in Silli at 76.98 per cent, while the lowest was in Ranchi at 49.1 per cent. The voting began at 7 am and ended at 3 pm on 12 seats and on five seats -- Ranchi, Hatia, Kanke, Ramgarh and Barkatha -- polling ended at 5 pm...

BJP wins 12 of 15 seats in by-polls, Yediyurappa Govt retains majority

THE ruling BJP swept the by-elections winning 12 of the total 15 seats, helping the four-month-old B S Yediyurappa Government to retain majority in the Assembly. Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah and State Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao quit their posts after the party posted a poor show, winning only two seats, as against the 12 it had held of the 15 which went to the by-polls on December 5. Both tendered their resignations to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, “citing unsatisfactory ..

BJP accuses Chidambaram of violating bail condition

THE BJP on Thursday accused Congress leader P Chidambaram of violating bail conditions by claiming to have a very clear record as a Minister, saying the case against him is essentially about corruption he was allegedly involved in as the Finance Minister. Union Minister Prakash Javdekar told reporters that the claim of Chidambaram, who was released on bail on Wednesday after spending 106 days in jail, amounted to “self- certification”...

Will come back, says Fadnavis after Thackeray’s jibe in Assembly

THE Maharashtra Assembly on Sunday witnessed verbal swordplay between Chief Minister Thackeray and his predecessor Devendra Fadnavis as the former taunted that he was in the House though he never said “Me punha yein” (I will come back), an election slogan of the BJP leader who retorted that he will return as CM and they only have to wait for some time. “I will not hesitate to admit that we have been good friends for a long time. Had you listened to us, I would have been sitting at home watching today’s ..

Mah Assembly session started without ‘Vande Mataram’: Fadnavis

FORMER Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday attended the special assembly session of the state and pointed out that it violated the rules of the House as it began without ‘Vande Mataram’...

NCP to get Dy CM post, Speaker to be from Cong: Ajit Pawar

MUMBAINATIONALIST Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar said on Friday that as per the agreement between constituents of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi, his party is supposed to get the post of Deputy Chief Minister, while the Speaker would be from the Congress.   Pawar’s statement followed reports that the Congress is now demanding Deputy Chief Minister’s post, and is ready to give up the Speaker’s post to the NCP. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was sworn-in as Maharashtr..

Uddhav formally takes charge as Mah CM

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray formally took charge of his office here on Friday afternoon.He took charge shortly after 2 pm, entering the sixth floor office of the Chief Minister, outside which a plate bearing the name ‘Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray’ was put up.  When he reached Mantralaya, he paid floral tributes to the portrait of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the building.On way to Mantralaya from the Thackeray family residence Matoshree in suburban Bandra, he ..

Hallmarks of Cong-NCP-Sena MLAs make it to Mah Cabinet

LONG stints in electoral politics and past experience in handling key Government departments are the hallmarks of Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena legislators who took oath as ministers along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at the Shivaji Park here on Thursday evening. CHHAGAN BHUJBAL: Bhujbal (72) is a veteran figure in Maharashtra politics, who has the rare distinction of being associated with all the three major non-BJP parties in the State. A senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, ..

6 ex-Mah CMs attend Uddhav’s swearing-in

SHIV Sena President Uddhav Thackeray’s swearing-in ceremony as Maharashtra Chief Minister saw six of his predecessors from the State gracing the event held at the Shivaji Park here on Thursday evening. NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi, Congress leaders Sushilkumar Shinde, Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan and BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis are the six former CMs who headed the State at different times and were present at the mega event...

Uddhav Thackeray is Mah’s 18th CM

As a finale to a chain of dramatic political events in the past one month, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray took oath of office and secrecy as Chief Minister of Maharashtra, swearing by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, his parents and Constitution. After he completed the oath administered by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, the newly sworn-in Chief Minister knelt before the countless thousands of people at the historic Shivteerth (Shivaji Park), which the people welcomed with thunderous ..

TMC bags all 3 seats in WB by-polls

IN A major boost for the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, the party on Thursday bagged all the three Assembly seats where by-polls were held on November 25 by trouncing the BJP. The TMC won the Kaliaganj, Kharagpur Sadar and Karimpur by-polls. The BJP emerged in the second position in all the three seats. Tapan Deb Sinha of TMC won the Kaliaganj seat in a close contest, defeating his nearest BJP rival Kamal Chandra Sarkar by 2,418 votes, EC officials said. Kaliaganj is an Assembly segment ..

Pawar is real driving force behind new Govt

WHEN Sharad Pawar addressed a rain-soaked rally in Maharashtra’s Satara during campaigning for the October 21 Assembly polls, few thought that the 79-year-old would be the driving force behind the new Government. With the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress all set to assume power in Maharashtra, the patriarch of this unlikely anti-BJP combine is the one left smiling, having outwitted stalwarts from the BJP camp. Having brought his party out of a virtual existential crisis ahead of the Assembly polls, Pawar’s ..

Devendra Fadnavis: The CM with shortest tenure in Mah history

ONCE being the only second Chief Minister in Maharashtra to complete the full five-year term, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis now holds the dubious distinction of being the CM with the shortest tenure of four days in the last 59 years, a downhill journey which underlines transient nature of politics. On Tuesday afternoon, Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis, 49, resigned from his post, only three days after he made a dramatic comeback as the Chief Minister for a second term with the support of NCP leader ..

SC orders Mah floor-test in 24 hours

THE Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered floor-test for Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday to prove his majority in House saying there is a “possibility of horse trading” in case of delay. As a month has elapsed after the declaration of results of the Assembly elections it is ‘incumbent upon the court to protect the democratic values’ for which ‘immediate floor test’ is the “most effective mechanism” to curtail unlawful practices such as horse trading as well as to avoid uncertainty ..

Fadnavis quits without floor-test

MAHARASHTRA’S political drama took another turn when Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tendered his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari within hours of the Supreme Court verdict that he would have to prove his majority on the floor of the Legislative Assembly within 24 hours...

Vidarbha will claim ‘farmers suicide free’ identity: Gadkari

“I didn’t just make claims but also work for its implementation,” said Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and MSME Nitin Gadkari. He was speaking at the concluding session of Agrovision. Agrovision National Agriculture exhibition concluded on Monday on a positive note. The event concluded in presence of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Minister of Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar, former Energy Minister of Maharashtra, Chandrashek..

Sena-NCP-Cong’s letter of majority ‘bogus’, says BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashish Shelar on Monday dubbed as “bogus” the letter submitted by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine to the Maharashtra Governor to claim that they have the numbers to form Government in the State. “It is a bogus letter as technically Ajit Pawar is still the leader of the NCP’s legislature wing and he has extended support to the BJP,” Shelar told reporters here. “The NCP has still not suspended Ajit Pawar from his post as leader of the party’s legislature wing ..

‘Probe in 9 irrigation cases closed, none linked to Ajit’

AMID the high-voltage political drama in Maharashtra, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday said it has closed probe in nine cases of alleged corruption in irrigation projects in the State, but clarified none of them was linked to deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar. The ACB’s clarification came after Opposition Congress claimed Ajit Pawar was “exonerated” in lieu of his support to the BJP in forming a Government two days ago. As a Minister in the erstwhile Congress-NCP Government, Ajit Pawar had ..

Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress parade 162 MLAs in show of strength

IN AN unprecedented action in Indian politics, the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress combine on Monday organised a public parade of their 162 supporting MLAs in a bid to disprove the claims of 170 legislators made by the Bharatiya Janata Party and its ally Ajit Pawar. The dramatic parade, at a hotel here, came barely 12 hours before the scheduled hearing in the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning on the parties’ challenge to the new Government sworn-in early Saturday morning with Devendra ..

Baramati locals hopeful of Sharad Pawar NCP resolving crisis

AMID the political drama in Maharashtra with NCP’s Ajit Pawar supporting the BJP to form Government, the people of Baramati, which is the bastion of Pawars, are hopeful that NCP chief Sharad Pawar will be able to resolve the current crisis in his party. Ajit Pawar, the NCP chief’s nephew who won from Pune’s Baramati seat in the last month’s State polls with a huge victory margin of 1.65 lakh votes, on Sunday joined hands with the BJP in a coup and took oath as deputy of Maharashtra Chief Minister ..

Sena-NCP-Cong combine has support of 165 MLAs: Raut

SHIV Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday claimed the Sena-NCP-Congress combine has the support of 165 MLAs to prove majority in the Maharashtra Assembly, and said the BJP’s “gamble” of breaking Ajit Pawar from the NCP will backfire. Addressing reporters here, Raut alleged that Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari allowed the new Government (headed by BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis) to be formed on the basis of “bogus” documents shown by Ajit Pawar. He also said the deadline of November 30 given to the Government ..

Amid push for floor test, Fadnavis meets BJP MLAs

AMID the push of NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress for a floor test, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday met BJP’s newly-elected MLAs here. Speaking to ANI, BJP legislator Ram Kadam said the party has no dearth of MLAs. “We have required numbers of MLAs,” he said. The BJP leader said the meeting was called in view of the floor test...

Ajit Pawar assures Modi of stable Govt in Mah

MAHARASHTRA Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Sunday assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he would work hard for people of the State. NCP sources said this was an indication that the nephew of party chief Sharad Pawar had spurned all efforts to persuade him to rescind his shocking move to back the BJP. Ajit Pawar also changed his Twitter bio to ‘Deputy Chief Minister, Maharashtra’ and ‘Nationalist Congress Party Leader’. Responding to Modi’s congratulatory message after his sudden swearing ..

Sena, NCP, Congress hold ‘cross-meetings’ of MLAs

IN AN unprecedented confidence building measure, the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress are conducting ‘cross-meetings’ with the legislators of their parties in the proposed ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’ here on Sunday, party sources said. For starters, NCP President Sharad Pawar met his party legislators at Hotel Renaissance along with Nawab Malik, and were later joined by Shiv Sena senior leaders like Subhash Desai and Eknath Shinde. Later, Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and party MP ..

Amit Shah: The undisputed ‘Chanakya’ of Indian politics

AS Saturday morning brought surprise and amazement to many with a 180-degree-turnaround in the Maharashtra politics, it once again reinforced the fact that Amit Anilchandra Shah is the undisputed ‘Chanakya’, when it comes to Indian politics. What happened between 9 p.m. on Friday, when Sharad Pawar announced that consensus on Uddhav Thackeray’s name as Chief Minister was reached and 7.50 a.m. on Saturday, when Governor B S Koshiyari began swearing in a BJP-led Government -- it all had the stamp of ..

Ajit’s act ‘indiscipline’, says Pawar

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP0 President Sharad Pawar on Saturday said the decision of his nephew Ajit Pawar to join hands with the BJP to form a Government in Maharashtra was an act of indiscipline and attracts provisions of anti-defection law. Pawar was addressing a joint press conference with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray here. “Ajit Pawar’s decision is an act of indiscipline. No NCP worker is in favour of the NCP-BJP Government. NCP MLAs who support the BJP should know this move attracts ..

Devendra Fadnavis is back as Chief Minister

IN A stunning turn of events in Maharashtra, BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday returned as Chief Minister propped up by NCP’s Ajit Pawar, who was made his deputy, just hours after the new alliance of Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress reached a consensus that Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will be their Chief Ministerial candidate. Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar were sworn in by Koshyari at 8 am at a hush hush ceremony here after dramatic midnight developments, leading to the lifting of the President’s Rule ..

NCP sacks Ajit Pawar as legislature unit leader, says he can’t issue whip

THE NCP on Saturday evening removed Ajit Pawar as the party’s legislature unit leader after he joined hands with the BJP and took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Ajit Pawar’s actions defied the party’s policies, said a resolution passed at the legislature wing’s meeting here, attended by party supremo Sharad Pawar. State NCP chief Jayant Patil will have all the constitutional rights till the next legislature party leader is elected, it said...

Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine file plea in SC

THE Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine on Saturday night filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the Maharashtra Governor’s decision to swear-in BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister and demanded an immediate floor test to avoid “further horse trading”...

Final decision in a day or two: Sanjay Raut

A NEW Government in Maharashtra should be in place before December and a final decision on it will be taken in a day or two, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Thursday, amid parleys between his party and the Congress-NCP combine. Raut said he will meet NCP president Sharad Pawar on Thursday. To further discuss the modalities of Government formation, another round of meeting among the three parties will be held in Mumbai, he said...

Cong-NCP prepare contours of forging alliance with Shiv Sena

THE contours of a non-BJP Government in Maharashtra emerged on Thursday, with the Congress and the NCP reaching “complete unanimity” on the exercise and announcing that they will hold talks with the Shiv Sena to finalise the “architecture” of the alliance. Inching closer to form a Government along with the Shiv Sena, the Congress and NCP will hold talks with pre-poll allies Peasants Workers Party, Samajwadi Party, Swabhimani Paksh and CPI(M) in Mumbai on Friday before parleys with the Sena, a Congress ..

Amid logjam on Govt formation, Pawar invites PM for sugar meet

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate an international conference being organised by the Pune-based Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) in January-end. Pawar, who heads the VSI, has invited Modi even as the NCP and the Congress are discussing modalities of forming Government in Maharashtra with the Shiv Sena in their bid to keep the BJP away from power in the State. The former Union Agriculture Minister has written a letter to the Prime Minister inviting him for ..

Will provide Mah a stable Govt, says Chavan after Cong-NCP meeting

THE Congress-NCP alliance on Wednesday gave its most categorical indication about joining hands with arch rival Shiv Sena, with former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan expressing confidence of forming a “stable” Government soon in the State after a marathon meeting of senior leaders of the two parties here. While the Congress leader hoped that political uncertainty will soon end in Maharashtra, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik was unambiguous about the need to join hands with the Sena, asserting that ..

Speculations rife as Pawar meets PM amid hectic parleys over Mah Govt formation

AS SPECULATION spirals over Government formation in Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament over farmers’ distress in Maharashtra, even as the Congress and NCP stepped up momentum on forming the Government in the coastal State. Pawar said that in a memorandum that he brought the “alarming situation” to the Prime Minister’s notice and demanded a “complete and unconditional” farm loan waiver in the wake of the recent ..

Akali leader shot dead in Gurdaspur, legs chopped off

A LOCAL Shiromani Akali Dal leader was allegedly shot dead and then his legs were chopped off following an altercation with his neighbour in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district, police said on Tuesday. Batala Senior Superintendent of Police Opinderjit Singh Ghuman ruled out any political motive behind the killing of Dalbir Singh Dhilwan, 51, who was the Vice President of the Gurdaspur unit of the SAD and also a two-time village head...

NCP-Cong meet postponed, to be held today

THE national capital continued to be the centre of activities about Government formation in Maharashtra on Tuesday, but with no clear-cut arrangement emerging, it looks unlikely that a new regime will be in place in the western Indian State anytime soon. Results of the October 21 Assembly polls were declared on October 24 and President’s rule was imposed in the State on November 12 after no party or combine staked claim to form the new Government...

UP Cong MLA Aditi to wed Punjab Cong MLA Angad RAE

CONGRESS MLA from Rae Bareli, Aditi Singh, will be marrying Angad Singh Saini, a fellow Congress legislator from Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar in Punjab. The wedding ceremony is slated to take place on November 21 at a resort in New Delhi. The invitation cards are being distributed to a select guest list. The groom’s family will also hold a reception on November 23. According to sources, the wedding celebrations will be toned down due to the death of Aditi’s father Akhilesh Singh, who passed away on ..

Issue of Govt formation in Mah not discussed: Pawar after meeting Sonia

NO EARLY resolution of the 26-day-old impasse on Government formation in Maharashtra appeared in sight on Monday, even as NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the issue did not figure in his meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi earlier in the day. Pawar also denied having finalised any Common Minimum Programme (CMP) with Congress and Shiv Sena and said that they will monitor the situation in the State which is currently under President’s rule...

All eyes on final meet of Pawar, Sonia Gandhi

THE deliberation on Maharashtra Government formation is on last leg with the Congress, the NCP and the Shiv Sena arriving on consensus on the Common Minimum Program (CMP) but all eyes are on the final meet of Sharad Pawar with Sonia Gandhi. Sources say that Pawar is likely to be accompanied by Uddhav Thackeray to meet Sonia. The meeting is likely to happen on Tuesday or Wednesday as the CMP gets finalised among the three parties. Sharad Pawar is scheduled to meet Congress emissaries named by Sonia ..

BJP holds protest seeking Rahul’s apology on Rafale allegation

ARMED with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Rafale issue, BJP activists on Saturday staged a protest here seeking an apology from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Gandhi had been critical of the Modi Government over the deal to purchase 36 fighter jets from France’s Dassault Aviation. The protest was held as part of the BJP plan to hold nationwide demonstrations on the issue. On the occasion, Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said Gandhi’s allegations had brought ignominy to the country..

Sena-BJP back-channel talks underway

PUTTING to rest the speculations about BJP-Shiv Sena coalition in Maharashtra, BJP sources on Saturday said that back-channel talks between the two parties are underway in a bid to arrive at a conclusion on the formation of the Government. According to the sources, back-channel talks are underway between the leaders of two parties and discussions are at the concluding stage. “The talks are on the positive side and will be over in the next couple of days...

16 disqualified Cong-JDS MLAs join BJP, 13 get by-poll tickets

BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday fielded 13 disqualified Congress-JD(S) legislators as its candidates for the December 5 Assembly by-elections in Karnataka hours after the rebels joined the ruling party in the State. The party aiming to win a majority of the 15 seats that will go for the by-polls announced a list of 14 candidates with the nominee for Ranebennur constituency yet to be named. A day after the Supreme Court paved the way for them to contest the by-polls, as many as 16 disqualified ..

‘Victory of truth’, Rahul should apologise: BJP

THE BJP on Thursday hailed the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Rafale case as a “victory of truth” and mounted an all-out attack on Rahul Gandhi over the issue with its President Amit Shah leading the party’s demand for an apology to the nation from the Congress leader. Soon after the court rejected pleas that sought a review of its earlier order which had quashed demand for a probe in the fighter aircraft deal, top BJP leaders targeted Gandhi, as Shah asserted that the decision is a befitting reply ..

SC upholds disqualification, allows 17 K’taka MLAs to fight by-polls

THE Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the disqualification of the 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs in Karnataka whose rebellion led to the fall of the Kumaraswamy Government and the return of the BJP to power in July but gave some relief by allowing them to contest the upcoming by-polls to 15 Assembly seats. As the court struck down the portion of the order of the then Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar by which the legislators were disqualified till the end of the current term of the State Assembly in 2023, all eyes ..

Cong-NCP meet cancelled(!): Ajit Pawar; spokesperson disagrees

A SCHEDULED joint committee meeting of Congress and NCP leaders to work out details of Common Minimum Programme (CMP) for formation of Government in Maharashtra with support of the Shiv Sena was cancelled, a visibly upset Ajit Pawar said on Wednesday night, triggering speculations. Ajit, nephew of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, told reporters present outside the Pawar senior’s residence here that he was heading towards Baramati, his Assembly constituency, in Pune district...

Talks progressing in right direction: Uddhav

SHIV Sena President Uddhav Thackeray met Maharashtra Congress leaders here on Wednesday and said that talks over Government formation in the State were progressing in the “right direction” and a decision will be taken at an appropriate time. Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat, however, dubbed the meet with Thackeray as a “courtesy call”, and said the fact that they were meeting was itself a “positive” step. Thackeray held talks with Thorat, former state Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and senior ..

Sena didn’t object when we said Fadnavis will be CM if alliance wins: Shah

BJP President and Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday slammed the Opposition parties, saying their effort to raise a ruckus over the imposition of President’s Rule in Maharashtra was ‘a meaningless exercise to gain public sympathy’ and anyone can still approach the Governor if they have a majority to form the Government. Speaking to Smita Prakash, Editor, Asian News International in an exclusive interview, Shah also rejected the accusations that the BJP has betrayed the Shiv Sena...

Sena moves SC against Governor’s decision, declined urgent hearing

THE Shiv Sena on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Maharashtra Governor’s decision of not granting it three days to submit the letter of support for Government formation in the State but failed to get an urgent hearing in the matter. The petition is likely to come up before the apex court on Wednesday morning. The lawyer representing the Shiv Sena told PTI that the apex court registry has informed that it is “not possible to constitute a bench today”...

Clarity on all issues must before supporting Sena: Congress, NCP

THE Congress and NCP said on Tuesday evening that they had yet not taken any decision about supporting the Shiv Sena to form Government in Maharashtra but will hold further discussions. At a joint press conference with Congress leaders, NCP President Sharad Pawar said the two parties will discuss and evolve a consensus on what should be the policies and programmes if the Shiv Sena was to be supported...

Sena out in numbers mess up, NCP invited now

Maharashtra’s political scenario got the messiest Monday evening as Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari refused to give Shiv Sena any extension of time beyond 7.30 pm as the belligerent party failed to notch up numbers when Congress and Nationalist Congress Party refused to give formal letters of support to its bid to form the Government. As the next option, the Governor, then, offered the third largest party in Maharashtra Legislature -- the Nationalist Congress Party -- to convey its willingness to form ..

Temple trust must ensure unity among people: Dr Joshi

WELCOMING the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said the trust that will be responsible for the construction of a Ram temple would have to be considerate about keeping people united...

SC’s order is salute to sacrifice of lakhs of workers: Togadia

FORMER VHP president Praveen Togadia on Saturday welcomed the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, saying the apex court’s order giving Ram Lala’s birth land for Ram Temple is a salute to the sacrifice of lakhs of workers. The Supreme Court on Saturday cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque...

Shiv Sena MLAs authorise Uddhav to take ‘final decision’

THE Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday authorised party chief Uddhav Thackeray to take a “final decision” on Government formation in Maharashtra. Meanwhile, Thackeray said, he did not intend to end the alliance with the BJP but only wanted implementation of what was agreed upon before the polls. He said, BJP should approach him only if it is ready to give Sena CM’s post. Thackeray chaired a meeting of all party MLAs at his residence ‘Matoshree’ in suburban Bandra, where the legislators also reiterated that ..

Don’t link RSS chief to Govt formation: Gadkari

UNION Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat should not be linked to the Government formation moves in Maharashtra. He also said that a decision will soon be taken on Government formation in the State, and since the BJP won more number of seats than the Sena, the Chief Minister will be from his party. Speaking to reporters here, the Lok Sabha member from Nagpur also ruled out his return to his home State to assume the top job...

BJP discusses ‘legal aspects’ of delay in Govt formation with Governor

SENIOR leaders of Maharashtra BJP on Thursday met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to discuss “legal aspects” of the delay in formation of a Government in the State after the October 21 elections. Those who met Koshyari included Minister and State BJP chief Chandrakant Patil and Ministers Sudhir Mungantiwar and Girish Mahajan...

Ahmed Patel, Gadkari meet raises eyebrows

SENIOR Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Wednesday met BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, triggering speculation in view of the stalemate in Government formation in Maharashtra. However, Patel, Congress Treasurer, insisted that politics was not discussed at all during his meeting with Gadkari, who hails from Maharashtra. He said that he went to meet Gadkari on the issue of farmers. He also released a letter written to Gadkari regarding MSME sector of Gujarat, raising concern about the increasing ..

Sena Ministers attend Mah Cabinet meet

SHIV Sena Ministers on Wednesday attended a Cabinet meeting over the agrarian crisis in the State, chaired by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here at Sahyadri State Guest House. Six Shiv Sena ministers including Eknath Shinde and Ramdas Kadam were present. Fadnavis had visited areas affected by unseasonal rain to take a stock of the situation. Rains have caused havoc in several parts of Maharashtra, laying waste to standing Kharif crop on around 70 lakh hectares. The meeting, attended ..

Next CM will be from Shiv Sena: Sanjay Raut

AMID the deadlock over Government formation in Maharashtra, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday reiterated that the State’s next Chief Minister will be from his party. He said the politics of Maharashtra was changing and his party would win in its fight for justice. “The decision on Maharashtra will be taken in Maharashtra, the Chief Minister will be from the Shiv Sena,” Raut told reporters here. Amid reports of the Shiv Sena making friendly overtures to the NCP, Raut said Sharad Pawar ..

BJP has responsibility to form Govt: Pawar after meeting Sonia

THE responsibility of forming the Government in Maharashtra is with the BJP, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Monday after meeting Congress chief Sonia Gandhi here. Amidst reports that Uddhav Thackeray’s party was in touch with the NCP, Pawar said that the Shiv Sena has not sought any support from his party to form the Government, but asserted that he can’t say “what will happen” in the future...

Shinde Shiv Sena’s new House leader; Aaditya proposes name

THE newly-elected Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday elected Eknath Shinde as the leader of the party’s legislative wing. Sunil Prabhu was elected as the chief whip of the party in the Maharashtra legislature. Shinde, MLA from neighbouring Thane, was the leader of house in the previous term as well, besides being a Cabinet Minister in the BJP-Sena government. First-time MLA and Thackeray family scion Aaditya tabled the motion to elect Shinde as the leader of House...

Fadnavis elected leader; Mahayuti to form Govt

DEVENDRA Fadnavis was on Wednesday elected as the leader of BJP legislative party. Amid the ongoing tussle between the BJP and Shiv Sena over power sharing in State, Fadnavis asserted that the alliance partners will form Government soon, after Shiv Sena softened its stand. Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar attended the meeting as the central observer of the party...

Sena not promised CM’s post for 2.5 yrs: Fadnavis

DEVENDRA Fadnavis onTuesday said the Shiv Sena was not promised the CM’s post for two-anda-half years when the alliance was formalised before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Amid the ongoing tussle between the BJP and Shiv Sena over sharing of power in the next State Government, Fadnavis asserted he will be the Chief Minister for next five years. He also expressed displeasure over the Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ frequently targeting the BJP, saying its role was to “derail” the talks...

Haryana Cabinet expansion after Assembly’s spl session

THE Haryana Cabinet will be expanded after the Assembly’s special session from November 4 and a committee comprising leaders of both the BJP and the JJP set up to formulate a common minimum programme for the coalition, Chief Minister M L Khattar said on Tuesday. Khattar, who is in the national capital along with Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, held his first Cabinet meeting at the Haryana Bhawan here...

Khattar to take oath as Haryana CM today

MANOHAR Lal Khattar is all set to head a new Government in Haryana with JJP leader Dushyant Chautala as his deputy after the Governor on Saturday invited him to lead the coalition which also has the support of seven Independents. Khattar, Dushyant and some Ministers will be sworn-in at 2:15 pm at the Haryana Raj Bhavan on Sunday. The day saw fast-paced developments with 65-year-old Khattar unanimously elected leader of the BJP’s legislative party in Haryana..

BJP-led alliance will provide stable Govt, says Fadnavis

WHILE the ally Shiv Sena is demanding equal share in power, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday stressed that the BJP was the single largest party, and said the “BJPled alliance” will provide a stable Government. The process of Government formation will start after Diwali, Fadnavis said, addressing party workers at a Diwali gathering here...

Shiv Sena plays hardball; seeks written promise from BJP over power sharing

THE Shiv Sena on Saturday demanded a written assurance from ally BJP that it will implement the formula for equal sharing of power in Maharashtra, while Opposition Congress said the Uddhav Thackeray-led party should explore “alternative arrangement”. Newly-elected MLAs of the Sena, who met party chief Uddhav Thackeray at his residence here, demanded that his son and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya be made Chief Minister..

Top Congress leaders discuss issues

THE Congress’ top brass on Friday met under the chairmanship of Sonia Gandhi to deliberate on issues related to the interests of India’s farmers, shopkeepers and the industry which the party claimed were being “bartered away and sold openly” by the BJP Government. A 17-member group of leaders, set up by Sonia Gandhi which includes former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi besides other top leaders, met at her 10 Janpath residence to hold discussions on key issues facing the country. The ..

BJP to stake claim to form Govt in Haryana, forges alliance with JJP

THE Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to form a new Government in Haryana after clinching an alliance with the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), which won 10 seats in the 90-member Assembly, by giving it the post of Deputy Chief Minister. BJP President Amit Shah announced at a press conference, held with JJP leader Dushyant Chautala, that the Chief Minister will be from his party and the Deputy Chief Minister from the regional party. Incumbent Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is likely to be elected ..