Faisal Malik

Faisal is with the political team and covers state administration and state politics. He also covers NCP.

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State calls OBC representatives for talks; activist on hunger strike hospitalised

The Maharashtra government has invited representatives from the OBC and Kunbi communities for a discussion on their reservation demands, as the hunger strike by OBC activist Ravindra Tonge enters its 12th day. The OBC and Kunbi communities are demanding that their reservation benefits should not be shared with the Marathas. Tonge's health has deteriorated and he has been admitted to a hospital, but he has declared that he will continue the hunger strike from there. Leaders from the OBC and Kunbi communities have deferred an indefinite hunger strike they had planned after receiving the government's invitation for talks.

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Updated on Sep 23, 2023 01:01 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Civic bodies, planning authorities can now take over pending SRA projects

Maharashtra govt allows civic bodies and planning authorities to take over pending slum rehabilitation projects in Mumbai, bringing relief to tenants.

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Updated on Sep 22, 2023 12:53 AM IST

Ajit Pawar faction files disqualification petition against 10 NCP MLAs

The rebel NCP faction, led by Ajit Pawar, has filed a disqualification petition against 10 MLAs from the Sharad Pawar camp. The dispute in the party is expected to intensify.

Pune, Sep 10 (ANI): Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar holds a roadshow, in Pune on Sunday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 12:52 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Impasse over Dhangar quota: Hunger strike set to continue

Shinde urged the agitators to call off the hunger strike until a final decision was taken. However, community leaders are unwilling to wait. “For how many years should we wait to get our rights? said Balasaheb Dodtale, chief of the Yashwant Sena. “One of our people is in the ICU and another has stopped drinking water but the government is not serious (about their health) and has again sought more time

The indefinite hunger strike by Dhangar activist Suresh Bandgar completed 16 days at Chaundi in Ahmednagar on Thursday. His condition worsened after he stopped drinking water on Wednesday, and he had to be given oxygen on Thursday morning after his pulse dropped significantly. While another hunger striker, Annasaheb Rupnavar, was shifted to the Sassoon Hospital ICU after his health started deteriorating, Bandgar refused to be admitted to hospital (HT PHOTO)
Published on Sep 22, 2023 12:30 AM IST

Dhangar activist stops drinking water as hunger strike over quota enters 15th day

Members of a Dhangar outfit in India have entered the 15th day of their hunger strike, demanding inclusion in the Scheduled Tribes category. The Dhangars are currently receiving a 3.5% reservation under the Nomadic Tribe category. The chief minister has called a meeting with community representatives to address the issue. In a separate protest, the Other Backward Classes community is seeking a written assurance that their reservation benefits will not be shared with the Marathas.

Dhangar activist stops drinking water as hunger strike over quota enters 15th day
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 01:06 AM IST
By, Mumbai

For housing societies, state to reduce premium for converting govt plots to freehold

The state government is considering reducing the premium for converting government land to freehold from 15% to 5% for housing societies going for self-redevelopment. The revenue department is working on a proposal that will be presented to the cabinet for approval. This comes after elected representatives from Mumbai urged the government to lower the premium to 5%. The revenue department is concerned about the potential revenue loss. The government had previously extended a scheme allowing tenants to own government plots by paying 15% of the ready reckoner rates.

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Updated on Sep 21, 2023 01:02 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Worried over sharing quota benefits with Marathas, OBC outfits intensify agitation

Several OBC groups in Maharashtra protest against the politically influential Maratha community's demand for reservation from the OBC's 27% quota.

Thane, India - September,18, 2023: The OBC community protested in front of the Thane Collector office on Monday on behalf of the OBC Jan Morcha for the main demand that reservation should not be given to the Maratha community from the OBC quota and also that a caste-wise census should be conducted in the state ,in Thane, in Mumbai, India, on, Monday, September, 18, 2023. ( Praful Gangurde / HT Photo )
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 12:41 AM IST
By, Mumbai

The power of non-political players on state leaders

On April 17, 14 people died from heatstroke at an event where the Maharashtra Bhushan award was conferred on the spiritual leader Appasaheb Dharmadhikari in Navi Mumbai. Over 20 lakh followers had turned up at the event. A probe was ordered after the incident, which is progressing at a snail’s pace

Navi Mumbai, Apr 16 (ANI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and State Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis felicitates the 'Maharashtra Bhushan Award' to social worker Dattatreya Narayan Dharmadhikari alias Appasaheb Dharmadhikari during a ceremony, in Navi Mumbai on Sunday. (ANI Photo) (Amit Shah Twitter)
Published on Sep 17, 2023 12:09 AM IST

Shinde government announces 45,000-crore package for Marathwada region

Marathwada is a politically significant region, and the government has been on the backfoot here after the hunger strike by Maratha activist Manoj Jarange-Patil

Mumbai: Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar addressing the media (Photo by Bhushan Koyande)
Updated on Sep 17, 2023 01:51 AM IST

Aurangabad formally renamed ‘Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar’, Osmanabad becomes ‘Dharashiv’

With the orders in place, the region, districts, tehsils and villages of Aurangabad and Osmanabad have been renamed ‘Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar’ and ‘Dharashiv’ respectively, states the notification issued by Santosh Gawde, deputy secretary, state revenue department

Aurangabad formally renamed ‘Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar’, Osmanabad becomes ‘Dharashiv’
Published on Sep 16, 2023 11:40 PM IST

Aurangabad formally renamed Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar, Osmanabad as Dharashiv

The decision was first taken by the erstwhile Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government on June 29, 2022, in its last cabinet meeting with Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister. It was reconfirmed by the Eknath Shinde-led government on July 16, 2022

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar unveil renaming plaques (Twitter/@CMOMaharashtra)
Published on Sep 16, 2023 02:41 PM IST

Special cabinet meeting in Aurangabad today

Opposition parties in Maharashtra question the state government's lavish spending on a cabinet meeting amid a drought-like situation in the region.

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Updated on Sep 16, 2023 12:37 AM IST

Manoj Jarange-Patil, new poster boy for Maratha quota agitation

Manoj Jarange-Patil, who started an indefinite hunger strike to revive the Maratha community's demand for reservation, has become the face of the agitation.

Chief minister Eknath Shinde with Manoj Jarange-Patil in Jalna district on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 01:10 AM IST
By, Mumbai

BJP minister’s daughter gets grant from Centre, alleges Congress

The Congress party in Assam has alleged that a company owned by the daughter of a state BJP minister has received a grant from the ruling party's agro-processing scheme. The ministry of food processing industries approved a grant of INR 10 crore ($1.35 million) to the firm, of which INR 3.15 crore has already been released. The BJP minister has defended the grant, stating that his daughter's firm met all the necessary criteria for approval. The opposition has criticized the BJP for taking advantage of schemes meant for farmers.

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Updated on Sep 15, 2023 12:23 AM IST

Pawar, Thackeray start initial talks for LS polls

Pawar is believed to have suggested 16 seats for each of the three parties - Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena (UBT) - in the alliance. The discussion took place in a meeting at Pawar’s residence Silver Oak. Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut and NCP state chief Jayant Patil too were also present for the meeting

Mumbai, India - August 30, 2023: NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole at a press conference, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, August 30, 2023. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 13, 2023 12:42 AM IST

OBC outfits to challenge GR in HC, demand caste census

The Shiv Sena-BJP government's promise to include the Maratha community in the OBC category has angered existing OBC communities, who fear it will affect their benefits. Over 40 outfits gathered in Mumbai to plan protests, demanding a caste-based census and challenging the government's decision. Protests are planned outside district collector's offices and a march to Mantralaya, with further action if the census does not happen.

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Updated on Sep 13, 2023 12:33 AM IST

NCP seeks disqualification of 5 MLCs who have switched sides

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has filed petitions seeking the disqualification of five of its MLCs who have defected to the Ajit Pawar faction. The move comes after similar disqualification petitions were filed against 40 MLAs. The NCP leader Sharad Pawar has stated that the rebel leaders will not be taken back into the party.

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Updated on Sep 12, 2023 12:30 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Ajit’s justification to split NCP: Pressure was to work for people, not to join govt

Before the rally, Ajit put up a show of strength by holding several road shows right from Pune to Kolhapur for the entire day. He started the day by holding a roadshow covering several areas of Pune city. By afternoon he left for Kolhapur and on his way he was felicitated by the supporters at various places

Pune, Sep 10 (ANI): Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar holds a roadshow, in Pune on Sunday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Published on Sep 11, 2023 12:46 AM IST

Quota stir: Marathas and OBCs adamant; Maha CM Shinde calls all-party meet

Protests over Maratha reservation in Maharashtra intensify as opposing groups refuse to compromise, indicating a deadlock in resolving the issue.

NCP leader and MP Supriya Sule interacts with members of Maratha Kranti Morcha on the sixth day of the hunger strike at Azad Maidan on Sunday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/ HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 04:31 AM IST

Quota stir escalates as Marathas, OBCs dig in

Protests over Maratha reservation in Maharashtra continue as both pro and anti-quota groups stand firm. The state government has called for an all-party meeting to address the issue. The demand for Maratha quotas has been ongoing for decades, but previous attempts to grant reservation were overturned by courts. The current crisis began when protesters demanding OBC status for Marathas were lathi-charged by police. The government's recent order for quotas left all sides unhappy. Protests have spread to different cities, and hunger strikes and sit-in protests are planned.

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Updated on Sep 11, 2023 12:25 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Dhangars to revive demand for reservation as tribals

The Dhangar community in Mumbai is demanding inclusion in the Scheduled Tribe category for reservation benefits, leading to protests and clashes.

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Updated on Sep 09, 2023 12:26 AM IST

OBC and Kunbi outfits to start indefinite agitation from September 10

Various outfits belonging to the Maratha and Kunbi communities in Mumbai have joined forces to protest the state government's move to integrate Marathas as Kunbis in the Other Backward Class (OBC) quota. They have decided to stage a state-wide agitation if the government goes ahead with its plan. The leaders have decided to stage an indefinite sit-in protest beginning Sunday until the government assures them that it will not go ahead with the reservation. The Kunbi community fears losing its reservation to the Marathas altogether.

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Updated on Sep 09, 2023 12:26 AM IST

Sharad Pawar’s NCP admits 40 MLAs have defected to Ajit camp

NCP has admitted that 40 of its 53 MLAs have shifted loyalty to the group led by Ajit Pawar, prompting the party to seek their disqualification for anti-party activities. Both factions have filed affidavits before the Election Commission of India. The ECI will decide if it needs to start proceedings under the Election Symbols Order.

Pune, India - October 29, 2018: Nationalist Congress Party leaders Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar at the samvidhan bachao (save the Constitution) rally organised at Ganesh Kala Krida Manch on Monday. in Pune, India, on Monday, October 29, 2018. (Photo by Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 12:22 AM IST
By, Mumbai

‘The social backwardness of Marathas cannot be proved’

The Maharashtra government's decision to issue Kunbi caste certificates to Marathas has sparked objections from existing OBCs who claim it encroaches on their quota. The OBC Janmorcha plans to start a statewide agitation and a legal battle against the government, arguing that the decision cannot be sustained in court. The OBCs are also demanding the removal of the 50% cap on reservation quotas. The issue is seen as political rather than social, and the OBCs emphasize that their opposition is against the government and not the Maratha community.

In an interview with Hindustan Times, Chandrakant Bavkar, working president of the OBC Janmorcha, an outfit of several OBC organisations, said they were preparing to start a statewide agitation and a legal battle against the state government (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 08, 2023 12:37 AM IST

Osmanabad youth allegedly dies by suicide in Maratha reservation protests

A Maratha youth in Osmanabad died by suicide, becoming the first suicide in recent years for the cause of Maratha reservation. The incident has led to rising tension in the district, with locals protesting and a bandh being called. The local administration is investigating the claims that the demand for reservation was the motive behind the suicide. This comes after the Supreme Court quashed the reservation for the Maratha community in education and jobs.

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Updated on Sep 08, 2023 12:35 AM IST

Give reservations to all Marathas irrespective of Kunbi certificate, says Maratha activist

Jarange-Patil took the stand despite the state government issuing a government resolution to implement its decision of issuing Kunbi certificates, but with a rider: that Marathas should produce documents proving that they were mentioned as Kunbis in the revenue records of Hyderabad State ruled by the Nizam till 1948. Jarange-Patil maintained that there were families without such records, and hence the government’s decision would bring no change for them

Following the police lathi charge at Jarange-Patil’s hunger strike site last Friday, protests by the politically influential Maratha community—which accounts for over 32 percent of the state population—erupted across the state. The protests are still on. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 08, 2023 12:34 AM IST

Mumbai International Festival to be held between Jan 20 and 28

The Mumbai International Festival will be held from January 20 to 28 next year. It will be an annual event starting in 2024, aimed at promoting tourism and establishing the city as an international tourist destination. The festival will feature cultural events, music festivals, food festivals, and more. The Mumbai International Festival Foundation, chaired by Anand Mahindra, will plan and organize the festival. Other members of the foundation include Sachin Tendulkar and various government officials and business leaders. The festival aims to increase public participation and collaboration with local communities, artists, and NGOs. The state has allocated ₹25 crore for marketing the festival.

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Updated on Sep 07, 2023 12:14 AM IST

Amid buzz over ‘Bharat’, Sharad Pawar says INDIA alliance has rattled Centre

NCP chief Sharad Pawar criticized the BJP for its rumored plan to change the name of the country to 'Bharat', saying no one has the right to do so. Pawar also questioned the government's seriousness about its one nation, one election proposal. He accused the ruling party of trying to divert attention from the opposition's INDIA alliance by creating these controversies. Pawar made these remarks during a press conference in Jalgaon district.

Amid buzz over ‘Bharat’, Sharad Pawar says INDIA alliance has rattled Centre
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 01:04 AM IST
By, Mumbai

OBC outfits warn of protests if made to share reservation benefits with Marathas

Maharashtra government faces resistance from existing OBC communities over the demand to include Marathas in the OBC category for reservation benefits. OBC outfits, including the Kunbi Sena, have threatened to protest if the move goes ahead. NCP chief Sharad Pawar and leader of the opposition Vijay Wadettiwar have also opposed the decision. OBCs argue that giving Marathas OBC benefits would reduce their quota further, as Marathas make up 32% of the state's population. OBCs comprise 52% of the state and are fragmented into 382 castes.

Mumbai, India – Sept 04, 2023: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde with Deputy Chief Ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar address a press conference after a meeting on the Maratha reservation, at Sahyadri Guest House, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, Sept 04, 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 12:43 AM IST
By, Mumbai

‘Rattled due to INDIA’: Sharad Pawar jabs Centre after buzz over G20 invite

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said this issue will be discussed at a INDIA bloc meeting convened on Wednesday by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said no one has the right to change the country’s name (ANI)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 03:16 PM IST
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