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

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Irked with Thackeray, a sulking Nana Patole skips MVA meet

Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole is seemingly upset with the opposition alliance’s top leadership, especially Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray

Congress leader Nana Patole (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 16, 2024 08:12 AM IST

MVA allies to contest assembly polls together, say no Big Brother among them

The MVA won 30 out of 48 seats while the ruling alliance could win only 17. The Congress won the most seats (13) and also got the support of MP Vishal Patil who contested the polls as an independent from the Sangli Lok Sabha constituency

Aditya Thackeray, Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar, Prithviraj Chavan, during MVA joint press conference at YB Centre on Saturday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 16, 2024 07:38 AM IST

MVA presents a united front, says it will contest Maharashtra polls as one unit

Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray, and senior Congress leaders Prithviraj Chavan and Balasaheb Thorat clarified that there is no "big brother" among them

Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray. HT Photo
Published on Jun 15, 2024 04:14 PM IST

Days after losing Baramati, NCP sends Sunetra Pawar to Rajya Sabha

She was the only candidate who filed her nomination on Thursday, which happens to be the last day for filing nominations. Had there been an election, all existing members of the legislative assembly would have voted for the Rajya Sabha seat

Mumbai, India - June 13, 2024: Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar’s wife Sunetra Pawar along with her party worker and leaders outside vidhan bhavan, after filling her nomination as the NCP’s candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls scheduled on June 25, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, June 13, 2024. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 07:38 AM IST

Ajit Pawar holds meeting of project-reviewing unit parallel to CM’s war room

The first meeting of the project-monitoring unit was held on August 8, 2023, within a month of Ajit Pawar’s induction into the three-party government

Ajit Pawar holds meeting of project-reviewing unit parallel to CM’s war room
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 08:40 AM IST

NCP (Ajit Pawar) picks Sunetra Pawar as its Rajya Sabha nominee

Sunetra recently contested the LS elections from the Baramati constituency, where she faced off against sitting MP and Sharad Pawar's daughter, Supriya Sule

Sunetra was chosen over several aspirants for the Rajya Sabha berth, including Parth Pawar. (HT)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 01:52 PM IST

NCP likely to nominate Sunetra Pawar as candidate for Rajya Sabha polls

Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar’s wife, Sunetra Pawar, is poised to be the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) candidate for the RS polls scheduled for June 25

Sunetra Pawar went up against Supriya Sule in Baramati. (HT)
Updated on Jun 13, 2024 09:02 AM IST

Congress and Shiv Sena (UBT) mutually withdraw nominations

Mumbai: Ruling and opposition alliances in Maharashtra sort out differences on last day to withdraw nominations for legislative council seats.

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Updated on Jun 13, 2024 07:26 AM IST

Parth Pawar throws his hat in the ring for Rajya Sabha seat

NCP working president Praful Patel and state president Sunil Tatkare had a long meeting with Parth at the party’s office at Nariman Point on Tuesday evening

Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar’s son Parth Pawar. (HT FILE)
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 09:16 AM IST

Shiv Sena (UBT) and Congress to contest against each other?

Both the parties have fielded candidates for two seats, Konkan Graduates and Nashik Teachers constituencies

Patole also alleged that the Sena (UBT) hijacked their candidate Sandeep Gulve, who the party was planning to field from Nashik Teachers constituency.
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 09:14 AM IST

Sharad Pawar back in Baramati with Ajit’s potential rival

On Tuesday, a large number of party workers gathered at Sharad Pawar’s bungalow at Govind baug and said that Yugendra Pawar who is the son of Ajit Pawar’s younger brother Shriniwas should be fielded against Ajit Pawar in the October assembly elections

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Updated on Jun 12, 2024 07:32 AM IST

After union cabinet formation, BJP’s Maharashtra allies express unhappiness

Formation of Modi's 71-member council angers BJP allies in Maharashtra as they receive fewer ministerial posts than expected

NCP minister Chhagan Bhujbal also raised the issue of seat-sharing during the party's celebration of its 25th foundation day. (HT Photo/Satish Bate)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 08:59 AM IST

NCP factions celebrate foundation day in separate events

Diverging emotions marked the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)’s 25th foundation day, which was celebrated on Monday by party workers and members of its rival faction, the Nationalist Congress Party-Sharadchandra Pawar (NCP-SP)

Mumbai, India - June 10, 2024:Dy CM Ajit Pawar interacts with his NCP party leader, while celebrating 25th NCP Foundation Day, along with his party workers at Shanmukhanand Hall, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, June 10, 2024. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 07:48 AM IST

Sena eyes 3 berths in union govt; Prataprao Jadhav is the pick for the first round

However, while the Shinde-led Shiv Sena is eyeing three berths in the union cabinet, insiders have noted that the party will get only a single berth in the first round of induction and the frontrunner for the position is Buldhana MP Prataprao Jadhav

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Updated on Jun 09, 2024 07:10 AM IST

Congress would have won Mumbai North West, Raver, Aurangabad if contested: Nana Patole

After securing 13 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, the Congress is now preparing for the crucial state assembly elections. HT’s Faisal Malik spoke to state Congress chief Nana Patole, who believes the invincible force that infused fresh life into party workers was Rahul Gandhi

Mumbai, May 28 (ANI): Maharashtra Congress Chief Nana Patole addresses a press conference, at the party head office, in Mumbai on Tuesday. (ANI Photo) (Sandeep Anandrao Mahankal)
Updated on Jun 09, 2024 06:54 AM IST

Ramesh Chennithala snubs Nana Patole over ‘big brother’ claims

Chennithala attempted to quell the emerging strain of discontent between Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut and Congress president Nana Patole

Mumbai, India. June 07, 2024: Congress Party's 13 newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) was felicitated by the Maharashtra Congress in the presence of Ramesh Chennithala, the In-Charge of Maharashtra, Nana Patole, the President of Maharashtra Congress, and other leaders at the party office in Mumbai. June 07, 2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 08:42 AM IST

Maha seeks nixing of NEET-UG exam, parents demand halt to admissions, CBI probe

Results of the exam were declared on June 4, showing 67 students secured all-India rank one by scoring 720 out of 720 marks, leading to an uproar

The NEET (UG) is an all India entrance test for students to want to pursue medical courses. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 08:40 AM IST

Five NCP MLAs skip meeting called by Ajit Pawar

The missing MLAs were Dharmrao Atram, Narhari Zirwal, Rajendra Shingne, Anna Bansode and Sunil Tingre.

Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar.(Praful Gangurde / HT photo)
Updated on Jun 07, 2024 04:44 AM IST

After Sangli win, rebel leader Vishal Patil extends support to Congress

Rebel Congress leader Vishal Patil, who won the Sangli Lok Sabha seat as an independent candidate in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, extended his support to the party on Thursday. Buzz is he is likely to attend a meeting of the newly-elected Congress MPs scheduled over the next few days in Mumbai

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Updated on Jun 07, 2024 07:20 AM IST

Shiv Sena aims for cabinet, MoS berths; NCP bats for Praful as face of party

Of the 15 constituencies Shiv Sena had contested it won 7, while Sena (UBT) managed to win only nine of the 22 seats it had contested

Eknath Shinde and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led by Ajit Pawar have set in motion their future plans.
Updated on Jun 07, 2024 09:25 AM IST

Nana Patole: Rebel leader Vishal Patil will stay with Congress

Rebel Congress leader Vishal Patil, who won Sangli Lok Sabha seat as an independent, confirms he will stay with Congress, says Maharashtra Congress chief

Congress rebel Vishal Patil (UDAY DEOLEKAR)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 08:40 AM IST

After losing Baramati, what lies ahead for Ajit Pawar?

Ajit Pawar's faction of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), formed just 10 months ago, is already facing an uncertain future

Mumbai, India – May 27, 2024: NCP (Ajit faction) President Ajit Pawar and party's Maharashtra President Sunil Tatkare during a press conference, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 08:40 AM IST

Congress revival is boost to Patole in Maharashtra, against all odds

As Congress has emerged the Number-1 party in the state by winning 13 of the 17 seats allocated to it, the party’s president has become the face of excellence

Mumbai, India – May 28, 2024: President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee, Nana Patole addressing the media at Tilak Bhavan, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 08:41 AM IST

MVA winning over 50% seats is warning for Mahayuti ahead of Assembly polls

The party had won 23 seats in the 2019 and 2014 LS elections. Partners in the alliance, NCP(AP) won a single seat and Shiv Sena won 7 seats.

Mumbai, India - June 4, 2024: Shiv sena UBT party workers celebrate outside Shiv Sena bhavan in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 09:13 AM IST

Congress emerges as largest party in Maharashtra

There are several seats for which counting is still on. According to the election commission’s website, Congress has won six seats so far

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra being felicitated during the Nyay Sankalp Sabha, as Maharashtra Congress Chief Nana Patole looks on, in Nandurbar. (ANI Photo) (AICC)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 09:59 AM IST

Maharashtra Lok Sabha polls: MVA taking over 50% seats a warning for Mahayuti

Of the MVA partners, Nationalist Congress Party (SP) chief Sharad Pawar has emerged the strongest by winning eight of the 10 seats the party was allocated

Uddhav Thackeray, Mallikarjun Kharge and Sharad Pawar of the MVA. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 10:22 PM IST

Ajit Pawar's NCP wins 3 seats in AP polls, could reclaim national party status

NCP (AP) wins 3 seats in Arunachal Pradesh assembly elections, first victory since party split in July 2023, aiming to regain national party status

Ajit PAwar, NCP, party president. (HT FILE)
Updated on Jun 03, 2024 10:32 AM IST

Six key MLAs from NCP (SP) may join Cong, claims Sunil Tatkare

Maharashtra NCP president Sunil Tatkare claims NCP MLAs may join Congress due to uncertainty. Tatkare's aides suggest Pawar's merger talks are to retain MLAs.

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Updated on Jun 01, 2024 06:46 AM IST

Bhujbal defends Awhad for ‘mistakenly’ tearing Dr Ambedkar’s picture

NCP leader Jitendra Awhad tears Dr. Ambedkar's picture in protest, defended by OBC leader Chhagan Bhujbal. BJP protests, FIRs filed.

Mumbai, India – May 30, 2024: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morch (BJYM) activists protest against NCP leader Jitendra Awhad who allegedly tore a poster carrying a picture of Dr. BR Ambedkar, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, May 30, 2024. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2024 09:08 AM IST

Jitendra Awhad stokes controversy by unintentionally tearing a poster of Dr Ambedkar

Awhad apologised as soon as he realised his mistake but it gave enough fuel to the ruling parties such as NCP and Shiv Sena who within hours held protests against Awhad. BJP also declared to hold a statewide protest against the NCP (SP) on Thursday

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Updated on May 30, 2024 08:16 AM IST
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