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7 Cong MLAs skip party meet, three of them close aides of Ashok Chavan

Seven MLAs, including close aides of former chief minister Ashok Chavan, skipped a meeting of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) in Mumbai. Speculation suggests some may join the BJP or NCP.

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Updated on Feb 16, 2024 07:18 AM IST

Maharashtra speaker’s boost for Ajit Pawar in NCP vs NCP

The speaker – who had been asked by the apex court to announce his decision by February 15 -- dismissed disqualification petitions filed by either faction.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) workers celebrate following the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker's decision, outside the party office, in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 01:57 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Maharashtra assembly speaker declares Ajit Pawar faction as ‘real NCP’

Narwekar also dismissed disqualification petitions filed against MLAs by both NCP factions, saying they do not fall under the jurisdiction of the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, which deals with the defection of elected representatives—MLAs and MPs

Ajit Pawar faction NCP celebrate near Mantralay in Mumbai (ANI Photo)
Published on Feb 15, 2024 07:24 PM IST

6 Maharashtra Cong MLAs skip meeting amid speculation about more defections

Three of the lawmakers are known to be close to former chief minister Ashok Chavan, who defected to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) this week

Former chief minister Ashok Chavan joined the BJP this week. (PTI)
Published on Feb 15, 2024 02:51 PM IST

NCP renominates Praful Patel for RS polls to avoid friction over candidature

According to NCP insiders, the reason for the curious turn of event was to avoid friction among party leaders over the RS candidature. Sunil Tatkare, state NCP chief, however said the decision hinged on legal issues around the disqualification petition filed against Patel by the Sharad Pawar-led faction of NCP

NCP renominates Praful Patel for RS polls to avoid friction over candidature
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 08:04 AM IST

Rajya Sabha polls in Maharashtra likely to go unopposed

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has nominated only three candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections in Maharashtra, potentially leading to uncontested seats. The ruling party has denied a nomination to Union Minister Narayan Rane, sparking speculation about his potential candidacy in the Lok Sabha elections. The BJP dropped the idea of contesting one more seat after realizing it couldn't manage the votes required. The Shiv Sena and NCP have also announced their candidates for the elections.

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Updated on Feb 15, 2024 07:14 AM IST

May not need elections for Maharashtra’s 6 Rajya Sabha seats: BJP’s Bawankule

Two former Congress leaders, Ashok Chavan and Milind Deora, have been named by the BJP, and Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena, as the party candidates for the Rajya Sabha

Former Congress leader MLA Ashok Chavan being welcomed into the BJP by state unit chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule and other party leaders at BJP office in Mumbai on Tuesday (HT Photo/Anshuman Poyrekar)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 08:00 PM IST

MVA parleys to avoid a split in Congress votes in Rajya Sabha election

The equations in the Rajya Sabha (RS) are expected to change for the Congress as more than a dozen of its MLAs are in touch with Ashok Chavan. The ruling camp aims to win all six seats with Chavan's supporters, while the opposition coalition is looking to secure at least one seat. The election for the RS seats is scheduled for February 27. The BJP and its supporting independents can win three seats, while the Shiv Sena and NCP can win one seat each. The Congress is the only opposition party with sizable strength to win a seat.

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Updated on Feb 14, 2024 11:15 AM IST

Cong in damage control mode; leaders assigned areas for outreach

Congress insiders said that the exercise is not only aimed at understanding who might leave the party but also at conveying to leaders and office-bearers that the Congress has not weakened to the extent it is being projected and together, they can turn the tide around

Mumbai, India – Feb 13, 2024: Maharashtra Congress in-charge Ramesh Chennithala with Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole, Congress Leader Balasaheb Thorat, and senior leaders addressing the media, at Gandhi Bhavan, Colaba, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, Feb 13, 2024. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 07:56 AM IST

Several MLAs likely to follow Ashok Chavan after his departure from Maha Cong

The Hindustan Times had on February 3 reported that about 15 Congress MLAs would possibly leave the party ahead of the upcoming elections

Mumbai, India – Feb 12, 2024: Former Congress leader Ashok Chavan addressing the media outside his residence, at Churchgate, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, Feb 12, 2024. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 05:50 AM IST

Chavan spoke to Sonia, Kharge, two days before his exit

Chavan informed the Congress leadership about his decision two days ago, saying he was under tremendous pressure to quit the Congress. “He met Sonia Gandhi and party president Mallikarjun Kharge in New Delhi and explained the pressure on him that was forcing him to call it quits,” said a Congress insider

Chavan spoke to Sonia, Kharge, two days before his exit
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 07:44 AM IST

Ashok Chavan, who once led revival of Maharashtra Congress, resigns from party

Ashok Chavan is the third prominent Congress leader in Maharashtra to quit the party after Milind Deora and Baba Siddique over the last month.

Ex-MP and former chief minister Ashok Chavan resigned from the Congress on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 02:27 PM IST

Baba Siddique joins NCP, son Zeeshan next, say NCP leaders

Former minister Baba Siddique criticized the Congress for using the Muslim community for their own benefit and announced his induction into the NCP.

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Updated on Feb 11, 2024 07:12 AM IST

Tussle over office space between NCP factions

After the Election Commission declared the Ajit Pawar-led NCP as the real party, a tussle has begun over party offices in Maharashtra. The two factions are disputing control, with the Sharad Pawar faction claiming that most of the offices are owned by the Rashtrawadi Welfare Trust led by Sharad Pawar. The conflict has already resulted in a dispute over the NCP office in Pune, where followers of Sharad Pawar removed Ajit Pawar's name and symbols. The Ajit Pawar faction has threatened to take possession of the office.

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Updated on Feb 09, 2024 07:10 AM IST

Baba Siddique quits Cong, to join NCP on Feb 10

His son Zeeshan Siddiqui, currently Congress MLA from Bandra East (official name Vandre East), is also likely to leave the party for Ajit Pawar-led NCP closer to the Lok Sabha polls

Mumbai, India - Feb. 8, 2024: Mumbai Congress Leader Baba Siddique interact with media after Quits Party and he Join Ajit Pawar’s NCP on 10th Feb in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, February 8, 2024. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 06:56 AM IST

Sharad Pawar faction get a name; only for the interim

Sharad Pawar's faction, under Nationalist Congress Party (Sharadchandra Pawar), will contest six Rajya Sabha seats in the state, declared Election Commission.

A person familiar with the matter said the ECI rejects names the two names as being similar to the Nationalist Congress Party which has been formally allotted to Ajit Pawar’s faction just as the name Shiv Sena was formally allotted to the rebel Eknath Shinde faction last year. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 08, 2024 06:09 PM IST

Self-serving action, says Mumbai Congress chief after Baba Siddique exits party

Baba Siddiquie announced his exit from the Congress on X, formerly Twitter, recalling his 48-year-long association with the Congress that started when he was still a teenager

Baba Siddique’s son Zeeshan, 31, is the MLA from Bandra East and is likely to follow his father before the Maharashtra assembly elections later this year (HT PHoto/Satish Bate)
Published on Feb 08, 2024 03:51 PM IST

“Significant journey lasting 48 yrs”: Ex-Maha minister Baba Siddique quits Congress

Siddique is a three-term MLA from Bandra West assembly constituency but lost the seat to Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Ashish Shelar in 2014 assembly polls

Siddique began his political career as a student leader and was first elected to Mumbai civic body as a corporator. (Baba Siddique | Official X account)
Updated on Feb 08, 2024 01:25 PM IST

Ajit Pawar has got the party, but his real test begins now

BJP’s strategy for splitting the Shiv Sena, NCP was the same, but Ajit’s problem is more acute than Eknath Shinde's since Sharad Pawar is alive and very active.

Running a party on his own is not new for Ajit Pawar, said a NCP senior leader. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 08, 2024 04:39 AM IST

State to renew Wankhede Stadium lease for 1.5 crore per annum, MCA disputes amount

The MCA, however, has contended that the government is overcharging it and not taking into consideration certain facts, for instance that the ground is a reserved one under the recreation ground (RG) and playing ground (PG) categories and, besides, has limited potential for development as it falls under the Coastal Regulation Zone II rules

Built in 1974, Wankhede Stadium hosted the first cricket Test match in January 1975. (HT Archives)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 06:40 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Sharad Pawar’s faction to approach Supreme Court, to submit three names and symbols to ECI

The faction led by Sharad Pawar in the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) plans to challenge the Election Commission's order in the Supreme Court. They will also apply for interim allotment of a new name and symbol as directed by the poll panel. The Pawar camp is likely to give priority to the 'rising sun' symbol. Sharad Pawar and his daughter held a closed-door meeting with their lawyers and will study the judgment before approaching the court. They are also considering requesting the apex court to club their petition with Shiv Sena's on similar grounds.

Mumbai, India - Feb. 6, 2024:NCP party workers of Ajit Pawar group celebrate after Election commission granted them
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 06:28 AM IST
By, Mumbai

State sanctions 210 crore for Lata Mangeshkar music college

In January 2022, the erstwhile government led by Uddhav Thackeray declared to establish an international music college as a tribute to the legendary singer. The proposed institution was named, ‘Bharat Ratna Lata Dinanath Mangeshkar International College of Music and Museum’

The design and plan were also approved by the Mangeshkar family, and the advisory board was set up to help the government in setting up the international college and courses. (HT ARCHIVES)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 07:10 AM IST

15 Cong MLAs fence sitting, 3 city MLAs in talks with Ajit camp

Speculation of former minister and Bandra MLA Baba Siddiqui and son Zeeshan, who is an MLA, jumping ship

Mumbai, India - October 24, 2019: Congress candidate Zeeshan Siddique along with father former MLA Baba Siddique celebrates after he won against Mumbai Mayor and Shiv Sena candidate Vishwanath Mahadeshwar at Bandar east Bandra east in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, October 24, 2019. (Photo by Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times) (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 08:52 AM IST

Mumbai Cong leader Baba Siddique, son's rebuttal on joining NCP only fuels buzz

The Siddique family’s effusive praise for deputy chief minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar after meeting him has fuelled rumours of their possible exit

Baba Siddique is a three-time MLA and former minister. His son Zeeshan Siddique won his first election in 2019 (Instagram/Zeeshan Siddique)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 06:22 PM IST

OBC outfit challenges govt decision on Kunbi certificates in HC

A petition has been filed in the Bombay High Court challenging the Maharashtra government's decision to give Kunbi certificates to Marathas and their blood relatives. The petition also challenges all resolutions issued by the state government for Maratha reservation. The petitioner argues that these decisions contravene the law and deprive the OBC community of its rights. The High Court has admitted the petition, and a caveat has been filed by Maratha outfits in response.

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Updated on Feb 01, 2024 06:56 AM IST

Jarange-Patil calls off march after Shinde govt gives in to his demands

“Our demand was issuance of Kunbi certificates to the blood relatives of Maratha community members having Kunbi antecedents. An ordinance (draft notification) to this effect has been issued,” he said at a press conference in Navi Mumbai’s Vashi, while showing a copy of the draft notification

Navi Mumbai, India - Jan. 27, 2024:Maratha Quota activist Manoj Jarange Patil ends protest after Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde Government accepts all demands at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Chowk Vashi, in Navi Mumbai, India, on Saturday, January 27, 2024. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 28, 2024 07:36 AM IST

For Marathas, Jarange-Patil is now a superhero

Before launching the third leg of his agitation, Jarange-Patil had held two hunger strikes last year – the first one on August 29 and the second on October 25.

Jarange-Patil’s adroitness in getting the government to accept his demands has earned him a huge following in the community.(Raju Shinde/ HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2024 05:41 AM IST

Bhujbal, other OBC leaders to challenge Maratha reservation in court

Several OBC leaders from various political parties and outfits have come together and opposed the inclusion of Marathas in the OBC quota.

Prakash Shendge, who heads the OBC Janmorcha, said it would start agitations at tehsils and districts across the state. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 28, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Maratha quota stir ends as govt accepts demand

The Maharashtra government has accepted the demand of Maratha reservation activist Manoj Jarange-Patil to extend OBC quota benefits to the community.

Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange Patil with Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde in Navi Mumbai on Saturday. (Bachchan Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2024 04:31 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Jarange-Patil ends strike, says ‘demands fulfilled’ after meeting CM Shinde

Patil, who is seeking reservation in education and jobs for the community under the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) category, had been fasting since Friday morning to press for a “government resolution” on the Maratha quota issue

CM Eknath Shinde met activist Manoj Jarange-Patil and handed over a copy of draft notification (Twitter/@mieknathshinde)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 03:27 PM IST
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