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How the MVA's campaign toppled the might of the Mahayuti

The MVA's focus on local issues and effective social engineering resonated with voters, particularly in rural areas facing agrarian distress

The MVA successfully leveraged local leaders and grassroots campaigns to resonate with the electorate (Raju Shinde/HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Jun 09, 2024 10:00 AM IST

Mumbai Lok Sabha elections: A litmus test for the future of Shiv Sena factions

Mumbai's Lok Sabha elections are influenced by significant demographic shifts and changing voter loyalties. The results will set the tone for upcoming elections

Mumbai: A message displayed on Bandra-Worli Sea Link urging people to vote on May 20, the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Mumbai, Saturday, May 18, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI05_18_2024_000461B)(PTI)
Published on May 19, 2024 10:56 PM IST

Splits in Maharashtra's political parties leave voters confused over new symbols

A proliferation of symbols reflects the broader polarisation within the state’s political fabric. This trend poses fundamental questions about democracy

Karad: Election officials explain the functioning of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and VVPAT to the staff at a polling booth on the eve of the second phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Karad, Maharashtra, Friday, April 26, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI04_26_2024_000205B)(PTI)
Published on May 12, 2024 10:30 AM IST

In Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray has become the Opposition’s trump card

Uddhav Thackeray's transformation into a formidable Opposition leader could present a tough challenge for the BJP in the state.

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 05, 2024 10:00 AM IST

Vidarbha and Marathwada: Battleground for electoral gains amid drought crisis

In 2023, 2,527 farmers died by suicide in Vidarbha and Marathwada, underlining the severe crisis in these regions marred by cycles of crop losses and debts.

Beed, India. Mar 29,2024 : A man was seen walking on a dry lake at Chandapur village in Beed district. Due to the lack of rain in the state this year, the water level in many lakes in Marathwada has decreased. Mar 29,2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 10:52 PM IST

How the BJP's path to power in Maharashtra became a tale of strategic missteps

While the BJP successfully engineered splits in parties, its internal challenges and disconnect with grassroots issues may have left it in a precarious position

Nanded, Apr 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd during a public gathering in Nanded, Maharashtra on Saturday. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and BJP MP Ashok Chavan also seen. (ANI Photo)(BJP media)
Published on Apr 21, 2024 02:18 AM IST

Shiv Sena’s fractured kutumb navigate a crisis of loyalty

With elections looming, the question of which faction commands the loyalty of the sainik base hangs in the balance.

As Maharashtra braces for the electoral battleground, the fissures within Shiv Sena's kutumb serve as a sobering reminder of the fragile nature of political loyalties.
Published on Apr 14, 2024 12:45 AM IST

All aboard on Maharashtra’s political carousel where loyalties take a twirl

A churning sea of realignments over the past few years left voters and political workers bewildered, grappling with shifting loyalties and electoral dynamics

Mumbai: Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole and NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar during a Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) press conference, in Mumbai, Tuesday, April 9, 2024. (PTI Photo/Shashank Parade)(PTI04_09_2024_RPT065B)(PTI)
Published on Apr 09, 2024 11:15 PM IST

Why reviving the Malanggad issue helps Shinde in election year

The CM's mentor, Anand Dighe first raised claims over the 12th Century Sufi saint's shrine in the mid-80s. He was taking a leaf out of the Sena playbook

Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde revived the controversy over Malanggad, a shrine in Kalyan (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 05, 2024 04:35 PM IST

Uddhav Thackeray: The last man standing

As a movement, the Shiv Sena has espoused the cause of the ‘Marathi manoos’ and the Hindus. But, as a party, it adopted the ideology of political pragmatism.

Shiv Sena under Uddhav Thackeray also commands a huge following among the Sena cadre even after the unprecedented crisis in the party after the exit of the Shinde- led MLAs and MPs(Uddhav Thackeray's office)
Published on Oct 24, 2023 06:46 PM IST

Visible threats and invisible threads: What Uddhav needs to do next

The SC’s scathing attack on the role of the former governor and its observations about procedural lapses in the formation of the current government is an important precedent in constitutional law. It also underlined the fact that Uddhav Thackeray’s decision to resign as chief minister before a floor test, was wrong, leaving no scope for a legal remedy.

Mumbai, India - April 11, 2023: Former Maharashtra chief minister and chief of Shiv Sena (UBT) Uddhav Thackeray addresses a press conference, at Matoshree, Bandra (East), in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 12, 2023 12:45 AM IST
BySanjay Patil

Is it the end of the ‘Idea of Shiv Sena’?

The Election Commission’s decision of allotting the name and the symbol of Shiv Sena to Eknath Shinde’s faction and disassociating the idea of the Shiv Sena from the Thackeray family will have far reaching ramifications for what is left of the Uddhav-led party.

CM Eknath Shinde with the replica of bow and arrow during the Dussehra rally, at MMRDA Ground, Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), in Mumbai.(HT file photo)
Updated on Feb 18, 2023 04:24 AM IST
BySanjay Patil

How Bal Thackeray created the legacy of Dasara Melawa for the Marathi manoos

While the outcome of the political battle between the two groups will be determined by the Election Commission’s decision on who gets the party symbol and finally in the upcoming elections to local bodies, events such as the Dasara Melawa have become grounds for the two groups to fight ownership over the Idea of Shiv Sena

Mumbai, India - October 05, 2022: Shiv Sena's Dussehra rally led by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at Shivaji Park, Dadar, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, October 05, 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 06, 2022 01:01 AM IST
BySanjay Patil

‘Too soon to say Thackerays will lose Sena’

Academic Dr Sanjay Patil writes in response to our Sunday’s story ‘How Shinde is planning to take over Shiv Sena’

Dr Sanjay Patil (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 25, 2022 11:25 PM IST
BySanjay Patil

A political scion embarks on a make-or-break journey

Buffeted by allegations of elitism, coterie politics and devoid of institutional power, Aaditya Thackeray has begun his Nishtha yatra to connect with the party’s grassroots workers

He has been well-received in most of the constituencies so far, but whether this warm reception will convert into electoral support is to be seen (Uday Deolkar)
Updated on Aug 04, 2022 12:35 AM IST
BySanjay Patil

Back to the street is only way ahead for Sena

The BJP’s strategy of making Shinde the CM makes it complicated for Uddhav Thackeray and his son, Aaditya Thackeray, to reclaim political ground

MumbaiÖ23 January 2011Ö News. Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray gives blessings to Sena supporters at Matoshree on his 85th birthday. HT Photo by Prasad Gori. 23/01/2011 (HIndustan Times)
Published on Jul 01, 2022 12:18 AM IST
ByDr Sanjay Patil

Shinde’s move shows widening gap among Sena cadres

Eknath Shinde’s stunt move is symptomatic of the larger problems that beset the party after the death of Balasaheb Thackeray: the widening gap between the new cadre and the old Sena

The initial appeal for the movement that Bal Thackeray then channelled into a political party in 1966, lay in the fighting for the rights of the sons of soil (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 21, 2022 10:26 PM IST
BySanjay Patil
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