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Shailesh Gaikwad

Shailesh Gaikwad is political editor and heads the political bureau in Hindustan Times' Mumbai edition.In his career of over 20 years, he has covered Maharashtra politics, state government and urban governance issues.

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Eknath Khadse's return to BJP shows Maharashtra class of 2019 is back in action

Many frontline BJP leaders fell out of favour by the end of the BJP-led state government’s tenure by 2019

Eknath Khadse had been sidelined in the last LS election. (Photo by Kunal Patil/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 08:33 AM IST

A murder near Mumbai casts shadow on Osmanabad Lok Sabha polls after 18 years

A murder that took place on Mumbai-Pune expressway near Kalamboli in 2006 is casting its shadow on election in Osmanabad even after 18 years

A murder near Mumbai casts shadow on polls even after 18 years
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 09:34 AM IST

Ambedkar turns down MVA offer — what does that hold out for opposition parties?

Three scenarios are likely now that Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi is going solo, and Manoj Jarange Patil has also refused to partner up with him

Nagpur: Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi (VBA) President Prakash Ambedkar addresses a press conference, in Nagpur, Sunday, March 31, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI03_31_2024_000039B)(PTI)
Published on Apr 05, 2024 11:01 PM IST

Eknath Shinde’s summer of discontent

Infighting in Maharashtra over seat-sharing for 48 Lok Sabha seats. BJP's candidate selection impacting Shiv Sena. New trend of changing parties for tickets

Thane, India - November 07, 2022: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde speaks during the Konkan Festival event, at Savarkar Nagar, Wagle Estate, in Thane, Mumbai, India, on Monday, November 07, 2022. (Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 01, 2024 08:48 AM IST

MVA in disarray as Shiv Sena (UBT), VBA announce candidates

Mumbai Congress chief Varsha Gaikwad said they have expressed unhappiness with their leadership over Shiv Sena (UBT)’s move

Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut with Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar and other leaders of the alliance. (PTI/File)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 03:34 PM IST

Maha News | MVA versus Mahayuti is actually a Pawar versus Fadnavis showdown

The 2024 election is a battle for dominance between a veteran politician fighting for survival and a younger leader keen to make his mark on the national stage

Devendra Fadnavis and Sharad Pawar
Updated on Mar 26, 2024 07:23 PM IST

Battle over Baramati

Deputy chief minister Pawar is upset with CM Eknath Shinde over state of affairs in Baramati, which he's trying to wrest from uncle Sharad

Maharashtra deputy chief minister and NCP chief Ajit Pawar (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 18, 2024 09:20 AM IST

Why Maha’s 48 seats are crucial for both BJP and INDIA bloc

Maharashtra's 48 seats crucial in NDA vs. opposition battle in India. BJP faces challenges with splits in alliances, caste polarization, and regional party defections.

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Updated on Mar 17, 2024 06:58 AM IST

Maha News | The battle for 48 sends all parties in search of winnable candidates

The BJP wants to address anti-incumbency, the new Sena and NCP have depleted bases, and the MVA must set its sights on fewer seats.

The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) has finalised a seat-sharing agreement for 39 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 12, 2024 07:08 PM IST

The unease within the ruling alliance

CM Eknath Shinde & Deputy CM Ajit Pawar are unhappy with BJP over fewer Lok Sabha seats but lack bargaining power. BJP takes practical approach based on assessments.

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Updated on Mar 11, 2024 08:32 AM IST

Maha News | The anatomy of an impending, likely, fall

Barely a fortnight to go before the Lok Sabha elections are announced, the Congress is in a mess in the state where it was hoping to turn the tables on the BJP

Is the Congress headed for more trouble in Maharashtra? (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Feb 26, 2024 06:32 PM IST

Sacrifices for the big brother

Maharashtra coalitions finalize seat-sharing as BJP plans to contest 30 seats independently, causing tensions within ruling alliance. Controversy over BJP chief's remarks stirs opposition. Speculations arise over netas defecting to ruling alliance, including NCP leader Tope and Shiv Sena's Waikar. Shinde Sena MLA faces probe over bragging about tiger tooth.

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Updated on Feb 26, 2024 08:06 AM IST

Manohar Joshi, a Shiv Sena loyalist who excelled at consensus building

A soft-spoken skilled political manager, Manohar Joshi was the perfect foil for the more charismatic and aggressive Bal Thackeray

Family and Relatives, with others, pay last respect to the mortal remains of the late former chief minister of Maharashtra Manohar Joshi, on Friday. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 08:02 AM IST

Maratha reservation bill passed but tough legal battle lies ahead

Maratha quota: This is the third attempt by state government to give reservation quota to Marathas, a politically and socially dominant community in the state.

Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange Patil with Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde in Navi Mumbai on Saturday. (Bachchan Kumar/HT Photo)(HT Photo/Bachchan Kumar)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 09:56 AM IST

Fault lines within the Pawar family

The fault lines within the Pawars are evident in Pune district, especially in their family bastion Baramati, which both uncle and nephew seem keen to hold on to

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Published on Feb 19, 2024 06:11 PM IST

Maha News | The final war between uncle and nephew

The fight between Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar will be the highlight of the elections in the state. Only one of them may survive politically

The final battle between Pawar and his nephew has begun
Published on Feb 19, 2024 02:56 PM IST

Ashok Chavan on moving to BJP: Not possible to change your ideology overnight

Ashok Chavan spoke about the shift to the BJP and his disenchantment with the Congress in an interview to HT

Ashok Chavan, now with BJP, during an interview with HT at his office at Churchgate on Thursday. (Anshuman Poyrekar)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 11:10 AM IST

BJP eyes LS, Cong plays Dalit card while NCP springs a surprise

Besides Chavan, the BJP fielded Medha Kulkarni, a former legislator from Pune city and a locally popular leader. Kulkarni was sitting MLA when she was denied a ticket in 2019 in order to field the then state BJP president Chandrakant Patil from her Kothrud constituency, a safe seat for the party

BJP eyes LS, Cong plays Dalit card while NCP springs a surprise
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 07:40 AM IST

Marathwada stalwart whose departure will hit Congress’s prospects and morale

Former chief minister Ashok Chavan’s decision to leave the party is a major blow for the Congress which has been trying to revive its organisation in the state where the party was conceived.

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 05:35 PM IST

Why Ashok Chavan’s departure will hit Congress’ prospects in Maharashtra

A Congress leader said that about half of the party’s current strength of 44 MLAs are on good terms with Ashok Chavan.

Ashok Chavan addresses the media outside his residence in Mumbai on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 08:42 PM IST

Ajit’s secularism, Uddhav’s Hindutva

Even though he joined the BJP-led alliance, Ajit Pawar has been insisting that his party would continue to be a secular party. To that effect, he has been avoiding sharing dais with RSS leaders

Three-time Congress MLA Baba Siddique joined Ajit faction of NCP on Saturday. (Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 07:34 AM IST

Pawar, Thackeray factions to invoke Maharashtra’s asmita to counter BJP

Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray, who previously joined forces to prevent the BJP from coming to power, now find themselves in a similar situation as their parties have split. Both leaders are likely to invoke "Maharashtrachi asmita" or pride of Maharashtra in the upcoming elections. They claim that the BJP is conspiring against Maharashtra and targeting regional parties. The two factions are planning separate public meetings but may also hold joint rallies in some places.

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Updated on Feb 08, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Can the Opposition’s broad coalition win against the BJP-led alliance?

The Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi joined the rainbow family that stands opposed to the saffron alliance. Will this alliance stand a chance in Maharashtra’s politics?

Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar and Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) chief Uddhav Thackeray at a program recently
Published on Feb 05, 2024 06:43 PM IST

It’s time for Rajya Sabha elections again

According to the BJP camp, deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is keen on fielding a fourth candidate with an aim to snatch Congress votes and defeat the latter’s candidate. Fadnavis has apparently discussed this with the top bosses in Delhi. If this happens, there are apprehensions of cross-voting in the MVA camp

There are speculations that Congress could field former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan from Maharashtra and he could be projected as the candidate of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) (PTI)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 07:36 AM IST

Shinde managed to pacify Marathas for now, but will it lead to bigger problems?

CM Eknath Shinde managed to pacify Maratha activist Manoj Jarange-Patil, and the BJP, the main political player in the state, is playing a balancing act

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde with Maratha reservation activist Manoj Jarange Patil at the protest venue after the state government accepted the latter's demands.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 06:45 PM IST

Shinde stole the show but…

Significantly, none of the Maratha ministers from BJP who have been dealing with the Maratha reservation issue—Chandrakant Patil and Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil—were involved in the process. Shinde’s cabinet colleagues who are unsure of the decision also point out that any fallout too would be the responsibility of the CM now

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 29, 2024 07:56 AM IST

Will Eknath Shinde’s move lead to Maratha Vs OBC war in state?

Shinde's ability to lead the ruling alliance against the MVA coalition has been questioned, as also his capacity to run the government.

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 10:05 AM IST

Different shades of saffron

With the consecration ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the BJP and its ally Shiv Sena are embracing saffron politics, while the NCP is in a tricky situation, not fully embracing Hindutva but not ignoring it either. Meanwhile, the Congress and NCP are clear in their stand, and Uddhav Thackeray's Shiv Sena is using its own version of Hindutva. The question remains which shade of saffron will gain public support. Additionally, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is trying to build an alliance with the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi for the upcoming elections, and the development of Mumbai Port Trust's idle land is still awaiting approval. Lastly, the disqualification petitions filed by rival NCP factions are being heard by Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar, and the Pawar faction is prepared for a possible court battle.

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Updated on Jan 22, 2024 07:48 AM IST

Maha News| Milind Deora's departure is the denouement everyone was expecting

Though Milind Deora hasn’t won an election since 2014, his surname carries heft. Things became complicated since the formation of the MVA alliance, experts say

Former Congress leader Milind Deora joined the Shiv Sena, led by CM Eknath Shinde, last week.(ANI)
Updated on Jan 21, 2024 12:37 PM IST

Sena versus Sena: Final round between Thackeray and Shinde begins

On the legal front, the SC’s decision will be the clincher, for the political front, the upcoming elections will give the leaders their mandate

 Eknath Shinde and Uddhav Thackeray(File)
Updated on Jan 15, 2024 08:34 PM IST
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