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Surendra P Gangan is Senior Assistant Editor with political bureau of Hindustan Times’ Mumbai Edition. He covers state politics and Maharashtra government’s administrative stories. Reports on the developments in finances, agriculture, social sectors among others.

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Rumblings within Mahayuti grow ahead of assembly polls, cabinet expansion

The Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena, by flaunting its superior strike rate, has laid claim to the big brother title in the alliance

CM Shinde and his deputies are expected to meet union minister Amit Shah in the next few days to finalise cabinet expansion. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 17, 2024 08:42 AM IST

What next for Devendra Fadnavis

One of the sharp leaders in Maharashtra, has been facing memes in the social media over his journey from ‘I will be back’ to ‘ relive me please ‘ over the last two weeks. Many in state’s political circle think his position as undisputed leader of BJP in Maharashtra for the past 10 years could be questioned

Days after the Lok Sabha debacle of the party and the ruling alliance on June 4, Fadnavis shocked everybody his party by announcing to resign from the post of deputy chief minister. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 16, 2024 08:24 AM IST

Manoj Jarange-Patil calls off latest hunger strike after government assurances

The activist had been on a hunger strike in Antarvali Sarati, Jalna district, demanding blanket reservation for Marathas in the OBC category

Maratha reservation activist Manoj Jarange-Patil during his hunger strike demanding the implementation of the 'Sage Soyare' ordinance. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 08:50 AM IST

Govt suspends archaeology dept director involved in bribery case

The Maharashtra government has suspended Tejas Madan Garge, director of Maharashtra Archaeology and Museums, for his alleged involvement in a bribery case being investigated by the Nashik unit of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB)

Govt suspends archaeology dept director involved in bribery case
Updated on Jun 13, 2024 07:56 AM IST

Maharashtra government suspends archeology department director for bribery

In addition to the suspension, the government has directed the department to conduct an audit of department head Tejas Garge's recent decisions

Last month, the ACB's Nashik unit booked assistant director Aarti Aley, 41, while she was accepting a bribe of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.5 lakh at her residence. Representational Image
Published on Jun 12, 2024 01:50 PM IST

Mahayuti retained its vote count in Maharashtra, but there's more to it

The Mahayuti’s vote share declined by 7.36%, as it failed to account for the increase in the number of voters from 54 million in 2019 to 57 million in 2024

Mumbai, India - Sept. 1, 2023: Dy CM Ajit Pawar, CM Eknath Shinde and Dy CM Devendra Fadnavis, during
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 09:18 AM IST

Rumblings in Mahayuti after NCP turns down Minister of State offer

The Ajit Pawar-led NCP, a part of the ruling Mahayuti coalition in the state, didn't make it to PM Modi’s council of ministers

Mumbai, India - July 2, 2023: NCP leader and newly appointed Dy CM Ajit Pawar, NCP MP Praful Patel and NCP MLA and minsiter Chhagan Bhujbal addressing to media during press conference at Sahayadri Guest House, Malbar Hill, in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, July 2, 2023. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 10, 2024 08:27 AM IST

Dalit, tribal, Muslim votes helped MVA get 31 seats in Maharashtra

MVA won 31 seats in Maharashtra due to support from Muslim, Dalit, and tribal voters. BJP lost due to Muslim community's en bloc votes for opposition.

Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Arvind Sawant scored handsomely in the Muslim-dominated Byculla with 86,883 votes. (Kunal Patil/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 10, 2024 08:33 AM IST

Modi 3.0: These Maharashtra MPs to be inducted as cabinet ministers

Raksha is the daughter-in-law of senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Eknath Khadse. In north Maharashtra, the BJP this time could retain only two seats.

The oath taking ceremony will take place on Sunday evening (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2024 03:58 PM IST

Maratha activist Manoj Jarange-Patil starts hunger strike in Jalna

Maratha activist Manoj Jarange-Patil begins indefinite strike for blanket reservation to Marathas, challenging ruling alliance in upcoming assembly polls.

Maratha activist Manoj Jarange-Patil starts hunger strike in Jalna
Updated on Jun 09, 2024 07:16 AM IST

BJP MLAs demand DyCM Devendra Fadnavis to take back resignation

Following its drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra, the party’s state unit convened a meeting of all its MLAs in Mumbai to brainstorm for the upcoming assembly elections. At the meeting, the legislators unanimously passed a resolution extending their support to Fadnavis

Mumbai, India. June 08, 2024: Maharashtra State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held a meeting of all Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) at the Dadar Party office in the presence of Chandrashekhar Bawankule, BJP Maharashtra State President, Devendra Fadnavis, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, and Sudhir Mungantiwar. June 08, 2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2024 06:48 AM IST

After 2 meetings with BJP leadership, Fadnavis asked to stay put as Deputy CM

Union home minister Amit Shah, who met with Fadnavis on Thursday and Friday in Delhi, has told the 53-year-old to lead the party in Maharashtra

New Delhi, Jun 7 (ANI): Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, BJP leader Ashok Chavan and BJP MP Sarbananda Sonowal leave after attending the NDA Parliamentary Party meeting, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Nitin Lawate)
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 08:37 AM IST

Irked Fadnavis meets Amit Shah in Delhi, could get more powers in Maharashtra

Fadnavis told the leadership that lack of coordination between the three partners, and delay in finalising seat sharing were the factors that led to the debacle

Devendra Fadnavis expressed his dismay over the interference by the central leadership in picking the candidates in Maharashtra. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 07, 2024 09:24 AM IST

Mahayuti parties fling accusations against each other after LS drubbing

Soon after the Mahayuti’s poor show in Maharashtra in the recent Lok Sabha elections, alliance partners have launched a blame-game against each other

Ajit Pawar, Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis of the Mahayuti. ((PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Updated on Jun 07, 2024 09:25 AM IST

Devendra Fadnavis offers to resign as deputy CM after BJP’s poor performance in LS polls

Deputy chief minister and the face of the BJP in Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, took responsibility for the party’s poor showing in the state and requested the central leadership to relieve him of all responsibilities in the government

Mumbai, India – June 05, 2024: Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis alongwith BJP leaders addressing the media, at BJP office, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, June 05, 2024. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 07:52 AM IST

Fadnavis offers to quit as Maha dy CM in poll churn

Deputy CM Fadnavis takes responsibility for BJP's poor showing in Maharashtra, requests to step down; faces resistance from party colleagues.

Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis alongwith BJP leaders addressing the media, at BJP office, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 06:42 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Fadnavis asks BJP to relieve him of deputy CM duties after Maharashtra setback

Since the elections were fought under my leadership and the results were not up to expectations, I am taking responsibility for the defeat, Fadnavis said

Devendra Fadnavis announced his decision at a press conference in Nariman Point. (HT Photo/Satish Bate)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 04:15 PM 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

BJP slips to just 9 seats in Maharashtra

A section of the party leadership believes that the BJP took a hit because the Maratha quota stir was not tactfully handled by CM Shinde

Heavy rain in City ( Credit Mahendra Kolhe)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 09:28 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

Maharashtra Lok Sabha elections: BJP slips to just 9 seats in crucial state

Unlike in several other states where the party’s vote share went up irrespective of seat loss, in Maharashtra the party’s vote share dipped by one per cent

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during a roadshow, for Lok Sabha polls, in Mumbai, Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (PTI Photo/Kunal Patil)(PTI05_15_2024_000236B)(PTI)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 09:07 AM IST

Lok Sabha polls: Mahayuti trailing in six of eight constituencies in Marathwada

The Marathwada region saw major polarisation of votes based on caste in the backdrop of the quota protest over the last eight months

BJP-Shiv Sena (undivided) had won seven of eight constituencies in Marathwada in 2019-LS polls. (Representative Image)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 10:51 AM IST

Exit polls on MVA rise will raise questions on Ajit Pawar, Shinde leadership

Exit polls by state-level agencies have predicted that the MVA will win over 24 of Maharashtra's 48 parliamentary seats

Mumbai, India - Sept. 1, 2023: Dy CM Ajit Pawar, CM Eknath Shinde, Dy CM Devendra Fadnavis, during
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 08:42 AM IST

Violation of model code of conduct: ECI transfers complaint against Uddhav Thackeray to chief electoral officer of Maharashtra

ECI asks Maharashtra's electoral chief to consider action against Uddhav Thackeray for violating model code during Mumbai polling. Court penalties not applicable for such violations.

HT Image
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 08:06 AM IST

ECI transfers complaint against Uddhav Thackeray to Maharashtra CEO

Maharashtra additional chief electoral officer Kiran Kulkarni said they have received a communication from ECI on the complaint against Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray, at a public meeting at Kalachowki in Mumbai on May 18 (HT FILE PHOTO/Bhushan Koyande)
Published on Jun 03, 2024 06:53 PM IST

Move to reserve four roads around Mantralaya for staff vehicles angers residents

State govt took over parking on 4 roads near Mantralaya for employees. Residents outraged. Govt plans to tow illegal parkers. Employees get free slots.

Mantralaya employees will enjoy parking facility free of charge. (Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 09:16 AM IST

State tops in FDI in Mahayuti tenure, says Fadnavis, Congress contests claim

Maharashtra retains top position in FDI for second year, attracting ₹1,25,101 crore in 2023-24. Congress contests claim, citing historical FDI dominance.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. (ANI Photo/ Ishant)(Ishant)
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 09:18 AM IST

Female-to-male voting ratio in Maharashtra drops significantly compared to 2019

Maharashtra has reported a whopping 4.41% lower response by female voters. This is much lower (3.75%) than the 2019 turnout of women voters

Sangli: Local commuters gather for their cast vote for Lok Sabha election at Sangli on Tuesday. Photo by Uday Deolekar Sangli. (UDAY DEOLEKAR)
Updated on May 31, 2024 08:46 AM IST

High voter turnout in Gujarati-Marwari areas, Muslim pockets low

Borivali and Dahisar in Mumbai North constituency reported 62.50% and 58.12% against the constituency percentage of 57.02

According to the voting percentage released at 11 pm on Monday, Muslim-dominated areas like Byculla, Mumbadevi, Mankhurd-Shivaji Nagar and Malad West reported a lower turnout. (Gangurde / HT Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2024 08:45 AM IST

Slow pace dogs Mumbai polling, Uddhav cries foul, Fadnavis asks EC to intervene

The 13 constituencies that went to the polls on Monday recorded a turnout of 48.66% by 5pm. In Mumbai, the poll percentage stood at 47.52%

Mumbai City Collector Sanjay Yadav takes stock of polling from his control room at Horniman Circle. HT Photo
Updated on May 20, 2024 05:55 PM IST
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