Surendra P Gangan

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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Shelar is BJP’s key to succeed in BMC election

He is likely to be succeeded by either Chandrashekhar Bawankule who is a member of the legislative council or Sanjay Kute, the MLA from Jalgaon
Sources in the party say that Ashish Shelar was also considered for the post of the state unit chief but the central leadership wants him to be the city unit chief given how crucial BMC is to the party at this stage (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Sources in the party say that Ashish Shelar was also considered for the post of the state unit chief but the central leadership wants him to be the city unit chief given how crucial BMC is to the party at this stage (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 11, 2022 11:07 PM IST

Disquiet in BJP over induction of ‘tainted’ MLAs in Maharashtra cabinet

Sources close to the negotiations over cabinet formation have revealed that the inclusion of Sanjay Rathod and Abdul Sattar, both from the Shinde camp, became a big bone of contention between the CM and his deputy.
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde, deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and the newly-sworn in ceremony of the state cabinet held at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times)
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde, deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and the newly-sworn in ceremony of the state cabinet held at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 11, 2022 05:01 AM IST
By, Mumbai

BJP, Shiv Sena get 9 berths each in Maharashtra cabinet

The 18 MLAs, nine each from the Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction and alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party, were administered the oath as state cabinet ministers by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhawan in Mumbai.
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde, deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and the newly-sworn in ceremony of the state cabinet held at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times)
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde, deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and the newly-sworn in ceremony of the state cabinet held at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 10, 2022 03:54 AM IST

Who the new ministers under a cloud are

All three have been embroiled in controversies that have come to the fore again following their elevation
Sanjay Rathod, the Sena MLA from Yavatmal, was caught in an unsavoury controversy last year after a 22-year TikTok star from Pune died by suicide (Satish Bate)
Sanjay Rathod, the Sena MLA from Yavatmal, was caught in an unsavoury controversy last year after a 22-year TikTok star from Pune died by suicide (Satish Bate)
Published on Aug 09, 2022 11:08 PM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Dhaval Kulkarni

Two-member Maharashtra cabinet finally set for expansion

Forty days after the Eknath Shinde-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was sworn in, the much-awaited state cabinet expansion is finally going to take place
Chief minister Eknath Shinde Rahul Raut/HT Photo
Chief minister Eknath Shinde Rahul Raut/HT Photo
Updated on Aug 09, 2022 12:53 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Dhaval Kulkarni, Mumbai

Expansion of Maharashtra cabinet likely today

  • The swearing-in ceremony is expected to be held at Raj Bhavan at 11am and six to eight legislators from each of the two sides could take oath, people familiar with the preparations said.
A leader from Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde camp said that by deciding to expand the state cabinet in a phased manner, they were also trying to keep potential discontent among aspirants under control. (ANI)
A leader from Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde camp said that by deciding to expand the state cabinet in a phased manner, they were also trying to keep potential discontent among aspirants under control. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 09, 2022 06:05 AM IST

Eknath Shinde expected to expand his council of ministers tomorrow

Shinde and Fadnavis met for over an hour on Monday and were believed to have finalised the names of probable ministers to be sent for the BJP central leadership’s final approval
Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis. (ANI)
Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis. (ANI)
Published on Aug 08, 2022 04:51 PM IST
BySurendra P Gangan & Dhaval Kulkarni

With BJP back in Maha, key infra projects likely to get boost

Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis recently held a review meeting for the redevelopment of the much-delayed Dharavi Redevelopment Project spread over 106 hectares
An aerial view of Dharavi slums in Mumbai. ((HT file photo))
An aerial view of Dharavi slums in Mumbai. ((HT file photo))
Published on Aug 06, 2022 12:33 AM IST

BJP wants new faces in cabinet, say sources

Sources claim that the BJP’s central leadership wants to replicate the Gujarat model of cabinet in Maharashtra wherein, as in the neighbouring state, the cabinet comprises relatively new faces
The party’s central leadership which steered the MVA’s overthrow last month, is expected to drop a few old names (HT Photo)
The party’s central leadership which steered the MVA’s overthrow last month, is expected to drop a few old names (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 02, 2022 11:21 PM IST

How Sanjay Raut’s crucial role in Shiv Sena brought him on the radar

His clout within Shiv Seva rose multifold after the MVA government led by party chief Uddhav Thackeray came into being on November 28, 2019
Sanjay Raut being taken from His House at Bhandup Mumbai to the ED office in Mumbai (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)
Sanjay Raut being taken from His House at Bhandup Mumbai to the ED office in Mumbai (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 31, 2022 11:44 PM IST

Uneasiness in Shinde camp, unrest among BJP

In BJP, there is resentment among loyal party MLAs who are not happy over the “outsiders” who joined the party in the past few years getting preference while picking the ministers
It has been a month since chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis were sworn-in but things are not exactly hunky-dory in both camps as cabinet expansion is yet to take place (PTI)
It has been a month since chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis were sworn-in but things are not exactly hunky-dory in both camps as cabinet expansion is yet to take place (PTI)
Published on Jul 30, 2022 11:05 AM IST

Will Marathas find a place in OBC quota? Backward class commission begins hearing

The demand by Marathas for inclusion in the OBC category is facing resistance from the latter community
The OBCs, who compete with Marathas for the control of local power structures, feel that including the Marathas will deprive them of quota benefits, including political reservations. (AFP)
The OBCs, who compete with Marathas for the control of local power structures, feel that including the Marathas will deprive them of quota benefits, including political reservations. (AFP)
Published on Jul 29, 2022 12:35 AM IST
ByDhaval Kulkarni and Surendra P Gangan

Ahead of SC hearing, Shinde to make 5th trip to Delhi

Amid the uncertainty in the wake of the scheduled hearing in the Supreme Court over a clutch of petitions filed over the formation of the Eknath Shinde-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, the CM is expected to talk about the cabinet expansion
While Shinde camp is not happy with the jibes, they see the consultations in Delhi are unavoidable for Shinde whose government is largely at the mercy of the BJP which has 115 MLAs as against his 50 (ANI)
While Shinde camp is not happy with the jibes, they see the consultations in Delhi are unavoidable for Shinde whose government is largely at the mercy of the BJP which has 115 MLAs as against his 50 (ANI)
Published on Jul 28, 2022 12:12 AM IST

‘To see Shinde as CM upsetting,’ says Maharashtra BJP chief in leaked video

Mumbai, July 23, 2022: Bharatiya Janata Party state unit chief Chandrakant Patil on Saturday created a political flutter when he told party workers that it was with a heavy heart that the BJP had accepted Eknath Shinde as their chief minister
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with Chandrakant Patil during BJP State Executive meeting at Vasudev Balwant Phadke Auditorium, Panvel, in Navi Mumbai, India, on Saturday, July 23, 2022. (Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with Chandrakant Patil during BJP State Executive meeting at Vasudev Balwant Phadke Auditorium, Panvel, in Navi Mumbai, India, on Saturday, July 23, 2022. (Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 24, 2022 01:02 AM IST

Three districts will have no OBC reservation, 12 to get 27%

The apex court on Wednesday approved the Banthia commission report and gave go-ahead for holding the elections with the OBC quota
 (PTI)
(PTI)
Updated on Jul 21, 2022 11:39 PM IST

Maharashtra crisis: Conceded CM’s chair but key portfolios to remain with BJP

BJP insiders concede that until the events played none of them were aware that Eknath Shinde would be the new chief minister of Maharashtra.
Shiv Sena workers burn firecrackers to celebrate the announcement of Eknath Shinde's name as the next chief minister of Maharashtra, in Thane, Thursday, June 30, 2022. (PTI Photo)
Shiv Sena workers burn firecrackers to celebrate the announcement of Eknath Shinde's name as the next chief minister of Maharashtra, in Thane, Thursday, June 30, 2022. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 04:55 AM IST
By, Mumbai

BJP set to bag key portfolios; home up in air

By keeping key portfolios, BJP will want to ensure that development-related works in Maharashtra are steered by it
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari offers sweets to Shiv Sena party leader Eknath Shinde. (AFP)
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari offers sweets to Shiv Sena party leader Eknath Shinde. (AFP)
Published on Jul 01, 2022 12:13 AM IST

Mega twist in Maha plot: Eknath Shinde takes oath as chief minister

The development brings the curtains on the experiment that was the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance and puts under immense pressure Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who now faces an unprecedented crisis in retaining the reins of a party shaped around his father.
Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde (L) took oath as the new chief minister of Maharashtra, while BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as the deputy chief minister. (PTI)
Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde (L) took oath as the new chief minister of Maharashtra, while BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as the deputy chief minister. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 05:30 AM IST

Like Arnie, Fadnavis said 'I'll be back'. He makes good on his promise

Fadnavis, BJP’s rising star since 2014 when he became only the second Brahmin CM in the state after Manohar Joshi and it’s second youngest CM after Sharad Pawar, took his 2019 defeat as a personal affront
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis along with other party leaders celebrates after CM Uddhav Thackeray resigns from his post, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis along with other party leaders celebrates after CM Uddhav Thackeray resigns from his post, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 09:58 AM IST

Chipping away since 2019, BJP's Devendra Fadnavis eyes third shot at CM’s chair

Devendra Fadnavis also had to claw his way back into the central leadership’s favour and he proved his political chops when he ensured the BJP returned to power in Goa in the face of massive anti-incumbency.
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis along with other party leaders celebrates after CM Uddhav Thackeray resigns from his post, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis along with other party leaders celebrates after CM Uddhav Thackeray resigns from his post, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 04:53 AM IST
By, Mumbai

It’s still not late, come and talk, urges Uddhav

It was an emotive appeal to those MLAs who might be having second thoughts about breaking their affiliation with the Shiv Sena.
CM Uddhav Thackeray reaches Vidhan Bhavan during Maharashtra Legislative Council elections for ten seats at Vidhan Bhavan, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, June 20, 2022. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
CM Uddhav Thackeray reaches Vidhan Bhavan during Maharashtra Legislative Council elections for ten seats at Vidhan Bhavan, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, June 20, 2022. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 29, 2022 01:24 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Swapnil Rawal

Still not too late, come and talk: Uddhav to rebel MLAs

Legal experts say a floor test would be challenged if it’s called for before the next hearing in the SC on the plea about the disqualification of 16 MLAs and a no trust motion against the deputy speaker
Shiv Sena supporters at a protest against MLA Yogesh Kadam in Dapoli on Tuesday. (ANIL PHALKE/HT)
Shiv Sena supporters at a protest against MLA Yogesh Kadam in Dapoli on Tuesday. (ANIL PHALKE/HT)
Published on Jun 29, 2022 12:36 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Swapnil Rawal

Maharashtra political crisis: BJP offers Shinde the same deal it did Ajit Pawar

The BJP needs 38 MLAs to post a majority in the 288 member-strong Maharashtra Assembly and topple the incumbent MVA government. However, at the time of going to print there was no clarity about the exact number of MLAs willing to defect.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray leaves for Matoshree, his personal residence in Bandra from Varsha, the chief minister's official residence, in Mumbai, on June 22, 2022. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray leaves for Matoshree, his personal residence in Bandra from Varsha, the chief minister's official residence, in Mumbai, on June 22, 2022. (Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 06:25 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Mumbai

BJP offer to Eknath Shinde: Deputy CM, key cabinet berths

The deal involves similar number of ministerial berths on offer as it was in 2019, when, after a fractured election mandate, former BJP chief minister Devendra Fadnavis made an attempt to ally with then NCP rebel Ajit Pawar to form a government that lasted 80 hours
Supporters of Shiv Sena rebel Leader Eknath Shinde holds a banner reads
Supporters of Shiv Sena rebel Leader Eknath Shinde holds a banner reads "WE Support Eknath Shinde", in Thane on Wednesday. (Praful Gangurde)
Updated on Jun 28, 2022 04:58 PM IST

Maharashtra fallout: Fadnavis’s skill, shrewdness back in spotlight amid crisis

Two-and-half years ago, Devendra Fadnavis, then the chief minister of Maharashtra famously said Mee Punha Yein (I shall return) on the last day of the final session of his government. The phrase ended up being his campaign slogan as well.
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis along with BJP party MLAs celebrate after winning all 5 seat in MLC election at Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai on Monday. (HT photo)
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis along with BJP party MLAs celebrate after winning all 5 seat in MLC election at Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai on Monday. (HT photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 08:23 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Discontent among ruling allies behind BJP’s victory

Insiders in the BJP have attributed the victory, which seemed impossible based on the number of MLAs, to the leadership’s perfect strategy
He added that just like for the Rajya Sabha poll, the strategy to give more first preference votes to a couple of candidates so that the last candidate can benefit from surplus votes worked in council elections too (Anshuman Poyrekar)
He added that just like for the Rajya Sabha poll, the strategy to give more first preference votes to a couple of candidates so that the last candidate can benefit from surplus votes worked in council elections too (Anshuman Poyrekar)
Updated on Jun 21, 2022 12:10 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Dhaval Kulkarni

Council poll: Parties to spend about 10k on each MLA’s hotel stay

All the major parties in the state, namely Shiv Sena, Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have lodged their MLAs in four five-star hotels across the city
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis reaches Taj President hotel for briefing the party's MLAs for the upcoming MLC elections on June 20 for ten seats on Saturday (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis reaches Taj President hotel for briefing the party's MLAs for the upcoming MLC elections on June 20 for ten seats on Saturday (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 19, 2022 12:17 AM IST

MLAs sent to hotels ahead of MLC polls in Maharashtra

A total of 11 candidates are in the fray for the 10 seats up for grabs, with the Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) — allies in the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) — each fielding two candidates, while the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has nominated five members.
All four major political parties in Maharashtra have lodged their legislators in five-star hotels to prevent any bid of poaching by rivals, days ahead of the elections to the state’s legislative council on June 20, people familiar with the developments said. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
All four major political parties in Maharashtra have lodged their legislators in five-star hotels to prevent any bid of poaching by rivals, days ahead of the elections to the state’s legislative council on June 20, people familiar with the developments said. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 19, 2022 12:48 AM IST
By, Mumbai

MLC elections may become a battle between two resourceful politicians for tenth seat

Mumbai: The election for 10 seats to the Maharashtra Legislative Council could turn out to be a fierce battle for the tenth slot as the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) can get nine candidates elected on their strength in the assembly
With their targets clear, the task is cut out for Lad and Jagtap. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
With their targets clear, the task is cut out for Lad and Jagtap. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 18, 2022 12:24 AM IST

Unease in MVA coalition in run-up to legislative council elections

In fact the mood in the ruling camp is in sharp contrast to the atmosphere that prevailed prior to the June 10 Rajya Sabha when there was far greater synergy and optimism between the three parties
All the three allies are fighting their own battles which could lead to trust issues between them ahead of the civic and district polls. (HT Archive)
All the three allies are fighting their own battles which could lead to trust issues between them ahead of the civic and district polls. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jun 16, 2022 07:27 AM IST
ByShailesh Gaikwad and Surendra P Gangan
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