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Yogesh Joshi is Assistant Editor at Hindustan Times. He covers politics, security, development and human rights from Western Maharashtra.

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Grandfather of Pune accident accused paid Chhota Rajan to kill corporator

As per the CBI, which has charge-sheeted the boy’s grandfather, the senior citizen allegedly contracted the gangster in 2009 to kill Shiv Sena's Ajay Bhosale.

The Porsche car found without number plate, in Pune (PTI)
Updated on May 23, 2024 08:06 AM IST
By, Pune

Stage set for polling in 3 Pune constituencies

Pune seat will be a fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Murlidhar Mohol, a former mayor and four times corporator and Ravindra Dhangekar, a Congress MLA from Kasba Peth and five-term corporator

Polling could see the repeat of 2019, when voter turnout was 49 per cent in Pune even as the Election Commission (EC) hopes the number will push up further this time with rain may offer respite from the heat. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 13, 2024 06:42 AM IST

Narendra Dabholkar murder case: CBI, police ‘failed to unearth masterminds’, says court

In its 170-page order, the special court for UAPA cases observed that Dabholkar’s murder was not an exclusive act of Sachin Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, the two convicted shooters, and there is pre-plan by the masterminds, which the prosecution has failed to unmask

This undated photograph shows Indian activist Narendra Dabholkar who was gunned down by two motorcycle-riding attackers on Tuesday, Aug. 20 as he was taking a morning walk in Pune, India. The 67-year-old doctor-turned-activist had been receiving death threats for years since he began traveling by public buses to hundreds of villages around Maharashtra state to lecture against superstitions, religious extremism, black magic and animal or human sacrifice, according to his friend and fellow activist, Deepak Girme. (AP Photo) (AP FILE)
Updated on May 11, 2024 04:14 PM IST
By, Nadeem Inamdar

Narendra Dabholkar murder: Two accused get life imprisonment, three acquitted

Sachin Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, who allegedly shot rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune in August 2013, were sentenced to life imprisonment. The three other accused, Virendrasinh Tawade, Sanjiv Punalekar and Vikram Bhave, were acquitted for lack of evidence

Mumbai, India, October 2_ Members of Maharashtra Samiti protest against the killing of Narendra Dabholkar at Dadar on the occassion of Gandhi Jayanti on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. (Photo by Kalpak Pathak / Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 11, 2024 06:40 AM IST
By, Nadeem Inamdar

Dabholkar murder: 2 get life term, 3 let off

Special court convicts 2 for rationalist Dabholkar's murder in Pune, sentences them to life. 3 acquitted. Verdict deals blow to wider conspiracy probe.

Dabholkar, who was 67 when he was killed, dedicated almost 30 years of his life towards working to eradicate superstition in Maharashtra. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 11, 2024 05:44 AM IST
By, Nadeem Inamdar, Pune

2 convicted of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar’s murder

The killing of Narendra Dabholkar was the first in a series of assassinations targeting rationalist thought

Rationalist Narendra Dabholkar. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 10, 2024 08:24 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Contenders bank on support of alliance parties

Two key candidates from Pune - BJP’s Murlidhar Mohol and Congress’ Ravindra Dhangekar spoke with Hindustan Times on various issues

(left) Congress’ Ravindra Dhangekar and BJP’s Murlidhar Mohol. (GANESH GAMARE)
Updated on May 10, 2024 07:56 AM IST

Baramati polls 56.07%, less than 2019 turnout; advantage who?

The less than 2019 Lok Sabha election turnout during Tuesday’s polling in Baramati parliamentary seat has made contest even more close amid claims of victory from Supriya Sule and Sunetra Pawar

On Tuesday, Supriya Sule (third from left) cast her vote along with her family members in Baramati. The less than 2019 Lok Sabha election turnout during Tuesday’s polling in Baramati parliamentary seat has made contest even more close amid claims of victory from Supriya Sule and Sunetra Pawar. (HT)
Updated on May 08, 2024 08:16 AM IST

Monday Musings: No central theme to campaigns at halfway mark

The polls are an acid test for Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his deputy and NCP chief Ajit Pawar as they have cast their lots with the BJP by splitting their respective parties

LS polls are important for Uddhav Thackeray (R), Sharad Pawar as they fight for their political survival. (HT FILE)
Updated on May 06, 2024 07:16 AM IST

Congress promise of caste census implies redistribution of wealth: Sitharaman

Earlier on Friday, Gandhi while addressing a public meeting in the city stressed that his party, if voted to power, will conduct a caste census to know each community’s share in jobs in various sectors with a promise to increase the 50 per cent cap on quota

Sitharaman also claimed that the Congress government in Karnataka did not take action against JD(S) leader Prajwal Revanna, accused of sexually abusing women, for fear of losing Vokkaliga votes. (HT FILE)
Updated on May 05, 2024 07:32 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi should apologise for politicising Rohith Vemula’s death, says Sitharaman

The Telangana police on Friday filed a closure report on the death of Vemula, a University of Hyderabad student who died by suicide in 2016

Nirmala Sitharaman (C) was speaking at an event in city. Also seen are BJP MP Medha Kulkarni (R) and leader Shaina NC. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 05, 2024 07:04 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi should apologise for politicising Rohith Vemula’s death: Sitharaman

Amid row, Telangana police, who filed closure report in Vemula’s death, say they will re-investigate the matter.

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke at the Decan college in Pune on Saturday.
Updated on May 05, 2024 03:26 AM IST

‘Wandering soul’ has been bringing political instability in Maharashtra: Modi targets Sharad Pawar

The soul is not just content in destabilising only Maharashtra. Attempts are being made to create political instability in the country, said the prime minister, adding that the country today needs to be saved from such wandering souls to provide stable and strong government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by (on right) Pune and Baramati candidates Murlidhar Mohol, Sunetra Pawar and Shivajirao Adhalrao, and Shrirang Barne of Shirur and Maval candidates during a public meeting in Pune on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 06:20 AM IST

Attempt by Opposition to create unrest in the country: PM Modi on fake videos

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while referring to fake videos made through artificial intelligence (AI) termed the latest developments “worrisome”.

Pune: Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre) during a campaign rally for Lok Sabha polls, in Pune, Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 06:45 AM IST

Will BJP’s attempt to shift Maharashtra battle to Modi Vs Rahul help party?

MVA has this time fielded strong candidates at some places from Western Maharashtra and Marathwada, who have put a formidable challenge in front of Mahayuti.

Last week Fadnavis repeated the same message as he spoke in a public rally addressed by the Prime Minister at Kolhapur. (HT FILE)
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 10:01 AM IST

Can Shivaji Maharaj’s two descendants become princes of polls?

The ongoing general elections in India will witness two descendants of 17th-century Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj contesting the polls: Udayanraje Bhosale from Satara and Chhatrapati Shahu II from Kolhapur

Udayanraje Bhosale from Satara is the 13th descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 07:02 AM IST

HT interview | ‘INDIA bloc must stick together after June 4,’ says Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar also said the debate on wealth redistribution is “entirely foolish” but caste census is the imperative for reservation to be recalibrated.

Nationalist Congress Party (SP) president Sharad Pawar.(HT photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 09:30 AM IST

RSS enters Supriya-vs-Sunetra battle

Baramati goes to polls on May 7. Sunetra, a newbie, is locked in a tough battle with three-time MP Supriya Pawar, whose father Sharad Pawar has been micro-managing Supriya’s campaign in the family’s five-decade-old stronghold and putting every possible effort into the high-stakes contest

RSS enters Supriya-vs-Sunetra battle
Updated on Apr 21, 2024 07:40 AM IST

Jaishankar accuses Opposition of doublespeak on Katchatheevu, China rows

According to Jaishankar, the records made available through RTI suggests foreign secretary had briefed then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Karunanidhi between 1973-1974 about the Katchatheevu

External affairs minister S Jaishankar (C) arrives at the public function on Friday. (Mahendra Kolhe/HT)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 05:46 AM IST

Monday Musings: Fragmentation of politics and division of votes

As the state heads into national elections, the political landscape has become more crowded with new players

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde (C), Deputy Chief Ministers Devendra Fadnavis (L) and Ajit Pawar. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 08:16 AM IST

Sunetra Pawar: When the personal is political

Sunetra Pawar has been nominated to contest the Baramati Lok Sabha seat against her husband Ajit’s cousin, Supriya Sule

Sunetra Pawar (in pic) has been nominated to contest the Baramati Lok Sabha seat against her husband Ajit’s cousin, Supriya Sule. (HT)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 02:59 PM IST

Ticket to Sunetra a ploy to ‘finish off’ Pawar: Supriya Sule

Baramati is set for a high-profile battle after the Ajit Pawar-led NCP’s announcement of Sunetra Pawar as a candidate. Sunetra Pawar, 60, is set to lock horns with Supriya Sule, 54, three-time sitting member of parliament and daughter of Sharad Pawar

Sule further said that the duel within the Pawar family playing out in the LS polls will not dent her respect for Sunetra as the latter is her elder brother’s wife and like a mother to her. (HT FILE)
Updated on Apr 01, 2024 08:06 AM IST

Wrestling’s age-old connection with Maha politics

Pawar may have turned a metaphorical usage around, but even literally, wrestlers, as well as those connected with the sport, have been of huge importance in Maharashtra politics. Even today, there are wrestlers in the forthcoming Lok Sabha fray from all parties

While Chandrahar Patil (left) joined Sena (UBT) earlier this month, Sharad Pawar was the president of Maharashtra State Wrestling Association for 40 years.
Updated on Mar 31, 2024 07:04 AM IST

Cong picks Kasba giant killer Dhangekar for Pune LS battle

Congress announces Ravindra Dhangekar as Pune Lok Sabha candidate, known for defeating BJP in Kasba Peth. Also named are 6 other Maharashtra candidates.

Cong on Thursday officially announced Ravindra Dhangekar as the party candidate for Pune LS battle. (HT)
Updated on Mar 22, 2024 08:44 AM IST

Monday Musings: Five phases allow parties ample time to use forces effectively

While the ECI may have its reasons for prolonging the polling process over a month in the state, it comes as a relief for political parties amidst a cluttered political landscape

As the polling progresses from eastern to western Maharashtra, parties can deploy their forces sequentially from Vidarbha, Marathwada, and western Maharashtra to regions like Pune, Mumbai, Thane, and Nashik, slated for the final two phases. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 18, 2024 07:28 AM IST

Baramati voters divided in Pawar versus Pawar battle

While the Lok Sabha contest in Baramati is likely to be between Sunetra and Supriya, its outcome will determine who has complete control over the organisation that saw Ajit rebel in July 2023, taking away the symbol and the party

NCP (SCP) leader Supriya Sule and Ajit Pawar's wife Sunetra Pawar meet at a temple in Baramati recently. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 07:44 AM IST

Can the BJP make it once again in Pune?

Party banks on mega projects like metro rail work, river rejuvenation, Chandani Chowk multi-level flyover

In view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the police carried out a route march in Dehu Road area recently. (HT FILE)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 07:28 AM IST

A Maratha face, Murlidhar Mohol is BJP’s Pune candidate for Lok Sabha polls

The BJP chose 50-year-old Mohol over other aspirants including former city unit chief Jagdish Mulik, and RSS functionary Sunil Deodhar

As mayor of Pune, Mohol gained the confidence of senior party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah, and managed to bring them to Pune for various functions. (HT FILE)
Updated on Mar 14, 2024 08:20 AM IST

Old detractors corner Ajit Pawar in Baramati as uncle attempts to end past rivalries

While winning Baramati is crucial for Ajit Pawar’s future politics, his uncle is meeting some of his old rivals in state and local politics

Sharad Pawar with ex-MLA Anantrao Thopte (sitting on right) and his son Sangram Thopte (standing next to father). (HT)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 07:06 AM IST

Monday Musings: Imperative that PMC probes Katraj Zoo incident thoroughly

The alleged inefficient handling of the zoo once again came to the fore last week during the early hours of March 4 when an eight-year-old male leopard escaped from his enclosure at the rescue and rehabilitation centre

The alleged inefficient handling of the zoo once again came to the fore last week during the early hours of March 4 when an eight-year-old male leopard escaped from his enclosure at the rescue and rehabilitation centre. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 11, 2024 06:52 AM IST
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