Does a clean image help a politician win elections? Congressmen in the state are asking each other this question.
For the past few days, many in Mantralaya’s corridors are talking in hushed tones about a letter reportedly sent by a senior bureaucrat to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and two other ministers. Shailesh Gaikwad writes.
After a strategy meeting of the party’s senior leaders, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has indicated that the much-talked about plan, to field some ministers for Parliamentary elections to win more Lok Sabha seats, is pretty much on.
The undertone to NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s remarks on the latest controversy kicked up by his nephew, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, and the way the latter chose to sit on a fast has set tongues wagging.
Giving in to the demand made by legislators, the state government has suspended police sub-inspector Sachin Suryavanshi for rude behaviour with MLA Kshitij Thakur, writes Shailesh Gaikwad.
Amidst allegations against Nationalist Congress Party ministers and fighting between opposition parties, little is being said about the happenings in the state Congress – the ruling party that hopes to return to power in 2014.
At least one third of Maharashtra is facing severe drought with hundreds of villages being supplied drinking water through tankers. To say that the situation is bad could be an understatement. There is no official mechanism to check the quality of this water but it is likely that it won’t be much different to the tanker water used in several Mumbai buildings for non-potable purposes. And there is no guarantee that even this water will be available till mid-June when the monsoon is expected to start.
Contrary to what many expected when he took over in November 2010, Prithviraj Chavan has completed two years as Chief Minister of Maharashtra. When he was sent to Mumbai, almost everybody who mattered in Maharashtra Congress had predicted (in private) that he would be back in New Delhi in about a year. Shailesh Gaikwad writes.
Two staunch disciples of Puttaparthi’s Sathya Sai Baba are locked in a tussle for the CM’s gaddi: incumbent Ashok Chavan and his predecessor Vilasrao Deshmukh. After polling was over, Chavan rushed to Puttaparthi and spent an entire day there, seeking Baba’s blessing. Deshmukh is sure to follow. Shailesh Gaikwad writes.