HindustanTimes Wed,22 Oct 2014


Caste politics to decide next Maharashtra CM?

Eknath Khadse and Devendra Fadnavis
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) top brass has maintained that factors such as religion, caste and creed had no impact on the Assembly polls results, which were declared on Sunday. But some in the party are asking whether a coalition government, which will have members of different castes, will impact the selection of the CM candidate? 

Shiv Sena isn’t our enemy; we expect friends’ support, says Fadnavis

Devendra Fadnavis
With a steady stream of visitors, Devendra Fadnavis is a busy man. Despite emerging as the single largest party in the Assembly polls, the state BJP president admits that they should have won more seats. He, however, dodged questions on his being the next CM and a possible alliance with the Shiv Sena.

Congress won’t support Shiv Sena-led state govt

 Sonia Gandhi
The possibility of supporting a Shiv Sena-led government to pose an opposition to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is seven seats short of reaching a simple majority in the 288-member house, was ruled out by the Congress state leadership, when it met on Monday night.

Strong Action
Errant schools get a second chance to admit RTE students

Narendra Modi
Deferring its decision to recommend de-recognition of those schools which refused admissions to RTE students, the education department has now given them a second chance to admit students.

Bullied on a train? Log on to Facebook to complain

Taking Social Media too seriously?
The page was recently launched by the GRP, who say that it can be a useful tool for those who want to report incidents of bullying, using videos or photos of bullying incidents.

Foreigners entering India to be screened for Ebola

E bola 6
Until now, travellers from five West African countries, which have reported an outbreak of Ebola, were being screened. The decision has been taken in accordance with the government of India’s nine-point guideline for EVD preparedness.

EC notice to MNS chief Raj Thackeray over hate speech

Big B
The national BJP legal cell chief Vinod Tiwari on Friday demanded the Election Commission (EC) of India immediately derecognise the MNS for making hate speeches during the Assembly election campaign.

Are security forces responsible for Gadchiroli’s high turnout?


While travelling through the district, the HT found although there was genuine interest among the people of the conflict zone to be part of the electoral democracy, there are a few unsavoury practices employed by security forces to boost the turnout.

Chavan draws flak for Adarsh remarks

 Congress leaders have attacked former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan for his controversial remarks about his predecessors and the Adarsh scam.

Disillusioned MNS supporters drawn to BJP?

Is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) the beneficiary of the decline of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS)? A closer look at voting patterns in all 13 seats that the MNS won in 2009 reveals how many voters, probably disillusioned with MNS chief Raj Thackeray, went to the BJP, instead of the naturally assumed option of the Shiv Sena.

Congress’ core vote banks have deserted party

Independent MLAs
As the poll results revealed, the BJP replaced the Congress as the single-largest party in the state with 122 seats (a record of 20 years) and it became apparent the party had lost its 'core constituency'.

Leaders blame Prithviraj Chavan for poll debacle

Ajit Pawar and Prithviraj Chavan
After its worst-ever performance in the history of the state, the Congress state leadership is now busy fighting with each other.

Growing green
Mumbai: Organic is the way to grow for these urban farmers

Organic farming
For the past five years, Urban Leaves India – a group of amateur organic farmers – has been spreading awareness about urban farming in Mumbai.

Another IM operative granted bail in terror emails case

Farooque Tarkash, an accountant from Pune, was granted bail on grounds of parity, as another accused in the case who was arrested on the same charges had been granted bail earlier by Bombay HC.

Give ACB free hand to probe cases against babus: PIL

Bombay high court
A Mumbai activist has approached the Bombay HC seeking to quash a circular requiring the anti-corruption bureau to seek the state’s approval before starting any inquiry against an IAS/IPS officer or a minister.
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