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Why Savarkar remains a polarising figure in Maharashtra

Mumbai: Rahul Gandhi’s comments on Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s clemency petitions to the British seeking his release from the Cellular jail in the Andamans, have once again stoked debate on one of modern India’s most complex and controversial personalities

Mumbai, India - November 18, 2022: BJP Yuva Morcha party workers protest against Rahul Gandhi on his remarks on Veer Savarkar, near Kamgar Maidan, Dadar, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, November 18, 2022. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times) (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 19, 2022 12:41 AM IST

Is the BSS-BJP alliance heading for the rocky days?

Earlier this week, when agriculture minister Abdul Sattar drew flak from almost all parties for his abusive remarks against NCP MP Supriya Sule, the BJP did not bother to defend the loudmouth minister from the Shinde faction

Mumbai, Nov 03 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis indulge in a conversation during a programme of awarding of appointment letters under State level employment fair to the first phase candidates, at Yashwantrao Chavan Centre, in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (Deepak Salvi)
Updated on Nov 11, 2022 12:42 AM IST
ByDhaval Kulkarni and Surendra P Gangan

Mixed signals to BJP: Out on bail, Raut showers Dy CM with praise

Raut, who was released on bail on Wednesday in a money-laundering case, has also welcomed Fadnavis’s statement that the bitterness in Maharashtra’s political ecosystem needs to be reduced

Mumbai, India - November 10, 2022: Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) leader and MP Sanjay Raut welcomed Rashmi Thackeray and party chief Uddhav Thackeray at Matoshree, Bandra, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, November 10, 2022. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 11, 2022 12:36 AM IST

Sanjay Raut’s release a boost to dispirited Sena

On Wednesday evening, thousands of party workers gathered outside Arthur Road jail when Raut was released. “We are warriors, we will continue to fight,” the Rajya Sabha MP told reporters after coming out of prison

Mumbai, India - November 09, 2022: Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) leader and MP Sanjay Raut meets his mother, wife and family members at his house after the Special Court (PMLA) granted him bail in a money laundering case pertaining to the Patra Chawl redevelopment project, at Bhandup, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, November 09, 2022. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 10, 2022 12:38 AM IST

Mumbai police uniform has evolved in colour and style over the centuries

The officers of rank from sub-inspectors to superintendents of police (as the present-day assistant commissioners of police or ACPs were then known in Mumbai) wore white uniforms, and maintaining them in their clean, spotless form was difficult in those tumultuous times. The cost of laundering them was also high. This led to the state government’s decision to phase them out and bring in khaki uniforms.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently stressed the need for police forces across the country to have a standard uniform. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 09, 2022 01:07 AM IST

SC order on EWS: What will be the impact on Maratha reservation issue?

The community outfits feel that one of the grounds on which the quota was quashed—the 50% cap on the reservation--has become an infructuous paving way for the revival of the quota

SC order on EWS: What will be the impact on Maratha reservation issue?
Published on Nov 08, 2022 12:36 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Dhaval Kulkarni

Be prepared for mid-term polls, Thackeray tells workers

On Saturday, Thackeray held a meeting of Shiv Sena leaders and the 200-odd samparka pramukhs or communication chiefs of the party who serve as a link between the high command and district-level functionaries.

A senior Shiv Sena (UBT) leader, who was present at the meeting, said that party leaders had been asked to enroll primary members and also encourage the registration of first-time voters. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 05, 2022 11:50 PM IST

Did you know that Mahim and Mahul were Mahimadesa and Mahavali?

These and more nuggets from history will be brought to light in a volume on the ‘Historical Geography of Maharashtra and Goa’ to be released by the state government’s gazetteer department early next year

Mumbai, India - April 26, 2017: Mahim fort in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 04, 2022 12:37 AM IST

Coming to the screens ahead of 2024: a sequel to the Dighe biopic, feat. CM Shinde in supporting role

Mumbai: Those keeping a close watch on Eknath Shinde’s political trajectory know of the key role played by a Marathi film in his meteoric rise to chief ministership

Mumbai, India - November 02, 2022: Marathi film
Published on Nov 03, 2022 12:51 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Dhaval Kulkarni

Shivshakti-Bhimshakti: Will the state witness Thackeray-Ambedkar alliance soon?

The event, which also has political connotations due to the likely social and political rainbow alliance that may be shaped by it, will take place at the Shivaji Mandir in Dadar West

The event, which also has political connotations due to the likely social and political rainbow alliance that may be shaped by it, will take place at the Shivaji Mandir in Dadar West (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 03, 2022 12:43 AM IST

With its candidate out, BJP promoting NOTA option, alleges UBT

Mumbai What was supposed to begin with a bang, ended with a whimper after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrew its candidate from the Andheri East assembly bypolls to be held on Thursday

With its candidate out, BJP promoting NOTA option, alleges UBT
Published on Nov 02, 2022 11:56 PM IST

Delhi mass religious conversion: BR Ambedkar’s kin to protest against ‘proscribing’ vows

The incident led to flak from the BJP and Hindutva groups, which accused the AAP of hurting sentiments.

“But, after these polls are through, there is a chance that these 22 pledges may be banned,” said Prakash Ambedkar (in photo). Hence, the conclave was being organised at Nanded he said, stressing that “the danger bell has already rung.” (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 01, 2022 11:50 PM IST

Centre approves 492 crore electronic cluster for Maha

After the loss of recent big-ticket projects, Ranjangaon project brings some cheer for Shinde-Fadnavis government

Monday’s announcement came as a shot in the arm for the state government which has been under attack from the opposition for not doing enough to shore up investments in the state. (PTI)
Published on Nov 01, 2022 12:35 AM IST
ByFaisal Malik and Dhaval Kulkarni

Yet another big-ticket project slips away from Maharashtra

Mumbai: A day after Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde assured the state of big-ticket investments, yet another project has slipped away from it

The Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) is calling for the Shinde-Fadnavis government to step down on moral grounds. (PTI)
Published on Oct 31, 2022 12:15 AM IST
ByPradip Kumar Maitra and Dhaval Kulkarni

Beyond sympathy wave: Thackeray faction bats for farmers

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) has decided to take up cudgels for farmers who have lost their produce to unseasonal rainfall

Mumbai, India - July 3, 2022: Aditya Thackeray reached, during the 2 days special assembly session held at Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, July 3, 2022. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 28, 2022 12:36 AM IST

Excise department plans digital lock on tankers to curb spurious liquor

These GPS-tagged digital locks will do away with the present system wherein tankers are manually locked or unlocked, making them susceptible to manipulation. Once the vehicle reaches the intended destination, a one-time password (OTP) will be sent to the registered number for opening the lock.

Officials from the state excise department said they were planning to link this with a vehicle tracking system (VTS) to ensure that the tankers do not deviate from their usual route. This will cover vehicles plying within the state, those from other states which pass through Maharashtra, and tankers ferrying their cargo from Maharashtra to locations outside the state. (Image for representation)
Published on Oct 24, 2022 12:14 AM IST

BJP attempts to win over Marathi manoos through festivals

The BJP, which is going all out to capture the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) from the Shiv Sena, has been using festivals like dahi handi, Ganesh utsav, Navratri and now Diwali to reach out to the Marathi manoos, who forms the core of the Shiv Sena’s support base.

Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at a Diwali programme in Nagpur. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 22, 2022 11:53 PM IST
ByDhaval Kulkarni and Surendra P Gangan

Maha politicians to mix festivities and voter outreach this Diwali

Political activities are the focus for all party leaders this Diwali – the first after the split in the Shiv Sena. The chiefs of both factions have been focusing on an outreach program.

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde at a Diwali celebration event in Thane. He is also likely to visit Revdanda in Raigad district to meet spiritual preacher Appasaheb Dharmadhikari. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 22, 2022 11:12 PM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Dhaval Kulkarni

State adopts policy to facilitate rollout of 5G

The state cabinet, in its meeting on Thursday, approved a telecom infrastructure policy which was in line with the Indian Telegraph Right of Way (Amendment) Rules, 2022. This is aimed at laying down a uniform, single-window policy for the grant of RoW permissions and streamlining fees that are charged for setting up telecom infrastructure

State adopts policy to facilitate rollout of 5G
Published on Oct 20, 2022 10:52 PM IST

Thackeray faction looks to re-induct leaders who had left the party

MumbaiIn an attempt to shore up its ranks, the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) is working on inducting former partymen-turned-rebels and leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other parties into its fold

Pune, India - June 24, 2017: Balasaheb Dangat (R) and Sudhanshu Dangat (L) during Launch of Pune edition of Hindustan Times at Appa Balwant Chowk in Pune, India, on Saturday, June 24, 2017. (Photo by Pratham Gokhale/ Hindustan Times) (Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 20, 2022 12:37 AM IST

Shiv Sena (UBT) to use token bypoll as opportunity to show strength

Mumbai The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may have withdrawn its candidate from the Andheri East by-elections, but for the Shiv Sena, the war is not over yet

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Published on Oct 19, 2022 12:34 AM IST

Enmity ‘Left’ behind? CPI support to Sena a far cry from 1970

Though the CPI is now a fringe player in Mumbai politics, the party’s support to the Shiv Sena is a watershed event considering the bad blood between the two parties which involved the murder of a CPI MLA in 1970 and the defeat of his widow by the Shiv Sena in a similar by-election 52 years ago

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Published on Oct 18, 2022 12:18 AM IST

BJP’s Patel withdraws candidature in Andheri East bypoll

BJP party workers said the decision to withdraw their candidate was taken following surveys that indicated a potential sympathy wave for Rutuja Latke, which would have made winning the seat difficult for the party

Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) candidate Rutuja Latke campaigning from Parsiwada to Chakala area for Andheri East bypoll, at Andheri, in Mumbai, India, on Monday. (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 18, 2022 12:00 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Dhaval Kulkarni

Why BJP decided to withdraw candidate from Andheri East assembly bypoll

The BJP’s decision came a day after MNS chief Raj Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar sought unopposed election of Rutuja Latke from Andheri East to show reverence to her husband and the deceased MLA, Ramesh Latke

Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 17, 2022 04:38 PM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Dhaval Kulkarni

Political battle likely to trump civic issues, say experts

The Andheri by-poll, scheduled to be held on November 3, has garnered state-wide importance in the backdrop of the political upheaval in the state when 40 of 55 MLAs left Thackeray to join hands with the BJP to form the government in Maharashtra

Political battle likely to trump civic issues, say experts
Published on Oct 17, 2022 12:14 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Dhaval Kulkarni

Jai Jai Maharashtra Mazha could be state’s official song

Mumbai Maharashtra may soon join a select list of states in the country which have its own ‘state song

Mumbai, India - August 17, 2022: MLA and Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar enters Vidhan Bhavan during the first day of the monsoon session of Maharashtra Legislature Assembly, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, August 17, 2022. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 17, 2022 12:00 AM IST

BJP divided over withdrawal of candidate from Andheri East by-poll

The ‘high profile’ Andheri East by-poll may see an unexpected turn in the days to come especially after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray shot off a letter and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar made an appeal asking Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to withdraw its candidate from the by-poll

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Published on Oct 16, 2022 11:54 PM IST
ByDhaval Kulkarni and Surendra P Gangan

Rival candidates file nominations for key Andheri bypoll

Stage set for first face-off between BJP and Thackeray led Shiv Sena faction in Andheri bypoll as Rutuja Latke and Murji Patel file their nominations

Mumbai, India - October 14, 2022: Workers of Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) in support of party candidate Rutuja Latke, wife of late MLA Ramesh Latke while submitting her election nomination form for the Andheri (East) Assembly bypoll, at Andheri, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, October 14, 2022. (Photo by Vijay Bate/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 14, 2022 11:50 PM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Dhaval Kulkarni

What the new names and symbols imply

Mumbai: On Saturday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) issued an interim order freezing the name and ‘bow-and-arrow’ symbol of the Shiv Sena

Mumbai, India - October 11, 2022: Supporters of CM Eknath Shinde put up a banner in the new party name “Balasahebanchi Shivsena” welcoming him for the Abhishekam in accordance with Shri Mahakal Lok Shivarpana program, at Babulnath temple, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 12, 2022 12:39 AM IST

Sena cadre promises to keep the flame alive

Mumbai: It was a deja vu moment for the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, when the Election Commission of India (ECI) allocated the mashaal (flaming torch) symbol to the party, after freezing the long-established bow-and-arrow symbol

Mumbai, India, October 11: Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) party workers hold burning torches during a
Published on Oct 12, 2022 12:34 AM IST
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