Faisal Malik

Faisal is with the political team and covers state administration and state politics. He also covers NCP.

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Feb 26 bypolls: MVA yet to decide on candidates

Mumbai: After elections for five seats of the legislative council, Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are all set for another face-off ahead of the local body elections in Maharashtra

The by-polls for north Kolhapur and Pandharpur assembly constituencies were contested by BJP while in the Andheri (East) constituency, Eknath Shinde-led BSS decided to withdraw from the contest at the last minute. MVA too decided not to follow the tradition and contest the polls. (HT PHOTO)
The by-polls for north Kolhapur and Pandharpur assembly constituencies were contested by BJP while in the Andheri (East) constituency, Eknath Shinde-led BSS decided to withdraw from the contest at the last minute. MVA too decided not to follow the tradition and contest the polls. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 11:53 PM IST

Satyajeet Tambe accuses Congress of conspiracy

The development came a day after council poll results were declared in which Tambe emerged victorious against MVA candidate Shubhangi Patil in Nashik Teacher’s constituency.

Sangamner, India - November 27, 2016: Satyajeet Tambe in Sangamner, India, on Sunday, November 27, 2016. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times) (HT PHOTO)
Sangamner, India - November 27, 2016: Satyajeet Tambe in Sangamner, India, on Sunday, November 27, 2016. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 10:12 PM IST

Hours after electoral victory, MVA partners begin bickering

The squabbling began with NCP leader Ajit Pawar sympathising with rebel Congressman Satyajeet Tambe—who has been expelled for six years for contesting the recent council elections as an independent—and advising the Congress to re-admit him into the party fold.

The Congress was quick to express its disconcertion at Ajit’s statement. “In the MVA government, the NCP was handling the home department. They could have stopped the MLAs who rebelled. Why was it not done then?” said Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole, adding, however, that this was not the appropriate time for a blame game. “We don’t want to bring the past back or blame anyone for what happened last year,” he said. (HT PHOTO)
The Congress was quick to express its disconcertion at Ajit’s statement. “In the MVA government, the NCP was handling the home department. They could have stopped the MLAs who rebelled. Why was it not done then?” said Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole, adding, however, that this was not the appropriate time for a blame game. “We don’t want to bring the past back or blame anyone for what happened last year,” he said. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 12:17 AM IST

MVA likely to win 3 out of 5 council seats; BJP manages to bag 1

The MVA candidate was declared elected in the Nagpur graduates’ constituency and appeared to be winning in the Aurangabad teachers’ constituency and Amravati graduates’ constituency. The BJP won only one seat — the Konkan teachers’ constituency while the Nashik graduates’ constituency went to Tambe, who won the polls by a margin of 29,465 votes against MVA candidate Shubhangi Patil. Tambe secured 68,999 votes

Nagpur: MVA's candidate Sudhakar Adbale flashes the victory sign after winning from Nagpur teachers' seat in the Maharashtra Legislative Council elections, in Nagpur, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_02_2023_000251B) (PTI)
Nagpur: MVA's candidate Sudhakar Adbale flashes the victory sign after winning from Nagpur teachers' seat in the Maharashtra Legislative Council elections, in Nagpur, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_02_2023_000251B) (PTI)
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 02:49 AM IST
By, Mumbai

State govt plans to bring in law to ensure timely approvals for investment proposals

The state government is planning to introduce a law that will override powers of the departments to approve investment proposals if they have failed to do so within the prescribed time limit

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Published on Feb 01, 2023 01:07 AM IST
By, Mumbai

State Congress failed to reap benefits of Bharat Jodo Yatra, say leaders

Tambe is the nephew of prominent Congress leader from western Maharashtra, Balasaheb Thorat, who himself is now under the party’s scanner

The biggest problem of the Congress in the state where it ruled consistently till 1990 is that it has failed to create an impression that it could be an alternative to the BJP. Even now, it is the only party which has a presence in each of the 288 assembly constituencies—however, its local leadership has failed to revive the party’s state units and also to make its presence felt as a strong opposition party by raising issues of mass concern. (Hindustan Times)
The biggest problem of the Congress in the state where it ruled consistently till 1990 is that it has failed to create an impression that it could be an alternative to the BJP. Even now, it is the only party which has a presence in each of the 288 assembly constituencies—however, its local leadership has failed to revive the party’s state units and also to make its presence felt as a strong opposition party by raising issues of mass concern. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 12:46 AM IST

Congress rebel Satyajeet Tambe gets BJP support for Nashik constituency

The announcement has come a day ahead of the polling for the five legislative council seats on Monday: the Amravati Graduates’ Constituency, Aurangabad Teachers’ Constituency, Nagpur Teachers’ Constituency, Konkan Teachers’ Constituency and the Nashik Graduates’ Constituency, from which Satyajeet is contesting as an independent candidate.

The seat has been a bone of contention between the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition and the Tambes for the last few weeks. The Congress had announced Sudhir Tambe, the sitting MLC and Satyajeet’s father, as its candidate—however, at the last minute Tambe Senior backed out while allowing his son Satyajeet to file a nomination as an independent candidate. (HT PHOTO)
The seat has been a bone of contention between the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition and the Tambes for the last few weeks. The Congress had announced Sudhir Tambe, the sitting MLC and Satyajeet’s father, as its candidate—however, at the last minute Tambe Senior backed out while allowing his son Satyajeet to file a nomination as an independent candidate. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 30, 2023 12:45 AM IST

Facing backlash over ‘insults’, State plans grand Shivaji Jayanti celebrations

Mumbai: After facing backlash over ‘insults’ to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Shinde-Fadnavis government has planned a grand six-day celebration on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the warrior king on February 19

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Published on Jan 25, 2023 01:03 AM IST

A day after Thackeray-Ambedkar tie-up, NCP wants to join hands with Sena for BMC polls

National Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar on Tuesday said his party would like to form an alliance with Shiv Sena (UBT) for the crucial Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections

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Published on Jan 25, 2023 12:58 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Koshyari offers to quit as Maha guv amid row over comment on Shivaji

Mumbai Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday said he wanted to step down from his position, and that he conveyed the decision to Prime Ninister Narendra Modi during his visit to the city last week — a move that comes amid a raging controversy over Koshyari’s remarks on Shivaji that led to calls for his resignation.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari (HT PHOTO)
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 01:50 AM IST

Koshyari informs PM Modi of his desire to step down as governor

Amid demands of resignation over his controversial remarks, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has expressed his willingness to step down from the position

Mumbai, India - November 01, 2022: Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari speaks during the inauguration of
Mumbai, India - November 01, 2022: Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari speaks during the inauguration of "Academic Launch of Maharashtra State Skills University”, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, November 01, 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 12:38 AM IST
By, Mumbai

NCP to start awareness drive about ‘insulted’ Maharashtra icons

By the end of 2022, the ruling BJP was at the receiving end of much flak from opposition parties owing to statements made by its leaders which were considered an “insult to the idols of Maharashtra”.

This is the second initiative taken by the NCP against the ruling parties. From January 4, the party commenced a statewide ‘Janjagar Yatra’ or awareness march being carried out by women leaders and workers of the party. The yatris travelled across Maharashtra to educate people on rising inflation and unemployment under the Modi government. (HT PHOTO)
This is the second initiative taken by the NCP against the ruling parties. From January 4, the party commenced a statewide ‘Janjagar Yatra’ or awareness march being carried out by women leaders and workers of the party. The yatris travelled across Maharashtra to educate people on rising inflation and unemployment under the Modi government. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 23, 2023 12:50 AM IST

BJP-MVA face-off likely in Chinchwad, Kasba Peth bypolls

The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are likely to have a face off ahead of the local body elections in the state as the opposition has indicated that it is likely to contest Kasba Peth and Chinchwad bypolls

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Updated on Jan 23, 2023 12:48 AM IST

Shinde curtails Davos trip to attend PM event

The five-day summit is scheduled to end on January 20. Earlier, deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis cancelled his trip for the same purpose. From airport, the CM headed for MMRDA grounds at Bandra Kurla Complex and reviewed the preparations where Modi will address a rally on Thursday

Eknath Shinde claimed MoUs worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.37 lakh crore had been signed in just three days and called it a record investment the state had ever received during a World Economic Forum meeting. “It was a fruitful tour as we could sign MoUs of over <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.37 lakh crore,” he said after coming out of the airport. (HT Archives)
Eknath Shinde claimed MoUs worth 1.37 lakh crore had been signed in just three days and called it a record investment the state had ever received during a World Economic Forum meeting. “It was a fruitful tour as we could sign MoUs of over 1.37 lakh crore,” he said after coming out of the airport. (HT Archives)
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 12:49 AM IST
By, Mumbai

State signs MoUs worth over 88,000 crore at world economic forum

After controversy over industrial projects going to the neighbouring states, Maharashtra government signed memorandums of understanding worth over ₹88,000 crore with 10 companies and investors including Berkshire Hathaway in the first two days at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

State signs MoUs worth over <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>88,000 crore at world economic forum
State signs MoUs worth over 88,000 crore at world economic forum
Published on Jan 18, 2023 01:13 AM IST

Mumbai’s red-light area: The task of giving Kamathipura a makeover

Mumbai In his definitive book on the city, Suketu Mehta observes: “Bombay is a city humming, throbbing with sexual energy, a city of migrant men without women; a city in heat

Representational image. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
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Updated on Jan 18, 2023 02:51 PM IST

MVA throws weight behind independent candidate Shubhangi Patil in Nashik council poll

On the last day of the withdrawal of nominations for the five legislative council seats, the MVA also announced a swap of seats as an internal adjustment after the revolt by the Congress candidate in Nashik.

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Published on Jan 17, 2023 12:46 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Faisal Malik

‘I’m happy to be linked with cricket again’

Rohit Pawar, grandnephew of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar is the first from the clan to be elected as president of Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA)

Pune, India - Jan. 14, 2023: MLA Rohit Pawar posses for photo at Hadapsar in Pune, India, on Saturday, January 14, 2023. (Photo by Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Pune, India - Jan. 14, 2023: MLA Rohit Pawar posses for photo at Hadapsar in Pune, India, on Saturday, January 14, 2023. (Photo by Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 15, 2023 12:14 AM IST
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MVA gets aggressive against Congress rebel Satyajeet Tambe

Mumbai: A day after the Congress declared him a rebel candidate, the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi coalition has got aggressive against Satyajeet Tambe, the Congress leader who has decided to contest the legislative council elections as an independent candidate with the possible support of the BJP

The Shiv Sena (UBT) is ready to support Shubhangi Patil, a BJP leader who has filed a nomination as an independent candidate against Satyajeet. Patil reached Matoshree, Thackeray’s Bandra residence, seeking the Sena (UBT)’s support from the Nashik Graduates’ constituency after the BJP indicated that it would support Satyajeet in the biennial elections. (HT PHOTO)
The Shiv Sena (UBT) is ready to support Shubhangi Patil, a BJP leader who has filed a nomination as an independent candidate against Satyajeet. Patil reached Matoshree, Thackeray’s Bandra residence, seeking the Sena (UBT)’s support from the Nashik Graduates’ constituency after the BJP indicated that it would support Satyajeet in the biennial elections. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 14, 2023 10:56 PM IST

Satyajeet denies BJP move, Congress to act against rebellion

Satyajeet insisted that his allegiance to Congress remains strong, as he “loves its ideology and his family was going to complete 100 years as Congress loyalists in 2030”. However, as an Independent candidate, he is equally keen to contest the council polls and “seeking support from other political parties, including BJP”, to run unopposed

Satyajeet Tambe Patil, son of Congress legislator Sudhir Tambe Patil and nephew of revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat
Satyajeet Tambe Patil, son of Congress legislator Sudhir Tambe Patil and nephew of revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat
Published on Jan 14, 2023 12:54 AM IST

Rahul can bring opposition parties together: Sharad Pawar

NCP president Sharad Pawar said that Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has proved that he is ready to work hard. “The people’s attitude towards Gandhi has changed. He will help in bringing a consensus among the opposition parties in the coming future,” the NCP leader added.

The statement assumes significance considering the opposition parties’ attempts for forging a united front against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led centre. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The statement assumes significance considering the opposition parties’ attempts for forging a united front against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led centre. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 09, 2023 04:54 AM IST
By, Mumbai

State approves redevelopment of Kamathipura

The state government has decided to appoint Mhada, the state’s housing development body, as the nodal agency and special planning authority for the project. The proposal was approved by the state cabinet in a meeting during the legislature’s winter session in Nagpur

According to the housing department, there are 943 cess buildings over 100 years old housing 8,238 tenants. There are also 349 non-cess buildings, 14 religious structures, two schools and four reserved plots that will be covered under the project. Eleven redeveloped buildings constructed by Mhada will also be part of it. (Hindustan Times)
According to the housing department, there are 943 cess buildings over 100 years old housing 8,238 tenants. There are also 349 non-cess buildings, 14 religious structures, two schools and four reserved plots that will be covered under the project. Eleven redeveloped buildings constructed by Mhada will also be part of it. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 06, 2023 11:42 AM IST

Will quit politics if proved I insulted Sambhaji Maharaj, says Ajit Pawar

Ajit, staunchly standing by his comment, reiterated that it was far from insulting or controversial.

The controversy erupted last week when Ajit, speaking in the state assembly, said that Sambhaji Maharaj had never upheld dharma in his life and was never a dharmaveer but “some people” deliberately called him that. (HT PHOTO)
The controversy erupted last week when Ajit, speaking in the state assembly, said that Sambhaji Maharaj had never upheld dharma in his life and was never a dharmaveer but “some people” deliberately called him that. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 04, 2023 11:56 PM IST

‘Dharmaveer Sambhaji’ controversy may alienate Marathas, fears NCP

Amid concerns, party supremo Sharad Pawar tried to defuse the controversy by saying there was nothing wrong in calling Chhatrapati Sambhaji ‘Swarajya Rakshak’ (protector of an independent state), given the historical facts.

In his speech made in the state assembly last week, Ajit said that the Maratha king had never upheld dharma in his life and was never a dharmaveer though “some people” deliberately called him that. (HT PHOTO)
In his speech made in the state assembly last week, Ajit said that the Maratha king had never upheld dharma in his life and was never a dharmaveer though “some people” deliberately called him that. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 04, 2023 12:25 AM IST

Classes begin at Lata Mangeshkar music college

Set up by the Maharashtra government, the Bharat Ratna Lata Bharat Ratna Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar International College of Music started with three certification courses.

Ravindra Natya Mandir is a temporary arrangement for the college as 7,000 square metres of land has been allotted for the construction of the institute at the Kalina campus of University of Mumbai. The first batch of the college has 54 students for three different courses — 23 students for Hindustani Classical Music (vocalist), 21 students for Sound Engineering (music production) and 10 students for Piano/Keyboard. (HT PHOTO)
Ravindra Natya Mandir is a temporary arrangement for the college as 7,000 square metres of land has been allotted for the construction of the institute at the Kalina campus of University of Mumbai. The first batch of the college has 54 students for three different courses — 23 students for Hindustani Classical Music (vocalist), 21 students for Sound Engineering (music production) and 10 students for Piano/Keyboard. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 03, 2023 12:15 AM IST

Minister Sattar claims conspiracy against him by his own party

Sattar alleged that certain party members who had failed to get ministerial berths in the state government could have been part of the conspiracy, and said that he had complained against them to the chief minister.

Minister Sattar claims conspiracy against him by his own party
Minister Sattar claims conspiracy against him by his own party
Published on Jan 01, 2023 12:03 AM IST

MVA displays opposition might, warns govt over insult to ideals

Addressing a gathering outside CSMT station, NCP chief Sharad Pawar warned of overthrowing the government if they did not take lessons from the massive rally. “For the pride of Maharashtra, you all have come together and shown patience and discipline

Mumbai, India - December 17, 2022: NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray and other MVA leaders during the
Mumbai, India - December 17, 2022: NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray and other MVA leaders during the "Halla Bol" protest rally against the State government, outside CST Station, in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, December 17, 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 18, 2022 12:43 AM IST

MVA’s ‘Halla Bol Morcha’ to clash with BJP’s ‘Maafi Mango Andolan’

Mumbai: In a face-off on the streets of the city, Maharashtra’s ruling combine and opposition parties will hold protests against each other on various issues on Saturday

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Published on Dec 17, 2022 12:40 AM IST
ByFaisal Malik and Surendra P Gangan

State plans to develop MMR as global tourist destination

MMR has played a significant role in the economic growth of Maharashtra and the country. It contributes 4% of the country’s GDP, 36% of the national corporate tax collection and 25% of the industrial output.

G20 summit delegates get a peek into the rich heritage and culture of India as they enjoy their day at Kanheri Caves, Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) on Friday. (HT PHOTO)
G20 summit delegates get a peek into the rich heritage and culture of India as they enjoy their day at Kanheri Caves, Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) on Friday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 17, 2022 12:34 AM IST

Face-off likely as no police permission yet for MVA morcha

MVA leaders announced that they would go ahead with the protest march regardless of whether permission was given. The march is scheduled to culminate in a rally outside Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Maharaj station, where all the senior opposition leaders will address the crowd

Mumbai, India - December 15, 2022: Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) leaders Ajit Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray, Prithviraj Chavan with other leaders during a press conference at Devgiri, Ajit Pawar's official bungalow, at Malabar Hill, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, December 15, 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Mumbai, India - December 15, 2022: Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) leaders Ajit Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray, Prithviraj Chavan with other leaders during a press conference at Devgiri, Ajit Pawar's official bungalow, at Malabar Hill, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, December 15, 2022. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 16, 2022 12:26 AM IST
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