Shailesh Gaikwad

Shailesh Gaikwad

Shailesh Gaikwad is senior associate editor, Hindustan Times. He heads the political bureau in HT’s Mumbai edition. In his career of over 18 years, he has covered Maharashtra politics, state government and urban governance issues.

Articles by Shailesh Gaikwad
Dhananjay Munde. (Hindustan Times)
Dhananjay Munde. (Hindustan Times)

Dhananjay Munde suffers setback as his upward surge halted by controversy

By Shailesh Gaikwad, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 12:02 AM IST
Dhananjay Munde’s rise in state politics has been impressive since 2014
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In 1997, after Congress president Sitaram Kesari withdrew support of Deve Gowda government, Praful Patel said 125 Congress MPs had gathered at Pawar’s residence in a show of support. However, Pawar chose to prevent a split in Congress.(HT File)
In 1997, after Congress president Sitaram Kesari withdrew support of Deve Gowda government, Praful Patel said 125 Congress MPs had gathered at Pawar’s residence in a show of support. However, Pawar chose to prevent a split in Congress.(HT File)

Detractors in Congress denied Sharad Pawar PM post twice: Praful Patel

UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 12:06 AM IST
On Sharad Pawar’s 80th birthday, NCP leader Praful Patel makes the revelation in an article in Shiv Sena mouthpiece; Congress mum on allegations
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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar left the Congress in 1999 to form the NCP in Maharashtra.(HT Photo)
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar left the Congress in 1999 to form the NCP in Maharashtra.(HT Photo)

Pawar’s detractors in Congress conspired twice to deny him PM’s chair: Patel

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 05:26 PM IST
Pawar’s long time political associate Praful Patel has mentioned instances when he thought Sharad Pawar could have become the Prime Minister of India had it not been for some detractors in the Congress party.
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One year later, Uddhav Thackeray has shown that he has the acumen to handle a complex coalition of three parties, even though the uncertainty still exists.(HT FILE)
One year later, Uddhav Thackeray has shown that he has the acumen to handle a complex coalition of three parties, even though the uncertainty still exists.(HT FILE)

MVA government completes a year: More challenges ahead for Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP in Maharashtra

By Shailesh Gaikwad, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 12:45 AM IST
One year later, Uddhav Thackeray has shown that he has the acumen to handle a complex coalition of three parties, even though the uncertainty still exists.
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Eknath Khadse.(Hindustan Times)
Eknath Khadse.(Hindustan Times)

Maharashtra leader Eknath Khadse quits: NCP’s gain, but is it BJP’s loss?

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 06:21 AM IST
Eknath Khadse, who comes from Jalgaon district of north Maharashtra, was one of the prominent leaders of the BJP in the state.
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Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari along with Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and wife Rashmi as the wait to for their car as the King of the Kingdom of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia  leaves Raj Bhavan in Mumbai in December 2019.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari along with Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and wife Rashmi as the wait to for their car as the King of the Kingdom of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia  leaves Raj Bhavan in Mumbai in December 2019.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Row between Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and CM Uddhav Thackeray may not end soon

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 04:02 AM IST
The uneasy relations between governor Koshyari, a former BJP leader and ex-CM of Uttarakhand, started with the formation of the MVA government in November 2019.
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The Sena and the NCP are looking at forging an electoral alliance to contest the upcoming polls together, said leaders from both the parties, who spoke to HT on condition of anonymity, as the deal is yet to be sealed.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
The Sena and the NCP are looking at forging an electoral alliance to contest the upcoming polls together, said leaders from both the parties, who spoke to HT on condition of anonymity, as the deal is yet to be sealed.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Sena-NCP working on electoral alliance, Uddhav Thackeray-Ajit Pawar hold meeting

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 08:42 AM IST
According to people familiar with the developments, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who heads the Sena, and deputy CM Ajit Pawar, who is a key NCP leader, held a closed-door meeting on Wednesday to discuss the future alliance plan.
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Maharashtra constitutional crisis nearing end?

By Shailesh Gaikwad and Swapnil Rawal
PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2020 11:54 PM IST
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A person familiar with the matter in Koshyari’s office said nominees are usually achievers in art, social service, literature and other fields and the governor doesn’t want to nominate politicians.
A person familiar with the matter in Koshyari’s office said nominees are usually achievers in art, social service, literature and other fields and the governor doesn’t want to nominate politicians.

Maha guv asks EC to hold polls to 9 seats

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 12:11 AM IST
The impending constitutional crisis in Maharashtra may be resolved if the EC accepts Koshyari and MVA’s request. It also means Koshyari is not keen to nominate Thackeray on the council as his nominee despite a recommendation from the state cabinet and a reminder that he do so.
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Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said this was not the time for playing politics when the state was battling the coronavirus crisis.(ANI Photo/Representative)
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said this was not the time for playing politics when the state was battling the coronavirus crisis.(ANI Photo/Representative)

Uddhav warns against politics amid crisis as decision on his fate is awaited

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2020 11:55 PM IST
Uddhav Thackeray must become a member of the state legislature before May 28 or else he risks losing his position as the Maharashtra CM.
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The three parties coming together to form the government was unexpected in Maharashtra politics.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
The three parties coming together to form the government was unexpected in Maharashtra politics.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Highlights of 100 days of Thackeray-led govt

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2020 12:20 AM IST
The three parties coming together to form the government was unexpected in Maharashtra politics
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Why Thackeray’s stand on Hindutva won’t be a problem

UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 12:45 AM IST
Just when it looked like the moment that would mark the beginning of trouble in the MVA government, Thackeray seemed to have taken a step back following consultations with NCP chief Sharad Pawar
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NCP chief Sharad Pawar publicly expressed his unhappiness over CM’s decision to hand over the Elgar Parishad probe to the Centre’s NIA(HT PHOTO)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar publicly expressed his unhappiness over CM’s decision to hand over the Elgar Parishad probe to the Centre’s NIA(HT PHOTO)

Elgaar Parishad probe, NPR and MVA government’s state of confusion

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2020 12:44 AM IST
The three partners in the ruling coalition are not on the same page when it comes to two issues that are haunting them: Probe into Bhima-Koregaon violence/Elgar Parishad case and CAA, NRC-NPR tangle
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One doesn’t know where the tussle would lead, but it may also make the three partners in Maharashtra close ranks.(HT File)
One doesn’t know where the tussle would lead, but it may also make the three partners in Maharashtra close ranks.(HT File)

BJP versus MVA tussle could intensify

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2020 12:22 AM IST
If there were any speculations that the three-party Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government would collapse with the Shiv Sena resuming ties with its estranged ally the BJP, or the NCP improving its relations with the BJP, they seem to be out of questions as of now
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Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.(HT Photo)
Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.(HT Photo)

The Thackeray brothers and their changing stance

UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2020 01:08 AM IST
Raj Thackeray’s shift to hindutva agenda comes at a time when his cousin Uddhav is in the process of adopting a moderate agenda
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NCP chief Sharad Pawar and CM Uddhav Thackeray(HT Photo)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar and CM Uddhav Thackeray(HT Photo)

MVA allies and their endless controversies

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2020 12:22 AM IST
During the MVA government’s tenure so far, what is clearly visible is that the three parties are not on the same page over various issues
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The MNS, formed by Thackeray in 2006, had won 13 Assembly seats in 2019 following its anti-north Indian agitation.(HT File)
The MNS, formed by Thackeray in 2006, had won 13 Assembly seats in 2019 following its anti-north Indian agitation.(HT File)

Amid speculations over BJP-MNS friendship, Raj Thackeray’s search for a new pitch

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2020 01:01 AM IST
A meeting between former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray amid speculations over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and MNS coming together has become a talking point over the past few days
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This is not the first time that Pawar has used his negotiation skills to ensure that NCP got a better deal.(HT File)
This is not the first time that Pawar has used his negotiation skills to ensure that NCP got a better deal.(HT File)

Pawar and the art of negotiation

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2020 01:34 AM IST
As expected, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) managed to get key portfolios in the Maharashtra Cabinet, and will significantly influence the functioning of the state government
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NCP leader Ajit Pawar with chief minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray after taking oath as deputy chief minister during the swearing-in ceremony at Vidhan Bhavan on Monday.(ANI)
NCP leader Ajit Pawar with chief minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray after taking oath as deputy chief minister during the swearing-in ceremony at Vidhan Bhavan on Monday.(ANI)

Ajit flexes muscles in NCP, Congress tries to maintain balance of power

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2019 12:34 AM IST
As expected, Ajit Pawar is back at the helm
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Forming the government was the easier part for the three parties.(HT File)
Forming the government was the easier part for the three parties.(HT File)

Pawar-Thackeray synergy key to survival of MVA govt in Maharashtra

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2019 01:40 AM IST
The three-party government in Maharashtra could be formed because heads of two political parties — Pawar and Thackeray— came together out of their political compulsion
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It remains to be seen if the dissidents in the BJP who have started making noise succeed in clipping Fadnavis’ wings or they themselves become irrelevant in the party.(Hindustan Times)
It remains to be seen if the dissidents in the BJP who have started making noise succeed in clipping Fadnavis’ wings or they themselves become irrelevant in the party.(Hindustan Times)

Fadnavis and the rumblings within Maharashtra BJP

UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2019 11:54 PM IST
Last week saw something that the BJP in Maharashtra had not witnessed in a long time: Two senior party leaders openly expressing their unhappiness with the state of the affairs in the party.
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Uddhav Thackeray wants to be known as a good administrator.(HT FIle)
Uddhav Thackeray wants to be known as a good administrator.(HT FIle)

Are we going to witness Uddhav Thackeray 2.0?

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2019 01:18 AM IST
It could be too early to say this, but it appears now that Thackeray wants his government to deliver. He wants to deliver results
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In four days since he took over as chief minister, Thackeray has given a hint that he might be able to head the government liked a seasoned politician.(HT File)
In four days since he took over as chief minister, Thackeray has given a hint that he might be able to head the government liked a seasoned politician.(HT File)

Uddhav Thackeray’s five-year challenge

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2019 12:55 AM IST
There are a few factors that would decide not just the survival, but even the success of the Maharashtra government
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray outside Vidhan Bhavan.(PTI)
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray outside Vidhan Bhavan.(PTI)

Uddhav’s biggest challenges are in-house. Explained in 4 points | Opinion

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 07:18 PM IST
As he starts his tenure, challenges are staring at Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray along with MLAs after the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance won the floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly, in Mumbai on Saturday.(ANI Photo)
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray along with MLAs after the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance won the floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly, in Mumbai on Saturday.(ANI Photo)

The big 5 who will help run Maharashthra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s show

By Shailesh Gaikwad | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2019 07:59 AM IST
The team which will be assisting Uddhav Thackeray include two key Sena leaders, Subhash Desai and Eknath Shinde; party youth wing chief Aaditya Thackeray; party MP Sanjay Raut; and his secretary, Milind Narvekar.
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