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

MVA crisis throws dy speaker’s role into sharp relief

The rebel faction served a no-trust motion against Zirwal on June 22, soon after Shiv Sena’s newly-appointed legislature party leader initiated disqualification proceedings
Narhari Zirwal, Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and NCP member during the NCP party meeting at YB Chavan Auditorium in Mumbai on Thursday (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Narhari Zirwal, Deputy Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and NCP member during the NCP party meeting at YB Chavan Auditorium in Mumbai on Thursday (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 28, 2022 12:16 AM IST
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Anand Dighe, leader anew in the Sena pantheon

Poster art in Mumbai speaks much louder than any leader’s rhetoric in Mumbai, and if one reads the iconography that has sprung up here like wild bloom in the monsoon rain, the message is loud and clear: Anand Dighe, a Sena leader from Thane who died in 2001, has become the new poster boy in the Sena pantheon, in places even overshadowing party founder Balasaheb Thackeray
Thane, India - June, 24, 2022: (FILE PHOTO) Eknath Shinde (left) with Anand Dighe, in Thane (HT PHOTO)
Thane, India - June, 24, 2022: (FILE PHOTO) Eknath Shinde (left) with Anand Dighe, in Thane (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 01:18 AM IST
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Why Eknath Shinde and rebels invoke Anand Dighe

Anand Dighe who embodied the idea of a hardcore Sainik was a skilled organiser, and built the party up from scratch in the Thane-Dombivali and Kalyan belt
Eknath Shinde (left) was mentored by Anand Dighe, a Shiv Sena leader from Thane who died in 2001.
Eknath Shinde (left) was mentored by Anand Dighe, a Shiv Sena leader from Thane who died in 2001.
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 03:30 AM IST
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Unease in MVA coalition in run-up to legislative council elections

In fact the mood in the ruling camp is in sharp contrast to the atmosphere that prevailed prior to the June 10 Rajya Sabha when there was far greater synergy and optimism between the three parties
All the three allies are fighting their own battles which could lead to trust issues between them ahead of the civic and district polls. (HT Archive)
All the three allies are fighting their own battles which could lead to trust issues between them ahead of the civic and district polls. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jun 16, 2022 07:27 AM IST
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ByShailesh Gaikwad and Surendra P Gangan

Fadnavis scripts a win for party and self

Mumbai: Two and a half years after he lost chief ministership in ignominy, Devendra Fadnavis fashioned his sweet revenge winning three out of six Rajya Sabha seats for his party
BJP leaders Devendra Fadnavis, Chandrakant Patil and Jyotiraditya Scindia celebrate along with winning candidates Piyush Goyal, Anil Bonde and Dhananjay Mahadik after the results of Rajya Sabha elections, outside BJP office in Mumbai, India, on Saturday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
BJP leaders Devendra Fadnavis, Chandrakant Patil and Jyotiraditya Scindia celebrate along with winning candidates Piyush Goyal, Anil Bonde and Dhananjay Mahadik after the results of Rajya Sabha elections, outside BJP office in Mumbai, India, on Saturday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 12, 2022 12:06 AM IST
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Maharashtra imposes night curfew from Jan 10; gyms, salons to remain closed

Restaurants, eateries will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity from 8am to 10pm. Only fully vaccinated people will be allowed in cinemas and auditoriums. Gyms, beauty salons will remain closed; hair-cutting salons will function at 50% capacity.
Checking of Covid-appropriate behaviour going on in Karad, Maharashtra. (PTI)
Checking of Covid-appropriate behaviour going on in Karad, Maharashtra. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 08:18 PM IST
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Why is the Sena expressing solidarity with the Congress?

The answer is both local and national, and has to do with the Sena’s political vision both within Maharashtra and outside
There could not be an opposition front that could take on the BJP without the Congress, party MP Sanjay Raut said (PTI)
There could not be an opposition front that could take on the BJP without the Congress, party MP Sanjay Raut said (PTI)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 05:13 PM IST
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26/11: The day terror hit us

It has been 13 years since the terror attacks in Mumbai orchestrated by Lashkar-e-Taiba left 166 people dead and 238 injured. In what way did the attacks change the state’s politics? Are we prepared to handle disasters better? How does 26/11 still loom over our lives? We examine these questions in a two-part series starting today
Thirteen years ago on the evening of November 26, 2008, a group of 10 Pakistan-trained terrorists landed near a colony of fisherfolk at Cuffe Parade on Mumbai’s southern coast, left 166 people dead and 238 injured. (Hindustan Times)
Thirteen years ago on the evening of November 26, 2008, a group of 10 Pakistan-trained terrorists landed near a colony of fisherfolk at Cuffe Parade on Mumbai’s southern coast, left 166 people dead and 238 injured. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 12:12 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

Maharashtra’s ruling alliance partners improve tally in local bodies by-polls

Experts say the results show the OBC community has not voted decisively for or against any party in the Maharashtra local body by-polls
The Congress won the highest--36--of the 144 panchayat samiti seats for which by-polls were held in Maharashtra (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
The Congress won the highest--36--of the 144 panchayat samiti seats for which by-polls were held in Maharashtra (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 07, 2021 09:24 AM IST
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How the issue of OBC reservation has shaken Maharashtra’s politics

Representation has been a subject of debate in Maharashtra’s politics since the turn of the previous century.
Unlike Marathas, OBCs are a group of castes and not all prominent castes stick together in deciding whom to support (HT PHOTO)
Unlike Marathas, OBCs are a group of castes and not all prominent castes stick together in deciding whom to support (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 05, 2021 06:36 PM IST
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Uddhav Thackeray going far from BJP and closer to Congress-led coalition?

On August 20, Thackeray participated in a meeting of chief ministers of opposition parties and opposition leaders called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and even made a case for a proper strategy to work together.
Speculations about reunion of BJP and Shiv Sena was rife after Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting with PM Narendra Modi around three months ago. (HT FILE)
Speculations about reunion of BJP and Shiv Sena was rife after Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting with PM Narendra Modi around three months ago. (HT FILE)
Published on Aug 27, 2021 12:08 AM IST
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Narayan Rane vs Shiv Sena: Old rivalry, new episode

Rane first revolted against the Sena leadership in 2005, when he was convinced that Uddhav Thackeray was nursing the ambition of becoming CM
Narayan Rane interacts with the media during an event in Chiplun, hours before his arrest on Tuesday. (Anil Phalke/HT)
Narayan Rane interacts with the media during an event in Chiplun, hours before his arrest on Tuesday. (Anil Phalke/HT)
Published on Aug 25, 2021 12:11 AM IST
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Cooperation ministry: Key citadel of Congress, NCP in trouble?

If former chief minister (CM) Narayan Rane’s induction into the Union cabinet has come as a clear signal to Shiv Sena that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will get more aggressive against it in the coming days, the creation of a separate ministry for the cooperative sector has sent alarm bells ringing in the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-Congress camp
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Published on Jul 11, 2021 12:22 AM IST
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ByShailesh Gaikwad and Faisal Malik

Cabinet reshuffle: MVA allies close ranks; Shiv Sena vs BJP to intensify

The uncertainty in the ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition seems to be over at least for now, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) giving a clear signal to the Shiv Sena, with the elevation of former chief minister Narayan Rane as a Union minister
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Published on Jul 08, 2021 11:54 PM IST
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BySurendra P Gangan and Shailesh Gaikwad

Maratha quota: A double-edged sword for Maharashtra government

Uddhav Thackeray has sought restoration of the quota for the Maratha community in government jobs and education. He has also announced that he will lead an all-party delegation to meet PM Narendra Modi in this context.
Chief minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray. (File photo)
Chief minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray. (File photo)
Updated on May 19, 2021 08:40 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Mumbai

Deshmukh’s exit: The start of Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi alliance’s troubles?

The central agencies have got something to put key MVA leaders under the scanner. It could affect govt’s stability
CM Uddhav Thackeray, Ajit Pawar and Anil Deshmukh along with other political party leader in Mumbai.(HT photo)
CM Uddhav Thackeray, Ajit Pawar and Anil Deshmukh along with other political party leader in Mumbai.(HT photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2021 03:58 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Mumbai

No need for Anil Deshmukh to resign, decides NCP

Emerging out of a three-hour long meeting, state NCP chief Jayant Patil said that it was decided that there was no need for Deshmukh to resign.
Sharad Pawar also met politicians from coalition partners Shiv Sena and Congress on Sunday to explain the NCP decision to back Deshmukh(PTI Photo)(PTI)
Sharad Pawar also met politicians from coalition partners Shiv Sena and Congress on Sunday to explain the NCP decision to back Deshmukh(PTI Photo)(PTI)
Updated on Mar 22, 2021 02:39 AM IST
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How Param Bir Singh-Deshmukh faceoff puts NCP chief Sharad Pawar in a tough spot

The allegations against home minister Anil Deshmukh have put Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar in a tight spot.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar. (HT FILE)
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar. (HT FILE)
Updated on Mar 21, 2021 04:48 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Mumbai

Trouble shooter-in-chief? Sharad Pawar steps in again to resolve Maharashtra govt’s crisis

Pawar made several suggestions to Uddhav Thackeray and Anil Deshmukh regarding handling the situation related to Sachin Vaze’s case
Soon after the unprecedented Covid outbreak, Pawar stepped in to guide Uddhav Thackeray and state administration on handling the epidemic. (/HT File)
Soon after the unprecedented Covid outbreak, Pawar stepped in to guide Uddhav Thackeray and state administration on handling the epidemic. (/HT File)
Published on Mar 19, 2021 01:33 AM IST
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In Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray’s repeated encounters with crises

In his 15-month tenure as chief minister of Maharashtra, Thackeray has faced many crises, the latest being the arrest of police officer Sachin Vaze in connection with an explosive-laden SUV found parked outside billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s house last month
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. (HT file)
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. (HT file)
Updated on Mar 16, 2021 06:56 AM IST
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Pune woman’s suicide: Shiv Sena minister Sanjay Rathod could be on his way out

A senior Shiv Sena functionary said that chief minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray has made up his mind to take action against Rathod and an announcement on his resignation could be made before the budget session of the state legislature that begins on Monday.
Shiv Sena leader and state minister Sanjay Rathod. (HT FILE)
Shiv Sena leader and state minister Sanjay Rathod. (HT FILE)
Published on Feb 27, 2021 11:43 PM IST
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ByShailesh Gaikwad and Tanushree Venkatraman

Dhananjay Munde suffers setback as his upward surge halted by controversy

Dhananjay Munde’s rise in state politics has been impressive since 2014
Dhananjay Munde. (Hindustan Times)
Dhananjay Munde. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 16, 2021 12:02 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

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

On Sharad Pawar’s 80th birthday, NCP leader Praful Patel makes the revelation in an article in Shiv Sena mouthpiece; Congress mum on allegations
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)
Updated on Dec 13, 2020 12:06 AM IST
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Pawar’s detractors in Congress conspired twice to deny him PM’s chair: Patel

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.
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)
Updated on Dec 12, 2020 05:26 PM IST
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MVA government completes a year: More challenges ahead for Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP in Maharashtra

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.
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)
Updated on Nov 27, 2020 12:45 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

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

Eknath Khadse, who comes from Jalgaon district of north Maharashtra, was one of the prominent leaders of the BJP in the state.
Eknath Khadse.(Hindustan Times)
Eknath Khadse.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 22, 2020 06:21 AM IST
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Row between Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and CM Uddhav Thackeray may not end soon

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.
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)
Updated on Oct 14, 2020 04:02 AM IST
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Sena-NCP working on electoral alliance, Uddhav Thackeray-Ajit Pawar hold meeting

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.
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)
Updated on Jul 24, 2020 08:42 AM IST
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