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Surendra P Gangan is Senior Assistant Editor with political bureau of Hindustan Times’ Mumbai Edition. He covers state politics and Maharashtra government’s administrative stories. Reports on the developments in finances, agriculture, social sectors among others.

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A day after ‘discrimination’ allegations by Zeeshan, Youth Congress leaders call him an ‘underperformer’

Mumbai Youth Congress (MYC) chief Akhilesh Yadav and working president Sufiyan Haider said that Zeeshan was targeting Congress at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has been trying to woo the Muslim community

A day after ‘discrimination’ allegations by Zeeshan, Youth Congress leaders call him an ‘underperformer’
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 07:28 AM IST

Sharad Pawar’s faction to sound ‘tutari’ from Raigad Fort

NCP launches new election symbol "man blowing turha" at Raigad Fort. ECI allotted symbol to Sharad Pawar's faction, seen as historic instrument of Maratha kingdom.

Workers of the Nationalist Congress Party (Sharadchandra Pawar) celebrate outside the party office in Thane on Friday. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 06:44 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Mahanand Dairy to be turned over to Anand-based NDDB

Mahanand Dairy, Maharashtra's milk producers' federation, to be handed to NDDB. State govt cites brand revival, opposition alleges shift to Gujarat.

Mahananda Milk Dairy Workers protest for outside Mahananda Dairy in Goregaon against NDDB takeover. (HT Archives)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 07:38 AM IST

Will the third iteration of the Maratha quota act pass muster?

This isn’t the first time that a law has been passed on reservation for the Marathas. The previous two attempts were shot down by the courts. Here’s why

Mumbai, Feb 20 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, State Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, State Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar and others celebrate after the Maratha Reservation Bill was passed by the State Assembly, in Mumbai on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(Deepak Salvi)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 04:16 PM IST

21.22% Maratha population in Maharashtra below poverty line: Maratha quota report

Additionally, the report indicates that 94% of farmer suicides reported in the state are from the Maratha community, and 84% of the community falls under the non-creamy layer category

HT has scrutinised the report while the state hasn’t made its findings public yet. (ANI photo)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 11:52 AM IST

Maha assembly clears 10% Maratha quota bill

Maharashtra Legislature passes bill reserving 10% seats in education and government jobs for Maratha community, citing exceptional backwardness.

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde participates in the celebrations with Maratha reservation activists in Mumbai on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 06:00 AM IST

Maharashtra assembly passes bill for 10% reservation to Marathas

The bill cites the findings of the State Commission of Maharashtra for Backward Class as the grounds for the reservation

Chief minister Eknath Shinde tabled the bill in both Houses of assembly. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 04:59 PM IST

Bill to provide 10% quota for Marathas to be tabled in Maharashtra assembly

The bill seeks to provide the Maratha community 10% quota in educational institutes and jobs above the existing 62% reservation in Maharashtra

The State Commission of Maharashtra for Backward Class on Friday submitted a report to chief minister Eknath Shinde. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 20, 2024 12:59 PM IST

Pre-election, govt proposes whopping reduction in auto-taxi permit fee

The proposal is to bring down the fee to ₹1,500 from the existing ₹10,000 to ₹25,000 for autos and taxis in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra

Pre-election, govt proposes whopping reduction in auto-taxi permit fee
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 05:43 PM IST

Maratha quota expected to be 10-12%; lower than last time

The basis of the law will be the report of the Maharashtra State Commission for Backward Classes (MSCBC), which has termed the Maratha community “backward” and reportedly recommended a separate quota for it

Jalna, India. Feb 17, 2024 - Marataha Activist Manoj Jarange-Patil during the eight day of his hunger strike in Antarwali-Saraati village demanding the implementation of the gazette notification on “sage-soyare” which will allow people whose Kunbi records have not been found to be included in the OBC category. Feb 17,2024. ( Photo by HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 06:16 AM IST

How state plans to steer away from 2018 pitfalls

The Maharashtra state government is planning to enact a new law for Maratha reservation in jobs and education on February 20, with a focus on calculating representation accurately and preparing the list of backward classes. The previous law was quashed by the Supreme Court for violating the 50% cap on reservation and failing to prove the backwardness of the community. The government hopes that the new law will be successful, but officials are skeptical about its legality.

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Updated on Feb 17, 2024 08:06 AM IST

6 Rajya Sabha candidates to get elected unopposed; NDA’s strength from Maha to increase by two seats

Six candidates, including five from the ruling alliance and one from the opposition, are expected to be elected unopposed to the upper house of parliament from Maharashtra. An official announcement will be made on February 20.

Mumbai, India - Feb. 15, 2024: BJP candidates Ajeet Gopchande (L) and Medha Kulkarni(R) leaves Vidhan Bhavan, after filing nomination for Rajya sabha at Nariman Point in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, February 15, 2024. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 07:58 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Rajya Sabha polls in Maharashtra likely to go unopposed

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has nominated only three candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections in Maharashtra, potentially leading to uncontested seats. The ruling party has denied a nomination to Union Minister Narayan Rane, sparking speculation about his potential candidacy in the Lok Sabha elections. The BJP dropped the idea of contesting one more seat after realizing it couldn't manage the votes required. The Shiv Sena and NCP have also announced their candidates for the elections.

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Updated on Feb 15, 2024 07:14 AM IST

Maratha activist Jarange-Patil’s health deteriorates on day 5 of hunger strike

Manoj Jarange-Patil went on hunger strike on February 10 to press his demand that a law be enacted along the lines of the draft notification issued by the state

Maratha reservation activist Manoj Jarange-Patil called off his march to Mumbai to demand reservation benefits for Marathas on January 27 (HT HILE PHOTO/RAJU SHINDE)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 03:51 PM IST

MVA parleys to avoid a split in Congress votes in Rajya Sabha election

The equations in the Rajya Sabha (RS) are expected to change for the Congress as more than a dozen of its MLAs are in touch with Ashok Chavan. The ruling camp aims to win all six seats with Chavan's supporters, while the opposition coalition is looking to secure at least one seat. The election for the RS seats is scheduled for February 27. The BJP and its supporting independents can win three seats, while the Shiv Sena and NCP can win one seat each. The Congress is the only opposition party with sizable strength to win a seat.

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Updated on Feb 14, 2024 11:15 AM IST

Chavan in BJP for ‘new innings’, lauds Modi

The senior leader, who is learnt to have tapped the possibility of becoming deputy chief minister, is all set to contest the Rajya Sabha election slated for February 27 as a BJP candidate. The induction of legislators close to him into the BJP has also been put on hold till the poll is over, said sources

Mumbai, India - Feb. 13, 2024: Former Congress leader MLA Ashok Chavan joins BJP in the presence of Dy CM Devendra Fadnavis, Chandrashekhar Bawankule and other BJP party leaders at BJP office, Nariman point , in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 07:38 AM IST

Former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan joins BJP day after quitting Congress

Chavan, 65, joined the BJP in the presence of deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, who lauded him for his political experience, expected to strengthen ruling coalition.

Maharashtra Dy CM Devendra Fadnavis welcomes Ashok Chavan into the party, at the party office in Mumbai on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 02:56 AM IST

Ashok Chavan to join BJP today, likely to be nominated for Feb 27 RS polls

Former Maharashtra Congress MLC Amarnath Rajurkar is also expected to join the BJP along with Ashok Chavan at the party ‘s Nariman Point office in Mumbai on Tuesday

Ashok Chavan. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 12:55 PM IST

BJP employs ‘different’ strategy to weaken Maha Congress

The BJP in Maharashtra is using a strategy of poaching heavyweight opposition leaders to weaken the Congress ahead of the 2024 elections. Over a dozen Congress leaders, as well as some from the NCP and Shiv Sena, are reportedly ready to join the ruling alliance. The BJP aims to get at least a third of the Congress' remaining 43 MLAs to quit and join one of the ruling parties. The party believes that by weakening the Congress, it can improve its chances in central Maharashtra. The acquisition of Ashok Chavan is seen as a significant move to weaken the Congress at the national level as well.

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Updated on Feb 13, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Ashok Chavan’s exit puts Congress in tight spot for RS poll

The possibility of an exodus from the Congress raises doubts about its chances of winning the Rajya Sabha election in Maharashtra.

Former Congress leader Ashok Chavan (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 02:30 AM IST

Cong core group discusses seat-sharing for Maha, morcha

Senior leader and Maharashtra in-charge Ramesh Chennithala, who was in Mumbai for two days, said that the opposition alliance Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) would organise a morcha against the state government soon

Mumbai, India - Feb. 11, 2024: Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole with party State in-charge Ramesh Chennithala and Congress Scheduled Castes Department Chairman Rajesh Lilothia during the party State Committee Scheduled Caste Division Executive Meeting, at Tilak Bhavan in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, February 11, 2024. (Photo by Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 06:48 AM IST

After 2 killings, govt to take steps to curb arms licences

The state government of Maharashtra, India, is planning to make the process of issuing gun licenses more stringent following two recent shooting incidents involving politicians. The home department has been instructed to review the current policy and determine if any changes are necessary. The government is particularly concerned about the leniency in issuing gun licenses in certain districts and cities, and the potential misuse of licensed guns during upcoming elections.

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Updated on Feb 10, 2024 07:14 AM IST
By, Vinay Dalvi

State will review issuance of gun licences: Fadnavis on Abhishek Ghosalkar killing

Ghosalkar was shot dead during an FB Live at the office of local ‘social activist’ Mauris Noronha in IC Colony in Mumbai’s northern suburb of Borivali (West) on Thursday evening

Fadnavis said Ghosalkar and Noronha knew each other for years and had put up banners together in their area. (PTI file photo)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 01:07 PM IST

With Thackeray-Pawar stripped of their parties, BJP’s revenge for 2019 is now complete

According to BJP insiders, the lost opportunity to form the government in Maharashtra for the second term seriously irked the party’s central leadership. Pawar’s alleged backtracking on joining hands with the BJP on several occasions up until then upset it more

Maharashtra, Dec 12 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray meets and wishes NCP chief Sharad Pawar on his 79th birthday, in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Feb 08, 2024 07:06 AM IST

Maha govt begins withdrawal of cases against Maratha protestors

The Maharashtra government has initiated the process of withdrawing cases against Maratha protestors, but it may take time as chargesheets are yet to be filed. The government has asked for a report on cases lodged after September 1. District level committees will propose withdrawal of cases where there was no loss of life or public property worth over ₹5 lakh. The deadline for withdrawal of cases has not been extended yet. A high-level committee is reviewing cases referred to it by district level committees.

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Updated on Feb 08, 2024 07:02 AM IST

Unfit ambulances on road as state’s bid for new fleet meets opposition

The state health department's ambulance service in Maharashtra, India, is facing controversy as it has failed to replace its fleet of 937 old ambulances.

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Updated on Feb 07, 2024 06:08 AM IST

Sena mins meet Fadnavis, demand action against BJP MLA

After he was arrested, Ganpat Gaikwad blamed Shinde for the incident, alleging that the latter has been patronizing criminals in the state. He also told the media that Shinde is corrupt and that he owes him crores. He levelled similar allegation against his son MP Shrikant Shinde as well

Sena mins meet Fadnavis, demand action against BJP MLA
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 06:22 AM IST

Maratha survey done, commission aims to submit report on quota in less than a month

The Maharashtra government has started taking steps to restore the Maratha quota, following the completion of a survey of open categories. The Maharashtra State Commission for Backward Classes is expected to submit its report in the next couple of weeks, paving the way for the government to either enact a new law or approach the apex court with new findings. The survey was conducted across the state with the help of revenue, education, and health machinery. The government is planning to enact a fresh law for the quota based on the findings of the survey.

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Updated on Feb 04, 2024 07:08 AM IST

Firing by BJP MLA inside police station: Fadnavis orders high-level probe

The Hill Line police have booked six accused, among them Ganpat Gaikwad, Harshal Kene and Sandeep Saravankar were arrested. Vaibhav Gaikwad, Ganpat Gaikwad’s son, is absconding. The forensic committee reached the police station to collect evidence from the cabin of the senior police inspector where the attack took place

Thane, India - February ,03, 2024: Kalyan BJP MLA Ganpat Gaikwad shot at Mahesh Gaikwad ( Kalyan city chief Eknath Shinde group) last night in the Senior police inspector's cabin in Ulhasnagar Hill Line police station due to land dispute. He has been admitted to the jupiter hospital Thane for treatment and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is seen coming to Jupiter Hospital to meet him ,in Thane, in Mumbai, India, on, Saturday, February ,03, 2024. ( Praful Gangurde / HT Photo )
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 06:58 AM IST

15 Cong MLAs fence sitting, 3 city MLAs in talks with Ajit camp

Speculation of former minister and Bandra MLA Baba Siddiqui and son Zeeshan, who is an MLA, jumping ship

Mumbai, India - October 24, 2019: Congress candidate Zeeshan Siddique along with father former MLA Baba Siddique celebrates after he won against Mumbai Mayor and Shiv Sena candidate Vishwanath Mahadeshwar at Bandar east Bandra east in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, October 24, 2019. (Photo by Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times) (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 08:52 AM IST
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