Surendra P Gangan

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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Maha to SC: Recall order de-notifying OBC seats

The Maharashtra government on Monday filed an interim application in the apex court asking it to recall its December 15 order
the Maharashtra government on Monday filed an interim application in the apex court asking it to recall its December 15 order (File)
the Maharashtra government on Monday filed an interim application in the apex court asking it to recall its December 15 order (File)
Published on Jan 18, 2022 12:17 AM IST
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32 tigers found dead in 2021; forest authorities plan relocation of big cats

The state forest authority has planned a massive exercise of relocating tigers after 32 big cats were found dead in the year 2021
File photo of Tigress Kankati and her three cubs at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. More than 10 people have been killed by tigers in the reserve in the last 7 years. (Neeraj Santoshi/ HT Photo)
File photo of Tigress Kankati and her three cubs at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. More than 10 people have been killed by tigers in the reserve in the last 7 years. (Neeraj Santoshi/ HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 01:05 AM IST
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Covid cases make a move towards rural areas

The surge of Covid cases has now shifted to the rural and semi-urban parts from big cities like Mumbai. Cases in Central, north Maharashtra and Vidarbha, the regions with the dominant rural population
Meanwhile, keeping its trend of reporting a daily Covid caseload of over 40,000 cases for the last four days (Vijay Bate)
Meanwhile, keeping its trend of reporting a daily Covid caseload of over 40,000 cases for the last four days (Vijay Bate)
Published on Jan 15, 2022 11:03 PM IST
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Maha still has 11.19 million unvaccinated residents

Maharashtra still has 11.19 million unvaccinated residents, a majority of whom are in the age group of 18 to 45 years according to data compiled by the state health department
The state has more 95.15 million beneficiaries — including the most recently added set, the 15-18 year-olds — and 11.75% are yet to receive the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine (Vijay Bate)
The state has more 95.15 million beneficiaries — including the most recently added set, the 15-18 year-olds — and 11.75% are yet to receive the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine (Vijay Bate)
Published on Jan 15, 2022 12:32 AM IST
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Maharashtra seeks 9 million jabs, urges Centre to make vaccination mandatory

Maharashtra on Thursday urged the Centre to allot additional stock of 9 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to end the shortage of jabs
The state government also demanded that inoculation be made mandatory for all to boost the vaccination rate. (Vijay Bate)
The state government also demanded that inoculation be made mandatory for all to boost the vaccination rate. (Vijay Bate)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 12:03 AM IST
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Govt employees to work in shifts

Employees of the Maharashtra government have started working in two shifts to reduce footfall in the Mantralaya as part of the state’s efforts to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic
The state legislature has started staggering the hours of its 820 employees between two shifts, from 9 to 3pm and from 1 to 7pm (Bhushan Koyande)
The state legislature has started staggering the hours of its 820 employees between two shifts, from 9 to 3pm and from 1 to 7pm (Bhushan Koyande)
Published on Jan 13, 2022 12:18 AM IST
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For third day in a row, state reports more than 40k cases

After the sharp reaction from gymnasium operators in the state, the state government revised its notification issued on Saturday to allow gymnasiums and beauty salons to operate at 50% of capacity
The state government warned with additional curbs if the crowding at the liquor shops and places of worship continued (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
The state government warned with additional curbs if the crowding at the liquor shops and places of worship continued (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 10:27 PM IST
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In Saamana, Shiv Sena’s surprise attack on Mamata Banerjee’s TMC over Goa polls

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC Goa push will benefit the BJP, and questioned TMC and AAP’s source of funds to secure support from established Goa politicians.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut’s harshly-worded critique of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinimool Congress’s effort to make inroads in Goa comes as a surprise because of Mamata Banerjee’s warm relations with Shiv Sena boss Uddhav Thackeray. (ANI)
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut’s harshly-worded critique of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinimool Congress’s effort to make inroads in Goa comes as a surprise because of Mamata Banerjee’s warm relations with Shiv Sena boss Uddhav Thackeray. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 09, 2022 01:36 PM IST
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No restrictions yet, state records over 36k cases

The state deferred releasing a notification on the restrictions to curb the spread of the pandemic even as the state added 36,265 Covid cases on Thursday
State health minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday said that while there was no plan of shutting down local trains for commuters (Praful Gangurde)
State health minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday said that while there was no plan of shutting down local trains for commuters (Praful Gangurde)
Published on Jan 06, 2022 11:47 PM IST
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State’s Mission 3,000 a failure

As of December, state’s augmenting oxygen production has increased only by 350 MT — that’s a shortfall of nearly 2,000 MT of the required target
As of December, state’s augmenting oxygen production has increased only by 350 MT — that’s a shortfall of nearly 2,000 MT of the required target (AFP via Getty Images)
As of December, state’s augmenting oxygen production has increased only by 350 MT — that’s a shortfall of nearly 2,000 MT of the required target (AFP via Getty Images)
Published on Dec 16, 2021 11:11 PM IST
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‘No elections if OBC quota absent’

Government to file affidavit in SC to allow polling in OBC reserved seats; BJP calls for SEC to stop elections
Elections - Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi activists stage a protest demanding OBC categories be mentioned in the Census of India, at Bandra, in September. (HT PHOTO)
Elections - Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi activists stage a protest demanding OBC categories be mentioned in the Census of India, at Bandra, in September. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 12:38 AM IST
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Legal opinions divided on SC staying OBC reservation

Chief secretary Debashish Chakrabarty held a review meeting on Tuesday to examine the options available to the government in the wake of the SC order on OBC reservation
SC said that the government should have collected empirical data as before providing OBC reservation in local body elections. (HT File)
SC said that the government should have collected empirical data as before providing OBC reservation in local body elections. (HT File)
Published on Dec 07, 2021 11:19 PM IST
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Supreme Court stays OBC reservation Ordinance

Supreme Court on Monday stayed an Ordinance that would have permitted up to 27% political reservation to candidates from Other Backward Class (OBC) communities
The top court passed the order while hearing two pleas, including one assailing the provisions of an Ordinance that permitted political reservation to OBC candidates (HT File)
The top court passed the order while hearing two pleas, including one assailing the provisions of an Ordinance that permitted political reservation to OBC candidates (HT File)
Published on Dec 07, 2021 01:06 AM IST
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Param Bir Singh suspended for dereliction of duty

The Maharashtra government has suspended former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh from service for alleged dereliction of duty and initiated disciplinary proceedings against the officer facing charges of extortion and corruption.
Former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh was suspended from service for alleged dereliction of duty. (HT file)
Former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh was suspended from service for alleged dereliction of duty. (HT file)
Updated on Dec 03, 2021 04:54 AM IST
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Reduction in excise costs state 1,700 crore; MVA in dilemma over reducing VAT on fuel

While the state government is under tremendous pressure for the reduction of the value-added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel, the state is also in a fix over the losses it incurred due to the Central government’s decision of reducing central taxes on fuel last month
After the Central government reduced its taxes on petrol and diesel by <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>5 and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10 ahead of Diwali on November 3, the state government’s VAT, which is levied on an ad Valorem (according to value) basis automatically reduced by <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.19 and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2.41 a litre on fuel. (REUTERS)
After the Central government reduced its taxes on petrol and diesel by 5 and 10 ahead of Diwali on November 3, the state government’s VAT, which is levied on an ad Valorem (according to value) basis automatically reduced by 1.19 and 2.41 a litre on fuel. (REUTERS)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 11:36 PM IST
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Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray discharged from hospital after surgery

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray chaired two cabinet meetings and those related to the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 online from his hospital bed.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had been suffering from neck and backache for weeks before he underwent the surgery and a procedure for clotting in his spine, which delayed his discharge. (Aalok Soni/HT Photo)
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had been suffering from neck and backache for weeks before he underwent the surgery and a procedure for clotting in his spine, which delayed his discharge. (Aalok Soni/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:21 PM IST
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Post 26/11, BMC’s focus: in-house capacity building, communication

The November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks prompted state and civic authorities to identify and tackle loopholes in security, communication, and disaster response, a process that has, according to senior officials, evolved over the last 13 years
26/11: Hostages and guests being rescued at Hotel Taj. (Hindustan Times)
26/11: Hostages and guests being rescued at Hotel Taj. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 26, 2021 11:55 PM IST
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ByEeshanpriya MS and Surendra P Gangan, Mumbai

Without an alternative, parties wait for CM’s recovery for key policy decisions

Uddhav Thackeray carried over the decades-old tradition of not handing over charge to his deputy or other senior ministers and now parties wait for the CM’s recovery for policy decisions
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office also said that his spine surgery was “successful”. It added that his condition is “stable” and is undergoing physiotherapy at HN Reliance Hospital. It added, “He will be discharged in due course of time.” (HT FILE)
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office also said that his spine surgery was “successful”. It added that his condition is “stable” and is undergoing physiotherapy at HN Reliance Hospital. It added, “He will be discharged in due course of time.” (HT FILE)
Updated on Nov 23, 2021 12:46 AM IST
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BySurendra P Gangan and Swapnil Rawal

MLC election: BJP selects North Indian face with eye on civic polls

With an eye on keeping the support of the North Indian vote bank intact for the upcoming Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has tried to woo the community by picking Rajhans Singh as its candidate for the legislative Council biennial polls that is to be held on December 10
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has tried to woo the North Indian community by picking Rajhans Singh as its candidate for the legislative Council biennial polls that is to be held on December 10 (HT Photo)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has tried to woo the North Indian community by picking Rajhans Singh as its candidate for the legislative Council biennial polls that is to be held on December 10 (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 22, 2021 12:33 AM IST
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Congress likely to lose a seat in upcoming MLC elections

BJP is expected to retain its Dhule-Nandurbar MLC seat, though retaining the Nagpur one may be a herculean task because of the reduction in the number in the district council
Congress may not retain the seat which is held currently by its Mumbai unit chief Bhai Jagtap. The seat is likely to go to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which improved its tally in the 2017 BMC elections. (HT FILE)
Congress may not retain the seat which is held currently by its Mumbai unit chief Bhai Jagtap. The seat is likely to go to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which improved its tally in the 2017 BMC elections. (HT FILE)
Published on Nov 21, 2021 12:22 AM IST
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Maharashtra to withdraw farm laws in winter session

The Maharashtra government is expected to withdraw the farm laws that were tabled in the monsoon session in the ensuing winter session
Congress activists celebrate the repeal of three contentious farm laws by Central government . The Maharashtra government is expected to withdraw the farm laws that were tabled in the monsoon session in the ensuing winter session. (HT PHOTO)
Congress activists celebrate the repeal of three contentious farm laws by Central government . The Maharashtra government is expected to withdraw the farm laws that were tabled in the monsoon session in the ensuing winter session. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 19, 2021 11:47 PM IST
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Sameer Wankhede part of plot to kidnap Aryan: Nawab Malik

Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Malik said the NCB’s raid on Goa-bound cruise ship Cordelia on October 2 was “a plot to kidnap Aryan Khan for ransom, of which Mohit Bharatiya Kamboj was the mastermind.”
Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik addresses a press conference at Kurla in Mumbai on Sunday. (PTI)
Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik addresses a press conference at Kurla in Mumbai on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 08, 2021 12:35 AM IST
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Nawab Malik claims BJP leader behind Aryan Khan’s ‘kidnapping & ransom’ plot

Malik on Sunday said that his cabinet colleague and Congress leader Aslam Shaikh and a few children related to the ruling party leaders were invited to the Cordelia cruise ship party with the intention of framing them
NCP minister Nawab Malik alleged that Mohit Kamboj Bhartiya was part of a “private army” operated by Sameer Wankhede of the NCB. (Deepak Salvi)
NCP minister Nawab Malik alleged that Mohit Kamboj Bhartiya was part of a “private army” operated by Sameer Wankhede of the NCB. (Deepak Salvi)
Published on Nov 07, 2021 02:03 PM IST
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Festive cheer: Stamp duty and registration collections see 550 crore jump in October

Stamp duty and registration collections reported in October was 3,221 crore as against the monthly estimate of 2,667 crore
In a heartening revival from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, the state government has received a substantial jump of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>550 crore in its collection of stamp duty and registration revenue in October. (HT PHOTO)
In a heartening revival from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, the state government has received a substantial jump of 550 crore in its collection of stamp duty and registration revenue in October. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 04, 2021 09:15 PM IST
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Maharashtra gets 3,054 towards GST compensation; pending dues still over 19,000 crore

Even as Maharashtra received the highest chunk — 3,054 crore of the 17,000 crore — released by the Centre to states towards the goods and services tax (GST) compensation on Wednesday, the pending compensation with the Centre is still more than 19,000 crore
The states had raised a demand for the compensation of losses in GST. Maharashtra had demanded <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>9,130 and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>9,535 crore compensation for April-May and June–July, respectively in 2021. (PTI)
The states had raised a demand for the compensation of losses in GST. Maharashtra had demanded 9,130 and 9,535 crore compensation for April-May and June–July, respectively in 2021. (PTI)
Published on Nov 03, 2021 10:17 PM IST
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Maharashtra: Backed by 2 ruling parties, Congress wins Deglur bypoll

The Congress defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate by 41,933 votes to retain the Deglur constituency bypolls in Nanded district, results of which were announced on Tuesday.
The victory is considered important for the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) comprising three ruling parties – Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress – ahead of the local body elections and in the backdrop of the BJP’s vow of repeating the Pandhurpur bypoll episode when it had wrested the seat from the NCP in May this year.
The victory is considered important for the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) comprising three ruling parties – Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress – ahead of the local body elections and in the backdrop of the BJP’s vow of repeating the Pandhurpur bypoll episode when it had wrested the seat from the NCP in May this year.
Published on Nov 02, 2021 09:00 PM IST
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Congress candidate leading in Maharastra’s Deglur assembly bye-elections

The Congress party’s Jitesh Antapurkar was leading in Maharastra’s Deglur assembly bye-polls by over 6,000 votes after the fifth round of counting. The BJP’s Subhash Sabne polled 12,077 votes and Antapurkar 18,247 votes
A representational image of ballot boxes. The Congress party’s Jitesh Antapurkar was leading in Maharastra’s Deglur assembly bye-polls by over 6,000 votes after the fifth round of counting on Tuesday. (ANI/File)
A representational image of ballot boxes. The Congress party’s Jitesh Antapurkar was leading in Maharastra’s Deglur assembly bye-polls by over 6,000 votes after the fifth round of counting on Tuesday. (ANI/File)
Updated on Nov 02, 2021 12:52 PM IST
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Pained that my family is being harassed: Former Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh

Anil Deshmukh said the allegations levelled by Param Bir Singh against him are baseless. The former Maharashtra minister also said it was not true that he was evading the probe by the central agencies
Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh said that Param Bir Singh levelled allegations against him only after he was removed as the police commissioner of Mumbai. (HT FILE)
Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh said that Param Bir Singh levelled allegations against him only after he was removed as the police commissioner of Mumbai. (HT FILE)
Published on Nov 02, 2021 12:21 AM IST
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Deglur bypoll sees 63% turnout; result on November 2

The Deglur bypoll, which is a fight for prestige between the three ruling parties and the opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saw a turnout of 63.33%. he counting will be held on November 2.
The Deglur bypoll, which is a fight for prestige between the three ruling parties and the opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saw a turnout of 63.33%. he counting will be held on November 2. (Hindustan Times)
The Deglur bypoll, which is a fight for prestige between the three ruling parties and the opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saw a turnout of 63.33%. he counting will be held on November 2. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Oct 31, 2021 02:38 AM IST
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Maharashtra to propose 15% rise in seats in municipal corporations based on projected population

With the Census 2021 set to be delayed due to the pandemic, the state government is proposing to increase the number of seats in municipal corporations by 15%, by amending the respective Acts in proportion to the projected rise in the population.
Although there is no final decision on the rise in the seats in Mumbai, the proposal for the rise in all other municipal corporations and nagar panchayats is expected to be brought before the state cabinet soon.
Although there is no final decision on the rise in the seats in Mumbai, the proposal for the rise in all other municipal corporations and nagar panchayats is expected to be brought before the state cabinet soon.
Updated on Oct 24, 2021 09:14 PM IST
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