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.

Articles by Surendra P Gangan

State to discuss with varsity for termination of KJ Somaiya professor

Patil, while replying to a question asked by the leader of the opposition Ajit Pawar, Chagan Bhujbal and others in the Assembly said that a criminal case has not been taken against the professor as the students have not filed any complaint.

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Published on Mar 03, 2023 01:31 AM IST

Chaos in legislature over Sanjay Raut’s ‘house of thieves’ remark

Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut’s ‘house of thieves’ remark sparked an uproar in both houses of legislature on the third of a stormy budget session on Wednesday

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Published on Mar 02, 2023 01:28 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Yogesh Naik, Mumbai

Govt to table bill to add new post of special commissioner of police

Weeks after IPS officer Deven Bharti was appointed as the first special commissioner of police in Mumbai, the state government will now table a bill to make consequential amendments in the Maharashtra Police Act

Mumbai, India - 27 Nov 2015: Mumbai Police arrested 5 accused in Kidnapping and Extortion case with weapons, Joint CP (Law and Order) Deven Bharti, addressing to Media at CP office, in Mumbai, India, on Friday, Nov 27, 2015. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande)
Published on Mar 02, 2023 12:46 AM IST

No plan to shift Mahalaxmi racecourse to Mulund: CM

There were reports of BMC asking RWITC to shift the racecourse, and the government was planning to build a garden and an amusement park at the place. The land is jointly owned by the state and BMC.

The state government also said that BMC had awarded contracts for the concretisation of 397-km city roads and the average rate of the construction was <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>15.31 crore per km. The civic body issued a work order in January. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 01, 2023 01:25 AM IST

Legislature strikes down no-confidence motion notice moved against speaker

The MLAs in their notice had said that the speaker has lost confidence and that action be taken against him as per article 179 of the constitution. Any such notice needs to be considered by the speaker after 14 days when the house is in session

Mumbai, Feb 08 (ANI): Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar with State Chief Minister Ekanth Shinde attends the Business Advisory Committee meeting of the Legislative Assembly ahead of the Budget Session which will be held from 27th February to 25th March, in Mumbai on Wednesday. State budget 2023-24 is to be presented on 9th March. (ANI Photo) (ANI Picture Service)
Published on Feb 28, 2023 02:37 AM IST

MVA-Shinde showdown likely as budget session begins today

HSC exams paper leaks, old pension scheme, law and order, the rising debt on the state, and unequal distribution of funds to MLAs will be among the issues that are going to dominate the discussions during the session starting on Monday.

Mumbai, India - Nov. 29, 2019:Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray being felicitated by Maharashtra Minister Eknath Shinde (R) before taking charge at Mantralaya in Mumbai, India, on Friday, November 29, 2019.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 26, 2023 01:08 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Dissent within BJP for giving power to new entrants over seniors

Mumbai: The voices of dissent raised during the recent state executive meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Nashik have opened a debate in the party over giving positions in power to the new entrants

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Published on Feb 26, 2023 12:36 AM IST

Pune bypolls: MVA and Sena-BJP face multiple challenges

The polls were necessitated by the demise of Mukta Tilak and Laxman Jagtap, the BJP’s sitting MPs from Kasba Peth and Chinchwad respectively.

Devendra Fadnavis, in a rally on Friday, announced that the fight was between “nationalists and traitors”. “The NCP has said that it will bring Muslims not only from across the country but also from outside the country to defeat prime minister Narendra Modi and RSS,” he said. “As such, it is a fight against traitors, and Kasba has always been the constituency of nationalists.” (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 25, 2023 12:11 AM IST

ULCs flats in Thane, Ulhasnagar to be disposed of through Mhada lottery

Mumbai: Nearly seven years after the state government decided to not use chief minister’s discretion to dispose the flats generated under the Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act, over 300 of 1,256 flats accumulated under the Act in Mumbai, Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) will now be sold to the public through a Mhada (Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority) lottery

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Published on Feb 24, 2023 11:55 PM IST

State govt chalks out action plan to curb deaths due to heatwaves

Mumbai: With rising temperatures claiming dozens of lives in Maharashtra over the last few years and the number of heatwaves affected districts going up — from seven to 13 — the state government has chalked out an action plan to curb deaths due to mercury’s rising and give respite to vulnerable people

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Published on Feb 24, 2023 12:51 AM IST

Catch ‘em young: BJP’s mantra as they aim at pool of 11 lakh Yuva Warriors in state

With 65% of the country’s population expected to be below 30 years by 2030, the party is aiming to attract youngsters by enrolling them into the party

Mumbai, India - February 21, 2023: Yuva Warriors of BJP Yuva Morcha seen dealing with the issues and complaints received by the citizens, at Worli, in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 23, 2023 01:14 AM IST

Home delivery of liquor to be relaunched

Mumbai: Expecting an increase in revenue, the state excise department is likely to relaunch home delivery of liquor

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Published on Feb 18, 2023 01:12 AM IST

State initiates cut to budget; key departments fail to utilise allocation

Mumbai: Based on the revenue receipts recorded so far, the state government, in an order issued this week, has directed all the departments to spend just 80% of their budgetary allocation till further directives

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Published on Feb 17, 2023 02:28 AM IST

Now state mulls convention centre on Worli Dairy land

The Maharashtra government is contemplating the construction of a “world-class” convention centre, along with an aquarium, at Worli on 18 acres belonging to the defunct Worli Dairy. The ruling parties believe this is an ideal location for such a centre since it will have good connectivity with the airport once the coastal road is completed

Now state mulls convention centre on Worli Dairy land
Published on Feb 16, 2023 02:24 AM IST

Stringent ‘Copy-free Drive’ to be implemented in board exams

Mumbai: To curb the menace of copying in exams and to weed out the nexus between politically linked institutions and officials from the education department, the state government has announced a ‘copy-free’ drive, which will be supported by the kind of multi-layer vigilance system that exists during the general elections

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Published on Feb 15, 2023 12:51 AM IST

First EAC meet highlights state’s potential to contribute for $5trillion economy

Chandrasekharan said India is the fifth largest economy and is well positioned to achieve the highest growth, marching high globally for years to come.

Mumbai, India - February 13, 2023: CM Eknath Shinde (C), Dy. CM Devendra Fadnavis (L) and Natarajan Chandrasekaran (R), chairman of Tata Sons addrressing the media during a press conference, organised by Maharashtra Government on Economic Advisory Council, at Sahyadri Guest House, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, February 13, 2023. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 14, 2023 07:33 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Ruling, opposition both tense over Pune byelections

Mumbai: Both ruling and opposition combine are wary of their chances in assembly byelections being held later this month for two seats in Pune

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Published on Feb 12, 2023 12:45 AM IST

‘Mission Mahavijay 2024’: BJP aims at 45 LS, 200 assembly seats in Maharashtra

Mumbai: In its executive meeting, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) set the mission Mahavijay 2024 for general election next year aiming to win 45 Lok Sabha and 200 Assembly seats in the state

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Published on Feb 12, 2023 12:05 AM IST

I am your family, says PM Modi to Bohra Muslims

PM says, coming here among you, feels like coming to a family. But I have a complaint. You repeatedly call me Prime Minister or Chief Minister… I am your family member, neither Prime Minister nor chief minister. I consider myself fortunate to have something that few have

Mumbai, Feb 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Dawoodi Bohra community's head, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin tries his hands at making a chapati during the inauguration of the new campus of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, in Mumbai on Friday. (ANI Photo) (ANI Picture Service)
Published on Feb 11, 2023 12:25 AM IST

19.7 hectares of prime rly land notified under SRA for Dharavi project

Maharashtra urban development department issued a notification late on Tuesday evening bringing 19.7 hectares of prime railway land under the purview of the Slum Rehabilitation Authority. The move, a part of the technical formality, is a precursor to the issuing of the work order to Adani Realty to commence work on one of the country’s biggest urban renewal projects

Mumbai, India - March 14, 2016: Dharavi area for Housing Series in Mumbai, India, on Monday, March 14, 2016. (Photo by Kunal Patil/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 09, 2023 12:57 AM IST
ByYogesh Naik and Surendra P. Gangan

Kolhapur Film City to be revamped like Ramoji

Mumbai: The state government is mulling the idea of revamping the state-owned Kolhapur Film City along the lines of Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad

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Published on Feb 09, 2023 12:35 AM IST

Under BJP pressure, Shinde puts survey of Muslims on hold

The state government has put a survey, aimed to assess the socio-economic condition of Muslims, on the back burner after the alliance partner, BJP, took objection to it

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Published on Feb 08, 2023 12:37 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Modi’s Muslim outreach continues, will inaugurate Arabic Academy in Mumbai

Mumbai: On February 10, Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Dawoodi Bohra community’s Arabic Academy in Marol and share the dais with community leader Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin

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Published on Feb 07, 2023 12:46 AM IST

Bypolls: BJP offers to change candidate; Congress fields Ravindra Dhangekar

“The last day of the filing nomination is Tuesday and if the MVA insists on the candidate from the Tilak family, we are ready to change the candidate. We believe that there should not be an election held as the term of the Assembly is about one year,” BJP’s state unit chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule said.

After BJP announced the candidature of Hemant Rasane as its candidate from Kasba Peth, posters expressing discontent in the Brahmin community emerged in parts of Pune. The posters, put up in the name of an anonymous voter, say that the Brahmins were systematically being isolated from the city. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 07, 2023 12:25 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Faisal Malik

Now, Balasaheb Thorat hits out at Congress leadership

Thorat, who spoke for the first time in four weeks after the controversy emerged, stood by his nephew Satyajeet Tambe and said that the party leadership in Delhi would take a call on it.

Thorat, who turned 70 on Sunday, addressed the people of his constituency in Sangamner online during the birthday celebration. He said that he and his party leadership would deal with the crisis and urged his constituents to continue to follow the Congress’ ideology. Thorat’s remarks have made it clear that, contrary to rumors, Satyajeet will not join the BJP. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2023 12:22 AM IST

CM appeals for unopposed Pune bypolls, MVA refuses

Electing a candidate picked from the family of a deceased MLA has been the political tradition in the state.

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Published on Feb 06, 2023 12:18 AM IST

Anti-incumbency, infighting, OPS issue cost BJP two seats

Of the five seats from the teachers and graduate constituencies, the party wrested the Konkan teachers’ constituency from the Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) but lost the Nagpur teachers and Amravati graduate constituencies.

According to insiders, apart from the infighting among the BJP’s state and local leaders and the anti-incumbency against sitting MLCs in Nagpur and Amravati, the party’s official stand over the old pension scheme (OPS) resulted in the defeats. “The united fight put up by the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena has also resulted in two seats going to the Congress,” said a party leader. (PTI)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 12:45 AM IST

After council poll rout, Shinde-Fadnavis may have to take a call on OPS

The ruling alliance’s disastrous performance in the council polls - losing three out of five seats - may force the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis duo to do a serious rethink on bringing back the old pension scheme (OPS)

Mumbai, India - October 10, 2022: Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during the launch of
Updated on Feb 04, 2023 07:16 AM IST
By, Mumbai

3 key Mumbai projects under scanner after Adani stumbles

The ₹23,000 crore Dharavi Redevelopment Project, the ₹16,700 crore Navi Mumbai International Airport and the power distribution license for Navi Mumbai all under renewed scrutiny following market rout

Navi Mumbai, India - February 7, 2018: Helipad being made for Prime Minister visit to inaugurate Navi Mumbai International Airport in Ulwe, Navi Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 05:42 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan, Yogesh Naik and Satish Nandgaonkar

Disputed tax waived for cooperative sugar sector, sops for PACS

The announcement of modernisation of primary agricultural credit societies (PACS) and the respite from the disputed income tax pending with sugar factories is expected to give a boost to the agriculture and cooperation sectors in Maharashtra. More than 21,000 PACS in the state will benefit, as they will now get the status of multipurpose societies, while 72 cooperative sugar factories will get their disputed income-tax totalling ₹10,500 crore set aside

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Updated on Feb 02, 2023 12:27 AM IST
By, Mumbai
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