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Maharashtra’s deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar speaks to media in Pune district, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.(PTI)

In Maharashtra, tug-of-war among Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena over portfolio allocation

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Faisal Malik and Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2020 08:25 AM IST
After the Cabinet expansion in Maharashtra, the three parties in the government maintain there is no fight; deputy CM Ajit Pawar says allocation will be done on Thursday.
People gather in Bhima Koregaon on Wednesday.(Shankar Narayan/HT)
People gather in Bhima Koregaon on Wednesday.(Shankar Narayan/HT)

Bhima Koregaon: Lakhs assemble for Dalit pride

Hindustan Times, Bhima Koregaon | By Nadeem Inamdar
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2020 04:31 PM IST
Police switched off mobile internet and deployed 10,000 personnel to avoid any recurrence of the clashes that broke out on January 1, 2018, and left one person dead.
Every year, Dalits from across Maharashtra gather at the Bhima Koregaon’s victory monument of the third Anglo–Maratha War of January 1, 1818, in which East India Company forces defeated the Peshwas with the help of soldiers from the Dalit community.(HT Phot)
Every year, Dalits from across Maharashtra gather at the Bhima Koregaon’s victory monument of the third Anglo–Maratha War of January 1, 1818, in which East India Company forces defeated the Peshwas with the help of soldiers from the Dalit community.(HT Phot)

5 lakh at Bhima Koregaon’s mega Dalit event near Pune, Internet shut down

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Nadeem Inamdar and Dheeraj Bengrut
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 02:20 AM IST
In January, 2018, violence had broken out at Bhima Koregaon during the celebrations in which one person was killed and several others were injured.
Ajit Pawar, Maharashtra deputy chief minister(HT FILE)
Ajit Pawar, Maharashtra deputy chief minister(HT FILE)

Ajit Pawar: Always the bridesmaid, never the bride

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2020 06:56 AM IST
Had Ajit not “approached” Devendra Fadnavis with support for the former chief minister’s (CM) government, there was no way that Narendra Modi and Amit Shah would have facilitated a government led by the Shiv Sena.
Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar being garlanded after the swearing-in ceremony, in Mumbai on Monday.(ANI PHOTO)
Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar being garlanded after the swearing-in ceremony, in Mumbai on Monday.(ANI PHOTO)

Month after coup, Ajit Pawar again takes oath as deputy CM

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Ketaki Ghoge
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2019 02:22 AM IST
This is 60-year-old Ajit Pawar’s fourth stint as the deputy CM. His last outing as deputy CM lasted three days.
NCP leader Ajit Pawar with chief minister Uddhav Thackeray during the swearing-in ceremony for Maharashtra cabinet at Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai on Monday.(PTI)
NCP leader Ajit Pawar with chief minister Uddhav Thackeray during the swearing-in ceremony for Maharashtra cabinet at Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai on Monday.(PTI)

Aaditya, 35 others swear in as Uddhav Thackeray expands cabinet

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Ketaki Ghoge, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2019 02:25 AM IST
Of the 36 who took oath on Monday, 26 were sworn-in as Cabinet ministers and 10 took oath as ministers of state or junior ministers.
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

Hindustan Times | By Shailesh Gaikwad
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2019 12:34 AM IST
As expected, Ajit Pawar is back at the helm
General Secretary of All India Congress Committee Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addresses the gathering during Bharat Bachao rally, at Ramlila Maidan, in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
General Secretary of All India Congress Committee Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addresses the gathering during Bharat Bachao rally, at Ramlila Maidan, in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

News updates from Hindustan Times at 5 PM: ‘Rama, Krishna preached kindness,’ Priyanka Gandhi’s message to CM Adityanath and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2019 04:58 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion curated for you at this hour. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar at a rally in Pune, in October 29, 2018.(Rahul Raut/HT Photo)
NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar at a rally in Pune, in October 29, 2018.(Rahul Raut/HT Photo)

Controversial and mercurial, Ajit Pawar is back as Dy CM after failed coup

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Ketaki Ghoge
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 02:12 AM IST
His elevation as Deputy CM is in many ways a comeback for this embattled politician.
Aaditya Thackeray being sworn in as minister. (ANI photo)
Aaditya Thackeray being sworn in as minister. (ANI photo)

Ajit Pawar back as Deputy CM, Aaditya becomes minister as Uddhav Thackeray expands cabinet

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Ketaki Ghoge
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 02:08 AM IST
The Congress left out former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan but included another of its former CM Ashok Chavan in the list.

Heir-raising moment for Uddhav Thackeray-led coalition govt in Maharashtra

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shrinivas Deshpande
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2019 10:24 AM IST
The Sena, which is headed by Thackeray, is expected to retain some of its ministers in the previous government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It will also induct some fresh faces this time. (Photo @OfficeofUT)
The Sena, which is headed by Thackeray, is expected to retain some of its ministers in the previous government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It will also induct some fresh faces this time. (Photo @OfficeofUT)

Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra govt to expand cabinet today

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2019 10:30 AM IST
Currently, there are six ministers in Thackeray’s cabinet. The council of ministers can have up to 42 ministers and a chief minister. With 36 berths available, more than 30 MLAs of the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress are expected to take oath.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Who should be Maharashtra’s next home minister? NCP still unsure

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Ketaki Ghoge
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2019 08:53 AM IST
While party chief Sharad Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar, who is slated to be anointed as the deputy CM, is keen on the portfolio, he continues to be under the scanner in the multi-crore irrigation scam, and has been named in FIRs by the economic offences wing and the ED in the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank scam.
Ajit Pawar leaves his resident at Churchgate in Mumbai.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Ajit Pawar leaves his resident at Churchgate in Mumbai.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

New ACB affidavit in irrigation scam puts Pawar clean chit under cloud

Hindustan Times, Nagpur | By Pradip Kumar Maitra, Nagpur
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2019 11:40 AM IST
The seemingly innocuous affidavit filed by ACB head has raised a question mark over the clean chit offered to Ajit Pawar by the ACB, which concluded that there had been no criminal liability on his part .
NCP president Sharad Pawar with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thakeray.(PTI PHOTO.)
NCP president Sharad Pawar with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thakeray.(PTI PHOTO.)

Maharashtra cabinet expansion likely on Dec 30; Ajit Pawar may be back as dy CM

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2019 11:40 PM IST
No Congress leader was present at the meeting, NCP sources said. The Congress is an ally of the Shiv Sena and NCP in Maharashtra.
NCP leader Ajit Pawar. (Photo @AjitPawarSpeaks)
NCP leader Ajit Pawar. (Photo @AjitPawarSpeaks)

ACB endorses clean chit to Ajit Pawar, discredits first affidavit

Hindustan Times, Nagpur | By Ketaki Ghoge and Pradip Kumar Maitra
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2019 08:22 AM IST
The latest affidavit comes just ahead of the cabinet expansion of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, when Pawar is expected to take oath as the deputy chief minister.
Based on evidence and a reply filed by Ajit Pawar, the ACB concluded that apart from cost updates and mobilization advance to contractors, no fault could be found with him.(PTI PHOTO.)
Based on evidence and a reply filed by Ajit Pawar, the ACB concluded that apart from cost updates and mobilization advance to contractors, no fault could be found with him.(PTI PHOTO.)

ACB clean chit to Ajit Pawar once again in Rs 70,000 crore irrigation scam

Hindustan Times, Nagpur | By Pradip Kumar Maitra
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2019 08:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times had broken the story on December 6 about the affidavits filed by the SP of the Nagpur and Amravati division.
The ACB affidavit pertains to several allegations against NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who was the minister of water resources between 1999 and 2009, including that of escalating costs in 32 irrigation projects in Vidarbha by Rs 17,700 crore within three months.(HT Photo)
The ACB affidavit pertains to several allegations against NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who was the minister of water resources between 1999 and 2009, including that of escalating costs in 32 irrigation projects in Vidarbha by Rs 17,700 crore within three months.(HT Photo)

Vidarbha irrigation scam: Bombay HC adjourns hearing in PIL for central probe till Jan

Hindustan Times, Nagpur | By Pradip Kumar Maitra
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2019 03:04 PM IST
ACB, in its affidavits submitted to the high court in November, had ruled out the involvement of the Nationalist Congress Party’s Ajit Pawar, who was then chairperson of the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC), in the scam.
Among other departments, the Sena has got the home portfolio, which the NCP, too, is keen on keeping. (HT photo)
Among other departments, the Sena has got the home portfolio, which the NCP, too, is keen on keeping. (HT photo)

NCP may take over home portfolio from Shiv Sena with Ajit Pawar as its minister in Maharashtra

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Faisal Malik
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2019 07:47 AM IST
On Saturday, Ajit Pawar, too, indicated this by saying that the party has sought one more portfolio in the power-sharing formula between the Sena, NCP and Congress, and expects to get the same.
It is also clear there really is a serious conflict between Ajit and his more illustrious uncle.(HT File)
It is also clear there really is a serious conflict between Ajit and his more illustrious uncle.(HT File)

Ajit Pawar, the proverbial Trojan Horse

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2019 01:07 AM IST
Sharad Pawar is now between the horns of a very serious dilemma – accommodating Ajit invites the risk of him running away with the government. Keeping him out entails the risk of tempting him to try and split the party again
NCP’s Ajit Pawar sitting next to Devendra Fadnavis at a wedding in Solapur. (Video grab)
NCP’s Ajit Pawar sitting next to Devendra Fadnavis at a wedding in Solapur. (Video grab)

Ajit Pawar sits next to Fadnavis at wedding, says chatted about the weather

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Faisal Malik
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2019 09:04 PM IST
A video clip of the public chat had raised eyebrows in the political circles against the backdrop of Fadnavis’ recent claim in the state assembly that he will soon be back as the chief minister.
NCP lawmaker Ajit Pawar has been given a clean chit in the Vidarbha irrigation probe by the anti-corruption bureau.(HT File Photo)
NCP lawmaker Ajit Pawar has been given a clean chit in the Vidarbha irrigation probe by the anti-corruption bureau.(HT File Photo)

ACB missed crucial info in giving clean chit to Ajit Pawar in Vidarbha irrigation probe

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Ketaki Ghoge, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2019 07:54 AM IST
In giving the clean chit, however, the ACB, among other things, has missed a crucial piece of information — direct interference of the then minister in bypassing existing norms for determining the cost escalation methodology of a project and in granting mobilisation advances (MA) to contractors.
In an interview to Marathi news channel Zee 24 Taas, Fadnavis said that Ajit Pawar told him that most NCP MLAs wanted to go with the BJP as their alliance with the Congress was not possible.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
In an interview to Marathi news channel Zee 24 Taas, Fadnavis said that Ajit Pawar told him that most NCP MLAs wanted to go with the BJP as their alliance with the Congress was not possible.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

‘Ajit Pawar approached us, said NCP chief knew about it’: Devendra Fadnavis

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Surendra Gangan
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2019 02:13 PM IST
Ajit Pawar came to us saying his entire party was ready to join hands with the BJP to form the government, said Devendra Fadnavis.
Ajit Pawar during the swearing ceremony at Shivaji Park, dadar in Mumbai on Thursday, November 28, 2019.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Ajit Pawar during the swearing ceremony at Shivaji Park, dadar in Mumbai on Thursday, November 28, 2019.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Vidarbha irrigation scam: One agency, two conflicting affidavits and a clean chit to Ajit Pawar

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Ketaki Ghoge
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2019 09:59 PM IST
While both affidavits were filed at different stages of the inquiry process, they fundamentally seek to address central accusations against Pawar.
File photo of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
File photo of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

‘Not on my watch’: Fadnavis counters clean chit to Ajit Pawar in Vidarbha irrigation probe

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Ketaki Ghoge
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2019 01:05 PM IST
Fadnavis says the affidavit is an about turn from the one filed by the ACB in November 2018, when the agency indicated that Pawar was culpable in a “modus operandi” to “defraud the government”.
Corruption continues to pervade virtually every sphere of life in India and the alleged Maharashtra irrigation scam figures high in the list of corruption cases making slow progress.(HT File)
Corruption continues to pervade virtually every sphere of life in India and the alleged Maharashtra irrigation scam figures high in the list of corruption cases making slow progress.(HT File)

Why is India failing in the war against corruption? | Opinion

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhay Vaidya
PUBLISHED ON DEC 05, 2019 06:10 PM IST
India dreams of becoming a superpower but can it do so without good governance and the presence of all-pervasive corruption?
NCP chief Sharad Pawar leaves after meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss farmers' issues at Parliament House, in New Delhi, on Wednesday.(PTI)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar leaves after meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss farmers' issues at Parliament House, in New Delhi, on Wednesday.(PTI)

A veritable wrestler in the political ring

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON DEC 04, 2019 01:00 AM IST
Fadnavis clearly forgot that Pawar began life in the ring as a wrestler with the same pugnacity
Sharad Pawar talks to media after meeting with Ajit Pawar at his residence in Mumbai in September 2019.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Sharad Pawar talks to media after meeting with Ajit Pawar at his residence in Mumbai in September 2019.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Can’t say, replies Sharad Pawar on Ajit’s elevation as Deputy CM. Then, a hint

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2019 10:38 PM IST
Ajit Pawar had played a key role in the distribution of party tickets ahead of October’s state elections and has been widely perceived to be his uncle’s political heir.
Kapil Dev and Ravi Krishnan at the X1 Racing League.
Kapil Dev and Ravi Krishnan at the X1 Racing League.

Malavika’s Mumbaistan: Adrenaline Rush

Hindustan Times | By Malavika Sangghvi
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2019 11:41 PM IST
The inaugural edition of the X1 Racing League took place at the Buddh International Circuit over the weekend.
File photo of NCP chief Sharad Pawar.(PTI)
File photo of NCP chief Sharad Pawar.(PTI)

PM Modi wanted us to work together, told him not possible: Sharad Pawar

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2019 10:10 PM IST
Pawar had met Modi in Delhi last month amid dramatic developments over government formation in Maharashtra.
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