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Prakash Ambedkar (in yellow scarf) with his supporters in Pandharpur.(https://twitter.com/Prksh_Ambedkar)

Maharashtra allows Prakash Ambedkar to visit temple in Pandharpur after protest by VBA

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Nadeem Inamdar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 31, 2020 04:50 PM IST
PrakashAmbedkar also said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has assured him of reopening all religious places in Maharashtra in the next eight days.
Prakash Ambedkar arrived at the Shivaji square where a large number of followers accompanied him to enter the temple. (Photo @VBAforIndia)
Prakash Ambedkar arrived at the Shivaji square where a large number of followers accompanied him to enter the temple. (Photo @VBAforIndia)

Prakash Ambedkar arrives in Pandharpur, leads march to reopen temples

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Nadeem Inamdar
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 02:54 PM IST
The local administration at Pandharpur has put up checkpoints at entry and exit points to the temple town while barricading the roads leading to Lord Vitthal temple in view of the agitation by the Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi (VBA).
The advent of social media has reshaped caste imagination because now they can overcome their ghetto mentality, which has been ingrained by caste-based socialisation.(HT PHOTO)
The advent of social media has reshaped caste imagination because now they can overcome their ghetto mentality, which has been ingrained by caste-based socialisation.(HT PHOTO)

Social media has reshaped caste mobilisation

By Abhinav Prakash Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 01:17 PM IST
Subaltern castes have used it to create discourse, ideate, and connect with each other, and the world
The latest list was released by state AIMIM president and Member of Parliament Imtiyaz Jaleel.(HT image)
The latest list was released by state AIMIM president and Member of Parliament Imtiyaz Jaleel.(HT image)

AIMIM declares 7 more candidates for Maharashtra polls

Aurangabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 09:23 PM IST
The Hyderabad-based party had earlier ended its alliance with the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), led by Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut is the editor for Saamna, the Marathi news paper said the VBA-AIMIM alliance’s failure is a lesson in Maharashtra politics(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut is the editor for Saamna, the Marathi news paper said the VBA-AIMIM alliance’s failure is a lesson in Maharashtra politics(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Shiv Sena cites VBA-AIMIM break up, says Dalit-Muslim vote bank is myth in Maharashtra

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Swapnil Rawal
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 05:37 PM IST
Sena mouthpiece Saamana’s editorial, hit out at VBA president Prakash Ambedkar while claiming that vote-bank politics around one religion and caste does not succeed in Maharashtra.
The Congress and NCP will fight about 123-125 seats each, former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
The Congress and NCP will fight about 123-125 seats each, former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Cong-NCP to fight 123-125 seats each, leave 41 for allies: Prithviraj Chavan

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2019 07:56 AM IST
“Talks are on the with the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (of Prakash Ambedkar), Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, Samajwadi Party. If alliance talks work out, 41 seats would be allocated to smaller allies,” he said.
The Congress wanted an alliance with the VBA for Lok Sabha elections but, as usual, Ambedkar had been very impractical, demanding 22 of the 48 seats from the Congress.(HT File)
The Congress wanted an alliance with the VBA for Lok Sabha elections but, as usual, Ambedkar had been very impractical, demanding 22 of the 48 seats from the Congress.(HT File)

High ambition in times of extreme polarisation

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 12:24 AM IST
Based on the last Assembly results, Prakash Ambedkar is likely to discover that Muslim candidates, even on Congress tickets, do far better than Dalit candidates, more so because in the last few years the biases of Hindu society have only been reinforced rather than obliterated the way Sharad Pawar was hoping
The Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi (VBA) has finally announced that it will not ally with the Congress in the forthcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls. (Photo by Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
The Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi (VBA) has finally announced that it will not ally with the Congress in the forthcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls. (Photo by Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

No alliance with Congress, says Prakash Ambedkar

Mumbai | By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 01:14 AM IST
Ambedkar accused the Congress leadership of not responding to his constant pleas for alliance. “Our VBA leaders were in touch with the Central Congress leadership, but the response was lacklustre.
Hyderabad: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi addressing the media in Hyderabad on Tuesday. PTI Photo (PTI10_24_2017_000143B)(PTI)
Hyderabad: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi addressing the media in Hyderabad on Tuesday. PTI Photo (PTI10_24_2017_000143B)(PTI)

Waiting for Owaisi to respond, says Prakash Ambedkar

Mumbai | By Faisal Malik
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 01:16 AM IST
On Friday, AIMIM Member of Parliament (MP) Imtiyaz Jaleel had declared that the party has decided to break its alliance with VBA.
Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Opposition’s protest against EVMs futile: Prakash Ambedkar

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2019 11:40 AM IST
Opposition parties – including the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Congress, NCP, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) and AAP – have declared to hold a morcha in Mumbai on August 21, demanding scrapping of EVMs and reintroduction of ballot papers.
VBA president Prakash Ambedkar said it was imperative to switch back to ballot papers to restore the spirit of democracy.(HT File)
VBA president Prakash Ambedkar said it was imperative to switch back to ballot papers to restore the spirit of democracy.(HT File)

Prakash Ambedkar-led VBA party wants ballot paper back for Maharashtra polls

Hindustan Times | By Naresh Kamath
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2019 01:14 AM IST
The VBA has petitioned the Bombay high court, seeking declaration of the recent Lok Sabha polls null and void on the grounds of EVM malfunctioning
Accusing Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar of helping the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), eminent Marathi littérateur and VBA leader Laxman Mane on Thursday demanded his resignation from the post.(HT Photo)
Accusing Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar of helping the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), eminent Marathi littérateur and VBA leader Laxman Mane on Thursday demanded his resignation from the post.(HT Photo)

‘Ambedkar should resign from VBA chief post’: Laxman Mane

Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 05, 2019 03:39 AM IST
Mane, who is one of the reputable Dalit literary figures, accused Ambedkar of giving importance to people who were affiliated with Hindutva and handing over the VBA to them.
If the VBA goes solo once again, there are chances it could damage the Congress-NCP’s prospects in the upcoming Assembly polls too.(HT Photo)
If the VBA goes solo once again, there are chances it could damage the Congress-NCP’s prospects in the upcoming Assembly polls too.(HT Photo)

‘B team’ barb: Prakash Ambedkar slams Congress

Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2019 02:38 AM IST
In the recent Lok Sabha polls, the presence of VBA candidates led to defeat of the Congress-NCP in nine seats, as the anti-BJP votes got split between them.
Ambedkar also said that VBA will not hold any talks with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) until they explain their allegations against the front.(HT file photo)
Ambedkar also said that VBA will not hold any talks with the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) until they explain their allegations against the front.(HT file photo)

Votes polled, counted across Maharashtra don’t tally: Prakash Ambedkar

Hindustan Times | By Surendra Gangan, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2019 01:09 AM IST
Addressing the media at a press conference in Ballard Estate, he raised questions over the validity of EVMs and the elected government.
Amedkar said the VBAwas formed to represent Dalits, OBC’s, Dhangars and Muslims, and had the potential to alter the political landscape of the state.(Rahul Raut/HT File Photo)
Amedkar said the VBAwas formed to represent Dalits, OBC’s, Dhangars and Muslims, and had the potential to alter the political landscape of the state.(Rahul Raut/HT File Photo)

Ambedkar blames Muslims for VBA’s failure in Lok Sabha polls

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 01:50 PM IST
Commenting on the upcoming Assembly elections, he said, “Muslims now have an alternative in the form of VBA, which is a major force in the state and is capable of taking on the BJPShiv Sena combine.
VBA managed to garner enough votes to help the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidates to turn the 2019 elections verdict in their favour.(HTPhotos)
VBA managed to garner enough votes to help the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidates to turn the 2019 elections verdict in their favour.(HTPhotos)

Ambedkar’s VBA scores a point despite poll failures

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Abhay Khairnar and Parth Welankar
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2019 02:32 PM IST
Senior Congress leaders and former chief ministers of the state — Ashok Chavan and Sushil Kumar Shinde — were defeated in their respective constituencies of Nanded and Solapur with the approximate number of votes that went to the VBA.
Prakash Ambedkar at a rally in Pune.(HT)
Prakash Ambedkar at a rally in Pune.(HT)

Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi turns Maha force to reckon with

Mumbai | By Naresh Kamath
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2019 04:30 AM IST
The VBA, in alliance with the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), polled 41.08 lakh (7.63%) votes in the state.
Shetti, founder of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, lost to Shiv Sena’s Dhairyasheel Mane by a margin of over 97,000 votes.(HT Photo)
Shetti, founder of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, lost to Shiv Sena’s Dhairyasheel Mane by a margin of over 97,000 votes.(HT Photo)

Shetti loses in Hatkanangle, cane growers lose voice in parliament

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 07:55 PM IST
Farmers in Western Maharashtra show no sign of an agro-distress hangover
The VBA was registered with the Election Commission of India only this year and has fielded candidates in 47 out of 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, leaving one seat to its alliance partner, AIMIM(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
The VBA was registered with the Election Commission of India only this year and has fielded candidates in 47 out of 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, leaving one seat to its alliance partner, AIMIM(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

The OBC identity has come of age since 1993

By Tejas Harad
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2019 09:55 PM IST
But it must be seen if the OBCs have shed their caste consciousness enough to support a party led by a Dalit
Pune, India - December 31, 2017: Prakash Ambedkar in 'Elgar Parishad' at Shanivarwada in Pune, India, on Sunday, December 31, 2017. (Photo by Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Pune, India - December 31, 2017: Prakash Ambedkar in 'Elgar Parishad' at Shanivarwada in Pune, India, on Sunday, December 31, 2017. (Photo by Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

Neither Modi nor Rahul would become next PM, says Prakash Ambedkar

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2019 01:22 AM IST
He said the next PM would neither be from BJP nor Congress, adding that former PM HD Deve Gowda is a dark horse in such a situation
Farm crisis and the long-running drought are likely to be key issues in the seat, which is considered to be a BJP stronghold.(HT Photo/Representative Image)
Farm crisis and the long-running drought are likely to be key issues in the seat, which is considered to be a BJP stronghold.(HT Photo/Representative Image)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Three-cornered fight in drought-hit area of Maharashtra

Hindustan Times, Akola | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2019 01:16 AM IST
The seat in the Vidarbha region is witnessing a fight between Sanjay Dhotre, a three-term Member of Parliament from the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress leader Hidayat Patel who lost to Dhotre in 2014, and BR Ambedkar’s grandson Prakash Ambedkar.
(LOW RES PIC)Maharashtra, India - April 18, 2019:Sushilkumar Shinde and his family members after casting vote in Solapur in Maharashtra, India (HT PHOTO) (For Pune Story)
(LOW RES PIC)Maharashtra, India - April 18, 2019:Sushilkumar Shinde and his family members after casting vote in Solapur in Maharashtra, India (HT PHOTO) (For Pune Story)

2019 Lok Sabha elections: Maharashtra sees 62.47% turnout in phase two

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai/nagpur
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2019 01:10 AM IST
Prominent candidates in the fray include former chief ministers Ashok Chavan (Nanded) and Sushilkumar Shinde (Solapur), senior Sena leader Anandrao Adsul (Amravati), BJP’s Pritam Munde (Beed) and Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar (Solapur).
BJP candidate from Mumbai North East Manoj Kotak and the party’s sitting MP Kirit Somaiya pay their respects to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar at Chaityabhoomi in Dadar on Sunday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
BJP candidate from Mumbai North East Manoj Kotak and the party’s sitting MP Kirit Somaiya pay their respects to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar at Chaityabhoomi in Dadar on Sunday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

2019 Lok Sabha elections: All party candidates head to Chaityabhoomi in Mumbai

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 07:49 AM IST
With Dalit votes likely to be divided during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the 128th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar on Sunday saw parties trying to woo Dalit voters.
Lok Sabha elections 2019| Ambedkar’s only aim is to defeat Congress, NCP: Bhalchandra Mungekar(ANI)
Lok Sabha elections 2019| Ambedkar’s only aim is to defeat Congress, NCP: Bhalchandra Mungekar(ANI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019| Ambedkar’s only aim is to defeat Congress, NCP: Bhalchandra Mungekar

Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2019 10:31 AM IST
The Congress tried to stitch up an alliance with Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) and both the parties held multiple rounds of talks.
Jai Siddheshwar Shivacharya, a Lingayat spiritual leader is the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) candidate for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Solapur. Based on the caste split of votes in the area, Shivacharya is emerging as an unlikely power horse.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Jai Siddheshwar Shivacharya, a Lingayat spiritual leader is the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) candidate for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Solapur. Based on the caste split of votes in the area, Shivacharya is emerging as an unlikely power horse.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Shivacharya swami holds edge over Shinde, Ambedkar in Solapur

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 03:05 PM IST
All three Lok Sabha candidates are firmly in the running making this seat toughest to call.
Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar has been booked for ‘objectionable remarks’ against the Election Commission.(ANI)
Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar has been booked for ‘objectionable remarks’ against the Election Commission.(ANI)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Prakash Ambedkar booked for ‘would jail EC’ comment

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2019 09:09 AM IST
Addressing an election rally at Digras in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district on Thursday, Prakash Ambedkar said he would jail the EC for two days if voted to power.
Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan in HT Pune office, Monday, April 1, 2019.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan in HT Pune office, Monday, April 1, 2019.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 | ‘Prakash Ambedkar sold out to BJP’: Prithviraj Chavan

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Team HT
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2019 02:33 PM IST
Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan says that after the minimum income guarantee, the momentum has shifted to the Congress.
Prakash Ambedkar (second from left) filed his nomination from Solapur constituency on Monday.(HT PHOTO)
Prakash Ambedkar (second from left) filed his nomination from Solapur constituency on Monday.(HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Solapur constituency gears up for triangular contest

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shrinivas Deshpande and Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2019 03:47 PM IST
Solapur will go to polls in the second phase of the general election on April 18
Of the six, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has decided not to contest the elections, but campaign against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “misleading people”(FILE)
Of the six, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has decided not to contest the elections, but campaign against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “misleading people”(FILE)

2019 Lok Sabha elections: Maharashtra’s six small parties who could play big role in polls

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2019 08:42 AM IST
Of the six ‘smaller’ parties in Maharashtra, the MNS has decided not to contest the elections, but will campaign against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “misleading people”.
Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar(HT File Photo)
Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar(HT File Photo)

2019 Lok Sabha polls: Pawar did not let Dawood surrender, alleges Prakash Ambedkar

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2019 12:57 AM IST
The NCP, however, ridiculed the allegations saying that the same had been made earlier and Pawar had pointed out that condition put by Dawood was not acceptable.
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