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

PrakashAmbedkar also said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has assured him of reopening all religious places in Maharashtra in the next eight days.
Prakash Ambedkar (in yellow scarf) with his supporters in Pandharpur.(https://twitter.com/Prksh_Ambedkar)
Prakash Ambedkar (in yellow scarf) with his supporters in Pandharpur.(https://twitter.com/Prksh_Ambedkar)
Published on Aug 31, 2020 04:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByNadeem Inamdar

Corruption worth 8.2 lakh in tree-plantation drive at Seven Loves chowk, reveals RTI

The case came to light when the party representatives asked for details of the work done around the flyover.
Seven Loves chowk near Kumar Pacific Mall. VBA members allege that ₹9.64 lakh was locked-in from the budget meant for garden department to plant trees at the location.(RAHUL RAUT/ HT PHOTO)
Seven Loves chowk near Kumar Pacific Mall. VBA members allege that ₹9.64 lakh was locked-in from the budget meant for garden department to plant trees at the location.(RAHUL RAUT/ HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 28, 2020 04:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByShalaka Shinde

Too much ideological inconsistency is politically damaging

Dalit leaders are upset not just by Ambedkar’s fruitless political/electoral ambitions but also by his ideological inconsistency
Prakash Ambedkar(HT Photo)
Prakash Ambedkar(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 25, 2020 11:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySujata Anandan

Maharashtra bandh: Protesters detained, BEST bus attacked during VBA shutdown against CAA, NPR

A VBA member, who is set to take part in the protest, said there would be demonstrations in some areas but neither traffic nor the people would be impacted. Schools and colleges functioned as per their regular schedules during the first shift.
VBA’s activists forced shopkeepers in areas of Mulund, Airoli, Ghatkopar, Govandi, Wadala and Chembur to shut down.(Aalok Soni/HT Photo)
VBA’s activists forced shopkeepers in areas of Mulund, Airoli, Ghatkopar, Govandi, Wadala and Chembur to shut down.(Aalok Soni/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 24, 2020 01:14 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByHT Correspondent

Political parties have (just?) 6 women in fray for Pune district’s 21 seats

In Pune city, Mukta Tilak (BJP) will contest from Kasba, while Madhuri Misal (BJP) is pitted against Ashwini Kadam (NCP) in Parvati
Mukta Tilak (BJP) will contest from Kasba(HT FILE PHOTO)
Mukta Tilak (BJP) will contest from Kasba(HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 12, 2019 06:22 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByHT Correspondent

AIMIM declares 7 more candidates for Maharashtra polls

The Hyderabad-based party had earlier ended its alliance with the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), led by Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar.
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)
Updated on Oct 01, 2019 09:23 PM IST
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Shiv Sena cites VBA-AIMIM break up, says Dalit-Muslim vote bank is myth in Maharashtra

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.
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)
Updated on Sep 11, 2019 05:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | BySwapnil Rawal

Ready to give Cong 144 of 288 Assembly seats: Prakash Ambedkar

The Congress said that it did its best to convince Ambedkar of the danger posed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led alliance.
Before the Lok Sabha (LS) polls, Ambedkar had played hardball, leading to the VBA contesting independently. VBA had tied up with AIMIM and was able to poll 41.08 lakh votes in the state, bringing its vote share to 7.63%.(HT image)
Before the Lok Sabha (LS) polls, Ambedkar had played hardball, leading to the VBA contesting independently. VBA had tied up with AIMIM and was able to poll 41.08 lakh votes in the state, bringing its vote share to 7.63%.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 20, 2019 05:33 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, MUMBAI | ByNaresh Kamath

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

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
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)
Updated on Jul 16, 2019 01:14 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByNaresh Kamath

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

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.
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)
Published on Jul 05, 2019 03:39 AM IST
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Mumbai | ByHT Correspondent

‘B team’ barb: Prakash Ambedkar slams Congress

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.
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)
Updated on Jun 22, 2019 02:38 AM IST
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Mumbai | ByHT Correspondent

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

Addressing the media at a press conference in Ballard Estate, he raised questions over the validity of EVMs and the elected government.
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)
Updated on Jun 08, 2019 01:09 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySurendra Gangan, Mumbai

Congress to chalk out strategy to win back Dalit support, deal with VBA

The VBA polled more than 7% votes and ensured a major setback to the alliance convened by Congress and NCP
Prakash Ambedkar has refused to get into an alliance with the Congress or NCP.(HT Photo)
Prakash Ambedkar has refused to get into an alliance with the Congress or NCP.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2019 07:02 AM IST
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Congress to hold ‘awareness drives’ to woo dalit voters

The state Congress unit met on Sunday to devise a strategy to woo the Dalit community ahead of Assembly elections in Maharashtra.
The meeting was attended by leaders such as Nitin Raut, Eknath Gaikwad, Varsha Gaikwad and Ramesh Bagwe.(HT Photo)
The meeting was attended by leaders such as Nitin Raut, Eknath Gaikwad, Varsha Gaikwad and Ramesh Bagwe.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 03, 2019 03:10 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByHT Correspondent

Maharashtra Opposition to unite again for state polls

Cong, NCP, smaller allies meet; agree VBA hurt them in LS polls, divided on MNS
Opposition leaders from the Congress, NCP and smaller allies met at the residence of NCP leader Dhananjay Munde in Mumbai on Tuesday.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Opposition leaders from the Congress, NCP and smaller allies met at the residence of NCP leader Dhananjay Munde in Mumbai on Tuesday.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2019 08:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySurendra P Gangan, Mumbai

Lok Sabha polls: A picture in contrast

Many in the Congress-NCP are now the split in the Opposition votes by Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi
The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra earned a victory in the recent Lok Sabha election(HT Photo)
The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra earned a victory in the recent Lok Sabha election(HT Photo)
Updated on May 27, 2019 11:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByShailesh Gaikwad

Ambedkar’s VBA scores a point despite poll failures

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.
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)
Updated on May 25, 2019 02:32 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByAbhay Khairnar and Parth Welankar

AIMIM’s lone Lok Sabha victor from Maharashtra

Five years later, Jaleel, 46, has hit national headlines as he wrested a difficult Aurangabad seat from four-time Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire by a slim margin of 4,000+ votes.
The correct caste combination and precautions not to split votes on religious lines helped Jaleel win the Lok Sabha seat that he fought on the AIMIM ticket(HTPhotos)
The correct caste combination and precautions not to split votes on religious lines helped Jaleel win the Lok Sabha seat that he fought on the AIMIM ticket(HTPhotos)
Published on May 25, 2019 12:18 PM IST
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Hindustan TImes, Pune | ByYogesh Joshi

Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi turns Maha force to reckon with

The VBA, in alliance with the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), polled 41.08 lakh (7.63%) votes in the state.
Prakash Ambedkar at a rally in Pune.(HT)
Prakash Ambedkar at a rally in Pune.(HT)
Published on May 25, 2019 04:30 AM IST
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Mumbai | ByNaresh Kamath

Raj Thackeray misses, Ambedkar impacts Congress-NCP prospects in Maharashtra

The Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) appears to have played an instrumental role in defeating the Opposition alliance. On the other hand, Raj Thackeray-led MNS failed to make any impact on poll results.
MNS Cheif Raj Thackeray(HT File)
MNS Cheif Raj Thackeray(HT File)
Updated on May 24, 2019 03:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByFaisal Malik, Mumbai

The OBC identity has come of age since 1993

But it must be seen if the OBCs have shed their caste consciousness enough to support a party led by a Dalit
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)
Updated on May 13, 2019 09:55 PM IST
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Neither Modi nor Rahul would become next PM, says Prakash Ambedkar

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
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)
Published on May 03, 2019 01:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, Mumbai

2019 Lok Sabha polls: Farmers, caste equations to decide fate in Dindori

Caste equations, the agrarian crisis and water scarcity will dictate poll results in 2019 in the Dindori constituency of Nashik district in North Maharashtra, according to experts
Mumbai, India - April 16, 2014: A dam being constructed to divert the flow of water from Par-Nar river to the nearby villages in Dindori, Maharashtra, India, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (Photo by Kalpak Pathak/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Mumbai, India - April 16, 2014: A dam being constructed to divert the flow of water from Par-Nar river to the nearby villages in Dindori, Maharashtra, India, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (Photo by Kalpak Pathak/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 26, 2019 01:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByEeshanpriya M S, Mumbai

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Ramabai Nagar hears its own voice in Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi

Apart from agrarian crises and unemployment, the BJP government is also battling Dalit resentment owing to incidents such as the Rohit Vemula case, issues with the probe into the Bhima-Koregaon violence and confusion over reservation.
There are more than 60,000 voters in Ramabai Nagar and Kannamwar Nagar, two major Dalit pockets in the constituency.(Sunny Shende)
There are more than 60,000 voters in Ramabai Nagar and Kannamwar Nagar, two major Dalit pockets in the constituency.(Sunny Shende)
Updated on Apr 19, 2019 08:17 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByTanushree Venkatraman

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

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.
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)
Updated on Apr 15, 2019 07:49 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, Mumbai

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

All three Lok Sabha candidates are firmly in the running making this seat toughest to call.
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)
Updated on Apr 12, 2019 03:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByYogesh Joshi

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

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.
Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar(HT File Photo)
Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 20, 2019 12:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, Mumbai

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi announces 39 poll candidates

Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi (VBA) chief Prakash Ambedkar on Friday declared candidates for 39 of the 48 seats in the state for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state. He also finally ruled out any alliance with the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine.
Prakash Ambedkar said it was a rumour spread by the Congress-NCP that he was splitting their votes to benefit the ruling parties.(PTI/File Photo)
Prakash Ambedkar said it was a rumour spread by the Congress-NCP that he was splitting their votes to benefit the ruling parties.(PTI/File Photo)
Published on Mar 16, 2019 04:20 AM IST
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Mumbai | ByHT Correspondent

2019 Lok Sabha elections: Prakash Ambedkar signals end of alliance talks with Congress-NCP

Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar put an end to the possibility of joining the Opposition coalition on Tuesday, saying that his front, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), will contest all 48 seats in the state in the Lok Sabha elections.
Prakash Ambedkar(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Prakash Ambedkar(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 13, 2019 12:30 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, Mumbai

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Prakash Ambedkar to contest from Solapur, trouble for Sushil Kumar Shinde

Ambedkar, who heads the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), was expected to contest from Akola. “I have decided to contest from Solapur,” he said.
Ambedkar, who has good following among Dalits in the constituency, may give a tough competition to Shinde, who is planning a comeback.(FILE)
Ambedkar, who has good following among Dalits in the constituency, may give a tough competition to Shinde, who is planning a comeback.(FILE)
Updated on Mar 11, 2019 11:55 PM IST
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