Sandeep A Ashar

Articles By Sandeep A Ashar

On their table: All three parties in govt, a CMP, farm loan waiver scheme

At the Congress-NCP meeting, attended by senior state leaders from both sides, sources said NCP chief Sharad Pawar shot down the option of Congress backing a Sena-NCP formation from outside.

Shiv Sena’s bid falls through, Governor gives NCP a day

Earlier, the BJP, the single-largest party with 105 seats, and invited first by the Governor, expressed its unwillingness to stake claim for government formation.

Maharashtra govt formation: Sena-NCP tie-up — Not the first time

While Pawar’s impressive election campaign has set the stage for NCP’s resurgence in Maharashtra, senior party leaders said that returning to power in Maharashtra is essential for the party to keep its flock together and rebuild.

Maharashtra govt formation: Pawar asked Uddhav to buy more time

Thackeray had met Pawar at Bandra’s Taj Lands End hotel Monday afternoon to discuss government formation after NCP’s core committee meeting had indicated its willingness to join hands with the Shiv Sena (SS) for forming the government, provided ally Congress also went along with the decision.

Maharashtra: Unlikely allies, but the Shiv Sena has had a soft corner for Sharad Pawar

Maharashtra government formation: From facing an existential crisis and braving defections of several key leaders ahead of the Assembly polls, Sharad Pawar appears to have steered his party into the position of a kingmaker.

In Maharashtra, NCP puts conditions to Sena: Snap BJP-NDA ties, fix a common agenda

Having maintained so far that its mandate is to sit in Opposition, this is the first time when Sharad Pawar’s party has indicated its willingness to offer “conditional” support to the Sena.

Mumbai Confidential: Failed Bid

Maharashtra’s current political crisis bears some resemblance to the situation in 2009 when Congress and NCP were locked in a power-sharing tussle after a pre-poll alliance of both parties secured a clear majority in the state elections.

Explained: What next in Maharashtra?

Term of current government ends tomorrow, with no clarity on who will form the next. With BJP and Shiv Sena divided over power-sharing, a look at the constitutional provisions for government formation.

Maharashtra govt formation: Shah turns down proposal to offer additional berths to Sena at Centre

Devendra Fadnavis had discussed the proposal with the party central leadership to break the deadlock between the two sides, sources said that Shah has turned down t proposal for now.

Mumbai confidential: In A Spot

A section within the BJP holds the opinion that Fadnavis’s Modi-style campaign for the election has boomeranged.

Fadnavis offers Uddhav Thackeray 50:50 division of portfolios

Responding to Fadnavis’ latest overture, sources said that the Sena leadership, too, has indicated that it was ready to soften its stance regarding the demand for a rotational chief ministership.

State leaders’ complain: Wanted more rallies by top Congress leadership in Maharashtra

At the meeting, many pointed out that there were 19 seats where the party had lost by a margin of less than 10,000 votes.

Little luck for turncoats at the hustings

Several heavyweights who switched sides ahead of the elections taste defeat

Maharashtra elections: Congress-NCP loses out in urban areas

Maharashtra Congress president Vijay (Balasaheb) Thorat admitted that the “verdict would have been different if the Congress-NCP had wrested some more seats in Mumbai and other urban belts.”

Maharashtra: As campaigning ends, parties use informal routes to reach out to voters

A number of candidates and their polling officers attempted to establish a connect with voters inquiring whether they had been apprised of their election booth numbers and had received their polling slips

In the final lap, CM rekindles statehood for Vidarbha: ‘We have not given up’

Fadnavis says party’s central leadership will take decision at right time

Election compulsions forced Congress to change stance on Art. 370, Savarkar: Fadnavis

While admitting that the model code of conduct had impacted the proactiveness with which the government could have stepped in to resolve the banking crisis, Fadnavis said that he had already written to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the issue.

Maharashtra: Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka skip campaigning in state

While NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar has been the main campaigner for the alliance has campaigned all over the state, Congress’s first family, the Gandhi family, has been missing from the action.

Manmohan Singh signals a Congress shift on Article 370 and Veer Savarkar

Article 370 was temporary, says Singh; softens party’s criticism of Savarkar

Maharashtra polls: ‘Voters will not let go of chance for a cabinet berth,’ says Ram Shinde

"In the coming five years, we have designed a road map to enhance the region’s per capita income. We have already laid a foundation stone of Rs 81 crore for a cotton mill to be erected within a year," Shinde says.