Sandeep A Ashar

Articles By Sandeep A Ashar

Prithviraj Chavan: ‘Difficult for us to continue as Congress if Modi is PM again’

There is no way that Narendra Modi can become the PM in 2019. says Prithviraj Chavan.

Palghar: Parents migrate to earn bread, undernourishment kills children

Child deaths, owing to chronic illnesses and undernourishment, are a reality in Palghar, which is situated barely three hours away from Mumbai. Activists put this down mainly to the annual pattern of migration for work.

After five years, it didn’t feel as if we were a part of govt — Shiv Sena MP from Mumbai North West Gajanan Kirtikar

Kirtikar speaks to The Indian Express on reasons for the bitterness between the saffron allies, Sena’s U-turn, support for Aarey car shed, and his latest challenger.

Sanjay Nirupam gets seat of his choice, but loses Mumbai Congress chief post to Milind Deora

The party appointed former Union Minister Milind Deora, who had recently upped the ante against Nirupam, as the Mumbai Congress chief.

Maharashtra: Ab tak Chappan, but where’s Congress’s ‘Mahaaghadi’ list?

According to sources, the reason behind the delay in formally publishing the list is that some of these social outfits have sought another round of discussions in lieu of extending support.

Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar meet amid rising exodus

While Congress and NCP had firmed up an alliance for the polls a month ago, differences between the two parties in regard to four seats and delays in the finalisation of the seats to be allotted to the smaller parties has been holding back the formal announcement of the poll pact.

Mumbai confidential: Shot Down

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has rejected Maharashtra government’s proposal for allowing senior IPS officer Deven Bharti (1994 batch) to continue serving as the Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) in Mumbai.

Amid clamour for her resignation, Pankaja Munde washes her hands off ration row

Tender was floated on guidelines issued by Centre and SC directives, says state women and child development minister

Supreme Court strikes down Rs 6,300-cr food contracts

Pankaja Munde’s ministry accused of tweaking tender norms to favour big players and industrialists.

Cong & NCP seat-sharing: The case of one seat and a long standing political rivalry

In 1991, this political rivalry translated into a full-blown legal battle, when Balasaheb, who had contested the Ahmednagar seat as a Congress rebel, accused Pawar, then Maharashtra CM, of corrupt electoral practices to make Congress candidate Yeshwantrao Gadakh win.

Explained: Significance of smaller allies for the two major coalitions in Maharashtra

Some of the smaller parties in Maharashtra have aligned themselves one way or the other, while others are keeping Congress-NCP and BJP-Sena waiting. One of them has an MP, a few have Lok Sabha aspirations, most others are looking at Assembly poll deals.

Mahrashtra govt hands traders tax amnesty

Officials said the policy will target over 1 lakh merchants and traders, who would now have to own up to their previous undeclared earnings and unpaid tax to avoid penalties and interest on tax dues.

Sensing a chance, Sharad Pawar back in race, from tested stronghold

In Madha, Pawar starts as a firm favourite. The constituency, which was only carved out post-delimitation in 2008, has remained loyal to the NCP, although its voter base has been on the decline.

Maharashtra govt to tap taxpayers to refund GST paid by Dharavi project developer

While the final estimates of the burden this would put on the exchequer are being worked out, government sources admitted the sop’s total worth may well go over Rs 3,000 crore.

Mumbai Confidential: Making A Comeback

On February 11, Devendra Fadnavis had transferred Medha Gadgil out of the Relief and Rehabilitation department, posting her as the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the Maharashtra State Financial Corporation, which is seen as an inconsequential posting.

NCP readies big guns for Lok Sabha polls

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has hinted that he is considering the option of entering the fray from western Maharashtra’s Madha constituency, which he had represented in 2009.

Explained: Why Maharashtra has kept Marathas out of EWS quota

The Fadnavis government's clarification that the 10% EWS quota would not be applicable to Marathas is in line with the Centre's formula that excludes the poorer sections among the categories that are already covered under some reservation.

EWS quota won’t apply to Marathas, says Devendra Fadnavis govt

In the wake of the statewide Maratha quota protests, the state government had secured the legislature’s nod to offer 16 per cent reservations to the community in jobs, education. To facilitate the move, it was placed in the SEBC category.

Realty market picks up, Maharashtra likely to meet revenue target

With the real estate already reeling from a general economic meltdown, buying and selling of properties in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), which is India’s biggest real estate market, had slowed down considerably after the demonetisation in 2016.

Maharashtra govt regularises ‘squatters’ in MHADA’s transit shelters

Cabinet goes against law dept’s ‘unconstitutional move’ observation