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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.