Ties with BJP have been strained. But is that what explains the Shiv Sena going for broke in Maharashtra? Or is it part of the churning within the party, seeking to expand its base and in midst of a generation change, seven years after Bal Thackeray’s death? The Indian Express report on a new Maharashtra power balance
Maharashtra is in the middle of an agrarian crisis with 54.22 lakh hectares of the total 138.82 lakh hectares under kharif sowing damaged in the unexpected post-monsoon rain that the state received in the last week of October.
Only a month ago, the 68-year-old farmer, who has been working on the farm since she was 16, was readying herself for a bumper tomato crop. But the extended wet weather in Maharashtra, coupled with the two-day rain in the last leg of October, has literally “poured cold water” on her dreams.
A day after the Assembly poll verdict, both main political formations are scrambling to woo Independent MLAs. The BJP, in particular, is keen to get them on its side before power-sharing talks with ally Shiv Sena are finalised. A glance at these 13 MLAs.
While Shinde does come across as self-effacing, he has been responsible for creating a flutter in Maharashtra’s poltical history with 35 Shiv Sena corporators and over 350 party office-bearers resigning from their posts in support of his candidacy.
For the 5,000 residents who had gathered, the fact that the person who was being lauded remained absent from the gathering did not go unnoticed. While Pankaj’s supporters claim he is soft spoken and shy, his detractors call him a recluse.
More than two decades later, as he lays the ground for his own electoral debut, Aaditya Thackeray, the Shiv Sena heir apparent, has seized on environmental issues, to stake out an identity for himself as a “woke” champion of socially progressive values.
CPI(M) central committee member Dr Ashok Dhawale speaks to The Indian Express about his party’s poll prospects and why it is allying with the Congress-NCP combine, of which it has been critical in the past.
Hyder Azam, vice-president of Mumbai BJP, speaks to The Indian Express on why Muslims need to vote for the BJP and how he hopes the party should grant tickets to at least five candidates from the community in the upcoming Assembly elections.
Aurangabad MP Imtiaz Jaleel speaks to The Indian Express about his party’s poll prospects, the status of Muslims in Indian polity and why its attempt at striking a Dalit-Muslim political front came unstuck.
The Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) was registered Monday, ED sources said Tuesday, adding that the case is based on an FIR filed by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police in connection with alleged irregularities in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank.