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Shiv Sena minister Uday Samant joins Eknath Shinde-led rebel camp

Samant, who was unreachable since Sunday morning, reached Guwahati via a chartered plane from Surat with three more passengers, including his personal secretary and a Shiv Sena worker from Thane.
Samant is the seventh Shiv Sena minister to join the rebels. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 05:25 AM IST
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Shinde camp a mix of turncoats, Sainiks

Some of these defectors like minister of state Abdul Sattar, who happens to be the Shiv Sena’s only Muslim MLA, had joined the party only on the eve of the polls from the Congress
Independents who have been given ministerial berths from the Sena’s quota like Bacchu Kadu and Rajendra Patil Yadravkar have also jumped ship from Uddhav Thackeray to the Eknath Shinde camp (Praful Gangurde)
Updated on Jun 27, 2022 04:02 AM IST
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Shiv Sena’s dilemma: All action but no theory

There is talk of the new group claiming the legacy of party supremo Bal Thackeray and the credo of militant Hindutva, which the rebels claim has been diluted after Uddhav joined hands with the “secular” Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form a government in Maharashtra in 2019
The Shiv Sena now faces an uphill task—apart from fighting the seemingly lost battle to ensure that Uddhav retains his chief ministerial chair, it will have to ensure that it retains power in the Mumbai and Thane civic bodies, which are crucial to its politics. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 01:22 AM IST
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Maha crisis: BJP troika helped Shinde shift rebel MLAs out of state on the sly

When Eknath Shinde began his political coup to topple the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government by breaking away from Shiv Sena, three second-rung leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) played a crucial role behind the scenes
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Updated on Jun 25, 2022 09:13 AM IST
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How Shiv Sena works: First an organisation, then a political party

The Shiv Sena now faces an uphill task — apart from fighting the seemingly lost battle to ensure that Uddhav retains his chief ministerial chair, it will have to ensure that it retains power in the Mumbai and Thane civic bodies, which are crucial to its politics
Eknath Shinde (left) with Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray and CM Uddhav Thackeray at an event to mark the party’s Foundation Day in Mumbai on June 19. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 03:29 AM IST
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Shouty Saamana’s dilemma on tone against Shinde camp’s revolt

In its editorial on Thursday for instance, the paper had a placatory stance towards the rebels asking them to return to the party fold rather than mounting any attacks on them
What happens when the Shiv Sainiks themselves are muted and confused? (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 01:14 AM IST
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Maha crisis: Sharad Pawar steps in as Sena crisis threatens to topple MVA govt

Through the day, Pawar held a series of meeting with his party top brass following which NCP leaders Praful Patel, Ajit Pawar and Jayant Patil came out in full force to support Uddhav.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar along with Jayant Patil and Shashikant Pawar addresses the media at Y.B. Chavan Auditorium, in Mumbai on Thursday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 06:54 AM IST
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Shouty Saamana takes cautious stance amid Sena crisis in Maharashtra

At the Prabhadevi office of the Shiv Sena mouthpiece, the bustle that usually marks a newsroom is missing. Saamana’s shouty pages, too, are rather muted.
Saamana office in Mumbai. (HT file)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 06:54 AM IST
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Sena hints it’s ready to sacrifice MVA as rebels hit magic mark

The rebels, led by state minister Eknath Shinde, swelled to the magic number of 37 as more Shiv Sena lawmakers flew from Maharashtra to Guwahati, and adopted a resolution reiterating Shinde as the Shiv Sena leader in the assembly, and the appointment of one of its own as the chief whip.
Guwahati, June 23 (ANI): Shiv Sena MLAs Sada Sarvankar and Mangesh Kudalkar, who were reported to have left Mumbai last night, are also present with party leader Eknath Shinde with other MLAs, at Radisson Blu Hotel, in Guwahati on Thursday. (ANI Photo/ ANI Pic Service) (ANI)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 02:20 AM IST
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War on Sena: Rebels likely to float new party

A close aide of Shinde said that they were likely to form a group in the name of the late Sena chief, who enjoys a talismanic appeal over the masses
Shiv Sena workers paint black ink on the poster of MLA Sada Sarvankar who joined the rebel camp of Eknath Shinde in Guwahati, at Mahim, on Wednesday. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 12:59 AM IST
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BySwapnil Rawal and Dhaval Kulkarni

Now, Shiv Sena may lose about 12 MPs to rebel group

Mumbai: After managing to take away a major chunk of the members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) to his side, Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde is now in touch with around 10-12 Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MPs) from the Sena
Bhavana Gawli, a fifth-term MP from Yavatmal-Washim, has already written to Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray urging him to take a call on an alliance with the BJP. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo)
Published on Jun 23, 2022 10:48 PM IST
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BySwapnil Rawal and Dhaval Kulkarni

Simmering discontent between old and new guard caused crisis?

Eknath Shinde was reportedly upset with a group of functionaries of Yuva Sena for allegedly trying to dominate over his turf, threatening his position as the effective number two in the party, according to Sena functionaries
Maharashtra minister and Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray shows victory sign on reaching 'Matoshree' in Mumbai. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 03:26 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

Saving chair 1st of many challenges for Maha CM Uddhav Thackeray

At the heart of the challenge lies the identity of the party – Eknath Shinde and his supporters have staked claim to the mantle of the “real” Shiv Sena and the legacy of its late supremo Bal Thackeray
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray greets supporters gathered outside his official residence 'Varsha', before leaving for his personal residence 'Matoshree', in Mumbai, Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 03:24 AM IST
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Young Turks vs Old Guard fuelled revolt

Mumbai: The growing influence of Shiv Sena’s young turks led by the woke and urbane Aaditya Thackeray and their efforts to assert themselves often at the cost of the party’s old guard is one of the main factors that led to four-term Sena legislator Eknath Shinde’s rebellion
Mumbai, India - October 13, 2019: Yuva Sena President Aaditya Thackeray at Matoshree, Bandra in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, October 13, 2019. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times) (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 12:23 AM IST
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Uddhav now races to save the party as his biggest challenge lies ahead in BMC polls

A letter by Shinde’s faction to deputy speaker Narhari Zirwal bore the signatures of 34 legislators, of which two were from an allied party and two were Independents
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray outside Matoshree, his personal residence in Bandra, after leaving from Varsha, the Chief Minister's official residence on Wednesday (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 23, 2022 12:20 AM IST
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BySwapnil Rawal and Dhaval Kulkarni

Rebel Sena MLAs blame low morale, NCP’s dominance for revolt

Low morale, dominance of ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) over the lever of power, and lack of attention to development works in their constituencies were the three important reasons that prompted them to raise the banner of revolt against Shiv Sena, two of the rebel party legislators said on Wednesday
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Updated on Jun 23, 2022 12:43 AM IST
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By, Mumbai

Brewing discontent in Shiv Sena sparks MVA crisis

When Shiv Sena leader and urban development minister Eknath Shinde launched his rebellion against the MVA leadership, it was the timing that caught everyone unawares.
Shiv Sena supporters shouts slogan in support of chief minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, outside Shiv Sena Bhavan, Shivaji Park in Mumbai on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 04:31 AM IST
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Maha govt on a knife’s edge as leader splits Sena’s flock

Shinde said he would never “cheat for power” but later in the day, appeared to have rebuffed overtures from two Thackeray emissaries who flew to Surat to speak to him.
Thane, India - June 21, 2022: Police security beefed up outside the residence of Shiv Sena leader and cabinet minister Eknath Shinde after news reports alleged him to have joined BJP, in Thane, Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 01:10 AM IST
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Eknath Shinde: From a seat at head table to chief of rebellion

From a seat at the head table to fomenting rebellion in the ranks from a hotel in Surat, what compelled Eknath Shinde, 58, to take this drastic step?
Shinde’s rise from an auto rickshaw driver in Thane to the Urban Development and Public Works (Public Undertakings) minister in the MVA government is the story of a passionately- driven Sainik. (Praful Gangurde/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 21, 2022 11:39 PM IST
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The street-fighting Sainik at the heart of the Maha political storm

From a seat at the head table to fomenting rebellion in the ranks from a hotel in Surat, what compelled Eknath Shinde, 58, to take this drastic step?
(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 12:55 PM IST
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Who is Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde and how did he rise through the ranks?

Shinde bolstered the party’s ranks in Mumbai in 2005 when Narayan Rane’s men took on Shiv Sainiks after the latter’s defection to the Congress
In 1997, Shinde was elected to the Thane Municipal Corporation before a personal tragedy struck. Two of his children, Dipesh and Shubhada, drowned in their village. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2022 05:27 PM IST
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Discontent among ruling allies behind BJP’s victory

Insiders in the BJP have attributed the victory, which seemed impossible based on the number of MLAs, to the leadership’s perfect strategy
He added that just like for the Rajya Sabha poll, the strategy to give more first preference votes to a couple of candidates so that the last candidate can benefit from surplus votes worked in council elections too (Anshuman Poyrekar)
Updated on Jun 21, 2022 12:10 AM IST
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BySurendra P Gangan and Dhaval Kulkarni

It will destroy youngsters, say people objecting to state’s new wine policy

Some of the objections say that the policy must be struck down completely as “it will destroy the younger generation,” while others profess a blanket opposition to the idea
Despite the controversy over allowing stores to retail wine, officials say that the actual number of licences granted under the new policy will be much lower than speculated. (Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 19, 2022 12:35 AM IST
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Beer sales soared in Mumbai with rising temperature

In April and May 2022, Mumbaikars drank 31.64 lakh bulk litres (LBL) and 97.94 LBL beer in the Mumbai city and suburban districts
160, the MRP of a bottle of a popular beer brand sells at 180 for mild beer and 190 for strong beer." alt="While a 180 ml bottle of an entry-level Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) brand costs 160, the MRP of a bottle of a popular beer brand sells at 180 for mild beer and 190 for strong beer." />
While a 180 ml bottle of an entry-level Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) brand costs 160, the MRP of a bottle of a popular beer brand sells at 180 for mild beer and 190 for strong beer.
Published on Jun 15, 2022 12:50 AM IST
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11 contenders for 10 council seats; BJP, MVA headed for another showdown

After the Rajya Sabha elections, another showdown between the ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on the cards
BJP leaders Devendra Fadnavis and Chandrakant Patil celebrate along with winning candidates after the results of Rajya Sabha elections were declared. Anshuman Poyrekar/ HT Photo
Published on Jun 14, 2022 12:51 AM IST
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ByDhaval Kulkarni and Faisal Malik, Mumbai

Maharashtra: Ensure win of your nominees in MLC polls, Sena tells allies

Maharashtra MLC election: The Shiv Sena has asked each alliance partner in the ruling MVA to individually take responsibility for victory of its candidates in the upcoming state legislative council elections, people familiar with the development said on Sunday.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led party is not pleased with independent MLAs close to the NCP voting in favour of the opposition party during the Rajya Sabha elections. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jun 13, 2022 06:48 AM IST
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BJP’s Prasad Lad richest council poll candidate with assets worth 152 crore

Mumbai: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Prasad Lad is the richest candidate in the upcoming legislative council elections scheduled on June 20
BJP has 106 votes on the basis of which the party can elect the first four candidates as each candidate required 27 votes. (Kunal Patil/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 13, 2022 12:29 AM IST
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ByFaisal Malik and Dhaval Kulkarni

Trouble in MVA? Sena asks Cong, NCP to handle council poll on its own

This means that each party--the Sena, Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)--will have to individually handle its own affairs by arranging surplus votes for their candidates
With the legislative council elections taking place through secret ballots from an electoral college of MLAs, the possibility of horse-trading and cross-voting are high (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 12, 2022 11:36 PM IST
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BJP’s victory exposes vulnerabilities in ruling MVA alliance

This led some MLAs, including independents, gravitating towards deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, who is seen as more hands-on and as the alpha male of the regime
Congress leaders point to how some of the independents, who are claimed to have voted for the BJP, are close to the NCP. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 11, 2022 09:36 PM IST
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ByDhaval Kulkarni and Swapnil Rawal

After Rajya Sabha polls, another bitter contest between MVA and BJP on the cards

Even before the heat over the Rajya Sabha polls could die down, another election fever has started to grip Maharashtra
Shiv Sena candidates Sachin Ahir and Amshya Padvi after filing their nomination papers for the state legislative council elections, at Vidhan Bhavan on Wednesday. Tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray is also seen. PTI Photo
Updated on Jun 08, 2022 11:18 PM IST
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ByDhaval Kulkarni Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai
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