Lok Sabha Passes SPG Bill After Congress Walkout Over Amit Shah’s Statement on Gandhis

The SPG will now protect the prime minister and members of his immediate family residing with him at his official residence.   New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed a bill to amend the Special Protection Group (SPG) Act. The amendment says the SPG will now protect only the Prime Minister and members of his…

Maharashtra Govt Formation LIVE: How’s the Josh, Asks Sanjay Raut Ahead of Uddhav’s Swearing-in; Speculations Over Ajit Pawar’s Role

Maharashtra Govt Formation LIVE: The month-long political drama in Maharashtra will culminate today with the swearing-in of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as the 18th chief minister. Thackeray, 59, will be the third Sena leader after Manohar Joshi and Narayan Rane to occupy the top post. The momentous occasion comes after weeks of political wrangling…

Maharashtra Govt Formation LIVE: Rahul Gandhi Keeps Distance from Ally Sena, to Skip Uddhav’s Swearing-in

Maharashtra Govt Formation LIVE: Buoyed by the success of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine to wrest power from the BJP in a dramatic twist to the month-long saga in the state, which saw Devendra Fadnavis resign as the chief minister after Ajit Pawar pulled the plug, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party fired a fresh salvo at the…

At Oath-taking Ceremony of New MLAs, Supriya Sule’s Welcome Hug for Cousin Ajit & Some Words of Advice

Addressing the media, Sule said she never had any rift with her ‘dada’ (brother) who had stunned the NCP by engineering a midnight coup with the BJP.   Mumbai: In a sign of thawing ties, NCP leader Supriya Sule on Wednesday welcomed her cousin and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar to the oath-taking ceremony of new Maharashtra…

Fadnavis Gets 24-Hour Breather as SC Reserves Order on Floor Test Till 10:30am Tomorrow

The Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP has filed a plea against the governor’s decision to swear in BJP leader Fadnavis as chief minister and NCP’s Ajit Pawar as deputy chief minister in the early hours of Saturday. New Delhi: The Supreme Court will give its order on Maharashtra government formation on Tuesday, the apex court said while hearing the…

NCP Claims All MLAs Except Ajit Pawar Back in Fold as Parties Make Last-ditch Effort to Keep Flock United

NCP’s Daulat Daroda and Anil Patil were the latest MLAs to be traced to a hotel in Gurugram from where they were brought to Mumbai by the cadre.   Mumbai: Ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on a petition filed by the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena combine, the Sharad Pawar-led party claimed that all its MLAs except Ajit…

Ajit’s Switch to BJP for No.2 Post, Sharad’s Waiting Game: Unanswered Questions in Maha Pawar Struggle

Though these and many other intriguing questions will be answered only as events shape up gradually before the crucial floor test, Ajit Pawar’s confidantes claim he has played his cards well.   He is known for being brash and petulant, and often lets impulses get the better of his good sense. But, those who know…

Maharashtra Drama: ‘Missing Person’ Complaint Filed as NCP MLA Goes AWOL after Ajit Pawar Sworn in

Daulat Daroda had left his constituency, in neighbouring Thane, along with his son Karan on Friday night and has since been unreachable after reaching Mumbai. Mumbai: The political events of Saturday that led to the BJP making a comeback to power in Maharashtra with the help of Ajit Pawar, and his as-yet unspecified number of MLAs,…

BJP Acted as ‘Contract Killer’ of Democracy: Congress Slams New Govt in Maharashtra

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged that the Maharashtra governor did not make an effort to verify Devendra Fadnavis’s claims of having the support of a majority of MLAs. New Delhi: Slamming the new government in Maharashtra as “illegitimate”, the Congress on Saturday termed the swearing-in of BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis as chief minister a black chapter…

‘Confident They Will Work Diligently’: Modi, Shah Congratulate Fadnavis, Ajit Pawar on Forming Maharashtra Govt

In an overnight coup, the BJP turned its tables on rivals with a faction of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) breaking away under Sharad Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar and forming government under the leader of Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday morning. Mumbai: In a dramatic turn of events on Saturday morning, Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday took oath as…