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The new Shiv Sena is more a natural ally of Congress than BJP

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The new Shiv Sena is more a natural ally of Congress than BJP

The Shiv Sena seems to be at ease in its alliance with the Congress and there seems to be a natural cohesion between the two parties. This is in stark contrast to its alliance with the BJP where visible differences were common 

Is BJP pinning its hopes in Maharashtra on Narayan Rane?

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Is BJP pinning its hopes in Maharashtra on Narayan Rane?

Narayan Rane is a senior politician who has built an image of a strong leader while his clout and influence among the electorate have been dwindling over the years 

Politics | Decoding the Rashtra Manch meeting and Sharad Pawar’s messaging

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Politics | Decoding the Rashtra Manch meeting and Sharad Pawar’s messaging

The ambiguity surrounding the June 22 meeting leaves enough room for its purpose being open to interpretation. These are deliberate gaps which have been left so that the meeting sends a message to those who would care to pay attention, and is ignored by the others. This has Sharad Pawar's stamp all over it 

Could Opposition unity over COVID-19 lead to political unity against BJP?

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Could Opposition unity over COVID-19 lead to political unity against BJP?

Opposition parties have united to criticise the BJP’s handling of the COVID-19 second wave. It has to be seen if this unity will extend to the elections in the near future

COVID-19 Second Wave | In Maharashtra, it’s politics as usual

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COVID-19 Second Wave | In Maharashtra, it’s politics as usual

One would have hoped that our political class would put their differences aside and focus on beating the virus — but they’ve been at daggers drawn, and more so now 

The MVA government leads a charmed existence

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The MVA government leads a charmed existence

Apart from this interplay between former allies the BJP and the Shiv Sena, there have been other undercurrents that brought the MVA government to the brink from which it pulled back just in time

Governors vs Chief Ministers | The politics behind helicopter rides

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Governors vs Chief Ministers | The politics behind helicopter rides

Pettiness in politics is not a new phenomenon. So far as use of helicopters by Governors and other VIPs go, permissions depend upon the whims and fancies of Chief Ministers 

Aurangabad or Sambhajinagar: AMC polls will test the strength of Maha Vikas Aghadi

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Aurangabad or Sambhajinagar: AMC polls will test the strength of Maha Vikas Aghadi

Managing the political developments before the Aurangabad Municipal Corporations elections is not going to be an easy task for any party. How well the Maha Vikas Aghadi manages the contradiction will determine the future of its partnership

Local Body Polls | BJP on the back foot in Maharashtra

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Local Body Polls | BJP on the back foot in Maharashtra

The loss of Nagpur after 58 years and the loss of Pune after 20 years in local elections will be a shot in the arm for the Maha Vikas Aghadi government

One year later, Uddhav Thackeray runs a strong, confident government

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One year later, Uddhav Thackeray runs a strong, confident government

Uddhav Thackeray continues to exuberate confidence and his demeanour and poise do not have the trepidations of a first-time chief minister. His detractors are increasingly getting frustrated as he either ignores them, or finds constitutional means to tackle obstacles.

The political subtext to the Koshyari-Thackeray letters

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The political subtext to the Koshyari-Thackeray letters

The duel between Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Uddhav Thackeray has been on for a while now, and the Governor might be particularly incensed with Thackeray for outsmarting him at every step

Can Shiv Sena ever change its stripes, from a violent party to a genteel outfit?

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Can Shiv Sena ever change its stripes, from a violent party to a genteel outfit?

While Uddhav Thackeray has been trying hard for years to shed the image of the party as one of street fighters and lumpen elements that suited his father Bal Thackeray's party very well, the Shiv Sena has not quite been able to fully replace the other more refined political parties in the people’s affections

Maharashtra Politics | Thackerays are the target

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Maharashtra Politics | Thackerays are the target

With Uddhav Thackeray appearing to be a strong leader, with the backing of Sharad Pawar, the BJP is shifting its focus on Aaditya Thackeray

Lessons young Congress leaders can learn from Narasimha Rao

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Lessons young Congress leaders can learn from Narasimha Rao

In an era where Congressmen are falling like ninepins to the lure of power, Narasimha Rao nipped in the bud efforts to draw him into leading a rebellion against his party, even when he was being ill-treated in the party

Politicians make the difference in the fight against COVID-19

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Politicians make the difference in the fight against COVID-19

Where there is political leadership, the bureaucracy has a fighting chance of beating the virus. Where the leaders are invisible, the battle is nearly in danger of being lost

COVID-19 | Why the migrant crisis stings CM Uddhav Thackeray more

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COVID-19 | Why the migrant crisis stings CM Uddhav Thackeray more

As migrants leave cities and return home, Maharashtra looks at a big economic crisis

Highs and lows for the bureaucracy in the fight against COVID-19 in Maharashtra

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Highs and lows for the bureaucracy in the fight against COVID-19 in Maharashtra

A crisis of this magnitude is a challenge for the best of administrators. That is why the success in this fight squarely lies on the administrative acumen of each state

Politics | In Maharashtra’s COVID-19 response, CM Uddhav Thackeray disproves his critics

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Politics | In Maharashtra’s COVID-19 response, CM Uddhav Thackeray disproves his critics

Uddhav Thackeray has had a grip on the health crisis in the state right from the first week. Alongside he has also managed to paper over the cracks within his own government

Politics | Rashmi Thackeray, the power behind the Thackeray empire

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Politics | Rashmi Thackeray, the power behind the Thackeray empire

Although Rashmi Thackeray's appointment as Saamana editor may seemingly be a break from the male-oriented past of the party where women have had only marginal roles, her being family is of more consequence.

Politics | Jyotiraditya Scindia misses an opportunity

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Politics | Jyotiraditya Scindia misses an opportunity

Jyotiraditya Scindia is facing virtually the same faction of leaders in the Congress that his father Madhavrao Scindia had faced. While his father formed his own party, Jyotiraditya Scindia appears to be power hungry and not very ideologically committed.

Politics | Two issues testing the Thackeray government’s strength

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Politics | Two issues testing the Thackeray government’s strength

Other than the Bhima Koregaon case, the more crucial difference in the Maharashtra coalition is over the triple issues of the Citizenship Amendment Act, the National Register of Citizens, and the National Population Register.

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