Dreaded by some MLAs, Ajit Pawar bags Finance, grabs plum depts for NCP
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As per an official announcement, Ajit Pawar of the breakaway Nationalist Congress Party group got the Finance and Planning Departments despite strong reservations from the ruling Shiv Sena members, and even murmurs from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 
Shinde-Fadnavis hail SC verdict as 'triumph of truth', say they are vindicated
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"We fully support the SC ruling... It was on expected lines. We are happy, our stand has been upheld by the highest court of the land," the duo said, 11 months after they toppled the Maha Vikas Aghadi government headed by former CM Uddhav Thackeray in June 2022.
'Heed Pawar': Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde advises national Opposition
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Ahead of his much-publicised visit to Ayodhya, Shinde referred to Pawar's comments on Friday to a private television channel contending that the US short-seller Hindenburg Research's report on the Adani Group appeared to a 'targetted attack' on the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre. "The Congress has launched an agitation demanding an explanation for the Rs 20,000 crore of the Adani Group. Even (ex-CM) Uddhav Thackeray has repeatedly spoken on this issue.
Threats to Devendra Fadnavis' wife: Thane bookie, kin sent to seven-day police custody
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Aniksha, the bookie's daughter and a fashionista who was arrested earlier, was produced before the court after her police remand ended on Tuesday, but Additional Sessions Judge D.D. Almale extended her custody till March 24. The father-daughter-uncle trio has been arrested in connection with the attempts to threaten, bribe and blackmail banker-singer Amruta Fadnavis, the wife of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
If Speaker wasn't restrained from deciding disqualification, Shinde wouldn't have become CM: SC
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A five-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud told senior advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul, representing the Shinde faction, that the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution attaches a disqualification, "the moment you have a rival faction and it absolutely makes no difference whether you are saying, we are in the same party and we represent the same party...".
Maharashtra government 'on ventilator', may not see February, says Sanjay Raut
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"There will be a change very soon... They are only extending the date of their death. Entire Maharashtra is with the Shiv Sena-UBT which is like a giant tree and only the rubbish has gone over to the BSS," Raut said, referring to the spate of defections from his party to the Shinde side in recent weeks.
Maharashtra to study 'love-jihad' laws before taking final call: Shinde-Fadnavis govt
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"We shall study (the bills/laws) in other states and then take an appropriate decision in the matter," Fadnavis told the state legislature." Only after a thorough study, the government would decide on either a new act or amendments to existing laws, and the government will consider whatever is good, assured Fadnavis.
Maharashtra is with Marathi-speaking people in Belagavi, says Shinde-Fadnavis
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After the opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi allies and other parties raised the issue on the first day of the Winter Session, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis spoke in the Legislative Assembly and Council, respectively, to reassert the government's position.
No relief from Delhi HC to Uddhav on plea against party name, symbol freeze
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A division bench, headed by Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma, held: "There shall be no stay on the proceedings before the Election Commission of India. Therefore, the Election Commission of India is free to proceed with the adjudication of the dispute pending before it."
Maharashtra to bring in Lokayukta Act, CM, Cabinet will be covered
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Making the announcement at the customary press briefing on the eve of commencement of the Winter session of the Maharashtra legislature, back in the state's second capital city after a span of three years, from Monday, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said this was following the submission of anti- corruption crusader Anna Hazare's demand to make the state corruption free.
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