Devendra Fadnavis

Irrigation scam: Maharashtra CM orders probe against Ajit Pawar

In trouble for Maharashtra’s former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and top NCP leaders Sunil Tatkare and Chhagan Bhujbal, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday gave a go-ahead for probe against them in an alleged corruption case. The state’s anti-corruption bureau has been asked to institute ‘open inquiries’ against Pawar and state NCP president Sunil Tatkare in connection with alleged corruption and irregularities in execution of various irrigation projects during

Shiv Sena formally joins BJP government in Maharashtra

Finally reviving the 25-year old alliance which suffered major upheaval in the recent past, the Shiv Sena formally joined the BJP government in Maharashtra led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday. Ten Shiv Sena ministers, five of cabinet rank and five of minister of state rank, took oath in the first expansion of the Fadnavis ministry on Friday afternoon. Ten BJP ministers – five of cabinet rank and five

Shiv Sena to join Fadnavis govt, accepts offer of 12 cabinet berths

Finally, the stage is set for cabinet expansion in Maharashtra on Friday, after Shiv Sena agreed to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Maharashtra. The BJP has offered Shiv Sena 12 cabinet posts. It includes five cabinet rank and seven minister of state rank. The four important portfolios which have been offered to Sena includes ministry of industry, public works department, energy, water resources. The Shiv Sena also agreed to give up

BJP, Shiv Sena to hold talks on power sharing in Maharashtra today

After weeks of acrimony, the BJP and the Shiv Sena are likely to hold talks on forming an alliance for power sharing in Maharashtra on Friday. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who had earlier hinted that the BJP is ready to accommodate Shiv Sena in the government, yesterday said that the two parties should govern the state together. Fadnavis, while speaking to the reporters, said that since the Shiv Sena is part of the BJP-led NDA

Sharad Pawar predicts mid-term polls in Maharashtra

The NCP has virtually put on notice BJP Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ government, with party chief Sharad Pawar saying mid-term assembly elections could be held anytime in the state.Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar called upon his party to immediately start preparations for mid-term assembly elections as the continuance of the BJP government in the state was in doubt.“If the BJP and Shiv Sena had joined together, there could

Don't take people for granted: Shiv Sena to new BJP govt

Shiv Sena Saturday cautioned new Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis against taking the people for granted and asked him to fulfil the expectations of the common man. “The new Government is like a newly-wed woman who initially pleases her mother-in-law. In this case the mother- in-law is the people of Maharashtra. You cannot take people for granted. They have the power to pull your ears when you err,” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece `Saamana’ said.

Devendra Fadnavis is first BJP CM of Maharashtra

Devendra Fadnavis was sworn-in as the chief minister of the first BJP government of Maharashtra at a gala public function here Friday.Nine other ministers also took the oath.Maharashtra Governor C. V. Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy to Fadnavis (44) and the others at a glittering ceremony in the sprawling Wankhede Stadium witnessed by over 30,000 people.Present on the historic occasion were Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata

Shiv Sena to boycott Fadnavis oath ceremony

The Shiv Sena Friday announced a complete boycott of the swearing-in ceremony of the first BJP government in Maharashtra, scheduled later in the day. In a front-page statement in the party mouthpiece, Saamana and Dopahar ka Saamana, the party said that no legislator, parliamentarian or other officials shall take part in the oath taking ceremony of BJP’s Chief Minister-designate Devendra Fadnavis and his small cabinet at Wankhede Stadium. The Sena

Devendra Fadnavis to be Maharashtra CM

Devendra Fadnavis will be Maharashtra’s new chief minister following his election as the leader of the BJP legislature party here Tuesday. Home Minister Rajnath Singh and party leaders Rajiv Pratap Rudy, O.P. Mathur and J.P. Nadda were at the meeting where the newly elected 121 BJP legislators chose Fadnavis at the Maharashtra Legislature complex. Hailing from Nagpur, Fadnavis, 44, pipped his mentor and central minister Nitin Gadkari to bag the

Shiv Sena to support whoever named Maharashtra CM

BJP’s Maharashtra legislative party is scheduled to meet on Monday to formally elect the next Chief Minister of the state. The meet will also decide the date and time of the swearing-in ceremony of the next CM. Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena has said that it will support any CM that the BJP decides on to lead Maharashtra. Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ has said that whether it was Nitin

Shiv Sena agrees to support BJP govt in Maharashtra: Reports

In a breakthrough, the Shiv Sena and the BJP are reported to have agreed on Monday to form a coalition government in Maharashtra. As per sources, senior state leaders of the two parties met here this morning and at the meeting, the Shiv Sena agreed to lend support to the BJP government. Sources said details of the government formation are being worked out and a formal announcement could be made later today. The development came within minutes of

BJP leads in Maharashtra, reaches out to Shiv Sena

The BJP Sunday indicated it was ready to reach out to its estranged ally Shiv Sena as it led in about 120 seats but seemed to be falling short of a majority in the Maharashtra assembly. Shortly after asserting that his party would win a majority in the 288-member house, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis sounded conciliatory vis-a-vis the Sena, which the BJP dumped ahead of the Oct 15 election. “We