Activist Trupti Desai stopped from entering Shani Shingnapur Temple despite HC order

The Maharashtra Police on Saturday detained activist Trupti Desai while she was trying to enter the Shani Shingnapur Temple in Ahmednagar district of the state along with other Bhumata Brigade supporters. The development came just days after the Bombay High Court allowed women’s entry into the temple, which was banned earlier. The detention followed clashes between Bhumata Brigade members and locals, who were preventing their entry into the inner sanctum. Earlier, NCP workers also protested outside the temple

Congress to continue protest in LS over VK Singh's 'dog' remark

The Congress party will on Friday continue with its protest in the Lok Sabha over Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh’s “anti-Dalit” comment. “The way in which V K Singh, who is a minister in this government likened Dalit children to dogs and in a way dubbed Dalits as dogs, he should resign,” Congress leader Pramod Tiwari told. The opposition parties had earlier staged a walkout on

Shiv Sena snaps ties with BJP for Kolhapur civic polls

Shiv Sena has called off its alliance with BJP in Kolhapur in Maharashtra and will contest the upcoming municipal corporation polls there on its own. The election to the 81-member Kolhapur civic body is scheduled to be held later this year. The split in Kolhapur comes in the backdrop of Sena president Uddhav Thackeray recently saying that his party is keen on winning the Assembly polls in Maharashtra on its

Sushma Swaraj ready to make statement in Parliament

Facing Opposition heat on ‘Lalitgate’, Government on Monday made it clear that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is ready to make a statement in Parliament on allegations against her on facilitating Lalit Modi’s travel documents. Talking to reporters after an all party meeting called by him on the eve on Monsoon beginning tomorrow, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters that Swaraj was keen to make a statement on

Dawood Ibrahim's surrender offer was conditional, so rejected: Sharad Pawar

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Sharad Pawar on Saturday said senior advocate Ram Jethmalani had contacted him over underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s willingness to surrender but conditions put forward for it were not acceptable to the state government. The offer was made during Pawar’s tenure as Chief Minister in 1990s. “It is true that Ram Jethmalani had given a proposal about Dawood’s willingness to return. But there

After Pankaja Munde, now Vinod Tawde accused of irregularities in awarding contracts

After Pankaja Munde, another Maharashtra minister has been accused of irregularities in awarding contracts. As per newspaper reports, the School Education Department has been accused of awarding a contract worth Rs 191 crore without following the e-tendering process. That contract was cleared by state Education Minister Vinod Tawde. Reports added that the state Finance Department has ordered a detailed investigation into the alleged irregularities. The contract has, meanwhile, been put

Chhagan Bhujbal booked under Prevention of Money Laundering Act

A day after the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) conducted searches at various properties belonging to NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal and his family members, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Wednesday, booked him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Reports said that ED has registered two cases against him – details are awaited. Yesterday, ACB of the Maharashtra Police had searched various properties belonging to the Bhujbal family in Nashik, Mumbai, Thane and Navi

Smriti Irani undermining HRD ministry: Opposition MPs

Four Opposition MPs have accused the Smriti Irani – headed HRD ministry of undermining higher education institutions’ autonomy and sought President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention to check “lasting damage” to some of the IITs and central universities. The Congress’s Rajeev Shukla, Janata Dal United’s K.C. Tyagi, NCP’s D.P. Tripathi and the CPI’s D. Raja have voiced the concerns against the backdrop of controversies over the ministry’s alleged meddling in some IITs

Congress reaches out to SAD on Land Acquisition Bill

Congress on Saturday made overtures to Shiromani Akali Dal, the BJP’s ruling partner in Punjab, in its fight against NDA’s land bill saying it should “open its eyes” and keep the politics aside in the interest of farmers. Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh told reporters here today that several political parties including SP, BSP, CPI(M), CPI, TMC, NCP, DMK, JD(U) and NDA constituent Shiv Sena were

Rajya Sabha passes Mines Bill, overcoming procedural wrangles

After much controversy and procedural wrangles, the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015 (Mines Bill) , was passed by the Rajya Sabha Friday with all parties, barring Congress and the Left, supporting it. JD-U members walked out before the voting saying they did not want to be part of the procedure. The Bill was passed by 117 members voting in favour and 69 against it, after Mines

Shiv Sena slams BJP for backing NCP

Shiv Sena on Wednesday slammed its alliance partner in Maharashtra – Bharatiya Janata Party – for backing the no-confidence motion against Legislative Council chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh and “betraying” the people of the state. Notably, this is not the first time Shiv Sena has criticised BJP after forming an alliance government in the state. Whether it is Land Bill or forming government with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP has

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