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Past articles by Vishwas:

Explained: Why the stakes are high in renaming of Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar

The controversy has led to a war of words between the ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies Shiv Sena and Congress, with the BJP trying to corner the Sena on the issue. Why is so much at stake, and for whom? → Read More

Explained: The Maharashtra and MP cases in SC on OBC quota in local body polls

After the order was passed, leaders of Maharashtra’s ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) complained that different rules had been applied to different states — and demanded that if the Supreme Court had approved reservations for OBCs in Madhya Pradesh, the same should be allowed in Maharashtra as well. → Read More

CM asks Sena ministers to speed up development work, be ready for upcoming polls

Thackeray met the ministers at his official residence, ‘Varsha’, on Wednesday evening. → Read More

In OBC quota affair heating up in Maharashtra, MVA senses a breather, BJP an opportunity

While the MVA government has appointed a commission for preparing a report, it also got a legislation passed by the Assembly during the winter session in December last year to provide up to 27 per cent reservation to the OBCs in the local bodies. → Read More

In ‘naïve Balasaheb’ remark, Uddhav’s attempt to break free from father’s shadow

Shiv Sena leaders say that they see in Thackeray’s remarks a confidence marked by a realisation that he can fall back on his own experience of dealing with the BJP. → Read More

As MNS seizes loudspeaker issue, Uddhav Thackeray takes the bullhorn to reassure cadre

Section of Shiv Sena concerned after Raj Thackeray took the lead in mosque loudspeaker issue even though it was part of ruling party’s central agenda. → Read More

102 Covid cases in Mumbai, task force says make masks mandatory at malls, cinema halls

Mumbai Covid-19 update: The city also continued to record more than half of the state’s new coronavirus infections. On Tuesday, across Maharashtra, 153 cases were recorded, out of which Mumbai accounted for 66 per cent of the cases. → Read More

In late night order, Maharashtra govt withdraws all Covid-19 restrictions

The order asked district disaster management authorities to remain vigilant about the number of fresh cases everyday, active cases, positivity rates, as well as occupancies of beds in medical institutions and hospitals. → Read More

Explained: The controversy over Maharashtra Governor’s remark on Shivaji Maharaj

The Indian Express explains how the controversy has erupted and why various political parties and organizations have objected to Koshyari’s remarks on Shivaji Maharaj. → Read More

Explained: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s allegations about ‘targeting’ by agencies

Sources said that Sanjay Raut’s outburst has come in the backdrop of the arrest of Pravin Raut, the people close to him being picked up for questioning and seemingly lack of support by the party leadership and the government. → Read More

Uddhav Thackeray slams BJP: ‘Unfortunate we nurtured them for 25 years’

🔴 Addressing his party cadre on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray, the CM also directed his party cadre to take a leaf out of alliance partners NCP and Congress’s books and build institutions in the cooperative sector at the local level. → Read More

Sena-BJP tussle flares up over delimitation of 236 BMC seats ahead of civic polls

HC has dismissed a plea by BJP corporators challenging the Uddhav Thackeray government’s move to increase the total number of the Mumbai civic body wards from 227 to 236 in the run-up to the BMC polls → Read More

Maharashtra govt plans to waive stamp duty on gold, silver import

Mumbai news: While Maharashtra levies a 0.1 per cent stamp duty on gold imported by air, sources said that the import of gold has been shifting to other states, as they don't impose stamp duty. → Read More

Explained: Anant Geete’s attack on NCP and its bearing on MVA

Geete, while speaking at a party function in Raigad on Monday, said, “NCP was formed after backstabbing Congress. No matter how many titles the world may give him (Pawar), he cannot be our guru." → Read More

Explained: Who is Anil Parab, the Maharashtra minister who has been summoned by ED?

Anil Parab was inducted into the state cabinet by Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in December 2019. → Read More

Maharashtra: Battle lines sharpen ahead of key civic body polls early next year

The Rane-Sena showdown and his arrest Tuesday have raised the stakes, with the Sena claiming that Rane’s utterances against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray have galvanised its cadres, and the BJP maintaining that Sena vandalism on the streets is only going to work to its advantage. → Read More

Explained: The longstanding Narayan Rane-Uddhav Thackeray feud

A look at the origins of the acrimony between Uddhav Thackeray and Narayan Rane, and why the latter is the lynchpin of the BJP's strategy to target the Maharashtra Chief Minister. → Read More

Lockdown not permanent, considering allowing people to travel by local trains: Uddhav Thackeray

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the government has made relaxations wherever possible. → Read More

Maharashtra: Delta plus a ‘variant of concern’, cabinet wants deferment of bypolls

The SEC had Tuesday announced the dates for byelections in five Zilla Parishads and 33 Panchayat Samitis, seats in which were rendered vacant following the Supreme Court’s March 4 order quashing OBC reservation in local bodies. → Read More

Explained: Reading between the lines of Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik’s letter

Sources in the Shiv Sena said the Sarnaik letter has put the party chief and chief minister in a tight spot. → Read More