GOVT OF MAHARASHTRA

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Pandharpatte replaces Singh as Director General of Information and Public Relations

More than a month after taking over, the Maharashtra government transferred 22 IAS officers with Sindhudurg district collector D D Pandharpatte replacing IPS officer Brijesh Singh as the Director General of the Information and Public Relations Department.

As per convention, an IAS official headed the Information and Public Relations Department till Singh became the first IPS officer to hold the post during the previous Devendra Fadnavis regime. Additional Municipal Commissioner in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Pravin Darade, will be the new Commissioner of Social Welfare, Pune.

Aseem Gupta, Principal Secretary of the Rural Development Department, has been transferred to the Energy Department to name a few important positions.

17 Jan 2020
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Resentment brewing in Shiv Sena after cabinet expansion

Is Shiv Sena committing mistakes consciously or they are conscious decisions? With the recent being long-awaited expansion of Maharashtra cabinet that has taken place but annoying many trusted leaders of the party. Shiv Sena leadership ignoring the most trusted musketeer Sanjay Raut has not gone down well with him. However, NCP and the Congress MLAs are more or less contended over this expansion.

There is resentment over the Udhdhv Thackrey’s decision of inducting his son as cabinet minister while ignoring senior leader Ramdas Kadam and many other workers who had given their sweat and blood to the party. Sanjay Raut’s brother was denied cabinet berth despite the fact that Raut was the main architect of the SS, NCP and Congress alliance in Maharashtra. Raut was missing from swearing in ceremony.

Apart from Sunil Raut (Vikhroli MLA), there is a big disgruntled lot of MLAs aspiring to become ministers. Pratap Sarnaik, Tanaji Sawant, Sunil Prabhu, Ravindra Waikar and Bhaskar Jadhav along with senior Sena leader Ramdas Kadam did not attend the swearing-in ceremony.

People in Mumbai are of the view that these resentment may cause SS very dear. A Mumbaikar and political activist Netra Daoo said that BMC elections will be the litumus test for the SS where it will have a direct fight with the BJP. Chaggan Bhujbal who was with SS is now with NCP, managing a workable relations will be difficult once honnymoon period of the SS is over.

Out of the 36 members, 26 were sworn-in as cabinet ministers and 10 took oath as junior ministers. Though Sanjay Raut has not expressed his unhappiness openly, he is expected to discuss it with Uddhav Thackeray soon. Sunil Raut remained incommunicado.

31 Dec 2019
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Pandharpatte replaces Singh as Director General of Information and Public Relations

By IndianMandarins 17 Jan 2020

More than a month after taking over, the Maharashtra government transferred 22 IAS officers with Sindhudurg district collector D D Pandharpatte replacing IPS officer Brijesh Singh as the Director General of the Information and Public Relations Department.

As per convention, an IAS official headed the Information and Public Relations Department till Singh became the first IPS officer to hold the post during the previous Devendra Fadnavis regime. Additional Municipal Commissioner in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Pravin Darade, will be the new Commissioner of Social Welfare, Pune.

Aseem Gupta, Principal Secretary of the Rural Development Department, has been transferred to the Energy Department to name a few important positions.

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Resentment brewing in Shiv Sena after cabinet expansion

By IndianMandarins 31 Dec 2019

Is Shiv Sena committing mistakes consciously or they are conscious decisions? With the recent being long-awaited expansion of Maharashtra cabinet that has taken place but annoying many trusted leaders of the party. Shiv Sena leadership ignoring the most trusted musketeer Sanjay Raut has not gone down well with him. However, NCP and the Congress MLAs are more or less contended over this expansion.

There is resentment over the Udhdhv Thackrey’s decision of inducting his son as cabinet minister while ignoring senior leader Ramdas Kadam and many other workers who had given their sweat and blood to the party. Sanjay Raut’s brother was denied cabinet berth despite the fact that Raut was the main architect of the SS, NCP and Congress alliance in Maharashtra. Raut was missing from swearing in ceremony.

Apart from Sunil Raut (Vikhroli MLA), there is a big disgruntled lot of MLAs aspiring to become ministers. Pratap Sarnaik, Tanaji Sawant, Sunil Prabhu, Ravindra Waikar and Bhaskar Jadhav along with senior Sena leader Ramdas Kadam did not attend the swearing-in ceremony.

People in Mumbai are of the view that these resentment may cause SS very dear. A Mumbaikar and political activist Netra Daoo said that BMC elections will be the litumus test for the SS where it will have a direct fight with the BJP. Chaggan Bhujbal who was with SS is now with NCP, managing a workable relations will be difficult once honnymoon period of the SS is over.

Out of the 36 members, 26 were sworn-in as cabinet ministers and 10 took oath as junior ministers. Though Sanjay Raut has not expressed his unhappiness openly, he is expected to discuss it with Uddhav Thackeray soon. Sunil Raut remained incommunicado.

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Maharashtra: Is Raj Thackeray a new star on the horizon?

By IndianMandarins 13 Dec 2019

Ever since MNS chief Raj Thackeray came out of the shadow of his political mentor Bala Saheb when Udhdhav Thackeray was entrusted with the responsibility of executive president of Shiv Sena (SS), Raj has not been able to make any dent into Shiv Sena except on a few occasions however he has been able to cause strong political ripples for sure.

BJP leadership prevailed upon Raj Thackeray in 2014 even though he came out in support of Narendra Modi’s prime ministerial candidature. As long as SS was around as BJP’s ally there was no space for MNS. But in 2019 elections, MNS appeared the bitterest critique of Modi unaware of the future development. Since SS has fallen apart, there is a space for MNS among Maharashtra electorates, which is created by the SS joining hands with Congress and NCP.

The MNS had managed to win over 27 seats in BMC, 26 in Kalyan-Dombiwali Municipal Corporation and 40 in Nasik Municipal Corporation in 2014 which has gone down drastically in 2017. It had won 13 assembly seats in the 2009 but was down to one in 2014 and 2019 however it has the potential to do much better. BJP knows it well.

Speculation is rife that Raj Thackeray is inching closure to the BJP and could be the right answer to the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress alliance. Though Raj was present at the swearing in ceremony but MNS’ lone MLA did not vote in favour of SS.

The famous saying that there is no permanent friends and foes in politics has once again come to the rescue of the situation. Few of the BJP leaders feel that had the BJP contested alone or with the MNS, the picture could be different.

In the very background has something started cooking up between the BJP and the MNS? 

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Handling Maha crises without Jaitley!

By IndianMandarins 26 Nov 2019

Much brouhaha is made about the government formation in Maharashtra but the curtain is not yet down on the drama in the state. BJP is deep in the mess while dealing with its first purely political crisis in the absence of Arun Jaitley; once troubleshooter-in-chief of the BJP.

Crises management has never been a big deal for NaMo-Shah. They have handled several challenges and troubles with much ease; be it law & order situation post Ayodhya verdict, Article 370, demonatisation, GST implementation, surgical strike, Balakote Air strike, Rafale allegations and even banning triple talaq.

So far as potency of those crises is concern, the Maha crisis in not even shadow of those crisis but the BJP leadership is in a fix for sure how to come out of it. But at this stage Maha crisis appears to have become too tough and tricky for BJP to settle suitably.   

Is it because party’s troubleshooter Arun Jaitley is not around? Yes! This is what had made Jaitley a Jaitley. Despite RSS’ disliking for Jaitley, successive leaderships of the BJP right from Atal Behari Vajpayee to Narendra Modi failed to ignore him. Even though its hypothetical, had Jaitley been around the Maha crisis would not have gone thus far. The BJP has yet none to match Jaitley’s acumen.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Reality check: SC asks SG to produce letter of support placed before Maha Guv

By IndianMandarins 24 Nov 2019

Following an urgent hearing on Sunday on the legality of the formation of Government in Maharashtra the Apex Court has reportedly directed the Central Government through Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce before Court tomorrow at 10.30 am the letters of support on the basis of which the Maha Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, on Saturday early morning, decided to invite BJP to form government.

The SC bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna ordered: “Issue involved is the Governor's decision dated 23/11/19 inviting them to form government is unconstitutional. For the adjudication of this issue we request Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce the two letters by tomorrow morning 10.30”.

The order was passed after an hour long hearing of Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi (for BJP), Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal (for Shiv Sena), Senior Advocate Dr A M Singhvi (for NCP). 

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Modi-Shah duo leaves mainstream media aghast yet again!

By IndianMandarins 23 Nov 2019

The Modi-Shah duo has yet again foxed not only its opponents but also the mainstream media whose lifeline is reporting political events. People wake up to read that the Maharashtra government may be formed anytime after November 24 with Shiv Sena chief Udhdhav Thackrey to lead the government as chief minister for full five year term but even before tea was served to many an old proverb proved to be correct that there is many a slip between the cup and the lip.

Indian mass media thrive on the very dictum of eat politics, drink politics and sleep politics but it miserably failed to foresee the most crucial political development of the country despite 60-70 per cent content offered in any mainstream media being political in nature. They even failed to make out of 45-minutes long meeting between the PM and NCP chief Sharad Pawar when the media witnessed many surprises of the BJP in the past.

It is understood that media failed to get any inkling about abrogation of Article 370, surgical strike and Balakote attack and even the nomination of President but it was really amusing that the formation of Maharashtra government broke just before the swearing in of Devendra Fadnavis which is an out and out political development. The PM tweeted a congratulatory message at 8.14 AM to Maharashtra CM and deputy putting the curtain down on over a fortnight long drama leaving everyone dumbstruck.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Is there any match for full-time politics of BJP to part time engagement of Opposition?

By IndianMandarins 23 Nov 2019

What has happened in Maharashtra, no one would have even imagined. This makes the point very clear that it is really impossible to read minds of the duo – PM Narendra Modi and HM Amit Shah – not only in terms of turn of events in the recent past but from the very time the Bharatiya Janata Party had formed the government for the first time at the Centre in 2014 under Modi. Both the leaders are scrupulously involved in full time politics unlike their opponent and they do everything with élan. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that they eat, drink and sleep politics.

To understand the kind of politics they do, having a look at the recent developments is very pertinent when BJP’s own ally Shiv Sena was busy ranting against the party over the issue of its claim over chief minister’s post in Maharashtra. Looking at the hindsight, it appears that the BJP was working on its plans however it looked as if the BJP was intimidated by the SS and got confined to its cells. But it kept silent and had told its leaders to keep patience and they continued with their plans where no one would have imagined.

The full time politics of the BJP leaders had caught the opposition napping many a times. The BJP has brought election narrative to nationalism from various other issues with its full time strategy with one after another move. There is a genre of politicians involved in making money and is involved in many other such things like being lawyers, builders, businessman, corporate lobbyists and what not but Modi-Shah are fully focused on politics of the country from issues Brue refugees to formation of Maharashtra government. They always keep multiple options as if one does not work the other is ready.

The Modi-Shah duo work 24X7 in tandem with each other for politics in India as abrogating Article 370, Balakot strike, surgical strike, demonatisation, GST implementation, NRC, Citizenship Bill, Law against Triple Talaq and the latest being withdrawal of SPG from Gandhis cannot not be done with half baked measures. Do they have any match in the country at least for now?

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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Maharashtra politics: Did a lawyer break the ice?

By IndianMandarins 23 Nov 2019

Devendra Fadnavis is the new chief minister of Maharashtra that too for second time. But people who had missed the last bus – the mainstream media – that who would form the government are looking for the person who was instrumental in breaking the ice between the two political parties – the BJP and the NCP. The identity of the person who played a role as an important link to make Maharashtra government to become a reality is a lawyer by profession. Sooner or later his identity will be revealed but for now it is moment to relish for NCP. 

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