Ajit Pawar, Maharashtra’s deputy chief minister, not very long had said he thought you needed pugnacity and aggression to be a successful politician. Read more

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If what anti-corruption crusader Anjali Damania says about Nitin Gadkari is true, then there could be no greater tragedy for the Bharatiya Janata Party that is systematically getting exposed and isolated with each passing week. And there could be nothing more dangerous to Gadkari’s personal and political future. Read more

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When Maharashtra’s Home Minister R R Patil first mooted the transfer of Bombay’s police commissioner Arup Patnaik a day after some Muslim groups ran riot at the Azad Maidan on August 11, 2012, I am told, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told him, “If Patnaik goes, so do you”. Read more

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Speaking to a man in the know, the other week, I was rather amused to hear him describe the situation in the Nationalist Congress Party rather succinctly. Read more

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Poor RR Patil. Apart from the fact that he has not been having a good week, what with the July 13 serial blasts in Bombay and chief minister Prithviraj Chavan pointing out that decisions regarding law and order are delayed, he is under attack from even his own party men. Read more

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I have never quite heard of something like this – the Deputy Chief Minister of a state not on talking terms with the Chief Minister because his lollipop was taken away, not by the CM but by a third party which was well within it’s rights to do so. Read more

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I did not think this would happen in my part of the world but, after the rapist politicians of Uttar Pradesh, a home-grown one seems to have arisen in Maharashtra. Read more

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When Ajit Pawar, Sharad Pawar’s nephew, was made Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, I had much to say about it, both in my column which appears Wednesdays in the Mumbai edition of the Hindustan Times and on my blog here. Read more

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Writing in my column ‘anandan on Wednesday’ earlier this week, I had expressed concern that Maharashtra’s new Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan, might be a pushover for Ajit Pawar, Sharad Pawar’s nephew and the state’s new Deputy Chief Minister. Read more

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