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165 of Maharashtra's 288 new lawmakers have criminal cases

Mumbai, Oct 21 : A whopping 165 of the 288 newly-elected legislators in Maharashtra have criminal cases against them, with 115 charged with serious offences of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crimes against women and communal disharmony, a watchdog said Tuesday.


Cult filmmaker Robert Altman in focus at MFF

Mumbai, Oct 21 : Robert Altman, a cult figure from Hollywood who introduced new techniques and trends in the field of cinema, was in the spotlight at the Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), which screened a documentary chronicling his life.


BJP defers government formation in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Oct 21 : The Bharatiya Janata Party appears in no hurry to form the next government in Maharashtra and the process may be initiated only early next week after the Diwali festival is over, party sources said here Tuesday.


Rajnath to visit Maharashtra after Diwali

New Delhi, Oct 21 : Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday said he will visit Maharashtra after Diwali to discuss government formation in the state.


Uddhav Thackeray chosen as Shiv Sena parliamentary board chief

Mumbai, Oct. 20 : Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray was chosen as the chief of his party's parliamentary board at a meeting held here on Monday.


Women comprise 5.5 percent of 288-member Maharashtra assembly

Mumbai, Oct 20 : Barely 5.5 percent of the 288-member Maharashtra legislative assembly are women, according to an analysis of poll results Monday.


NCP offering outside support to BJP for stable government in Maharashtra: Ajit Pawar

Mumbai, Oct.20 : Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Monday backed his party colleague Praful Patel's statement of offering unconditional external support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying his party wants a stable government in Maharashtra.


Maharashtra Govt. formation: Uddhav holds meeting with Shiv Sena leaders

Mumbai, Oct. 20 : Amid speculation that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may tie up with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the government in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is holding a meeting with his party leaders here on Monday to decide on the future course of action.


Reason for Congress-NCP split will be clear now, claims Rashid Alvi

New Delhi, Oct. 20 : Congress Party leader Rashid Alvi on Monday said the NCP's decision to offer outside support to the BJP to form a government in Maharashtra will now bring forward the real reason behind Sharad Pawar-led party's decision to break its alliance with the Grand Old Party ahead of the assembly polls.


National politics is taking positive turn, says Naqvi

New Delhi, Oct.20 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday said the verdict of the assembly polls in Haryana and Maharashtra clearly indicates that the nation has once again reposed faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and added that national politics is taking a positive turn.


What to do, wonders BJP in Maharashtra

By Quaid Najmi, Mumbai, Oct 20 : The BJP seems to have been caught in a cleft-stick in Maharashtra, thanks to a fractured mandate in the 13th assembly elections.


Maharashtra leaves BJP wondering

Mumbai, Oct 20 : The BJP is caught in a cleft-stick, thanks to a fractured mandate in the Maharashtra assembly elections.


Munde's daughter scores huge win in Beed Lok Sabha bypoll

Mumbai, Oct 19 : BJP candidate Pritam Munde, daughter of late union minister Gopinath Munde, notched a big win in Beed Lok Sabha constituency Sunday.


Maharashtra polls: Shiv Sena will wait for BJP's proposal, says Uddhav

Mumbai, Oct. 19 : The Shiv Sena on Sunday indicated that it would wait for a proposal by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form a coalition government in Maharashtra and not approach its estranged ally themselves.


Congress' arrogance reason for split in alliance: NCP

New Delhi, Oct. 19 : Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Majid Memon on Sunday alleged that the Congress' arrogance was responsible for split in the alliance between both parties before the Maharashtra Assembly polls.


Maharashtra Assembly: Party position

Mumbai, Oct 19 : Following is the final party position in the newly-elected Maharashtra assembly.


Maharashtra elections: Winners and losers, all in the family!

Mumbai, Oct 19 : Family relations mixed well with politics as the results of the Maharashtra assembly elections trickled out here Sunday.


Nobody has approached Shiv Sena for support: Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai, Oct 19 : Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said Sunday that nobody from the BJP has approached his party for support to form the next government in Maharashtra.


BJP determined to rule Maharashtra - with NCP support

By Quaid Najmi, Mumbai, Oct 19 : The BJP expressed determination to rule Maharashtra after emerging as the single largest group in a hung house Sunday after the NCP offered unexpected "outside support" to it, leaving the runner up Shiv Sena high and dry.


BJP to think over NCP's proposal to form alliance: Fadnavis

Nagpur, Oct. 19 : Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said that his party will think over Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar's statement that he is ready to form an alliance with the BJP in the state.


Maharashtra polls: NCP offers outside support to BJP

Mumbai, Oct. 19 : Adding a new twist to the Maharashtra elections rigmarole, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has offered outside support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the government in the state.


Prithviraj Chavan takes responsibility for 'disappointing' performance in Maharashtra

Karad (Maharashtra), Oct. 19 : Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday took responsibility for the poor performance of the Congress in the state assembly elections.


BJP high command to decide on coalition with Shiv Sena: Piyush Goyal

New Delhi, Oct. 19 : Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal on Sunday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) high command will decide on whether they will form a coalition government in Maharashtra with the Shiv Sena.


Maharashtra to have BJP CM, says Rudy

New Delhi, Oct.19 : Reiterating that the mandate given by the people of Maharashtra in the assembly polls was in favour of his party, BJP's Maharashtra in-charge Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Sunday strongly asserted that the state will have a Chief Minister from the BJP itself.


MPCC president Manikrao Thakre resigns

Mumbai, Oct. 19 : Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Manikrao Thakre tendered his resignation here on Sunday.


Shiv Sena hints at accepting BJP's offer of reconciliation

Mumbai, Oct. 19 : Asserting that the people of Maharashtra have not given a clear majority to anyone, Shiv Sena leader Anil Desai on Sunday said if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) makes an offer of reconciliation then his party will consider it.


Celebrations in MIM camp over impressive debut in Maharashtra

By Mohammed Shafeeq, Hyderabad, Oct 19 : It was celebration time for Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) which made an impressive debut in Maharashtra assembly elections by bagging two seats and leading in a third constituency.


NCP to support BJP government in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Oct 19 : The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said Sunday it will offer legislative support to a BJP government in Maharashtra for the "welfare" of the state.


Maharashtra faces a hung assembly (News Analysis)

Mumbai, Oct 19 : The politically stable Maharashtra faced a hung assembly as the results of the 13th elections to the house trickled out Sunday afternoon.


BJP may govern Maharashtra with NCP support

By Quaid Najmi, Mumbai, Oct 19 : The BJP could rule Maharashtra after finishing as the single largest group in a hung house Sunday after the NCP offered unexpected "outside support" to it, leaving the runner up Shiv Sena high and dry.


Maharashtra will have BJP CM, says Fadnavis

Mumbai, Oct. 19 : Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said the state's next Chief Minister will be from his party.


BJP will provide mini-Modi Govt. in Maharashtra: Kirit Somaiya

Mumbai, Oct. 19 : Thanking the people of Maharashtra for reposing their faith in his party's vision, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya on Sunday said that his party would provide a mini-Modi government in the state.


Maharashtra polls: Prithviraj Chavan wins from South Karad

Karad (Maharashtra): Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday won the South Karad seat in Maharashtra by over 65,000 votes defeating independent candidate Vilasrao Patil-Undalkar and BJP's Atul Bhosale.


'Shiv Sena not our political opponent': Devendra Fadnavis

Mumbai, Oct.19 : Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis said here on Sunday that the Shiv Sena was not the main political opponent of his party.


BJP expected absolute majority: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi, Oct 19 : Union minister Nitin Gadkari admitted Sunday that his party expected to win a majority in Maharashtra but said he was nevertheless happy with the election outcome.


Advani bats for Sena-BJP alliance

New Delhi, Oct 19 : BJP leader L.K. Advani Sunday advocated a rapprochement between the Shiv Sena and his party in Maharashtra to form a government and said their alliance should never have broken.


BJP won't approach others for alliance

Mumbai, Oct 19 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sunday said it will not approach other parties for an alliance in Maharashtra.


MIM stuns with three victories in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Oct 19 : The Hyderabad-based Majli-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) Sunday notched three stunning victories in the Maharashtra assembly polls and was leading in a fourth constituency.


Maharashtra political timeline

Mumbai, Oct 19 : Maharashtra has been a traditional Congress bastion ruled by the party or its offshoots for over 62 years since 1947.


Congress leader blames 'dynasty politics' for defeat

Panaji, Oct 19 : As the Congress was routed in Maharashtra and Haryana, a spokesman for the party's Goa unit Sunday called for an end to "dynasty politics".


BJP hints at reconciliation with Shiv Sena

Mumbai, Oct 19 : BJP vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe Sunday indicated that his party was not averse to a reconciliation with the Shiv Sena, its estranged ally.


Maharashtra CM will be ours: Shiv Sena

Mumbai, Oct 19 : Amid indications of a hung assembly, the Shiv Sena Sunday said the next Maharashtra chief minister will be Uddhav Thackeray.


BJP leads in Maharashtra, reaches out to Sena

By Quaid Najmi, Mumbai, Oct 19 : 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.


BJP will take power in Maharashtra: Fadnavis

Mumbai, Oct 19 : The BJP asserted Sunday that it was confident of forming a government in Maharashtra -- for the first time.


BJP's Madhuri Misal is Maharashtra's first winner

Pune, Oct 19 : BJP's Madhuri Misal won from Parvatti constituency in Pune, becoming the first winner in the Maharashtra legislative assembly elections.


We will form government in Maharashtra: BJP

Mumbai, Oct 19 : The BJP said Sunday that it was confident of forming a government in Maharashtra -- for the first time.


BJP leads in Maharashtra, NCP blames Chavan

Mumbai, Oct 19 : After gaining early leads in over 120 constituencies, the BJP Sunday appeared confident of bagging power on its own for the first time in Maharashtra.


BJP leads in Maharashtra, NCP blames Chavan

Mumbai, Oct 19 : The BJP took early leads Sunday in Maharashtra as officials counted millions of votes polled in assembly elections.


Counting of votes begins in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Oct 19 : Counting of votes polled in the Maharashtra assembly elections Oct 15 started Sunday across the state's 36 districts.


On eve of results, hectic politicking in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Oct 18 : On the eve of the counting of votes in the Maharashtra assembly elections Sunday, hectic politicking was underway over the prospects of various parties, possible alliances and speculation over the next chief minister.


Hazare's stir threat over money stashed abroad

Ralegan-Siddhi (Maharashtra), Oct 18 : Social crusader Anna Hazare Saturday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi fulfil his poll promise of bringing back money stashed abroad, failing which he would launch an agitation.


Maharashtra votes to be counted Sunday

Mumbai, Oct 18 : The stage is set Sunday for the counting of votes for the Maharashtra assembly elections held Oct 15.


Harry's Bar opens second outlet in Mumbai

Mumbai, Oct 18 : Harry's Bar + Cafe, a Singapore-based bar chain, has opened its second franchise in Juhu here.


Modi wave in Maharashtra, Haryana; will do a Dhoom II: Javadekar

New Delhi, Oct 17 : With exit polls predicting a BJP victory in Maharashtra and Haryana, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar Friday said the polls predicted "clearly a Modi wave" and that the ruling party was going to do a "Dhoom II" success story in the two states.


Prithviraj Chavan faces flak for controversial interview

Mumbai, Oct 17 : Senior leaders of the Congress' Maharashtra unit and rivals are gunning for former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan after his recent interview to a Kolkata-based daily in which he criticized several party colleagues on certain issues.


Becoming CM of Maharashtra will be an honour, says Pankaja Munde

Mumbai, Oct. 17 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pankaja Munde on Friday said that becoming the Chief Minister of Maharashtra will be an honour for her.


Krispy Kreme arrives in Mumbai

Mumbai, Oct 17 : Krispy Kreme, a US doughnut chain, opened its doors to foodies here Friday.


Woman set ablaze for flouting voting 'fatwa'

Nashik, Oct 17 : In a shocking incident, a woman, who allegedly flouted a local voting 'fatwa', was assaulted and set on fire in Yevla town of the district in Maharashtra two days ago, police said here Friday.


Byomkesh Bakshi an original Indian character: Dibaker Banerjee

Mumbai, Oct 16 : Film maker Dibaker Banerjee, who is currently editing his film "Byomkesh Bakshi", says his film has got nothing to do with famed fictional detective Sherlock Holmes as his film deals with "an original Indian character".


Very jealous that Shekhar, not me made 'Bandit Queen': Dibaker Banerjee

Mumbai, Oct 16 : Film maker Dibaker Banerjee, who Thursday presented the critically acclaimed film "Bandit Queen" at the 16th MAMI film festival, says he is jealous of Shekhar Kapur for making the film instead of him.


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