Shailesh Gaikwad is senior associate editor, Hindustan Times. He heads the political bureau in HT’s Mumbai edition. In his career of over 18 years, he has covered Maharashtra politics, state government and urban governance issues.
The team which will be assisting Uddhav Thackeray include two key Sena leaders, Subhash Desai and Eknath Shinde; party youth wing chief Aaditya Thackeray; party MP Sanjay Raut; and his secretary, Milind Narvekar. read more
On Saturday morning, Ajit Pawar, 60, elected legislative party leader of the Nationalist Congress Party, surprised everyone by allying with Fadnavis to form a BJP-NCP government in the state, “for the sake of farmers” as he himself put it. read more
Even when Sena joined the BJP-led government in the state after initially opting for the Opposition benches in 2014, state BJP leaders could convince Thackeray to accept a deal that did not involve any significant portfolios for Sena ministers. read more
The direct communication between Devendra Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray was the reason why both the leaders managed to sort out various issues during the past five years, even as the two sides witnessed a bitter tussle on several occasions. read more
An irked Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is threatening to consider other options. It could mean forming a government along with the Opposition Congress and NCP or running a minority government with the help of the NCP and Congress. read more