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A deadlock in the 288-seat Maharashtra Assembly has been on since the result of the state elections were announced on 24 October 2019. While BJP emerged the single largest party with 105 seats, it still fell short of the majority mark. The Shiv Sena won 56 seats and the NCP won 54.

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray greets his supporters after swearing-in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, Thursday. | PTI

Maharashtra govt allots portfolios, home ministry goes to Sena, NCP gets finance

Congress, the third party in the Maharashtra coalition govt, was given revenue, energy, education, PWD, textiles, women and child welfare ministries.
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Maharashtra coalition politics holds up portfolio allocation. Uddhav begins on a wrong note

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Maharashtra minister Pankaja Gopinath | Facebook/@PankajaGopinathMunde

Bastion lost & party not in power, BJP’s Pankaja Munde hints at major political declaration

In Facebook post, Munde, who lost her Parli seat in the Maharashtra polls, has sought ‘me time’ till 12 December, her later father Gopinath Munde’s birth date.
Maharashtra chief minister Deverndra Fadnavis

BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis named Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray greeted former CM Fadnavis, after speaker Nana Patole made the announcement.
NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress alliance members

Amar Ujala on Thackeray sarkaar and Dainik Bhaskar on religion extremism

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Satish Acharya | Twitter

‘Chanakya’ Sharad Pawar, BJP ‘reprimands’ Pragya Thakur & the state of democracy

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BJP subverting democracy in Maharashtra & sabotaging three-party alliance: Sonia Gandhi

At a party meet, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said the Maharashtra governor acted in an unprecedented manner on the instructions of PM and home minister.
NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress alliance members

Swapan Dasgupta says Maha ‘drama’ not over & Jaimini Bhagwati wants an end to reservations

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Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai

Koshyari, the lacklustre politician who spiced up Maharashtra politics as governor

Koshyari served as Uttarakhand CM for four months and an MP for 11 years, but the governorship was his ‘reward’ for never getting his due.

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Floodwater gushes through a street following heavy rains, at Falaknuma, in Hyderabad, Wednesday, 14 October, 2020.| PTI

Pollute oceans and it’ll come back at us like it did in Andhra, Telangana: Manpreet Badal

We don't seem to have learnt the lesson from cyclones Ockhi and Amphan and continue to dump toxic wastes in the Indian Ocean. Our punishment this time could be severe.

Kotak Mahindra Bank is exploring taking over IndusInd Bank

IndusInd, however, denied any sale talks, calling it a rumour. It said the bank’s founders reiterate their full support 'now and always'.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.