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16-July-15: E-learning tabs for all students in civic schools by next year: Aditya Thackeray
Stressing that Shiv Sena has kept its poll promise of reducing the weight of school bags, party's Youth Sena President Aditya Thackeray on Wednesday said e-learning tabs will be made available to class VIII students in all civic-run schools by next year.
13-July-15: Government is ready for any probe, says Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis
CM Devendra Fadnavis said the state was prepared for any investigation. He also defended his confidante and minister of state for home Dr Ranjit Patil against allegations by the Congress that he had suppressed information about his assets in his election affidavit.
13-July-15: Another BJP minister on Congress’ hit list
Minister of State for home affairs Dr Ranjit Patil has not furnished complete information related to property possessed by his family members in his election affidavit in 2010, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) spokesperson Sachin Sawant has said.
13-July-15:SEC gears up for civic polls to be held in 2016 & 2017
State Election Commission has directed all the district collectorates to form separate election cells in the wake of the elections of 10 municipal corporations, 195 municipal councils, 26 zilla parishads and 297 panchayat samities between December 2016 and March 2017.
Major municipal corporations — such as the ones in Mumbai, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nashik, Nagpur, Amrawati, Akola and Solapur — would go for elections in 2016 and 2017.
11-July-15: BJP may go it alone in next civic polls, hints Amit Shah
Amit Shah hinted at going it alone for the ensuing Mumbai corporation elections.
11-July-15: NCP to go it alone in Mumbai civic polls
It is almost two years to go for the Mumbai municipal corporation elections, but the parties have already begun planning to win the civic body which sits on a Rs. 34,000 crore-budget.
NCP new chief of the Mumbai unit Sachin Ahir, who took over as the new chief of the Mumbai unit said that his party would not ally with the Congress in the corporation elections.“We will work together to target the government on issues of corruption, but we will be contesting the elections on our own,” said Mr. Ahir.
7-July-15: BBMP elections to be completed before August 28
BBMP polls were to be held before July 28th, but now it will be completed before August 28th. Now you get one more month to check who is contesting in your area and evaluate them.
4-July-15: Civic poll candidate can now file papers online in Maharashtra
State Election Commission of Maharashtra (SECM) has decided to allow the candidates in civic elections to file nomination papers online with the help of a special software uploaded on the commission's website.
"Through this software, the candidates can fill forms online and make corrections, if any, and after they are fully satisfied they can take a print-out and submit it to the returning officer," state election commissioner J S Saharia today said here.
20 June 15: Divisional chief asked to announce mayoral poll
The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) has initiated the process to elect the next city mayor after the state government disqualified Trupti Malavi from the post.
The authority to initiate the process to elect the new mayor is with the civic administration. The department of town secretary on Friday wrote a letter to divisional commissioner S Chokalingam to announce the programme to elect the new mayor. Once the letter is acknowledged, the divisional commissioner can announce the date for calling the general body meeting within 15 days.
13-June-15: Campaigning for Vasai-Virar civic poll ends in Mumbai
The campaigning for the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) polls ended on Friday evening. The fate of the candidates will be sealed on Sunday when voters cast their franchise.
Political leaders made a beeline to the region wooing voters before campaigning ended at 5pm. Addressing the issue of water shortage and bringing developmental projects in the region were the promises made by the political parties. A total of 371 candidates are vying for the 115 seats. Four of the seats have already been taken by the ruling Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) as it was unopposed.
The party that reaches the magic figure of 58 will rule the civic house. While the BVA claims to touch over 100 seats, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance too has gone all out to ensure that they cross the 58 plus mark. The Sena was trying to get party president Uddhav Thackeray to campaign in the area but he could not make it. Other Sena leaders like Subhash Desai and environment minister Ramdas Kadam spoke at public meetings and promised development projects in the region on the lines of Mumbai.
There are 7,11,294 voters and 627 polling stations for the election. The results will be announced on June 16.
9-Jun-15: Sena averse to poll pact with BJP
The love-hate relationship between Shiv Sena and BJP continues as the city top brass of Sena have expressed their unwillingness to continue with the alliance for civic elections scheduled in February 2017.
Sena leaders recently held a meeting with party workers where prominent leaders including party's Pune liaison chief Amol Kolhe insisted that Sena must win 100 seats on its own and claim single-handed power in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
4-Jun-15: 379 candidates for Vasai-Virar civic polls
Mumbai: A total of 379 candidates will contest the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) election to be held on June 14. Of the 115 seats that goes to the polls, four seats are unopposed. Three of these seats belong to the ruling Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) and one seat has gone to the Republican Party of India (RPI-A).
While the BVA will contest all the seats, the Congress, NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena alliance has not managed to contest all the seats.
-- The counting of votes will be held on June 16.
4-Jun-15: Eye on 2017 civic polls, NCP prepares its report card for PMC
Ahead of the 2017 civic polls, the NCP, which controls the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), plans to release a report card of its performance in the civic body for the last three years that it has ruled it.
“We would soon release a report card of our performance in the PMC. It is in the final stages of completion,” city NCP chief and Rajya Sabha MP Vandana Chavan said.
According to Chavan, the party has appointed a professional agency to prepare the report card. “The same agency that prepared our manifesto would be making the report card for us. They are aware of the promises made by us during the previous civic polls and so they would be able to prepare the report card accordingly,” she said.
30-May-15: Congress-NCP come together to fight Vasai-Virar civic polls
After the BJP-Shiv Sena, the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have decided to form an alliance for the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) polls.
The Congress-NCP alliance broke ahead of the 2014 Maharashtra assembly polls when both the parties decided to go alone. In the VVMC poll to be held on June 14, the Congress and NCP will contest together. While the Congress will contest 58 seats, the NCP will field candidates from 15 wards. The election is being held for all the 115 wards.
30-May-15: BJP-Shiv Sena form alliance for Vasai-Virar civic polls
After much speculation on whether they will come together, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena (SS) have decided to form an alliance for the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) polls. The VVMC will go to polls for 115 seats on June 14. With the ruling Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) led by Vasai MLA Hitendra Thakur, having extended support to the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis government, speculation was rife that the BJP may stay away from forming an alliance with the Sena in the VVMC polls.
26-May-15: Voters' list for Vasai-Virar civic polls released
The final voters' list for the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) polls has been published after making several corrections.
The VVMC election will be held on June 14. The electoral list was first published on May 21. The list contained several errors and omissions in names, addresses and sex of voters. Both political parties and the public raised objections to the list. The objections were accepted by the civic administration till Saturday. The errors were rectified till late Sunday. The list was published on Monday.
22-May-15: Congress to go solo in Vasai-Virar civic polls
The Congress will go solo in the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) election and has welcomed smaller parties to join them.
Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan on Tuesday met party leaders and activists at Vasai to discuss the election slated to be held on June 14.Chavan while addressing party workers said that while they have suitable candidates for around 75 of the 115 seats, they are looking at contested all the seats.
20-May-15: Over 4,500 objections over Vasai-Virar ward demarcation
The VVMC election will be held on June 14 and the municipality has to release the list of voters by May 21. The ward demarcation was done in April in which the wards increased from 89 in 2010 to 115 in 2015. It was done based on the 2011 census which puts the population of the Vasai-Virar region at over 12.34 lakhs.
19-may-15: Surging MIM now targets municipal polls
Having tasted electoral success in the municipal bodies in Nanded and Aurangabad in Marathwada region and the 2014 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections, the Hyderabad-headquartered Owaisi brothers-led Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen has now a goal set – to win seats in the civic bodies in 2017 when urban pockets like Mumbai, Thane and Pune go to polls.
19-may-15: Maharashtra Congress promises adequate share of tickets to Muslims
Maharashtra Congress which is seeking to regain its lost ground among Muslims has promised adequate share in ticket distribution to members of the community.
"The party has agreed to demand from different sections of the Muslim community that in constituencies where there is more than 30 per cent Muslim population, the tickets should be given to meritorious candidates from the community," said Mumbai Congress minority department chairman Nizamuddin Rayeen.
18-May-15: Rahul Asks Congress to Prepare for Maharashtra Civic Body Polls
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today took stock of political situation in the BJP-Sena ruled Maharashtra and asked the party's state unit to gear up for the upcoming local body elections.
16-May-15: BJP planning to hold next NMC election on division system basis instead of ward-wise
The citizens of Second Capital City of Nagpur could witness the 2017 elections of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) altogether differently if the mind of Ruling Party is read correctly. Plans are afoot to conduct the elections on division basis and not on the traditional ward-wise. That too one division consisting of three wards each. This change of system could, however, shatter the dreams of small-time workers and parties who favour ward-wise elections for certain benefits.
Sharad Pawar predicts Sena-BJP alliance in Maharashtra to split up before 2017
NCP chief Sharad Pawar suggested that Maharashtra politics may be heading for a political realignment with the alliance between BJP and Shiv Sena, that's in power in the state, breaking up before the 2017 Mumbai civic polls.
NCP open to anti-BJP-Sena tieup
Against the backdrop of the merger of six parties that had united as one Janata Parivar to take on the BJP, the NCP has expressed its readiness to form a progressive alliance against the BJP-Shiv Sena combine in Maharashtra. NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that the party will seriously consider the issue if such a situation should arise, but not at the cost of its own identity.
BJP's demand for more seats in BMC polls will lead to break-up with ally Shiv Sena: Sharad Pawar
NCP president Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said the honeymoon between the BJP and the Shiv Sena will be over once the issue of seat-sharing crops up on the eve of BMC election, leading to instability and mid-term polls in the state.
Navi Mumbai civic polls: NCP-Cong enter into post-poll tie-up
Mumbai: The NCP on Monday announced a post poll tie-up with Congress in the 111-member Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, elections to which were held recently.
Party President Sunil Tatkare told reporters that NCP leader Ganesh Naik had appealed to "like-minded" parties to join hands.
"His appeal has been accepted. NCP will keep Mayor and Standing Committee Chairman post for five years. While the Congress will have the Deputy Mayor post. While other committees would be headed for four years by NCP and remaining one year by Congress. Congress will get adequate representation in different committees," he said.
Sena slams AIMIM for playing communal card
MIM stuns Congress, NCP in Aurangabad civic polls
AIMIM secured 25 seats in the 113-member civic body, stunning the Congress, which got 10 seats, and the Nationalist Congress Party which managed three seats, while other smaller parties and Independents bagged 24 seats.
Total voter turnout: 51% voting in Navi Mumbai, 65% in Aurangabad
BJP distances itself from poll outcome
The Bharatiya Janata Party is peeved with the Sena at the way tickets have been distributed. "We have told the CM that we have no role to play in the final outcome of the civic poll on Wednesday," BJP party sources.
Owaisi brothers poisoning minds of Muslims: Shiv Sena
MUMBAI: Accusing Owaisi brothers of Majlis-e- Ittehadul Muslimeen's (MIM) of "poisoning" the minds of Muslims, Shiv Sena today said the Hyderabad-based outfit would be defeated in the Aurangabad municipal polls the same way it was routed in the recently-held Bandra bypoll.
Ahead of Navi Mumbai civic polls, police uncover two cases of illegal arms trade
On the eve of the civic elections in Navi Mumbai, the police arrested three men and seized firearms in two separate cases in the past three days. The Anti Extortion Cell of the crime branch on Sunday arrested Dineshsingh Parihar (46) who allegedly planned to sell firearms to a Vinayak Anthony (55) in Navi Mumbai. Three country-made revolvers and two live rounds were seized from their custody, the police said.
MIM effectively uses social media to unite votes for Aurangabad civic polls
Desperate to make inroads in the civic body, members and supporters of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) are effectively using social media, websites and mobile applications to reach out to voters and to unite votes for the party ahead of the Aurangabad civic polls.
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Navi Mumbai civic poll candidates go online to woo residents
Candidates from various political parties have turned to the web to woo voters. They have updated their profiles on Facebook and created groups on WhatsApp. While most are doing it themselves, some are using agencies for a polished online presence.
NMMC poll: Educated voters prefer NOTA
While voters from slum pockets and low income groups even from developed residential nodes are not aware of NOTA (none of the above) button in the EVM, which has been incorporated in Navi Mumbai civic polls for all 111 seats, a section of educated voters seems to be in favour of exercising this option as they have no connect with their local candidates.
Several assembly, LS aspirants to contest civic polls
Several candidates, who will be fighting the upcoming civic elections, are those who had tried but failed to win Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections in the past.
Former deputy mayor Ramakant Mhatre, who lost the civic and assembly polls in 2009 and 2014 respectively, has fielded his wife Mandakini from Rabale ward, as it is reserved for women.
April 22 civic polls, an acid test for BJP-Sena
Scheduled for April 22, the municipal elections in Navi Mumbai and Aurangabad will be an acid test for the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena, who are sharing power in Maharashtra after a gap of 15 years.
In Navi Mumbai the number of wards increased to 111 from 89. The political landscape of the city, located on the outskirts of Mumbai, has seen Ganesh Naik’s dominance for the last 15 years.
Shiv Sena wins Bandra East by-poll in Maharashtra
Shiv Sena candidate Trupti Sawant was elected to the Maharashtra assembly in the prestigious by-poll from Bandra East constituency here, trouncing her chief rival, Congress candidate and former chief minister Narayan Rane, officials said here on Wednesday.
Sawant, widow of former Sena strongman Bala Sawant, secured a victory margin of over 19,000 votes, comfortably defeating the Congress' Rane and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen's (AIMIM) Raja Rahbar Khan, who stood a distant third.
The outcome indicated a serious setback to Rane's attempts to salvage his political career and future prospects.
The by-election last Saturday in Bandra East was necessitated following the death of Sena strongman and sitting legislator Bala Sawant.
Counting on votes for the by-elections to Bandra east assembly constituency, where Congress heavyweight Narayan Rane is taking on Shiv Sena and MIM began on Wednesday morning. Read More..>>
Sympathy factor helps Sena, NCP in Maharashtra by-polls
Owaisi brothers to be MIM's star campaigners
AURAGABAD: The district unit of the All India Majlis E Ittehadul Muslimeen, in coordination with the party's Hyderabad-based team, has chalked out a campaigning strategy for the civic polls in Aurangabad. The plan, which is awaiting approval by party president Asaduddin Owaisi, includes road shows, rallies, speeches at public places, door-to-door campaigning by Owaisi brothers, their seven MLAs from Hyderabad and two MLAs from the state. The party president is likely to camp in the city for five consecutive days for campaigning.
Moderate turnout in Maharashtra bypolls
9% voting till 10 am in Bandra (East) bypoll
In the 2014 Assembly elections, Sawant had humbled BJP's Krishna Parkar, MNS's Shilpa Sarpotdar and Congress leader Sunil Bagdi to win the seat.
Counting of votes will be done on April 15.
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AMC struggles to collect poll-related data
The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is apparently struggling to collect detailed election-related information from its ten returning offices in the city and present it in a systematic manner.
Couple tickets new formula for parties in Navi Mumbai civic polls
The rise in the number of wards, including the ones reserved for women, in the city has prompted several corporators to rope in their better halves to fight the municipal corporation election, and the Shiv Sena is leading the way.
NMMC Polls: Newcomers try to break family fiefdom in Rabale
Rabale’s ward number 19 and 20 has seen corporators from the Sonawne family since the last three civic polls. Newly married sitting corporator of ward 20, RPI’s Dr Gautami Sonawne has decided to not contest the elections and instead make way for her father Sudhakar Sonawne. Sudhakar was the ward’s corporator before his daughter and will be contesting as an independent this time.
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