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Dhaval Kulkarni

  • Rise of AIMIM: Liberal Muslims fear communal divide deepening

    The spectacular success of AIMIM in Maharashtra has led to consternation among liberal Muslims who fear its brand of rabble-rousing politics may deepen the communal divide and affect the process of main-streaming Muslims.

    Friday, 24 October 2014 - 5:20am
  • BJP looks more comfortable with Sharad Pawar's outside support

    With Shiv Sena demanding 50% ministerial berths for supporting government formation, BJP may take indirect help from the NCP. Senior party leaders told dna that instead of seeking outside support from NCP, BJO may well ask NCP to abstain during vote of confidence, thus helping BJP to trump....

    Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 5:30am
  • Shiv Sena wants 21 ministries, BJP offers 14; pockets independents from smaller parties

    Indications from senior BJP leaders in New Delhi is that Devendra Fadnavis will be the new chief minister and his election to the post is only a matter of procedure. State-level BJP leaders were unable to confirm it as some other aspirants are still lobbying for the post. Despite the lobbying, it...

    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 5:00am
  • Muslim representation goes down

    The stunning debut by the hardline AIMIM notwithstanding, the number of Muslims in the state legislative assembly has declined. The present assembly will have just nine Muslim legislators, down from 10 who were elected in 2009.

    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 6:45am
  • BJP to trump Shiv Sena as senior partner in case of reunion

    After Sunday's assembly poll results, power relations between the two big saffron parties — Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena — have changed. Even if the former allies get back together to form government in Maharashtra, BJP will have the upper hand. Earlier, Sena had assumed the role of...

    Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 6:15am
  • Mahayuti's little ones bite the dust

    The allocation of seats for smaller allies in the Mahayuti had been one of the flashpoints in the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance, which parted ways soon after. BJP had charged that Sena was not willing to concede more seats for the four smaller parties.

    Monday, 20 October 2014 - 9:00am
  • Shiv Sena proves it's no pushover

    The poll results, which saw Shiv Sena emerging the second largest party in the state, but with only about half the number of MLAs compared to former ally BJP, are a mixed bag for party president Uddhav Thackeray. It was a sink-or-swim situation for Uddhav, and though he has managed to stay afloat,...

    Monday, 20 October 2014 - 8:00am
  • No message from BJP yet; if they approach, will think it over: Uddhav Thackeray

    While the Maharashtra assembly polls have thrown up a fractured mandate, the Shiv Sena, which is the runner-up after the BJP is unwilling to blink first when it comes to building bridges with its former ally.

    Monday, 20 October 2014 - 6:13am
  • With massive Muslim backing and 2 seats Owasi's MIM is now a big player

    The Hyderabad-based hardline All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) stormed on to the political scene in Maharashtra, winning two seats and walking away with a substantial chunk of the Muslim vote. Ironically, the AIMIM, which received massive support from the Muslim youth, ended up with...

    Monday, 20 October 2014 - 8:43am
  • AIMIM makes a major impact in Maharashtra polls

    Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) stormed into the political scene in Maharashtra, winning two seats and walking away with a substantial chunk of Muslim votes. Ironically, AIMIM, which received massive support from Muslim youth, won more seats than Raj Thackeray's MNS.

    Monday, 20 October 2014 - 7:30am