Smitha Nair

  • BJP looks for support in Maharashtra, party remains divided over CM candidate 22-10-2014 08:15 AM

    Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party may have chosen its chief minister for Haryana but the party continues to play the guessing game in Maharashtra. In order to cobble up the numbers, the BJP has reached out to smaller parties and Independents for support which is seen as an attempt to...
  • BJP claims support of 138 MLAs in Maharashtra, says will pass floor test 21-10-2014 03:13 PM

    Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday claimed that it has support of 138 MLAs in Maharashtra, including Independents and smaller parties. It has also raised question whether the BJP is leaning towards a minority government in the state. BJP's election in charge Om Mathur said that in the event...
  • BJP keeps Shiv Sena, NCP guessing, decision on government formation in Maharashtra after Diwali 21-10-2014 09:50 AM

    Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party has left both the Nationalist Congress Party and Shiv Sena guessing as the decision over the government formation will be taken after Diwali. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is a BJP observer for Maharashtra, will visit the state only after Diwali to review the situation....
  • Shiv Sena hits out at NCP, calls it opportunist for extending support to BJP in Maharashtra 21-10-2014 08:53 AM

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Tuesday hit out at the Nationalist Congress Party for extending support to the Bharatiya Janata Party to form government in Maharashtra. Sena through its mouthpiece Saamana said, "Several parties are taking advantage of the fact that no party has got majority. The NCP an opportunist...
  • Maharashtra elections: Guessing game on as BJP keeps Shiv Sena, NCP on hold 20-10-2014 09:25 PM

    It's a dilemma of plenty for the BJP. More than 24 hours after emerging as the single largest party in Maharashtra, the BJP continues to play the guessing game. ...
  • Shiv Sena talks toughs, reminds BJP that it hasn't won a clear mandate in Maharashtra 20-10-2014 09:25 AM

    Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party's former ally Shiv Sena is talking tough and has reminded the party that it not won a clear mandate in Maharashtra polls. The BJP has won 123 out of 288 seats and is short of 22 seats to be able to form a government in...
  • NCP will be redundant in Maharashtra, says BJP leader Madhav Bhandari 19-10-2014 08:20 AM

    "From a realistic assessment we are expecting over 150 seats. We do have a strong presence at the grassroot level. The NCP is not a possibility in Maharashtra," says BJP leader Madhav Bhandari. ...
  • Maharashtra polls: Congress's Narayan Rane hits out at Prithviraj Chavan for scuttling party's prospects 18-10-2014 08:38 AM

    Mumbai: With one day to go for Maharashtra Assembly elections result, senior Congress leader Narayan Rane has slammed former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan for scuttling the party's prospects. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Rane has also ruled out any post-poll alliance with the Shiv Sena. Rane said, "Who ever is the chief...
  • Gopinath Munde's daughter Pankaja says father's supporters and youth want her as Maharashtra CM 17-10-2014 03:22 PM

    Mumbai: Just two days before the counting of votes, young leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party and daughter of late Gopinath Munde, Pankaja Munde, has given enough hints that she is also in the race for the post of Maharashtra Chief Minister, if her party comes to power. Speaking to...
  • Kunal Vijaykar urges people to vote, says Mumbai will remain a part of Maharashtra 15-10-2014 10:03 AM

    Actor Kunal Vijaykar urged the people of Maharashtra to cast their vote in the ongoing Maharashtra assembly elections. "Mumbai is never going to get separated out of Maharashtra and enter Gujarat. I don't think that is a real fear at all," said Vijaykar. ...
  • Optimistic about a good voter turnout, says actor Rahul Bose 15-10-2014 09:12 AM

    Actor Rahul Bose is optimistic that there will be increased voter turnout in the ongoing Maharashtra assembly elections. "Inflation, woman safety and corruption are the main issues that need to be dealt with. This time people will have to decide who they really want to vote for as no coalition...
  • Congress complains to EC against Marathi channels' retelecast of PM Modi's Madison Square speech 13-10-2014 11:49 AM

    Mumbai: The Congress has approached the Election Commission after some Marathi channels on Sunday night retelecast Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at Madison Square Gardens in New York. The Maharashtra state unit has sent letters to the state and central election commissions complaining this is a violation of model code...
  • Maharashtra polls: Modi takes BJP campaign to Pawar fortress Baramati 09-10-2014 08:56 PM

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took the election fight to Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar's thus-far unbreached fortress, Baramati. Modi became the first PM in more than three decades to campaign here. Indira Gandhi had last canvassed in Baramti in 1980 with little success. ...
  • PM Modi should focus on Pakistan not Maharashtra: Shiv Sena 08-10-2014 11:19 AM

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Wednesday once again attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In its Wednesday's edition of 'Saamna', Sena criticised Modi over the issue of ceasefire violations by Pakistan, saying he should focus on stopping the "atrocities" by the neighbouring country and not Maharashtra politics. Claiming that Pakistan has been...
  • Modi won't make visa issue an obstacle in IndoUS ties: C Raja Mohan 21-05-2014 06:30 PM

    Foreign policy expert C Raja Mohan said that PM-designate Narendra Modi wanted to improve relations with the United States. "He is not going to make the visa issue a problem in the Indo-US relationship." In 2005, the US State Department had revoked a visa that Modi had for travelling to...
  • Watch: The grand preparations at Delhi airport to welcome Modi 17-05-2014 08:56 AM

    India's Prime Minister-to-be Narendra Modi will be landing in Delhi shortly for a victory lap. Modi-led BJP won a clear majority on Friday in the Lok Sabha elections, which the party attributed to the leader's popularity and mass appeal. ...
  • Moderate voter turnout of 53 pc in Mumbai as compared to other cities 24-04-2014 11:12 PM

    An average 55.33 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the 19 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, where polling was held on Thursday in the third and final phase. In 2009 elections 44.87 polling percentage was recorded in the state. The final voter turnout for Mumbai was 53.1 pc, an...
  • Shiv Sena's modi-fied Modi a huge hit in Mumbai 22-04-2014 08:26 AM

    Mumbai: While the BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi may be crisscrossing the country on a hectic campaign schedule even making himself available in the 3 D avatar, many candidates of the ally Shiv Sena believe that they have drawn the short straw. What if the real deal is not available...
  • Sharad Pawar skips Rahul Gandhi's rally, doesn't share stage with him 20-04-2014 09:03 PM

    Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday skipped Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's election rally organised in Mumbai. The NCP chief reportedly pulled out of the joint rally after Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi cancelled her one-day Maharashtra tour, citing health reasons. The NCP said Sharad Pawar had originally changed his...
  • Bombay HC notice to Ashok Chavan, postpones Adarsh hearing to June 10 09-04-2014 06:19 PM

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court while hearing the revision petition filed by the CBI seeking to delete Ashok Chavan's name from the Adarsh FIR on Wednesday asked the agency whether sanction was indeed to prosecute Chavan. The CBI lawyer told the court the agency cannot proceed to prosecute him under...
  • Election Yatra: Battle for Nagpur 07-04-2014 08:01 PM

    Just days to go before 2014 Lok Sabha elections, CNN-IBN's Smitha Nair visits Nagpur to find out the views of the voters on the candidates from their constituency where former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari will contest against Congress's Vilas Muttemwar and AAP's Anjali Damania. Nagpur is set to vote on...
  • Election Yatra: 3-cornered contest between BJP, AAP, Congress in Nagpur 07-04-2014 05:40 PM

    Nagpur: RSS's political offshoot BJP is all set for the Lok Sabha battle in Nagpur. Former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari will contest against Congress's Vilas Muttemwar and AAP's Anjali Damania. Nitin Gadkari, however, faces a formidable challenge in the Lok Sabha polls. So far, only in 1996 elections had the...
  • Pawar says Modi should be treated at a mental hospital, BJP hits back 31-03-2014 10:18 AM

    Mumbai: A day after Bharatiya Janata Party PM candidate Narendra Modi criticised Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar over the state of the hailstorm hit farmers in Maharashtra, Pawar has hit back. Pawar said that Modi needs to be treated in a mental hospital for talking rubbish. "Modi must have deranged as...
  • MNS was close to reaching a deal with BJP, hints Nitin Gadkari 28-03-2014 08:45 AM

    Days after the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance trouble, BJP leader Nitin Gadkari has now hinted that Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray was very close to signing a deal with the BJP. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Gadkari stopped short of saying that with Shiv Sena's strong displeasure, the talks with...
  • Ashok Chavan's nomination from Nanded is the return of a Marathwada leader 26-03-2014 11:44 PM

    Mumbai: As Adarsh Housing Society scam accused Ashok Chavan's candidature drew fire, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday came out in his support saying no law bars former Maharashtra chief minister from contesting polls. Chavan has filed his nomination from Nanded. Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a...
  • Election Commission puts paid news in perspective 25-03-2014 12:10 PM

    The Election Commission of India (ECI) has clarified that poll campaign-related news appearing in newspapers and channels owned by political parties will fall under the purview of paid news, if found to praise a particular candidate and projected that candidate as the winner. ECI Director Dhirendra Ojha was answering a...
  • Let judiciary decide if Modi is guilty or not, says NCP's Supriya Sule 25-03-2014 09:45 AM

    Mumbai: One of the young leaders in the fray, Nationalist Congress Party MP Supriya Sule, who is seeking re-election for the 16th Lok Sabha, insists that Narendra Modi should no more be cornered for the 2002 Gujarat riots when the judiciary has given him a clean chit. In an exclusive...
  • Shiv Sena fishes in troubled waters of BJP, targets Modi, backs Advani 22-03-2014 10:45 AM

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena keeping up its trident attacks on the BJP batted for its senior leader LK Advani in the latest edition of its editorial 'Saamna'. The party mouthpiece attacked the BJP for sidelining its tallest leader while seat distribution for Lok Sabha elections. On the row between Advani...
  • Shiv Sena leader Mohan Rawale joins NCP 21-03-2014 03:46 PM

    Mumbai: The exodus of Shiv Sena leaders to Nationalist Congress Party continues in Maharashtra. The latest Sena cadre to defect is Mohan Rawale. The former five-time Shiv Sena MP joined the NCP on Friday. He had represented Mumbai South Central five times. Rawale was expelled from the Shiv Sena after...
  • Shiv Sena Shirdi candidate Baban Gholap convicted in corruption case 21-03-2014 03:06 PM

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena candidate from Shirdi Baban Gholap, who is presently an MLA from a constituency in Nashik, has been convicted by the Bombay High Court in a corruption case. Gholap was the social welfare minister in the BJP-Shiv Sena government in 1995. He was charged with corruption and accused...