Praful Patel

  • Political upheavel in Maharashtra, BJP ends alliance with Shiv Sena, NCP dumps Congress 6 days ago

    Mumbai: In a massive upheavel in the Maharashtra politics, the Bharatiya Janata Party ended its 25-year-old alliance with the Shiv Sena while the Nationalist Congress Party called off its ties with the Congress. The NCP, which had been in an alliance with the Congress for 15-years, declared that Deputy Chief...
  • NCP calls off 15-year-old alliance with Congress, withdraws support from Maharashtra government 6 days ago

    Mumbai: In a major shake-up in Maharashtra politics, the Nationalist Congress Party on Thursday announced the end of its ties with the Congress ahead of the Assembly elections due in the state on October 15. The NCP, in a press conference, declared that it was withdrawing of its support from...
  • Maharashtra elections: Congress, NCP seat-sharing talks inconclusive September 23, 2014

    Mumbai: The Congress and National Congress Party held talks to try and iron out their differences over seat sharing for Maharashtra Assembly elections. The Congress said that the first round of meeting on Tuesday morning was inconclusive. Senior Congress leader Narayan Rane told reporters that the two sides have decided to meet...
  • Congress hints at going alone in Maharashtra as seat sharing tussle with NCP continues September 23, 2014

    Mumbai: The seat sharing tussle between the Congress and National Congress Party continues to rock the Maharashtra Assembly elections. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has hinted at Congress contesting alone in the upcoming polls if a consensus is not reached. The remarks came after Chaven held a late night emergency meeting...
  • Maharashtra: BJPShiv Sena, CongressNCP alliances hang in balance over seatsharing for polls September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The two principal alliances that play the major role in the Maharashtra political scene are floundering in the heat of elections. The seatsharing tussle continues between the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on the one hand and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv...
  • Maharashtra: CM Chavan snubs NCP over 'ultimatum', says is firm in saddle September 21, 2014

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday snubbed NCP over an "ultimatum" given by party leader Praful Patel on its demand to contest 144 seats in October 15 Assembly elections, saying that such discussions are not held through press conferences. "Such discussions are not held through press conferences. Talks are...
  • NCP core panel meet on Monday to decide on deadlock with Congress September 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Putting pressure on ally Congress over the deadlock regarding seat sharing for the Maharashtra Assembly polls, NCP on Sunday said a meeting of its core committee in Mumbai on Monday will take a final call on the matter even as it asserted that it is sticking to its...
  • Maharashtra polls: NCP issues ultimatum to Congress over seat sharing issue September 21, 2014

    Mumbai: The deadlock continues over the seat sharing between Congress and National Congress Party for Maharashtra Assembly elections as both parties have refused to blink over the issue. The NCP has issued an ultimatum to the Congress asking it to decide on the seats in 24 hours. Both Congress and NCP...
  • Air India plane buy: Praful Patel shouldn't shy away from probe, says Subramanian Swamy September 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Former civil aviation minister Praful Patel should have no hesitation in facing an inquiry over the largescale purchase of aircraft by Air India if his conscience is clear in the matter, BJP's Subramanian Swamy said on Sunday in light of claims in that regard by exCAG Vinod Rai. "There...
  • Indian Super League launched in a starstudded ceremony August 28, 2014

    The ISL, an IPLstyle tournament involving eight citybased franchise teams, promises to revolutionise the country's football scene like never before. ...
  • Indian Super League launched in a glitzy ceremony August 28, 2014

    Mumbai: The Indian Super League (ISL), the first of its kind glamorous football league in India, was launched on Thursday by star team owners Sachin Tendulkar, John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and brand ambassador Varun Dhawan who promised to popularise the game and invest in the grassroot development of...
  • India to get new chief football coach August 28, 2014

    Mumbai: The Indian team will soon have a new chief coach as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Thursday decided not to renew incumbent Wim Koevarmans' contract but retain him as the technical director. The AIFF executive committee that met here on Thursday and decided not to renew Koevarmans' contract...
  • No seatsharing deal at the cost of selfrespect: Praful Patel August 23, 2014

    Mumbai: Stating that there had been no response from Congress on the seatsharing for the Maharashtra Assembly elections, senior National Congress Party leader Praful Patel on Saturday said that "we favour an alliance but it won't be at the cost of selfrespect". "We will not have alliance with the Congress by...
  • Praful Patel hints at fissures in CongressNCP alliance July 27, 2014

    After the CongressNational Conference alliance split, it looks like the CongressNationalist Congress Party combine could be headed the same way. NCP leader Praful Patel has hinted at some fissures in the alliance ahead of Maharashtra Assembly elections. He said, "Everybody has ability as well as the freedom to fight alone....
  • Weak stand of UPA on PM nominee, a reason for defeat: Praful Patel June 15, 2014

    Gondia: Rajya Sabha member and former MP of BhandaraGondia Praful Patel said that Congress's weak stand on UPA's prime ministerial nominee was one of the reasons for the its debacle in the recentlyconcluded general elections. Patel, who visited the region for the first time after election results were declared on May...
  • NCP leader Praful Patel elected to Rajya Sabha June 12, 2014

    Mumbai: Former Union Minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel has been elected to the Rajya Sabha. June 12 was the last date of withdrawal of papers for the polls, slated for June 19. Patel's was the only nomination, therefore he was declared elected, Vidhan Bhawan sources said. Patel...
  • NCP declares Praful Patel as its RS nominee June 2, 2014

    Mumbai: NCP on Monday named former union minister Praful Patel as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha election in Maharashtra slated for June 19. The decision to field Patel was taken at a meeting of the NCP Parliamentary Board here, party sources said. Patel will file his nomination on June 5. NCP...
  • Five sitting MLAs make it to 16th LS from Maharashtra May 17, 2014

    Mumbai: Five sitting MLAs from Maharashtra, including former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, have made it to the 16th Lok Sabha from the state, which sends 48 members, the highest after Uttar Pradesh. Chavan, who is the sitting MLA from Bhokar Assembly segment, was the only solace for the Congress, which faced...
  • We are with the UPA, won't join NDA: NCP's Praful Patel May 14, 2014

    Congress ally, the NCP, has rubbished reports that it too is going to side with the NDA. "We are with the UPA, we have fought elections with the UPA. What I said yesterday is that whichever government is formed at the Centre should be stable for the good of the...
  • BJP may emerge as the single largest party, admits NCP's Praful Patel May 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Dismissing reports of an alliance with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel said the party has always been a part of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and will continue to maintain their alliance with the same. "It is laughable that such speculations...
  • A Billion Votes: Exit polls project NDA win, what next? May 13, 2014

    The post poll surveys have given the Bharatiya Janata Partyled National Democratic Alliance a clear mandate with mission 272 being well within its reach this Lok Sabha election. While the BJP has welcomed the polls and is confident of victory under the leadership of its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi,...
  • BJP keeping lines of communication open with regional players May 13, 2014

    Although the Bharatiya Janata Party is confident of crossing the mark of 272, it is keeping lines of communication open with regional players. The BJP wants more allies on board to allow passage of legislations in Parliament speedily. YSR Congress Chief Jagan Reddy has already mentioned he is not averse...
  • NCP wants stable, decisive government, says Praful Patel May 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Expecting the BJP to emerge as the single largest party, key UPA ally NCP on Tuesday said the country should have a "stable" government which will "decisively govern" for the next five years. Senior party leader and Union Minister Praful Patel said the people's mandate has to be respected...
  • No question of Praful Patel joining the BJP: NCP May 13, 2014

    The NCP has brushed aside rumours of senior leader Praful Patel joining the BJP. Speaking to CNNIBN's Shawan Sen, NCP leader Nawab Malik blamed the BJP of spreading baseless rumours about Patel. "These kind of rumours are being created by the BJP and now this mischievous rumour is created by...
  • Gopinath Munde rubbishes talk of Praful Patel joining BJP May 11, 2014

    Shirdi: Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde on Sunday dismissed speculation that Union Minister and NCP stalwart Praful Patel was on his way to the saffron party. Talking to reporters here, Munde said there was "no place" for Patel in BJP. He alleged that NCP chief (Sharad Pawar) was behind these...
  • Praful Patel denies reports of him joining the BJP May 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Minister and Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel on Saturday denied reports of him joining the Bharatiya Janata Party. There were reports in the media that Patel may join the saffron party. Earlier, Patel had opposed the government's move to name a judge in BJP' prime ministerial candidate...
  • Japan joins India in race to host FIFA Club World Cup May 9, 2014

    In the race to host the FIFA Club World Cup in 2015 and 2016, India will face tough competition from Japan as the Asian heavyweight has also expressed interest in organising the prestigious tournaments. All India Football Federation president Praful Patel on Thursday met FIFA President Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome...
  • Modi snooping case: NCP, NC oppose Centre's move to appoint judge ahead of LS poll results May 4, 2014

    New Delhi: In a major embarrassment to the Congress, key allies the Nationalist Congress Party and the National Conference have opposed the government's move to name a judge in BJP' prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi snooping case ahead of May 16. NCP leader Praful Patel said, "The NCP is not for...
  • Meet Madhav Agasti, the man who makes politicians look stylish April 23, 2014

    Mumbai: The 2014 Lok Sabha election is not only well about crafted speeches but also a well crafted look for our political leaders. Mumbai based Madhav Agasti is the man whom politicians flock to, when they need a cutting edge look. He helps politicians to look apart. "I am working...
  • Lok Sabha poll: 56 per cent polling in ten LS seats in Maharashtra till 5 pm April 10, 2014

    Nagpur: About 56 per cent voting was reported in the ten Lok Sabha constituencies of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra till 5 pm on Thursday, Election Commission sources said. The percentage is likely to go up as the polling was scheduled to end at 6 pm. The constituency-wise percentages till 5 pm...