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Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone at the launch of the film 'Piku' in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Medhika and Pranati walk the ramp at  Femina Miss India 2015 Sub Contest Crowning Ceremony, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Amir Khan speaks during the inaugural session of FICCI Frames 2015 in Mumbai. Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and veteran actor Kamal Haasan during the inaugural session of FICCI Frames 2015 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. A firefighter breaks the glass of a commercial building after it caught fire in  Mumbai, Maharashtra. Security personnel carrying the coffin of martyr Suraj Sarjerao Mohite (inset) during his cremation ceremony at Siddhanthwadi in Satara, Maharashtra. Mohite was killed in action during the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir. 
Army soldier Suraj Sarjerao Mohite's mother wails during the martyr's cremation ceremony at Siddhanthwadi in Satara, Maharashtra. Mohite was killed in action in the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir. Women participate in a procession to celebrate the Gudi Padwa at Girgaon, in Mumbai. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan take part in 'Gudi Padwa' celebrations in Mumbai. Sachin Tendulkar with wife Anjali celebrates 'Gudi Padwa' at his residence in Mumbai. A procession celebrating 'Gudi Padwa' in Mumbai. A senior IAS officer, M H Sawant, 58, director general of the Maharashtra Council of Agricultural Education and Research (MCAER) arrested by the Pune police on charges of molestation and rape of four schoolgirls aged between eight to 10 years, in Pune, Maharashtra. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore speaks during the inauguration of Vividh Bharati Service in FM mode of All India Radio in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore along with actors Jackie Shroff and Vikram Gokhale during the inauguration of Vividh Bharati Service in FM mode of All India Radio in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Boys enjoy a spell of heavy hailstorm in Nagpur. Vishwa Hindu Seva Sangh Protesting Against  Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at Andheri in Mumbai. RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat with present Sarkaryavah Bhaiyyaji Joshi during the inaugural session of three-day crucial meeting of Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) in Nagpur. Devendra Fadnavis Oposition leaders protest against the Maharashtra government during the Budget Session in Mumbai. Social activist Anna Hazare praying inside the 'Bapu Kuti' in Sewagram with supporters in Wardha district of Maharashtra. A girl dressed up like Rani Lakshmi Bai rides a horse during International Women's Day rally in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Women dressed in traditional attire take part in a bike rally on the occasion of International Women's Day in Thane. Actor Aditya Pancholi who was arrested for allegedly getting into a brawl at a nightclub,  after coming out from a court in Mumbai. Cricketer Yuvraj Singh and Anjali Tendulkar attend a cancer awareness program specially for women on the occasion of International women's day in Mumbai. A day after traffic policemen stalled movement of public vehicles to make way for his convoy, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed regret for the inconvenience caused to people and insisted that he shuns VIP culture.
Traffic policemen outside the venue of a function at NSCI club in Mumbai stopped vehicles of the public to make way for the Chief Minister’s convoy on Sunday. Members of the club were even denied entry as the Chief Minister was present inside the premises. Members of the club dragged and denied entry at the Sports Club of India as the Chief Minister was present inside the premises, in Mumbai. At Marine Drive in Mumbai. Shahrukh Khan during a press conference launching TV show, 'Poochega Sabse Shaana Kaun' in Mumbai, Maharashtra. RPI workers during the ‘rasta roko’ as a bandh is being observed in Maharashtra to protest the cold-blooded murder of veteran CPI leader Govind Pansare in Mumbai, Maharshtra. People participate in the funeral ceremony of Comrade Govind Pansare in Kolhapur. NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal pays tribute to CPI leader Govind Pansare during his funeral procession in Kolhapur. NCP activists pay tribute to Senior CPI leader Govind Pansare during the silent march in Thane, Mumbai. <b>Under siege</b> The Taj Mahal hotel during the 26/11 attack Outlook's illustrator Saahil pays his tributes to NCP leader R R Patil who died on Feb 16. People offer prayers to Lord Shiva on the occasion of 'Mahashivratri in Nagpur. Social activist Anna Hazare attends the funeral of R R Patil at Anjani village in Sangli. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis pays homage to NCP leader late R R Patil during his funeral ceremony at Anjani village in Sangli. NCP leader R R Patil's mother Bhagirathi Patil mourns along with local women during his funeral procession at Anjani village, in Sangli Local women mourn at the funeral of NCP leader late R R Patil at Anjani village, in Sangli. Veteran CPI leader Govind Pansare is shifted to a hospital after he was shot at near his home at Sagarmala in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. The spot where Veteran CPI leader Govind Pansare (inset) was shot at near his home at Sagarmala in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. NCP leaders Praful Patel, Supriya Sule and others pay homage to party leader RR Patil at party office, who died at Lilavati hospital in Mumbai. RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan during a meeting  with Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Shoaib Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan while analysing the India-Pakistan world cup cricket match in Star Sports Mumbai studio. Kapil Dev, Akash Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan doing commentary during the India-Pakistan world cup cricket match from the Star Sports Studio in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Cricket fans celebrate after team India won their first match against Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup, at Lakshmi Bhavan Square in Nagpur, Maharashtra. A protest meeting was organised by the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) in support of Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan celebrates after India won their first match against Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup-2015, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan celebrates after India won their first match against Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup-2015, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Cricket fans celebrating after team India won their first match against Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi addressing at the inauguration of the Multimodal Manufacturing Project of GE, at Chakan, in Pune. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visiting the Multimodal Manufacturing Project of GE, in Pune.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurating the Multimodal Manufacturing Project of GE, in Pune. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis and the Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge), Prakash Javadekar are also seen.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visiting the Krishi Vigyan Kendra Campus of the Agricultural Development Trust, in Baramati, Maharashtra. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi interacting with the children of Vidya Pratisthan Campus, at Baramati, in Maharashtra.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visiting the Krishi Vigyan Kendra Campus of the Agricultural Development Trust, in Baramati, Maharashtra.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) men demolish the illegal ramp constructed outside actor Shahrukh Khan's Bandra bungalow ‘Mannat’ in Mumbai. Actor Ashutosh Rana with actress Renuka Shahane donates Rs 1 Lakh to cancer patients in Thane. Statues of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj ahead of his birth anniversary, in Karad, Maharashtra. Host Farah Khan announces Gautam Gulati as the winner of Bigg Boss Season 8 as runner-up Karishma Tanna looks on during the Grand Finale in Lonavala. Artists perform at Taal Chakra 2015 in Pune on Friday night January 30, 2015. People from the LGBT community participate in a rally in Mumbai. TV actor Gautam Gulati took the Bigg Boss trophy and Rs.50 lakh cash prize after winning the season 8 of celebrity reality show Bigg Boss in Lonavala, Maharashtra. Supporter of the LGBT community wave a rainbow flag during a gay pride parade in Mumbai, Maharashtra. <b>Safety, what safety?</b> Road transport minister Nitin Gadkari was roundly
criticised for driving without a helmet <B>All for researching baby practices</b> Neha Modi with Manan in Mumbai Cartoonist R K Laxman being accorded state funeral in Pune.  Former president APJ Abdul Kalam talks with Kamala, widow of  cartoonists R K Laxman's at her residence in Pune, Maharashtra. The tableau representing Maharashtra moves past during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Newly-wed couple Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu along with family members Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in Mumbai. Newly-wed couple Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu pose for photographs outside their residence in Mumbai. <b>Here, This One’s Sweet</b>
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The wedding photo wears the look and colour of a cosy, and plush, boudoir, albeit richly peopled. At the centre, justifiably, sit the garlan­ded couple, she smiling a bride-like smile; he, Kusshh Sinha, pondering this momentous step. And Kussh's father Shatrughan Sinha is flanked by PM Narendra Modi, who's feeding him an occasional sweet, and daughter Sonakshi. Bollywood actress Sri Devi along with actors Kamal Hasan and Rajinikant felicitating music director Ilaiyaraaja during the music launch of 'Shamitabh' in Mumbai. Lyricist Gulzar and Jaya Bachchan during the music launch of 'Shamitabh' in Mumbai. Rekha attends the wedding reception of Shatrughan Sinha's son Kush and Taruna Agarwal in Mumbai. Actor Rajinikanth and his daughter Aishwarya attend the wedding reception of Shatrughan Sinha's son Kush and Taruna Agarwal in Mumbai. Shatrughan Sinha and his daughter Sonakshi during the wedding reception of his son Kush and Taruna Agarwal in Mumbai. Shatrughan Sinha and his wife Poonam with son Luv and daughter Sonakshi during the wedding reception of their son Kush and Taruna Agarwal in Mumbai . Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives a piece of sweet to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Shatrughan Sinha on the occasion of his son, Kussh Sinha's wedding in Mumbai. Women prepare 'pongal' (traditional rice dish) with sugarcane, turmeric bunches and other essentials beside as a part of the ritual on the harvest festival of Pongal at Dharavi Slum in Mumbai. Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra during the 21st Annual Life OK Screen Awards in Mumbai. Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone during the 21st Annual Life OK Screen Awards in Mumbai. Shah Rukh Khan at the Umang Mumbai Police Show 2015, in Mumbai. Shah Rukh Khan performs during the Umang Mumbai Police Show 2015 in Mumbai. During a Kite festival in Mumbai. Priyanka Chopra performs during the Umang Mumbai Police Show 2015 in Mumbai. AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi addressing a huge public protest meeting of Muslims in Beed in Maharashtra. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in action during the 36th National Softball Championship for mens and women, in Nagpur. Abhishek Bachchan plays basketball during the launch of a multi-sport court at Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with ICICI Bank's MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and CM Devendra Fadnavis launch of ICICI group 'digital village' project in Mumbai. BJP National President Amit Shah in a meeting with Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan, in Mumbai. Satish Apte, 58, takes a selfie with his 20-year-old wife, Lisa, in Thane. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Governor C Vidyasagar Rao during inauguration of an exhibition by rural artisans in Mumbai. Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama at a guest house in Karad in Maharashtra. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the Gateway of India in Mumbai. Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Film Actress Poonam Dhillon during Women Entrepreneur Fair organised by Nagpur Municipal Corporation, in Nagpur. A traffic view of a road during a foggy morning, in Nagpur. Amitabh Bachchan being given the second Yash Chopra Memorial Award by the Governor of Maharashtra C Vidyasagar Rao in Mumbai. A group of Flamingos refreshing themselves in Mumbai skyline. Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt arrives at his residence after he was granted two weeks' furlough by the state prison authorities in Mumbai. Former MLAs showing the oranges to concentrate the issue, outside the Vidhan Bhawan during the winter session of Maharashtra assembly in Nagpur. Police lathi charge Youth Congress supporters  during their protest outside Vidhan Bhawan over the issue of Farmers suicide, in Nagpur. Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis inspecting a grapes garden during his visit at Village Talegaon in Nashik. A car rams into a private bus in the early hours at Kolahpur-Pune express. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis along with Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray during the swearing-in ceremony for the new ministers from Shiv Sena in Mumbai. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis along with Shiv Sena ministers from left Deepak Sawant, Subhash Desai, Ramdas Kadam and Diwakar Raote during their Swearing in ceremony in Mumbai. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis along with Shiv Sena ministers during their swearing-in ceremony in Mumbai. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis along with Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray during the swearing-in ceremony for the new ministers from Shiv Sena in Mumbai. File Photo: After an acrimonious split, BJP and Shive Sena are together again with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announcing that Sena will be joining his government in keeping with the mandate and will get 12 ministerial berths but there will be no Deputy CM. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis addresses a press conference with Shiv Sena leaders, in Mumbai. Ram Madhav with party chief Amit Shah at a meeting with the Maharashtra BJP unit <b>And miles to go</b> Snaking through Karve Road Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis with  Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on the occasion of the second death anniversary of the late Balasaheb Thackeray at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. <b>Satavahana face</b> Detail from a mural in Cave 10 <b>The hunter</b> Mural from Cave 10 <b>Lost prince?</b> A mural in  Cave 9 <b>Hall of fame</b> The murals inside the chaitya at Cave No. 1 Detail of a painting before and after restoration Ajanta Caves Ajanta Caves Ajanta Caves Ajanta Caves Ajanta Caves File: The 13-day-old BJP government headed by Devendra Fadnavis won the confidence motion in Maharashtra Assembly by a voice vote, amid protests by former ally Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray coming out after a meeting of party legislators in Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis (R) along with BJP MLAs at Vidhan Bhawan for the three-day special session of Maharashtra Assembly in Mumbai. Newly elected Congress MLA Nitesh Narayan Rane interacts with the media in Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis offers prayers at the Ganesh Temple in Nagpur. Members of a community celebrate Tulsi Vivah on the occasion of Karthiki Pournima in Thane. Devendra Fadnavis kicks off own austerity drive, travelled to Nagpur in economy class. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with his Cabinet ministers pays tribute to the late Balasaheb Thackeray at Shivtirth in Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis being welcomed with a garland as he arrives in Nagpur. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with cabinet minister Eknath Khadse paying tribute to Chhatrapati Shivaji at Mantralay after the swearing-in ceremony in Mumbai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadanvis (L) during the Maharashtra government's swearing-in ceremony, in Mumbai. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi arrives attends the swearing in ceremony of new Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, in Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with his wife Amruta during his swearing-in ceremony in Mumbai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadanvis (L) and BJP President Amit Shah during the Maharashtra government's swearing-in ceremony in Mumbai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior BJP leader LK Advani at the swearing-in ceremony of new Maharashtra government in Mumbai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Venkaiah Nadu, Nitin Gadkari and others at the swearing-in ceremony of new Maharashtra government, in Mumbai. Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu chats with Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray at the swearing in ceremony of Maharashtra CM designate Devendra Fadnavis, in Mumbai. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray exchanges greetings with BJP MLA Pankaja Munde during the swearing-in ceremony of new Maharashtra government in Mumbai. <b>It’s Heads</b> Gadkari’s two-wheeled caper Newly elected BJP MLAs from Nagpur district presents a bouquet of flowers to Union Minister for Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari during their meeting at his residence in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis with his mother and wife during the swearing-in ceremony at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Maharashtra Governor C.Vidyasagar Rao greets newly sworn in Maharashtra Minister Pankaja Munde at the oath taking ceremony in Mumbai. Newly sworn in Minister Pankaja Munde with her mother Pradnya Munde and other family members during Maharashtra swearing in ceremony at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai. Aerial view of the Wankhede stadium after the preparation for swearing in ceremony gets completed, in Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister- designate Devendra Fadnavis being greeted by Union Minister for Transport Nitin Gadkari during their meeting, in New Delhi. Maharashtra Chief Minister- designate Devendra Fadnavis flashes victory sign during his meeting with Union Minister for Transport Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi. Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Mariya with  Police officials inspects the security arrangements at Wankhede Stadium ahead of the swearing in ceremony, in Mumbai. Home Minister Rajnath Singh flashes victory sign after he announced Devendra Fadnavis as the new Maharashtra Chief Minister, in Mumbai. File Photo: Devendra Fadnavis was elected the leader of the BJP Legislature Party in Maharashtra, paving the way for his appointment as the first party Chief Minister of the state.
File photo of BJP Maharashtra President Devendra Fadnavis being offered sweets by his wife Amruta after his victory in Assembly election in Nagpur recently. The BJP legislature partyelected Fadnavis as its Chief Ministerial candidate. BJP MLAs at Vidhan Bhavan before the legislature party meeting in Mumbai. A burnt train near Aurangabad. Nagpur: Union Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari rode into a controversy when he was caught on camera entering RSS headquarters on his scooter without wearing a helmet in violation of traffic rules. Union Minister for Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari with Maharashtra BJP state President Devendra Fadnavis on the occasion of Diwali at a party office in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Women purchase gold jewelery on the occasion of Dhanteras, at a market in Nagpur, Maharashtra. BJP candidate Pankaja Munde gets emotional as she celebrates her victory with party workers in the Assembly elections in Parli on Sunday. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is greeted at a meeting with newly elected party MLAs at Sena Bhawan, in Mumbai. Newly elected BJP MP Pritam Munde (L) and her sister Pankaja Munde celebrate their victroy at the party office in Mumbai. BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis celebrate with supporters after party's victory in the Maharashtra Assembly election at the BJP office in Mumbai.  BJP workers wear mask of Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis while celebrating the party's victory in Assembly polls in Nagpur, Maharsahtra. BJP supporters celebrate the party's victory in Assembly polls in Nagpur, Maharsahtra.  BJP supporters celebrating the party's victory in Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly elections, in New Delhi.  BJP general secretaries J P Nadda and Ram Lalji with party supporters burst crackers while celebrating the party's victory in Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly elections, in New Delhi Shivsena candidate Pratap Sarnike flashes victory sign while celebrating his win in the Assembly elections along with his supporters in Thane, Mumbai   BJP party workers celebrate their win in the Assembly elections in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's poster, in Mumbai MPCC President Manikrao Thakre addressing the media on Assembly elections results in Mumbai A deserted view at the Nationalist Congress Party's office after the party's poor show in Maharashtra elections, in Mumbai MAHARASHTRA ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS 2014 Election officials at work at a counting centre for the Assembly elections in Nagpur, Maharashtra Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan waves to supporters at a victory procession after his win from Karad South assembly seat, in Karad Haryana, Maharashtra assembly elections 2014. NCP chief Sharad Pawar shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote for the Assembly elections at Tardeo in south Mumbai. Women display their inked fingers as they carry water on their heads after casting votes for the Assembly election in Thane district of Maharashtra. Congress leader MP Ashok Chavan with his wife Amita Chavan show their inked finger after casting their vote for the Assembly elections in Nanded, Maharashtra. Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray accompanied by wife Rashmi and son Aditya display their inked fingers after casting votes for the Assembly elections in Mumbai. Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan shows his inked finger after casting his vote in the Assembly elections in Karad. Former MP Milind Deora with Congress candidate Sushiben Shah show their inked finger after casting their vote in the Assembly elections in Mumbai. Union Minister for Transport Nitin Gadkari with his wife show their inked finger after casting their vote for the Assembly Elections at a polling station in Nagpur. Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde along with his daughter and wife Ujwala Shinde showing the indelible ink on their fingers after casting their votes for Assembly polls in Solapur, Maharashtra. NCP leader Praful Patel along with wife showing their ink marked finger after casting votes at a polling booth during Assembly elections at Gondia. Villagers gather near an Indian Air Force Sukhoi SU-30MKI fighter plane that crashed at village Theoor, near Pune. Villagers gather near an Indian Air Force Sukhoi SU-30MKI fighter plane that crashed at village Theoor, near Pune. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP candidates at an election campaign rally in Malvan, Maharashtra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Thane, Maharashtra. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses an election campaign rally in Ramtek, Maharashtra. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi waves at the crowd with party candidates at an election campaign rally in Ramtek, Maharashtra. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray with other party members at an election rally in Thane. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with party candidates during an election rally at Loha in Nanded. Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party candidate Vijay Vaddetiwar during an election campaign rally in Bramhapuri in Chandrapur district <b>Saffron surge</b> Crowds during a BJP rally in Mumbai <b>Rallying cries</b> Shiv Sena jamboree at Junnar NCP show in Kolhapur A Shiv Sena worker solicits Gujarati vote Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally at Bramhapuri in Chandrapur district, Maharashtra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is garlanded by BJP leaders at an election campaign rally at Dhamangaon in Amravati. Crowd at Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray's election campaign rally in Junnar, Maharashtra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi  pays tributes to Shivaji at an election campaign rally for BJP candidates in Mumbai. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi with an elderly woman during an election rally in Mahad, Maharashtra. A goods train derails near Chiplun that disrupted services on the Konkan Railway. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in favor of candidates at Kasturchand park in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves along with RPI chief Ramdas Athavale and Maharashtra BJP chief Devendra Phadnavis at an election campaign rally at Kasturchand Park in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Shiv sena chief Udhav Thackeray at an election campaign rally in Aurangabad. People lift chairs to shield themselves from rains during Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari's rally in Karad, Maharashtra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi address an election rally in Gondia, Maharashtra Congress leader Ashok Chavan addresses an elections campaign rally in Nanded,Maharashtra Prime Minister Narendra Modi is grreted with a garland by BJP candidates at an election rally in Gondia, Maharashtra Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with the party candidates during a campaign rally for the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections in Sangli NCP chief Sharad Pawar with party candidates Shashikant Shinde and Balasaheb Patil during an elections campaign rally at Malharpeth in Patan, Maharashtra Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election campaign rally for the assembly elections, in Mumbai. Police personnel worship their weapons on the occasion of Dusshera in Thane <b>Mumbai, September 2014</b> Choked drains in Dharavi Prithviraj Chavan File: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan resigns.
Long-standing political formations in Maharashtra crumbled today with BJP snapping its 25-year-old alliance with the Shiv Sena and NCP parting ways with the Congress and pulling out of the government, making it a minority administration. <b>Buzz me up</b> Uddhav Thackeray at a Sena meeting BJP’s Amit Shah last week in Mumbai <b>Down time</b> Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan with deputy, Ajit Pawar, of NCP Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan meets an elderly woman during his visit to Karad. Navy personnel inspect after a Chetak helicopter of Navy crashed while landing at heliport at Morpada village in Alibaug. BJP Party President Amit Shah with Puneri pagdi (a turban from the city of Pune) during Sangarsh Yatra Jan Sabha in Ahmednagar. NCP President Sharad Pawar with Maharashtra NCP President Sunil Tatkare during the Election Rally of forthcoming Maharashtra Assembly election at Gandhi Maidan in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Police personnel being shifted by an air ambulance to Nagpur hospital. Four police personnel were injured in a naxal attack at Yerked village in Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray during the demo of animal driven mobile modern energy machine at Aarey Colony Goregaon in Mumbai. A monkey at Saibaba temple in Shirdi. Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath along with Election Commissioners HS Brahma and Syed Ahmed Zaidi at a press conference for the announcement of the schedule for general elections to the legislative assemblies of Haryana and Maharashtra and by-elections of various parliamentary/assembly constituencies, in New Delhi. Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath at a press conference for the announcement of the schedule for general elections to the legislative assemblies of Haryana and Maharashtra and by-elections of various parliamentary/assembly constituencies, in New Delhi. Maharashtra Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao meets Bollywood actor and BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha Mumbai. <b>New echoes</b> Monsoon prayers in progress at the Magen Aboth synagogue in Alibag Monsoon prayers in progress at the Magen Aboth synagogue in Alibag <b>‘Shaniwar teli’</b> Synagogue caretaker Benjamin Waskar at his home in Revdanda <b>Hamid Baba</b> He is the grandson of Abdul Baba, one of the closest disciples of Sai Baba. Every day, Hamid offers a chaddar and flowers to Sai Baba and Abdul Baba. <b>Priti Gupta</b> The Guptas, a family from Sitapur, came to Shirdi, when Priti (in bed) met with an accident. They believe Sai Baba saved her from something worse. A Sai To Hold Outside Shirdi temple Lal Krishna Advani, then prime ministerial candidate of the BJP, visited Shirdi to seek
Sai Baba’s blessings in April 2009 Rahul Gandhi, vice-president of the Congress, came to pray at the Shirdi shrine in April 2014, ahead of his election rallies in Maharashtra P. Chidambaram visited the Sai Baba shrine in Shirdi before he became Union home minister at the fag end of UPA-I—after 26/11 Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena chief, visited the temple with his wife on Aug 26, 2013, ahead of an election rally the party was holding in Shirdi Kokilaben Ambani visited Shirdi on Jan 20, 2012, before a patch-up between sons Mukesh and Anil over the affairs of the Reliance Group Telugu film star Nagarjuna visited the Sai Baba shrine in Shirdi with his family on March 31, 2014, on the occasion of Gudi Padwa Bollywood star Rani Mukherjee was in Shirdi on Aug 23, 2012, to seek Baba’s blessings. She is involved in a property dispute in the town. Cricketer Rahul Dravid visited the Sai Baba shrine in Shirdi on Aug 24, 2012, after announcing his retirement from cricket C Vidhyasagar Rao takes oath as Maharashtra Governor at a ceremony in Mumbai. Former Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and other ministers during a send off ceremony in Mumbai. Clockwise from left- Kalyan Singh, C Vidyasagar Rao, Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala and Mridula Sinha who were on appointed new governors for Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa respectively. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan with Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar at the ground breaking ceremony of third phase of Mumbai's underground metro rail. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan with MLA Jaykumar Gore offering rituals at a canal after releaseing water from Urmodi Dam at drought-hit Maan in Satara in Maharashtra. Maharashtra's Minister of State for Home, Satej Patil presents the Ahilyabai Holkar Cup to best all-rounder woman cadet Depali Ankush Wagh during a passing out parade at Maharashtra Police Academy (MPA) in Nashik. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Shivraj Patil, MPCC president Manikrao Thakre and others at the unveiling of a statue of the late Vilasrao Deshmukh at Nivada in Latur, Maharashtra. Pankaj Parekh, Vice-president of Yeola Municipal Council and NCP activist is seen wearing shirt of gold, containing 4 Kg gold at a function in Nashik Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Maharashtra & Goa BJP MPs in New Delhi. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and MPCC president Manikrao Thakreay during a MPCC party in Nagpur. Former Minister Narayan Rane with his wife felicitate  legendary singer Asha Bhosle at event in Thane. TV Grab: The IPS officer Sunil Paraskar, accused of raping a city-based model based in Mumbai. Chandrakant Zanjare, who said he lost 13 family members to a landslide, wails near the site where his house stood in Malin village, in Maharashtra. Heavy rains hampered efforts Friday by hundreds of rescue workers digging through heavy mud and debris, as the death toll from a landslide that engulfed an entire village in western India crossed 50. Police detain a pro-Maharashtra protester in Yellur village, July 27 Karnataka Police demolishing the Borad saying Maharastra State outside the Yellur Village in Belgaum District of Karnataka Relative of a landslide victim at Malin village in Pune, Maharashtra. The site of the landslide in Pune distrit, Maharashtra which killed at least 17 people. The debris of a house after a landslide triggered by heavy rains at Malin village in Pune district, Maharashtra. Police lathicharging a pro Maharashtra activists at Yellur village of Belgaum district for pelting stone on police when a sign board claiming Yellur as a part of Maharashtra was removed. Police detaining a pro Maharashtra activists at Yellur village of Belgaum district for pelting stone on police when a sign board claiming Yellur as a part of Maharashtra was removed. Activists showing a banner during a protest  in Mumbai against the Shiv Sena MP who force-fed a fasting Muslim employee in the Maharashtra Sadan. A shocking incident of misuse of power has come to light in national capital New Delhi where 11 Shiv Sena Members of Parliament are reported to have forced a Muslim worker to break his Ramzan fast and eat a chapati, at the Maharashtra Sadan. The Khodashi Dam overflowing on the Krishna River after heavy rains in Karad, Maharashtra. Crew members of the stranded ship (MV) Priyanka wait to be airlifted by the Coast Guard near Revdanda in Raigad district, Maharashtra. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan interacting with villagers during Congress Party Workers' meeting at Karad in Satara district. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan addressing a press conference at Mantralaya in Mumbai. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan with wife Satvasheela Chavan at the Vithal-Rukmini Temple on the occasion of 'Ashadi Ekadashi' in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. Congress activists protest against fuel price hike in Karad, Maharashtra. Indian policemen are pictured at the crime scene where anti-superstition and black magic campaigner Narendra Dabholkar was killed by gunmen in Pune <B>Circa 2009</b> Dabholkar with others in Pune, vowing to hand over reins to youth Narendra Dabholkar (1945-2013) Sanatan spokesperson Abhay Vartak (left) had in 2013 told the press they weren’t involved in Dabholkar’s killing.   <b>Great Maratha Rally</b> Backward march Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Manikrao Thakre along with other leaders traveling by local train without tickets in protest against the railway fare hike in Mumbai. Congress party activists stop a train in protest against hike in rail fares  in Solapur, Maharashtra. An injured  female Leopard being treated by doctors at forest office in Karad, Maharashtra. <b>Losing The Drive</b> Will the Punekar be able to ride free of fear on these roads? <b>Fear Factor</b> HRS head being led to court Ameen Haroon Shaikh who injured in Hindu Rashtra Sena attack in Pune. Residents and relatives of the Mumbra bypass accident victims block a road during a protest in Thane, Maharashtra. Spiritual leader Sri Ravishanker and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat (C) at the RSS’s annual third year training camp concluding function in Reshimbahgh at Nagpur. Hindu Rashtra Sena chief Dhananjay Desai and 21 of his cohorts in the random murder of Muslim IT professional Mohsin Sheikh in Pune. Lumpens were reacting to an FB post on Shivaji. <B>Bosom buddies</b> Gopinath Munde, Pramod Mahajan and Vilasrao Deshmukh in ’95 Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy CM and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar during a discussion on the budget for a TV show, at Vidhan bhavan in Mumbai . Policemen chase irate crowd who came to attend funeral of Gopinath Munde and burnt vehicles at Parali. Congress Minister Narayan Rane during the Maharashtra Assembly's monsoon session in Mumbai State NCP Working President Jitendra Awhad shakes hands with the Governor of Maharashtra K Sankaranarayanan (R) at Raj Bhavan in South Mumbai. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar are also seen. Police personnel inspect the debris of a vehicle blown up by Naxals which killed seven policemen in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. Prof G N Saibaba, who was arrested for allegedly having Maoist links, being produced before Aheri Court in Gadchiroli. Union Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge visits injured passengers of the Diva-Sawantwadi train mishap at Sion hospital in Mumbai. People gather around a passenger train that derailed near Roha station in Maharashtra. At least ten passengers were feared killed and around 50 injured when a passenger train derailed on Konkan Railway route in Raigad district, Maharashtra. The derailed passenger train at Nagothane in Raighad district, Maharashtra. <b>Who’s That?</b> Vikas Mahante strikes a pose to heighten the similarity to Modi People wait in a queue to cast votes for Lok Sabha polls in Mumbai. Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray addresses an election campaign rally at Raigad  constituency at Khed in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. A leopard climbs a tree at a village in Karad, Maharashtra. Rajendra Rai, arrested at the venue of BJP chief Rajnath Singh's rally at Kalyan for carrying a pistrol with him, in Kalyan, Maharashtra. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan shows his inked finger after casting his vote for Lok Sabha polls in Karad, Maharashtra.


Bollywood actor Ritesh Deshmukh during a roadshow in support of Congress candidate in Latur, Maharashtra.


Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray at an election campaign rally in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Union Agriculture Minister NCP President Sharad Pawar addresses an election campaign rally for NCP candidate Vijay Sinh Mohite Patil at Akluj in Solapur.




<b>Hail of trouble</b> Orange crop lost to a hailstorm, Nilkanth Zode inspects his orchard <b>Bad times</b> Madhushree of Dorli Pramila Dhote’s son Vijay killed himself NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and Chief Minister of Maharasthra  Prithviraj Chavan garlanded by the Congress-NCP leaders during election campaign rally at Akola.  UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with NCP President Sharad Pawar (2nd L), NCP candidate Praful Patel and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan (R) during a Congress-NCP election rally at Lakhni in Bhandara, Maharashtra. Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam comes out of a court in Mumbai. The court sentenced to death three men who raped a photojournalist inside an abandoned textile mill in Mumbai last year. A fourth defendant was sentenced to life in prison, Nikam said. Shiv Sena candidate Rajan Vichare with party leaders Sanjay Raut , Eknath Shinde and Pratap Sarnike during a roadshow after filing the nomination papers in Thane.



BJP's prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi being garlanded by BJP-Shiv Sena leaders during their joint election rally in Amravati. BJP prime ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi with Amravati Loksabha Shiv Sena candidate Anand Adsul during the BJP-Shiv Sena joint Loksabha election campaign rally at Amravati, Maharashtra. BJP's Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi during the BJP- Shiv Sena joint election rally at Nanded ,Maharashtra.


Huge crowd at Narendra Modi's BJP -Shiv Sena joint election campaign at Akola.


Congress' candidate from Nanded and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan addresses a rally in Nanded.


Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses an election rally in Wardha, Maharashtra. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and MPCC President Manikrao Thakre are also seen. Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Congress candidate Ashok Chavan with supporters during his nomination filing procession in Nanded, Maharashtra. Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan at an election campaign rally in Satara, Maharashtra.


BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Wardha. BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Wardha, Maharashtra. Shiv Sena leader Rahul Narvekar (right) joins NCP, to contest from Maval, in Maharashtra. Residents being rescued by fire brigade officials from the 12th floor of a building in Thane where a fire broke out. A combo picture shows parts of a road after hailstorm and heavy rains in Baramati, Maharashtra. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi interacts with Tribal Youth at Shirpur, Maharashtra. A view of the newly constructed terminal building of Ozar airport, in Nashik. Devotees offering prayers at Kopineswar temple on the occasion of Shivratri in Thane. Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde paying obeisance at Lord Vithal-Rukmini Temple in Pandharpur in Maharashtra. Members of Shivgram sanghtana during a rally to protest against Maharashtra Government for demanding Maratha reservation in Mumbai. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray alongwith Yuva Sena leader Aditya Thackeray, BJP leader Gopinath Munde and RPI leader Ramdas Athawale during an election campaign rally at Dombivli near Thane.

The opposition in Maharashtra Legislature protest against corrupt ministers and for making Maharashtra toll free during the Budget session at Vidhan Bhavan. Rescue work is carried out after collapse of a building at Khed in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan at a bhoomi pujan ceremony for an agriculture college in Karad, Maharashtra. <b>Hanging on</b> Modi and Uddhav Thackeray Praful Patel, Sharad Pawar and daughter and MP Supriya Sule at a Mumbai function Karnataka Ranji team with the trophy after defeating Maharashtra by 7 wickets on the final day of the Ranji Trophy match at Hyderabad.