Even as Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis is said to be in the reckoning to lead the state as first chief minister of the saffron party, his predecessor Sudhir Mungantiwar today came out strongly in favour of Union minister and senior leader Nitin Gadkari for the coveted post.
With the Bharatiya Janata Party delaying any further decision on government formation in Maharashtra till after Diwali, voices started growing on Tuesday to bring Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari back to the state and make him the chief minister.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari assured e-rickshaw owners that they would be able to get clearances soon for their vehicles, which have been termed illegal and banned from plying on Delhi roads.
After their victory in Assembly polls in Haryana and Maharashtra, BJP on Monday moved forward towards government formation in both states with party chief Amit Shah holding parleys with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for charting out further strategy.
In a bid to bring down road accidents by 50 per cent in the next two years, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said alcohol shops on either side of highways should be closed.
Among Bollywood personalities who went to polling booths in Mumbai early today were actress Rekha, Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Amol Palekar and actor Atul Kulkarni. Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar also cast his vote.
Contending that Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari wants to "dismantle the edifice of MNREGA", his predecessor and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said the country cannot "afford" the "ill-informed assault" on rural job scheme enacted by the UPA government.
Wildlife activists here have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to cancel the approval of seven-km long elevated road in Mukundra Hills National Park and Tiger Reserve on NH-12 near Durra.
The Election Commission on Wednesday extended by two days deadline given to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to submit his reply to a show cause notice issued to him for allegedly asking voters to accept bribe during campaigning in Maharashtra Assembly polls.
Condemning Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari statement on bribing at a rally in Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majid Memon on Tuesday said that the BJP leader has been served the Election Commission's notice on right grounds.
Congress today said it welcomed Election Commission serving notice to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for allegedly asking voters at a public meeting in poll-bound Maharashtra to accept bribes, as it will prevent such campaigning in states where elections are due this year.