CHENNAI: One professes spiritual politics, the other is a self-proclaimed rationalist. So, shall the twain meet? Yes, if the need arises, said Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan in separate interactions with reporters on Tuesday evening. Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal set the ball rolling. “There is no need to create a new bond between Rajinikanth and myself. We have been friends for around 44 years. If the need arises, we will come together for the betterment of Tamil Nadu,” Kamal said at Chennai airport. An hour later, at the same place, Rajini replied to journalists’ queries: “If circumstances demand, I will join hands with Kamal Haasan.” Minister D Jayakumar said it made no difference to the AIADMK’s poll prospects. “Not just Kamal and Rajini, actor Vijay can also join hands with them. The AIADMK will face them on its own and win to form the next government in 2021,” he told a Tamil news channel. Rajinikanth: For the benefit of … [Read more...] about May join hands ‘if need arises’: Rajinikanth & Kamal Haasan
(This story was first published in Maharashtra Times on November 20, 2019) NCP supremo Sharad Pawar's meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid a prolonging stalemate over government formation in Maharashtra has not only left everyone amused, but also triggered a wide array of speculation over possible new equations in the state. Interestingly, two days ago, Modi had also praised Pawar-led NCP for adhering to the Parliament rules while addressing the 250th session of the Rajya Sabha. Shiv Sena on forming the government. More than once this week, when Sharad Pawar was asked about the possibility of his party staking claim to form the next government in the state with the Shiv Sena and Congress, the NCP chief's cryptic statements have raised more questions than answered them. Sanjay Raut: Maharashtra to get stable government by DecemberWhen asked about NCP chief Sharad Pawar meeting Narendra Modi, Raut said that there is no need to speculate things. In fact, if the buzz is to … [Read more...] about Sharad Pawar to get a new role at Centre?
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MUMBAI: Six private equity funds including PremjiInvest, Carlyle, ChrysCapital and GIC of Singapore, are among those in the shortlist for picking up a 26% stake in SBI General Insurance that will cost the acquirer about Rs 3,000 crore, two people close to the development told ET. The stake sale by Insurance Australia Group (IAG) will value SBI General Insurance at Rs 12,000 crore. Goldman Sachs is running the process and the deal is likely to be announced shortly, said the people cited above. “The deal is in the final stages and will be announced in a couple of weeks, after which they (the stakeholders concerned) will go to the insurance regulator for approvals,” said one of them. PremjiInvest declined to comment. ChrysCapital, Carlyle and IAG didn’t respond to queries. GIC of Singapore could not be immediately reached for comment. Incidentally, Carlyle and GIC of Singapore are reportedly in the process of buying a 10% stake in SBI Life Insurance. The private … [Read more...] about 6 PE funds make the cut for 26% in SBI General
KANPUR: Shivpal Yadav, the estranged uncle of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, on Tuesday, expressed willingness to patch up with his nephew, saying he was ready for an alliance for 2022 UP polls and doesn't aspire for CM's post. Talking to reporters in Etawah, Shivpal, the founder-president of Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia), said Akhilesh will be next CM if the alliance wins in UP. Shivpal further announced that SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav's birthday would be celebrated in a big way at their native village Saifai on November 22. He said he never aspired for the chief minister's post and if Akhilesh agrees to the alliance, then he will head the government. " Agar bhatije maan jayenge to sarkar bana lenge, pehle bhi unko hi CM banna tha, mujhe to mukhyamantri banna nahi tha (If Akhilesh agrees, then we will form government. He would have become CM earlier also. I never aspired to become the chief minister)," he added. Shivpal expressed hope that the two parties announce … [Read more...] about Ready for patch-up with SP, let Akhilesh be CM: Shivpal Yadav