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Maharashtra Govt formation HIGHLIGHTS: Uddhav invites PM Modi for his swearing-in ceremony

Maharashtra Government (Govt) formation HIGHLIGHTS: Uddhav Thackeray will be Maharashtra's new Chief Minister after BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis resigned citing lack of majority.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: November 28, 2019 1:09:47 am
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Maharashtra Government Formation HIGHLIGHTS: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Wednesday invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be a part of his oathtaking ceremony as the new chief minister of Maharashtra on Thursday. The new Maharashtra government will have only one deputy chief minister from NCP and the Speaker will be from the Congress, while his deputy will be from the NCP, party leader Praful Patel said Thursday after NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena MLAs meeting. Meanwhile, former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has been elected as the Leader of the Opposition by the BJP.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will on Thursday take oath of the chief minister of Maharashtra, becoming the first in the Thackeray clan to hold the coveted post. Thackeray, 59, will be the third Sena leader after Manohar Joshi and Narayan Rane to occupy the top post. Among the invitees are all Congress chief ministers, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, DMK chief MK Stalin, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Earlier in the day, Maharashtra CM-designate Uddhav Thackeray and wife Rashmi Thackeray met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan. Meanwhile, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, whose brief support to the BJP ruffled quite a few feathers in the new three-party coalition, today said joining hands with the BJP wasn’t a revolt and that he was, is and will always be in the NCP.

A special session of the state Assembly was convened to administer oath to members in the 288-member House by pro-tem Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar. NCP leader Ajit Pawar was greeted with thumping of desks by NCP members when he went to the podium to take oath. Ahead of the special session, Pawar greeted cousin Supriya Sule with a hug outside the Assembly.

On Tuesday, Devendra Fadnavis tendered his resignation — the shortest tenure of a government in Maharashtra — following the Supreme Court’s order for a floor test. Fadnavis’ resignation is not just the loss of power in the country’s financial hub, but a second misadventure for the BJP within 18 months. This will hurt the party brass more than the fall of the earlier Karnataka government because this time the offices of the President and PM were dragged in to impose President’s Rule and to revoke it later.

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After Fadnavis resigned as Maharashtra CM, Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray is set to lead the state. A special session of Assembly was convened to administer the oath to the MLAs today. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS.


    23:26 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Uddhav invites PM Modi for his swearing-in ceremony

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Wednesday invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be a part of his oathtaking ceremony as the new chief minister of Maharashtra on Thursday.

    22:50 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Poster featuring Balasaheb, Indira Gandhi outside Sena Bhavan

    Picture of Bal Thackeray and Indira Gandhi seen on a poster near Sena Bhavan. Poster states, "Balasheb Thackeray's dream fulfilled, Chief Minister from Shiv Sena".

    22:05 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Aaditya Thackeray invites Manmohan Singh to Uddhav's swearing-in tomorrow

    Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray invited former Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the swearing-in ceremony of Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister of Maharashtra tomorrow. "We came here to seek her (Sonia Gandhi) wishes and blessings for the new government. We have invited a lot of leaders. We are also seeking Dr Manmohan Singh's good wishes," news agency ANI quoted him as saying. 

    22:00 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Aaditya Thackeray invites Sonia Gandhi to Udhhav's swearing-in

    Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray and PA of Uddhav Thackeray Milind Narvekar invited Sonia Gandhi to the swearing-in ceremony of the Sena chief tomorrow

    21:36 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    New Maharashtra govt to have one Deputy CM from NCP

    Praful Patel, NCP after attending a meeting of NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena MLAs in Mumbai: There will be only one Deputy Chief Minister and that will be from NCP.

    "How many ministers will take oath will be decided tonight. 1 or 2 MLAs from each party will take oath as ministers. Speaker has been decided by all three parties, Speaker will be from Congress and Deputy Speaker from NCP," news agency ANI quoted him as saying

    21:32 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Aaditya Thackeray reaches Sonia Gandhi's residence

    Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray has arrived at the residence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi to invite her for the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister tomorrow.

    21:25 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Aaditya Thackeray to invite Sonia to Uddhav's swearing-in

    Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray will be in Delhi tonight to invite Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi for the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, tomorrow

    20:55 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    'Maha Vikas Aghadi' meeting over

    Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray, Congress's Ahmed Patel and other 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' leaders leave after attending the meeting of Congress-Shiv Sena-NCP MLAs at Y.B. Chavan Center.

    20:39 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    BJP elects Devendra Fadnavis as Leader of Opposition

    The BJP has elected former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis as the Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly

    19:57 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Uddhav Thackeray, 59, will be 18th CM of Maharashtra

    Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will take oath as the 18th chief minister of Maharashtra on Thursday. Thackeray, 59, will be the third Sena leader after Manohar Joshi and Narayan Rane to occupy the top post.

    19:34 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Explained: What is Shivaji Park, and why is it important for the Shiv Sena?

    On Thursday (November 28) evening, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will take oath as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra, heading a government of the Maha Vikas Aghadi that will also include the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress.

    The ceremony will take place at the historic Shivaji Park maidan, a 28-acre open space in the Marathi-dominated Dadar neighbourhood of central Mumbai. Shivaji Park is a prized bastion of the Shiv Sena, and holds immense emotional value for the party. READ MORE HERE

    19:20 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    With Ajit back, NCP workers put posters calling him 'future CM'

    Poster of Ajit Pawar put up in Baramati by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) workers. Poster states "...let us decide now what you should or should not do. Whole Maharashtra is looking towards you as a future Chief Minister".

    19:08 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Won't oppose formation of MVA govt in Maharashtra: CPI(M)

    The CPI(M) on Wednesday said it will not oppose formation of the new Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government of the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress to ensure that the BJP does not return to power.

    The party also demanded sacking of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for playing a "partisan role at the behest of the Prime Minister and the Home Minister".

    The CPI(M) issued a statement on Wednesday, a day after the four-day-old BJP government of Devendra Fadnavis supported by NCP's Ajit Pawar collapsed due to lack of majority in House. The party has one MLA in the 288-member Legislative Assembly.

    "To ensure that the BJP does not return to power, the CPI (M) has decided that it will not oppose the formation of the new Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government," it stated. 

    18:04 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Not a revolt: Ajit Pawar on supporting BJP

    Back in the NCP fold, party leader Ajit Pawar said him supporting the short-lived BJP government was not a "revolt". "Did NCP remove me? Did you read about my removal from NCP?" news agency PTI quoted him as saying. Although Pawar was removed as the NCP legislative leader on his supporting the BJP, his party membership was not revoked.

    17:01 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Will speak about Ajit Pawar's support at right time: Fadnavis

    Maharashtra caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said he will speak at the "right time" about the support extended by NCP leader Ajit Pawar to the BJP in forming the government last week, which collapsed on Tuesday.

    "I will speak about it at the right time," Fadnavis said when asked by reporters on the Vidhan Bhavan premises about the support extended by Ajit Pawar to the BJP in forming a government on November 23.

    The BJP formed government on November 23 morning after Ajit Pawar broke ranks with the NCP and aligned with the saffron party. Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar then took oath as CM and deputy CM, respectively. The four-day-old government, however, collapsed on Tuesday, after Ajit Pawar resigned citing "personal reasons".
    Fadnavis also stepped down.

    16:58 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    CM-designate Uddhav Thackeray meets Sharad Pawar at MLAs meet

    CM-designate Uddhav Thackeray has arrived at YB Chavan centre, in Mumbai for the meeting of Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena MLAs. He will take oath as the Chief Minister of the state tomorrow.

    16:57 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Parties with opposite ideologies joined hands for power: Amit Shah on Maharashtra

    Speaking in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Winter session of the Parliament, Home Minister Amit Shah Wednesday hit out at the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra, saying "parties with opposite ideologies have joined hands only to grab power."

    16:50 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    In Pics | All smiles in NCP, Sena camp as MLAs take oath

    A special session of the 14thMaharashtra Legislative Assembly commenced to administer oath to the newly-elected members. MORE  PHOTOS HERE

    NCP leader Supriya Sule welcomes newly-elected Sena MLA Aaditya Thackeray at Maharashtra Vidhan Bhawan in Mumbai (Express Photo By Ganesh Shirsekar)

    NCP's Chhagan Bhujbal shows victory sign after being sworn in as MLA at Maharashtra Vidhan Bhawan, in Mumbai (Express Photo By Ganesh Shirsekar)

    Newly-elected NCP MLA Rohit Pawar and first time Sena MLA Aaditya Thackeray at Maharashtra Vidhan Bhawan (Express Photo By Ganesh Shirsekar)

    16:45 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Ajit Pawar attends NCP meeting in Mumbai

    Back in fold, Ajit Pawar attends a meeting of NCP MLAs in Mumbai. 

    16:09 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Invitees for Thackeray's oath-taking ceremony: All Congress CMs, Stalin, Mamata, Kejriwal

    Vijay Wadettiwar, Congress said all Congress Chief Ministers have been invited to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray tomorrow. DMK leader MK Stalin,  West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal have also been invited.

    16:03 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena invites Sonia Gandhi for Thackeray's oath-taking ceremony tomorrow

    Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde said the party has invited Congress president Sonia Gandhi for the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray tomorrow. On Tuesday, Thackeray, who was unanimously elected as the Chief Ministerial candidate of the Congress-NCP-Sena front, thanked Gandhi for her support. Uddhav said those with whom the Sena aligned for the past 30 years, did not trust him, referring to the BJP. “But those with we fought for 30 years, expressed faith in me,” he said.

    15:59 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Informed our MLAs to be present at oath-taking ceremony tomorrow: Ajit Pawar after NCP meet

    Ajit Pawar after meeting of NCP MLAs said: "Chief Minister will take oath tomorrow, I informed our MLAs about that programme and told them that all of us have to be there."  Pawar, who had allied with the BJP for a brief period,  was sacked as the NCP’s legislature unit leader, but his party membership was not revoked.

    15:28 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    In Pics | Uddhav Thackeray meets Governor

    Maharashtra CM-designate and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, accompanied by wife Rashmi met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan today. The Shiv Sena chief will be the first from the Thackeray family to be sworn in as the chief minister.

    (Express Photo)

    (Express Photo)

    15:23 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Bombay HC raises security concern over Uddhav's oath at Shivaji Park

    The Bombay High Court on Wednesday raised security concerns over the swearing-in ceremony of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister at Shivaji Park here, and said holding such functions at a public ground should not become a regular feature.

    Henceforth, everyone will want to use the ground for such ceremonies, a division bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and R I Chagla said while making it clear that the court is not saying anything about the oath-taking event. Thackeray will be sworn in as chief minister of Maharashtra at the Shivaji Park in Dadar in central Mumbai on Thursday evening.

    "We do not want to say anything about tomorrow's ceremony...we are only praying that nothing untoward happens," the court said while hearing a plea of NGO Wecom Trust on whether the Shivaji Park was a playground or a recreation ground.

    "What will happen is that this (holding ceremonies) will become a regular feature and everyone will want to use the ground for such ceremonies," Justice Dharmadhikari said. The court also raised concerns over the security aspect, saying lakhs of people will gather for the ceremony,
    scheduled for 6:40 pm on Thursday.

    "You (authorities) have to also consider security aspect. You cannot put everybody's lives at risk," the court said. (PTI)

    15:17 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Devendra Fadnavis changes twitter bio to 'caretaker chief minister'

    Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis changed his Twitter bio from 'chief minister' to 'caretaker chief minister' after resigning from his post Tuesday. Taking oath as the CM on Saturday, Fadnavis and his ally for three days Ajit Pawar resigned from their posts following the Supreme Court order directing a floor test to prove majority.

    Fadnavis took oath as an MLA today

    15:13 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Priyanka Chaturvedi calls on Sena chief Uddhav thackeray ahead of swearing-in

    Priyanka Chaturvedi, Deputy leader, Shiv Sena, called on party chief Uddhav Thackeray ahead of his oath-taking ceremony tomorrow as chief minister of Maharashtra.

    14:50 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    BJP couldn't impose its CM despite 'aghori' attempts: Sanjay Raut

    The BJP made "aghori" (barbaric) attempts to retain power in Maharashtra but the state's people foiled it, marking the beginning of a change in the country's politics, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Wednesday.

    Addressing reporters here, Raut said it will not be surprising if the Shiv Sena forms government at the Centre after having installed its chief minister (Uddhav Thackeray) in Maharashtra. Raut, who addressed the media regularly over the past one month as he took the BJP head-on, aggressively putting forth his party's side, also said that he would not be holding regular press briefings from Thursday and revert to his work
    pertaining to the Sena's mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

    14:19 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Opinion: Checkmated by the Constitution

    Maharashtra pisode was also a reminder of the BJP’s unsettling fondness to execute its moves under the cover of darkness (as in the late-night movements against a former CBI chief) or in the confines of a sealed envelope. The fact that the apex court was required to intervene, once again, is itself a sad commentary on where the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah regime has taken Indian politics. If Modi-Shah had spent more time studying the Constitution they would have been made familiar with Justice Brandeis’s maxim that sunlight is the best disinfectant. And regardless of how many late-night operations or coups are executed, the sun always rises. No amount of “Chanakya niti” can change that. Read the opinion piece, here

    13:33 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Ajit Pawar attends NCP MLAs meet in Mumbai

    Ajit Pawar, who returned to the party fold on Tuesday evening after a brief alliance with the BJP, attended the NCP MLAs meet in Mumbai today. Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil, and senior party leaders Chhagan Bhujbal and Dilip Walse Patil are also present in the meeting held at the Y B Chavan Centre.

    13:19 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    After Maharashtra, this is how political landscape of India looks like
    13:13 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    'Reap what you sow': Kumaraswamy's jibe at Fadnavis over Maharashtra

    Former Karnataka chief minister and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy has a piece of advice for the BJP following the Maharashtra drama. "Hope Maharashtra setback dawns wisdom on BJP to shed its LUST for power, game of toppling govts and forcing unwanted elections," he wrote on Twitter. Targetting BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, he wrote, "Popular adage 'reap what you sow' aptly applies to Fadnavis. He has harvested the bounty he has sown. (BSY will soon land himself in a similar situation). BJP which is after lust for power, has paid a heavy price."

    The Karnataka political fight has parallels to the one fought in Maharashtra in recent months. In both the states, MLAs of each party were huddled together in order to prevent horse-trading. Kumaraswamy's government collapsed after 17 Congress-JDS MLAs withdrew support

    13:00 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Ajit Pawar accused in irrigation scam, shouldn't have aligned with him: BJP leader Eknath Khadse

    Senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse said BJP should not have aligned with Ajit Pawar. "My personal opinion is that BJP should not have taken the support of Ajit Dada Pawar. He is an accused in the massive irrigation scam and faces many allegations, so we should not have allied with him." (ANI)

    12:31 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Still with NCP; Uddhav will decide on Cabinet role: Ajit Pawar

    NCP leader Ajit Pawar said he continues to be in the Sharad Pawar-led party, adding it was up to CM-designate Uddhav Thackeray to take a call on inducting him into the cabinet. "I am not unhappy with anyone. I will accept any responsibility given by my party. The decision to induct me in the cabinet is to be taken by Uddhav Thackeray as CM," he said.

    12:26 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    What happened in Maharashtra is a slap on BJP's face: Siddaramaiah

    Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah said what happened in Maharashtra is a "slap on the face of BJP." "How could Fadnavis take oath knowing he did not have the majority? It was a violation of the constitution. Narendra Modi was equally involved in this insult to democracy, he was also hand in glove," he said, news agency ANI reported. 

    12:21 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    'Ideology doesn't permit': Dismayed after alliance with Congress, Sena leader quits party

    After Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena decided to join hands with the Congress and NCP to stake claim to form government in Maharashtra, a Sena leader announced his resignation on Twitter. "My conscious and ideology does not permit me to work with Congress. I cannot work half-heartedly (sic)," Ramesh Solanki tweeted.

    Sharing pictures with the Sena leaders and thanking them for the support, Solanki said that he was "making the most difficult decision" of his life "with a heavy heart."

    12:12 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Committed to make new Maharashtra: First-time MLA Aaditya Thackeray

    Aaditya Thackeray who is a first-time MLA said he felt very proud while taking the oath and that he wants to serve the people of Maharashtra. "We are committed to making a new Maharashtra. There are several first-time MLAs and we all felt proud while taking the oath. Want to serve the people of the state." Aaditya is the first Thackeray to contest the polls. He made his electoral debut from Worli seat. 

    After taking the oath, the 29-year-old leader went up to all senior members to greet them.

    12:02 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    'Will speak at right time,' says Fadnavis on whether Ajit Pawar as ally was a mistake

    A day after Devendra Fadnavis resigned as the Maharashtra Chief Minister following the withdrawal of support by NCP's Ajit Pawar, the BJP leader was questioned if the alliance was a mistake. "I will say the right thing at the right time, don't worry," he said, news agency ANI reported. During a presser before submitting his resignation, Fadnavis had said BJP was banking on Pawar's assurance that he would get 20 to 25 NCP MLAs. After Pawar resigned as the Deputy CM, the alliance did not have enough numbers to cross the halfway mark

    11:32 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Ajit forgiven by Sharad Pawaar, his place in NCP remains unchanged: Nawab Malik

    NCP leader Nawab Malik Wednesday said party chief Sharad Pawar has forgiven Ajit for switching to BJP. "In the end, he admitted his mistake. It is a family matter and Pawar Sahib has forgiven him. He is very much in the party and his position in the party has not changed," news agency ANI reported

    11:19 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra Governor is 'BJP agent', must be sacked: UP Congress leader

    Senior Uttar Pradesh Congress leader Pradeep Mathur called Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari a "BJP agent" and demanded his dismissal for dragging the office of the President into controversy. He also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for revoking president's rule in Maharashtra without calling a cabinet meeting.

    The way president's rule was imposed and revoked in Maharashtra by Koshyari has unnecessarily dragged the country's highest office into controversy. "I have not witnessed anything like this in my 20 years tenure as an MLA," he said

    11:06 (IST)27 Nov 2019
    Congress leaders to meet Sharad Pawar, portfolios likely on agenda

    Senior Congress leaders including Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal are scheduled set to meet Sharad Pawar today at his residence. The leaders are likely to hold a discussion on tomorrow's swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray and the names that will be included in the new cabinet.

    devendra fadnavis resign, devendra fadnavis resign as chief minister, maharashtra politics, maharashtra poltical crisis, maharashtra thackeray oath, indian express news Devendra Fadnavis stepped down as Maharashtra Chief Minister after taking oath on Saturday

    The curtains to the political drama in Maharashtra were drawn after the Supreme Court ordered an "immediate" floor test to be telecast live on Wednesday. The court also said that a pro-term Speaker was to be appointed and that no open ballot would be allowed.

    This changed things for the BJP. From the very beginning, the BJP, sources said, had been banking on “technicalities” to win the trust vote. The plan was to convene a three-day assembly session. The first day would have been devoted to oath being administered to the MLAs by the Pro-tem Speaker. Sources said hopes were being pinned on the appointment of the Speaker, secret ballot and a voice vote.

    All those hopes were dashed Tuesday when the Supreme Court ruled out the secret ballot. NCP's Ajit Pawar, who made a dramatic switch to ally with the BJP and on whose support the saffron party was banking, also resigned as the deputy CM. This sealed the fate of the Fadnavis government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, the two top leaders of the BJP, had met right after the Supreme Court verdict.

    Running out of options and facing defeat in the trust vote after NCP leader Ajit Pawar resigned as Deputy Chief Minister due to "personal reasons", Fadnavis too threw in the towel, saying he no longer had the majority.

    Before handing over his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Fadnavis in a presser said the party doesn't have numbers and that it doesn't want to indulge in horse-trading.

    After the fall of Fadnavis government, Uddhav Thackeray met the Governor and staked claim. Thackeray, on his part, thanked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, her party and the NCP while taking a swipe at the BJP. “I feel regret and surprise about one thing — the people with whom we had allied for 30 years didn’t trust me, but the people against whom we fought for 30 years showed trust in my leadership. I have learnt today what I gained and what I lost.”

    In the Maharashtra House of 288 members, the BJP has 105, Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44 MLAs. The Sena parted ways with the BJP after insisting on the rotation of the CM post.

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