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Maharashtra: Sharad Pawar clears the air over Congress-NCP meet, says talks on

Maharashtra govt formation LIVE: The state was placed under President's rule on Tuesday, a move the Sena, Congress and NCP have criticised.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2019 7:25:54 am
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Clearing the air on the Congress-NCP meeting over Common Minimum Programme (CMP), NCP chief Sharad Pawar Wednesday said the talks are still on. His comment came after Ajit Pawar informed a section of press that the talks were cancelled. The talks are currently underway.

Breaking his silence on the logjam in government formation in Maharashtra, Union Home Minister Amit Shah Wednesday said the Opposition’s criticism of the Governor for recommending President’s Rule in the state is unfounded, as he gave ample time to each party to stake claim, ANI reported. Speaking on Shiv Sena’s demand for the chief minister’s post, Shah said, “Before elections, PM Modi and I said many times in public that if our alliance wins, Devendra Fadnavis will be the CM. No one objected back then. Now, they have come up with new demands that are not acceptable to us.”

Earlier in the day, senior Congress leaders Ashok Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat and Manikrao Thakare met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and party leader Sanjay Raut to discuss the modalities of CMP.

The Shiv Sena also said they won’t move the Supreme Court to challenge Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari s decision to not grant it more time to prove majority. Sources in the Sena said that it is considering whether to press the petition or file a fresh petition against the president’s rule.

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Maharashtra government formation Highlights: Congress, NCP reach out to Sena with a plan, a CMP, farm loan waiver scheme.

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    21:27 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Congress-MCP meeting underway

    NCP-Congress meeting over finalising the CMP is underway. NCP leaders Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal, Dhananjay Munde & Nawab Malik and Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat, Prithaviraj chavan, Sushilkumar shinde,Ashok Chavan, Manikrao Thakre, Vijay Wadettiwar present.

    21:25 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Sharad Pawar clears the air over Congress-NCP meet, says talks on

    Clearing the air on the Congress-NCP meeting over Common Minimum Programme (CMP), NCP chief Sharad Pawar Wednesday said the talks are still on. His comment came after Ajit Pawar informed a section of press that the talks were cancelled.

    20:56 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Congress directed Maharashtra MLAs to visit farmers hit by crop loss

    Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat on Wednesday asked newly-elected MLAs of his party who returned from Jaipur to work for the cause of farmers whose crops were damaged during unseasonal rains. "In the absence of government the MLAs should visit farmers and ensure they receive financial aid," he said.

    The MLAs who were camping at a resort in Jaipur for the last five days returned to Mumbai on Wednesday, a day after President's rule was imposed in Maharashtra. (PTI)

    19:42 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Any party can form the govt if they have the numbers: Amit Shah

    Amit Shah: Even today if anyone has the numbers they can approach the Governor. The Governor has not denied chance to anyone. A learned lawyer like Kapil Sibal is putting forth childish arguments like ‘we were denied a chance to form govt’. (ANI)

    19:34 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Amit Shah on Shiv Sena objecting to Fadnavis' candidature as CM

    Amit Shah on Shiv Sena objecting to Fadnavis' candidature as CM: "Before elections PM Modi and I said many times in public that if our alliance wins then Devendra Fadnavis will be the CM, no one objected back then. Now they have come up with new demands which are not acceptable to us." (ANI)

    19:19 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Amit Shah on Maharashtra logjam: No state was given so much time

    "Before this, in no state was so much time given,18 days were given. Governor invited parties only after assembly tenure ended. Neither Shiv Sena nor Congress-NCP staked claim and neither we. Even if today any party has numbers it can approach Governor." (ANI)

    18:37 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Need an alternative govt in Maharashtra: Nawab Malik

    In an intrerview with NDTV, NCP leader Nawab Malik today said there is a need to have an alternative govt in Maharashtra.

    18:15 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Would prevent `Operation lotus' in Maharashtra, says Prithviraj Chavan

    Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said on Wednesday that the party was on alert to prevent a possible "Operation lotus" -- attempts by the BJP to engineer defections from other parties -- in Maharashtra.

    "We are alert about `Operation lotus'," he said. He was referring to BJP leader Narayan Rane's statement on Tuesday that former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had asked Rane to start work on forming a BJP-led government in the state. (PTI)

    17:55 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Maha guv has brought instability by recommending President's rule: Gehlot

    Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Wednesday said the Maharashtra governor has brought instability in the state by recommending President's rule. "The governor has brought instability instead of stability by (recommending) President's rule in Maharashtra," PTI quoted him as saying.

    Asked how the Congress will ally with the Shiv Sena with which it has ideologically differences, Gehlot said his party's president Sonia Gandhi has held detailed discussions at a Congress Working Committee meeting.

    "Such decisions are important decisions and are taken in view of the future. We are not hungry to be in power but the Congress wants a stable government," he said. 

    16:34 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra govt formation: Highlights of the day so far

    -Shiv Sena refuses to go to the Supreme Court to appeal against the Governor's refusal for extra time; considers filing a fresh petition against President's rule in state.
    -Unwilling to play 'third fiddle' to the Sena and NCP, says Congress demanding for equal distribution of power.
    -Congress, NCP set up committee for talks on common minimum programme (CMP).
    -Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut discharged from hospital, reiterates demand for a Sena CM.
    -Uddhav Thackeray meets a team of senior Congress leaders, says "talks are on in the right direction" and "a decision will be announced at an appropriate time".

    15:54 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Congress leaders meet Uddhav Thackeray

    Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat, Ashok Chavan and Manik Rao Thackeray coming out of Trident hotel after meeting Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Wednesday afternoon. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

    15:06 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Next CM from Shiv Sena: Sanjay Raut

    Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who was discharged from the hospital today after undergoing angioplasty, said, "Next chief minister of Maharashtra will be from the Shiv Sena."

    14:48 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    There won't be fresh elections, don't worry: Sharad Pawar

    Sharad Pawar addressed a meeting of newly elected NCP legislators in Mumbai. "They won't be fresh elections in the state. Don't worry," he said.

    14:41 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Talks on in right direction: Uddhav after meeting Cong leaders

    Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said talks over government formation in Maharashtra were progressing in the "right direction" and a decision will be taken at an appropriate time. "Everything is going fine. Talks are on in the right direction and a decision will be announced at an appropriate time," PTI quoted Thackeray as saying.

    14:03 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Former CM Devendra Fadnavis changes twitter bio to 'Maharashtra's sevak'

    Former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday changed  his twitter bio to 'Maharashtra's sevak.' Fadnavis submitted his resignation as chief minister on November 8 Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari. The Governor has asked him to continue as ‘caretaker CM’. However, President's rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday.  

    13:02 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut discharged from hospital

    Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut was on Wednesday discharged from the Lilavati hospital.  The 57-year-old Rajya Sabha member and Shiv Sena's spokesperson underwent an angioplasty procedure on Monday.   

    12:37 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    NCP forms committee to finalise common minimum Programme

    NCP  has formed committee to finalise common minimum agenda. The committee include Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal, Dhananjay Munde and Nawab Malik.

    12:22 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra Congress leaders meet Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut at Lilavati Hospital

    Maharashtra Congress leaders meet Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut at Lilavati Hospital. Raut was admitted at the hospital on November 11 after he complained of chest pain. 

    Source: ANI

    12:18 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Congress sets up committee for talks on Common Minimum Programme

    Congress has set up a committee of Maharashtra leaders for talks on Common Minimum Programme with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The committee includes Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan, Manikrao Thakre, Balasaheb Thorat and Vijay Wadettiwar. On Tuesday, Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who landed in Mumbai with Mallikarjun Kharge and K C Venugopal,  raised the issue of CMP. “Unless the roadmap and the modalities of governing the state are finalised, the Congress will not be in a position to give such an assurance,” Ahmed is learnt to have conveyed, sources said.

    12:17 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    NCP- Congress to discuss first and then discussions with Shiv Sena: Ajit Pawar

    Maharashtra government should be formed before this year ends said NCP leader Ajit Pawar adding Congress leader Jayant Patil will call Balasaheb Thorat, President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee for further discussions between the parties and discuss the dates for a joint discussion on how to go ahead. "As far as discussions on Shiv Sena goes, we'll do that only after discussing with alliance partners as we had a common manifesto. Shiv Sena's manifesto was different, so we'll have an understanding with Congress first&then go ahead with discussions on Shiv Sena," he added 

    Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran 

    11:29 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Kapil Sibal on President's rule in Maharashtra: Union government's eyes and ears has no qualms to discard all constitutional norms

    Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that the President’s Rule being imposed in Maharashtra was a very unfortunate move. In a tweet he said, " the Governor of Maharashtra and the Union government's eyes and ears has no qualms to discard all constitutional norms."

    11:19 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Constitutional experts call President's rule in Maharashtra 'unconstitutional'

    Constitutional experts called Maharashtra Governor's move to impose President's rule unconstitutional, political leaders said Koshyari was dancing to the tunes of the central government. “After the Governor had given 48 hours to the BJP, he should have also given 48 hours to the Shiv Sena. Instead, he gave only 24 hours to the Sena, which was improper,” said Constitutional expert Ulhas Bapat. Congress leader Manikarrao Thakare, however, said, “President’s rule will not make any difference. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said now we have got more time to discuss and come to an agreement.” Thakare said in a few days, the Congress, NCP and Sena will discuss the modalities of forming the government. “We are positive about forming the government,” he said.

    11:11 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    'Agneepath', tweets Sanjay Raut as Sena treads tough path with Cong-NCP

    Ailing Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday tweeted the word 'agneepath' three times, apparently to indicate a difficult path ahead for his party in its efforts to form government in Maharashtra with the Congress and NCP, its political rivals till recently. Raut, the 57-year-old Rajya Sabha member and Shiv Sena's spokesperson, who underwent an angioplasty procedure on Monday, has been tweeting from his hospital bed here over the current political situation in Maharashtra.

    11:01 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Unwilling to play 'third fiddle' to the Sena and NCP, says Congress demanding for equal distribution of power

    Setting the tone for talks with Shiv Sena on government formation in Maharashtra, the Congress and NCP have said the Sena must agree and sign off on a common minimum programme (CMP). Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who landed in Mumbai with Mallikarjun Kharge and K C Venugopal, then raised the issue of CMP. “Unless the roadmap and the modalities of governing the state are finalised, the Congress will not be in a position to give such an assurance,” Ahmed is learnt to have conveyed, sources said. Senior Congress sources also indicated the party was unwilling to play “third fiddle” to the Sena and NCP if the three parties were to form a coalition government. They said the party would push for equitable distribution of power, which could turn out to be a bone of contention even with the NCP. In the election, Sena won 56 seats, NCP 54, and Congress 44.

    10:54 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena considers to file fresh plea against Presiden't rule in Maharashtra

    The Shiv Sena said that it is considering whether to press the petition or file a fresh petition against the president's rule. "After we submitted the petition, the president rule has been imposed in the state. So, we are considering whether to press the existing petition or file a fresh petition against president rule. The decision may be taken today," said Anil Parab, who is co-applicant in Sena's petition.

    10:21 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena not to move SC against Guv’s refusal for extra time

    The Shiv Sena on Wednesday said they will not mention its petition in the Supreme Court challenging Maharashtra governor's decision of not granting it time for govt formation 

    10:20 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Explained: President’s Rule in Maharashtra, what now?

    The Maharashtra Assembly has been kept in suspended animation after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari noted that a situation has arisen when the formation of a stable government is not possible even 15 days after the election results had been declared. President’s Rule implies the suspension of a state government and the imposition of direct rule of the Centre. This is achieved through the invocation of Article 356 of the Constitution by the President on the advice of the Union Council of Ministers. Under Article 356, this move can be taken “(1) If the President, on receipt of the report from the Governor of the State or otherwise, is satisfied that a situation has arisen in which the government of the State cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution…”  

    10:15 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena: Prepared to end instability in Maharashtra by assuming role of ‘Neelkanth’

    A day after President’s rule was imposed in Maharashtra amid political uncertainty, Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamana on Wednesday defended the party’s decision to work towards brokering a power-sharing deal with the Congress and NCP. A Saamana editorial said the party is prepared to do what it takes to form a stable government in the state. It also cited Bihar and J&K as examples of the BJP “tying up with diverse parties to establish power.” Read more 

    10:14 (IST)13 Nov 2019
    Welcome to our Maharashtra government formation LIVE blog

     

    Welcome to our Maharashtra government formation LIVE blog. The impasse in government formation in Maharashtra entered the 19th day on Tuesday. After the Shiv Sena could not show support for its claim within the stipulated time on Monday, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited the NCP to show its willingness to form the government. Follow to get all the latest updates here!

    Maharashtra, Nov 12 (ANI): NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Ahmad Patel hold a joint press conference after meeting, in Mumbai on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)

    On Tuesday, at the Congress-NCP meeting, attended by senior state leaders from both sides, sources said NCP chief Sharad Pawar shot down the option of Congress backing a Sena-NCP formation from outside. “He made it clear that all three parties will have to be part of the government,” a senior leader said.

    Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who landed in Mumbai with Mallikarjun Kharge and K C Venugopal, then raised the issue of CMP. “Unless the roadmap and the modalities of governing the state are finalised, the Congress will not be in a position to give such an assurance,” Ahmed is learnt to have conveyed, sources said.

    Read | Shiv Sena: Prepared to end instability in Maharashtra by assuming role of ‘Neelkanth’

    A pre-condition both Congress and NCP want the Sena to clarify publicly is the latter’s stance on development of minorities. “We will go ahead without compromising our secular credentials,” Pawar told the conference, the sources said. Senior Congress sources also indicated the party was unwilling to play “third fiddle” to the Sena and NCP if the three parties were to form a coalition government.

    They said the party would push for equitable distribution of power, which could turn out to be a bone of contention even with the NCP. In the election, Sena won 56 seats, NCP 54, and Congress 44. With a combined tally of 154, they cross the half-way mark of 144.

    The state was placed under President's rule on Tuesday, nineteen days after Maharashtra’s fractured verdict produced no clear winner in the Assembly elections. In the Maharashtra House of 288 members, the BJP has 105, Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44 MLAs.

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