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Cong, Sena have different ideologies but we will work together, says Uddhav

Maharashtra Government Formation: Shiv Sena filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the Governor for refusing to give an extension of time.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: November 13, 2019 12:58:19 pm
The NCP and Congress in a meeting earlier today. (Express photo)

Maharashtra Government Formation: President Ramnath Kovind Tuesday gave assent to the imposition of President’s rule in Maharashtra. Earlier today, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had submitted a report to the President recommending President’s rule in the state saying he is not satisfied that any party or coalition would be able to form a stable government.

On the other hand, the Shiv Sena moved the Supreme Court against the Governor for not granting an extension of three days to the party to get letters of support from NCP and Congress. Meanwhile, three senior Congress leaders including — Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and K C Venugopal — have reached Mumbai to hold discussions with Pawar.

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Earlier, BJP, which emerged as the single-largest party with 105 seats post the October 24-Assembly elections verdict, did not stake claim after ally Sena denied support. Sena, with 56 seats in its kitty, was invited next by the Governor. The party has now adopted a wait and watch policy.

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Maharashtra government formation: Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena failed to get letters of support from Congress-NCP; Governor invites NCP to stake claim today.

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    21:45 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Imposition of President’s rule in Maharashtra unfortunate: Fadnavis

    The imposition of President’s rule in Maharashtra was an unfortunate development, former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Tuesday. In a statement issued late evening, Fadnavis said: “In the 2019 Assembly Elections, people gave a clear mandate to the Mahayuti, comprising BJP, Shiv Sena, Rashtirya Samaj Party, Republican Party of India, Ryat Kranti and Shiv Sangram. Despite the mandate, a government could not be formed. The political developments led to President’s rule, which is unfortunate.”

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    21:00 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    President's rule definitely unexpected: BJP

    After post-party committee meeting, BJP leader Sudhir Mugantiwar said President's rule was not expected and ensured that people's mandate is respected.

    "President's rule is definitely something we did not expect. We will certainly try to ensure that people's mandate is respected. We will try to form a stable government. We will stand by the people of the state," he said.

    20:50 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    What’s the hurry? It’s politics: Uddhav Thackeray doesn’t entirely dismiss BJP option

    Keeping the doors open for reconciliation, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Tuesday refused to say his party has severed all ties with its pre-poll ally. When asked by a reporter “is the BJP option completely finished”, Thackeray said:”Why are you in such a hurry? It’s politics. President has given us six months time.”

    Thackeray, however, blamed the BJP for refusing to form government with the Sena.

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    20:11 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Cong, NCP, Sena share different ideologies but will work together: Uddhav

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in a presser said even though Congress, NCP and Sena share different ideologies, they will find a way to work together. On the imposition of the President's rule, Uddhav said, "We asked for 48 hours, the President has given us six months."

    "Yesterday we formally requested Congress-NCP for their support to form the government. We needed 48 hours, but the Governor didn't give us time," the Sena president said. 

    19:47 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Centre doesn't follow rules: Congress leader Ahmed Patel on imposing President's rule

    Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, among the three who flew down to Mumbai today, criticised the Centre's decision to impose the President's rule and questioned why Congress was not invited to form a government. "They don't follow rules," Patel said. 

    In a joint press conference, Congress and NCP said both parties met and have drafted a joint letter. Concluding the two and half hour meeting, the parties said they will discuss future strategy.

    "The first formal proposal by the Sena was made to the congress and NCP on November 11. Before taking a decision on such an important matter we need to have a consultation with each other. A decision on talks with Sena will be taken once we have talks between ourselves," Patel said. 



    "We have fought elections together and we need to consult with our ally only then can we talk with the Sena," Sharad Pawar said. 

    19:04 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    SC asks Shiv Sena to mention matter tomorrow in court

    In connection with Shiv Sena moving the Supreme Court against the Governor's refusal to grant an extension of time to get letters of support from NCP and Congress, the top court will not hear the matter today as learnt by The Indian Express. 

    The top court has asked the Counsel for the petitioner to mention the matter on Wednesday before the court. 

    Sena had filed the petition in the apex court for an urgent hearing. 

    18:58 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Congress-NCP meeting underway

    The Congress-NCP meeting is underway. (Express photo)

    17:56 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra legislature in suspended animation: MHA

    After the imposition of President's rule in Maharashtra, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) claimed the state legislature is in suspended animation. 

    "Governor told the President that he has made all efforts to get a government made in the state but he could not see any possibility of a government forming. So he wrote to the president for president rule," the Ministry said. 

    17:48 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena likely to move SC against President's rule

    The Shiv Sena is likely tyo file a second petition in the Supreme Court against the imposition of the President's rule in Maharashtra, PTI reported. "We will file a second petition today itself if the President's rule is imposed in the state," Advocate Sunil Fernandes, who filed the first petition on behalf of Shiv Sena, told PTI.

    17:37 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    President's rule imposed in Maharashtra

    President Ramnath Kovind has given consent to the President's rule in Maharashtra by signing the notification. 

    17:27 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, son, party leaders leave for Hotel Retreat

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, son Aditya Thackeray and party leaders are on their way to Hotel Retreat Malad where Sena MLAs have been lodged for five days. 

    The Shiv Sena, last week, herded all its legislators into Rang Sharda, a three-star hotel in suburban Mumbai, less than four kilometres from the party headquarters, while Congress MLAs are lodged in a hotel at Jaipur. 

    17:05 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Congress-NCP meeting to begin shortly

    Senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal have reached Mumbai for the 5 pm meeting with Sharad Pawar. The Congress-NCP meeting will be held shortly. 

    NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik had told reporters, "The party believes that it is not possible to form an alternative govt without the coming together of the three parties (Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena). If the three don't come together, there cannot be a stable govt in Maharashtra." 

    The BJP is set to hold it's meeting at 6 pm today. 

    17:02 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Guv committed grave travesty recommending President's rule: Congress

    Congress spokesperson said Maharashtra governor has committed grave travesty and has mocked the Constitutional process in recommending President's rule in the state, PTI reported. 

    Terming Maharashtra Governor as "unashamedly dishonest", the Congress spokesperson questioned Maharashtra Governor for 'arbitrary' allotment of time to NCP, Sena and BJP to prove support. 

    15:31 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Guv recommends President's rule

    Governor Koshyari has submitted a report to President Ram Nath Kovind recommending President's rule in the state. In the report, Governor stated that he is satisfied that the State of Maharashtra cannot be carried out in accordance with the Constitution. 

    15:24 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Sena moves SC against Guv's refusal to grant extension

    The Shiv Sena has moved the Supreme Court against the Maharashtra Governor's refusal to grant three days to get the letters of support from the NCP and Congress.

    The petition filed by Sena says that the Governor's move is against the principles of natural justice, sources say. It further says, it had the support of two other parties and needed three days to show numbers.

    Appearing for the Sena is Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal. 

    After a day-long discussion with its Maharashtra leadership on Monday, the Congress did not give the waiting Sena a letter of support, forcing Aaditya Thackeray and Eknath Shinde to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari with empty hands and seeking more time. a request Raj Bhavan didn’t accept.

    The reluctance of the Congress to enter into an alliance with the Shiv Sena was stated to be one of the reasons that the Congress and NCP failed to give the Sena letters of support within the deadline. “Congress was not comfortable with the Sena’s stand on Ram temple construction and Uniform Civil Code,” said a Sena functionary.

    15:16 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    NCP leaders convene meeting with elected members, office bearers

    NCP leaders convened a meeting with elected members and office bearers at Y B Chavan Centre in Mumbai. Meanwhile, BJP has scheduled a meeting of all elected members in recent elections and members of the state legislative council on November 14.

    (Express photo)

    14:56 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Guv has given time till 8.30 pm today to stake claim: NCP

    NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said party legislators passed a resolution after their meeting that Sharad Pawar will have the power to take decisions on behalf of the party. 

    "The party believes that it is not possible to form an alternative govt without the coming together of the three parties (Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena). If the three don't come together, there cannot be a stable govt in Maharashtra," Malik told reporters. 

    Malik said the Governor had called the NCP on Monday to stake a claim and has given time till today till 8.30 pm. 

    He said, Pawar will be meeting senior Congress leaders at 5 pm today, who are flying down from Delhi including Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal. " The government in Maharashtra can be formed only if three parties come together," Malik said. 



    14:15 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Congress shows its willingness to ally with Shiv Sena

    Congress has shown its willingness to ally with the Shiv Sena. Party leader Manikrao Thakre has said that there will be a discussion between Congress, NCP, and Shiv Sena in the coming days. He also said that modalities of a common minimum programme would be worked out between the three soon.

    14:01 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Union cabinet meeting is happening hours before PM Modi leaves for Brazil

    The Union cabinet meeting is happening hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for Brazil to attend the 11th BRICS summit, the theme of which is “economic growth for an innovative future”. This comes hours before the ending of the deadline given to the NCP to stake a claim.

    13:58 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    President's rule likely to be imposed in Maharashtra

    Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has recommended imposition of President's rule in the state, Raj Bhavan sources. On Monday, Governor had asked Sharad Pawar-led whether it can form the government and had given time today 8.30 pm. NCP leaders had apparently told the Governor that the time was too less to stake claim.

    13:54 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Uddhav, BJP leaders visit ailing Sena MP Raut

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday met party leader Sanjay Raut, who underwent angioplasty at Lilavati Hospital here, and later said the Rajya Sabha member was recoverig fast but refused to comment on the political crisis in Maharashtra. BJP leaders Harshvardhan Patil and Ashish Shelar also met 57-year-old Raut at the hospital here following which the latter said it was a courtesy visit with "no political angle". The visit came in the backdrop of the stalemate over government formation continuing in the state even 19 days after the Assembly poll results were declared. Thackeray met Raut along with Patil.

    13:52 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Union Cabinet to shortly discuss political scenario in Maharashtra

    The Union Cabinet is meeting shortly to discuss the political situation in Maharashtra. Sources told The Indian Express that President rule is likely to be explored as none of the parties was able to prove majority.   Sources added that Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari has already sent a report in this regard to the Centre.  Read more 

    13:19 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Now people will know who was cutting whose votes: Asaduddin Owaisi

    Meanwhile, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said, "We will neither support a BJP led Govt nor a Shiv Sena led Govt, we reiterate our stand. I am happy now if Congress-NCP are supporting Shiv Sena, people will know who was cutting whose votes and who was colluding with whom."

    13:07 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Ahmed Patel also held telephonic conversation with Pawar

    Earlier in the day, Sonia Gandhi held talks with party's core team members A K Antony and Venugopal at her residence. Ahmed Patel also is learnt to have held a telephonic conversation with Pawar over working out modalities with the NCP on government formation. Kharge had earlier said the party leadership was in touch with Pawar and is holding further discussions with the NCP on Maharashtra government formation.

    13:06 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    We will hold further talks and will take a decision collectively: Mallikarjun Kharge

    Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge says, "NCP and Congress had a pre-poll alliance, and the final decision will be a collective decision. Our talks with NCP are on, and we will only move forward once discussions with them are done. Congress president Sonia Gandhi ji and Sharad Pawar Ji too held the discussion. We will hold further talks and will take a decision collectively."

    13:03 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Uddhav Thackeray arrives to meet party leader Sanjay Raut at Lilawati hospital

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray arrives to meet party leader Sanjay Raut at Lilawati hospital today. Raut was admitted to hospital yesterday after he complained of chest pain.

    12:55 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Will meet Sharad Pawar at the earliest: KC Venugopal

    "Congress President Smt.Sonia Gandhi spoke to Shri. Sharad Pawar today morning and deputed Shri. Ahamed Patel, Shri.Mallikarjun Kharge and myself for holding further discussions with Shri. Pawar," Venugopal tweeted. "We three are going to Mumbai now and will meet Shri.Pawar at the earliest." Earlier in the day, Sonia Gandhi held talks with party's core team members A K Antony and Venugopal at her residence.

    12:40 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal to meet Sharad Pawar

    After speaking with NCP's Sharad Pawar, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi authorised senior Congress leaders to meet Pawar for further talks on Maharashtra government formation. Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal would be leaving for Mumbai to meet Sharad Pawar.

    12:10 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    If Sena wants to grab power, it will now have to support NCP: BJP MLA Nitesh Rane

    In a sarcastic remark on Shiv Sena, BJP MLA Nitesh Rane says, "This is the right time.....if Sena wants to grab power in state, it will now have to give support to NCP." Senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal hopes Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena riddle will get resolved. he says he is hopeful of government formation.

    11:41 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Watch | Who says there is a meeting? I don't know, says Sharad Pawar

    NCP Chief Sharad Pawar on being asked if there is a meeting scheduled today between Congress and NCP: Who says there is a meeting? I don't know.

    11:27 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar to begin the meeting shortly

    Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar to begin the meeting shortly. (Express photos: Amit Chakravarty)

    11:21 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Sharad Pawar asked us to wait for one more day: Congress leader Manikrao Thakre

    Congress leader Manikrao Thakre has claimed that the party did not give its letter of support at the insistence of NCP Sharad Pawar who he claims had asked the party to wait for one more day. Thakre claimed that Pawar had said that the two parties should first discuss the details of the alliance between themselves and then hold talks with the Sena.

    11:06 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule meet Sanjay Raut in hospital

    Sharad Pawar and Supriya Sule met with Sanjay Raut, who is admitted in the hospital.  Ajit Pawar said that they were waiting for a letter of support from the Congress the whole day yesterday which did not come as the latter sought more time. Pawar said that a decision on government formation will be taken only in consultation with congress.

    10:55 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    NCP meet will begin shortly

    NCP meet will begin shortly. Ajit Pawar said that they were waiting for a letter of support from the Congress the whole day on Monday which did not come as the latter sought more time. Pawar said that a decision on government formation will be taken only in consultation with the Congress.

    10:45 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Don't know of any Congress-NCP meeting scheduled today: Sharad Pawar

    NCP Chief Sharad Pawar denies of having knowledge of any meeting between NCP and Congress scheduled for today.  On being asked about it, he says, "Who says there is a meeting? I don't know." (ANI)

    10:40 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    We will succeed, says Raut after setback over govt formation

    Even as the Shiv Sena failed to muster numbers to stake claim for government formation in Maharashtra, its ailing leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday quoted lines of legendary poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan to reaffirm his party's resolve to succeed and not give up.

    Raut, who on Monday underwent angioplasty at a hospital here, tweeted two lines from Bachchan's famous poem: "Lehron se dar kar nauka paar nahi hoti, himmat karne waalon ki kabhi haar nahi hoti" (the boat that qualms the waves never gets across, those who dare do not lose).

    The Rajya Sabha member further tweeted, "Hum honge kamyaab, zaroor honge" (we would succeed, definitely).

    10:35 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Day after Arvind Sawant’s resignation, Prakash Javadekar given charge of industries portfolio

    Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arvind Sawant (Shiv Sena MP). I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar has been assigned additional charge of Sawant's ministry.

    Sawant, the lone Sena MP in Modi’s Cabinet, had quit on Monday after accusing the BJP of lying with regard to its power-sharing promises in Maharashtra, thereby forcing the allies to snap ties. “They have also hurt my party by lying…. Since there is no trust left, I have decided to resign,” Sawant said. Read More

    10:33 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Congress, NCP contested together and are together; decision will be collective: Ajit Pawar

    NCP leader Ajit Pawar said that the decision will be collective adding that the Congress and the NCP contested together and are together. "Whatever decision will be taken, will be taken collectively, so we were waiting for Congress response yesterday but it didn't come, we can't decide on it alone. There is no misunderstanding, we contested together and are together," he said.

    10:29 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Sharad Pawar: I will talk to the Congress

    On being asked if there is a delay on part of Congress, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar said, "I will talk to the Congress."

    10:28 (IST)12 Nov 2019
    Sharad Pawar to meet Sanjay Raut at Lilawati hospital today

    Meanwhile, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar will meet Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut at Lilawati hospital today. Raut was admitted to hospital yesterday after he complained of chest pain. (ANI)

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    Maharashtra government formation LIVE updates:

    The Sharad Pawar-led NCP was called to form the government Monday, after the BJP expressed its unwillingness to form government, and then the Shiv Sena, which was invited next and given 23 hours to prove its intent, could not show support for its claim within the stipulated time. Leader of NCP’s legislative wing, Ajit Pawar, was called by the Governor’s office to meet Koshyari where the formal proposal was handed over to a delegation of party leaders.

    The NCP has 54 seats in the state Assembly, while its ally Congress has 44 seats. The alliance is short of 47 seats in the Assembly to cross the half-way mark and prove its majority. The party would need the support of Shiv Sena, which has 56 seats, for it to have any realistic chance of forming the government.

    While NCP supremo Sharad Pawar’s impressive election campaign had set the stage for NCP’s resurgence in Maharashtra, there has been a vocal section of senior party leaders that believe that returning to power in the state was essential for the party to rebuild and keep its flock together. Senior leaders of the party will meet in Mumbai Tuesday morning to review the evolving political situation yet again.

    Meanwhile, at the BJP core committee meeting, leaders discussed the political possibilities of NCP-Congress joining hands with Sena despite their ideological differences, and if so, what the BJP’s own role should be as an “aggressive” opposition in the state legislative assembly.

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