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Maharashtra govt formation Highlight: Uddhav Thackeray counters, says Amit Shah had agreed to sharing CM’s post

Maharashtra govt formation Highlight: Fadnavis catered his resignation to the Governor and was appointed acting Chief Minister as the deadlock over government formation continued.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: November 8, 2019 10:16:00 pm
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray addressing media. (Express Photo by Prashant Nadkar)

Maharashtra Govt Formation Highlights: The rift between the BJP and the Shiv Sena seems to be widening as the two parties on Friday held each other responsible for the impasse over government formation. While acting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis accused the Sena chief of lying and denied his claims of talks over equitable sharing of CM post, Uddhav Thackeray fired back saying that Amit Shah had agreed to it.

Earlier in the day, Fadnavis catered his resignation to the Governor and was appointed acting Chief Minister as the deadlock over government formation continued. While BJP had claimed that the deadlock will “break any moment”, it’s warring ally Shiv Sena has decided to move its MLAs to The Retreat Hotel in Madh Island. The Congress, on the other hand, has alleged horse-trading by BJP, which the saffron party has vociferously refuted.

The tenure for the present state government is set to expire on Saturday. In the event that no government is formed, President’s Rule would follow. The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in the October 21 Assembly polls winning 105 seats, and Shiv Sena, which bagged 56 seats, have not staked claim to form the government together or separately till now. The NCP and the Congress won 54 and 44 seats, respectively, in the election to the 288-member assembly where the majority mark is 145.

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Maharashtra government formation live updates: No headway between BJP, Shiv Sena on staking claim; Assembly tenure ends on Saturday.

21:29 (IST)08 Nov 2019
Senior Congress leaders arrive at Sharad Pawar's residence

Senior Congress leaders Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan, Sushilkumar Shinde arrive at NCP leader Sharad Pawar’s residence on Friday evening. 

Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar
Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar
20:53 (IST)08 Nov 2019
After Fadnavis resigns, Maharashtra Congress leaders meet Sharad Pawar

Hours after Devendra Fadnavis submitted his resignation amid power-sharing talks between BJP-Sena, Opposition leaders huddled at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence to discuss the next course of action. Speaking to the media after the meeting at Pawar's residence "Silver Oak", state Congress president Balasaheb Thorat said his party and NCP had not taken any decision about their strategy. "All eyes are now on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari," he said, adding that the governor should follow the set precedents in the current situation.

18:38 (IST)08 Nov 2019
Will not speak to liars, other options open: Uddhav Thackeray

I will not speak to people who have painted me to be a liar. The BJP should stake claim to power. We have other options open before us. The decision about the alliance now rests with the BJP. They should take an oath that they will not lie henceforth: Uddhav Thackeray

18:34 (IST)08 Nov 2019
Uddhav Thackeray doubtful how BJP will reach majority

When the caretaker CM says that the next government will be of the BJP, I have a doubt on how they will do so with only 105 seats in the assembly: Uddhav Thackeray

18:32 (IST)08 Nov 2019
Regret joining hands with the BJP: Uddhav Thackeray

We are given the heavy industry ministry in the centre which we did not want and were forced to take. I do not see the BJP as an enemy but they should not lie so much. I have never criticised PM Narendra Modi. You took Udayan Raje in the party. You should check what he has had said about the PM. How is that acceptable to you. I was happy under the belief that two Hindutva espousing parties had come together. However, their hearts have darkened now. I regret joining hands with such people: Uddhav Thackeray 

18:24 (IST)08 Nov 2019
Fadnavis had requested the decision of sharing the CM's post not be made public

Fadnavis had requested me that the decision of sharing the CM's post should not be made public as he claimed it would create problems for him within the party.

18:20 (IST)08 Nov 2019
'Amit Shah had agreed to equitable share of CM post'

Amit Shah called me the next day and asked me what I wanted. I told them that I wanted an equitable share in the CMs post. He had agreed to it: Uddhav Thackeray 

18:20 (IST)08 Nov 2019
Uddhav Thackeray addressing press conference

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray addressing a press conference said, "I Have been taught by my father to never go back on my word. I am saddened that for the first time a member of the Thackeray family has been portrayed as a liar. They have painted me as a liar. Fadnavis and shah had come to me, during the talks they had said that Sena will get deputy CM's post. I had declined the offer and had walked out then."

17:26 (IST)08 Nov 2019
50:50 formula was discussed and approved: Sanjay Raut

Saw the press conference with Sharad Pawar. The Sena was with this government. Uddhav Thackeray will make a statement on what Fadanvis has said today. About the talk of 50:50 formula Uddhav Saheb says that this was discussed and approved. Raut says that in various states where leaders have criticised Narendra Modi the BJP has sat with such parties in power. The Shiv Sena has not criticised the PM or Amit Shah. We have always respected these two. Saying that we used harsh words against them is incorrect, said Sanjay Raut.

17:01 (IST)08 Nov 2019
Next government will be formed by the BJP: Fadnavis

Next government will be formed by the BJP. I apologise to the people for not being able to give the state a government. I assure that the BJP will be at the helm of the new dispensation: Fadnavis at press conference

17:00 (IST)08 Nov 2019
Wrong to impose a fresh election: Fadnavis

It would be wrong to impose a fresh election on the people of the state now. "The state should get a government. We will take measures to ensure that we do this. People are accusing that the BJP is trying to buy MLAs. I challenge them to prove the accusation. While forming the governemnt we will not indulge in horse trading," said Fadnavis. 

16:58 (IST)08 Nov 2019
Governor has asked me to continue as acting CM

The governor has asked me to continue as acting chief minister, said Fadnavis in the press conference. He added that the he won't be able to make any governance decision but will run a caretaker government till the next government is formed. 

16:55 (IST)08 Nov 2019
Shiv Sena has continuously criticised PM Modi: Fadnavis

The BJP respects Bal Thackeray's legacy. We have never made stattements against Bal or Uddhav Thackeray. In the last few days the Shiv Sena have sunk low while criticising our leader Narendra Modi. Even the Congress and the NCP have not criticised the PM the way our ally the Sena has done. If they want to criticise our leaders this way then the question arises as to why we should run a government with such an ally

16:54 (IST)08 Nov 2019
The talks were stopped by the Sena, not us: Fadnavis

The talks were stopped by the sena. We were always open to a discussion, the Shiv Sena did not have time for us but had time for the Congress, NCP against whom we had sought votes and come to power. We made communication. The decision to halt talks with us by the Sena is not the right move by the party. The people surrounding Uddhav who are making statements have created a rift between the two parties

16:50 (IST)08 Nov 2019
No discussion on sharing of CM post with Sena: Fadnavis

The issue of holding CM post for 2.5 years by Shiv Sena, I'm clearly saying this discussion had not cropped up earlier. In front of me such a demand or discussion by Shiv Sena earlier. There could probably have been a discussion in Sena. We have still not made any decision on the rotational CM demand by Sena. I've spoken to Uddhav on phone and tried to discuss it, but not managed to come to a concensus. I am hurt by Uddhav's "options open" comment.

16:47 (IST)08 Nov 2019
All options are open: Fadnavis

BJP-Shiv Sena mahayuti has managed to gather 160 seats. BJP bagged 105 seats and has been the single largest party in the state. Our strike rate this time has been about 70%. This election mandate is due to our work in the past five years. Unfortunately the day the results came out we recieved less seats. In the first PC Uddhav Thackeray had said that all his doors for governemnt formation were open. This statement was a setback for us and we had a question on why he said that when we had fought elections together as an alliance. On the issue of holding CM post for 2.5 years by Shiv Sena, I'm clearly saying this discussion had not cropped up earlier. 

16:42 (IST)08 Nov 2019
Ran the government in a transparent manner: Fadnavis

I ran the government in a transparent manner and took the state ahead in all development parameters, said Fanavis adding, "I was given the responsibility to serve the people of Maharashtra for the past five years. With the help of people, I've successfully been able to undertake a number of projects as far as the work of the airport, metro and development is concerned during my tenure."

16:41 (IST)08 Nov 2019
Governor has accepted my resignation: Fadnavis

Addressing the media, Devendra Fadnavis said that he has submitted his resignation and the Governor has accepted it. He thanked PM Modi and BJP workers for their support during his term and said, "I want to thank Modi ji, all party workers and people who have worked with me in the government. I also want to thank Shiv Sena for their support in working the alliance in the state."  

16:25 (IST)08 Nov 2019
Just In | Devendra Fadnavis resigns from CM post

Fadnavis resigns from CM post, hands over letter to Governor. He is set to brief media next. 

16:15 (IST)08 Nov 2019
Shiv Sena asks security for MLAs, writes to Mumbai Police

Shiv Sena party secretary has written to Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve requesting security for newly elected party legislators and Independent MLAs who have extended support to Sena. Narvekar wrote that legislators will stay at The Retreat Hotel in Malad from November 8-15. The MLAs are being kept together as they might meet Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray several times during their stay.

Devendra Fadnavis with Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray. (File Photo)

Maharashtra government formation live updates:

Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday passed a resolution authorising party chief Uddhav Thackeray to take a “final decision” on government formation in Maharashtra. As the power tussle between the BJP and the Shiv Sena continues over the chief minister’s post, Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil and Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar along with other senior party leaders met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to discuss “legal aspects” of the delay in the formation of a government in the state after the October 21 elections.

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