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Maharashtra govt formation Highlights: Cong, NCP, Sena hold meetings to chalk out ‘common minimum programme’

Maharashtra Government Formation Highlights: A draft of the common minimum programme (CMP) will have to be approved by top leaders of the three parties before being finalised, a senior Congress leader said.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai | Updated: November 14, 2019 9:56:36 pm
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Maharashtra Government Formation Highlights: Leaders of the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena Thursday held meetings in Mumbai to discuss a ‘common minimum programme’ before a possible alliance with the Uddhav Thackeray-led party for government formation in Maharashtra, news agency PTI reported.

A draft of the common minimum programme (CMP) will have to be approved by top leaders of the three parties before being finalised, a senior Congress leader told the news agency.

Meanwhile, reacting to Union Minister Amit Shah’s remark on rotational chief ministership, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said that had BJP president Amit Shah informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the “50:50” seat-sharing formula “in time”, Maharashtra would not have been facing the current political impasse.

Wondering if Modi was “kept away” by top BJP leaders from the decision taken over seat-sharing, Raut said, ” I heard Modi (during poll campaigns) saying that Fadnavis will continue as the chief minister of Maharashtra, but we maintained the decorum and did not object it as we did not see it as a political message to us,” he said.

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    21:43 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    'Common Minimum Programme' draft has been prepared: Eknath Shinde

    Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde after Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP joint meeting today: Common Minimum Programme was discussed in the meeting, a draft has been prepared. The draft will be sent to the high command of three parties for discussion, final decision will be taken by high commands.  

    21:13 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Anything can happen in cricket and politics: Nitin Gadkari

    "Anything can happen in cricket and politics. Sometimes you feel you are losing the match, but the result is exactly the opposite. Also, I have just arrived from Delhi, I don't know the detailed politics of Maharashtra," Union Min Nitin Gadkari on Maharashtra government formation.

    19:27 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    President's rule in state is Modi govt's planned move: Jogendra Kawade

    People's Republican Party(PRP) chief and MLC Jogendra Kawade on Thursday alleged that imposition of the President's rule in Maharashtra was a "planned move" of the Modi government.

    "Imposition of President's rule in Maharashtra is a planned move of the central government," Kawade said during a press meet in Aurangabad.

    "Shiv Sena's move of snapping ties with the BJP is a courageous one...We are now expecting a stable government in the state from the new alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress," he added. (PTI)

    18:00 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Visuals from Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP joint meet

    (ANI)
    17:08 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Cong, NCP, Sena hold meetings to chalk out 'common minimum programme'

    Leaders of the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena Thursday held meetings in Mumbai to discuss a 'common minimum programme' before a possible alliance with the Uddhav Thackeray-led party for government formation in Maharashtra, news agency PTI reported.

    A draft of the common minimum programme (CMP) will have to be approved by top leaders of the three parties before being finalised, a senior Congress leader told the news agency.

    16:39 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Mamata Banerjee hits out at Maharashtra Guv

    Hitting out at Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for recommending President's Rule in the state after the assembly polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said some people in constitutional posts are acting like BJP mouthpieces.

    Banerjee said some nominated persons are exceeding their brief. "They should not supersede the central government. The Centre must take care of this," she said.

    "I generally do not comment on constitutional posts, but a few people (governors) are acting just like BJP mouthpieces. In my state too, you have seen what is going on -they want to run a parallel administration," Banerjee added. (PTI)

    15:46 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    President’s Rule in Maharashtra: What happened on Day 1

    The state’s General Administration Department (GAD) issued orders to relieve all private staff in ministers’ offices Wednesday, the first working day after President’s Rule was imposed in the state. The administration also locked down all ministers’ offices.

    Acting on orders issued by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, the GAD directed that the ministers’ offices be emptied before 5.30 pm Wednesday. Read more here. 

    Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari
    15:46 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    President’s Rule in Maharashtra: What happened on Day 1

    The state’s General Administration Department (GAD) issued orders to relieve all private staff in ministers’ offices Wednesday, the first working day after President’s Rule was imposed in the state. The administration also locked down all ministers’ offices.

    Acting on orders issued by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, the GAD directed that the ministers’ offices be emptied before 5.30 pm Wednesday. Read more here. 

    Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari
    13:41 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    When a promise made behind closed door is not kept, then only it comes out: Sena on Amit Shah's remark seat-sharing

    Reacting to Union Minister Amit Shah's remark on seat sharing, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said that had BJP president Amit Shah informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the "50:50" seat-sharing formula "in time", Maharashtra would not have been facing the current political impasse. Wondering if Modi was "kept away" by top BJP leaders from the decision taken over seat-sharing, Raut said, " I heard Modi (during poll campaigns) saying that Fadnavis will continue as the chief minister of Maharashtra, but we maintained the decorum and did not object it as we did not see it as a political message to us," he said. Hitting out at Shah's remarks, Raut said, "When a promise made behind closed door is not kept, then only it comes out. We never trade in politics nor we see politics from the angle of profit or loss. We are making it public because it is about our self-respect."

    13:18 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    BJP to convene 3-day marathon meeting

    The Maharashtra BJP has convened a three-day marathon meeting to discuss the political roadmap. Today, the BJP will hold discussions with its 105 elected MLAs. The party will give its members a plan to work in their respective constituencies. Although newly elected members have not taken oath of office following the suspension of the State Legislative Assembly after enforcement of President’s Rule, the MLAs believe they will continue to work at the grassroots as party’s “karyakartas”. On Friday, the party will meet candidates who lost the elections for an analysis of what went wrong. The BJP contested 164 seats and won 105. It lost 59 seats. The meeting on Saturday will be confined to select leaders and office-bearers to discuss organisational changes. Chandrakant Patil is likely to continue as state BJP president. 

    13:09 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Amit Shah knows how to break and unite political parties like it happened in Goa and Karnataka: Kapil Sibal

    A day after Amit Shah slammed the opposition for criticising President's rule in Maharashtra, Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday said, " Amit Shah is very experienced as far as these matters are concerned. He knows how to break & how to unite political parties, we have seen glimpses of it in several states - be it in Goa or Karnataka."  

    11:45 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    As Sena talks to Cong-NCP, Raut says will not get defeated

    Amid the Shiv Sena's efforts to form government in Maharashtra with the support of the NCP and Congress, senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday posted a message on Twitter to assert that they would neither get defeated nor be afraid.

    Raut on Wednesday reiterated that the next chief minster of Maharashtra would be from his party. “Next chief minister of Maharashtra will be from the Shiv Sena,” he said. Raut was admitted to the hospital Monday afternoon after he complained of chest pain. He underwent angioplasty to remove two blockages in his heart Tuesday.

    10:44 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Talks for govt formation in Maharashtra at preliminary stage: Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan

    Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday said talks for government formation in Maharashtra were at a "preliminary" stage and no decision was taken so far. "The Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena have so far held preliminary talks. A meeting will again be held today between the Congress and NCP, and later both the parties are expected to hold talks with the Shiv Sena. There is no decision as yet," Prithviraj Chavan told PTI.

    10:35 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    President's rule in Maharashtra a 'scripted act', alleges Shiv Sena

    The Shiv Sena on Thursday alleged that imposition of President's rule in Maharashtra was a "scripted act" and took a jibe at the governor, saying he has now given parties six months to form the government. It also said that former state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is shedding "crocodile tears" over the imposition of President's rule as power is still indirectly in the hands of the BJP.

    10:31 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    BJP has to decide if it wants to fight with ally or Opposition: Sudesh Mahto

    Talking about the situation in Maharashtra, All Jharkhand Students’ Union (AJSU) president Sudesh Mahto said the BJP has to decide whether it wants to fight with their ally or the Opposition. " This, BJP has to decide. Our party cannot be compared to Shiv Sena…we have been with NDA for 19 years…We were ridiculed by the Opposition, but we have been with NDA." Read full interview 

    10:16 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Did Shiv Sena's ego cost Maharashtra a government?

    How the Maharashtra government formation fell apart, what led to the fallout of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and can it now ally with the NCP and the Congress.  Click here to listen to our podcast 

    10:11 (IST)14 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!

    NCP president Sharad Pawar, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat outside a hotel in Mumbai after meeting Shiv Sena leaders. (Express Photos by Nirmal Harindran & Amit Chakravarty)

    The Congress is planning to drive a hard bargain in power-sharing talks between the three parties seeking an equitable distribution of portfolios and has set up independent lines of communication with the Shiv Sena.

    In their first interaction with Thackray after the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly poll results, the two parties discussed the post of Speaker in the event that the three form the government. Key to the functioning of the Assembly, the post of Speaker, vested with the powers under the anti-defection law to expel MLAs, emerged as an important element in the bargaining. Congress will push hard for the post to be given to it, a source in the party said.

    Explained: President’s Rule in Maharashtra, what next?

    While the NCP has not yet staked claim to the post, the Congress and Sena seem to have reached an understanding to ensure that Pawar’s party does not get it. The Party sources have said that the party is likely to push for a one-third each power-sharing formula, which means 42 Cabinet berths will be divided equally between the three partners, giving 14 ministerial berths to each.

    In the October 21 election to the 288-member assembly, the BJP won 105 seats, Sena got 56 and the NCP and the Congress won 54 and 44 seats, respectively. The Sena parted ways with the BJP over who should lead the government and has been claiming that the BJP had agreed to a 50:50 formula for chief ministership over five years.

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