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Govt formation Highlights: ‘Will give Maharashtra a stable govt soon,’ says Prithviraj Chavan after Cong-NCP meet

Maharashtra govt formation Highlights: Top Congress leaders met their NCP counterparts today to discuss a three-party coalition with Shiv Sena in the state and exuded confidence in forming government in Maharashtra.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 21, 2019 9:45:58 am
Maharashtra govt formation LIVE updates: 'Will give Maharashtra a stable govt soon,' says Prithviraj Chavan after Cong-NCP meet Maharashtra govt formation Highlights: Congress-NCP leaders at Sharad Pawar’s Delhi residence. (Source: Twitter)

Maharashtra govt formation Highlights: Government formation in Maharashtra gained momentum as Congress and NCP leaders assembled at Sharad Pawar’s Delhi residence to discuss seat-sharing in the state which is witnessing a power tussle. As soon as the meeting was over, leaders from both parties said they were confident of forming government in the state soon.

“Congress-NCP had long and positive discussions today. Discussions will continue; I am sure we will be able to give a stable govt to Maharashtra very soon,” Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said whereas, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik maintained that it was not possible to do so without joining hands with Shiv Sena.

Sena’s Sanjay Raut expressing confidence in Congress-NCP’s statements added that Maharashtra would get a government in the coming 2-5 days citing that “the process becomes longer when three parties form government”. He reiterated that as per people’s demands, Uddhav Thackeray must be given the post of Chief Minister.

The meeting took place hours after NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today to apprise him regarding farmer distress in Maharashtra and demanded “unconditional and complete” farm loan waiver. Pawar presented a three-page memorandum to the prime minister regarding the unseasonal rainfall which destroyed the farm produce.

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Maharashtra govt formation Highlights: Top Congress leaders met their NCP counterparts at Sharad Pawar's residence to take forward the discussions regarding an alliance in the state with the Shiv Sena.

21:22 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Government will be formed in Maharashtra in 2-5 days: Sanjay Raut

Commenting on the three-party coalition between Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena, Sena's Sanjay Raut said the process has begun and the government in Maharashtra will be formed in the next 2-5 days. Raut said, "When three parties form a government then the process is long. This process has started today. In the coming 2-5 days, when the process is completed, a government will be formed in Maharashtra."

On the CM-post, Raut maintained that it should be given to Shiv Sena which is the demand of the people of Maharashtra. "Yeh rajya ki bhavna hai ki Uddhav Thackeray Ji netritv karen. (It is the people's feeling that Uddhav Thackeray should become the Chief Minister)."

21:01 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Not possible to form govt in Maha without NCP-Cong-Sena coming together: Nawab Malik

Indicating on joining hands with Shiv Sena, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik after meeting Congress leaders at Pawar's residence expressed confidence in forming a "stable" government in Maharashtra. "Congress-NCP together decided that we must give an alternate government in Maharashtra. It is not possible without NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena coming together. We are trying our best to resolve all issues. We will provide alternate govt as soon as possible," he said.

20:46 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Had positive discussion with NCP, will give Maharashtra stable govt soon: Prithviraj Chavan

After the Congress-NCP meeting, Prithiviraj Chavan exuded confidence in providing Maharashtra a stable government very soon. "Congress-NCP has had long and positive discussions today. Discussions will continue; I am sure we will be able to give a stable govt to Maharashtra very soon," Chavan was quoted as saying by ANI. 

19:52 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Cong-NCP leaders discuss power-sharing, likely to seal pact with Sena

The meeting at Pawar’s residence saw NCP leaders Supriya Sule, Chaggan Bhujbal, Ajit Pawar, and Nawab Malik in attendance. Whereas, from the Congress side, Ahmed Patel, KC Venugopal, Prithviraj Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat, Jairam Ramesh, among others were present. Shiv Sena is in consultations with Congress-NCP to form government in the state. 

18:40 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Maharashtra govt formation: Cong-NCP meet underway
17:47 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Congress-NCP meet to begin soon at Pawar's residence in Delhi
16:21 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Pawar invites Modi to a conference to be held on Sugar industry in Jan-Feb 2020 by VSI

During his meeting with PM Modi, Sharad Pawar also apprised him about a conference, 'Sustainability — Innovation and Diversification in Sugar and Allied Industry' to be organised by the Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) from January 31 to February 2, 2020. He invited the PM to attend the conference. (PTI)

15:09 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Sanjay Raut questions change in seating position in RS, appeals for re-allotment of front row

Expressing surprise, Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut wrote a letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu regarding the change in his seating position in the Upper House chamber. "Astonished to know that my seating position in RS chamber is changed from third to the fifth row. This decision was taken by someone deliberately to hurt Shiv Sena's sentiments and suppress our voice. I also fail to understand reason for this unwarranted step since there is no formal announcement about the removal from NDA. This decision has affected dignity of the House. I request to allot us 1/2/3 row seat and uphold House decorum." (ANI)

14:58 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Nearly 44 Nashik farmers have committed suicide in last 10 months: Sharad Pawar writes to Modi

In a three-page memorandum, Sharad Pawar said in Nashik district crops like soyabean, paddy, finger millet, corns, bajra and vegetables like tomato and onion were at the harvesting stage but incessant and unseasonable rains completely ruined them. In the letter, he also said that 44 farmers from Nashik had committed suicide in the face of the crisis in the last 10 months. 

13:53 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Meeting on Nov 22, all MLAs asked to bring IDs, clothes for five days: Sena MLA

Shiv Sena MLA Abdul Sattar said the party has called all MLAs for a meeting on November 22. "We have been asked to bring our ID cards and clothes for five days. I think we'll have to stay at a place for 2-3 days, then the next step will be decided. Uddhav Thackeray ji will be Maharashtra CM for sure," news agency ANI quoted him as saying. 

13:26 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Pawar writes to PM seeking aide for farmers in Maharashtra

NCP chief Sharad Pawar wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking aide for farmers in Maharashtra. Pawar met Modi today ahead of a key Congress-NCP meet to discuss the government formation in Maharashtra with the Shiv Sena. 

"Due to the prevalence of Presidential Rule in the state, your urgent intervention is highly necessitated. I shall be grateful, if you take immediate steps to initiate massive relief measures&ameliorate the miseries of the distressed farmers," he said in the letter. 

12:57 (IST)20 Nov 2019
NCP chief Sharad Pawar meets PM Modi in Delhi

NCP chief Sharad Pawar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday to discuss farmers' crisis in Maharashtra. Top leaders of the Congress and the NCP will meet later today to discuss a three-party coalition government in Maharashtra with BJP's former ally Shiv Sena. 

12:11 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Will uproot those who have challenged us: Shiv Sena

Days after BJP announced Shiv Sena’s ouster from the NDA, the latter on Tuesday came down heavily on its erstwhile ally, stating that this is the beginning of the end of BJP’s “egoistic and arbitrary politics”. The editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana also questioned the basis of the decision and whether any meeting of the NDA was held to take such a call.

“When the entire country was paying respects to Balasaheb (on his death anniversary), these people did the despicable act of ousting Sena, which laid the foundation of NDA. There was no discussion or message about it. The existence of the NDA has been systematically destroyed in the last five-and-a-half years. This is the beginning of the end of egoistic and arbitrary politics,” the editorial said.

11:42 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Sena, BJP power tussle to continue in Maha mayoral polls?

Forthcoming Mayoral polls in Maharashtra might throw up some interesting scenarios in view of changing relations between traditional rivals Shiv Sena and the Congress-NCP combine who could team up to deny the BJP a chance to retain power in at least some civic bodies.

While in some municipal corporations, the Congress and the NCP may gain an upper-hand with the Sena's support, in others the BJP enjoys a clear majority. The mayoral elections will be held on November 22.

The BJP is likely to retain key civic bodies like Nagpur, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, Latur, Sangli Miraj Kupwad, Dhule, Navi Mumbai and Nashik where the party is in comfortable position. (PTI)

11:09 (IST)20 Nov 2019
If all MPs meet PM, will it be a khichdi? Sena's Sanjay Raut on Pawar's meeting with Modi

Saying that PM Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister of the entire nation, Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut said "anybody can meet the PM, inside or outside the Parliament." He was responding to a question of NCP chief Sharad Pawar's meeting with PM Modi on farmers' crisis in Maharashtra.

11:06 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Sharad Pawar arrives in Parliament, to meet PM Modi

NCP chief and MP Sharad Pawar arrives at the Parliament. He will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 12 pm today, over the issue of farmers' crisis in Maharashtra.

10:54 (IST)20 Nov 2019
In Parliament, Modi had praised NCP's discipline

Addressing the House during a special discussion marking 250th session of the Rajya Sabha Monday, PM Modi had extolled the virtues of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Biju Janata Dal for adhering to parliamentary norms by not entering the Well of the House.

“Today I want to appreciate two parties, NCP and BJD. These parties have strictly adhered to parliamentary norms. They have never gone into the well. Yet, they have raised their points very effectively. Other parties, including mine, can learn from them. People’s hearts can be won even without rushing to the Well,” PM Modi said.

10:30 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Parliament: Amit Shah to table report on President's rule in Maharashtra

Union Home Minister Amit Shah Wednesday will table a report in the Rajya Sabha on President rule imposed in the state and the invocation of Article 356 of the Constitution. He will also present the report submitted by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to President Ram Nath Kovind. Koshyari had drawn fire from constitutional experts and political leaders, including those from Sena, NCP, and Congress, for recommending President rule in the state.

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09:47 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Govt will be formed in Maharashtra before December: Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut

Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena: The process to form the government will complete in next 5-6 days and a popular & strong government will be formed in Maharashtra before December. The process is going on.

09:39 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Ahead of Cong-NCP meet, Sharad Pawar to meet PM Modi to discuss farmers' crisis

Amid  talks of government formation with Shiv Sena and the Congress in Maharashtra, NCP chief Sharad Pawar will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament at 12 pm today.

"Sharad Pawar will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in Parliament, over the issue of Maharashtra farmers. We will demand some relief for the farmers, from the Prime Minister," NCP leader Nawab Malik was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.  

NCP chief Sharad Pawar with PM Modi (File/ Express photo by Pavan Khengre)

From being reluctant to engage with the politically opposed Sena, the top Congress leadership has taken a step forward towards formation of a government, but decided not to rush and exercise extreme caution.

A day after NCP chief Sharad Pawar met Congress president Sonia Gandhi, top Congress leaders — Ahmed Patel, A K Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge and K C Venugopal — tasked with working out the nitty gritty of the understanding with the Sena and negotiations with the NCP met her to discuss the “baseline non-negotiables” and “assurances” that it wants the Sena to give on shedding hardline Hindutva.

The Maharashtra leadership of the Congress, which is eager to have an understanding with the Sena for formation of a government, have reached Delhi. Sources said the Maharashtra leaders will meet central leaders and then sit across the table with the NCP.

Several senior Congress leaders who The Indian Express spoke to said the party would tread cautiously. The common factor binding the top Congress leadership is its desire to deny the BJP a shot at power in Maharashtra. The Congress and the NCP, which fought the elections in alliance, will have to address various contradictions before plunging headlong into the alliance.

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