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Maharashtra Government Formation HIGHLIGHTS: “I am in the NCP and shall always be in the NCP and Sharad Pawar saheb is our leader,” Ajit Pawar tweeted. But NCP chief Sharad Pawar hit back saying Ajit’s statement was misleading and aimed at creating confusion.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 25, 2019 7:35:17 am
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Maharashtra Government Formation HIGHLIGHTS: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar Sunday said he was still with the NCP and Sharad Pawar was the leader. “I am in the NCP and shall always be in the NCP and Sharad Pawar saheb is our leader,” Ajit Pawar tweeted. But NCP chief Sharad Pawar hit back saying Ajit’s statement was misleading and aimed at creating confusion.

“There is no question of forming an alliance with BJP. NCP has unanimously decided to ally with Shiv Sena and Congress to form the government. Ajit Pawar’s statement is false and misleading in order to create confusion and false perception among the people,” Sharad Pawar said.

The Supreme Court on Sunday directed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce the letters submitted by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to Maharashtra Governor Bharat Koshyari, claiming support of the MLAs and thereby staking claim to form the government. The top court sought the documents and adjourned the hearing for 10.30 am on Monday.

A Bench of Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna was holding an urgent hearing of a petition filed by the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine, seeking quashing of the Maharashtra Governor’s decision to swear in Fadnavis as chief minister.

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Shiv Sena, NCP held meeting with MLAs after Supreme Court gives BJP-Ajit Pawar-led govt time to produce a letter of support. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS of the day.

Highlights

    23:51 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Ajit Pawar meets Fadnavis, discusses farmers' issue

    Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office statement: "CM Devendra Fadnavis and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar today met and discussed on various measures for additional support&assistance to unseasonal rain affected farmers. Tomorrow it will be further discussed with Chief Secretary and Finance Secretary."

    23:17 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    BJP-NCP workers clash in Latur

    Nine people arrested in Latur after a clash allegedly between Bharatiya Janata Party & Nationalist Congress Party workers. Case was registered against 17 people, out of which 9 have been arrested till now. (ANI)

    23:16 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Ajit Pawar leaves from residence of Devendra Fadnavis

    Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar leaves from the residence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

    23:04 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Ajit Pawar reaches Varsha to meet Fadnavis

    Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar at Varsha to meet CM Devendra Fadnavis.

    22:31 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Congress leaders leave after conclusion of their meeting.

    Congress leaders leave after conclusion of their meeting.

    21:39 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Sharad Pawar was, is, will remain sun of Maharashtra's politics: Jayant Patil

    The BJP's attempt to defeat Pawar Saheb in politics is like showing the sun a torchlight. Pawar Saheb was the sun of Maharashtra's politics, is and will remain so.

    21:36 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Jayant Patil requests Ajit Pawar to come back

    Jayant Patil requests Ajit Pawar to come back. "Ajit Pawar, you are the founder member of the NCP. We have all grown up in Sharad Pawar's shadow. However, for the welfare of the state, Pawar Saheb has decided to not go with the BJP. Respecting this decision, please come back," Patil said in tweet.

    21:19 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Video of Fadnavis terming Ajit Pawar corrupt goes viral on social media

    On Saturday, after Fadnavis was sworn in Maharashtra chief minister for a second term, propped up by the man he had termed corrupt not so long ago, videos of his tirade against the NCP leader went viral on social media. In the video, Fadnavis can be heard describing what Ajit Pawar would be doing in prison after the election. He would be, said Fadnavis, "Chakki peesing and peesing and peesing", words from the iconic film 'Sholay', used to describe prisoners doing hard, manual labour. (PTI)

    20:53 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    BJP into horse-trading, poaching of MLAs, says Pondy CM

    Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Sunday alleged that the BJP has been indulging in undemocratic practices like horse-trading and poaching of MLAs in non-BJP ruled states to topple elected governments. (PTI)

    20:50 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Maha politics: All eyes on 13 Ind, 16 smaller party MLAs

    While major political parties in Maharashtra are slugging it out to form a government amidst twists and turns, all eyes are now on which way 13 Independents and 16 MLAs from smaller parties will swing in the quest to achieve the 145-mark in the 288-member House in floor test. (PTI)

    20:19 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad confronts cop over alleged snooping

    NCP MLAs Sunday caught a cop in civilian clothes who they alleged was "spying" at Hotel Renaissance where the NCP and Shiv Sena leaders were staying. In a video shared by NCP Thane's Twitter handle, MLA Jitendra Awhad is seen confronting the cop and enquiring about his identity.

    20:05 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    With NCP, with Sharad Pawar, don't spread rumours: Dhananjay Munde

    Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Dhananjay Munde, says "I am with the party, I am with Pawar Saheb. Please don’t spread rumours.

    20:02 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Fadnavis shares photos of his interaction with BJP MLAs, other leaders earlier today

    Fadnavis shares photos of his interaction with BJP MLAs, other leaders earlier today.

    19:59 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Fadnavis thanks MLAs, leaders and other party workers for support

    Thankful for the warm welcome and wishes from karyakartas, MLAs and leaders at BJP office this afternoon, during the first meeting after taking oath as the Maharashtra CM. 

    19:50 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    NCP MLAs caught cop who they alleged were 'spying'

    NCP MLAs caught the cop who they alleged was "spying".

    19:40 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Cop roughed up for alleged snooping in Hotel Renaissance

    Cop roughed up for alleged snooping in Hotel Renaissance

    19:27 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Ahmed Patel arrives at JW Marriott Hotel

    Senior congress leader Ahmed Patel arrives at JW Marriott Hotel, where Congress MLAs are currently lodged. Other party leaders Ashok Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat, Sushil Kumar Shinde, & Mallikarjun Kharge are already present at the hotel. (ANI)

    19:08 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Supporting NCP, not BJP: MLA Dilip Bankar

    NCP MLA Dilip Bankar, who was reportedly present at the swearing-in ceremony of Ajit Pawar and Fadnavis, said he could not attend the meeting on Saturday because of his child's illness. "I've always been with Sharad Pawar. I met him&told him that my child was ill,I had to go to Nashik, so I couldn't come to the meeting yesterday. We're supporting NCP, and not BJP.

    19:01 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    NCP MLAs being moved from Hotel Renaissance to Hotel Hyatt

    NCP MLAs being moved from Hotel Renaissance to Hotel Hyatt due to security reasons.

    18:24 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Sena committed sin of abandoning Bal Thackeray's thoughts: BJP

    The BJP on Sunday accused its one-time ally Shiv Sena of committing the "sin" of abandoning its founder Bal Thackeray's thoughts of aligning with the BJP by going with the Congress and the NCP for the sake of acquiring power in Maharashtra. (PTI)

    18:09 (IST)24 Nov 2019

    No question of forming alliance with BJP, says Sharad Pawar.

    18:01 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    What is Rule 12, used by Centre to revoke President’s Rule in Maharashtra

    To revoke President’s Rule in Maharashtra, the government has used a special Section in the Union government’s Transaction of Business Rules, which allows for revocation of President’s Rule without Cabinet approval if the Prime Minister “deems it necessary”. Read more

    17:49 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    BJP trying to poach MLAs from other parties: Congress' Ashok Chavan

    Congress leader Ashok Chavan said the senior-most member of the assembly should be made the Pro-tem Speaker as per the precedence. BJP is trying to gain more time from the Supreme Court, you can understand the motive behind this, they are trying to poach MLAs from other parties.  (ANI)

    17:43 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena supporter attempts suicide

    A 45-year-old Shiv Sena supporter, Ramesh Balu, attempted suicide in Yavatmal yesterday, allegedly over formation of BJP government in the state. He is a resident of Washim district of the state.

    17:40 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Have decided strategy to comfortably sail through floor test: BJP

    BJP said they discussed and decided the strategy to comfortably sail through the floor test. In a press briefing after their meeting, BJP MLA Ashish Shellar said they have also passed a resolution congratulating Devendra Fadnavis on taking oath as Chief Minister.

    17:36 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at Lalit Hotel where Shiv Sena MLAs are lodged

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at Lalit Hotel where Shiv Sena MLAs are lodged.

    17:33 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Why Shiv Sena needs to keep MLAs under vigilance in a five-star hotel, asks BJP

    BJP said that the support of Ajit-led NCP to the newly-formed government is intact. The party attacked Shiv Sena arguing that they should introspect why they need to keep Sena MLAs under vigilance in a five-star hotel.

    17:21 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Will always be in NCP, Sharad Pawar is our leader, says Ajit

    Ajit Pawar sais that he would always be in NCP and Sharad Pawar will always the leader of his party

    17:03 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena scared of alliance: BJP

    Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena scared of alliance, said Shellar.

    16:59 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Will provide an inclusive government: BJP

    "We will provide an inclusive government," said Shellar, adding that they will continue to work for deprived section.

    16:56 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena insulted the people's mandate in Maharashtra: BJP

    BJP, after in a press briefing said, Shiv Sena insulted the people's mandate in Maharashtra. "An environment of trust has spread across the state after Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra," BJP MLA said AsishShellar.

    16:52 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Ajit Pawar thanks Modi, promises stable government in Maharashtra

    Ajit Pawar thanks Modi, promises stable government in Maharashtra.

    16:51 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Ajit Pawar defiant to resign from Maharashtra's deputy CM post

    Spurning efforts of NCP to persuade him to resign from Maharashtra's deputy CM post, Ajit Pawar on Sunday thanked PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, and other prominent BJP leaders.

    16:33 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Uddhav and Aaditya Thackeray arrives at Hotel Lalit to meet Sena MLAs

    Uddhav Thackeray and Aaditya Thackeray arrives at Hotel Lalit to meet Sena MLAs

    16:08 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    NCP, Sena, Congress and independents together have close to 165 seats: Uddhav Thackeray

    According to a senior leader attending the NCP-Sena meet in the Renaissance Hotel, Uddhav Thackeray confirmed that NCP, Sena, Congress and independents together have close to 165 and will form the government in Maharashtra.

    16:05 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    NCP-Sena relationship will last long, says Uddhav Thackeray at meeting

    Udhav Thackeray, while addressing the meeting of the Sena and NCP leaders at the Renaissance Hotel, said, "Don't worry, this (NCP-Sena) relationship will last long. We are going to form the government (in Maharashtra)."

    15:58 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    NCP chief Sharad Pawar addresses Shiv Sena, NCP leaders

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar addresses Shiv Sena, NCP leaders at the Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai.

    15:55 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis at BJP legislators' meeting

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, BJP state president Chandrakant Patil, and other party leaders at the meeting of the legislators of the party.

    15:50 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    NCP leader Praful Patel also reaches Hotel Renaissance in Mumbai

    NCP leader Praful Patel also reaches Hotel Renaissance in Mumbai to attend NCP-Sena meet.

    15:32 (IST)24 Nov 2019
    Fadnavis arrives at BJP MLAs' meet

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis arrives at BJP office for a meeting of the legislators of the party.

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    State party head Jayant Patil visited Raj Bhawan with a letter to the Governor to inform him about replacement of Ajit Pawar as the legislature party leader, and later claimed all NCP MLAs were with the party. In a dramatic turn of events on Saturday morning, the BJP turned the tables on former ally Shiv Sena to bring back Devendra Fadnavis as Maharashtra Chief Minister, taking the help of a faction of NCP MLAs led by Ajit Pawar.

    The BJP has 105 MLAs, and claims the support of 14 Independents. BJP sources said 28 to 30 NCP MLAs were with Ajit, which would take their tally to 147-149 MLAs in the 288-member House. The BJP is also said to be wooing the six Independents with the Sena.

    NCP state president Jayant Patil said seven of the 12 missing MLAs had called to say they were with the party, while five were not reachable. All constitutional rights of a legislature party chief have been bestowed on Patil. The legislature party leader has the power to issue whip to MLAs.

    Saturday’s developments came hours after Sharad Pawar had named Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as the chief ministerial designate of an NCP, Sena, Congress alliance. The three parties were planning to stake claim to form the government on Saturday.

    The formal decision to revoke President’s rule was taken shortly before 5.30 am by the President. Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta was only told in the morning. With fevered speculation swirling in Mumbai, the top-most question on everyone’s mind was if Ajit had the blessing of Pawar and other NCP leaders.

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