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Maharashtra govt formation HIGHLIGHTS: Shiv Sena did not seek our support, says NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Maharashtra Govt Formation HIGHLIGHTS: The day is expected to see a meeting between NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi in the Capital as well.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 4, 2019 9:38:40 pm
maharashtra govt formation, bjp floor test, ncp, ncp-congress, bjp-shiv sena, aaditya thackeray, mumbai news, indian express Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar (Express Photo By Ganesh Shirsekar/File)

Maharashtra Govt Formation HIGHLIGHTS: Clearing the air over NCP’s participation in government formation in Maharashtra, party chief Sharad Pawar Monday said his party has not been approached by Shiv Sena and the onus of forming the government lies on the BJP, PTI reported. Pawar, who met Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi, said the mandate given to NCP by people is to sit in opposition but one cannot speak about future.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at the Raj Bhavan on Monday. After the visit, Raut said though he discussed the current political situation in Maharashtra with the governor, it was a courtesy visit. He also said whoever has the majority should form the government.

Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met BJP chief and Home Minister Amit Shah at the latter’s residence in Delhi earlier today.

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While Devendra Fadnavis met Amit Shah, Sharad Pawar held talks with Sonia Gandhi on the political developments in Maharashtra. Here are the day's HIGHLIGHTS:

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    20:17 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Discussed political situation in Maharashtra with Sonia Gandhi: Sharad Pawar

    Sharad Pawar: "I met with Sonia Gandhi in Delhi today. I briefed her on the political situation in Maharashtra. We have not discussed exactly about the formation of government."

    18:59 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena did not seek any support from NCP: Sharad Pawar

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar: BJP responsible for forming the government in Maharashtra; Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has not sought NCP support.

    Pawar also denied the possibility of him returning as the chief minister of Maharashtra.

    18:58 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Mandate given to NCP to sit in Oppn: Sharad Pawar

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar: Mandate to NCP given by people is to sit in opposition but you cannot speak about future.

    18:31 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Sena will split if Fadnavis forms govt sans its support: MLA

    Independent MLA Ravi Rana, who has extended support to the BJP in Maharashtra, on Monday claimed that "some 25 MLAs" of the Shiv Sena were in touch with him over formation of the next government.

    The MLA from Badnera in Amravati district dubbed the Sena as "very arrogant" and claimed the Uddhav Thackeray-led party will split and nearly two dozen MLAs will join the BJP if Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis forms the next government without its saffron ally. The Sena has 56 MLAs.

    Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the MLA said, "The Shiv Sena has been very arrogant in the last five years. Fadnavis should put a check to it.

    "In fact, there are some 25 MLAs of the Shiv Sena who are in touch with me for government formation. If Fadnavis forms a government without the Shiv Sena, in the next two months there will be a split in the Sena and some 25 MLAs would join the party." (PTI)

    17:47 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Sharad Pawar reaches Sonia Gandhi's residence

    NCP Chief Sharad Pawar arrives at Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi's residence on Monday.

    17:37 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Discussed political situation in Maharashtra with the governor: Raut

    After the meeting with the governor at Raj Bhavan, Raut said though he discussed the current political situation in Maharashtra with the governor, it was a courtesy visit.

    17:31 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena leaders meet governor at Raj Bhavan

    Shiv Sena leaders Ramdas Kadam and Sanjay Raut met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. (Express photo)

    17:12 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Sanjay Raut arrives at Raj Bhawan to meet Maharashtra Governor

    Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut arrives at Raj Bhawan to meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

    17:02 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Maha stalemate: Marathi publication likens Raut to 'Betaal'

    Amid the stalemate over government formation in Maharashtra, a Marathi daily, widely seen inclined towards the RSS, on Monday likened Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut to a clown and 'Betaal', the mythological ghost who challenged King Vikramaditya with his witty riddles.

    Without naming Raut, it called him a "clown" and said "his attempt to portray a picture that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is isolated in the BJP is nothing but pure entertainment".

    It also said Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray frequently asserted that its priority was farmers' interests. "But it is unfortunate to see that he is not walking the talk when it comes to actual government formation," it added. (PTI)

    16:20 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Some party leaders in favour of re-election, says BJP leader

    Maharashtra Tourism and FDA Minister Jaykumar Rawal said, "The party workers said senior leaders of the BJP should not have forged an alliance (with the Sena)...give us a chance again, we will contest again and win this time," said Rawal, who is considered close to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

    "Many of them are angry as we could not contest in some seats due to pact with the Sena and lost with a thin margin in some segments," he added. (PTI)

    15:18 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    What happens if BJP-Shiv Sena fail to form government before November 8?

    If the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, which won the majority mandate in the recently concluded Maharashtra Assembly elections,  fails to form the government before November 8, the state may well head towards the President's rule, BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar had said Friday. The tenure of the existing Legislative Assembly ends on November 8.

    The Shiv Sena had retorted to his remarks, saying the statement was “undemocratic and unconstitutional”, and asked whether it was a “threat” to newly-elected MLAs.

    14:51 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra govt formation: Shiv Sena to meet Governor but won’t stake claim

    The Shiv Sena has decided to meet Maharashtra Governor Monday evening to discuss the current political situation emerging out of the face-off between the two saffron parties in the state. The party, however, has denied that it will stake claim to form the government but will apprise the governor of its stand.

    At a press conference on Monday, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the Sena will not stake the claim but want the governor to invite the single-largest party, the BJP, to form the government. “And if the BJP fails to prove its majority, the Sena will then prove a majority. We will pass the ‘agnipariksha’ on the floor of the House,” said Raut, adding that they will clear their stand to the governor during the meeting.

    14:12 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Fadnavis meets BJP Maharashtra in-charge in Delhi

    Fadnavis arrives at residence of BJP Maharashtra incharge Bhupendra Yadav in the national capital.

    13:44 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra government formation: NCP says will sit in Opposition

    Amid the power tussle between the Sena and the BJP, the NCP has been maintaining that it would sit in the Opposition. While Raut earlier in the day claimed the Sena would soon have its chief minister with the support of “170 MLAs”, Pawar said he was “unaware” how the Sena leader had arrived at this number. “The Congress-NCP and other allies have a strength of 110 seats (which includes Congress’ 44 and NCP’s 54). And we have a mandate to be in the opposition,” Pawar said.

    13:14 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra govt formation: What has been NCP's stance so far?

    The NCP leadership has been sending mixed messages to the Sena over the issue of supporting the party in case it decides to break off its alliance with the BJP. Last week NCP chief Sharad Pawar had said that his party was not in talks with the Sena after reports that the latter was exploring options of staking claim to form the government with the help of the NCP and Congress. Pawar also said that the central leadership of the Congress has been so far been inimical to the idea of having any pact with the Sena.

    13:09 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    'Urged Centre to extend support to Maharashtra farmers': Fadnavis

    After the meeting today, Fadnavis said said, "I urged the Centre to extend maximum help to the farmers in Maharashtra. Shah will convene a meeting with the crop insurance companies soon." The CM also pointed at meeting that crop insurance companies should come forward and help the farmers.

    13:07 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Will clear NCP's stand after talks with Sena: Nawab Malik

    Malik continued to tempt the Sena by saying that the state could see the formation of new political equations. “We will clear our stand after the Sena initiates talks on a coalition with the NCP. So far, no discussion has taken place between the two parties. We are presently behaving as the opposition only. But if the Sena changes its course, then new political equations can come into play,” he added.

    13:03 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    NCP continues to send mixed signals to Sena over support

    The NCP, on the other hand, continued to confound the Shiv Sena sending mixed signals throughout Sunday over possible support to the party if it decides to break away from the BJP and stake claim to power. “Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut is saying a Sena chief minister will take oath on Shiv Theerth. If the Sena decides then any eventuality is possible in Maharashtra. The stand that the Sena now takes is important,” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said.

    12:50 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Fadnavis meet Amit Shah in Delhi

    Devendra Fadnavis met Home Minister Amit Shah at the latter's residence on Monday.

    12:37 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    New government will be formed soon, says Fadnavis

    "I don't want to comment on anything anyone is saying on the situation. All I want to say is that the new  governmentwill be formed soon, I am confident," Fadnavis told reporters.

    12:35 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Devendra Fadnavis addresses the media

    Addressing the media thereafter, Fadnavis said his meeting with Amit Shah was based on the monsoon situation in Maharashtra. 

    12:29 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    'If BJP fails, Sena will prove its majority': Sanjay Raut

    The Shiv Sena, meanwhile, said that it will not stake claim to form the government but will apprise the governor of its stand during its meeting later in the day. He added that he will will urge the governor to invite the single largest party to form the government. "And if the BJP fails to prove it's majority, the Sena will then prove the majority. We will pass the 'agniprikasha' on the floor of the House," he said, adding that they will clear their stand to the governor during the meeting.

    12:08 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Fadnavis meets Amit Shah in Delhi

    Fadnavis met Amit Shah in New Delhi today.

    12:06 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Anil Kapoor on CM: Mein Nayak filmon mein hi theek hoon

    Actor Anil Kapoor, who was in Pune on Sunday, said he was better off playing the role of chief minister on the silver screen rather than in real life. “Mein Nayak filmon mein hi theek hoon… (I am better off in films)” he said, when asked about whether he would like to become the chief minister given the current tug-of-war over the post between the BJP and the Shiv Sena.

    12:00 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra Assembly Elections Results 2019: How many seats did parties attain?

    The BJP and Shiv Sena, which contested the October 21 state elections together, have been locked in a bitter battle over sharing of the chief minister's post and are yet to start formal talks over government formation. In the polls to 288-member state Assembly, the BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena-56, NCP-54 and Congress-44.

    11:48 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra CM Fadnavis arrives in Delhi to meet Amit Shah

    Fadnavis has arrived in the national capital to meet Amit Shah.

    11:42 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    'Jai Hindi': Sanjay Raut greets Twitter followers

    In the post, Sanjay Raut also greeted his followers with the slogan "Jai Hind", even as the party has since long been insisting on using the salutation- "Jai Maharashtra".

    11:40 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    'Journey amusing before goal': Sanjay Raut

    Meanwhile, Raut today tweeted a photo of him with party chief Uddhav Thackeray along with a message, saying "journey is enjoyable before reaching the goal". The post reads: "Lakshya tak pahunchne se pahle safar me mazaa aataa hai."

    11:23 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Amid Maharashtra impasse, Sanjay Raut texts Sharad Pawar

    Amid the impasse, the Sena appeared to have reached out to the NCP as its senior leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Sunday disclosed to reporters a message sent to him by Raut. The message read: "Namaskar mi Sanjay Raut. Jai Maharashtra". Reacting to it, Pawar said, "This means I should call him. I will call and check."

    11:17 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    'Meeting with Maharashtra Guv a courtesy call': Sanjay Raut

    Sena's Sanjay Raut said his scheduled meeting with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday evening will be a "courtesy call" with no political motive. Raut said the governor was like the state's guardian and therefore, he would meet him to talk on various issues. "It will be a courtesy meet and not political. I am going to talk to the governor on various issues. We will also inform him about our stand," he told reporters in Mumbai.

    11:15 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    'You will get to know in coming days': Uddhav Thackeray on Maharashtra govt formation

    Asked by mediapersons in Aurangabad if the Sena would form the government alone or join other parties, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Sunday said, “You will get to know in the coming days.”

    11:11 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra government formation: Sanjay Raut to meet Governor today

    On Sunday, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said he would meet the Maharashtra Governor today. “I will ask him to invite the single largest party and then give a chance to other parties,” Raut told The Indian Express, adding that there would be a Sena CM and the oath-taking ceremony would take place at Shivaji Park in Mumbai.

    11:03 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra government formation: Joining hands with Sena will prove to be detrimental, says NCP leader

    A senior NCP functionary said, “Pawar has set his new target as regaining the organisation’s lost grounds in zilla parishad polls next year. Any attempt to join hands with the Sena will prove detrimental.” The Congress and NCP are also wary of hobnobbing with the Sena as the Ayodhya verdict nears, a point raised by Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Sunday.

    10:59 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra government formation: Will NCP align with Congress to keep BJP away?

    Sharad Pawar’s meeting with Sonia comes amidst increasing clamour within the NCP that it and the Congress align with the Sena to keep the BJP out. However, NCP and Congress seniors are wary that the Sena’s outreach is no more than a ploy to drive a harder bargain with the BJP.

    10:56 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra government formation: Sharad Pawar to meet Sonia Gandhi in Delhi today

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar will also meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the national capital today.

    10:52 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    BJP confident of forming government in Maharashtra: Sources

    BJP sources in Delhi said the party is confident a BJP-Sena government would be in place by this week, under Fadnavis.

    10:49 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Fadnavis in Delhi: CM says visit to seek relief for farmers

    CM Fadnavis is travelling to the Capital on Monday to meet BJP chief Amit Shah. This will be his first visit to Delhi since the election results, which gave the BJP fewer seats than it expected. Fadnavis told reporters he was going to the national to seek relief for farmers hit by unseasonal rains from the National Disaster Response Fund, which falls under Shah’s ministry. However, sources said, the CM would discuss with the BJP chief strategies to bring the Sena on board, with delay in government formation stretching embarrassingly.

    10:39 (IST)04 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra govt formation: Fadnavis to meet Amit Shah in Delhi, Sharad Pawar to hold talks with Sonia Gandhi

    With talks with ally Shiv Sena stuck over chief ministership, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will travel to Delhi to meet BJP chief and Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday. The day will also see a meeting between NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the Capital as well. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut is expected to meet the Governor in Mumbai. Follow our live blog for all the latest updates.

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    In his column Rok Thok, published in Sena mouthpiece Saamana Sunday, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut put forward several scenarios of government formation, in none of which a BJP-led one endured. “After the BJP fails to prove its majority in the House, the Shiv Sena can stake claim to form the government. With the help of the NCP, Congress and others, the figure will go up to 170. The Shiv Sena can have its own Chief Minister,” he wrote. The BJP and Sena together won 161 seats in the recent elections. The half-way mark in the 288-seat House is 145.

    Saamna also carried a front-page story Sunday, headlined ‘At any cost, there should be no BJP government’, which said the Congress and NCP had taken a decision to keep the BJP out of power.

    At a press conference Sunday morning at his residence in Mumbai, Raut, who is considered Thackeray’s right-hand man, wondered why BJP president Shah, who had resolved the issue of government formation in Haryana, seemed to be keeping away from Maharashtra. (Both the states saw Assembly elections together.)

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