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Maharashtra Govt Formation highlights: Will soon have a government, says Sanjay Raut after meeting Pawar

Maharashtra Government Formation highlights: Ahead of his meeting with the Congress president, Pawar said all the political parties seeking to stake claim in forming government in Maharashtra have to "choose their path."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2019 10:27:00 am
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut reaches Sharad Pawar's residence Sharad Pawar informed the reporters that there was no discussion about common minimum programme (CMP) with Sonia Gandhi. The CMP was earlier drafted by the two parties in consultation with the Shiv Sena.

Maharashtra Government Formation: An hour after NCP chief Sharad Pawar met Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi at her residence, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut reached Pawar’s residence Monday evening. After concluding his meeting with Pawar, Raut told mediapersons that he is confident that there will soon be a government in Maharashtra. “The responsibility to form Govt was not ours, the ones who had that responsibility ran away, but I am confident that soon we will have a Govt in place,” Raut told ANI.

Amid talks of government formation in Maharashtra, NCP chief Sharad Pawar met Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi. The two leaders will take a final call on joining hands with the Shiv Sena. The state is under President’s rule since the falling out of a pre-poll alliance between Sena and the BJP.

Ahead of his meeting with the Congress president, Pawar said all the political parties seeking to stake claim in forming government in Maharashtra have to “choose their path.” “BJP-Shiv Sena fought together, we (the NCP) and the Congress fought together. They have to choose their path and we will do our politics,” he told reporters before the Winter Session of Parliament began.

Former allies BJP and Shiv Sena locked horns over the seat-sharing formula and the post of chief minister in Maharashtra following the results of the Assembly elections on October 24.

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    22:09 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Confident that soon we will have a govt in place: Sanjay Raut after meeting Pawar

    After concluding his meeting with Sharad Pawar, Sanjay Raut told mediapersons that he is confident that there will soon be a government in Maharashtra. "The responsibility to form Govt was not ours, the ones who had that responsibility ran away, but I am confident that soon we will have a Govt in place," Raut told ANI. 

    20:17 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    In meeting with Sonia Gandhi, Pawar says didn't discuss govt formation

    After a meeting that lasted for nearly 50 minutes with Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her 10, Janpath residence in New Delhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar Monday said his party will hold talks with their allies in Maharashtra on government formation. Pawar told reporters that he had only briefed Gandhi about the political situation in Maharashtra and there was no discussion on government formation in the state. “We have discussed in detail the political situation in Maharashtra,” he said. READ MORE

    20:01 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut reaches Sharad Pawar's residence

    Moments after NCP chief Sharad Pawar addressed a media gathering at his residence after meeting Sonia Gandhi, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut reaches Pawar's residence.  Pawar had earlier said that the Congress and NCP would hold further talks in the coming days on government formation in Maharashtra.

    19:32 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    We did not discuss common minimum programme: Pawar

    After meeting Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar informed reporters that he did not discuss the common minimum program (CMP) with her.  At NCP’s core committee meeting in Pune Sunday, party leader Nawab Malik said the  CMP, which was drafted by the two parties in consultation with the Shiv Sena, would certainly be part of the discussion, but “we believe government formation and future roadmap will be the crux of their discussion”.

    18:36 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    'Representatives from NCP, Congress will meet to discuss the way forward'

    Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweets about the Sonia-Pawar meeting. "Sharad Pawar met the Congress President today and briefed her on the situation in Maharashtra. It was decided that in a day or two, representatives from NCP & Congress will meet in Delhi to discuss the way forward," he says.

    18:32 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Sharad Pawar addresses media after meeting Sonia Gandhi

    After meeting Sonia Gandhi at her residence, Sharad Pawar addresses mediapersons. He says that he discussed government formation deadlock in Maharashtra. 

    (Photo: ANI) 

    18:17 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Meeting over, Pawar returns to his residence

    The meeting between Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar is concluded. Pawar returns to his residence after meeting Gandhi at 10, Janpath. 

    (Representational Image) 
    17:57 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Ramdas Athawale comments on government formation in Maharashtra

    Union Minister Ramdas Athawale speaks on government formation in Maharashtra: "I had talked to Sanjay Raut ji about a compromise. I suggested him a formula of 3 years (CM from BJP) and 2 years (CM from Shiv Sena) to which he said that if BJP agrees then Shiv Sena can think about it. I will discuss this with BJP, " he says. 

    17:38 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Sonia, Sharad to take a final call on joining hands with Shiv Sena

    In the meeting between two bigwigs, a decision on the tri-party alliance between NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena is expected to be made. Maharashtra is presently under President's rule. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

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    17:06 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    NCP chief Sharad Pawar arrives at Sonia Gandhi's residence

    The meeting between Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar and Congress acting President Sonia Gandhi is about to commence as the NCP chief has arrived at the latter's residence in New Delhi,

    16:51 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Explained: President’s Rule in Maharashtra, what next?

    With the Assembly in suspended animation, it means the stakeholders — BJP, Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress — can approach the Governor any time with the required proof of support to prove majority on the floor of the House. The EC notification on the election will be treated as the new Assembly having been constituted. READ MORE

    14:59 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    'We will do our politics': Sharad Pawar ahead of meeting with Sonia Gandhi

    Ahead of his meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said all the political parties seeking to stake claim in forming government in Maharashtra have to "choose their path".

    14:00 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Sena targets BJP over 'paltry' aid by Guv for rain-hit farmers

    The Shiv Sena on Monday took a swipe at its one-time ally, the BJP, over the "paltry" financial assistance announced by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to the farmers affected by unseasonal rains.

    Koshyari had on Saturday granted relief of Rs 8,000 per hectare up to two hectares for agricultural Kharif crops and Rs 18,000 per hectare up to two hectares for horticulture/perennial crops.

    In an editorial in the party mouthpiece "Saamana", the Sena said the BJP, which is in power at the Centre, left the affected farmers in the state "disappointed" with the "meagre" relief.

    "Farmers in Maharashtra were expecting the governor would announce a major relief package for them. But the Rs 8,000 per hectare aid for kharif crops and Rs 12,000 for horticulture plantation is very less," the editorial said.

    13:01 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Ahead of Sonia-Pawar meet, Uddhav defers Nov 24 Ayodhya visit

    A day after the NCP core committee resolved to form an alternative government in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has put off his November 24 visit to Ayodhya, a Sena leader said on Monday.

    NCP president Sharad Pawar is expected to meet his Congress counterpart Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Monday to discuss government formation.

    In the wake of the supreme court judgment on the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri masjid land title dispute on November 9, Thackeray had announced he would visit the temple town in Uttar Pradesh on November 24.

    "The government formation process is taking time. Leaders of the three parties (Sena, NCP and Congress) are holding meetings. They are inching towards government formation. In view of these developments, Uddhavji has decided to postpone his visit to Ayodhya," the Sena leader said. (PTI)

    He also pointed out at the "security concerns" in Ayodhya. "Security agencies already denied permission to political parties planning to visit Ayodhya and the (Ram Janmabhoomi) site," the leader said.

    12:37 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Fadnavis again: BJP government will return soon

    THE BJP on Saturday directed its 59 losing candidates in the Assembly elections to return to their constituencies and prepare for the upcoming local bodies’ elections.

    On the concluding day of the three-day meeting of party MLAs and leaders, former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis again reiterated that public mandate was in BJP’s favour and it would return to power.

    12:10 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Will do our own politics: Sharad Pawar on Maharashtra govt formation

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar on government formation in Maharashtra:  "BJP-Shiv Sena fought together, we (NCP) and Congress fought together. They have to choose their path and we will do our politics."

    11:40 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Sena MPs allotted seats on Opposition side in Parliament, says Prahlad Joshi

    Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said Shiv Sena MPs would be allotted seats on the Opposition side in both houses of the Parliament. The Winter session of the Parliament begins from Monday.

    Pralhad Joshi said the decision has been taken as the lone Sena minister had resigned and the party was “working out” alliance with the Congress and NCP to form government in Maharashtra.

    10:50 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Sharad Pawar arrives in Delhi for meeting with Sonia Gandhi at 4 pm

    NCP Chief Sharad Pawar arrives in Delhi, to hold a meeting with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi at 4pm today.

    10:25 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Sharad Pawar to meet Sonia Gandhi at 4 pm

    NCP president Sharad Pawar and Congress president Sonia Gandhi will meet at 4pm today.

    10:06 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Meanwhile, BJP says Hindutva still binds it with Shiv Sena

    Maharashtra BJP Sunday said the presence of its leaders, especially former CM Devendra Fadnavis, at an event to mark the death anniversary of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray demonstrated that Hindutva still binds the two saffron parties.

    Hitting out at the NCP and Congress which are trying to form a government in the state along with the Sena, the state BJP said that what the NCP-Congress was doing was political opportunism.

    09:51 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    NCP leader Nawab Malik says things will speed up after Sharad-Sonia's meet

    NCP leader Nawab Malik on Monday said that the issues coming in forming a government in Maharashtra will be eliminated and things will speed up once party chief Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi meet today.

    Amid talks of government formation in Maharashtra, the NCP on Sunday held its core committee meeting in Pune, which was presided over by party chief Sharad Pawar. Other leaders like state party chief Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar, Dhananjay Munde, and MPs Supriya Sule and Sunil Tatkare were also present.

    After the core meeting, NCP state chief Jayant Patil claimed that several BJP MLAs were in touch with the party. “Many BJP MLAs, especially those who had left NCP before the polls, are in touch with us. They want to return to the party,” he said.

    Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said no formula of power sharing has been decided between the state leaders. “There is lot of speculation in the media but those are mere speculations. No formula of power sharing has been decided,” he said.

    Chavan also denied that the Congress was insisting on the deputy chief minister’s post. “We want to stop the BJP from coming to power. It has been practising vendetta politics, targeting Congress and NCP leaders and talking of finishing off the Congress. The party cannot remain a mere spectator. The BJP needs a befitting reply,” he said, adding that he was confident that a final decision will be taken this week.

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