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Maharashtra Government Formation HIGHLIGHTS: "Uddhav Thackeray will lead the government in Maharashtra," Sharad Pawar told reporters after an hour-long meeting with top leaders in Mumbai.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2019 11:12:49 am
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Maharashtra Government Formation HIGHLIGHTS: The newly-formed Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP alliance on Friday unanimously proposed Uddhav Thackeray’s name for the post of chief minister in Maharashtra, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said. “Uddhav will lead the Maharashtra government,” Pawar told reporters after an hour-long meeting with top leaders in Mumbai.

Earlier in the day, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting with party legislators and assured that the process of forming the government was in the final stages. NCP leader Jayant Patil, on the other hand, said the smaller pre-poll allies of his party and the Congress have backed the idea of forming a government with the Shiv Sena to keep the BJP away from power in the state.

Maharashtra was plunged into a political crisis after the Sena broke its three-decade-long ties with the BJP after the latter declined to share the chief minister’s post. The BJP and Sena, which fought the Assembly polls in alliance, had secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member Assembly. The NCP and the Congress, pre-poll allies, won 54 and 44 seats, respectively.

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    21:44 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Uddhav Thackeray has given his consent to become chief minister: Sanjay Raut

    Talking to ANI, Shiv Sena leaders Sanjay Raut confirmed that Uddhav Thackeray has given his consent to become Chief Minister.

    21:36 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    BJP should have agreed to Sena's demand of CM post for two-and-a-half years: Athawale

    Ramdas Athawale, a BJP ally in Maharashtra and Union minister, on Friday said the saffron party's leadership should have agreed to the Shiv Sena's demand of the chief minister's post for two-and-a-half years so that power would not have slipped out from their hands. The Republican Party of India (RPI-A) leader's remarks come in the wake of the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Shiv Sena inching towards sealing a deal on forming an alliance government in the state. The state has been facing a political crisis after the Sena broke its three-decade-long ties with the BJP after the latter declined to share the chief minister's post. (PTI)

    21:01 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Whoever forms govt in Maharashtra, we will get farmers' work done: Nitin Gadkari

    Irrespective of whose government is formed in Maharashtra, we will get the work done in the interest of farmers, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday. "Whosoever forms the government, work will be carried out in a good manner. Irrespective of whose government comes to power in Maharashtra, we will get the work done in farmers' interest. Farmers are more important...who is part of the government is insignificant," the Minister for Road Transport and Highways said at the inauguration of Agrovision, an expo showcasing a wide range of agricultural products, in Nagpur.

    20:56 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Govt formation talks inconclusive, to continue on Sat: Ahmed Patel

    Talks on government formation in Maharashtra between the Congress, the NCP and the Shiv Sena are inconclusive and will continue on Saturday as well, AICC General Secretary Ahmed Patel said today.

    20:42 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    VIDEO | Uddhav Thackeray to be next Maharashtra CM: Sharad Pawar

    The newly formed Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP alliance on Friday unanimously proposed Uddhav Thackeray’s name for the post of chief minister in Maharashtra. Watch video here:

    20:20 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra govt formation: Will conclude discussions soon, says Uddhav Thackeray

    Coming out of the meeting, Uddhav Thackeray told reporters that the talks were satisfactory. "We will end the discussions soon and come before media," he added.

    19:47 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan addresses media

    Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan and NCP leader Praful Patel are addressing the media. "We discussed all the issues between the parties. The heads of all the parties were present during the meeting. The discussions were held in a positive manner. Talks remain to be concluded," Chavan said.

    19:43 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    'Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP alliance most desired in Maharashtra': Shatrughan Sinha

    Amid the political developments, Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha tweeted, "Hopefully, a full five-year term, stable, working government in the true sense is underway in Maharashtra. It is the most desired, wanted, new and expected alliance." 

    19:31 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    'Consensus on the name of Uddhav Thackeray as Maharashtra chief minister': Sharad Pawar

    "We all have consensus on the name of Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister," Sharad Pawar told reporters.

    19:08 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Sharad Pawar leaves after Sena-NCP-Congress meeting


    NCP chief Sharad Pawar leaves after the meeting in Mumbai on Friday. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)

    19:05 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    'All issues covered with Congress, NCP': Uddhav Thackeray

    "We have made sure no issues are left untouched between the parties. We will announce everything tomorrow," Uddhav Thackeray told reporters after the meeting in Mumbai.

    18:54 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra govt formation: Will brief media on developments tomorrow, says Sharad Pawar

    Speaking to reporters, Sharad Pawar said, "Tomorrow, a press conference will be held by the three parties. Discussions are continuing. Tomorrow we will also decide when to approach the Governor." 

    18:50 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Consensus on Uddhav Thackeray as Maharashtra CM: Sharad Pawar

    As the meeting, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the party leaders have agreed on Uddhav Thackeray as the new chief minister of Maharashtra. 

    18:46 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra: Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP meeting concludes

    Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP joint meeting has concluded, ANI reported.

    18:12 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Watch: Sena-Cong-NCP is an alliance of ‘opportunism’ in Maharashtra, says Gadkari

    Union minister Nitin Gadkari termed the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra as opportunistic, adding that even if they succeed in forming the government, they won’t last more than eight months. 

    17:17 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra govt formation: Priority to stake claim at the earliest, says Malik

    Asked about reports of the Shiv Sena and the NCP sharing the chief ministerial post for two-and-half years, Malik said the issue is not important for the parties. "What is important is the government runs for five years, people's sentiments are respected...Our priority to form the government at the earliest," he added.

    17:15 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Stake claim for govt formation on Friday night or Saturday: NCP

    The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress will stake claim to form government in Maharashtra either late night on Friday or Saturday morning, NCP's chief spokesman Nawab Malik has said. Malik also said the three parties will give priority to running the government for five years. "Some leaders of the three parties will meet in the evening (on Friday). They will discuss all the points and take the final call. We will stake claim to form the government late tonight or in the morning tomorrow," Malik said.

    17:09 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra govt formation: Sharad Pawar, Uddhav join Sena-NCP-Congress meet

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray are also attending the deliberations at Nehru Centre in South Mumbai aimed at giving momentum to install a non-BJP government in the country's richest state, which is under President's rule. Kharge, while leaving for the meeting from suburban Bandra, told reporters that a decision on when to stake claim to form government will be decided after the meeting.

    17:07 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra: Who are taking part in Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP meeting?

    Eknath Shinde, Subhash Desai, Sanjay Raut (all Shiv Sena), Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge, K C Venugopal, Avinash Pande, Balasaheb Thorat, Prithviraj Chavan (Congress), Praful Patel, Jayant Patil and Ajit Pawar (NCP) are taking part in the meeting.

    16:48 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Thackerays arrive for Sena-Congress-NCP meeting in Worli


    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray arrives with son and MLA Aaditya Thackeray for a meeting with Congress and NCP leaders in Worli on Friday. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)

    16:43 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra mayoral polls: Sena-Cong-NCP get the better of BJP

    The BJP was outsmarted by emerging political combinations in the state and lost mayoral polls in Latur and Ulhasnagar despite having a majority in both civic bodies. The Shiv Sena managed to win the posts of mayor and deputy mayor in Mumbai and neighbouring Thane. The BJP, however, managed to keep its flock together and got the support of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena to win the posts of mayor and deputy mayor in Nashik.

    16:40 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    BJP's Murlidhar Mohol is new Mayor of Pune

    Meanwhile, BJP corporator Murlidhar Mohol was today elected as the new Mayor of Pune Municipal Corporation. The city's top post had fallen vacant after BJP's Mukta Tilak was elected as an MLA from the Kasba Assembly constituency in the recently-concluded state elections. The Congress and the NCP had fielded Prakash Kadam as their candidate against BJP's Mohol. Shiv Sena voted against Mohol and supported Kadam. Nonetheless, Mohol won the election by a comfortable margin as the BJP has a clear majority in the civic body. In the 164-member House, the BJP has 99 corporators.

    16:31 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena MLAs asked to stay together in Mumbai

    Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu said all the party MLAs have been asked to stay together, while another legislator, Uday Samant, said no one can poach the Sena lawmakers. "We are together in Mumbai due to the fast-changing political developments," he added.

    16:31 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    BJP leader approaches Supreme Court against post-poll alliance in Maharashtra

    Meanwhile, a BJP leader today moved the Supreme Court against the post-poll alliance in the state. "That the present petition seeks to stop the unholy alliance between three political parties which have all fought against each other but is trying to form the government by joining hands thereby defeating the electoral mandate," the plea read.

    16:19 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Mallikarjun Kharge leaves for NCP-Congress-Sena meeting

    Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told reporters in Mumbai: " We are going for a meeting (Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena) where discussions will be held. We will do a briefing after the meeting." 

    16:01 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Sanjay Raut arrives for Shiv Sena meeting in Worli


    Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut arrives at Worli for a party meeting on Friday. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)

    15:34 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    'Breaking of alliance with BJP loss to country': Gadkari

    "The BJP and Shiv Sena alliance was based on ideology of Hindutva and even today, we don't have much ideological differences. Breaking of such an alliance is not only a loss to the country but also to the Hindutva cause and to Maharashtra," Gadkari added.

    15:23 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra govt formation: Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress an alliance of opportunism, says Gadkari

    "This (Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress) is an alliance of opportunism, they will not be able to give Maharashtra a stable government," Nitin Gadkari told ANI.

    14:59 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Congress Legislative Party meeting underway in Mumbai

    Congress Legislative Party meeting underway at Maharashtra Vidhan Bhavan, to elect their legislative party leader.

    14:55 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    'Ideological differences between parties, new govt won't move ahead': Gadkari

    On the government formation, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, "There are ideological differences among Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP. The government will not go much ahead even if it is formed." 

    14:51 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Process to form Sena-led govt in final stages: Uddhav to MLAs

    During the meeting with party MLAs, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said the process to form a Sena-led dispensation in Maharashtra was in the final stages. Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav told PTI. "Uddhavji met and told us that the process of formation of Sena-led government is in the final stages," he said. "The legislators have fully endorsed the party's efforts to stitch up an alliance with Congress and NCP to form the next government in the state," he added.

    14:09 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Coalition name: Cong-NCP rejects Sena’s ‘Maha Shiv Aghadi’

    The congress and NCP have allegedly shot down Shiv Sena’s suggestion to name the possible Sena-led coalition government with support from NCP and Congress as ‘Maha Shiv Aghadi’. Instead, the coalition is now likely to be called ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’. This seems to have come handy to the state BJP, which on Thursday accused the Sena, its estranged ally, of deviating from the Hindutva plank. 

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar with Congress president Sonia Gandhi. (File)
    14:07 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Maharashtra: New govt may apply brakes to Rs 1.08-lakh crore bullet train plan

    The Rs 1.08-lakh crore bullet train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai may come to a screeching halt if the Congress and NCP succeed in propping up a Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra. With farmers’ welfare and a blanket farm loan waiver central to the common minimum programme (CMP) drawn up between the three parties, sources said that the three have agreed to withhold the share of expenditure towards the bullet train project. Instead, the funds would be used to roll out a universal loan waiver scheme within the first 100 days of the government assuming office. Read More

    13:30 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Congress-NCP meet underway

    A meeting between the Congress and the NCP is underway at Nariman Point. 

    The Congress-NCP meeting is underway at Nariman point, Mumbai on Friday. (Express photo: Nirmal Harindran)
    (Express photo: Nirmal Harindran)
    13:10 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Sena looks to induct aggressive faces who can hold their own against Cong, NCP bigwigs

    Shiv Sena keen on inducting aggressive leaders as its representatives in the Cabinet to ensure that they can hold their own against Congress and NCP bigwigs who have greater experience in governance. The Sena is also expecting a hostile reception from BJP once its moves to the treasury benches. The party believes that having aggressive and vocal ministers would help blunt BJP’s attack. Read More

    13:07 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Chhagan Bhujbal and Prithviraj Chavan arrive at NCP's Dhananjay Munde's residence

    Chhagan Bhujbal and Prithviraj Chavan arrive at NCP's Dhananjay Munde's residence in Nariman point. The meeting is underway now. 

    Prithviraj Chavan
    Chhagan Bhujbal
    12:59 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Uddhav leaves Matoshree to reach BMC headquarters

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray leaves Matoshree to reach BMC headquarters to wish new Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar. 

    12:41 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Shiv Sena MLAs want Uddhav Thackeray as Maharashtra CM

    The Shiv Sena meeting has ended. "In the meeting, it was decided that all MLAs will stay in Mumbai till the government formation. The MLAs said that they want Uddhav to be the Chief Minister. However, the final decision will be taken by the Sena chief," said Pratap Sarnaik, Sena legislator from Thane.

    12:10 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Raut heads to Lilavati hospital for a checkup

    Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who underwent an angioplasty earlier this month, went for a routine checkup at Lilavati Hospital in suburban Bandra on Friday. The Rajya Sabha MP underwent an angioplasty on November 12. The Shiv Sena leader has been at the forefront of Maharashtra power tussle since the state Assembly election results were declared on October 24.

    12:09 (IST)22 Nov 2019
    Who will bag the deputy CM post?

    While former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Maharashtra Congress president Vijay (Balasaheb) Thorat are being seen as the frontrunners to bag the Deputy Chief Minister’s post, sources said the names of several former ministers including Vijay Wadettiwar, Naseem Khan, Manikrao Thakre, Nitin Raut, Varsha Gaikwad, Ranjit Kamble and Satej Patil, among others, are in the running for ministerial berths.

    maharashtra government, maharashtra, maharashtra news, maharashtra election, maharashtra govt formation, maharashtra govt formation 2019, maharashtra government formation, maharashtra government formation 2019, maharashtra government formation live news, president rule maharashtra, president rule maharashtra today Maharashtra govt formation Live Updates: Uddhav and Aaditya Thackeray at Sharad Pawar’s Mumbai home, Thursday. (Express photo: Nirmal Harindran)

    Maharashtra govt formation Live Updates:

    Late Thursday night, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his MLA-son Aaditya met NCP chief Sharad Pawar at his Silver Oak residence in south Mumbai. Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut was also present at the meeting.

    Sources in the Shiv Sena said Uddhav Thackeray has also called a meeting of party legislators on Friday morning. “The party chief is likely to speak on government formation,” a Sena functionary said.

    The Congress understanding is that the government will be led by the Sena with the Congress and NCP getting posts of Deputy Chief Ministers. The post of Assembly Speaker, the Congress believes, will be given to it. The portfolios will be divided as per the respective party strength. “It is almost equal for the Sena and NCP and the Congress may get two less,” a senior leader said.

    But sources in the NCP said the party is still demanding rotation of the CM post. At least one senior NCP leader told The Indian Express that the issue is still open and will come up during discussions with the Sena. Another critical factor, sources said, is who will head the government. The NCP and the Congress are comfortable with Uddhav Thackeray as Chief Minister. This view will also be conveyed to the Sena.

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