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Maharashtra govt formation HIGHLIGHTS: Issue of leadership not pending anymore, says Sharad Pawar

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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20:56 (IST)22 Nov 2019
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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

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

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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

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17:17 (IST)22 Nov 2019
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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?

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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)

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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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