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Maharashtra govt formation highlights: Will see how BJP does not agree to CM post’s deal, says Sanjay Raut

Maharashtra Government Formation highlights: While the BJP is keen to continue with Devendra Fadnavis as the state CM, the Shiv Sena is seeking "equal sharing of power” ahead of government formation.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 29, 2019 1:50:42 pm
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Maharashtra Government Formation highlights: The BJP in Maharashtra must not compel the Shiv Sena to explore other “alternatives” by not fulfilling the latter’s demand for a ’50-50′ power-sharing formula, senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Monday. “Uddhav Thackeray has clearly said we will wait for the BJP. But don’t compel us to look for other alternatives. We don’t want to commit that sin,” Raut told NDTV.

The Shiv Sena MP also said the saffron party will have to stick to its promise made before the elections. “You can set fire to the Mantralaya (ministry), like they set fire to the Mantralaya to destroy files, but this agreement on power-sharing, how will you delete it,” he told the news channel.

Raut’s remarks came hours after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote met Governor Bhagat Singh at Raj Bhavan Koshyari separately in Mumbai. However, the BJP and Shiv Sena, which are tussling with each other for the post of chief minister of the state, maintained that it was a “courtesy meet” to exchange greetings for Diwali festival. After winning the elections together, the BJP is keen to continue with Devendra Fadnavis as the CM, whereas the Sena is seeking “equal sharing of power” ahead of the government formation. The BJP is learnt to have offered the Deputy Chief Minister’s post to its ally in Maharashtra.

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    21:21 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra Assembly Elections Results 2019: How many seats did BJP, Shiv Sena get?

    In the 288-seat Assembly, the BJP has got 105 seats, down from 122 in 2014. The Sena won 56 seats this time, as compared to 63 in 2014. The BJP also has the support of 17 independents/rebels, taking its overall tally to 122 seats.

    21:19 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    People of Nagpur have "rejected" Fadnavis as CM: Congress leader

    Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh, who fought unsuccessfully against Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, said the BJP leader's reduced victory margin means the people of Nagpur have "rejected" him as CM. "Fadnavis's victory margin in 2014, when he was just an MLA, was much bigger than in 2019 when he was the chief minister. Hence, people had then accepted Fadnavis as their legislator. As chief minister, Fadnavis was expecting a winning margin of more than 1 lakh. But, he could not even get the lead he got in 2014 and his lead ended at around 49,000. Hence, the people of Nagpur have rejected Fadnavis as chief minister," he said at a press conference in Nagpur.

    20:52 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Will see how BJP does not agree to CM post's deal, says Sanjay Raut

    Hardening stand on equal division of the chief ministerial tenure, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut told NDTV, "We will see how they do not share the post of chief minister. Both the parties agreed on 50:50 power-sharing formula. There is no need to explain it in detail."

    19:37 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    BJP has time to think, says Sanjay Raut

    The Shiv Sena leader also said the party would not settle for deputy chief ministership. "There is still time. They don't have a majority and they are the biggest party. If they can do without the Sena, I welcome that and congratulate them," Sanjay Raut told NDTV.

    19:07 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    'No one is a saint in politics': Sanjay Raut

    "We can't deny the possibility (of taking Congress-NCP support). No one is a sadhu-sant (saint) in politics, though the Sena still believes in its principles," Sanjay Raut said.

    19:07 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    'Don't compel us to explore alternatives': Sanjay Raut to BJP

    Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut continued to needle the BJP, saying the latter must not compel them to explore other "alternatives". "Uddhav Thackeray has clearly said we will wait for the BJP. But don't compel us to look for other alternatives. We don't want to commit that sin," Raut told NDTV.

    18:53 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    BJP will respond to Shiv Sena appropriately, says Narasimha Rao

    Asked about Sena's demand for an equal division of power with many of its leaders seeking the post of chief minister for the party, Rao said the BJP leadership has taken note of their statements and will respond to them appropriately.

    18:13 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra to soon get BJP-led government: Narasimha Rao

    BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao today said that the BJP has emerged as the single largest party "by a wide margin" with its tally of seats being more than the combined total of the opposition alliance of the Congress and NCP. "With this public support, Maharashtra will soon get a BJP-led state government that will last a full five-term and fulfil people's aspirations. Maharashtra results are an endorsement of public support for a BJP-led government," he told PTI.

    15:29 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Mumbai: 3 candidates under EC scanner for ‘communal’ poll speeches

    During campaigning for the state elections in Mumbai, the Election Commission prima facie has found at least three cases where candidates of political parties appeared to be giving communally-charged speeches, including one by Mumbai BJP president Mangal Prabhat Lodha. In another instance, the EC found a man putting up content online that could possibly cause a rift between two sects in Mulund. Of these four cases, FIRs have been registered into three instances, while the case of Lodha is still being processed by the EC.

    15:26 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    All in Pawar family: 5 members either in Lok Sabha or state assembly

    This Assembly election has seen at least 50 new MLAs coming from various political families of Maharashtra cutting across party lines, with the Pawar family in the lead. It has now five members either in Lok Sabha or the state Assembly. While family patriarch and Rajya Sabha member Sharad Pawar is drawing praises for his aggressive campaigning at the age of 79, which has enhanced the numbers and reputation of the NCP, nephew Ajit has won the Baramati seat for the seventh consecutive time, that too with the highest margin of votes. Pawar’s grandson Rohit defeated a minister in his very first election in Karjat-Jamkhed seat. Rohit is Ajit’s nephew. Click here to read more.

    15:17 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    'No political controversy over alliance with BJP': Shiv Sena

    The Sena leader also said that no controversy has erupted over its alliance with the BJP. "No political controversy has erupted. The BJP have their numbers, we have our own. We are using it for our own benefits," he told the news channel.

    15:08 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra government formation: Uddhav will decide on Sena's CM candidate, says Sanjay Raut

    On the Shiv Sena candidate for the chief minister's post, Sanjay Raut said, "Uddhav Thackeray will only take a call. It is the party chief who will decide."

    15:01 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    BJP invokes Lord Ram, they should speak the truth: Sanjay Raut

    When asked what happens if the BJP refuses to stick to the agreement, Sanjay Raut said, "The BJP always chants Ram's name. Ram means 'satya' (truth). You are planning to make the Ram Temple. So you should say the truth."

    15:00 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Maharashtra government formation: BJP can tear the paper but not delete their word, says Sanjay Raut

    BJP MP Sanjay Raut, meanwhile, said that BJP will have to stick to its promise made before the elections. "Why shouldn't we demand (for 50-50 power-sharing) and who is BJP to say that we drop it? This is not our demand, this is their agreement with us. They should understand. They gave us their word before the national election. You can't delete what you said in front of the media. You can tear the paper, you can make files disappear. You can set fire to the Mantralaya (ministry), like they set fire to the Mantralaya to destroy files, but this agreement on power-sharing, how will you delete it," he told NDTV.

    14:37 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    After poll win, Maharashtra BJP chief Patil to gift sarees to women

    Maharashtra BJP chief and state minister Chandrakant Patil, who won from Kothrud in Pune district, has decided to distribute sarees to women in his constituency as a 'Bhau-beej' gift. Patil, who was earlier termed as an "outsider" by his rivals since he hails from Kolhapur district, won from Kothrud by defeating MNS candidate Kishor Shinde by over 25,000 votes. "I thought on this 'bhau-beej' (to be celebrated on Tuesday), I should do something for my sisters who are economically backward, live in slums and work as domestic helps. I appealed to some of my friends and several of them have responded positively by giving new sarees," he said.

    12:54 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Shiv Sena's Diwakar Raote meets Governor

    Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote also met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari Monday at his Raj Bhavan residence. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also met Koshyari on the same day.

    12:23 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Apprised him on the current scenario: Fadnavis after meeting Governor

    Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, who met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday, said that he apprised him on the current scenario of the state. The meeting comes as the BJP and Shiv Sena are engaged in a tussle over the post of CM of the state, though the saffron party clarified that the meeting was just a "courtesy call" on the occasion of Diwali.

    12:00 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    'Itna sannata kyun hai bhai': Shiv Sena quips BJP govt on economic slowdown

    Even as BJP and Shiv Sena continue to bicker over the power-sharing formula in Maharashtra, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party Monday took a fresh potshot at the Centre over the economic slowdown.

    In its editorial piece Saamna, the Shiv Sena borrowed an iconic dialogue from Hindi blockbuster movie ‘Sholay’ to target the BJP-led central government, saying why there was so much “silence” in markets on the occasion of Diwali. Read more

    11:56 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Fadnavis meets Governor amid power sharing tussle with Shiv Sena

    Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan on Monday.

    11:32 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Fadnavis arrives at Raj Bhavan to meet Governor

    Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis arrives at Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday.

    11:03 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Opinion | Maharashtra election results bust some myths about how people now vote

    Finally there’s reason to smile,’’ said a human rights activist in Mumbai after the Maharashtra Assembly results were declared. Indeed, there’s enough to rejoice for those who yearned to see light at the end of a seemingly endless tunnel filled with fumes of hate.

    For one, three of the biggest BJP losers are those for whom the prime minister campaigned, invoking Article 370 and pouring contempt on the Congress for its “anti-national’’ stand on the issue. Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s efforts did not help all those he campaigned for. Neither the PM’s unmatched oratorial skills nor the BJP president’s vitriol could sway all voters.

    This in itself would have been enough to repudiate the current popular belief that the ruling party’s communal politics holds sway over the majority. But Maharashtra’s voters have done more than demonstrate that, sometimes, other factors matter more. They have busted another myth that has been around since before 2014. Read more

    10:50 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Maha govt formation: 2 Vidarbha MLAs offer support to Sena

    Two MLAs from a small party in Maharashtra's Vidarbha on Saturday extended support to the Shiv Sena, increasing its bargaining power with senior ally BJP over power sharing.

    In a letter addressed to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Achalpur MLA Bachchu Kadu and his colleague Rajkumar Patel, legislator from Melghat, both from Amravati district, offered support. Kadu heads the Prahar Janshakti Party.

    "Kadu's support has increased the Sena's bargaining power. We adjusted with the BJP between 2014-19, now it is time to have our share," a Sena leader told PTI on condition of anonymity. (PTI)

    10:41 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Diwakar Raote arrives at Raj Bhavan to meet Governor

    Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote arrives at Raj Bhavan to meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. CM Devendra Fadnavis is also going to meet Koshyari today.

    10:29 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Shiv Sena still in hunt for CM’s post, BJP likely to offer Deputy CM

    Under pressure from the Shiv Sena, which has sought “equal sharing of power” ahead of government formation, the BJP is learnt to have offered the Deputy Chief Minister’s post to its ally in Maharashtra.

    “Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has indicated that the party is willing to concede the Deputy Chief Minister’s post to the Shiv Sena,” said a highly placed source in the BJP here.

    While a formal decision is likely only after Monday, the two allies have been holding back-channel discussions. Read more

    10:14 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Fadnavis, Raote to meet Maharashtra Governor today

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote to meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari separately today. It is a courtesy visit during Diwali festival, Raj Bhawan confirms. (ANI)

    10:12 (IST)28 Oct 2019
    Shiv Sena has ‘remote control of power’ in Maharashtra: Sanjay Raut

    The Shiv Sena continued to push the boundaries with BJP post elections and warned its ally that it had the “remote control of power” in Maharashtra despite securing fewer seats in the recently held assembly elections.

    “The Sena won fewer seats this time, 56 compared to 63 in 2014, but it has the remote control of power,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut wrote In his column ‘Rokhthok’ in the party’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

    “The dream that the Shiv Sena will drag itself behind the BJP is busted (after poll results). A cartoon showing a tiger (Sena’s identity) holding a lotus (BJP’s symbol) in its hand tells a lot about the current scenario. Not taking anyone for granted is the message,” Raut, who is the executive editor of Saamana and also the chief whip of the party in Parliament, wrote. Read more

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    In Maharashtra, the size of the Cabinet cannot exceed 42 members. Besides the home ministry, the revenue, finance, urban, agriculture, irrigation, health and public works departments may become sticking points. The BJP, however, is unlikely to concede the home, finance and urban departments.

    On Thursday, immediately after the results were announced, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had reminded the BJP about the “50:50” power-sharing formula. Thackeray is reported to have told his legislators on Saturday that the party wanted the Chief Minister’s chair for half of the government’s five-year term, and would explore other options if the BJP didn’t agree.

    In his first meeting with the party’s newly elected legislators at his Matoshree residence on Saturday, Uddhav Thackeray is reported to have said that the Sena Was aiming to hold the CM chair for half of the government’s five-year term and that if the BJP doesn’t relent to its demand, the Sena could explore other options. The BJP won 105 seats and the Sena 56 in the just concluded elections.

    Being critical of the BJP, the Sena has also opined that NCP supremo Sharad Pawar has emerged “more powerful” than Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. It cited the Satara bypoll, which was held along with the Assembly elections, where NCP leader Shriniwas Patil defeated Shivaji Maharaj’s descendant Udayanraje Bhosale by some 80,000 votes.