Although Khadse did not directly name party leaders at the Centre or state, his ire was directed against the style of functioning in the organisation, and the decision to form a government with NCP leader Ajit Pawar.
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari Tuesday night invited Uddhav Thackeray to take the oath of office and secrecy at 6.40 pm on Thursday at the Shivaji Park in Dadar after he received a letter from the Maha Vikas Aghadi which stated it had the support of 166 MLAs.
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Hours after caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to say that he doesn’t have the numbers to stake a claim, BJP leaders said the move will send a positive message to the cadre as well as the voters.
This was the first time Fadnavis and Thackeray elaborated about their differences in public. They did not, however, rule out joining hands in the coming days. But both also put the onus of taking forward negotiations for government formation on each other.
In its assessment of the extent of damage, the state agriculture department has said that over 54.22 lakh hectares have been hit by heavy rain, with the eight districts of Marathwada reporting damage across over 22.71 lakh hectares.
The party’s performance in urban areas like Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Amravati, Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara (with the exception of Mumbai where the BJP won 16 out of the total 36 seats) is being attributed to voters’ rejection of the national plank — Article 370 — in the Assembly polls.
While the party feels reforms undertaken in the agriculture sector, primarily the state government’s flagship Jalyukt Shivar project, yielded positive results in the rural belt, its performance in urban areas is being attributed to voters’ rejection of the “national plank” — Article 370 — in some pockets.
Indicating that the result was below his hope to cross the halfway mark, Fadnavis invoked the example of a hardworking student. “We prepared for merit (an entry in the top-ranking list). But ended with first class results,” he said.