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Maharashtra Govt formation LATEST Updates: NCP-Congress meeting concludes; Decision on architecture of alliance tomorrow, says Prithviraj Chavan

19:48 (IST)

Thane Mayoral polls: Sena's Naresh Mhaske elected unopposed

Meanwhile in the Thane mayoral polls, Shiv Sena corporator Naresh Mhaske was elected unopposed to the Thane Municipal Corporation. In the 131-member TMC, the present party-wise position is: the Shiv Sena (67), the BJP (23), the NCP (34), the Congress (3),AIMIM (2) and Independents (2), reports have said.

19:04 (IST)

RECAP: Expect final word on govt formation by this weekend

An unlikely Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress combo may form government in Maharashtra this weekend, sources said today after reports that Congress president Sonia Gandhi had been persuaded to collaborate with the ideologically opposite Sena. The Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut said letters of support from the MLAs of all three parties will be handed over to the Governor on Saturday. The Congress said it was in total unanimity with the NCP and would have talks with the Sena in Mumbai tomorrow. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and NCP's Sharad Pawar are likely to join the meeting for discussions on power sharing.

18:10 (IST)

Decision will be taken tomorrow on architecture of alliance: Prithviraj Chavan

Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan also said that a decision will be taken on Friday on the architecture of alliance for Maharashtra government formation. He said when Congress will announce the Common Minimum Programme, it shall disclose the power-sharing formula. The Congress and NCP leaders had held a marathon meeting on Wednesday to thrash out details of their alliance as they work to form a new government in the state in tie up with Sena.

17:55 (IST)

Sena MPs to meet tomorrow

Shiv Sena MPs will meet at the Thackerays' residence Matoshree in Mumbai on Friday. Meanwhile, the Congress and the NCP also concluded deliberations over government formation and are set to discuss with the Shiv Sena. Sena MPs were also instructed to carry ID cards in the event that tey Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

16:34 (IST)

Congress leader Ahmed Patel arrives at Sharad Pawar's residence

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel arrives at NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's residence.

16:04 (IST)

Tomorrow we will have a decision on Maharashtra: Congress

Congress leader KC Venugopal said, "We have apprised the CWC members of the latest political situation in Maharashtra. Today, Congress-NCP discussion will continue. I think, tomorrow, we will probably have a decision in Mumbai."

15:29 (IST)

Key Congress-NCP meet underway

A key meeting of top Congress and NCP leaders is currently underway to discuss the alliance with Shiv Sena for government formation in Maharashtra.

News18 reports Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh and Mallikarjun Kharge, and NCP leaders Praful Patel, Supriya Sule, Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil and Nawab Malik will likely deliberate on key issues like the Common Minimum Programme to forge an alliance in Maharashtra. 

15:18 (IST)

Shiv Sena member seeks Bharat Ratna for Savarkar, Birsa Munda in LS

 A Shiv Sena member in Lok Sabha on Thursday demanded Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour bestowed by the Union government, for Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar and tribal icon Birsa Munda.

Rajendra Gavit made the demand during the Zero Hour. His short speech was mostly confined to contributions of Munda as he sought the honour for him and then made a mention of Savarkar as well. "Freedom fighters like Veer Savarkar be also given Bharat Ratna," he said.

Though the Sena has for long demanded Bharat Ratna for Savarkar, there is speculation that the Maharashtra party, long wedded to Hindutva ideology, may turn a new leaf as it works to stitch up an alliance with the Congress-NCP after breaking its ties with the BJP.

-PTI

15:13 (IST)

Congress gives 'in-principle' approval to tie up with Shiv Sena, NCP

The Congress Working Committee earlier in the day granted in-principle approval to the party to form government in Maharashtra along with the NCP and the Shiv Sena, sources said.

In a meeting chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her 10, Janpath residence in New Delhi, the party's highest decision-making body also deliberated on the Maharashtra political scenario, they said.

-PTI

15:02 (IST)

Congress, Shiv Sena, NCP give 'in-principle approval' to ministerial berths 

According to ANI , the modalities on the formation of government in Maharashtra between the Congress, Shiv Sena and the NCP ​have been finalised and all three parties have, in principle, agreed upon ministerial berths according to their strength in the Assembly. 

14:47 (IST)

If all goes well, swearing-in-ceremony will take place on Sunday or Monday: Raut 

"On Saturday, a letter signed by the MLAs of the three parties will be handed over to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari," Sanjay Raut told NDTV. Sources in the Sena and NCP added that "if all goes well, a swearing in ceremony will take place on Sunday or Monday."

14:40 (IST)

Modi-Pawar meeting pointed message to Congress to quit stalling, claims report

The 45-minute Narendra Modi-Sharad Pawar meeting delivered a pointed message to the Congress to quit stalling. Reports that the BJP is pursuing Pawar's support — the NCP is only two seats behind the Shiv Sena and can help the BJP cross the majority mark in Maharashtra — and that the President's post for the veteran is also on the table may have also galvanised the Congress, NDTV reports

14:25 (IST)

Sena slams Centre over 'lathicharge' on JNU students, says govt shouldn't run amok

The Shiv Sena on Thursday targetted the Modi government over Delhi police's "inhuman" lathicharge on JNU students, including those challenged visually, during a protest against hostel fee hike, saying no government should run amok in this manner.

The Sena, engaged in talks with Congress and NCP to form a coalition government in Maharashtra, said the ruling BJP would have created a ruckus in Parliament had such action against students been taken during the Grand Old Party's rule.

14:16 (IST)

Final decision by Friday, says Congress

Congress sources said the final decision on the government formation in Maharashtra is expected by Friday. "The CWC has broadly agreed to go ahead with government formation with the Shiv Sena and the NCP," the source said.

"Another meeting between the Congress and the NCP will be held on Thursday and a final meeting with Shiv Sena will take place on Friday in Mumbai. The decision on government formation in Maharashtra will be announced in Mumbai on Friday," the source said.

14:10 (IST)

Final talks over govt formation in Mumbai

Sonia Gandhi was advised to "go ahead" with the Maharashtra alliance, despite her reservations, and told that the "greater enemy, in order to fight communalism, is the BJP", NDTV quoted sources as saying. Final talks may take place in Mumbai. 

After meetings on Wednesday with the NCP at its chief Sharad Pawar's home, the Congress said "some aspects of the alliance" were still to be discussed. "There can't be any government in Maharashtra without the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress. We are trying our best to resolve issues," said NCP leader Nawab Malik, addressing the media along with Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan, who simply said the talks will continue.

13:48 (IST)

CWC grants 'in-prinicple' approval to party to form Maharashtra govt

The Congress Working Committee granted in-principle approval to the party to form government in Maharashtra along with the NCP and the Shiv Sena, News18 reports.

In a meeting chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her 10, Janpath residence in Delhi, the party's highest decision-making body also deliberated on the Maharashtra political scenario, they said. After the meeting, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal told the media that the Congress Working Committee was briefed on the party's discussions with the Nationalist Congress Party yesterday.

13:30 (IST)

Decision on Govt Formation Likely Tomorrow: KC Venugopal


Congress leader KC Venugopal said, "We have apprised the CWC members of the latest political situation in Maharashtra. Today, Congress-NCP discussion will continue. I think, tomorrow, we will probably have a decision in Mumbai."

13:24 (IST)

Congress Backs Off From Word 'Secular'


News18 reports that Congress to climb down from using the word secular in their bid to form govt in Maharashtra with Shiv Sena. Congress says that the Maharashtra govt will abide by spirit and preamble of constitution. 

13:16 (IST)

Congress mum on CM post

Congress sources said the issue of chief minister's post was not discussed in Wednesday's meeting. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told reporters that the chief minister of the state will be from his party, but parried question on whether the Sena would hold the post for five years. 

NCP leaders also cited the slim margin in the number of seats between the two parties. In the 21 October Maharashtra polls, the BJP-Sena saffron alliance secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats respectively in the 288-member assembly. The Congress and the NCP, pre-poll allies, won 44 and 54 seats respectively. NCP sources also added that the smaller parties which had allied with the Congress-NCP coalition are also on board to having a tie-up with the Shiv Sena.

13:07 (IST)

Maharashtra chief minister post likely to be on rotational basis with Sena going 1st, NCP next

The chief minister's post in Maharashtra is most likely to be on a rotational basis, with the first half of the five-year term to be given to the Shiv Sena and the latter to the Nationalist Congress Party, NCP sources told PTI. The Congress is likely to have the deputy chief minister's post for the full term, they said.

A senior NCP leader said the fight between the Shiv Sena and the BJP was for over the issue of chief ministership for two-and-half years each. "So, the question of the Sena enjoying the full five-year term does not arise. The second half will have a chief minister from the NCP," the leader said.

13:05 (IST)

Clarification needed on many issues: Balasaheb Thorat

Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat on Maharashtra govt formation: "There are many points on which we need clarification if we have to run a government together for 5 years. Discussions are progressing. We will go to Mumbai today."

13:03 (IST)

Sanjay Nirupam warns Sonia Gandhi against joining hands with Shiv Sena

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Thursday said it would be a "mistake" on the part of his party if it joins the Shiv Sena-led government being planned in Maharashtra, as it would be akin to "burying" the Grand Old Party in the state.

"The Congress had committed a mistake by joining hands with the BSP in Uttar Pradesh years ago. It failed so badly then that it still has not recovered. We are committing the same mistake in Maharashtra," the former Mumbai Congress chief said in a tweet.

"For the Congress to become third number party in the Shiv Sena government is like burying it here. It will be better that the Congress president doesn't come under pressure," he said.

The former MP also cautioned Congress chief Sonia Gandhi against coming under pressure in this regard.

13:01 (IST)

Govt formation in Maharashtra soon, says Shiv Sena

Giving a strong indication that a Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP deal for Maharashtra being virtually sealed, MP Sanjay Raut said that he would consider it as 'pedhas' (sweets) being ordered. He said that a three-party government comprising Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress will come to power soon in the state, and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will announce the "sweet news" soon.

A party leader said in Mumbai that "we are getting very positive vibes" from New Delhi after a marathon NCP-Congress meeting got over this evening in the national capital.

12:58 (IST)

Cong-NCP need to arrive at agreement at earliest, says Nawab Malik

​NCP Leader Nawab Malik said, "We will be having a meeting today...CMP has been finalised but we need to finalise all other modalities...NCP and Congress leaders will be meeting today...we have to arrive at an agreement as early as possible to end the governor's rule in Maharashtra...we will form the government along with the Shiv Sena...it is the only option."

12:56 (IST)

These NCP leaders are likely to be inducted into Maharashtra Cabinet

​NCP leaders Jayant Patil, Nawab Malik, Hasn Mushrif, Anil Deshmukh, Dhananjay Munde, Chagan Bhujbal, Ajit Pawar, Dilip Vasel Patil, Makrad Patil, Rajesh Tope and others to be inducted into the cabinet, News18 reports. 

12:56 (IST)

Sanjay Raut to meet Sharad Pawar today

A new government in Maharashtra should be in place before December and a final decision on it will be taken in a day or two, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Thursday, even as talks continued between his party and the Congress-NCP combine. Raut said he will meet NCP president Sharad Pawar on Thursday.

To further discuss the modalities of government formation, another round of meeting among the three parties will be held in Mumbai, he said.

12:54 (IST)

Expect decision on Maharashtra by tomorrow, hints Congress 

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) reviewed the scenario in Maharashtra on Thursday, a day after it held a marathon meeting with the NCP on forming an alliance together with Shiv Sena to form government in the state.

After the meeting, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said that the CWC was briefed on the discussion between NCP and Congress on Wednesday. However, a final decision on Maharashtra is expected by Friday, PTI quoted Congress sources as saying. According to sources, the CWC broadly agreed to go ahead with government formation with Shiv Sena and the NCP.

Maharashtra Govt formation LATEST Updates: Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan also said that a decision will be taken on Friday on the architecture of alliance for Maharashtra government formation. He said when Congress will announce the Common Minimum Programme, it shall disclose the power-sharing formula. The Congress and NCP leaders had held a marathon meeting on Wednesday to thrash out details of their alliance as they work to form a new government in the state in tie up with Sena.

Congress leader KC Venugopal said, "We have apprised the CWC members of the latest political situation in Maharashtra. Today, Congress-NCP discussion will continue. I think, tomorrow, we will probably have a decision in Mumbai."

A key meeting of top Congress and NCP leaders is currently underway to discuss the alliance with Shiv Sena for government formation in Maharashtra.

News18 reports Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh and Mallikarjun Kharge, and NCP leaders Praful Patel, Supriya Sule, Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil and Nawab Malik will likely deliberate on key issues like the Common Minimum Programme to forge an alliance in Maharashtra.

The Congress Working Committee earlier in the day granted in-principle approval to the party to form government in Maharashtra along with the NCP and the Shiv Sena, sources said. In a meeting chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her 10, Janpath residence in New Delhi, the party's highest decision-making body also deliberated on the Maharashtra political scenario, they said.

 "On Saturday, a letter signed by the MLAs of the three parties will be handed over to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari," Sanjay Raut told NDTV. Sources in the Sena and NCP added that "if all goes well, a swearing in ceremony will take place on Sunday or Monday."

Congress sources said the final decision on the government formation in Maharashtra is expected by Friday. "The CWC has broadly agreed to go ahead with government formation with the Shiv Sena and the NCP," the source said. "Another meeting between the Congress and the NCP will be held on Thursday and a final meeting with Shiv Sena will take place on Friday in Mumbai. The decision on government formation in Maharashtra will be announced in Mumbai on Friday," the source said.

Sonia Gandhi was advised to "go ahead" with the Maharashtra alliance, despite her reservations, and told that the "greater enemy, in order to fight communalism, is the BJP", NDTV quoted sources as saying. Final talks may take place in Mumbai.

After meetings on Wednesday with the NCP at its chief Sharad Pawar's home, the Congress said "some aspects of the alliance" were still to be discussed. "There can't be any government in Maharashtra without the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress. We are trying our best to resolve issues," said NCP leader Nawab Malik, addressing the media along with Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan, who simply said the talks will continue.

The chief minister's post in Maharashtra is most likely to be on a rotational basis, with the first half of the five-year term to be given to the Shiv Sena and the latter to the Nationalist Congress Party, NCP sources told PTI. The Congress is likely to have the deputy chief minister's post for the full term, they said.

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) reviewed the scenario in Maharashtra on Thursday, a day after it held a marathon meeting with the NCP on forming an alliance together with Shiv Sena to form government in the state.

After the meeting, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said that the CWC was briefed on the discussion between NCP and Congress on Wednesday. However, a final decision on Maharashtra is expected by Friday, PTI quoted Congress sources as saying. According to sources, the CWC broadly agreed to go ahead with government formation with Shiv Sena and the NCP.

Another meeting between Congress and NCP is scheduled to be held Thursday night and a final meeting with Shiv Sena will happen Friday in Mumbai.

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Even as Shiv Sena continues to exude confidence about forming a government in Maharashtra in alliance with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), reports have emerged that a section of the newly-elected MLAs are upset over the party's decision to form a government with the other two.

Seventeen MLAs of Sena, along with senior leader Manohar Joshi, reportedly went to party chief Uddhav Thackeray's  Mumbai residence on Wednesday to convey that they were unhappy with the party's decision to form an alliance with the Congress and NCP, reported News18. However, they did not get an appointment to meet Uddhav.

These reports come amid statements by senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who claimed on Wednesday that a government led by his party will be in place by next month in Maharashtra.

"We are inching towards the government formation. The picture will become clear in the next two days and a popular government led by the Shiv Sena will be in place by December," he told PTI.

Asked about the meeting between the NCP and the Congress scheduled on Wednesday, Raut said there will be a "full stop to it", implying that the two parties have almost completed their discussions on the government formation in the state.

NCP leader Nawab Malik on Tuesday had said that a meeting between NCP and Congress was postponed to 5 pm on Wednesday. The two sides have deputed leaders for holding talks on a possible alliance, he said.

Deliberations over Maharashtra government formation have been ongoing for at least a month now. Results for Maharashtra Assembly elections were announced on 24 October.

Hinting that a a major development will unfold during the 22 November meeting of Shiv Sena leaders and MLAs in Mumbai, party leader Abdul Sattar said, "All (party) MLAs have been called for a meeting on 22 November (in Mumbai). We have been asked to bring our Id cards and clothes for five days. I think we will have to stay at a place for two-three days, then the next step will be decided."

"Uddhav Thackerayji will be the chief minister of Maharashtra for sure," ANI reported him as saying.

The Congress and NCP have continued to hold a cautious approach towards forming an alliance with the Shiv Sena, whose Hindutva ideology stands in stark contrast towards Congress' secularism. After meeting Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi in Dehli on Wednesday, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said said if the NCP-Congress have to take a view on government formation, they have to first discuss it between themselves and with smaller allies.

Following this, a meeting was scheduled between the senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel and the party's general secretary KC Venugopal and NCP leaders Praful Patel, Sunil Tatkare, Ajit Pawar, Jayant on Tuesday in Delhi to to explore the possibility of an alliance with the Shiv Sena in the state. However, the meeting was cancelled due to pre-occupation of Congress leaders with Indira Gandhi's birth anniversary events, Malik said.

Last week, after holding hectic parleys in the state, the Congress and NCP had finalised a draft common minimum programme, which they had shared with the Shiv Sena on 14 November, during the first meeting between the three partis after the Assmebly results were declared on 24 October. .

In the 21 October Maharashtra Assembly polls, the BJP-Sena alliance secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats respectively in the 288-member Assembly. The Congress and the NCP, pre-poll allies, won 44 and 54 seats respectively.

However, failing to evolve a consensus over the chief minister's post, the two saffron parties parted ways, with the Sena exploring the possibility of tying up with the Congress-NCP. President's rule had been imposed in the state on 12 November after the no single party or combine staked claim to form the new government.



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