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Maharashtra Govt formation LIVE Updates: Mallikarjun Kharge, Uddhav Thackeray reach Worli for Sena-NCP-Congress meet

17:27 (IST)

Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena meeting begins in Mumbai

Top leaders of the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the NCP have started the meeting to give shape to new government to be led by the Uddhav Thackeray-headed party in Maharashtra. 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 part of the meeting.

Deliberations will focus on finalising a common minimum programme (CMP) and power-sharing between the three parties in the new government, PTI reports.

17:19 (IST)

Ajit Pawar reaches Worli for meeting with Sena, Congress

NCP chief Sharad Pawar's nephew and Baramati MLA Ajit Pawar has arrived at the venue for to discuss the modalitities of alliance with Sena and NCP. Congress' Mallikarju Kharge and Shiv Sena's Uddhav and Aaditya Thackeray will also take part in the meeting. 

16:54 (IST)

Kharge, Uddhav reach Nehru Centre for meeting following which NCP-Congress-Sena expected to stake claim to form new government

Mumbai Congress leaders, including Mallikarjun Kharge, and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, arrive at Nehru Centre in Mumbai's Worli for the crucial Congress-Shiv Sena-NCP meeting. 

Earlier, Kharge had said that a key media briefing will be held after the meeting concludes. According to reports, the three parties are expected to stake claim to form the new government in Maharashtra after the meeting. However, at this point everything is speculative with all eyes on the NCP-Congress-Sena meeting. 

16:47 (IST)

Even if BJP offers Lord Indra's seat, we don't want it; time's gone, says Sanjay Raut

Senior Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said that all three parties, including the Congress and the NCP, had agreed to a Shiv Sena Chief Minister. When asked if he would like to become Chief Minister, Raut said, "We all want Uddhavji for CM." When asked if the Sena chief is willing to become the chief minister, Raut said Thackeray will respect the people’s sentiment and President Rule will be over soon. 

When asked if the BJP had offered Sena a chief minister's post for two and a half years, Raut added, "Now, even if they offer Lord Indra’s seat, we don’t want it. The time is gone."

16:37 (IST)

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 was quoted as saying by reports.

16:28 (IST)

'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.

16:23 (IST)

Sena, Congress, NCP leaders arrive in Mumbai's Worli for key post-poll alliance meeting

Media reporting on the current Congress-Shiv Sena-NCP shared visuals of Sena and Congress MLAs arriving in Worli for the meeting. Earlier, Uddhav told Sena MLAs that the process to form a Sena-led dispensation in the state was in the final stages. Thackeray met the legislators to apprise them of the government formation process and meetings of Congress-NCP leaders in Delhi, Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav told PTI.

Sanjay Raut also asserted that a Sena leader will be the Maharashtra chief minister for the next five years, even as Union minister and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari said that the maha-agadhi alliance in the state was a opportunism at its best. 

16:16 (IST)

Kharge reaches Mumbai, says will brief media after Congress-NCP-Sena meet

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is in Mumbai, ANI reported. Speaking to reporters, Kharge said, "We are going for meeting (Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena) where discussions will be held. We will do a briefing after the meeting."

16:13 (IST)

Sharad Pawar arrives for meeting with Congress and Shiv Sena

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has reached the Nehru Centre for the meeting between the post-poll allies — Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena.

Sena leaders, including Sanjay Raut, Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai also arrive for the meet, News18 reports.

16:02 (IST)

This government will not go much ahead: Gadkari

 

Terming the Maha-agadhi alliance between Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress an "opportunistic" one, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, "There are ideological differences among Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP. The govt will not go much ahead even if it is formed."

15:53 (IST)

Petition filed in SC against a Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra

A petition has been filed in Supreme Court by a Maharashtra resident SI Singh against the post-poll alliance of NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress. The petition sought a direction from the apex court to restrain Governor from inviting Congress and NCP to form government in the state against the mandate of people, reports ANI.

In the alternative, if a government is formed against the mandate of the people, to declare the formation of the government as unconstitutional, void ab initio and therefore liable to be dismissed. "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.

15:17 (IST)

'Ideological differences': Nitin Gadkari on govt formation 

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari spoke about Maharashtra government formation on Friday and said that there were "ideological differences" among Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP to form an alliance. "The government will not go much ahead even if it is formed," he added.  

He further alleged that the three-party alliance is that of "opportunism" and that they will not be able to form a stable government in the state. 

15:13 (IST)

Congress Legislative Party meeting underway in Mumbai

15:11 (IST)

Haven't gotten any call from BJP: Uddhav Thackeray tells MLAs

Earlier today, Shiv Sena MLAs had made it clear that they wanted Uddhav Thacker to be the chief minister. "But his word would be final and would be binding on all of us," Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav said. According to Jadhav, Thackeray rejected speculation that the BJP was in touch with him and had offered the chief minister's post to the Shiv Sena.

"Till today, I haven't got any call from the top BJP leadership. This is nothing but a ploy to malign the image of Shiv Sena," he quoted the Sena president as saying. Thackeray instructed the MLAs to stay together in Mumbai as they may be required any time, he said.

15:01 (IST)

BREAKING: CNN-News18 reports that NCP leaders rally behind Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray for chief minister post 

14:54 (IST)

Process to form Sena-led govt in final stages: Uddhav Thackeray tells party MLAs

Amid hectic political activity for government formation in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday met his party's legislators in Mumbai and told them that the process to form a Sena-led dispensation in the state was in the final stages.

Thackeray met the legislators to apprise them of the government formation process and meetings of Congress-NCP leaders in Delhi, Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav told PTI.
"Uddhav ji met and told us that the process of formation of Sena-led government is in the final stages," he said.

14:38 (IST)

'NCP-Congress, allies support idea of forming govt with Shiv Sena': Jayant Patil

NCP leader Jayant Patil on Friday 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.

"Our pre-poll allies have supported the idea of forming a government in Maharashtra to keep the BJP away from power," Patil, who was accompanied by senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan, told reporters after the meeting in Mumbai.

The Sena, NCP and Congress are currently working out modalities for formation of a government in the state, which has been under President's rule since 12 November.

-PTI

14:30 (IST)

Congress-NCP rejects Shiv Sena’s suggestion for coalition name

According to The Indian Express, the Congress and NCP, both have reportedly refused Shiv Sena’s suggestion to name the possible Sena-led coalition government as ‘Maha Shiv Aghadi’. Instead, the coalition is now likely to be called ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi’. 

14:20 (IST)

Mumbai mayoral election: Shiv Sena's Kishori Pednekar wins unopposed

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena corporator Kishori Pednekar on Friday was officially elected as Mayor of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Another Shiv Sena corporator, Suhas Wadkar, was elected as Deputy Mayor.

Both were elected unopposed as BJP, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) did not field their candidates for the posts.

Read full report here

14:13 (IST)

Congress-NCP leaders meet with alliance partners in Mumbai

With discussions between NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress underway for a government formation in the state, a meeting is underway between Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders and other alliance partners, in Mumbai.


Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi, Raju Shetty of Swabhimani Shetkari Sangathan are leaders attending the meeting. Republican Party of India (RPI) faction led by Jogendra Kawade is being represented by its founder.


Ahead of the meeting, Congress leader Manikrao Thakre on Friday cleared that the next chief minister of Maharashtra will be from Shiv Sena. 

14:08 (IST)

Common minimum program of alliance based on secularism

The Common minimum program of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress alliance would be based on secularism, sources told News18. All three parties, Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena are to be bound by the fundamental principles of secularism in the Constitution. The three parties will consult on national and regionally sensitive issues that can affect secularism. 

The programme also discusses farmers issues, unemployment as main topics claim sources. 

13:44 (IST)

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam doubtful over stability of alliance 

While Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress seem to be close to the final stage before government formation in Maharashtra, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam expressed doubts over the stability of the alliance. 


Taking to Twitter, Nirupam warned his own party leaders against forming the government with the support of Shiv Sena. "Our leaders saying that we are taking the risk of joining hands with the Shiv Sena to stop the BJP. But how long will the government of three parties work?" Nirupam's Hindi tweet read.

13:33 (IST)

Key meeting between the Congress and NCP is currently underway in Mumbai at Nariman Point, reports The Indian Express

13:10 (IST)

Shiv Sena, NCP to hold internal meetings later today

Congress leader Manikrao Thakare said the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are holding their internal meetings and will decide the timing of their joint meeting later today. 

The Congress is also scheduled to elect its legislature party leader later in the day.​ AICC general secretaries Mallikarjun Kharge and KC​ Venugopal are expected to attend the meeting to elect the legislature party leader.

13:04 (IST)

Next CM will from Shiv Sena's, NCP hasn't sought post, says Congress leader Manikrao Thakare

The next Maharashtra chief minister will be from the Shiv Sena and the Sharad Pawar-led NCP has not demanded the top post during state-level meetings on government formation, Congress leader Manikrao Thakare said.

Sources suggested that the chief ministerial post may go to the Shiv Sena for five years.​ Thakare also said that leaders of the three parties will sit together later on Friday to clarify some pending issues and also to decide the time to approach Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to stake a claim for forming the government.

12:47 (IST)

Uddhav Thackeray meets Shiv Sena legislators to dicuss political situation in Maharashtra 

As the government formation process picked momentum in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena president​ Uddhav Thackeray on Friday met his party's legislators to discuss the political situation in the state.

Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav told PTI that the meeting was convened to apprise the legislators of the government formation process and meetings of Congress-NCP leaders in Delhi. Thackeray met NCP president Sharad Pawar in Mumbai last night.

Jadhav said whatever decision Thackeray takes will be binding on all legislators of Shiv Sena. "We would like​ Uddhav ji or Aaditya Thackeray to be the chief minister," he added.

12:37 (IST)

NCP leaders Jayant Patil, Nawab Malik likely to figure in new cabinet

News18 reports that sources said NCP leaders including Jayant Patil, Nawab Malik, Hasan Mushrif, Anil Deshmukh, Dhananjay Munde, Chagan Bhujbal, Ajit Pawar, Dilip Vasel Patil, Makrad Patil, Rajesh Tope and others may be inducted into the new Maharashtra cabinet.

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

12:30 (IST)

Who will bag Deputy CM post?

Multiple reports claim that former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan and Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat are seen as the frontrunners to bag the deputy chief minister’s post.

Top sources tell The Indian Express that 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.

12:14 (IST)

Lobbying for ministerial berths begins in Congress claims report

As talks between Shiv Sena, Congress, NCP reach their final stages, The Indian Express reports that intense lobbying has begun in the Congress party over ministerial berths. Party sources claim that party heavyweights, former state ministers and other prominent leaders are expected to figure in Congress' list of ministers in case the three parties form the alliance to form the government. 

As per discussions held so far between the parties, the Congress has been assured of at least 12 ministerial berths in the new coalition. 

12:04 (IST)

Shiv Sena meeting with party legislators at Matoshree currently underway 

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is currently meeting party legislators at his residence Matoshree. Speaking to PTI, Sena legislator Bhaskar Jadhav said the party chief is expected to apprise MLAs of developments in the government formation talks with the Congress and NCP.

Thackeray and his son Aaditya visited NCP president​ Sharad Pawar at his residence Silver Oak last night, as the parties step up their efforts to form a government in Maharashtra. 

11:57 (IST)

Sanjay Raut heads to Lilavati hospital for routine checkup

Meanwhile, 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 12 November.

The Shiv Sena leader has been at the forefront of Maharashtra power tussle since the state Assembly election results were declared on 24 October. Raut (57), who has led the Sena's charge to seek equal share in power, visited the private hospital for a routine checkup.

11:50 (IST)

CM of Shiv Sena will be there for full 5 years, says Sanjay Raut

As the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena are slated to hold final deliberations over government formation today, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the chief minister will be from his party and will remain incumbent for the full term of the alliance government.


"Chief Minister will be of Shiv Sena and Sena's chief minister will be there for full 5 years," said Sanjay Raut, addressing a press conference on Friday

11:26 (IST)

Sharad Pawar outwitted Chanakya of politics: NCP takes jibe at BJP

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has finally "outwitted" the "so-called Chanakya of the Indian politics", the party said on Friday, as it inches closer to forming a government with Shiv Sena and Congress in Maharashtra.

The NCP's chief spokesperson Nawab Malik also reiterated that the throne of Delhi could not make Maharashtra bow before it. 

It is believed that Malik's jibe was directed at Union home minister and BJP president Amit Shah, who is often credited for being instrumental in the BJP's victories in several polls and government formations in the country.

 

11:21 (IST)

Sanjay Raut refutes claims, says people want Uddhav Thackeray as CM

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that his party will get the Maharashtra chief minister's post when the three-party alliance with Congress and NCP assumes power. "The time for offers has ended," Raut said, when asked about reports that the BJP had agreed to share the chief minister's post with the Sena.

"People of Maharashtra want Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to become the chief minister," he said.

11:07 (IST)

Sanjay Raut, Arvind Sawant front runners to be CM, claim reports

Top sources tell News18 that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is not keen to take up the post of chief minister. Instead Sena leaders like Sanjay Raut, Arvind Sawant likely to be named to take up the post. 

But according to ANI, Raut denied these claims. When asked if Sharad Pawar had suggested his (Raut's) name for the post of Maharashtra chief minister, the Sena leader said that it was incorrect. "People of Maharashtra want Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister." he added. 

10:55 (IST)

Sanjay Raut takes a dig at BJP

"Sometimes it's good to leave a relationship, not out of arrogance but out of self-respect," Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut tweeted earlier today. The Shiv Sena and the BJP had a fall out after disagreeing bitterly over the 50:50 policy of sharing the post of chief minister. 

10:49 (IST)

Shiv Sena-Cong-NCP govt alliance may derail bullet train plan

Meanwhile, sources claim that the Sena-Cong-NCP government may derail bullet train project in the state. According to a Times of India report, the ‘common minimum programme’(CMP) of the future government has a mention about the controversial project. It is said that the state would seek to absolve itself of the financial burden of the project and would ask the centre to bear the full expenses. 

10:43 (IST)

NCP continues demand for rotation of CM post

Sources from NCP  told The Indian Express that the party is still demanding rotation of the chief minister post. At least one senior NCP leader told that the issue is still open and will come up during discussions with the Shiva 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, claimed report, a view that is conveyed to the Sena.

10:31 (IST)

Common Minimum Programme based on issues of common man, relief to farmers, job creation says NCP 

According to sources, Sharad Pawar briefed Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday night about his discussion with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and other leaders over the modalities of government formation and the basics of Common minimum programme decided by the Congress and NCP.


"Our Common Minimum Programme is based on the issues of common man, relief to farmers, job creation etc. while issues like Hindutva or Bharat Ratna to Savarkar etc are not part of our Common Minimum Programme , these issues were not even discussed in any of our meetings," a senior leader of NCP told ANI.

10:15 (IST)

Shiv Sena won't side even if BJP offers Lord Indra's throne, says Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena won't side with the BJP even if offered Lord Indra's throne, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Friday.

Talking to reporters, Raut reiterated that his party will get the Maharashtra CM's post when the three-party alliance with Congress and NCP assumes power. "The time for offers has ended," Raut said, when asked about reports that the BJP had agreed to share the CM's post with the Sena.

"People of Maharashtra want Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to become the chief minister," he said.

When asked if the three non-BJP parties would meet the state governor on Friday itself, Raut quipped, "Why meet the governor when the President's rule is in place?"

 
-PTI

10:12 (IST)

NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena alliance likely to be named 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' 

Apart from the three major parties: Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena, smaller allies of Congress and NCP like Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, Peasants and Workers Party of India, Samajwadi Party etc will also be a part of the alliance. They will most likely be part of the 'Maha Vikas Aghadi', the expected name of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra, reports ANI. 

10:08 (IST)

Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat likely to be deputy CM claims report

Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat who was first elected to the state Assembly in 1985 and has never lost an election since, according to sources is likely to hold the post of deputy chief minister, reports Times of India. 

10:00 (IST)

Final round of discussions over govt formation to take place today

With NCP-Congress and Shiv Sena inching closer towards staking claim to form government in Maharashtra, smaller allies of NCP-Congress will hold meetings with the leaders of alliance on Friday to work out final modalities and their role in the "Maha Vikas Aghadi" (NCP, Congress,Shiv Sena) government in the state.


The meeting which will take place at 12 pm, comes hours ahead of the NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena meeting scheduled at 4 pm today

-ANI

09:30 (IST)

Congress leaders to meet Shiv Sena and NCP to discuss modalities of govt formation 

Senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal will go to Mumbai on Friday to attend a meeting with the Shiv Sena and the NCP on the modalities of government formation, sources said.

09:29 (IST)

Sena chief to address party MLAs to discuss Maharashtra tie-up

 

The Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will address a meeting of party MLAs and senior leaders on Friday during which he is expected to deliberate on the party's line of action in the backdrop of the three main non-BJP parties making efforts to form government in Maharashtra, a party leader said.

09:27 (IST)

Formal announcement of Maharashtra govt formation likely to be taken today

Sources said the three parties are likely to make a formal announcement on Friday about joining hands to take a shot at power in the state. According to media sources, the party members are likely to send separate letters to Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari mentioning their decision to come together to form a government. 

09:25 (IST)

RECAP | Prithviraj Chavan asserts Congress and NCP in 'complete unanimity' on govt formation 

The meeting took place on a day when Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said in New Delhi on Thursday 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.

Chavan asserted that his party and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have "complete unanimity" on all issues concerning government formation

09:22 (IST)

Uddhav, Aaditya Thackeray hold late-night meet with Sharad Pawar in Mumbai to discuss Maharashtra tie-up 

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his MLA-son Aaditya met Sharad Pawar at the NCP president's residence 'Silver Oak' in South Mumbai on Thursday night. The Sena's Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut and NCP leader Ajit Pawar were also present during the meet.

The crucial meeting took place for over an hour as the former NDA ally continued its effort to form government in Maharashtra with the support of the maha aghadi alliance – the NCP and the Congress.

Maharashtra Govt formation LATEST Updates: Mumbai Congress leaders, including Mallikarjun Kharge, and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, arrive at Nehru Centre in Mumbai's Worli for the crucial Congress-Shiv Sena-NCP meeting.

Earlier, Kharge had said that a key media briefing will be held after the meeting concludes. According to reports, the three parties are expected to stake claim to form the new government in Maharashtra after the meeting. However, at this point everything is speculative with all eyes on the NCP-Congress-Sena meeting.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is in Mumbai, ANI reported. Speaking to reporters, Kharge said, "We are going for meeting (Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena) where discussions will be held. We will do a briefing after the meeting." Meanwhile, 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 was quoted as saying by reports.

A petition has been filed in Supreme Court by a Maharashtra resident SI Singh against the post-poll alliance of NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress. The petition sought a direction from the apex court to restrain Governor from inviting Congress and NCP to form government in the state against the mandate of people, reports ANI.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari spoke about Maharashtra government formation on Friday and said that there were "ideological differences" among Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP to form an alliance. "The government will not go much ahead even if it is formed," he added.  As the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena are slated to hold final deliberations over government formation today, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the chief minister will be from his party and will remain incumbent for the full term of the alliance government.

Amid hectic political activity for government formation in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday met his party's legislators in Mumbai and told them that the process to form a Sena-led dispensation in the state was in the final stages.

Thackeray met the legislators to apprise them of the government formation process and meetings of Congress-NCP leaders in Delhi, Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav told PTI.

"Uddhav ji met and told us that the process of formation of Sena-led government is in the final stages," he said.

A key meeting is currently underway between Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders and other alliance partners, in Mumbai. While Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress seem to be close to the final stage before government formation in Maharashtra, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam expressed doubts over the stability of the alliance.

Taking to Twitter, Nirupam warned his own party leaders against forming the government with the support of Shiv Sena. "Our leaders saying that we are taking the risk of joining hands with the Shiv Sena to stop the BJP. But how long will the government of three parties work?" Nirupam's Hindi tweet read.

The next Maharashtra chief minister will be from the Shiv Sena and the Sharad Pawar-led NCP has not demanded the top post during state-level meetings on government formation, Congress leader Manikrao Thakare said. Sources suggested that the chief ministerial post may go to the Shiv Sena for five years.​ Thakare also said that leaders of the three parties will sit together later on Friday to clarify some pending issues and also to decide the time to approach Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to stake a claim for forming the government.

As the government formation process picked momentum in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena president​ Uddhav Thackeray on Friday met his party's legislators to discuss the political situation in the state. Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav told PTI that whatever decision Thackeray takes will be binding on all legislators of Shiv Sena. "We would like​ Uddhav ji or Aaditya Thackeray to be the chief minister," he added

As the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena are slated to hold final deliberations over government formation today, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the chief minister will be from his party and will remain incumbent for the full term of the alliance government. Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is currently meeting party legislators at his residence Matoshree. Speaking to PTI, Sena legislator Bhaskar Jadhav said the party chief is expected to apprise MLAs of developments in the government formation talks with the Congress and NCP

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has finally 'outwitted' the 'so-called Chanakya of the Indian politics', the party said on Friday, as it inches closer to forming a government with Shiv Sena and Congress in Maharashtra. The NCP's chief spokesperson Nawab Malik also reiterated that the throne of Delhi could not make Maharashtra bow before it.

It is believed that Malik's jibe was directed at Union home minister and BJP president Amit Shah, who is often credited for being instrumental in the BJP's victories in several polls and government formations in the country.

Top sources tell News18 that Shiv Sena chief is not keen to take up the post of chief minister. Instead Sena leaders like Sanjay Raut, Arvind Sawant likely to be named to take up the post. But according to ANI, Raut denied these claims. When asked if Sharad Pawar had suggested his (Raut's) name for the post of Maharashtra chief minister, the Sena leader said that it was incorrect. "People of Maharashtra want Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister." he added.

According to sources, Sharad Pawar briefed Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday night about his discussion with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and other leaders over the modalities of government formation and the basics of Common minimum programme decided by the Congress and NCP.

"Our Common Minimum Programme is based on the issues of common man, relief to farmers, job creation etc. while issues like Hindutva or Bharat Ratna to Savarkar etc are not part of our Common Minimum Programme , these issues were not even discussed in any of our meetings," a senior leader of NCP told ANI.

Shiv Sena won't side with the BJP even if offered Lord Indra's throne, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Friday. Talking to reporters, Raut reiterated that his party will get the Maharashtra CM's post when the three-party alliance with Congress and NCP assumes power. "The time for offers has ended," Raut said, when asked about reports that the BJP had agreed to share the CM's post with the Sena.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his MLA-son Aaditya met Sharad Pawar at the NCP president's residence 'Silver Oak' in South Mumbai on Thursday night. The Sena's Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut and NCP leader Ajit Pawar were also present during the meet.

The crucial meeting took place for over an hour as the former NDA ally continued its effort to form government in Maharashtra with the support of the maha aghadi alliance – the NCP and the Congress.

The Thackerays called on Pawar, a Rajya Sabha MP, after he arrived in Mumbai from New Delhi in the evening. However, no Congress leader was present at the meet.

The meeting took place on a day when Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said in New Delhi 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.

Sources said the three parties are likely to make a formal announcement on Friday about joining hands to take a shot at power in the state.

The Sena chief will address a meeting of party MLAs and senior leaders on Friday during which he is expected to deliberate on the party's line of action in the backdrop of the three main non-BJP parties making efforts to form government in Maharashtra, a party leader said.

In a marathon meeting on Wednesday, the Congress and NCP leaders held deliberations to finalise 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 on Thursday, "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 was conducted to discuss the alliance with Shiv Sena on Wednesday.

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), report 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 parties after the Assembly 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.



November 22, 2019 at 05:20PM

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