Maharashtra govt formation 2019 LIVE: BJP delaying the process as it wants to impose President’s rule, says Sanjay Raut

Maharashtra Government Formation Live Updates: Shiv Sena is adamant on getting the CM post, however, the party said it will not break alliance with the BJP.

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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said his party won't break alliance with the BJP. (File Photo)

Maharashtra Govt Formation 2019 Live Updates: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday remained firm on his demand for the chief minister’s post in Maharashtra. Thackeray said that he would only talk to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), if they were willing to give Sena the CM post for 2.5 years.

In a meeting with his party MLAs, Uddhav Thackeray said that he would not break the alliance with BJP, but that he was open to talks. Thackeray added that the Sena getting the CM post for 2.5 years was non-negotiable.

The BJP and Shiv Sena have been failed to reach a consensus since the assembly election results were announced on October 24. Thackeray has urged the BJP to stay firm on the 50-50 partnership that they had decided on during the Lok Sabha polls.

Earlier on Thursday, BJP leaders met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to appraise him of the ongoing political situation.


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18:57 (IST)07 Nov 2019
BJP trying to lure away opposition MLAs: Congress

The Congress in Maharashtra on Thursday accused the BJP of trying to lure away newly-elected opposition MLAs and blamed the saffron party for delay in government formation in the state. State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat claimed the BJP has got in touch with MLAs from the opposition camp.

18:27 (IST)07 Nov 2019
Gadkari denies reports of return to state politics

Union minister Nitin Gadkari has clarified that he would not be returning to state politics. Gadkari also denied reports that the RSS was mediating between the two parties.

17:34 (IST)07 Nov 2019
Maharashtra Advocate General meets Governor amid BJP-Sena power tussle

Maharashtra Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni meets Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan. The Term of the Maharashtra Assembly ends on November 9. The BJP and Sena are yet to begin their talks on government formation in Maharashtra. Sanjay Raut says that the saffron party wants to impose the President’s rule. 

16:59 (IST)07 Nov 2019
BJP delaying govt formation as it wants to impose President’s rule: Raut

Sanjay Raut says the BJP is delaying the process of government formation and creating a situation for the imposition of President’s rule. He dares the BJP to form the government if it has the numbers. “Why did the BJP leaders who met the governor today did not stake claim? Why did they return empty-handed? They want to create a situation for the imposition of President’s rule. The BJP does not have the numbers,” Raut adds.

16:38 (IST)07 Nov 2019
Sanjay Raut to BJP: If you have the numbers, form the govt

Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut: If you (BJP) have the numbers, form the government. If you don’t have the numbers then admit it. “The constitution is for the people of this country, it is not their (BJP’s) personal property. We know the constitution well and we will form CM of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra,” Raut said. 

15:41 (IST)07 Nov 2019
We have the numbers to form govt: Sanjay Raut

We have the numbers to make our own Chief Minister, we don’t need to show that here, we will show that on the floor of the house. We have alternatives, we don’t speak without options and alternatives, says Shiv Sena leader  Sanjay Raut.

15:15 (IST)07 Nov 2019
Don’t want to break alliance with BJP: Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has refused to lower his guard amid a standoff with the BJP over CM post. During a meeting with party MLAs, Thackeray said the BJP should implement what was decided during Lok Sabha elections. ‘We will hold discussions with BJP provided they agree to what was decided during the Lok Sabha polls. They can call me up if they decide to give us Chief Minister’s post for 2.5 years, otherwise don’t call me up,’ The Indian Express quoted Uddhav Thackeray, as saying.

14:39 (IST)07 Nov 2019
People gave mandate to Mahayuti: Maharashtra BJP president

Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil has said that the people of the state have given the mandate to ‘Mahayuti’ (alliance). Party leaders met the Governor to discuss the legal options as also the political situation in Maharashtra, he added.

14:07 (IST)07 Nov 2019
BJP team meets Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari

A team of senior BJP leaders met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to apprise about the present political scenario in the state and party’s stand.  The BJP, Shiv Sena alliance had won a comfortable majority in the recently concluded Assembly elections, however,  the parties have failed to arrive at a consensus over the CM candidate. 

13:21 (IST)07 Nov 2019
No question of returning to Maharashtra politics: Nitin Gadkari

Amid speculations of him being considered for  Maharashtra CM post, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has rejected reports of returning to Maharashtra politics. | READ MORE HERE

12:13 (IST)07 Nov 2019
Wish to form strong govt with Shiv Sena: Sudhir Mungantiwar

BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar while rejecting the idea of his party going ahead to form a minority government in Maharashtra, said BJP wants to run a stable and strong government with Shiv Sena. “Uddhav ji had himself said earlier that Devendra Fadnavis ji is also a Shiv Sainik,” Mungantiwar told news agency ANI.

11:51 (IST)07 Nov 2019
Shiv Sena rejects reports of shifting MLAs to 5-star hotel

Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has rubbished reports that his party MLAs have been shifted to a 5-star hotel in Mumbai to prevent them from defecting. “Our MLAs are firm in their resolve and committed to the party. Those who are spreading such rumours should worry about their MLAs first,” Raut said.

10:19 (IST)07 Nov 2019
Gadkari, Bhagwat to share stage during an event in Nagpur

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat are likely to attend a book release function in Nagpur later today, reports news agency ANI.

10:09 (IST)07 Nov 2019
No talks between Mohan Bhagwat and Uddhav Thackeray: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut says there have been no talks between party president Uddhav Thackeray and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat over government formation. Raut said there is no possibility of Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP MLAs crossing sides. He reiterated that the next Maharashtra chief minister will be from Shiv Sena. 

09:06 (IST)07 Nov 2019
Shiv Sena accuses BJP of poaching MLAs

Amid the deadlock over government formation in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena has made a sensational claim that the BJP is trying to ‘poach’ its MLAs. “Some people are trying to win over new Sena MLAs to with money power,” an editorial in Saamana, Sena’s mouthpiece, said without naming the BJP.

08:51 (IST)07 Nov 2019
Shiv Sena shifts its MLAs

The newly-elected MLAs of Shiv Sena have  been moved to an undisclosed location in order to prevent them from breaking away, reports CNN-News18. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is scheduled to meet senior party leaders at 11 am today to decide the future course of action amid a deadlock with the BJP over government formation in Maharashtra.

19:13 (IST)06 Nov 2019
BJP should form govt as it’s the single largest party: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut says that he met Governor and Republican Party chief Ramdas Athawale also met him. “And if BJP leaders are meeting Governor tomorrow, to stake claim then they should form govt as they are the single largest party, we have been saying it,” he added.

17:48 (IST)06 Nov 2019
No solution possible till Shiv Sena breaks alliance with BJP: Ashok Chavan

Senior Congress leader from Maharashtra Ashok Chavan says that the current deadlock in the state is because of BJP not taking its allies into confidence. “That is why Shiv Sena is disturbed and there is tension between the two. There cannot be a solution till Shiv Sena withdraws from the alliance,” he said.

17:19 (IST)06 Nov 2019
Congress MP Dalwai meets Sanjay Raut in Mumbai

Congress Rajya Sabha member Hussain Dalwai meets senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut in Mumbai. According to PTI, Dalwai said that he had a “positive discussion” with Raut and that the Congress and NCP should work to keep the BJP out of power in Maharashtra. ” The Congress and NCP should take all necessary steps to keep the BJP out of power. I had a very positive discussion with Raut,” Dalwai said.

16:17 (IST)06 Nov 2019
Good news can come anytime, says Sudhir Mungantiwar

BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar on government formation: You cannot separate water, no matter how much you try to. Shiv Sena and BJP are together. We had a good meeting over the farmer’s issue today. We should wait for the news, the good news can come anytime.” He had earlier said that Maharashtra will have only BJP chief minister.

15:20 (IST)06 Nov 2019
Term of Maharashtra Assembly expires on November 8

The term of outgoing Maharashtra is expiring on November 8. The new government must take shape before the date failing which President’s Rule could be imposed in the state. 

12:48 (IST)06 Nov 2019
Onus on BJP, Shiv Sena to form govt: Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said that the onus to form the government in Maharashtra was on Shiv Sena and BJP as the people of the state have given mandate to them. Speaking to reporters during a press conference in Mumbai, Pawar reiterated that NCP and Congress will sit in the Opposition.  “Where is the question of a Shiv Sena-NCP government? They(BJP-Shiv Sena) are together for last 25 years, today or tomorrow they will come together again,” Pawar said.  

12:00 (IST)06 Nov 2019
Top Shiv Sena leaders reach ‘Matoshree’

Top Shiv Sena leaders have reached ‘Matoshree’ to meet party chief Uddhav Thackeray. Reports say Sena leaders are likely to hold discussions over NCP’s proposals for forming government in Maharashtra. The NCP has reportedly set a few conditions before Shiv Sena, prominent among them is that its lone minister in Narendra Modi Cabinet Arvind Sawant must step down.

11:18 (IST)06 Nov 2019
Sanjay Raut at Sharad Pawar’s residence

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has arrived at Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar’s resident in Mumbai to meet the veteran leader. The NCP had earlier set a few conditions for his party to support Sena in forming government in Maharashtra. Raut, however, refused to give details about what exactly was discussed during the meeting. ” He (Sharad Pawar) is a senior leader of the state and the country.  He is worried about the political situation in Maharashtra today. We had a brief discussion,” Raut told reporters.

10:43 (IST)06 Nov 2019
Discussed farmers distress: Ahmed Patel

Talking to reporters outside Nitin Gadkari’s residence, Ahmed Patel denied discussing Maharashtra politics with the Union Minister. “I was here to discuss about farmers distress,” Patel told reporters. 

10:33 (IST)06 Nov 2019
Ahmed Patel meets Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi

In  a big development, Sonia Gandhi’s aide Ahmed Patel has arrived at Nitin Gadkari’s residence in New Delhi to meet the Union Minister.   

10:22 (IST)06 Nov 2019
Subramanian Swamy urges Shiv Sena to bury differences with BJP

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has appealed Shiv Sena to  resolve issues with the BJP at the earliest to form government in Maharashtra. “I urge Shiv Sena to find a way to join with BJP to form the Government. It is true Shiv Sena has genuine grievances about BJP leadership as do many stalwarts in BJP also have. But the cause of unity in Hindutva forces require patience for one more decade so best to bear it,” Swamy tweeted. 

09:39 (IST)06 Nov 2019
We will not be responsible for pushing Maharashtra to President’s Rule: Sanjay Raut

Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut says his party won’t be responsible if President’s Rule is imposed in Maharashtra. If there is an attempt to impose President’s Rule in Maharshtra then that will be a betrayal of the mandate that people have given us,  says Raut. The term of present Maharashtra Assembly ends on November 8.  

09:29 (IST)06 Nov 2019
Nitin Gadkari to broker deal?

Citing sources within the BJP, CNN-News18 reported that Nitin Gadkari may be roped in to broker a deal between the BJP and Shiv Sena. However, the Union Minister is said to be unwilling to return to state politics. 

09:22 (IST)06 Nov 2019
BJP ready to talk on CM post, claims Saamana

An editorial in Saamana claimed that the BJP is ready to hold discussions with Shiv Sena over CM post. While the  Sena is adamant on having the CM post for 2.5 years as per the 50:50 formula, the BJP has made it clear that Devendra Fadnavis will continue on the post for full 5-year term.

19:51 (IST)05 Nov 2019
Congress-NCP delegaton meets Maharashtra Governor

Ajit Pawar on meeting with Maharashtra Governor: “Discussion was held on the losses caused to farmers due to unseasonal rains. Financial assistance announced by govt for Sangli and Kolhapur has not reached farmers yet, so we asked for help to all farmers.”


18:34 (IST)05 Nov 2019
Congress-NCP delegation at Raj Bhavan to meet Governor

A delegation of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party leaders arrives at Raj Bhavan to meet Maharashtra Governor. Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil, Former CM Prithviraj Chavan and Maharashtra Congress Chief Balasaheb Thorat are among the leaders part of the delegation. The leaders will discuss agriculture crises and the current political situation in the state.

17:11 (IST)05 Nov 2019
Will wait for Shiv Sena but govt will be ours: Sudhir Mungantiwar

BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar on govt formation: We had a comprehensive discussion, we will wait for Shiv Sena but the government will be ours only. There is no ‘if’ and ‘but’ here, you will get the news anytime that we are forming the government.

17:07 (IST)05 Nov 2019
Sena is yet to give any proposal: BJP Maharashtra chief

BJP Maharashtra President Chandrakant Patil: People have given a mandate to BJP-Shiv Sena alliance. We will honour that mandate and form the next government. Shiv Sena is yet to give any proposal. BJP’s doors are always open for Shiv Sena. BJP and Sena are yet to begin their talks on government formation in Maharashtra.  They have disagreements over the chief ministerial post. 

15:46 (IST)05 Nov 2019
Nitin Gadkari can resolve BJP-Sena tussle in two hours: Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari

Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari says  Union Minister Nitin Gadkari can resolve BJP-Sena tussle over government formation in two hours.  “I have written a letter to RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat to initiate and send Nitin Gadkari for negotiations. Nitin Gadkari will be able to resolve the situation within two hours.”

14:31 (IST)05 Nov 2019
Shiv Sena hits back in Saamana after RSS mouthpiece likens Sanjay Raut to ‘Betaal’

An editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana said the BJP is unconstitutionally trying to administer things in Maharashtra from the Centre. | READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

14:28 (IST)05 Nov 2019
Sharad Pawar meets Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi

Hectic parleys are on for government formation in Maharashtra. However, despite the series of meetings between top leaders the drama refuses to end. While Sharad Pawar met Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Monday, Devendra Fadnavis was in the national capital to meet BJP president Amit Shah. | READ MORE HERE

14:22 (IST)05 Nov 2019
NCP lays down condistions before Shiv Sena

Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party has reportedly set out conditions to Shiv Sena for supporting it in forming the government in Maharashtra. Prominent among these conditions is the inclusion of one Deputy Chief Minister from its party and support of the Congress from outside. The NCP also demanded that the lobe Sena MP Arvind Sawant must quit the Modi Cabinet. | READ MORE HERE

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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and BJP president Amit Shah (File Photo: PTI)
The Bharatiya Janata Party had emerged as the single largest party winning 105 seats in the election results announced on October 24. The Shiv Sena won 56, NCP 54 and Congress 45 seats in the 288-seat Maharashtra assembly. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party is insisting on the CM as per the ’50:50′ pre-poll deal with BJP, however, Amit Shah is not ready to accept the demand.

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