Fast developments in Maharashtra politics. The Maharashtra governor has invited NCP to form the government in the state after Shiv Sena failed to meet the deadline to prove its majority.
The Shiv Sena suffered a setback in its efforts to cobble up a non-BJP government in Maharashtra with the Congress at the last moment announcing its decision for holding more talks with the NCP on supporting the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.Putting up a brave front, Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray told reporters outside Raj Bhavan here on Monday night that his party's claim on the formation of a government still stands, as the two parties have agreed "in-principle" to
support the Sena-led government.
Aaditya said that the two parties (read NCP and Congress) need few more days to complete their procedures. "Hence we sought time from the governor but he refused to grant it," he added
It is noteworthy that the halfway mark in Maharashtra is 144. Shiv Sena has 56 seats, NCP has 54 and the Congress 44. S, with Congress' help the tally comes to 154 seats.
9:25 PM: Maharashtra governor gives NCP time till 8:30 PM on Tuesday
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has invited NCP to form the government in Maharashtra as the third-largest party. BJP and Shiv Sena as the largest and the second-largest parties failed to prove their majority in the stipulated time. NCP will now have to muster the numbers by 8:30 PM on Tuesday.
9:07 PM: NCP leaders meet Maharashtra governor
NCP leaders, Ajit Pawar and Dhananjay Munde, have reached Raj Bhawan and met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
8:45 PM: NCP to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari
NCP has announced that its leaders will go to meet the governor in a short while. This after, BJP and Shiv Sena failed to show the numbers to form a government in the state after being invited as the largest and the second largest party respectively.
8:15 PM: Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari releases statement
Maharashtra Governor, Bhagat Singh Koshyari , has released a statement which confirms that as Shiv Sena could not show the requisite letters of support to form the government, an extension was not granted to them.
Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray has said that they have asked for an extension of the deadline to prove their majority but Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has refused. Thackeray said that though the governor has refused to give more time but he has not rejected Sena's claim to form a government.
7:40 PM: Aaditya Thackeray addresses the press 7:28 PM: Congress releases statement
The Congress party has released a press statement which states that they will hold further discussions with ally NCP on the political situation in Maharashtra.
7:05 PM: Sena leaders meet Maharashtra governor
Aaditya Thackeray, Eknath Shinde and other Shiv Sena leaders have met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' has tweeted that the governor has given them 24 hours to prove their majority.
Aaditya Thackeray and other Shiv Sena leaders meet Maharashtra governor
6:10 PM: Congress to offer outside support to Shiv Sena
The talk between Uddhav Thakerey and Sonia Gandhi has yielded fruit. CNN News18 reports that Congress has decided to give outside support Shiv Sena to form the government.
Shiv Sena leaders Eknath Shinde and Aditya Thackeray have left for the governor's house and are scheduled to meet him at 7:15 pm.
5:05 PM: Uddhav Thackerey talks to Sonia Gandhi on phone
CNN News18 reports that Uddhav Thackeray has had a telephonic conversation with Sonia Gandhi. The conversation happened at Ahmed Patel's residence and lasted for five minutes. The phone call happened before the Congress held a crucial meeting for a second time in the day to decide on whether or not to support the Shiv Sena. The Shiv Sena chief sought the Congress' support to form a government in Maharastra, sources said.
3:30 PM: Sharad Pawar to Sonia Gandhi over Maharashtra government formation
NCP chief Sharad Pawar is to call Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi as political developments head to a likely finale on backing a Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra.
Pawar's outreach to Sonia comes as Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray accompanied by his son Aditya called on the Nationalist Congress Party President in Mumbai to seek his support to form the government in Maharashtra.
3:08 PM: Manikrao Thackre: All Maha Congress MLAs will abide by decision taken by Sonia Gandhi
Manikrao Thackre, former president of Maharashtra Congress, said that a final decision will be taken by the Congress president and the MLAs will abide by the high command. He added that the party has ideological differences with the Shiv Sena. "The Congress and the NCP are friends, while the Shiv Sena is a BJP ally, but we have to take a decision in the interest of the state," Thakre said.
2:18 PM: Senior Congress leaders leave Jaipur resort to attend Delhi meeting
Senior Congress leaders have left the resort in Jaipur, where newly-elected Maharashtra Congress legislators are staying, to attend the working committee meeting of the party in Delhi.
Former Union minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, former chief ministers Prithviraj Chavan and Ashok Chavan, state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat and party general secretary Avinash Pande have left the resort, sources told PTI.
2:12 PM: Shiv Sena breaks alliance with BJP
Asked if the Sena has snapped its ties with the BJP, he said, "When I have resigned, you can understand what it means." Sawant also said a new government was in the process of being formed in Maharashtra and it was not proper for him to remain in the Union cabinet and hence he was resigning. "In such an atmosphere, it is not proper on my part and for the sake of morality to continue as minister in the Union government," he said
2:08 PM: Arvind Sawant says no trust left, not proper to continue as minister
Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant, who announced his resignation from the Union cabinet earlier today,said there is no trust left and it would not be proper to continue as minister when a new government is being formed in Maharashtra.
Addressing a press conference, Sawant accused the BJP of reneging on its promise to the Sena for equal division of seats and power and forcing the Uddhav Thackeray-led party to snap ties. He alleged that the BJP was resorting to "lies" by denying the agreement reached between the leaders of the two allies before the assembly elections.
"They have also hurt my party by lying. Since there is no trust left, I have decided to resign," Sawant told reporters. "I have resigned as Union minister. I have sent my resignation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi," the Shiv Sena leader said and displayed his letter resigning as Heavy Industries minister.
1:35 PM: Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray meeting underway
A meeting between Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and NCP head Sharad Pawar is underway at the Hotel Taj Lands End, reported News18.
1:08 PM: Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat among Congress leaders going to Delhi
Congress leaders from Maharashtra Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan and PCC chief Balasaheb Thorat are attending the meeting along with the top brass of the party, including Ahmed Patel. Sushilkumar Shinde and K C Padavi will also meet the senior leadership of the party.
"We will sit again at 4 pm and will decide on the issue after a meeting with our state leaders," AICC general secretary in-charge for Maharashtra Mallikarjun Kharge said after the CWC meeting.
1 PM: Congress divided over supporting Shiv Sena?
Former Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam has raised a red flag against the party extending support to Sena, while his successor and former union minister Milind Deora wants to see a Congress-Nationalist Congress Party combine government. "For that we need Shiv Sena. And we must not think of sharing power with the Sena under any circumstances. That will be a disastrous move for the (Congress)," Nirupam reiterated his earlier position.
12:50 PM: NCP ready to support Sena, waits for Congress
"It is the responsibility of us all to give an alternative given the plight of the people and farmers. We are expecting a decision from the Congress. If there is a consensus, we will proceed towards government formation," the NCP's chief spokesperson said. Malik, however, said the NCP will not proceed with its decision till the Congress leadership takes a call on government formation in the state.
12:35 PM: NCP meeting over
NCP leader Nawab Malik said the party core group has decided to wait for the Congress to take a decision. "We fought elections together and whatever will be decided, it will be decided together."
12:33 PM: Congress Maharashtra leaders meeting at 4 PM in Delhi
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the party's Working Committee meeting has ended and they have called Maharashtra Congress leaders to Delhi for further discussions. The Congress party will hold a meeting with Maharashtra leaders at 4 PM.
12.30: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut says no point in continuing alliance with BJP
Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Monday said if the BJP was not willing to fulfil its promise of sharing the chief minister's post in Maharashtra, there was no point in continuing the alliance.
A day after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited the Shiv Sena to stake claim to form the government, Raut told reporters here that the BJP "insulted" people's mandate by not abiding by the "50:50" formula which, he claimed, was decided before the Lok Sabha polls.
Raut said when the BJP could tie-up with the People's Democratic Party (PDP) to form government in the then Jammu and Kashmir state, why the Sena cannot do the same with the NCP and Congress in Maharashtra.
The BJP on Sunday announced it would not form government in the state and accused the Shiv Sena of "disrespecting" people's mandate secured by the NDA in the recent Assembly polls.
After the BJP declined to form government in Maharashtra on Sunday, the governor asked the Sena to "indicate its willingness and ability" to stake claim. While the Sena has been making efforts to reach out to the NCP and the Congress, the Sharad Pawar-led party on Sunday said the Sena will have to walk out of the NDA first.
The Sena, which is the second-largest party in the 288-member House with 56 MLAs after the BJP (105), has time till 7.30 pm on Monday to stake claim to form government.Sena leader Arvind Sawant, the lone party minister in the Modi Cabinet, on Monday announced his decision to quit the NDA government at the Centre.