The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine on Tuesday evening elected Uddhav Thackeray as its nominee for Maharashtra Chief Minister's post, following which the Sena president met the Governor and staked claim to form the government of the "Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi".
Thackeray was accompanied by legislature party leaders of the three parties as he headed for Raj Bhavan to meet Governor B K Koshyari, a Sena leader said. "We are submitting a joint statement of staking a claim for government formation. We will also produce proof of the support of all the MLAs of the three parties to the governor as part of the mandatory procedure," said the leader.
The three parties held a joint meeting at a suburban hotel where Thackeray was picked as leader of the unlikely alliance. NCP chief Sharad Pawar announced at the meeting that swearing-in of the new government will be held at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai on December 1. Thackeray, who would be the first member of his family to occupy the top political post in the state, said his government will not be vindictive.
"I will go to Delhi to meet my 'elder brother' after the government is formed," he said, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had called him "my younger brother" during campaign rallies. Hours earlier, four-day-old BJP government led by Devendra Fadnavis and supported by NCP's Ajit Pawar had collapsed.
To discuss the developments CNBC-TV18 spoke to Shumsher Sheriff, former secretary-general of Rajya Sabha; Narendra Taneja, BJP spokesperson, Pratap Singh Bajwa, Rajya Sabha MP of Congress and Vinod Sharma, political editor at Hindustan Times