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Maharashtra govt formation: Governor invites NCP to form government

The NCP and Congress held separate meetings on Monday to decide on support to the Shiv Sena for forming a government in Maharashtra.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Nov 11, 2019 22:59 IST
Maharashtra govt formation: Governor invites NCP to form government
Governor invites NCP to form government

Political developments in Maharashtra moved quickly on Monday with the resignation of Arvind Sawant, the lone Shiv Sena member in the Union government, and the NCP and the Congress holding separate meetings to decide on support to the Sena for government formation. The NCP said it will wait for the Congress to meet its state leaders and come at a decision before taking a final call, and Congress held back its support to a possible Shiv Sena-led government.

Another Congress core group meeting is going to be held tomorrow at interim party president Sonia Gandhi's residence.



Read highlights here

03:17 PM IST

BJP broke our trust: Arvind Sawant

“Shiv Sena and BJP had an alliance after Amit Shah had met Uddhav Thackeray and agreed to a 50:50 formula for every post including the chief minister’s. They have broken this trust and even worse, they have said that no such arrangement was agreed upon,” Arvind Sawant said after submitting his resignation from the BJP-led government.

02:14 PM IST

Sharad Pawar leaves after meeting Uddhav Thackeray

NCP chief Sharad Pawar leaves from Taj Land after meeting with Shivsena chief Uddhav Thackeray. 

<p>Sharad Pawar leaves after meeting Uddhav Thackeray</p>
Sharad Pawar leaves the hotel after meeting Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.
02:07 PM IST

Uddhav Thackeray-Sharad Pawar meeting ends

The meeting between Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and NCP president Sharad Pawar ends. This was the first meeting between the two leaders. The NCP chief has left from the hotel. The meeting lasted for about 40 minutes.

02:00 PM IST

Aaditya Thackeray also present at Uddhav-Pawar meeting

Meeting between Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and NCP president Sharad Pawar is taking place at Taj Lands' End in Bandra. Sena leader and Worli MLA Aaditya Thackeray is also present in the meeting. The leaders are expected to discuss modalities for formation of government in Maharashtra. 

01:55 PM IST

'Mixed views among Cong MLAs but final decision by high command': Cong leader Manikrao Thakre

Congress leader Manikrao Thakre said in Mumbai, "Key state leaders will reach Delhi for the meeting at 4pm after which the party will announce its decision on formation of the government in Maharashtra. There are mixed views among the state MLAs over supporting Shiv Sena-led government, but the final decision will be taken by the party high command."

01:37 PM IST

'Not right for me to continue in my post': Arvind Sawant

"After the Assembly elections in Maharashtra, and due the subsequent atmosphere in the state where the power sharing pact was denied and my party chief Uddhav ji Thackeray was portrayed as wrong. In such an atmosphere, my continuing as a minister will not be correct," says Sawant.

<p>'Not right for me to continue in my post': Arvind Sawant</p>
Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant
01:35 PM IST

'Have sent my resignation to PM Modi': Arvind Sawant

I have sent my resignation to honourable prime minister Narendra Modi: Arvind Sawant

01:33 PM IST

Sena MP Arvind Sawant to address media

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant is addressing a press conference. He had tweeted about his resignation from the Modi government on Monday morning.

01:26 PM IST

Sharad Pawar- Uddhav Thackeray meeting underway

Meeting between Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar is underway.

01:20 PM IST

Uddhav Thackeray on way to meet Sharad Pawar

Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray is on his way to meet Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar . The visit comes minutes after a two-hour long meeting of senior NCP leaders. Sharad Pawar's party has not announced its stand yet and is expected to announce it after 4 pm once the Congress meets its Maharashtra leaders to arrive at a decision.

12:54 PM IST

Sanjay Raut leaves Matoshree

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut leaves Matoshree after meeting with party chief Uddhav Thackeray

<p>Sanjay Raut leaves Matoshree</p>
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut
12:34 PM IST

Waiting for the Congress to decide: NCP

We are ready to form a government in Maharashtra, but that will only be after talks with Congress, we are waiting for them to decide, says NCP leader Nawab Malik

12:33 PM IST

'NCP will decide only after Cong tells us about their decision': Nawab Malik

NCP leader Nawab Malik: "Today there was an important meeting of NCP leaders on govt formation, it was 2 hours long. We have come to know that the Congress will hold another meeting at 4 pm. We will take decision once after that. NCP will not decide till the Congress takes a decision."

12:20 PM IST

Cong meet discussed Maharashtra situation, another meeting at 4pm', says Kharge

''There has been a meeting on the situation in Maharashtra. There'll be another meeting at 4 pm with our state leaders': Mallikarjun Kharge

<p>Cong meet discussed Maharashtra situation, another meeting at 4pm', says Kharge</p>
12:17 PM IST

'Decision only after discussions with Congress': Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said any decision about support to the Shiv Sena will be taken after discussing the matter with the Congress. "We’ll have a word with Congress today. Whatever decision is to be taken will be taken only after discussions with Congress,” the NCP chief was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

First published: Nov 11, 2019 10:50 IST