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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.

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12:02 PM IST

Sanjay Raut says Shiv Sena will give stable govt to Maharashtra

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut is confident that his party will give a stable government to Maharashtra. On Monday, he said, "The chief minister in Maharashtra will be from the Shiv Sena. We will give a stable government."

He added that all parties need to forget their differences and work on a common minimum programme.

11:49 AM IST

Ahmed Patel, Kharge among Cong leaders attending CWC meeting

Senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, KC Venugopal, and Mallikarjun Kharge are among those attending the core group meeting of the Congress at party interim President Sonia Gandhi's residence, over the political situation in Maharashtra.

11:37 AM IST

'Can we go to elections with Shiv Sena as partner': Cong leader Sanjay Nirupam

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has warned against any kind of arrangement with the Shiv Sena. In a tweet on Monday morning, Nirupam said he expected political instability in the state irrespective of who formed the government and prophesied that snap elections could be held some time next year and asked his party if the Congress could really face an election with rival Sena as an alliance partner.

11:27 AM IST

Cong core group meeting to be held at Sonia Gandhi's residence

The Congress has called a meeting at party president Sonia Gandhi’s residence in Delhi. The Congress has 44 seats in the Maharashtra assembly.

11:19 AM IST

Sanjay Raut arrives at Uddhav Thackeray's residence

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut arrives at party chief Uddhav Thackeray's residence in Mumbai.

11:16 AM IST

'BJP's 'arrogance' led to current political situation in Maharashtra'

Hours after Shiv Sena minister Arvind Sawant quit the Union cabinet, senior party leader Sanjay Raut said if the Bharatiya Janata Party (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.

Raut said the BJP’s “arrogance” has led to the current political situation in Maharashtra. He said it’s time now for Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress to “walk the talk” on keeping the BJP out of power.

“I heard the statements of BJP leaders where they blamed Shiv Sena for not being able to form government. It is wrong. The BJP is ready to sit in the opposition but doesn’t intend to give Sena what was promised. It is their arrogance. It is insult of people of Maharashtra,” said Raut.

11:02 AM IST

'Would've been easier if governor had given us more time': Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, on the governor's invite to the party to 'indicate willingness to form government in Maharashtra, said, "It would have been easy if Governor had given us more time. BJP was given 72 hours; we've been given lesser time. It's a strategy of BJP to impose President's rule in state."

First published: Nov 11, 2019 10:50 IST