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Maharashtra Government formation Live Updates| ‘Together in this fight’: Sharad Pawar backs Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP started his second term as Maharashtra CM with NCP's Ajit Pawar as deputy CM from today morning. NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray addressed a press conference where Pawar said that he will back the Sena chief to form a government in Maharashtra.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Nov 23, 2019 13:55 IST
Maharashtra Government formation Live Updates| ‘Together in this fight’: Sharad Pawar backs Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray
Pawar and Thackeray address joint press conference

BJP's Devendra Fadnavis has taken oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra. He was sworn-in by Governor Bhagat S. Koshyari, alongside, NCP's Ajit Pawar, who will serve as the deputy CM of the state today at 8 AM. NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray addressed a press conference where Pawar confirmed that deputy CM Ajit Pawar has taken 10-11 MLAs with him and he has been removed as legislature party leader. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray dared the BJP to poach his lawmakers and said that Maharashtra 'will not be sleeping tonight'. NCP MLA Shingne said that Ajit Pawar had summoned him and other MLAs to his flat, and on the arrival of Fadnavis and CB Patil they had an idea what was going on following which three lawmakers came back and reported to Sharad Pawar. NCP MP from Baramati Supriya Sule told the Hindustan Times that there is a split in the NCP. Nawab Malik, NCP lawmaker, said that signatures of MLAs which had been taken to mark attendance was deliberately misconstrued as support for the newly formed government.

12:52 PM IST

'This is indiscipline. No NCP party worker will go and join the BJP': Sharad Pawar

'His decision is against the party line', said Sharad Pawar. He said no NCP worker is in favour of a NCP-BJP government.

12:47 PM IST

'3 of these parties had agreed to form government': Pawar

Sharad Pawar tells the media that these three parties had agreed to form the government in Maharashtra.

12:43 PM IST

Congress-NCP-Sena joint press conference begins at YB Chavan Centre

Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar and Sanjay Raut arrive for joint press conference.

12:41 PM IST

BJP to address press conference at 2:30 PM

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to address the media at party's state office in Mumbai at 2.30 pm

12:18 PM IST

'We are not worried': Sanjay Raut, Sena MP

Sanjay Raut, Upper House MP from the Shiv Sena tweets Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray's quote and says he's unafraid.

12:11 PM IST

Supriya Sule receives Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Worli MP Aaditya Thackeray

Sule had reached the YB Chavan Centre for the joint press conference earlier. The Sena top brass have arrived to speak to the media.

12:09 PM IST

'Pawar is poison': Sanjay Nirupam

Congress' Sanjay Nirupam quoted a meeting with former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi wherein the latter had said 'Power is poison'. He used it as an analogy to tell the media that in the case of Maharashtra 'Pawar is poison'

12:07 PM IST

'Request Sonia Gandhi to dissolve the CWC': Sanjay Nirupam

Congress' Sanjay Nirupam said that the entire development has saddened him contrary to what people might think. He further added that the mandate for the Congress was to sit in Opposition and the idea of allying with the Sena was a mistake.

11:56 AM IST

'Khub khao, doosre ko bhi khilao': Digvijaya Singh on Maharashtra government formation

Digvijaya Singh of the Congress lashed out at the Maharashtra CM Fadnavis saying that it will be hard for the CM to explain to his supporters that how he sided with Ajit Pawar who he campaigned against so furiously before the elections.

11:52 AM IST

Supriya Sule shares another WhatsApp status

Supriya Sule of the NCP, posted a WhatsApp status, where she wrote, "Who do u trust in life..never felt so cheated in my life...Defended him loved him...look what I get in return."

<p>Supriya Sule shares another WhatsApp status</p>
Supriya Sule, Baramati MP from NCP, shared another WhatsApp status update.
11:42 AM IST

NCP chief Sharad Pawar reaches YB Chavan auditorium

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has reached the YB Chavan auditorium. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Pawar will later hold a joint press conference.

<p>NCP chief Sharad Pawar reaches YB Chavan auditorium</p>
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar reaches YB Chavan auditorium, Mumbai.
11:40 AM IST

'Lust of power defies everything': Congress' Randeep Surjewala

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted a screenshot of a tweet by Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis where the latter had said 'BJP will never, never, never have any alliance with the BJP...'

11:37 AM IST

'They will lose the floor test in the Vidhan Sabha': NCP

Nawab Malik of the NCP has said that the newly formed government is deceitful and will not survive the floor test in Maharashtra.

11:34 AM IST

Congress press conference called off

The Congress press conference which was scheduled to be held today at 11:30 was cancelled few minutes ago.

11:32 AM IST

'54 MLAs signed letter which was given to governor', says BJP leader

A BJP leader has claimed that things turned around after the '45-minute long meeting' between PM Narendra Modi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

First published: Nov 23, 2019 08:38 IST