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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.

11:25 AM IST

Supriya Sule's WhatsApp status says 'Party and family split!'

NCP lawmaker from Baramati in a WhatsApp status said that the 'party' and the 'family' is split.

11:16 AM IST

'Illegitimate formation will self-destruct': Congress Ahmed Patel

Congress party treasurer has tweeted that 'evil manoeuvres take place in the secrecy of midnight'.

11:12 AM IST

'Had taken signatures of MLA for attendance, misused as a basis for the oath': Nawab Malik

Nawab Malik has said that signatures were taken for attendance but it was misused as a basis of oath.

11:09 AM IST

All NCP MLAs to meet at 4:30 PM today

Sharad Pawar, NCP Chief, has called a meeting of all the NCP MLAs today.

11:03 AM IST

'There is a split in NCP': Supriya Sule, NCP leader tells Hindustan Times

'It is very clear from Mr Pawar’s tweet that there is a split in the NCP. On being asked how many are with them, it will take some time to figure out. These things take time. He will be doing a press conference at 1230', said NCP leader Supriya Sule to HT

10:51 AM IST

'Shiv Sena insulted Maharashtra': Union minister Javadekar

Union minister Prakash Javadekar has said that the people of Maharashtra had voted for PM Modi and Devendra Fadnavis but Shiv Sena defied the mandate.

10:48 AM IST

'No indication of revolt in NCP': Nawab Malik

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said there was no indication of any revolt and the needful will be decided during the meeting which will be held with NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

10:45 AM IST

'Fadnavis' appointment will bring swift progress for Maharashtra': JP Nadda

BJP working president speaks to the media and said that Fadnavis' government will bring widespread development in Maharashtra.

10:36 AM IST

Devendra Fadnavis thanks the Prime Minister

CM Devendra Fadnavis is confident that under the guidance of PM Narendra Modi, Maharashtra will achieve greater heights, he wrote on Twitter.

10:35 AM IST

Congress calls for an urgent meeting, says ANI

KC Venugopal and Mallikarjun Kharge, senior Congress leaders, have been called at the Mumbai Congress' party office for a high-level meeting.

10:32 AM IST

'Verbal diarrhea is the right word for Raut': BJP's Mahajan hits back

Girish Mahajan of the Bharatiya Janata Party has said that Sena MLA sare frustrated with Raut and could join the BJP because of him. He also said since Ajit Pawar had given them letter of support, it indicate that the entire NCP is with Fadnavis and the BJP.

10:16 AM IST

Sena-NCP joint conference at 12:30 PM

Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar will address a joint press conference later today at 12:30 PM

10:13 AM IST

'Expected Governor Koshyari to protect the constitution': Sanjay Raut

The Sena MP could not contain himself while speaking to the media and targeting the governor he said that he expected integrity from Governor Koshyari given that he was a former RSS man.

10:08 AM IST

No MLAs with Ajit, everyone siding with Sharad Pawar-saheb': Jayant Patil

NCP leader Jayant Patil has said that there are no MPs who have sided alongside Ajit Pawar, they remain loyal to Sharad Pawar. NCP chief Pawar has already tweeted that his NCP does not endorse Ajit's move.

10:04 AM IST

'Ajit's actions had no connection with Sharad Pawar': Sanjay Raut

Sanjay Raut bore into Maharashtra's deputy CM and said Ajit Pawar could not look people in the eye as he left the meeting. 'Satta, paisa, masti has taken control over democracy', says the Sena lawmaker.

First published: Nov 23, 2019 08:38 IST