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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.

09:53 AM IST

'Ajit Pawar looked nervous as he left the meeting': Raut

Sena Rajya Sabha MP Raut said that Ajit Pawar left the meeting in a way that it seemed clear he was going to commit a crime. He said that his mobile was switched off after 9 PM last night.

09:44 AM IST

'Expected more honesty from Maharashtra governor': Sena MP Raut

The Sena MP lambasted the BJP and said that the BJP has insulted the legacy of Shivaji. He said he would not say anything about Fadnavis because he knows BJP will do anything to cling on to power.

09:41 AM IST

'You've stolen, you've back stabbed': Sena MP Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut accuses the BJP of back stabbing the people of Maharashtra. He says that people of Maharashtra will never forgive this.

09:34 AM IST

'It's Ajit's personal decision, not NCP's': NCP chief Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has distanced himself from Ajit Pawar's decision to support the BJP. He says that the decision taken by his nephew to take up the role as Maharashtra's deputy chief minister was entirely personal.

09:27 AM IST

PM Modi and Union Home minister Amit Shah congratulate Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar

PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah congratulated the duo after they staked claim to form the government early Saturday morning. The leaders met Governor BS Koshyari and asked him to revoke the President's rule at 5:47 AM following which they were sworn-in .

09:23 AM IST

'Amazing if true': Congress lawmaker Singhvi says Cong-NCP-Sena negotiations took too long

The Congress lawmaker and senior lawyer said that he is amazed that the NCP and BJP staked claim to form the government. He tweeted that the negotiations took too long which gave and 'fast movers' fill in the space created during these discussions. In his tweet, he was also surprised by the Pawars. He wrote, 'Surreal wht I read abt #Maharashtra. Thought it was fake news. Candidly &personally speaking, our tripartite negotiations shd not have gone on for more than 3 days...took too long. Window given was grabbed by fast movers. #pawarji tussi grt ho! Amazing if true, still not sure'

09:16 AM IST

'It was necessary for Maharashtra to get a stable government': Maharashtra CM Fadnavis

Fadnavis was clear that allies Shiv Sena had not respected the people's mandate and for Maharashtra to remain under President's rule would not be good for its development.

First published: Nov 23, 2019 08:38 IST