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Maharashtra govt formation Updates: Sena leaders celebrate in Parliament premise

Pro-tem speaker Kalidas Kolambkar administered oath to newly-elected MLAs of Maharashtra in a special session of the assembly on Wednesday.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Nov 27, 2019 14:01 IST
Maharashtra govt formation Updates: Sena leaders celebrate in Parliament premise
Members of Shiv Sena celebrated in Parliament, Nov 27, 2019.

A special session of Maharshtra assembly was held on Wednesday where the newly-elected MLAs were administered the oath of office. Pro-tem speaker Kalidas Kolambkar administered the oath.

The special assembly session, which began a little after 8am, was called by governor BD Koshyari after the Supreme Court on Tuesday, hearing a petition by the NCP, Sena and Congress, asked him to appoint a pro-tem speaker and ensure all elected members of the House are sworn in on Wednesday itself by 5 pm. The petition had challenged the governor's decision to install a Devendra Fadnavis-led government on November 23.

However, the BJP-led government in Maharashtra collapsed on Tuesday as chief minister Fadnavis admitted his administration didn’t command a majority and resigned, capping 80 dramatic hours in which dissident Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar broke ranks and took oath as deputy CM, only to find himself unable to muster the required support.

The fall of the four-day-old government came hours after the Supreme Court ordered a floor test by 5pm on Wednesday, and paved the way for an Opposition coalition of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress — the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi — stake claim to power.

Here are the updates:

11:23 AM IST

'Everyone in NCP wants Ajit Pawar to get ministerial berth'

"Everyone in NCP wants Ajit Pawar to get a ministerial berth'" says senior NCP leader Sunil Tatkare

11:16 AM IST

Some Cong MLAs will be part of Cabinet, will take oath with Uddhav: Thorat

Some Congress MLAs will be part of the cabinet and take oath with Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday, says senior Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat.

"Tomorrow, some Congress MLAs who will be part of Cabinet, will also take oath with Uddhav Thackeray. But we have not yet decided who and how many from which party will be ministers. Every party will get some important positions, that is for sure."

He added, "It has not been finalized who will be the deputy CM. Talks will be finalised today."

11:13 AM IST

'In the end, he admitted his mistake': Nawab Malik on Ajit Pawar

Asked about Ajit Pawar's return to the NCP, party leader Nawab Malik told ANI, "In the end, he admitted his mistake. It is a family matter and Pawar Sahib has forgiven him. He is very much in the party and his position in the party has not changed."

10:59 AM IST

Ex-minister P Chidambaram congratulates Sena-NCP-Cong coalition govt

Former finance minister P Chidambaram, lodged in Tihar jail, tweeted (through his family) on Wednesday morning: "Warm greetings to the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress Coalition government. Please subordinate your individual party interests and work together to implement the common interests of the three parties - farmers' welfare, investment, employment, social justice and women and child welfare.

10:16 AM IST

Sanjay Raut says he had predicted Ajit Pawar's return to NCP

Sanjay Raut claims that he had predicted the return of Ajit Pawar (to NCP) on the day the latter took oath. "On the day Ajit Pawar took oath as Deputy CM, I had said that he will return. And I also said one will have to take 100 births to understand Sharad Pawar," said Sanjay Raut.

10:15 AM IST

'Not Chanakya, I am a Shiv Sena warrior': Raut

On being asked if he is now the Chanakya for bringing the three parties (NCP, Sena, Congress) together, Raut said, "I am not Chanakya. I am a Shiv Sena warrior."

10:13 AM IST

'Our Suryayaan has safely landed at Mantralaya': Sanjay Raut

"Our Suryayan has safely landed on the 6th floor of Mantralaya (CM office). You should not be surprised if it lands in Delhi,": Sanjay Raut at a media briefing in Mumbai.

10:11 AM IST

'Transformation of future of India has begun in Mahrashtra': Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said: "Everyone together took a decision that is beneficial to not only Maharashtra but the entire country. BJP could not force its CM despite wrong ways to do so.The transformation of the future of India has begun in Maharashtra, with Uddhav Thackeray becoming CM."

10:01 AM IST

'The whole programme changed after SC order': BJP MLA

BJP MLA Babanrao B Pachpute,BJP said at the Assembly, "After the SC decision, the whole programme changed. A meeting of the core committee of the BJP was held where it was decided that since we do not have numbers, Devendra Fadnavis should resign; there should be no horse-trading."

09:24 AM IST

'No decision yet on deputy CM': Congress' Balasaheb Thorat

Maharashtra Congress President Balasaheb Thorat, who arrived at the Maharashtra Assembly, said, "No decision has been taken on who will be deputy CM."

09:20 AM IST

Uddhav Thackeray meets governor BD Koshyari

Shiv Sena Chief and 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' (NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena alliance) CM candidate, Uddhav Thackeray meets Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan.

<p>Uddhav Thackeray meets governor BD Koshyari</p>
Shiv Sena chief and NCP-Sena-Congress chief minister candidate Uddhav Thackeray and his wife met Maharashtra governor BD Koshyari, Nov 27, 2019.
08:49 AM IST

'Happy Ajit Pawar has come back': Sharad Pawar's kin Rohit

NCP MLA Rohit Pawar, the grand nephew of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, at the assembly in Mumbai: "We are happy that Ajit Pawar has come back. He is also here today. He is a part of NCP. Going forward, we would work under his guidance."

08:31 AM IST

'Happy dream of Balasaheb Thackeray is being fulfilled': Sena MLA

Shiv Sena's Neelam Gorhe says, "We are happy that finally the dream of Balasaheb ji Thackeray is being fulfilled. 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' will be led by Uddhav Thackeray, guided by Sharad Pawar & Sonia ji madam has made immense contribution to it, so we will do great work for Maharashtra."

08:31 AM IST

Newly-elected MLAs being administered oath

Newly-elected Maharashtra MLAs take oath at the special Assembly session called by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

08:13 AM IST

'Lot of new responsibility': Supriya Sule

NCP leader Supriya Sule says, "Lot of new responsibility. Every citizen of Maharashtra stood by us."

First published: Nov 27, 2019 07:51 IST