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Maharashtra Govt Formation Updates: Backing BJP wasn't a revolt, says Ajit Pawar at NCP, Shiv Sena, Congress meet
  • 19:42 (IST)

    Uddhav Thackeray to be 18th chief minister of Maharashtra, third Sena leader to occupy post

     

    Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will take oath as the 18th chief minister of Maharashtra on Thursday. Thackeray, 59, will be the third Sena leader after Manohar Joshi and Narayan Rane to occupy the top post.

    PTI

     

  • 19:30 (IST)

    NCP puts up posters supporting Ajit Pawar

    Poster of Ajit Pawar put up in Baramati by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) workers. The poster states "...let us decide now what you should or should not do. All of Maharashtra is looking towards you as a future chief minister".

  • 19:26 (IST)

    Will not oppose Maha Vika Aghadi govt: CPM

    The CPM, in a statement, said it will not oppose formation of the new Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress to ensure that the BJP does not return to power.
     
    The party also demanded sacking of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for playing a "partisan role at the behest of the Prime Minister and the Home Minister".

  • 18:47 (IST)

    Give prominent position to Ajit Pawar, NCP legislators demand

    Even as Ajit Pawar insists that he has always been with the NCP, party legislators have said that he should be given a prominent position in the new government, News18 said.

  • 18:38 (IST)

    Bombay HC allows swearing-in at Shivaji Park, but says such functions shouldn't become regular feature

    The Bombay High Court on Wednesday raised security concerns over the swearing-in ceremony of Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister at Mumbai's Shivaji Park.

    Thackeray, who is set to be sworn in as Chief Minister of Maharashtra tomorrow, will form a government led by the Maha Vikas Aghadi, an alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, in the state.

    The issues cropped up while the court was hearing a petition filed by an NGO in 2010.

    The court has not stopped the function but has asked the authorities to strengthen the security around the park. It also observed that such functions should not become a regular feature in the area.

    ANI

  • 18:24 (IST)

    BVA declares support to NCP, Congress, Sena alliance

    Hitendra Thakur-led Bahujan Vikas Agadhi (BVA), which has three MLAs, has pledged support to the Maharashtra Vikas Agadhi (MVA) formed by the
    Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress.

    With the support of 3 MLAs, from the party the the alliance will have 169 MLAs in 288-member Maharashtra Assembly.

    PTI

  • 18:13 (IST)

    It was not a revolt, Ajit Pawar tells alliance MLAs

    Speaking about his support to the BJP for government formation in the state. Ajit Pawar said that it ws not a revolt. On being asked about his role in the NCP, he said: "Did NCP remove me? Did you read about my removal from the party?"

    PTI

  • 18:06 (IST)

    Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet train not our priority: Sena leader

    Shiv Sena leader Deepak Kesarkar, a minister in the previous BJP-Sena government, questioned the need for a bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and said that it was not a priority for his party, which is set to form government in the state in alliance with the NCP and Congress. 

    "If you have to spend Rs 3,500 (estimated cost of the Bullet train ticket) for journey from Ahmedabad to Mumbai, (then) there is option of flight. It was okay when Gujarat and Maharashtra were one state and Mumbai was the capital. You needed that connectivity. I can't say if this is needed in present times. We are not opposing anything, but our first priority is farmers," PTI reported him as saying.

  • 18:02 (IST)

    Reap what you sow, HD Kumaraswamy tells BJP

    JD(S) leader and former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy lashed out at the BJP for its "lust for power, game of toppling governments and forcing unwanted elections". 

    " Popular adage 'reap what you sow' aptly applies to (Devendra) Fadnavis," he added. 

  • 17:53 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee invited for Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in

    West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who is an outspoken critic of the BJP has been invited to the swearing-in of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as the new chief minister of Maharashtra, sources at the CMO told PTI. 

  • 17:36 (IST)

    Shiv Sena to have 15 ministers, Congress and NCP to have 13 each

    Sources told ANI that the Maha Vikas Aghadi had decided upon the following sharing of cabinet berths:  "Shiv Sena to have 15 ministers and chief minister, NCP to have deputy chief minister and 13 other ministers. The Assembly Speaker will be from the Congress, which will also get 13  cabinets."

  • 17:27 (IST)

     Ahead of swearing-in ceremony, CM-designate Uddhav Thackeray meets  Sharad Pawar

    Following hectic parleys between Sharad Pawar and senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, K C Venugopal add others, Maharashtra chief minister-designate Uddhav Thackeray met NCP president Sharad Pawar at the YB Chavan Centre in Mumbai. 

     
    Pawar and Thackeray, chief of the Shiv Sena, are expected to discuss issues related to the latter's ministerial council and the swearing-in ceremony, to be held at Shivaji​ Park in Dadar on Thursday evening.
     
    PTI

  • 17:22 (IST)

    One who forgives is the greatest, says Nawab Malik onTwitter, tags Sharad Pawar


    In a tweet tagging NCP chief Sharad Pawar, party leader Nawab Malik said, "One who admits to mistakes is great, and the one who forgives is the greatest."

  • 17:10 (IST)

    Leaders like me could've helped BJP win more seats: Eknath Khadse

    The rifts within the BJP are coming out in the open, with sebior leader Eknath Khadse alleging that  leaders like him, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Vinod Tawde and some others were "deliberately kept out" of the state election campaign.
     
    He said the BJP could have won 20 to 25 seats more in the last month's Maharashtra Assembly polls, if he and the  other party leaders were actively involved in the election campaign.
     
    PTI
     

  • 16:54 (IST)

    Uddhav Thackeray reaches NCP, Congress, Shiv Sena meet in Mumbai

    Maha Vikas Aghadi's chief ministerial candidate Uddhav Thackeray has reached the YB Chavan centre in Mumbai, where MLAs of the alliance are holding a meeting. 

  • 16:42 (IST)

    Prime minister, president and Maharashtra governor all involved in 'midnight affair': Chidambaram 

     

    Referring to the midnight swearing in ceremony of Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar, Congress leader P Chidambaram said: " The governor, prime minister and the president were all responsible for that midnight affair. It is sad that the president is involved, deeply sad that he is woken up at 4 am in the morning."

    "That is the way they celebrate Constitution Day. That is the honour they show to the Constitution," he said.

  • 16:37 (IST)

    Visual of Ajit Pawar at YB Chavan Center

  • 16:32 (IST)

    Giving chief minister's post to party with 56 seats is horse-trading : Amit Shah

    "All Shiv Sena MLAs win elections by fighting with us. There is not a single MLA who has not put up a poster of Modi ji. In his assemblies, Modi ji had bigger cutouts than BJP assemblies. Don't all these people of the country and Maharashtra know?

    "Isn't giving support in lieu of the chief minister's post greed? I tell Sharad ji and Sonia ji that they should try saying that the chief minister will be theirs and then take the support of Shiv Sena. The coalition with about 100 seats is giving the chief minister's post to the 56-seat party, this is horse-trading."

  • 16:23 (IST)

    'Shiv Sena insulted people's mandate, not BJP' : Amit Shah lashes out at former ally

    In a series of tweets, Amit Shah lashed out at it former ally and reiterated that he never promised Shiv Sena the CM's post before elections.

    "Shiv Sena has done the work of insulting the mandate of Maharashtra, not BJP. Those who put MLAs in camps, broke the pre-poll alliance, are today blaming the BJP. Leaving their ideology, these three parties are going to form the government after abandoning all values" he said.

    "I again clarify that we never gave any assurance to the Shiv Sena for the post of Chief Minister. Every time, even in the meetings where Aditya Thackeray or Uddhavji were on the stage with us, we also said that Devendra Fadnavis would become the chief minister of Maharashtra, Why did he not protest then?"

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Sonia Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal among those invited for swearing in ceremony

    Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde confirmed that Sonia Gandhi has been invited for the oath taking ceremony on Thursday. Congress' Vijay Wadewattiwar told ANI that all Congress chief ministers, MK Stalin, Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal have also been also invited.

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who was nominated as the Maha-Vikas Aghadi's chief ministerial candidate, will be sworn in at a grand ceremony at Mumbai's Shivaji Park at 6.30 pm on Thursday. 

  • 16:04 (IST)

    Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha witnesses rare occurrence of MLAs being sworn in before appointment of chief minister

    The swearing-in of members of the 14th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly marked a rare occasion when the House assembled for the first session without formation of a government and appointment of chief minister. State Vidhan Bhawan's in-charge secretary Rajendra Bhagawat told PTI that during the last couple of decades, the chief minister was sworn in first followed by other members. "The floor test is also then conducted immediately or in the following session. In the present case, no chief minister has been administered oath, but the swearing-in ceremony of House members is being held," he noted.

  • 15:57 (IST)

    Devendra Fadnavis took oath as MLA

    Day after resigning as Maharashtra chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as a BJP MLA. 

  • 15:54 (IST)

    RECAP |  Shiv Sena worker resigns after party forms govt in alliance with Congress, NCP

    Following Uddhav Thackeray's decision to join hands with the Congress and NCP to stake claim to form government in Maharashtra, a Shiv Sena worker from Mumbai announced his resignation on Tuesday night.

    "My conscious and ideology does not permit me to work with Congress. I cannot work half heartedly (sic)," he tweeted.

  • 15:47 (IST)

    Sharad Pawar reaches YB Chavan Centre for key NCP meet


    NCP chief Sharad Pawar to chair key NCP meet at YB Chavan Centre. Ajit Pawar will be present at the meeting.

  • 15:41 (IST)

    Ajit Pawar takes oath as NCP MLA

    Day after resigning as deputy chief minister,  Ajit Pawar was sworn in as an NCP MLA earlier today. After the oath-taking ceremony, Ajit said that he has always been with the NCP. 

  • 15:37 (IST)

    Fadnavis only Maharashtra CM to have resigned from post twice in same month


    Devendra Fadnavis has become the first chief minister of Maharashtra to have resigned from the post two times in the same month.

    He is also now in the book of records to be the Maharashtra chief minister with the shortest tenure of 80 hours. He resigned on 26 November after being sworn in on 23 November. He had also resigned from the post on 8 November.

  • 15:26 (IST)

    Preparations to host oath-taking ceremony at Shivaji Park begin


    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will take oath as the Maharashtra Chief Minister at 6.40 pm on Thursday.

  • 15:19 (IST)

    Congress, Shiv Sena leaders to meet at 6 pm


    The leaders are expected to discuss power-sharing, reports India Today.

  • 14:45 (IST)

    Overconfidence could have brought down BJP in Maharashtra, says party leaders


    Even as Shiv Sena continued talks with the NCP and Congress till last Thursday, the BJP was certain that the Uddhav Thackeray-led party could not break ties with its "ideological brother" and interpreted the Sena's outbursts as "attempts to regain the lost glory of Matoshree and a visit from the BJP top leadership to Matoshree could break the stalemate", senior party leaders told Indian Express.

    Seen as a sign of the BJP's overconfidence, Ajit Pawar's resignation and move back to the NCP fold dented Narendra Modi's image and made the saffron party look like a power-grabbing one. the leaders said.

  • 14:31 (IST)

    Maharashtra government's chief standing counsel in Supreme Court resigns


    Maharashtra’s chief standing counsel in the Supreme Court Nishant Katneshwarkar sent his resignation, hours after Devendra Fadnavis resigned as the Chief Minister, The Times of India reported. Katneshwarkar handled important cases in the Supreme Court, including the one filed by Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress over the government formation in the state, said he was stepping down “in view of change in political scenario at the government level”.

    In his letter to the principal secretary of Maharashtra, he sought to be relieved forthwith. He told TOI, “I was appointed in April 2015 during the tenure of CM Devendra Fadnavis and I felt it was my bounden duty both, legally and morally, to step down since now there is change of reign in the state.”

  • 14:27 (IST)

    Ajit Pawar attends NCP MLAs meet, day after resigning as deputy CM


    NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who joined hands with the BJP last week to form government in Maharashtra but quit it later, attended a meeting of his party MLAs today.
     

    The meeting was held at the YB Chavan Centre and was also attended by Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil and senior party leaders Chhagan Bhujbal and Dilip Walse Patil.
     
    Ajit Pawar on Tuesday resigned as Dy CM citing "personal reason", following which Devendra Fadnavis too stepped down as chief minister, leading to collapse of the BJP-led government.

  • 14:13 (IST)

    Bombay HC raises security concern over Uddhav Thackeray's oath ceremony at Shivaji Park

    The Bombay High Court raised security concerns over the swearing-in ceremony of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister at Shivaji Park, and said holding such functions at a public ground should not become a regular feature.
     
    Henceforth, everyone will want to use the ground for such ceremonies, a division bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and RI Chagla said. "We do not want to say anything about tomorrow's ceremony. We are only praying that nothing untoward happens," the court said while hearing a plea of NGO Wecom Trust on whether the Shivaji Park was a playground or a recreation ground.
     
    "What will happen is that this (holding ceremonies) will become a regular feature and everyone will want to use the ground for such ceremonies," the court said. The high court had in 2010 declared the area as a 'silence zone' after the PIL was filed by the NGO.

    PTI

  • 14:10 (IST)

    Chidambaram slams egregious violation of the Constitution by BJP in Maharashtra


    Congress' P Chidambaram attacked the BJP over the way Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as Maharashtra chief minister, saying it was an "assault" on the office of the President to wake him at 4 am to get the order revoking President's rule signed. "Why could it not have waited until 9.00 am in the morning?," he asked in the tweet.

    "What will remain in memory of Constitution Day 2019 is the most egregious violation of the Constitution in Maharashtra between November 23 and November 26, 2019," Chidambaram said in a tweet posted by his family on his behalf.

  • 13:57 (IST)

    Shiv Sena leaders celebrate at the Parliament complex a day ahead of Uddhav Thackeray's swearing in ceremony in Mumbai's Shivaji Park

  • 13:38 (IST)

    Three MLAs not administered oaths; Speaker election likely on 30 Nov


    In the 288-member House, two members - Sudhir ​Mungantiwar (BJP) and Devendra Bhuyar (Swabhimani Paksh) - did not take oath on Wednesday, a Vidhan Bhavan official said.
     

    Pro tem Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar took oath on Tuesday after being appointed to the post by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Two members - Mahesh Baldi (Independent), Mohammed Ismail (AIMIM) - were administered oath in the Speaker's chamber as they arrived after the House was adjourned, legislature secretary Rajendra Bhagwat told PTI.

    Sources in the Congress said the election for the Speaker's post will be held on November 30.

  • 13:29 (IST)

    Ashok Chavan responds to Fadnavis' 'three wheels' remarks


    Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan hit out at Devendra Fadnavis' 'three wheels' remark saying, "Three wheels are better than two wheels."

    Yesterday, hours before stepping down as Chief Minister, Fadnavis took a jibe at the Congress-National Congress Party-Shiv Sena coalition government in the state stating, "Even an autorickshaw runs on three wheels, but if the three wheels work in three directions, we know what happens. That is what is in store for the Sena-NCP-Congress government."

    Chavan, while commenting on the common minimum programme said, " our main objective is to keep BJP out."

    ANI

  • 13:18 (IST)

    Senior Congress leaders meet Sharad Pawar


    Senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Ahmed Patel reached NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence. The parties are to discuss the modalities of tomorrow's oath-taking ceremony and a common minimum programme for the Maha Vikas Aghadi, which is the alliance between NCP, Shiv Sena and Congress.

  • 13:15 (IST)

    Modi equally involved in insult to democracy in Maharashtra, says Siddramaiah


    Congress leader Siddaramaiah said that the events in Maharashtra are a slap on the face of the BJP. "How could Fadnavis take oath knowing he did not have majority? It was a violation of the constitution," he said.

  • 12:43 (IST)

    Nine Cabinet, four state minister berths for Congress


    Congress will get nine Cabinet and four state minister berths in Maharashtra, sources told CNN-News18. The Congress has given up claim for the Assembly Speaker’s position.

  • 12:39 (IST)

    Six ministers to take oath alongside Uddhav Thackeray at Shivaji Park, claims report


    A meeting will be held between Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar at 3.30 pm today a day ahead of the Shiv Sena chief’s oath-taking ceremony at Shivaji Park, India Today reported.

    Sourced told the television channel that six ministers are likely to take oath as ministers alongside Uddhav.

    At the ceremony’s venue Shivaji Park, the stage will be built in front of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue and 20 LED screens will be installed for live screening of the proceedings. 70,000 chairs will be set up for audiences, according to India Today.

  • 12:35 (IST)

    BJP should not have allied with Ajit Pawar, says Eknath Khadse


    Shiv Sena leader and Worli MLA said there are many first-time MLAs in the Assembly and they felt proud while taking oaths during the ceremony held today at the Vidhan Sabha.

    Meanwhile, BJP's Eknath Khadse said that in his opinion, the BJP should not have taken support of Ajit Pawar. "He is an accused in the massive irrigation scam and faces many allegations, so we should not have allied with him." he told reporters.

  • 12:21 (IST)

    Ajit Pawar says he is with the NCP, as Fadnavis remains silent on resignation


    Talking to reporters about joining hands with the BJP and then reverting to the NCP fold, Ajit Pawar said," I was with NCP and I am with NCP. Have they expelled me? Have you heard or read this anywhere?"

    "The decision to induct me in the cabinet is to be taken by Uddhav Thackeray as Chief Minister," he said.

    Meanwhile, Devendra Fadnavis held his silence on being asked if it was a mistake to ally with Ajit Pawar. "I will say the right thing at the right time," he said.

  • 11:55 (IST)

    Sharad Pawar has forgiven Ajit Pawar, says Nawab Malik


    As the swearing in of 288 MLAs continues in the Vidhan Sabha, senior NCP leader Nawab Malik said that Ajit Pawar admitted his mistake and Sharad Pawar has forgiven him, adding that it was a family matter.

    "He is very much in the party and his position in the party has not changed," Malik said.

  • 11:42 (IST)

    SC refuses urgent hearing of plea against Maha Aghadi alliance


    Supreme Court refused to grant urgent hearing of a plea against the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance, alleging 'breach of trust of voters against the mandate in Maharashtra'. The plea called the alliance 'unconstitutional'.

  • 11:39 (IST)

    Chhattisgarh CM slams misuse of Governor's office


    In a veiled attack against the BJP's misuse of power by administering oath to Devendra Fadnavis on 23 November, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel criticised the misuse of the Governor's office.

    "I congratulate Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray who showed unity and it is a victory of the democracy. Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar should not have taken oaths. The office of Governor has been made a gimmick and also was misused," he said.

    Without naming the BJP, Chief Minister Baghel said they cannot respect dissent. "Their nationalism does not allow them to give space for dissent. Our nationalism has been inspired by great people including Dayanand Saraswati, Ramakrishna Paramhans, Tilak, Raja Ram Mohan Roy," he said.

    ANI

  • 11:22 (IST)

    Portfolio sharing to be decided in next two days, says Congress' Balasaheb Thorat


    Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat told PTI the sharing of portfolios among the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress in the next state government will be finalised in the next two days.
     

    Thorat, the Congress Legislature Party leader in the House, said, "The number of Cabinet and Minister of State (MoS) posts to be given to each party will also be finalised in next two days." He also denied knowing about the possibility of him being made the deputy chief minister.

  • 10:53 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi to skip Uddhav Thackeray's swearing in


    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will not attend Uddhav Thackeray's swearing in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, CNN-News18 reported, in an attempt to keep a distance from the Shiv Sena.

    Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be invited for the ceremony to be held on 28 November at 6.40 pm at Shivaji Park in Mumbai's Dadar area.

  • 10:50 (IST)

    Congress leader Kapil Sibal hits out at Maharashtra Governor


    Congress leader Kapil Sibal, who also represented Shiv Sena in the plea filed in the Supreme Court against Governor 's decision to allow the swearing in of Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar as chief minister and his deputy, fired a fresh salvo at Bhagat Singh Koshiyari. He said that the Governor violated the spirit of the Constitution.

  • 10:45 (IST)

    Jayant Patil, Balasaheb Thorat to be appointed deputy chief ministers, says NCP's Majeed Memon


    Senior NCP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Majeed Memon told ANI that group leaders of their respective parties - NCP's Jayant Patil and Congress's Balasaheb Thorat - will become Deputy Chief Ministers of Maharashtra.

    He said that the tri-party alliance will resolve the major issues in Maharashtra. "Devendra Fadnavis government has done a lot of wrong things. We will try to correct it," Memon said.

  • 10:28 (IST)

    NCP-Cong-Sena govt will not last for long, says BJP's Ram Satpute


    BJP MLA Ram Satpute said that the NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena government will not last for many days.

    "We will work as a good Opposition under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis. This government will be only there for a few days. This government is of 'Jayachandon' (a character in Mahabharata referring to betrayal) and will not continue for many days," Satpute told ANI.

Maharashtra Govt Formation Updates: Speaking about his support to the BJP for government formation in the state. Ajit Pawar said that it ws not a revolt. On being asked about his role in the NCP, he said: "Did NCP remove me? Did you read about my removal from the party?"

Sources told ANI that apart from the chief minister's post, the Sena will also hold 15 cabinets; the deputy chief minister and 13 ministers will be from the NCP, while the Congress will get the Assembly speaker's post and 13 ministerial berths.

Following hectic parleys between Sharad Pawar and senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, K C Venugopal add others, Maharashtra chief minister-designate Uddhav Thackeray met NCP president Sharad Pawar at the YB Chavan Centre in Mumbai.

In a series of tweets, BJP chief Amit Shah lashed out at it former ally and reiterated that he never promised Shiv Sena the chief minister's post before elections.

"Shiv Sena has done the work of insulting the mandate of Maharashtra, not BJP. Those who put MLAs in camps, broke the pre-poll alliance, are today blaming the BJP. Leaving their ideology, these three parties are going to form the government after abandoning all values" he said.

Shiv Sena chief and chief ministerial candidate of Maha Vikas Aghadi – the newly-formed ideologically opposed merger of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress – Uddhav Thackeray and his wife Rashmi meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan.

Oath-taking ceremony commenced at the Vidhan Sabha at 8 am. NCP MP Supriya Sule welcome MLAs and said that there is no rift within the Pawar family.

In a dramatic turn of events, BJP's Devendra Fadnavis and NCP's Ajit Pawar resigned as Maharashtra chief minister and deputy chief minister, respectively, on a day marked by massive political somersaults. Uddhav Thackeray is now set to be the new chief minister, and the swearing-in ceremony is slated to take place on 28 November at Mumbai's Shivaji Park.

Fadnavis submitted his resignation barely an hour after Ajit Pawar quit from his post. The day's developments perhaps call for a revision of an old dictum — in the present context, an hour, and not a week, is a long time in politics.

Uddhav on Tuesday night reached Raj Bhavan and staked claim to form government in Maharashtra. Uddhav, who heads the Shiv Sena, was accompanied by legislature party leaders of the Sena, the NCP and the Congress, a Sena leader said.

"We are submitting a joint statement of staking claim for government formation before the governor. We will also produce proof of the support of all the MLAs of the three parties to the governor as a part of the mandatory procedure," said the leader.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had said there is a "possibility of horse trading" in case of a delay in floor test, and directed that the floor test must be held on Wednesday. However, the order has now been rendered irrelevant as Fadnavis has resigned and accepted that after Ajit's exit, the BJP does not have the numbers to form the government. Here are the broad highlights of the day:

Lies are not part of Hindutva, says Uddhav

Uddhav, addressing MLAs from the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance after Fadnavis' resignation, said that he will make Maharashtra into the state envisioned by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He also thanked Sonia Gandhi for making it possible for him to become the chief minister. "I had never dreamed of leading the state. I would like to thank Sonia Gandhi and others. We are giving a new direction to country."

He further said, "I accept the responsibility given by all of you. I'm not alone; all of you are with me. What happened today is proof of real democracy. Together, we will wipe off the tears of farmers in the state."

Uddhav further asserted, "I'm ready to answer all questions raised by Devendra Fadnavis. I am not scared of anything. Lies are not part of Hindutva."

The decision to name Uddhav as the leader of the alliance was taken at a joint meeting of the three parties at a suburban hotel in Mumbai. The meeting was attended by NCP chief Sharad Pawar, senior party leader Praful Patel, Congress leader Ashok Chavan, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana's Raju Shetti, Samajwadi Party's Abu Azmi, MLAs of all these parties and others. The three parties named their alliance as 'Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi'.

The BJP's efforts to cobble a majority hoping that Ajit Pawar will be able to enlist the support of a a large section of the MLAs of the NCP came a cropper after almost all the 54 legislators stood by his uncle and party supremo Sharad Pawar, the 78-year-old Maratha strongman.

Sharad Pawar, who spoke to Ajit over phone in the morning asking him to revisit his decision, has been credited for the U-turn by his nephew and was being described as the 'man of the match'. Ajit Pawar cited "personal reasons' for his decision to quit.

Fadnavis handed over his resignation to the Governor after he announced his decision at a crowded news conference in Mumbai.

Click here for timeline of Maharashtra political crisis

Ajit Pawar had supported the BJP as leader of the 54-member NCP legislature party and with his resignation earlier in the day, the government has lost majority, said Fadnavis, hours after the Supreme Court ordered the floor test for the BJP leader to prove his majority.

Holding a press conference in Mumbai, Fadnavis said the BJP had decided from the first day that it would not poach MLAs to prove its majority.

Shiv Sena surrendering Hindutva at Sonia Gandhi's feet, says Fadnavis

Fadnavis, meanwhile, accused the former "junior" ally Shiv Sena of being desperate for the chief minister's post and surrendering its "Hindutva" at the feet of Congress president Sonia Gandhi only to keep the BJP out of power. "NCP's Ajit Pawar decided to co-operate with us. As per our discussion, we formed government," Fadnavis said. "Today Ajit Pawar told me he was quitting due to personal reasons," he said.

"Ajit Pawar met me and said he could not continue with the alliance for some reasons and he was resigning. Since he has resigned, we too do not have majority," he said. Those accusing the BJP of indulging in horse-trading have themselves purchased an "entire stable", Fadnavis said, hitting out at the Shiv Sena which is seeking to form government with the help of the Congress and NCP.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, accompanied by BJP leaders, submits his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. PTI

The BJP leader also questioned the sustainability of the government which the three parties with varying ideologies are planning to form.

The Sena-NCP-Congress government would be like an auto rickshaw with its three wheels running in different directions, he said, predicting that it would topple over.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 27, 2019 19:43:57 IST