Maharashtra Govt Formation Updates: Backing BJP wasn't a revolt, says Ajit Pawar at NCP, Shiv Sena, Congress meet

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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.



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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?"


  • 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. 

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.

 Maharashtra Govt Formation Updates: Backing BJP wasnt a revolt, says Ajit Pawar at NCP, Shiv Sena, Congress meet

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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