President's Rule in Maharashtra Updates: Opposition condemns imposition of Article 356; Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress to work out modalities of alliance

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President's Rule in Maharashtra Updates: Opposition condemns imposition of Article 356; Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress to work out modalities of alliance
  • 23:08 (IST)

    Congress MLAs to return to Mumbai tomorrow, says report

    India Today reported that Maharashtra Congress MLAs currently lodged in a hotel in Rajasthan's Jaipur, have been asked to return to Mumbai on Wednesday.

  • 22:29 (IST)

    Sudhir Mugantiwar says no discussion on forming govt in meeting

    BJP leader Sudhir Mugantiwar said that there was no talk on forming the government in Maharashtra on the BJP core meeting held on Tuesday. On party leader Narayan Rane's comment that the party will form the government in the state, he said, "This is Rane Sahab's personal opinion. There was no discussion held on this issue in the BJP core committee meeting."

  • 22:20 (IST)

    Narayan Rane clarifies on 'will form govt' comment

    BJP leader Narayan Rane, on being asked if any Congress, NCP MLAs are in touch with him after he expressed confidence on the saffron party forming the government in Maharashtra earlier on Tuesday, clarified,"I cannot say anything on it. All I can say is that I am trying to help form government."

  • 21:31 (IST)

    Didn't expect President's Rule: BJP

    BJP leader Sudhir Mugantiwar spoke to the media after the party's core committee meeting on Tuesday and said that the situation of President's Rule in the state was "definitely not expected".

    He said, "President's rule is definitely something we did not expect. We will certainly try to ensure that people's mandate is respected. We will try to form a stable government. We will stand by the people of the state."

  • 21:18 (IST)

    Abhishek Manu Singhvi says President's Rule to be used for 'rarest of rare'

    Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi slammed Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for recommending a President's Rule in the state.

  • 21:10 (IST)

    Raj Thackeray condemns imposition President's Rule 

    Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray said, "The imposition of President's Rule in the state is a gross insult to the voters of Maharashtra."

  • 20:50 (IST)

    Devendra Fadnavis calls President's Rule 'unfortunate'

    Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis issued a press note after the President's Rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday. "President's rule is unfortunate but we expect that Maharashtra will get a stable government soon," he said.

    His statement was echoed by BJP leader Narayan Rane who said, "The BJP will try to form government. Devendra Fadnavis is putting in all efforts in this direction. I think NCP-Congress are trying to make a fool out of Shiv Sena."

  • 20:41 (IST)

    'Why the hurry?': Uddhav Thackeray

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in a press conference on Tuesday reacted to questions on whether the option to form a government with the BJP was "completely finished", said, "Why are you in such a hurry? It's politics. SIx months' time has been given (under President's Rule). I didn't finish the BJP option, it was BJP itself which did that..."

  • 20:30 (IST)

    Uddhav Thackeray appreciates Arvind Sawant's resignation as Union minister

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray who held a press conference soon after the Congress and NCP addressed the media on the political situation in Maharashtra, said that even though the party was with the BJP "for many years", "now the Shiv Sena has to go with the Congress and NCP".

    He added, "We'll hold further talks with both of them. I would like to thank Arvind Sawant, many people have lust for ministerial post but he isn't like that."

  • 20:16 (IST)

    Maharashtra governor gave 6 months instead of 48 hours: Uddhav Thackeray

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray took a jibe at Maharashtra governor's recommendation to impose President's Rule in the state, and the subsequent imposition after approval from Ram Nath Kovind, and said that the governor was so "considerate" that he had given the party six months "to work out modalities with the Congress and NCP." Six months is the stipulated time under a President's Rule situation.

    The party had on Monday asked the governor for a period of 48 hours to stake claim to form the government, which was rejected. Taking a potshot at the governor, he said, "The Maharashtra governor is perhaps the most considerate in the whole country, who has given us a time of six months instead of 48 hours."

  • 20:08 (IST)

    Hindutva not just about building Ram Mandir: Uddhav Thackeray

    Reiterating the Shiv Sena's stand that the Hindutva of the BJP was "false", party chief Uddhav Thackeray said that the ideologies was "not only about building the Ram Mandir". "It is also about keeping promises," he added.

  • 20:06 (IST)

    We need clarity on issues just like Congress, NCP: Uddhav Thackeray

    "After expressing willingness to form the government, we asked for more time because as the Congress and NCP wanted clarity on some issues, even we wanted clarity on some issues. Some sections are raising questions about parties of different ideologies coming together, but if it happened in Jammu and Kashmir between the PDP and BJP, and in other states, we are also exploring options here," Uddhav said.

    "I didn't understand the logic behind the governor's decision, but now we have been given a lot of time to hold talks so we will finalise common minimum programme first," he added.

  • 20:02 (IST)

    Not easy to form govt after expressing willingness: Uddhav Thackeray

    "The governor invited the BJP, the biggest party, to form the government. But when the party said it couldn't form the government, we got a letter within the time frame given to the BJP, that we must express willingness to form the government,"

    "After the Congress and NCP press conference, it is an indisputed fact that the Shiv Sena communicated with the Opposition alliance to request support to form the government," Uddhav said. 

  • 19:59 (IST)

    Uddhav Thackeray briefs media after NCP-Congress

  • 19:58 (IST)

    Uddhav Thackeray says still willing to ally with BJP: Report

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, in a meeting with the party's 64 MLAs in Mumbai on Tuesday, said that the BJP is in touch with the party days after the alliance crumbled over the parties' individual demands in the power-sharing equation in Maharashtra.

    CNN-News18 quoted Uddhav as saying that the Shiv Sena is still willing to ally with the BJP, if the BJP gives us what we want we will give support.

  • 19:55 (IST)

    Congress says still working out modalities of Maha Aghadi alliance with Shiv Sena

  • 19:48 (IST)

    Didn't delay in replying to Shiv Sena: Ahmed Patel

    Congress leader Ahmed Patel, responding to questions over the allegation against the party that it had dilly-dallied over the decision to support the Shiv Sena, said that the Uddhav Thackeray-led party had only contacted the Congress on Monday.

    "After we were contacted, we have gotten in touch with our ally, the NCP, and now we are formulating a plan to take a decision. How have we delayed any reply?" he said.

  • 19:41 (IST)

    Congress wasn't invited by Governor to form govt: Ahmed Patel

    Congress leader Ahmed Patel said that the imposition of President's Rule in Maharashtra was "anti-democratic", and also noted that Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had not called the Congress to form the government, despite being the fourth largest party in the state.

    "The way President's rule was recommended, I condemn it. This government has violated the SC guidelines on President's rule on several occasions in in the last 5 years," he said.

    "The governor is making fun of the Constitution," the alliance partners were quoted as saying by CNN-News18. 

    We will not form an alliance in haste, Patel added, saying that the party will hold further discussions and consult the NCP over the future course of action. "We also need to work out the common minimum programme," he said.

  • 19:38 (IST)

    Sharad Pawar, Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel present at press conference

    Congress and NCP are currently briefing the media on the meeting held between the two parties on Tuesday. NCP leader Praful Patel said that the parties will issue a joint statement.

    "The Shiv Sena for the first time communicated with the Congress and NCP on 11 November (yesterday). After today's meeting, we need to hold further discussion. The two parties will come to a consensus after more discussion on the political situation in the state," Praful Patel said.

  • 19:32 (IST)

    Congress, NCP address press conference

  • 19:30 (IST)

    Second instance of President's Rule

    The state saw the second spell of President's rule after 34 years. President's rule was imposed after Prithviraj Chavan resigned as Chief Minister following withdrawal of support by ally NCP to the Congress-led government on 28 September, 2014.

    The two allies had drifted apart on the issue of equal sharing of assembly seats and chief minister's post. The 2014 assembly election was held when the state was under President's rule. After the Assembly election of October 2014, the BJP came to power under Devendra Fadnavis and the Sena later joined his government. The BJP and the Sena had fought that election separately.

  • 19:26 (IST)

    First instance of President's Rule in Maharashtra

    The first of it was in February 1980 when the Indira Gandhi government dismissed the Progressive Democratic Front (PDF) government headed by Sharad Pawar. Assembly election held in June that year saw the Congress returning to power in the politically significant state and AR Antulay becoming Chief Minister.

    Pawar was Chief Minister from 1978 to 1980. He had formed the PDF after toppling the Vasantdada Patil-led Congress government in 1978. Pawar was a minister in the Patil government. Indira Gandhi dismissed the PDF government after returning to power at the Centre in the 1980 Lok Sabha polls.

  • 19:21 (IST)

    History of President's Rule in Maharashtra

    The imposition of President's Rule in Maharashtra on Tuesday is the first instance in the 59-year-old history of the state when Article 356 has been invoked due to the inability of political parties to form a government after an Assembly election. Overall, this is third time that Maharashtra has come under the central rule. The present-day Maharashtra came into existence on 1 May, 1960.

    Pre-poll allies BJP and the Shiv Sena had together won 161 seats, way above the 145 majority mark in the 288-member house. But intense power tussle over chief minister's post created a wedge between the now erstwhile saffron partners and delayed the formation of government.

  • 19:17 (IST)

    Ashok Chavan said Congress 'stands united' with NCP

    Former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan on Tuesday said the Congress party stands united with the NCP ahead of the meeting of senior leaders on Tuesday morning.

    He said, "We have got the time today. The Congress leadership will meet with the NCP. The Congress party is united. We will take a united stand with the NCP."

    Former Union minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said, "The NCP is our partner and we need to do everything together. There were ideological differences with the Shiv Sena but now it has been smoothed out. We also have to see the situation in Maharashtra as the state needs a government."

  • 19:06 (IST)

    SC likely to take up Shiv Sena petition against Governor tomorrow

    Shiv Sena's lawyer Sunil Fernandes on Tuesday said that the Supreme Court registry had informed the Shiv Sena regarding its petition challenging Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's refusal to extend the deadline to the party to stake claim to form the government in the state.

    The registry is likely to mention the matter on Wednesdat at 10.30 am as it is not possible to constitute a bench on Tuesday, Bar and Bench reported. "The second petition challenging the imposition of President Rule is likely to be filed tomorrow," the report said.

  • 18:57 (IST)

    Shiv Sena lawyer says will take legal recourse as per law

    Shiv Sena lawyer Rajesh Inamdar said, "About the President's Rule, the information I'm getting is through the news channels. Let us have a legal discussion on this and accordingly if there is a necessity of filing a petition we will take a legal recourse as per law."

  • 18:55 (IST)

    Congress, NCP to brief media shortly

    Leaders of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) held a joint meeting today in Mumbai. President's Rule has been imposed in Maharashtra.

  • 18:51 (IST)

    Governors functioning according to Centre: Kapil Sibal

    Congress leader and senior advocate reportedly representing the Shiv Sena in its petition challenging the Maharashtra governor's decision, slammed Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and said that governors are acting on behest of the Centre.

    "As far as the governor is concerned, in every state, the governor is acting as per the Centre. What the Centre or the BJP want, that is executed by the governor. This situation shouldn’t have gotten so bad. In Karnataka, they gave two-weeks’ time, but here they are not even giving 24 hours. As a constitutional authority, if these actions are being taken, how can democracy be safeguarded? It is a questionable move. How governor are functioning since 2014, is disconcerting," he said.

  • 18:46 (IST)

    Shiv Sena leadership meets party MLAs

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and leader Aaditya Thackeray have reached the Malad hotel where the party's 64 MLAs have been lodged in a hotel in Mumbai. "All 56 Sena MLAs and 8 Independent asked to assemble for meeting in conference room of the hotel," India Today reported.

  • 18:34 (IST)

    MHA says Maharashtra legislature in suspended animation

    Soon after the imposition of President's Rule in Maharashtra, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a statement on the decision on Tuesday. The Amit Shah-led ministry said that the "state legislature is in suspended animation". 

    "Governor told the President that he has made all efforts to get a government made in the state but he could not see any possibility of a government forming. So he wrote to the president for president rule," the ministry was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

  • 18:22 (IST)

    Maharashtra state lawyer says will decide on 'appropriate steps'

    Nishant Katneshwar,the Maharashtra state government's lawyer said, "Today I came to know about the filing of a petition by Shiv Sena, challenging the communication of the Governor by which their claim has been rejected with regard to the formation of the government I will have to receive a copy of the petition, then I will have to see the prayers, contents, grounds and thereafter appropriate steps will be taken."

  • 18:05 (IST)

    NCP proposes rotational CM with Shiv Sena in meeting with Congress

    Reports said that the meeting between allies NCP and Congress in Mumbai has ended. According to India Today, the Sharad Pawar-led party has proposed for its alliance partner to have the deputy chief minister's post for five years while insisting that the party joins the coalition government between NCP and Shiv Sena.

    The NCP is also expected to bargain for a rotational chief minister's post between itself and the Shiv Sena, if the parties manage to cobble up a coalition government amid President's Rule being imposed in the state.

    Reports also said that Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel, and KC Venugopal in the meeting with Sharad Pawar have demanded a common minimum programme.

  • 17:55 (IST)

    MHA says President's Rule to be withdrawan if any party proves majority

    The Ministry of Home Affairs has outlined the conditions of President's Rule that has been imposed in Maharashtra on the governor's recommendation, and said that as per protocol, the directive will only be valid for six months.

    "The President's Rule can be withdrawn if any party can prove majority," the statement was quoted as saying by reports. The statement also said that the decision was taken after the Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's recommendation because he claimed that a stable government couldn't be formed in the state.

    The spokesperson was quoted as saying, "Maharashtra Governor was of the view that it has been 15 days since the conclusion of electoral process and none of the political parties are in the position to form a govt in the state;  President's Rule is a better option."

  • 17:45 (IST)

    Kapil Sibal to represent Shiv Sena in SC

    Congress leader and senior advocate Kapil Sibal is reportedly set to represent the Shiv Sena in its petition challenging the Maharashtra governor's decision in the state in the Supreme Court.

    Earlier on Tuesday, reports said that the Uddhav Thackeray-led party talked to Kapil Sibal and Ahmed Patel over the issue.

  • 17:40 (IST)

    Uddhav, Aaditya Thackeray leave for meeting with Shiv Sena MLAs

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, and party MLA Aaditya Thackeray on Monday evening left their residence in Bandra for a meeting with Shiv Sena MLAs in Maharashtra at the Hotel Retreat in Malad. 

    With President's Rule having imposed in Maharashtra after the approval given by President Ram Nath Kovind, the Shiv Sena, which emerged as the second-largest party in the October election, is likely to deliberate on the future course of action.

  • 17:30 (IST)

    Ram Nath Kovind approves President's Rule, say reports

    India Today and CNN-News18 reported that President Ram Nath Kovind has approved Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's recommendation for President's Rule in Maharashtra. 

    The Gazette Notification is expected shortly.

  • 17:27 (IST)

    Maharashtra BJP to meet at 6 pm

    The Maharashtra BJP core group is likely to meet over the political developments in the state at 6 pm at caretaker chief minister Devendra Fadnavis's residence, News18 reported.

  • 17:23 (IST)

    Shiv Sena to file second petition if President's Rule is imposed 

    The Shiv Sena is likely to file a second petition in the Supreme Court if President's Rule is imposed in Maharashtra, according to the recommendation of state governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

  • 17:13 (IST)

    MHA sends documents regarding President's Rule to Ram Nath Kovind

    The Ministry of Home Affairs has sent the file on Maharashtra Governor's recommendation to impose President's Rule in the state to President Ram Nath Kovind for his assent. Reportedly, Kovind is travelling and is set to return to the National Capital at 5 pm today.

    Reports also said that Kovind is set to take a decision on the situation shortly.

  • 17:06 (IST)

    Congress' Sachin Sawant slams possibility of President's Rule in Maharashtra

    Congress leaders launched criticism on Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's recommendation to impose President's Rule in the state.

  • 17:01 (IST)

    Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal, Ahmed Patel reach Mumbai for meeting with NCP

    Senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal, Ahmed Patel, authorised by party interim president Sonia Gandhi to work out a power-sharing equation with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), have arrived in Mumbai.

    The meeting between Congress and NCP is scheduled for 5 pm.

  • 16:50 (IST)

    Randeep Surjewala says governor should have called pre-poll alliances

    Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Monday slammed Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's recommendation of imposing President's Rule in Maharashtra and said that he had given a "completely arbitrary allotment of time" for parties other than the BJP to stake claim to gorm the government. "This is unashamedly dishonest and politically motivated," he said.

  • 16:37 (IST)

    Congress slams recommendation of President's Rule in Maharashtra

    Congress leaders Sanjay Nirupam and Randeep Surjewala criticised Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's recommendation that President's Rule be imposed in Maharashtra, in the absence of a government in the state even two weeks after the Assembly election results were announced.

    However, leaders from the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena have accused the governor of "unconstitutionally" declining enough time to the second and third largest parties to stake a claim.

    Nirupam said, "The imposition of President Rule in Maharashtra was decided long ago.But Hon Governer should have waited till 8.30 tonight before sending report to Centre. Because he only had fixed this deadline with NCP as last option to form the government. Prima facie it looks illegal and unconstitutional now."

    Meanwhile, Surjewala said that the governor had "committed a grave travesty of the democracy and made a mockery of the Constitutional process" in reccomending President’s Rule in Maharashtra.

  • 16:24 (IST)

    Advocate Sunil Fernandez files plea on behalf of Shiv Sena

    Shiv Sena has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Maharashtra governor's decision to not extend the time given to the party to prove their ability to form the government. Advocate Sunil Fernandez has filed the plea for Shiv Sena, ANI reported.

  • 16:20 (IST)

    Sonia Gandhi gives 'green signal' to talks with NCP, Shiv Sena

    According to a report by India Today, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi has given a go-ahead to talks with its ally the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and saffron party Shiv Sena "for exploring government formation". Sonia has authorised Congress leaders KC Venugopal, Ahmed Patel, and Malikarjjun Kharge to refine a power-sharing equation and a common-minimum programme with the parties.

  • 16:15 (IST)

    Shiv Sena asks SC to overrule governor's refusal to extend deadline

    The Shiv Sena has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court against Maharashtra governor's "unconstitutional" refusal to grant the party three days' time to stake a claim to form the government in the state.

    In the petition, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party has asked the court to "overrule the governor's letter rejecting the request for an extention on the deadline, "has asked for enough time to prove their majority, and has asked the court to cancel the governor's decision to dismiss Sena's claim to power," India Today reported.

  • 16:09 (IST)

    Confusion abounds in state as Raj Bhavan U-turns on recommending President's Rule

    As reports claimed that Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had recommended President's Rule in the state, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson denied the information, however, soon after that, the Maharashtra governor released the statement endorsing President's Rule.

  • 16:04 (IST)

    Governor has acted in hot haste: Shiv Sena

    The Shiv Sena, in a writ petition in the Supreme Court against the Maharashtra governor's recommendation to reportedly  impose President Rule's in the state, called the decision an "arbitrary, unconstitutional, unreasonable, capricious, and malafide".

    The Shiv Sena on Monday had asked the governor for three days' time to stake a claim to form the government, but the request was denied. In the petition, Shiv Sena said that Koshyari had "in hot haste refused to grant even three days’ time"

    Shiv Sena's writ petition in Delhi by Natasha T. on Scribd

  • 15:45 (IST)

    Shiv Sena seeks urgent SC hearing against Governor's refusal to grant extention

    Shiv Sena has sought an urgent hearing in the case agains bid to impose President's Rule in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena said, "Governor wrongfully declined to give three days time". Shiv Sena MLA Anil Parab is a co-petitioner in the case. However, the Supreme Court has not said anything about hearing the case on an urgent basis.

  • 15:41 (IST)

    DD reports, Raj bhavan denies, and Governor later confirms; confusion over President's Rule in state finally cleared

    Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday recommended President's rule in the state. An important executive development was mired in confusion as media outlets, including state-run Prasar Bharti and Doordarshan leaked the news citing sources. Meanwhile, several journalists quoted Raj Bhavan Spokesperson to negate the reports. The confusion cleared up only when the Raj Bhavan confirmed recommendation of President's Rule at its official handle. 

Maharashtra govt formation LATEST Updates: Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi slammed Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for recommending a President's Rule in the state.

BJP leader Sudhir Mugantiwar spoke to the media after the party's core committee meeting on Tuesday and said that the situation of President's Rule in the state was "definitely not expected".

He said, "President's rule is definitely something we did not expect. We will certainly try to ensure that people's mandate is respected. We will try to form a stable government. We will stand by the people of the state."

Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis issued a press note after the President's Rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday. "President's rule is unfortunate but we expect that Maharashtra will get a stable government soon," he said.

His statement was echoed by BJP leader Narayan Rane who said, "The BJP will try to form government. Devendra Fadnavis is putting in all efforts in this direction. I think NCP-Congress are trying to make a fool out of Shiv Sena."

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray took a jibe at Maharashtra governor's recommendation to impose President's Rule in the state, and the subsequent imposition after approval from Ram Nath Kovind, and said that the governor was so "considerate" that he had given the party six months "to work out modalities with the Congress and NCP." Six months is the stipulated time under a President's Rule situation.

The party had on Monday asked the governor for a period of 48 hours to stake claim to form the government, which was rejected. Taking a potshot at the governor, he said, "The Maharashtra governor is perhaps the most considerate in the whole country, who has given us a time of six months instead of 48 hours."

"After expressing willingness to form the government, we asked for more time because as the Congress and NCP wanted clarity on some issues, even we wanted clarity on some issues. Some sections are raising questions about parties of different ideologies coming together, but if it happened in Jammu and Kashmir between the PDP and BJP, and in other states, we are also exploring options here," Uddhav said.

"I didn't understand the logic behind the governor's decision, but now we have been given a lot of time to hold talks so we will finalise common minimum programme first," he added.

"The governor invited the BJP, the biggest party, to form the government. But when the party said it couldn't form the government, we got a letter within the time frame given to the BJP, that we must express willingness to form the government,"

"After the Congress and NCP press conference, it is an indisputed fact that the Shiv Sena communicated with the Opposition alliance to request support to form the government," Uddhav said.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel said that the imposition of President's Rule in Maharashtra was "anti-democratic", and also noted that Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had not called the Congress to form the government, despite being the fourth largest party in the state.

"The way President's rule was recommended, I condemn it. This government has violated the SC guidelines on President's rule on several occasions in in the last 5 years," he said.

"The governor is making fun of the Constitution," the alliance partners were quoted as saying by CNN-News18.

We will not form an alliance in haste, Patel added, saying that the party will hold further discussions and consult the NCP over the future course of action. "We also need to work out the common minimum programme," he said.

Congress and NCP are currently briefing the media on the meeting held between the two parties on Tuesday. NCP leader Praful Patel said that the parties will issue a joint statement.

"The Shiv Sena for the first time communicated with the Congress and NCP on 11 November (yesterday). After today's meeting, we need to hold further discussion. The two parties will come to a consensus after more discussion on the political situation in the state," Praful Patel said.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel said that the imposition of President's Rule in Maharashtra was "anti-democratic", and also noted that Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had not called the Congress to form the government, despite being the fourth largest party in the state.

The Supreme Court registry on Tuesday said that it had informed the Shiv Sena regarding its petition challenging Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's refusal to extend the deadline to the party to stake claim to form the government in the state.

The registry is likely to mention the matter on Wednesdat at 10.30 am as it is not possible to constitute a bench on Tuesday, Bar and Bench reported. "The second petition challenging the imposition of President Rule is likely to be filed tomorrow," the report said.

Reports said that the meeting between allies NCP and Congress in Mumbai has ended. According to India Today, the Sharad Pawar-led party has proposed for its alliance partner to have the deputy chief minister's post for five years while insisting that the party joins the coalition government between NCP and Shiv Sena.

The NCP is also expected to bargain for a rotational chief minister's post between itself and the Shiv Sena, if the parties manage to cobble up a coalition government amid President's Rule being imposed in the state.

Reports also said that Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel, and KC Venugopal in the meeting with Sharad Pawar have demanded a common minimum programme.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has outlined the conditions of President's Rule that has been imposed in Maharashtra on the governor's recommendation, and said that as per protocol, the directive will only be valid for six months.

"The President's Rule can be withdrawn if any party can prove majority," the statement was quoted as saying by reports. The statement also said that the decision was taken after the Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's recommendation because he claimed that a stable government couldn't be formed in the state.

India Today and CNN-News18 reported that President Ram Nath Kovind has approved Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's recommendation for President's Rule in Maharashtra.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has sent the file on Maharashtra Governor's recommendation to impose President's Rule in the state to President Ram Nath Kovind for his assent. Reportedly, Kovind is travelling and is set to return to the National Capital at 5 pm today.

Reports also said that Kovind is set to take a decision on the situation shortly.

Senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal, Ahmed Patel, authorised by party interim president Sonia Gandhi to work out a power-sharing equation with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), have arrived in Mumbai.

The meeting between Congress and NCP is scheduled for 5 pm.

Congress leaders Sanjay Nirupam and Randeep Surjewala criticised Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's recommendation that President's Rule be imposed in Maharashtra, in the absence of a government in the state even two weeks after the Assembly election results were announced.

However, leaders from the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena have accused the governor of "unconstitutionally" declining enough time to the second and third largest parties to stake a claim.

Nirupam said, "The imposition of President Rule in Maharashtra was decided long ago.But Hon Governer should have waited till 8.30 tonight before sending report to Centre. Because he only had fixed this deadline with NCP as last option to form the government. Prima facie it looks illegal and unconstitutional now."

Meanwhile, Surjewala said that the governor had "committed a grave travesty of the democracy and made a mockery of the Constitutional process" in reccomending President’s Rule in Maharashtra.

Shiv Sena has sought an urgent hearing in the case agains bid to impose President's Rule in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena said, "Governor wrongfully declined to give three days time". Shiv Sena MLA Anil Parab is a co-petitioner in the case. However, the Supreme Court has not said anything about hearing the case on an urgent basis.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday recommended President's rule in the state. An important executive development was mired in confusion as media outlets, including state-run Prasar Bharti and Doordarshan leaked the news citing sources. Meanwhile, several journalists quoted Raj Bhavan Spokesperson to negate the reports. The confusion cleared up only when the Raj Bhavan confirmed recommendation of President's Rule at its official handle.

Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari confirmed on the Raj Bhavan's official Twitter handle having recommended the President's Rule. He said that his actions were as per the law.

Confusion over President Rule in Maharashtra prevails as conflicting reports continue to filer in. PTI cited sources to claim that Cabinet has recommended President's Rule in Maharashtra. Meanwhile several journalists, along with NCP leader Ajit Pawar claimed Raj Bhavan officials have denied such a claim.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the governor has already sent the recommendation to impose President's Rule in Maharashtra and Shiv Sena leaders are already reacting to the media reports. Party leader Priyanka Chaturvedi asked on Twitter that how can the governor defy his own deadline of 8.30 pm given to NCP to form government.

Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar said that the party is in no hurry to form the government and will wait for the Congress' decision. "We (Congress and NCP) contested together and we remain together," he said.

Sources told CNN-News18 that NCP wants both the Shiv Sena and Congress on board, instead of getting 'outside support'. If the three parties come together, the chief minister will be from the Shiv Sena. Senior Congress leaders KC Venugopal and Mallikarjun Kharge, who were supposed to visit Mumbai to discuss modalities of support to the Shiv Sena for government formation in Maharashtra, have deferred their visit, Congress' Manikrao Thakre told PTI.

President Ram Nath Kovind accepted Arvind Sawant's resignation on Tuesday. Prakash Javadekar has been given additional charge of the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

Meanwhile, Congress' Sanjay Nirupam blamed the BJP and Shiv Sena for bringing Maharashtra to the "doorstep of President's Rule". He said holding Congress responsible for the instability the state is witnessing currently is meaningless.

The Bharatiya Janata Party's core group will meet again today to discuss the political situation in Maharashtra as the route to Sena-NCP-Congress alliance no longer appears as smooth as the Maratha party was letting on until Monday morning. The Congress has said it is yet to make up its mind on government formation, and no alternate alliance is possible without the grand old party's support.

Congress and Nationalist Congress Party will hold discussions over government today at 2 pm. The two parties are mulling to support a Shiv Sena-led government. However, they haven't come to a decision yet.

Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, issuing a statement on inviting the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the government in the state, said, "Despite the passage of 16 days, no single party or alliance of parties has come forward with requisite letter of support from alliance partners to form the government."

BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar on Monday weighed in on the tumultous political situation in Maharashtra as the Shiv Sena and NCP made frenzied attempts on Monday to cobble together a coalition government. After the meeting of senior BJP leaders, Mungantiwar said, "The BJP core team meeting has concluded. The political situation in the state was discussed in the meeting. On its basis, BJP is taking the stand of 'wait and watch'."

A delegation of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has reached the Raj Bhavan for a meeting with Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari after reports claimed that the authority had invited the Sharad Pawar-led party to stake claim to form the government.

"At 8.30 pm, the Governor called us and asked me to come to meet him. Along with Chhagan Bhujbal, Jayant Patil and others, I am going to meet him. We have no idea as to why did he call us. Governor is an important person so we are going to meet him."

NCP leader Ajit Pawar spoke to the media soon after reports claimed that the Maharashtra governor has invited the NCP to stake the claim to form the government in the state. Pawar said that a delegation of party leaders, including Chhagan Bhujbal, is going to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

He also said, "We dont know why we are being invited to form the government, I don't know the agenda, we are going to talk to the governor now."

Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday kept the ball rolling in the political situation in Maharashtra and has invited the Sharad Pawar-led NCP to form govt after the Shiv Sena failed to prove the support from other parties, says report.

Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari on Monday issued a statement clarifying that the Shiv Sena's demand for an extention of the deadline to stake claim to form the government was rejected because the party hadn't been able to provide the "requisite letters of support" from the Congress and NCP.

"A delegation of the Shiv Sena met the Governor and expressed its willingness to form the government. However, they couldn't submit the requisite letters of support.They submitted a letter requesting a three-day extension for submitting the letters of support. The Governor has expressed inability to give further extension," the statement said.

Shiv Sena MLA Aaditya Thackeray briefed the media on the party's discussion with Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari on Monday. He said that within 24 hours of receiving a letter to stake claim to form the government from the governor, they had held talks with the Congress and NCP on possibility of extending support.

"We are tet to get a letter of support from Congress, NCP. But we have expressed our willingness to form the government in Maharashtra to the governor. We have sought two more days to stake the claim, and though the governor has rejected the request in person, it has not been rejected on paper," he said.

With the CWC meeting chaired by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi having concluded, the party has reportedly decided to offer "outside support" to the Shiv Sena and NCP in forming the government in Maharashtra.

Sources were quoted by ANI as saying that th eCongress will support Shiv Sena and NCP, both the parties have been informed. "Final proceedings are being done," the statement said.

Reports also quoted Congress leader KC Venugopal as saying that a letter of support to the Shiv Sena hasn't been sent yet, even as Shiv Sena leaders are currently at the Raj Bhavan to meet the Maharashtra governor.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena is likely to ask Mahrashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari for an extention of 24 hours on the deadline given to stake claim to form the government. A multi-car convoy of Shiv Sena leaders has just reached the Raj Bhavan for a meeting with the governor, reports said.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), an ally of the Congress who is considering joining the Shiv Sena in a coalition government, has demanded that a senior member of the Shiv Sena be instituted as the chief minister.

The alliance between the Shiv Sena and BJP broke down in the days since the Assembly election results were declared, on the former's demand that there should be a rotational chief minister's post in the state.

The Congress, after a crucial CWC meeting chaired by interim president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi, is likely to offer "outside support" to the Shiv Sena on forming the government in Maharashtra, India Today reported.

The report said that Sonia is not in favour of being part of the government which is what its ally NCP chief Sharad Pawar was batting for, but has indicated willingness to offer outside support to the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi reportedly spoke to the party's Maharashtra MLAs who are lodged in a Jaipur hotel amid the political crisis in the state. Sonia is also currently chairing a crucial CWC meeting to take a decision on whether the party should support the Shiv Sena in forming the government.

Amid the political crisis in Maharashtra, reports claimed that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray reached out to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi even as the CWC meeting is currently underway.

According to India Today, Thackeray has asked for Sonia's support to form the government ahead of the party's appointment with the state governor at 7.30 pm. Thackeray on Monday also met Congress ally, NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has also reached interim party chief Sonia Gandhi’s residence in Delhi for the senior party leader's meeting on the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra.

The party is expected to take a decision on whether to support Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena for its claim to form the government after the BJP, which won the most seats in the October election, said it was unable to prove majority.

The Congress, with its ally NCP, is likely to decide on whether to support the Shiv Sena ahead of the latter's appointment with Maharashtra governor at 7.30 pm on Monday.

Former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo Deve Gowda on Monday weighed in on the political impasse in Maharashtra, which is playing out similar to the situation that occurred in Gowda's home state of Karnataka after the Assembly election in 2018.

The JD(U) had formed a coalition government with the Congress after BS Yediyurappa-led BJP in the state had failed to prove its majority. With JD(U)'s HD Kumaraswamy as the chief minister, the coalition government was in power for a little over a year before it fell after it was hit by mass resignations of MLAs. Currently, Yediyurappa is at the helm of a BJP government in the state.

On Monday, Gowda commented on the possibility of the Congress-NCP alliance lending support to Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, whose demand for a rotational chief minister's post has put it at loggerheads with its long-time ally, the BJP.

"If Congress gives support to Shiv Sena, they should not disturb it for the next five years. Only then people will trust the Congress," Gowda said.

"Bala Saheb gave a place to the BJP in Maharashtra, LK Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee had gone to Bala Saheb's residence and requested him for seats. The BJP overrode that, that's why Uddhav Thackeray has taken a stand that he will teach them a lesson. Now, it's for Congress and NCP to put down BJP," he added.

Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who has been at the forefront of the "junior ally"s "belligerent" demand of a rotational chief minister's post after the Maharashtra Assembly election in October, is reportedly admitted to the Lilavati hospital. However, the ANI report said more details were awaited.

Senior members of the Maharashtra Congress are scheduled to meet party MLAs at 4 pm even as Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray's meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar concluded amid a situation of tumult in the state's politics.

After the NCP’s core committee meet held in Mumbai concluded, party leader Nawab Malik said that they will wait for their Maha-aghadi ally to take their decision on supporting the Shiv Sena in a meeting to be held with senior Maharashtra Congress leaders at 4 pm in Delhi.

With the Congress meeting underway in Delhi to discuss the situation in Maharashtra, a party source told CNN-News18 that state leaders Milind Deora and former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan are in support of an alliance with the Shiv Sena. Sources said that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has emerged as the frontrunner for the post of the chief minister. It was also reported there is a possibility of two deputy chief ministers – one from NCP and one from Congress.

Shiv Sena will hand over a letter of support to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari at 2.30 pm. During the meeting, Shiv Sena delegation, to be led by Eknath Shinde, is likely to seek time to prove majority. Later, a high level meet is scheduled to take place at the Sena Bhavan.

In a press conference held after a meeting of Shiv Sena leaders, Sanjay Raut addressed a press conference where he blamed the BJP for not keeping its word on the 50:50 alliance formula. Holding the BJP responsible for the political crisis in Maharashtra, Raut said the saffron party has insulted people’s mandate by agreeing to sitting in the Opposition rather than following the agreed formula to give the state a stable government. He also hit out at the saffron party for ignoring allies in other states as well.

Sixteen days after the Maharashtra Assembly election results, the unfolding events took another spin as the single-largest party and the major partner of the winning alliance, Bharatiya Janata Party, declared that it was unable to form the government.

The BJP informed Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari of its decision, after the latter had invited the party to show its 'willingness and ability' to form the government in state. Following procedure, Koshyari has now invited the Shiv Sena, the second largest party, to stake claim to power.

Announcing the BJP's decision, Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil accused the Uddhav Thackeray-led party, which is adamant on its demand for a rotational chief ministership, of "disrespecting" the popular mandate secured by the BJP and the Sena in the recent Assembly polls.

"The mandate of the people of Maharashtra was for the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance. Sena has, however, disrespected the mandate, hence we have decided to not stake claim to form government. We have informed our decision to governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari," Patil told reporters outside Raj Bhavan.

He wished "good luck" to the Sena if it wanted to form the government with the help of Opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party.

Sena, meanwhile, has maintained that it will install its chief minister at all costs.

The Congress has so far remained wary of making any concrete comments and is currently holding consultations. Senior NCP leader Nawab Malik said the party will take a decision only after the Sena walks out of the NDA and gives a formal proposal seeking support to form a government.

The Maha story so far

The BJP and the Sena had together won 161 seats in the 288-member House, well above the halfway mark of 145. However, the trouble between the allies started after 24 October when the results were announced. Upon discovering that the BJP (105) could not secure the majority (145) by itself, the Sena asserted its claim over the chief minister's post. Sena claimed that the BJP had promised it an equal share in power before Lok Sabha election, which, it said, meant that notwithstanding its seat share (56), it was entitled to chief minister's post for half the term of the elected Assembly. The BJP, however, denied having agreed to such an arrangement.

The Sena continued its attack on its ally of 30 years, while flirting with Sharad Pawar's NCP. It did not hold talks with BJP even once, while Sena's senior leader Raut visited Pawar twice and dialed up his nephew Ajit Pawar too, as per the latter's claim. Uddhav later accepted to have suspended talks because BJP had outright denied that the parties had ever agreed upon a 50:50 power sharing formula. "We do not do business with those who make it seem like we are liars. Nobody has ever called the Thackeray family a liar," Uddhav had told reporters after Fadnavis' tirade against his party.

Fadnavis had accused Sena of jeopardising the alliance, stating that he was hurt and shocked by Sena's changed demeanour after the elections. On Sena's statement that the mandate was against Fadnavis, the caretaker chief minister subtly highlighted that his party had a better strike rate than Sena.

Fadnavis said BJP’s "strike rate" was better in 2019 than in 2014. "We contested 260 seats in 2014 and won 47 percent seats and 28 percent votes. In 2019, we contested 150 seats. We won 70 percent of seats and 26 percent votes," he said.

Sena, which contested alone in 2014, won 63 out of 282 seats with a strike rate of 22.34 percent. In 2019, it fought on 126 seats and won 56 with a strike rate of 45 percent.

Where do other players stand?

Congress, which had been watching the show from the sidelines for the first time showed signs of the intent for an alliance.

While senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan said his party did not want President's Rule in the state, another party leader Milind Deora hinted at his support for an alliance with Sena by stating that NCP and Congress should try to form the government since the BJP has failed. An 'attempt' such as the one suggested by Deora is mathematically impossible without the Sena's support to the Maha-agadhi alliance.

Sanjay Nirupam was the only voice in Congress who openly opposed an alliance with Sena based on ideological differences. Nirupam said "it seems the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance has broken", and that he would urge his party leadership not to encourage government formation with the Sena's help as it will "not be a stable government" and both the Congress and NCP will suffer.

On its part, the NCP has also taken a cautious route. While on one hand, NCP's national chief Pawar kept insisting that NCP is content to sit in the Opposition, party's state president Nawab Malik dropped ample hints that if Sena was ready to sever all ties with BJP, there may be scope for an alternative arrangement. Congress general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday met the party's newly elected MLAs from Maharashtra, who are staying at a resort in Jaipur, to discuss the political situation in the state while NCP chief Sharad Pawar met some of his party leaders in Mumbai.

A senior Congress leader, on condition of anonymity, said the All India Congress Committee (AICC) has deputed two observers to hold discussions with the MLAs in Jaipur on what stand the party should take in view of the impasse on government formation.

"The Congress has to decide if it wants to stop the BJP in Maharashtra or whether it doesn't care if the BJP is able to form a government. An alternative government can be formed only with Congress' support," he said.

He also said that Congress General Secretary Mallikarjun Kharge held informal talks with the Maharashtra Congress MLAs in Jaipur in the morning.

He also brushed aside suggestions that the governor could invite the Congress-NCP for government formation as the 'second largest' alliance, claiming no such provision existed in the Sarkaraia Commission's recommendations.

In another development, NCP chief Sharad Pawar also held a meeting with some of his party leaders in Mumbai. Refusing to speak on a "non-BJP alliance", Pawar said he would react only to Congress' official statement.

"I cannot go by news reports about the decision of the Congress. I will react only when the Congress officially informs me about its decision," Pawar told reporters.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Nov 12, 2019 23:18:48 IST