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Nov 11, 2019 07:48 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Maharashtra government formation highlights: Guv invites Shiv Sena to stake claim

Updates related to the deadlock over government formation in Maharashtra

  • Nov 10, 08:35 PM (IST)

    How did the events pan out throughout the day? Here's a quick roundup:

    After the Governor asked BJP whether it was willing to form the government in Maharashtra on November 9, the BJP held its core committee meet in the morning to deliberate upon the issue.

    A second meeting was held later in the day today, after which senior BJP leaders, including caretaker CM Devendra Fadnavis, headed to Raj Bhavan and conveyed the BJP's inability to form the government in the state. 

    BJP chief Chandrakant Patil blamed the party's pre-poll ally, Sena, for disrespecting the mandate of the people. During his press briefing, Patil had wished Sena luck if it decides to go with the NCP and Congress. 

    The Governor asks Shiv Sena, as the second largest party, to indicate willingness to form the government. 

  • Nov 10, 08:11 PM (IST)

    Maharashtra government formation LIVE: Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari today asked the leader of elected members of the second largest party, the Shiv Sena, Eknath Shinde to indicate the willingness and ability of his party to form the government in Maharashtra (ANI)

  • Nov 10, 07:50 PM (IST)

    Ashok Chavan, Congress on Maharashtra govt formation: We are keeping an eye on recent developments. We are meeting now and discussing all the options before us. We have not decided anything yet. (ANI)

  • Nov 10, 06:54 PM (IST)

    Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut: If they (BJP) are unable to present the numbers, then what CM post were they talking about? If they won't form the government, how will they get the CM post? Uddhavji (Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray) has made it clear that the CM will be from Sena at any cost. 

  • Nov 10, 06:45 PM (IST)

    Ball in Sena's court now: BJP leader 

    "The ball now is in Sena's court. We are going to watch how they form the government now," a BJP leader told Moneycontrol.

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had earlier met his party's legislators at Hotel Retreat, where they have been lodged, reportedly fearing poaching by the BJP. A source had said that during the meeting, Thackeray had told the MLAs that the deadlock in government formation is likely to end within the next two days. 

    The NCP, meanwhile, has scheduled a meeting of its legislators on November 12. 

  • Nov 10, 06:28 PM (IST)

    What happens now? 

    Now that the single largest party has refused to stake claim to the government, the Governor will call the second largest party— Shiv Sena— for government formation. Sena, however, doesn't have the numbers to form a government on its own.

    Sources have told Moneycontrol that back channel talks between Sena and Congress-NCP have been taking place, and there is a possibility that a Sena-NCP government might be propped up, with outside support from Congress. 

    The development comes days after Fadnavis had resigned as the Chief Minister of the state, and a day after the Governor had asked BJP its willingness to from the government in the state. 

  • Nov 10, 06:08 PM (IST)

    Chandrakant Patil, BJP Maharashtra chief: Now if the Shiv Sena wants to form a government along with Congress and NCP, we wish them the best. 

  • Nov 10, 06:05 PM (IST)

    Chandrakant Patil, BJP Maharashtra chief: In the recent Assembly elections, Mahayuti got the people's mandate. Which is why the Governor invited BJP to form the government. The mandate was for Mahayuti. But since Shiv Sena cannot join to form the government, we have conveyed to the Governor that we won't be able to form the government in Maharashtra. 

  • Nov 10, 05:58 PM (IST)

    Happening now 

    Top BJP leaders, including care taker chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, have now reached Raj Bhavan. They will convey their decision on whether they can form the government in Maharashtra or not to the Governor, and then will reportedly brief the media about their decision. This decision will enable other parties— notably the Shiv Sena— to decide on their future course of action. 

    How the numbers stand: In the October 21 polls to the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, the BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena-56, NCP-54 and Congress-44. Besides, each of these parties have claimed support of Independent MLAs. 

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