Maharashtra government formation highlights: Guv invites NCP to stake claim
Updates: Hectic parleys continue in the state as the Governor has invited NCP to stake claim by 8.30 pm today
Hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) conveyed its inability to form the government in Maharashtra, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on November 10 asked Shiv Sena, the second largest party, to "indicate willingness and ability" to form the government. There is speculation that Shiv Sena might stake claim with the support of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
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," Office of Maharashtra Governor said, according to news agency ANI.
"The Sena will have to inform the governor about its stand by Monday (November 11) evening 7.30 pm," a Raj Bhavan official told news agency PTI.
Earlier in the day, the BJP had conveyed to the Governor that the party was not in a condition to form government at this point.
The decision was taken at a core committee meet of the party. BJP's state chief, Chandrakant Patil, while addressing the media after party leaders' meeting with the Governor, said that the mandate during the Assembly elections was for the 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," Patil had said.
"Now if the Shiv Sena wants to form a government along with Congress and NCP, we wish them the best," Patil had added.
Reacting to BJP's decision, senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut had said that the party would install its chief minister at any cost.
"Maharashtra will have Sena's chief minister at any cost. Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday informed the party MLAs that Sena will have its chief minister," Raut told reporters.
Maharashtra government formation LIVE updates | NCP to discuss Governor’s invitation with Congress
The Governor has invited NCP to show willingness to form the government. NCP’s state unit chief Jayant Patil said the party will discuss the issue with Congress and get back to the Governor by 8.30 pm today.
"As per the procedure, the Governor has given us a letter being the third largest party in the state of Maharashtra and therefore, we have suggested to him that we will have to talk to our alliance partner," Patil told reporters.
November 12, 2019 / 08:13 AM IST
In this tweet from BJP leader Giriraj Singh, an old picture of Bal Thackeray, Manohar Joshi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani.
“Balasaheb's years of penance gave Sanatanis (traditionalists) hope and recognition in Maharashtra. Today, Balasaheb would be pained to see (the party) go with opponents of Hindutva. History will give testimony to how Balasaheb united everyone, while others divided," the tweet reads in Hindi.
बाला साहेब के वर्षों की तपस्या ने सनातनियो को महाराष्ट्र में एक उम्मीद और पहचान दिया ..आज हिंदुत्व विरोधियों के साथ जाता देख बाला साहेब और शिवसैनिक कराह रहे होंगे। इतिहास गवाही देगा की कैसे बालासाहेब ने सबको एक किया और कुछ ने सबको बिख़ेर दिया । pic.twitter.com/mYMBvKBdTx
The Sena did stake claim to form the government by meeting Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in the evening, ahead of the deadline. However, the Governor refused to give Sena more time to get letters of support from NCP and Congress.
Shortly after that, the Governor invited NCP to express wiliness to form the government. NCP is the third largest party in the newly elected Assembly, after BJP and Sena.
This would mean that hectic parleys will continue in Maharashtra today. NCP has a deadline to stake claim by 8.30 pm today. (2/2)
November 12, 2019 / 07:38 AM IST
Quick recap | What happened yesterday:
After more than two weeks of deadlock, Maharashtra witnessed rapid political developments yesterday. The day started with Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant quitting the Union Cabinet. This was seen as a precursor to the Uddhav Thackeray-led party securing the support of the NCP and the Congress.
Both, NCP and Congress held multiple rounds of internal meetings to decide on providing support to the Sena. While NCP was seen as largely keen on becoming part of a Sen-led government, Congress remained non-committal amid reports of some factions opposing the move from within. (1/2)
November 12, 2019 / 07:37 AM IST
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November 11, 2019 / 10:21 PM IST
It's been more than a fortnight since the results in the Maharashtra polls were declared and the deadlock in the government formation started.
What has happened since then?
>> While the BJP and the Shiv Sena were pre-poll alliance partners, the Sena has stated that it demands a 50:50 formula in the sharing of the CM post. While Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has claimed that the formula was agreed upon during the Lok Sabha polls, BJP claims that no such pact exists.
>> BJP claims that it has tried to reach out to Sena regarding the alliance, but has claimed that Sena did not respond to its requests for a discussion.
>> With time running out, the current caretaker Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, resigned on November 8.
>> Following this, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on November 9 invited the BJP, as the single-largest party, to indicate its willingness to form the government.
>> On November 10, the BJP said that it did not have the numbers to form the government in the state. Following this, the second-largest party, Shiv Sena, was then asked to indicate its willingness to form the government.
>> This started hectic parlays within the Sena, NCP and the Congress camps.
>> Early today morning, the lone Sena minister in the Union Cabinet, Arvind Sawant, resigned. Sawant’s resignation is being seen as a precursor to the Shiv Sena securing support of Sharad Pawar-led NCP and the Indian National Congress.
>> A Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, headed by party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi, was held in New Delhi. This meeting was followed by a meeting of Maharashtra Congress MLAs who have been lodged in a resort in Jaipur.
>> According to multiple reports, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray met Pawar in Mumbai.
>> Aaditya Thackeray, along with senior Sena leaders, reaches Raj Bhavan.
>> Aaditya, while addressing the media after his meeting, said that the Shiv Sena, as the second largest party, told the Governor that they are willing to form the government. He said that while the Sena asked for an extension, it was rejected, but their claim to form the government wasn't denied.
>> Governor invites the third-largest party, Sharad Pawar-led NCP, to form the government in Maharashtra.
>> Governor has now given NCP time until 8:30 pm on November 12 to indicate its willingness to form the government.
November 11, 2019 / 09:56 PM IST
Maharashtra government formation LIVE updates: Congress core group meeting to be held tomorrow at interim party president Sonia Gandhi's residence in New Delhi over Maharashtra's political situation, news agency ANI has reported.
NCP's Jayant Patil: According to the protocol, the Governor has given us a letter, being the third largest party in Maharashtra. We have suggested to him that we will have to talk with our alliance partner. Time given us up to 8:30 pm tomorrow in the evening.
November 11, 2019 / 09:10 PM IST
Maharashtra government formation LIVE updates: NCP delegation's meeting with the Governor has started, News18 has reported.