Maharashtra Govt formation LATEST Updates: A key meeting is currently underway between Congress,Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders and other alliance partners, in Mumbai. While Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress seem to be close to the final stage before government formation in Maharashtra, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam expressed doubts over the stability of the alliance.
Taking to Twitter, Nirupam warned his own party leaders against forming the government with the support of Shiv Sena. “Our leaders saying that we are taking the risk of joining hands with the Shiv Sena to stop the BJP. But how long will the government of three parties work?” Nirupam’s Hindi tweet read.
The next Maharashtra chief minister will be from the Shiv Sena and the Sharad Pawar-led NCP has not demanded the top post during state-level meetings on government formation, Congress leader Manikrao Thakare said. Sources suggested that the chief ministerial post may go to the Shiv Sena for five years. Thakare also said that leaders of the three parties will sit together later on Friday to clarify some pending issues and also to decide the time to approach Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to stake a claim for forming the government.
As the government formation process picked momentum in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Friday met his party’s legislators to discuss the political situation in the state. Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav told PTI that whatever decision Thackeray takes will be binding on all legislators of Shiv Sena. “We would like Uddhav ji or Aaditya Thackeray to be the chief minister,” he added
As the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena are slated to hold final deliberations over government formation today, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the chief minister will be from his party and will remain incumbent for the full term of the alliance government. Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is currently meeting party legislators at his residence Matoshree. Speaking to PTI, Sena legislator Bhaskar Jadhav said the party chief is expected to apprise MLAs of developments in the government formation talks with the Congress and NCP
NCP chief Sharad Pawar has finally ‘outwitted’ the ‘so-called Chanakya of the Indian politics’, the party said on Friday, as it inches closer to forming a government with Shiv Sena and Congress in Maharashtra. The NCP’s chief spokesperson Nawab Malik also reiterated that the throne of Delhi could not make Maharashtra bow before it.
It is believed that Malik’s jibe was directed at Union home minister and BJP president Amit Shah, who is often credited for being instrumental in the BJP’s victories in several polls and government formations in the country.
Top sources tell News18 that Shiv Sena chief is not keen to take up the post of chief minister. Instead Sena leaders like Sanjay Raut, Arvind Sawant likely to be named to take up the post. But according to ANI, Raut denied these claims. When asked if Sharad Pawar had suggested his (Raut’s) name for the post of Maharashtra chief minister, the Sena leader said that it was incorrect. “People of Maharashtra want Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister.” he added.
According to sources, Sharad Pawar briefed Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday night about his discussion with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and other leaders over the modalities of government formation and the basics of Common minimum programme decided by the Congress and NCP.
“Our Common Minimum Programme is based on the issues of common man, relief to farmers, job creation etc. while issues like Hindutva or Bharat Ratna to Savarkar etc are not part of our Common Minimum Programme , these issues were not even discussed in any of our meetings,” a senior leader of NCP told ANI.
Shiv Sena won’t side with the BJP even if offered Lord Indra’s throne, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Friday. Talking to reporters, Raut reiterated that his party will get the Maharashtra CM’s post when the three-party alliance with Congress and NCP assumes power. “The time for offers has ended,” Raut said, when asked about reports that the BJP had agreed to share the CM’s post with the Sena.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his MLA-son Aaditya met Sharad Pawar at the NCP president’s residence ‘Silver Oak’ in South Mumbai on Thursday night. The Sena’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut and NCP leader Ajit Pawar were also present during the meet.
The crucial meeting took place for over an hour as the former NDA ally continued its effort to form government in Maharashtra with the support of the maha aghadi alliance – the NCP and the Congress.
The Thackerays called on Pawar, a Rajya Sabha MP, after he arrived in Mumbai from New Delhi in the evening. However, no Congress leader was present at the meet.
The meeting took place on a day when Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said in New Delhi that a decision will be taken on Friday on the architecture of alliance for Maharashtra government formation. He said when Congress will announce the Common Minimum Programme, it shall disclose the power-sharing formula.
Sources said the three parties are likely to make a formal announcement on Friday about joining hands to take a shot at power in the state.
The Sena chief will address a meeting of party MLAs and senior leaders on Friday during which he is expected to deliberate on the party’s line of action in the backdrop of the three main non-BJP parties making efforts to form government in Maharashtra, a party leader said.
In a marathon meeting on Wednesday, the Congress and NCP leaders held deliberations to finalise details of their alliance as they work to form a new government in the state in tie up with Sena.
Congress leader KC Venugopal said on Thursday, “We have apprised the CWC members of the latest political situation in Maharashtra. Today, Congress-NCP discussion will continue. I think, tomorrow, we will probably have a decision in Mumbai.”
A key meeting of top Congress and NCP leaders was conducted to discuss the alliance with Shiv Sena on Wednesday.
The Congress Working Committee earlier in the day granted in-principle approval to the party to form government in Maharashtra along with the NCP and the Shiv Sena, sources said. In a meeting chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her 10, Janpath residence in New Delhi, the party’s highest decision-making body also deliberated on the Maharashtra political scenario, they said.
“On Saturday, a letter signed by the MLAs of the three parties will be handed over to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari,” Sanjay Raut told NDTV. Sources in the Sena and NCP added that “if all goes well, a swearing in ceremony will take place on Sunday or Monday.”
Congress sources said the final decision on the government formation in Maharashtra is expected by Friday. “The CWC has broadly agreed to go ahead with government formation with the Shiv Sena and the NCP,” the source said. “Another meeting between the Congress and the NCP will be held on Thursday and a final meeting with Shiv Sena will take place on Friday in Mumbai. The decision on government formation in Maharashtra will be announced in Mumbai on Friday,” the source said.
Sonia Gandhi was advised to “go ahead” with the Maharashtra alliance, despite her reservations, and told that the “greater enemy, in order to fight communalism, is the BJP”, NDTV quoted sources as saying. Final talks may take place in Mumbai.
After meetings on Wednesday with the NCP at its chief Sharad Pawar’s home, the Congress said “some aspects of the alliance” were still to be discussed. “There can’t be any government in Maharashtra without the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress. We are trying our best to resolve issues,” said NCP leader Nawab Malik, addressing the media along with Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan, who simply said the talks will continue.
The chief minister’s post in Maharashtra is most likely to be on a rotational basis, with the first half of the five-year term to be given to the Shiv Sena and the latter to the Nationalist Congress Party, NCP sources told PTI. The Congress is likely to have the deputy chief minister’s post for the full term, they said.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) reviewed the scenario in Maharashtra on Thursday, a day after it held a marathon meeting with the NCP on forming an alliance together with Shiv Sena to form government in the state.
After the meeting, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said that the CWC was briefed on the discussion between NCP and Congress on Wednesday. However, a final decision on Maharashtra is expected by Friday, PTI quoted Congress sources as saying. According to sources, the CWC broadly agreed to go ahead with government formation with Shiv Sena and the NCP.
Another meeting between Congress and NCP is scheduled to be held Thursday night and a final meeting with Shiv Sena will happen Friday in Mumbai.
Even as Shiv Sena continues to exude confidence about forming a government in Maharashtra in alliance with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), report have emerged that a section of the newly-elected MLAs are upset over the party’s decision to form a government with the other two.
Seventeen MLAs of Sena, along with senior leader Manohar Joshi, reportedly went to party chief Uddhav Thackeray’s Mumbai residence on Wednesday to convey that they were unhappy with the party’s decision to form an alliance with the Congress and NCP, reported News18. However, they did not get an appointment to meet Uddhav.
These reports come amid statements by senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who claimed on Wednesday that a government led by his party will be in place by next month in Maharashtra.
“We are inching towards the government formation. The picture will become clear in the next two days and a popular government led by the Shiv Sena will be in place by December,” he told PTI.
Asked about the meeting between the NCP and the Congress scheduled on Wednesday, Raut said there will be a “full stop to it”, implying that the two parties have almost completed their discussions on the government formation in the state.
NCP leader Nawab Malik on Tuesday had said that a meeting between NCP and Congress was postponed to 5 pm on Wednesday. The two sides have deputed leaders for holding talks on a possible alliance, he said.
Deliberations over Maharashtra government formation have been ongoing for at least a month now. Results for Maharashtra Assembly elections were announced on 24 October.
Hinting that a a major development will unfold during the 22 November meeting of Shiv Sena leaders and MLAs in Mumbai, party leader Abdul Sattar said, “All (party) MLAs have been called for a meeting on 22 November (in Mumbai). We have been asked to bring our Id cards and clothes for five days. I think we will have to stay at a place for two-three days, then the next step will be decided.”
Abdul Sattar, Shiv Sena: All MLAs have been called for a meeting on 22 Nov. We’ve been asked to bring our ID cards&clothes for 5 days. I think we’ll have to stay at a place for 2-3 days, then the next step will be decided. Uddhav Thackeray ji will be Maharashtra CM for sure. pic.twitter.com/ZBa95Wbzow
— ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2019
“Uddhav Thackerayji will be the chief minister of Maharashtra for sure,” ANI reported him as saying.
The Congress and NCP have continued to hold a cautious approach towards forming an alliance with the Shiv Sena, whose Hindutva ideology stands in stark contrast towards Congress’ secularism. After meeting Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi in Dehli on Wednesday, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said said if the NCP-Congress have to take a view on government formation, they have to first discuss it between themselves and with smaller allies.
Following this, a meeting was scheduled between the senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel and the party’s general secretary KC Venugopal and NCP leaders Praful Patel, Sunil Tatkare, Ajit Pawar, Jayant on Tuesday in Delhi to to explore the possibility of an alliance with the Shiv Sena in the state. However, the meeting was cancelled due to pre-occupation of Congress leaders with Indira Gandhi’s birth anniversary events, Malik said.
Last week, after holding hectic parleys in the state, the Congress and NCP had finalised a draft common minimum programme, which they had shared with the Shiv Sena on 14 November, during the first meeting between the three parties after the Assembly results were declared on 24 October. .
In the 21 October Maharashtra Assembly polls, the BJP-Sena alliance secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats respectively in the 288-member Assembly. The Congress and the NCP, pre-poll allies, won 44 and 54 seats respectively.
However, failing to evolve a consensus over the chief minister’s post, the two saffron parties parted ways, with the Sena exploring the possibility of tying up with the Congress-NCP. President’s rule had been imposed in the state on 12 November after the no single party or combine staked claim to form the new government.
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Updated Date: Nov 22, 2019 14:38:00 IST