Live: Maharashtra Congress leaders meet Sharad Pawar as BJP-Sena tussle continues

Even after several days of the announcement of assembly election results, the political stalemate continues in Maharashtra. The BJP, which emerged as the single-largest party, has not staked a claim and an aggressive Shiv Sena is staying firm on its demand of rotating the chief minister's post between the allies for two-and-a-half-years each.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Friday, November 8, 2019 - 20:35
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MUMBAI: As pre-poll allies in Maharashtra, BJP and Shiv Sena continue to lock horns over the sharing of power in the state, Devendra Fadnavis on Friday submitted his resignation as Maharashtra CM to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and was appointed as the acting Chief Minister. 

Following his resignation, Fadnavis addresses a press conference and accused Shiv Sena of delaying the government formation in Maharashtra for their own interest. Fadnavis also accused Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray of 'lying' and denied his claims of talks over equitable sharing of CM post. He also stated that he was deeply disappointed with the way some of the Sena leaders behaved after the results were announced. He said that he was 'shocked' to see Uddhav's statement that 'options were open for him'.

Fadnavis claims were however contradicted by Uddhav who addressed a media conference stating that the 'caretaker' CM and BJP President Amit Shah had agreed on an equal sharing of power and responsibility with his party. The Sena chief slammed Fadnavis further for trying to prove him as a 'liar' and reiterating his stand 'options are open for everyone to form government in Maharashtra'. 

Both Fadnavis and Uddhav, who are adamant on taking the CM post in Maharashtra, claimed that the deadlock in the state would end very soon.

The tenure for the present day government in Maharashtra expires on Saturday following which a President rule will be enforced in the state. The BJP, which emerged as the single-largest party in the state with 105 seats, followed by Shiv Sena with 56 seats, have so far not staked a claim for government formation in the state. The NCP and Congress won 54 and 44 seats respectively in the 288-member seat where the majority mark is 145. 

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8 November 2019, 20:08 PM

Senior Congress leaders Prithviraj Chavan, Ashok Chavan, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Balasaheb Thorat are at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence; meeting underway.

8 November 2019, 20:00 PM

Poster of Adtiya Thackeray as Maharashtra CM placed near Matoshree. The poster was placed after Devendra Fadnavis submitted his resignation as Maharashtra CM.

8 November 2019, 19:58 PM

Congress leaders hold meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar at his Mumbai residence to discuss political development in Maharashtra.

8 November 2019, 19:57 PM

Devendra Fadnavis changes his Twitter bio from 'Chief Minister of Maharahtra' to 'Caretaker Chief Minister of Maharashtra'. 

8 November 2019, 19:55 PM

Shiv Sena spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi hails party chief Uddhav Thackeray's 'mic drop' moment during press confernce.  

8 November 2019, 19:18 PM

Devendra Fadnavis tweets after submitting resignation: Submitted my resignation as Maharashtra CM to Hon Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari ji. Hon Governor asked me to function as the caretaker CM till the alternative arrangements are made.@BSKoshyari.

8 November 2019, 19:14 PM

Uddhav Thackeray takes a dig at BJP for forming an alliance with Mehbooba Mufti's PDP to form government in Jammu and Kashmir. "BJP can form government with Mehbooba Mufti. They can attend Pakistan PM (former) Nawaz Sharif's birthday." 

8 November 2019, 18:42 PM

It is very sad that while cleaning the Ganga their minds became polluted. I felt bad that we entered into an alliance with the wrong people: Uddhav

8 November 2019, 18:41 PM

It is very sad that while cleaning the Ganga their minds became polluted. I felt bad that we entered into an alliance with the wrong people: Uddhav

8 November 2019, 18:41 PM

Uddhav plays a video of Dushyant Chautala directly attacking PM Modi during Haryana elections. Uddhav says, "Dushyant had said 'Two Gujaratis will teach us nationalism.' And now, BJP had embraced him." 

8 November 2019, 18:38 PM

Onus on BJP to explain on how they will form the government in Maharashtra. RSS must clarify if we were lying and we are not a Hindu party: Uddhav

8 November 2019, 18:38 PM

Why should I speak to someone who has accused me of lying. I regret spending so much time with wrong people. I continued alliance with BJP because of Fadnavis. Options open for everyone for government formation in Maharashtra: Uddhav

8 November 2019, 18:28 PM

Uddhav counters Fadnvis' claims, says never personally attacked PM Modi, Amit Shah

8 November 2019, 18:27 PM

I considered Fadnavis a friend and therefore, we gave our support to him for the CM post earlier. BJP not a friend but it should stop lying: Uddhav

8 November 2019, 18:23 PM

We don't need blessings from Fadnavis and Amit Shah for Shiv Sena leader to form government in Maharashtra. Fadnavis accused me of lying: Uddhav

8 November 2019, 18:21 PM

I have told BJP that Sena won't settle for Deputy CM post. Had promised Bal Thackeray that Maharashtra will have Shiv Sena CM one day: Uddhav

8 November 2019, 18:20 PM

Uddhav Thackeray begins his address to media, reiterates rotational CM demand

8 November 2019, 18:08 PM

Following Fadnavis resignation, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said the party can form the government in Maharashtra and install a Shiv Sena leader whenever it wants. 

8 November 2019, 17:40 PM

Uddhav Thackeray will respond to Devendra Fadnavis allegations at 6.30 pm.

8 November 2019, 17:39 PM

If Fadnavis says the BJP will form the next govt , then I wish him luck. From our side, I will say we too can form the govt: Sanjay Raut

8 November 2019, 17:39 PM

Sanjay Raut responds to Fadnavis' claims of personal attacks by Shiv Sena on PM Modi or Home Minister Amit Shah, says 'that's a wrong statement.'

8 November 2019, 17:09 PM

Whatever the issues were, they should have been resolved by talks, but that has not happened. In the past five years, there has been mutual respect between the allies, but now Uddhav Thackeray has not taken my calls: Fadnavis

8 November 2019, 17:07 PM

We tried everything to keep alliance afloat. Why shud we continue with such an ally who has gone back on his words for their own interests? Uddhav Thackeray's statement on the day of the results when he said that 'all options were available to form the government', was 'shocking'. We never said anything against Sena stalwart Bal Thackeray, even when we contested alone in 2014. However, in the last few days, several statements have been made by Sena against BJP and PM Narendra Modi which is disappointing: Fadnavis

8 November 2019, 17:04 PM

Governor asked me to be active CM till next govt is formed in Maharashtra. I will fulfil my responsibility of acting CM. We will try our best to form the government in the state: Fadnavis

8 November 2019, 16:56 PM

Uddhav Thackeray's statement on the day of the results when he said that 'all options were available to form the government', was 'shocking'. People have voted for the Mahayuti government together, but now allies are looking for their own interests. I want to make one thing clear about their demand for a rotational chief minister, that I have no knowledge of such an understanding or deal between the two parties. If Uddhav Thackeray has spoken to Amit Shah in my absence, then I am not aware of it: Fadnavis

8 November 2019, 16:44 PM

Devendra Fadnavis addresses media after submitting his resignation to Governor: 

My resignation has been accepted by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. We ran a clean govt in Maharashtra and tackled several problems together. The state govt stood by farmers during drought. During my tenure as Maharashtra CM, we pushed several irrigation projects in the state and started new schemes. I thank PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah for letting me govern Maharashtra. I also thank people of Maharashtra for allowing me to serve for 5 years. 

8 November 2019, 16:30 PM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis submits his resignation after meeting Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan. Fadnavis had gone to meet the Governor with all his ministers.  

8 November 2019, 16:21 PM

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot says 'false promises' made by BJP to Shiv Sena might be the reason behind the political standoff in Maharashtra even after two weeks of the election result.

8 November 2019, 16:19 PM

Shiv Sena MLAs to be shifted to Madh island resort

Shiv Sena to lodge its MLAs at Hotel Retreat in Madh, Malad West till November 15. Party has written to Mumbai Police Commissioner requesting for security arrangements.

8 November 2019, 16:16 PM

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis is at Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Fadnavis is with his ministers. As per reports, Fadnavis may offer his resignation to the Governor.

8 November 2019, 16:03 PM

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut will meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar at 4:30pm. 

8 November 2019, 15:29 PM

CM Devendra Fadnavis will interact with media at 4:30 pm at Sahyadri.

8 November 2019, 15:20 PM

After meeting with RPI chief and Union Minister Ramdas Athawale, NCP chief Sharad Pawar says, "If Mahayuti has got the mandate, then BJP-Shiv Sena should form a government together. NCP cannot do anything in it."

8 November 2019, 15:14 PM

Uddhav Thackeray will meet party MLAs at Hotel Rangsharda in Mumbai, later today: Shiv Sena leader Sunil Prabhu.

8 November 2019, 15:03 PM

Amidst the continued deadlock over the formation of government in Maharashtra, Union Minister and Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athawale arrives at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence Silver Oak.

8 November 2019, 14:16 PM

BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar: Congress and NCP leaders have made allegations of horse-trading against us. They should prove this charge within 48 hours or apologize to the people of Maharashtra.

8 November 2019, 14:09 PM

In the meeting with Shiv Sena leaders at Shiv Sena Bhavan today, party chief Uddhav Thackeray asked his partymen not to worry over the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra and said that the next CM in Maharashtra will be from Shiv Sena.

He added that Shiv Sena has made all preparations for it. He also discussed the issues farmers in the state are facing that said that the party has to resolve it.  

8 November 2019, 14:03 PM

Maharashtra will not bow down to President's rule: Shiv Sena MLA Sanjay Raut

8 November 2019, 13:44 PM

Nitin Gadkari rejects speculation of meeting Uddhav Thackeray, says 'As per my knowledge, no prior discussion was held on 50-50 seat sharing formula between BJP and Shiv Sena. Government in Maharashtra will be formed under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis. If needed, I am ready to mediate. 

8 November 2019, 13:41 PM

BJP pushing for Presiident's rule in Maharashtra, alleges Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

8 November 2019, 13:25 PM

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari ready to mediate Maharashtra deadlock, claims sources.

8 November 2019, 13:21 PM

Amid Maharashtra deadlock, social activist Sambhaji Bhide to meet Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadanvis. On Thursday, Bhide had visited Matoshree to meet Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray; However, Thackeray wasn't at home and hence, Bhide, whose arrival was unexpected, could not meet him. 

8 November 2019, 13:11 PM

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is expected to meet Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at Matoshree: Sources

8 November 2019, 13:09 PM

Several other Shiv Sena leaders are also present at Shiv Sena Bhawan to discuss the ongoing political scenario in Maharashtra.

8 November 2019, 13:05 PM

Uddhav, Aditya Thackeray arrive for meet at Shiv Sena Bhawan to discuss Maharashtra deadlock

8 November 2019, 12:51 PM

Congress not afraid of BJP's tactics: Vijay Namdevrao Wadettiwar on Maharashtra power tussle

8 November 2019, 12:47 PM

Maharashtra Congress leader Nitin Raut tells ANI, "There were reports that some Congress MLAs were approached by BJP leaders with money. Yesterday one or two of our MLAs were offered around Rs 25 crore. We will do our best to stop the horse-trading pattern that started in Karnataka." 

8 November 2019, 12:07 PM

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has arrived in Mumbai. He is likely to meet Shiv Sena chief to break the deadlock over government formation in Maharashtra.

8 November 2019, 11:42 AM

We have not moved our MLAs anywhere, all our MLAs are at their locations. If some of our MLAs have gone to any place it might be a personal visit, says Vijay Wadettiwar, Congress & leader of opposition in Maharashtra Assembly.


8 November 2019, 11:10 AM

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut says, "If President's Rule is imposed in the state, it will be disrespect to people of the state."