Live: Uddhav Thackeray says 'Talks with NCP-Congress continue for government formation'
Shiv Sena has approached the Supreme Court seeking urgent hearing against Governor Koshyari for not giving the party 3 days time to cobble up numbers for the government formation. Sena has reportedly sought help of Congress leader Kapil Sibal to plea on its part in the apex court.
The Maharashtra political drama took a new twist on Tuesday evening as Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari recommended the imposition of President's Rule in the state and submitted a report in this regard. President Ram Nath Kovind gave nod to impose President’s rule after the Governor’s recommendation. On the development, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that President’s rule in the state is better than uncertainty on the government formation.
In his reports, the Governor has said that for the past 15 days, no political party or alliance partners or Independents came forward with requisite numbers to form the government in the state. Koshyari nullified the 8.30 pm deadline given to the NCP to stake claim to the government, and recommended the President's rule. Earlier, the Union Cabinet in a meet chaired by PM Modi also recommended President’s rule in the state.
The Shiv Sena filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the governor’s decision to not extend the time given to the party to prove majority. Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, however, told media persons that his party was not given enough time to prove majority, unlike the time given to the BJP.
Meanwhile, the Nationalist Congress Parry (NCP) and the Congress have said that they will make a further announcement post more discussion on the Maharashtra power struggle, while addressing a joint press conference in Mumbai. The NCP said that there will be further announcement only after the two sides held proper discussion on the issue.
Here are the latest updates on political development in Maharashtra:
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President's rule is unfortunate but we expect that Maharashtra will get a stable government soon, said former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis through a press statement.
After BJP's core committee meeting, Sudhir Mugantiwar told media persons, "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."
The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress discussion over government formation is over, sources said on Tuesday. The parties need to agree on certain issues, including secularism and common minimum programme.
Chief Ministers of Shiv Sena and NCP will be on a rotational basis for two and a half years. The Congress will also be part of the government, and Deputy CM from the party for five years, added the sources.
The decision to this effect is likely to be taken within 8 to 10 days, and the official announcement will be made by end of this month.
Uddhav Thackeray reacted to the imposition of President's rule in Maharashtra and said we hope to get a stable government in the state.
Uddhav Thackeray spoke over phone to Congress leader Ahmed Patel and NCP's Sharad Pawar before addressing the press conference.
MLAs of several parties are in touch with BJP, says Narain Rane
BJP's Narain Rane said, "BJP will keep on trying to form government. Devendra Fadnavis is putting in all efforts in this direction."
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray says, "I am not greedy for power."
Uddhav Thackeray said, "BJP-Shiv Sena were together for many years but now Shiv Sena has to go with Congress-NCP. 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. I am proud of him."
Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray said in a press conference "We are still open to other options.''
Uddhav Thackeray said, "Yesterday we formally requested Congress-NCP for their support to form the government. We needed 48 hours, but the Governor didn't give us time."
Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray says "Willing to consider if BJP agrees to our demand'' while addressing a press conference.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that yesterday for the first time he had a talk with Uddhav Thackrey. The 3 parties will have to discuss several issues over government formation in Maharashtra.
Congress leader Ahmed Patel said that Maharashtra Governor has made a mockery of democracy.
The way BJP used the Governor to impose President's Rule in Maharashtra is against all constitutional norms and Supreme Court guidelines say Congress leader Ahamed Patel. He added, "Uddhav Thackeray has spoken to Sonia Gandhi, so our leaders are discussing the situation with NCP."
NCP leader Praful Patel said, '' Shiv Sena formally started talks with NCP and Congress on November 11,"adding "Today NCP and Congress leaders discussed Maharashtra political situation, and we decided our future course of action after a detailed discussion."
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has assured his MLAs that they should keep patience as the CM will be of our party.
Congress-NCP held a meeting in Mumbai today over the formation of government in Maharashtra. The leaders of both the parties discussed a common minimum program besides deliberating over a join strategy on governance in the state.
The Supreme Court to hear Shiv Sena's petition against Maharashtra Governor tomorrow at 10.30 am, informs Sena's advocate, adding that another plea challenging the President's rule in the state is being prepared and the same is likely to be submitted before the apex court tomorrow.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray reached Hotel Retreat to hold a meeting with the party MLAs. The MLAs were seen shouting slogans in support of Uddhav Thackeray.
Congress, NCP to make an announcement for extending support to Shiv Sena for the government formation in Maharashtra. The press conference will be addressed jointly by Sharad Pawar, Mallikaarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal.
Shiv Sena considers moving to Supreme Court over the imposition of President's rule in Maharashtra, says Advocate Rajesh Inamdar
Union cabinet has decided to issue proclamation under article 356 (1) in relation to Maharastra.
Governor has made a mockery of Constitutional process in recommending President’s Rule in Maharashtra, says Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala
Governor Koshiyari has committed a grave travesty of the democracy & made a mockery of the Constitutional process in reccomending President’s Rule in Maharashtra.
Four grave violations of the Constitutional Scheme, as expressed in SR Bommai judgment, stand out.
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) November 12, 2019
Maharashtra Governor said in his report, "It's been 15 days but I see no party in condition to form a government."
President's Rule in Maharashtra has been implemented for 6 months and it can be withdrawn anytime before that period. Meanwhile, Maharastra Assembly to remain suspended.
Governor said that he made all efforts for the formation of government in Maharashtra, but the situation for stable government was not possible.
President Ram Nath Kovind signs recommendation.
President's Rule imposed in Maharashtra after the year 1980.
President's Rule imposed in Maharashtra
President of Maharashtra Congress Committee Ashok Chavan says, Congress stands united with NCP, reported ANI.
Ministry of Home Affairs sends file pertaining President's rule in Maharashtra to President's office for signing: sources
Shiv Sena lawyers said: Supreme Court Registry has not informed on Shiv Sena's hearing today. Meanwhile, if President's rule is imposed today, a fresh petition will be filed challenging it.
Congress leader Mallikaarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal arrive at Mumbai.
Congress core group meeting will be held on Tuesday at interim party president Sonia Gandhi's residence over the political situation in Maharashtra. Earlier on Monday, NCP had said that it will take a decision on government formation in Maharashtra by Tuesday after holding consultations with its ally Congress. The NCP finished on the third position in the assembly polls having won 54 seats.
Ministry of Home Affairs to brief on governors' recommendation of President's rule in Maharashtra at 5.30 pm. MHA is waiting to get the order signed by the President, who is expected to reach the national capital anytime.
NCP sought more time from Maharashtra Governor for the formation of the government. The NCP request was made prior to the Governor's recommendation for President's rule in the state. The request letter was sent in the name of NCP's legislature party leader Ajit Pawar, said sources.
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari sends a report to President saying government in Maharashtra cannot be formed in accordance with the Constitution.
Reports that President's Rule has been recommended by the governor are not correct. There is no such confirmation from Raj Bhavan: NCP
Shiv Sena approaches Supreme Court challenging Maharashtra Governor's decision to reject its plea seeking 3 days time to get letters of support from NCP and Congress.
The report of Governor recommending President's Rule is not true as NCP has time till 8:30 pm to give our reply: Nawab Malik
3 senior Congress leaders are coming to meet Sharad Pawar today at 5 pm. NCP and Congress contested in alliance. A government is only possible if three parties come together. The final decision will be taken during the meeting between Congress leaders and Sharad Pawar: Nawab Malik
All 54 NCP MLAs attended the meeting. A resolution was passed and Sharad Pawar has been empowered to take a call on government formation in Maharashtra. A committee will be formed to work out the modalities for government formation: NCP's Nawab Malik
NCP leader Nawab Malik addresses press conference, says talks on between Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar.
As per sources, Shiv Sena is miffed with Governor's haste on recommendation of President's Rule in Maharashtra and has consulted Kapil Sibal to take legal advice.
Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ends after recommending President's Rule in Maharashtra.
There's no issue of Congress being late. We have been alert since beginning. We had asked them (NCP) if they've sent a letter to Governor. Things will have to be done simultaneously, they're our partner. Whatever decision is taken,it'll be done together: Sushil Modi
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari recommends President's rule in the state: Sources
Congress leader Manikrao Thackre says the party is ready to support Shiv Sena and NCP. The party is deciding on the nature of the support. We will make a Common Minimum Program in which the ideology for the development of everyone, along with the people of the entire country, will be decided.
Cabinet meet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss ongoing political development in Maharashtra underway. The imposition of President's Rule, as reportedly recommended by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari will also be discussed in the meet.
If Maharashtra Governor imposes President Rule in the state, Shiv Sena can approach Supreme Court. Uddhav Thackeray has talked to Kapil Sibal and Ahmed Patel over the issue: Sources
Congress prepares 3-page document for support to NCP and Shiv Sena for government formation. Here are some of the demands:
1. Common Minimum Program
2. Coordination Committee
3. Power-sharing formula. One ministry on each 4 MLAs and post of Speaker.
4. Congress needs to decide on the formula for Municipal Corporation.
5 . Congress wants distribution of Mahamandals
According to sources, Mallikarjun Kharge was not in the favour of extending support to Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. However, Ashok Chavan, Prithiviraj Chavan and Sushil Kumar persuaded Sonia Gandhi.
Narendra Modi calls for Cabinet meet to discuss the political crisis in Maharashtra before he leaves for Brazil to attend BRICS summit.
We are ready to give our support to the alliance of Shiv Sena and NCP but what will be the nature of that support we have to decide. We will make a common minimum program to decide how the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress will work for the development of all, apart from our own ideology: Manikrao Thackeray
Narendra Modi calls for Cabinet meet to discuss the political crisis in Maharashtra.
Congress leaders will report to Sonia Gandhi after meeting NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Sonia Gandhi will take the final decision.
Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari recommended President's rule in Maharashtra hours ahead of the deadline of 7.30 pm given to the NCP to form government in the state.
We will neither support a BJP led government nor a Shiv Sena led government. We reiterate our stand. I am happy now if Congress-NCP are supporting Shiv Sena. People will know who was cutting whose votes and who was colluding with whom: Asaduddin Owaisi
Senior Congress leaders to reach Mumbai by 3pm, to hold discussions with Sharad Pawar
Congress prepares 3-page demand list for Maharashtra government formation, demands all three parties to agree on Common Minimum Program, a Cabinet Ministry on support of 4 ministers and post of Speaker: Sources
Mumbai: BJP leader Ashish Shelar met Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut at Lilawati hospital today. Raut was admitted to hospital yesterday after he complained of chest pain.
Mumbai: BJP leader Ashish Shelar met Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut at Lilawati hospital today. Raut was admitted to hospital yesterday after he complained of chest pain. pic.twitter.com/H8wJSJLc6l
— ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2019
Congress general secretary KC Venugopal says Sonia Gandhi held discussions with Sharad Pawar on phone in the morning today over the latest developments in Maharashtra.
Maharashtra govt formation: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray meets MLAs, to address media shortly.
A delegation of senior Congress leaders will leave for Mumbai to hold discussions with NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Maharashtra deadlock. Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal will leave for Mumbai and meet Sharad at 2 pm today.
Blame game in Maharashtra:
Top sources in Congress say that the letter of support wasn't issued by the party to Shiv Sena because when Sonia dialled Sharad to confirm, the NCP chief maintained that talks with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray weren't mobilized by then.
Actor Paresh Rawal takes dig at current deadlock in Maharashtra, tweets, "SirPareshRawal -- An exciting political Dahi Handi is underway in Maharashtra... let’s see who breaks and scores !"
An exciting political Dahi Handi is underway in Maharashtra... let’s see who breaks and scores !
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) November 12, 2019
NCP leader Ajit Pawar said that letter of support was not received on Monday despite that Sharad Pawar and other senior leaders of the party was waiting for it. Several rounds of talks have so far been held between Sharad and Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi over government formation in Maharashtra.
President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of Union Minister of Heavy Industries& Public Enterprises Arvind Sawant(Shiv Sena MP). I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar has been assigned additional charge of Sawant's ministry.
In a statement, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said that the President, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has accepted Sawant`s resignation from the Union Council of Ministers with immediate effect. It said Javadekar, who holds the portfolios of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, as well as Information and Broadcasting, would be given the additional charge.
NCP leaders Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule and Rohit Pawar visit Mumbai's Lilawati Hospital to meet Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who underwent angioplasty on Monday evening.
Manikrao Thackrey had told media in Delhi that "Sharad Pawar has sought two days time from Congress as he wanted to consult his MLAs; and hence, Congress Central leadership has decided to not send its MLAs to Mumbai."
Process is still underway but the end result will be positive. Personally I think the three parties, Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP will form the Govt and a Shiv Sena leader will be the CM: Congress MLA Kagda Chandya Padvi
Sharad Pawar's daughter and NCP MP Supriya Sule blasted Congress leader Manikrao Thackeray over his comment, "Congress leaders and Sharad Pawar meeting will happen after two days on government formation." She said, "I do not know Manikrao Thackeray. We will speak directly to the party high command for support of Congress."
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam saids, "Congress has no moral responsibility to form a govt in Maharashtra. Putting any blame on us for the instability is meaningless. Its the failure of BJP and ShivSena which has brought the state on the doorstep of President rule."
KC Venugopal, AK Antony reach Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's New Delhi residence to attend a meeting to discuss the political crisis of Maharashtra.
Sanjay Raut in a early morning tweet said, "A boat does not cross if it fears the waves, those who try never lose. We will triumph, indeed."
"लहरों से डर कर नौका पार नहीं होती,
कोशीश करने वालों की कभी हार नही होती ।'
हम होंगे कामयाब..
— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) November 12, 2019
BJP core group to meet on Tuesday to discuss the political developments as talks between Shiv Sena and NCP-Congress fail to reach a common agreement. The Congress has said that it is yet to make up its mind on government formation. Neither Shiv Sena nor NCP can form the government in Maharashtra without the support of Congress.
The Congress Core Committee will meet at Sonia Gandhi's residence 10 am on Tuesday and discuss further strategies on Maharashtra.
The Sharad Pawar's NCP is finding it difficult to convince the Congress leadership to come along and extend support to Shiv Sena in Maharashtra before the deadline ends at 8:30 pm on Tuesday: Sources
According to the latest reports coming in, Congress still divided on going to Mumbai to extend support to Shiv Sena for government formation.
Congress leader Manikrao Thackrey said: Congress senior leaders will not come to Mumbai today. Congress leaders and Sharad Pawar meeting will happen after two days on government formation.
AAP leader Preeti Menon slams Congress for its indecisiveness on government formation in Maharashtra. Menon said that Congress, by refusing to support Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, is giving Maharashtra on a platter to BJP.
Congress MLAs in Maharashtra should join @PawarSpeaks. It's really time for Congress to die.
— Preeti Sharma Menon (@PreetiSMenon) November 12, 2019
.@INCIndia leadership always puts their party before the Nation. In Loksabha they stubbornly refused regional alliances and helped BJP sweep. Now they are giving #Maharashtra on a platter to BJP. It's moribund attitude will decimate it soon.
— Preeti Sharma Menon (@PreetiSMenon) November 12, 2019
BJP says it has decided to adopt a stance of 'wait and watch' amidst the political crisis in Maharashtra. The party held its core group meeting on Monday to discuss the political situation.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who was admitted to Mumbai's Lilavati hospital on Monday afternoon, is likely to be discharged after a routine checkup in a day or two.
Congress MLAs to go back to Jaipur as party Maharashtra in-charge Mallikarjun Kharge said that 'there will be a meeting on Tuesday'.
It has been decided that two leaders will be sent for discussions with Pawar saheb... state (Congress) leaders will also be there. The next step will be taken after the discussion. No letter of support has been given by the Congress to the Sena: Former Maharashtra Congress President Manikrao Thakre
Congress and NCP will hold discussions over Maharashtra political developments at 2 pm today. While the NCP has expressed its wish to extend its support to Sena, Congress hasn't arrived on a decision.
Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to hold discussions on Tuesday to arrive on decision to extend the party support to Shiv Sena for government formation in Maharashtra.