Live: Uddhav Thackeray calls up PM Modi, invites him for swearing-in ceremony
Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday staked his claim to form the government in Maharashtra as the leader of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance.
The month-long political drama in Maharashtra ended on Tuesday (November 26) with the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress MLAs electing Uddhav Thackeray as the chief ministerial face of Maha Vikas Aghadi. The Shiv Sena supremo also staked his claim to form the government in Maharashtra before Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and he is scheduled to take oath on Thursday (November 28) at Shivaji Park. Speculations are rife that Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat and NCP leader Jayant Patil will also take oath on Thursday as deputy chief ministers of Maharashtra.
A few hours earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis stepped down as the chief minister after admitting that he does not have majority in Maharashtra assembly. Fadnavis decided to resign after NCP leader Ajit Pawar quit as the deputy CM, more than three days after dramatically extending support to the BJP. This development took place hours after the Supreme Court ordered a floor test in the state assembly.
The newly-elected MLAs took oath on Wednesday (November 27). BJP leader Kalidas Kolambkar, who was elected Pro-tem Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly on Tuesday, addministered the oath to the MLAs inside Assembly.
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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel to attend Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in ceremony at Shivaji Park, in Mumbai, tomorrow.
Uddhav Thackeray calls up PM Modi, invites him for swearing-in ceremony after sending an invitation card to the PMO office. PM congratulated him.
Poster stating, "Balasheb Thackeray's dream fulfilled, Chief Minister from Shiv Sena" seen outside Sena Bhavan with picture of Bal Thackeray and Indira Gandhi.
Jayant Patil, Balasaheb Thorat, Eknath Shinde to sworn in as cabinet minister along with CM Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar
Ajit Pawar to be the Deputy Speaker, Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan to be the speaker, say sources
Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray leaves for Delhi to invite Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi for Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in ceremony, on November 28.
Congress leader Ahmed Patel after attending the Maha Vikas Aghadi meeting said, ''We have sorted out all the issues, you will get to know tomorrow.''
Posters portraying Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar put up in Baramati by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) workers. Poster states "...let us decide now what you should or should not do. Whole Maharashtra is looking towards you as a future Chief Minister".
Preparation for swearing-in ceremony underway in Maharashtra, around 2000 police personnel will be deployed at Shivaji Park tomorrow.
Ahmad Patel and Ashok Chvhan also join the Maha Vikas Aghadi meeting at YB Chavhan, in Mumbai.
NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress meeting underway, Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule, Uddhav Thackeray, Aditya Thackeray and all other senior leaders are present.
Congress' demand for Speaker and Deputy Speaker's post is turning out to be the only bone of contention between the parties: Sources
Apart from Chief Minister, Shiv Sena to have 15 ministers, NCP to have Deputy Chief Minister and 13 other ministers. Congress to have Assembly Speaker and 13 ministers: Sources
Amit Shah slams Shiv Sena, questions Is joining any party for the greed of CM post, not a horse-trading?
Around 400 farmers from various districts of Maharashtra have been invited for Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in ceremony tomorrow, says Shiv Sena leader Vinayak Raut. He added, '' The invitation given to them shows respect for the farmers, the family member of those farmers who committed suicide have also been invited.''
Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar informed that All Congress Chief Ministers, MK Stalin, Mamata Banerjee, and Arvind Kejriwal will be invited for the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray.
After attending NCP's meeting Ajit Pawar said, ''Chief Minister will take oath tomorrow, I informed our MLAs about that programme and asked them to be present there.''
A special session of Maharashtra assembly to be convened for a day on November 30. The session will also elect full-term Speaker on that day.
Political leaders who are expected to attend Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in ceremony on Thursday (November 28) are Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamalnath, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao, former Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu.
Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, KC Venugopal, Mallikarjun Kharge have reached Silver Oak, Sharad Pawar's residence. Prithviraj Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat have also reached Sharad Pawar's residence.
My personal opinion is that BJP should not have taken support of Ajit Dada Pawar. He is an accused in the massive irrigation scam and faces many allegations, so we should not have allied with him: BJP leader Eknath Khadse
There are several first-time MLAs and we all felt proud while taking oath. Want to serve people of the state: Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray
Whatever position the party will give me i am ready to take responsibility: Ajit Pawar on becoming the Deputy CM
NCP is planning to make Ajit Pawar Deputy CM in new government. A final decision in this regard will be taken in a meeting of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Ahmed Patel.
Union cabinet has approved the withdrawal of President's rule in Maharashtra. President's rule was imposed in Maharashtra on November 12 after no party or alliance staked claim to form the government.
Sharad Pawar calls meeting of NCP leaders at 1 pm. Ajit Pawar may become minister in new government.
In the end, he admitted his mistake. It is a family matter and Pawar Sahib has forgiven him. He is very much in the party and his position in the party has not changed: NCP leader Nawab Malik on Ajit Pawar
No decision has been taken on who will be the deputy CM: Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat
People were laughing at us when I said we will come to power in Maharashtra, now we have safely landed at the Maharashtra secretariat. Don't be surprised if Shiv Sena lands up in Delhi too: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut
#WATCH Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena: Maine kaha tha,'hamara surya yaan mantrale ke chhate manjil par safely land karega',tab sab hass rahe the. Lekin hamare surya yaan ka safe landing hogaya. Aane wale samay mein agar ye surya yaan Delhi mein bhi utre toh aapko aashcharya nahi hoga. pic.twitter.com/d5aWqpT4yu
— ANI (@ANI) November 27, 2019
Shiv Sena chief and Maha Vikas Aghadi CM candidate Uddhav Thackeray meets Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan.
Mumbai: Shiv Sena Chief & 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' (NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena alliance) CM candidate, Uddhav Thackeray meets #Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan. pic.twitter.com/rWD318QBVB
— ANI (@ANI) November 27, 2019
A lot of work is to be done now that oceans have merged, tweets Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut
अभी तो इस बाज की असली उड़ान बाकी है
अभी तो इस परिंदे का इम्तिहान बाकी है
अभी अभी मैंने लांघा है समुंदरों को
अभी तो पूरा आसमान बाकी है
— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) November 27, 2019
We are happy that finally the dream of Balasaheb ji Thackeray is being fulfilled. 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' will be led by Uddhav Thackeray, guided by Sharad Pawar & Sonia ji madam has made immense contribution to it, so we will do great work for Maharashtra: Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe
NCP leader Rohit Pawar stressed that the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government will definitely last for five years. He added that the party is happy that Ajit Pawar has returned to the fold.
We have a lot of new responsibilities. Every citizen of Maharashtra stood by us: NCP leader Supriya Sule
— ANI (@ANI) November 27, 2019
The oath-taking ceremony at the Maharashtra Assembly begins. NCP's Ajit Pawar and BJP's Devendra Fadnavis take the oath.
NCP has not expelled me and I am still with the party: Ajit Pawar
Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray offers prayers at Siddhivinayak temple, ahead of the first session of new assembly today.
Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray offers prayers at Siddhivinayak Temple, ahead of the first session of new assembly today. From 8.00 am onwards, oath will be administered to the MLAs in the assembly. #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/drMVjqOGIy
— ANI (@ANI) November 27, 2019
It's a new morning. The dream came true. We will work for Maharashtra: Supriya Sule
NCP leader Supriya Sule welcomes cousin Ajit Pawar with a hug at the oath-taking ceremony.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has called a special session of the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday where 288 newly-elected MLAs will be administered oath by pro-tem Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar. The session will begin at 8 am.
Why should BJP get so desperate for power in Maharashtra? Though we showed the tally of 162 MLAs, their efforts to prove us wrong were hate-worthy. Now, the Fadnavis government has run away without even facing the majority test. No other government or political party was insulted so much in Maharashtra. Ajit Pawar stopped his ‘vastraharan’ in the last stage, but BJP stands completely naked now. An arrogant rampage has stopped in Maharashtra. Now everything will be auspicious: Shiv Sena said in its mouthpiece Saamana
Maharashtra has refused to buckle under pressure and MLAs have retained their self-respect: Shiv Sena in Saamana