!1 New UpdateClick here for latest updates
Uddhav has agreed to become CM: Raut
Consensus on Uddhav Thackeray to lead Maharashtra govt: Sharad Pawar
Prithviraj Chavan: I cant second guess what Pawar has said on Uddhav as CM.
Prithviraj Chavan: We are still discussing on some issues, reached many conclusions. Will continue to talk tomorrow'.
Praful Patel: We are going to sit again tomorrow
Cong and NCP meet still on apparently on the issue of who will have the Speaker's post.
Eknath Shinde says nothing decided yet.
Uddhav Thackeray- meeting is going on well and in the right direction. We have decided not to leave any issues for later and hence once we decide on those we will inform you..
Sharad Pawar: There is no issue on the issue of leadership. There is unanimity on Uddhav Thackeray's name.
Sharad Pawar: We talked about the agenda of how the govt will be run. There are some issues still to be discussed. Probably we will have a press conference tomorrow and give details. Tomorrow we will also decide when to approach the Governor.
Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP joint meeting ends.
BJP activist moves SC against Maha poll alliance
A BJP activist from Maharashtra has filed a plea in the Supreme Court against the post poll alliance of the NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress in the state calling it an "unholy" one. Surendra Bahadur Singh in his plea contended that voters had given a clear mandate to the BJP-Sena alliance. "The present petition seeks to stop the unholy alliance between three political parties which have all fought against each other but is trying to form a government by joining hands thereby defeating the electoral mandate," said the plea. The petitioner seeks the apex court orders to restrain the Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari from inviting the NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress to form a government.
Top Sena, Congress, NCP leaders at meeting
Besides NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, here are the other leaders attending the deliberations at Nehru Centre in South Mumbai. Eknath Shinde, Subhash Desai, Sanjay Raut (all Shiv Sena), Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge, K C Venugopal, Avinash Pande, Balasaheb Thorat, Prithviraj Chavan (Congress), Praful Patel, Jayant Patil and Ajit Pawar (NCP) .
Stake claim for govt formation on Friday night or Sat: NCP
The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress will stake claim to form government in Maharashtra either late night on Friday or Saturday morning, NCP's chief spokesman Nawab Malik has said. Malik also said the three parties will give priority to running the government for five. Some leaders of the three parties will meet in the evening (on Friday). They will discuss all the points and take the final call. We will stake claim to form the government late tonight or in the morning tomorrow," Malik said..
Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance unlikely to last beyond 6-8 months: Gadkari
Mallikarjun Kharge and Uddhav Thackeray arrive at Nehru Centre for Congress-Shiv Sena-NCP meeting
Uddhav has left for the meeting from Matoshree accompanied by Aaditya. The meeting is being held at the Nehru Centre.
Will brief after meeting : Kharge
Nehru Centre, Worlli meeting about to start between senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray, Sanjay Raut to meet. Meet will decide who will be the CM candidate from the Sena.
Petition filed in SC by a Maharashtra resident,SI Singh, against post poll alliance of NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress in Maharashtra.The petition sought a direction from SC to restrain Governor of Maharashtra from inviting Congress &NCP to form govt in the state against mandate of people.
Eknath Shinde, Subhash Desai and Arvind Sawant front-runners for CM's post
Break in BJP-Sena alliance a loss to Hindutva cause: Gadkari
Most leaders felt that Uddhav Thackeray should be the CM. However, we have left that decision to him and his party.
- SP leader Abu Azmi
Nirupam's appeal falls on deaf ears
Congress leader Sanjay Raut on Friday 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.
Maharashtra seat position
The BJP and Sena, which fought the Assembly polls in alliance, won 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member Assembly. The NCP and the Congress, pre-poll allies, won 54 and 44 seats, respectively.
Congress meets to elect CLP leader
The chief minister will be from the Shiv Sena...The NCP did not demand the chief minister's post at the state- level meetings. The Congress, too, did not make any such demand.
- Congress leader Manikrao Thakare
We want Uddhavji to be the chief minister. But his word would be final and would be binding on all of us.
- Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav
Process to form Sena-led govt in final stages: Uddhav to MLAs
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray told his party's legislators earlier today that the process to form a Sena-led dispensation in the state was in the final stages. Thackeray met the legislators to apprise them of the government formation process and meetings of Congress-NCP leaders in Delhi, Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav said. Uddhavji met and told us that the process of formation of Sena-led government is in the final stages," he said.
NCP-Cong, allies support idea of forming govt with Sena: Patil
NCP leader Jayant Patil has said the smaller pre-poll allies of his party and the Congress have backed the idea of forming a government with the Shiv Sena to keep the BJP away from power in the state. "Our pre-poll allies have supported the idea of forming a government in Maharashtra to keep the BJP away from power," Patil, who was accompanied by senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan, told reporters after the meeting in Mumbai. Congress and NCP's pre-poll allies include Peasants and Workers Party, Samajwadi Party and Swabhimani Paksha.
Opportunism is the base of their alliance. The three parties have become united with the only motto to keep the BJP out of power. I have doubts whether this government will be formed... Even if it is formed, it will not last beyond six to eight months.
- Nitin Gadkari
Shiv Sena,NCP,Cong govt unlikely to last beyond 6-8 months: Gadkari
Senior BJP leader and Union minister Nitin Gadkari has said even if the Shiv Sena,NCP and Congress formed the government in Maharashtra, it will not last beyond six to eight months.In an interview to PTI, he said the alliance forged by these "ideologically different" parties was just to keep the BJP out of power, which was unfortunate. The state is going to five-phased polls from November 30.
Congress-NCP leaders meet alliance partners in Mumbai
A meeting is being held between Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders and other alliance partners, in Mumbai. Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi, Raju Shetty of Swabhimani Shetkari Sangathan are the leaders attending the meeting. RPI faction led by Jogendra Kawade is being represented by its founder.
Shiv Sena MP says party hopeful Sonia, Pawar will take steps to form govt
Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali said the party is hopeful of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar taking steps to form the government in Maharashtra to solve the problems of farmers who have lost their crops. "We have hope from Soniaji, Sharad Pawarji that a government is formed and problems of farmers get solved," Gawali said in the Lok Sabha.
Pawar Sahab has finally outwitted the so- called Chanakya of Indian politics. The throne of Delhi could not make Maharashtra bow down before it. Jai Maharashtra.
- NCP's chief spokesperson Nawab Malik
Congress-NCP meeting with alliance partners
People of Maharashtra want Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to become the CM
- Sanjay Raut
In the morning, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray met his party MLAs and they told him they want him as chief minister. But they have left the final call to him.
A meeting of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are to be held in Mumbai at 4 pm. The Sena has indicated it may approach the governor and stake claim either late on Friday night or on Saturday,