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Maharashtra Government Formation LIVE: Uddhav Thackeray hits back at BJP, says 'all options open'

After Fadnavis resigned as CM today, he and Uddhav Thackeray had a bitter exchange of words.

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02:27 PM

As per my information, there was no deal between the BJP and the Shiv Sena over equal sharing of portfolios in Maharashtra.

- Nitin Gadkari

02:24 PM

BJP must have made false promises. They made governments in Manipur, Goa and Karnataka and Goa. But the majority number (of forming the government) was with the opposition. Maharashtra and Haryana election results have given them setback and they will now be exposed.

- Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan CM

02:16 PM

Sudhir Mungantiwar: President's rule will be imposed if there is no govt. This is no threat, it is a fact

02:15 PM

Sudhir Mungantiwar: Provide proof of poaching within 48 hours, or else apologise to the state and MLAs.

02:13 PM

Sudhir Mungantiwar- The Congress and NCP have claimed that we have approached their MLAs to buy them out. This is a baseless allegation. The Cong should apologise to the state and to their MLAs. This statement reflects that their MLAs have no integrity and can be sold.

02:12 PM

There is no question of the BJP going for horse-trading as it is not our culture.

- State BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhye

02:04 PM

Uddhav Thackeray to meet MLAs in Rangsharda. They are likely to shifted to another hotel. Some say there aren't enough rooms. The two buses are waiting for them outside.

01:46 PM

Meeting of BJP leaders like Chandrashekar Bawankule, Vinod Tawde with Nitin Gadkari at Sukhada hotel. Remember, he has told a TV channel he is willing to mediate in this issue.

01:44 PM

Two buses enter Hotel Rangsharda, Shiv Sena MLAs to be shifted ( ET Bureau)

01:40 PM

Some Shiv Sena MLAs and MPs also attending the meeting with Uddhav Thackeray at Sena Bhavan. ET Bureau reports that not all party MLAs have not been called for the meeting. Also not all Sena MLAs are staying at the hotel, around 16 are out.

01:28 PM

We are sure still that our MLAs will not go with the BJP. We have instructed our MLAs to be careful and record phones if they (BJP) calls to threaten or offers them anything.

- Congress leader Vijay Namdevrao Wadettiwar

01:23 PM

Meanwhile right-wing leader Sambhaji Bhide, who is reportedly trying to work out a truce between the two warring saffron allies, has gone to meet CM Fadnavis at his residence Varsha.

01:08 PM

There is some action going on at the Sena Bhavan. Uddhav Thackeray is meeting his party's district chiefs. TV reports say they may even take the decision that they should leave NDA if talks with BJP fails.

01:06 PM

BJP leader Nitin Gadkari has told India Today TV that he is willing to mediate to solve the crisis. He also said the Shiv Sena should approach the issue positively.

12:35 PM

The BJP shouldn't prolong the caretaker provision and act from behind the curtains. We won't mind if the BJP, as the single largest party, stakes claim and forms the government

- Sanjay Raut

12:33 PM

Nitin Raut,Maharashtra Congress leader: 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.

12:24 PM

"Rs 25cr-Rs 50cr" being offered to MLAs to switch sides: Congress

Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar has alleged that sums of "Rs 25 crore to Rs 50 crore" were being offered to MLAs to switch sides in Maharashtra. He claimed Congress MLAs, too, have been contacted over the phone with such offers. The Leader of Opposition in the outgoing Assembly said the Shiv Sena has claimed one of its MLAs was offered Rs 50 crore to switch sides. "Our MLAs are also being contacted. Attempts are being made to lure away MLAs with offers of Rs 25 to Rs 50 crore," he alleged. However, the BJP has denied allegations it was trying to wean away MLAs from other parties.
12:02 PM

BJP pushing Maharashtra towards President's rule: NCP

The NCP has accused the BJP of pushing the state towards President's rule and wanting to run it through Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA constituent's chief Amit Shah. NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik tweeted that the people of Maharashtra will not tolerate this "insult" of the state. "The BJP wants to run Maharashtra through Modi and Shah from Delhi by pushing the state towards President's rule. People will not tolerate this insultof Maharashtra.It has been a history that Maharashtra doesn't bow before the throne of Delhi. Jai Maharashtra," Malik tweeted.
11:59 AM

The BJP wants to run Maharashtra through Modi and Shah from Delhi by pushing the state towards President's rule. People will not tolerate this insult of Maharashtra.

- NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik

11:40 AM

Vijay Wadettiwar, Congress& leader of opposition in Maharashtra Assembly: 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.

11:31 AM

Approach Sena only if you are ready to share CM post: Raut to BJP

To a question on Union minister and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari's trip to Mumbai and possibility of him visiting 'Matoshree' (the residence of Thackerays) to break the logam over government formation, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said the BJP should approach the Sena only if it is willing to share the CM post."Gadkari is a resident of Mumbai. It is no news that he is coming. He will go to his house. Has he told you that he is bringing a letter giving the Sena 2.5 years of chief ministership?" he asked
11:15 AM

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis should resign as term of existing assembly is ending: Sanjay Raut

10:53 AM

All Congress MLAs are together. No MLA will break away from the party. MLAs will follow what party high command. We'll not allow BJP to form the government in the state.

- Congress leader Husain Dalwai

10:50 AM

Yesterday late at night Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray met Shiv Sena MLAs at the Mumbai hotel where they are put up. Aditya arrived at Hotel Rangsharda late in the night and stayed there till about 1 am.

10:47 AM

State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat and other senior leaders will be present at the meeting which will take place after 10.30 am. All the 44 Congress MLAs are expected to attend.

10:46 AM

The Congress has convened a meeting of its newly-elected MLAs in Mumbai amid speculation that they may be shifted to Jaipur.

10:44 AM

President's rule is disrespect to the people: Sena

10:43 AM

The term of the present Maharashtra legislative assembly ends tomorrow. Will there be a truce between BJP and Shiv Sena by the end of the day?

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