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Would prevent `Operation lotus' in Maharashtra: Chavan
Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan has said that the party was on alert to prevent a possible "Operation lotus" -- attempts by the BJP to engineer defections from other parties -- in Maharashtra. As President's rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday, the Congress and NCP are in talks about whether to support the Shiv Sena for government formation.
Chavan, a former chief minister, alleged while speaking to a news channel that the BJP was trying to stop the Sena from joining hands with the Congress and NCP.
"We are alert about `Operation lotus'," he said
BJP dig: Up to Sena to fit 'Hindutva' agenda in CMP with Cong
The BJP is trying to needle its ally-turned-political rival Shiv Sena, which is trying to stitch up a coalition government in Maharashtra with ideologically incompatible Congress and NCP, on "Hindutva". The Sena is holding deliberations with the Congress and the NCP to rope them in to form a government in the state, which came under President's Rule on Tuesday evening.
"It is up to the Shiv Sena how to fit their 'Hindutva' agenda in the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) with the Congress," senior BJP leader and Union minister Raosaheb Danve said.
Congress, meanwhile, has called a meeting of AICC General Secretaries/AICC Secretaries, PCC Presidents, CLP leaders in Delhi on November 16 to discuss important political issues.
Tie-up with Sena: Cong, NCP likely to hold talks in Delhi
The Congress and NCP are likely to hold meetings in Delhi in next three to four days to work out modalities of their possible tie-up with the Shiv Sena to form government in Maharashtra, PTI reported. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, and senior party leaders Praful Patel and Sunil Tatkare are likely to hold parleys with the Congress to evolve a consensus on what should be the policies if the Shiv Sena is to be backed to form government. "The Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) will take a call on who will discuss these issues with the NCP on our party's behalf. The discussions are likely to be held in Delhi over the next three to four days," a senior Congress leader told PTI on condition of anonymity.
Our meeting with Uddhav Thackeray was a courtesy call. The fact that we are meeting is itself a positive development.
- Balasaheb Thorat
Maharashtra should get new govt before year ends: NCP’s Ajit Pawar
Everything is going fine. Talks are on in the right direction and a decision will be announced at an appropriate time.
- Uddhav Thackeray
NCP names 5 members for joint panel with Cong to prepare Common Minimum Programme
Balasaheb Thorat: We meeting the Sena is itself a fruitful exercise.
Balasaheb Thorat: Common agenda will be first decided by Congress and NCP then we will approach the Sena.
Balasaheb Thorat, state congress chief claims it is a courtesy meeting. "We will sit with NCP and have a meeting, and then sit again with Sena" he said.
Uddhav Thackeray after meeting the Congress leaders, says talks with Cong-NCP have begun
Congress leaders now holding meeting with each other after meeting with Uddhav at Trident
Uddhav Thackeray is presently meeting Congress leaders Ashok Chavan , Prithviraj Chavan and Balasaheb Thorat at the Trident Hotel in Mumbai. Yesterday late night, Uddhav talked to senior leader Uddhav Patel.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar is likely to meet Sonia Gandhi on Saturday.
Congress too sets up 5- member panel for CMP
Congress too has set up a committee of state leaders for talks on Common Minimum Programme with its ally Nationalist Congress Party, a day after President's rule was imposed in Maharashtra, (NCP). Congress leaders including Prithviraj Chauhan, Ashok Chavan, Manikrao Thakre, Balasahab Thorat and Vijay Vedatiwar are part of the committee
NCP names 5 members for joint panel with Cong to prepare CMP
The NCP has named its five members for a joint committee to be formed with the Congress for deciding a 'common minimum programme' before their possible alliance with the Shiv Sena for government formation in Maharashtra. NCP's legislature party head Ajit Pawar, its Maharashtra chief Jayant Patil, party veteran Chhagan Bhujbal, Mumbai unit president Nawab Malik and Leader of the Opposition in state Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde will be part of the committee.
Devendra Fadnavis updates Twitter bio, refers to self as 'Maharashtra's Sevak'
Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis has changed his Twitter profile bio and described himself as 'Maharashtra's Sevak'.
The development comes a day after President's rule was imposed in Maharashtra yesterday. Earlier, after resigning on November 8, Fadnavis had updated his twitter bio, changing it to 'caretaker chief minister' from 'Chief Minister'.
After angioplasty, Sanjay Raut discharged from hospital
After a three-day stint where he underwent an angioplasty, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut was discharged from Lilavati Hospital a short while ago. Sitting in his car, a tad weary but still displaying his fighting spirit, Raut forcefully reiterated: "Chief Minister will be from Shiv Sena", conveying a message to the party's potential new allies, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party.
There will be no impact of Maharashtra politics on NDA in Bihar. We have very friendly relations with BJP here.
- JD(U) leader Ashok Chaudhary
Will fix date on talks with Cong: NCP
Ajit Pawar, NCP: Today our leader Jayant Patil will call Balasaheb Thorat (President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee) for further discussions between the parties and discuss the dates from when we can have a joint discussion on how to go ahead.
Before the new year, Maharashtra should have a new govt
Ajit Pawar: Today in the meeting all our MLAs said that government should be formed as early as possible. Even I think before the new year begins, Maharashtra should get a govt.
Ajit Pawar, NCP: As far as discussions on Shiv Sena goes, we'll do that only after discussing with alliance partners as we had a common manifesto. Shiv Sena's manifesto was different, so we'll have an understanding with Congress first and then go ahead with discussions on Shiv Sena.
Will jointly defeat any defector: NCP
NCP holds core committee meeting
The NCP is holding a core committee meeting in Mumbai to discuss the current political situation. The meeting is being attended by party chief Sharad Pawar and senior leaders Praful Patel, Supriya Sule, Ajit Pawar and Jayant Patil among others.
"We have decided that whatever decision Sharad Pawar takes, all MLAs and MLCs will back it... Some MLAs have said that they want to meet the party seniors today so that there is more clarity and what Congress and NCP wants can be understood," Ajit Pawar told media
However, there will be no fight in the Supreme Court today. The Shiv Sena's lawyer told PTI there will not be a mention in the Supreme Court on Wednesday on its plea challenging the governor's decision of not granting it 3 days time for getting letter of support for government formation.
BJP deriving 'sadistic pleasure' out of Maha logjam: Sena
The blame game meanwhile continues. In a vitriolic attack on the BJP, the Shiv Sena said it was deriving "sadistic pleasure" out of the struggle of other political parties to form government in Maharashtra. The Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana', said, "If a party with 105 MLAs could not form government, others would struggle for sure. But it does not mean the largest party should rejoice. This attitude of deriving sadistic pleasure has pushed Maharashtra into today's situation."
The day after president's rule in Maharashtra all eyes are on what the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena are up to.