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  • Anil Gote, who recently joined the NCP, dubbed the then CM's official residence, where "conspiracies" were planned according to him, as "Varsha night club".

    Though the allies have officially denied any discontent, sources said the post of deputy chief minister and Congress' demand for certain portfolios have emerged as the sticking points.

    Branson,, promoter of Virgin Group, met Thackeray to clear "misunderstandings" and gauge the new administration's interest in the USD 10 billion project, which promises to cut the travel time between Mumbai and Pune to less than half and hour. A senior official said Branson sought the chief minister's co- operation for the project.

    Pankaja Munde on Thursday said that the party wants the 'old BJP back', referring to the period before Devendra Fadnavis took over the party's leadership in the state.

    Asked if Sharad Pawar was indeed aware of the deal, Fadnavis said: “This you will have to ask Ajit Pawar. He told me he knew. I can only say that there were things behind the scenes and between the lines that will be revealed at an appropriate time.” He added that everything had also not been revealed about Sharad Pawar’s meeting with PM Narendra Modi shortly before Ajit’s rebellion.

    Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has been facing a rebellion in his party. Against this backdrop, the meeting of BJP leaders Eknath Khadse and Pankaja Munde on Wednesday assumes significance as both leaders have been sending out signals that they were not happy with many things in the party. Before meeting Pankaja, Khadse also met former Vinod Tawde.

    Speaker Nana Patole said that the BJP is being accorded the status of opposition party in the Assembly and Fadnavis would be the new Leader of Opposition. CM Uddhav Thackeray and some ministers greeted Fadnavis, former CM, after Patole made the announcement.

    Former union minister and BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde has claimed his party colleague Devendra Fadnavis was made chief minister in Maharashtra last month despite lacking majority only to 'protect' Rs 40,000 crore central funds under the CM's control from being 'misused'.

    On taunts over his pre-poll "Me punha yein" (I will return) assertion, Devendra Fadnavis admitted that he did say so, but forgot to give a time-table for it. He was speaking in the state Assembly after a resolution was moved to congratulate him on being appointed the leader of opposition.

    Uddhav Thackeray was speaking after Devendra Fadnavis, leader of state BJP legislature unit, was named the new Leader of Opposition in the House by Speaker Nana Patole. Describing Fadnavis as a friend, Thackeray also said he does not view him as opposition leader."I never said I will come back, but I came in this House," Thackeray said during his congratulatory speech.

    Fadnavis said “I am afraid that they might fall under the weight of their own contradictions. This government will be like a threewheeled rickshaw where each tyre goes in a different direction.”

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