Uddhav to Take Oath as CM, NCP Gets Deputy CM, Speaker from Cong

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Updated28 Nov 2019, 03:35 AM IST
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Maharashtra CM-candidate Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday, 27 November invited PM Modi for his oath-taking ceremony over a phone call, their first conversation after the Sena broke alliance with the BJP and parted ways with the NDA.

Earlier, NCP leaders Praful Patel announced that the Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly will be from Congress and the Deputy CM of the state will be from NCP.

Maharashtra Congress Chief Balasaheb Thorat, on Wednesday, said that the sharing of portfolios within the alliance partners will be decided over the next couple of days.

Uddhav Thackeray will be sworn in as the CM on Thursday.

    • Kalidas Kolambkar, who has been appointed as the pro tem speaker administered the MLAs’ oath
    • BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis earlier submitted his resignation from the post of Maharashtra CM to Governor Koshyari
    • Fadnavis’ resignation came hours after Ajit Pawar withdrew support following the SC order to conduct floor test by Wednesday

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2:35 AM, 25 Nov

What Has Happened So Far

In an unprecedented special hearing on Sunday, a Supreme Court Bench rejected the plea by the 3-party combine to direct the Devendra Fadnavis government to undertake the floor test within 24 hours, saying this issue would be dealt with only after perusing the two letters.

The apex court said the plea of the post-poll alliance, 'Maha Vikas Aghadi', seeking a direction to the Governor to invite them to form government under the leadership of Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray would not be considered for the present.

Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar were sworn in by Koshyari at 8 am on Saturday, 23 November, in Raj Bhavan in Mumbai after dramatic midnight developments, leading to the lifting of President’s rule.

The BJP was propped up by NCP's Ajit Pawar who revolted against his party headed by his uncle Sharad Pawar. The junior Pawar was made the deputy chief minister.

The top court also issued notices to the Centre, Maharashtra government, Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar on the petition filed on Saturday night by the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party(NCP)-Congress combine against the Governor's decision to swear in the BJP leader as the chief minister.

2:35 AM, 25 Nov

Ajit Pawar Meets Fadnavis; CMO Says They Discussed Farmers' Issues

After remaining ensconced in his south Mumbai residence throughout Sunday, 24 November, NCP leader and newly anointed Deputy CM Ajit Pawar met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis late night and held closed-door discussions.

In a statement late on Sunday, the Maharashtra CMO said the Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar discussed farmers’ distress in the state.

Senior BJP leaders Chandrakant Patil, Vinod Tawade and Girish Mahajan attended the meeting held at the official residence of the chief minister, the party sources said.

3:22 AM, 25 Nov

Two 'Missing' NCP MLAs Return to Mumbai

Two out of the four NCP MLAs – Anil Patil and Daulat Daroda who were reportedly missing, have now arrived in Mumbai. The MLAs were staying in a hotel in Haryana's Gurugram, reported ANI.

3:41 AM, 25 Nov

NCP's Bhujbal Reaches Ajit Pawar's Residence

NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal reaches Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's residence “to talk to him.”

Meanwhile, NCP leader Nawab Malik said that Ajit Pawar must resgin from the party.

“We have support of 165 MLAs and 53 NCP MLAs are with us. Ajit Pawar has done a mistake, he should resign.”
Nawab Malik, NCP Leader
4:39 AM, 25 Nov

'BJP Promised Rotational CM for Ajit Pawar, Denied it For Sena,' Says Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Monday, 25 November, claimed that the BJP promised the chief minister's post to Ajit Pawar for 2.5 years, which they denied to his party.

He added that the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine will meet the governor later in the day.

“There are four people in ‘Operation Kamal’ – the CBI, ED, Income Tax Department and Police. But it will not yield any result here. If you have the majority then why do you need an operation?”
Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena Leader
5:10 AM, 25 Nov

Will Argue, Then Show Governor's Letter Inviting Fadnavis-Ajit Pawar: SG Tushar Mehta

“I have the original documents with me,” says Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, adding that he will produce the Governor’s letter inviting Devendra Fadnavis-Ajit Pawar to form the government after arguing on the background of the case.

Mehta said that he was appearing for the Secretary to the Maharashtra Governor, asserting that the governor was “immune.”

5:16 AM, 25 Nov

SG Mehta Submits Ajit Pawar's Letter to Guv to SC Bench

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submits letters given by Ajit Pawar and independent MLAs to Maharashtra governor. The letter by Ajit Pawar has 54 signatures, this is what the Governor has received, said Mehta, handing the letter to the SC Bench.

“This is how the Governor had the subjective satisfaction of BJP-NCP coalition enjoying majority in House with support of 160 MLAs and hence invited Fadnavis to take oath.”
Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General
5:24 AM, 25 Nov

Guv's Letter Inviting Fadnavis to Form Govt Also Submitted

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also hands over to Supreme Court the original letter of Maharashtra Governor inviting BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to form government in the state.

5:34 AM, 25 Nov

Floor Test Required But SC Shouldn't Get Involved: Rohatgi for BJP

Justice Sanjiv Khanna asks why they shouldn't order a floor test to decide who has the majority.

Arguing for the BJP, Mukul Rohatgi says a floor test is required, but that the Supreme Court shouldn't have to get involved as it doesn't have "appellate jurisdiction" over the governor’s decision.

5:36 AM, 25 Nov

Precedents Show Floor Test Ordered in 24 Hours, Observes SC Bench

The Supreme Court said that past precedents show that floor tests have been ordered in 24 hours in most cases, where such contentious situation had arisen.

5:40 AM, 25 Nov

Ajit Pawar's List Legal, Submits His Lawyer Before SC

Advocate Maninder Singh, appearing for Ajit Pawar, says that his list is “legally and constitutionally correct.”

Quoting Ajit Pawar, Singh submitted in the court:

“I am NCP. As leader of party, I am entitled to take call on these issues”
5:41 AM, 25 Nov

Rohatgi Avoids Answering if Fadnavis Has Majority

On being asked by Justice Sanjiv Khanna if Devendra Fadnavis can prove his majority on Monday, Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Maharashtra CM says, "The question is whether there is enough substance for court to issue interim orders and my submission is no."

"When to hold the floor test is the discretion of the governor," he also said.

5:43 AM, 25 Nov

Allow 2-3 Days for Guv to Submit Reply, Says SG Mehta

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, for the Office of Maharashtra Governor asked the court to grant them 2-3 days time to allow them to file a reply.

“The Governor has in absolute discretion invited the largest party on 23 November,” said Mehta.

5:46 AM, 25 Nov

Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena Submits Letter Staking Claim to Raj Bhawan

Letter by Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena given at Raj Bhawan staking claim to form government, saying that the present government doesn't have the numbers.

Uddhav to Take Oath as CM, NCP Gets Deputy CM, Speaker from Cong
5:52 AM, 25 Nov

Sharad Pawar Addresses Media After Submitting Letter Staking Claim to Form Govt

5:54 AM, 25 Nov

BJP-Shiv Sena Alliance Broke As Promises Were Not Kept: Sibal

Advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Shiv Sena said that the pre-poll alliance between the BJP and Shiv Sena fell because “promises were not kept.”

“It had nothing to do with the NCP or the Congress,” said Sibal.

“Why could the Governor who waited so long waited for 24 hours more? What was the national emergency to revoke Presidents rule in the morning and swear-in Fadnavis.”
Kapil Sibal
5:58 AM, 25 Nov

Fraud on Democracy: AM Singhvi Appearing for Cong-NCP

AM Singhvi, appearing for the Congress-NCP combine, said that no NCP MLA is ready to join the BJP.

“This is a fraud on democracy of the worst kind. Does a single NCP MLA say they are ready to go join BJP.”
AM Singhvi, Appearing for Cong-NCP
6:01 AM, 25 Nov

Conduct Floor Test in 24 Hrs With Pro-tem Speaker, Sibal Submits Before SC

The floor test should be conducted in 24 hours and a senior member of House should conduct it with videography & single ballot, submitted Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Shiv Sena in the Supreme Court.

6:05 AM, 25 Nov

Shocking That Ajit Pawar Claims He's NCP: Singhvi

AM Singhvi, appearing for the Congress-NCP combine, said that it was “shocking” that Ajit Pawar would claim ‘I am NCP,’ when he has been removed as Legislative Party Leader.

6:11 AM, 25 Nov

Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress Combine Presses for Floor Test in 24 Hours

Lawyers appearing for Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP alliance pushed for a floor test to be held in 24 hours, adding that they will even be “happy to lose” but wanted trust vote at the earliest.

“It is for the purpose to preserve the purity of democracy that every order passed by the Supreme Court in the past has held that floor test to be held within 24 hours. We will be happy to loose in floor test today. You don’t want to face an early floor test.”
AM Singhvi, Appearing for Cong-NCP
6:23 AM, 25 Nov

7 Days Reasonable Time For Floor Test: Rohatgi

Mukul Rohatgi representing Maharashtra BJP tells the Supreme Court that it cannot direct Maharashtra Governor to initiate the floor test within 24 hours.

“Floor test should not be tomorrow. Reasonable time for it is 7 days,” says Rohatgi.

6:47 AM, 25 Nov

Have the Support of 162 MLAs, Says NCP Leader Jayant Patil

NCP leader Jayant Patil said that their alliance is in a position to bring 162 elected MLAs before the governor “at any given time.”

“The current government in Maharashtra has been formed on the basis of false papers and documents. We will reach out to Ajit Pawar,” said Patil, speaking to reporters.

6:52 AM, 25 Nov

Will Ajit Pawar Be Expelled from NCP? Party's Decision, Says Pawar

When asked whether NCP chief Sharad Pawar will expel Ajit Pawar from the party, he said that it was not for an individual to take a decision.

“This is not something for which a single individual takes a decision. It has to be decided by the party when the matter comes before it,” said Pawar.

7:56 AM, 25 Nov

Youth Cong Workers Protest Govt Formation in Maharashtra

Youth Congress workers in Delhi hold protest against BJP-led government formation in Maharashtra.

10:35 AM, 25 Nov

Maha Dy CM Ajit Pawar Gets Clean Chit in Irrigation Scam: Reports

Amid the political drama over government formation in Maharashtra, deputy CM Ajit Pawar got a clean chit from the ACB in the irrigation scam.

A copy of the ACB report being circulated across news organisations and social media.
A copy of the ACB report being circulated across news organisations and social media.
(Photo: The Quint)
10:38 AM, 25 Nov

'Cases Closed against Pawar Not Related to Irrigation Scam': ACB Sources

According to highly placed sources in Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), in the list of cases being circulated on social media, none of the cases belong to alleged irrigation corruption case against Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar.

Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau Sources add that the cases that were closed today were conditional, cases could reopen if more information comes to light or courts order further inquiry.

10:47 AM, 25 Nov

'Investigations Continuing As They Were Earlier': Maharashtra ACB DG

Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) DG, Parambir Singh to ANI, “We are investigating around 3000 tenders in irrigation related complaints. These are routine inquiries which are closed and all ongoing investigations are continuing as they were earlier.”

“None of the cases that were closed today are related to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar,” he told ANI.

11:13 AM, 25 Nov

'No Operation Lotus in Maharashtra, Sanjay Raut Will Be Sent to Mental Hospital': BJP

Maharashtra BJP leader Raosaheb Patil Danve said that there is no ‘Operation Lotus’ in Maharashtra.

“There is no 'Operation Lotus', we have enough MLAs for the majority, we are not threatening any MLA. Sanjay Raut's allegations are false, after a few days he will have to be sent to a mental hospital,” he said.

11:29 AM, 25 Nov

Sena-NCP-Cong to Parade ‘162 MLAs’ in Mumbai Hotel: Sanjay Raut

In an apparent show of strength, the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance will bring their ‘162 MLAs’ in front of the media at Mumbai’s Grand Hyatt hotel today, Sena MP Sanjay Raut announced on Twitter.

12:01 PM, 25 Nov

Congress Stages Protest Outside BJP Headquarters

Delhi Congress workers staged a protest on Monday near BJP headquarters accusing the party of using "undemocratic means" to form government in Maharashtra.

The protestors led by Delhi Congress president Subhash Chopra were stopped by police near the BJP headquarters on DDU Marg.

12:08 PM, 25 Nov

Surjewala Slams BJP Over 'Closure of Cases' against Ajit Pawar

Hitting out at the BJP-Ajit Pawar government in Maharashtra, the Congress alleged on Monday that the only decision it had taken in "public interest" was to close "all cases of corruption and malfeasance".

"'Contract killing' of democracy has now also become 'contract killing' of honesty and accountability in Maharashtra. No wonder, the only decision taken in 'public interest' by BJP-Ajit Pawar is to close all cases of corruption & malfeasance. The BJP way of probity in public life," Congress's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a tweet.

12:43 PM, 25 Nov

Fadnavis' Office Announces Rs 5,380 crores for Farmers' Funds

Amid political drama, Devendra Fadnavis’ office announced ₹5380 crore from Maharashtra Contingency Fund.

12:48 PM, 25 Nov

Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule Arrive at Grand Hyatt Hotel

NCP's Sharad Pawar and Supriya Sule arrive at Grand Hyatt Hotel where the Sena-NCP-Congress alliance is scheduled to bring ‘162 MLAs’ in an apparent show of strength.

Uddhav to Take Oath as CM, NCP Gets Deputy CM, Speaker from Cong
(Photo: ANI)
1:27 PM, 25 Nov

MLAs begin to Arrive at Hyatt Hotel

Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs begin to arrive at Mumbai’s Hyatt Hotel for a show of strength.

Uddhav to Take Oath as CM, NCP Gets Deputy CM, Speaker from Cong
(Photo: ANI)
1:45 PM, 25 Nov

Uddhav Thackeray Arrives at Hyatt

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Aaditya Thackeray arrive at Mumbai’s Hyatt Hotel where for a show of strength by Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs.

“Long live Maha Vikas Aghadi” slogans are being raised at the hall where Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs have assembled.

Uddhav to Take Oath as CM, NCP Gets Deputy CM, Speaker from Cong
(Photo: ANI)
2:02 PM, 25 Nov

Senior Congress Leaders Arrive

Mallikarjun Kharge, Ashock Chavan and other senior Congress leaders arrive at Grand Hyatt Hotel.

2:03 PM, 25 Nov

Sharad Pawar Arrives at Venue

NCP supremo Sharad Pawar arrives at Mumbai’s Grand Hyatt Hotel where for a show of strength by Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs.

2:09 PM, 25 Nov

MLAs to Take Oath: NCP's Jitendra Awhad

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jitendra Awhad tells the MLAs that an oath will be taken at the venue.

2:18 PM, 25 Nov

'We are More Than 162': Ashok Chavan

Congress leader Ashok Chavan says that the strength is more than 162 and thanked party interim president Sonia Gandhi.

“We are more than 162, not just 162. We all will be a part of the government. I thank Sonia Gandhi who allowed for this alliance to stop BJP. The governor should invite us to form government,” he said.

2:22 PM, 25 Nov

'The More You Try to Break Us, the Stronger We Will Emerge': Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that he has more people to thank now as he has made “new friends.”

“If these visuals don’t open their eyes, the united Opposition has the capacity to make them realise the strength of the people’s mandate,” he said.

“Our fight is not just for power, our fight is for 'Satyamev Jayate.' The more you try to break us, the more we will unite.” he added.

2:26 PM, 25 Nov

Sharad Pawar Addresses 'Amhi 162' Gathering

NCP supremo while addressing the gathering of MLAs said that it was the responsibility of the party to form government as no party got majority.

He also accused the BJP of misusing the Parliamentary procedures and trying to grab power in Maharashtra despite not having majority.

“We are here together for people of Maharashtra. A government was formed in state without majority. BJP didn't have majority in Karnataka, Goa, and Manipur but still formed government,” he said.

Attacking Ajit Pawar for joining hands with Devenra Fadnavis, Pawar said that he has been removed as the leader of the party and has no right to issue whips anymore.

“There will not be any problem in proving our majority. The one who is suspended from the party cannot give any orders. On the day of floor test, I will bring more than 162 MLAs. This is not Goa, this is Maharashtra,” he added.

2:58 PM, 25 Nov

'Won't Help BJP': Sena-NCP-Cong MLAs Made to Take Oath During Show of Strength

MLAs of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress took an oath to “not be lured” and “not help the BJP”.

“I swear that under the leadership of Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray and Sonia Gandhi, I will be honest to my party. I won't get lured by anything. I will not do anything which will benefit BJP,” the pledge said.

3:04 PM, 25 Nov

MLAs Paraded Like Criminals: BJP

BJP leader Ashish Shelar said that the MLAs of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress were paraded like criminals.

“Identification parade is done in case of accused persons, not in case of elected MLAs. It is an insult to the MLAs and the people who elected them,” he said.

3:23 PM, 25 Nov

'Won't Keep Quiet if BJP Tries to Break NCP': Nawab Malik

NCP leader Nawab Malik warned the BJP against creating a rift in the NCP.

“BJP still has a chance to save its honour. If they try to break the party, we will give a befitting reply. Ajit Pawar is a part of our party, he is part of the Pawar family. We are trying that he comes back to NCP and admits his mistake,” he said.

3:25 PM, 25 Nov

SP MLA Abu Azmi Extends Support to Alliance

SP MLA Abu Azmi extended support to the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLA.

“After an approval from the party chief Akhilesh Yadav, I have given a letter showing the support of SP for Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance,” he said.

3:40 PM, 25 Nov

Sena MPs Meet Sonia Gandhi

Shiv Sena MPs Anil Desai, Gajanan Kirtikar, Arvind Sawant & Rahul Shewale met Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi, earlier today.

Uddhav to Take Oath as CM, NCP Gets Deputy CM, Speaker from Cong
(Photo: ANI)
5:13 AM, 26 Nov

Sanjay Raut Addresses Media After Sena-NCP-Cong's Show of Strength

5:13 AM, 26 Nov

Jayant Patil NCP Whip in Legislature, Party Issues Letter

The Maharashtra Legislature Secretariat has received a letter from NCP that Jayant Patil will be the party whip.

The decision has to be taken by the Speaker, said Rajendra Bhagwat, Maharashtra Legislature Secretary to ANI.

5:13 AM, 26 Nov

Shiv Sena to Move Court to Restrain BJP Govt from Making Policy Decisions

The Maha Vikas Aghadi led by Shiv Sena is to file an application in the Supreme Court to restrain the Devendra Fadnavis from taking any policy decision till the floor test, if the court gives them more than 24 hours to prove majority in the house.

Uddhav to Take Oath as CM, NCP Gets Deputy CM, Speaker from Cong
5:13 AM, 26 Nov

Justice Ramana Begins Reading the Order

Three-judge bench comprising justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna assembled to pronounce order on Congress-Sena-NCP plea.

Justice Ramana begins reading the judgement.

5:13 AM, 26 Nov

Maharashtra: SC Orders BJP-Ajit Pawar Govt Prove Majority Tomorrow

The Supreme Court ordered Devendra Fadnavis-Ajit Pawar government to prove majority in a floor test on Wednesday, 27 November.

The trust vote in the Maharashtra Assembly will be held without secret ballot and the proceedings must be live telecast, the apex court directed.

The top court also said that the pro-tem speaker must be appointed immediately and that proceedings should be completed by 5:00 pm on Wednesday.

5:41 AM, 26 Nov

'Satyameva Jayate,' Tweets Sanjay Raut After SC Order

Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut tweeted, "Satyamev Jayate" after the Supreme Court order in Maharashtra.

NCP’s Nawab Malik, reacting to the apex court order said that there will soon be a Shiv-Sena-NCP-Congress government.

5:47 AM, 26 Nov

'We Will Win Floor Test,' Says Sonia Gandhi After SC Order

“We will win the floor test,” said Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi after the Supreme Court order to hold trust vote on Wednesday, 26 November.

7:01 AM, 26 Nov

Ajit Pawar Reaches Fadnavis' Residence

Following the Supreme Court’s order on floor test, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar arrived at the residence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

7:02 AM, 26 Nov

NCP Leaders in Huddle at Mumbai Hotel

NCP chief Sharad Pawar and party leader Nawab Malik have reached Sofitel Hotel in Mumbai to meet senior NCP leaders.

7:04 AM, 26 Nov

Senior Congress Leaders Meet Party MLAs

Meeting of Congress MLAs is underway at JW Marriott Hotel in Mumbai. Senior party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan are present in the meeting.

7:08 AM, 26 Nov

BJP MLAs to Meet at Garware Club

All BJP MLAs will meet at Garware Club in Mumbai at 9 pm, party leader Rao Saheb Danve told news agency ANI.

7:12 AM, 26 Nov

Balasaheb Thorat Elected Cong Leader in House

Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat elected Congress Legislative Party leader.

7:15 AM, 26 Nov

Grateful for SC Verdict Upholding Democratic Values: Pawar

8:03 AM, 26 Nov

NCP-Shiv Sena Leaders' Meeting Underway in Sofitel Hotel

Meeting of NCP and Shiv Sena leaders underway at Sofitel Hotel in Mumbai.

Leaders including Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel, Jayant Patil, Supriya Sule, Chhagan Bhujbal,Uddhav Thackeray, Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut present in the hotel.

8:19 AM, 26 Nov

Sena-NCP-Cong to Hold Joint Meeting at 5:00 pm

The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs will hold a joint meeting at 5:00 pm later in the day to elect the leader of the alliance.

8:50 AM, 26 Nov

Fadnavis to Address Media at 3:30 pm

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to address media at 3.30 pm on Tuesday, 26 November.

8:58 AM, 26 Nov

Ajit Pawar Resigns As Devendra Fadnavis’ Deputy: Reports

NCP leader Ajit Pawar resigned as the Maharashtra deputy chief minister in the Devendra Fadnavis government, sources told The Quint.

9:06 AM, 26 Nov

'NDA Doesn't Have Majority,' Ramdas Athawale Reveals

Union Minister Ramdas Athawale said that the NDA “does not have the majority.”

“We respect Supreme Court's order of carrying out a floor test tomorrow. NDA doesn't have the majority yet, I am sure we will get it by tomorrow as we trust Ajit Pawar that he will bring his MLAs,” said Athawale, amid reports of Pawar resignation as deputy chief minister.

9:21 AM, 26 Nov

Don't Know About Ajit Pawar's Resignation: NCP's Jayant Patil

NCP's Jayant Patil asserted that he will comment on Ajit Pawar’s resignation only after “getting to know everything about it.”

“It’s you from whom I have come to know about the resignation of Ajit Pawar. I don’t know about it, I would like to make a comment on it only after getting to know everything about it.”
Jayant Patil, NCP Leader
9:43 AM, 26 Nov

Uddhav to be CM for 5 Years: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has said that Uddhav Thackeray will be the chief minister of Maharashtra for five years.

“Ajit dada has resigned and he is with us. Uddhav Thackeray will be the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for 5 years,” Raut said, after a meeting of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance leaders.

9:53 AM, 26 Nov

Bye Bye Sarkar, Tweets Congress Amid Maharashtra Tug of War

10:07 AM, 26 Nov

Shiv Sena Realised Bargaining Power: Fadnavis

We tried to form the government with Shiv Sena, but Shiv Sena realised that their bargaining power increased after numbers, Fadnavis said at the press conference on Tuesday, adding that that's why they started bargaining for things that weren't decided before.

He also said that it was never decided that BJP will give CM post to Shiv Sena and that it had been made clear in every press briefing before the elections.

10:11 AM, 26 Nov

Shiv Sena Threatened BJP to Go With Anyone If Demands Not Met: Fadnavis

Shiv Sena threatened the BJP to go with "anyone" if the demands were not met, but in spite of talking to us, they were also talking to Congress and NCP, Fadnavis said, adding that they spoke to everyone but them.

The Governor invited us after the term of the previous government got over, but we didn't have the numbers so we backed off first, Fadnavis said, adding that Shiv Sena couldn't prove its numbers either, which is why President's Rule was imposed.

Three parties were having discussions for over 10 days. It took so long for them to agree because they are not ideological partners, Fadnavis said.

“The hunger for power is such that now Shiv Sena leaders are even willing to ally with Sonia Gandhi,” Fadnavis added.

10:16 AM, 26 Nov

Will Not Poach MLAs, Don't Have the Numbers: Fadnavis

At the media briefing, Fadnavis said that Ajit Pawar had approached them to form the government in Maharashtra, being the NCP whip. After the SC asked for a floor test on Wednesday, Ajit Pawar came to his house and said that he cannot continue with the alliance, Fadnavis said.

“Now we don't have the numbers. It was always my stand that we will not poach anyone's MLAs,” Fadnavis said. All the NCP MLAs were with Ajit Pawar and that is why we decided to form the government, he added.

10:19 AM, 26 Nov

NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress Alliance Will Crumble: Fadnavis

The NCP-Shiv Sena-Cong alliance will crumble, Fadnavis said on Tuesday, adding that he was extremely happy with the work BJP has done over the last five years.

“I am satisfied with the trust people showed in us. In the past five years, I worked tirelessly for the state as they gave me the mandate. I thank PM Modi, Amit Shah, JP Nadda, all ministers, MLA, MLCs, my team,” Fadnavis said, adding that they would serve as Opposition party.

Absolving the central leadership of any responsibility for the failure of BJP-Ajit Pawar alliance, Devendra Fadnavis said the decision to ally with NCP supremo Sharad Pawar’s nephew was taken by the party’s state leadership.

“Any decision happens in the state, not at the Centre. The decision to go with Ajit Pawar was the decision of the state leadership. And I don’t think this will malign my clean image. I am who I am and Maharashtra’s public knows it very well. They have accepted me,” Fadnavis said.

10:21 AM, 26 Nov

BJP Will Work as Effective Opposition: Fadnavis

“After this I'll go to Raj Bhavan and tender my resignation. I wish them all the best whoever will form the government. But that will be a very unstable government as there is huge difference of opinions,” Fadnavis said.

“I doubt that this three-wheeler government will be stable but BJP will work as an effective opposition and try to raise the voice of people,” Fadnavis added.

“No matter how they were in power, I also thank the Shiv Sena for their support in my first term,” Fadnavis further said.

10:27 AM, 26 Nov

Will Never Indulge in Horse Trading: Fadnavis

“We had decided that we will never indulge in horse trading, that we will never try to break away any MLA. Those who said that we indulge in horse trading bought the entire horse stable,” Fadnavis said.

10:38 AM, 26 Nov

Fadnavis Leaves for Governor's Residence to Give Resignation Letter

After the press meet, Devendra Fadnavis has left for Maharashtra Governor's residence to give his resignation letter.

10:40 AM, 26 Nov

Ajit Pawar Resigned Due to Personal Reasons: Fadnavis

Ajit Pawar told me that he has resigned due to personal reasons, Fadnavis said at the press meet.

10:42 AM, 26 Nov

Fadnavis at Governor's Residence

Devendra Fadnavis reaches Raj Bhawan to submit his resignation.

11:02 AM, 26 Nov

Demand Uddhav Thackeray be Invited to Form Govt Immediately: Chavan

Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said that he has requested Maharashtra governor to accept Fadnavis' resignation and invite Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance to form government, according to PTI.

“We demand that Uddhav Thackeray be invited to form government in Maharashtra immediately,” Chavan said.

11:03 AM, 26 Nov

Ahmed Patel to Leave for Mumbai Today

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel will leave for Mumbai today, reports said.

11:07 AM, 26 Nov

Fadnavis Submits Resignation

Devendra Fadnavis has submitted his resignation as Maharashtra CM to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

11:19 AM, 26 Nov

Fadnavis' Resignation Victory of People of Maharashtra: Nawab Malik

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said, "Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' resignation is the victory of the people of Maharashtra. Jai Maharashtra."

11:34 AM, 26 Nov

BJP's Kalidas Kolambkar Likely to be Pro Tem Speaker: Reports

BJP's Kalidas Kolambkar is likely to be appointed as pro tem Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly, reports said.

11:40 AM, 26 Nov

Kalidas Kolambkar to be Pro Tem Speaker, to Take Oath Shortly

BJP MLA Kalidas Kolambkar will be pro tem Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly. He will take oath shortly in Raj Bhawan.

“Oath of MLAs to be administered tomorrow when the session begins,” Kolambkar said, according to ANI.

11:49 AM, 26 Nov

Maharashtra Governor Should Invite Sena-NCP-Cong to Form Govt: Manish Tewari

“Maharashtra governor should shed 'RSS-BJP cloak', invite Sena-NCP-Cong to form government,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said on Tuesday, according to PTI.

“What has happened today is the first comma to the manner in which opposition governments have been sought to be toppled by the BJP,” Tewari further said.

11:56 AM, 26 Nov

Fadnavis Submits Resignation, to Remain Caretaker CM

Devendra Fadnavis has resigned as CM but will remain caretaker CM till “alternate arrangements” are made.

12:00 PM, 26 Nov

BJP's Kalidas Kolambkar Appointed Pro Tem Speaker of Assembly

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has appointed BJP MLA Kalidas Kolambkar as pro tem Speaker of the Assembly.

"The governor has administered oath to Kolambkar as pro-tem speaker of the assembly. Kolambkar will administer oath to remaining 287 MLAs during the assembly session," said an official from Raj Bhavan.

12:05 PM, 26 Nov

Constitution Being Attacked, Not Protected: Kapil Sibal

"What is happening in the country is that rather than protecting the Constitution, the Constitution is being attacked", Congress leader Kapil Sibal said, speaking at a press briefing held by Congress.

Sibal further alleged that the Maharashtra Governor was acting on the advice of Amit Shah, referring to Fadnavis's swearing-in early on Saturday morning.

“They knew they did not have the majority but they wanted more time.The Governor gave them 14 days, so obviously they all were hand in glove. They were hoping that the courts will not interfere,” Sibal further said.

12:19 PM, 26 Nov

Sharad Pawar Said Uddhav Will be CM: Nawab Malik

At a meeting of NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress MLAs, Sharad Pawar made it clear that Uddhav Thackeray will be the CM of Maharashtra, NCP's Nawab Malik said at a press briefing. Thackeray has also agreed to this, Malik added.

He said that they would form a strong government.

"Our alliance (NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress) will last for a long time. This is the start of BJP's end, BJP has become very arrogant," Malik said.

12:21 PM, 26 Nov

Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP to Meet at 6 pm Today: Nawab Malik

A meeting of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress will take place at 6 pm today, Nawab Malik said. Leaders of Sena, NCP and Congress will hold a meeting and then meet Governor Koshyari, said Malik.

"Till yesterday the BJP was saying that we (Cong NCP Sena) do not have numbers. But after the SC order, they realised their situation and finally Fadnavis resigned. After Uddhav Thackeray is elected as our leader, we will go to the governor to stake claim to form the government," Malik added.

12:22 PM, 26 Nov

New Session of Maharashtra Assembly From 8 am Tomorrow: Pro Tem Speaker

Pro tem Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar said that the first session of new Assembly will begin tomorrow and that at 8:00 am, the oath-taking ceremony of the MLAs will begin.

1:11 PM, 26 Nov

Cong-Shiv Sena-NCP Meeting to Begin Shortly

Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP MLAs have arrived at the Trident Hotel in Mumbai, where a meeting of Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena is scheduled to take place. Post this meeting, party leaders are expected to go to meet Governor Koshyari to stake claim to form government.

Uddhav Thackeray and his wife Rashmi Thackeray have also arrived at the Trident Hotel.

1:22 PM, 26 Nov

SC Upheld Spirit of Constitution: Mamata

“SC has upheld the spirit of the Constitution, this is a special news on Constitution Day,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Maharashtra developments.

“Devendra Fadnavis did the right thing by resigning, he did not have the majority. He should not have taken the oath in the first place before proving his majority,” Mamata further said.

1:35 PM, 26 Nov

Ajit Pawar to Skip Today's Meeting: Jayant Patil

NCP’s Jayant Patil, NCP, ahead of the joint meeting of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress said that Ajit Pawar will not come for today's meeting.

“There has not been contact with him. But I have been meeting him since 2 days, I will meet him today as well,” Patil said.

Meanwhile, NCP chief Sharad Pawar arrived at Trident Hotel, ahead of the joint meeting.

1:50 PM, 26 Nov

Sena-Congress-NCP Joint Meet Underway at Trident

Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs have assembled for the joint meeting at Hotel Trident.

1:55 PM, 26 Nov

Uddhav Thackeray to Take Oath as CM on 1 December: Reports

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to take oath as Maharashtra CM on Sunday, 1 December at 5 pm, media reports say.

2:02 PM, 26 Nov

Resolution to Form 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' Passed

At the joint meeting, Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde moved a resolution to form 'Maha Vikas Aghadi', the alliance of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress. NCP's Nawab Malik and Congress' Nitin Raut seconded the resolution and it was passed by all MLAs.

The alliance will also have a Coordination Committee, Shiv Sena's Anil Desai said.

2:18 PM, 26 Nov

Want Uddhav to Lead Alliance as CM: Jayant Patil

“We all want Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray to lead our alliance as the Chief Minister,” Jayant Patil said.

2:26 PM, 26 Nov

Uddhav Thackeray Selected as Maha Vikas Aghadi's CM Candidate

The resolution proposing Uddhav Thackeray's name as the Chief Minister candidate and leader of 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' has been passed unanimously by all MLAs.

2:38 PM, 26 Nov

Uddhav's Swearing-In Ceremony to Take Place on 1 December: Sharad Pawar

Three representatives of 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' will meet the Governor today. The swearing-in ceremony will be held at Shivaji Park, Mumbai on 1 December, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said.

2:47 PM, 26 Nov

'Never Dreamt of Leading State': Uddhav Thackeray

“I had never dreamed of leading the state. I would like to thank Sonia Gandhi and others. We are giving a new direction to country by keeping faith on each other,” Uddhav Thackeray said after being selected as the CM choice of the Sena-NCP-Cong alliance.

“I accept the responsibility given by all of you. I'm not alone but you all are CM with me. What has happened today is the actual democracy. Together we will wipe off the tears of farmers in the state,” Thackeray added.

“We will make this Maharashtra once again that Maharashtra which Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj dreamt of,” Thackeray further said.

2:59 PM, 26 Nov

NCP-Sena-Congress to Stake Claim at 9 PM: Report

Three representatives of 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' will meet the Governor today, Sharad Pawar has said. The meeting will reportedly take place at 9 pm.

3:18 PM, 26 Nov

'Uddhav to Stake Claim to Form Government Soon': Nawab Malik

NCP’s Nawab Malik said that Uddhav Thackeray will soon meet the governor to stake claim on Maharashtra government.

"Uddhav Thackeray was unanimously elected as the leader. He'll definitely be the CM. He'll now go to Raj Bhavan and stake his claim to form government. If the governor accepts the claim, swearing-in ceremony will be held on 1 December at 5 pm at Shivaji Park, the cabinet will also take oath,” he said.

3:22 PM, 26 Nov

'Will Invite Modi, Amit Shah to Uddhav's Swearing-in Ceremony': Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that PM Modi and Amit shah will both be invited to Uddhav Thackeray’s swearing-in ceremony.

"Yes we will invite everyone, we will even invite Amit Shah j,” he said.

4:01 PM, 26 Nov

'Priority Will Be to Waive Farm Loans': Sena MP

Shiv Sena MP Abdul Sattar said that the priority of the Maha Vikas Aghadi will be to waive farm loans in Maharashtra.

“Our priority will be to waive loans to farmers in the first cabinet meeting itself. Except a few people, rest of the Maharashtra is happy today. I should not be making comments on why Ajit Pawar joined hands with BJP, rest Sharad Pawar can comment on him,” he said.

4:02 PM, 26 Nov

Ajit Pawar to Meet Sharad Pawar at his Residence

Ajit Pawar leaves from his brother Sriniwas Pawar's residence to meet Sharad Pawar at his residence Silver Oak.

4:04 PM, 26 Nov

Sena-NCP-Cong Leaders Arrive at Raj Bhavan

Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena leaders arrive at the Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form government in the state.

Uddhav to Take Oath as CM, NCP Gets Deputy CM, Speaker from Cong
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4:15 PM, 26 Nov

Devendra Fadnavis Meets Party MLAs at BJP Office

Devendra Fadnavis arrives at BJP office for a party meeting. A meeting of BJP MLAs is underway at the party's office.

4:24 PM, 26 Nov

Ajit Pawar Arrives at Sharad Pawar's Residence

Ajit Pawar arrives at Silver Oak, the residence of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar.

5:15 PM, 26 Nov

'Will Serve People Sitting in the Opposition': BJP

BJP’s Ashish Shelar, after attending a party MLAs’ meet in Mumbai said that they will serve the people by sitting in the Opposition.

“In coming days we will serve people, sitting in the opposition. We received information that 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' is going to stake claim to form government with Uddhav Thackeray as CM, we congratulate them,” he said.

5:34 PM, 26 Nov

Uddhav Thackeray’s Swearing-In as Maha CM Preponed to 28 November

Uddhav Thackeray, the chief minister choice of the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena alliance, will be sworn in on Thursday, 28 November instead of Monday, 1 December, reports said.

5:39 PM, 26 Nov

Sena-NCP-Cong Leaders Meet Governor, Stake Claim

'Maha Vikas Aghadi' MLAs and leaders submitted letter to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari declaring Shiv Sena Chief Udhhav Thackeray as their leader.

Uddhav to Take Oath as CM, NCP Gets Deputy CM, Speaker from Cong
(Photo: ANI)
6:11 PM, 26 Nov

'We Want to Provide Stable Govt to the State': Aaditya Thackeray

After the Sena-NCP-Congress combine met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday and staked claim to form government, Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray said, "We want to work for the people and provide a stable government to the state," according to ANI.

6:23 PM, 26 Nov

Sena Leader Aaditya Thackeray Arrives at the Residence of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray visited the residence of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar on late Tuesday night.

Aaditya was accompanied by Sena leaders Anil Desai and Milind Narvekar, PTI reported.

NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who stepped down as deputy chief minister of Maharashtra after having broken ranks with NCP and joined hands with the BJP, has been at Pawar's residence 'Silver Oak' since evening.

6:46 PM, 26 Nov

Maharashtra Guv Writes to Uddhav Thackeray Over Swearing-in on 28 Nov

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has written to Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray stating,"As requested today orally, the oath of office and secrecy would be administered to you on Thursday, 28 November at 1840 hours at Shivaji Park, Dadar, Mumbai."

8:37 PM, 26 Nov

Meeting at NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's Residence Concludes

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Shiv Sena leaders leave after meeting at NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's residence concludes.

3:07 AM, 27 Nov

Maharashtra MLAs Sworn In

More than a month after the election results came out and following a huge political drama, the newly-elected Maharashtra MLAs were sworn in by pro tem speaker Kalidas Kolambkar on Wednesday, 27 November.

3:14 AM, 27 Nov

Ajit Pawar Back In NCP Fold

‘Rebel’ NCP leader Ajit Pawar who had joined hands with the BJP came back into the party's fold and was seen hugging NCP MP and Sharad Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule. Later, he also took oath as an MLA.

4:49 AM, 27 Nov

Sena, NCP, Cong to Decide Portfolio-Sharing in 2 Days: Thorat

Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat on Wednesday said the sharing of portfolios among the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress in the next state government will be finalised in a couple of days.

The 'Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi', comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress along with some small parties and Independents, has decided to stake claim for government formation in the state after the BJP-led government collapsed on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters after taking oath as member of the 14th state Assembly on Wednesday, Thorat, the Congress Legislature Party leader in the House, said, "The ratio of portfolio-sharing will be finalised in next two days. The number of Cabinet and Minister of State (MoS) posts to be given to each party will also be finalised in next two days."

6:23 AM, 27 Nov

Committed to Making New Maharashtra: Aaditya Thackeray After Taking Oath

7:20 AM, 27 Nov

Will Say the Right Thing at Right Time: Devendra Fadnavis on Ajit Pawar

9:58 AM, 27 Nov

HC Raises Security Concern over Uddhav Thackeray's Oath-Taking Ceremony at Shivaji Park

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday raised security concerns over the swearing-in ceremony of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister at Shivaji Park here, and said holding such functions at a public ground should not become a regular feature.

Henceforth, everyone will want to use the ground for such ceremonies, a division bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and R I Chagla said.

"We do not want to say anything about tomorrow's ceremony...we are only praying that nothing untoward happens," the court said while hearing a plea of NGO Wecom Trust on whether the Shivaji Park was a playground or a recreation ground.

"What will happen is that this (holding ceremonies) will become a regular feature and everyone will want to use the ground for such ceremonies," the court said.

The high court had in 2010 declared the area as a 'silence zone' after the PIL was filed by the NGO.

10:01 AM, 27 Nov

Tight Security for Uddhav Thackeray's Swearing in as CM

Elaborate security arrangements are being made at and around Shivaji Park in Dadar in central Mumbai where Uddhav Thackeray will take oath as Chief Minister on Thursday evening, a police official said on Wednesday.

Senior police officers, including joint commissioner of police (law and order) Vinoy Choube, reviewed the security preparations at the venue on Wednesday, the official said.

"Adequate number of police personnel will be deployed at the venue as thousands of people are expected to attend the event," a senior Shivaji Park police station officer said.

Police personnel in civil clothes will be deployed, he said, adding that drones and CCTV cameras will be used to monitor crowd.

10:12 AM, 27 Nov

Chidambaram Slams Govt over Maharashtra Issue

Congress leader P Chidambaram attacked the BJP on Wednesday over the way Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as Maharashtra chief minister, saying it was an "assault" on the office of the President to wake him at 4 am to get the order revoking President's rule signed.

The former finance minister, who is lodged in jail in cases of corruption and money laundering, also extended greetings to the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition that is set to form government in Maharashtra.

10:21 AM, 27 Nov

Ajit Pawar Likely To Get Back Key NCP Post: Report

NCP is likely to elect Ajit Pawar again as its floor leader in the House ahead of the swearing-in on Thursday, reports said, quoting sources within the party.

Ajit Pawar attended a meeting of his party legislators on Wednesday and guided them on various issues, party MLA Dhananjay Munde said.

10:27 AM, 27 Nov

Uddhav to Take Oath at 6.40 PM Tomorrow: Ajit Pawar

Ajit Pawar has said that Uddhav Thackeray will take oath as CM at 6:40 PM in Shivaji Park on Thursday, 28 November.

“Chief Minister will take oath tomorrow, I informed our MLAs about that programme and told them that all of us have to be there,” Pawar said.

10:39 AM, 27 Nov

NCP-Cong Lured Shiv Sena With Maha CM Post: Amit Shah Lashes Out

Amit Shah has tweeted, accusing Congress and NCP of having combined forces with Shiv Sena by dangling the prize of the CM’s post in front of the party’s eyes. He said that he would like to see what happens if Sharad Pawar and Sonia Gandhi had even once said that the CM would be from their parties and still tried to take the support of Shiv Sena.

10:50 AM, 27 Nov

Invitees for Uddhav Thackeray's Swearing-In Ceremony

Sonia Gandhi, all Congress chief ministers, MK Stalin, Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal have been invited for the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.

Vinayak Raut of Shiv Sena also said that around 400 farmers from various districts of Maharashtra have been invited for Uddhav Thackeray's swearing-in ceremony. Family member of those farmers who killed themselves have also been invited.

10:58 AM, 27 Nov

Ajit Pawar Attends Meeting of NCP MLAs

Ajit Pawar today attended the meeting of NCP MLAs held at YB Chavan Centre.

11:07 AM, 27 Nov

'Ideology Doesn't Permit Me': Sena Leader Quits Over Tie-Up With Congress

Soon after Uddhav Thackeray was named Chief Minister of a Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-Congress government in Maharashtra on Tuesday night, a leader of his party announced his resignation on Twitter. Ramesh Solanki tweeted that he was "making the most difficult decision" of his life "with a heavy heart."

In a long Twitter thread, he spoke about his journey with Shiv Sena, adding that he was leaving but would always remain “Balasaheb's Shiv Sainik at heart”.

12:05 PM, 27 Nov

Sharing of Posts in Maharashtra Cabinet: Report

Reports say that apart from the post of Chief Minister, Shiv Sena will have 15 ministers in the Maharashtra cabinet, while NCP will get Deputy Chief Minister and 13 other ministers. Meanwhile, Congress will get the post of Assembly Speaker and 13 ministers, ANI reported, quoting sources.

1:03 PM, 27 Nov

It Was Not Revolt: Ajit Pawar on Backing Short-Lived BJP-Govt

Ajit Pawar on Wednesday said what he did could not be termed a revolt. He also reiterated that he continues to be with the NCP and would abide by whatever party chief Sharad Pawar says.

"It was not a revolt. I was the leader of NCP. Did NCP remove me? Did you read (about my removal from NCP) somewhere?" Ajit Pawar told reporters.

"I have been telling all that I was in the NCP, I am in NCP and will be in NCP," he said.

1:05 PM, 27 Nov

Bahujan Vikas Aghadi Declares Support for Maha Vikas Aghadi

Hitendra Thakur-led Bahujan Vikas Agadhi (BVA), which has three MLAs, on Wednesday pledged support to the Maharashtra Vikas Agadhi (MVA) formed by the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress.

MVA leaders had presented a list of 166 MLAs to the Governor when they staked claim to form government. With three members of BVA, the alliance will have 169 MLAs in 288-member Maharashtra Assembly.

"BVA has given support to the MVA government," senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan said. NCP sources said that Thakur met party chief Sharad Pawar to extend support.

2:59 PM, 27 Nov

Around 2,000 Police Personnel to Be Deployed at Shivaji Park Tomorrow

Around 2,000 police personnel will be deployed at Shivaji Park for the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as Maharashtra CM, on Thursday, according to PTI.

3:20 PM, 27 Nov

Fadnavis Likely to Be Elected Leader of Opposition: Sources

Devendra Fadnavis is likely to be elected Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly, according to sources.

3:40 PM, 27 Nov

Kejriwal Will Not Attend Swearing in of Uddhav Thackeray

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal will not attend the swearing-in Ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra tomorrow, due to his private engagements, ANI reported.

3:42 PM, 27 Nov

Kamal Nath to Attend Uddhav's Swearing-In Ceremony

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath will be attending Uddhav Thackeray's swearing in ceremony tomorrow.

3:46 PM, 27 Nov

Aaditya En Route to Delhi to Invite Sonia Gandhi for Swearing-In Ceremony

Aaditya Thackeray has left for Delhi to invite Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi for Uddhav Thackeray’s swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.

4:07 PM, 27 Nov

Deputy CM to be From NCP, Cong to Get Speaker: Praful Patel

NCP leader Praful Patel spoke to the media on Wednesday, hinting at the completion of talks about sharing of portfolios and other issues regarding government formation.

He added that while it had not been decided how many ministers will take oath tomorrow, one or two MLAs from each party would be taking oath.

He further said that the Speaker would be from Congress and the Deputy CM would be from NCP. He also added that there will be only one deputy CM.

4:14 PM, 27 Nov

Aaditya Reaches Sonia Gandhi's Residence

Aaditya Thackeray has reached Sonia Gandhi's residence to invite her for the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray.

4:21 PM, 27 Nov

Aaditya Thackeray Meets Sonia Gandhi at Her Residence

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray leaves from the residence of Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi. He had gone there to invite her for the swearing in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as Maharashtra Chief Minister, in Mumbai tomorrow.

“We came here to seek her blessings. We will also invite Dr Manmohan Singh,” he said.

4:36 PM, 27 Nov

Aaditya Meets Manmohan Singh

Aaditya Thackeray also paid a visit to former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh's residence to invite him for the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray.

“We met Sonia Gandhi ji and Dr Manmohan Singh ji as their guidance and blessings are necessary. Now we are returning to Mumbai,” Aadtya said, speaking to the media.

5:43 PM, 27 Nov

Uddhav Dials PM Modi

Maharashtra CM-candidate Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday invited PM Modi for his oath-taking ceremony over a phone call, their first conversation after the Sena broke alliance with the BJP and parted ways with the NDA.

Published: 25 Nov 2019, 03:05 AM IST

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