Uddhav Holds Review Meeting of Ongoing Maha Development Projects
Catch all the live updates of Uddhav Thackeray’s swearing-in as Maharashtra chief minister here.
Catch all the live updates of Uddhav Thackeray’s swearing-in as Maharashtra chief minister here.(Photo: PTI)

Uddhav Holds Review Meeting of Ongoing Maha Development Projects

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday, 3 December, held a review meeting of ongoing development projects in the state.

Uddhav on Sunday, said that he had ordered that the cases filed against environmentalists, during the agitation against the construction of the metro car shed in Aarey Colony, be withdrawn.

The Maha Vikas Aghadi candidate (MVA) and Congress leader Nana Patole has been elected unopposed as Maharashtra Assembly Speaker, after BJP withdrew its candidate.

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  • Nana Patole from Congress elected as the Assembly Speaker
  • The NCP will nominate deputy CM after 22 December
  • The BJP has accused the MVA of “not following the rules” in appointment of pro-tem Speaker
  • The alliance claims the support of 166 legislators, well above the halfway mark of 145 in the 288-member Assembly

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Tight Security for Uddhav’s Swearing-in as Chief Minister

After a stalemate of over a month, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray will be sworn in as the chief minister of Maharashtra at Shivaji Park in Dadar, Mumbai, on Thursday, 28 November.

National leaders cutting across party lines have been invited for the oath-taking ceremony.

Elaborate security arrangements are being made, a police official said, adding that adequate security personnel, drones and CCTV cameras will be used to monitor the crowd, according to PTI.

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.

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.

Preparations Underway for Oath Ceremony

Preparations are underway at Shivaji Park for the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

(Photo: ANI)

DMK Chief Stalin Arrives to Attend Swearing-in

DMK Chief Stalin arrives in Mumbai to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new government of the state, the ‘Maha Vikas Aghadi', led by Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister.

'Ajit Pawar Has Not Gone Incommunicado': NCP Sources

Responding to whether Ajit Pawar has gone incommunicado, NCP sources told ANI that he has “intentionally” switched-off his mobile phone to avoid frequent calls.

“Ajit Pawar has not gone incommunicado, he has intentionally switched off his mobile phone to avoid frequent calls. He will attend the swearing-in ceremony.”
Sources to ANI

Sena-NCP-Cong to Release Common Minumum Programme Today

The Shiv Sena-NCP-Cong combine will release their Common Minimum Programme for Maharashtra at 4 pm on Thursday, 28 November, ahead of the Uddhav Thackeray’s swearing-in.

Congress' Balasaheb Thorat, Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde and NCP's Jayant Patil are expected to address the press conference.

Shiv Sena's Stage Arrangement for Swearing-In

Ajit Pawar Visits Sharad Pawar Ahead of Swearing-In

Ajit Pawar arrives at Silver Oak, residence of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Party leaders Jayant Patil and Praful Patel are already present at the residence.

'Will Not Take Oath Today,' Confirms Ajit Pawar

Ajit Pawar confirmed that he will not take oath today, while sources told The Quint that a decision about his role in the government will be taken post the trust vote in the Maharashtra Assembly.

Sena-NCP-Congress Release Common Minimum Programme

The Shiv Sena-NCP-Cong combine on Thursday, 28 November, released the common minimum programme for the three parties ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister of Maharashtra.

The three-party alliance promises immediate assistance and loan waiver for farmers. The alliance also plants to revise crop insurance scheme to ensure immediate compensation to the farmers who have lost their crops.

Speaking to the media on the issues that the BJP government was big on in alliance with the Shiv sena in the previous government, Eknath Shinde said that they will be discussed in the cabinet meet.

“The Nanar Refinery Project and bullet train project will be taken up in our Cabinet meeting,” he said.

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Sena Supporters Throng Shivaji Park

Sonia Congratulates Party Over Performance in Maharashtra

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi in the CPP meet attacked the BJP and congratulated the party for its performance in Maharashtra and Haryana.

“The election results in Haryana and Maharashtra proved those predicting doom were hopelesly wrong. I want to congratulate our colleagues in these states who put a very creditable performance. The results certainly punctured the BJP’s self importance and boosted our party’s morale. The BJP will use every method including intimidation, hoping to scare us into submision. But, we will not buckle under pressure, we will fight every battle with grit and determination,” she said.

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Sonia Writes to Uddhav, Expresses Regret Over Missing Oath-Taking Ceremony

Sonia Gandhi in a letter to Uddhav Thackeray said that the Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress have come together under quite extraordinary circumstances, at a time when country faces unprecedented threats from BJP.

“I regret that I'll not be able to be present at the ceremony (oath-taking),” she said.

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Jaya Bachchan Congratulates Uddhav

Samajwadi Party leader and veteran Bollywood actor Jaya Bachchan congratulated Uddhav Thackeray on becoming the chief minister of Maharashtra.

“Thackeray family and we share a deep and old relationship. My heartiest congratulations to him (Uddhav) on becoming Chief Minister. I sincerely hope he works towards the betterment of Maharashtra, provides relief to farmers and gives youth employment,” she said.

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First Maharashtra Cabinet Meet to be Held at 8 pm

After the swearing in ceremony, Uddhav Thackeray will hold first cabinet meeting at Sahyadri guest house at 8 pm.

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Rahul Gandhi Writes to Uddhav, Expresses Regret Over Not Attending Swearing In

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi wrote to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and expressed regret over not being able to attend his oath taking ceremony.

“I am glad that Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi has come together to defeat the BJP's attempt to undermine our democracy. I regret that I am unable to be present at the function,” he said.

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SC To Hear Petition Against Sena-NCP-Cong Alliance

Supreme Court on Friday will hear a petition filed by Pramod Pandit Joshi, the spokesperson of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, seeking a direction that the SC should pass an order against the post-poll alliance in Maharashtra and it be declared as unconstitutional and null and void.

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Stage Set for Uddhav Thackeray's Swearing In

The stage for Uddhav Thackeray’s oath taking ceremony lights up at Mumbai’s Shivaji park.

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Opposition Leaders Arrive at Venue

DMK Chief MK Stalin, DMK leader TR Baalu with Congress leader Ahmed Patel and NCP leader Praful Patel are present at the oath ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray and other Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders.

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MNS Chief and Uddhav's Cousin Raj Thackeray Arrives on Stage

MNS chief Raj Thackeray, also the estranged cousin of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray arrives at venue.

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'Historic Event': Manmohan Congratulates Uddhav

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote to Uddhav Thackeray congratulating him on becoming the Maharashtra chief minister.

“I am very happy to know that you are taking oath as the 19th Chief Minister of Maharashtra. It is a historic event and I commend you on your visionary leadership,” he wrote.

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Devendra Fadnavis in Attendance as Uddhav Set to Take Oath as Maharashtra CM

Devendra Fadnavis has arrived at the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari is also present.

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Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal, Praful Patel Arrive at Venue

NCP leaders Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal and Praful Patel have arrived at Shivaji Park for the oath-taking ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray.

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Mukesh Ambani Present at Swearing-In Ceremony

Mukesh Ambani, along with wife Nita and son Anant have arrived for the oath-taking ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray.

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Uddhav to Take Oath Shortly

Maharashtra Chief Minister designate Uddhav Thackeray will be taking oath shortly.

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Crackers Burst Outside Shivaji Park as Uddhav Takes Oath

Crowd overflows at Shivaji Park, while crackers burst outside the venue as Uddhav Thackeray bows on stage in salutation.

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Shiv Sena Leaders Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai Take Oath

Shiv Sena leaders Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai take oath as ministers.

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NCP's Jayant Patil Takes Oath

NCP leader Jayant Rajaram Patil takes oath as minister in Mumbai.

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Chhagan Bhujbal Takes Oath

NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal has also taken oath as a minister.

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Balasaheb Thorat Takes Oath

Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat has taken oath as a minister.

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Congress Leader Nitin Raut Takes Oath

Congress leader Nitin Raut has taken oath as a minister.

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Aerial View of Shivaji Park During Swearing-In Ceremony

Aerial view of Shivaji Park during the Maharashtra ministry swearing-in ceremony at Shivaji Park.

Aerial view of Shivaji Park during the Maharashtra ministry swearing-in ceremony at Shivaji Park.
Aerial view of Shivaji Park during the Maharashtra ministry swearing-in ceremony at Shivaji Park.
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Oath-Taking Ceremony Concludes

The oath-taking ceremony of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and others has concluded.

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PM Modi Congratulates Uddhav

Prime Minister Modi congratulated Uddhav Thackeray on taking oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra.

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Sena Workers Celebrate in Jammu

Shiv Sena workers celebrate in Jammu, after Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister in Mumbai.

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Let's See How Far the Three-Wheel Cart Goes: BJP

BJP’s Poonam Mahajan while attacking the Sena-NCP-Congress alliance said that the government will not last long.

“Congratulations to Uddhavji on becoming Maharashtra CM. We'll see how far their 3-wheeler cart go. Only Sharad Pawarji is keeping this unnatural alliance together, Congress doesn't even have 10 percent say in the government. They are just watching over from Delhi,” she said.

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'Our Dream Has Been Fulfilled': Neelam Gorhe

Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe said that the dream of Shiv Sainiks have come true.

“We are truly overwhelmed with joy and the responsibility given by all the parties. As CM, we have been chosen as the leader of Sena-NCP-Congress alliance. We have been coming to the same ground for years now, our dream has been fulfilled only today,” she said.

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Uddhav, Family take Blessings at Siddhivinayak Temple

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, along with his wife Rashmi and their sons Aaditya Tejas Thackeray offer prayers at Siddhivinayak Temple.

(Photto: ANI)
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Ajit Pawar Congratulates Uddhav

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Uddhav Set to Chair First Cabinet Meet as CM

State Ministers Chhagan Bhujbal and Subhash Desai arrive at Sahyadri guest house for the first cabinet meeting.

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Uddhav Chairs 1st Cabinet Meet, Ajit, Aaditya Present

Uddhav Thackeray chairs first cabinet meet at Mumbai's Sahyadri guest house after taking oath as Maharashtra CM.

NCP leader Ajit Pawar and Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray is also present.

Shiv Sena ministers Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai, Congress ministers Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut and NCP ministers Chhagan Bhujbal and Jayant Patil were seen arriving at the venue of the meeting in south Mumbai.

Other leaders who arrived at Sahyadri Guest House included Dilip Walase Patil of the NCP; Shiv Sena MPs Rajan Vichare, Anil Desai and Shrikant Shinde, and Sena Member of Legislative Council Anil Parab.

Uddhav Addresses Media After First Cabinet Meet

Uddhav Thackeray, in his first address to the media after becoming the chief minister said that a decision to benefit farmers has been taken in the first cabinet meet chaired by him.

“I thank all the people of the state and want to assure that we will provide good governance,” he said.

“I am happy to tell you all that the first decision that this cabinet has taken is to approve Rs 20 Crores for the development of Raigad which was the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj,” he announced.

Saying that the interest of the interests of the farmers is his government’s top priority, Thackeray said that authorities have been ordered to provide him with a full report.

“I have asked officials to provide me with complete information on state and centre schemes for farmers, in the next two days. Once I get all details, I will take a decision accordingly” he said.

“I want the truth. The loan waivers were announced by the government, but the benefits didn’t really reach people. We want to see that the money actually reaches the hands of the farmers,” he said.

Deve Gowda Lauds Uddhav

JD(S) patriarch and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on Thursday congratulated the Shiv Sena, NCP and the Congress for forming a government in Maharashtra, and termed it as a “tight slap” on the face of those trying to destroy the country's democratic fabric.

“Congratulations to @ShivSena, @NCPspeaks and @INCMaharashtra on forming the Govt.in Maharashtra.This is a tight slap on the face of those trying to destroy the democratic fabric that holds our Nation together,” Gowda tweeted.

Akhilesh Yadav Congratulates Uddhav

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav congratulated the “Maha Vikas Aghadi” government, stating that the new alliance of “secularism and socialism” will put an end to BJP's “achhe din”.

“I congratulate the new 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' government in Maharashtra and new CM Uddhav Thackeray. This new alliance of secularism and socialism is the beginning of a new political era in national politics,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.

"BJP's 'achhe din' (good days) are over," the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister added.

Fadnavis Starts Vacating CM Bungalow

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday started vacating the official CM residence in South Mumbai.

A vehicle of a professional packers and movers company arrived at 'Varsha', the official CM bungalow in the upscale Malabar Hill area, in the afternoon to shift his belongings, a police official posted there said.

'There Will Be a Coordination Committee of 6 Ministers Within Govt': Jayant Patil

NCP leader Jayant Patil who took oath as Maharashtra minister on Thursday and attended the first cabinet meet, said there will be a coordination committee of six ministers including the CM within the government. "There will be an external committee which will guide the government so as to achieve its goals," Patil added, according to ANI.

Aarey Activists Attend Swearing-in Ceremony, Remind Uddhav of his Promise

(Photos Courtesy: Students For Aarey)

Activists and residents fighting to prevent a Metro car shed from being built at Aarey in Mumbai, attended the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackery on Thursday, to remind the Sena chief of his promise to take action against those responsible for "murdering Aarey" if voted to power.

PM Must Cooperate With Younger Brother Uddhav: Saamna Editorial

Prime Minister Narendra Modi must cooperate with "younger brother" Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, says Shiv Sena editorial in their editorial in 'Saamana.'

Uddhav Thackeray-Led Govt May Face Floor Test on Saturday

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance may face floor test in the Assembly on Saturday, 29 November, sources told The Quint.

The floor test is "most likey" to be held on Saturday, the Vidhan Bhawan sources said.

Governor B K Koshyari has asked Thackeray to prove majority by 3 December.

NCP Leader Dilip Walse Patil is Protem Speaker

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Dilip Walse Patil appointed as Protem Speaker of the state assembly.

Maha Assembly Special Session Tomorrow

A special session of the Maharashtra assembly called for tomorrow.

Uddhav Holds Meet, Directs Officers to Start Development related Works

After taking charge, CM Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting with senior officers at Mantralaya and instructed them to start development related works immediately and be cautious against wastage of public money, ANI reported.

Uddhav Puts Aarey Metro Carshed on Hold After Taking Charge as CM

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray ordered for the construction of Metro carshed in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony to be put on hold.

“I have ordered to stop the work of Aarey metro car shed project today. Metro work will not stop but till next decision, not a single leaf of Aarey will be cut,” he said.

“We are not against the metro, but the decision of the carshed being in Aarey colony needs to be given second thought,” Thackeray added.

'Unfortunate': Says Fadnavis on Uddhav Stalling Aarey Metro Car Shed Construction

Uddhav Thackeray-Led Govt to Face Floor Test on Saturday

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance will face floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly on Saturday.

The floor test will be held in the afternoon, a Vidhan Bhavan official told PTI.

Governor B S Koshyari has asked Thackeray to prove majority by 3 December.

Sena-NCP-Cong MLAs to Meet Ahead of Trust Vote

The Maha Vikas Aghadi to hold a meeting at Vidhan Bhavan at 9.30 am on Saturday, 30 November, ahead of the floor test.

Ajit Pawar Meets BJP's Chikhalikar

Ahead of the floor test on 30 November, NCP leader Ajit Pawar paid a visit to BJP MP Prataprao Chikhalikar's house.

“It was just a courtesy meet. Even if we are from different parties, we all have relations with each others. There was no discussion on floor test.”
Ajit Pawar, NCP Leader

Nana Patola to Be Speaker Candidate From Cong: Thorat 

Congress MLA Nana Patole will be the party's candidate for Speaker elections, announces Balasaheb Thorat.

Kisan Kathore BJP's Candidate for Speaker

BJP leader Chandrakant Patil accused the Maha Vikas Aghadi of "not taking oath as per rules", stating that they will file a petition with Governor and might even approach the Supreme Court.

He announced that Kisan Kathore will be the BJP candidate for assembly Speaker.

Deputy CM Post to Stay With NCP, Decision After 22 Dec

The NCP on Saturday, 30 November, said that the Deputy chief minister's post will stay with the party and will be filled post Nagpur Assembly session.

The Nagpur session will end around 22 December.

Nana Patole Files Nomination for Speaker Election

Congress leader Nana Patole files nomination for Speaker election.
Congress leader Nana Patole files nomination for Speaker election.
(Photo: ANI)

Shiv Sena, NCP Issue Whip to MLAs

The Shiv Sena and NCP have issued whips to their MLAs to be present in the Assembly today.

No Vande Mataram Played: Devendra Fadnavis Raises Objection

Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis raises objection as Maharashtra Assembly session begins.

“This assembly session is not per rules.This session started without Vande Mataram. It is a violation of rule.”
Devendra Fadnavis, Former Maharashtra CM

Maharashtra: Uproar in Assembly Ahead of Floor Test

As BJP alleges flouting of norms ahead of floor test, pro-tem Speaker Dilip Patil cites Supreme Court.

“If I am not allowed to speak on the Constitution then I have no right to sit in this House.”
Devendra Fadnavis, Former Maharashtra CM

Responding to Fadnavis, pro-tem Speaker Patil said:

“The appointment of the pro-tem speaker was as per the judgment of the Supreme Court. Pro-tem.”
Dilip Walse Patil, pro-tem speaker

Shiv Sena-NCP-Cong Govt Wins Floor Test

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance won the floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly on Saturday.

Altogether 169 MLAs vote in favour of the motion of confidence, pro tem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil informed the House.

Four MLAs abstained, he said.

Nobody voted against the motion as all the 105 MLAs had walked out of the 288-member House, boycotting the floor test, before head count of MLAs began.

AIMIM, CPI(M), MNS Abstain

Two All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLAs, the one CPI(M) MLA and one MLA from MNS abstained from voting.

Maharashtra Assembly Adjourned

Following the floor test, Maharashtra assembly has been adjourned till Sunday.

BJP Wanted Excuse to Run Away During Floor Test: NCP

The NCP on Saturday accused the BJP of running away from the House after the opposition party staged a walkout before the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government faced a floor test.

The NCP's chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said Walse Patil was appointed as pro-tem Speaker with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's consent. The session too was convened after Koshyari's approval, he said.

"They wanted some excuse to run away, that's why all this (ruckus). Devendra ji (BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis) should take lessons from (senior BJP leader Eknath) Khadse on how an opposition leader should work," Malik said.

NCP Might Get Home, Finance Ministries: Sources

The NCP is likely to get 14 ministries including home and finance in the Maharashtra cabinet, sources told The Quint on Saturday.

Shiv Sena too might have 14 minitries, apart from the CM's post. These portfolios include Urban Development, Water Resources and Rural Development, among others.

The third partner in the alliance, Congress might get 13 ministries, including Revenue, Energy and PWD, according to the sources.

Maharashtra Assembly's Speaker to Be Elected Today

The election for Maharashtra assembly's speaker will be held on Sunday, 1 December, at 11am.

Fadnavis Arrives Ahead of Maharashtra Assembly Electing Speaker

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis has arrived at the Assembly as Maharashtra is all set to elect its Speaker today, reported ANI.

Protem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil has called for a meeting of all party leaders.

BJP Withdraws Its Candidate for the Post of Maha Assembly Speaker

BJP has withdrawn its candidate from the Maharahtra Assembly's Speaker election. NCP leader Chagan Bhujbal told ANI, "Earlier, Opposition also filled form for the post of Assembly Speaker, but after request by other MLAs and to keep dignity of Assembly intact, they have taken back the name. Now, election of Speaker to happen unopposed."

Congress' Nana Patole to Be Elected Unopposed as Maha Assembly Speaker

Congress leader and Maha Vikas Aghadi's candidate Nana Patole likely to be elected unopposed as Maharashtra Assembly Speaker after BJP withdraws its candidate.

Chandrakant Patil, Maharashtra BJP President told ANI, "BJP had nominated Kisan Kathore for the post of Maharashtra Assembly Speaker, yesterday. But, after incumbents' request, we have decided to withdraw Kathore's candidature."

Congress' Nana Patole Elected Unopposed as Maha Assembly Speaker

Congress leader Nana Patole has been elected unopposed as Maharashtra Assembly Speaker, after BJP withdrew its candidate.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, "Nana Patole has also come from a farmer family and I am very confident that he will give justice to everyone."

On BJP withdrawing its candidature, former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said, "We had nominated Kisan Kathore for the post of assembly speaker, but in all-party meeting, other parties requested us and it has been a tradition that speaker is appointed unopposed, so we accepted the request and withdrew our candidate's name," reported ANI.

Fadnavis Elected as Leader of Opposition of Maharashtra Assembly

BJP leader former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has been elected as Leader of Opposition of Maharashtra Assembly.

'Still With Ideology of Hindutva': Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

‘Still with the ideology of Hindutva,’ Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said in the Maharashtra Assembly on Sunday, 1 December.

“I have learnt a lot of things from Devendra Fadvanis and I will always be friends with him. I am still with the ideology of 'Hindutva' and won't ever leave it. In past five years, I've never betrayed the government,” he said, ANI reported.

Further, he taunted Fadnavis over the latter's impassioned pre-poll "Me punha yein" (I will return) assertion which had evoked many social media memes.

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Arithmetic Prevailed Over Merit in Govt Formation: Fadnavis

The BJP could not come to power in Maharashtra despite emerging as the single largest party because "political arithmetic prevailed over merit, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Devendra Fadnavis said on Sunday.

On taunts over his pre-poll "Me punha yein" (I will return) assertion, Fadnavis admitted that he did say so, but forgot to give a time-table for it.

"...you need to wait for some time," he added.

Maharashtra Assembly's Lower House Adjourned Till 16 December

Maharashtra Assembly's Lower House has been adjourned till 16 December.

(Source: ANI)

Will Never Dump Hindutva: Maha CM Uddhav Thackeray Tells House

Notwithstanding the ruling Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine mentioning the word "secular" in the preamble of its Common Minimum Programme (CMP), Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said he would never abandon the ideology of Hindutva.

Thackeray told the Legislative Assembly that the ideology of Hindutva cannot be separated from him.

"I am still with the ideology of Hindutva which cannot be separated from me," he said while addressing the special session.

Cases Against Aarey Activists to Be Withdrawn: Uddhav

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that he had ordered that the cases filed against environmentalists, during the agitation against the construction of the metro car shed in Aarey Colony, be withdrawn.

Maharashtra Govt to Review Bullet Train Project: Uddhav

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered a review of all on-going development projects in the state, including the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, PTI reported.

The bullet train project has faced stiff opposition from farmers and tribals whose lands are to be acquired.

"This government is of the common man. Like you asked now, yes, we will review the bullet train (project). Have I stayed the bullet train project like Aarey car shed? No, I haven't," Thackeray said.

Nanar Refinery Project: CM Uddhav Orders Withdrawal of Cases Against Protesters

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered to withdraw the cases registered against protesters who agitated against the Nanar Refinery project, ANI reported.

NCP MLC Seeks Withdrawal of Cases Filed Against Dalits in Bhima Koregaon Violence

Nationalist Congress Party MLC Prakash Gajbhiye has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, seeking the withdrawal of cases filed against Dalits in the Bhima Koregaon violence, ANI reported.

NCP MLA Dhananjay Munde has also asked CM Thackeray to withdraw the cases.

Jayant Patil on Maharashtra Debt Burden

Maharashtra minister Jayant Patil said on Tuesday, 3 December that Maharashtra has Rs 6 lakh 71 thousand crore of debt burden. He added that a meeting is being held to review the state’s ability to repay it, what is the speed of the projects currently underway and how these projects can be completed as quickly as possible, ANI reported.

Uddhav Thackeray Holds Review Meeting of Ongoing Development Projects

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray holds a review meeting of ongoing development projects in the state.

Not Imposed Any Ban on Project in Meeting: Uddhav

“We have not imposed any ban on any project in the meeting today, there will be emphasis on speedy implementation of all the projects. We have not taken any decision on bullet train project yet,” Uddhav said, speaking to ANI after the meeting.

With reference to the Bhima Koregaon cases, Uddhav said, “Previous government had ordered withdrawal of the cases in connection with Bhima Koregaon case. First, we are assessing if it was implemented.”

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