Maharashtra Govt Formation LIVE: The Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday authorised party chief Uddhav Thackeray to take a "final decision" on government formation in Maharashtra. Thackeray chaired a meeting of all party MLAs at his residence 'Matoshree' in suburban Bandra, where the legislators also reiterated that the formula of "equal sharing of posts and responsibilities" agreed upon before the Lok Sabha polls should be implemented. All 56 newly elected Shiv Sena and 8 independents MLAs were present in this meeting.
"The Sena MLAs passed a resolution authorising Uddhavji to take a final decision regarding government formation," party legislator Shambhuraje Desai told reporters after the meeting ended.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra BJP leaders met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. After the meeting, BJP state chief Chandrakant Patil said, "People of Maharashtra have given mandate to 'Mahayuti'. There is delay in government formation. Today, we met the Governor to discuss the legal options and political situation in the state."
The Shiv Sena has been maintaining that in February this year, before the Lok Sabha polls, it was decided that there will be equal sharing of posts and responsibilities between the party and the BJP. While the Shiv Sena has been insisting on sharing the chief minister's post, the BJP has rejected it.
Both the parties are locked in a tussle over the issue of the chief minister's post, resulting in a stalemate in government formation despite results of the October 24 Assembly polls giving the alliance a combined seat strength of 161, way past the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House. In the polls, the BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena-56, NCP-54 and the Congress won 44 seats.
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The Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday authorised party chief Uddhav Thackeray to take a "final decision" on government formation in Maharashtra, said party legislator Shambhuraje Desai. However, Desai denied that the Sena legislators will be shifted to a hotel in south Mumbai, amid fear of switching sides.
Shiv Sena MLAs will remain at Sharda Hotel in Bandra. According to Shiv Sena MLA Abdul Sattar, 56 Shiv Sena MLAs and 8 Independent MLAs will stay at this hotel till the formation of the new government
Sattar said that all 64 MLAs are united and no one can break them away. He reiterated that CM will be more Shiv Sena for the next 2.5 years.
The meeting of Shiv Sena MLAs at Matoshree has finished. All the 56 Shiv Sena MLAs were present at the meeting at the residence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray in suburban Bandra.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has expressed hope that BJP will get support from Shiv Sena. He said that government formation will start soon.
"There will be a decision soon. Government in Maharashtra should be formed under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis ji. RSS and Mohan Bhagwat Ji have no connection with this."
Gadkari also responded to speculations over his name appearing as a possible compromise candidate for Maharashtra chief minister saying he has no intention of 'coming to Mumbai from Delhi'.
There will be a decision soon. Government in Maharashtra should be formed under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis ji. RSS and Mohan Bhagwat Ji have no connection with this: @nitin_gadkari on #MaharashtraImpasse— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) November 7, 2019
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"We want to run a strong and stable government, we wish to form the Govt with Shiv Sena. Uddhav ji had himself said earlier that Devendra Fadnavis ji is also a Shiv Sainik," says Sudhir Mungantiwar of BJP.
BJP won't stake claim to form government in Maharashtra during their meeting with the Governor, confirms Sudhir Mungantiwar.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has again said that the next CM will be from their party. On reports of Shiv Sena shifting its MLAs to a resort to prevent them from any poaching attempt, he said, "There is no need for us to do this, our MLAs are firm in their resolve and committed to the party. Those who are spreading such rumours should worry about their MLAs first. "
Maharashtra BJP leaders including state chief Chandrakant Patil and senior leader Sudhir Mungantiwar will meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan today. The meeting at 2 pm is expected to be followed by a press conference.
All newly elected MLAs of Shiv Sena will meet party chief Uddhav Thackery at his residence Matoshree today. The Thackeray's meeting with MLAs and senior leaders will take place at 11.30 am.
Shiv Sena accuses BJP of poaching MLAs ahead of government formation in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena also reiterated its demand that the next CM will be a Shiv Sainik. In an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana, the party said it had been receiving complaints about new MLAs being approached with money. However, it expressed confidence that the MLAs "won't break away". Saamana is edited by Sanjay Raut.
The tenure of the current Maharashtra Assembly ends in two days. According to sources, a special session of Vidhan Sabha may be convened next week to swear in the new MLAs.