Maharashtra: NCP gets Governor invite for govt formation, given time till 8:30 PM on Tuesday

A meeting of top leaders of Congress is underway at party chief Sonia Gandhi’s residence in Delhi to decide on whether to extend support to Shiv Sena to form a government in Maharashtra.

Written by November 11, 2019 21:46

New Delhi: After nearly two and a half weeks of Maharashtra election results, the state is still waiting for their new CM. Today, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and sought some more time for government formation in the state. Governor denied any extension and invited Sharad Pawar-led NCP to explore possibilities. Ajit Pawar met Governor this evening and apprised the latter about the situation. Governor has granted NCP time till 8:30 PM on Tuesday, to submit letter of support of legislators.

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In the 288-member House, the Sena with 56 MLAs is the second largest bloc after the BJP (105). The NCP and the Congress each has 54 and 44 MLAs, respectively. The halfway mark is 145. On Sunday, the BJP declined to form a government for want of requisite numbers in the wake of the Sena refusing to join its oldest ally.

NCP gets Governor’s invite for govt formation

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Sena apprised the governor of its ‘willingness to form government’ but failed to submit any document showing support of required number of legislators. It sought 72 hours more time from Governor to firm up its proposal. However, Maha governor refused to oblige the Sena and denied any extension for the same.

Aaditya Thackeray said the Shiv Sena was holding talks with the members of both the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and that is why his party had sought some more time from the Governor.

“Both the parties — Congress-NCP — are speaking to us. MLAs are speaking to us. As talks are on, as the second-largest party it was our right to come here. We have expressed our willingness to form the government. We have asked for the extension of the deadline by 48 hours,” he said.

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Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Sunday night asked the Shiv Sena to “indicate the willingness and ability” of the party to stake a claim, mounting suspense over the formation of government in the state.

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A meeting of top leaders of Congress is underway at party chief Sonia Gandhi’s residence in Delhi to decide on whether to extend support to Shiv Sena to form a government in Maharashtra. Sources said Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray phoned Congress chief Sonia Gandhi before the meeting. There have been hectic parleys in Maharashtra on Monday, a day after governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari asked Sena to form a government.

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Uddhav Thackeray is tipped to be chief minister, with an NCP deputy, in a formula that has been in circulation over the weekend amid talks of a non-BJP alliance.

The BJP emerged as the single largest party after the state polls winning 105 seats. The Sena won 56 seats, Congress got 44 seats and NCP 54. A party or an alliance requires 145 seats for a majority in the 288-member assembly.

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#Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray met NCP chief Sharad Pawar at a hotel in south Mumbai. The leaders are believed to have discussed about government formation during the 40-minute meeting at Taj Lands End.

#Shiv Sena had pulled out its lone minister in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre on Monday morning. The minister, Arvind Sawant, said it wouldn’t have been morally right for him to continue.

#NCP had said it will support Sena if it quits the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and finalises a common minimum programme

#Senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Monday blamed the BJP’s “arrogance” for the current political situation and said there was no point continuing the alliance if it doesn’t keep it’s promise of sharing the chief minister’s post.

#Prepoll allies BJP and Sena have been bickering since the Maharashtra election results were announced on October 24. Sena has said they had agreed to sharing the chief minister’s post which BJP denies.

#Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had on Saturday asked the BJP to indicate its “willingness and ability” to form a government as the single-largest party. On Sunday, BJP gave up on its plans to form the government and said Sena had “insulted the mandate” given by the people

#The governor then invited Sena to form a government by 7.30 pm on Monday. The BJP wished its oldest ally “good luck” if it wanted to form a government with Congress and NCP.

#The BJP emerged as the single largest party after the state polls winning 105 seats. The Sena won 56 seats, Congress got 44 seats and NCP 54. A party or an alliance requires 145 seats for a majority in the 288-member assembly.