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  • 11:19 PM IST

    Maharashtra Government Formation LIVE: Congress core group meeting will hold a meeting tomorrow at interim party president Sonia Gandhi’s residence, over Maharashtra’s political situation.

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    Maharashtra Government Formation LIVE: Meanwhile, the BJP has concluded its core team meeting. “The political situation in the state was discussed in the meeting. On its basis, BJP is taking the stand of wait and watch,” said BJP state leader Sudhir Mungantiwar.

  • 9:36 PM IST

    Maharashtra Government Formation LIVE: “As per the procedure, Governor has given us the letter (to stake claim to form govt ) being the 3rd largest party in Maharashtra. We suggested to him that we’ll have to talk to our allies and we’ll get back to him as early as possible. Deadline is 8.30 pm tomorrow,” says NCP leader Jayant Patil.

  • 9:35 PM IST

    Maharashtra Government Formation LIVE: Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal and other Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

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  • 8:47 PM IST

    Maharashtra Government Formation LIVE: “I received a call from the Governor at 8.30 PM to come and meet him at Raj Bhavan. I along with Jayant Patil, Dilip Valse Patil, Chhagan Bhujbal and Dhananjay Munde are going to meet him (governor) now. For what have we been called, I do not know,” said Ajit Pawar.

  • 8:28 PM IST

    Maharashtra Government Formation LIVE: As Shiv Sena seeks more time, Governor BS Koshyari has now invited NCP to form government in Maharashtra.

  • 8:20 PM IST

  • 8:19 PM IST

    Maharashtra Government Formation LIVE: “Delegation of Shiv Sena met the Governor and expressed willingness to form the government. However, they couldn’t submit a requisite letter of support. Instead, they submitted letter requesting 3-day extension for submitting letters of support. The Governor expressed inability to give a further extension,” a statement from Maharashtra Governor’s office read.

New Delhi: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut will hold talks with Congress leaders on Monday, a day after governor BS Koshyari asked the saffron party to indicate “willingness and ability” to form government in the state. BS Koshyari’s invitation to Sena comes as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) refused his proposal on the matter.

“The mandate of the people was for the Shiv Sena-BJP combine. We cannot form the government on our own.
If Shiv Sena wants to disrespect it and form govt with Congress and NCP, then all our best wishes are with them”, state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil had asserted yesterday after a meeting with the Governor.

Reacting over BJP’s announcement, Raut, Rajya Sabha MP and Uddhav Thackeray’s close confidante reiterated that Maharashtra will have Sena’s Chief Minister.  “Party chief Uddhav Thackeray ji clearly said today that Chief Minister will be from Shiv Sena. If Uddhav ji has said so, then it means that there will be CM from Shiv Sena at any cost,” Raut said.

Even after getting the required numbers to form the government, there has been a delay in cobbling up a coalition owing to differences between the Sena and BJP on power-sharing.  While the Sena is adamant on the implementation of 50:50 formula, under which both the allies have CM post for 2.5 years, the BJP said that no such promise was made by party president Amit Shah before Maharashtra Assembly elections.

Notably, the BJP and Shiv Sena had fought the Assembly polls together on October 21. While the BJP emerged as the single largest party, winning 105 seats, Sena bagged 56 seats in the 288-member Vidhan Sabha.