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  • 9:42 PM IST

    Maharashtra Turmoil LIVE: Talking about Narayan Rane’s statement on Congress-NCP staying in touch
    with BJP, saffron party leader Sudhir Mugantiwar said, “This is Rane Sahab’s
    personal opinion. There was no discussion held on this issue in the BJP core
    committee meeting.”

  • 9:22 PM IST

  • 9:21 PM IST

    Maharashtra Turmoil LIVE: Responding to question on whether Congress, NCP leaders are in touch with him, BJP’s Narayan Rane said, “All I can say is that I am trying to help form the government.”

  • 9:14 PM IST
    Maharashtra Turmoil LIVE: After attending the party’s core committee meeting, BJP leader Sudhir Mugantiwar said, “President’s rule is definitely something we did not expect. We will certainly try to ensure that people’s mandate is respected. We will try to form a stable government. We will stand by the people of the state.”
  • 8:56 PM IST

    Maharashtra Turmoil LIVE: BJP’s Narayan Rane added, “I think NCP-Congress are trying to make a fool out of Shiv Sena.”

  • 8:54 PM IST

    Maharashtra Turmoil LIVE: In a press note, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “President’s rule is unfortunate but we expect that Maharashtra will get a stable government soon.”

  • 8:44 PM IST
    Maharashtra Turmoil LIVE: Speaking to news agency ANI, BJP leader Narayan Rane said, “BJP will try to form a government. Devendra Fadnavis is putting in all efforts in this direction.”
  • 8:39 PM IST

  • 8:22 PM IST
    Maharashtra Turmoil LIVE: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, as per news agency ANI said, “BJP was invited by the Governor but they refused to form govt in the state. The next day we were given the invitation (by Governor), we were given only 24 hours time but we required 48 hours. But he (Maharashtra) didn’t give us 48 hours time.”
  • 8:16 PM IST
    Maharashtra Turmoil LIVE: Expressing condemnation over government formation in Maharashtra, Congress leader Ahmed Patel said, “Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party got invitation from the Governor to prove majority. But Congress did not get an invitation . We condemn it.”

New Delhi: The Home Ministry on Tuesday issued a notification stating the imposition of President’s Rule in Maharashtra. This move surprised all the political parties in the state which tried to cobble up a viable government much to the satisfaction of Governor B S Koshyari.

Earlier on Monday, the Shiv Sena had failed to furnish the requisite letters of support, and instead sought extension of the deadline, which was rejected. Following this Maharashtra governor BS Koshyari invited the NCP to express ‘willingness and ability to form government’ before 8:30 PM today.

“Our delegation has been invited by the Governor and the indication is that a letter of invitation will be given to us. Tomorrow we shall discuss with the Congress on the ways and means to form the next government,” Malik told reporters yesterday.

On Sunday, the Bharatiya Janata Party had expressed its inability to form the government after which the Sena severed its 30-year-old alliance with the BJP and pulled out its lone minister in Narendra Modi’s cabinet Arvind Sawant.

“The BJP said that they can form government. This is their ego. It’s an insult to the people of Maharashtra. In view of the recent developments and the objectionable statements made by the Bharatiya Janata Party, its clear they want to keep us away from power. So what’s the point in continuing with the NDA?” Sena leader Sanjay Raut had said while addressing a presser yesterday.