Maharashtra govt formation highlights: Prez rule imposed; negotiations on

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said the Congress, the NCP and his party will work out a formula for formation of the government in Maharashtra facing political uncertainty for nearly three weeks now. Attacking the BJP over its claim that the Sena was in touch with the Congress-NCP since the October 24 poll results, Thackeray said he had allied with the chief NDA constituent in its "dark times". "I officially spoke to the Congress-NCP only yesterday (November 11), seeking support for government formation. We will work out a formula for the same," he tol.....

10:46 PM IST The CPI-M on Tuesday strongly condemned "the abrupt manner" in which President's Rule was imposed in Maharashtra and accused the BJP-led government of "another assault on the Constitution."   In a statement, CPI-M politburo said that Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had given time till 8.30 pm tonight to the NCP leader Sharad Pawar to claim support of the majority of the elected MLAs to form the government.   "Even before the deadline set by him was over, he recommends the imposition of Article 356 by the President of India. A hurriedly called Union Cabinet meeting, just before the PM's departure abroad, endorses the Governor's recommendation and forwards it to the President for the imposition of the Central rule," said the statement.

10:45 PM IST Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Tuesday expressed apprehension that the BJP may indulge in horse-trading to form government in Maharshtra after imposing the President Rule there.   He expressed the apprehension, alleging that the decision to impose the President Rule in the state has been taken under duress from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.   "Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had invited the third largest party, the National Congress Party, for the government formation in the state. The time limit for it was to end at 8.30 pm on Tuesday, but the governor made a recommendation for imposing the President Rule even before the expiry of that time limit," Singh told reporters here.   This cannot be termed as right in democracy, he said.

10:37 PM IST Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said that the imposition of President's Rule in the state was unfortunate but expressed hope that a stable government would soon be formed.   "People had given a very clear mandate. Even then a government could not be formed. It is very unfortunate that the state was forced to have the President's Rule. Still, I expect that a stable government will soon be formed in the state," read Fadnavis' press note on Tuesday.   Earlier today, BJP MP and former Chief Minister Narayan Rane too had said that Fadnavis was making efforts to form a BJP led coalition government in the state.   "BJP will try to form the government. Devendra Fadnavis is putting in all efforts in this regard. I am now with the BJP. I will do everything I can to ensure the BJP comes to power again," said Rane.   Rane was speaking to reporters after the BJP's Core Committee meeting held at Varsha Bungalow, the official residence of the Chief Minister of the state.

9:00 PM IST Legal experts appear to be divided on the issue of constitutional propriety of Maharashtra Governor B K Koshyari's decision to recommend President's rule in the state.   Following Koshyari's report to the Centre and the Union cabinet's recommendation, President's rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday amid the impasse over government formation since the last month's elections.   Constitutional expert Ulhas Bapat termed the decision as potentially unconstitutional.   "This President's rule can be interpreted as unconstitutional because Maharashtra governor has given the BJP two days (to indicate willingness to form government), but he gave only 24 hours to the other two parties. It looks like a biased approach," he said.   Senior lawyer Shrihari Aney, former advocate general of Maharashtra, however, said the Governor must have recommended President's rule after being "reasonably satisfied" that none of the parties could form a stable government.   Aney pointed out that all the political parties had the time to cobble together the numbers to prove majority and stake claim to form government since October 24, when the election results were announced.   "It would be ridiculous to say that the parties were not serious about forming the government till the governor called upon them to do so," Aney told PTI.

8:59 PM IST BJP leader Sudhir Mugantiwar after party's core committee meeting: 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. pic.twitter.com/ITsak6XN6F— ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2019

8:47 PM IST Political parties in Maharashtra can still stake their claim to form government after the imposition of President's rule, say Constitution experts.   The decision to impose the President's rule came hours after state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari informed President Ram Nath Kovind that he was "satisfied that Maharashtra government cannot be carried on in accordance with the Constitution".   "The President has not dissolved the Assembly yet. So, political parties in the fray can approach the Governor staking their claim on government formation", said P D T Achary, former Secretary General, Lok Sabha.   The Supreme Court in the S R Bommai judgement in 1994 listed the situations where the President's rule can be imposed under Article 356.

8:46 PM IST The Congress hit out at Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and the BJP-led Centre on Tuesday over the imposition of President's rule in the state, saying the action was not only a "cruel joke" on democracy, but also a "malicious act" that tramples upon constitutional practices.   Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also questioned the Maharashtra governor for the "arbitrary" allotment of time to the NCP, Shiv Sena and the BJP to prove support for government formation.   "The imposition of President's rule in Maharashtra is not only a cruel joke on democracy, but also a malicious act that tramples upon constitutional practices," he said, adding, "The governor and rulers in Delhi have done a grave injustice to the afflicted farmers and the common people of Maharashtra."

8:05 PM IST BJP has no moral ground to question us on Ideological differences. BJP came together with Mufti, Nitish and others: Uddhav

8:04 PM IST BJP had promised us the CM post for 2.5 years: Uddhav

8:04 PM IST Just like we worked it out with BJP we will work it out with INC and NCP: Uddhav

8:03 PM IST We can work out the ideological differences and form a govt with NCP and INC: Uddhav

8:03 PM IST Now that President's rule has been imposed, we have six month's time to sit with NCP and INC and find a way: Uddhav Thackeray

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CPI-M terms Prez's Rule as 'another assault on Constitution'

The CPI-M on Tuesday strongly condemned "the abrupt manner" in which President's Rule was imposed in Maharashtra and accused the BJP-led government of "another assault on the Constitution."
 
In a statement, CPI-M politburo said that Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had given time till 8.30 pm tonight to the NCP leader Sharad Pawar to claim support of the majority of the elected MLAs to form the government.
 
"Even before the deadline set by him was over, he recommends the imposition of Article 356 by the President of India. A hurriedly called Union Cabinet meeting, just before the PM's departure abroad, endorses the Governor's recommendation and forwards it to the President for the imposition of the Central rule," said the statement.

BJP may resort to horse-trading after imposing Prez Rule in Maha: Digvijay Singh

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Tuesday expressed apprehension that the BJP may indulge in horse-trading to form government in Maharshtra after imposing the President Rule there.
 
He expressed the apprehension, alleging that the decision to impose the President Rule in the state has been taken under duress from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
 
"Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had invited the third largest party, the National Congress Party, for the government formation in the state. The time limit for it was to end at 8.30 pm on Tuesday, but the governor made a recommendation for imposing the President Rule even before the expiry of that time limit," Singh told reporters here.
 
This cannot be termed as right in democracy, he said.

President's rule unfortunate, hope to see stable govt soon: Fadnavis

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said that the imposition of President's Rule in the state was unfortunate but expressed hope that a stable government would soon be formed.
 
"People had given a very clear mandate. Even then a government could not be formed. It is very unfortunate that the state was forced to have the President's Rule. Still, I expect that a stable government will soon be formed in the state," read Fadnavis' press note on Tuesday.
 
Earlier today, BJP MP and former Chief Minister Narayan Rane too had said that Fadnavis was making efforts to form a BJP led coalition government in the state.
 
"BJP will try to form the government. Devendra Fadnavis is putting in all efforts in this regard. I am now with the BJP. I will do everything I can to ensure the BJP comes to power again," said Rane.
 
Rane was speaking to reporters after the BJP's Core Committee meeting held at Varsha Bungalow, the official residence of the Chief Minister of the state.

Experts divided on governor's discretion in inviting parties

Legal experts appear to be divided on the issue of constitutional propriety of Maharashtra Governor B K Koshyari's decision to recommend President's rule in the state.
 
Following Koshyari's report to the Centre and the Union cabinet's recommendation, President's rule was imposed in the state on Tuesday amid the impasse over government formation since the last month's elections.
 
Constitutional expert Ulhas Bapat termed the decision as potentially unconstitutional.
 
"This President's rule can be interpreted as unconstitutional because Maharashtra governor has given the BJP two days (to indicate willingness to form government), but he gave only 24 hours to the other two parties. It looks like a biased approach," he said.
 
Senior lawyer Shrihari Aney, former advocate general of Maharashtra, however, said the Governor must have recommended President's rule after being "reasonably satisfied" that none of the parties could form a stable government.
 
Aney pointed out that all the political parties had the time to cobble together the numbers to prove majority and stake claim to form government since October 24, when the election results were announced.
 
"It would be ridiculous to say that the parties were not serious about forming the government till the governor called upon them to do so," Aney told PTI.

Parties can still stake claim: Experts on President rule in Maharashtra

Political parties in Maharashtra can still stake their claim to form government after the imposition of President's rule, say Constitution experts.
 
The decision to impose the President's rule came hours after state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari informed President Ram Nath Kovind that he was "satisfied that Maharashtra government cannot be carried on in accordance with the Constitution".
 
"The President has not dissolved the Assembly yet. So, political parties in the fray can approach the Governor staking their claim on government formation", said P D T Achary, former Secretary General, Lok Sabha.
 
The Supreme Court in the S R Bommai judgement in 1994 listed the situations where the President's rule can be imposed under Article 356.

President's rule in Maharashtra 'cruel joke' on democracy, malicious act: Congress

The Congress hit out at Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and the BJP-led Centre on Tuesday over the imposition of President's rule in the state, saying the action was not only a "cruel joke" on democracy, but also a "malicious act" that tramples upon constitutional practices.
 
Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also questioned the Maharashtra governor for the "arbitrary" allotment of time to the NCP, Shiv Sena and the BJP to prove support for government formation.
 
"The imposition of President's rule in Maharashtra is not only a cruel joke on democracy, but also a malicious act that tramples upon constitutional practices," he said, adding, "The governor and rulers in Delhi have done a grave injustice to the afflicted farmers and the common people of Maharashtra."
BJP has no moral ground to question us on Ideological differences. BJP came together with Mufti, Nitish and others: Uddhav
BJP had promised us the CM post for 2.5 years: Uddhav
Just like we worked it out with BJP we will work it out with INC and NCP: Uddhav
We can work out the ideological differences and form a govt with NCP and INC: Uddhav
Now that President's rule has been imposed, we have six month's time to sit with NCP and INC and find a way: Uddhav Thackeray
There are several issues that need to be sorted before INC and NCP can go and talk to Shiv Sena: Sharad Pawar
MLAs have returned from Jaipur: Ahmed Patel
Since we (NCP-INC) has common manifesto for the elections, it is necessary that we reach common ground on that before deciding on supporting Shiv Sena: Sharad pawar
Yesterday was the first time that Shiv Sena officially approached INC: Ahmed Patel
The BJP got has misused the President's rule at several instances: Ahmed Patel
The way President's rule has been imposed, we condemn it: Ahmed Patel
NCP and Congress leaders met in Mumbai and discussed the political situation. Shiv Sena 

No hearing in Supreme Court today

The Supreme Court will not accord urgent hearing on Tuesday itself to the petition filed by the Shiv Sena challenging the Maharashtra governor's decision of not granting it three days to submit the letter of support for government formation in the state, a party lawyer said.
 
The lawyer said the SC registry informed that it will "not be possible to constitute a bench today".
 
"The Supreme Court has asked us to mention the writ petition that we filed at 10.30 AM on Wednesday before the court," Advocate Sunil Fernandes, who filed the petition on behalf of the Shiv Sena, told PTI.
 
He said the fresh/second petition challenging the imposition of President's rule in the state is being readied.
 
"The decision on when to file it (fresh petition) will be taken tomorrow," he said.
No hearing today in Supreme Court on Shiv Sena’s plea against Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's decision of denying three more days to the party to get letters of support from NCP and Congress. 
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Spokesperson: Maharashtra Governor was of the view that it has been 15 days since the conclusion of electoral process and none of the political parties are in the position to form a government in the state; President's Rule is a better option.

President's rule imposed in Maharashtra

President Ram Nath Kovind has signed the notification saying that assembly will be dismissed in Maharashtra and President's rule will be inforced. 
Shiv Sena files petition in Supreme Court challenging Maharashtra Governor's decision to not extend the time given to the party to prove their ability to form government. Advocate Sunil Fernandez has filed the plea for Shiv Sena.

Guv acted on behest of BJP: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena siad that the governor acted on the behest of Bharatiya Janata Party. BJP got 48 hours to show support but Shiv Sena did not get the same from the governor.

Union Cabinet recommends President's rule in Maharashtra

Maharashtra government formation: The Union Cabinet on Tuesday recommended President's rule in Maharashtra where no political party has been able to form a government after the assembly polls last month.
 
Sources said the Union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, met here this afternoon to discuss the political impasse in Maharashtra and decided to recommend to the president to impose Central rule in the state.
 
After the meeting, the prime minister left for Brazil to attend the BRICS summit.

Shiv Sena may move SC as Governor declined more time to muster numbers

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday indicated it might move the Supreme Court against Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's decision to decline extension of time sought by the Uddhav Thackeray-led party for submitting the "requisite letter of support" to prove its claim to form a government on Monday night.
 
The Sena, which is trying to form a coalition government with the support of the NCP and the Congress, had failed to secure the letters from both the parties.
 
Sena leaders had met Koshyari ahead of the 7:30 PM deadline on Monday to stake claim to form a government.
 
When asked whether the Sena will challenge the Governor's refusal to allow the party more time to muster numbers, Rajya Sabha MP Anil Desai on Tuesday said, "We may do that. Uddhavji is monitoring ongoing developments in the state. He is discussing the issue with senior party leaders."

Maharashtra government formation: Shiv Sena moves SC

Shiv Sena on Tuesday moved Supreme Court against Maharashtra government. Kapil Sibal will be representing the party.

Maharashtra government formation: Governor submits report contemplating President's Rule

Raj Bhavan: Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari having been satisfied that as Govt of Maharashtra cannot be carried on in accordance with the Constitution, has today submitted a report as contemplated by the provisions of Article 356 of Constitution (President's Rule).

Maharashtra government formation: An alternative govt not possible without Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena alliance

Nawab Malik, NCP: The party believes that it is not possible to form an alternative govt without the coming together of the three parties (Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena). If the three don't come together, there cannot be a stable govt in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra government formation: Sharad Pawar to decide on alternative govt, says NCP leader

Nawab Malik: NCP held a meeting with all its 54 MLAs. It has been decided that looking at the uncertainty in the state, we'll empower Sharad Pawar to take a decision on alternative govt. A committee will be formed for the same, which will be led by Sharad Pawar.

Maharashtra government formation: if true, we'll go to the court, says Shiv Sena

If true, we'll go to the court, says Shiv Sena on reports of Cabinet recommending President's rule in the state.

Uddhav Thackeray, BJP leaders visit ailing Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today met party leader Sanjay Raut at a hospital in Mumbai where the latter underwent angioplasty.
 
BJP leaders Harshvardhan Patil and Ashish Shelar also met Raut at the Lilavati Hospital here following which the latter said it was a courtesy visit with "no political angle".
 
Former Mumbai BJP chief Shelar also met the Sena's Rajya Sabha member and later said, "Doctors have advised Raut to speak less. I met him out of courtesy. It is Maharashtra's culture, we meet unwell people irrespective of political differences."
 
"There was no political angle to this meet. A senior BJP office-bearer is also admitted in the same hospital, I also met him," he added.

Blaming Congress for instability in Maharashtra is meaningless, says Sanjay Nirupam

Maharashtra government formation: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Tuesday said that it is the "failure" of the BJP and Shiv Sena which has brought the state on the doorstep of President's rule and hence holding Congress responsible for the instability is meaningless.
 
"Congress has no moral responsibility to form a government in Maharashtra. Putting any blame on us for the instability is meaningless. It's the failure of BJP and Shiv Sena which has brought the state on the doorstep of President's rule. #MaharashtraPoliticalCrisis," Nirupam tweeted.

Modi convenes cabinet meet, Maharashtra political logjam likely on agenda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, apparently to discuss the political situation in Maharashtra.
 
The meeting was convened amid an ongoing political stalemate in the state where no party has been able to form the government so far after the assembly election last month.

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BJP leader Ashish Shelar meets Sanjay Raut at Lilawati hospital

Maharashtra government formation: Will neither support a BJP led govt nor a Shiv Sena led govt, says Owaisi

Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM: We will neither support a BJP led Govt nor a Shiv Sena led Govt, we reiterate our stand.I am happy now if Congress-NCP are supporting Shiv Sena, people will know who was cutting whose votes and who was colluding with whom.

It's really time for Congress to die, says AAP's Preeti Sharma Menon

Congress giving Maharashtra 'on a platter' to BJP, says AAP

With the Congress taking it slow on government formation in Maharashtra, the Aam Aadmi Party's state leader Preeti Sharma Menon on Tuesday said the Congress leadership always puts the party before the nation and claimed that they are giving Maharashtra "on a platter" to the BJP.
 
"Congress leadership always puts their party before the nation. In Lok Sabha, they stubbornly refused regional alliances and helped BJP sweep. Now they are giving Maharashtra on a platter to the BJP. It's moribund attitude will decimate it soon," Menon tweeted.
 
She also said that the Congress MLAs in Maharashtra should join Sharad Pawar, President of Nationalist Congress Party, adding "it's really time for Congress to die".

Sonia speaks to Pawar, authorises 3 senior leaders to hold talks with NCP

Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday spoke to NCP chief Sharad Pawar and authorised three senior party leaders to hold further talks on the issue of government formation in Maharashtra.
 
Earlier in the morning, Sonia Gandhi again spoke to Pawar over telephone and asked her party leaders to meet Pawar in Mumbai.
 
"Congress President Smt.Sonia Gandhi spoke to Shri.Sharad Pawar today morning and deputed Shri.Ahamed Patel, Shri.Mallikarjun Kharge and myself for holding further discussions with Shri.Pawar," Venugopal tweeted. "We three are going to Mumbai now and will meet Shri.Pawar at the earliest."
 
Earlier in the day, Sonia Gandhi held talks with party's core team members A K Antony and Venugopal at her residence.

Maharashtra government formation: Final decision will be a collective decision, says Mallikarjun Kharge

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge: NCP and Congress had pre-poll alliance, & final decision will be a collective decision. Our talks with NCP are on, and we will only move forward once discussions with them are done.

NCP meets to discuss Maharashtra govt formation

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar, his nephew and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and other senior leaders and Legislators of the party held a crucial meeting here on Tuesday to discuss the government formation issue.
 
Prior to the meeting, Ajit Pawar indicated that if the NCP managed to get the magic figure of 145 in the 288-member Assembly, it could form the government, but cautioned: "Have patience".
 
The party is hoping for the support of the Congress, the Shiv Sena, which broke off from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA, independents and smaller parties.

Maharashtra government formation:Kharge, Ahmed Patel to meet NCP leader in Mumbai

Senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Ahmed Patel to meet NCP leaders in Mumbai, later today

Uddhav Thackeray visits Sanjay Raut at Lilawati hospital

Sonia Gandhi wary of a tie-up with Shiv Sena

Though Congress MLAs in Maharashtra favour forming a government with the Sena, the party leadership, especially Sonia Gandhi, is extremely wary of a tie-up with such an ideologically different party, a traditional enemy and one with which it was in direct contest in Mumbai and many regions in Maharashtra in the polls.

Maharashtra government formation: Congress holds key in Maharashtra

The Shiv Sena's plans to take power in Maharashtra after ending its alliance with long-term partner BJP have hit a wall with the Congress holding the key.

We will definitely succeed: Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut quote a famous poem

A day after Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyar refused Shiv Sena's request for providing 48 hours to stake claim to form the government, Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday took to Twitter and quoted a poem written by poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan in Hindi and said his party has not given up and "will succeed".
 
Raut tweeted: "Lahron se dar kar nauka paar nahi hoti, koshish karne walon ki haar nahi hoti (If you have fear of waves, you won't be able to cross the ocean.. those who try, never lose," he tweeted in Hindi, adding, "hum honge kamyab.. zaroor honge (we will succeed, for sure)".
The Shiv Sena on Monday suffered a setback in its efforts to cobble up a non-BJP government in the state with the Congress at the last moment announcing its decision to hold more talks with ally NCP on supporting the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.
 
While Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray said two parties (Congress and NCP) have agreed "in-principle" to support the Sena-led government, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari refused additional time sought by his party to muster numbers.
 

Devendra Fadnavis like most BJP leaders was hugely over-rated: Sanjay Jha

Sharad Pawar visits ailing Sena MP Sanjay Raut

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday visited Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut at a hospital in Mumbai where the latter underwent angioplasty.
 
Pawar's visit to 57-year-old Raut, admitted to the Lilavati Hospital here, comes in the midst of the ongoing political drama in Maharashtra. What transpired between the two leaders during the meet, which came in the backdrop of the political crisis in the state, was not immediately known.
 
The NCP president was accompanied by his grandnephew and MLA Rohit Pawar.

End result will be positive, Shiv Sena leader will be CM: Congress' KC Padvi

Amidst the political upheaval in Maharashtra, Congress leader Kagda Chandya Padvi said that the end result will be positive and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra will be from Shiv Sena.
 
"Process is still underway, but end result will be positive. Personally I think the three (Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP) parties will form the government and a Shiv Sena leader will be the Chief Minister," Padvi said.

Maharashtra government formation: Senior Congress leaders defer Mumbai visit

Senior Congress leaders K C Venugopal and Mallikarjun Kharge, who were supposed to come to Mumbai on Tuesday to discuss modalities of support to the Shiv Sena for government formation in Maharashtra, have deferred their visit, a Congress leader said.
 
The two leaders postponed their visit after NCP chief Sharad Pawar conveyed that state leaders of both the parties will first discuss the "terms and conditions" of government formation, former Maharashtra Congress president Manikrao Thakare told PTI.
 
"The Maharashtra Congress leaders will discuss the broad contours of government formation with their NCP counterparts on Tuesday before inviting the Shiv Sena for talks," he said.

Here's what governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari said on Maharashtra government formation






Kovind accepts Sawant's resignation, gives portfolio to Javadekar

A day after Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant quit as the Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday accepted his resignation and gave the additional charge of the Ministry to Cabinet Minister Prakash Javadekar.
 
In a statement, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said that the President, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has accepted Sawant's resignation from the Union Council of Ministers with immediate effect.
 
It said Javadekar, who holds the portfolios of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, as well as Information and Broadcasting, would be given the additional charge.
 
"Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, the President has directed that Javadekar be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, in addition to his existing portfolios," it added.
Maharashtra government formation

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar on being asked if there is a meeting scheduled today between Congress and NCP: Who says there is a meeting? I don't know.

We will succeed, says Sanjay Raut after setback over govt formation

Even as the Shiv Sena failed to muster numbers to stake claim for government formation in Maharashtra, its ailing leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday quoted lines of legendary poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan to reaffirm his party's resolve to succeed and not give up.
 
Raut, who on Monday underwent angioplasty at a hospital here, tweeted two lines from Bachchan's famous poem: "Lehron se dar kar nauka paar nahi hoti, himmat karne waalon ki kabhi haar nahi hoti" (the boat that qualms the waves never gets across, those who dare do not lose).
 
 
The Rajya Sabha member further tweeted, "Hum honge kamyaab, zaroor honge" (we would succeed, definitely).

Prakash Javadekar assigned additional charge of Arvind Sawant's ministry

President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of Union Minister of Heavy Industries& Public Enterprises Arvind Sawant(Shiv Sena MP). I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar has been assigned additional charge of Arvind Sawant's ministry.

Sanjay Raut undergoes angioplasty at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai

Firebrand Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut underwent angioplasty at the Lilavati Hospital here on Monday evening, hours after he complained of chest pain, said his brother and hospital officials.
 
Sanjay Raut (57), who led the Sena's charge to seek equal share in power with the BJP post-assembly election results in Maharashtra, visited the private hospital in suburban Bandra in the afternoon for routine check-up.
 
"Raut first underwent angiography where two blocks in the heart were detected. Angioplasty is being carried out and his health is stable," the Rajya Sabha MP's brother Sunil Raut said.
 
"We are waiting for doctor's report," he said.

Maharashtra government formation: Congress has no moral responsibility to form a govt in Maharashtra, says Sanjay Nirupam

Maharashtra government formation: Will talk to the Congress party, says Sharad Pawar

NCP, Congress should together decide on forming government in Maharashtra: Ajit Pawar

Maharashtra government formation: NCP, Congress should together decide on forming government in Maharashtra, says NCP leader Ajit Pawar ahead of party meet.

Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP parties may form govt in Maharashtra: Congress leader

Maharashtra government formation: Congress-NCP meeting delayed

Congress-NCP meeting, which was scheduled to be held at 11 am today, has been been delayed.

Maharashtra government formation: President accepts Arvind Sawant's resignation

President Kovind on Tuesday accepted Shiv Sena's sole representative in the Cabinet, Union Minister for Heavy Industries Arvind Sawant's resignation. 
 
Hours after submitting his resignation on Monday, Sawant said that prior to the Lok Sabha election, a formula was decided on power-sharing between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Sena.
 
"It was acceptable to both sides, but by rejecting it, an attempt is made to portray the Sena as a liar. This is shocking and a blot on the state's self-respect ('swabhiman')," Sawant said.
 
He accused the Maharashtra BJP of resorting to untruths to snap off ties and reiterated that the Sena always stood for truth.

Amid Maharashtra drama, BJP loses its oldest ally Shiv Sena at Centre

The BJP on Monday lost its oldest and the only major Hindutva ally as the Shiv Sena, its partner for more than three decades, walked out of the Modi government at the Centre.
 
The decision of the Maharashtra party to snap ties came following years of unease in the alliance and reached a flash point after the recent assembly election results, with the Sena accusing the BJP of breaking "promise" of equal division of power in the state.
 
The BJP has asserted that it had never agreed to share the post of chief minister, as claimed by Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.

Won't support Shiv Sena-Congress government, says Owaisi

The AIMIM said its two MLAs in the western state would not support a "Shiv Sena- Congress" rule.
 
AIMIM has two MLAs in Maharashtra and we will not be supporting the Shiv Sena-Congress government. A letter to the same effect will be sent to the Governor of Maharashtra briefly," Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted.


Congress in Kerala unhappy with Maharashtra alliance with Shiv Sena

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee chief Mullapally Ramachandran expressed his displeasure on the ongoing talks of the party leadership about government formation in Maharashtra with the Shiv Sena.
 
"If there is no majority to form a government, then it's better to sit in the opposition," said Ramachandran and added that they will wait to find out what happens.

Congress core group to meet today over political situation in Maharashtra

Congress core group meeting will be held today at interim party president Sonia Gandhi's residence over the political situation in Maharashtra.

Sena claims 'in-principle' backing from NCP,Cong for its govt but fails to get letters of support

The Shiv Sena on Monday claimed that the NCP and Congress have agreed "in-principle" to back its government without the BJP in Maharashtra but failed to get letters of support from the political rivals before the deadline set by the Governor who rejected its plea for three more days to do so.

More discussions with NCP on support to Sena: Congress

After the indecisive meeting of Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi with party leaders, including those from Maharashtra, on supporting the Shiv Sena in forming the state government, the Congress on Monday decided that it will send two leaders to Mumbai to talk to NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
 
Former Maharashtra Congress President Manikrao Thakre said: "It has been decided that two leaders will be sent for discussions with Pawar saheb... state (Congress) leaders will also be there. The next step will be taken after the discussion."
 
He also said that no letter of support has been given by the Congress to the Sena.

NCP, Congress to have a meeting today

Ajit Pawar, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Mumbai: NCP and Congress will have a meeting on November 12 to decide about Shiv Sena, many senior leaders from both the parties will be present in the meeting.

BJP to adopt a policy of 'wait and watch', says Sudhir Mungantiwar

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to adopt a stance of "wait and watch" amidst the political crisis in Maharashtra. The party held its core group meeting on Monday to discuss the political situation.
 
"The BJP core team meeting has concluded. The political situation in the state was discussed in the meeting. On its basis, BJP is taking the stand of 'wait and watch'," said senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar.

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