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Devendra Fadnavis, Chandrakant Patil, will meet with BJP leaders today, says Ashish Shelar

Latest updates from Maharashtra Govt Training: Amid the political turmoil in Maharashtra, former Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP chief Chandrakant Dada Patil will hold a meeting with all party leaders in Mumbai on Friday. "From district leaders to booths, MPs and MLAs, everyone will attend the meeting," Bandra West Ashish Shelar's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA told a news conference.

He said the party will reach 90,000 BJP booths to strengthen them. Party MLAs and parliamentarians will meet with farmers to provide immediate relief, he added.

The Seine-NCP-Congress government will be formed in Maharashtra and will last five years, NCP leader Sharad Pawar said on Friday. He, however, did not comment on the modalities being worked out between the partners on the formation of the government.

Speaking of government formation in Maharashtra, NCP leader Sharad Pawar said: "The process of forming the government has begun, the government will function for five full years." However, in a question about Seine demanding the post of chief minister, he remained elusive and said he would think about it.

NCP leader Nawab Malik confirmed on Friday that the former Maha-agadhi alliance is ready to support Shiv Sena's demand for the post of chief minister to form a new coalition with the included Maratha party.

Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, speaking to the media after the joint Congress meeting, Shiv Sena and NCP to establish a possible alliance on Thursday, said: "The Common Minimum Program was discussed at the meeting and a draft was prepared. the draft will be sent to the three-part high command for discussion; the final decision will be made by high command ".

Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP held a joint meeting in Mumbai to refine an agreement on a possible alliance between them and also held a more in-depth discussion of the Common Minimum Program on Thursday.

BJP President Amit Shah questioned Shiv Sena why he raised no objections before the election when the party said Devendra Fadnavis will be the chief minister.

"Before the elections, the Prime Minister and I have often said in public that if our alliance wins, Devendra Fadnavis will be the CM, no one was opposed at the time. Now they have created new demands that are not acceptable to us," he told ANI.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Shah also accused the Opposition of making policy on the formation of the government in Maharashtra, while rejecting allegations that the governor of Maharashtra acted unconstitutionally in recommending the President's Rules of Procedure in Maharashtra.

"Even today, if anyone has the numbers that the governor can approach. The governor has not denied the chance to anyone. An experienced lawyer like Kapil Sibal is presenting childish arguments as we're denied the chance to form Govt." ;", he said.

Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said on Wednesday that the party was on the alert to avoid a possible "Operation Lotus" – BJP attempts to project defections from other parties – in Maharashtra, reports PTI

Chavan, a former chief minister, claimed while talking to a news channel that the BJP was trying to prevent the Seine from joining the hands of Congress and the NCP. "We are alert about Operation Lotus," he said.

He also said no power-sharing talks have been started yet, while maintaining that Congress, the NCP and Seine are focusing on finalizing the Common Minimum Program.

One day after the government was imposed in Maharashtra, Congress MLAs camped at a resort in Jaipur for the past five days returned to Mumbai on Wednesday, reports said. PTI

MLAs were invited back home, a lawmaker said, adding that state congressional leadership had told them they would be informed of new party decisions next week.

All 44 Congress MLAs in the state have "Congress in the Blood" and no one can steal them, he said.

"The Shiv Seine and Congress are ideologically different. The Seine is an unconditional Hindutva party, and we are an unconditional secular party," Congressional leader Sanjay Nirupam told The Print.

"Joining hands with Shiv Sena will damage the image of Congress in Maharashtra and nationally," he said.

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray met with leaders of the Maharashtra Congress in Mumbai on Wednesday and said talks on forming the state government are progressing in the "right direction" and a decision will be made at the appropriate time. .

Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat, however, called the meeting with Thackeray a "courtesy call" and said the fact that they were meeting was a "positive" step.

Thackeray spoke with Thorat, former Minister of State Ashok Chavan and congressional leader Manikrao Thakre, in a suburban hotel. The meeting, which took place one day after the government's imposition in the state, lasted about an hour.

Sunil Fernandes, Shiv Sena's lawyer, said the NDA ally would not file a new petition with the Supreme Court on Wednesday and the decision on when to file has not yet been made.

"The decision on when to file has not yet been made. No mention of yesterday's petition against the governor of Maharashtra's decision to refuse to give Shiv Sena three days to send the letter of support was also made."

Deflecting its previous allegation about the filing of a new plea in the Supreme Court, Shiv Sena on Wednesday said it is not seeking an urgent hearing in the main court, CNN-News18 reported.

It has also been reported that the party will file a new petition only after letters of support from the NCP and Congress.

The Shiv Sena In Her Mouthpiece Saamana That Wednesday, he shot straight at the BJP for allowing the President's Rules to be imposed in Maharashtra and said the situation could have been avoided if the saffron party kept its promise.

"The mandate was given to both parties. The policy they set up achieved that mandate. The BJ was not ready to accept it, so we had to take this step to maintain pride in the land of Maharashtra." of the NDA in the editorial.

"Why should anyone blame us for this? The Bharatiya Janata Party is said to be a party with elements, morals and rituals; therefore, in the context of Maharashtra, they should have followed the same elements and rituals. The situation would not have been avoided if the BJP had kept its promise, "he added.

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi criticized Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for recommending the President's Regiment in the state.

BJP leader Sudhir Mugantiwar spoke to the media following the party's central committee meeting on Tuesday and said the situation in the state's President's Regiment "was definitely not expected."

He said: "The president's government is definitely something we did not expect. We will certainly try to ensure that the people's mandate is respected. We will try to form a stable government. We will support the people of the state."

Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis issued a press release after the President's Regiment was imposed in the state on Tuesday. "The president's government is unfortunate, but we expect Maharashtra to achieve a stable government soon," he said.

His statement was repeated by BJP leader Narayan Rane, who said: "The BJP will try to form the government. Devendra Fadnavis is making every effort in that direction. I think the NCP Congress is trying to fool Shiv Sena."

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray criticized the Governor of Maharashtra's recommendation to impose the President's Regiment in the state and the subsequent imposition after Ram Nath Kovind's approval, and said the governor was so "considerate" that he had given it. to the six-month party "working out modalities with Congress and the NCP." Six months is the time stipulated under the President's Rules of Procedure.

On Monday, the party asked the governor for a 48-hour period to claim the government's constitution, which was rejected. Taking a look at the governor, he said: "The governor of Maharashtra is perhaps the most regarded in the whole country, which has given us a period of six months instead of 48 hours."

"After expressing willingness to form the government, we asked for more time because, as Congress and the NCP wanted clarity on some issues, we also wanted clarity on some issues. Some sections are raising questions about parties of different ideologies coming together, but if it happened in Jammu and Kashmir between the PDP and the BJP, and in other states, we are also exploring options here, "said Uddhav.

"I didn't understand the logic behind the governor's decision, but now we have a lot of time to talk, so we'll finalize the common minimum program first," he added.

"The governor invited the BJP, the largest party, to form the government. But when the party said it could not form the government, we received a letter within the deadline given to the BJP that we should express a willingness to form the government. Government, "

"After the press conference of Congress and the NCP, it is an indisputable fact that Shiv Sena communicated with the opposition alliance to solicit support to form the government," said Uddhav.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel said the imposition of the President's Rules of Procedure in Maharashtra was "undemocratic" and also noted that Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had not summoned Congress to form the government, despite being the president. fourth largest party in the state.

"The way the government has chaired the recommendation, I condemn it. That government has violated the Board's directives on presidential government on several occasions in the last 5 years," he said.

"The governor is making fun of the constitution," alliance partners said by CNN-News18.

We will not rush into an alliance, Patel added, saying the party will hold further discussions and consult with the NCP on the future course of action. "We also need to work out the common minimum program," he said.

Congress and the NCP are currently briefing the media on the meeting between the two parties on Tuesday. NCP leader Praful Patel said the parties will issue a joint statement.

"Shiv Sena first communicated with Congress and the NCP on November 11 (yesterday). After today's meeting, we need to have further discussion. The two parties will reach consensus after further discussion on the political situation in the state. "Praful Patel said.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel said the imposition of the President's Rules of Procedure in Maharashtra was "undemocratic" and also noted that Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had not summoned Congress to form the government, despite being the president. fourth largest party in the state.

The Supreme Court record on Tuesday said it had informed Shiv Sena of its petition, contesting Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's refusal to extend the deadline for the party to partake in its claim to form the state government.

The registry is likely to mention the matter on Wednesday at 10:30 am, as it is not possible to set up a bank on Tuesday, Bar and Bench said. "The second petition challenging President Rule's imposition should be presented tomorrow," the report said.

The reports said the meeting between NCP allies and Congress in Mumbai is over. According India Today, the party led by Sharad Pawar proposed that his alliance partner occupy the post of deputy chief minister for five years, insisting that the party join the coalition government between the NCP and Shiv Sena.

The NCP is also expected to negotiate a rotating chief minister position between him and Shiv Sena if the parties succeed in building a coalition government amidst state imposition of the government.

The reports also said that Congressional leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal at the meeting with Sharad Pawar demanded a common minimum program.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs outlined the conditions of the President's Rules of Procedure that were imposed in Maharashtra on the recommendation of the governor and said that according to the protocol, the directive will only be valid for six months.

"The President's Rules of Procedure may be withdrawn if either party can prove a majority," the statement said. The statement also said the decision was made after the recommendation of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, because he claimed that a stable government could not be formed in the state.

India Today and CNN-News18 reported that President Ram Nath Kovind approved the recommendation of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for the President's Regiment in Maharashtra.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs sent the file on the Governor of Maharashtra's recommendation to impose the President's Rules of Procedure on President Ram Nath Kovind for his consent. Kovind is reportedly traveling and is due to return to the national capital at 5 pm today.

Reports also said Kovind should make a decision about the situation soon.

Senior Congressional leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal and Ahmed Patel, authorized by interim party president Sonia Gandhi to work out a power-sharing equation with the Nationalist Party of Congress (NCP), have arrived in Mumbai.

The meeting between the Congress and the PCN is scheduled for 17h.

Congressional leaders Sanjay Nirupam and Randeep Surjewala criticized Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's recommendation that the President's Regiment be imposed in Maharashtra in the absence of a state government, even two weeks after the announcement of election results. at the assembly.

However, Congressional leaders, NCP and Shiv Sena accused the governor of "unconstitutionally" refusing enough time for the second and third largest parties to file a complaint.

Nirupam said: "The imposition of President Rule in Maharashtra was decided a long time ago. But Hon Governor should have waited until 8:30 tonight before sending a report to the Center. Because he had only set this deadline with the NCP as the last option to form the government. Prima facie seems illegal and unconstitutional now. "

Meanwhile, Surjewala said the governor "committed a serious farce of democracy and mocked the constitutional process" by recommending the president's government in Maharashtra.

Shiv Sena requested an urgent hearing in an attempt to impose the President's Rules of Procedure in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena said: "The governor has unfairly refused the three-day deadline." Shiv Sena MLA Anil Parab is a co-applicant in this case. However, the Supreme Court said nothing about hearing the case urgently.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday recommended the government of the president in the state. A major executive development was puzzled when the media, including the government's Prasar Bharti and Doordarshan, leaked the news citing sources. Meanwhile, several journalists quoted Raj Bhavan's spokesman as denying the reports. The confusion was only cleared up when Raj Bhavan confirmed the recommendation of the President's Rules of Procedure under his official control.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari confirmed on Raj Bhavan's official Twitter that he recommended the President's Rules of Procedure. He said his actions were according to the law.

Confusion about President Rule in Maharashtra prevails as conflicting reports continue to appear. Sources quoted by PTI claim that the Cabinet recommended the Rule of President in Maharashtra. Meanwhile, several journalists, along with NCP leader Ajit Pawar, claimed that Raj Bhavan officials denied such a statement.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the governor has already sent the recommendation to impose the government in Maharashtra and Shiv Sena leaders are already reacting to media reports. Party leader Priyanka Chaturvedi asked on Twitter how the governor could challenge his own 20:30 deadline given to the NCP to form the government.

NCP senior leader Ajit Pawar said the party is in no hurry to form the government and will await congressional decision. "We (Congress and NCP) contest together and continue together," he said.

Counted Fonts CNN-News18 that the NCP wants Shiv Sena and Congress on board instead of getting "outside support". If the three parties come together, the chief minister will be from Shiv Sena. Senior Congressional leaders KC Venugopal and Mallikarjun Kharge, who were due to visit Mumbai to discuss modalities in support of Shiv Sena for government formation in Maharashtra, have postponed their visit, said Congressman Manikrao Thakre. PTI

President Ram Nath Kovind accepted Arvind Sawant's resignation on Tuesday. Prakash Javadekar received an additional fee from the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

Meanwhile, Congressional Sanjay Nirupam blamed the BJP and Shiv Sena for bringing Maharashtra to the "government gate." He said holding Congress accountable for the instability the state is currently witnessing makes no sense.

Bharatiya Janata Party main group will meet today to discuss the political situation in Maharashtra, as the road to the Seine-NCP-Congress alliance no longer seems as smooth as the Maratha party was letting through until Monday morning. Congress has said it has not yet decided on the formation of government, and no alternative alliance is possible without the support of the big old party.

Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party will hold discussions about the government today at 2 pm. Both parties are considering supporting a government led by Shiv Sena. However, they have not yet reached a decision.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, issuing a statement inviting the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the state government, said: "Despite the passage of 16 days, no party or party alliance has submitted the necessary letter of support. alliance partners to form the government. "

BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar on Monday assessed the tumultuous political situation in Maharashtra, while Shiv Sena and the NCP made frantic attempts on Monday to reunite a coalition government. Following the meeting of senior BJP leaders, Mungantiwar said: "The BJP core team meeting has been completed. The political situation in the state was discussed at the meeting. At its base, the BJP is taking the position of" wait and wait. " note & # 39; ".

A delegation from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) arrived in Raj Bhavan for a meeting with Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari after reports alleged the authority had invited the party led by Sharad Pawar to claim the constitution of the government.

"At 8:30 pm, the governor called us and asked me to meet him. Along with Chhagan Bhujbal, Jayant Patil and others, I will meet him. We have no idea why he called us. The governor is an important person, so let's meet him. "

NCP leader Ajit Pawar spoke to the media shortly after reports alleged that the governor of Maharashtra invited the NCP to join the claim to form the state government. Pawar said a delegation of party leaders, including Chhagan Bhujbal, would meet with Gov. Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

He also said: "We don't know why we are being asked to form the government, I don't know the agenda, let's talk to the governor now."

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday kept the ball rolling in the political situation in Maharashtra and invited Sharad Pawar's NCP to form the government after Shiv Sena failed to prove the support of other parties, report.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari issued a statement on Monday stating that Shiv Sena's demand to extend the deadline to claim the constitution was rejected because the party was unable to provide the "necessary letters of support" Congress and NCP.

"A delegation from Shiv Sena met the governor and expressed his willingness to form the government. However, they were unable to send the necessary letters of support. They sent a letter requesting a three-day extension to send the letters of support. governor expressed an inability to extend further, "the statement said.

Shiv Sena, MLA Aaditya Thackeray, informed the media about the party's discussion with Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari on Monday. He said that within 24 hours of receiving a letter claiming the governor's constitution, they had talks with Congress and the NCP about extending support.

"We are willing to receive a letter of support from Congress, NCP. But we express our willingness to form the government in Maharashtra to the governor. We sought two more days to contest the claim, and although the governor personally rejected the request, it was not rejected. on paper, "he said.

With the conclusion of the CWC meeting chaired by interim congressional president Sonia Gandhi, the party decided to offer "outside support" to Shiv Sena and the NCP in forming the government in Maharashtra.

ANI quoted sources as saying that eCongress will support Shiv Sena and NCP, both parties were informed. "Final procedures are being done," the statement said.

Reports also quoted Congressional leader KC Venugopal as saying that a letter of support to Shiv Sena has not yet been sent, even though Shiv Sena leaders are currently in Raj Bhavan to meet the governor of Maharashtra.

Shiv Sena, led by Uddhav Thackeray, is likely to ask Mahrashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari for a 24-hour extension within the stake claim to form the government. A multi-car convoy of Shiv Sena leaders has just arrived at Raj Bhavan for a meeting with the governor, reports said.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), a Congressional ally considering joining Shiv Sena in a coalition government, has demanded that a senior member of Shiv Sena be appointed as chief minister.

The alliance between the Shiv Sena and the BJP broke down in the days since the results of the Assembly elections were declared, on the demand of the former that there be a rotating chief minister in the state.

Congress, following a crucial CWC meeting chaired by interim President Sonia Gandhi in Delhi, will likely offer "outside support" to Shiv Sena in forming the government in Maharashtra, India Today reported.

The report said Sonia was not in favor of being part of the government, which is what its allied NCP chief Sharad Pawar was seeking, but indicated a willingness to offer outside support to the party led by Uddhav Thackeray.

Interim Congress President Sonia Gandhi reportedly spoke with the party's MLAs in Maharashtra, which are housed in a hotel in Jaipur, amid the political crisis in the state. Sonia is also currently chairing a crucial CWC meeting to make a decision on whether the party should support Shiv Sena in forming the government.

Amid the political crisis in Maharashtra, reports said Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray sought out interim congressional president Sonia Gandhi even as the CWC meeting is underway.

According to India Today, Thackeray asked Sonia's support to form the government prior to the party's appointment with the state governor at 7:30 pm. On Monday, Thackeray also met with Congressional ally Sharad Pawar, head of the NCP.

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has also arrived at the home of interim party chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi for the meeting of senior party leader on the current political crisis in Maharashtra.

The party is expected to make a decision to support Shiv Sena, led by Uddhav Thackeray, for his intention to form the government after the BJP, which won the most seats in the October elections, said it could not prove a majority. .

Congress, with its allied NCP, is likely to decide whether to support the Shiv Sena before its appointment with the governor of Maharashtra at 7:30 pm Monday.

Former Prime Minister and Supreme Janata Dal (Secular) owe Gowda on Monday weighed on the political stalemate in Maharashtra, which is taking place similar to the situation that occurred in Gowda's home state of Karnataka following the election of the Assembly in 2018.

JD (U) formed a coalition government with Congress after the BJP led by BS Yediyurappa in the state failed to prove its majority. With JD (U) HD Kumaraswamy as chief minister, the coalition government was in power for just over a year before falling after being hit by mass MLA resignations. Yediyurappa is currently leading a BJP government in the state.

On Monday, Gowda commented on the possibility that the alliance between Congress and the NCP would support Shiv Sena, led by Uddhav Thackeray, whose demand for a position of rotational chief minister put him in conflict with his longtime ally, the BJP

"If Congress supports Shiv Sena, they should not disturb him for the next five years. Only then will people trust Congress," Gowda said.

Bala Saheb gave the BJP a seat in Maharashtra, LK Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee had come to Bala Saheb's residence and asked for his seats. The BJP has overruled this, which is why Uddhav Thackeray has assumed that he will teach them a lesson. , it is up to Congress and the NCP to overthrow the BJP, "he added.

Shiv Sena senior leader Sanjay Raut, who has been at the forefront of the "belligerent" demand for "junior ally" as rotating chief minister after the October Maharashtra Assembly election, was reportedly admitted to Lilavati hospital. . However, the ANI report said more details were expected.

Senior members of the Maharashtra Congress are scheduled to meet with the party's MLAs at 4 pm, even as Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray's meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar concluded amidst a state of turmoil in state politics.

At the conclusion of the NCP Central Committee meeting in Mumbai, party leader Nawab Malik said he would expect his ally Maha-aghadi to make his decision to support Shiv Sena at a meeting with Maharashtra Congress leaders at 4 pm Delhi.

With the Congress meeting underway in Delhi to discuss the situation in Maharashtra, a party source said CNN-News18 state leaders Milind Deora and former Minister Prithviraj Chavan are supporting an alliance with Shiv Sena. Sources said Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has emerged as the favorite for the post of chief minister. It has also been reported that there is a possibility of two deputy ministers – one from the NCP and one from Congress.

Shiv Sena will deliver a letter of support to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari at 2:30 pm During the meeting, Shiv Sena's delegation, to be led by Eknath Shinde, will probably seek time to prove the majority. Later, a high level meeting is scheduled at the Seine Bhavan.

At a press conference after a meeting of Shiv Sena leaders, Sanjay Raut spoke at a press conference in which he blamed the BJP for not keeping his word in the 50:50 alliance formula. Blaming the BJP for the political crisis in Maharashtra, Raut said the Saffron party had insulted people's mandate by agreeing to participate in the Opposition rather than following the agreed formula for giving the state a stable government. He also attacked the saffron party for ignoring allies in other states as well.

Sixteen days after the results of the Maharashtra Assembly elections, events unfolded again, as the largest single party and main partner of the winning alliance, the Bharatiya Janata Party, declared that they could not form the government.

The BJP informed Gov. Bhagat Singh Koshyari of his decision after the latter invited the party to show its "willingness and capacity" to form the state government. After the procedure, Koshyari invited Shiv Sena, the second largest party, to claim power.

Announcing the BJP's decision, Maharashtra BJP President Chandrakant Patil accused the party led by Uddhav Thackeray, which is adamant in its demand for a rotating leadership, to "disrespect" the popular mandate secured by the BJP and Seine in recent polls. of the Assembly.

"The mandate of the people of Maharashtra was for the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance. Sena, however, violated the mandate; therefore, we decided not to claim the constitution of government. We informed our decision to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari." Patil told reporters outside Raj Bhavan.

He wished Seine "good luck" if she wanted to form the government with the help of the Opposition Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party.

Meanwhile, Seine argued that he will install his chief minister at all costs.

To date, Congress has remained cautious in making concrete comments and is currently holding consultations. O líder sênior do PCN, Nawab Malik, disse que o partido só tomará uma decisão depois que o Sena sair da NDA e apresentar uma proposta formal buscando apoio para formar um governo.

A história de Maha até agora

O BJP e o Sena conseguiram juntos 161 assentos na Câmara de 288 membros, bem acima da marca do meio de 145. No entanto, o problema entre os aliados começou após 24 de outubro, quando os resultados foram anunciados. Ao descobrir que o BJP (105) não podia garantir a maioria (145) por si só, o Sena afirmou sua reivindicação sobre o cargo do ministro-chefe. Sena alegou que o BJP havia prometido a ele uma participação igual no poder antes da eleição para Lok Sabha, o que, segundo ele, significava que, apesar da sua parte de assento (56), tinha direito ao cargo de ministro-chefe pela metade do mandato da Assembléia eleita. O BJP, no entanto, negou ter concordado com tal acordo.

O Sena continuou seu ataque ao seu aliado de 30 anos, enquanto flertava com o PCN de Sharad Pawar. Ele não manteve conversas com BJP nem uma vez, enquanto o líder sênior de Sena, Raut, visitou Pawar duas vezes e ligou para seu sobrinho Ajit Pawar também, conforme a reivindicação deste último. Mais tarde, Uddhav aceitou suspender as negociações porque o BJP negou completamente que as partes haviam concordado com uma fórmula de compartilhamento de poder 50:50. "Nós não negociamos com aqueles que fazem parecer que somos mentirosos. Ninguém nunca chamou a família Thackeray de mentirosa", disse Uddhav a repórteres após o ataque de Fadnavis contra seu partido.

Fadnavis acusou Sena de comprometer a aliança, afirmando que ele foi ferido e chocado com o comportamento alterado de Sena após as eleições. Na declaração de Sena de que o mandato era contra Fadnavis, o ministro-chefe interino destacou sutilmente que seu partido tinha uma taxa de greve melhor que Sena.

Fadnavis disse que a "taxa de greve" do BJP foi melhor em 2019 do que em 2014. "Contestamos 260 assentos em 2014 e conquistamos 47% de assentos e 28% de votos. Em 2019, contestamos 150 assentos. Conquistamos 70% de assentos e 26% de votos ," ele disse.

Sena, which contested alone in 2014, won 63 out of 282 seats with a strike rate of 22.34 percent. In 2019, it fought on 126 seats and won 56 with a strike rate of 45 percent.

Where do other players stand?

Congress, which had been watching the show from the sidelines for the first time showed signs of the intent for an alliance.

While senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan said his party did not want President's Rule in the state, another party leader Milind Deora hinted at his support for an alliance with Sena by stating that NCP and Congress should try to form the government since the BJP has failed. An 'attempt' such as the one suggested by Deora is mathematically impossible without the Sena's support to the Maha-agadhi alliance.

Sanjay Nirupam was the only voice in Congress who openly opposed an alliance with Sena based on ideological differences. Nirupam said "it seems the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance has broken", and that he would urge his party leadership not to encourage government formation with the Sena's help as it will "not be a stable government" and both the Congress and NCP will suffer.

On its part, the NCP has also taken a cautious route. While on one hand, NCP's national chief Pawar kept insisting that NCP is content to sit in the Opposition, party's state president Nawab Malik dropped ample hints that if Sena was ready to sever all ties with BJP, there may be scope for an alternative arrangement. Congress general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday met the party's newly elected MLAs from Maharashtra, who are staying at a resort in Jaipur, to discuss the political situation in the state while NCP chief Sharad Pawar met some of his party leaders in Mumbai.

A senior Congress leader, on condition of anonymity, said the All India Congress Committee (AICC) has deputed two observers to hold discussions with the MLAs in Jaipur on what stand the party should take in view of the impasse on government formation.

"The Congress has to decide if it wants to stop the BJP in Maharashtra or whether it doesn't care if the BJP is able to form a government. An alternative government can be formed only with Congress' support," he said.

He also said that Congress General Secretary Mallikarjun Kharge held informal talks with the Maharashtra Congress MLAs in Jaipur in the morning.

He also brushed aside suggestions that the governor could invite the Congress-NCP for government formation as the 'second largest' alliance, claiming no such provision existed in the Sarkaraia Commission's recommendations.

In another development, NCP chief Sharad Pawar also held a meeting with some of his party leaders in Mumbai. Refusing to speak on a "non-BJP alliance", Pawar said he would react only to Congress' official statement.

"I cannot go by news reports about the decision of the Congress. I will react only when the Congress officially informs me about its decision," Pawar told reporters.

With inputs from agencies


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