Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray meets party MLAs who are holed up in a hotel in Mumbai. (Photo: Sujai Shukla)

Maharashtra govt formation Updates: Taking Shiv Sena’s support to form govt will be fatal for Cong, says Sanjay Nirupam

As the clock continues to tick for the Maharashtra Assembly impasse that has been going on for more than two weeks now, several development taking place in the backdrop hint towards a probable conclusion coming up soon.

After Maharashtra Governor on Saturday asked Devendra Fadnavis to show interest and willingness to form a governmet, Shiv Sena leader and CM contender Aditya Thackeray met party MLAs lodged in The Retreat Hotel in Mumbai’s Malad on late Saturday night.

The bitterness between Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was clear in Sena’s mouthpiece, Saamana editorial, wherein it compared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the infamous German authoritarian ruler Adolf Hitler and claimed that “Maharashtra was not a slave of Delhi”.

Meanwhile, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which is hoping to benefit from the political deadlock in Maharashtra has made it clear that it won’t join hands with the BJP. Nawab Malik, an NCP leader said: We will not go with BJP. We will discuss with our MLAs on support.

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4.28 PM: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Sunday said that the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra is “only an imagination”.

“If we want to convert that imagination into reality, it won’t be possible without Shiv Sena’s support and if we take Shiv Sena’s support, it will be fatal for Congress,” he said.

4:17 PM: NCP leaders Nawab Malik and Jitendra Awhad have reached Sharad Pawar’s residence, Silver Oak. Nawab Malik has said that the party’s decision will be made on November 12 in the joint meeting.

4.10 PM: Sudhir Mungantiwar and Girish Mahajan have reached Varsha again for the meeting.

3.52 PM: Sources have said that Shiv Sena is firm on CM post. While addressing party MLAs at the Mumbai hotel on Sunday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said, “We [Shiv Sena] will no more be carriers of the Palanquin…This time a Shivsainik will sit in it.”

EARLIER, Uddhav Thackeray and wife leave from Hotel Retreat after the meeting

3.20 PM: The core committee meeting of the BJP for government formation in Maharashtra remained inconclusive on Sunday afternoon party leaders said

2.36 PM: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam expresses different opinion on forming government in Maharashtra. Sanjay Nirupam says taking help of Shiv Sena to form government will be “disastrous” for Congress and that should never happen.

2.36 PM: BJP core committee member Sudhir mungantiwar says that governor’s invite was discussed at the meeting. He said that the committee will meet again at 4 pm.

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