Shiv Sena moves SC against Maha Governor's 'arbitrary' act, petition likely to be heard today
The Shiv Sena on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Maharashtra governor's decision of not granting it three days to submit the letter of support for government formation in the state but failed to get an urgent hearing in the matter. The petition is likely to come up before the apex court on Wednesday morning at around 10.30 am. Kapil Sibal, who will represent the Shiv Sena in the apex court, told reporters that the Maharashtra governor is working on the directions of the BJP-led Centre and claimed that President's rule has been imposed to facilitate horse-trading. "That is the whole purpose of the exercise. Allow president's rule, give sufficient time to yourself and then use money power, get others legislators on board. This is misuse of authority and highly immoral," he told reporters.
Eknath Shinde meets Sanjay Raut at Lilavati hospital
Shiv Sena legislative party leader Eknath Shinde met party leader Sanjay Raut here at Lilawati hospital late night on Tuesday. Raut has been instrumental in reaching out to various leaders in a bid to garner support for Shiv Sena for the government formation in Maharashtra.
Meeting between Uddhav Thackeray, Ahmed Patel took place last night, say sources
Sources: A meeting was held between Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, last night in Mumbai.
Shiv Sena not to mention plea challenging Maha Guv's refusal to give it more time
The Shiv Sena will not mention in the Supreme Court on Wednesday its plea challenging the governor's decision of not granting it 3 days time for getting letter of support for government formation in Maharashtra, according to the party lawyer.
'Agneepath', says Raut as Sena treads tough path with Congress-NCP
Ailing Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday tweeted the word 'agneepath' three times, apparently to indicate difficult path ahead for his party in its efforts to form government in Maharashtra with the Congress and NCP, its political rivals till recently. Raut, who on Tuesday quoted poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan to reaffirm his party's resolve to succeed and not give up, on Wednesday tweeted: "Agneepath, agneepath, agneepath..."(path of fire), without elaborating.
NCP holds core committee meeting a day after imposition of President's rule
A day after President's Rule was imposed in Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is holding a core committee meeting here to discuss the current political situation in the state. The meeting is being attended by party chief Sharad Pawar and senior leaders Praful Patel, Supriya Sule, Ajit Pawar and Jayant Patil among others.
Ashok Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat to meet Sanjay Raut at hospital today
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, his senior Congress colleague Ashok Chavan and state party chief Balasaheb Thorat will be paying a visit to Sanjay Raut who is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Mumbai. Congress leader Manikrao Thakre will also be accompanying them to meet the Shiv Sena leader.
We wanted more time for the entire procedure, says Ajit Pawar
Ajit Pawar, Nationalist Congress Party: NCP had given a letter to the Governor seeking an extension of three days as Congress leaders were not here and situation was different in the morning. We wanted more time for the entire procedure (formation of govt). If there is a situation of defection, three parties A,B and C will decide to back one common candidate then no one can defeat us.
Uddhav Thackeray arrives at hotel Triden to discuss govt formation with Congress leaders
Uddhav Thackeray arrived at hotel trident to discuss government formation with Congress leaders. Yesterday Uddhav discussed the formation with Ahmed Patel.
With inputs from Pramod Chunchuwar.
'Next CM will be from Sena', Sanjay Raut says after being released from hospital
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has been discharged from Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital. Soon after he said, "The next Chief Minister will be from Shiv Sena."
Discussions have started, will inform soon about decision: Uddhav Thackeray after meeting Congress leaders
Sharad Pawar to meet Sonia Gandhi over the weekend to bolster alliance talks
According to to an IANS report, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar will be meeting Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi this weekend to firm up alliance talks with the Shiv Sena to form a government in Maharashtra, said sources.
Before this, in no state was so much time given: Amit Shah
"Before this, in no state was so much time given. 18 days were given. Governor invited parties only after assembly tenure ended. Neither Shiv Sena nor Congress-NCP staked claim and neither we," Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah told ANI.
"Even if today any party has numbers it can approach Governor," he added.
NCP-Congress meeting scheduled for today cancelled
The meeting had been called to discuss the Common Minimum Programme of the two parties.