Ahead of floor test, Mumbai police deploy 5,500 personnel to ensure law and order
"As they began losing power they took this decision...I want to tell Uddhav Ji that history can't be changed, can change names...You're setting a great example of cheap politics. Only people can decide which name of Aurangabad will stay, " said Imtiaz Jaleel, AIMIM MP
Maharashtra Assembly Secretary Rajendra Bhagwat informs all state MLAs that as per Governor's orders, there's no need for a floor test now, so today's special session will not be convened
Maharashtra NCP chief refutes allegations of rebels
State NCP chief Jayant Patil, who held the Water Resources & CAD department, hailed CM Thackeray for his good governance during his stint in power. While speaking to the media, Patil lamented the Shiv Sena rebels. He also shared figures to dismiss their allegations that the state government allocated funds for development work in their constituencies rather than to NCP legislators.
Eknath Shinde to address rebel MLAs at Goa's The Taj around 10 am.
All Congress MLAs to shortly meet at Maharashtra Vidhan Bhavan to discuss the current political situation
Only Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister may take oath in 48 hours: Reports
Uddhav Thackeray visits temple after quitting as Maha CM
Shiv Sena alleges backstabbing
While speaking to the media on Thursday morning, Sanjay Raut also said, "We got emotional yesterday when Uddhav Thackeray resigned as Chief Minister. Everyone has faith in Uddhav Thackeray; people of every caste & religion support him. Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar trust him."
"Our people only backstabbed us. The rebel MLAs had a contract to break the MVA government. Shiv Sena is not born for power, power is born for Shiv Sena. This has always been Balasaheb Thackeray's mantra. We will work & come to power on our own once again."
Further speaking about his ED summons, Raut said, "I will be going to the Enforcement Directorate office tomorrow." ED had issued a second summon to Raut, asking him to appear on July 1 in connection with the Patra Chawl land scam case.
NCP supremo Sharad Pawar to chair party meeting at YB Chavan Centre shortly
Congress takes a dig at BJP
Taking to Twitter, Congress leader Sachin Sawant wrote, "Public notice- A washing machine has been started in the BJP office from today. Please note."
Several hours after Thackeray's resignation, Shiv Sena rebel and BJP MLA get death threats
Rebel Sena MLA Balaji Kinikar and BJP MLA Prasad Lad revealed that they were getting death threats.
A police official said that an anonymous letter was received at Kinikar's office in Ambernath. The letter alleged that the rebel MLA has been 'troubling' Shiv Sainiks in the town and thus, he will be killed one day.
Eknath Shinde says 'No discussion about portfolios with BJP yet'
Taking to Twitter, Shinde said, "Venerable Hindu Heart Emperor Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray's idea of Hindutva, Dharmaveer Anand Dighe Saheb's teachings, overall development of Maharashtra and development works in the constituency of MLAs is our focus."
In a following tweet, he added, "There has been no discussion with the BJP about which and how many ministerial posts, it will happen soon. Until then, please don't believe the ministerial lists and rumors about it."
'Uddhav Thackeray should've faced trust vote': Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat
Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat says, "I feel that he (Uddhav Thackeray) should've faced trust vote but he gave his farewell speech at the end of Cabinet meeting itself. Uddhav Thackeray is a sensitive person with simple nature. He did not like a few things, so he resigned."
"All our MLAs were present for trust vote today. But now the next strategy will be discussed in today's meeting (in Maharashtra Vidhan Bhavan)... there's no dispute in Congress regarding the name change of Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar," he added.
Bombay HC hears two PILs on the political crisis in the state
Bombay High Court is currently hearing two PILs- First plea is for Eknath Shinde and others to resume work while the second PIL urges registration of an FIR against Uddhav Thackeray, who resigned as CM yesterday, and others. The bench is led by CJ Dipankar Datta.
HC directs petitioners in first PIL against Shinde to deposit cost of Rs. 1 lakh as a pre-condition for the petition to be heard.
"Prime facie we find PIL is politically induced and made without requisite research before invoking PIL jurisdiction," the court said.
The bench has dismissed second petition by Hemant Patil seeking FIR against Thackeray, with liberty to approach the magistrates court.
"What does the CrPC provide? Move a private complaint. Anyone can file a complaint. Dismissed with liberty," the bench said.
Key meeting of rebel MLAs underway in Goa
Eknath Shinde is likely to return to Mumbai after a meeting with other rebel MLAs at Goa's The Taj hotel. BJP MLAs are also currently staying at the same hotel.
In the meeting, Shinde is briefing rebel MLAs on how to address the people in their constituencies about their decision to switch sides.
Additionally, BJP national general secretary CT Ravi has reached Devendra Fadnavis' Mumbai residence.
BJP core meeting underway
A meeting of the BJP core committee is currently underway at Devendra Fadnavis' residence 'Sagar'. State BJP in-charge CT Rave, other party leaders Chandrakant Patil, Girish Mahajan, Praveen Darekar and several others are present.
Infighting in Congress over Aurangabad renaming
There is anger in Congress over the name change of Aurangabad. In the meeting held earlier today, Muslim MLAs and leaders of the party protested against the renaming of Aurangabad and Osmanabad. Reportedly, over 200 Muslim MLAs have tendered their resignations.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister takes a swipe at the collapse of the MVA administration
Taking to Twitter, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said, "My country is changing...Maharashtra is the state where for the first time a government has fallen in the name of Hindutva. Sanjay Raut Ji, your MLAs were not kidnapped and saffronized. The effect of Hanuman Chalisa is that forty MLAs left in forty days."
Eknath Shinde to leave for Mumbai by 1 pm; other rebel MLAs won't accompany him
A meeting is also likely to take place between Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis at the Taj President President Hotel in Mumbai in the evening.
'No discussions with BJP on ministerial posts so far', says Eknath Shinde
Clearing the air around the distribution of portfolio with the BJP, Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde on Thursday said that there has been no discussion with the latter, however, adding that the talks will happen soon.
The leader also asked not to believe the ministerial lists and the rumours surrounding them.
Rebel Sena leader Eknath Shinde leaves Goa for Mumbai
Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde along with Maharashtra BJP MLA Ravindra Chavan left Goa for Mumbai on Thursday afternoon, where he is scheduled to meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
The lesser MP Sanjay Raut, the better. There is no truth in the news that we celebrated CM Uddhav Thackeray's resignation: Rebel MLA Deepak Kesarkar
Amid political crisis in Maharashtra, Raj Thackeray tweets against Uddhav-led Sena on Twitter
Devendra Fadnavis, Eknath Shinde and BJP core committee likely to meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at 3 pm today
Eknath Shinde camp is likely to send letter to Election Commission to stake claim on Shiv Sena
Devendra Fadnavis likely to take oath as chief minister of Maharashtra tomorrow: Reports
Eknath Shinde is likely to be sworn in as the Deputy chief minister.
Devendra Fadnavis likely to take oath as chief minister of Maharashtra tomorrow: Reports
Rebel camp spokesperson Deepak Kesarkar says 'if there is oath taking ceremony tomorrow, then we will go to Mumbai tomorrow'
Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis will decide the oath-taking date. It is the prerogative of the Governor to give him that date. Our negotiations have already started and we will form a government.
"If there will be a swearing-in ceremony tomorrow, then we will go tomorrow (to Mumbai)," he added.
"We were against our allies (NCP and Congress). We never intended to disrespect Uddhav ji. People voted for us as Shiv Sena-NJP alliance. Sanjay Raut's statement was very wrong. He called us backstabbers which is wrong. Balasaheb Thackeray made an alliance with BJP and we want the same," the politician stated.
Congress leaders arrive at Uddhav Thackeray's Mumbai residence
Congress leaders have reached at Thackeray's personal residence, 'Matoshree'. Reportedly, Prithviraj Chavan, Yashomati Thakur, Nana Patole, Balasaheb Thorat and Zeeshan Siddiqui along with Shiv Sena's Subhash Desai and Chandrakant Khaire are present.
On behalf of the Eknath Shinde camp, a whip has been issued today demanding all the MLAs to reach the Taj Convention in Goa: Reports
Eknath Shinde gets Z category security cover
Eknath Shinde, who travelled to Mumbai from Goa to meet the Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari and former CM Devendra Fadnavis, has been granted a Z category security cover by the Centre.
Rebel Sena camp leader Eknath Shinde arrives in Mumbai
Eknath Shinde is likely to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Devendra Fadnavis soon to stake a claim for the formation of a new government. Reportedly, Fadnavis and Shinde will hold a joint press conference after meeting the Governor.
BJP leader Girish Mahajan claims support of 170 MLAs: Reports
The BJP's strength in the House is 106, and it claims to have the support of at least 14 legislators, along with 50 rebel MLAs support.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel takes a dig at BJP
Speaking to the media over the political crisis in Maharashtra, the Chhattisgarh CM said, "BJP is unable to tolerate the opposition. They (BJP) were engaged in toppling the government through 'saam daam, dand, bhed' and were successful in that. I think this is not fair for democracy."
Shinde reaches Fadnavis residence after landing; likely to discuss ministerial positions
Devendra Fadnavis and Eknath Shinde expected to take oath around 7 pm today: Sources
Both the leaders have reached Raj Bhavan to meet Governor BS Koshyari.