05:11 pm New Delhi: Congress said on Thursday that the final decision would be taken on Friday to assist the Shiv Sena in forming a Maharashtra state. Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, speaking to a press conference, said all the talks with the NCP were over. The leaders of the Congress held a meeting at Sharad Pawar's residence in Delhi with the NCP members on Thursday to discuss the modalities of an alliance for government formation in Maharashtra with the Shiv Sena. The Congress Working Committee (CWC), earlier in the day, granted in-principle approval to the party to form government in Maharashtra along with the NCP and the Shiv Sena.
01:11 pm New Delhi: The Congress and the leaders of the NCP will meet in New Delhi on Wednesday afternoon, where the remaining issues of the Common Minimum Program are likely to be resolved. The talks from the Congress side are likely to be led by Malikarjun Kharge. Earlier in the day, Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with Ahmed Patel, A.K. Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge and K.C. Venugopal.
10:11 am Chennai: South mega stars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have shown their willingness to work together politically, sparking speculation that they could turn the 2021 elections to the Tamil Nadu assembly into a kind of blockbuster. Having received an honorary doctorate from Odisha, Kamal Haasan said on his way home: "Rajini and I will work together if there is a need for the growth of Tamil Nadu. It's important to work now. Later on, we can discuss our policies. We've been together for 43 years, we're not a miracle coming together. "If there is a situation that requires for the development of the Tamil people, I would join hands with Kamal Haasan". Rajinikanth said.
02:11 pm Sharad Pawar, chief of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), said Friday that the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition government will last the full five-year term if it comes to power in Maharashtra. Sharad Pawar told reporters in Nagpur, "The process of forming the government has begun. The coalition government will last five years and there is no possibility of a mid-term poll being held in Maharashtra." The NCP leader also said that Shiv Sena's request for the post of chief minister would "talk about" his faction. Since his party colleague Nawab Malik said the alliance will be led by the Shiv Sena, Pawar's comments come immediately.
03:11 pm Bengaluru: Fifteen out of the 17 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs joined the BJP in the presence of chief minister BS Yediyurappa in a new development in Karnataka politics ahead of the upcoming bypolls in the state. Back in June-July, the rebel MLAs rebelled against the functioning of the government of Congress-JD(S) led by former chief minister Kumaraswamy claiming that they had lost confidence in the government. The Karnataka chaos that lasted for more than a month ended after the Kumaraswamy government failed to prove the majority on the house floor, and BJP formed a new government under BS Yediyurappa's leadership. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld Karnataka Governor KR Ramesh Kumar's decision to disqualify rebel MLAs but allowed them to contest by-polls and elections in 2023.
12:11 pm Mumbai: The power tussle of BJP-Shiv Sena continues in Maharashtra over government formation, the latter's leader, Sanjay Raut, continues his attacks on ally BJP. Raut has reiterated that the demands of Shiv Sena are firm. "There is no new proposal on the formation of government, and we will move forward with our demand to share the post of chief minister for 2.5 years each. If the President's rule is imposed in Maharashtra then it will be an insult to the peoples' mandate," Raut said.
09:11 am MUMBAI: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut is scheduled to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at 5 p.m. today with other senior party leaders. Raut has also confirmed that he will meet the Governor and request him to invite the single largest party to form the government in Maharashtra. The move comes at a time when both the BJP and the Shiv Sena are engaged in a bitter tug-of-war over the equal distribution of Cabinet portfolios and the 2.5-year tenure of the post of chief minister. While the BJP stands firm that Devendra Fadnavis is going to become Maharashtra's next chief minister, Shiv Sena is looking for an equal term for the post of chief minister.
09:11 am Mumbai: The NCP said on Saturday that if the Shiv Sena is ready to form a "people's government as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj" minus the BJP, it will take a "positive view." NCP chief spokesman Nawab Malik said alternatives can be possible if the party led by Uddhav Thackeray takes any decision in the interest of the people in this regard. NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said alternatives could be possible if the party led by Uddhav Thackeray takes any decision in the people's interest in this regard.
03:11 pm Mumbai: In the midst of a power tussle with the BJP over the formation of government in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena today sharpened its ally's attack saying BJP minister Sudhir's "president's rule threat" by BJP minister Sudhir Mungantiwar is an "insult" to the state and people's mandate as it warned that it will soon drop its "wait and watch mode". Sena leader Sanjay Raut today told his ally that the party's "wait and watch mode" will be dropped soon. "In India, the constitution is protected by the president," he said. The term of the new Maharashtra Legislative Assembly expires on 8 November. Mungatiwar said in his remarks on Friday: "In the stipulated time, a new government will have to be in place, or the President will have to interfere."
09:11 am Mumbai: During a party meeting, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray slashed at prospective ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday, alleging that Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray was a man of his word and the BJP should note that and abide by their earlier pledge of a 50-50 formula for power sharing in Maharashtra. Uddhav also said they insisted on the very formula that Union Home Minister Amit Shah told them during a meeting earlier this year before the Lok Sabha elections. The Shiv Sena chief said that his party is not power-hungry and just wants to follow up on whatever was promised to them.