Politics Live | BJP delaying govt formation in Maharashtra, says Sanjay Raut

Sanjay Raut

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Mumbai

BJP delaying govt formation, creating Prez rule situation, says Sanjay Raut

Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday accused the BJP of delaying the process of government formation in Maharashtra and creating a situation for the imposition of President’s rule.

Addressing a press conference, he said the BJP should declare that it is unable to form the government and then the Shiv Sena will take further steps. Reiterating the Shiv Sena’s demand for sharing the chief minister’s post, he said the state’s CM will be from the Uddhav Thackeray-led party only. “You will know on the floor of the House. We have the numbers,” he claimed.

“Why did the BJP leaders who met the governor today did not stake claim? Why did they return empty-handed? They want to create a situation for the imposition of President’s rule. The BJP does not have the numbers,” he said.

Downplaying the Sena’s decision to shift all its MLAs to a hotel in suburban Bandra, Raut said, “Not all legislators have homes in Mumbai. So, the party has decided to ensure they get facilities under one roof.” - PTI

Maharashtra

Sena authorises Uddhav to take final call on govt formation

Shiv Sena MLAs on Thursday passed a resolution, authorising party chief Uddhav Thackeray to take a “final decision” on government formation in Maharashtra.

After the meeting of the Sena MLAs at Thackeray’s residence ‘Matoshree’, all the legislators went to Rangsharda Hotel, close to the party chief’s home in suburban Bandra, where they have been shifted amid the ongoing uncertainty over government formation and fear of switching sides.

“It is necessary for all the MLAs to be together in the prevailing situation. Whatever decision Uddhavji takes will be binding on all of us,” Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu said.

Mr. Thackeray chaired the meeting of all party MLAs for over an hour during which discussions were held on the political situation and the legislators reiterated that the formula of “equal sharing of posts and responsibilities” agreed upon before the Lok Sabha polls should be implemented.

The party also appeared firm on its decision of sharing the chief minister’s post for two-and-a-half years each with the BJP.

“The Sena MLAs passed a resolution authorising Uddhavji to take a final decision regarding government formation,” party legislator Shambhuraje Desai said after the meeting ended.

Sena MLA Abdul Sattar said, “The next Chief Minister will be from the Shiv Sena. Uddhavji will take a final decision regarding government formation.”

Another MLA, on condition of anonymity, said Mr. Thackeray was “hurt” over the ongoing developments in the State.

“He [Thackeray] feels issues could have been resolved by sitting across the table. This did not happen. Instead, what was decided was denied. Uddhavji said he did not want to break the alliance with the BJP. He only expects that what was decided be implemented,” the legislator said.

“He told us to wait and watch,” the MLA added.

New Delhi

Don’t link RSS chief to Maharashtra govt formation: Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat shouldn’t be linked to the government formation moves in Maharashtra.

Speaking to reporters here, the BJP leader also ruled out his returning to the state to assume the top job.

“Devendra Fadnavis will head the new government,” he said, adding a decision will be taken soon to resolve the impasse over government formation in his home state.

“It won’t be appropriate to link the RSS chief to the goings on (over government formation),” he said.

The BJP and Shiv Sena have got people’s mandate to form the new government, Mr. Gadkari said.

Maharashtra

BJP against forming minority govt in Maharashtra: Mungantiwar

Maharashtra Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar on Thursday said his party is not in favour of forming a minority government in the state.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the BJP delegation’s meeting with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Mungantiwar said there should be no doubt about Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ “leadership and acceptance” across party lines.

The BJP is against forming a minority government in Maharashtra,” he said, amid the continuing deadlock over formation of government even 14 days after the Assembly polls verdict.

Mungantiwar said the BJP delegation, led by state unit president Chandrakant Patil, was going to meet the governor to inform him about the BJP’s stand once the tenure of the existing Assembly ends on November 9.

Asked about Shiv Sena’s insistence on sharing the chief minister’s post, Mungantiwar said, “Fadnavis is not just a BJP leader, but he should be seen as Sena’s chief minister as well. There should be no doubt about his leadership and acceptance across the party lines.”

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New Delhi

Difference between 2012 and 2019 is ‘parlous’ state of economy: Chidambaram on RCEP

The UPA’s decision to engage with RCEP nations and the Congress’ advice to the Modi government to not sign the trade deal were both correct as the difference between 2012 and 2019 is the “parlous” state of the economy, said senior party leader P. Chidambaram.

His remarks come days after India decided not to join the mega Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) deal as negotiations failed to address New Delhi’s concerns.

Mr. Chidambaram, in a tweet posted by his family on his behalf, said the UPA’s decision in 2012 to engage with RCEP countries was correct.

“The Congress’ advice to the Government in 2019 to pause and not sign RCEP was also correct. The difference between 2012 and 2019 is the parlous state of the economy today thanks to the NDA’s incompetent management,” the former Finance Minister tweeted.

With India deciding not to join RCEP, the Congress has claimed victory saying its forceful opposition ensured that the BJP government backs out from bartering the interests of farmers, dairy producers, fishermen and small and medium businessmen.

- PTI

Maharashtra

No talks between Bhagwat, Uddhav yet: Sanjay Raut

There have been no talks yet between RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on government formation in Maharashtra, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Thursday.

Talking to reporters here ahead of the meeting of Shiv Sena MLAs with Thackeray, Mr. Raut said legislators of his party and the opposition Congress and NCP “would not cross sides“.

“There have been no talks yet between Bhagwat and Thackeray,” the Rajya Sabha member said.

Asked if he represented views of his party amid the logjam over government formation in the state, Mr. Raut said, “I put forth views of Uddhav Thackeray.”

The BJP and the Shiv Sena are engaged in a bitter tug-of-war over the latter’s demand for equal distribution of portfolios and sharing the Chief Minister’s post.

The BJP has rejected the Sena’s demand for sharing the Chief Minister’s post for two-and-a-half years each.

The tenure of the present Assembly ends on November 9.

Sources from both the parties on Wednesday said back channel talks were on between the two old but often-feuding Hindutva allies and a breakthrough was expected.

(With inputs from Correspondents, agencies)

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