In the wee hours of Monday, on November 11, Shiv Sena leaders Milind Narvekar and Anil Desai were seen leaving from the residence of Party supremo Uddhav Thackeray amid the power tussle. As per sources, the leaders chaired a meeting with the party chief in order to discuss the ongoing fiasco of government formation in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena, the second-largest party in the 288-member House with 56 MLAs has time till 7:30 pm on November 11 to stake the claim.
Mumbai: Shiv Sena leaders Milind Narvekar & Anil Desai leave from Matoshree, residence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray. Maharashtra Governor, Bhagat Singh Koshyari had yesterday asked Shiv Sena to indicate willingness & ability of the party to form the government in Maharashtra. pic.twitter.com/P4ph0Yyk4w— ANI (@ANI) November 10, 2019
Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday met the party's newly-elected MLAs from Maharashtra, who are currently staying at a resort in Jaipur, to discuss the political situation in the state.
Nawab Malik while speaking to Republic TV, laid down a few demands by his party before entering a post-poll alliance and forming the government with Shiv Sena. He said, “If the governor is calling Shiv Sena, then it has to first announce that they are not in the NDA. They must part from the Bharatiya Janata Party and they must give a proposal (to the NCP) on how they want to go ahead. So, until and unless they resign from the Centre, they break relation with the BJP, they sent a proposal to us, no decision can be announced".
Addressing a press conference after meeting Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, BJP leader Chandrakant Patil declared that they would not form the government in Maharashtra. He stated that the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena can stake claim to form the government and accused Sena of betraying the mandate of the people of Maharashtra. "In the elections, BJP, RPI, Sena and other parties were given a mandate. Yesterday, the Governor invited the BJP to form the government. We fought for the alliance, got votes for the alliance. Sena does not want to be part of the alliance. Sena chose to insult the mandate. We won't form the government. We informed the Governor. If Sena has to go with NCP, Congress, we wish them good luck."
(With Inputs from ANI)