Maharashtra turmoil: Deadline 7.30 pm; Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar meeting ends

The meeting between Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar in Mumbai has ended. The duo met to discuss getting together to form government in Maharashtra.

The meeting took place after Shiv Sena’s minister in PM Modi’s cabinet, Arvind Sawant, resigned from his post amid tussle with BJP.

Sawant earlier in his tweet said, “BJP has taken a lot of strides in Maharashtra in the pursuit of falsehood .. Shiv Sena’s side is the truth. Why stay in Delhi government in such a false environment? And that is why I am resigning as the Union Minister.”

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari yesterday invited the second-largest party, the Shiv Sena to indicate willingness to form the government after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bowed out.

The BJP blamed the Sena for insulting the public’s mandate and wished it best to form a government with the support of Congress and NCP. 

The Shiv Sena has time till 7.30pm today to stake claim to power.

The Congress, after a meeting of its core committee, said that a final call on extending support to the Sena would be taken after another meeting with state Congress leaders at 4 pm today.

On Friday, Devendra Fadnavis resigned from the chief minister’s post, During the press briefing, he said there was no agreement between Sena and BJP on a seat-sharing agreement ahead of the Assembly polls in the state.