Live : Turmoil in Maha Amongst Poaching Rumours; BJP set to Meet Koshiyari

Political turmoil in Maharashtra is at its peak as the deadline to form government ends in the next 48 hours. BJP and Shiv Sena both have started putting  effort to form government in the state.

Nitin Gadkari is expected to meet Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat in Nagpur today. Addressing the media Gadkari said that “We are in talks with Shiv Sena there will be a resolution soon and the Maharashtra CM will be from BJP”.

He also said that linking this stalemate to the RSS is unfair. According to him, RSS has no role in this and the mandate has been won for BJP-SENA combined.

Earlier today, Shiv Sena accused the BJP of poaching its MLAs. News that Sena has moved its MLAs to Trident Hotel in Trident Hotel in Nariman Point was dismissed by Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut who said “our leaders are firm.” He engaged in tough talk by adding “No one dare poach Sena MLAs” ahead of the BJPs meeting with governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari.

 

Live –

03:15 – Sanjay Raut in a press brief denies Sena MLAs being moved into a hotel. “Who told you our MLAs are being moved into a hotel? You have been misinformed (sic).” He mocked Chandrakant Patil’s claim where he said the the Mahayuti won the mandate. He questions the BJP on meeting the Governor and emerging without a solution. He said that the mandate was not won by the Mahayuti alone but by the BJPs alliance with the Shiv Sena and the promise of the two parties working together.

02:36 – Soon after BJPs press briefing after meeting the governor, a Shiv Sena MLA said that they would adhere to what Uddhav Thackrey says.

02:32 – Chandrakant Patil, State President of BJP, held a press conference declaring that the Maharashtra public wants a BJP-Sena government, afterall all they voted for the Mahayuti. He said the BJP discussed legalities with the Governor and appraised him about the situation in the state and they will now work on a solution by talking to the Shiv Sena.

02:22 – Key RSS meeting currently underway in Maharashtra Bhawan in Delhi.

02:18 – BJP meeting with Koshiyari underway. They can buy time from the Governor by staking claim as the single largest party and saying that it is in talks with its allies. This gives it time to further negotiate with the BJP and offers some relief from the dooming deadline.

02:06 – According to NDTV, Uddhav Thackrey is upset that the BJP publicly rejected that there was a 50-50 sharing agreement. It is alleged that Shiv Sena will not budge until the BJP admits that there was a 50-50 sharing power sharing plan.

02:02 – BJP delegation arrives at Raj Bhawan to meet Governor Koshiyari.

01:59 – Sena MLAs move to hotel Rangsharda in Mumbai, minutes away from Matoshree . ” We have been told to stay together. Whatever Uddhav ji will say, we will follow it,” a source reported News18.

01:49 pm – Uddhav Thackrey’s meeting with MLAs ends. Leaders asked to “wait and watch” and told to remain in Mumbai.

01:24 pm – One hour long meeting of Sena MLAs and concludes.Sena continues to be adamant on CM post; leaders confident there will be no break-aways.

01:06 pm – Don’t link RSS chief to Maharashtra govt formation: Nitin Gadkari amidst rumours of him travelling to Nagpur to meet Bhagwat.

01:03 pm –  in Matoshree building meeting, Sena MLAs ask Thackrey to be firm with with CM post sharing demand with BJP.

 

 

Kinjal Pandey and Faizan Ahmad