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Maharashtra updates: BJP delegation meets the governor, Shiv Sena adamant on having their chief minister

Stalemate in Maharashtra over post of chief minister continues.

3:30 PM

BJP delegation met the Maharashtra governor in Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. Shiv Sena MLAs say they are following Uddhav Thackeray’s orders. Will stay in Rang Sharda hotel for next two days as deadline to form government approaches. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut maintains that they have the numbers to form government without BJP’s support and the chief minister of Maharashtra will be from their party only.

1:30 PM

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said he will continue with his role in Central Government and that the talks are still on between BJP and Shiv Sena for formation of the government. He added that the BJP is confident of getting the Shiv Sena support. Meanwhile, as per CNN News 18, Shiv Sena is moving its MLAs to Rang Sharda hotel.

10:15 AM

Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut has refuted media reports that the MLAs are being taken to resort. Says the Shiv Sena MLAs are firm in their resolve and committed to the party. He further reiterated that the Chief Minister of Maharashtra will be from the Sena.

9 AM

Matters in Maharashtra have escalated as Shiv Sena, BJP ally in the recently concluded state assembly elections, has accused the latter of attempting to poach its MLAs. Shiv Sena has now reportedly moved its MLAs to a posh hotel in South Mumbai where they’ll be kept.

According to CNN News 18, the Shiv Sena MLAs will taken to Trident Hotel in Nariman Point, South Mumbai after all elected Shiv Sena MLAs meet Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. Amidst all this, a delegation of BJP leaders led by party’s state chief Chandrakant Patil is scheduled to meet the Governor today.

Read: NCP-Congress alliance will not make any attempts to form a government in Maharashtra: Sharad Pawar

Meanwhile, according to some reports, a faction of Shiv Sena MLAs want the stalemate to get over and form the government with BJP as they believe a government without the BJP will not be a stable one.

A deadlock has appeared between BJP and the Shiv Sena over the power-sharing agreement to form a new government in the state. The state went to assembly polls in October in which BJP has won 105 seats, Shiv Sena won 56 seats, while NCP and Congress won 54 and 44 seats respectively.

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