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  • BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday broke his silence on the political crisis in Maharashtra and hit out at Shiv Sena, the party's estranged Maharashtra ally. The BJP chief made it clear that Shiv Sena's demands were not acceptable to his party.

    Chavan said the Congress was holding internal meetings and also holding talks with the NCP to work out a possible Common Minimum Programme if a government was to be formed with the Sena.

    The BJP on Tuesday blamed "stubbornness" of its estranged ally and political rival Shiv Sena, without taking its name, for imposition of Pre...

    President Ram Nath Kovind signed the proclamation approving the Union Cabinet’s recommendation to impose President’s rule and keep the legislative assembly under suspended animation on the evening of November 12.

    While on the one hand Sena's severing ties with the NDA underscores the BJP's growing hegemony which forced an avowed secular party like the Congress to mull supporting a strident Hindutva party like the Sena, it also highlights how the ruling party's expansionist drive under Modi and Amit Shah has made its allies of decades uneasy.

    Raut in a tweet said, "Jo khandaani raees hain wo mizaj rakhte hain narm apna, tumhara lehja bataa rahaa hai, tumhari daulat nayi nayi hai" (those rich by hereditary have a soft temperament, your tone shows your wealth is newly acquired). The Rajya Sabha member last week also quoted words of a Hindi poet on his Twitter handle to take aim at the BJP.

    The Union Cabinet had earlier in the day recommended President's rule in the state after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari submitted a report in this regard, officials said.

    Fadnavis drove to Raj Bhavan in South Mumbai and submitted his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari as the tenure of the existing Legislative Assembly ended today. Meanwhile, there has been no headway in government formation even a fortnight after Assembly poll results were announced on October 24 in which BJP won 105 seats while Shiv Sena got 56.

    The development came after BJP held two rounds of marathon meetings of its state leadership to hammer out a solution. The first meeting of the state BJP core committee was held at 11 am and went on till almost 3 pm on Sunday. The meeting was adjourned and the final decision was left to BJP chief Amit Shah.

    After a 15-day acrimonious verbal spat with ally Shiv Sena, Devendra Fadnavis submitted his resignation to governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Fadnavis is to continue till an alternate arrangement is made. Addressing a news conference, Fadnavis said that it was hurtful and shocking that the Sena had not cooperated.

    Amid the impasse over government formation in Maharashtra, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has the discretion to consider all equations and combinations and call each party one by one to stake claim, say legal experts.

    BJP on its own is falling short of numbers, thereby throwing the scene open for more uncertainties.

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