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Maharashtra Government Formation Live Updates: Uddhav Thackeray to be next Chief Minister of state, says Sharad Pawar; final announcement tomorrow

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Formation of Government in Maharashtra Live Updates: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar today said that a consensus has been reached between the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena on the issue of leadership. Pawar said that the leaders of the three parties met today evening and the leadership issue has been settled. "There has been a decision on chief ministership, Uddhav Thackeray will be the leader. Other details are being discussed. But there is consensus on who will lead the government.

" Top leaders of the three parties met today for the first time in Mumbai where the leadership issue was discussed. Other details are being worked out, Thackeray said after the meeting. "This was the first time that the leaders of the three partiers sat together. A range of issues were discussed. Discussions are underway," he said. A formal announcement of the leadership of the new alliance is expected at a joint press conference of the three parties tomorrow. There is no clarity yet on when the Governor will be approached to stake claim to form the government.

A crucial meeting between Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP was held in Mumbai where the three parties finalised the details of their alliance before staking claim to form government in Maharashtra.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had earlier in the day said that the alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress won’t be able to provide a stable government in Maharashtra. Calling the coalition an ‘alliance of opportunism’, Gadkari said that breaking of BJP-Sena tie-up was not only a loss to the country and Maharashtra but also to the cause of Hindutva.

"BJP and Shiv Sena alliance was based on ideology of Hindutva and even today we don’t have much ideological differences. Breaking of such an alliance is not only a loss to the country but also to Hindutva cause and to Maharashtra," Gadkari told news agency ANI.

Earlier, in a major twist to the continuing efforts to form a government in Maharashtra, senior Shiv Sena leaders Sanjay Raut and Arvind Sawant have emerged as likely frontrunners for the post of Chief Minister. As per multiple media reports, Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray, who met NCP chief Sharad Pawar late evening on Thursday, is reluctant to take up the CM’s post. Today morning, when Raut was asked about reports claiming that NCP chief Sharad Pawar suggested his name for the top job. He replied, "This is incorrect. People of Maharashtra want Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief Minister." The talks between the Shiv Sena and NCP-Congress to form a non-BJP government have entered the last leg and an announcement regarding the same is likely by the evening.

Maharashtra was placed under the President’s rule after the Shiv Sena fell out with the BJP. The BJP and Shiv Sena had contested the elections together and pocketed 161 seats (BJP 105 and Shiv Sena 56). The NCP and Congress won 54 and 44 seats, respectively.