Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: In a late meeting on Thursday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his MLA-son Aaditya met NCP president Sharad Pawar at his residence 'Silver Oak' in South Mumbai. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut and NCP leader Ajit Pawar were also present during the meet. The Thackerays called on Pawar, who is a Rajya Sabha MP, after he arrived in Mumbai from New Delhi in the evening.

The late nigh meeting took place on a day when Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said in New Delhi that his party and the NCP have ‘complete unanimity’ on all issues concerning government formation in Maharashtra and will now hold talks with the Shiv Sena to ‘finalise the architecture of the alliance’.

Nearly a month after Maharashtra went to polls on October 21, the three parties are likely to make a formal announcement today to join hands to take a shot at power in the state.

Here are the Highlights from Maharashtra:

19:10 PM: "We have decided on the future course of Maharashtra. Need to give finishing touches to the alliance: Uddhav Thackeray after joint meeting

19:05 pm: Consensus on Uddhav to lead Maha govt; talks in progress on other issues, says Sharad Pawar as reported by PTI.

18:50 pm: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar after Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress meeting: Tomorrow a press conference will be held by the three parties. Discussion is continuing. Tomorrow we will also decide when to approach the Governor.

18:40 pm: Mumbai | Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP joint meeting ends.

18:17 pm: What is important is the government runs for five years, people's sentiments are respected...Our priority to form the government at the earliest: NCP's Nawab Malik

18:16 pm: Some leaders of the three parties will meet in the evening (on Friday). They will discuss all the points and take the final call. We will stake claim to form the government late tonight or in the morning tomorrow: NCP's Nawab Malik

18:06 pm: Meeting between top NCP-Congress and Shiv Sena leaders underway.

16:56 pm: Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray arrive at Nehru Centre for Congress-Shiv Sena-NCP meeting.

16:16 pm: "We are going for meeting (Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena) where discussions will be held. We will do a briefing after the meeting," says Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge.

15:26 pm: 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: Nitin Gadkari

15:19 pm: This (Shiv Sena-NCP-Congresss) is an alliance of opportunism, they will not be able to give Maharashtra a stable government: Nitin Gadkari

15:14 pm: Congress Legislative Party meeting underway at Maharashtra Vidhan Bhavan, to elect their legislative party leader.

15:08 pm: The Shiv Sena and the Congress-NCP will hold a meeting today at 4.00 pm to discuss about the government formation in the state.

15:06 pm: "There are ideological differences among Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP. The govt will not go much ahead even if it is formed," says Nitin Gadkari

13:49 pm:

13:40 pm: The Congress is also scheduled to elect its legislature party leader later in the day. AICC general secretaries Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal are expected to attend the meeting to elect the legislature party leader.

13:09 pm: "It is almost final that the next Maharashtra Chief Minister will be from Shiv Sena. NCP has never demanded the position of Chief Minister," Congress' Manikrao Thakre

12:14 pm: Meeting of Shiv Sena MLAs begins at Matoshree.

12:01 pm: Sanjay Raut, Arvind Sawant lead race to CM post; Uddhav Thackeray not keen

11:47 am: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who underwent an angioplasty earlier this month, went for a routine checkup at Lilavati Hospital in suburban Bandra, reported PTI. 

11:34 am: NCP takes a jibe at BJP, says 'Sharad Pawar outwitted Chanakya of politics

"@PawarSpeaks Sahab has finally outwitted the so- called Chanakya of Indian politics. The throne of Delhi could not make Maharashtra bow down before it. Jai Maharashtra," said NCP's Nawab Malik in a tweet today.

10:53 am: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena when asked,"if Sharad Pawar has suggested his (Raut) name for the post of Maharashtra CM": This is incorrect. People of Maharashtra want Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief Minister.

10:33 am: Asked if the three non-BJP parties would meet the state governor on Friday itself, Sanjay Raut quipped, "Why meet the governor when the President's rule is in place".

10:08 am: "Shiv Sena Chief Minister will be there for full 5 years," says Sanjay Raut.

9:29 am: A senior Shiv Sena leader, quoted by PTI, said that party chief uddhav Thackeray will address a meeting of party MLAs and senior leaders on Friday during which he is expected to deliberate on the party's line of action in the backdrop of the three main non-BJP parties making efforts to form government in the state.

9:23 am: 'Complete unanimity': Congress-NCP, Sena seal deal; announcement likely on Friday

9:21 am: The Congress and the NCP had won 44 and 54 seats respectively.

9:17 am: The BJP and Sena, which fought the October 21 assembly polls in alliance, had secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member assembly.

9:00 am: "When we announce Common Minimum Programme, power-sharing formula will be disclosed," said Congress' Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday 

9:00 am: "Congress, NCP have completed discussions and there is complete unanimity on all issues. A decision will be taken on Friday on the architecture of alliance for Maharashtra government formation," said Congress' Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday

8:52 am: The meeting took place on a day when Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said in New Delhi that his party and the NCP have "complete unanimity" on all issues concerning government formation in Maharashtra and will now hold talks with the Shiv Sena to "finalise the architecture of the alliance".

8:45 am: The Thackerays called on Pawar, who is a Rajya Sabha MP, after he arrived in Mumbai from New Delhi in the evening.

8:36 am: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya Thackeray held a late-night meeting with Sharad Pawar on Thursday night.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma