New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: After the NCP and Congress showed uncertainty to form the government in Maharashtra despite the nearing deadline, the President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday approves the recommendations of Maharashtra Governor to impose President Rule in the state. 

As the prevailing scrimmage in Maharashtra over the government formation enters 18th day, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday refused to give more time to the Shiv Sena for forming the government and invited the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to stake claim to form the government as the NCP emerged as the third-largest party in the assembly elections.

The Shiv Sena yesterday was called by the Governor to stake claim to form the government, but the Sena failed to prove the majority, and the governor refused to extend the time to prove the majority. Sena on Monday claimed that two parties -- NCP and Congress, without naming them -- had agreed "in-principle" to back its administration without the BJP, but it failed to get letters of support before the deadline.

Meanwhile, Congress appeared not wanting to take a hurried decision to align with its ideological rival and decided to hold further talks with its pre-poll ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on the issue of supporting the Sena.

Now the governor has asked the NCP to express "willingness and ability" to form a government. What happens next? Stay tuned to get the latest updates;

9:21 pm: BJP leader Sudhir Mugantiwar: This is Rane Sahab's personal opinion. There was no discussion held on this issue in the BJP core committee meeting.

9:21 pm: Narayan Rane, BJP on being asked if Congress, NCP leaders are in touch with him: I cannot say anything on it. All I can say is that I am trying to help form government.

8:52 pm: BJP leader Sudhir Mugantiwar after party's core committee meeting: President's rule is definitely something we did not expect. We will certainly try to ensure that people's mandate is respected. We will try to form a stable government. We will stand by the people of the state.

8:34 pm: I expect all the parties to take this situation seriously and I hope a stable government will be formed soon: Devendra Fadnavis

8:30 pm: Narayan Rane, BJP: I think NCP-Congress are trying to make a fool out of Shiv Sena.

8:29 pm: Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis in a press note: President's rule is unfortunate but we expect that Maharashtra will get a stable government soon.

8:22 pm: Narain Rane, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP): BJP will try to form government. Devendra Fadnavis is putting in all efforts in this direction.

8:18 pm: BJP-Shiv Sena were together for many years but now Shiv Sena has to go with Congress-NCP. We'll hold further talks with both of them: Uddhav Thackeray

8:15 pm: Did not file writ petition against President's Rule in Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray

8:14 pm: Lord Ram is about keeping promises. BJP did not keep its promise. BJP must honour 50:50 promise: Uddhav Thackeray

8:12 pm: Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena: BJP-Shiv Sena were together for many yrs but now Shiv Sena has to go with Congress-NCP. We'll hold further talks with both of them. I would like to thank Arvind Sawant, many people have lust for ministerial post but he isn't like that. Proud of him.

8:08 pm: Will work on a common minimum program with Congress: Uddhav Thackeray

8:05 pm: Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena chief: BJP was invited by the Governor but they refused to form govt in the state. The next day we were given the invitation (by Governor), we were given only 24 hours time but we required 48 hours. But he (Governor) didn't give us 48 hours time.

7:55 pm: Ahmed Patel, Congress: Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party got invitation from the Governor to prove majority. But Congress did not get an invitation . We condemn it.

7:55 pm: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar: We are in no hurry. We will hold discussions with Congress and then take a decision (to support Shiv Sena).

7:46 pm: Congress leader Ahmed Patel: We will hold discussions with Shiv Sena after we hold discussions with our ally.

7:46 pm: Ahmed Patel, Congress: The way President's rule was recommended, I condemn it. This government has violated the SC guidelines on President's rule on several occasions in in the last 5 years.

7:45 pm: NCP leader Praful Patel: A meeting was held between senior leaders of NCP and Congress today. On 11th November Shiv Sena first contacted us formally. We will discuss on all the issues and then take a decision.

7:07 pm: Shiv Sena's lawyer Sunil Fernandes says, "SC registry has said they may mention the matter tomorrow before the court, for urgent hearing. Fresh/second petition challenging the imposition of President's Rule is being readied. The decision on when to file it will be taken tomorrow"

6:58 pm: No hearing today in Supreme Court on Shiv Sena’s plea against Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's decision of denying three more days to the party to get letters of support from NCP and Congress.

6:52 pm: Maharashtra: Leaders of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) held a joint meeting today in Mumbai. President's Rule has been imposed in the state

6:48 pm: Digvijaya Singh, Congress: This decision (President's Rule in Maharashtra) has been taken under pressure from Prime Minister and Home Minister, we object to this.

6:40 pm: The Supreme Court registry is yet to take a call on placing the petition filed by the Shiv Sena before Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on their plea for according an urgent hearing on Tuesday itself. An official source told PTI that there is some defect in the petition and the judicial branch of the the apex court registry is working with the advocate-on-record who has filed the petition to cure the defect.

6:20 pm: Rajesh Inamdar, Shiv Sena's lawyer: About the President's Rule, whatever information I'm getting it's through the news channels. Let's have a legal discussion on this&accordingly if there is a necessity of filing a petition we will take a legal recourse as per law.

6:10 pm: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy says if the NCP and Congress have the numbers, they can anytime go to the Governor and seek a floor test. The President's rule is not a permanent situation and can be lifted at any time.

5:55 pm: The Ministry of Home Affairs says President’s rule has been imposed for 6 months but it can be withdrawn earlier if any party proves the numbers to form the government. “The Governor has given his recommendation to the centre, saying that there is no party which seems to be in a position to form the government. Hence, he recommended the President’s rule,” MHA said. The MHA added that the governor said he has made all attempts to see government formation but has not met with any success. The governor is satisfied that a situation has arisen that no stable government can be formed in the state.

5:50 pm: Nishant Katnekar, Maharashtra govt's lawyer: Today I came to know about the filing of a petition by Shiv Sena, challenging the communication of the Governor by which their claim has been rejected with regard to the formation of the govt. I will have to receive a copy of the petition, then I will have to see the prayers, contents, grounds and thereafter appropriate steps will be taken.

5:44 pm: Mumbai: Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal arrive at YB Chavan centre for a meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar. President's Rule has been imposed in the state of .

5:34 pm: President Ram Nath Kovind approves governor's recommendation of President's rule in Maharashtra. The President's rule has now been imposed in Maharashtra. 

5:25 pm: Maharashtra BJP core group to meet at 6 pm at Devendra Fadnavis's residence. 

5:20 pm: If President's rule is imposed in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena will file a second petition challenging it in the Supreme Court, says Party lawyer.  

5:10 pm: Ministry of Home Affairs has sent a file to the President for his signature approving imposition of Presidents rule in Maharashtra.

5:00 pm: Congress spokesperson questions Maharashtra governor for 'arbitrary' allotment of time to NCP, Sena and BJP to prove support, calls it unashamedly dishonest. “Maharashtra governor has committed grave travesty, mocked Constitutional process in recommending President's rule,” the Congress spokesperson said.

4:53 pm: Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal have reached Mumbai. They are scheduled to meet NCP leader Sharad Pawar around 5pm.

4:45 pm: Shiv Sena plea in Supreme Court against governor's decision to not extend given time. 

4:28 pm: According to top sources, BJP had sought more time but it was given 48 hours to form the government by the governor. It was denied and within 24 hours, BJP opted out. Then, Sena wanted three days and it was denied. Today at 11:30am, NCP said it wanted two more days but It was again denied. 

4:12 pm: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam says the governor's decision to impose Presidents role is illegal and unconstitutional. 

3:55 pm: CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury questions why the SR Bommai vs Union of India judgement is not being followed by the governor of Maharashtra. According to the Bommai judgement, "The assessment of the strength of the Ministry is not a matter of private opinion of any individual be he the governor or the President." 

3:36 pm: Shiv Sena files petition in Supreme Court challenging Maharashtra Governor's decision to not extend the time given to the party to prove their ability to form the government. Advocate Sunil Fernandez has filed the plea for Shiv Sena.

3:35 pm: The Maharashtra Governor in a statement clarified that Governor has recommended to impose President's Rule in Maharashtra. 

3:30 pm: Raj Bhavan: Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari having been satisfied that as Govt of Maharashtra cannot be carried on in accordance with the Constitution, has today submitted a report as contemplated by the provisions of Article 356 of Constitution (President's Rule).

3:27 pm:  Shiv Sena seeks hearing in the case today. Shiv Sena says, "Governor wrongfully declined to give 3 days". Shiv Sena MLA Anil Parab is a co-petitioner in the case. The Supreme Court is still to inform Sena lawyers about listing the case.

3:23 pm: Former union minister Yashwant Sinha criticising the Governor said, "Governor Maharashtra has truly acted as the 'agent' of the centre in recommending President's rule in the state. The three parties should now come out vehemently, reconcile their differences and form a government."

3:17 pm: Nawab Malik, NCP: The party believes that it is not possible to form an alternative govt without the coming together of the three parties (Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena). If the three don't come together, there cannot be a stable govt in Maharashtra.

2:57 pm: Nawab Malik, NCP: Guv called us to stake claim yesterday & gave us time till 8:30 pm today. Senior Congress leders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal are coming to Mumbai & will meet Pawar sa'ab at 5 pm. Decision will be taken after their discussion.

2:48 pm: Nawab Malik, NCP: Today NCP meeting was held. All 54 MLAs were present. It has been decided that looking at the uncertainty in the state, we'll empower Sharad Pawar ji to take a decision on alternative govt.A committee will be formed for the same which will be led by Sharad Pawar

2:24 pm: Sushil Kr Shinde, Congress: There's no issue of Congress being late, we've been alert since beginning. We had asked them (NCP) if they've sent a letter(to Governor). Things will have to be done simultaneously, they're our partner. Whatever decision is taken,it'll be done together

2:15 pm: Sources: If the Maharashtra Governor imposes President Rule in the state, Shiv Sena can approach Supreme Court. Uddhav Thackeray has talked to Kapil Sibal and Ahmed Patel over the issue.

2:10 pm: Reacting to reports of Governor recommending President's rule in Maharashtra, Congress leader Sanjay Jha said, "Hoshiyari much! The Governor's decision will be challenged in the courts."

1:55 pm: Questioning the governor on reports of President's rule in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi said, "How can the honourable governor recommend President rule till the time given to NCP doesn’t lapse?"

1:40 pm: Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari recommends President's rule in Maharashtra, say sources. 

1:27 pm: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said, "If there is a scenario of NCP Chief Minister (in Maharashtra) then what will be your party's stand: 'Pehle nikaah hoga, uske baad sochenge ki beta hoga ya beti hogi. Abhi toh nikaah hi nahi hua. Nothing to consider. Yeh sab khel ho raha hai.' (There will be marriage first, then we will decide if it's a son or daughter. For now, there is no marriage. This is all a game.)"

12:43 pm: KC Venugopal in a tweet said, "Honourable Congress President Sonia Gandhi spoke to Sharad Pawar today morning and deputed Ahamed Patel, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge and myself for holding further discussions with Sharad Pawar. We three are going to Mumbai now and will meet Pawar at the earliest."

12:40 pm: Mumbai: BJP leader Ashish Shelar met Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut at Lilawati hospital today. Raut was admitted to hospital yesterday after he complained of chest pain.

12:27 pm: Maharashtra Congress leaders to meet Sharad Pawar at 2 pm. Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chauhan are among the leaders to meet the NCP Chief.

12:25 pm: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge: NCP and Congress had pre-poll alliance, & final decision will be a collective decision. Our talks with NCP are on, and we will only move forward once discussions with them are done.

12:15 pm: Senior Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Ahmed Patel to meet NCP leaders in Mumbai, later today

12:05 pm: Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray arrives to meet party leader Sanjay Raut at Lilawati hospital today. Raut was admitted to hospital yesterday after he complained of chest pain.

11:45 am: Congress leader Manikrao Thakre has claimed that the party did not give its letter of support at the insistence of NCP Sharad Pawar who he claims had asked the party to wait for one more day. Thakre claimed that Pawar had said that the two parties should first discuss the details of the alliance between themselves and then hold talks with the Sena.

11:25 am: If all three parties come together, then it will be Shiv Sena's CM, says NCP sources. The source added that the party wants all three parties on board. NCP don't want Congress to support it from outside, as reported by News18. 

11:10 am: Blame game begins in Congress and NCP as each party says the other was responsible for not sending letter of support to shiv Sena yesterday. Neither Congress, nor NCP is in a hurry to stake claim. The process may take days as well, say sources.

11:00 am: KC Venugopal reaches Sonia Gandhi’s residence. Earlier party sources said that Congress wants NCP CM with Shiv Sena's support

10:41 am: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar on being asked if there is a meeting scheduled today between Congress and NCP: Who says there is a meeting? I don't know.

10:38 am: Congress says that they are dependent on their ally NCP who is mediating. Congress will only issue letters of support once Sharad Pawar gives a green signal after formalising talks with Uddhav Thackeray, say party sources.

10:34 am: Top sources in Congress say that Congress maintains that the letter of support wasn’t issued to Shiv Sena because when Sonia Gandhi spoke to Sharad Pawar, Pawar maintained that talks with Uddhav Thackeray hasn’t finalised modalities of the alliance yet

10:27 am: Mumbai: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar to meet Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut at Lilawati hospital today. Raut was admitted to hospital yesterday after he complained of chest pain

10:24 am: President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of Union Minister of Heavy Industries& Public Enterprises Arvind Sawant(Shiv Sena MP). I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar has been assigned additional charge of Sawant's ministry

10:13 am: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar on being asked if there is a delay on part of Congress: I will talk to the Congress.

10:02 am: Ajit Pawar,NCP: Whatever decision will be taken collectively, so we were waiting for Congress response yesterday but it didn't come, we can't decide on it alone. There is no misunderstanding,we contested together and are together.

9:50 pm: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam in a tweet said, "Congress has no moral responsibility to form a government in Maharashtra. Putting any blame on us for the instability is meaningless. Its the failure of BJP and Shiv Sena which has brought the state on the doorstep of President rule."

9:40 am: Kagda Chandya Padvi, Congress MLA said, "Process is still underway, but end result will be positive. Personally I think the three (Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP) parties will form the government and a Shiv Sena leader will be the CM."

9:24 am: Sanjay Raut in a early morning tweet said, "A boat does not cross if it fears the waves, those who try never lose. We will triumph, indeed."

9:20 am: Uddhav Thackeray and Aditya Thackeray will likely meet Shiv Sena MLAs in Madh Island resort after 10 am. Though the party was granted only 24 hours to stake claim, Aaditya Thackeray, said that they would come to Raj Bhavan soon and stake the claim for government formation.

9:15 am: Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar yesterday said, "NCP and Congress will have a meeting tomorrow (12th November) to decide about Shiv Sena, many senior leaders from both the parties will be present in tomorrow's meeting.

9:10 am: As the 7.30 pm deadline ended for Shiv Sena, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday night invited NCP asking it to express "willingness and ability to form government". State unit NCP president Jayant Patil said the party will discuss the issue with Congress and get back to the governor by 8:30 pm today.

9:05 am: Shiv Sena had claimed yesterday that NCP and Congress have agreed "in-principle" to back its government without the BJP in Maharashtra but failed to get letters of support from the two parties before deadline set by the Governor. 

9:00 am: The impasse in government formation enters the 18th day and the prospect of President's rule looms in Maharashtra. Congress appeared not wanting to take a hasty decision to align with its ideological rival and decided to hold further talks with its pre-poll ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on the issue of supporting the Sena.

Posted By: Talib Khan