Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The ongoing tug-of-war for power in Maharashtra doesn’t seem to be getting over any time soon. After the BJP declined to form government in the state, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has invited Shiv Sena to stake claim.

The Sena, the second-largest party in the 288-member House with 56 MLAs after the BJP (105), has time till 7:30 pm on Monday, to stake the claim. While the Sena has been making efforts to reach out to the NCP and the Congress, the Sharad Pawar-led party said the Sena will have to walk out of the NDA first.

Meanwhile, Sena MP Arvind Sawant on Monday morning said that he will resign as a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. The fast-paced developments seem to have increased the bargaining power of opposition Congress and NCP, as the Sena, which has 56 MLAs, is far away from the halfway mark of 145.

Here are the highlights of the day:

19:53 pm: Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress: We've already issued a press note & we've mentioned that we've already discussed with working committee members and our PCC leaders. Our AICC President has spoken to Sharad Pawar ji. Further discussion will take place in Mumbai tomorrow.

19:53 pm: Aaditya Thackeray: Both parties (Congress-NCP) have been speaking to us, MLAs have been speaking to us. As talks are on, as 2nd largest party it was our right to come here. We've expressed our willingness to form govt, we've asked for extension of 48 hrs to fulfill our procedure.

19:41 pm: "We told the Guv that we're willing to form the govt. We asked him for at least 2 days time but we weren't given time. The claim (to form govt) wasn't denied but the time was. We'll continue to put in efforts to form govt in the state," says Aaditya Thackeray after meeting Governor.

19:33 pm: Congress issues statement, says will have further discussions with NCP.

19:06 pm: Aaditya Thackeray, Eknath Shinde and other Shiv Sena leaders meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

19:03 pm: Delhi: Congress leader AK Antony leaves after the meeting, at party interim President Sonia Gandhi's residence, over the political situation in Maharashtra concludes.

19:03 pm: Congress will support Shiv Sena and NCP, both the parties have been informed. Final proceedings are being done.

18:49 pm: "Three of us (independent candidates) have come here. Whosoever Uddhav Sahab will decide, will be the Chief Minister," says Bacchu Kadu, Independent Candidate outside Raj Bhavan, Mumbai.

18:38 pm: Aditya Thackeray, Vinayak Raut and Eknath Shinde reach Raj Bhavan in Mumbai to stake claim to form government.

18:38 pm: "We will seek time from the governor to prove majority in the house," PTI quoted a Sena source as saying.

18:37 pm: "As per the governor's invitation to express our willingness and ability to form the government issued to us yesterday, we are responding to it positively," PTI quoted a Sena source as saying.

18:34 pm: The Shiv Sena is set to form government in Maharashtra with support from Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, say reports.

18:32 pm: Sena leaders to stake claim to form government in Maharashtra, reports PTI.

18:30 pm: Shiv Sena leaders Eknath Shinde and Aaditya Thackeray on way to Raj Bhavan to meet governor.

18:29 pm: Congress' letter of support faxed to Raj Bhavan, reported Times of India.

18:13 pm: Congress to offer outside support to Shiv Sena for formation of government in Maharashtra. Sonia Gandhi herself has spoken to the Maharashtra MLAs lodged at a resort. All have agreed to form the government with outside support.

17:52 pm: Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi speaks to some party MLAs from Maharashtra who are lodged in a Jaipur hotel, reports ANI.

17:42 pm: Shiv Sena leaders Eknath Shinde and Aaditya to go to Raj Bhavan.

17:18 pm: Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray had a brief telephonic conversation a short while back.

17:16 pm: "Raut visited the Lilavati Hospital after he complained for slight chest pain. He is being treated by Dr. Jaleel Parkar," PTI quoted an official as saying.

17:05 pm: 

15:51 pm: Delhi: Congress leaders AK Antony and Ahmed Patel arrive at 10 Janpath (Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi's residence). Party's Maharashtra leaders have been called to Delhi for further discussions over the political situation in Maharashtra, the meeting to be held shortly.

15:41 pm: Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut admitted at Lilavati hospital, reports ANI.

15:30 pm: Maharashtra BJP core committee to meet at 5.00 pm.

15:28 pm: "Balasaheb gave place to BJP in Maharashtra, Advani and Vajpayee went to Bala Saheb's residence and requested him for seats. BJP overrode that, that's why Uddhav Thackeray has taken a stand that he will teach them a lesson. Now, it's for Congress and NCP to put down BJP," says JD(S) chief and former PM HD Deve Gowda. 

15:27 pm: "If Congress gives support to Shiv Sena, they should not disturb it for next 5 years. Then only people will trust Congress," says JD(S) chief and former PM HD Deve Gowda.

15:27 pm: 

15:18 pm: After talks with Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray to meet Governor Koshyari today to stake claim to form govt

14:52 pm: "All the Sena legislators have signed our party's proposal to stake claim to form government. We are, however, waiting for an official communication from the NCP and Congress on extending support to us," says Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik.

14:19 pm: Mumbai: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar leaves after meeting Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray.

14:06 pm: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to meet Maharashtra governor at 5pm to stake claim to form government.

13:51 pm: Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant has tendered his resignation as Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.

13:40 pm: BJP went back from their pre-election promises. It would not have been morally right for me to continue in the Centre, so I have resigned as Union Minister: Arvind Sawant.

13:37 pm: I cannot continue my post as Union minister. I have sent my resignation letter to PM Narendra Modi. BJP betrayed our trust over '50-50' formula: Arvind Sawant.

13:33 pm: "An odd situation has presented itself in Maharashtra. The mandate was for the BJP and Shiv Sena alliance but they did not form the government," says Congress' Jyotiraditya Scindia.

13:24 pm: Mumbai: Meeting between Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar underway.

13:17 pm: Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant to brief media shortly. Sawant, earlier today, had stepped down as Union Minister amid tussle with the BJP.

13:03 pm: Uddhav and Aaditya Thackeray leave Matoshree to meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar at his residence, Silver Oak.

13:00 pm: It is our responsibility to give alternative; hence will take decision jointly with Congress: NCP.

12:43 pm: According to media reports, Shiv Sena will meet the Governor today at 2.30 pm.

12:40 pm: "Congress MLAs are in favour of supporting Shiv Sena-led government, but Congress Working Committee (CWC) is the supreme body to decide on their party line," says NCP's Nawab Malik.

12:35 pm: "We are waiting for Congress to take a decision. We fought elections together and whatever will be decided, it will be decided together," says NCP's Nawab Malik.

12:22 pm: "We have called our Maharashtra leaders to Delhi for further discussions, the meeting will be at 4 pm," says Mallikarjun Kharge after party's Working Committee meeting ends.

12:22 pm: Media reports suggest that Shiv Sena will meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in the afternoon and hand over the letter of support.

12:21 pm: Congress' CWC meeting, chaired by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, over Maharashtra concludes. As per reports, Congress has not taken any decision over joining hands with Shiv Sena. Another meeting is expected at 4 pm.

12:15 pm: Uddhav Thackeray will meet legislators at Sena Bhavan later today

11:51 am: Sena pulls out lone minister in Centre, is it the end of 30-year-old alliance with BJP?

11:49 am: Sanjay Raut and Rashmi Thackeray leave Matoshree after meeting with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

11:24 am: "Vo jaane bhai isme humko kya matlab hai?," Nitish Kumar on being asked 'Shiv Sena has left NDA, what do you have to say?'

11:18 am: 'No point continuing alliance if BJP cannot keep promise of 50:50': Sanjay Raut

11:06 am: Sanjay Raut arrives at party chief Uddhav Thackeray's residence in Mumbai.

10:55 am: NCP chief Sharad Pawar is chairing party's core group meeting in Mumbai to discuss the current political situation in Maharashtra after BJP, despite being the single-largest party, expressed its inability to form the government owing to its differences with ally Shiv Sena

10:44 am: Hours after the BJP declined to form government in Maharashtra on Sunday, the governor asked the Sena to "indicate its willingness and ability" to stake claim. The Sena, which is the second-largest party in the 288-member House with 56 MLAs after the BJP (105), has time till 7.30 pm on Monday to stake claim to form government.

10:21 am: It would have been easy if Governor had given us more time. BJP was given 72 hrs; we've been given lesser time. It's a strategy of BJP to impose President's rule in state: Sanjay Raut.

10:19 am: Delhi: Senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, KC Venugopal, and Mallikarjun Kharge arrive for Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting at party interim President Sonia Gandhi's residence, over the political situation in Maharashtra.

10:19 am: Maha Impasse | 'Disastrous move': Sanjay Nirupam warns Congress, NCP against allying with Sena

10:04 am: I haven't had a word with anyone regarding anyone’s resignation. We'll have a word with Congress today. Whatever decision is to be taken will be taken only after discussions with Congress: Sharad Pawar, NCP on Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant's resignation as Union Minister 

10:03 am: It is BJP's arrogance that they are refusing to form govt in Maharashtra. It is an insult to the people of Maharashtra. They are willing to sit in opposition, but they are reluctant to follow the 50-50 formula, for which they agreed before polls: Sanjay Raut

9:51 am: BJP never had the intention to give Shiv Sena the CM post: Sanjay Raut

9:51 am: BJP is unwilling to keep its promise over CM post: Sanjay Raut

9:51 am: BJP responsible for current political situation in Maharashtra: Sanjay Raut

9:22 am: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar to chair party's core group meeting which is to be held today in Mumbai, over the current political situation in the state. Praful Patel, Supriya Sule, Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil & other party leaders will be present, reports ANI.

9:20 am: The political instability in Maharashtra cannot be ruled out. Get ready for early elections. It may take place in 2020: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Twitter

9:14 am: Congress has called a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting today at Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi's residence in Delhi, over the political situation in Maharashtra.

9:06 am: There's a meeting at 10 am today. We will proceed according to instruction from high command. But our original decision and decision of the people is that we should sit in opposition, that is the present position, says Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge.

8:59 am: BJP core group meeting to be held today at the residence of Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai, reported ANI.

8:50 am: Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant resigned as Union Minister amid tussle with BJP. "Shiv Sena is on the side of Truth. In such atmosphere why I should be in the central government. I am giving resignation from my ministerial post. I will do a press conference today at 11 am for the same," he tweeted.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma