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Maharashtra Govt Formation Live News Updates: With Devendra Fadnavis on Friday being asked to continue as the caretaker chief minister of Maharashtra, all eyes are now on state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. A source in Raj Bhavan said Fadnavis will continue as the caretaker CM as long as the Governor wishes. “There is no deadline for him to hand over the charge. He serves at the pleasure of the Governor.”

While the existing Legislative Assembly will cease to exist post-November 9, legal experts noted that there is no binding that the government should be in place by Saturday. The Bhartiya Janata Party, which is the single largest party with 105 of the 288 seats in the Assembly, had the first chance to stake a claim. But on Friday, since it expressed its inability to muster the magic number of 145 seats, the road is now open for other parties to step in and try to prove the majority in the House.

Meanwhile, both the Congress and NCP have dropped hints that they would be willing to prop up a government formed with the Sena if needed. During the Assembly elections, BJP secured 105 seats while the Sena secured 56 seats. Both the Congress and NCP won 44 and 54 seats, respectively.

NCP and Shiv Sena may form the government

Sharad Pawar and NCP state president Jayant Patil held meetings with three former chief ministers of Maharashtra — Sushilkumar Shinde, Ashok Chavan, and Prithviraj Chavan — besides meeting the state Congress chief. Congress leaders, however, claimed that there was no discussion on the two parties forming the government in the state.

“We do not have the numbers. The BJP has the largest seats and it should fulfill its responsibility of forming the government. As of now, we are waiting for the governor’s next move. We have not finalized our strategy so far,” Thorat said.

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