DEVENDRA Fadnavis and senior Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote on Monday met State Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, amid the ongoing tussle between ruling alliance partners BJP and Shiv Sena over forming the next state government. A Raj Bhawan official said the meetings were“courtesy calls” by the two leaders, who met Koshyari separately. Fadnavis drove to the Raj Bhavan in south Mumbai at 11 am and met Koshyari, who was sworn-in as the 19th Governor of Maharashtra last month. Raote also met Koshyari, the official told PTI. As the BJP’s tally went down in the October 21 State Assembly elections, compared to its 2014 performance, ally Shiv Sena raised a pitch for “equal sharing” Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray reminded the BJP of the 50:50 formula “agreed upon” between himself, BJP President Amit Shah and Fadnavisaheadofthe2019Lok Sabha polls.
On Saturday, the Sena demandedawrittenassurance from the BJP for implementing “equal formula for sharing of power” before holding talks on staking the claim to form the next alliance Government in the State. In the just concluded State polls to 288-member Assembly, the BJP won 105 seats, a loss of 17 seats compared to its 2014 tally.The Sena’s tally alsocame down to 56 seats from 63 in 2014. A resurgent NCP won 54 and the Congress bagged 44 seats.
Some Independent MLAs extend support to BJP
YUVA Swabhiman Party MLA Ravi Rana on Sunday wrote to Devendra Fadnavis offering his unconditional support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the Government in the State. Ravi Rana is the MLA from Badnera constituencyinAmravati,whodefeated Shiv Sena’s Band Priti Sanjay by a margin of 15,541 votes.
On Sunday, BJP rebel MLA Geeta Jain and independent MLA Rajendra Raut, who wonfromBarshi constituency inthe recent Assembly polls in Maharashtra, also met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and extended their support to the BJP. Jain had contested against BJP’s candidate Narendra Mehta from Mira Bhayandar constituency inThane in the October 21
Assembly polls. NCP-BACKED INDEPENDENT MLA EXTENDS SUPPORT TO SHIV SENA: SHANKARRAO Gadakh, an NCPbacked Independent MLA in Maharashtra,onMondayofferedsupport to the Shiv Sena, which is pushing for an equal share in power with ally BJP in the next Government. The MLA from Nevasa in Ahmedanagar district made the announcement after meeting Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at his residence here. Gadakh’s father Yashwantrao was a former NCP leader. “I representarural area where problems are more complicated.IfI have to solve people’s issues, it is better to stay with the party which is going to form the Government.
‘Flight with leaders not under ICOA’ not to state or military aircraft,” the ICAO spokesperson said. “Flights carry ingnational leaders are considered state aircraft, and are therefore not subject to ICAO provisions,” the spokesperson added. The ICAO isaspecialised UN agency and its main job is to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation(Chicago Convention). India had taken up Pakistan’s denial of use of its airspace to the primeminister’sflightwiththeICAO, Government sources said on Monday ahead of Narendra Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia on a bilateral visit. India sought overflight clearance from Pakistan for the Prime Minister’s aircraft to go to Saudi Arabia on Monday, but Islamabad cited alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir to deny the request. The sources added that India regrets Pakistan’s decision to yet again deny overflight clearance for the VVIP special flight, granted routinely by any normal country