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Shiv Sena leaders on way to Raj Bhavan to stake claim to form government

Uddhav has sought support from Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar

By PTI in Mumbai
  • Published 11.11.19, 6:56 PM
  • Updated 11.11.19, 7:02 PM
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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Telegraph file picture

Shiv Sena leaders Eknath Shinde and Aaditya Thackeray are on their way to Raj Bhavan where they are expected to stake claim to form the government in Maharashtra after meeting governor B. S. Koshyari on Monday evening.

Sources in the Sena said, "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."

"We will seek time from the governor to prove majority in the house," said a Sena leader.

Shinde has been elected as the leader of the Sena's legislative wing.

Aaditya Thackeray, son of Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, was elected from Worli in Central Mumbai in the last month's Assembly polls.

The Sena has won 56 seats in the 288-member House and is seeking support from the NCP (54) and the Congress (44) for forming its government in the state.

Earlier in the day, Uddhav Thackeray spoke to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and sought her party's support to form a government in Maharashtra.

The Congress is expected to take the final call on extending support to the Shiv Sena at the meeting of its top leadership with Maharashtra state leaders.

Thackeray also met NCP chief Sharad Pawar in Mumbai, seeking his party's support.