Devendra Fadnavis (BJP): "When we (the BJP and Sena) had a pre-Lok Sabha meeting, the Sena had proposed rotating the chief minister's post but no decision regarding it was taken then in my presence. It should be known to party president Amitji Shah and Sena president Uddhavji Thackeray." (Picture/Devendra Fadnavis-Twitter)
Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena): "If the CM is saying that the '50-50 formula' was never discussed, then, I think that we need to change the dictionary definition of truth. What was discussed about sharing the CM's post is known to all. The media was there (at a joint press conference)."
Sharad Pawar (NCP): "Where is the question of a Shiv Sena-NCP government? They (BJP-Shiv Sena) are together for the last 25 years, today or tomorrow they will come together again."
Aaditya Thackeray (Shiv Sena): "As political parties, we should whatever we could (for affected farmers). We first focus on pressing government machinery into action. The time of new government formation in the state is a political matter."
Nitin Gadkari (BJP): "I feel that there will be no difference. In Indian experience, in our democracy, the governments are changed but there is no problem with the projects and they continue." (Picture/Twitter IANS)
Hussain Dalwai (Congress): "All Congress MLAs are together. No MLA will break away from the party. MLAs will follow what party high command. We'll not allow BJP to form the government in the state. National Congress Party (NCP) is our ally, they are with us. People have voted for us to save Maharashtra." (Picture/Twitter ANI)
Nawab Malik (NCP): "If the BJP government is formed, the NCP will vote against the government on the floor of the House. We will see if the Shiv Sena votes against the BJP in the House to pull down the government, then we will consider supporting an alternate government led by Shiv Sena."
Chandrakant Patil (BJP): "The mandate of the people of Maharashtra was for the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance. Sena has, however, disrespected the mandate, hence we have decided to not stake claim to form a government. We have informed our decision to governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari."
Arvind Sawant (Shiv Sena): "Mahayuti government could not be formed. There are talks about Shiv Sena forming the government with other parties. It would not be right to continue as Union Minister so I resigned. There should be a government that will work for people of Maharashtra. Farmers are going through a lot of problems due to rain. The new government should be formed as soon as possible." (Picture/Twitter ANI)
Sudhir Mungantiwar (BJP): "People of Maharashtra have given mandate not to any party but to the Mahayuti (alliance comprising BJP, Shiv Sena and other parties)… Our alliance is stronger than Fevicol or Ambuja Cement."
Sanjay Nirupam (NCP): "No matter who forms govt and how? But the political instability in Maharashtra cannot be ruled out now. Get ready for early elections. It may take place in 2020. Can we go to the elections with Shiv Sena as a partner?" (Picture/Twitter ANI)
Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena): "I had promised Balasaheb that there will be a Sena chief minister one day, and I will fulfill that promise, I don't need Amit Shah and Fadnavis for that." Picture: PTI
Raj Thackeray (MNS): "Imposition of President's Rule in Maharashtra is an insult by the masters of the voters of Maharashtra." (Picture: mid-day Archives)
Amit Shah (BJP): "No one objected back then. Now they have come up with new demands which are not acceptable to us…And about President's rule, even today if someone has the numbers, they can approach the governor. The governor has not denied chance to anyone." (Picture/ AFP)
Prithviraj Chavan (Congress): "The Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena have so far held preliminary talks. A meeting will again be held today between the Congress and NCP, and later both the parties are expected to hold talks with the Shiv Sena. There is no decision as yet."
Amid the ongoing tussle to form the government in Maharashtra, a few political leaders have been speaking their mind. Here are a few quotes from some leaders of different political parties.
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