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Eknath Shinde flies solo to Mumbai to meet BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis, both seek gubernatorial nomination for today

Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis will meet the Governor of Maharashtra around 4:30 p.m. tonight and demand the formation of the new state government.

Shiv Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde has left Goa for Mumbai and he will meet BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis upon his arrival in the commercial capital. Shinde and Fadnavis are also likely to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari later today to demand the formation of the new state government.

“MPs are still here in Goa but I am going to Mumbai today,” Shinde told reporters.

CNN News18 sources at Raj Bhavan said Shinde and Fadnavis applied for the governor’s nomination around 4:30 p.m.

Reports say Shinde is carrying a letter of support signed by his faction’s MPs at the meeting with Fadnavis in Mumbai today. The letter was reportedly signed by rebel Shiv Sena MPs and independent lawmakers.

According to reports, Devendra Fadnavis will be the next chief minister of Maharashtra and Shinde will be the deputy chief minister.

The Shinde faction will help the BJP with the support of 39 MPs and other independent MPs to quickly demand the formation of the new government in the state.

Before leaving for Goa, Shinde held a crucial meeting with MPs from his camp. During the meeting, the rebel deputies and others formulated the future course of action.

Shinde in a tweet this morning said no discussion has been made so far with the BJP on who and how many ministerial posts will be there. He said it will happen soon.

He also said not to believe ministerial lists and rumors about it.

A BJP central committee meeting was also held at Sagar, Fadnavis’ residence. Maharashtra BJP leader CT Ravi, party leaders Chandrakant Patil, Girish Mahajan, Praveen Darekar and others were present.

Meanwhile, Shinde camp spokesman Deepak Kesarkar said: “Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis will decide on the date of the swearing-in. It is the governor’s prerogative to give him that date. Our negotiations have already started and we will form a government.

Maharashtra BJP leader Girish Mahajan today claimed his party has the support of 170 MPs, well above the majority of 145 in the 288-member House that is needed to form a government in the state .

“We have a support of 170 MPs. We can comfortably face a ground test every time we are asked to prove majority,” Mahajan said.

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