The NCP knows the strength of Ajit Pawar who has committed followers within the party, and the midnight coup could not have happened if he doesn't have the consent of his supporting MLAs.
Maharashtra's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday gave a clean chit in some of the around 10-year-old irrigation scam cases allegedly involving new Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, officials said here.
Hitting back at BJP state President Chandrakant Patil who earlier accused him of 'back-stabbing the BJP and the peoples' mandate', he warned him to mind his language.
He warned that henceforth, nobody from the NCP will remain present at Ajit Pawar's public meetings and anybody from the party tries to go would risk losing their membership.
Raut said that Ajit Pawar had stayed with the leaders of Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party and Congress till very late on Friday and everything appeared to be normal.
Maharashtra Governor B.S. Koshyari on Saturday morning administered the oath of office to Bharatiya Janata Party leader Devendra Fadnavis as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar as the new Deputy Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, in a major political development, the Shiv Sena will be sitting with Opposition in both houses of the Parliament, beginning from Monday, with the opposition getting a major boost ahead of the winter session.
The day started with thousands of Shiv Sainiks coming from across Maharashtra and queuing up at 'Shivtirth' for their turn to offer tributes to the charismatic and firebrand leader who passed away on this day in 2012.
As the Sena delegation reached Raj Bhavan, celebrations broke out among Shiv Sainiks, with distribution of sweets and bursting fire-crackers in different parts of the state, including Mumbai and Thane.
Bollywood playback legend Lata Mangeshkar, who was rushed to the hospital in the early hours of Monday due to viral chest congestion as a "precautionary measure", is now stable and recovering.
Raut's sudden hospitalization has come at the height of the government formation efforts by the Shiv Sena which has to report the status to Raj Bhavan by late Monday evening.
Even as the Congress top brass discussed backing a Shiv Sena led government in Maharashtra in Delhi on Monday, the Mumbai Congress was a divided house over the issue with senior leaders contradicting each other.
Expressing the Sena's sincerity of purpose, Raut pointed out that the party President Uddhav Thackeray has already directed the Sena's sole nominee in the Union Cabinet, Heavy Industries Minister Arvind Sawant to quit his post.
In a stunning political development, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday conceded its inability to form the government in Maharashtra despite having the public mandate for its pre-poll alliance.
Amid the charged political atmosphere in Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar said that the only viable option is a Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government in the state.
A day after he met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday said that Maharashtra will have a chief minister from his party.
Among the smaller parties and independents, the Bahujan Vikash Aghadi had won three seats, while the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, Prahar Janshakti Party and Samajwadi Party have emerged victorious in two seats each.
Haryana on Thursday looked set for a hung Assembly as the latest trends showed the ruling BJP and the Congress leading in 37 and 34 seats, respectively, in the 90-member House.
Voting started on a peaceful note in Maharashtra with celebs and commoners queuing up to exercise their franchise for the 288-Assembly constituencies in the state amidst rain in many areas including Mumbai, here on Monday.
Accordingly, official data has shown that air passenger traffic rose 1.18 per cent to 1.15 crore in September from 1.13 crore reported for the corresponding month of the previous fiscal.
In a huge embarrassment for Maharashtra's ruling BJP, a distressed farmer sporting a a party poll campaign T-shirt hanged himself on a tree in the state's Buldhana district early on Sunday.
Attacking the BJP government in the centre and state over "massive unemployment", Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the "Made in China" policy is killing jobs of Indian youth.
Taking a swipe at the opposition parties and their leaders for mouthing what he termed as 'the same language as a neighbouring country (Pakistan)', he said 'there seems to be a great coordination between them'.
Addressing his customary annual Dussehra Rally, he described Shah as 'a person who lives up to his words' and said the scrapping of Article 370 was a dream of the party's founder, the later Balasaheb Thackeray.