Time for Shiv Sena to prove majority, form government in Maharashtra
Mumbai : After two weeks of deadlock between Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party, the latter has finally backed out saying that they will not be forming the government in Maharashtra blaming the former's change in attitude.
With this, Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has invited Shiv Sena, second-largest party, to form the government in the state. The party has been invited by the governor for a meeting at 7:30 PM on Monday.
The news came soon after Bharatiya Janata Party held a press conference to announce that they will not be forming the government since it did not have the required numbers and in view of their ally Shiv Sena's stand to not join them in the efforts.
Office of Maharashtra Governor: Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari today asked the leader of elected members of the second largest party, the Shiv Sena, Eknath Shinde to indicate the willingness and ability of his party to form the government in Maharashtra. pic.twitter.com/bdfKgHPj45— ANI (@ANI) November 10, 2019
Making an announcement over BJP's decision, Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil accused the Uddhav Thackeray-led party, which is adamant on its demand for rotational chief ministership, of "disrespecting" the popular mandate secured by the BJP and the Sena in recent assembly polls.
"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 the government. We have informed our decision to governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari," Patil told reporters outside Raj Bhavan.
In the Maharashtra Assembly election, the BJP had won 105 seats, while the majority mark in the 288-member Assembly is 145. Its ally Shiv Sena has won 56 seats, but the two parties have had been bickering over the chief minister's post.