In Shiv Sena’s new formula for Maharashtra, ‘important’ role for Sharad Pawar

Cheryl Sanders
November 11, 2019

Without taking name of any individual or party, he said the bubble of being "invincible" has burst and the arrogance of "buying" a politician to form the government will no longer work in the state. He said that by denying that "50-50" sharing was not agreed upon between the two parties, Fadnavis is calling the "son of Balasaheb Thackeray a liar".

In the October 21 polls, the BJP won 105 seats while ally Sena won 56 seats. He, however, added that the party agrees with governor Bhaga Singh Koshyari's invitation asking the BJP to form the government, while downplaying the chances of allying with opposition parties NCP or Congress.

Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari on Saturday evening invited the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - the single-largest party - to indicate its willingness to form the next government, barely four hours before the tenure of the state Assembly expires at midnight.

He also said the Sena will declare its next strategy once no one else is able to form the government in Maharashtra. Sharad Pawar Ji, had said it three days ago that this is a kind of challenge for Amit Shah Ji and company who are expert in making governments, the way they have done it in the past, let them try that in Maharashtra and now they have failed in Maharashtra and therefore Sena with the second-largest party under the constitutional arrangement is supposed to be invited to form the government.

"We will see if Shiv Sena votes against BJP in the House to pull down BJP government". However, the chiefs of both parties have so far refused to commit support to the Shiv Sena.

NCP MP Majeed Memon has reacted to the sensational political twist in Maharashtra as BJP informed the Governor about its decision of not forming government in the state on Sunday, and dared the Shiv Sena to stake claim with NCP and Congress. Uddhav Thackeray, who met the media on Saturday to give his reaction on the Ayodhya verdict, sidestepped a question about government formation.

The Congress in Maharashtra on Sunday said it didn't want President's Rule in the state which is in the midst of a political crisis in view of the BJP's announcement that it would not form government.

Devendra Fadnavis during a press conference on Friday.

There were contradictory opinions in Mumbai - while former city President Sanjay Nirupam reiterated that the Congress should keep off the Sena at all costs, another former city chief Milind M Deora suggested exploring a Congress-NCP government with Sena support. A party legislator said seeking anonymity that more MLAs are expected to join them.

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