Mumbai, Nov 10: The top brass of the BJP in Maharashtra will meet today to discuss the Governor’s invite to form government after it failed to convince Shiv Sena. The poaching is likely to take place as the BJP has to have the half mark
The Shiv Sena has put all its MLAs at a resort at Madh Island in suburban Mumbai. The party led by Uddhav Thackeray says it wants to stop any attempt by the BJP to poach its MLAs.
The Assembly election results in Maharashtra were declared on October 24 and BJP emerged as the single largest party with 105 seats followed by Shiv Sena with 56 seats. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) stood at the third place with 54 seats while its ally Congress secured 44 seats.
Sena is adamant on demanding equal power-share under what it calls was a “50:50 formula”. According to the Sena, the plan was for chief ministers from each party sharing the five-year term equally.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), meanwhile, is keeping a close watch on the developments. “The Governor should ensure if BJP has majority or not, otherwise there will be horse trading… Despite that, if BJP forms the government in the state, we are going to vote against BJP on the floor of the house. If the BJP government falls, in the interest of the state we will try to form an alternate government. We will see if Shiv Sena votes against BJP in the house to pull down the BJP government… We have called a meeting of all our MLAs on November 12. (NCP chief) Sharad Pawar will also attend,” Mr Malik told new agency ANI.
The BJP and Shiv Sena failed to resolve a feud that began hours after they won a clear majority in last month’s Maharashtra election.
“The Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari asked the leader of elected members of the single largest party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, Shri Devendra Fadnavis to indicate the willingness and ability of his party to form the government in Maharashtra,” the Governor’s office said in a statement on Saturday.
“Elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly were held on 21st October and the results were declared on 24th October. However, despite the passage of 15 days, no single party or alliance of parties has come forward to form the government,” it said.
Earlier on Friday, Devendra Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray held separate press conferences and launched blistering attacks at each other. Fadnavis accused Shiv Sena of holding closed-door talks with other parties and shunning BJP while Thackeray said that his party’s options are open to ally with other parties.