Mumbai, Nov 10: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has asked Shiv Sena, the second largest party in the elections, to indicate “willingness and ability” to form government in the state, hours after the BJP refused to form the government in Maharashtra.
Koshyari has invited the second-largest party Shiv Sena to form the government by 7.30 pm. Koshyari called upon the Sena leader Eknath Shinde to convey his stand in the matter to him.
Shiv Sena which currently has 56 seats will need 145 to reach the magic figure for which support from the NCP (54) and the Congress (44) is crucial. It has barely 24 hours to stake its claim along with the requisite number of supporting MLAs before the Governor.
“If the Shiv Sena wants to insult the mandate of the people and form government with the support of the NCP and Congress, they have our best wishes,” the BJP said.
Sena’s Sanjay Raut said the state will have a Sena Chief Minister “at any cost”. Without spelling anything out, Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party said it would “support a stable government”.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, conceded that it was not in a position to form the government despite its pre-poll alliance having a “clear public mandate”.
Both the NCP and the Congress have made it adequately clear that their support would depend on the Sena categorically announcing that its alliance with the BJP has broken and then withdraws its sole nominee in the Union Cabinet, Heavy Industry Minister Arvind Sawant.