Addressing a press briefing on Tuesday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray justified his party’s intention of forming the government with Congress and NCP citing the BJP’s alliances with parties having different ideologies. He acknowledged that the parties now had 6 months to come together owing to the proclamation of the President’s Rule in the state. Furthermore, he taunted BJP by suggesting that he would move forward with the new alliance after gathering information about how BJP forged an alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) in Bihar, Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh and Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) in Bihar.
Uddhav Thackeray stated, “How will parties with different ideologies come together is a question. That’s why we have six months. That’s why I want to gather information about how Muftiji and BJP came together in Kashmir, how Nitish Kumar and BJP came together, how Chandrababuji, Ram Vilas Paswan- parties with different ideologies came together with the BJP and then I will move forward.”
The Maharashtra assembly election results were declared on October 24, with BJP emerging as the single-largest party with 105 seats while Shiv Sena secured 56 seats. Despite the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance securing a comfortable majority in the Maharashtra Assembly elections, they could not form the government owing to a dispute over the Chief Minister’s post. After caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray traded barbs on November 8, BJP refused to accept the invite to form the government. While the Sena expressed its willingness for government formation, it requested 48 hours to garner the letters of support from the MLAs. This request was rejected by the Governor after which he invited NCP, the third-largest party.
On Tuesday, the Shiv Sena challenged this order of Governor Koshyari by filing a writ petition in the Supreme Court. Later, in an interaction with the media, Congress and NCP admitted that they were still holding talks on the possibility of forming a government, hinting at a delay in the creation of the new alliance with Shiv Sena. Furthermore, both parties also slammed the Governor for imposing President’s Rule in the state.