Amid the BJP-Shiv Sena deadlock, while the Governor of Maharashtra had called upon BJP - as single-largest party - to form the government in the state, the BJP refused, instead issued a dare to the Shiv Sena to go against the mandate and form their own government with NCP and Congress' assistance. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, responding to this, reiterated that the Chief Minister of Maharashtra will be from the Shiv Sena only.
The Shiv Sena leader took a cheeky jibe at the BJP over wanting the CM to be from their party and said, "Till last evening, BJP claimed that CM would be from their side. How will they have the CM if they don't stake claim?" He added, "Today afternoon Uddhavji made it clear that in coming days CM will be from Sena's. If he has said it, it means that at any cost we will give Maharashtra a Sena CM."
BJP after meeting with its MLAs informed the governor that it will not form the government in the state. Addressing a press conference after meeting governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, BJP leader Chandrakant Patil said that Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena can stake claim to form the government. He said that Sena has betrayed the mandate of the people of Maharashtra. Announcing BJP's decision that they conveyed to the Maharashtra governor on Sunday evening, Chandrakant Patil said: "In the elections, BJP, RPI, Sena and other parties were given a mandate. Yesterday, the governor invited the BJP to form the government. We fought for the alliance, got votes for the alliance. Sena does not want to be part of the alliance. Sena chose to insult the mandate. We won't form the government. We informed the governor. If Sena has to go with NCP, Congress, we wish them good luck."