On Sunday, a BJP delegation comprising Caretaker Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, senior ministers such as Pankaja Munde and Sudhir Mungantiwar met the state’s Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. It was communicated to him that BJP would not form the government in the state. This comes a day after Koshyari had asked Fadnavis to indicate his willingness for government formation. This has thrown up several scenarios, which might include a realignment of political parties in Maharashtra.
Mandate in Assembly elections was for MahaYuti consisting of BJP-ShivSena-RPI-RSP-ShivSangram.— भाजपा महाराष्ट्र (@BJP4Maharashtra) November 10, 2019
Since ShivSena not agreeing to Government formation, we have decided not to insult mandate given by people of Maharashtra and so decided not to form Government.
While there are no specific guidelines as to whom the Governor should invite for government formation in case of a hung assembly, the Sarkaria Commission recommendations are usually relied upon. In the current situation, the pre-poll BJP-Shiv Sena (SS) alliance failed to materialise as the latter remains adamant over the CM’s post. As the single-largest party BJP too relinquished its claim to form the government, the third option in the order of preference as per the Sarkaria Commission guidelines- 'a post-poll alliance of parties' assumes significance.
However, as there is no post-poll alliance as of now, the Governor might have to invite the second-largest party Shiv Sena, that won 56 seats in the Assembly elections.