Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis who on Friday resigned from the post of Chief Minister of Maharashtra and now on the request of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyar continues to in the capacity of acting Chief Minister of the state said that he regrets not forming the government. Fadnavis stated, "I am hurt that despite the mandate, we could not form the government so far." Fadnavis had also stated that "This is disrespecting the mandate given by the people of Maharashtra. We cannot create an environment to go in for another election."
The ongoing BJP-Shiv Sena deadlock exploded at the Fadnavis briefing, with the now-Acting CM claiming that no 50:50 formula had been discussed with him. Just a short while earlier, Shiv Sena leader and MP Sanjay Raut reiterated his party’s position on the post of Chief Minister of the state and stated, “Uddhav Thackeray is firm on his stand.” Raut further added, “There is no need for any third person to get involved and there is no need for any mediation”, amid claims that Nitin Gadkari, or the RSS should intercede.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday spoke to the media after his meeting with RPI chief Ramdas Athawale. Pawar put the onus on the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition for the delay in government formation in Maharashtra. The two allies have not been on the same page about power-sharing after securing majority seats as a coalition in the assembly elections. "Ramdas Athawale met me today and was concerned about the formation of the government, the situation which is been going on in Maharashtra. But I clearly said that the mandate was given to Shiv Sena, BJP parties and it is the right of the NDA to form the government. I really hope the BJP-Shiv Sena will come up with a solution. Athawale has always been concerned about Maharashtra and worked for the state. I clearly said that BJP- Shiv Sena should form the government.
Congress leader Milind Deora has slammed the Shiv Sena and BJP for the delay in the formation of a Government in Maharashtra. The Congress leader said the parties should respect the people's mandate and form the Government, something ally NCP has also been saying while accepting its mandate is to sit in the opposition.
Maharashtra Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar on Thursday said his party is not in favour of forming a minority government in the state. Speaking to reporters ahead of the BJP delegation's meeting with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Mungantiwar said, "Fadnavis is not just a BJP leader, but he should be seen as Sena's chief minister as well. There should be no doubt about his leadership and acceptance across the party lines."