Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has set a two-day deadline for BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to prove a majority to form any new government in the state. Fadnavis has to prove a majority at 8 pm on November 11. The Governor has called the leader of the single largest party to prove its majority. Fadnavis is the legislature party leader of the BJP. The BJP has won 105 seats in the 288-seat Assembly. However, as per sources, Fadnavis would just have to submit the list of MLAs that support any eventual government. That means there will be no floor test in the House of the Legislative Assembly as of now. The majority mark in the house is 145.
Devendra Fadnavis had resigned on Friday as he failed to garner support from estranged ally Shiv Sena to form a new government. The two Mahayuti alliance have been engaged in a weeks-long tussle over the post of the Chief Minister. The BJP has been sticking to retain the post of CM for Fadnavis for the full five-year term while the Sena wants its CM for the first 2.5 years, as it says was agreed under the 50-50 formula between the two parties.
Fadnavis after submitting his resignation to the Governor on Friday 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."
Fadnavis said, "Uddhav Thackeray first said all options are open to making the Government. People of Maharashtra chose Mahayuti as their Government. All the MLA's of Shiv Sena were also chosen because the vote was going for the Mahayuti, that's why we are puzzled as to why Uddhav Thackeray would make such a statement. It's unfortunate that certain statements were made publically by some leaders in the media."
Devendra Fadnavis stated that no talks between the two parties were made about equal power-sharing in Maharashtra. "There were no talks of 50:50 formula, between the Shiv Sena and the BJP. No proposal for the post of CM for 2.5 years was made before me by the Shiv Sena. I am unaware of any such talks between the Shiv Sena and BJP because these talks did not happen. If there were any discussions between Uddhav and Amit Shah then I am in no position to speak about them. BJP never misled anybody or lied about Government formation," the now acting CM said.
The Mahayuti alliance swept Maharashtra on October 24, winning a combined tally of 161 (BJP- 105, Sena -56). But the comeback of the 'Maha- Agadhi' alliance (NCP-Congress) took the Mahayuti by surprise as the NCP bagged 54 seats while the languishing Congress too bagged 44 seats.