Amid the deadlock between Shiv Sena and BJP over government formation in Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis resigned on Friday evening after meeting the Governor. Addressing a press conference after his resignation, Fadnavis made sensational remarks on Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. He said that it was the Sena which started talks with other parties and Sena insulted Prime Minister Narendra Modi a number of times. When asked if BJP President Amit Shah would come to resolve to tussle between the Mahayuti alliance partners, Fadnavis responded by countering' why should he come when Sena betrayed people's mandate and started talking to NCP-Cong.'
"Why will Amit Shah come when from the first day we are seeing that they are talking to NCP and Congress? Unfortunately, the day when results came, Uddhav ji said all options open for Govt formation. That was shocking as people gave the mandate to Mahayuti," he said.
Earlier in the day, Republic TV accessed videos from inside the Rangsharda hotel, where Shiv Sena has sent its MLAs. Sources told Republic TV that two buses are parked outside Rangsharda Hotel and they would be shifted to another place from the hotel. Meanwhile, on the other hand, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has repeatedly ruled out a coalition with Shiv Sena saying, 'We have the mandate to sit in Opposition'. Meanwhile, BJP ally and RPI chief, Ramdas Athawale has said that BJP chief Amit Shah has no plans of interfering in the deadlock, leaving the state leaders to solve the tussle themselves.
Shiv Sena has reiterated that it will accept only the 50:50 formula, while BJP - i.e. Devendra Fadnavis - has denied ever having agreed to such a formula. Apart from Sena's portfolio demand, the party has demanded a sharing of 2.5 years in the CM post too, with Aaditya Thackeray - the first Thackeray to contest an election - being the party's pick for the top job. On Friday, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut even held a meeting with Sharad Pawar, who has maintained that his party has got a mandate to sit in the Opposition.
The saffron alliance of Mahayuti emerged the biggest in Maharashtra on October 24, winning a combined tally of 161 (BJP- 105, Sena -56). But the 'Maha-Agadhi' alliance (NCP-Congress) also made a comeback as the NCP bagged 54 seats while the Congress too bagged 44 seats. It was handed a diminished mandate compared to 2014 where it won 185 seats.