Amid a political deadlock in Maharashtra over government formation, BJP MLA Ram Kadam put the onus on estranged ally Shiv Sena for the party's inability to form the government. Speaking to Republic TV, Kadam said, "We positively tried for the last fifteen days to form the government as per the mandate given by voters to the Mahayuti alliance. Unfortunately, Shiv Sena was not ready to come together or even talk with us. So finally, we had to tell the Governor that we don't have the numbers as our ally is not with us and so we can't form the government."
When asked by if this means an official breakup of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra, Kadam replied, "There are two different things here – the parties which are ideologically aligned and who asked for votes together should form the government as per morality. If parties of varying ideology come together, then that is a betrayal of voters and BJP will never betray such."
In a major political twist in Maharashtra, 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.
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.
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."
Our best wishes to ShivSena if they wish to form Government with Congress-NCP:— भाजपा महाराष्ट्र (@BJP4Maharashtra) November 10, 2019
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