NCP MP Majeed Memon has reacted to the sensational political twist in Maharashtra as BJP informed the Governor about its decision of not forming government in the state on Sunday, and dared the Shiv Sena to stake claim with NCP and Congress. While speaking to Republic TV moments after the BJP's announcement, Memon said that some arrangements or some understandings among parties should be there as nobody wants a re-election - hinting that his party may be ready to act.
NCP leader said, "The deadlock in Maharashtra has brought the political scenario at a point where if we don't agree for some arrangements, some understandings among parties, the only result would be re-elections, which certainly nobody wants, even the people do not want that. So there has to be a set government, democratically set up and BJP although was given the mandate to rule, but since it fell apart from its coalition partner, it is unable to reach the figure of 145 which is required. From 105 to 145 is a long way."
Giving the example of last year's assembly elections in Karnataka where the BJP eventually managed to form the government after the coalition of Congress-JDS fell, he said, "Recently in Karnataka, they (BJP) fell short by seven MLAs and they were somehow procured and the claim was made and Yediyurappa, after Supreme Court directed that immediately on the floor of the house, should prove his majority, he fell. This experiment, they could not dare to do in Maharashtra. Sharad Pawar Ji, had said it three days ago that this is a kind of challenge for Amit Shah Ji and company who are expert in making governments, the way they have done it in the past, let them try that in Maharashtra and now they have failed in Maharashtra and therefore Sena with the second-largest party under the constitutional arrangement is supposed to be invited to form the government.
On Sunday, 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.
Our best wishes to ShivSena if they wish to form Government with Congress-NCP:— भाजपा महाराष्ट्र (@BJP4Maharashtra) November 10, 2019
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