After a BJP delegation met with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday, BJP Maharashtra chief Chandrakant Patil said that the delegation discussed the legal issues arising from the delay in government formation, speaking to reporters outside the Raj Bhavan. He added that the mandate had been clearly awarded to the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and the people wished for a government to be formed soon. Briefing the governor about the current state of affairs, Patil said that BJP will meet with its MLAs and decide the future course. The current Maharashtra Assembly expires on November 9.
"Regarding the Maharashtra government formation, the mandate has been awarded to the BJP-Shiv Sena and allies - the "Mahayuti". The common people want the government to be formed by the Mahayuti alliance which has to govern the state for the last five years, as soon as possible. As it is taking more time than needed to form the government, we discussed with the Governor the legal issues arising due to the delay. We went to brief him about the current scenario in Maharashtra politics. Based on this conversation we will talk with BJP leaders and decide the future course," he said.
Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena leader Abdul Sattar revealed that the party was planning to send its MLAs to a resort — Hotel Rangasharda, amid alleged poaching attempts. Sena MP Sanjay Raut has dismissed such reports saying, 'There is no need for that'. This development comes after many Congress MLAs are reportedly in favour of supporting Shiv Sena to keep out the BJP from coming to power again. 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.
While Shiv Sena has reiterated that it will accept only the 50:50 formula, BJP has denied of ever having agreed to such a formula reportedly offering 13 cabinet portfolios to Sena while keeping 26 for its ministers. Apart from Sena's portfolio demand, the party has demanded a sharing of 2.5 years in the CM post too ; this has been refused by CM Devendra Fadnavis, stating, 'The next govt will be formed under a BJP CM.' With no respite to the deadlock, Sena has been eyeing to gain support of the NCP-Congress alliance. The BJP too has been gaining Independent MLAs support to fortify its position.
The saffron alliance swept Maharashtra on October 24, winning a combined tally of 161 (BJP- 105, Sena -56) to award CM Devendra Fadnavis a second term. 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. Though the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance will form the next government, it was handed a diminished mandate compared to 2014 where it won 185 seats.