After the Governor's invitation to prove a majority and form the next government was extended to BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, BJP's core team met at the Fadnavis' Mumbai residence on Sunday. Speaking to reporters after the meet, BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said that the core team has discussed the invitation and will respond to the governor. He added that a delegation will meet the governor and share BJP's decision at 4 PM on Sunday.
"Governor has invited BJP to form the govt as it is the single largest party. This was discussed in the core team meeting. At 4 PM after discussing again, we will respond to the governor's invite, deciding the role of BJP which has been awarded the mandate," he said.
Meanwhile, all 44 Congress MLAs are currently holed up in a resort in Rajasthan amid fears of poaching. Maharashtra Congress General secretary Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday met with the MLAs to decide on the ongoing Maharashtra deadlock. Amid reports of staking claim to form a govt with NCP and Sena's outside support, Kharge is set to ascertain the parties stance. The meeting held with Kharge included senior leaders like Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan and Balasaheb Thorat who have talked with NCP chief Sharad Pawar to mull over an alliance with Sena.
Earlier on Saturday, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari set a two-day deadline for BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to prove a majority to form a new government in the state. The Governor has called the leader of the single largest party to prove its majority by 8 pm on November 11. However, as per sources, Fadnavis would just have to submit the list of MLAs that support any eventual government, which indicates that there would be no floor test. The majority mark in the house is 145.
With its MLAs holed up at a Mumbai resort, Shiv Sena has reiterated that it will accept only the 50:50 formula and 2.5 years of CM post, BJP has denied of ever having agreed to such a formula reportedly offering 13 cabinet portfolios to Sena while keeping 26 for its ministers. But Fadnavis has reiterated, 'The next govt will be formed under a BJP CM.' With no respite to the deadlock, Sena has been eyeing to gain the 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), but is yet to put its majority to use. Meanwhile, the 'Maha- Agadhi' alliance (NCP-Congress) bagged 98 seats in total.