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.
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 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."
Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray met the Sena MLAs in Hotel Retreat where they have been holed up to prevent poaching by other sides in view of political crisis in the state. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has reportedly reiterated that the next Chief Minister in the state will be from the Shiv Sena. This comes after Shiv Sena chief addressed media saying that BJP has betrayed the 50:50 formula that was decided between the Mahayuti alliance partners, in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah and Devendra Fadnavis. At the other side, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that the party is ready to form a government if 'no one is ready to form government', hinting at a Cong-NCP-Sena alliance.
Adding to the 'Maha'-confusion, Congress leader Milind Deora on Sunday, suggested that the governor should invite NCP-Congress to form the next Maharashtra government as the Mahayuti has failed to do so. Exposing the Congress internal tussle yet again, its leader Sanjay Nirupam has said that alliance with Sena will be fatal for Congress.
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.