Addressing the media on Monday, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray stated that his party expressed willingness to form the government in Maharashtra. However, Shiv Sena asked the Governor for a 48-hour extension to complete the formalities of getting official support from the Congress and NCP, which the latter refused. At the same time, Thackeray revealed that the Shiv Sena's claim had not been rejected and promised to provide a stable and truthful government.
Aaditya Thackeray said, "Both the parties have been speaking to us. The MLAs have been speaking to us. Of course, as the talks are on, as the second-largest party it was our right to be coming here. The Honourable Governor had called us. We spoke to his excellency. We asked him for a 48-hour extension. Because, as per the wordings of our letter, we have expressed our willingness to form the government. We are still willing to form the government to give a stable, honest and truthful government to Maharashtra. Mr. Eknath Shinde had received the letter yesterday. We have fulfilled our duty today."
Since Monday morning, there have been hectic developments in the Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress camps to form a post-poll alliance. Both the Congress Working Committee as well as the core group of NCP held multiple meetings. Meanwhile, Union Minister Arvind Sawant announced his resignation from the Union Cabinet maintaining that it was “not appropriate” to continue in his position when the alliance with BJP in Maharashtra was virtually finished. Later in the day, Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray not only met NCP chief Sharad Pawar, but also spoke to Congress president Sonia Gandhi over the phone.
The results of the Maharashtra elections declared on October 24 threw up a surprise with the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance not faring as well as expected. The tally of the BJP came down to 105, from 122 seats which they had won in the 2014 election. Shiv Sena too won from only 56 constituencies. On the other hand, the NCP and Cong gained 54 and 44 seats respectively. Though the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance had a comfortable majority, a tussle broke out over the CM’s post. BJP's decision on Sunday not to accept the Governor's invite to form the government increased the possibility of a potential political realignment in the state.