Even as the Maharashtra political crisis seems to have no end, after 19 days since the election results have been announced, the NCP on Tuesday morning has sought an extension. This comes after Sharad Pawar-led NCP was invited by the governor on Sunday evening to form the government after Shiv Sena's request for extension was rejected. Sources said that NCP would seek 48 hours extension from governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari. Meanwhile, sources also informed that the senior leaders of Congress would not travel to Mumbai to meet the NCP leaders, but would speak over the phone about their next step. The state NCP and Congress leaders will meet at 4 PM on Tuesday and decide to get the magic number of 145 to form the next Maharashtra government.
In a minute-by-minute changing dynamics of Maharashtra politics, Congress leader KC Venugopal said that Congress is still discussing the formation of a government with the NCP and has to extended Outer support to the Shiv Sena. This official declaration came even as Shiv Sena reached its deadline of 7.30 PM to form the government in Maharashtra. The NCP, on the other hand, placed the onus of decision-making on Congress, saying they will take the decision only after Congress decides. After BJP on Sunday announced that it won't form government, Governor had invited the second largest party - Shiv Sena to form the government. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant also resigned from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet.
The stalemate in the state is a result of the fallout of the Mahayuti alliance partners- BJP and Shiv Sena over the post of Chief Minister in the state. While both blamed each other of betraying people's mandate, BJP made it clear to the governor that it would not form government as Sena does not wish to negotiate. In the assembly polls, the Mahayuti alliance partners won a total of 161 seats - BJP won 105 seats and Shiv Sena won 56 seats. The Mahagadhi made a comeback bagging 98 seats - (NCP 54 seats and Congress 44 seats.)