Refusing to side with both saffron parties, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, on Tuesday, had stated that both the parties are coloured in Hindutva. He clarified that AIMIM will not support a BJP-led government or a Shiv Sena-led government. He also stated that Mahayuti was given the responsibility of forming a government.
"Both BJP-Shiv Sena is the same. They are coloured by the same Hindutva colour. Maharashtra needs a stable government. BJP is number 1 and Shiv Sena is number 2, so if they are not forming govt, what can I do? We (AIMIM) will not support a BJP-led government or a Shiv Sena-led government," he said.
On being asked if he would support an NCP-led government, he added, " let the marriage (NCP-Cong-Shiv Sena) happen, then we can think if it will be a girl or a boy. There is nothing to consider yet. This is all just play." Owaisi had tweeted his party's stance on the Maharashtra govt formation on Monday.
. @aimim_national has 2 MLAs in Maharashtra & we will not be supporting the Shiv Sena-Congress government. A letter to the same effect will be sent to the Governor of Maharashtra briefly— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) November 11, 2019
While NCP and Shiv Sena have held a meeting with all their MLAs separately, Ajit Pawar has blamed Congress from Monday's delay in support to Sena. NCP is currently awaiting the arrival of senior Congress leaders in Mumbai to discuss further action. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena is likely to approach the Supreme Court if President's rule is implemented in Maharashtra. BJP too is holding a core committee meeting in Mumbai currently. This development comes after the governor on Monday, invited NCP to show a willingness to form the government by 8:30 PM on Tuesday after Shiv Sena had failed to cobble up a coalition with the NCP-Congress' support and was denied an extension from the Governor.
As Maharashtra entered its 18th day of having no government on Monday, hectic parleys were held between Congress interim-chief Sonia Gandhi, NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena Supremo Uddhav Thackeray. Senior Congress leaders were flown from Jaipur to Delhi to take a final call on Congress-NCP extending support to Shiv Sena. While Uddhav Thackeray met Pawar and called up Sonia Gandhi multiple times, Congress did not reach a decision by 7:30 PM which was the deadline for Shiv Sena to stake claim. Meanwhile, BJP held a core committee meeting at Fadnavis' residence to prevent defections and to decide the future course. Sena's sole Union Minister Arvind Sawant too resigned from the Modi cabinet in protest. Blaming the Sena for fracturing the Mahayuti alliance, BJP announced that it would not form the next government in the state on Sunday, after meeting the governor.
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-54, Congress-44) bagged 98 seats in total. The halfway mark is 145.