Amid the stalemate in Maharashtra, as the third-largest party NCP mulls over the government formation in the state, BJP's Subramanian Swamy opined on the political situation unfolding. In a conversation with Republic, when questioned over speculations that Uddhav Thackeray has sought the help of senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, Swamy responded saying that the 'Sena is dissolving.'
Swamy further added that it is 'no shock' that the saffron party had to pick Kapil Sibal to defend their opposition. The BJP leader even questioned the Governor's move to invite the third-largest party, NCP, to form a government in the state on Monday evening. Earlier sources reported that the Shiv Sena chief spoke to senior Congress leaders--Kapil Sibal and Ahmed Patel over the ongoing crisis.
Swamy said, "Shiv Sena is dissolving that's all I can say. They had to choose Sibal, the old horse of the Congress party to defend their position. But it's like once you're married you're a part of the husband's family. There should be no shock in that. But the Governor should not have invited the NCP because a much smaller party is being called, then tomorrow why did he deny the Congress an opportunity? This could be called into question in the Court."
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 a 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.
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.