Amid the BJP-Shiv Sena implosion over the Maharashtra Chief Minister's post which has seen the BJP declining to form a government and daring its 'ally' to stake claim with the NCP and Congress, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday cheekily asked, "How will BJP have their Chief Minister if they don't stake a claim?"
Raut, who has been the provocateur-in-chief for the Sena ever since the election results were announced, further stated, "Till last evening, the BJP claimed that the Chief Minister would be from their side. They have constantly claimed that we will form our government."
He went on to make clear that the Shiv Sena had also not backed down from its own demand for a Chief Minister, adding "Till last evening, the BJP claimed that CM would be from their side. Today afternoon Uddhavji made it clear that in coming days CM will be from Sena's. If he has said it, it means that at any cost we will give Maharashtra a Sena CM."
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Sunday after meeting with its MLAs, announced that the party will not form a government in the state of Maharashtra. BJP leader Chandrakant Patil, after meeting the Governor, said, "In the elections, BJP, RPI, Sena and other parties were given a 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."
Earlier on Saturday, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had set a two-day deadline for BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to prove a majority to form a new government in the state. The Governor had called the leader of the single largest party to prove its majority by 8 pm on November 11.
Adding to the impasse, 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." Further, Congress estranged leader Sanjay Nirupam said that the alliance with Sena will be fatal for Congress.