A day after Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited BJP to form the government in the state by Monday, Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana's editor Sanjay Raut, on Sunday, took a swipe at the acting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in his editorial 'RokThok'. In an article titled 'What makes (us) happy? Now Hitler's spirit is dead', the Sena MP critiqued the current deadlock in Maharashtra, comparing Fadnavis' recent resignation to that of German Fuhrer Hitler's death. He added that those who enslaved Maharashtra have now lost power, hence all institutions are free to work fearlessly.
"Whatever happens, there cannot be a BJP CM in Maharashtra again. Everyone wants to put an end to cunning, betrayal and enslaving politics. Those who ran the state for five years by instilling fear are now themselves defeated. When one witness that support is not earned by fear, one must remember Hitler is dead and slavery has ended," wrote Raut in his column. He added that the police and other institutions must now work fearlessly.
Earlier on Saturday, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari set a two-day deadline for BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to prove a majority to form a new government in the state. The Governor has called the leader of the single largest party to prove its majority by 8 pm on November 11. However, as per sources, Fadnavis would just have to submit the list of MLAs that support any eventual government, which indicates that there would be no floor test. The majority mark in the house is 145.
Previously on Friday, amid the fallout of the Mahayuti alliance, Devendra Fadnavis resigned from CM post after he failed to garner support from estranged ally Shiv Sena to form a new government. Fadnavis blamed Uddhav Thackrey for disrespecting the people's mandate reaffirming that 'no talks of 50:50 formula and no proposal for the post of CM for 2.5 years was made before me by Shiv Sena'. Meanwhile, Sena Supremo Uddhav Thackeray had claimed that the Sena will not agree for a deputy CM post and that he will fulfill his promise to Balasaheb saying, 'There will be a Shiv Sena Chief Minister one day, I don't need Amit Shah and Devendra Fadnavis for that.'
The saffron alliance swept Maharashtra on October 24, winning a combined tally of 161 (BJP- 105, Sena -56) to award CM Devendra Fadnavis a second term. But the comeback of the 'Maha- Agadhi' alliance (NCP-Congress) took the Mahayuti by surprise as the NCP bagged 54 seats while the languishing Congress too bagged 44 seats. Though the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance will form the next government, it was handed a diminished mandate compared to 2014 where it won 185 seats.\