Maharashtra Governor invites BJP to indicate willingness to form government in state

Clay Curtis
November 11, 2019

In an apparent reference to the BJP, he said that the party's bubble of being "invincible" has burst and the arrogance of "buying" a politician to form the government will no longer work in the state.

"I welcome the governor's decision to invite the BJP".

On Friday, with no end in sight to the standoff, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis submitted his resignation to the governor.

"The Governor has therefore made a decision to explore the possibility of formation of Government and today asked the leader of the elected members of the single largest party, that is BJP, to convey its willingness and ability to form the government", it further said.

The development came hours after the BJP, which emerged the largest party with 105 seats in the Assembly polls, stated that it would not stake claim to form the government as it did not have the supporting numbers in the 288-member House.

The Shiv Sena "will step in" if no one forms government, Raut told reporters.

On November 5, a poster with the picture of Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray-reading "My MLA, My Chief Minister"-was put up outside Matoshree".

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Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday hit out at Maharashtra's caretaker chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and accused him of playing politics of fear, while making a reference to German dictator Adolf Hitler in the backdrop of logjam over government formation in the state. "The Shiv Sena will declare its strategy if no one else is able to form the government".

NCP leader said, "The deadlock in Maharashtra has brought the political scenario at a point where if we don't agree for some arrangements, some understandings among parties, the only result would be re-elections, which certainly nobody wants, even the people do not want that".

Its ally Shiv Sena won 56 seats, but the two parties are bickering over the chief minister's post.

Outgoing Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis - who has confidently proclaimed till Saturday that the BJP would form the government - was conspicuous by his absence.

Chavan said he was in favour of forming a stable government in Maharashtra.

Koshyari asked Sena legislative party leader Eknath Shinde to "indicate willingness and ability" of the party to form government in Maharashtra, a Raj Bhavan statement said. He also questioned whether the Shiv Sena, which had not spared Prime Minister Narendra Modi from its attacks, was worth continuing an alliance with. A party legislator said seeking anonymity that more MLAs are expected to join them.

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