Maharashtra: High drama unfolded on Sunday evening as Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil announced that the party has informed Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari that it does not have the numbers to form the government. The party asked former ally Shiv Sena to go ahead and form the government with NCP-Congress. He accused Uddhav Thackeray-led party of insulting people’s mandate.
Earlier today, in an apparent softening of stand, the Shiv Sena has said that while its ideology is different to that of the Congress, it doesn’t consider the grand old party to be an enemy. The subtle shift in position, voiced by Sanjay Raut, comes amid a deadlock between the Sena and ally BJP over government formation in Maharashtra 15 days after election results. Raut also ramped up the attack on BJP, accusing outgoing CM Devendra Fadnavis of playing “politics of fear”.
Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil says that If the Shiv Sena wants to form the government in Maharashtra in alliance with the Congress, it can go ahead. “They have our blessing,” he said.
Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil says, “Despite the mandate with the alliance with Shiv Sena, we will not form government. The Shiv Sena wants to insult the people’s mandate. We have conveyed to the atte Governor that we will not form the state government.”