Maharashtra Governor Koshyari invites BJP to form govt

Mumbai: The BJP in Maharashtra has been invited by the Governor to form government. The BJP with 105 seats and the Sena with 56 seats have a clear majority in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly. But BJP’s hopes for a seamless transition into a second straight term with Devendra Fadnavis in charge are on hold with the Sena demanding equal power-share under what it calls was a “50:50 formula” discussed with Amit Shah earlier.

As per the Sena, the plan was for chief ministers from each party sharing the five-year term equally. “The Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari asked the leader of elected members of the single largest party, BJP, Shri Devendra Fadnavis to indicate the willingness and ability of his party to form the government in Maharashtra,” said Governor’s office said.

However, despite the passage of 15 days, no single party or alliance of parties has come forward to form the government,” it said. Mr Fadnavis resigned as Maharashtra CM with no sign of a new government and his BJP and its ally Shiv Sena no closer to forming one together. Fadnavis met with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to hand in his resignation hours before the midnight deadline for government formation.

The term of the Maharashtra assembly ended today. “Given their statements, especially against PM, we are stunned and hurt. No one from BJP ever targeted Bal Thackeray or Uddhav Thackeray. But the way Sena attacked Modi-ji, even our rivals didn’t. We cannot accept it. It seems the Shiv Sena is not interested in continuing the alliance,” Mr Fadnavis said, commenting that BJP was taken aback by Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray’s “all options are open” statement.