BJP won't stake claim to form government in Maharashtra; blames Shiv Sena

Maharashtra BJP President Chandrakant Patil accused Shiv Sena of “disrespecting” people’s mandate while refusing to form the government due to lack of numbers


Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday announced that it will not form government in Maharashtra after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited the saffron party to stake claim. 

However, BJP refused to form the government while blaming its ally Shiv Sena for not coming on board. Maharashtra BJP President Chandrakant Patil further accused Shiv Sena of “disrespecting” people’s mandate. 

We have informed Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari about our decision. The people of Maharashtra gave us (Shiv Sena and BJP) the mandate. If Sena wants to disrespect it and form the government in Maharashtra, then good luck to them,” said Maharashtra BJP President Chandrakant Patil.

Bhagat Singh Koshyari had invited BJP, the single largest party with 105 seats, to stake claim to form the government in Maharashtra till 8:00 in the evening on Monday. However, BJP refused to do so saying that they don’t have the numbers. 

BJP and Shiv Sena contested the 2019 Maharashtra assembly elections together and managed to win on 105 and 56 seats, respectively. However, after the assembly poll results were declared on October 24, Shiv Sena remains adamant on its demand to implement the 50-50 power-sharing formula. 

However, BJP is not ready to agree with Sena’s demand to have a rotational Chief Minister and has maintained that the CM will be from their party. 

Despite easy majority in the assembly polls, Shiv Sena and BJP have failed to form the government in Maharashtra. After BJP refused to stake claim, the Governor invited Shiv Sena to form the government. Sena is the second-largest party in the state with 56 seats.  

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Now, all eyes are on Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance whether they will back Sena to form the government or not. In recently concluded assembly elections in Maharashtra, NCP and Congress alliance registered their win on 54 and 44 seats, respectively. 

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