Maharashtra Governor invites NCP to stake claim

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari asked the NCP to “indicate willingness and ability” to form the government and gave them the time till 8:00 PM today to stake claim


After Shiv Sena failed to submit the requisite letter of support from the alliance partners after claiming stakes, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday evening invited the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the government in the state.

Maharashtra Governor asked the NCP to “indicate willingness and ability” to form the government and gave them the time till 8:00 PM today to stake claim.

NCP leaders including Ajit Pawar, Dhananjay Munde, Jayant Patil and others visited Raj Bhavan and informed the Governor that they will take a call on the issue after holding discussions with its ally Congress. 

Earlier, Shiv Sena had stake claim to form government in Maharashtra informing the Governor that Congress and NCP have assured “in-principle” support to them. However, Shiv Sena’s request for another 48 hours was rejected by the Governor. 

The assembly election results in Maharashtra were declared on October 24 and since then, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena are involved in a political tussle over power-sharing. The saffron alliance failed to stake claim to form the government. 

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant also resigned from his cabinet post in Narendra Modi government. Shiv Sena tried to join hands with Congress and NCP alliance to from a the government in Maharashtra.

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Earlier on Monday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray reportedly spoke on the phone with Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi. In the telephonic conversation, Sonia Gandhi informed Thackeray that she will get back to him after talking to the party MLAs.

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