After BJP declines, Maharashtra Governor invites Shiv Sena to stake claim

In a statement issued by Raj Bhavan, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari asked Shiv Sena legislative party leader Eknath Shinde to show “willingness and ability” to form a government.

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After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) refused to stake claim, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Sunday invited Shiv Sena to form the government in the state and indicate its “willingness and ability” to do the same.  In a statement issued by Raj Bhavan, Maharashtra Governor Koshyari asked Shiv Sena legislative party leader Eknath Shinde to show party's interest to form a government in the state.

Shiv Sena, the second-largest party with 56 seats, has until 7:30 PM today to stake claim to form the government in Maharashtra. Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress have decided to stay in a wait and watch the situation. 

While Shiv Sena is seeking the support of NCP and Congress alliance in Maharashtra, NCP chief Sharad Pawar asserted that if Sena wants their support, it will have to withdraw from National Democratic Alliance (NDA) first. After Governor’s invitation, Shiv Sena MLAs staying at Rangsharda Hotel in Bandra were shifted to Matoshree – the residence of Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

Earlier, as per the protocol, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited BJP to form the government in the state. However, BJP declined the invitation saying that they don’t have the numbers while blaming its ally Shiv Sena of “disrespecting” people’s mandate. 

With this, all eyes are on NCP and Congress which have 54 and 44 seats, respectively. The NCP-Congress alliance decision to back Shiv Sena will put the BJP out of power. 

Devendra Fadnavis, who resigned on November 8 as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, was asked to serve as caretaker CM until the formation of the next government. 

The deadlock in Maharashtra over government formation still remains as the BJP and Shiv Sena alliance failed to form government in the state despite getting a clear majority of 161 seats. Shiv Sena and BJP managed to win on 56 and 105 seats, respectively. 

Also Read - BJP Won't Stake Claim To Form Government In Maharashtra; Blames Shiv Sena

While NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that they will support a stable government in Maharashtra, Congress informed that the final decision to support Shiv Sena will come after the state leadership’s meeting with Sonia Gandhi in Delhi today at 4:00 in the afternoon. 

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