Government formation in Maharashtra: Shiv Sena is making efforts to reach NCP and Congress to achieve numbers
Government formation in Maharashtra: Maharashtra governor has invited Shiv Sena to form the government in Maharashtra after BJP said that they do not have the numbers to stake claim of the government. Shiv Sena, which is the second-largest party in the state with 56 seats of 288 assembly seats after BJP’s 105, has time till 7:30 pm today to stake a claim.
NCP is holding a meeting with core members to assess the political situation
Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party is holding a core group meeting in Mumbai headed by the Sharad Pawar over the political situation in the state. Supriya Sule, Praful Patel, Jayant Patil, Ajit Pawar are likely to be present in the meeting along with other leaders.
It has been more than two-and-a-half weeks since the Maharashtra assembly results were announced but the state still has no government. BJP on Sunday declined to form the government in the state. Later, Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari called asked Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena to “indicate the willingness and ability” of the party to stake a claim.
Shiv Sena is making efforts to reach out to NCP and the Congress to get numbers. Sharad Pawar has said that Shiv Sena has to walk out from the NDA first. Congress too is expected to support the Sena-NCP government.
BJP core committee headed by the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadanvis will also meet in Mumbai today. The fast-paced proceedings have increased the bargaining power of opposition, NCP and Congress because Shiv Sena is way short in majority numbers.
Numbers needed to form the government
A part needs 145 seats to form the government but Shiv Sena has only 56 while NCP has 54 and Congress has 44. All combined (154) becomes more than required from the total of 288 assembly seats.
BJP and Shiv Sena had a long tussle for power in the state over ‘50-50 deal’ and CM post. Members of both parties have been blaming each other for not coming to an agreement to form the government. Sanjay Raut said that BJP does not want to share the CM post with the Shiv Sena this morning. What type of relationship we will build if they are not willing to honour the 50-50 deal which was agreed before the elections?
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