Maharashtra Govt Formation Highlights: The rift between the BJP and the Shiv Sena seems to be widening as the two parties on Friday held each other responsible for the impasse over government formation. While acting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis accused the Sena chief of lying and denied his claims of talks over equitable sharing of CM post, Uddhav Thackeray fired back saying that Amit Shah had agreed to it.
Earlier in the day, Fadnavis catered his resignation to the Governor and was appointed acting Chief Minister as the deadlock over government formation continued. While BJP had claimed that the deadlock will “break any moment”, it’s warring ally Shiv Sena has decided to move its MLAs to The Retreat Hotel in Madh Island. The Congress, on the other hand, has alleged horse-trading by BJP, which the saffron party has vociferously refuted.
The tenure for the present state government is set to expire on Saturday. In the event that no government is formed, President’s Rule would follow. The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in the October 21 Assembly polls winning 105 seats, and Shiv Sena, which bagged 56 seats, have not staked claim to form the government together or separately till now. The NCP and the Congress won 54 and 44 seats, respectively, in the election to the 288-member assembly where the majority mark is 145.