Sena MP Shrirang Barne said, “Like the BJP which was given 48 hours, the Sena too should have got 48 hours. By imposing President’s rule, the central government has now ensured horse-trading takes places.”
After the assembly election results, both the Congress and NCP had said that they have received the mandate for sitting in the opposition. However, by Sunday evening, they were ready to back a Sena-led government.
Constitutional expert Ulhas Bapat said with the largest party, the BJP with 105 MLAs, conveying its inability to form the government, the Governor was left with no other option than to approach the second largest party, which has 56 MLAs.
After the meeting, he signalled that the two parties are keeping all their options open. He said the NCP and Congress don’t have the numbers to form an alternative government “as on today” but added he “can’t say what will happen” in the future.
Thackeray, who visited the district to take stock of the crop losses due to unseasonal rain in last month, also said that the Rs 10,000 relief package announced by the state government for the damages to the crops was not enough.
In an interview with The Indian Express, Jagtap criticises the administration of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation for failing to rise to people’s expectations. He says efforts will be made to ease the acute water shortage in the industrial city.
While family patriarch Sharad Pawar is drawing praises for his aggressive campaigning at the age of 79, which has enhanced the numbers and reputation of the NCP, nephew Ajit has won the Baramati seat for the seventh consecutive time.