On Sunday evening Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with other senior BJP leaders met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. The Ministers informed him that their ally Shiv Sena is not willing to cooperate and therefore the party could not stake claim to form the government in Maharashtra.
While interacting with the mediapersons, State BJP Chief, Chandrakant Patil said, “We cannot stake claim to form the government as Shiv Sena is not willing to come with us. We have informed this to the governor.”
“In the state assembly polls, we contested as part of a grand alliance ‘Mahayuti’ and we got the mandate for this alliance. If Shiv Sena wants to insult this mandate and form the government with Congress and NCP, then we wish them all the luck,” Patil added.
Governor Koshyari’s invitation to BJP to form the government on Saturday came hours before the five-year tenure of the Assembly ended at midnight.
The BJP’s core committee comprises about half a dozen members including senior ministers and the president of the party’s Maharashtra unit Chandrakant Patil.
Elections to the Assembly were held on October 21 and results declared on October 24, in which the BJP had emerged as the single largest party with 105 seats and Fadnavis was elected its legislative party chief on October 31.