Published: Mon, November 11, 2019

Fadnavis invited by Maharashtra Governor To Form Government, Floor Test Monday

Fadnavis invited by Maharashtra Governor To Form Government, Floor Test Monday

The Maharashtra Governor has asked outgoing chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to indicate the willingness and ability of his party to form the government in Maharashtra, a communication from the Governor's office stated. While speaking to Republic TV moments after the BJP's announcement, Memon said that some arrangements or some understandings among parties should be there as nobody wants a re-election - hinting that his party may be ready to act. "From 105 to 145 is a long way".

Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari on Saturday evening invited the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - the single-largest party - to indicate its willingness to form the next government, barely four hours before the tenure of the state Assembly expires at midnight. This experiment, they could not dare to do in Maharashtra.

Announcing the BJP's decision, Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil accused the Uddhav Thackeray-led party, which is adamant on its demand for a rotational chief ministership, of "disrespecting" the popular mandate secured by the BJP and the Sena in recent assembly polls.

On posters put up by Sena workers near Thackeray's residence here demanding that he be the chief minister, Raut said, "Uddhav Thackeray is the Shiv Sena leader and he will take an appropriate decision at the right time". He said that Sena has betrayed the mandate of the people of Maharashtra.

The Shiv Sena has shifted most of its 56 MLAs to a hotel in suburban Malad, apparently to guard them against "poaching" attempts. "I don't think MLAs of any party would defect".

When a reporter pointed out that the Sena was not criticising the opposition NCP in the wake of a possible alliance between the two parties, Raut said, "We have not criticised the BJP either. At the same time, there are some leaders in the Congress and NCP who identify themselves with the Sena's stand on this border dispute issue", he said. "Sharad Pawar (NCP president) will also attend that meeting", he added.

The BJP claims to have the support of 121 members, including independents and leaders from other smaller parties, in the 288-member assembly.

On Friday, with no end in sight to the standoff, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis submitted his resignation to the governor.

"He could not take oath because BJP chief Amit Shah has remained aloof from developments in the state", Raut said.

The BJP and the Sena have been involved in an impasse over the government formation in the state since the election results were declared on August 24.

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