NEW DELHI: Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Sunday invited the Shiv Sena, the second largest party in the House with 56 seats, to form the government in the state.
“The Sena will have to inform the governor about its stand by Monday (November 11) evening 7.30 pm,” a Raj Bhavan official said.
The invitation comes after the BJP announced its inability to form the government due to lack of numbers.
Addressing reporters after meeting the governor, Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patel today accused the Uddhav Thackeray-led party of “disrespecting” the popular mandate secured by the BJP and the Sena in the recent assembly polls.
The BJP also wished the Shiv Sena “good luck” if it wanted to form the government with the help of opposition Congress and NCP.
The governor had on Saturday invited the BJP, the single largest party, to stake claim to form government.
However, with the BJP unable to muster numbers in view of the Sena’s stand not to support it over the issue of sharing of power and the post of the chief minister, the party declined to form the government.
“The Governor has, therefore, asked the leader of elected members of the second largest party, Shiv Sena, Eknath Shinde, to convey its willingness and ability to form the government,” the statement from Raj Bhavan said.
With the BJP backing off from the race, the onus to form government now rests with the Sena, which has indicated that it might rope in the Congress and the NCP to prop up a government.
Sena MP Sanjay Raut had earlier claimed support of 170 MLAs.
In the October 21 polls to the 288-member state assembly, the BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54 and Congress 44.
(With inputs from PTI)
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