Maharashtra Government Formation Process

Posterior to the thumbs down of BJP to stake its claim to the government in the state, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Kothari has invited Shiv Sena to form its government and the Sena has showed its inclination and capacity to form the government. According to the PTI retold Mr. Raut, BJP is the single-largest party to establish a government. After the predominance label of 145 out of 288-member assembly, the BJP has triumphed 105 seats in the October 21 polls and its ally Shiv sena won 56 seats. Ever since the judgement surfaced on October 24, both the parties have been at loggerheads over the chief minister’s post. The Sena wish to have a policy of rotations, but the BJP doesn’t.

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The state BJP president Chandrakant Patil had declared after meeting the Governor that the party would not form the government and Shiv Sena can ally with Congress-NCP to build a government in the state. As the Sena was trying to amalgamate the Congress-NCP for the formation of government in the state, the Sharad Pawar-led party asked the Sena to move out of the NDA first. In a meeting with his union MLAs, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray announced not to break an alliance with BJP but was open to discussions. Thackeray said that if BJP would agree to give CM post for 2.5 years, then Sena will talk to the Bharatiya Janta Party.  

BJP is holding up the procedure as it wants to enforce President’s rule, Sanjay Raut added. On the other hand, after the refusal of BJP to form government in the state, Senior Congress Leader Ashok Chavan said that his party is also not in the favour of President’s rule. According to Chavan, newly elected MLAs of the party will discuss the matter with the party high command over its future political stand in the state Maharashtra. The number of MLAs in the Congress are 44 and in the NCP are 54 which are in total 98. If the Shiv Sena decides an alliance with both the parties, the collective strength of the three parties would touch the halfway mark of 154.

If BJP comes for the floor test, the NCP will poll against it. NCP will anticipate a substitute if Shiv Sena polls against BJP on the floor of the house and the government falls down, the Mumbai NCP chief added.

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18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis whose term was expiring on 8th November, 2019 has given his resignation and acting as a caretaker as suggested by the Governor. The NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that it was an order for them to sit in the opposition as the ball is in the Governor’s court now.

BJP State President Chandrakant Patil told the reporters outside Raj Bhavan, “We competed together but Sena never wanted to join us to form a government. However, they have also defamed the orders and decided not to stake claim to form the government. We have already put this in the knowledge of governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.” Posterior to the BJP held meetings he said that they extended their best wishes to Shiv Sena if they wish to amalgamate with the Congress and the NCP to form the government. Raut came into view sending overtures to the Congress and the NCP.

After meeting with party MLAs at a resort in Malad, party chief Uddhav Thackeray assured that a Shiv Sainik would sit in the palanquin this year at any cost.

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After the Shiv Sena switched its MLAs to resort to prevent poaching, Congress also copied them and switched its MLAs to a Jaipur resort. They will discuss the matter over there and seek party high command’s advice for future political stands. 

As the only largest party BJP has denied to form a government in the state Maharashtra and no final decision has been taken on the asserted alliance of Congress-NCP with Shiv Sena, the state may continue to follow mid-term polls for President’s rule.

Lately, Congress Leader Sanjay Nirupam said that lining up with Shiv Sena would be a devastated move for the Congress. Speaking on the social media, he said, ‘In the current political arithmetic in Maharashtra, it’s just impossible for Congress-NCP to form any government. For that we need Shiv Sena under any circumstances. That will be a devastated move for the party.’

Congress top brass is careful of allying with Shiv Sena for forming government. However, most of the Congress MLAs want to be a part of the government but they don’t want President’s rule in the state Maharashtra. Maharashtra Governor has sent an invitation to Shiv Sena as the second largest party to form Government till November 11, 2019 7:30p.m.

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