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Maharashtra political impasse: Governor invites Shiv Sena to form government after BJP's refusal

The term of the 13th state Assembly ended on Saturday. On Friday, after Fadnavis resigned as chief minister and was asked by the governor to continue as caretaker CM, the two allies had a bitter showdown over what was decided mutually about the t...

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Updated: Nov 10, 2019, 11.02 PM IST
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Maharashtra: Governor invites Shiv Sena to stake claim to form govt
Maharashtra: Governor invites Shiv Sena to stake claim to form govt
Moments after the Bharatiya Janata Party refused to stake claim to form government, Maharashtra Governor invited Shiv Sena to form government- for being the second largest party in the just concluded state polls. The BJP's refusal to stake claim came this evening after two rounds of meeting of the party's core committee a day before it was expected to form government.

"The Sena will have to inform the governor about its stand by Monday (November 11) evening 7.30 pm," a Raj Bhavan official said.
Koshyariasked Sena legislative party leader Eknath Shinde to "indicate willingness and ability" of the party to form government in Maharashtra, a Raj Bhavan statement read further.

In the just concluded Maharashtra assembly polls, The BJP and the Shiv Sena contested as an alliance and were given a clear majority 161 seats in the 288-member house. The other alliance, of the NCP-Congress, got 98 seats.

The term of the 13th state Assembly ended on Saturday. On Friday, after Fadnavis resigned as chief minister and was asked by the governor to continue as caretaker CM, the two allies had a bitter showdown over what was decided mutually about the top post during their negotiations before the Lok Sabha polls held earlier this year.

Neither Sena, nor the BJP has the numbers to form government on their own. The Congress and the NCP, too, lack the numbers and both parties earlier said that they were ready to sit in the opposition.

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