Can’t Form Govt: BJP To Guv

Pandurang Mhaske
Monday, 11 November 2019

BJP opts out of Maharashtra race; Guv calls on Shiv Sena to form government

Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after a meeting held on Sunday evening, announced that they are not in a position to form a government. Now the ball is in Shiv Sena’s court. 

Later, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari wrote to the second-largest party Shiv Sena to initiate the procedure of government formation. The Governor asked the leader of elected members of the Shiv Sena, Eknath Shinde to indicate willingness and ability of his party to form the government in the State. 
The BJP on Sunday informed Koshyari that they are not able to form the government since the party does not have the required numbers because of their ally Shiv Sena’s stand to not join them. 

Addressing a press conference, Maharashtra BJP President Chandrakant Patil said, “The Shiv Sena has insulted the public mandate. If it is in a position to form the government along with the support of the Congress and NCP, our best wishes are with them,” said Patil, who was flanked by his former minister colleagues like Ashish Shelar, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Pankaja Munde and Girish Mahajan, at Raj Bhavan. 

“We got a good mandate and we could have formed the government comfortably. Despite having the mandate, Shiv Sena is not interested to form the government with us. We have conveyed this message to the Governor about our inability to form a government,” Patil added. 

Governor Koshyari had asked the BJP on Saturday to form a government as it is the single largest party in the State. 

Before the announcement, the BJP held a core committee meeting where the leaders discussed the future course of action. They checked all the possibilities regarding forming a government and its repercussions. If the BJP wins the floor test, there would be re-election, which is not affordable to the State. At the second meeting, BJP President Amit Shah talked to the state party leaders via videoconferencing.

He stated that if the BJP forms the government, the party would have to face all the consequences. Shah categorically ruled out any talks with Shiv Sena. 

Congress unsure? 
Though the Shiv Sena is saying that Congress is not an enemy, the Congress is still saying that they will sit in the opposition. 

Party observer Mallikarjun Kharge said the party has the mandate to sit in the opposition and will follow it. But there are differences among the youth leaders in the party. The young brigade is insisting on supporting the Shiv Sena to form a government. 

A leader from Congress said, on condition of anonymity, that if the high command doesn’t extend support to the Sena, some MLAs from the party would form a separate group to support the Sena. 

However, senior leader Ashok Chavan said the party is keeping track of all developments and has not decided about anything. “We are now meeting and discussing all options before us,” he said. The Congress has kept their newly elected MLAs at a hotel at Jaipur where the leaders are discussing the issue with the MLAs and deciding the future course of action.

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