Political Stalemate continues in Maharashtra

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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Sena insists on CM post, BJP makes no claim to form Govt

Mumbai : A fortnight after Maharashtra assembly poll results came out the stalemate between alliance partners BJP and Shiv Sena continues and formation of new government is still distant. On Thursday the Shiv Sena held a meeting of all its MLAs and decided that at the end of it that they would continue to be firm on the demand of Chief Minister's post while the BJP avoided direct confrontation with the Sena but met the state governor to talk to him about various legal options that he could exercise. 

As the clock ticked towards the expiry of the present Maharashtra assembly's tenure on Friday, state Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni met Governor B.S. Koshyari to discuss legal and constitutional issues, official sources said.

Kumbhakoni reached the Raj Bhavan shortly after a Bharatiya Janata Party delegation led by its state President Chandrakant Patil and ministers Girish Mahajan, Sudhir Mungantiwar and Ashish Shelar met the Governor to seek his advice on the same lines. "The Advocate General is likely to advise the Governor on the legal and constitutional options besides precedents available before him to enable exercise his powers and explore all the possibilities for forming a stable government in the state as per Constitutional provisions," a top official told IANS, requesting anonymity. Even 15 days after the election results were announced, Maharashtra has lapsed into an unprecedented political crisis in which the two main allies - BJP-Shiv Sena, who secured a majority, are unwilling to form the government.

Both allies are engaged in a furious tug-of-war over the post of Chief Minister and other power-sharing aspects which have virtually pushed the state to the threshold of President's Rule. Ranked amongst the most politically stable states in the country, in its entire 59-year history, Maharashtra has witnessed President's Rule only twice - for 112 days in February-June, 1980 and later for 33 days in September-October 2014.

Uddhav says he doesn't want to break alliance with BJP
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Thursday that he does not intend to end the alliance with the BJP but only wants implementation of what was agreed upon between the two parties before the Lok Sabha polls. Significantly, after the Sena MLAs authorised him to take "final decision" on government formation in Maharashtra at a meeting at his residence `Matoshree', all the legislators were shifted to a nearby hotel in suburban Bandra. The move indicated that the party feared attempts to poach its legislators amid the ongoing tussle with the BJP. "It is necessary for all the MLAs to be together in the prevailing situation. Whatever decision Uddhavji takes will be binding on all of us," Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu said after the meeting.

BJP delaying govt formation, creating Prez rule situation: Raut
Mumbai: Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday accused the BJP of delaying the process of government formation in Maharashtra and creating a situation for the imposition of President's rule. Addressing a press conference here, he said the BJP should declare that it is unable to form the government and then the Shiv Sena will take further steps. Reiterating the Shiv Sena's demand for sharing the chief minister's post, he said the state's CM will be from the Uddhav Thackeray-led party only.

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