Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: A day after Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- the single largest party in the state -- to form the government, the core committee of the party met at the residence of Devendra Fadvanis today to decide the future course of action. The party would hold another round of discussions later in the day following which a decision would be taken.

"Governor has invited BJP to form the government because we are the single largest party. We'll meet again today and take the decision on Governor's invitation," said party leader Sudhir Mungantiwar. 

The BJP, on Saturday, was asked by the Governor to "indicate the willingness and ability" to form government, creating hope that the 15-day- long political impasse in the state will end.

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“Elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly were held on October 21 and the results were declared on October 24. However, despite the passage of 15 days, no single party or alliance of parties has come forward to form the Government. The Governor has therefore decided to explore the possibility of formation of Government and today asked the leader of the elected members of the single largest party, that is BJP, to convey its willingness and ability to form the government,” said the Raj Bhavan statement.

Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena has welcomed the Governor’s decision. The BJP and the Shiv Sena secured a comfortable majority in the recent Assembly elections in the state but the two allies have been locked in a tussle over the Sena's demand of sharing the chief minister's post and ministerial berths in the state.

“At least the governor has begun the process of exploring for government formation. The BJP is the single largest party and the rightful claimant to form government first,” said Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

The party has also put all its MLAs at a resort at Madh Island in suburban Mumbai as it wants to stop any attempt by the BJP to poach its MLAs.

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 had been decided mutually about the chief minister's post during their pre-poll negotiations.

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While Fadnavis claimed that the BJP had never promised to share the chief minister's post with its ally, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray maintained that assurance of equal sharing of all posts had been given, and the BJP must not portray him as a liar.

Meanwhile, the NCP is keeping a close watch on the situation. “The Governor should ensure if BJP has majority or not, otherwise there will be horse trading... Despite that, if BJP forms the government in the state, we are going to vote against BJP on the floor of the house. If the BJP government falls, in the interest of the state we will try to form an alternate government. We will see if Shiv Sena votes against BJP in the house to pull down the BJP government... We have called a meeting of all our MLAs on November 12. Sharad Pawar will also attend,” Party leader Nawab Malik told news agency ANI.

The BJP won 105 seats in the October 21 elections, while the majority mark in the 288-member Assembly is 145. Its ally Shiv Sena has won 56 seats.

(With agency inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma