Meanwhile, Shiv Sena shows no signs of a decisive move to join the BJP as, sources say, they are not happy with the seats they are being offered. This means, BJP has time till the trust vote as much of its tenure depends on the 63 legislators from Shiv Sena who have been directed to be present during the voote. By then, if the duo manage to strike a deal, passing the test would be a piece of cake walk for Fadnavis.
A recent update on Shiv Sena's move to withdraw its speaker contradicts it own earlier statement where it had confirmed that it was preparing to serve as the opposition and had also nominated a leader of the opposition and a speaker. Fadnavis is reported to have met both the Congress and the Sena leader and requested them to withdraw their candidates for Speaker.
BJP does not seem to be too worried as it has support of nine legislators-6 independents and three from the Hitendra Thakur-led Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi party, some of whom have already handed letters of support.
Amid this, NCP's Sharad Pawar plays his cards, reminding BJP that his support for the party stands. He said that even if his 41 legislators abstained from voting, BJP will win.
To this, Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray said that if NCP was taken under BJP's wings, they will part ways.