The Sena said it was not okay with state BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis to become the chief minister and backed Pankaja, daughter of late BJP leader Gopinath Munde for the post, the NCP was not ready to accept either Fadnavis or Munde as the chief minister, NDTV cited reports as saying. The NCP was more in favour of senior BJP leader Vinod Tawde or Union minister Nitin Gadkari as the chief minister, sources said.
Sources also said that if none of the options work out, then presidential rule will be the only option for the state. Presidential rule was imposed in the state after Prithviraj Chavan quit as the chief minister of the state after the Congress-NCP alliance crumbled over seat-sharing.
The BJP will lose its face if it goes with the 'Naturally Corrupt Party'
The situation promises a lot of drama for the BJP's top leadership would have to rethink its strategy over the choice of the chief minister. Both the Shiv Sena, which is set to increase its tally compared to the 2009 election and the NCP, which looks to consolidate its vote-bank, will try to use their position to extract the maximum benefit from the BJP for this is their chance.
The BJP's character will be tested for if it fails to accommodate the Sena's terms, then seeking an alliance with the NCP would be the second option. But given the way the BJP had attacked the NCP during the election campaign (read Narendra Modi's terming it as a Naturally Corrupt Party), that possibility could harm the BJP more than anybody else.
The BJP is set to rewrite history by winning over 100 seats by itself in Maharashtra after 24 years. But the success isn't very assuring for the saffron leadership.
The Maha Circus is just about to begin.