BJP set to stake claim in Maharashtra as Fadnavis eyes CM post for 3rd time
Mumbai, Jun 30: The BJP is is reportedly gearing up to stake claim for formation of the new government in Maharashtra, as Uddhav Thackeray announced his resignation as the chief minister during a Facebook live address on Wednesday night a day before a scheduled floor test in the state Assembly.
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis and rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde will now decide the next court of action.
The Twitter handle of the Maharashtra BJP even shared a video of former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis along with the words, "I will come again for the formation of a new Maharashtra" in Marathi.
C T Ravi, who has arrived in Mumbai on Thursday morning, will attend a meeting at 'Sagar' bungalow, the official residence of Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis with senior party leaders, including its state chief Chandrakant Patil.
The state BJP unit has asked all its MLAs to remain in Mumbai city till the next steps are taken. There will be another round of meeting at the official residence of Fadnavis later tonight.
The resignation of Thackeray capped a week-long drama of resort politics, where rebel Shiv Sena MLAs led by minister Eknath Shinde camped in luxury hotels and hopped on chartered jets from Mumbai to Surat and Guwahati, before landing in the cool climes of Goa on Wednesday night.
Following Thackeray's resignation on Wednesday night, Chandrakant Patil had said that Fadnavis and rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who claims to have the support of 39 rebel Sena legislators and 11 independent MLAs as well as small parties, would decide the next court of action.
BJP leaders are expected to meet the Governor to stake claim to form the next government in the state. The swearing-in of the Fadnavis-led ministry may take places soon.
"While BJP has 106 MLAs of its own and support of some 10 independent MLAs, it will have to undertake a lot of deliberations and negotiations for seat sharing formula with rebel Sena MLAs and independents. It will take some time, but a clear picture would emerge by Friday," Patil had said.
Thackeray had resigned soon after the Supreme Court refused to stay Governor B S Koshyari's direction to his government to take a floor test in the Assembly on Thursday. His resignation capped over a week-long drama of resort politics, where rebel Shiv Sena MLAs led Shinde camped in luxury hotels and hopped on chartered jets from
Mumbai to Surat and Guwahati, before landing in Goa on Wednesday night.
Fadnavis is expected to make a comeback as chief minister after holding the post from 2014 to 2019. P