Maharashtra: Stalemate continues, previous Assembly's term expires today
Mumbai, Nov 07: The uncertainty over the government formation in Maharashtra entered 13th day since the election results were announced. If no one stakes government formation claim on Friday, then the Governor may have to consider imposing president's rule in the state. The term of the previous assembly expires on Friday.
The allies - Shiv Sena and BJP - collectively have the number to form government in Maharashtra, but the Uddhav Thackeray led party has put forth a demand of '50-50' sharing which means that chief minister's post would be held for 2.5 years each by both the parties.
The BJP is firm that it is willing to discuss all the other issues, but for sharing the CM post. Asserting that Shiv Sena does not want to snap ties, party chief Thackeray today said that the BJP should speak to them only if it is ready to give up the post of the chief minister.
The Congress and its ally NCP are closely watching the developments and veteran politician Sharad Pawar even met Sonia Gandhi over the issue.
In the elections held for 288-seat Maharashtra assembly, the BJP won 105 seats, the Sena 56, Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) 54, and the Congress 44.
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Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray arrived at Hotel Rangsharda, earlier tonight, to meet the Shiv Sena leaders staying there. Shiv Sena MLAs will be staying at the hotel for the next 2 days. pic.twitter.com/AohJwKUCzX— ANI (@ANI) November 7, 2019