In Shiv Sena’s new formula for Maharashtra, ‘important’ role for Sharad Pawar


Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday said his party would declare its next strategy once no one else is able to form government in Maharashtra, and asserted that politics was not a trade for his party. While speaking to Republic TV moments after the BJP's announcement, Memon said that some arrangements or some understandings among parties should be there as nobody wants a re-election - hinting that his party may be ready to act.

So there has to be a set government, democratically set up and BJP although was given the mandate to rule, but since it fell apart from its coalition partner, it is unable to reach the figure of 145 which is required.

If the BJP refuses to form a minority government or fails to prove its majority, the Shiv Sena, the second-largest party, may stake claim to form the government. This experiment, they could not dare to do in Maharashtra.

Experts said that in case the BJP is not able to muster sufficient numbers, the Governor would invite the second largest party - Shiv Sena - followed by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress to explore the possibility of forming the next government. "It seems the Shiv Sena is not interested in continuing the alliance", Mr Fadnavis said, commenting that the BJP was taken aback by Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray's "all options are open" statement. He said that Sena has betrayed the mandate of the people of Maharashtra. "Politics is not a trade for the Shiv Sena".

Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan said newly-elected MLAs of the party will seek advice from the party high-command over its future political stand in the state.

Every political party has differences with the other party. Like, the Sena and BJP differ on the issue of border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka over Belagavi (Belgaum) district, Raut said.

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Maharashtra claims Belgaum, part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency but now a district of Karnataka, on linguistic grounds.

NCP president Sharad Pawar.

Devendra Fadnavis hands over his resignation as Maharashtra Chief Minister to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, in Mumbai, Friday.

The BJP has 105 lawmakers and the support of 15 independent legislators.

"He could not take oath because BJP chief Amit Shah has remained aloof from developments in the state", Raut said.

Taking the reins in his hands, Koshyari has chose to explore the possibility of government formation and, hence, asked the BJP - the single-largest party with 105 elected legislators - to do the needful.