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Maharashtra Governor invites Fadnavis to form govt

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari today asked the leader of elected members of the single largest party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, Shri Devendra Fadnavis to ‘indicate the willingness and ability’ of his party to form the government in Maharashtra. Maharashtra Acting Chief Ministers office has confirmed receiving the invite. The term of the 13th state Assembly is ending today midnight.

In the invite the Governors office has asked Fadnavis as ‘the leader of the single largest party to form the government in Maharashtra’.

The Governor has noted elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly were held on October 21 and the results were declared on the 24th. However, despite the passage of 15 days, no single party or alliance of parties has come forward to form the government.

The Governor has therefore decided to explore the possibility of formation of government and today asked the leader of the elected members of the single largest party, BJP, to convey its willingness and ability to form the government.

Since the poll results announced two weeks ago, the BJP and the Sena, with 161 seats were not been able to form a government due to a stalemate on sharing of the chief minister’s post.

The BJP and Sena, who together won enough seats in the October 21 state elections to come to power, were locked in a bitter tussle over the chief minister’s post.

The BJP won 105 and Shiv Sena 56 seats in the 288- member House, securing a comfortable majority as an alliance. Congress and NCP won 44 and 54 seats, respectively.

CM Devendra Fadnavis resigned on Friday and was appointed to the post in caretaker capacity.

Fadnavis and Uddhav Thackeray had a bitter war of words over the weekend during which the Shiv sena chief accused him and the BJP leadership of “lying” that there was no prior agreement on a rotational CM post.

Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who met the media on Saturday to give his reaction on the Ayodhya verdict, sidestepped a question about government formation.”That will happen. Don’t worry,” he said.

Source: Economic Times