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BJP meets governor in Maharashtra

November 8, 2019

Maharashtra is still waiting for a government to be formed as BJP and its ally Shiv Sena continue their tussle over sharing of power.

BJP has 105 MLAs in the 288-member assembly and Sena won 56, the majority needed to form government is 145. However, Shiv Sena is demanding equal partnership and wants a rotational chief minister.

BJP leaders claim to have a support of 182 MLAs and met the Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari yesterday. While Shiv Sena has reportedly moved its MLAs to a hotel in Mumbai after a meeting called by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at his residence.

Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said, "The Mahayuti (BJP-Sena alliance) has won a clear majority and based on that, a government should have been formed. We discussed with the Governor the implications and legal options in the circumsances."

Since the state assembly's term ends on tomorrow, Maharashtra will go into President's Rule if there is no government made by then.

"The BJP met the governor but did not stake claim. Why didn't it go with a list of MLAs supporting it? It shows that BJP is unable to raise a majority on its own. Why don't they give up this lust for power and tell us they cannot form government," said MP Sanjay Raut

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