MUMBAI: After the weeks-long fight between Shiv Sena and BJP for the government formation of Maharashtra, the sitting Chief Minister of the state BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis submitted his resignation to Governor claiming that it is unable to stake a claim for government formation jointly with Sena despite a pre-poll alliance.
However, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari has asked him to continue as ‘caretaker CM’ for the time being.
Fadnavis who broke his silence over the prolonged Sena-BJP stalemate blamed Shiv Sena for dishonouring people’s mandate apparently mentioning that BJP won more seats than Sena as people want them to rule the state. Fadnavis expressed his confidence that BJP would form the government but put a question mark on the allies’ co-existence.
Shiv Sena’s president Uddhav Thackeray said earlier that the BJP is not considering the wish of farmers as they wanted Sena to take the power of the state. Sena wants a 50:50 share policy and according to that important ministerial positions including chief ministerial position should be divided equally.
But the single largest party BJP does not want to share the important seats.
In the very first press conference after poll results on October 24, Fadnavis said that people want the alliance to rule the state.
BJP won 105 seats and Sena won 56, together the two parties had 161 MLAs, a clear majority in the 288-strong Assembly.