The over 36 hours stalemate seems to linger on for few more odd hours as both the ruling coalitions, Shiv Sena and BJP are not in a mood to accede to any compromise formula to form coalition government this time.
The BJP’s poor performance in the hustings has led to hung assembly as its coalition partner, Shiv Sena is sticking to 50-50 formula which it claims to have been decided on before poll. Though the BJP pretends to be ignorant about any such formula. According to the sources the President of BJP Amit Shah has cancelled his visit as he was supposed to come in Mumbai to sort out the crisis.
The Shiv Sena is sulking since past five years over playing second fiddle and now have the opportunity to form the government with the support of Sharad Pawar’s NCP and Congress, thus applying pressure tactics on the BJP to accede to 50-50 formula where both the saffron parties have their Chief Minister for 2.5 years respectively. The Sena wants Aditya Thackeray to be their Chief Minister for the first 2.5 years.
Despite political pundits’ speculations, the BJP Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis seems quite comfortable to form the government in the state and rule for another full term as Chief Minister. “We have no B plan; we have only A plan and that will work this time too,” he said. Fadnavis is confident of getting support of 15 odd independent MLAs.
In a rejoinder to Fadnavis statement, the Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut – in reference to BJP’s arm-twisting tactics, said, “unlike Haryana there’s no Dushyant Chautala here whose father has been thrown behind bars.”
Earlier, NCP’s Nawab Malik had indicated his party’s penchant for supporting Sena to enable the latter to form the government.