Maharashtra govt formation: It has been over a week since the Maharastra assembly election results were announced, no party has staked a claim to form the government. Despite the BJP-Shiv Sena pre-poll alliance easily crossing the half-way mark, they were seen taking digs at each other. Trying to take advantage of the tussle over power-sharing agreement between the two, reports said that Sharad Pawar-led National Congress Party (NCP) is ready to look for options.

Though the NCP earlier stated that they would not make the government, thereby, would sit in opposition along with the Congress. However, Nawab Malik, the NCP spokesperson, Friday made it clear, saying in case the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition failed to form the government, they would make efforts to do so. He did not divulge more details how would NCP do it.

Reports said that the Congress seems to be divided over joining hands with the opponent — Shiv Sena. However, as they say, nothing can be ruled out in politics, it would be interesting to see who would form the government and who would take CM’s post. If one goes by the numbers, the magic number is 145 in the 288-member assembly.

Maharashtra: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut meets NCP chief Sharad Pawar amid tussle for government formation

The recently-concluded polls gave BJP 105, Shiv Sena 56, NCP 54, Congress 44 and other seats went in the kitty of smaller parties and independents. If the Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress join hands, they can easily form the government with 154 seats, nine more than the majority mark.

The tussle started on the day of poll results when Shiv Sena demanded 50:50 formula which included rotational chief minister. Uddhav Thackeray’s party wants his son Aaditya Thackeray to be made CM. He is the first among the Thackeray family to contest and win elections. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut categorically stated that no compromise will be made on the CM’s post, claiming his party can form the government without the BJP.

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