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After Maharashtra win, BJP scans partner profiles

The BJP on Sunday appeared set to form the government in Maharashtra with the only question mark on who would be its partner in power.

india Updated: Oct 19, 2014 23:00 IST
HT Correspondents

The BJP on Sunday appeared set to form the government in Maharashtra with the only question mark on who would be its partner in power.

With the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) springing a surprise by offering outside support to a saffron government, the Shiv Sena found itself cornered in terms of bargaining space with the BJP, which fell short of the majority mark by about 20-odd seats.

The BJP, which won over 120 seats, now has the option to reunite with Sena that won 62 seats or accept support of Sharad Pawar-led NCP that won 41 seats.
The twenty-five-year old alliance between the BJP and the Sena had fallen apart ahead of the polls over seat-sharing.

While BJP sources maintained that it would like to renew its alliance with its erstwhile ally, the party was not inclined to cede too many demands.

Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Sunday evening that he was yet to get any proposal from the BJP for support.

“What if I approach them and they say no and tell me we already have NCP’s support,” a chastened Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray told newsmen in Mumbai.

“I am sitting at my home peacefully, if somebody thinks our support is needed, they can approach us,” he added.

The BJP parliamentary board met on Sunday evening to discuss its strategy vis-à-vis Shiv Sena.

BJP chief Amit Shah said the result were a befitting reply to those who claimed that Modi wave had waned in last four months.

“(The) results have proved that people who elected Modi as the Prime Minister have accepted him as the undisputed leader of the country,” Shah told reporters.

Shah said the BJP was clear about forming government in Maharashtra and Haryana and also that the two states will have a BJP chief minister. This was seen as a clear message to the Sena that CM’s post was non-negotiable.

As for other parties, the Congress turned out to be worst loser. It was pushed to third position. It could win only 42 seats, down from 82 it won in 2009.

The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) was decimated in the elections with just one seat against its name.