Though the BJP has emerged as the single largest party in Maharashtra, the fractured mandate has thrown up different possibilities. Shiv Sena is the BJP’s most likely suitor, though the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) could also have a say. The smaller parties and Independents are unlikely to make up for the BJP’s deficit.
BJP, expected to finish with around 115 seats, ties up with the Shiv Sena, which was leading in 63 seats at noon. This would mean that the BJP would not be in a commanding position and will have to bargain with the Sena for chief ministership and portfolios.
BJP ties up with the NCP, which was leading in 43 seats at noon. A number of compromises will be involved if this were to happen, especially given the BJP’s continuous tirade against the NCP over corruption. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said Sunday it will offer legislative support to a BJP government in Maharashtra. Speaking after the election results produced a hung assembly, NCP leader Praful Patel said his party was ready to offer "outside support" to a Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state. The BJP said that it will examine the NCP's offer of outside support to help it form a government in Maharashtra and take a decision on it.
"We are thinking on it. We will examine about reasons and conditions of their support to us. We will take a decision which is in the interest of Maharashtra," state BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis.
Sena and NCP come together with outside support from the Congress, which is likely to end up with around 50 seats . However, this scenario seems most unlikely.
As things stand, governor Vidyasagar Rao is expected to invite the BJP, as the single largest party, to form the government.
BJP and Sena have staked claim to the chief minister’s post. The BJP has declared that it is open to support from whoever wishes to extend it.
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