BJP parliamentary board to meet today to decide strategy in Maharashtra
The BJP’s decision-making body will meet on Sunday evening and decide on government formation after it emerged as the single-largest party in Maharashtra.
All eyes are now on the meeting which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah as to the strategy it will adopt in Maharashtra - whether to go with its old ally Shiv Sena or seek support from others including NCP.
"The BJP Parliamentary Board will meet on Sunday evening at the party headquarters to decide on further course of action and will assess the assembly poll results," a senior BJP leader said.
The Parliamentary Board may also discuss chief ministerial candidates for both the states. A meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party in both Haryana and Maharashtra will be held on Monday to elect their leader.
In Maharashtra, where the party may not get a majority, the BJP top brass will have to decide on whose support it will seek for government formation.
"We will see the final results and then decide. Our top leaders will decide on the further action," said a senior BJP leader.
Party leaders feel that BJP should not get trapped into the Shiv Sena fold once again.
They said that the BJP is awaiting the final results and how many Independents win in Maharashtra, because its choice is limited.
While some consider the Shiv Sena a natural choice for a tie-up again to form a government, the NCP could be the other option. The MNS has also not come out with adequate numbers for a tie-up.