Maharashtra BJP informs Governor it does not have the numbers to form government

Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil announced that the party has informed Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari that it does not have the numbers to form the government.

The party asked former ally, Shiv Sena, to go ahead and form the government with NCP-Congress. He accused Uddhav Thackeray-led party of insulting people’s mandate.

Earlier today, the Shiv Sena has said that while its ideology is different to that of the Congress, it doesn’t consider the grand old party to be an enemy. The subtle shift in position, voiced by Sanjay Raut, comes amid a deadlock between the Sena and ally BJP over government formation in Maharashtra 15 days after election results.

Raut also ramped up the attack on BJP, accusing outgoing CM Devendra Fadnavis of playing “politics of fear”. According to a report in PTI, Raut made a reference to German dictator Adolf Hitler in the backdrop of the logjam.