The dead end of Maharashtra continues; Congress says BJP 'cheated' Shiv Sena

MUMBAI: The impasse for the formation of the government continued on Friday, eight days after the results of the Assembly survey were announced, even when Congress pointed to the BJP for cheating Shiv Sena.

Maharashtra can go to the president's government if the new government in the state is not in place before November 7, said Finance Minister and BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar.

The mandate of the current Legislative Assembly ends on November 8.

Mungantiwar said the delay in the talks between BJP and Sena was due to the Diwali festival, adding that the talks will begin in a day or two.

The people of Maharashtra have not mandated anywhere but Mahayuti (an alliance that includes BJP, Shiv Sena and other parties), he said. Our alliance is stronger than Fevicol or Ambuja Cement, he added.

A new government will have to be established within the stipulated time, or else the president will have to intervene. The president's government will be imposed if government formation does not occur in the given time, Mungantiwar said.

Shiv Sena demanded immediate relief for farmers affected by non-seasonal rains in parts of the state.

Maharashtra will have a chief minister of Shiv Sena, said the main party leader.

Speaking to reporters here, he said there have not yet been talks between the BJP and Sena about the formation of the government.

If the Seine decides, it can obtain the numbers required to form a stable government in Maharashtra, he said.

People have given the mandate to form a government based on the 50:50 formula that was reached in front of the people of Maharashtra, Raut said.

In the newly held state polls, the BJP won 105 seats, while the Seine won 56 in the 288-member Assembly. The PCN won 54 and Congress 44 seats.

The party led by Uddhav Thackeray is demanding the position of CM for 2.5 years and a 50:50 portfolio division.

Both lawsuits have been rejected by the BJP, which has insisted that the prime minister will continue to hold the position for the next five years.

In an editorial in its spokesman Saamana, the party led by Uddhav Thackeray said that farmers who have suffered crop losses should receive adequate compensation.

Farmers in the state are waiting for immediate assistance and not a new government, the editorial said.

The PCN will try to give an alternative if the BJP and Shiv Sena fail to form a government in Maharashtra, opposition spokesman Nawab Malik said on Friday.

Malik's comment came even when the party leader, Ajit Pawar, has maintained that the PCN will sit in the opposition along with the Congress.

Ajit Pawar said Thursday night that the people of the state had asked his party to sit in the opposition, as reflected in the election results, and he will.

Congress Leader Sanjay Nirupam He criticized the leaders of his party who are considering supporting Shiv Sena in the formation of the next government in Maharashtra.

Congress should not get into the drama Shiv Sena-BJP. It's false. It is his temporary struggle to gain more shared power, said the former deputy, who is upset with the party's leadership over the distribution of tickets for the October 21 polls.

In my opinion, Shiv Sena will never leave the shadow of BJP, said Nirupam, who was associated with the party founded by Bal Thackeray before joining Congress.

Meanwhile, senior leaders of the state Congress were in Delhi on Friday to inform party leaders about the political situation in Maharashtra.

MPCC chief Balasaheb Thorat said there is political instability in the state and blamed the BJP for the same.

Our stand is now to wait and watch, Thorat said.

His predecessor and former CM Ashok Chavan said that the BJP has tricked Shiv Sena as is evident by the partner of the ruling alliance who is not willing to abide by what was decided between the two parties before the elections.

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