Allies in dispute, late government formation is not new to Maharashtra

MUMBAI: A new government has not been formed even in a week after the election results were declared, but such delay is unprecedented and would not guarantee the President's government immediately, legislative sources say.

With the victorious allies Shiv Sena and BJP cannot decide who would become prime minister, the state is currently in political limbo after the results arrived on October 24.

However, the governor can call the first session of the assembly, sources said.

Maharashtra can go to the president's government if the new government was not formed before November 7, the BJP leader had said earlier that day.

The term of the 13th Assembly ends on November 9.

Legislative sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said that for the governor to summon the new house, the cabinet's recommendation is needed, but it would be sufficient if the cabinet at this time only consists of a chief minister.

The notification of the newly elected MLAs was presented to the governor and the new assembly was constituted on October 25, the sources said.

The governor can call the new assembly for the members to take an oath, they said.

In 1999 and 2004, the formation of the government was delayed for more than two weeks when the then victorious allies, the Congress and the PCN, could not agree on an agreement to share power quickly.

In 1999, Congress formed the new government with the newly formed Sharad Pawar after much haggling over the post and CM's portfolios. Congressman Vilasrao Deshmukh became the prime minister.

The same drama was developed in 2004 when the PNC won more seats and demanded the post of prime minister. Congress retained first place but gave two additional portfolios to the PNC.

In 2009, there was a new delay when Congress demanded that the two additional portfolios that it had resigned in 2004 be returned.