The BJP announced on Sunday that it would not form the government in view of the efforts of the ally Shiv Sena in Maharashtra.
Announcing the BJP’s decision, Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil accused the Shiv Sena, which has been adamant on the demand for a rotational chief minister, to disrespect the popular mandate received by the BJP and Shiv Sena in the recent assembly elections.
He wished the Shiv Sena that if it wants to form a government with the help of the opposition Congress and NCP.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Kosari has invited the Shiv Sena, the second largest party, to claim to form the government, hours after which the BJP rejected such an attempt.
The BJP won 105 seats in the elections, while the 288-member assembly has a majority mark of 145. Its ally Shiv Sena got 56 seats.
The term of the 13th state assembly expired on Saturday.
Reacting to the BJP’s announcement that it will not form the government in Maharashtra, senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut has said that the party will install its chief minister at any cost.
Earlier, members of the core committee of Maharashtra BJP, led by caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, met the governor on Sunday evening.