Maharashtra Deadlock/ Governor invites NCP to form govt

Mumbai: Political developments in Maharashtra moved quickly on Monday morning with the resignation of Arvind Sawant, the lone Shiv Sena member in the Union government, and the NCP and the Congress holding separate meetings to decide on support to the Sena for government formation.

The NCP said it will wait for the Congress to meet its state leaders and come at a decision before taking a final call.

Sawant’s resignation came a day after BJP gave up efforts to form a government in the state.

On Sunday, Eknath Shinde was called upon to express his willingness and ability to form the government. Shiv Sena leaders met the governor and submitted a letter expressing their willingness to form govt; however, they couldn’t submit the requisite letter of support from alliance partners.

NCP invited: The Governor has, therefore, asked the leader of elected members of the third largest party, Nationalist Congress Party, Ajit Pawar, to convey its willingness and ability to form the government to him.

Will get back to Governor as soon as possible, says Jayant Patil: NCP leader Jayant Patil said that as per the procedure, Governor has given us the letter (to stake claim to form govt) being the 3rd largest party in Maharashtra. We suggested to him that we’ll have to talk to our allies and we’ll get back to him as early as possible. The deadline is 8.30 pm Tuesday, said Patil.