After the BJP declined to form the government as they did not have the required numbers, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has now asked the leader of elected members of the second largest party, the Shiv Sena, Eknath Shinde to indicate the willingness and ability of his party to form the government in Maharashtra. They have till 7:30 pm tomorrow to act upon the invite.
Late night reports stated that NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had spoken to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray over government formation.
Earlier, Nawab Malik said NCP's support was 'conditional'.
"If Shiv Sena wants our support,they will have to declare that they have no relation with BJP&they should pull out from National Democratic Alliance (NDA). All their ministers will have to resign from Union Cabinet," said Nawab Malik of NCP.
Speaking shortly before the Governor's invite, he added, "If Governor invites Shiv Sena to stake claim to form govt then we will think about our next step.Till now,we haven't received any proposal from Shiv Sena. The final decision will be taken by Congress and NCP together as declared by Pawar Sahab."
Earlier, reacting to the BJP's announcement that it would not form government in Maharashtra, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday said the party would install its chief minister at any cost.
"Maharashtra will have Sena's chief minister at any cost. Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday informed the party MLAs that Sena will have its chief minister," Raut told reporters.
The BJP on Sunday announced that it would not form government in Maharashtra in view of the ally Shiv Sena's stand to not join them in the efforts.
"How will BJP have its chief minister when they are not staking a claim to form government," Raut said.