NEW DELHI :
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday invited Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form government in Maharashtra days after the party emerged as the single largest party in the recently concluded assembly elections in the state.
The invite by Governor is not a surprise since BJP is the single largest party in the state.
The decision of the Governor comes on the day Supreme Court gave it's verdict on Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid case. Koshyari had asked Devendra Fadnavis to continue as caretaker chief minister of the state on Friday after he resigned from top post on the last day of the tenure of the previous assembly.
While the alliance between BJP and Shiv Sena is on the verge of collapse, the verdict on Ayodhya dispute could bring the two parties together since both the political parties have historically supported construction of a temple in Ayodhya.
The problem between BJP and Shiv Sena started on 24 October when the results of the assembly elections was announced. While National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has a clear majority in Maharashtra with BJP winning 105 seats and Shiv Sena 56 seats, the two parties have failed to come together so far.
The invite by Governor Koshyari to BJP could bring the two parties to start a dialogue on government formation. BJP will need the support of Shiv Sena to form government since both Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress have categorically stated that they would sit in opposition because that is the mandate of the people of the state.
Talks between BJP and Shiv Sena have failed to materialise because the regional party is adamant on the post of chief minister and have demanded implementation of 50:50 formula on government formation. Shiv Sena is keen that the two parties have rotational chief minister for two and a half years each but BJP is not ready to share the top post.