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Maharashtra Govt Formation: Tug-of-War for Power between NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress and BJP

In the Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured 105 seats while Shiv Sena could bag 56 seats taking the sum of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to 161 seats. Both the NDA allies who had forged a pre-poll alliance crossed the majority number of 145 in the state assembly election. The NDA allies BJP and Shiv Sena dissolved their alliance after Sena sought 50:50 power sharing formula for the Chief Minister (CM) position.

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Maharashtra Government Formation Tug-of-War

The Maharashtra state has become a battlefield for all the political parties since the October 24, date of result declaration of Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019. The most recent political upheaval is seen since November 23, when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Minister (CM) candidate, Devendra Fadnavis, took oath as the CM of Maharashtra along with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Legislature Unit Leader Ajit Pawar, as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state. The move by Fadnavis and Pawar in the early morning 8.07am on November 23, jolted the whole nation. The early morning distributed newspapers showed Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as the probable CM of Maharashtra, while the digital and electronic media showed Fadnavis as the CM of the state.

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The move also brought an earthquake in NCP chief, Sharad Pawar’s family as her daughter, Supriya Sule, posted her WhatsApp status declaring “party and family split”. Sule was seen stunned and shocked by Ajit Pawar’s move which made her in tears in front of the media cameras. However, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, along with son Aditya Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar came forward for a press conference and announced that Ajit Pawar’s move is his personal move and not of NCP.

The BJP received a flood of criticism from Congress party, Shiv Sena and NCP leaders for their CM oath taking, revocation of president rule from the state and Governor’s move to allow floor test in the next 7 days. The newly formed alliance of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress has also moved to Supreme Court against BJP’s overnight twist. The Supreme Court kept the case for hearing on usually work off day Sunday, Nov 24. In it’s hearing, which lasted for almost one hour, the apex court sought all the documents submitted to president Ram Nath Kovind and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

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If sources are to be believed, BJP has the support from NCP Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) as well as Congress MLAs. The saffron party is ready with it’s majority number and claims to show it’s power in the assembly floor test. The nation awaits for the Supreme Court’s order which most likely will come on November 24 at around 10.30am to direct the further course of action in the government formation in the state. In it’s most probable and speculated direction, the apex court may direct the assembly chair to administer the floor test on an immediate basis.

In the Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured 105 seats while Shiv Sena could bag 56 seats taking the sum of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to 161 seats. Both the NDA allies who had forged a pre-poll alliance crossed the majority number of 145 in the state assembly election. The NDA allies BJP and Shiv Sena dissolved their alliance after Sena sought 50:50 power sharing formula for the Chief Minister (CM) position.

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The Shiv Sena desired it’s CM for the first two-and-half year and BJP following the rest of the five year term. BJP refused to accept this demand from Shiv Sena as they claimed that there was no discussion on this point before the pre-poll alliance between the two parties. This led to Shiv Sena cornering BJP and forging it’s alliance with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and it’s all-time rival Congress party. NCP, in the assembly election 2019, secured 54 seats while Congress bagged 44 seats. The three ideologically different parties planned to come together to form their coalition government in Maharashtra. However, no official letter to form their government reached Governor Koshyari.

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Sunday, November 23, 06:50pm – As per a tweet by ANI, the independently elected MLA, Vinay Kore, from Shahuwadi seat from Kolhapur, Maharashtra has claimed the NCP of divided into two groups. As per him, one group of NCP MLAs are supporting NCP supremo Sharad Pawar while another group is supporting the Dy. CM Ajit Pawar. He said that it is only through floor test that it will be clear if both Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar are together off-stage. “We can see that two factions have been formed in NCP. We will get to know through floor test who has the bigger faction, how many people are with Ajit dada (Ajit Pawar), how many with Pawar sa’ab & are these two doing this together.” claimed Vinay Kore, quoted ANI. Vinay Kore defeated Shiv Sena’s Satyajit Babasaheb Patil Sarudkar by a whopping margin of 27,000 votes in the Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019.

Sunday, November 23, 06:04pm – The NCP chief Sharad Pawar has replied to his nephew’s tweet and has refused to forge an alliance with BJP. The strongman of NCP has tweeted to clear the air on Ajit Pawar’s claim to form NCP-BJP alliance government in Maharashtra. “There is no question of forming an alliance with @BJP4Maharashtra.
NCP has unanimously decided to ally with @ShivSena & @INCMaharashtra to form the government. Shri Ajit Pawar’s statement is false and misleading in order to create confusion and false perception among the people.” tweeted Sharad Pawar from his official Twitter handle.

Sunday, November 23, 05:11pm – In another tweet from Ajit Pawar, the Dy. CM of Maharashtra has urged people to abstain from worrying over the news. He has requested everyone to have “patience” for sometime.

Sunday, November 23, 05:10pm – The Dy. CM of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar, and nephew of NCP chief Sharad Pawar has tweeted clearing the air about his rethinking on his decision to support BJP. “I am in the NCP and shall always be in the NCP and @PawarSpeaks Saheb is our leader. Our BJP-NCP alliance shall provide a stable Government in Maharashtra for the next five years which will work sincerely for the welfare of the State and its people.” tweeted Ajit Pawar requesting Sharad Pawar to support BJP in Maharashtra government formation.

Sunday, November 24, 04:13pm – The Dy. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar, has replied to the tweet by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishing him and CM Devendra Fadnavis on taking oath for the supreme chairs of the state. “Thank you Hon. Prime Minister @narendramodi ji. We will ensure a stable Government that will work hard for the welfare of the people of Maharashtra.,” tweeted Ajit Pawar from his official Twitter handle. This is significant for the BJP as NCP chief Sharad Pawar and his daughter Supriya Sule are speculating his “Ghar wapsi”.

Sunday, November 24, 03:13pm – Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis arrives at BJP office in Mumbai. He would address the legislators here. Union minister Piyush Goyal has also arrived the spot along with CM Fadnavis. The meeting, as per sources, is to plan the strategy for the further action in view of SC hearing on November 25.