BJP nominates Devendra Fadnavis name for Chief Minister’s post musters support of independent parties.
The BJP has finally emerged out of Shiv Sena’s shadow and wants to have a major say when it comes to government formation in Maharashtra. The saffron party is planning to form a minority government and is holding talks with smaller parties. Home Minister Rajnath Singh who initially was planning to visit Mumbai yesterday to discuss about government formation issue has postponed his visit. Singh will visit the city after Diwali. BJP claims to have the support of 138 MLA’s in the state including independents and smaller parties.
According to sources, the party has nominated Devendra Fadnavis’s name for the Chief Minister’s post whereas Pankaja Munde is likely to be appointed as Deputy Chief Minister and Home portfolio will be allotted to Vinod Tawde. The party was in no hurry to form the government and has been buying time to hold discussions and finalise names of those leaders who will be inducted into the ministry. BJP will keep important portfolios like home, urban development, revenue and finance and is in favour of a 2:1 division of the cabinet.
BJP general secretary incharge of Maharashtra Rajiv Pratap Rudy had said being the single largest party it will stake claim to form government even before cobbling together a majority.
“There is no need to have full majority to approach the Governor to stake claim to form government. It is not necessary that we have 145 out of 288 members in Assembly to stake claim. What is needed is that we ought to be the single largest party which we are,” he said.
So far, the focus is only on having BJP legislators in the ministry, sources said, indicating that former ally Sena may not find place in the new dispensation. With NCP offering “unconditional” outside support, the Shiv Sena is no longer in a position to dictate terms as they have been doing earlier.
According to sources from BJP said, “We have so far secured support of seven independents and Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi which has three members. The lone MNS MLA may also back us.”
The BJP emerged as the single-largest party in Maharashtra, winning 122 seats in the 288-member Assembly. Shiv Sena won 63 seats, Congress 42, NCP 41, MNS 1 and Others 19. The party’s vote share doubled compared to that in 2009 to help catapult its tally from 46 to 122 seats in a five-cornered contest and it was also marginally higher than it got in the May Lok Sabha polls.
BJP is ready to have an alliance with Shiv Sena but as per its own terms and conditions. The party is reluctant to part with many ministerial berths. According to sources, the party is not willing to give the Sena more than 14 of the total 42 ministerial berths.
“The BJP is ready for an alliance with the Sena. But the ministerial representation in the government should be based on the number of MLAs. So the ratio should be 2:1,” said a senior BJP functionary, explaining that the BJP should get 28 ministerial berths, while the Sena should get 14.”