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BJP Core committee meeting underway in Mumbai; Decision about govt formation likely

Acting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also the legislature party leader is chairing the meeting. It is being attended by state party chief Chandrakant Patil, senior leaders Girish Mahajan, Vinod Tawde, Ashish Shelar, Pankaja Munde among others.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has cautioned his party and ally NCP on not to extend support to Shiv Sena in the formation of the government.

Other political parties are also scheduled to meet today. Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari yesterday asked Devendra Fadnavis, leader of elected members of the single largest party, BJP to indicate willingness and ability of his party to form the government.

BJP and Shivsena have welcomed the Governor’s decision. BJP leader Sudhir Mungantwar said the decision on forming the government will be taken in the core committee meeting today.

He added that the BJP is ready for talks with the Shiv Sena any time. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that Governor’s decision follows laid-down procedure and Shiv Sena welcomes it.

He added that BJP is the single largest party and the rightful claimant to form the government first.Elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly were held on 21st October and the results were declared on 24th October.

However, despite the passage of 15 days, no single party or alliance of parties has come forward to form the government.

The majority mark in the 288-member Assembly is 145. BJP has won 105 seats, Shiv Sena, its ally, won 56 seats. The two parties are bickering over the Chief Minister’s post.

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