BJP short of majority in Maharashtra; NCP offers outside support

Sunday, Oct 19, 2014,20:11 IST By metrovaartha A A A

In an interesting political development, Sharad Pawarled NCP suddenly entered the political arena offering unconditional outside support to BJP which falls well short of majority in Maharashtra assembly, results of which to be out today.
Out of a total 288 assembly seats, the results of 224 have already been declared and the combine of Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena looked like the only likely combination to form the government. Of these, BJP has won 97 setas followed by Shiv Sena with 45 seats on the second spot. Congress may not have been total discard by the electorate is in third place with 36 seats and NCP 28 seats.
It looks like a foregone conclusion of yet another coalition between the saffron party and Shiv Sena though the positioning from both the sides is likely to delay the process of government formation. The offer of NCP, however, surprised the BJP and other parties alike as the state BJP president Devendra Fadnavis commented we will have to look into the offer and intention of Mr Pawar’s party behind this.
Meanwhile, the hectic meetings of both the parties were on in Mumbai as well as in Delhi, where the top leadership of the BJP was deliberating on the issue. The intervention by senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani has, however, brightened the prospects of BJPShiv Sena government as the veteran leader clearly advocated the joint government. He even offered his services if required by the party to facilitate the smooth union of two old allies who broke their 25year alliance just before this Maharashtra assembly polls.
In alliance, the BJP and Shiv Sena had won 46 and 45 seats respectively in 2009, while contesting alone this time, the BJP is poised to incraese its tally to three figure mark while Sena is also in the position to post gains. The Congress and Sharad Pawarled NCP had secured 82 and 62 seats respectively in the last assembly polls, which they had contested under an alliance.
Meanwhile, Manikrao Thakre, president of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), today became the first causality in the state polls as he tendered his resignation to the party president Sonia Gandhi, owning up the reponsibility of party’s defeat. Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who won the Karad South seat, also owned moral responsibility for party’s debacle. He,in fact, had made some controversial statements during the electioneering going to an extent saying he led a corrupt government, also took moral responsibility for party’s debacle in the polls.
Earlier this morning, the MPCC chief had gone out to criticize the Nationalist Congress Party, its partner in the Congressled government for the defeat. It was the NCP not the performance of chief minister Mr Chavan which was responsible for party’s defeat, he had said thereby casting an aspersion on the NCP ministers in the government.

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