A day after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited BJP to form the government in Maharashtra, the State unit of BJP on Sunday evening informed after the core committee meeting that the party is unable to form the government as it does not have required number of 145 MLAs.
BJP state president Chandrakant Patil after meeting Mr Koshyari handed over the letter stating the same.
In a press conference held at Raj Bhavan, Mr Patil said “The people had given verdict to the BJP-Sena alliance but since Shiv Sena has not supported the BJP respecting the mandate, we have decided not to form the government.”
Mr. Patil also said “We give our good wishes to Shiv Sena if it wants to form the government with Congress and NCP.”
“We have informed our decision to governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari,” Mr. Patil said.
The BJP and the Sena had together won 161 seats in the 288-member House, way above the halfway mark of 145.
(with inputs from PTI)