Will support Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, but under some conditions: NCP

A poster which reads 'Maharashtra needs Uddhav Thackeray as CM' has been put up outside Matoshree the residence of Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai

A poster which reads 'Maharashtra needs Uddhav Thackeray as CM' has been put up outside Matoshree the residence of Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai

Without taking name of any individual or party, he said the bubble of being "invincible" has burst and the arrogance of "buying" a politician to form the government will no longer work in the state.

So there has to be a set government, democratically set up and BJP although was given the mandate to rule, but since it fell apart from its coalition partner, it is unable to reach the figure of 145 which is required.

But the BJP's hopes for a seamless transition into a second straight term with Devendra Fadnavis in charge are on hold with the Sena demanding equal power-share under what it calls was a "50:50 formula" discussed with Amit Shah earlier this year, before the national election in May.

The BJP in Maharashtra has been invited by the Governor to form government and prove its majority on Monday.

The Shiv Sena stepped in after BJP refused to stake claim in Maharashtra.

The governor invited the BJP as the single-largest party in the state to form the government even as the deadlock with alliance partner Shiv Sena continues, 16 days after the state assembly results were declared on October 24.

"We will see if Shiv Sena votes against BJP in the House to pull down BJP government".

The Shiv Sena on Sunday said that the party's chief, Uddhav Thackeray, will decide on the next Maharashtra chief minister and that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar will play an "important role" in the process.

The BJP won 105 seats and Shiv Sena grabbed 56, together they have the numbers to form the government but both the parties have not been able to break the impasse on sharing the chief minister's post.

"If Congress leaders have taken any decision to ensure a stable government in Maharashtra, we welcome it", he said.

Shiv Sena chief fumed at this and said Devendra Fadnavis is not telling the truth. He said that Sena has betrayed the mandate of the people of Maharashtra.

Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai, November 8, 2019.

There were contradictory opinions in Mumbai - while former city President Sanjay Nirupam reiterated that the Congress should keep off the Sena at all costs, another former city chief Milind M Deora suggested exploring a Congress-NCP government with Sena support.

Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan said newly-elected MLAs of the party will seek advice from the party high-command over its future political stand in the state.

The BJP claims to have the support of 121 members, including independents and leaders from other smaller parties, in the 288-member assembly.