The state of Maharashtra has been a pedestal for high drama since the Legislative elections in October. BJP, Shiv Sena, NCP, and INC while holding the majority of the seats in the state, due to the problems in forming alliances no party has been able to form a government. BJP led by Devendra Fadnavis had won in 105 seats, Shiv Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray has 56 seats, NCP had won in 54, and INC 44.
BJP withdrew from the alliance with Shiv Sena as Shiv Sena had demanded that there should be a rotational Chief Minister between the two parties. BJP President Amit Shah stated that Shiv Sena’s demands are unacceptable, especially since the party had kept quiet before the elections. This led to BJP restraining itself from the trials of forming a government and Shiv Sena trying to come up with the necessary support from NCP and INC parties. Since no current party had been able to form the government in the state, the governor of the state recommended Presidential rule in Maharashtra.
Sharad Pawar, the President of the Nationalist Congress Party, is currently mediating between Shiv Sena and INC parties to form an alliance. The man had met Sonia Gandhi in the last week to discuss the formation of an alliance between the three parties. While NCP and Congress are willing to make an alliance, Congress is afraid of joining hands with Shiv Sena because of its Hindutva principles. Congress Party which is secular to the core is afraid that an alliance with Shiv Sena would damage its state as well as nationwide reputation.