BJP expresses confidence over forming government in Maharashtra says have 119 MLAs
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday expressed confidence that the party would form the government in Maharashtra, saying it can count on the support of 119 MLAs in the 288-member Assembly. Addressing a press conference, Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Bacchu Patil also said that the party is committed to give a stable government in the state.
BJP's statement came even as the saffron party's estranged ally Shiv Sena and rivals Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) appeared to be inching closer towards finalising an alliance to form the government in Maharashtra.
Chandrakant Patil claimed that the BJP, which won 105 seats in the October 21 elections, has the support of some Independent MLAs, which takes its tally to 119.
"We have the highest number. With 119 MLAs, we will form a BJP government in the state. Devendra Fadnavis has expressed this confidence before party leaders. We're committed to give a stable government to the state," Chandrakant Patil said.
Chandrakant Patil also asserted that there cannot be a government in Maharashtra without the BJP.
"We are keeping a close watch on every political development in the state," he added.
The BJP-Shiv Sena pre-poll alliance, which won 161 seats, fell apart over the Shiv Sena's demand of sharing of chief minister's post. The Shiv Sena had claimed that the BJP had agreed over the 50-50 deal before the elections.
Speaking about the BJP's performance in the Assembly elections, Patil said it secured 1.42 crore votes, and was in "number one" position, with the NCP second with 92 lakh votes and the Shiv Sena following with 90 lakh votes.
Except for the BJP, no party had been able to win more than 100 seats in Maharashtra since 1990, and his party had done it on a trot in 2014 and 2019, Patil pointed out.
"Our performance on all fronts is number one, as we won 105 seats after contesting 164 seats. On 52 seats, we came second," he added.