BJP President Amit Shah Calls Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray

Here are the latest developments:
  1. With 123 seats, the BJP is 22 short of a majority in the 288-seat Maharashtra assembly and will need an ally. The Shiv Sena is set to finish a distant number two with 62 seats. Former partners Congress and NCP are neck and neck with 42 and 41 seats.   
  2. Amid speculation about a possible reconciliation of the BJP with the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party or NCP offered external support. “The NCP has discussed how to give Maharashtra a stable government. Only the BJP has got more seats. Maharashtra needs a stable government with a link to the Centre. We have decided to support the BJP from outside,” said the party’s Praful Patel.
  3. Senior BJP leaders have indicated that they see the most “natural fit” for government formation with the Shiv Sena, the party’s ally for 25 years till they split last month over seat sharing. The NCP’s offer has robbed the Sena of bargaining power and given the BJP a fall-back option.
  4. The Shiv Sena is reportedly waiting for a proposal from the BJP. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said, “They can get in touch if they want,” adding, “if they want, they can go with the NCP.”
  5. Sources said the Sena, if invited, is agreeable to being given the deputy chief minister’s post in a BJP-led government. That will reverse their arrangement when they had formed a coalition government in 1995.
  6. The BJP has not said no to the NCP. Party chief Amit Shah merely pointed out that the NCP has offered “unconditional support” and it does not involve an alliance. He said the parliamentary board would pick from the BJP’s options.
  7. The BJP has won outright for the first time in Haryana, handing the Congress a humiliating defeat after its 10-year rule of the state. The BJP will have a majority with 47 seats in the 90-member assembly. The Congress will not even be the principle opposition, coming in behind the INLD.
  8. Mr Shah credited Mr Modi with the party’s unprecedented performance in both states and said, “Today’s results show that the Modi wave is still a tsunami that can crush all competition.” He said it was proved beyond doubt that “people in India consider Narendra Modi their undisputed leader.”
  9. Mr Modi won the BJP a landslide victory in the national elections in May on a pledge to revive the ailing economy and clean up endemic corruption, but many reforms have yet to be introduced. Today’s success will strengthen its power in the upper house of parliament, crucial for the passing of contentious laws.
  10. The BJP-led NDA currently lacks a majority in the Rajya Sabha, whose composition is based on seats won in state assemblies.BRKING940_201410191302_940x355



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