However, Shiv-Sena secured 56 seats in the Maharashtra Assembly, falling way below the half-way mark of 145 and therefore can not form the government in Maharashtra independently. He, however, added that the party agrees with governor Bhaga Singh Koshyari's invitation asking the BJP to form the government, while downplaying the chances of allying with opposition parties NCP or Congress. "If the BJP government falls, definitely in the interest of the state we will try to form an alternate government", NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said.
"The mandate of the people of Maharashtra was for the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance". The NCP and Congress won 54 and 44 seats, respectively.
On posters put up by Sena workers near Thackeray's residence here demanding that he be the chief minister, Raut said, "Uddhav Thackeray is the Shiv Sena leader and he will take an appropriate decision at the right time. The Shiv Sena will declare its strategy if no one else is able to form the government".
Besides, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray chief will also visit Hotel Retreat in Madh island where his party MLAs are staying.
Taking the reins in his hands, Koshyari has chose to explore the possibility of government formation and, hence, asked the BJP - the single-largest party with 105 elected legislators - to do the needful.
Outgoing Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis - who has confidently proclaimed till Saturday that the BJP would form the government - was conspicuous by his absence.
Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai, November 8, 2019.
NCP MP Majeed Memon has reacted to the sensational political twist in Maharashtra as BJP informed the Governor about its decision of not forming government in the state on Sunday, and dared the Shiv Sena to stake claim with NCP and Congress. We will consider supporting an alternate government.
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.
The opposition Congress also conducted informal discussions with its legislators, now flown to Jaipur, to gauge their mood on supporting the Sena, though the party high command has already expressed its reluctance in the matter. A party legislator said seeking anonymity that more MLAs are expected to join them.