BJP, Shiv Sena play waiting game
Interestingly, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is not a part of the delegation despite being the BJP Legislative Party leader. The BJP is confident that once its forms the government, Shiv Sena will jump onto the bandwagon as it did in 2014.
The BJP’s confidence seems to stem from the input provided to the party by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari who had a curious meeting with Ahmed Patel, Political Advisor to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, on Wednesday morning.
It was informally conveyed to Gadkari by Patel that the Congress is not inclined to support the non-BJP formulation headed by Sena. Gadkari is reaching Mumbai on Thursday night and is expected to hold discussions with party legislators and Shiv Sena leaders to end the impasse.
Shiv Sena, too, claimed on Wednesday that the new government will headed by them. "The new government led by Sena will be formed soon and this good news will be given by Sudhir Mungantiwar," claimed Sanjay Raut, who has been firing a daily salvo at BJP.
Uddhav Thackeray has summoned an emergency meeting of elected legislators at 11.30 AM. The final stand of the party will crystallise in this meeting.
There are two stream of thoughts in the Sena. One group supported by Milind Narvekar is strongly advocating joining hands with the BJP and the other led by Aaditya Thackeray favours having truck with the NCP and the Congress.
NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar, meanwhile, has hinted that the stalemate will end in the next two to three days. He also indicated that even if the Congress was not on the same page with it, the NCP may decide to take a call.
"The NCP and the Congress are working in tandem for the last 20 years. Our stand is that we should take a collective decision," he said.
Taunting the BJP’s central leadership, he said: "We are waiting for BJP President Amit Shah to demonstrate his skills at forming the government."