Maharashtra Government formation: Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari invites NCP to stake claim

Aaditya Thackeray, Eknath Shinde and other Shiv Sena leaders meet Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 11, 2019, 10.09 PM (IST)

Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshiyari on Monday invited the third-largest party Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to stake claim to form government after Shiv Sena failed to submit letter of support.

Earlier, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari met a delegation of Shiv Sena which expressed willingness to form a government in the state but he declined the party's request for a three-day extension for submitting 'requisite' letters of support from other political parties.

In a press conference Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray had said that his party's willingness to form the government in Maharashtra was conveyed to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

"We told the Governor that we are willing to form the government. We asked for at least two days but we were not given the time," Thackeray told media persons after meeting the Governor.

The majority mark in Maharashtra is 145.

The Shiv Sena, Congress and the NCP together will have a total strength of 154 seats in the state assembly. Which is well over the majority figure.

(With inputs from agencies)

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In a press conference Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray had said that his party's willingness to form the government in Maharashtra was conveyed to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.