BJP core committee meets, to decide on Guv invite by evening

BJP core committee meets, to decide on Guv invite by evening Mumbai, Nov 10 (PTI) The Maharashtra BJP's corecommittee met on Sunday after the governor invited it to formgovernment, senior party leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said, butdid not divulge what transpired at the meeting.

He said they would hold another round of discussionslater in the day following which a decision would be taken.

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday eveningasked the BJP, the single largest party in the new Assembly,to 'indicate the willingness and ability' to form government.

The BJP's core committee, comprising caretaker chiefminister Devendra Fadnavis, state unit head Chandrakant Patil,and senior leaders Girish Mahajan, Sudhir Mungantiwar, AshishShelar and Pankaja Munde, met at 11 am on Sunday to decide thefuture course of action, Mungantiwar told reporters.

Without giving any details of what was discussed inthe meeting, he said, 'The BJP will hold another round ofmeeting at 4 pm today following which we will communicate ourdecision to the governor and also make it public.' The BJP won 105 seats in the October 21 elections,while the majority mark in the 288-member Assembly is 145. Itsally Shiv Sena won 56 seats, but the two parties are bickeringover the chief minister's post.

The term of the 13th state Assembly ended on Saturday.

On Friday, after Fadnavis resigned as chief ministerand was asked by the governor to continue as caretaker CM, thetwo allies had a bitter showdown over what was decidedmutually about the top post during their negotiations beforethe Lok Sabha polls held earlier this year.

While Fadnavis claimed the BJP never promised to sharethe chief minister's post with its ally, Shiv Sena head UddhavThackeray maintained that assurance of equal sharing of allposts was given, and the BJP must not portray him as a liar.

The Shiv Sena has shifted most of its 56 MLAs to ahotel in suburban Malad, apparently to guard them against'poaching' attempts.

Besides, all 44 Congress MLAs from Maharashtra are ata resort in Jaipur in the party-ruled Rajasthan amid similarfears.

Both the Congress and its ally NCP on Saturday saidthe governor should have taken the decision to ask the BJP toindicate its willingness to form government much earlier.

The NCP also said it would vote against the BJP ifthere is a floor test.

Further, it could think of an 'alternative' if theShiv Sena too voted against the BJP, NCP's chief spokespersonNawab Malik said. PTI NDGK GK