BJP to not form govt in Maha, blames Sena for disrespectingmandate

BJP to not form govt in Maha, blames Sena for disrespectingmandate Mumbai, Nov 10 (PTI) The BJP on Sunday announced thatit would not form government in Maharashtra in view of theally Shiv Sena's stand to not join them in the efforts.

Announcing the BJP's decision, Maharashtra BJPpresident Chandrakant Patil accused the Uddhav Thackeray-ledparty, which is adamant on its demand for a rotational chiefministership, of 'disrespecting' the popular mandate securedby the BJP and the Sena in recent assembly polls.

'The mandate of the people of Maharashtra was for theBJP-Shiv Sena alliance. Sena has, however, disrespected themandate, hence we have decided to not stake claim to formgovernment. We have informed our decision to governor BhagatSingh Koshyari,' Patil told reporters outside Raj Bhavan.

He wished 'good luck' to the Sena if it wanted to formthe government with the help of opposition Congress and NCP.

The BJP and the Sena had together won 161 seats in the288-member House, way above the halfway mark of 145. PTI NDNSKNSK NSK