Maha Governor should invite single largest party: Thorat

Maha Governor should invite single largest party: Thorat Mumbai, Nov 8 (PTI) Hours after Devendra Fadnavisresigned as Maharashtra Chief Minister amid continuing impasseover power-sharing talks with ally Shiv Sena, the Congresssaid the governor should now invite the single largest partyto form a government.

After Fadnavis handed over his resignation to governorBhagat Singh Koshyari, Congress leaders met NCP chief SharadPawar at his residence here.

Speaking to the media later, state Congress presidentBalasaheb Thorat said the governor is going to play a crucialrole now, and he must go by precedents.

He was tight-lipped about what the Congress and NCP'sstrategy was going to be amid the political uncertainty.

'We haven't prepared any strategy. It is upto theGovernor to follow the laid-down procedures including that offirst inviting the single largest party to form government,'he said.

The BJP has emerged as the single largest party in theOctober 21 Maharashtra polls.

'There is an unprecedented political situation in thestate. We thought Fadnavis will stake claim, but he resigned.

We listened to Fadnavis and (Sena chief) Uddhav Thackeray (whoheld separate press conferences) with curiosity and realisedthat the situation is not good,' Thorat said.

Congress leader and former chief minister PrithvirajChavan said it was clear that the BJP cannot form the nextgovernment, and so all eyes were on the governor.

'How long Fadnavis can stay as caretaker CM and whatsteps the governor takes to provide relief and assistance tofarmers (who are hit by unseasonal rain), it remains to beseen,' he said.

The BJP and Shiv Sena are locked in a tussle over thechief minister's post, despite the Assembly poll results onOctober 24 giving them a combined seat strength of 161, waypast the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House. PTI MRKRK KRK