Maha: Governor invites Sena to stake claim to form govt

Maha: Governor invites Sena to stake claim to form govt (EDS: Adding details) Mumbai, Nov 10 (PTI) Maharashtra Governor Bhagat SinghKoshyari on Sunday invited the Shiv Sena, the second largestparty, to stake claim to form government, hours after the BJPdeclined such attempt.

'The Sena will have to inform the governor about itsstand by Monday (November 11) evening 7.30 pm,' a Raj Bhavanofficial said.

In the 288-member Assembly, the BJP and the Sena eachhas 105 and 56 MLAs, respectively.

Opposition Congress and NCP won 44 and 54 seats,respectively, in recent assembly polls. The halfway mark is145.

Koshyariasked Sena legislative party leader EknathShinde to 'indicate willingness and ability' of the party toform government in Maharashtra, a Raj Bhavan statement said.

The governor had on Saturday invited the BJP, thesingle largest party, to stake claim to form government.

However, with the BJP unable to muster numbers in viewof the Sena's stand not to support it on the issue of sharingof power and the post of the chief minister, the party onSunday declined to form government.

'The Governor has, therefore, asked the leader ofelected members of the second largest party, Shiv Sena,Eknath Shinde, to convey its willingness and ability to formthe government,' the statement said.

With the BJP backing off from the race, the onus toform government now rests with the Sena, which has indicatedthat it might rope in the Congress and the NCP to prop up agovernment.

Sena MP Sanjay Raut had earlier claimed support of 170MLAs. PTI ND MR NSKNSK NSK