BJP to Form Government in Maharashtra: Amit Shah
NEW DELHI: BJP today gave enough indications that it was not averse to the outside support offered by NCP and made it clear that it will be going ahead with formation of government in Maharashtra.
"As per norms of democracy, the largest party has the right to form the government. BJP will be forming the government in Maharashtra," party President Amit Shah told a press conference here as the results showed that BJP will fall short of a majority.
Virtually ignoring its erstwhile ally Shiv Sena, he said that the NCP has on its own offered "unconditional outside" support and "does not want to join the government".
Asked specifically what would the BJP do on NCP's offer, Shah said, "Just wait for sometime. The (BJP) Parliamentary Board will be meeting shortly."
To repeated questions, Amit Shah maintained that BJP had not broken the alliance with Shiv Sena.
Taking a dig at Sena with which the alliance broke over seat sharing, the BJP chief said, "The results have proved who was correct... We won more seats than we were being offered."
BJP wanted to contest 134 out of 288 seats but Shiv Sena was not ready to give more than 119. As per the trends, BJP, along with some small ally parties looks set to win 123 seats.
"We respect our allies and want to keep our alliances but not by sacrificing our workers," Shah asserted.
Describing the electoral victory in Maharashtra and Haryana as "two more steps towards Congress-free India", he said the win is "a kind of stamp of approval by the people on the Modi government's work, its policies and initiatives in the last four months."
The performance of BJP has rendered Congress ineligible for even the post of Leader of Opposition in both the states, he said.
He said this victory has shown that "Modi is the undisputed leader of the country" and belies the theory of rivals that "Modi-wave is over" after minor bypoll setbacks.
"The results have proved that like a tsunami, the Modi-wave is demolishing all opposition," Shah said.