Maharashtra impasse: Fadnavis likely to tender resignation on Friday, Uddhav lodges Sena MLAs in hotel
The Governor, meanwhile, summoned the advocate general to seek legal opinions on delayed government formation.
The Sena, which won 56 seats in the October 21 Assembly polls, claimed its tally now stood at 61 with the support of five more MLAs.
Mira-Bhayandar MLA Geeta Jain , who defeated sitting BJP MLA Narendra Mehta met CM Fadnavis at his official residence Varsha on Monday to vouch support to the party.
In his column 'Rokhthok' in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana', Sanjay Raut said that the Sena won less seats this time, 56 compared to 63 in 2014, but it has the remote control of power.
The Shiv Sena said it expected BJP president Amit Shah to intervene to settle the matter, adding it was adopting a watch and wait approach.
The cartoon shows a tiger (Shiv Senas party symbol) wearing a clock locket (NCPs party symbol) sniffing a lotus (BJPs party symbol).
The 17-member group of leaders, set up by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, included former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi besides other top leaders.
While two groups owing allegiance to local leaders clashed before being separated by police in Jalna, in Beed Shiv Sena candidate's supporters had a feud over vehicles used to 'ferry votes'.
The electoral fate of 3237 in Maharashtra will be sealed in EVMs by the voters who will exercise their democratic franchise in the Assembly elections.
Gadkari, who was among the early voters in Nagpur, said people will vote on the basis of the five-year performance of both the Modi and Fadnavis governments.
Mumbai's voter turnout remained below 50 per cent between 1999 to 2009 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
Haryana and Maharashtra CMs will be looking to improve their poll performance; opposition weakened by infighting, leadership crisis
Aaditya Thackeray, the son of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, has also entered the poll fray from Worli constituency in Mumbai.
While the BJP and its allies seeking to retain power in the two states, the opposition is hoping to turn the tide by taking advantage of any anti-incumbency.
He said the Congress-NCP-CPM alliance will face the BJP and throw up a ‘surprising result’.