A_Gupta wrote:“They miscalculated (Shiv Sena’s need for power)” is way more plausible than “they are playing 11-dimensional chess”.
By last Friday (15th Nov) Sena/NCP/CON where confident of forming their government and had publicly declared their intent to meet the Governor.
Even after that Sena (Raut???) had issued a statement that they were willing to back the BJP/Sena alliance IF BJP was willing to accept the 50:50 terms. BJP did not make any effort to bring them back.
India Today running commentary on 16th Nov. I will try to get a link to the above mentioned statement.https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/m ... 2019-11-15
Shiv Sena wonders if PM was kept in loop about 50:50 formula
[b]09:13 AM IST
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said that had BJP president Amit Shah informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the "50:50" seat-sharing formula "in time", Maharashtra would not have been facing the current political impasse[/b].
This should work as a substitute.
09:15 AM IST
Sources have told India Today that the Common Minimum Programme has been finalised. As per CMP, Shiv Sena will get the CM for the full term, 14 ministers will be from Shiv Sena and NCP each, 12 from Congress among others. CMP mentions focus on farmer and youth issues. No mention of Hindutva-related issues.
By this time there should have been no doubt in the BJP camp about "Senas's need for power"
15:47 PM IST
"Anything can happen in cricket and politics. Somewhere you feel you are losing the match, but the result is exactly the opposite," Nitin Gadkari said when asked about the current political situation in Maharashtra.
17:12 PM IST
Maharashtra BJP president, Chandrakant Patil: We have the highest number. With 119 MLAs we will form the BJP government in the state, Devendra Fadnavis has expressed this confidence before party leaders. We are committed to giving a stable govt to state. There can't be a government in Maharashtra without BJP.
Fadnavis/Modi/Shah made no moves even after Sena/NCP/CON come to an agreement.
20:22 PM IST
Sources from Congress have said that the three parties' common minimum program (CMP) has been finalised. They said that Shiv Sena wants a decision should be taken as soon as possible since the MLAs are "under threat". Sources said that MLAs are getting contacted.
According to sources, the CMP is based on the manifestos of all the three parties - Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP. All issues included by NCP and Congress in their manifestos will be accepted by Shiv Sena through the CMP. Congress sources said that all three parties are very serious about forming the government and want it to happen as soon as possible.
By now CON too has confirmed that the deal between parties has been sealed. BJP still sitting on its hinds
23:50 PM IST
The vision of the RSS and its affiliated organisations is not limited to "forming government" but it is more about "nation-building", senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari said in Pune.
"We (Sangh parivar) have a clear vision, and it is not limited to forming government or making anyone chief minister or prime minister," the Union minister said.
"We have a clear vision about our ideology and we should work for rebuilding the nation," he said.
Gadkari did not make any direct comment on the current political situation in Maharashtra where his party could not form government despite emerging as the single-largest party after the last month's elections.
"Ideology is important and human relations are even more important for us," he said.
This when it was clear that Sena/NCP/CON had reached an agreement on common minimum program and were on their way to form the next government in Maharashtra.
By the end of the day (16th Nov 2019), Gadkari had stated the unstated quite unambiguously. BJP is sitting out this innings/phase. A RSS man, also IIRC requested by Sena to "mediate" and a man deputed by Modi/Shah for trouble shooting in and around Maharashtra multiple times before.
Nothing could be clearer.