Reacting to the development, State BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said the Governor has initiated the process as per the Constitutional requirements. "From 105 to 145 is a long way".
On if the Congress will support the Shiv Sena to form government, Raut said the Sonia Gandhi-led party is "not enemy of Maharashtra". Sharad Pawar Ji, had said it three days ago that this is a kind of challenge for Amit Shah Ji and company who are expert in making governments, the way they have done it in the past, let them try that in Maharashtra and now they have failed in Maharashtra and therefore Sena with the second-largest party under the constitutional arrangement is supposed to be invited to form the government. "Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday informed the party MLAs that Sena will have its chief minister", Raut told reporters. He said that Sena has betrayed the mandate of the people of Maharashtra. He also questioned whether the Shiv Sena, which had not spared Prime Minister Narendra Modi from its attacks, was worth continuing an alliance with. "I don't think MLAs of any party would defect. The bubble of being invincible has burst", Raut said. Like, the Sena and BJP differ on the issue of border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka over Belagavi (Belgaum) district, Raut said. Despite that, if the BJP forms the government, we will vote against the BJP on the floor of the House.
Maharashtra claims Belgaum, part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency but now a district of Karnataka, on linguistic grounds. He said that by denying that "50-50" sharing was not agreed upon between the two parties, Fadnavis is calling the "son of Balasaheb Thackeray a liar".
Devendra Fadnavis is the legislature party leader of the BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in Maharashtra after the Assembly Election.
This is not the first time that a poster like this has come up.
"The BJP's biggest ally [Shiv Sena] is not ready to speak to the outgoing chief minister, which is the biggest defeat (of the BJP)".
The BJP and the Sena have been involved in an impasse over the government formation in the state since the election results were declared on August 24.
"Everyone wants to end the politics of revenge, subservience and playing dirty tricks", Raut said.
"Those who used to threaten others with their power are now scared", he said in remarks laced with sarcasm.