Asaduddin Owaisi, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen’s chief, had an interesting take on the ongoing political turmoil in Maharashtra. When questioned on who will he support in case Maharashtra finally gets new Chief Minister, Owaisi quipped - “ Arre janab, pehle nikaah toh ho jaane dijiye. Aap pehle hi bachhon ka pooch rahe hain (Dear friends, let the wedding take place first)!” All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslemeen won two seats — Dhule City and Malegaon Central – in recently conducted Maharashtra Assembly Elections. It had contested on 44 seats.
“We will neither support a BJP led Govt nor a Shiv Sena led Govt, we reiterate our stand.I am happy now if Congress-NCP are supporting Shiv Sena,people will know who was cutting whose votes and who was colluding with whom,” Owaisi further said.
The Shiv Sena on Monday suffered a setback in its efforts to cobble up a non-BJP government in the state with the Congress at the last moment announcing its decision to hold more talks with ally NCP on supporting the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.
While Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray said two parties (Congress and NCP) have agreed "in-principle" to support the Sena-led government, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari refused additional time sought by his party to muster numbers. Later, the NCP, which is the third largest party in the state, got an invite from the governor, asking it to express "willingness and ability to form government". With 54 MLAs, the NCP is the third largest party after the BJP (105) and the Shiv Sena (56) in the 288-member House, where the halfway mark in 145. The Congress has 44 MLAs.