The BJP-Shiv Sena combine will seek President’s rule in Maharashtra if the new government is not formed by November 3, when the tenure of the present Assembly expires, a senior BJP leader said on Sunday.

“If the new Ministry is not sworn in by November 3, we will meet Governor S.C. Jamir and demand the imposition of President’s rule,” BJP leader in the Assembly Eknath Khadse told PTI.

The Congress-NCP combine was delaying formation of a new government, though it had the mandate to rule, he said. “If the ruling alliance is concerned about the people, it would have formed the government by now.”

Asked whether there was any difference between the BJP and the Shiv Sena over who should be the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Khadse said: “As per the tradition, the post is held by the party with the maximum number of seats.”

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