BJP leader Ashish Shelar criticized Chavan's decision to quit after the Leader of Opposition's demand instead of having resigned gracefully Thursday itself after his government was reduced to a minority. "The Congress-NCP government failed on all counts and could not even complete its full term. They don't deserve another chance and people must vote for the BJP," he said.
Known for political stability, Maharashtra was administered centrally only once since its creation in 1960 and that too for a few months - February to June 1980. A piquant situation has arisen this time when the election process is already underway, voting scheduled after 20 days and the incumbent government which ruled for 15 years has been reduced to a minority.
In the outgoing assembly, the Congress had 82 legislators and its ally had 62 legislators, making it the single largest group in the 288-member assembly. The main opposition grouping - BJP-Shiv Sena - had 90 (46 and 44 members respectively), with other smaller parties and independents accounting for the rest. The 25-year-old BJP-Sena alliance had also broken up Thursday. The Congress had 22 ministers and NCP 20 ministers in the cabinet headed by Chavan.