Pritam Munde, the second daughter of late Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde, scripted Lok Sabha history winning the Beed seat in Maharashtra in a by-poll by a record margin of nearly seven lakh votes.
In a surprise development, the Nationalist Congress Party on Sunday offered outside support to the Bharatiya Janata Party to form a government in Maharashtra in the interest of stability and development of the state.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who parted company with the Bharatiya Janata Party before elections, on Sunday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah on their party's success in Maharashtra and Haryana.
The NCP has seen the largest flow from its ranks to the other parties, more towards the BJP before the elections, even up to the last minute. The Sena and BJP together could, in power, become even bigger magnets. Disillusionment with the NCP leadership has been growing, which may have forced its hand, says Mahesh Vijapurkar.
The vote share of Bharatiya Janata party in Maharashtra assembly elections doubled compared to that in 2009 to help catapult its tally from 46 to 122 seats in a five-cornered contest and it was also marginally higher than it got in the May Lok Sabha polls.
With trends indicating a victory for Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra, Congress blamed corruption charges against its erstwhile coalition partner Nationalist Congress Party and an overall anti-incumbency factor for the party's depressing performance in the state.
With the Bharatiya Janata Party set to emerge as the single-largest party in Maharashtra assembly poll, its state president Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said the next chief minister will be from the party.
As initial trends showed Bharatiya Janata Party emerging as the largest party in Maharashtra but falling short of a majority, its state president Devendra Fadnavis remained non-committal on whether it would seek support of former ally Shiv Sena in forming the government.