Rajnath Singh to visit Maharashtra after Diwali

The visit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh, who was to attend a crucial party meeting here on Tuesday to discuss on the issue leadership issue and government formation has been deferred.

Mumbai: The visit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh, who was to attend a crucial party meeting here on Tuesday to discuss on the issue leadership issue and government formation has been deferred.

The Home Minister will be visiting the western state after Diwali.

"I will visit Maharashtra after Diwali," said Rajnath on going to Maharsh as BJP's poll observer. 

Earlier it was reported that Tajnath along with Bjp general secretary JP Nadda will visit Maharashtra on Tuesday to select the chief minister and form a government.

BJP held hectic consultations on Monday over government formation in Maharashtra with party leaders weighing various factors to decide the chief ministerial candidates in the two states.

BJP president Amit Shah met Road and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari to discuss the options before the party in view of outside support extended by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra.

Sources also told PTI that BJP is not averse to taking back its old ally Shiv Sena in its government in Maharashtra. A consensus appears to have been reached on taking back the Shiv Sena in its fold to form a stable government in the state.

Insiders say the RSS also wants that all Hindutva forces should remain united for the long term.

BJP's Maharashtra president Devendra Fadnavis is among those whose names are doing the rounds as the party's choice of chief minister.

The BJP emerged as the single-largest party in Maharashtra, winning 122 seats in the 288-member Assembly.

The vote share of BJP 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.

The BJP's vote share in the just concluded polls was 27.8 percent that saw it emerge as the single largest party compared to 14.02 percent in 2009, according to Election Commission data. The BJP on its own was 23 seats short of a majority in an election marked by neck-and-neck contests.