As Congress' performance in Maharashtra hit its nadir, sources in the party feel that it would be disastrous for it if Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan resigns bowing to the BJP's demand and have snap polls. They said that BJP-Shiv Sena combine is riding on huge anti-incumbency wave and it will be suicidal for Congress to call snap polls in the state right now.
"The Assembly polls are still five months away. Advancing them will be suicidal as the BJP-Shiv Sena-led 'mahayuti' combine is riding a huge anti-incumbency wave in the state as seen by their performance in Lok Sabha polls. They won 42 of total 48 seats against the paltry six of the ruling congress NCP alliance," sources said.
"Nitish Kumar may have taken the moral responsibility for his party's dismal performance and resigned as chief minister of Bihar but situation in Maharashtra is different," they said. Chavan has already accepted moral responsibility for the debacle in the polls.
On the day of the Lok Sabha poll results on Friday, Maharashtra Industries Minister Narayan Rane had resigned from his post in the wake of defeat of his son and sitting MP from Ratnagiri- Sindhudurg seat, Nilesh Rane on his home turf by a Shiv Sena candidate.
Besides, the state EGS Minister Nitin Raut had also resigned from the state cabinet owning the responsibility of the defeat of party nominee in Nagpur Lok Sabha seat. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Manikrao Thakre has called a meeting of the party office-bearers in Mumbai tomorrow, where the chief minister will also remain present, party sources said.
In its worst ever performance, Congress was reduced to just two seats in the state which sends 48 MPs to Lok Sabha, while the tally of its alliance partner NCP was whittled down to four due to the unprecedented saffron tide. The NDA won 42 seats from the state.