"There is little chance of any developments taking place before Diwali. All action will happen only afterwards," they said.
    
"The BJP legislature party leader would be elected only after Diwali. Central observer Rajnath Singh will be in Mumbai after Diwali and the new leader, who will be sworn in as chief minister, will be elected in his presence," they said.
    
Singh, who along with BJP general secretary J P Nadda has been appointed observer for the selection of the legislature party leader, was expected to arrive here last night.
    
However, he told reporters in Delhi this morning that the visit has been postponed. "I am not going today. I think I will visit Mumbai after Deepawali," he said.
    
Even as suspense continued over the composition of the government in Maharashtra, BJP general secretary incharge of Maharashtra Rajiv Pratap Rudy had yesterday said being the single largest party it will stake claim to form government even before cobbling together a majority.
    
"There is no need to have full majority to approach the Governor to stake claim to form government. It is not necessary that we have 145 out of 288 members in Assembly to stake claim. What is needed is that we ought to be the single largest party which we are," he said.
    
BJP has 122 MLAs and pre-poll ally Rashtriya Samaj Paksha one.
    
BJP may elect its leader and form a government and prove its majority on the floor of the House with a simple majority from the MLAs present with NCP abstaining. This option, party insiders say, will help maintain dignity as it will not have to seek the support of NCP as some of its leaders are facing corruption allegations.
    
Sources say the party is in no hurry to decide on tying up again with Shiv Sena, which broke the alliance ahead of elections over seat sharing.
     
Sources add that the party is not ready go give in to Shiv Sena's demands or arm-twisting if they decide to go together in government formation in the state and if this were to happen, it has to be unconditional from the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.
     
Though there is speculation of a back-channel talk between the two sides, there was no confirmation if such an exercise was on.
     
Meanwhile, the name of BJP's Maharashtra chief Devendra Fadnavis emerged as the front runner for the Chief Minister's post overcoming challenge from other veterans including Eknath Khadse and Vinod Tawde.
     
Amit Shah's meeting yesterday with Gadkari raised speculation that the Union Minister was in the race but it appeared to be ruled out by party insiders.

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