India, Nov. 1 -- The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) warned on Friday that Maharashtra may head for President's rule if a new government isn't in place by November 7 - the deadline for formation of the new government is November 8 - even as its pre-poll ally, the Shiv Sena, said it would be able to muster the numbers for an alternative coalition to rule the state if its demand that the two partners split all positions, including the chief minister's, equally isn't met.

The BJP and its oldest ally seemed to harden their positions on Friday, eight days after the results were declared.

"A new government will have to be in place within the stipulated time, or else the President will have to intervene. President's rule will be imposed," BJP lea...