Mumbai, Nov. 8 -- Resort politics arrived in Maharashtra on Thursday as the Shiv Sena moved its legislators to a Mumbai hotel amid deadlocked negotiations with its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the deadline for government negotiation just two days away.

Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray met party lawmakers and refused to back down from his demand of sharing the chief minister's position. Senior leader Sanjay Raut sought to blame the BJP if the state was pushed into a period of political uncertainty. "By not initiating any steps to form the government, the BJP is now allowing other options and deliberately pushing the state to President's Rule. This is an insult to the people of Maharashtra," he said, adding that Thackeray will not ...