The Hitendra Thakur-led Bahujan Vikas Agadhi (BVA) on Wednesday pledged support to the Maharashtra Vikas Agadhi (MVA) formed by the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress. With BVA’s 3 MLAs, the alliance will have 169 MLAs in 288-member Maharashtra Assembly.
MVA leaders had presented a list of 166 MLAs to the Governor when they staked claim to form government.
"BVA has given support to the MVA government," senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan said. According to some reports, Thakur met NCP chief Sharad Pawar to extend support. In the results tally, the BVA with three MLAs is in fifth position after BJP (105), Shiv Sena (56), NCP (54) and Congress (44).
The BVA is dominant in Vasai-Virar belt of neighbouring Palghar district. While Thakur is MLA from Vasai, other two legislators of his party are son Kshitij Thakur (Nalasopara) and Rajesh Patil (Boisar).
When the BJP and Sena were in talks for alliance for government formation, Kshitij Thakur had met then chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil on November 1, and extended support of his party.