Following the party extraordinary performance in the Assembly polls, Shiv Sena on Thursday indicated that it will insist on the 50:50 formula during government formation.
After observing trends where the Shiv Sena has already won 2 seats and is leading on 58 seats, party leader Sanjay Raut spoke of 50-50 formula between Sena and BJP, which he said was agreed upon before the election.
Talking to reporters, Raut said that “it will be a BJP-Shiv Sena government and that there is no two opinion about it”.
“We got the full mandate. Seats may increase or decrease in an election. We will talk to Uddhav ji, he will then speak with the Chief Minister. And what was agreed before the election, 50-50,” he added.
As per the latest Election Commission of India data, the BJP has won 3 seats and is leading on 98, whereas the Congress and the NCP are leading in 44 and 55 seats respectively.
Sanjay Raut had earlier on Wednesday said its ally BJP would not be able to form the next government without the support of the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.
“The BJP cannot form the next government without the help of the Shiv Sena, even if it wins only 4-5 seats,” Raut said.
Raut’s statement came on the eve of counting of votes for the high-stake polls.
Speaking to a regional news channel, the senior Sena leader also claimed that his party would win 100 out of the total 124 seats it had contested.
“I think Shiv Sena will win 100 seats. But the BJP alone cannot form its government. The BJP-Sena alliance will cross 200-mark in this assembly elections,” he said.
The BJP had contested 164 seats, which include candidates of smaller allies fighting on its lotus symbol, out of the total 288 seats in the state.
While most of the exit polls have predicted a clear majority for the BJP-led alliance comprising the Sena and other parties, at least one such prediction gave the BJP a near-majority on its own. It predicted whopping 142 seats for the BJP and 102 for the Sena. The simple majority mark in the state is 145.