Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was on Wednesday re-elected leader of the state BJP legislature party.
All the 105 newly-elected BJP MLAs were present at the meeting which was held at Vidhan Bhawan in south Mumbai.
After being elected as the leader of the legislature party, Fadnavis exuded confidence that the BJP will form the government with Shiv Sena in the state.
“This mandate is surely for ‘mahayuti’ (alliance) as we sought votes for ‘mahayuti’. People also voted for it. So there should be no doubt. It will be a ‘mahayuti’ govt,” he said at a press briefing.
He added that talks with the Sena will be completed in “two-three days.”
State BJP president Chandrakant Patil proposed Fadnavis’s name which was seconded by senior party leaders Sudhir Mungantiwar, Haribhau Bagade, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and Mangalorabhat Lodha.
Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and party vice president Avinash Rai Khanna were present as central observers.
The meeting comes as the power-sharing tussle between the BJP and ally Shiv Sena has deepened with Fadnavis refusing the existence of any alliance formula.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said that there is no such formula as ally Shiv Sena demands 50:50 rotational chief ministership.
Addressing the media, flanked by other party leaders, he said that BJP President Amit Shah has confirmed nothing has been decided on the CM post to Shiv Sena.
He further assured that the BJP will be leading a stable and efficient government of Mahayuti (alliance) for five years with him as the Chief Minister.
While Fadnavis has confidently reiterated that the BJP-Sena ‘Maha-Yutia’ (grand alliance) will return to power, the ally Sena has been playing hardball demanding the implementation of the 50-50 formula.
The Shiv Sena had earlier on Saturday demanded a written assurance from BJP over the 50-50 seat-sharing formula in Maharashtra.
The party has also demanded that both the allies should get a chance to run the government for 2.5 years each so that Shiv Sena can also have a chief minister.
On the day of vote counting, the Shiv Sena had reminded the BJP of the 50-50 alliance formula saying that it was time to implement it.
Addressing a press conference, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said: “We reached formula when Amit Shah came to my house, now time to implement that formula.”