Amid standoff with ally BJP over sharing the top post, Shiv Sena has stood firm on its demand for 50-50 formula for government formation, saying that the people of Maharashtra want Chief Minister from Sena.
In an apparent warning to “Big Brother” BJP, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that if the party decides, it will get the required numbers to form a stable government in the state.
“People have given the mandate to form a government on the basis of 50-50 formula that was reached in front of people of Maharashtra. They want Chief Minister from Shiv Sena,” the Rajya Sabha MP asserted.
The comments come a day after Raut’s meeting with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday. The Sena MP claimed that he met Pawar without sharing any detail of the meeting.
In a surprise development, the Sena received unexpected support from the opposition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), whose chief Sharad Pawar was quoted as saying by NDTV that there was nothing wrong with Sena’s demands.
Earlier on Thursday, Raut had said that Shiv Sena will not step back from its stand. “If anyone has gone back on their promise, it is our ally. We will continue to move forward with our demand,” he said.
In the recent state polls, the BJP won 105 seats, while the Sena got 56 in the 288-member assembly.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led party is demanding the post of Chief Minister for 2.5 years and 50:50 division of portfolios.
Both these demands have been rejected by the BJP which has insisted that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will continue to hold the post for the next five years.
On Thursday, ending speculations, senior leader of Shiv Sena Eknath Shinde was elected as the leader of party’s legislative wing.
Earlier, there were speculations about the newly-elected MLA Aaditya Thackeray to be elected as the leader of the legislative wing. But he himself tabled the motion to elect Shinde as the leader of the House. The motion was seconded by Pratap Sarnaik.
Uddhav Thackeray was also present at the meeting held at the Sena headquarters in Dadar.