The Shiv Sena continued to put pressure on “Big Brother” BJP on Sunday, warning that the “remote control of power in Maharashtra” lies in its hands, though it has secured a fewer seats than BJP in Maharashtra.
Sena leader Sanjay Raut wrote in his column in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana, “Though the Sena has won a fewer seats this time, 56 as compared to last time’s (2014) 63, but it has the remote control of power”.
Earlier, the Shiv Sena on Saturday demanded a written assurance from ally BJP over the 50-50 seat sharing formula in Maharashtra.
A meeting of 56 newly-elected MLAs of the party was held at Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s residence ‘Matoshree’, where it was decided that a letter on BJP letterhead and signed by senior leadership must be produced to confirm the 50-50 alliance deal agreed between Thackeray and Home Minister Amit Shah ahead of Lok Sabha polls earlier this year.
The party has also demanded that both the allies should get a chance to run government for 2.5 years each so that Shiv Sena can also have a chief minister.
The BJP-Sena combine bagged around 160 seats in Maharashtra, way below their expectation of crossing the 200-mark.
Meanwhile, posters calling Aaditya Thackeray the “future Chief Minister” have surfaced in parts of Mumbai after the poll results, indicating that Sena workers want him to take the top job despite his father ruling the move out.
A poster was seen outside Thackeray residence as well which read “CM Maharashtra only Aditya Thackeray”.
However, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has expressed his unwillingness to give the CM post to the Junior Thackeray but has said that he may have the deputy post.
Earlier, Sena leader Sanjay Raut had said that its ally BJP would not be able to form the next government without the support of the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.
Meanwhile, the differences between the allies have resulted in a delay in government formation in the state.