Maharashtra Govt Formation LIVE: At an ongoing meeting in Matoshree, Shiv Sena MLAs have reportedly asked party leader Uddhav Thackeray to be firm on his demand for a rotational CM during negotiations with ally BJP. Negotiations on government formation have dragged on for the 13th day since the election results were announced. Sena leader Sanjay Raut has denied rumors of party MLAs being moved to resorts to thwart alleged poaching by ally BJP, but sources say arrangements are being made to move the MLAs to a five-star hotel in case necessary.
Raut has also denied that the Sena wants BJP leader and Union minister Nitin Gadkari to be the chief minister instead of Devendra Fadnavis. Gadkari himself denied being in running for the CM post and backed Fadnavis for the top job. The Union minister said there was “no question” of him returning to state politics and expressed confidence that the Sena and BJP will reach a deal soon.
The tenure of the current Assembly ends in two days and a special three-day session of the House may be convened next week to swear in the new MLAs, said sources. A resolution to the BJP-Sena stalemate over government formation is expected and a new dispensation may take office before the term of the outgoing Assembly ends, they added.
The BJP and the Sena are locked in a standoff over the post of chief minister in new government and sharing of ministerial portfolios. In the recent Assembly polls, the BJP emerged as the single-largest party by winning 105 seats in the 288-member House. The Sena won 56.
Claiming that the BJP had agreed to a “50-50” formula on power-sharing in the state, the Sena has demanded that the top seat be shared between the two.
Maharashtra Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar have said his party is not in favor of forming a minority government in the state. Speaking to reporters ahead of the BJP delegation’s meeting with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Mungantiwar said there should be no doubt about Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ “leadership and acceptance” across party lines.
The BJP is against forming a minority government in Maharashtra,” he said, amid the continuing deadlock over the formation of government even 14 days after the Assembly polls verdict.
Mungantiwar said the BJP delegation, led by state unit president Chandrakant Patil, was going to meet the governor to inform him about the BJP’s stand once the tenure of the existing Assembly ends on November 9.
Asked about Shiv Sena’s insistence on sharing the chief minister’s post, Mungantiwar said, “Fadnavis is not just a BJP leader, but he should be seen as Sena’s chief minister as well. There should be no doubt about his leadership and acceptance across the party lines.”
(Courtesy: news 18)