Amid Pressure from Shiv Sena: Maharashtra’s caretaker chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has said the Shiv Sena was not promised the CM’s post for two-and-a-half years when the alliance formalised before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Fadnavis also denied there was a need for a ‘Plan B’ and said the government would be formed with the Sena, even as the party continued to flex its muscle.
The BJP and the Sena, with 105 & 56 seats respectively in the new Assembly, are locked in a bitter struggle over sharing of power. Ever since the results announced on Oct 24, there have been statements from sections in the Congress-NCP, though not officially, indicating that a move by the Sena to look beyond the BJP for government formation may get positive feelers.
BJP sources said party chief and Union Home Minister Amit Shah‘s meeting with Thackeray scheduled for Oct 30 had been put on hold, even as formal and informal talks with the Sena were on. No official date for the swearing-in decided yet. Amid Pressure from Shiv Sena
On Monday, Sena leader Sanjay Raut had advised the BJP that it should not force the party to look for a choice to form the next government in Maharashtra and supported there are “no saints in politics”.
Speaking to a news channel, Raut told, “We believe in the support (with BJP) as we challenged the polls together. But the BJP should not force us to sin looking for a choice for gov formation.”
“No one is a paragon in politics,” he added, possibly a reference to the senior ally that committing such a “sin” was not totally unfathomable for the Sena. Raut declared the two parties had agreed on an “equal power” sharing formula and had even made an announcement on it in Mumbai.
The BJP, however, has said it has the support of 15 independent MLAs and asserted the party would “comfortably” form the next government taking the Shiv Sena along with it.