The ongoing tug of war between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP and Shiv Sena on Friday took a new twist after Shiv Sena has demanded that it should get first two and half year term of the Chief Minister’s post in Maharashtra. The saffron party, which is not in a mood to relent, has cited that it has no faith in BJP and therefore insists that the party will assume the CM’s post for the first two and half years and the remaining two and half years by BJP.
Sena functionary said so far there has been no formal communication from BJP nor any concrete proposal on the government formation. ‘’Let BJP goes ahead unilaterally for swearing in of the chief minister and other ministers on November 5 or 6, Shiv Sena will not be party to it. BJP cannot completely discard the 50:50 sharing formula arrived at the meeting between BJP president Amit Shah and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at the time of seat sharing talks for the Lok Sabha election. BJP cannot simply junk it now. Instead, the onus is on BJP to honour its promise,’’ he added.
He said till BJP accepts Shiv Sena’s demand for leaving CM’s post for first two and half years there is no question the party joining the government in the state. ‘’Being the single largest party, BJP will get time from the Governor to prove its majority on the floor of assembly. BJP with ample resources at its disposal may make all efforts to lure legislators from various parties. Let them do it. Shiv Sena will stick to its guns,’’ he noted.
Sena minister, who is close confidant of Thackeray, said that BJP should not appear arrogant and overconfident instead keep its promise for 50:50 sharing of CM’s post to provide a stable government in the state. ‘’BJP cannot take Shiv Sena for ride. Talks will begin only after BJP decides to give Shiv Sena CM’s post for first two and half years,’’ he viewed.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut today said Maharashtra will have a chief minister from the Shiv Sena. Raut clarified that there has been no ultimatum to the BJP on government formation. They are big people.
Raut, who has been quite vocal against BJP, said if Shiv Sena decides it can get the required numbers to form a stable government in the state.
‘’People have given mandate to form government on the basis of the “50:50 formula” that was reached in front of the people of Maharashtra, Raut said.
Interestingly, there been a puzzling silence from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and state BJP president Chandrakant Patil on Shiv Sena’s demand for the implementation of 50:50 formula.
However, state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar today said Maharashtra may head for President’s rule if the new government is not in place by November 7 in the state. The minister’s comment came as there appeared no headway in government formation even eight days after results of the October 21 Assembly elections.
The term of the present assembly ends on November 9.