New Delhi: Maharashtra’s incumbent Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was elected as the leader of BJP legislative party on Wednesday, a day after he confidently said that he would become the CM for the next five years. The development comes amid a massive war of words between allies — the BJP and the Shiv Sena — in Maharashtra over power-sharing in the new government. According to sources, Sena would yield ground and join the government even without the rotational CM post.
Apart from the CM’s chair, the BJP will also keep the portfolios of home, urban development and finance-revenue. If Shiv Sena continues to play hardball, it may get more ministries, but not half of CM chair, sources said. The BJP is also open to offer the deputy CM post to the Sena.
The BJP on Tuesday named Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and party’s vice president Avinash Rai Khanna as central observers for its Maharashtra legislative party meeting to be held today. Incumbent Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is likely to be elected as the leader of the BJP legislative party amid demand by its ally Shiv Sena for the top post on a rotational basis, reported PTI.
On the other hand, NCP is set to convene a key meeting of its newly elected MLAs today to deliberate on the current political scenario of the state. It may also be decided who should lead the party in the Assembly as now NCP, which surpassed the Congress in the recent elections, is set to be the key opposition in the assembly.
On Tuesday, incumbent CM Devendra Fadnavis claimed that there was no 50:50 agreement between the BJP and the Shiv Sena. This claim ensued acrimonious bickering between the BJP and Shiv Sena as the latter claimed that the BJP had earlier agreed on the condition of making the CM post rotational: 2.5 years with the BJP and the Sena each. The BJP-Shiv Sena meeting stood cancelled though BJP leader Chandrakant Patil said that party chief Amit Shah and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will finalise the contours of the 50:50 formula, hinting that all is well between the allies.
Meanwhile, a TOI report suggests that despite the bickering, Devendra Fadnavis could take the oath by this week — on Thursday or Friday. After being elected as the leader of the legislature party, he may approach the governor to stake claim to the government.
(With Agency Inputs)