New Delhi: After 10 days of bickering over power-sharing in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena has finally clarified that the party will stake claim to form the government as its pre-poll ally BJP is not sticking to the conditions of the alliance. According to reports, Sena MP Sanjay Raut will meet the governor on Monday and seek an invitation to form the government as it has the support of 170 MLAs. Meanwhile, incumbent Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis is going to meet Amit Shah on Monday in New Delhi.
Significantly, as Shiv Sena claimed, Fadnavis and Amit Shah both were present when the alliance was stitched and apparently it was agreed upon by both sides that the BJP and the Shiv Sena will split the CM post for 2.5 years.
As the BJP is not keen on splitting the CM post with Sena, Sena has launched a blistering attack on the BJP. It is also not ruling out the option of forging an alliance with the NCP and Congress. On Sunday, Sanjay Raut sent a text to NCP leader Ajit Pawar, Pawar confirmed.
“I was in a meeting so couldn’t respond. This is the first time after elections that he has contacted me. I don’t know why he has messaged me. I will call him in a while,” he said.
Sena MP Sanjay Raut who claimed that Sena has the support of more than 170 MLAs is supposed to meet Governor on Monday.
Though Congress is not interested in tying up with Sena, insiders are asking the party leadership to mull over the option. NCP leader Sharad Pawar will meet Sonia Gandhi in Delhi.
Meanwhile, RPI leader Ramdas Athwale said the governor will wait till November 7 to see if anybody stakes claim, following which he will begin consultations with political parties in the state for government formation.