New Delhi: In an interesting turn of events, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Monday evening said his party is in a position along with his new allies the NCP and the Congress to stake claim to form the government in Maharashtra. He also said that his chief ministership will provide a stable government in the state.
He also went to say that the Congress and the NCP have been speaking to us, MLAs have been speaking to us. “As talks are on, as the second-largest party, it was our right to come here. We’ve expressed our willingness to form govt, we’ve asked for extension of 48 hours to fulfil our procedure,” he said.
He said that his party is willing to form the government in the state. “We asked him for at least 2 days time but we weren’t given time. The claim (to form govt) wasn’t denied but the time was. We’ll continue to put in efforts to form govt in the state,” he added.
The development comes after the Congress on Monday evening extended its support to the Shiv Sena to form the government in the state. Prior to this, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi had met NCP chief Sharad Pawar to discuss the further course of action in Maharashtra.
The Shiv Sena sought two days time with the objective to get the letter of support from the Congress-NCP. However, the Congress said it will further hold discussion with the NCP regarding the letter.
Sources at the Congress said its letter of support to Shiv Sena has not been issued yet. A letter of support is expected to be issued on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, sources in the Shiv Sena told news agency PTI, “As per the governor’s invitation to express our willingness and ability to form the government issued to us yesterday, we are responding to it positively. We will seek time from the governor to prove the majority in the house.”
Sena has elected Shinde as the leader of the legislative wing. Shinde and Aaditya Thackeray reached Raj Bhavan to decide on government formation.