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    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, said Ramdas Athawale
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    If BJP fails to prove majority on the floor of the house, then Sena as the second-largest party will claim to form the government

    “With 54 MLAs of NCP, 44 Cong MLAs and few independents, we can reach the majority. The Sena can present its own Chief Minister and for that, 3 parties with independent ideology should form policies which are acceptable to all,” the article read.
  • 3:42 PM IST
    Tussle Between BJP, Shiv Sena in Maharashtra LIVE: Talks with BJP will only be on CM’s post, says Sanjay Raut

    The impasse continues. There is no discussion on government formation as yet. If talks happen, then it will only be on the issue of the CM’s post, said Sanjay Raut
  • 3:25 PM IST

    Tussle Between BJP, Shiv Sena in Maharashtra LIVE: We have more than 170 MLAs supporting us, the figure can even reach 175, Sanjay Raut said early in the day

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    Tussle Between BJP, Shiv Sena in Maharashtra LIVE: ‘I don’t know why he contacted me’

    NCP leader Ajit Pawar has claimed that he received a message from Sanjay Raut a while ago. “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.

New Delhi: The stalemate between Shiv Sena and BJP continues in Maharashtra with shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, one of the close aides of Uddhav Thackeray, claiming that his party has the support of 170 legislators and the figure can reach 175.

Reacting sharply to Raut’s remarks, BJP reportedly claimed that they have the numbers to form stable government in Maharashtra.

Notably, the Sena and the BJP are engaged in massive tug of war over the CM’s post, ever since the parties retained power in Maharashtra by winning 161 seats together. “We have more than 170 MLAs supporting us, the figure can even reach 175”, ANI quoted Raut as saying.

Speaking to reporters, Raut also asserted that his party will talk to the BJP only on the issue of the chief minister’s post. “The impasse continues. There is no discussion on government formation as yet. If talks happen, it will only be on the issue of the chief minister’s post,” the Rajya Sabha MP added.

The BJP won 105 seats and the Shiv Sena won 56 seats in the 288-member Assembly of Maharashtra. As per their pre-poll alliance, they should form the government. But the Shiv Sena is playing hardball over the CM post. The party wants 2.5 years of chief ministership which, according to them, was agreed upon between both the parties before the elections. The BJP is not willing to part ways with half of the CM-ship and BJP leaders are openly saying so.

An NCP-Congress-Sena alliance, at this time, does not hold much water as none of the parties seems interested. But this is part of Sena’s tactic to browbeat the BJP.