New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The counting of the votes for the Maharashtra assembly polls took place on Thursday with BJP emerging on top with 105 seats and its alliance Shiv Sena winning 56 constituencies. Though it's clear that the alliance will come to power with a majority (161 seats) in the 288-member house, there is a tussle between the two parties that is likely to push the government formation and swearing-in ceremony.
Shiv Sena and BJP are squabbling over the distribution of portfolios with the former hinting at the Chief Ministerial post, suggesting a two 2.5-year rotation between the parties. The BJP, which is dependent on Shiv Sena to form a stable government, has sought to play down the differences, saying the differences will be solved through negotiations.
"The important question is who will be Chief Minister? When Lok Sabha elections were held we decided on 50-50 formula. Chandrakant Patil (Maharashtra BJP chief) raised some issues... we can only tolerate so much. If the need arises Amit Shah-ji should come here to carry out what was decided earlier," BJP leader and Education Minister Ashish Shelar was quoted as saying by NDTV.
Reminding BJP of the 50-50 formula, Shiv Sena leader Pratap Sarnaik said: "In our meeting it was decided that like Amit Shah ji had promised 50-50 formula before LS polls, similarly both allies should get chance to run Govt for 2.5-2.5 years so Shiv Sena should also have CM. Uddhav ji should get this assurance in writing from BJP," as quoted by ANI.
Fully aware of its importance, Shiv Sena has begun its tactics with party chief Uddhav Thackeray demanding the BJP to honour a 50:50 agreement made with Home Minister Amit Shah earlier this year.
Meanwhile, posters demanding Aaditya Thackeray as the next Chief Minister emerged in parts of Mumbai on Friday, a sign indicating Sena wants him to get the top job despite his father Uddhav ruling the move out.
Shiv Sena MLAs, including rising star Aaditya Thackeray, who won Worli seat in Mumbai are expected to meet party chief Uddhav Thackeray and discuss the situation on Saturday.
Negotiations between the two parties are expected to continue after Diwali.
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