New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The tussle between the BJP and Shiv Sena seems to be growing day by day over the government formation and sharing of CM post for half of the tenure. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Monday, warned the BJP and said that his party is not looking for an alternative to form the government adding that also there are no saints in politics.
The row between the two allies for power-sharing, ever since the results were announced on October 24 have sparked narratives from several Congress-NCP leaders, though not officially, that Shiv Sena can look beyond BJP to form the government in the state.
Sanjay Raut, as quoted by NDTV said, "We believe in the alliance (with BJP) as we contested the polls jointly. But the BJP should not compel us to commit the sin of looking for an alternative for government formation."
"No one is a saint in politics," he added, possibly a hint to the senior ally that committing such a "sin" was not entirely unfathomable for the Sena. Raut claimed the two parties had agreed on an "equal power" sharing formula and had even made an announcement on it in Mumbai.
"Ahead of the Assembly polls, the BJP requested Sena for more share of seats because of a large number of turncoats. Sena chief agreed to it, hence they contested on 164 seats and the Sena on 124," Raut explained, adding, "We never lie in politics, even if it is for gaining power", as reported by NDTV.
When asked if BJP goes ahead alone to stake claim to form the government, he said, "The BJP is the single largest party at present in the state. If they can provide a majority government without Sena's help, I welcome it."
Raising Sena’s demand more strongly for equal division of the chief ministerial tenure, Raut said, "We will see how they do not share the post of the chief minister. Both the parties agreed on a 50:50 power-sharing formula. There is no need to explain it in detail."
Raut claimed there has been no discussion so far between the BJP and Sena on government formation.
In another development, taking the list of legislators of Shiv Sena to 61, an NCP-backed independent legislator, Shankarrao Gadakh, extended his support to the party on Monday. He won from the Nevasa seat in Ahmednagar district announced his support to Sena after meeting Udhhav Thackeray at his residence.
The increase in the number of seats for Sena also increases their power to demand that both the allies run the Maharashtra government for half of the tenure, which means, a 50:50 division for a turn at the Chief Minister's post.
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