New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The formation of the government in Maharashtra has been on hold since the results were declared on October 24. The NDA alliance of BJP-ShivSena had parted ways due to power-sharing in the state. While the BJP is on a wait and watch mode, the Shiv Sena is trying their luck with the opposition NCP and Congress.

Now amid the prevailing impasse over government formation, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale irks another controversy by saying that the BJP and Shiv Sena could clear the stand-off between them. He said that he had talked to Sena’s Sanjay Raut about a ‘compromise’ to end the scuffle between the allies to form the government in the state. 

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Ramdas Athawale also commented on the rotational chief minister post and said that he had suggested Sanjay Raut for a three-year term for BJP and a two-year term for Shiv Sena. The union minister said Raut had then said if the BJP agrees, the Sena could think about it. “I will discuss this with the BJP,” Athawale said.

Maharashtra has been under the President’s rule for one week as the scuffle over government formation in Maharashtra has been now going on for over 25 days. The BJP despite emerging as the single largest party and a fair share of seats to reach the halfway mark with its alliance Shiv Sena could not form the government in the state, due to the Shiv Sena’s demand for rotational Chief Minister’s post, which the BJP rejected.

The Sena then approached the opposition NCP-Congress alliance to render support to them, which had won 54 and 44 seats respectively in the elections. Talks have been going on between the three parties. Sena MP Sanjay Raut had announced that the Uddhav Thackeray-led party's exit from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was a "formality".

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The Congress and the NCP have already finalised a draft Common Minimum Programme (CMP) to run a possible coalition government with the Sena, and talks on sharing of power are expected to continue. The Sena has been firm on its demand for the post of the chief minister.

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