New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the tussle over the CM post and government formation in Maharashtra, the BJP and Shiv Sena have met the governor of Maharashtra separately on Monday. Shiv Sena’s Diwakar Raote visited the governor at 10:30 am while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as reported by ANI visited the governor at 11 am.

Both the allies, however, maintained that the meeting with the governor is just a courtesy meet and no differences have emerged between the Sena and BJP, who won 56 and 105 seats respectively in the assembly elections polled on October 21 and results of which were declared on October 24. 

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The meeting with the governor comes amid the ongoing debates over the Chief Minister post, as the Shiv Sena leaders have started the narrative -- Aaditya Thackeray as CM -- after the latter won the Worli seat with a margin of over 60,000 votes.

 

The newly-elected Shiv Sena MLAs have started the debate on Saturday that both the allies run the Maharashtra government for half of the tenure. The MLAs also demanded that Aaditya Thackeray should be made the Chief Minister in the other half of the tenure and wants an assurance from the BJP leadership in writing.  

"In our meeting, it was decided that like Amit Shah had promised 50-50 formula before Lok Sabha polls. Similarly, both allies should get a chance to run the state government for 2.5 years each," Thane City Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik said as quoted by news agency ANI.

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However, despite the growing demand by the Shiv Sena and continuous attacks through their mouthpiece, Saamna, the BJP had repeatedly said that Devendra Fadnavis will head the next NDA government in the state.

According to the protocol of government formation, the governor has to invite the single largest party to stake claim to form the government, unless there is an alliance with a clear majority. The Shiv Sena-BJP alliance had collectively garnered 161 seats crossing the majority mark of 144 seats.

 

Shiv Sena, however, ruled out the possibility to stake claim to form the government, and the BJP will likely stake a claim after the newly-elected MLAs elects their legislature party leader. Then they will have to prove their majority on the floor of the house if there is any confusion about the majority.

Posted By: Talib Khan