Maharashtra Impasse | After fortnight of tussle between allies over govt formation, BJP set to meet Governor today
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: After almost 15 days of the turmoil between the BJP and Shiv Sena over power-sharing, since the results of the elections were declared on October 24, the BJP on Wednesday hinted about the ‘good news’ of government formation in state, and said that they will meet the Governor, Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday (today).
With BJP leaders making way to meet the governor amid the 50:50 seat-sharing demand of its ally Shiv Sena, the opposition NCP on Wednesday cleared their stand that they will be sitting in the opposition. The statement from NCP Chief Sharad Pawar came after he met Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut yesterday.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, whose party has refused to give up its claim on the post of the rotational chief minister, said his party chief Uddhav Thackeray is yet to get any proposal from the BJP. The tenure of the current Assembly ends in two days and a special three-day session of the House may be convened next week to swear in the new MLAs, said sources as reported by news agency PTI.
The sources also said that back-channel talks are on between the two allies, and if all goes right, the BJP and Shiv Sena will form the government by November 9. “We expect a breakthrough. If all goes well, we can have a government by November 9," said a source as quoted by PTI.
However, no clearance was given on the portfolios the BJP will be giving to the Shiv Sena if they get ready to stop their demand for CM post. Meanwhile, the BJP repeatedly asserted that no compromise will be made on the Chief Minister’s post.
A delegation of the BJP will meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday "with a message approved by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis," senior leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said as reported by PTI.
Earlier on Wednesday, ending speculations of the possibility of formation of a non-BJP government in the state led by Shiv Sena, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that the BJP and Sena should form government at the earliest, and asserted that his party and its ally Congress will work as a "responsible opposition".
Addressing the media after meeting senior Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, Pawar ruled out joining the Uddhav Thackeray-led party in government with the outside support of the Congress, an idea making rounds in political circles for the last few days.
“Where is the question (of a non-BJP government)?" he asked, saying the BJP and the Shiv Sena have been in alliance for 25 years, and they "will come together sooner or later".
The BJP and the Sena are locked in a standoff over the post of chief minister in new government and sharing of ministerial portfolios.
In the recent Assembly polls, the BJP emerged as the single-largest party by winning 105 seats in the 288-member House. The Sena won 56. Claiming that the BJP had agreed to a "50-50" formula on power-sharing in the state, the Sena has demanded that the top seat be shared between the two.
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