Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: A day after Maharashtra Governor invited the Shiv Sena to form the government in the state, party chief Uddhav Thackeray will meet him today to stake claim to form government.
According to media reports, Thackeray will meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at 5.00 pm today and hand over the letter of support.
Koshyari, on Sunday, had invited the Shiv Sena -- the second largest party in the state -- to indicate its willingness and ability to form the government in the state after the BJP announced that it would not form a government since it did not have the required numbers.
Meanwhile, Thackeray also met NCP chief Sharad Pawar today to discuss getting together to form the government in Maharashtra.
During their 45-minute meeting, the two leaders also discussed the 'common minimum programme', including the agrarian issue, that will guide the action of their government in case it is formed, news agency PTI quoted a source as saying.
The meeting between the two leaders took place only after Sena’s only minister -- Arvind Sawant -- resigned from the Modi government citing that the BJP went back from their pre-election promises.
“I cannot continue my post as Union minister. I have sent my resignation letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP betrayed our trust over '50-50' formula,” said Sawant in a press conference today.
“BJP went back from their pre-election promises. It would not have been morally right for me to continue in the Centre, so I have resigned as Union Minister,” he added.
The alliance of BJP and Shiv Sena gained a comfortable majority in the recently concluded assembly polls in Maharashtra but since then the two allies are locked in a tussle over the chief minister’s post and other ministerial berths.
The Shiv Sena has continuously said that the BJP is not respecting the ‘50-50 formula’ for which they had agreed upon.
“It is BJP's arrogance that they are refusing to form govt in Maharashtra. It is an insult to the people of Maharashtra. They are willing to sit in opposition, but they are reluctant to follow the 50-50 formula, for which they agreed before polls,” said Sena leader Sanjay Raut.
Meanwhile, the NCP -- which has yet not announced its decision on whether it will support the Shiv Sena -- said it will take a call based on the steps its ally Congress takes.
The Congress' top leaders will be meeting the Maharashtra party leaders in Delhi at 4.00 pm to decide which way the party will go amid the deadlock.
The Shiv Sena has 56 MLAs, while the NCP and Congress have 54 and 44 MLAs, respectively, in the 288-member House. Any party or alliance that wants to form government in Maharashtra, will have to prove support of at least 145 MLAs on the floor of the House.
(With PTI inputs)
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