Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The Shiv Sena on Saturday continued its attack on the BJP and alleged that the saffron party is of ‘horse-trading under the guise of President's Rule’. In its mouthpiece Saamana, the Sena also attacked BJP president Amit Shah and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis saying that the new political equation was giving "stomach ache to several people".

"Yesterday (Thursday), Amit Shah said the government that will rule the state will have a figure of 145 (the majority mark in the 288-member Assembly). This is constitutionally correct. However, those who are now saying the BJP will come have already met the Governor and stated we do not have a majority," Sena said in Saamana.

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"Those with 105 seats had earlier conveyed to the governor that they do not have the majority. How come are they now claiming that only they will form the government?" the article read.

"...the intention of horse-trading stand exposed now. The lies of those promising transparent governance are becoming evident now," it said, adding that "unethical" ways do not suit the tradition of the state.

This comes a day after Union Minister Nitin Gadkari compared the politically unstable situation in the state to a game of cricket and said that government formation in Maharashtra was far from settled.

"Anything can happen in cricket and politics. Sometimes you feel you are losing the match, but the result is exactly the opposite," Gadkari had said.

Earlier, Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil had also said that they will soon form government in the state, claiming that his party can count on support of 119 MLAs in the 288-member Assembly.

The state has been under President’s Rule since November 12 as no party staked claim to form government or conveyed support of adequate number of MLAs to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

In the recently concluded polls in the state, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance gained a comfortable majority but since then the are locked in a tussle with each other.

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The Sena has blamed the BJP for refusing to a "50:50" deal which it claims had been agreed with Amit Shah. The BJP, however, has said that there was no such deal. 

After this, the Shiv Sena approach the Congress and the NCP, which won 44 and 54 seats respectively, to form a coalition. The trio will meet the Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari today.

Reports also suggest that the trio have agreed upon a 40-point common minimum programme (CMP). The negotiations are underway and a final announcement can be expected by early next week.

According to media reports, consensus has been broadly reached upon among the three parties on a 16-14-12 formula with Sena insisting on the lion’s share along with a full-term chief minister from the party.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma