Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The ongoing tug-of-war of power in Maharashtra doesn’t seem to end as Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday refused to give more time to the Shiv Sena for forming the government.

Aaditya Thackeray, who met the Governor today evening at the Raj Bhavan, said that they have told the Governor that the Governor has not rejected their claim to form the government in Maharahtra. Instead, he has rejected to give them additional time (two days) to form the government.

“We told the Governor that we're willing to form the government. We asked him for at least 2 days time but we weren't given time. The claim (to form government) wasn't denied but the time was. We'll continue to put in efforts to form government in the state,” said Thackeray after meeting the Governor.

“Both parties (Congress-NCP) have been speaking to us, MLAs have been speaking to us. As talks are on, as 2nd largest party it was our right to come here. We've expressed our willingness to form government, we've asked for extension of 48 hours to fulfil our procedure,” he added.

The Governor’s office also confirmed this but said that the Governor expressed inability to give further extension to the Shiv Sena.

“Delegation of Shiv Sena met Governor and expressed willingness to form government. However, they couldn't submit requisite letter of support. They submitted letter requesting 3-day extension for submitting letters of support. Governor expressed inability to give further extension,” ANI quoted the Governor’s office as saying.

This came after the Congress issued a statement saying that it will have further discussions with NCP whether to support the Shiv Sena or not.

“Congress Working Committee met this morning and had a detailed discussion on the situation in Maharashtra after which a consultation was held with Maharashtra Congress leaders. The Congress President has spoken to Sharad Pawar ji. The party will have further discussions with NCP,” the Congress said in statement on Monday.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the party will further discussions with NCP to take place in Mumbai tomorrow.

“We've already issued a press note and we've mentioned that we've already discussed with working committee members and our PCC leaders. Our AICC President has spoken to Sharad Pawar ji. Further discussion will take place in Mumbai tomorrow,” Kharge said.

The top Congress leaders -- former Maharashtra chief ministers Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan and Sushilkumar Shinde as well as state unit chief Balasaheb Thorat -- met party president Sonia Gandhi on Monday evening to decide on whether or not to support the Shiv Sena in forming a government in the state.

Earlier in the morning, all senior members of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) met at Gandhi's residence. However, the meeting was inconclusive and the party leadership decided to meet again at 4 pm, amid indications that the legislators were not in favour of fresh elections in the state.

The Shiv Sena, on Sunday, was invited by the Governor 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, Sena’ lone minister in the Modi government also resigned saying the allegations of not having any such talks "hurt the pride of the Thackeray family" and put a question mark on the continuance of the BJP-Sena alliance.

The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance had gained comfortable majority in the recently concluded assembly polls in the state but since then the two parties are locked in tussle over the chief minister’s post and the ministerial berths.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma