Maharashtra Power Tussle | BJP delegation meets Guv, says ‘discussed legal aspects of delay in govt formation’
Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Amid the deadlock over government formation in Maharashtra, senior leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to discuss "legal aspects" of the delay in formation of a government in the state after the October 21 elections.
The delegation of BJP leaders, which met Governor Koshyari, included minister and state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil and ministers Sudhir Mungantiwar and Girish Mahajan.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who has been elected as the BJP Legislative Party leader in Maharashtra, was not a part of the delegation.
After meeting the Governor, State BJP President Chandrakant Patil told media that the people of Maharashtra have given vote to the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance. The BJP leader also admitted that it is taking "more than normal" time to forge a ruling alliance between BJP and Shiv Sena.
“People of Maharashtra have given mandate to 'Mahayuti' (alliance). It is true that it has taken more than normal time to stake claim for government formation in Maharashtra,” said Patil after meeting the Governor.
“Today, we met the Governor and discussed the legal aspects of the current situation with the governor. We will hold talks with our leaders and decide next course of action,” he added.
The BJP and the Shiv Sena had fought the recently concluded Assembly Polls in Maharashtra together with the former emerging as the single largest party. The BJP, however, is yet to stake claim for government formation. The delay in government formation has been caused by differences in the two parties on power-sharing.
The Shiv Sena has insisted that the two parties had a '50-50' power-sharing agreement before the elections. But Fadnavis has said that Shiv Sena was not promised the chief ministerial post for two-and-a-half years when the alliance was sealed before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has reiterated that the next government will be formed by his party with its own Chief Minister. However, he has not spelled out how it will be achieved.
Raut also claims of having the support of 175 MLAs. He has repeated his challenge to the BJP to stake a claim to the government and produce 145 signatures of support - the simple majority mark in the 288-member Assembly.
However, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said that he does not intend to end the alliance with the BJP but only wants implementation of what was agreed upon between the two parties before the Lok Sabha polls.
Significantly, after the Sena MLAs authorised him to take "final decision" on government formation in Maharashtra at a meeting at his residence 'Matoshree', all the legislators were shifted to a nearby hotel in suburban Bandra.
The move indicated that the party feared attempts to poach its legislators amid the ongoing tussle with the BJP.
"It is necessary for all the MLAs to be together in the prevailing situation. Whatever decision Uddhavji takes will be binding on all of us," Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu said after the meeting.
During the meeting that lasted for more than an hour, the legislators reiterated that the formula of "equal sharing of posts and responsibilities" agreed upon before the Lok Sabha polls should be implemented.
In the recently concluded Assembly Polls in Maharashtra, the BJP emerged as the single largest party and won 105 seats, while the Shiv Sena won 56 seats. The NCP and the Congress won 54 and 44 seats respectively.
(With PTI inputs)
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