New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the prevailing standoff between BJP and Shiv Sena over government formation in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis headed towards Nagpur to meet Mohan Bhagwat, the chief of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), BJP’s ideological mentor, on Tuesday late night.
According to sources, the meeting was done in a private manner. He arrived at the RSS headquarters in the Mahal area in Nagpur around 9:25 pm and left after almost 90 minutes.
However, the RSS and BJP remained tight-lipped about what happened in the meeting, only speculations can be made that it was about the ongoing tussle between the two allies in the state after the results of the polls were announced on October 24.
The meeting between the mentor and Maharashtra CM comes after he met BJP National President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on Tuesday. The development came hours after Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil announced in Mumbai that a BJP-led government would be formed very soon, with Fadnavis as its leader.
The BJP and Shiv Sena are engaged in a bitter tug-of-war with the Sena demanding for equal sharing of cabinet portfolios and the chief minister’s tenure of 2.5 years. However, CM 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 Lok Sabha polls in May this year.
Earlier on Tuesday, the BJP said its door was "open 24 hours" to discuss a formula with the Shiv Sena. But the party also underlined that it would form a government under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Meanwhile, the BJP claimed that it has the support of 115 MLAs. On the other hand, the Shiv Sena -- which won 56 seats -- claimed that they have the support of 63 MLAs along with independents but its chances of making an alliance with Sharad Pawar’s NCP and Congress is very low, as Congress president Sonia Gandhi reportedly ruling out the possibility of any alliance with Shiv Sena.
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