Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The political wrangling over the formation of government in Maharashtra will reach Delhi today amid a deadlock between the BJP and Shiv Sena, with both the partners refusing to blink over power sharing in the state.
Two key players of the state politics, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, will be in the national capital today. While Pawar will meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Fadnavis will call on BJP chief Amit Shah.
Meanwhile, in yet another warning to the saffron party, Sena on Sunday escalated its rhetoric with senior leader Sanjay Raut claiming the party would soon have its chief minister with the support of "170 MLAs".
While Raut continued taking sharp barbs at the BJP, Fadnavis exuded confidence that the impasse will end soon and a new government will be in place. On the other hand, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray did not commit any deadline to formation of government.
Sena on Sunday appeared to have reached out to the NCP whose chief Sharad Pawar is scheduled to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday.
Sena MP Raut sent a message to senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar which was disclosed to reporters by the latter.
The message reads :"Namaskar mi Sanjay Raut. Jai Maharashtra". The former deputy chief minister Pawar said, "This means I should call him. I will call and check."
Notably, amidst the power tussle between the Sena and the BJP, the NCP has been maintaining that it would sit in the Opposition while respecting the people's mandate.
Responding to Raut's claim about the Sena having support of 170 MLAs, Mr Pawar said he was "unaware" how the Sena leader had arrived at this number.
"The Congress-NCP and other allies have a strength of 110 seats (which includes Congress'' 44 and NCP''s 54). And we have a mandate to be in the opposition," Mr Pawar said.
He also scoffed at speculation that NCP supremo Sharad Pawar was in the race for the post of Maharashtra Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, former chairman of the state minorities commission, Munaf Hakim, said Congress should persuade the Central leadership to support the Sena to form a government in the interest of farmers, minorities and other sections.
While the talks between the Sena and the BJP in limbo, the chief minister and Thackeray are separately touring areas hit by unseasonal rains in the state.
Fadnavis, who is under pressure to act fast as the term of the existing Legislative Assembly is ending on November 9, told reporters in Akola that a government will soon be formed.
"The deadlock will end soon and a new government will be formed soon."
He said farmers were facing a calamity due to unseasonal rains in the state and it is imperative that a government is formed soon to give them relief.
The Sena and the BJP are locked in a tussle since the Uddhav Thackeray-led party raised demand for the chief minister's post on a rotational basis and implementation of a "50:50 power sharing" formula, which entails equal allocation of ministerial portfolios.
The BJP has rejected both the demands, which resulted into the formal power talks, which are yet to take off, hitting a wall.
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