Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Amid the power sharing tussle with the BJP, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Monday met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and told him that his party is not responsible for the stalemate in formation of government in the state.
“We kept our talk forward. He heard us. We just wanted to tell him that the government is not being formed, and for ensuing confusion, we are not responsible,” Raut told reporters after the hour-long meeting with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
“Whoever has the mandate, will form the government. I cannot advise governor. He will take his own decision,” the Shiv Sena leader added.
This comes at a time when the BJP and the Shiv Sena are engaged in a bitter tug-of-war over the equal distribution of Cabinet portfolios and the term of chief minister's post for 2.5 years each.
The Sena is insistent on the implementation of the ‘50-50’ formula, which it claimed was decided prior to the polls, the BJP claims no such deal was signed between the two parties.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena -- in another warning to the BJP -- on Sunday claimed that the party would soon have its chief minister with the support of "170 MLAs". The party also appeared to have reached out to the NCP whose chief Sharad Pawar met Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi today.
On the other hand Devendra Fadnavis also met BJP president Amit Shah today in New Delhi to discuss the political scenario in Maharashtra.
The BJP and the Shiv Sen, after getting a majority in the recently concluded Assembly Polls in Maharashtra, are locked in in a deadlock over sharing of the chief minister's post and are yet to start formal talks over government formation.
In the polls to 288-member state Assembly, the BJP won 105 seats while the Shiv Sena won 56 seats. The NCP, led by Sharad Pawar, won 54 seats while the Congress emerged victorious on 44 seats.
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