Maharashtra Power Tussle | ‘Will get Sena support,’ says Nitin Gadkari; rules out RSS mediation
Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Amid the ongoing power tussle in Maharashtra, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that the BJP will get the support of the Shiv Sena and a government will soon be formed under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis.
“We will get Shiv Sena support, we are in talks with them,” said Gadkari on Thursday.
Gadkari also said RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat shouldn't be linked to the government formation moves in Maharashtra.
“There will be a decision soon. Government in Maharashtra should be formed under the leadership of Devendra Fadnavis Ji; RSS and Mohan Bhagwat Ji have no connection with this,” he added.
Speaking to reporters here, the BJP leader also ruled out his returning to the state to assume the top job.
“I am in Delhi...There is no question of my returning to state politics. The political crisis in the state will be resolved soon,” he said.
Gadkari on Thursday reached Nagpur to meet RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at its headquarters. According to reports, the two are expected to discuss the political scenario with both the BJP-Shiv Sena unwilling to let go off the Chief Minister's post as the prospects of President's Rule loom ahead by this weekend.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Thursday again reiterated that the next government will be formed by his party with its own Chief Minister, but has not spelled out how it will be achieved.
Raut, who claims the support of 175 MLAs, 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.
The BJP and the Shiv Sena won a clear majority in the recently concluded Assembly Elections in Maharashtra, with 105 seats for the BJP and 56 for the Sena. But since the verdict on October 24, government formation has been stalled by the Sena's demand for a "50:50" deal it says was discussed with BJP chief Amit Shah earlier this year, before the national elections.
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